Wednesday, June 20, 2007

When Will Governing From the Pulpit Stop?

As I'm sure many of you are aware, Bush is vetoing another stem cell research bill. Again, the potential of the Scientific community to better the lives of millions has been hindered.

My question is "why?" Why on earth would the President consider himself in a position to stop such a bill? His faith! That's all it is.

Look, there are so many discarded embryos that just get destroyed. Why not put them to good use? Women are going to have abortions (unless the administration can stop that too). Fertility clinics almost always freeze way more embryos than needed, which get discarded after conception. Why not use that invaluable resource for the good of humanity?

There are already some lines that we can use, but they won't go very far. Why not clone them?

The only answer I can come up with for these questions is that it is against God's wishes. This notion of the "Sanctity of Life" must stop. Is it more important to protect cells that are going to be destroyed, or to potentially end (or at least relieve) Alzheimers and Parkinson's?

Beyond the stem cell debate, you have gay marriage and abortion. Two things that, at their core, should not be a problem. But when the administration enforces Christianity-- fundamentalist Christianity-- we end up with policies that stifle the scientific process.

This is not a red vs. blue, liberal vs. conservative, or democrat vs. republican debate. It is a debate between fundamentalist Christian governing and rational governing.

People may call me unfair by suggesting that fundamentalist Christians are irrational, but ... well, they are. I'm sure they are perfectly capable of rational thought, as is every one of us, but when they choose to forgo rational thought in favor of faith in what a few people thousands of years ago claimed to hear from a higher being, they deserve to be called irrational.

And what's more, we have a Republican candidate for president right now who believes in scriptures that a man claimed to have gotten from inside a hat. Isn't there something wrong when we, as a nation, allow this completely irrational notion of faith to infect our lives?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not about to say that only atheists should be president. What I'm saying is that we should not allow the country to be run on faith! Granted, the majority of the country is Christian, but a very significant portion is not. When Bush goes against what the people want, in favor of his own faith, we have a problem.

So when will it stop? Will it ever? Are we really headed toward a Christian nation, or am I being paranoid?

Here are some fun links for you:
The Politics of Stem Cells
Stem Cells: Policies and Players
Laura Ingraham likens stem cell research to public executions
Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer likens stem cell research to concentration camps (Godwin's law has spilled over to TV)

1 comment:

Katie said...

No, you're not paranoid--we are heading towards a Christian theocracy. That scares the poo out of me.

Yes, the country is predominantly christian, but there is a significant portion that is not. I also think it's important not to assume that all christians agree with the current administration's faith-based policies. You and I both know some christians who are as angered by his faith-based governance as we are. The fundies do, but I think the vast majority (well, maybe not vast majority) of Americans disagree with his decision to govern based on his religion...not to mention his claims that god himself talks to him about policy decisions.

Forget building bomb shelters...does anyone have any tips for building fundie-proof shelters in the event that the republicans win in 08?