I did not mean to rant politically, but it happened. Sorry.
In case you missed it, click a link to watch one of Jon Stewarts most important pieces of satire yet. In this clip, he savages the Administration for being against "murder" and the "taking of innocent life" in Stem Cell research, while they speak almost flippantly of having to kill civilians to bring democracy to Iraq.
Tony Snow actually tells us that we cannot destroy life to save life. The president tells us every being matters but when speaking of Iraqi civilians, their loss of life is called "lamentable" and Bush guesses that 30,000 "precious lives (my words)" have been lost- "more or less."
In this wonderful piece Stewart speaks of those Iraqi lives being "sacredish", points out the embryonic stem cell research needed to give us IVF and challenges those wanting to move forward with stem cell research to rename it the "War on Terrorible Disease," stating that the embryos will stand down when the people stand up.
Once again the hypocrisy of us religious folk is culpable. We see very little worth in the lives of those caught in the cross hairs of Israel's indiscriminate killing of children while defending itself and think of Iraqi citizens as necessary losses in our War on Terror, justifying it by stretching scripture to fit our "worldview" instead of allowing ourselves to be challenged and changed by it.
We want to make sure unwanted embryos are not used for research, yet have no moral quandaries with the making those extra embryos, as long as we get the children we desire. We do not question the research which caused the "death" of embryos to give us IVF. We only call it murder when it is convenient to be on a morally higher ground (a ground that is no more slippery for the "left" than it is for the "right"). If Bush cared about this "murder" as he called it, he would attempt to outlaw it in the US, not just stop federal funding (he needs to save federal funds for less efficient means of death).
The researchers should be glad to find their finances in private sources instead of going to the inefficient well of government funding. Bush probably did research a favor by getting federal hands off of it while allowing it to continue unabated privately.
this blog is not a rant in favor for or against stem cell research. It is about the hypocrisy of this whole thing (in case it was not clear for you- or you missed something because you are against the taking of a life to save a life- when convenient for your argument)