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I typically agree with all the positions in your pointed and well argued essays and especially applaud your stalwart defense of orthodox catholic Christianity. Your piece on cloning (January 7), however, was not up to your standard.
As regards grammar, “media” is a plural not singular noun. This is a common error but one I would not expect from a writer of your skills.
With respect to the content, I believe that your mind has closed too quickly on the subject. Indeed, even among us “orthodox” Roman Catholics a discussion of first principles is required on the subject of advances in reproductive technologies before it can be condemned in its entirety.
The subject of “therapeutic” human cloning is a good case on point. I agree that the harvesting of fertilized human embryos for research purposes is an abomination, clearly the exploitation of a unique human being. But, what of the case of genetic material being inserted into an unfertilized egg? By my way of thinking, an unfertilized egg is not a unique human being, not an embryo at all, not different in any material or metaphysical respect from any group of human cells.
So why do some on our side of the fence argue that this practice must be banned? Perhaps they are right. But good arguments need to be put forth defending that position. So far, I have heard none and the one that you seem to put forth in the essay — let’s call it the Pandora’s Box approach — seems less than Aristotelian.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?