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Lord of the Rings Profits Used to Support Embryonic Stem Cell Research
LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/16/06 | Gudrun Schultz

Posted on 07/17/2006 4:48:58 PM PDT by wagglebee

 WELLINGTON, New Zealand, July 17, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Profits from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy are being used to fund destructive human embryonic research at the University of California, reported the Mainichi Daily News.

Filmmakers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, who brought the J.R.R. Tolkien epic to the screen, together donated US $310,000 last Saturday to fund research using the stem cells of human embryos.

“Stem cell therapy has the potential to treat a multitude of diseases and illnesses which up until now have been labelled ‘incurable,’” the pair said in a statement released by the University of California.

“Continuing advances in stem cell medicine will change all of our lives for the better.”

Despite such assumptions, research using human embryonic stem cells has so far been unsuccessful. All of the breakthroughs using stem cells for medical therapy have so far been found through the use of adult stem cells—cells obtained directly from the individual in need of therapy and used successfully to treat a growing list of serious illnesses.

Embryonic stem cell research has received international criticism, including disapproval by the US government, because the research involves the killing of human embryos in the very earliest stages of development. The Catholic Church, in particular, has condemned any research that involves the use or destruction of the human embryo as intrinsically immoral.

Ironically, despite the undercurrent of traditional morality that forms the foundation of The Lord of the Rings trilogy—Tolkien was a devout Roman Catholic—the film has been used as a springboard to promote policies in direct opposition to Catholic teaching.

British actor Ian McKellen, who portrayed the wizard Gandalf in the film, has used the international recognition generated by the film to further his promotion of homosexuality, campaigning for homosexual “marriage” in Britain.

See previous LifeSiteNews coverage:

Lord of the Rings Star Using Fame from Film to Promote Homosexual "Marriage"
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/may/06050409.html ;


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortionindustry; cultureofdeath; embryonicstemcells; geneticcannibalism; homosexualagenda; ianmckellen; lordoftherings; lotr; moralabsolutes; peterjackson; prolife; stemcellresearch
Despite such assumptions, research using human embryonic stem cells has so far been unsuccessful. All of the breakthroughs using stem cells for medical therapy have so far been found through the use of adult stem cells—cells obtained directly from the individual in need of therapy and used successfully to treat a growing list of serious illnesses.

And yet this news is basically ignored.

1 posted on 07/17/2006 4:49:02 PM PDT by wagglebee
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To: Coleus

Ping.


2 posted on 07/17/2006 4:49:18 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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3 posted on 07/17/2006 4:50:40 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee
I don`t know if this is such a good idea. The hobbits they are creating are horrid.


4 posted on 07/17/2006 4:52:04 PM PDT by Screamname (Pray for me, Hillary is my Senator.)
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To: wagglebee

Fools. The great and ONLY medical breakthru-s are in ADULT stem cell research!! Foolish fools, these people probably also buy into global warming hysterics....FOOLS!!


5 posted on 07/17/2006 4:56:24 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kaboom"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: wagglebee

LOTR was not fiction.

We live in a world with real monsters.

Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh are two of them.





"Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" He said, "I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?" And the LORD said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is crying to me from the ground."

How much more cries the blood of 40,000,000 innocents?


6 posted on 07/17/2006 4:56:43 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Screamname

Now that's funny.


7 posted on 07/17/2006 4:57:13 PM PDT by rhombus
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To: PetroniusMaximus

Excellent point!


8 posted on 07/17/2006 4:58:07 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

Blasphemy! I love Peter Jackson's and Fran Walsh's work, having seen every minute of the DVD documentaries on my LOTR extended versions, but they should be ashamed of this.


9 posted on 07/17/2006 4:58:20 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: Screamname

That's no Hobbit, that's the queen of the orcs!

No surprise about liberal New Zealander Jackson, I'm just glad he made three great films and they'll have more influence in this world than any donation he makes to any of his causes.

Sweet, isn't it? :)


10 posted on 07/17/2006 4:58:37 PM PDT by Maigret
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To: NYer

(Sort of) Catholic Ping.


11 posted on 07/17/2006 4:59:38 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: ecurbh

rats.


12 posted on 07/17/2006 5:01:34 PM PDT by Lil'freeper (You do not have the plug-in required to view this tagline.)
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To: wagglebee

It's their money so more power to them for doing so. More people should do that here instead of funding it with tax payer money. Are we now like commie libs who want to control what people do with their own money?


