posted on Jul, 22 2006 @ 01:53 AM
I don't care why Arnold did it to be honest. I don't care if his Ouija board told him to.
My personal opinion on this matter (and I state it as such because in this particular post I don't intend to attack anyone's religious beliefs, for
a change) is that if we have a life that will never have a chance to be lived, we have a moral obligation to at the very least sieze the opportunity
to make those lives which are being lived more full. Assuming for a moment that my athiestic beliefs are incorrect, I would not be inclined to believe
that a wise and benevolent God who saw fit to create our lives would want our lives to go partially unlived simply because we weren't willing to
invest in curing the injuries and disorders that stem cells could cure. Some may believe that if God wanted these disorders cured he'd preform a
miracle. But those same people will give money to charity for hungry children. Think about that, you spent time earning money rather than serving God,
so that you could do something yourself that God could easily have done by a miracle. If Stem Cell research is wrong, I believe charity must be wrong
too. But I believe charity is right. I believe that if ther is a God, part of his plan for us is that we overcome the selfishness and egocentrism and
laziness which have been perhaps the chief contributors toall human evils. I believe that requires us to get off our butts and stop waiting for God to
feed the hungry and cure the sick. God created a universe where it is within our ability to do these things ourselves; he held up his end of the
bargain and we have to do the rest. That's how I would reconcile religion and stemcell research.
Of course I don't believe in God, so that's really a just-in-case argument. When you get right down to it, its a very simple matter of self
preservation. I might lose an arm, I might have alzheimers, I might see my baby nephew get crippled in an awful accident- for any of those events, I
want to know that life isn't over. I'm willing to pay for that. I think most of us are as a simple matter of economics. I've felt for 6 years now
that President Bush was being short sighted and narrow-minded on the issue and was making backwards people out of Americans with his misguided policy,
which I understand, but simply think should have been more carefully considered from a theological angle rather than simply being accepted as sacred
By hook or by crook, for political reasons or the right reasons, fund the Stemcell research. What I want to see next is a research sharing program and
combined programs between the states that are doing the right thing. Let the feds drag their feet; at least let the states that have put more thought
into it make efficient progress.