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  • Yes, Violence Can be the Answer

    03/23/2011 5:13:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 60 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 22 March, 2011 | Selwyn Duke
    It was the body slam heard around the world. When some Australian schoolboys decided to videotape themselves bullying 15-year old Casey Heynes, one of them got more than he bargained for. Casey, who had been pushed around and humiliated for years, responded to a punch in his face and other attempted blows by hoisting his tormentor WWE style and introducing him to the pavement. The result was a video that went viral in a way the bullies had never imagined and for a reason they certainly had never hoped: Casey has become a hero worldwide. That is, a hero to...
  • Resistance(KS)

    03/22/2011 5:35:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 14 March, 2011 | Ian Huyett
    We'll always be able to trust the government with a monopoly on force. Cooperate when threatened, and you won't be hurt. The assumptions behind gun control laws are so blatantly and dangerously wrong that it must take some intellect to trick oneself into believing they're true. In December 2000, five friends in their twenties decided to cooperate when Jonathan and Reginald Carr barged into their Wichita home, demanding money. The victims offered no resistance, hoping that the pair would take their valuables and leave. Instead, the attackers ordered the three men into a closet and proceeded to rape the two...
  • Nine countries are on the path to complete atheism.

    03/22/2011 10:28:56 AM PDT · by Scottmkiv · 25 replies
    Rational Public Radio ^ | 3/22/11 | Scott Connery
    It seems like the religion in the U.S. is a juggernaut that will be nigh unstoppable in the next decade or two. It's seemingly impossible to get elected without being openly and devoutly religious. George Bush claimed to receive divine commandments on how to perform his job. President Obama has made his church attendance receives plenty of attention too. Some question his sincerity, but no one questions that this is the politically smart thing to do. George Bush famously said that Islam is a religion of peace despite all the evidence to the contrary. 40% of U.S. citizens are strict...
  • The Presidency: Calvin Coolidge’s Political Philosophy

    03/15/2011 9:20:12 AM PDT · by statestreet · 22 replies · 1+ views
    C-SPAN 3 - American History TV ^ | March 13, 2011 | C-SPAN
    Presidential scholar David Pietrusza reflects on the legacy of the 30th president at a symposium hosted by the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation. Mr. Pietrusza considers the influences that shaped President Coolidge’s political philosophy and why “Silent Cal” never wasted or minced words.
  • This Continuum Called Conservatism

    03/10/2011 4:11:01 PM PST · by arderkrag · 7 replies
    Liberals of this day and age, by and large, enjoy labeling themselves as "progressives", implying that anyone who does not agree with their socialist, statist world views is a "regressive" by extension. The liberal party here in the United Sates, the Democrats, describe themselves as a "big tent" party, supposedly able to encompass all views as long as their goal of defeating conservatism is not compromised. The flaws in this design are numerous, though one glaring one stands out - if Democrats are the "big tent" party, why are they also the party that has to have permission from the...
  • Keeping it All in Persepective...

    02/12/2011 3:19:17 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | February 12, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Take a moment and consider your place in the bigger scheme of things~ And while that's indeed illuminating (sorry)....  it's a  big universe with plenty of other stars out there: Jupiter only one pixel on that scale. But this behemoth Arcturus -25x the Sun's size and 110x as bright-is just 5th largest here...our own sun down to a single pixel: The monster above -Anteres- is the 15th brightest star in the sky, and is over 1000 light-years away. Feeling your place yet? Now try to wrap your mind around this: the photo below was taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, and ultra-deep-field infrared shot of...
  • Hannity & the American right

    02/03/2011 8:23:48 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 15 replies
    Oz Conservative ^ | Mark Richardson
    My interest at the moment is to try to understand more closely the American right. I've delved a little into the politics of a few personalities on the US right. It's not enough to write with great confidence on the topic, and I'm happy for American readers to jump in with their thoughts, but I think it's worthwhile to report on some early findings. If I had to briefly summarise I'd say: The professed political philosophy of leading personalities on the American right is often classical liberalism, i.e. it involves a belief in individual liberty, a small state, low taxes,...
  • What's the difference between a "liberal" and a "progressive?"

