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.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Santa Would Boycott Pepsi

Pepsi is running a series of ads with Santa Claus drinking Pepsi while on vacation - instead of the other cola with which he has been associated (due to another advertising campaign) for many years.

I have some ties to the big fella, and I can safely predict that due to his having been a bishop and his love for ALL children, he would join the pro-life boycott of Pepsi products.

Santa Claus is pro-life.

Pepsi allegedly is not.

Pro-life groups have called for a boycott of PepsiCo because it is in a partnership with Senomyx, a biotech company that uses aborted fetal cells in the research and development of artificial flavor enhancers.

Pro-life groups report that Pepsi is funding the research and development, and paying royalties to Senomyx, which uses HEK-293 (human embryonic kidney cells) to produce flavor enhancers for Pepsi beverages.

That's right: Pepsi is allegedly using dead babies to help flavor its drinks.

That puts the company on Santa's very naughty list.

I've already begun asking in restaurants what cola they serve, and if it's Pepsi, I stick with water.

And I know that "Santa" would too.


Blogger Nod said...

On the whole I agree with you.

You did not imply it, but to be perfectly clear, Senomyx uses HEK-293 to test flavor enhancers ON, not as an ingredient. See here and here.

Still, boycott the buzzards.

10:34 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Response to one commenter - Even the so-called "immortal cell lines" were derived from killing babies.

9:06 AM  
Blogger RailRider said...

I would recommend a whole sale boycott of all prescription and OTC drugs, then. These cells have been in use since the early 1970's and the amount of research that they have been used in is truly staggering.

8:17 AM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

There's a difference between using these lines to create medications and using them to help test flavors for soda pop.

9:59 AM  

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