A kidney donor reality show has come under fire.
Dang! American Idol is not really my cup of tea, but voting for Dutch Kidney Winner sounds like a real hoot!
"I'm delighted that common sense has prevailed. I fully understand the knee-jerk reaction that creating human-animal embryos is worrying," he said.
"But what we're talking about here are cells on a dish not a foetus. [No, we're talking about an in-vitro embryo of an unclassifiable species - Rae] We're talking about something that looks like sago under the microscope. And it's illegal to ever turn these cells into a living being."
Hey out there. If your 13-year old daughter gets pregnant by a 22-year old guy, don't worry. Planned Parenthood will tell her how to get an abortion without notifying authorities of possible sexual predation. She can keep that cool older guy who no doubt treats her like the princess she is.
Glorious St. Joseph, model of all who
devote their lives to labor,
Obtain for me the grace to work
in the spirit of penance
in order thereby to atone
for my many sins.
To work conscientiously,
setting devotion to duty
in preference to my own whims.
To work with thankfulness and joy,
deeming it an honor to employ and
to develop by my labor
the gifts I have received from God.
To work with order, peace,
moderation, and patience,
without ever shrinking from
weariness and difficulties.
To work above all with a pure intention
and with detachment from self,
having always before my eyes
the hour of death and the accounting
which I must then render
of time ill spent, of talents wasted,
of good omitted, and
of vain complacency in success,
which is so fatal to the work of God.
All for Jesus, all through Mary,
all in imitation of you,
O Patriarch Joseph!
This shall be my motto in life
and in death. AMEN.
How true. Now that I have kids in college, I understand the betrayal my mother felt when I was in college during the Vietnam War days. She was of the opinion that the professors turned her children against the values of her generation. "We sent you to college to get the education we didn't have," she told me once, "and they taught you to hate America."
"In a sense, he said, many faculty members truly believe that their students are the progeny of a homophobic, sexist, racist, ultra-patriotic society, and for $40,000 a year they will cure them of it."
- Swift blazing flag of the regiment,
- Eagle with crest of red and gold,
- These men were born to drill and die.
- Point for them the virtue of slaughter,
- Make plain to them the excellence of killing
- And a field where a thousand corpses lie.
*** Time traveling on the Internet: a blast from the past.***
"Bush says trusting Saddam 'not a strategy,' 'not an option'
by Jim Garamone, American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2003 -- "Trusting in the sanity and restraint of Saddam Hussein is not a strategy, and it is not an option," President George W. Bush told Congress and the nation Jan. 28 during his State of the Union speech.
The president answered questions about why Iraq is a crisis now. He said the Iraqi dictator has weapons of mass destruction and will share them with terror groups.
"Before Sept. 11, many in the world believed that Saddam Hussein could be contained," he said. "But chemical agents, lethal viruses and shadowy networks are not easily contained."
The president asked Americans to imagine the suicide terrorists who attacked the United States if they had been armed by Iraq. He said terrorists armed with weapons of mass destruction could "bring a day of horror like one we have never known."
The president said the United States will ask the U.N. Security Council to convene on Feb. 5 to consider Iraq's continuing defiance. He said Secretary of State Colin Powell would present information and intelligence about Iraq's illegal weapons of mass destruction programs, its attempts to hide those weapons from inspectors and its links to terrorist groups. Bush stated that the United States will consult with allies and the United Nations, but he said if Saddam Hussein does not disarm, "for the safety of our people and the safety of the world, we will lead a coalition to disarm him."
Bush also spoke directly to the members of the armed forces. "Some crucial hours may lay ahead," he said. "In those hours, the success of our cause will depend on you. Your training has prepared you, your honor will guide you, you believe in America, and America believes in you."
Bush also attempted to reassure the Iraqi people that the United States separates the regime from the population. "I have a message for the brave and oppressed people of Iraq: The enemy is not surrounding your country; the enemy is ruling your country," he said. "And the day he and his regime are removed from power will be the day of your liberation."
As is fitting in a State of the Union address, Bush spoke about many other programs and proposals. He also reported on the global war on terrorism. "There are days that our fellow citizens do not hear news of the war on terror," he said. "There is never a day that I do not learn of another threat or receive reports of operations in progress or give an order in this global war against a scattered network of killers. The war goes on, and we are winning."
Bush cited a number of terrorist plots that have been foiled and terror groups left leaderless. He said more than 3,000 terrorists have been arrested around the world, and many others have been killed.
Within the United States, homeland security has been strengthened and Bush thanked the Congress for its support of fielding a limited ballistic missile defense beginning this year. The president also said he is asking for $6 billion to fund Project BioShield. If approved, the project would be a major research and production effort to guard Americans against bioterrorism. The money would go to make effective vaccines and treatments available quickly against such agents as anthrax, botulinum toxin, ebola and plague.
"We must assume our enemies will use these diseases as weapons, and we must act before the dangers are upon us," he said.
Bush told Congress that he had instructed the leaders of the FBI, the CIA, the new Department of Homeland Security and the Defense Department to develop a Terrorist Threat Integration Center to merge and analyze all threat information in a single location. "Our government must have the very best information possible, and we will use it to make sure the right people are in the right places to protect all our citizens," he said.
The president stressed a number of times that the greatest dangers to freedom are rogue nations possessing weapons of mass murder. He said those countries could use those weapons for blackmail, terror and mass murder. "They could also give those weapons to terrorist allies, who would use them without the least hesitation," he said.
Last year, the president lumped Iraq, Iran and North Korea together as an "axis of evil." He spoke of U.S. efforts to influence the other two countries of the axis.
He said that different threats require different strategies. "In Iran, we continue to see a government that represses its people, pursues weapons of mass destruction and supports terror," he said. "We also see Iranian citizens risking intimidation and death as they speak out for liberty and human rights and democracy. Iranians, like all people, have a right to choose their own government and determine their own destiny -- and the United States supports their aspirations to live in freedom."