    01/16/2011 3:25:29 PM PST · by thecodont · 63 replies
    Bruce Reyes-Chow Blog ^ | 1/15/2011 | Bruce Reyes-Chow
    While I am sure that there are some seriously good snarky answers to this - and feel free to leave them if you want - I am seriously trying to figure this one out. Dictionaries haven't helped and haven't really found a good socio-political one. I've wondered about this many times as I often think that many of the frustrations I have with politically and theologically like-minded folks are rooted in subtle differences between what it means to be a "liberal" or a "progressive." Sure, this could all be semantics and no person is one-dimensional, but in church, politics and...
  • The Coming Gun Battle to Keep & Bear Arms

    01/11/2011 4:00:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies ^ | 10 January, 2011 | Paul Gallant, Joanne Eisen and Alan Chwick
    Scottsdale, AZ --( U.S. gun-owners are now entering a global battle of conflicting “norms” about possession of weapons. We believe that the American norm of civilian possession and judicious use of weapons creates the safest environment for our families and neighbors. But to the firearm-prohibitionists, achieving the international norm of civilian disarmament assures the best way to a peaceful society. John Bolton, former United Nations Ambassador, defined the “norming” process as using international organizations to create global standards or “norms.” When we look at the array of proponents championing the global norm – e.g. the UN, the vast majority of...
  • New House Is Government By Abstraction (Gigantic Barf Alert!!!)

    01/06/2011 4:54:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 6, 2011 | Left wing dipstick lunatic E. J. DIONNE JR
    Edmund Burke, one of history's greatest conservatives, warned that abstractions are the enemy of responsible government. "I never govern myself, no rational man ever did govern himself, by abstractions and universals," Burke wrote. "A statesman differs from a professor in a university; the latter has only the general view of society; the former, the statesman, has a number of circumstances to combine with those general ideas." Alas for all of us and for American conservatism in particular, the new Republican majority that took control of the House on Wednesday is embarked on an experiment in government by abstractions. Many in...
  • Ezra Klein: Honest lefty

    01/01/2011 6:27:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 48 replies ^ | 31 December, 2010 | Don Surber
    1. Blogger Ezra Klein went on MSNBC and said the Constitution is a hundred years old and hard to understand. Apparently, this drew flak. 2. Then he blogged at 11:55 AM on Thursday: “…My friends on the right don’t like to hear this, but the Constitution is not a clear document. Written more than 200 years ago, when America had 13 states and very different problems, it rarely speaks directly to the questions we ask it. The Second Amendment, for instance, says nothing about keeping a gun in the home if you’ve not signed up with a ‘well-regulated militia,’ but...
  • Is There a Cure for Liberalism?

    12/30/2010 9:45:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies · 19+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 29, 2010 | Bryan Preston
    Yet another study says biology may lurk in our political beliefs. Maybe! There’s another of those studies out there, that purports to show a biological difference between liberals and conservatives. People normally respond to “gaze cues,” or the direction that another person is looking, by glancing to see what caught that person’s attention. The new study, to be published in a forthcoming issue of the journal Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, finds that liberals respond much more strongly to such cues than conservatives. The finding is the latest in a series of clues that liberals and conservatives may be subtly different...
  • God and Rocks, Barbers and Haircuts.

    12/13/2010 4:43:02 AM PST · by ^ | 12/10/10 | David Shedlock
    Can God build a rock big enough that even He can’t lift it? This is a foolish question tempters and amateur atheists ask. Their intent is not to ask whether “omnipotent” is the best theological term to describe God’s power, but to tempt believers to question God’s existence. This is not an existence-of-God problem. It is really just a “trick question” of the same sort when one asks a righteous man if he has stopped beating his wife. That question contains an unproved premise and therefore cannot be answered “logically”. Another example from philosophy illustrates the real problem. Suppose...
  • Islam as Victor of Western Value Relativism

    11/21/2010 11:30:01 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 6 replies
    Politically Incorrect ^ | Michael Mannheimer
    The clash of civilizations, the collision between cultures, forecast by Samuel P. Huntington, has long since become an obvious fact in modern-day Europe, finding its clearest expression in the confrontation of Islam with the remnants of European Christianity. This collision not only is echoed in form of terrorist attacks but also in form of a bitter fight of ideals between two systems of values that could hardly be more opposed to each other, namely the archaic-totalitarian value system of Islam and the one represented by post modern European Enlightenment.
  • The War Between the Implicit and the Explicit

