Embryonic Stem Cell Research Kills Babies


I am not a scientist, although I watch them on TV. I haven’t grown mold in a Petri dish, or looked at my blood under a microscope since the mandatory course in biology in college. So I cannot adequately explain the scientific arguments surrounding stem cell research. I understand in theory the potentiality of stem cells and what the proponents claim they can do. I also understand that adult stem cells can be harvested from everything from body fat to umbilical cord blood. And yet as marvelous as all this potentiallity sounds, I will be counted among those in Missouri who, on November 7, will vote against Constitutional Amendment 2 that would have Missouri promoting both human cloning and embryonic stem cell research.

The truth is you don’t have to be a scientist to understand the heart of why every Christian, every moral Missouri resident, should oppose Amendment 2. Amendment 2 would protect the creation of living embryos so that they can be killed for their stem cells. Killing an embryo is murder. Morally and ethically, what kind of society will we have when we no longer protect our most vulnerable members? What do we become when we are willing to protect those who in the name of preserving or enhancing life are willing to destroy life?

As a Christian I believe that life begins at conception. Whether the egg is fertilized by a pipette in a Petri dish or whether fertilization happens through sexual intercourse, life is created at that moment. Put aside the discussion of cloning, put aside the discussion of invitrofertilization or any of the other side issues that spin out of this discussion. The heart of the Amendment 2 is the killing of embryos for research–the killing of babies. And that breaks God’s command, and dishonors our Creator.

Lutherans for Life have numerous resources to help voters understand the complexity of the issue and work through the real life and death issue of the debate surrounding embryonic stem cell research and Missouri’s Amendment 2. Please check them out.

Timotheous mentions this link to a report on the current state of the issue in Missouri.

Nocloning.org, the web home of Missourians Against Human Cloning, has a number of resources and lays out the argument against the initiative of Amendment 2.

Just in From the Hill


An interesting little newsletter is put out by the good folks at LCMS World Relief and Human Care. It is called “Just in from the Hill” I encourage you to check it out and see the legislation that is actually being discussed and passed in Wahshington, D.C.

The new issue of “Just In From The Hill” discusses bills regarding assistance for schoolchildren displaced by this year’s hurricanes, the oligarchic control of American media, abuses of eminent domain, and other legislative concerns.

See the current issue of “Just In From The Hill” at:
www.lcms.org/graphics/assets/media/WRHC/FromtheHill_v1_i5.pdf

Browse all issues of “Mercy Notes” and “Just In From The Hill” at:
www.lcms.org/?2796

If New Bill Passes, Preaching Against Sin will be Hate Crime



In Just In from the Hill (Issue 4) it is reported that a bill has just been passed by the House that is similar to laws in other countries that have been used to limit the ability to call sin sin. Mercy Notes is a publication of LCMS World Relief and Human Care. Just In from the Hill reports on the activities of Capitol Hill

From Just In from the Hill :
On Sept. 14 the House passed the Children’s Safety Act, companion bill to S. 1086, by 223 to 199. The bill was a reaction to the increase in violent crimes against children, particularly by repeat sex offenders.

John Conyers (D-MI) attached an unexpected last minute hate crimes amendment to the child protection bill. The Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Hate Crimes Prevention Act provision extends the definition of federal hate crimes from those motivated by race, color, religion, and national origin to include crimes based on actual or perceived gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability. Conyers has tried, without success, to attach the provision to bills for several years.

The hate crimes amendment was co-sponsored by Barney Frank (DMA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Christopher Shays (R-CT), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). Gay rights activists hailed passage of the bill as “the first time the House voted to extend protections to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans in a meaningful way.” Critics say increased protection given to the groups specified will result in unequal legal protection for Americans. They also fear it will endanger religious freedom in the U.S. and freedom of speech for Christians. Similar hate crimes legislation passed in Sweden and Canada now silence all criticism of homosexuality, particularly by clergy, where criticism from the pulpit is construed as incitement to violence.

Just In from the Hill contains more information on this bill, a direct link to the full text of the bills, and links to use to see how your representatives voted on this bill.

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Other reports of this story:

Last-Minute Hate Crime Rider Catches Pro-Family Forces Off Guard

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Others blogging on this story include:

NEW FEDERAL “HATE” BILL MEANS FUNERAL OF FREE SPEECH

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