Friday, August 5, 2005

Dobson on Stem-Cell Research

Dr. James Dobson compares stem-cell research to Nazi experiments.

DOBSON: You know, the thing that means so much to me here on this this issue [embryonic stem cell research] is that people talk about the potential for good that can come from destroying these little embryos and how we might be able to solve the problem of juvenile diabetes. There’s no indication yet that they’re gonna do that, but people say that, or spinal cord injuries or such things. But I have to ask this question: In World War II, the Nazis experimented on human beings in horrible ways in the concentration camps, and I imagine, if you wanted to take the time to read about it, there would have been some discoveries there that benefited mankind. You know, if you take a utilitarian approach, that if something results in good, then it is good. But that’s obviously not true. We condemn what the Nazis did because there are some things that we always could do but we haven’t done, because science always has to be guided by ethics and by morality. And you remove ethics and morality, and you get what happened in Nazi Germany. That’s why to Senator [Senate Majority Leader Bill] Frist [R-TN] and the others who are saying, “Look what may be accomplished.” Yeah, but there’s another issue, there’s a higher order of ethics here.

Remember when the righties got all furious about Dick Durbin using the N-word to draw a comparison to the treatment of prisoners in Gitmo and how Durbin had to tearfully apologize? Well, so far the reaction from the righties on Dr. Dobson basically doing the same thing to stem-cell research is… [cue the crickets].

Why is it that the Republicans are so afraid of James Dobson?

By the way, does Dr. Dobson’s comparison make Nancy Reagan, who supports the research, Eva Braun?