Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Audacity of Hoping Somebody Out There Will Hold Joe Biden Accountable For Once

Joe Biden has done it again. Speaking today about stem-cell research, he said the following (HT: The Corner):
“I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are going to work in dealing with parents who have both the joy, because there's joy to it as well, the joy and the difficulty of raising a child who has a developmental disability, who were born with a birth defect. Well guess what folks? If you care about it, why don't you support stem cell research?”
Catholics Against Joe Biden has more, and some analysis:
And before someone comments about my adding the word "embryonic" in brackets to Sen. Biden's comments, that's the ONLY way his comments make any sense, since Gov. Palin - as do most pro-lifers - supports stem cell research deriving from other sources that do not require the destruction of human embryos.

Unfortunately, Sen. McCain does not appear to be among the pro-lifers who oppose ESCR. But then, he's not out there on the campaign trail actively promoting the destruction of unborn human life either.
Mr. "Life begins at conception unless I'm on 'Meet the Press' at which case I'll start talking about Thomas Aquinas and the Summa and quickening until you can't stand the sound of my voice anymore and move on to a question I can really answer such as why the Republicans are big fat meanies who hate the poor and the oppressed and Public Radio..." apparently hasn't checked out what the Catechism says about the evils of embryonic stem cell research, either. Senator Biden, the clue-phone is ringing and it's for you: pro-life people reject "solutions" to disability that involve (1) killing the disabled person, whether in utero or in Florida (or both) and (2) killing other people at the earliest stage of human development to try to improve the lives of the disabled person.

So you see, there's no inconsistency at all for a person to welcome a Down syndrome or autistic or cerebral palsy baby and categorically refuse to explore "healing" for these conditions that requires somebody else's baby to die. It doesn't matter if that "somebody else" left her babies frozen in a clinic with no intention of ever returning for them; it's horrific to contemplate murdering them under the illusion of finding cures for everything but Democratic Senatorial Logorrhea (which can then be marketed for a significant profit, of course). The real inconsistancy comes in claiming to be a good Catholic while supporting both abortion on demand and ESCR, but we're supposed to be too polite to point that out.

Perhaps the next time Joe Biden decides to appeal to parents of disabled children for support for the killing of other people's children, someone present will be impolite enough to point out the sheer audacity of evil contained in such a suggestion. One can always hope.

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