Sophistication and taste do not equate to frowning, head-bowing, and chin-stroking.
In a recent “Skeptic’s Collection” column, I asserted the following regarding biasing abortion decisions in favor of the woman’s welfare, even at the expense of her fetus. I counseled caution toward the status of the fetus – which status, I repeat once more, I do not profess to know – because, while we can be […]
“[We have lost our way w]hen the freedom to engage in business, enter into contracts, and acquire wealth becomes so important that financial markets are unregulated to the point that they make the Gunfight at the OK Corral look like a Sunday-after-church chamber music concert at Downton Abbey.”
Given my recent preoccupation with “life” issues generally and with the pro-life / pro-choice debate generally, I thought it might be advisable to reprint this column from several years ago for the sake of the statistics it contains about the incidence of spontaneous abortions / miscarriages worldwide, and the theological implications of these numbers. Debates […]
So there will always — always — inevitably be a significant element of arbitrariness in appealing to the law to decide issues pertaining to the beginning — and the end — of life, and insisting on digital answers to questions that are intrinsically analog gains nothing. Except more confusion.
Granted, you cannot fix Stupid. But that does not mean you have to aid, abet, and subsidize it.
I am re-publishing this column in observance of Veterans’ Day, and in honor of my Dad, a veteran of World War II and D-Day. They must never be forgotten, especially now that fascism, the very plague my dad and his comrades fought and bled to exterminate, is gaining power in Europe and even in the […]
I have been closely following the history of the hyper-restrictive – grossly over-restrictive, in my estimation – abortion laws and bills, including the so-called “heartbeat” laws / bills. As a result, I have become convinced that the biggest problem with the abortion debate – both pro-choice and pro-life — is that both parties assume they […]
Like most everyone else – that is, except probably for the actual actors and staff of Game of Thrones (hereafter GOT) – I have only watched the penultimate episode “The Bells”. So I know no more about how the series ends than anyone else. Least of all do I know who ends up sitting on […]
Ever since my very first exposure to it in 1979 as part of a Smithsonian Institution art-history seminar, one of my favorite art venues in Washington, DC, has been the venerable Phillips Collection, a few blocks east and perhaps a block south of the DuPont Circle DC Metro stop. There are many reasons for my […]