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Jack Sisson's Life Ethics Blog
We must find new ways through many ethical issues, especially regarding bioethics, medical ethics, and criminal justice. Jack Sisson's 'Life Ethics' blog focuses on numerous areas of concern, including the philosophical and ethical dilemmas surrounding stem-cell research, abortion, medical research, and health care.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
How Low Can Rush Go?
I meant to post this a few days ago, concurrent with the breaking news of Rush Limbaugh's incredibly insensitive remarks about Michael J. Fox. Life and work intervened, and when I looked up again it was the weekend. I'd missed Rush's numerous attempts to apologize, rationalize, editorialize, and revise his callous comments. (It pains me to send anyone to his site, but it does give us an idea of just how out of touch with reality this man is.)
Now, tomorrow's edition of "The Washington Post" will feature an article by William Saletan, science and technology writer for "Slate," in which he offers a brief recap of some of Limbaugh's more delusional moments:
In Limbaugh's world, "there never was a surplus" under President Bill Clinton. AIDS "hasn't made that jump to the heterosexual community," and cutting food stamps is fine because recipients "aren't using them." Two years ago, he said the minimum wage was $6 or $7 an hour. Last year, he said gas was $1.29 a gallon.And what does this brouhaha have to do with the beginning of human life? Well, the Fox ads are for candidates in various states who support stem cell research. And Parkinson's disease, which Michael J. Fox has lived with since 1991, is one of the conditions that might be helped by embryonic stem cells. "Might be" as in we don't yet know because research into embryonic stem cells has been hampered by limited funding. Yet Limbaugh and his ilk persistently use a lack of concrete results from embryonic cells to denounce those cells' potential. An absurd position, but no more surreal than the world Limbaugh inhabits daily. I continue to wonder, as I have for years, how much longer will people listen to his nonsense?
Read the full Saletan article here.
Roe v. Wade
Stem Cell Fight!
Bush the hypocrite
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