I have no desire to weigh in on the ethics of Sen. Frist's change of mind on the issue of stem cells research. I will leave the deep analysis to "experts" such as James Dobson and Arlen Spector. I wil also leave the puppet masters like Dobson to rally their troops to circle Frist's wagons. Unlike the omniscient Focus on the Family president, I do not assume the Frist is choosing "politics over principle." I am not arrogant enough to make such an assumption (and I am pretty arrogant) . I am happy for his decision for one reason. Personally, I think that any decision he makes which causes him more difficulty in becoming the next president is a good thing.
I could rant about the desire to play God and think we should do things just because we can. I could rant about the effects of our desire use technology instead of faith in our decisions about childbirth. I could even remind us all that neither side of the issue has any idea about the real possibilities or lack there of concerning stem-cell research. But, I will not bore you with my lack of regard for some of the advances of technology (as I sit behind a PIII cursing its slowness), including the desire to become immortal. I will keep all of these opinions ot myself. Too many people, Christians included, do not want some of these questions asked.
I will just point of the hyprocrisy I have seen this week. First, we have Tom Delay reprimanding Bill Frist and taking him to task for his ethical lapse. Having Tom Delay lecture Bill Frist on ethics is like having Ted Kennedy lecture Billy Joel on auto safety or Hugh Hefner lecture Bill Clinton on sexual ethics. Give me a break! *
Secondly, Delay, Dobson and the rest of the RR Kingpins have attempted to define "pro-life" and "values" once again in their narrow-minded hypocritical manner. Delay actually said that Frist "declares both profound respect for human life but also support for the federal funding of its destruction -- can be boiled down to the argument that while all human life is precious, some are more precious than others."
Yes, Tom Delay sees no irony in his statement. Some of these "pro-lifers" consistently decide that the lives of rich, white, corporation owning Americans (and our allies, I guess) are more precious than the lives of the poor, the Iraqi or Arab, the African, the elderly, the sick, the homeless, the bankrupt, the criminal, the gay or the different. Judge these men by their rhetoric and their actions. Judge these men by their political decisions and their policy statements.
We should not allow one group to define "Pro-Life" or "Values" to promote their narrow agenda. Whether it is Tom Delay, Ron Sider, James Dobson, Jim Wallis or Bill Frist, everyone defines this term in their own manner (and to suit their own purpose). In my opinion, Tom Delay and James Dobson are not pro-life. They are anti-abortion, euthanasia and stem-cell research (all of which I have no issue with), but they not pro-life. They are not representing "Values Voters" either. All voters are "Values Voters"-whether it is the value of their checkbook or children. I know they do not represent me and I resent their intimation that only voters who align themselves with their narrow agenda have values.
Last time I checked the love of power, love of money, meanness, hyperbole, lying, attacking one's opponents and arrogance (sadly, I could continue) were not the family values of Jesus Christ.
* Now that I am done ranting, let's play a game. Come up with a better Bill Frist/ Tom Delay analogy than my Billy Joel/ Ted Kennedy analogy. Have fun.