Fighting ALS (“Lou Gehrig’s Disease”) is a worthy cause, worth dumping an ice bucket over your head. The main beneficiary of the “Ice Bucket Challenge” is the ALS Association. The problem with that group, though, is that they use a stem cell line from an aborted child. There are, however, other ALS research organizations that honor the sanctity of life. Read some good guidance on this issue after the jump, along with links to the groups that would make good use of your money.
From Rev. Daniel Hinton, Commentary: Should Lutherans take ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’? | LCMS News & Information:
A new wave of videos has made its way across the Internet this summer in which people are dumping ice water on their heads and challenging others to do the same. This is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a “viral” campaign to raise awareness of and money to fight ALS, a debilitating neurological disease responsible for two of every 100,000 deaths in the U.S. Also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” it has afflicted professor Stephen Hawking for more than 50 years and, in 2006, caused the death of Lutheran theologian and professor Kurt E. Marquart. Currently, there is no known cure —available treatments mostly treat the symptoms of the disease.