Friday, August 7, 2015

Items of Interest: Week of Dominica X Post Pentecosten

Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts
by Justin P. McBrayer (Opinionator NYT). «What would you say if you found out that our public schools were teaching children that it is not true that it’s wrong to kill people for fun or cheat on tests? Would you be surprised?»

Is a New Political System Emerging in This Country?
by Tom Englehart (TomDispatch). «Out of the chaos of this prolonged moment and inside the shell of the old system, a new culture, a new kind of politics, a new kind of governance is being born right before our eyes. Call it what you want. But call it something. Stop pretending it’s not happening.» The question becomes one of how well we, as Catholic and Orthodox Christians, are going to step into the fray.»

Liberal Christians try to Nuance Abortion
by Rachel Lu (Crisis Magazine). «People who think they have reasonable, moderate views on abortion should consider how honest they are really being with themselves. This choice is starker than they want to believe. If we accept the bonds of natural obligation as binding, then people will sometimes be pressed into service without their consent. If we don’t, we will sometimes find it “necessary” to kill our own children. No amount of social tinkering will make this problem go away.»

Thanks Bunches, Techie Pagans!
by Doug Wilson (Blog & Mablog). «When Roe was first decided, the national dialog was dominated and controlled by the big three television networks, and by the old guard print media. If they wanted to bottle up a groundswell opposition movement to anything, it was the easiest thing in the world for them to do so...We are living in a time that is remarkably, strikingly different. A cynical and world-weary response on the basis of how it used to go for us back in the dinosaur days is a remarkably short-sighted response.»

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Calls ‹Choice› An Empty Concept For Poor Women
by Samantha Lachman (Huffington Post). «Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the concept of ‹choice› is an ephemeral one for low-income women who live in states that pass laws limiting access to abortion, as they may not be able to afford to travel to a state with less onerous restrictions.» Thanks be to God.

Planned Parenthood Videos: What You Need to Know
by Sam Sawyer, S.J. (America). A remarkably fair assessment, considering the liberal Jesuit source.