Catholic lawmakers in Australia said recently they will vote in favor of therpeutic cloning regardless of the warnings issued by the archbishop of Sydney.

First off, I love nowadays how much weight our descriptive adjectives hold. Just putting the word “therapeutic” put in front of cloning makes it all ok, I guess. “Assisted” Suicide also makes murder so much more palatable, don’t you think?

I think the Orwellian nomenclature bureau has been working overtime recently.

Anyway, Tony Stewart of the ruling Labor Party in the New South Wales state parliament, said he would rather go to hell than take orders on how to vote from Cardinal George Pell. “Maybe I’ll go to hell, but if I go to hell I’m going to do so by saving a lot of lives, because that’s what this bill is about,” Tony Stewart said in a radio interview. “We don’t need a religious leader telling members of parliament what should be done.”

Let’s make this clear. Cardinal George Pell is not telling you what to do. He’s informing you of the consequences of your actions. He’s saying that if you vote that way you should not go to communion in that church which you voluntarily belong to.

‘I would rather go to hell than take orders on how to vote from the Cardinal.’–Australian lawmaker Tony Stewart.

This quote rang a bell with me and then it hit me. Satan in Paradise Lost said, “Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.”

The oldest and most enduring stories become new every day, especially the tragedies.