It is a silly gimmick but it is worthwhile and shows the generosity of the American spirit. Unfortunately I only learned within the last couple of days that the money contributed to the organization that supports ALS research does stem cell research using aborted children's stem cells. Not kosher at all and of course mortally sinful and despicable. The ends do not justify the means.
Another priest says the following:
" I cannot support the ALS Association but have accepted the "Ice Bucket Challenge" to challenge the ALS Association in their embryonic stem cell research, which destroys life days after conception.--Fr. Michael J. Denk"
An ethical way to donate to the cure for ALS:
The John Paul II Medical Research Institute may be a more worthy group to donate to:
The John Paul II Medical Research Institute is a 501 (c) (3) organization that was founded in 2007 by Dr. Alan Moy. It is a secular organization that is grounded in a pro-life bioethic that respects the dignity of every human life. The Institute has chosen a name honoring the late pontiff, blessed John Paul II, that clearly demonstrates this unwavering commitment to the culture of life. More than 300 institutes and organizations engage in and support human embryonic stem cell research. The John Paul II Medical Research Institute advocates for medical research that recognizes the dignitiy of human life from the moment of conception to natural death. Also, the Institute advocates a new paradigm in research to address deficiencies in medical research and unmet medical needs.
Instead of doing something cute why not just donate or better yet, why not go volunteer at a nursing home and serve ALS patients? Playing with buckets of water is easy. Actually doing something is hard.
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