Wesley Smith has had a bit of time to consider and reconsider the way he was called out and singled out at lunch by Alta Chara on Friday, July 14th at the Bioethics and Politics Summer Conference of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities.
I am unabashedly human-centric and a human species-ist. Any other species that enters the conversation will earn/receive my due respect. And I will do my best not to harm or stress any members of other species.
But, I will not equate animals with humans or humans as animals.
What was interesting was that Professor Chara not only pushed for science as an expression of free speech, but for science as being able to prove that there is no Creator, no special status for human beings, other than being lucky enough to tax and support scientists and lawyers-turned-bioethicists.
Good grief, just because scientists can create artificial chromosomes and create clones of human beings in the lab (or Frankenstein can reanimate the monster?) does not mean that there is no God. It doesn’t even mean that humans are not a species that deserves special consideration from other humans.
And, I’m sorry, but hasn’t the test for freedom and freedom of speech (and a lot of pre-penumbra events and ethics) always been that you can have what you want, I won’t aggress against you, but your rights stop at the point when you infringe on the rights of another.
If you and your grand-kids are not special, then ok. But me and mine are special. In the meantime, don’t swing that fist far enough to hit my nose and don’t shout “Fire” in a theater.
(Remember the story about God and the scientist? When the scientist challenged God on being God because He is able to create life and now, scientists claim to be able to do the same. The researcher scooped up some dust off the floor and began to try to show the Lord that He is not the only One. God said, “Whoa! Hold on there, son! First, make your own dirt!)