Syte Reitz

The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world…….

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Stem Cells

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Stem Cell Research

The Wisconsin State Journal published an article on stem cell research and the Wisconsin Governor’s race .

The controversy boils down to the difference between two types of stem cells – embryonic and adult – and the science can get tedious to follow.

It’s actually not too complicated…….

Mouse embryonic stem cells with fluorescent marker

  • Adult stem cell research (cells taken from adults, approved by the Church) has yielded hundreds of cures to date.
  • Embryonic stem cell research (cells taken from embryos, killing them, forbidden by the Church) has yielded ZERO cures to date.

The superiority of  adult cell research has been recognized widely — Adult Stem Cell Research is Far Ahead Of Embryonic – Aug 2, 2010, USA Today, ABC News, FOX News, Huffington Post, physorg.com, NY Times ……..)

Yet UW scientists (and WSJ reporters) misrepresent the science to support their own research.   They state that embryonic cells are more valuable in research than adult cells, despite the fact that embryonic cells have produced zero cures during 20 years of research.

In online discussion following the article, some readers jump to ridicule those who have religious objections to the morality of killing embryos ( for fruitless research, incidentally).

St. Peter's

As a Ph.D. biochemist who has done research on the regulation of cellular proliferation at Princeton University, I have no difficulty whatsoever in reconciling religion with science.  Good religion welcomes science.  Good science is compatible with religion.  God is not opposed to science, He invented it.  It is when humans try to manipulate science for politics that a discontinuity occurs.

Scientists rarely have consensus on any issue – scientists are not perfect.  They make mistakes,  bad assumptions, they do poor controls; some even misrepresent their results intentionally for advancement/recognition.  Some scientists even cross moral lines when it comes to experimenting on human beings.

This is where the Church (moral expert) comes in. Dismissing the guidance of moral experts on experimentation with human life is as foolish as dismissing scientific rules for good experimental design.

Hippocrates

The scientists who believe that they can violate ancient rules of morality to satisfy their scientific curiosity are recklessly violating ancient teachings which have been the foundation of our culture and of our medical ethics for millennia. These religious and medical teachings include Judeo-Christian and ancient Greek  medical teaching (Hippocrates).  The teachings are common-sense, logical, and designed (primarily by a mind greater than ours) for our welfare and protection.

Checking with the Church (moral expert) on the moral limits of experimentation with human life is as essential as checking experimental design for good controls!

Why is anyone surprised that the route forbidden by ancient morality, which involves the destruction of human life,  has yielded no good scientific fruits to date?

To summarize the politics:

  • Scientists are split on the issue of embryonic vs. adult stem cell research, so pitting science against Church in this issue is unfounded.
  • The adult cell research (with hundreds of cures) is supported by Republicans Scott Walker for Governor and Ron Johnson for Senate.
  • The embryonic cell research (with zero cures) is supported by Democrats Tom Barrett for Governor and Russ Feingold for Senate.

STD’s ……..

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UW–Madison tribute to academic freedom (Bascom Hall)

Since my kids’ recent graduation from UW Madison, I have great affection and concern for the well-being of the remaining 40,000 young souls trudging around our hometown campus every day.  As they heft their backpacks across miles of campus in search of learning and wisdom, it is my hope that this liberal campus does not succeed in excluding millenia of cumulative Judeo-Christian wisdom from consideration, in the sifting and winnowing process that UW Madison boasts of at Bascom Hall.

Finding some articles which promoted promiscuity and pornography to new students in the local student paper this fall  (authored by a “sexual health educator”), one of my back-to-school projects is to begin refuting those misleading and widespread articles with some truths.

The articles I found completely disregard the health implications of promiscuous behavior, which can have life-changing implications for students.  Regarding sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s), the subject of this post, I came across some pretty interesting information —

  • 25% of all college students have STD’s, and 65% of all STD’s occur in people under the age of 25.
  • For an idea of what kind of life you can expect with STD’s, see this Oprah YouTube , 10/7/2010:
    [pro-player width=’560′ height=’340′ type=’video’]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsLc68aqbdM[/pro-player]

. (The Oprah YouTube has been removed.  See transcript of this Oprah segment.)

  • Regarding using “protection” – the use of condoms results in only 85% prevention of either pregnancy or STDs, including HIV.  That means that 1 woman out of 7 will be pregnant within one year, and a comparable, paltry 85% reduction in HIV infection can be expected.

