The Bush Administration's Politicization of Christianity
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The paper looks at evidence that illustrates that adult stem-cell research may currently be the best means to improving our collective faculties for medical care and the alleviation of human suffering. The paper focuses on President Bush's support of limiting parameters around the expansion of stem-cell research that was based on the pro-life movement and the Christian right-wing voting constituency, and highlights the ramifications of this policy on America's overall capacity to treat various medical ailments. The paper further discusses Bush's diminished funding for AmeriCorps, a successful public assistance agency, when he designated the bulk of public assistance funding to be channeled through faith-based organizations. The paper highlights the distinctly religious ideology here and a declared intent to use the office of the presidency to extend the influence of Christianity.
From the Paper:"The degree to which the Bush Administration would, on the basis of religious observation, prove itself out of step with American social progress with the issue of gay marriage may well be only further magnified by his position on stem cell research. Indeed, with the important decision this past month removing the ban which had previously applied to federal funding of stem cell research, President Obama placed himself firmly on the side of science while simultaneously reopening the debate which has persisted between medical and religious communities. To the point, as this discussion will denote, the ban which had initially been put into place was motivated by a sense of the correlation between Christianity, abortion and stem cell research."
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