Posted by: matt25 | March 16, 2009

Obama and Stem Cells — Science Fiction

Charles Krauthammer is neither religious nor opposed to embryonic stem cell (ESC) use in research.  Yet this man you would expect to be firmly in Obama’s camp on ESC authored a scathing op ed piece in the Washington Post in which he says he would have walked out on the president’s speech if he had accepted the invitation (I’m pretty sure it will be his last invite) to attend.  In discussing Obama’s speech and he says:

“This is not just intellectual laziness. It is the moral arrogance of a man who continuously dismisses his critics as ideological while he is guided exclusively by pragmatism (in economics, social policy, foreign policy) and science in medical ethics.

Science has everything to say about what is possible. Science has nothing to say about what is permissible. Obama’s pretense that he will “restore science to its rightful place” and make science, not ideology, dispositive in moral debates is yet more rhetorical sleight of hand — this time to abdicate decision-making and color his own ideological preferences as authentically “scientific.””

I am glad I took the time to read this piece.

via Charles Krauthammer – President Obama and Stem Cells — Science Fiction.



  1. And two days later Obama signed the Omnibus bill which included legislation outlawing federal funding of ESC. LOL

    Since Executive Orders can’t supersede US Law, this was all just political grandstanding on Obama’s part anyway.

    (accuracy of claims in this comment not verified)

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