Professor Peter Singer, of Princeton University, is one of the leading advocates in out time for the culture of death. Last year Singer wrote: “During the next 35 years the traditional view of the sanctity of human life will collapse under pressure from scientific, technological, and demographic developments. By 2040, it may be that only a rump of hardcore, know-nothing religious fundamentalists will defend the view that every human life, from conception to death, is sacrosanct. In retrospect, 2005 may be seen as the year in which that position became untenable.”
Jonathan Alter, writing in Newsweek, further chortled that “The South Korean” efforts in cloning human embryos to produce stem cells would prove to be a “brilliant scientific breakthrough” that would expose the “perverse” position of the “Bush bitter-enders and the pope.” Wow! What a major contribution to the human family that “breakthrough” might prove to be. And exposing the “perverse” position of Bush and the pope is truly a marvel for all open-minded and intelligent people.
There is one major problem with this recent godless chatter for improvement from the Left. Hwang Woo-Suk, the scientist behind this marvelous Korean “breakthrough” not only got the eggs he used unethically (no surprise) but he faked the results of his experiment. Simply put, there was no “breakthrough” in 2005, nor in 2004, another year for hoaxes!
So what does Newsweek think about this hoax issue? It argued, in typical sleight of hand logic, that this exposure might well be a “blessing in disguise” since better scientists will now get the money instead of frauds. Advocates for federal subsidies for human cloning assure us that the Korean hoax only proves their point. Subsidies in the United States will make sure that our much more ethical scientists will be fully able to stay in the struggle until the real solutions are found. In plain speech this means that we are more trustworthy than foreigners. Our scientists can can be trusted. Now there’s the moral high ground, eh? (Is there a dash of hubris here, or do I miss something?)
National Review noted, in a January 30 editorial, that if there really is a blessing in disguise in this hoax story “it is only because it means an industry in the creation and destruction of human beings for research is not yet upon us.” For those of us who believe that life is truly a gift from God to be protected, from conception to birth, these developments should give us great pause. I am frankly not surprised at the hoax. What surprises me is the continued unwillingness of the advocates of human cloning to do much more in the face of such a major hoax than further press the rightness of their point, ad infinitum. If Peter Singer and Newsweek are followed by serious scientists and political types (and they certainly are as California’s recent ballot initiative demonstrated) then we should have no serious doubt that people who value life biblically must stay vigilant and continue this struggle to prevent whatever contribution America might make to this cloning/death industry. We should also pray that God will have mercy upon us all. The prospects, humanly speaking, are not good for stopping this barbarity in the immediate future. The results of this "brave new world" are quite horrifying when you think about the human potential for evil.