    11/03/2010 1:37:42 AM PDT · by Gomer1066 · 1 replies
    The Intellectual Activist ^ | November 2, 2010 | by Robert Tracinski
    In the first five parts of this series, and particularly in Part 5, I presented a new theory of history and the role of philosophical ideas in history. This article presents the theory behind that theory, discussing the deeper epistemological issues that are raised by the rest of the series. To begin, let me briefly summarize the essence of my theory. I have argued that the standard Objectivist theory—the view that a culture is changed by explicit philosophical ideas propagating downward from the ivory tower to the specialized sciences, to art, to the man on the street—is incomplete. This "top-down"...
  • My Life as a Felon

    11/02/2010 12:59:02 PM PDT · by OneWingedShark · 36 replies
    Today, I am a felon. Why? Because I broke a law; I willfully and purposefully broke it by taking a firearm with me to vote. Under state statute 7-30-2.4 it is prohibited for someone to take a firearm onto school grounds. The text thereof reads as follows: 1.         Unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on school premises consists of carrying a deadly weapon on school premises except by:             a.         a peace officer;            b.         school security personnel;            c.         a student, instructor or other school-authorized personnel engaged in army, navy, marine corps or air force reserve officer training corps programs or state-authorized hunter safety training instruction;            d.         a person...
  • Should gun owners have their heads examined?

    10/21/2010 4:27:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 20 October, 2010 | David Codrea
    "Prospective gun owners would have to pass a mental health test before being granted a firearms licence under recommendations submitted by a NSW coroner," the AAP story on World News Australia tells us. Why? After inquiring into the self-inflicted shooting death of a man during a confrontation with police in Sydney, Deputy State Coroner Paul MacMahon found the licensed gun owner had posed a "very great danger" to many unsuspecting people...An inquest, in November 2009 and March 2010, heard police evidence that the man intended to kill numerous people at random on the day he visited Eastwood Mall. That's pretty...
  • Islamic Influences on John Locke

    10/20/2010 6:50:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Musalman Times ^ | 13 October 2010
    To understand John Locke one has to understand what was going on internationally. He was born in an era of ascendant Islam. On the eve of Locke’s birth the Ottomans Murad IV (r. 1623-40) was the ruler of the Ottomans. As a young man Locke may have heard stories about the reign of Sultan Ibrahim (r. 1640-48). But Locke’s major years saw Mehmed IV (January 2, 1642 – January 6, 1693) reigning a largest Ottoman empire. In 1658 Greek mainland and islands fall under the control of the Ottoman Sultan. The Turks were knocking on the gages of Vienna in...
  • Islam is the Problem not Muslims

    09/19/2010 7:28:17 PM PDT · by Rebam98 · 20 replies ^ | 9/19/2010 | Amber Pawlik
    This is part one of a two part series on Moderate Muslims. Both articles are only 2 pages long. (Part two is linked.) Combined, they argue that while moderate Muslims should not be looked at as the enemy, they are not our hope for peace either. To attain peace, Islam must be met by an equally strong or stronger, better, rational philosophy.
  • Dross in Yet Another Islamic 'Golden Age'

    09/05/2010 6:48:38 AM PDT · by Omikronos2100 · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 5, 2010 | Andrew G. Bostom
    The myth of a golden age of rational Islam plays a critical role in maintaining the somnolence of America's establishment in grasping the implacability of political jihad. Currently (see here, reviewed 9/2/10 at The National Review Online), the Mutazilites, typified by the Abbasid Muslim rulers al-Mamun (r. 813-833) and al-Mutasim (r. 833-842) are being lionized as avatars of the kind of "rationalist freethinking" which might have spared both Muslims and non-Muslims from the consequences of traditionalist Islamic irredentism. These views are a contemporary re-packaging of idealized portrayals initially put forth by Heinrich Steiner in 1865, and reiterated afterward by late...
  • Worldviews Explained

    09/02/2010 2:55:02 PM PDT · by SeanG200 · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Religio-Political Talk ^ | 9-2-2010 | Papa Giorgio
    “Ours is an age of religious cacophony, as was the Roman Empire of Christ’s time. From agnosticism to Hegelianism, from devil-worship to scientific rationalism, from theosophical cults to philosophies of process: virtually any worldview conceivable is offered to modern man in the pluralistic marketplace of ideas. Our age is indeed in ideological and societal agony, grasping at anything and everything that can conceivably offer the ecstasy of a cosmic relationship or of a comprehensive Weltanschauung [worldview].”[1] Read more:
  • The New Dichotomy

