Skip to comments.Actor Jim Caviezel Battles Michael J. Fox on Embryonic Stem Cell Video Ads
Posted on 10/27/2006 9:39:26 PM PDT by Coleus
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, October 25, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Passion of the Christ star Jim Caviezel entered the escalating election battle on embryonic stem cell research yesterday. He appears in an ad clip countering campaign ads by Michael J. Fox who is urging voters to support election candidates backing the research. Fox has thrown himself into the promotion of embryonic stem cell research since Parkinsons disease forced him to end his successful acting career in 2000. Appearing in 30-second ad clips, the actor reveals the full extent of his increasingly debilitating symptoms, strong tremors shaking his body.
What you do in Missouri matters to millions of Americans. Americans like me, Fox tells voters.
In the one minute response ad Caviezel is joined by celebrities that include Cardinals pitcher Jeff Suppan and Patricia Heaton, star of the TV comedy Everybody Loves Raymond and honorary chair for Feminists for Life. After explaining the facts of the issue they in turn state, Dont be tricked, Dont be deceived, Dont be fooled, with Caviezel ending the ad telling Missouri voters, You know now. Dont do it. Vote no on (Amendment) 2, the ballot initiative that would permit research using human embryos in the state. The election campaign in Missouri centers on the Missouri Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative (Amendment 2). While the amendment claims to ban human cloning, in fact it would only ban a human clone from being implanted in a woman. Creating a human clone and then killing it for research purposes would be permitted.
Although the amendment appears to ban the buying and selling of human eggs, women who donated their eggs would be permitted reimbursement by fertility clinics or sperm banks. The ban on buying and selling would not apply to reimbursement for the cost of the removal, processing, disposal, preservation, quality control, storage, transfer, or donation of human eggs, sperm, or blastocysts, including lost wages of the donor. Spokesmen for the biotechnology industry have admitted there is no evidence whatsoever that embryonic stem cells are likely to aid in treating debilitating diseases such as Parkinsons. Research using adult stem cells, however, has already been shown to be effective in treating multiple diseases and injuries, including paralysis and childhood leukemia. The research contains none of the ethical problems related to the use and destruction of early-stage unborn children in embryonic research.
Foxs ads have been shown for Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, Senate candidate in Maryland, and Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle, as well as Missouri. Fox is reportedly planning on appearing at events in New Jersey for Sen. Robert Menendez and in Illinois for Tammy Duckworth, a candidate for Congress. The Missouri ad in support of Senate candidate Claire McCaskill has been viewed by more than 1 million people on YouTube.com, the AP reported.
Watch video response:
See Michael J. Fox ad pitch for embryonic stem cell research:
Read Missouri Amendment 2:
See previous LifeSiteNews coverage:
Missouri Cloning Amendment Deceptively Claims to Ban Cloning
Success Stories with Adult Stem Cells Coming in Almost Too Fast to Track
I used to enjoy Michael J. Fox. His ads are running in Wisconsin constantly! Argh!
Overall, that commercial was very good.
The use of Aramaic and posing in front of the statue was uncalled for and a mite eccentric, though.
Better be careful Jim, Fox has super powers that render him immune from criticism.
Either we want Hollywood getting involved in elections or we don't.
I found the line in Aramaic to be quite powerful. To each their own I suppose......
Fox should stay out of the political arena unless he wants to turn off people who actually like him.
This would make for a great celebrity death match episode. Jesus vs. Alex Keaton. Of course Jesus would heal him in the first round, but it would still be fun to watch. Even if Keaton got the upper hand, Jesus would recover.
Gen 9:6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
It's weird for actors to confuse reality with acting. For an actor who has played the part of Jesus, it can be quite a huge usurpation.
Hey, the guy learned Aramaic, I'd be spouting off too. :)
He was just quoting the Gospels, I don't want to take that away from him just because he played Jesus once.
Another lie . This ad is about Cloning in Missouri it not just about Fox.
It's good to see some actors on the side of truth.
Some do have a brain after all.
He's already done that. I sure don't like him anymore. He can do the jitter bug all the way to hell for all I care.
WRONG! Most liberals are intellectually lazy. Many of these people do believe that stem cell research is promising enough to cure Parkinson's some day. So they naively will swallow the disinformation of Michael J Fox. Who himself is vapid enough to believe his own propaganda. Fox means well but .....
Michael J Fox may be so weakened by Parkinson's and dependent on others.... That he will go along with schemes that others (such as wife? manager?) foist upon him
It is good to see some celebrities stepping up and fighting back. Kudos to the athletes and actors that took the time to speak out against this bad amendment and take on the msm.
Lord knows what he was doing.
I don't want to take that away from him just because he played Jesus once.
It's not that I'm taking anything away from him. It's about an actor seeming to take some identity of his role with him into real life.
In any case, he did very well in his brief time when he actually c-o-m-m-u-n-i-c-a-t-e-d in words we know.
He said "You betray with a kiss."
I don't think he is taking Christ's idenity on in any way, not that the public has divorced him from this role.
Didn't Fox actually have embryonic stem cells implanted in his brain a few years ago? His condition isn't getting better, so I would say he is an advertisement AGAINST this type of medical research!
Ok, I see the part where it says NO to humane cloning...where is the deceptive part?
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