MSU and Lying

The ALS bucket of ice water challenge has raised millions for ALS research. You would have thought that would have been appreciated universally. But fundamentalist Christians have a problem – because they believe the research may include the use of embryonic stem cells.

I do not know how useful embryonic stem cells will prove in the cure for various diseases. But I do know that when a fundamentalist Christian group says the following they are just making stuff up:

“Embryonic stem-cell research has proven 0 percent effective in combating diseases like ALS and other neurological degenerative ailments.
Adult stem cells, which can be harvested from living humans without their being killed, have, on the other hand, proven vastly effective in making progress toward slowing down and in some cases seeing remission or reversal of degenerative defects.”

You might argue that adult stem cells are equally effective, but to contrast “0 percent effective” embryonic stem cells with “vastly effective” adult stem cells is to let your religious imperatives abscise your reason.

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Fundamentalists characterize the use of embryonic stem cells in medical research as morally equivalent to murder. Is it? To divine the answer let’s consider murder. There are two elements to the act that are relevant. One is that the victim is conscious of being alive. And the other is that he had a future sensate life.

Embryonic stem cells come  from the inner cells of a blastocyst. The blastocyst itself is the product of in-vitro fertilization and – this is key – they are surplus to the needs of the donor.

There is no possibility of consciousness in embryonic cells. And they have no future life. They are deep frozen. They will never be implanted into a womb to grow into a person. To prohibit their use in medical development is a stupid waste – especially in light of the differences between the two types of stem cells.

If adult stem cells prove to be everything a medical researcher could hope for – great. But embryonic stem cells are pluripotent. They can become any cell in the body. Logic demands that they have significantly more potential than the adult type.


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Bryan Fischer has seen the light – and it has blinded him. This bigots’ bigot sees things that are not there; claiming in a piece for the ‘Charisma News’ that, “…the First Amendment, as given by the Founders, provides religious liberty protections for Christianity only.” Pull that amendment apart. Look closely from all angles. Sift […]

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Don’t Buy Expensive Nutritional Supplements. Use the Money to Buy Better Food.

September 9, 2013

There is no industry in the US that is better at making baseless claims than the nutritional supplements industry – or as they call themselves the ‘Nutraceutical’ industry – a word which has no legal meaning, but is a pretentious synonym for crap. There are some supplements which are valuable and necessary. Vitamin C to […]

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A UN convention to improve the circumstances of the global disabled is not a plot on America – unless you are paranoid.

November 29, 2012

In the conservative world view, we are being attacked on all sides by people who would spit on our values and seduce our youth into lives of debauchery. The gay agenda; the “War on Christmas”; Planned Parenthood’s promotion of teenage sex; radical feminism; the President’s assault on religious freedom – to conservatives these are just some of […]

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Deceit – “Scientists” who once denied that cigarettes killed people, now claim that climate change won’t either.

November 29, 2012

Tobacco companies are “shamed and humiliated” that they have to admit they knowingly killed people Companies caught behaving badly will often compensate their victims, as long as the settlement is sealed and the company does not have to admit guilt. The tobacco companies’ behavior was so egregious that their settlement was very public. And now a […]

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The Fiscal Cliff

November 10, 2012

“It is to be regretted that he rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes” – Andrew Jackson On January 1st, if no action is taken, the Bush tax cuts will expire, and spending will be cut as mandated by sequestration – the so called fiscal cliff. There […]

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Paul Ryan presents a budget. What’s in it? Is it good for America? Is it good for Republicans? Also lying with numbers, an example and Mitt Romney’s makes stuff up.

March 20, 2012

***** PAUL RYAN’S HORROR STORY In 1980 the first ‘Friday the 13th’ movie was released and audiences were horrified as Jason dutifully slashed his way through the teenage population of Crystal Lake. In 1980 Ronald Reagan was elected President with the promise that he could slash taxes to jump start the economy and thereby cut the deficit. He was wrong. (Future […]

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Romney says he is best for the economy; Dolan says that Catholics should fight back; Limbaugh says we are paying for contraception; Karen says that Rick meant “snobbish”; Liberals say slut too.

March 5, 2012

***** IS ROMNEY RIGHT FOR THE ECONOMY? It is a large part of the President’s job to maximize employment. Constitutional purists might object that in the blueprint for the country there was no economic imperative assigned to the presidency, but years of rhetoric by both parties have established job creation as a fundamental mandate of […]

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Really? – 2/28/12 Picking the Catholic policy(s) that work for you; Romney vs his Church; Santorum, constitutional revisionist; Who should direct healthcare? The Democrats’ uneasy relationship to oil

February 28, 2012

***** SUPPORT FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM – A PART TIME AFFAIR When the Catholic Church protested against the administration’s mandate that contraception be covered in its school and hospital health insurance, the Church was supported by the ‘values’ politicians. These conservative politicians – from several faiths – believe that the Church’s stance on contraception should be honored. […]

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