"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16
I came across this letter in the June 17 Streats Issue titled, "A matter of life and death." Below is the exact duplicate of the letter.

I refer to the letter "Stem-cell work brings great hopes" (Streats June 16).

The writer, Mr Dudley Au, questioned why there is this big hoo-ha about the proposed cloning of the human embryo and the use of its stem cells to treat illnesses when other theories on evolution or the origin of the universe did not encounter the same level of passionate opposition.

The issue is not how valuable stem cells are for their potential to improve the quality of human life or even save lives.

Rather, it is that the process of harvesting stem cells from an embryo be it cloned or not, destroys that embryo: a human life.

Embryonic stem cells might bring hope to the paralyzed and to sufferers of many otherwise untreatable medical problems, but the cost is too great - the loss of a potential human life.

Remember, we all started out as embryo.

Here's my comment, which I almost mailed it out to the editors of Streats:

Indeed, I share the same sentiment as the writer. Who are we to say that an underdeveloped or developing life is anything less than a human life, if not for our very purpose of exploiting it? If stem cells will to be justified by law, I certainty see nothing wrong in killing any man on the street and taking his organs for transplanting purposes. If I may quote President George Bush in the article "Bush firm on stem cells" in the same issue of Streats, he said, "Life is a creation of God, not a commodity to be exploited by man."