Here are some upcoming conferences of interest:
I keep thinking about President Obama’s high rhetoric against torture, how it’s not “who we are.” And not because I’ve been thinking about torture lately or am a fan of it. But because of the natural follow up question, “Who are we, then?”
Well, who are we, Mr. President? If it is abhorrent, to use the adjective of CIA Director John Brennan, to water-board terrorists committed to killing innocent civilians, is it abhorrent to deliberately drown a child in utero in lethal saline solution to kill her, because her mother wants her dead? Who are you, indeed, Mr. President, who could not even stomach to vote to forbid partial-birth abortions (unlike Hillary Clinton)? Indeed, who are we? And who are you?
Modern Society celebrates (almost) everything: Love, Sex, Drugs, No-Fault Divorce, Women’s Reproductive Rights, Multi-Partner Marriages (and more) are all part of this “new millennial sexual revolution.”
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Yikes, but not surprising….From our beloved United Nations channel as reported by C-FAM:
“[Y]oung people require a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services, including . . . safe abortion care,” says the 2014 State of World Population, released Tuesday.
Well, Woodstock didn’t include abortion care, I don’t think, or paid prostitution (FREE love, right?) but:
UNFPA also criticizes laws against “same-sex behaviour, drug use, and selling sex or sex work,” on the grounds that they “fall particularly hard on young people realizing their sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights.”
The UN has come a long way.
Louis Markos has posted his latest on the inclusive language and gender-neutral madness:
I would propose a third cause for why so many Bible-believing Christians are embracing, or at least not openly opposing, the eventual legalization of marriage between people of the same sex. They are doing so because the ground has been carefully laid and watered by a subtle but pervasive change in our cultural perceptions of men and women. Rather than identify, nurture, and celebrate masculinity and femininity as distinct but complementary God-given realities, our culture has been coaxed—by forces within the public school system, the media, the academy, and (alas) the seminary—to view boys and girls, men and women, husbands and wives as ultimately interchangeable.
The message, though not always stated so baldly, has been simply this: God may have provided us with our respective genitalia, but it is by the creative power of socialization that we are masculine or feminine. And because it was society, not God, who made us male and female, that same society can redefine at will the contours of our sexuality.
The Weston Lecture at St. Augustine’s College, Ottawa, Canada, in will be given on April 4. (If I lived anywhere nearby, I’d be there.) Theme:
“The Incarnation, Human Dignity, and Freedom: The Christian in the Public Square” by Canada’s Ambassador of Religious Freedom and Dean of Augustine College, Dr. Andrew Bennett.
I heard news of this development last night and there are several sources confirming the freeing of a dozen (or 13?) nuns who were abducted from the convent in Ma’loula in Syria (where Aramaic is still spoken) several months ago. This is from the Sydney Morning Herald. Our sisters in Christ have been in our prayers for their release, and we had feared for their lives. Thanks be to God.
Well, pedophiles in high places? Who knows.
The man: Lord Justice Fulford, high court judge–“One of Britain’s most senior judges actively campaigned to support a vile paedophile group that tried to legalise sex with children, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.” And they do here. Fulford is an Advisor to the Queen.
“An investigation by the Mail on Sunday has discovered that Fulford was a founder member of a campaign to defend PIE while it was openly calling for the age of consent to be lowered to just four.”
Got that? Age FOUR. Our beloved American Liberator Alfred Kinsey would be proud. It is astonishing that Kinsey published Table 34 in his book on sex and was not arrested for sexual crimes or exposed as a liar for making up data. Seriously? A sane scientist records sexual “orgasms” in children 5 months, 11 months, 2 years old, including the time it took to reach those orgasms? Why is this not denounced as a shameful episode in “science,” and why isn’t his book and the warm reception of it considered a shameful episode in American history? Lord Injustice Fulford and much of modern sex “education” drinks from the poison well of Kinsey that has bubbled up from the lower depths. But Holywood lionizes Kinsey with a film by that name, the same well-drinkers who overlook the foibles of Roman Polanski and Woody Allen.
How far down does this hole go?
Bloomberg reports that the FDA is considering approving a new technology that would combine the DNA of two mothers with one male “donor” in order to create a better baby. Can anyone say “Frankenstein,” please?
I wish Robert P. George was still on the President’s Council on Bioethics to discuss the morality, er, ethics, of this latest “improvement”–but that Council was disbanded before its term ran out by President Obama, but it was replaced in 2010 with the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, which has held 16 meetings since 2010. At its most recent one in Feb. 2014 this was discussed in session 2:
Now, so shall we be thinking about the possibility of giving medications or drugs to people as a way of causing them to be less aggressive and thereby to better fit in with society, be more functional in families, more functional in school, more functional in their work?
So some of the ethical issues raised by this kind of possibility and raised in our discussion were concerns about justice, the justice of such drugs, the dignity, the human dignity involved in using pharmaceuticals to enhance ourselves morally; how such drugs or other resources might affect the notion of free will and autonomy. Is it really me freely deciding to be a moral person if I’ve taken a pill?
These questions are out there. In the view of utopian science, one way to perfect man may be through drugs, but maybe you can do it through genetic manipulation. If you care about whether or not Frankenstein is given a free pass and you live in Chicago, I URGE you to attend this luncheon lecture by William Hurlbut of Stanford University next Friday March 14. We are being warned, but who will take heed? Can a society endure that murders 55 million of its unborn while spending billions on Frankenstein’s new laboratory?