Thursday, August 30, 2007

"Insurgency" wants cloning banned in Missouri, professor enraged

David Rosman is a very confused human being.

In an editorial for the Columbia Missourian, he calls individuals working to place an initiative to ban human cloning on the ballot the following names: "radical right-wing extremists," "anarchists," "radical fringe" and "an insurgency." He claim efforts (thru a ballot initiative) to change Missouri's Constitution to provide an accurate definition of human cloning are "an overt mutiny" and an "open rebellion, an insurgency, against our constitution, our government and the American legal system." The people behind it, while just short of the "American Taliban," "seek to overthrow the government."

Apparently, a ballot initiative (like the Amendment 2) which Rosman favors is alright but a group behind another ballot initiative (working through the democratic process) which attempts to change another ballot initiative is an anarchist group looking to overthrow the government. That's right. Looking to overthrow the government by using the democratic provisions to change Missouri's constitution.

Rosman calls the arguments of those hoping to put an accurate definition of human cloning into Missouri's constitution "common and perilous fallacies of logic and rhetoric" (a Carl Sagan phrase). Yet nowhere in his name-calling filled attack piece does he actually cite and refute a single argument from them.

Rosman goes on to say the Missouri Constitution already bans cloning because "Section 38(d), paragraph 2 (1) says, 'No person may clone or attempt to clone a human being.' Period!" He unfortunately never provides the intentionally deceptive and scientifically inaccurate definition of human cloning in Amendment 2. Here it is
(2) "Clone or attempt to clone a human being" means to implant in a uterus or attempt to implant in a uterus anything other than the product of fertilization of an egg of a human female by a sperm of a human male for the purpose of initiating a pregnancy that could result in the creation of a human fetus, or the birth of a human being.
The saddest thing about all of this - Rosman's bio says he's an instructor at Columbia College. This guy should be in a mental hospital not teaching at a college. Imagine how crazy someone has to be to write and submit an editorial like this.

Rosman, the people of Missouri aren't stupid but large numbers of them were fooled by a slick PR machine backed by $30 million from the Stowers family.

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