|ERLC gives annual report|
Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, gives the annual ERLC report to messengers attending the 145th session of the Southern Baptist Convention. Photo by Angela Murtiff
ST. LOUIS (BP)--The culture is locked in a fierce battle over whether humans will continue to be defined as unique creations of God, Richard Land said in opening the SBC's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's report to the Southern Baptist Convention June 12 in St. Louis.
"It is one of the most critical issues we face," Land said, drawing particular attention to the human cloning crisis. He said in January 2001 scientists announced the creation of the first genetically modified monkey -- "an advancement that could lead to customized primates for medical research."
"It brings the possibility of genetic manipulation closer than ever to humans," Land warned, noting also that a watchdog group revealed last year that a European company had granted a patent to Australian scientists for the creation of human-animal hybrids. Read More