    08/31/2010 9:33:48 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 7 replies
    An insight into how liberals and conservatives differ not just in politics but also ways of thinking.
  • Repudiating Whittaker Chambers

    08/26/2010 4:36:31 AM PDT · by Ronbo1948 · 35 replies
    THE FREEDOM FIGHTER'S JOURNAL ^ | August 26, 2010 | by Robert Tracinski
    A reader just sent me a link, with the explanation: "They're at it again." And so they are. "They" is the National Review, the leading publication of the religious wing of the mainstream right. And "it" is bashing Ayn Rand. There is a long history to this. All the way back in the 1950s, when Ayn Rand's magnum opus Atlas Shrugged—which I have described as "Capitalism's Epic"—was first published, William F. Buckley attempted to kick Ayn Rand out of the right. Her atheism and her ethics of individualism was a threat to Buckley's goal of cobbling together a "fusionist" coalition...
  • The Philosophy of Plunder

    08/24/2010 6:31:10 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 24, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When garden variety academics leave their ivory cocoons, they are really at a loss. Recently, Notre Dame University philosophy professor James P. Sterba tried to sell the libertarian Cato Institute on the “right” to welfare. “You’re not at the ABA anymore Jim,” his co-panelist Jan Narveson, chided him. Narveson is a professor emeritus at the University of Waterloo. Indeed, Sterba’s understanding of liberty might be more at home at the American Bar Association. “I submit that the liberty of the poor, which is the liberty not to be interfered with in taking from the surplus resources of others what is...
  • Here is Why Philosophy is Often Filled With Pinheads

    08/22/2010 9:34:28 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 17 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 08/22/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    OK, you read that headline and assume I'm some anti-intellectual, backwoods rube, right? Don't jump to conclusions yet. I am not saying that all philosophy is foolish, pointless, or idiotic. But often times people that study philosophy end up more interested in absurd postulations mounting on an always increasing scale until they are simply babbling nonsensically -- but using big words to do it. Take the so-called Sorites Paradox, for instance. Here is the claptrap that the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy lays on us to define the idea... Read the rest at
  • The First Church of Robotics

    08/09/2010 6:24:49 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 9, 2010 | Jaron Lanier
    THE news of the day often includes an item about some development in artificial intelligence: a machine that smiles, a program that can predict human tastes in mates or music, a robot that teaches foreign languages to children. This constant stream of stories suggests that machines are becoming smart and autonomous, a new form of life, and that we should think of them as fellow creatures instead of as tools. But such conclusions aren’t just changing how we think about computers — they are reshaping the basic assumptions of our lives in misguided and ultimately damaging ways. [...] Some would...
  • Taking the Second Amendment to its Logical Extreme Conclusion(Barf and Laugh alert)

    08/05/2010 6:06:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 53 replies ^ | 4 August, 2010 | Thomas Myer
    So, you're probably aware that the Constitution has this thing called the Bill of Rights, and one of our most sacrosanct enumerated rights is the right to bear arms. So here it is, the Second Amendment, just to show you that I, too, am capable of looking stuff up on Wikipedia: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Okay, great. I'm not much of a gun person, but hey, I get it. Without the Second Amendment, we wouldn't have action...
  • Enlightened and Enriched

    08/04/2010 8:55:56 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies · 1+ views
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2010 | Joel Mokyr
    We owe our modern prosperity to Enlightenment ideas. ___ Was the Enlightenment a Good Thing? At first blush, the question sounds almost sacrilegious. The eighteenth-century Enlightenment, after all, taught us to be democratic and to believe in human rights, tolerance, freedom of expression, and many other values that are still revered, if not always practiced, in modern societies. On the other hand, historians question whether the Enlightenment actually led to brotherhood and equality (it did not, of course), and even freedom, its third objective, was achieved only partially and late. Some have even suggested that its ideas of human “improvement”...
  • Ayn Rand: Architect of The Culture of Death

