Thursday, January 11, 2007

Human sacrifice

Today, the House voted to reverse President Bush's ban on government-financed embryonic stem cell research but Democrats were unable to muster enough votes to overcome a promised presidential veto. Embryonic stem cells hold the promise of medical breakthroughs because they have the ability to become any tissue in the body. But the research typically involves the destruction of frozen embryos created for in vitro fertilization, a step that stirs passions over the beginning of life. The argument Bush and the rest of his moral minority use to stand George Wallace-like in the doorway of scientific progess is that an embryo is human life and it's immoral to sacrifice human life to save human life.

In other news, President Bush is sending 20,000 additional troops to Iraq to try a military Hail Mary pass. I don't think the Iraqis are going to catch it. I would call it an "escalation" but Secretary of State Condi Rice disagrees. It's not an "escalation" she tells a Senate panel in testimony today. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel asks her sarcastically if it's a "decrease." The ever unflappable Rice says it's not an escalation or a decrease but rather it's an "augmentation." In any event, this is all being done we are told to protect Iraqis and ourselves from terrorists. In his address to the nation, Presisdent Bush said the year ahead will demand sacrifice and that "[t]he terrorists and insurgents in Iraq are without conscience, and they will make the year ahead bloody and violent. Even if our new strategy works exactly as planned, deadly acts of violence will continue -- and we must expect more Iraqi and American casualties."

So we have to sacrifice human life to protect human life. Unless of course you have a fatal illness and stem-cell research could potentially help you. Then you're an immoral executioner of human life even though the life they're talking about is an embryo smaller than the period at the end of this sentence and will be discarded down a fertility clinic drain anyway. What the President is doing in Iraq and stem-cell research is more like sacrificing reason to protect his political life. It's too late for for the latter. Let's hope it's not too late for the former.

4 Comments:

Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Bravo!

1:29 PM  
Blogger d.K. said...

You've always got to go and muddy the otherwise clear waters with annoying little things, like facts, don't you? Darn you!

6:26 PM  
Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

I just want to know who in America still listens to that moron and believes his nonsense.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Reign of Reason said...

Amazing.

We live in the dark ages where mysticism trumps science and reason.

The idiot-n-chief will protect a ball of 150 cells yet willingly execute a retarded teenager in his home state of TX.

... and he gets to call himself "moral".

The country has taken off any semblence of a thinking cap.

2:44 PM  

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