I’ve mentioned this before but I’ll say it again, Fred Clark at Slactivist.com is one of my favorite bloggers. It is a common occurence when I start to work on a blog post and visit Fred’s blog and realize he’s said what I wanted to say but much more eloquently and effectively. He’s done it again with regards to my thoughts on Bush’s veto of bill that would fund stem cell research. You can read two of his posts on the subject here and here.
I echo Fred’s thoughts and I wonder when the policy of the “culture of life” that’s coming from the Bush administration and the Religious Right will actually start to make sense. Also, I wonder when it will start showing itself in foreign policy as well as domestic. President Bush says that our Federal governement should not fund the murder of human life. I totally agree. Let’s make a deal George. If you refuse to fund embryonic stem cell research under the banner of having a society where every life is sacred and valuable, then let’s stop dropping bombs on innocent civilians in Iraq.
When commenting on the veto, President Bush said, “This bill would support the taking of innocent human life in the hope of finding medical benefits for others. It crosses a moral boundary that our decent society needs to respect, so I vetoed it.” (emphasis is mine) I wonder if Bush would make the same statement if we replaced the word “medical” with “political” or “milataristic” or “financial”. What would that look like?
“This bill would support the taking of innocent human life in the hope of finding political, financial, or militaristic benefits for others. It crosses a moral boundary that our decent society needs to respect, so I vetoed it.”
We can dream, right?