This week, the U.S. Senate will be debating the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, which would rescind George W. Bush's 2001 ban on federal support for embryonic stem cell research. The bill is expected to pass.
Stem cell research is our best hope right now for finding cures for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, diabetes, and countless other diseases.
But Bush is threatening a veto. He continues to denounce this important medical research. He lumps it in with abortion. In George W. Bush's distorted worldview, stem cell research is a violation of the sanctity of life.
Never mind the fact that those stem cells are not what most of us would consider viable life. And most are going to be routinely discarded anyway.
George W. Bush doesn't care about the suffering of the ill. He doesn't care about science. He only cares about the support of the irrational "religious right". So Karl Rove keeps feeding him the kind of emotional sound bytes that will motivate the faithful to abandon common sense, logic, reason, and science in favor of knee-jerk, emotional rhetoric.
Bush calls himself a Christian. But wasn't Jesus Christ all about caring for the sick? Didn't Jesus work miracles to cure lepers?
Now we have an opportunity to work our own miracles to cure disease. So wouldn't that be the Christian thing to do?