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The New Frankensteins

By Deacon Keith A Fournier
© Third Millennium, LLC

In an article displayed prominently in the New York Times on Feb. 11, 2003, entitled ”Scientists Create Human Embryos Through Cloning” Gina Kolata, a reporter, wrote that: "Scientists in South Korea report that they have created human embryos through cloning and extracted embryonic stem cells, the universal cells that hold great promise for medical research.”

Here we go again!

The “New Frankensteins” of our age will not stop their ghoulish pursuits. By promising absolutely unfounded medical “advances” they attempt to justify the “manufacture” of human embryonic life for its destruction in the “extracting” of parts. Every time stem cells are “extracted” (Oh, the sterile sounding language of the culture of death and use) a human embryo is killed.

It was not that long ago that the headlines generated by the bizarre claims of the Raelian sect filled the newspapers for the second time reading “Second Clone Born to a Lesbian Couple.”

Since writing my first piece on this subject (which was posted on numerous “blogs” and resultantly picked up widely) I have received numerous inquiries concerning my thoughts on both the Raelians and ongoing attempts at cloning. One writer for a Catholic newspaper wrote to me to express the sentiment that he “enjoyed my commentary on the subject” and wanted my “reaction to the reactions” concerning the first cloning claim of this group.

This article is another response to this endless effort because I know that the reactions to this relentless pursuit of power over creation, life and death, needs to be carefully examined so that the common good can be protected, promoted and advanced at a critical time in the history of our civilization.

Though I have been mildly encouraged by the swift and largely negative reaction to the first “announcement” of the manufacture of a human being through “cloning”, I fear that the apparently “bogus” scientific claims of embryonic cloning will be believed simply in their repetition by so called “medical and scientific experts” like those reported on in the Times piece.

This will only provide “cover” for the real moves at manufacturing some “brave, new world” by “master scientists” who are hell-bent on proceeding with this dangerous experimentation (we call it “technology” now) that always leads to the destruction of a human person. If we do not honestly face the underlying issues now - there is a huge move underway to push us culturally down the road to a new barbarism disguised as enlightened living. It must not remain unopposed.

The Raellians and their leader are overtly bizarre and the world is rightly recognizing that they are –to say the least-out of ‘the mainstream.” However, what is revealed (in an almost comic book caricature) in the “messianic” claims of their leader named “Rael” and his following, is a “worldview” and “anthropology” that is endemic to much of contemporary western culture.

This worldview and anthropology informs the framework for many other false ideologies, movements and psycho-spiritual groups in our current age. Perhaps even more frightening, it lays a philosophical foundation for the efforts of many of the new “barbarians”, who unlike the barbarians of old with their unkempt appearance and behavior, now carry briefcases, wear designer suits and white medical coats, pound gavels in courtrooms, teach in our Universities, and hold public office.

What is at risk is that the fundamental tenet of Western Civilization itself - the dignity of every human person no matter what age, stage, size, color, or functionality and the inalienable human rights that are their endowment and form the very basis for all claims to any “civil rights”. In short, civilization is now at risk. I fear that this bigger issue will be lost in the re-packaging of the most ancient of errors revealed in this new abuse of science.

I remember the night I saw the representative of Clonaids’ (The company owned by the Raelians that is allegedly carrying out such clandestine new Frankenstein experiments) biggest competitor on television. He protested the actions of the Raelian group with an aura of feigned concern for the child that would be the “product” of cloning. He looked in the camera and had the audacity to inform the viewers that the technology is here already to “harvest” stem cells from embryos but that is not yet far enough along and therefore it would not be “moral” or right to raise a “defective” child!

We must stop to consider what this man actually said! He told the whole world that it is perfectly legitimate to use this “technology” (sounds so sanitized doesn’t it?) to manufacture a tiny human embryo in order to destroy it for parts, but wrong to allow that embryo to grow and become a “defective”. The specter of the now ...

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