    07/20/2010 6:42:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 121 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Education Resource Center ^ | July 2010 | Donald DeMarco
    No philosopher ever proposed a more simple and straightforward view of life than the one Ayn Rand urges upon us. "Yes, this is an age of moral crisis … Your moral code has reached its climax, the blind alley and the end of its course. And if you wish to go on living, what you now need is not to return to morality …. but to discover it."Thus spake, not Zarathustra, but Ayn Rand's philosophical mouthpiece, John Galt, the protagonist of her principal novel, Atlas Shrugged. The "moral crisis" to which he refers is the conflict between altruism, which is...
  • Supreme immodesty: Why the justices play politics(barf alert)

    07/16/2010 6:04:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies · 2+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 14 July,2010 | Stuart Taylor Jr
    Why does the supposedly nonpartisan Supreme Court split so often along ideological lines, with the four conservatives locked in combat against the four liberals and the eclectic Justice Anthony Kennedy determining which faction wins? And why do all of the justices so often find in the Constitution a mirror image of their own political and policy views on issues as diverse as abortion, race, religion, gay rights, campaign finance, the death penalty and national security? The justices strenuously deny voting their own policy preferences. So, are they insincere? Well, no, except that none admits that interpreting the Constitution is an...
  • Sophomoronology, John C. Wright’s Pathology of Intellectuals

    06/07/2010 7:56:49 AM PDT · by mattstat · 7 replies · 23+ views
    The tenured intellectual is the only known creature that denies its own existence. They are, therefore, dangerous animals. Rather, it is not themselves who are of immediate danger, but it is those who come into contact with them and are infected by their philosophical pathogens who are a menace. The tenured intellectual is only a carrier; their disease only debilitates others. Not all who are exposed are infected. Only those with sufficiently weakened reasoning centers—caused by excessive exposure to the New York Times, “organic” foods, Seth MacFarlane creations, and the like—are at risk. Some symptoms of the infection are: an...
  • Is Feminist Epistemology Different Than Male Epistemology?

    05/29/2010 5:56:46 AM PDT · by mattstat · 23 replies · 529+ views
    Euclid gave us a gloriously simple proof that there are an infinite number of primes. A prime number, of course, is a positive number that can be evenly divided only by itself or one. Here’s Euclid’s proof. Don’t worry if you can’t follow along; it’s only important that you understand that the statement, “There are an infinite number of primes” is true given the information provided in the proof. Assume there are only a finite number of primes; order them from smallest to largest. Multiply them all together and then add to that product one. For ease, call that product-plus-one,...
  • Sample Questions for Presbytery Apologetics Exam

    05/25/2010 6:07:05 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 43 replies · 488+ views
    CMF Now ^ | Dr. Greg Bahnsen
    The following are meant to be representative of the type and scope of questions in apologetics which candidates in the Presbytery of Southern California may expect to be asked. They are only a "sample" (and by only one member of the Credentials Committee). The exam will certainly not include all of these questions, but neither will it be restricted to them. Candidates are not expected to have been philosophy majors to answer these questions adequately, but we do look for (1) a reliable and general grasp of the history of Western thought (including basic philosophical vocabulary, issues, and figures), (2)...
  • Martin Gardner, Philosophical Scrivener, RIP

    05/24/2010 4:35:45 AM PDT · by mattstat · 3 replies · 252+ views
    All regular readers will surely know Martin Gardner, writer, philosopher, mathematician, magician, exposer of flim flam. He died Saturday night; according to long-time friend and magician James Randi, peacefully. For those who did not know Gardner, Roger Kimball’s tribute is an excellent starting point. Gardner made it to 95, which is a damn good run. Florence King warns that we should never call somebody a “national treasure” because it is a clichá; but if those words don’t apply to Gardner, they’ll never be adequate for anybody. We are all better off because he lived. Most of us knew his mathematical...
  • PHILOSOPHY: WHO NEEDS IT? (The IMPORTANT West Point Commencement Speech)

    05/22/2010 8:06:19 AM PDT · by FreeKeys · 34 replies · 843+ views
    Gifts of Speech ^ | March 6, 1974 | Ayn Rand
    Address To The Graduating Class Of The United States Military Academy at West Point, New York - March 6, 1974 Since I am a fiction writer, let us start with a short short story. Suppose that you are an astronaut whose spaceship gets out of control and crashes on an unknown planet. When you regain consciousness and find that you are not hurt badly, the first three questions in or mind would be: Where am I? How can I discover it? What should I do? You see unfamiliar vegetation outside, and there is air to breathe; the sunlight seems paler...
  • Pakistani Man Found with Explosives on Hands at U.S. Embassy in Chile