To college students — is this the type of gamble you would like to take with your life and with your future?

This is what the Church, your parents, and “religious people” are trying to protect you from.  God invented knowledge, wisdom and love.  Since liberal UW Madison will not teach you God’s brand of wisdom, research it on your own.

St.Pauls’ University Catholic Center

Madison’s “Isthmus” Cathedral Parish

Promiscuity Education?

Is our government DISCOURAGING abstinence and PROMOTING promiscuity and birth control for children?

Sounds unwise and unlikely, but facts certainly seem to point to this.

U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services

A recent U.S. government survey indicated that 70% of U.S. parents and 60% of U.S. teens favor abstinence before marriage. The Obama administration refused to release this study for 18 months after its completion, stonewalling numerous public requests for release.  Upon release, the study was not reported by mainstream media, but was described by conservative news sources .  Now, 6 wks after the release of the HHS report, the document is no longer available at the HHS website, and is difficult to find.  Fortunately, a copy of the original PDF document was available on an obscure Czechoslovakian website.  It is posted here.

Why is the Obama administration interested in hiding this abstinence attitude study which indicates that the majority of Americans favor abstinence?

The State of Wisconsin (Governor Doyle’s administration) is also pushing the permanent expansion of all birth control services in Wisconsin, including free birth control services for children as young as 15 years old, without their parental knowledge or consent ( ).

Recent legislation introduced by Senator Risser, passed by the Wisconsin legislature, and signed by Governor Doyle in February 2010,  prohibits the teaching of abstinence-only sex education in the public schools of Wisconsin and establishes an alternative program of sex education for children as young as ten.  The “education” program will be developed by Planned Parenthood, whose perspective on human sexuality excludes abstinence education, and can better be described by Christians as “promiscuity education.”  If you are skeptical of this description, see the Planned Parenthood pamphlet “Healthy, Happy and Hot,” which was distributed by girl scouts at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in March 2010.

The interest of the state and federal governments in the regulation of children’s sexual education, particularly in the teaching of liberalized notions of sexually which are at odds with the beliefs of most Americans, defies reason.

The government is opposing the will of the people, the 70% of parents and 60% of teenagers who advocate abstinence.

The liberal policies promoted by the government are also inconsistent and illogical.

It is Illegal in the U.S. for adults to have sex with minors, supposedly because minors are not yet mentally and emotionally mature enough to make responsible sexual decisions.  Yet Obama, Doyle, Risser, etc., want to encourage public school teachers and medical personnel to provide birth control, to illustrate it’s use graphically to minors, and to use taxpayer dollars to pay for the cost of the encouraging our young in the promiscuous lifestyle.  One adult goes to jail for having sex with minors, while another adult gets paid to encourage sexual activity by minors!

Justice

Do our government leaders not see the inconsistency?  If minors are not mentally and emotionally mature enough to make responsible sexual decisions, how can it be legal to encourage them to be sexually active with each other?  How can teachers get up in front of classrooms full of children and describe graphically to them all of their sexual options?  How can those same teachers in good conscience fail to describe the medical and emotional consequences of promiscuity?  What happens when one of two children who were “sexually active” together turns 18, and now their “sexual activity” becomes “criminal?”

What could the government be thinking?

Does the government have some alternative agenda?

  • Is the government trying to reduce teen pregnancy?  Encouraging early sexual activity does not accomplish this.
  • Is the government trying to reduce population? Encouraging early sexual activity does not accomplish this.  (Besides,  overpopulation is a myth.)
  • Is the government trying to reduce STD’s in the population?  Encouraging early sexual activity does not accomplish this. In fact, the Center for Disease Control recommends abstinence for this purpose.

If government action appears to be irrational, what other groups are stakeholders in these child sex education issues?

Is “promiscuity education” part of the business plan of America’s largest abortion corporation?

Planned Parenthood seems to be closely involved with government in the control and curriculum development for sexual education of children.  Yet there is a serious conflict of interest here.

