When making statements about the religious right, are you sometimes tempted to give Catholics a pass? Because they do things like acknowledge evolution or make overtures towards a belief in rational inquiry? Maybe that’s a mistake.
In the wake of Obama’s stem cell decision, Edwin O’Brien, Archbishop of Baltimore, said:
“It’s a pity that we have to turn to harvest other vulnerable human beings purposes for scientific purposes. I never thought we would be able to justify that.”
Note the word “harvest.” He isn’t the exclusive dealer in such lazy rhetoric. Many anti-science Christers have been using this language, using words like eugenics and making silly comparisons to Nazi “science.”
Are we really supposed to believe them? My dad posed it this way: I have diabetes. What is likelier to offer a cure? Stem cell research or the magic of baby Jesus?
It seemed, for a brief flicker there, that we were now able to stop having such conversations. Not so much.
And so it goes.