Friday, August 04, 2006

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: What Would Jesus Do?

According to Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Bell, Jesus would have supported embryonic stem cell research.
"What would Jesus do? He would not let political objections stand in the way of healing the sick," Bell said. "Stem cell research isn't just a good idea, it's a moral imperative."
Bell is in favor of spending $30 million of Texas tax dollars on stem cell research (assumably embryonic).

One wonders if Jesus would have recognized there are more than just "political objections" to embryonic stem cell research and its public funding. One also wonders what the "don't let faith affect politics" wing of the Democratic party will say in response to Bell's pronouncement.

Another article on Bell's prediction on how Jesus would feel has this quote about stem cells.
"This work has got to be allowed," said Dr. Ralph Dittman of Houston, an obstetrician and gynecologist. "This is absolutely imperative research. These cells are magical cells."
Reminds me the McDonald's commercial: "If you believe in magic, and I hope you do, you'll always have a friend wearing big red shoes." Except the embryonic stem cell version goes something like, "If you believe in hype, and I hope you do, scientists will be ready take your tax dollars."

By the way, Dittman is a big proponent of human cloning for research and has written a couple of blog posts at the Huffington post. One of which describes stem cells from cloned human embryos by saying, "These specialized cells can be used to cure, not just treat, but cure, major diseases such as Parkinson's, spinal cord injury, diabetes, heart damage, and much more."

That's right - these cells which no scientist has been able to yet create in humans, much less study, (even though millions of dollars have been spent) will cure all those disease and many more. Makes you wonder if Dittman has some kind of crystal ball to go along with his "magical cells."

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