Charismatic Episcopal Church

A Statement from Archbishop Randolph Sly In Support of the Brownback-Landrieu Human Cloning Prohibition Act

Date: 05/07/2002

May 7, 2002

I am here today as the Archbishop of the Eastern Province of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church, a Board Member of CECForLife, and the Chairman of the Board for “Common Good. The Charismatic Episcopal Church, along CECForLife, the Pro-life expression of our church, place our full support behind the passage of Senate Bill #1899, entitled the “Brownback-Landrieu Human Cloning Prohibition Act.”

In John Naisbitt’s book High Tech/High Touch, Theologian Dr. Donald Shriver is quoted as saying, “The power of scientific curiosity, technological ambition, and economic profit are together a very formidable power.” This quote comes from the chapter on genetic technology and bioethics. We are all here today because of the truth of this quote.

That a debate over the viability of human cloning is even taking place reveals that the boundaries of responsible inquiry and morally legitimate experimentation have been moved. Citing ambitious claims for health and healing which, according to many reputable scientists and physicians, dwell within the realm of science fiction, civil authority is now on the verge of caving in on this issue.

Our unified presence here today is about more than just the passage of a Senate bill. The actions of our nation in the area of human cloning have implications far beyond our borders and even our time in history. What we do now will have significant implications for all of humanity in all future generations.

The horrors of the holocaust during World War II were not only found in the ovens and gas chambers but also in the laboratories of genetic experimentation. We decried that dehumanization as a travesty, but now seem ready to enter into a sequel, where those who have no voice will again become victims in the quest for innovation.

As a communion, we continue to affirm current genetic research, which is morally sound and has scientific integrity. We further encourage the passage of this bill as a sign of the good faith of this nation to preserve the inalienable rights of every person from the time of conception. As Dr. Seuss states in his children’s classic Horton Hears A Who, “a person’s a person, no matter how small.”


The Most Rev. Randolph Sly is the Archbishop of the Eastern Province and the Diocese of the Potomac as well as serving as Supervising Archbishop for the International Office of Communications and as a board member for CECForLife in the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church. He is also rector of the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration in the Washington D.C. metroplex. In his thirty years of ministry, he has become a popular speaker and published author on a variety of topics including public policy, ethics and culture from a Christian perspective. He was a contributor to the chapter on genetics in John Naisbitt’s book High Tech/High Touch.