Politics and religion, two topics that no-one ever has strong feelings about… 😉
Stem cell research has long been a hot topic but recently it’s become positively searing. Pollies in NSW have recently been arguing like children debating legislation that will allow therapeutic cloning.
I’m all for pursuing stem-cell research. Apart from the great potential benefits it offers, history has shown that attempting to prevent the relentless onslaught of scientific exploration is futile. If science wants to learn about something, science will.
But my stance on stem cell research isn’t the topic of this post.
George Pell, the Catholic Archbishop of NSW, has strong feelings about stem cell research. Something along the lines of "no bloody way". And his opinion is what this post is about (sort of). I’m more than happy for Pell to argue his opinion – everyone ought to have that right – but I disagree with John Howard and believe that Pell crossed a fine line earlier this week. He stated that "It is a serious moral matter and Catholic politicians who vote for this legislation must realise that their voting has consequences for their place in the life of the Church". Maybe I’m reading too much into it but if this were the Soprano’s that’d be analgous to "do what I say or I’ll break your knees". 😉
Many Catholic MP’s were upset at being torn between their religion and their opinion and weren’t happy with Pell’s stance.
That was two days ago. Today the bill was passed through with an overwhelming majority: 65 to 26. So, thankfully, many Catholic MP’s decided that their opinion didn’t have to match church decree. Next it goes to the upper house for further debate. Lets hope that religion and politics can continue to remain separate.