October 1, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Radical Islam, stem cells, & Romney Mormon faith

Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney

U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney is reaching out to the evangelical community here in the U.S. and there’s a stem cell connection. Apparently he’s been doing this for a half dozen years….

How’s that going?

What do they talk about?

Romney, himself of the Mormon faith, has been working hard to convince American evangelicals that he’s their buddy and they should vote for him. I don’t know why there’s this idea that evangelicals should somehow be afraid of Mormons, which to me seems unfathomable. I have no issue with the Mormon religion.

So what happens when Romney breaks bread with evangelicals?

David Brody, Chief Political Consultant for the Christian Broadcast Network (CBN), home to the 700 Club and ultra-right wing news, reports a scoop of sorts (according to him) today that he has unique insight into the goings on at such meetings.

Brody writes about current efforts by Romney to court evangelicals, but also importantly he reports on one particularly important meeting that reportedly occurred at Romney’s home in 2006.

The quote that stands out the most to me about this particular meeting is that Romney and evangelicals sat in a circle and ate sandwiches while discussing:

“the fight against radical Islam, stem cell research, and Romney’s Mormon faith”

Wow.

I can’t imagine how offended the radical Islam folks must be to be mentioned together with stem cell research, huh?

I have no doubt that if elected President, Romney would be extremely unfriendly to stem cell research and to science more generally. I also do not doubt that he would have little if any backbone in standing up to those trying to tell him what to do as President even if he disagreed with them, particularly with standing up to those who gave him lots of money or votes.

A Romney presidential victory would be just part of a “perfect storm” severely threatening the stem cell field that I talked about in a past blog post. If you care about stem cells, don’t count on research into them still being legal after this autumn.

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