A Grave New World

When science trumps religion, our personhood is the casualty

Prior to the Bush-Kerry presidential race of 2004, the Democratic party tested several strategies for gaining traction against a wartime incumbent with a strongly religious base. One of them was to point to the President’s Council on Bioethics and Bush’s own lack of enthusiasm for stem-cell research and to claim that a conflict between science and ideology had developed. “Ideology” likely filled in for the usual villain of “religion” here, seeing that the Democrats were trying to avoid at the time the appearance of agnosticism (a difficult position to maintain for a party hoping to return to majority status). National Public Radio—as well as most major...

 
This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #1, Fall 2006 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo1/a-grave-new-world

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