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Category: Secular Humanism

The Binding Laws Governing our Present Intellectual Anarchy

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I must at the outset admit the debt owed to GK Chesterton, for it was on the third reading of his “Eugenics and Other Evils” that his comments about ‘the anarchy from above’ finally made sense.  They made sense because they made sense of a variety of other facts and concepts that had more recently come to my mind, and it was Chesterton’s insight that anarchy is not lawlessness, per se, but rather a law applied with no concept of when one will cease applying it.  … continue reading...

Let us Eat Babies, but Not Until We’ve Had Sex with Them–THEN Eat them

I recently came across an article talking about how the South Koreans have intercepted capsules filled with ground up aborted fetuses (some of us prefer the more archaic term, ‘babies,’ but I don’t want to be accused of emotionalizing the topic) en route from China to Japan, where, we are told, it is believed that there are great health benefits.  Here’s the article.

One thing that I found interesting in the article is how often the practice is described as ‘disturbing’ ‘sickening,’  and ‘disgusting,’ but for the life of me, I don’t know why we should think that.  Isn’t … continue reading...

No Lawsuit Against PZ Myers is Forthcoming

This is a post that has a lot of history behind it that I’m not going to try to recap right now.  The gist of it is that I published a collection of short stories to Amazon Kindle last year about this time, and a certain PZ Myers decided to ‘review’ them one by one, culminating with his review of the short story “Richard Dawkins Goes to Heaven.”  In that review, he transcribed a huge chunk of the story itself; so much of it-almost half of the story-that it looked immediately like copyright infringement to me, as well as to … continue reading...

Reducing Health Care Costs by Reducing Pregnancies

Yesterday I posted a lengthy response to an article recently published in an ‘ethics’ journal arguing that newborn children are not fundamentally different than ‘fetuses,’ and if we agree it is alright to kill ‘fetuses’, we can kill newborn children for the exact same reason.  The authors attempted to make their argument in such a way that it would not apply to all people, putting a hedge between the rest of us and the completely defenseless;  I make that ‘hedge’ to be about 6 inches tall, and easily leaped.

Today I heard about Sebelius’s explanation for why the Obama administration … continue reading...

After-birth abortion: why should the baby live? Or, What is the proper response to killing newborn children because they are a burden to a family… or society?

HT Gene Edward Veith and the Blaze

Just a few weeks ago, The Journal of Medical Ethics published an article titled “After-birth abortion:  why should the baby live?

In it, the authors Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva argue that the same arguments that justify abortion of the fetus on demand likewise apply to the newly born.  Here is the abstract:

Abortion is largely accepted even for reasons that do not have anything to do with the fetus’ health. By showing that (1) both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, (2) the … continue reading...

Jaffe Memo Part 10, Religious principles that secularists have and why it matters

I have now spilled much ink contending for the proposition that religion and politics must mix, using the Jaffe memo as my leaping off point.  On the face of it, such a proposition would fly in the face of the notion of a ‘separation between church and state.’  However, it is important to note that in the last two parts many of the examples are in contexts well beyond the confines of the United States.  Even on the secular understanding of that ‘separation,’ it applies only within the US.  Some of the worst trends are seen at the United Nations.  … continue reading...

Contrarian View: The Real Cause of Hyper-partisanship: Moderates, et. al.

I just posted an essay taking aim at American Catholics who voted in Obama (54%), supported Obamacare, and are now dumbfounded- shocked, I say- that Obama refuses to exempt Catholic organizations from requirements that infringe on their religious liberties.  This essay should be read in conjunction with that one, because I refer to a much deeper problem at the end of that post, and I am speaking to it now.

It is commonly thought that our country is more divided today than ever before and this is because of hyper-partisanship between the two main political parties. I should say that … continue reading...

Today’s ‘Splendid Dupe’: The Catholic Church, and Possibly You!

GK Chesterton- a Catholic- wrote this in regards to eugenics in 1917:

I know that [proponents of eugenics] numbers many disciples whose intentions are entirely innocent and humane; and who would be sincerely astonished at my describing it as I do. But that is only because evil always wins through the strength of its splendid dupes; and there has in all ages been a disastrous alliance between abnormal innocence and abnormal sin. Of these who are deceived I shall speak of course as we all do of such instruments; judging them by the good they think they are doing, … continue reading...

Castrate, and then bid them be fruitful- reflections on a cowardly cruise ship captain

The 24 hour news cycle is currently devoted to the ‘Italian Titanic’ and especially the fact that the captain of the ship beat the passengers off of the boat.  Naturally, the captain is everywhere being referred to as a coward, and every indication is that he really was a coward.

I couldn’t help but think of the quote by CS Lewis in his book The Abolition of Man, where he writes:  “In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh … continue reading...

The Jaffe Memo and the War Against Climate Change- Religion and Politics Continued – Part 8

This is part 8 of a series reacting to the contents of the Jaffe memo.  Readers who have been following along may want to refresh their memory and obviously new readers should read what has come before or, barring that, at the minimum find the Jaffe memo linked in part one and read it.

I want to begin this section quoting from a truly ghastly article by a columnist from Canada named Diane Francis, who advocated for a globally enforced one child policy:

A planetary law, such as China’s one-child policy, is the only way to reverse the disastrous

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Jaffe Memo: Part 7, Religion, Politics, Scientism, Climate Change, and Secular Humanism

This series began as a reflection of the contents of the Jaffe Memo, a Planned Parenthood document from 1969 that discussed ideas for handling the ‘population’ crisis.  This memo succinctly lays bear an agenda that has been in play since before the Civil War, and as I have demonstrated in previous parts of this series (and elsewhere), is still very much with us today.  The problem, as I have argued, is that many issues that are in front of us today for consideration were actually put forward by the liberal progressives at the turn of the century, who hoped at … continue reading...

Proper Response to Genuine Social Injustice: Reflections on Obama’s Student Loan Proposals

I remember having a long series of conversations with a friend about the moral culpability we might have by purchasing products from outfits like Walmart and other companies that provide cheap goods ‘on the backs’ of poor people in other countries.  I was willing to concede that there might be some culpability, but wondered what on earth we could do about it.  I also submitted that previous ‘good intentioned’ efforts to do ‘something’ about it not only exacerbated the problem, but probably created the problem in the first place.  Eventually he acknowledged that most of us are just ‘stuck,’ powerless … continue reading...

Occupy Wall Street, Martin Luther, and Reason prostituting as the Devil’s whore

A recent post arguing that sticking it to big business means, actually, sticking it to the little guy.  I have about ten more posts to write on that subject.  🙂  This is the second.

In the previous post I led off with an important caveat.  Namely, I am a realist.  That is, I live in reality.  That is, I believe my world view should reflect reality.   Put another way:  my beliefs should reflect reality as it really is.  This is the way of the mind.  What I had been pursuing prior to that point was the way of emotion.  … continue reading...

Why Sticking it to Big Business Sticks it to the Little Guy

Reality.

Call me quaint, but I believe we are obligated to conform our beliefs to the actual world around us.  It was chiefly on account of this that I felt compelled to take a perspective that we today call ‘conservative.’   There is the world we wished we lived in and there is the world that we actually live in.  Another way of putting this is:  people are as people are going to be and no social engineering will ever change what people are.

I begin this way as a response to those in the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ crowd.   Let me … continue reading...