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EMBRYONIC STEM CELL FOLLOW UP – WHO’S EARTH IS REALLY FLAT?

Posted by Andrew Roman on March 12, 2009

I can imagine that within the inner circles of the leftist thinkocracy – specifically those who would typify President Obama’s reversal of the Bush Administration’s ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research as enlightened and forward-thinking – the following cartoon, created by Rex Babin (published in the Sacramento Bee), was an enormous hit. (I’m out on a limb, I know).

I can only pretend to comprehend the amount of thought that must have gone into the exceptionally original concept of tying the phrase “flat earth” to former-President Bush.

How unique.

It must have scored Mr. Babin a whole lot of cafeteria room high-fives from the sophisticates in Sacramento.

Hypothetical leftist 1: “Man, that Babin is good, isn’t he?”

Hypothetical leftist 2: “Yeah, It’s like he has his finger on the pulse of what we’re all thinking. And the guy can draw!”

Unfortunately for Babin – and all the other oblivious, knee-jerk, sycophants in his camp – this cartoon is either illustrative of how naïve the left is, or how stupid they are. (You decide).

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First, the obvious implication is that because George W. Bush is a conservative (and one of those Christian God types to boot) his moth-eaten position of denying taxpayer dollars to fund this potentially earth-shattering scientific research is both suppressive and anti-science – and not unlike the blinded-by-faith Christians of the Middle Ages who steadfastly believed the earth was flat.

Unfortunately, for Babin, it is a completely flawed premise – although I almost admire his banal effort to be timely and relevant.

The fact is, from about the 3rd Century BC, there were virtually no educated people in the Western Hemisphere who believed the earth was flat – and that includes not only the earliest Christians, but those of the Middle Ages. The notion that Europeans believed overwhelmingly that the earth was flat up until the Age of Exploration is simply untrue. It’s a popular culture myth born in the early 19th Century with the publication of Washington Irving’s book “The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus.” It is not based on historical fact.

If, however, Babin is attempting to equate what he sees as Bush’s horse-and-buggy policies to Mesopotamian theology or pre-Classical Era paganism, then I’d say his analogy is nearly worth acknowlegding – although thoroughly (and predictably) incorrect. Otherwise, I invite anyone who truly believes Babin’s intent was anything other than taking a pot shot at conservative christianity – and thus, by default, pro-lifers – to stand on his or her head.

Second, if the “flat earth” incrimination is to be effective – or at least make sense – the assumption must hold that what is being “rejected” or “denied” is something slightly more concrete than the current question marks that characterize much of today’s embryonic stem cell research. Just because a segment of the population wants the research to yield results that would (theoretically) be beneficial to the study and treatment of degenerative diseases, does not automatically mean that those who are against its federal funding on ethical grounds are to be accurately equated to those who would deny more readily verifiable things – like a spherical planet or the moon landing.

As I wrote yesterday, this is not about the advancement of science. It is about the ethics of science. This is not even about the research itself. If private citizens wish to contribute to the continued research of embryonic stem cells – and believe me, there are no shortage of wealthy Leftocrats out there – so be it. This is about using taxpayer dollars to fund the destruction of human embryos, which Obama’s Executive Order has opened the door to.

Third, consider how different the debate would sound if the successes that have been realized through adult stem cell research, and the less-than-triumphant successes that have come from embryonic stem cell research, were reversed. Would the Left be nearly as passionate in securing federal funding for the more dubious and fruitless research of adult stem cells?

You know the answer.

I would submit to Mr. Babin that it is decidely more “flat earth” to channel the amount of faith that embryonic stem cell proponents have put into that singular area of research when adult stem cells have actually been used succesfully to therapuetically treat diseases. It is even more “flat earth” to feverishly push for federal funding of embryonic stem cell research when the biological equivalent to embryonic stem cells – called induced pluripotent stem cells – can now be created in laboratories without having to destroy human embryos – and have been since 2007.

I wonder how many know that.

Mr. Babin?

Can you say leftist dogma?

Can you say abortion rights agenda?

Come on now … is this really about the science?

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