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  1. Religion and the morality of embryonic stem cell research and therapeutic cloning.
  2. Understanding the subject matter of the debate.
  3. Consternation over harvesting embryonic cells and killing the embryos.
  4. Should embryonic stem cells be outlawed.

Religion is often at odds with differing viewpoints in the modern world. Religion especially conflicts with science and some would say that religion inhibits scientific progress. Religion cannot be blamed for sticking to its dogmatic beliefs and ideals-for what is the purpose of religion if not to have a specific set of ideals for which to live life? Religion is a guide to millions of individuals who need direction in their lives. And so, one should not criticize people for following dogmas faithfully and honestly, for this is not a bane to one's existence, but a blessing. However, sometimes an issue will come to the fore that brings trembling doubt into the bedrock foundations that support the marble columns of one's religious haven. In the past, such questions occurred once in a century-is the sun the center of the solar system, do the planets really orbit in an ellipse, is the earth really round? In the twentieth century these questions became more abundant as man made more discoveries about how his world works.

[...] In fact, all ?arguments against stem cell research are scientifically unfounded and at best, are based on personal religious beliefs.? Peggy Prichard Ross, a woman with grade-three astrocytoma, a brain cancer, wrote this statement. Embryonic stem cells could potentially cure this disease, but if embryonic stem cells are outlawed, she will die along with the 20,000 Americans who get the disease every year. Peggy takes ?exception to the president using his religion to dictate public health policy.? For that is all their argument is based on-a set of personal moral beliefs. [...]


[...] Religion sees all this and feels horror and sorrow. And so, religion acts. One might say that religion's function throughout the millennia is to attempt to prevent us from becoming monsters. Sometimes religion fails and sometimes religion succeeds. And this is what religion is attempting to do with embryonic stem cells-to prevent us from going too far. If we can clone embryos to save lives, how long until we clone humans to work in factories or to fight in the army? [...]


[...] February Educational Broadcasting Corporation. February http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/index.html Kass, Leonard. Interview with Wesley Smith. ?Research, Religion and Stem Cells. A Conversation with Leonard Kass: Science Doesn't Trump All.? SFgate.com. October Hearst Communications Inc. February http://www.sfgate.com Saletan, William. ?Revelation of the Nerds. The Religion of Stem Cell Research.? Slate Magazine. August Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive Co. LLC. February http://slate.msn.com/id/2104983 Vastag, Brian. ?Stem Cells Step Closer to the Clinic.? Journal of the American Medical Association 285.13 (2001). April 1691-93. Han, Steve S. W. and Itzhak Fischer, PhD. [...]

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