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Western Culture, the Church and the "New Cannibalism" - Part II
Provided by LEARN, Inc. by James W. O'Clock, Doctor of Humane Letters in Christian Ethics & Pirkko K. O'Clock

Continued from Part I

The idiom, “Crossing the Rubicon,” often refers to taking a risky course of action, or “passing a point of no return.”  In 49 BC Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon River, which was considered an act of insurrection under Roman law.  Caesar eventually won the civil war, so he and his army were not punished, but the axiom lives on, denoting “no turning back” for actions taken. 


Western culture thinks of cannibalism as formerly occurring in far-off third world jungles or the humorous subject of newspaper or television cartoons.  To insinuate that Western culture is taking part in direct forms of cannibalism might seem idiotic or preposterous, but it must be recognized that our “civilized world” has already succumbed to an indirect cannibalistic way of life concerning the preborn, and is on the precipice of “Crossing the Rubicon,” advancing to direct acts of cannibalism.

It was recently revealed that China has developed a new lucrative business: selling “dead baby” pills as stamina boosters.  A May 7, 2012, Mail Online article provided the following sickening details concerning this gruesome business:


Thousands of pills filled with powdered human flesh have been discovered by customs officials in South Korea….  The capsules are in demand because they are viewed as being a medical “cure all.”  The grim trade is being run from China where corrupt medical staff are said to be tipping off medical companies when babies are aborted or delivered still-born.  The tiny corpses are then brought, stored in household refrigerators in homes of those involved in the trade before they are removed and taken to clinics where they are placed in medical drying microwaves.  Once the skin is tinder dry, it is pummeled into powder and then processed into capsules along with herbs to disguise the true ingredients from health investigators and customs officers.


Could a form of this “new cannibalism” find its way into the United States or Europe?  A March 29, 2012, Washington Times article, “PepsiCo Denies Accusations on Link to Aborted Fetal Cells,” revealed an unsettling collaborative effort between the San Diego based biotech company, Senomyx, and the food and beverage giant, PepsiCo: 


So far, researchers using aborted fetal cell lines haven’t been able to cure paralysis or reverse the effects of Parkinson’s disease, but they may be able to make diet sodas taste better. … After a review of Senomyx’s patents in 2011 showed that the company was using the fetal cell in its research, more than a dozen pro-life groups launched a boycott of Pepsi products that spread to 11 nations…. 


Senomyx claims on its website to have isolated human taste receptors that provide electrical or biochemical readout when a particular flavor ingredient interacts with the receptor.  Debi Vinnedge, Executive Director of Children of God for Life, which brought the issue to public attention in March, 2011, believes PepsiCo, as well as other food and beverage companies who have contracted with Senomyx, have not openly explained what constitutes the taste receptors.  Vinnedge wants the public to know that Senomyx is using HEK 293, which is a human embryo kidney cell line produced from an aborted fetus in the 1970s and used in more than 70 Senomyx patents, all related to flavor enhancers.  Ms. Vinnedge commented, “What Pepsi is doing is saying that they’re not taking the cells directly from a fetus.  Well, that’s true, they’re taking them from a lab….  They’re doing this with semantics to get around what they are really doing.”