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  • Unspeakable Ethics, Unnatural Law

    12/13/2010 10:10:21 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 23 replies
    Duke Law Journal via ^ | December 1979 | Arthur Leff
    I want to believe -- and so do you -- in a complete, immanent, and transcendent set of propositions about right and wrong, findable rules that authoritatively and unambiguously direct us how to live righteously. I also want to believe -- and so do you -- in no such thing, but rather that we are wholly free, not only to choose for ourselves what we ought to do, but to decide for ourselves, individually and as a species, what we ought to be. What we want, Heaven help us, is simultaneously to be perfectly ruled and perfectly free, that is,...
  • Ending the TSA Madness: Listen Up, Folks, Here's How You Win the Profiling Debate

    12/11/2010 3:37:43 AM PST · by Scanian · 53 replies · 2+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | December 11, 2010 | Selwyn Duke
    One thing that saddens me about the TSA security controversy is that we're missing a great opportunity. Sure, the insanity of patting down three-year-old, blonde-haired lasses and octogenarian grandmothers with prosthetics has caused a great backlash, as more and more people are realizing that our government's common-sense-blind approach is born of a deadly allegiance to political correctness. In fact, I've even heard a few usually very careful pundits float the idea that we should think about profiling Muslims. Unfortunately, though, they invariably drop the ball in the debate. The problem is that they don't believe they occupy the moral high...
  • Moral or Immoral Government

    12/08/2010 4:26:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 1+ views ^ | December 8, 2010 | Walter E. Williams
    Immorality in government lies at the heart of our nation's problems. Deficits, debt and runaway government are merely symptoms. What's moral and immoral conduct can be complicated, but needlessly so. I keep things simple and you tell me where I go wrong. My initial assumption is that we each own ourselves. I am my private property and you are yours. If we accept the notion that people own themselves, then it's easy to discover what forms of conduct are moral and immoral. Immoral acts are those that violate self-ownership. Murder, rape, assault and slavery are immoral because those acts violate...
  • Thou Shall Not Steal: Not Even from Rich Oil Tycoons

    12/02/2010 7:20:27 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 4 replies
    Translated from the NRG websiteEditor's note: A number of months ago, the Noble Gas Company discovered vast stores of natural gas in Israel's territorial waters. According to a prior agreement with the Israeli government, the royalties from the discovery were supposed to have been substantial. But after politicians mixed in, the government appointed the Sheshinski Committee, which advised Israel to re-adjust its tax/royalties structure on hydrocarbons. This proposal means that Israel will renege on its initial agreement with the drilling company and significantly lower the sum of the royalties.First, proper disclosure. I have never met oil tycoon Yitzchak Teshuvah and...
  • The Fear of G-d Barometer

    12/02/2010 7:03:44 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 50 replies
    And Joseph said to them on the third day, 'Do this and live, I fear G-d.' (From this week's Torah portion, Mikeitz, Genesis 42:18) "For I said, there is no fear of G-d in this place, and they will kill me." (Abraham in Genesis 20:11) Joseph understood the same thing understood by his great-grandfather, Abraham. Joseph's brothers have nothing to worry about. They can leave Simon with the stern Egyptian ruler and be sure that no harm will befall him, for he has a G-d: "I fear G-d." True fear of G-d is the foundation upon which everything rests. There...
  • Reflections On An Ailing Society

    11/24/2010 2:31:37 PM PST · by Rashputin · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 24, 2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Reflections On An Ailing Society November 24, 2010 - by Victor Davis Hanson Buffetism Warren Buffet is once more calling for higher tax rates, in advising the Congress to revoke the Bush-era tax rates and apparently to return to those of the Clinton administration — reminiscent of the elder Gates touring the country stumping for a reinstatement of a substantial inheritance tax. Aside from the fact that the deficit is not due to falling revenues, but almost entirely a result of astronomical federal spending increases since 2000, this bromide is quite pathological, this peddling of elixirs that the sellers do...
  • Can’t Be Tamed ["Producing entire generations of Lolitas"]

