“Science, Not Ideology” [Living in an Obama Nation]

A couple of days ago President Obama rescinded the Bush-era ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. In laymen’s terms, your tax dollars will now be used to do research on embryonic human beings. This, despite the fact that scientists have made great progress in research on adult stem cells which don’t require the destruction of human beings.

What’s more, the order apparently even revokes authorization for the latter kind of stem cell research, the kind that no one objects to. That’s right. In the name of science and healing people, we’re going to stop the research that works and is morally okay in favor of the unproven, morally-objectionable kind. Hope and Change.

Here’s a sampling of the President’s speech about this new policy:

“In recent years, when it comes to stem cell research, rather than furthering discovery, our government has forced what I believe is a false choice between sound science and moral values. In this case, I believe the two are not inconsistent. As a person of faith, I believe we are called to care for each other and work to ease human suffering. I believe we have been given the capacity and will to pursue this research — and the humanity and conscience to do so responsibly.”

Got that? Obama believes it; that settles it. And don’t forget, he’s “a person of faith,” which is kind of like saying “he’s a person that’s breathing.” Apparently, the content of that faith is his right as supreme leader to force people through coercive taxation to pay for wicked research. Some creed.

Oh, and don’t forget: we’re “called to care for each other and work to ease human suffering.”*

*”Unless you live in a womb somewhere. Or a laboratory. Then your reason for existing (or not) is to alleviate the rest of our suffering. At the expense of your life.”

And though it’s not a popular comparison, and kind of inflammatory, the Nazi’s also had the “capacity,” and “will” to pursue their research. And their “consciences” were just as seared as President Obama’s.

“Promoting science isn’t just about providing resources — it’s also about protecting free and open inquiry. It’s about letting scientists like those who are here today do their jobs, free from manipulation or coercion, and listening to what they tell us, even when it’s inconvenient — especially when it’s inconvenient. It is about ensuring that scientific data is never distorted or concealed to serve a political agenda — and that we make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology.”

This quotation relates exactly to my point about the evangelical appeal to science in the public square. The President’s hubris notwithstanding, this executive order is so full of ideology that it’s coming out his ears. “Science” is being co-opted by idolatrous and wicked ideology. The appeal to “the facts” is simply masking that ideology.

Which is why to try to have this debate purely at the level of science is a recipe for failure. There are fundamental idolatries at work here. Sacrifices must be offered; the “priests” who run the abortion racket must be paid off. Science is just trotted out to give the whole thing an air of legitimacy.

Meanwhile, Rick Warren isn’t commenting on any of this because he doesn’t like to comment on political matters and evangelicals are busy printing “Wild About Horses” Bibles and doing altar calls with text messages, just like Jesus told us to.

But in all of this, we must remember that God still reigns over the universe and he will judge this nation and all nations in due time. We may be slouching toward Babylon at the moment, but we can take comfort in God’s preservation of his people. There will always be the 7,000 who have not bowed the knee to Baal (Romans 11:1-6). And when God acts to establish justice among the nations, it will be because he first acted to establish true worship in the hearts of his people.

So, before you go to bed tonight, read a psalm, sing a hymn with your family, and offer up some glad-hearted prayers of supplication, with gratitude in your heart to God. “Commit your way to the Lord, and he will act. His steadfast love endures forever.”

For more articles on the embryonic stem cell issue, Justin Taylor has a good list of articles.

With A Straight Face [Living in an Obama Nation]

Earlier this week President Obama attended the National Prayer Breakfast. His full remarks can be found here. One portion caught my eye:

But no matter what we choose to believe, let us remember that there is no religion whose central tenet is hate. There is no God who condones taking the life of an innocent human being. This much we know.

And he said it with a straight face.

UPDATE: For related thoughts, see this one by Doug Wilson.

Do Christians Always Have To Pay Their Taxes? [Cue ‘N Ays]

Last week President Obama ended the Mexico City policy, a policy that had prevented U.S. taxpayer money from funding foreign organizations that perform abortions. The fallout is that now, U.S. tax dollars will pay for foreign abortions. My understanding is that Minnesota already has some form of taxpayer-funded abortions.

So here’s the question:

If the government uses taxpayer money to fund abortions, are Christians released from their obligation to pay some or all of their taxes?

Comments are most welcome.

Let the Obama Nation Begin [Living in an Obama Nation]

So Bishop Gene Robinson, the openly-gay Episopal bishop who left his wife and children to marry his homosexual lover, gave the prayer at the opening inaugural event for Barack Obama tonight. (HT: Denny Burk)

He addressed his prayer to “the God of our many understandings” (whoever the heck that is) and prayed for an end to discrimination of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people as well as a move from “mere tolerance” to a “genuine respect and warm embrace of our differences.” I get all warm and fuzzy just thinking about it.

But the coup-de-grace was this part of his prayer:

Bless us with compassion and generosity – remembering that every religion’s God judges us by the way we care for the most vulnerable in the human community, whether across town or across the world.

“…Across our town or across our world…unless you live in a womb somewhere. Then you have the moral significance of fingernail clippings.”

As Christians, we should never tire in pointing out the hypocrisy of those who cloak their idolatry and rebellion in the language of “compassion and generosity” while “tolerating” the slaughter of “the most vulnerable in the human community,” especially when they are also cloaked in the vestments of a bishop.