Collateral Damage: Embryos and Stem Cell Research (by Richard Dawkins)


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George Bush has just vetoed a bill, approved by both Houses of Congress, which would have allowed federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Apparently the President’s ethical philosophy places a higher value on American embryos than on Iraqi or Lebanese men, women and children. Don’t misunderstand ‘embryos’, by the way. We are not talking miniature babies here. The ‘embryos’ used for stem cell research are no bigger than a pinhead, and completely lacking in sentience of any kind.The illogical and hypocritical inconsistency between Bush’s stance on embryonic stem cell research on the one hand, and on slaughtered and maimed Iraqis and Lebanese on the other, is the subject of this article. It is an inconsistency that you could find only in a mind massively infected with the disease of religion.

It is possible to justify civilian casualties of war, if you can make a good ‘lesser of two evils’ case. In Donald Rumsfeld’s charming phraseology, ‘stuff happens’: civilian deaths are ‘collateral damage.’ In this article, I shall compare two kinds of collateral damage – civilians as casualties of war, and embryos as casualties of stem cell research – demonstrating the hypocrisy of those who happily condone the first while vetoing the second. It is worse than hypocrisy, because of the grotesque inequality in suffering caused by the two cases.


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