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Big Bio and the National Council of Churches

Nigel M. de S. Cameron

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More on the NCC and its unending quest for relevance.

The hot news is that the biotech industry has finally found a friend, and it's the churches. Not, of course, all the churches. It's the National Council of Churches, which is mainly the mainline/oldline denominations; or at least, it's their general secretary, Bob Edgar, speaking in their name. Here's the announcement:

Carl Feldbaum, President of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), and Dr. Bob Edgar, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches USA (NCC), held a joint press conference today at 'BIO 2003,' the largest gathering of biotechnology interests in the world, to discuss the importance of open, frank and constructive engagement between the religious and biotechnology communities.

Sometimes press releases actually release more of the truth than they intend. The phrase biotechnology interests is candid and revealing. What unites the members of BIO is their financial stake in biotech. It is not a public interest organization; it's a labor union for Big Bio. And it scored a nice PR victory when it sought to scoop up the Christian churches into its agenda.

Nigel M. de S. Cameron is executive chairman of the Center for Bioethics and Culture and director of the Council for Biotechnology Policy.

Read the entire article on the Council for Biotechnology website.



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