Now scientists are breeding pigs to supply parts to
save human lives and functions. They have found that
they can remove the characteristic from pigs that
makes human bodies reject transplants from pigs to
At first, those who opposed human embryo research
said they would support a huge program of research
on using adult stem cells instead. But now they just
want to hide behind the Bible and take no responsibility.
Embryo research will probably not be that important
in the long run. But what infuriates me is the people
who think that God is going to protect them from MORAL
The advance of science is our MORAL responsibility.
If you decide NOT to use the biological revolution,
that is as much a MORAL CHOICE as suing it. When we
use it, as we have to increase third world population,
that is OUR MORAL RESPONSIBILITY.
But I hate the fact that so many people use it as
an excuse to avoid all the real, hard decisions about
the biological revolution. They think that if they
just attack stem cell research and use God, they don't
have to think about all the other ways we are playing
God right now.
When I demanded that those who take a stand on this
issue first tell me how they would handle the problem
of the Boy in the Bubble in France (May 12, 2001 -
- THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE).
Only one replied, and he avoided it.
A DIFFERENT reader was more honest. He said the whole
thing just worried him. Here is my reply:
"Bob, I am no expert and can be seriously wrong in
what I think I know."
"So can I. But I KNOW it, unlike those who just quote
selected passages of the Bible to protect themselves
Of course, as I keep saying, all the biological revolution
is extremely dangerous, including the parts of it
for which there are no convenient Bible passages.
But those who use God to avoid real decisions act
as if it were all happening in a vacuum.
But in the real world all those kids are being born
in the third world and the "Christians" say that's
just fine because they say it's "natural." There
is nothing natural about the survival of all those
children. It is a direct result of our medical and
We play God a million times every day.
Back to the French boy in the bubble, the one everybody
tries to ignore. If you can save that child's life
by creating an embryo BUT REFUSE TO DO SO, you are
STILL playing God.
I have yet to hear a single person address any of
these other very real moral problems we are responsible
for. To repeat, stem cell research does not occur
in a vacuum.
I know what you mean. I wish I could just quote a
Bible passage and avoid all the hard decisions. You
are not trying that blasphemous easy out, and I appreciate