    05/11/2010 4:13:11 PM PDT · by pissant · 16 replies · 404+ views
    ABC ^ | 5/11/10 | Pierre Thomas
    A Pakistani man was detained at the U.S. Embassy in Chile yesterday after field tests detected explosive residue on his hands and personal items, the State Department said today. A U.S. official tells ABC News the man had been recently added to a U.S. terror watch list, and as a result his U.S. visa was in the process of being revoked. In accordance with U.S. law, the man had been notified of the intention to revoke his U.S. visa and he was at the embassy to discuss the matter.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SUBJECTIVISM, 05-10-10

    05/10/2010 9:40:16 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies · 94+ views ^ | 05-10-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SUBJECTIVISM Any view of human nature and activity that denies the objective order of reality. It takes on one of three principal forms. In philosophy, it claims that a human being can have no direct knowledge or certitude about the world outside the mind. In theology, it holds that fiath is essentially each person's own experience, and not the free assent of the mind to God's revelation. In morals, it admits no principles or norms of conduct except those created by each individual's autonomous will, which is then equated with conscience. All items in this dictionary...
  • Income from Capital

    05/04/2010 7:41:59 AM PDT · by JasonC · 31 replies · 333+ views
    Vanity | 5/4/2010 | Vanity
    I wish to present a proposition for reasoned debate. I think conservatives should be able to agree on it, but I fear many here do not in their bones accept it. I think it is a key to our ideological conflicts and the political and economic diseases of our time. Proposition - the income from capital is entirely legitimate. It flows to its recipients because they entirely deserve it for the valuable service they have provided. Any attempt to outlaw it, redistribute it, destroy it, or legislate it out of existence or all recognition, is unjust on its face. It...
  • Lesbian Teacher's Allegation She Was 'Fired' From B.C. Catholic School Sparks Debate

    04/30/2010 1:50:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies · 977+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | April 30, 2010 | Thaddeus M. Baklinski
    VANCOUVER, April 30, 2010 ( - Debate over the right of religious schools to expect staff to follow a code of conduct in keeping with the school's moral values has been re-ignited after lesbian music teacher Lisa Reimer claimed she was "fired" by Little Flower Academy, one of three private Vancouver Catholic schools. Reimer says she was fired when school administration discovered that she and her homosexual partner were having a baby.Reimer, who is not Catholic, said she signed a "Catholicity clause" at Little Flower Academy saying she would respect the Catholic school's faith and "demonstrate a respectful and sympathetic...
  • Immigration, Law, and Morality [vanity-ish]

    04/25/2010 6:41:28 PM PDT · by OneWingedShark · 5 replies · 277+ views
    Self ^ | 25 Apr 10 | Self
    Recently Arizona passed a law which has been labeled as an “Anti-Immigration Law”; this isn’t entirely accurate though, it would be better to call it an Anti Illegal-Immigration Law. Apparently, regardless of what you want to call it, it has stirred up the emotions of many in outrage and/or disgust. It is therefore necessary to delve into the philosophy underlying the matter in order to try to find how morality applies, or perhaps doesn’t; not all decisions have a moral component, the choice to make yourself a blue-berry pop-tart or a strawberry pop-tart for breakfast is not a moral choice....
  • What does Christianity all mean? Renaissance Italy offers an idea!

    04/23/2010 12:41:55 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 8 replies · 270+ views
    04/23/2010 | WesternCulture
    Pico della Mirandola was a thinker who lived in 15th century Florence. The notion of the world he nurtured was somewhat differing to the one we favor today. Not to speak of the ideas of the unforgiving clerics of that time. Despite this, Pico della Mirandola's ideas on the image of man are relevant. This is how educated inhabitants of Renaissance Florence interpreted God's one and only message to man: ``We have given you, O Adam, no visage proper to yourself, nor endowment properly your own, in order that whatever place, whatever form, whatever gifts you may, with premeditation, select,...
  • Professor Antony Flew Dies (World's Foremost Rationalist Philosopher/Atheist Who Changed His Mind)

