There are days when I wonder why I bother surfing the BBC news site. Thankfully, it's not the only place I get my news, because if it was, I might develop a blood pressure issue.
This 'news' report is probably one of the clearest and most blatant examples of anti-christian, anti-life bias you're likely to see.
Matt Frei calls children, given life through the adoption of frozen embryos, 'Staging'. Interesting language. I wonder if he'd admit that the placing of a barely coherent Michael J Fox was the same thing?
There is a ridiculous assumption that the parents of all these children may well be happy to have them now and for President Bush to have vetoed attempts to use others as 'spare parts', but they would feel differently if their children were ill. Well, as a parent of three/four children, I can honestly say that no, I would not kill another child for their sakes. Contrary to the unspoken assumptions in this report, that would make me a very bad mother indeed.
But the pinnacle of the report, that sentence that had me throwing soft-toys at the television, was the last sentence. After telling us that using children like lab rats is supported by the majority of the senate and the American people, Mr Frei informs us that for President Bush and "his supporters, it is a matter of faith, to the rest, it is a principle of common sense"
Well, no, actually. I do not reject 'common sense' in favour of some ephemeral 'faith position' that flies in the face of it.
Common sense is often lauded as the base with which all decent people make their decisions. Faith, especially in this report, is presented as the diametrical opposite.
But can someone please explain to me how it can be common sense for a society to cannibalize its children? Quite apart from the fact that anyone with any 'common sense' can look at the actual science and see that stem-cells from tiny babies have produced nothing, while the non-problematic adult stem-cell research continues to move foward.
Even if the scientific brutality towards a generation of children produced a cure for all diseases, what on earth would we have become? Could we ever justify Dr Mengele and his ilk on the basis that some of the 'research' they did proved useful at some point?
The majority may believe that it is appropriate and fair to kill everyone over 75. It has absolutely no bearing on whether or not it should happen. One of my dictionaries defines 'Common sense' as 'sound judgement'. For something to be sound judgement, more factors come into play than simply "does this action bring me the results I want?".
Mr Frei's faith position is such that he obviously regards bare pragmatism as the only arbiter of common sense. The reality is that his false dichotomy between faith and common sense is a ruse to conceal (and not very effectively, I might add) his utilitarian secular bias.
mused by Kay at 8:25 am