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Cloning Is Bad Idea

Aside from the introductory jokes by A. Arif Husain '97 on the subject of cloning ["Critics of Cloning Can't Accept Change," March 21], let us look at the problems that humans have already. We have not realized a peaceful world. There are many people who die needlessly from senseless violence over territory, ideas, or both. People of all ages, young and old, opt for abortion, while others offer babies for adoption (those children seldom have a stable home) and yet others neglect the children they have. Cloning shouldn't be on anyone's agenda. We aren't taking care of the human beings already here.

I believe in God. I do believe that He created us and everything around us. I do believe that to clone anything would be in direct conflict with His way of doing things. There isn't a passage in the Bible that says, "Thou shalt not clone," but I believe that this one is close: "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book" [Revelations 22:1819].

If you do not believe in God as I do but practice your faith differently, then those questions are left for who you worship. If you don't believe in God at all, just think of it this way: Something with human reproduction has been going right so far. Let us not gum up the works.

If we don't take care of the humans already here, then we just prolong needless suffering and put off solving the problems we can easily answer with planning, understanding, and love.

Erion J. Clark '98