13 posted on 07/17/2006 5:01:47 PM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Put a mirror to the face of the republican party and all you'll see is a Donkey.)
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To: wagglebee

At least they are not forcing taxpayers to fund this.


14 posted on 07/17/2006 5:02:20 PM PDT by chipengineer
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To: wagglebee

Well, now I'm sorry I saw part 1.


15 posted on 07/17/2006 5:03:04 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Screamname

That's no 'obbit! Her's an ORC.


16 posted on 07/17/2006 5:08:35 PM PDT by Shimmer128 (Tolerance becomes crime when applied to evil. Thomas Mann)
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To: Maigret

Ha, i didn't see your post before I posted, but I guess GMTA :D


17 posted on 07/17/2006 5:10:03 PM PDT by Shimmer128 (Tolerance becomes crime when applied to evil. Thomas Mann)
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To: MAD-AS-HELL

I haven't seen anyone suggest controlling them. Have you seen anyone trying to control them? No. We're allowed to be sorry for their choice. I hope you aren't denying us that, are you? You wouldn't be trying to control us, would you?


18 posted on 07/17/2006 5:11:27 PM PDT by Shimmer128 (Tolerance becomes crime when applied to evil. Thomas Mann)
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To: wagglebee
“Stem cell therapy has the potential to treat a multitude of diseases and illnesses which up until now have been labelled ‘incurable,’”

They saw him coming.

I only wish I could have gotten to Jackson earlier with my deed to the Brooklyn Bridge.

19 posted on 07/17/2006 5:13:49 PM PDT by denydenydeny ("Osama... made the mistake of confusing media conventional wisdom with reality" (Mark Steyn))
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To: denydenydeny
I only wish I could have gotten to Jackson earlier with my deed to the Brooklyn Bridge.

Chris Reeve would be alive today if we hadn't interfered with Stem Cell research!

20 posted on 07/17/2006 5:16:54 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (A Conservative will die for individual freedom. A Liberal will kill you for the good of society.)
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To: All

There are only two reasons anyone would support embryonic stem-cell research: either the person is woefully stupid and ignorant or he is evil.

Why? Because adult-cell research has been shown to be superior. http://ncfamily.org/PolicyPapers/Findings%200501-StemCells.pdf

I am disgusted with these filmmakers. They used the godly man Tolkien to advance an ungodly agenda through the film proceeds.


21 posted on 07/17/2006 5:19:48 PM PDT by USA Girl
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To: Lil'freeper; ecurbh

Tolkien is spinning in his grave.


22 posted on 07/17/2006 6:35:05 PM PDT by Rocko (This just in: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is still dead.)
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To: wagglebee
"And yet this news is basically ignored."

And why would that be? Maybe because it doesn't fit the agenda? Babies are expensive and a nuisance, but they can be useful! Have more of them because you can't be bothered to protect yourself from an unwanted pregnancy, and we'll help you get yourself out of that hole you've dug yourself! (and be able to make megabucks from your aborted baby, too!)

No sarcasm tag because I think it's way too thinly veiled to be needed.
23 posted on 07/17/2006 7:03:46 PM PDT by Old Student (WRM, MSgt, USAF(Ret.))
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To: wagglebee
>>Profits from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy are being used to fund destructive human embryonic research at the University of California, reported the Mainichi Daily Ne<<

I know this is a deadly serious topic...
But nonetheless I cant think about this debate on Southpark where Christoffer Reeves comes to town and is getting his stem cells by biting the heads of fetuses.

Graphic. Very graphic but it made the point.
24 posted on 07/17/2006 7:04:43 PM PDT by gondramB (The options on the table have been there from the beginning. Withdraw and fail or commit and succeed)
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To: wagglebee
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, July 17, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Profits from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy are being used to fund destructive human embryonic research at the University of California, reported the Mainichi Daily News... British actor Ian McKellen, who portrayed the wizard Gandalf in the film, has used the international recognition generated by the film to further his promotion of homosexuality, campaigning for homosexual “marriage” in Britain.

Liberal Hollywood at it's weird finest. Movie profits used to kill the unborn. Movie star who must be what, 60 years old, promotes the gay lifestyle. All they need for the trifecta is to get Elija Wood to hold up a "Cindy Sheehan for President" sign on the cover of the Enquirer.

