A Roman Catholic diocese in Ohio is discouraging its 113 schools from participating in the ice bucket challenge to benefit the ALS Association, saying the group’s funding of embryonic stem cell research is “in direct conflict with Catholic teaching.”
Jim Rigg, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, told the schools in a letter Tuesday to “immediately cease” any plans to raise funds for the association or to instead direct donations to another organization that combats ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig‘s disease that causes paralysis and almost certain death.
This is despite the fact that ALSA only funds a single embryonic stem cell study (which the church is against), and funds many many studies using adult stem cells (approved by the Catholic church). The money for funding the embryonic study is also specified from a single donor.
Carrie Munk, a spokeswoman for the ALS Association, said her group largely funds adult stem-cell research but does fund one study involving embryonic stem cells using money from one specific donor.
She said all donors to the ALS Association can stipulate where their money goes and can ask that it not pay for embryonic stem cell research.
I guess it is good that the diocese is encouraging donations to other ALS charities, but still not impressed.
I personally think that Pat Sajak should stick to giving away money and vacations and selling vowels. Despite the huge body of science that supports global warming, some people insist that it doesn’t exist. And now Pat says that the ‘alarmists’ that claim it does exist are racists. Oh sorry, I forgot that besides being an expert on games involving spinning wheels, that Pat Sajak also has a Ph.D. in climatology. Oh wait… he doesn’t. I can understand if people want to claim that climate-change is not man-made, even though the science supports that it is. But to completely deny global warming as misleading is just ignorant. Thermometers don’t lie. Glaciers don’t lie. and the list goes on. What I would like to know is, what do people like Pat Sajak think the motivation would be for hundreds of scientists to mislead people about global-warming? Cause it must be some grand conspiracy delusion involving tree-hugging America haters… despite the fact that the science in support of global warming is international. I have also never understood why regardless of the existence of global-warming, people would be against doing things that are good for the environment. Ignorance is bliss??