I make it a practice to avoid political statements here, but I’m compelled to quote from John Robb’s Weblog today:
“Tens of millions of people like Ronald Reagan, continue to fight debilitating diseases like Alzheimers, Parkinsons, and Diabetes. Stem cell research holds the promise of a cure. Bush’s fight against stem cell research (he has even tried to ban it globally via the UN), sentences people like Ronald Reagan to years of personal and familial trauma, disolution of dignity, and eventually death. In a right and perfect world, Reagan’s death would be the trigger for a well funded push into stem cell research to find a cure for these diseases.
Every day my father fights the effects of Parkinson’s, and I’m sickened by those whose vague religious convictions deny the search for a cure. If you’re among these people, then you’d better be damn sure you’re following God’s will rather than your own fear, because otherwise you’re potentially condemning people I love to needless pain and suffering.