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Religious Pluralism, Globalization, and World Politics$
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Thomas Banchoff

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195323405

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323405.001.0001

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Religious Pluralism and the Politics of a Global Cloning Ban

Religious Pluralism and the Politics of a Global Cloning Ban

(p.275) 11 Religious Pluralism and the Politics of a Global Cloning Ban
Religious Pluralism, Globalization, and World Politics

Thomas Banchoff (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The failed effort to ban all forms of cloning in international law at the turn of the new millennium is an example of the new religious pluralism in world politics. The world’s largest religious community, the Roman Catholic Church, together with the United States and its Evangelical Protestant president, George W. Bush, were unable to muster majority support at the United Nations for a comprehensive cloning ban. The strong, state-centered cast of the UN prevented the emergence of a sustained debate at the international level. As long as the national frame of reference for religious-political controversy remains predominant, global regulation of revolutionary, bordercrossing life science technologies is unlikely to emerge.

Keywords:   cloning, United States, George W. Bush, Catholic Church, United Nations, Islam

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