The Ethics of Killing

Yesterday, in announcing his decision to oppose President Bush’s policy against funding stem cell research that kills human embryos, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said he is still pro-life. I hate to break this to him, but acknowledging the embryo’s humanity while encouraging its destruction (even “within ethical bounds”) is not pro-life. Even John Kerry said he believed life begins at conception, and he, too, supported ending that life.

Frist’s attempt to reassure his political base and maintain his presidential viability is doomed. In a press release, Tony Perkins, who heads the conservative Family Research Council, said ominously that Frist “once had Presidential aspirations.” Bob Scheidt, chairman of the ethics commission of the Christian Medical and Dental Association, said, “We’re shocked, because we as Christian physicians thought Frist was one of us.”

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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