Pope Benedict has seen fit to once again open his mouth and let the stupid run out.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict said on Thursday that embryonic stem cell research, artificial insemination and the prospect of human cloning had “shattered” human dignity.
I don’t know about the Pope, but my human dignity is just fine. It might be a different story if I had to dress in pretty robes and ridiculously pointy hats, but that’s the neat thing about leaving the Catholic Church: I don’t have to worry about being elected Pope.
He said this included total respect for the human being as a person “from conception until natural death,” and respect for the natural transmission of life through sexual intercourse.
I wonder if Benedict, in his dying days, will be hooked up to some of those respirators and morphine units that grow on trees, natural medicinal gifts from God that they are.
Practices like freezing embryos, suppression of embryos in multiple pregnancies, embryonic stem cell research, the prospect of human cloning and artificial insemination outside the body had “shattered the barriers meant to protect human dignity,” he said.
So, test-tube babies are somehow less dignified than those of us created through the sweating and grunting of the beast with two backs? Given that the man (supposedly) has never had sexual intercourse, I suppose he can be forgiven for seeing the sex act as something akin to a fancy dress dinner party, but someone should disabuse him of that notion ASAP. Else he might keep saying dumb things like that.
While we wait, may I suggest the Church launch death squads to execute all human beings who resulted from artificial insemination? I mean, really, can we have those undignified degenerates walking among us? What if they trick one of the godly into procreating and pass their cooties down the line? Que horible!
It was the Pope’s latest foray into scientific issues. On Monday he warned against the “seductive” powers of science, saying it was important that science did not become the sole criteria for goodness.
Ah, yes, the seductive powers of knowledge and reason and understanding! No wonder that the Pontiff that purveys mythology as fact would live in dread of humans shrugging off the dead weight of superstition, favoring instead to actually know the world, rather than just – uh – make up sh*t about it.
I love that this man can, in all seriousness, discuss science being harmful to human dignity, when he believes that we are all born as evil, sinful creatures through no fault of our own. I suppose that eternal damnation is all about human dignity too. I wonder how many other impossible things he believes before breakfast.