Monday, March 9, 2009

Out of the Darkness and Into the Light

Finally, after the darkness of the Bush administration and its repudiation of good science in favor of politics and backward thinking, a new day dawned in Washington. President Obama has lifted the ban on federal funding for stem cell research and opened up new lines for research. Once again those who suffer from so many dreaded diseases and conditions may have some hope for cures and relief.

Researchers who have spent their lives working on solutions to so many complex issues can breathe a sigh of relief, because science has been freed from the burden of religious fervor that dominated government during the last eight years. I will never understand how those, who pat themselves on the back for being so Christian, can stand in the way of research that might unlock the mysteries that cause such suffering among their fellow humans. How could they stand by and say no to something that might allow a person with a spinal chord injury to walk again? How can they doom those with progressive diseases like MS or Parkinson's, when a stroke of the pen might bring a cure?

Already, the nay-sayers are cranking up their followers. The devil, Obama, is turning the government in to a baby killing machine. Woe is us. Armageddon is nigh. We told you so. On the other hand, WWJD? I think he would say "up anchor, and full speed ahead. Free my children from the bonds of suffering, so that they may live life to the fullest." This all reminds me of a line from a favorite song of mine. I had the pleasure of meeting one of its writers a few years ago:

Would Jesus be political if he came back to earth,
Have a second home in Palm Springs, and try to hide his worth.
Take money from poor folks, when He comes back again,
And admit He's talked to all those preachers who say they've been a-talking to him...

1 comment:

Diane J Standiford said...

Jesus would do all in his power to heal the sick, to help me walk again.