Posted on February 5, 2006 at 1:29 AM
Toward the end of his State of the Union address when even the staunchest Bush supporters had to be entering the early stages of coma the President threw out this little aside:
“Tonight I ask you to pass legislation to prohibit the most egregious abuses of medical research: human cloning in all its forms, creating or implanting embryos for experiments, creating human-animal hybrids, and buying, selling, or patenting human embryos. Human life is a gift from our Creator — and that gift should never be discarded, devalued or put up for sale.”
Turns out the next day one of the most googled terms on the web was animal-human hybrids. Not many people seemed to know what the President was worried about. A few like Jay Leno speculated that he was out to ban werewolves. Is the President positioning himself to mediate conflicts between the Lapiths and the Centaurs having given up on Hamas? Will he be trying to round up and send all Harpies, Mermaids, satrys, and minotaurs to Guantanamo? Where is Peter Singer when we need him?
For those who are not going to take this sort of thing without a fight, take heart that there is help at Boing Boing.
– Art Caplan