Archdiocese of Cincinnati throws cold water on ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati says it doesn’t have an issue with the ice bucket challenge that’s currently raising millions for ALS research.

The problem is the organization that’s receiving the funds:

“The beneficiary of the ice-bucket challenge funds a study using embryonic stem cells, which can only be obtained by destroying embryonic life. For that reason, we have determined that our schools should not raise money for the ALS Association, and should instead – if they wish – donate to another organization doing ALS research,” the Archdiocese wrote in a prepared statement.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a disease that leaves the victim’s mind unaffected, but attacks the nervous system leaving the victim unable to move.

Participants in the ice-bucket challenge film themselves pouring buckets of ice water over their head, post the video to social media websites and challenge others to do the same, or to donate money to the ALS Association.  Over $31 million has been raised in recent weeks since the viral craze began.