“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Monday, September 26, 2016


Fifteen years ago I said I would refuse any stem cell therapy for MS that involved embryonic sources. Why? Because it would have involved the destruction of another human being in embryonic form. It was considered bizarre by many people. "Don't you want to walk again?" they would ask. Of course, I would love to be restored to my former self -- to swim, ski, bicycle with grandchildren, to dance with my wife -- but not at the cost of another life. I wrote a number of articles for publications like Canada's National Post newspaper repudiating the moral corruption of embryonic stem cell research or therapies.Radio and television stations called for interviews. Even the Washington Times called. 

That time proved to be a defining point for me. Would I succumb to the temptation of being delivered from a horrible disease that was destroying me if it required killing another human being? Granted, it would have been tempting if a restorative cure had been developed for MS using embryonic sources. Sadly I would have to turn away from it. I could not accept it. Some principles rise above self-interests.

I've spent most of my adult life espousing human rights -- the highest of which is the universal right to life for every human being from conception to natural death. It is a moral absolute that I could not abandon even for my own benefit.

Now, 15 years later, it seems all the promise of treatments and cure for diseases like MS using embryonic sources did not deliver the promise while other stem cells have been developed. I was saved from a diabolical temptation for personal gain at the cost of someone else's life. See article below. Some principles rise above political gain. President Bush was right. 

It's doubtful that mainstream media like the New York Times and CNN, who were so enthusiastic to tout the promises of embryonic stem cell research 15 years ago, will not go back now to report its failure.  

Christopher White, "Bush has been vindicated by stem cell decision", Crux (taking the Catholic pulse)

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