Monday, October 30, 2006

MO Stem Cell Ads

It's very easy to say that of course Michael J. Fox should run ads supporting stem-cell research since he is afflicted with a disease that, supposedly, could be cured by the offspring of stem-cell research. The way I see it is that it's sly manipulation by its clear attempts to appeal to pity. "The poor guy...I need to vote yes on amendment two". I do feel sorry for him and anyone suffering from Parkinsons, but I'll be damned if I'm going to vote to expand embryonic stem-cell research for you.

Now on the other side. The ad retorting Michael J. Fox was, for the most part very good. (Did you notice four of the five people were Catholic and two of them were baseball players?) However Jim Caviezel should not have been in that ad. It's just too damn easy now to say "oh the Republicans are just trying to say that you hate Jesus if you vote 'yay'." But it was beyond imprudent to actually have him quoting an Aramaic line from the Passion of the Christ. They had him quoting the line from the Garden of Gethsemane where he rebukes Judas for betraying the son of man with a kiss. Very tacky, and a huge lapse in judgment.

Edit: Check this out.