Chuck Colson

Worse than the distortion of the president?s policy is the false hope its opponents are spreading. Kass calls it ?cruel to suggest that stem-cell-based therapies are ?at our fingertips.?? According to ?our best scientists,? such therapies are ?at least several decades? away. But what you will not hear the politicians tell you is that adult stem cells are working now.

While the suffering of our fellow citizens and loved ones is heart-breaking, the answer doesn?t lie in ?recklessly trampling over [our] most cherished moral ideals,? as Kass put it. Rather it lies in taking full advantages of the research opportunities we have instead of ?playing politics with the sick??because, as Christians need to make clear, false hopes are often the biggest obstacle to real progress.

For further reading and information:

Leon Kass, ? Playing Politics with the Sick ,? WashingtonPost, 8 October 2004 , A35.

Charles Krauthammer, "An Edwards Outrage," Washington Post , 15 October 2004 , A23.

Jim Kelly, ? The Wrong Path: Mourning Christopher Reeve ,? National Review Online, 21 October 2004 .

Wesley J. Smith, ? The ?Wrong? Cure: Adult stem cells get the shaft ,? National Review Online, 9 September 2004 .

In an interview with Reader?s Digest, Christopher Reeve admitted  that embryonic stem cells ?are not able to do much about chronic injuries.?

Mark Zimmerman, ? Why Can?t This Nation Back Stem Cell Research? ? BaltimoreChronicle, 4 October 2004 .

Dr. Nigel Cameron , ? Biotech Issues Increasingly Political ,? Council for Biotechnology Policy, October 2004.

Gareth Cook, ? Harvard teams want OK to clone ,? Boston Globe, 13 October 2004 .

BreakPoint Commentary No. 010813, ? At the Edge of the Unknown: Assessing the Stem Cell Controversy .? (Free registration required.)

BreakPoint Commentary No. 020313, ? Superman and Utilitarianism: Kindly Ignoring the Argument .? (Free registration required.)

BreakPoint Commentary No. 030225, ? Cloning Superman: Are We Sweeping Away Human Dignity? ?

BreakPoint Commentary No. 030227, ? ?A Short, Philosophical Hop, Skip, and Jump?: The Threat of Embryonic Research .?

Dr. Nigel Cameron , ? California?s Bizarre Cloning Proposition ,? BreakPoint Online, 18 October 2004 .

Dr. Nigel Cameron , ? You Were a ?Dot? Once Too ,? To the Source, 19 October 2004 .

Terence Jeffrey, ? Cloning by any other name still smells ,?, 11 August 2004 .

Jane Burgermeister, ? Stem cell patent dispute ,? Scientist, 20 October 2004 .

Charles Colson and Nigel Cameron , Human Dignity in the Biotech Century  (InterVarsity, 2004).

If you?re in the Washington, D.C., area, be sure to attend the Technosapiens II Conference  on nanotechnology (October 28-29). ?A round $1 billion of  U.S. taxpayers? money funds this research,? notes Council for Biotechnology Policy Director Nigel Cameron , ?yet most people have never even heard of it.?

Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon and served time in prison for Watergate-related charges. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which, in collaboration with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.
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