Thursday, July 20, 2006

God? Stem Cells? Guess Which One Liberals Have More Faith In?

Jerry Fuhrman may have put it best:
How is it that people who reject out of hand the whole notion of a deity put such blind faith in something called a stem cell?
Meanwhile, here's what former Virginia Governor Marky Mark had to say about it:

President Bush vetoed legislation yesterday— his first ever use of the presidential veto — that would help to unlock the potential of stem-cell research that could change the lives of millions of Americans with potentially curable diseases.

As with so many Americans, this issue is personal for me. I have a daughter with juvenile diabetes and a mother with Alzheimer’s disease. These are among the host of diseases for which stem cell research could produce a cure.

In the Bush administration, politics has trumped science: on climate change, alternative energy research, and on medical advancement that could save lives. This country needs an administration that believes in science and brings hope to the many Americans and their families suffering from these horrible diseases. Please join me in asking Congress to overturn President Bush's veto. Sign the petition today.

Why does it not surprise me that the guy who cooked the numbers to give the impression that we "needed" a tax increase expresses unqualified faith in stem cell research.

OK, OK, so I changed the link. To something more appropriate, I think.


Charles said...

Warner is a multi-millionare, right? Why doesn't he just donate 50 million to some private organization to do embryonic stem cell research? It's perfectly legal --

And you'd think that spending 50 million is a small price to pay to save his child, and a better use of his money then running for his own political office, right?

Why is it when these people tell us sob stories it's always so they can justify taking OUR money to use for THEIR pet projects?

Ray Hyde said...

Charles has a good point. Sometimes we are more willing to spend more money in a (mostly) futile attempt to change people's mind, support our views, coerce people into doing what we think they should do, and have them pay for our desires than we are to just spend our money for what it is we really want.

I'd point to the Piedmont Environmental Council as a case in point. If they had just spent their budget buying up properties that are truly environmentally sensitive, then they might have done some good by now.

As to James Young and Jerry Furman, what do you say to someone who thinks God gave us stem cells and the knowledge to understand them for a reason?

James Young said...

God also gives us free will to make moral judgments. My impression from reading the literature is that the promise of fetal stem cell research has been overly-hyped for political purposes. That having been said, I would strenuously oppose a federal law prohibiting such research with private funds. The current proposal is simply a question of how government will spend taxpayers' funds. If such research holds promise, there is little doubt that privately-funded research will continue and thrive.