Science Fiction Turns Reality

Hundreds of movies and books are based on the fear for clones.In 1997 "Dolly," thefirst cloned mammal, was created and no longer was cloning considered Science Fiction."The public responses to Dolly the sheep varied but, from President Clinton down, there was almost universal agreement that such a thing must never be allowed to happen to humans"(Dawkins 54).Human cloning stirs up the controversy between what is right, what is wrong, and where should society draw the line (Elmer-Dewitt 1).There are arguments for both sides but the con position is considerably stronger.People believe cloning humans is religiously wrong, would diminish the worth and respect of human life, and the medical risks are too high.
Where in any religious documentation does it state: "thou shall not clone"(Elmer-Dewitt 4)?The truth is, cloning is not mentioned in any religious document.To have a religious argument against cloning, people had to read between the lines. According to Paul Ramsey, a board member on the National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC), "cloning humans would express the sin of pride or hubris"(166). The Roman Catholic Church also agrees with this idea and furthers the argument saying "human beings should not probe the fundamental secrets or mysteries of life, which belong to God"(NBAC 168).While many people disagree with the Bible saying it is not a scientific or reliable source to base arguments on, 74% of the 1005 Americans that took the TIME/CNN poll in 1997 believe cloning is against God's will ("Human Cloning: Ethical Aspects" 2/2).These Christian's base their beliefs on the teachings of the Bible. Cloning can be considered the act of "playing God"(1/2). Not only can cloning be viewed as religiously wrong, it can also be looked at as a way to lessen the value of human life.

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