25 posted on 07/17/2006 7:04:51 PM PDT by kittycatonline.com
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To: wagglebee

I claim misleading headline. The profits from the movie are not being given to support research. At best, some of the gross from the movie is being paid to people who are then taking some of their money and giving it to the research.

anyway, how do you know it isn't money Jackson is making from the King Kong movie?


26 posted on 07/17/2006 7:05:00 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Right. People are free to donate their money how they wish. It would appear most of Hollywood and film-makers and artists in general tend to lean left so most of them are likely to donate to causes we would not like. So what else is new?


27 posted on 07/17/2006 7:28:12 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: kittycatonline.com

"Liberal Hollywood at it's weird finest. Movie profits used to kill the unborn. Movie star who must be what, 60 years old, promotes the gay lifestyle. All they need for the trifecta is to get Elija Wood to hold up a "Cindy Sheehan for President" sign on the cover of the Enquirer."

They already made the last 20 minutes of the Return of the King about as queer as you can get. An awful ending to a phenomenal trilogy.


28 posted on 07/17/2006 8:58:13 PM PDT by LibertarianInExile ('Is' and 'amnesty' both have clear, plain meanings. Are Billy Jeff, Pence, McQueeg & Bush related?)
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29 posted on 07/17/2006 9:46:39 PM PDT by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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Pro-Life PING

Please FreepMail me if you want on or off my Pro-Life Ping List.

30 posted on 07/17/2006 10:37:02 PM PDT by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available at KnightsForLife.org)
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To: wagglebee

I guess it's my duty to give them a call.


31 posted on 07/18/2006 5:26:18 AM PDT by Tolkien (Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.)
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To: Screamname
That's no hobbit, that's a Balrog!!
32 posted on 07/18/2006 5:51:54 AM PDT by Jonah Hex ("How'd you get that scar, mister?" "Nicked myself shaving.")
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To: Deb

ping


33 posted on 07/18/2006 5:53:26 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Suzy Quzy
agreed suzy. Adult stem cells have been used in clinical studies and is used in over 79 specific injuries, illnesses, birth defects.

If and only if federal monies are going to be used, they should be used for procedures that can actually save people.

34 posted on 07/18/2006 5:54:32 AM PDT by mware (Americans in armchairs doing the job of the media.)
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To: wagglebee
“Stem cell therapy has the potential to treat a multitude of diseases and illnesses which up until now have been labelled ‘incurable,’” the pair said in a statement released by the University of California. “Continuing advances in stem cell medicine will change all of our lives for the better.”

Oddly, embryonic stem cells are not mentioned by them. It is inferred by the reporter.

35 posted on 07/18/2006 5:55:31 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: AppyPappy

Adult Stem Cells Embryonic Stem Cells
Cancers:

Brain Cancer
Retinoblastoma
Ovarian Cancer
Skin Cancer: Merkel Cell Carcinoma
Testicular Cancer
Tumors abdominal organs Lymphoma
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia
Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia
Cancer of the lymph nodes: Angioimmunoblastic Lymphadenopathy
Multiple Myeloma
Myelodysplasia
Breast Cancer
Neuroblastoma
Renal Cell Carcinoma
Various Solid Tumors
Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Ewing’s Sarcoma
Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis
POEMS syndrome
Myelofibrosis
Auto-Immune Diseases

Systemic Lupus
Sjogren’s Syndrome
Myasthenia
Autoimmune Cytopenia
Scleromyxedema
Scleroderma
Crohn’s Disease
Behcet’s Disease
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Juvenile Arthritis
Multiple Sclerosis
Polychondritis
Systemic Vasculitis
Alopecia Universalis
Buerger’s Disease
Cardiovascular

Acute Heart Damage
Chronic Coronary Artery Disease
Ocular

Corneal regeneration
Immunodeficiencies

Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome
X-linked Lymphoproliferative Syndrome
X-linked Hyper immunoglobulin M Syndrome
Neural Degenerative Diseases and Injuries

Parkinson’s Disease
Spinal Cord Injury
Stroke Damage
Anemias and Other Blood Conditions

Sickle Cell Anemia
Sideroblastic Anemia
Aplastic Anemia
Red Cell Aplasia
Amegakaryocytic Thrombocytopenia
Thalassemia
Primary Amyloidosis
Diamond Blackfan Anemia
Fanconi’s Anemia
Chronic Epstein-Barr Infection
Wounds and Injuries

