Newsletter #6 - The Church of Spiritual Humanism
January 9, 2003 - Philadelphia www.SpiritualHumanism.org
The icy winter months are now upon us here in Philadelphia, despite the lengthening days since we marked the winter solstice. There is a lag time between the astronomical event and improvement in the weather. We can look forward to the eventual change of the seasons and the Spring Equinox.
If you haven't visited our forums lately you might be interested in the wide variety of discussions now going on. Also many will be happy to hear that the Opt-in Directory has been updated. This voluntary listing of Spiritual Humanist Clergy can be found at directory.
IN THE NEWS
Cloning claim may be latest scientific hoax to captivate public
By Bob LaMendola and Nancy
McVicar January 7 2003
From the Piltdown man,
to a Chicago physicist cloning himself, to bananas carrying flesh-eating bacteria,
outlandish medicine and science claims have proven irresistible to the public
and the news media for centuries.
see full story at http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-rxhoax07jan07,0,7722079.story?coll=sfla-news-sfla
In less skeptical times when the importance of scientific verification was not understood, claims like this may have been accepted at face value. The other claims of the Raelians, and indeed all religions, should be looked at just as skeptically. Unless there is scientifically verifiable proof of something we should not accept it as a reality.
Human cloning technology has many valid medical uses that will reduce human suffering for millions of people. However because of the probable health risk to the clone it is not yet ethically acceptable to create a clone of a human. When this technology matures we will have to re-evaluate the morality of such actions.
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