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Constitutional Cloning

Do scientists have a First Amendment right to do whatever they please?

12:00 AM, Sep 29, 2004 • By WESLEY J. SMITH
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This means that our political institutions must be allowed to set reasonable parameters around the depth and scope of scientific inquiry. This important role of government would be thwarted if the Constitution is interpreted to include a right to research. Not only would it craft a narrow constitutional right open only to a very narrow category of people, e.g., scientists, but it would imbed the amoral beliefs of scientism into the Constitution, creating the possibility that rather than serving society, science would come to dominate it.

Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture. His next book, Consumer's Guide to a Brave New World, will be released this fall by Encounter Books.