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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review June 8, 2007 / 22 Sivan, 5767

Stem cells and moral preening

By Mona Charen


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Usually when I learn that someone is the parent of a child with diabetes, I feel an instant rapport. Even if the person is a stranger, I know so much about what his or her daily life is like: the constant monitoring, the shots, the worry. But one cannot respond with such natural fellow feeling when that person has chosen to treat everyone on the other side of the stem cell debate with contempt.


In a short profile that ran in The Washington Post, Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., shares her personal struggle with the disease. Her daughter was diagnosed with Type I diabetes in 1999 at the age of 4. This "jolt" propelled Rep. DeGette to become an activist on diabetes research. She co-chairs the Congressional Diabetes Caucus. Fine, as far as it goes. But like so many activist types, she seems to confuse conviction with revelation. Her daughter lives with a serious condition, and therefore, anyone who does not assent to using embryonic stem cells for research is, what? Well, here are Rep. DeGette's words:


"If a candidate says 'I support stem cells and my opponent does not,' it immediately classifies your opponent as an extremist." Moreover, she continues, "We think people who vote on the wrong side of this are voting against science and health."


It does not seem to cross her mind, as it so rarely seems to occur to any of the activists on this issue, that other people suffer, too, and that indifference may not be the reason they take another view of embryonic stem cell research. They are extremists. They are opposed to science — even to good health.


What a nice fairy tale to tell yourself. How comforting it must be to avoid confronting the tough questions. How grossly unfair that people of conscience, who feel the pain of illness and death no less than anyone else, are dismissed as thoughtless when it is actually they who have done the hard thinking. I have met many people — particularly when I speak to pro-life audiences, who are raising children with severe disabilities; children who would have been aborted by other less morally sensitive couples. Their lives look so painful and difficult (though they often insist that their children are a great blessing) whether they are pushing a physically handicapped child in a wheelchair or caring for a mentally handicapped adult child. These parents chose not to abort their handicapped children not because they were "extremists" but because they could not have lived with themselves if they had done anything else. They believe that life is a gift, that each human being, no matter how disabled, has worth because he or she is made in the image of God. Such "extremists" staff our charities, care for the sick and dying, find homes for abandoned babies, and fill the ranks of special education teachers, nurses, doctors and therapists.


People who oppose embryonic stem cell research are loath to cross the moral line of sacrificing one human being's life to help another. Yes, an embryo is just a small cluster of cells. It takes imagination to view it as human. But each of us began life that way. As former Rep. Henry Hyde used to say, a human embryo is not going to grow up to be a giraffe.


It's actually ironic that the Post chose to puff Rep. DeGette in today's paper, since the front page brings news of a medical breakthrough. It seems that three teams of scientists have been able to coax ordinary mice skin cells into becoming stem cells that may have all of the pluripotent potential so prized in embryonic stem cells. It may be that science will leapfrog the moral difficulties of the stem cell debate by developing techniques like this that do not require living embryos to be destroyed. It would be nice if Rep. DeGette and I could celebrate this news together in the proper spirit. But she has made it clear that she thinks people who are opposed to embryonic stem cell research are extremists.


When the day comes, as it probably will, when I am old and decrepit and disabled and in need of compassion and assistance from someone, I only hope I will be lucky enough to come under the care of some extremist, who believes that I have value just because I am human and for no other reason.

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