    11/16/2010 2:59:20 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 29 replies · 1+ views ^ | Nov. 16, 2010 | by Kristia Cavere
    With her eighteenth birthday one week away, it seems that, more than ever, Miley Cyrus can’t be tamed even when her sexualized new image is causing her popularity and her profits from sales to drop. Her new video, “Who Owns My Heart,” features Miley writhing in bed with no pants, with brief flashes of her black underwear, and her provocatively dancing with both genders. This video recently caused the traditional group Parents Television Council, who coincidentally has her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, on their advisory board, to release a statement expressing their disappointment. This is not the first time that...
  • Orthodox Christian Responsibility in the Public Arena

    11/02/2010 10:24:13 AM PDT · by ezfindit · 18 replies
    OrthodoxNet ^ | 11/2/2010 | Fr. John Peck
    First of all, let me begin by saying that it is my duty, as a priest and pastor, to impose moral standards on you. Part of my job and function is to teach Christian morality and to get us, as a body, to adhere to Christian moral standards, so before you come to me with complaints about the separation of Church and state, be aware that I am doing my duty in telling you what the Church, as the Body of Christ, teaches about life and responsibility. [...] As Christians, we can certainly have opinions about a multitude of public...
  • Moral Issues in the Election

    10/29/2010 10:05:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    CE-BreakPoint ^ | 10-29-10 | Charles Colson
    Moral Issues in the Election October 29th, 2010 by Charles ColsonNext Tuesday, I hope you will do your Christian duty and head to the polls to vote for the candidate of your choice. I trust that your faith will guide you in your decision. Which candidate will best promote justice and preserve order? After all, those are the biblically-sanctioned roles of government. And which candidate best exemplifies the cardinal virtue of prudence in his or her public and private life?And which candidate will best promote the sanctity of human life, advocate for traditional marriage, and protect religious freedom?           Well,...
  • What motivates morality?, part 1 of 5

    10/29/2010 5:35:53 AM PDT · by MarianoApologeticus · 15 replies ^ | Oct 29, 2010 AD | Mariano
    ...If morals are ingrained in us from birth, as Christianity asserts, why do different religions promote different morals?... The bottom line is whether in a god-free universe ruled by blind forces and inspired by survival of the fittest evolution all “morality” is merely an organism’s accidentally (in a manner of speaking) benefiting others (the in-group) in “expectation” that the others will benefit the individual organism—this is why, on this view, morality is considered to be, in reality, selfishness (this was the point argued in a debate between an atheist and a Christian).
  • The Democrats' Final Recourse: Massive Vote Fraud

    10/28/2010 7:55:01 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 47 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | October 28, 2010 | Selwyn Duke
    The reports are rolling in from all over the country. A Craven County, NC resident attempts to vote a straight Republican ticket but his choices come up straight Democrat four times, despite receiving assistance from poll workers. In NC's Lenoir County, registered Democrat Ervin Norville also tries to vote straight Republican but finds that his ballot has the names of several Democrat candidates selected. Boulder City, NV resident Joyce Ferrara says that when she and several others went to vote for Sharon Angle, they found that Senator Harry Reid's name was already checked off. In Dallas County, TX' congressional district...
  • Islam Prevents AIDS

    10/24/2010 10:06:20 PM PDT · by 0beron · 25 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/24/2010 | Tancred
    The western condom-ideologues and old Liberal Sex-theologians can froth and snarl, as long as they want. They are never the less the main reason, why HIV has spread so frantically. [] The deadly HI-Virus has not spread as much in Islamic lands as elsewhere. This was explained by Michael Grandt yesterday ont he website ''. Worldwide there are around one percent of all people from 15 to 49 who are infected. The leading area for AIDS infestation is Southern Africa. There the condom propaganda is especially strong. Since then, 22.4 Million people have become HIV carriers.
  • 6 Brazen Advocates of Slut Culture on the Pseudo-Feminist Left

    10/24/2010 1:40:30 PM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 65 replies · 1+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | October 24, 2010 | Cassy Fiano
    Sluthood wasn't always considered a virtue. Most normal, rational people look at sleeping around as something sad and wrong. It's not healthy, physically or mentally, it can be damaging to a young girl's reputation, and it can also be incredibly dangerous. Women that sleep around oftentimes end up feeling used and regret their choices when they get older and decide to settle down. Other women end up contracting STDs, which may or may not be treatable. For these reasons and more, being a slut is understandably looked down upon -- it can be genuinely harmful. Today's pseudo-feminists, however, have...
  • “Atheists Debate How Pushy to Be”