Planned Parenthhod, Houston, Texas

Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion corporation in America, and their primary source of income comes from destroying human life.  Although Planned Parenthood claims that only 3% of their “procedures” include abortion, this claim is misleading.  When the distribution of 1 condom is counted as one “procedure,” the abortions appear to be rare “procedures” by comparison.  However, at a cost of  ~$500-$1,000 per abortion, the costs add up to over 1/3 of Planned Parenthood’s profits.  Close to another third of profits come from treatment of STD’s.  Planned Parenthood’s profits are over 1 billion dollars per year, and they receive over $350 million dollars in government subsidies (federal and state).  Planned Parenthood would have a clear economic incentive in encouraging extreme and liberalized sex education in public schools for the maximization of their own profits, through both abortion and STD treatment.

Abby Johnson, previously the director of one of Planned Parenthood’s largest national abortion facilities, has described that Planned Parenthood set corporation “Family Planning” goals for doubling the number of abortions they wish to perform in the coming year.  According to Abby, abortion is a priority at Planned Parenthood, that’s where they make their money, and the pregnancy prevention budget of Planned Parenthood is negligible compared with the abortion budget and income.  Another ex-employee of Planned Parenthood has reported that calculations of the number of abortions to be expected per young girl per lifetime are included in their business projections.

Why would Planned Parenthood condone promiscuous behavior in young children?  Is it too shocking to suggest that Planned Parenthood WANTS kids to be sexually active as much as possible, and to come back as repeat customers for numerous abortions?  Consumer reports have rated Planned Parenthood condoms the worst quality of all brands.  Some have suggested that the intentional distribution of defective condoms by Planned Parenthood would increase their abortion business, as well as their STD treatment business.

Margaret Sanger

Alternatively, some suggest that the historical roots of Planned Parenthood influence their policies.  Planned Parenthood was established by Margaret Sanger, a notorious eugenicist who believed in reducing  “unwanted” groups in the population – including blacks, the poor and criminals.  COULD these historical roots could still be operating today?  The fact is that 77% of African-American pregnancies are aborted right now (Abby Johnson).   African American babies are three times more likely to be aborted than white babies, according to data from the U.S. Center for Disease Control.  Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, the black population in the U.S. has been reduced by over 25 percent.

Note inserted February 11, 2015 : The above link is no longer active. But the US black population is 45 million today, and 13 million black abortions have been perfomed.  Do the math- at least 22% of black people are now missing due to abortion.  This is probably a gross UNDERestimate, since most of those 13 million black babies would have had children and grandchildren during the course of the last 50 years .
See Black Death in America.

Could an African-American President be promoting the pre-birth genocide of his own people?   Is the President unaware of these facts?

Exploring the motivation behind the recent irrational and scandalous policies of our governments in the area of child sexuality does not lead to any obvious conclusions.  What DOES make sense in a democracy, however, is to listen to the people and to accept the majority morality – in the case of the United States, Judeo-Christian morality and abstinence.

Ten Commandments

It might be a surprise to some, but there ARE numerous families who succeed in raising their children to be respectful of the procreative power of the human body, and who have no problem with abstinence before marriage.  70% of American parents and 60% of American teens support abstinence.  Numerous families have remarkable success instilling the values of self-control, respect for others, and delayed gratification in their children.

My own family has been very successful in instilling these values in our children, and we are typical among our Madison, Wisconsin Catholic community.  Other faiths also have great success in this area.  Hence the overwhelming statistics quoted above; 70% of parents and 60% of teens favor abstinence before marriage.  These are realistic and wise goals.

It’s time for our government to start listening to the American people and to stop legislating poorly thought out, inconsistent, and possibly profit-motivated immoral policies, which can only serve to endanger our children and the future of our civilization.

How do we oppose such an agenda?

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Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion corporation in America, will be developing the sex education programs to be used in Wisconsin public schools.  Here is an example of their work, which was distributed by girl scouts at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in March 2010:

PDF of “Healthy, Happy and Hot”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Survey of Adolescents and Their Parents: Attitudes and Opinions About Sex and Abstinence. Project No. 60005  Final Report February 26, 2009; released Aug 8, 2010:

Health and Human Services

U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services

Origial PDF Text of National Survey of Adolescents and Their Parents: Attitudes and Opinions About Sex and Abstinence

Conclusions:

  • 70% of U.S. parents support abstinence until marriage
  • 60% of U.S. teens support abstinence until marriage

The Obama administration refused to release this study for 18 months after its completion, stonewalling numerous public requests for release.

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