Limb Gangrene
Surface Wound Healing
Jawbone Replacement
Skull Bone Repair
Other Metabolic Disorders

Hurler’s Syndrome
Osteogenesis Imperfecta
Krabbe Leukodystrophy
Osteopetrosis
Cerebral X-Linked Adrenoleukodystrophy
Liver Disease

Chronic Liver Failure
Liver Cirrhosis
Bladder Disease

End-Stage Bladder Disease


36 posted on 07/18/2006 5:59:24 AM PDT by mware (Americans in armchairs doing the job of the media.)
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To: mware
The embryonic stem cell research as zero clinical uses.
37 posted on 07/18/2006 6:00:14 AM PDT by mware (Americans in armchairs doing the job of the media.)
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To: MAD-AS-HELL
"It's their money so more power to them for doing so. More people should do that here instead of funding it with tax payer money. Are we now like commie libs who want to control what people do with their own money?"

Implying that activities are above being questioned simply because they're not tax funded is idiotic.

I guess we are to be like commies who first must check with the state to determine just whom we may criticize.

38 posted on 07/18/2006 6:06:24 AM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: wagglebee
Hey! I saw this in a movie once!

The Caverns of Isengard
39 posted on 07/18/2006 6:30:03 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger ("Good guys" aren't always "nice guys".)
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To: MAD-AS-HELL
It's their money so more power to them for doing so.

Would you feel the same way if they were funding Hezbollah, the ACLU, or MoveOn.org? Yes, they have a right to expend their resources as they see fit. But they have no right to our praise for doing so. They deserve only scorn.
40 posted on 07/18/2006 10:41:57 AM PDT by Antoninus (Public schools are the madrassas of the American Left. --Ann Coulter, Godless)
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To: Antoninus

you equate Hezbollah to the ACLU and MOVEON.ORG? You sir, are quite a nutburger


41 posted on 07/18/2006 11:40:10 AM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Put a mirror to the face of the republican party and all you'll see is a Donkey.)
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To: Screamname

That's no Hobbit!


42 posted on 07/18/2006 11:41:28 AM PDT by Samwise (All that is needed for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.)
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To: wagglebee

Too bad folks don't educate themselves well before throwing their money at causes like this. I think folks get caught up in the emotion of it all, and feel like they want to do something to help the poor people who are suffering from these dread diseases, and the proponents of embryonic stem cell research do nothing if not tug at the heartrings and pursestrings of wealthy folks, guilting them into donating.


43 posted on 07/18/2006 11:49:07 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: kittycatonline.com
All they need for the trifecta is to get Elija Wood to hold up a "Cindy Sheehan for President" sign on the cover of the Enquirer.

You must have missed it, Viggo has already made the rounds with his "No Blood for Oil" t-shirt.

44 posted on 07/18/2006 11:55:15 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: MAD-AS-HELL
you equate Hezbollah to the ACLU and MOVEON.ORG? You sir, are quite a nutburger

Why? All these groups hate the Judeo-Christian West and are devoted to our destruction. They are moral equivalents of each other.

I notice you didn't address my point, though. Just took the opportunity to launch a personal attack. I accept your surrender.
45 posted on 07/18/2006 12:05:26 PM PDT by Antoninus (Public schools are the madrassas of the American Left. --Ann Coulter, Godless)
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To: wagglebee

How does the author know that the money Jackson and Walsh gave was "Lord of the Rings" money?

It could have been from "King Kong."


46 posted on 07/18/2006 12:07:54 PM PDT by Xenalyte (Anything is possible when you don't understand how anything happens.)
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To: Antoninus

I don't come on here to argue or to debate. If it makes you feel better that you think you won some pointless debate, then go reward yourself with a DQ Blizzard. Have a good one.


47 posted on 07/18/2006 12:10:27 PM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Put a mirror to the face of the republican party and all you'll see is a Donkey.)
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To: MAD-AS-HELL
I don't come on here to argue or to debate.

That much is clear. Your obvious intention is just to display your ignorance and then leave. By all means, don't let me stop you.
48 posted on 07/18/2006 12:13:41 PM PDT by Antoninus (Public schools are the madrassas of the American Left. --Ann Coulter, Godless)
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To: Antoninus
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49 posted on 07/18/2006 12:31:53 PM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Put a mirror to the face of the republican party and all you'll see is a Donkey.)
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