The North Korean leaders continue to starve and oppress their people. "Throughout the 1990s, the United States relied on a negotiated framework to keep North Korea from gaining nuclear weapons," Bush said. "We now know that that regime was deceiving the world and developing those weapons all along. And today the North Korean regime is using its nuclear program to incite fear and seek concessions. America and the world will not be blackmailed."
He said the United States would work with South Korea, Japan, China and Russia to find a peaceful solution. "The North Korean regime will find respect in the world and revival for its people only when it turns away from its nuclear ambitions," he said.
I have stopped being a conscientious objector in the war betweenthe "culture of life" vs. the "culture of death." I have committed myself to being on active duty (on the side of life) in this war.
Richard M. Doerflinger
In his 1995 encyclical letter The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae),
Popesounded an alarm. In the midst of a culture that congratulates itself on being enlightened and progressive on matters of human rights, he said, we are very much in danger of giving in to a "culture of death." Modern debates on abortion and euthanasia are a symptom and leading edge of something more profound and insidious -- an entire view of the world that will lead us to forsake our ideals of human dignity and equality and "revert to a state of barbarism" (EV 14). John Paul II
What could the Holy Father have meant by that? What is the evidence that some kind of consistent ideology is taking hold of our aspirations for human progress and tainting the discussion of very different issues affecting human life? And what kind of challenge does this pose to us as supporters of social justice, and as believers?
For some answers let us consider recent developments on two issues that at first glance may seem quite different: human embryo research and assisted suicide.
… With human embryo research, the question that seems to need answering is: Is this really "human life" at all? Even if we can all agree to respect human life, isn't this little product of conception really just a conglomerate of a few cells, too undeveloped to have human status? Can the uncertain status of this entity really outweigh the needs of many persons for the life-saving treatments that embryo research may provide?
… In 1999 the Clinton Administration launched a campaign for federal funding of research requiring destruction of live human embryos… What is truly startling … is that proponents of the funding do not deny that these experiments destroy human lives.
President's National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC) acknowledges that the project will involve the government in destroying human embryos. And in transmitting NBAC's report on this issue to the President, chairman Clinton noted "wide agreement" in our nation that "human embryos deserve respect as a form of human life." In 1994, an earlier panel advising the National Institutes of Health (NIH) said much the same thing: According to the NIH Human Embryo Research Panel, the early embryo "warrants serious moral consideration as a developing form of human life." Yet both groups unanimously favor killing these embryos for research purposes. By anyone's definition, this is an odd way to show "respect." Harold Shapiro
Why would panels favoring destructive embryo research make such statements? It turns out that they are forced by the facts to do so. The human status of the early embryo has become more and more difficult to deny. Twenty years ago, researchers (and some theologians) tried to claim that the first two weeks of human development involve a "pre-embryo," a largely disorganized mass of cells with no individuality. But the scientific data have caused serious problems for this claim, showing that later landmarks in embryonic development are only manifestations of events occurring much earlier. Scientific testimony to the Human Embryo Research Panel confirmed that human development is a continuum from the one-celled stage onward. Even the Panel's own vice-chairman for scientific issues, a noted abortion practitioner, ended up saying that the term "pre-embryo" is "ridiculous."
But these findings have not slowed down the juggernaut for lethal experiments. Proponents instead resort to arguing that some human lives are not worth valuing or protecting -- especially when the life or health of undoubted "persons" may be at stake.
The Human Embryo Research Panel, for example, endorsed a theory proposed by one of its own members, ethicist
of Ronald Green . Dartmouth College Greenfavors what he calls (in the title of one of his articles) "a Copernican revolution in our thinking about life's beginning and life's end." It is time to realize, he says, that there is nothing "out there" to answer life-and-death questions for us. In short, there is nothing inherent in any human being that requires us to respect him or her as a person. Any decision to recognize a human being's rights as a "person" is a social convention, based on a enlightened self-interest [emphasis mine, Rae]. By denying "personhood" to this being so it can be subjected to deadly experiments, can we benefit people like ourselves without undermining society's willingness to view us as "persons"?
In this way, traditional ethical norms on human experimentation are turned on their head. Society can no longer say that certain things must never be done to fellow human beings, regardless of the possible benefits of the experiment. If those benefits are great enough, they justify claiming that these beings did not have human rights in the first place! Thus the weakest and most dependent human beings are re-defined as mere research material for the benefit of the powerful.
My most recent letter to the News Journal on the S.B. 5 debate:
To the Editor:
The elephant in the living room in the debate over somatic cell nuclear transfer (
SCNT) is religious belief. Many opponents of Senate Bill 5 (S.B. 5), like me, are members of churches. We exercise our right of free speech and freedom of religion when we come to Delaware to oppose legislation we believe is morally wrong. Dover
The pro-SB5 faction is increasingly willing to show anger and even hatred towards us Christian citizens and our free exercise of religion. Stemcellgo calls us “enemies of SB5”. They have publicly and privately stated that opposition to SB5 based on Christian bioethical principles is inadmissible. Although the First Amendment protects the rights of citizens to bring their religious sensibilities to the public square, these folks mistakenly believe that we violate the separation of church and state when we do so.
If we are ever to have reasoned discourse in our nation again, this notion that what goes on in church stays in church must be challenged. Everyone has a belief system. Everyone. You, me, the guy over at the 7-11, the girl driving next to you on I-95.
We are a pluralistic nation. We are set up so that people of diverse ideologies work together to achieve consensus through their elected representatives. Christian citizens should not be afraid to speak their minds about public issues. Non-Christian citizens should not try to stifle the voices of their Christian neighbors. This is how the democratic experiment works.