It's stem cell day here at Pun Salad, looking at reactions
to Obama's recent executive order enabling federal funding
baby-killing embryo-destroying research in that area.
Very much worth reading on that front is Charles Krauthammer at the
Washington Post, who is pretty
darn happy he avoided the order's signing ceremony at the
Obama's address was morally unserious in the extreme. It was populated, as his didactic discourses always are, with a forest of straw men. Such as his admonition that we must resist the "false choice between sound science and moral values." Yet, exactly 2 minutes and 12 seconds later he went on to declare that he would never open the door to the "use of cloning for human reproduction."
Does he not think that a cloned human would be of extraordinary scientific interest? And yet he banned it.
Much more at the link. If you can only read one thing today, it should probably be Mr. Krauthammer. Even if you're not that interested in this specific issue, his evaluation of Obama's approach has more general applicability:This is not just intellectual laziness. It is the moral arrogance of a man who continuously dismisses his critics as ideological while he is guided exclusively by pragmatism (in economics, social policy, foreign policy) and science in medical ethics.
That could be … problematic.
And did Obama's speech
in another snarky reference to the "past eight years"? Why, yes it
did, for what must be the 3473d time that phrase has been employed
negatively in Administration documents since January 20.
Also unimpressed with
the stem cell show was Steve Chapman at Reason. He also notes the
Barackrobatic disconnect on cloning, and points out:
What this mandate means is simple: It may be permissible for scientists to create cloned embryos and kill them. It's not permissible to create cloned embryos and let them live. Their cells may be used for our benefit, but not for their own.
There lies the reality of embryonic stem cell research: It turns incipient human beings into commodities to be exploited for the sake of people who are safely past that defenseless stage of their lives.
If you have a firm belief in your own moral self-righteousness, however, that won't be seen as much of a problem.
You might also want to check out William Saletan at Slate
who notes just
how slippery this particular slope is.
And Captain Ed has CNN video (with transcript) of
Bill Clinton discussing the issue with not-gonna-be-Surgeon-General
Sanjay Gupta; the Captain
says it "may be the stupidest thing I've heard since Phil Donohue and
Vladimir Posner tried arguing a few years back that human embryos become
fish and dogs before becoming humans."
[Comments Frank J: "But know who's dumb? Palin!"]
Closer to home, Drew Cline is disgusted
at NH Senator Jeanne Shaheen's
creepy exploitation of her granddaughter Elle (who has diabetes) to
advocate the federal funding of embryo-destroying stem cell research.
The Shaheens have stated that Elle's hope for a cure rests on federal taxpayer money being used to destroy human embryos. But that is completely untrue. And they certainly knew that.
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