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3.01.2004

Another Great Day for Satan 

A few more news items which are sure to rile the Christian Right...

Harvard School of Medicine has created a stem cell research institute, hoping to reveal more of the seemingly enormous potential of stem cells to revolutionize medicine.
It must use private funds to create new lines of stem cells because President Bush has limited federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research to existing lines of cells. To harvest stem cells, researchers must kill days-old embryos.

"This is very important science that has really enormous prospects to benefit humankind," Provost Steven E. Hyman said. "Throughout the Harvard system, we have scientists working on different aspects of stem cells. The goal here is to bring them together to create a very strong effort."
Meanwhile the IOC (International Olympic Commitee) is debating about whether or not transsexuals should be allowed to participate in the Olympic Games.

And in Indiana, the devil actually made an appearance at a showing of Gibson's bloody marvel. USI frosh Tyler Wendell donned his devil outfit and headed out to the bijou to stir up a little mayhem, as well as the ire of moviegoers.
”I always like to push the limits,” Wendell said.  Many were upset that Wendell chose to wear a devil costume to a religious movie.  Many patrons jeered Wendell as he stood in line for concessions. 

Once inside the movie, Christians began pelting Wendell with Gummy Bears, Ju-Ju Bees, and popcorn. Management got involved after a 75-year-old woman, Hazel Meyer, poured a 64-ounce Coca-Cola on Wendell.

When asked what he hoped to accomplish by his actions, Wendell said he likes doing things to get a reaction. He was also inspired by a biography he read about the Marquis de Sade.

De Sade was an 18th century writer who caused scandals with his libertine behavior in pre-revolutionary France. De Sade was once arrested for desecrating the Holy Eucharist to see if God really existed.  Wendell said his stunt was along the same lines.

Wendell, an atheist, said, “If God really existed, He would have struck me down for dressing as the devil.”  He also wanted to prove “that Christians aren’t as forgiving as they portray”.  Wendell says his actions were also partially due to a genuine dislike of Mel Gibson.

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