Monthly Archives: November 2006

More on Nazism in the UK

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This is cool on two counts: amniotic fluid stem cells!!!

Just goes to show that ethical means of doing anything are always more effective: Swiss scientists have successfully grown replacement organs for lab animals using amniotic stem cells.

Act now! FDA reviewing guidelines for cell lines in vacines!

One thing that is universally agreed on is that the PAL document from last year calls for Catholics to fight for ethical alternatives to vaccines derived from fetal cell lines. The FDA has announced a review of approval for different cell lines, ethical and unethical, and is soliciting input from the general public.

Please, if you are concerned at all about building a culture of life, even if you use the tainted vaccines, go to the link above and take a few minutes of your time to ask the FDA to approve only ethical cell lines.

Proves what I always say about socialism

Whenever I point to Oregon and the Netherlands as the examples of what happens when you have socialized medicine, people say, “well, England has socialized medicine, and they don’t have euthanasia.”

Uh-huh.

The following quote was very interesting, though:

The college’s submission was also welcomed by John Harris, a member of the
government’s Human Genetics Commission and professor of bioethics at Manchester
University. “We can terminate for serious foetal abnormality up to term but
cannot kill a newborn. What do people think has happened in the passage down the
birth canal to make it okay to kill the foetus at one end of the birth canal but
not at the other?” he said.

Funny thing, that, since that’s exactly what we pro-lifers ask all the time.

The article is very vague about the difference between active euthanasia and removing extraordinry measures.

Stand Up!

Ironically, _VeggieTales: Gideon_ came out this weekend, and it’s one of their most outspokenly Christian videos yet. For one thing, it actually mentions the name of Christ, a couple times, which has previously only occurred in the Christmas and Easter episodes, and a QWERTY verse or two. Also, when _Sumo of the Opera_ came out, we wondered how the Protestants would react to the St. Patrick story. Apparently, they’re trying to make amends by telling the story of a Protestant “saint” (fair enough) and mentioning Billy Graham.

Anyway, it’s a story about how you should trust God, despite whatever obstacles seem to be in your way, do His will, and He’ll provide. Kind of the same thing Bl. John XXIII says in Mater et Magistra: “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all this will be added.”

Meanwhile, self-professed “Catholic” Nancy Pelosi says one of her top priorities when she becomes Speaker of the House will be funding for ESCR. I’ve been attending the 7:30 PM daily Mass for St. Raymond’s in Fairfax, VA. The celebrant is a very amazing priest named Fr. Joseph Okech, A.J., whose recurring theme is our need to trust God completely and give up all our human hang-ups.

Oh, in other news, while writing this post, I wandered over to Phil Vischer’s website, and it turns out that NBC has loosened up, thanks to all the protests, and the last few episodes of _VeggieTales_ made it uncensored. However, I stand by my post below regarding advertising. Back when our kids watched “Nick Jr. on CBS,” Allie got to know which advertisements were inappropriate and would turn them off (that said, she still insists we need to buy a KIA minivan).

Not much of a leap


but British eugenicists have developed a combo test for hundreds of genetic disorders, including Marfan syndrome, to help parents more easily “discard” “defective” embryos.

Commentary would be irrelvant. I just thought I’d put a face to “defective” embryos.

This isn’t about compassion for the children. It’s about parental self-centeredness. What do they always say? “I couldn’t bear to see my child suffer such a horrible disease.”