Get Religion and Touchstone have each directed attention toward a recent interview former president Bill Clinton gave on the subject of embryonic stem cell research in the wake of President Obama’s changes to embryonic stem cell research funding. During the interview Clinton repeatedly refers to a fertilized embryo as though there were such a thing as an unfertilized embryo. As I posted on Touchstone’s site, I’m willing to give Clinton the benefit of the doubt that he actually knew what he was saying and that he really meant “implanted.” But whether he merely mis-spoke or he actually doesn’t understand the basics of biology, I believe his interview is indicative of a problem we have as Americans: a basic inability to discuss important ethical issues because so many of us have absolutely no clue what the heck we are talking about. I might give Clinton the benefit of the doubt and say that he probably knows the difference between fertilized and implanted–but there are a ton of other folks out there that I wouldn’t assume that about. Of course some folks are assigning nefarious intent to Ole Bill, saying that he’s intentionally muddying the waters. I don’t know about that, but I do want to know why no follow up questions were asked to help him clarify what he was trying to say.