American Family Association (AFA) Christian radio host Kevin McCullough recently claimed that the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge," which raises money for the ALS Association, is actually killing babies.
Many people have posted videos of themselves getting ice water dumped on their heads with the hashtag #IceBucketChallenge, including Bill Gates and Steven Spielberg (videos below).
The wacky stunt has reportedly raised over $5 million for the ALS Association.
However, McCullough wrote on the AFA website that he is upset that the ALS Association is funding embryonic stem cell research:
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The funding of embryonic stem cell research means that children are created and at their earliest stages of life they are destroyed so that the stem cells (from usually the base of the brain) can be harvested to perform tests with.
...That is in essence philosophical cannibalism and moral persons should have no part in it.
Carrie Munk, of the ALS Association, stated in an email to the American Life League in July:
The ALS Association primarily funds adult stem cell research. Currently, The Association is funding one study using embryonic stem cells (ESC), and the stem cell line was established many years ago under ethical guidelines set by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS); this research is funded by one specific donor, who is committed to this area of research. In fact, donors may stipulate that their funds not be invested in this study or any stem cell project. Under very strict guidelines, The Association may fund embryonic stem cell research in the future.
The ALS Association explains on their website that adult stem cells already have designated specializations, while embryonic stem cell have not and may hold a possible cure for ALS.
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However, Friar Michael F. Duffy noted his opposition on his blog, "While I can’t donate to the ALS Association, I will certainly pray for those that suffer from this disease. I’ll also be on the lookout for a charity that doesn’t violate the sanctity of human life."