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Monday, August 09, 2004

Senator Kerry dismisses religious convictions as "ideology" 

Posted by Christopher Blosser at 11:01 PM

The Washington Post ran a story yesterday on Kerry's push for federal funding of embroyonic stem cell research ("Kerry Takes On Issue of Embryo Research" August 8, 2004), vowing upon election to "stand up for science," and remove the restrictions the Bush administration has placed.
"Here in America, we don't sacrifice science for ideology," Kerry said in his radio address. "Every day that we wait, more than 3,000 Americans lose their lives to diseases that may someday be treatable because of stem cell research."
Blogger Conor Dugan ("TriCoastal Commission") responds:
. . . what really bothers me about this quotation is that Kerry seems to think that science has no moral limits. He thinks that Bush's policy is a mere kowtowing to ideology. But why can't he assume the best? Why can't he read what his own deeply held faith argues is at stake here (these are publicly accessible arguments based on reason by the way)? Why can't he at least assume that Bush made his decision in good faith and that those of us who oppose embryonic stem-cell research do so based on good reasons that are more than mere "ideology"? And, moreover, why can't he admit that he doesn't even believe science should be wholly unregulated and without moral limits? Can't he at least admit that he and Bush both are making their decisions based on a moral analysis? Kerry believes the potential good (and let us admit that there is much good that could come from embryonic stem-cell research) of such research justifies the destruction of innocent human life. I and those who join me in opposing such research do not believe such potential and likely elusive ends (though even if they were guaranteed I would still oppose such research) justify the actual and present destruction of innocent human life. Both positions are harnessing science for a moral purpose.

And shouldn't the burden be on Kerry to make the case for the intentional destruction of what even he believes to be human life?

I don't have the statistics on hand, but I would venture a guess that the majority of those who oppose embroyonic stem cell research do so on specifically religious grounds, motivated by a genuine respect for human life, from conception to death, and a belief that life is sacred. If Senator Kerry wants a real discussion on this issue he is going to have to confront the objections of those who oppose it.

Likewise, if Senator Kerry is truly interested in establishing connnections with those of religious faith (a weakness which the Democratic Party has been trying to alleviate as of late), he could do a lot better than casually dismiss the religious belief of thousands of American citizens as mere "ideology."


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A Time For Honesty, Pastoral Statement by The Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark. May 5, 2004.

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John Kerry, Abortion and the Catholic Church

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John Courtney Murray and the 'Liberal Catholic' Justification of Abortion Investigative report by Christopher Blosser. August 30, 2004.

"Please answer the question, Senator Kerry", The Mighty Barrister. August 2, 2004.

You wouldn't even ask. Fr. Pavone (Priests for Life). July 2004.

Kerry isn't making abortion stand clear, by Raymond J. Keating. Newsday July 27, 2004.

Senator Kerry May Be Human . . . But is He a Person?, Catholic Kerry Watch. July 23, 2004.

Kerry's Catholic Problem, by Brent Bozell. July 7, 2004.

The Body Politic and the Body of Christ: Candidates, Communion and the Catholic Church. Debate btw/ Thomas J. Reese, S.J. and George Weigel. June 23, 2004.

The Kerry challenge, by George Weigel. May 5, 2004.

Rites and Wrongs: Why John Kerry should not take communion, by Philip F. Lawler. Wall Street Journal April 30, 2004.

John Kerry's Catholic Problem", by Cal Thomas. April 26, 2004.

Kerry Distorting Catholic Doctrine. Newsmax.com interviews George Weigel. April 16, 2004.

"Personally Opposed, But…" Five Pro-Abortion Dodges, by Todd M. Aglialoro. Crisis April 1, 2004.

On Embryonic Stem-Cell Research

Reagan vs. Reagan and The Stem-Cell Cover-Up, Catholic Kerry Watch, August 14, 2004.

Senator Kerry dismisses religious convictions as "ideology"  Catholic Kerry Watch. August 9, 2004.

Ron Reagan & Functionalism, Revisited, Catholic Kerry Watch. July 29, 2004.

Out of Touch, by Michael Fumento. Refuting Kerry's claims on the use of embryonic stem cells. Citizen Magazine August 2004.

Stem Cell Defection, by Ramesh Ponnuru. National Review August 16, 2004.

Stem Cell Research: Fact Sheets, Letters to Congress and Articles from the USCCB.

On Voting, "Proportionality" and Cardinal Ratzinger's Memorandum

What Ratzinger Said, by James Akin. Sept. 9, 2004.

Bishops Refute Flawed Theology (of Andrew Greeley) Barbara Kralis. August 22, 2004.

Thoughts on Proportionality, Catholic Kerry Watch. July 12, 2004.




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