View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Biden - insert foot

Reacting to Republican discussion of assistance for special needs children and their families - in the context of the Palin's child with Down syndrome - Joe Biden said:

“I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are going to work in dealing with parents who have … the joy and the difficulty of raising a child who has a developmental disability. Well guess what folks? If you care about it, why don’t you support stem cell research?”

Um, first, stem cell will not help to treat Down syndrome.

Second, embryonic stem cell research is against the teachings of the Catholic Church, a Church he claims to belong to. A Church that operates programs around the world to help children, the poor, the neglected, the rejected. During a church-group visit to Haiti, for example, I spent time in a children's center run by Mother Teresa's order. Is he saying she did not care?

So again, Biden is going against Church teachings.



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