Cape rally continues momentum against cloning
By Glen Cantrell
CAPE GIRARDEAU – Just days after the primary elections in Missouri, the second of a series of at least five cloning rallies was held here at Notre Dame Regional High School. Once again, Rick Scarborough of Vision America brought his organization, his passion for God’s word and his close friend and featured speaker, Alan Keyes, to the event, which drew approximately 300 people to the gymnasium.
The rallies are meant to encourage Missouri pastors, priests, reverends, church leaders and laity to get out and spread the word concerning Amendment 2, which will permit research cloning of embryonic stem cells in the hope of finding cures to diseases. It is hoped, then, that people of faith will vote their conscience when the election comes.
Before the rally, Scarborough and Keyes spoke to a group of pastors and their wives, encouraging them to get involved with informing others about Amendment 2, which will be on the ballot Nov. 7.
Scarborough said there is a growing hostility toward Christians but we must continue to speak out on moral issues because “science will never make the right choice.”
Keyes spoke about the history of our country and that its foundation is built upon the Word of our Sovereign Lord.
“Christians have to show up (at the polls), or America will be lost if we don’t,” Keyes warned.
A major goal of the rallies is to unite all denominations in the cause of supporting the sanctity of human life and defeating Amendment 2.
“I was more moved to see Baptists, Catholics, Church of God and Assembly of God (members) standing next to each other and professing this together,” Notre Dame Principal Bro. David Migliozino. “That was very moving to me.”
Some were moved in a negative way by the messages and the worship. Oak Ridge resident Bob Hrabik, whose son was paralyzed in a car accident a few years ago, came to hear an opposing side of the argument concerning Amendment 2. Hrabik wants the amendment to pass as a method to possibly help his son one day in the future.
“I would never advocate abortion, I would never advocate the outright taking of an egg from a woman—there are ethical lines I will draw,” Hrabik said. “But to create stem cells, to create the egg, that can be created in a laboratory, in a dish to create these lines to create the potential for cures. I think that is acceptable.”
Keyes said it is unfortunate that people’s emotions are blinding them from the truth. The truth is that the area where we have seen the most fruitful science—adult stem cell research—is not at stake with this amendment, because no one opposes that.
“They (proponents of the amendment) are specifically trying to get the approval of destruction of human life and to put people in the position where you dangle in front of them their hopes and the notion there will be some improvement, but in exchange of that, they will give up their mortal souls,” Keyes said.
Scarborough said he understands the pain of a parent when it comes to a hurt child. He lost a daughter to a disease that she battled for seven years.
“I don’t know if stem cell research would have helped her,” Scarborough said, “but it would not have mattered.” During that time period, he spoke out against embryonic stem cell research.
“I truly hope that young man (Bob Hrabik’s son) can get out of that wheelchair someday, but this isn’t the way to find a cure,” Scarborough said.
The Vision America founder noted that because there has been so little true Bible preaching in the past, people are carrying around Bibles and not knowing what the true doctrine of Scripture really is. One of the important aspects of going to the rallies and becoming educated on the issue of life is learning more about what the Bible teaches about the topic.
Speakers such as Cape Girardeau Attorney David Limbaugh, who addressed the crowd in his hometown, are taking part in the rallies to educate Missourians about the reality of the culture war that is raging all over America. Citizens in other states are looking to the Show Me State at this juncture in history to see how this battle will go.
“I am encouraged,” Scarborough said. “There seems to be an awakening, and the ones that are awakening are wide awake.”
The science that proponents are advancing through the amendment prohibits reproductive cloning but permits research cloning, which takes a young life in the name of potential cures for existing human beings. Cloning such as this, which involves killing, goes against the teaching of the Holy Scripture and requires a response from true believers, Scarborough said.
“They’re using the same process that was used in cloning Dolly the Sheep,” he said. “If it looks like a sheep, if it baas like a sheep, and it smells like a sheep, it’s a sheep. Missourians must not let these folks pull the wool over their eyes. This is a life that’s being created in a Petri dish for the purpose of killing it. For that reason, every concerned Christian who stands for the principle of life has already made the commitment to fight this amendment if they’re going to be consistent in their lives.”
The next rally is set for Aug. 28 in St. Louis, at Life Christian Church. St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke is scheduled to be one of the speakers. Other rallies are lined up for Sept. 11 in the Kansas City area at First Baptist Church, Raytown, and Sept. 21 in Springfield at Central Assembly of God. All rallies begin at 7 p.m., with a complimentary dinner for pastors at 5 p.m.
Scarborough said in an Aug. 16 appearance at the Baptist Building, where he spoke in chapel to the staff of the Missouri Baptist Convention, that funds have been secured for two more rallies in Missouri. Cities such as St. Joseph, Rolla, Hannibal and Kirksville are among those being considered for these additional events. Other cities could also be contenders as organizers pray about where to go. Scarborough said updates on the status of these rallies will be posted on www.missouriansfortruth.org.