    10/22/2010 7:21:14 PM PDT · by MarianoApologeticus · 12 replies ^ | Oct 18t, 2010 AD | Mariano
    Full story posted in parts: Part 1Part 2Part 3
  • Yes, Folks, We All Would Legislate Morality (Psst, Even You Libertarians)

    10/17/2010 2:58:42 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 257 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 17, 2010 | Selwyn Duke
    Really, I must be a glutton for punishment. Over the past couple of weeks, I wrote two articles on libertarianism and made the point that for a law to be just, it must have a basis in morality. These commentaries evoked quite a response, ranging from lauding me as brilliant to lambasting me for not having two brain cells to rub together. And the negative responses were most notable. For daring to mention morality and law in the same breath, some implied I was like the Taliban, one respondent called me a "neoconservative," and a blogger said I was a...
  • Is Sam Harris’ “Moral Landscape” moral?

    10/15/2010 11:57:24 AM PDT · by MarianoApologeticus · 2 replies ^ | Oct 15, 2010 AD | Mariano
    Sam Harris seeks to instruct humanity with regards to morality. Is it moral, one may ask, to puff up your book sales? Well, according to Sam Harris the answer is “Yes,” or is it “No,” or perhaps a definite “Maybe.”... This is all in keeping with his media manipulation savviness—whereby he and his fellow New Atheists have become instant celebrities...
  • The Atheist As Moralist

    10/15/2010 11:28:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 124 replies · 1+ views ^ | October 15, 2010 | Michael Gerson
    WASHINGTON -- Christopher Hitchens -- bald from cancer treatments, speaking between doctor's appointments -- has a special disdain for deathbed religious conversions. Appearing before a group of journalists organized by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public life, he criticized the pressures put on Tom Paine to embrace Christianity and the malicious rumors of faith that followed Charles Darwin's demise. "I've already thought about this a great deal, thanks all the same," he explained. The idea "that you may be terrified" is no reason to "abandon the principles of a lifetime." At this event -- a joint appearance with his...
  • Libertarianism's folly, Part Two

    10/14/2010 7:26:49 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 24 replies
    Renew America ^ | October 13, 2010 | Selwyn Duke
    In a piece I recently wrote about the dangers inherent in libertarianism, I pointed out that libertarians, by applying their live-and-let-live philosophy to the moral sphere as well as the governmental, do nothing to maintain the societal moral framework that enables people to govern themselves from within and that ensures Big Brother won't have to do so from without (I recommend you read the piece). Not surprisingly, this provoked some angry responses and fallacious counter-arguments. This article is my response to them. I will start with the one thing that characterizes libertarians as much as anything else: a misunderstanding about...
  • Sam Harris “The Moral Landscape” — will science prescribe morals?, part 2

    10/11/2010 6:35:00 PM PDT · by MarianoApologeticus ^ | Oct 11, 2010 | Mariano
    ...typical Sam Harris; get you feeling something real so that any logic that attempts to overturn his argument seems oh so very abstract and ethereal. What is an idea compared to an emotion? One is tangible the other is not. How do you argue against emotion? Keep this in mind as it is a favorite New Atheist tactic. Indeed, within paragraphs he will mention “raping children,” “a 9-year-old girl raped by her stepfather”... This is part of why atheistic ethics or morals are an infinite regress of assertions: when they assert that the premise is human flourishing you can ask...
  • The Illusion of Rightward Movement

    10/09/2010 9:29:16 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 22 replies ^ | 10/08/10 | Selwyn Duke
    In this time of Tea Parties and tanking Democrat poll numbers, people are, depending on their point of view, hailing or howling about an apparent conservative groundswell. More traditional folks anxiously anticipate a GOP landslide in November, while many liberals warn of the perils of our current rightward shift. What are they concerned about? I’m not sure. I wasn’t aware that the federal Department of Education had been eliminated, the income tax repealed and IRS abolished, Roe v. Wade overturned, hate-crime laws rescinded, and the NEA and public broadcasting defunded. I also haven’t heard about a huge influx of traditionalists...