    04/14/2010 9:29:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies · 1,129+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 04/14/2010
    Professor Antony Flew, the rationalist philosopher who died on April 8 aged 87, spent much of his life denying the existence of God until, in 2004, he dramatically changed his mind. Flew always described himself as a "negative atheist", asserting that "theological propositions can neither be verified nor falsified by experience", a position he expounded in his classic paper Theology and Falsification (1950), reputedly the most frequently-quoted philosophical publication of the second half of the 20th century. He argued that any philosophical debate about the Almighty must begin by presuming atheism, placing the burden of proof on those who believe...
  • The Testament of Reinhold Schneider

    04/02/2010 3:52:09 AM PDT · by Achwoherdenn · 2 replies · 193+ views
    German Monarchist Society ^ | 2. April 2010 | Andreas Haas
    A description of Reinhold Schneiders activity in the publicist opposition against the Nazi regime in Germany and his historical-philosophical insights, as he presented them in 1946 in his book "Homecoming of the German Spirit".
  • What Do Philosophers Believe? Survey: Part II

    03/30/2010 6:03:10 AM PDT · by mattstat · 3 replies · 383+ views
    #4 God: theism or atheism? 73% went with atheism, about 15% with theism. This, of course, is the question. What’s most interesting about it, academically speaking, is that arguments for atheism usually consist of arguments against theism. I mean, a philosopher will triumphantly announce a new line of thought which, say, invalidates the ontological argument (a popular attempt at proving God’s existence), and then say, to himself only, “Well, that’s that. Since I can’t accept any of the arguments that prove God’s existence, then God must not exist. Plus, look at my fancy new smart phone, built on the laws...
  • Is God Necessary for a People Trained to Arms?

    03/30/2010 4:56:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies · 633+ views ^ | 29 March, 2010 | David Duringer
    Conservatives love Ayn Rand for her great writing and the moral case she makes for individual freedom, but typically we reject her atheism. Many of us are surprised to learn she was anti-gun, or at least very equivocal on armed self-defense. Relevant Ayn Rand quotes: “I do not know enough about it to have an opinion, except to say that it’s not of primary importance. Forbidding guns or registering them is not going to stop criminals from having them; nor is it a great threat to the private, noncriminal citizen if he has to register the fact he has a...
  • Self-Esteem vs. Self-Respect

    03/29/2010 12:02:49 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 10 replies · 546+ views
    In Character ^ | Theodore Dalrymple
    With the coyness of someone revealing a bizarre sexual taste, my patients would often say to me, "Doctor, I think I'm suffering from low self-esteem." This, they believed, was at the root of their problem, whatever it was, for there is hardly any undesirable behavior or experience that has not been attributed, in the press and on the air, in books and in private conversations, to low self-esteem, from eating too much to mass murder. Self-esteem is, of course, a term in the modern lexicon of psychobabble, and psychobabble is itself the verbal expression of self-absorption without self-examination. The former...
  • What Do Philosophers Believe? Survey: Part I

    03/29/2010 5:14:00 AM PDT · by mattstat · 187+ views
    What are the answers to The Big Questions? A survey was taken to discover what professional philosophers thought. We’ll have fun going through the questions and answers. 3. # Aesthetic value: objective or subjective? Take any blank piece of paper and any (real, instantiated) sharpened pencil. Hold the pencil to the paper, close your eyes, and in less than two minutes draw a picture of, say, the Last Supper; then open your eyes. Is your artwork beautiful? Is it as beautiful as da Vinci’s? If you hesitated for more than a microsecond to say “No!” to either question, then you...
  • Whose Death Matters More?

    03/03/2010 5:09:25 AM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 426+ views
    PajamasMedia/FasterPlease/Michael Ledeen ^ | March 2nd, 2010 | Michael Ledeen
    I think the first time I grappled with this question was in an undergraduate philosophy course. The professor was a Yaley, very very smart, and loved to provoke us. His job, after all. So one day, when a famous person had died, he said in his flippant way, “obviously this man was much more important than Joe Schmoe down the block, and the society should value him more, and try harder to protect him and tend to him if he’s sick, etc etc.” And so we debated, in the way of young students. Who is to say that one man’s...
  • 10 celebs, other than Tiger Woods, who are Buddhists

    03/01/2010 8:12:58 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 53 replies · 1,532+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 02/25/2010 | Source:
    • Keanu Reeves • k.d. lang • Richard Gere • Uma Thurman • Orlando Bloom • Kate Hudson • Tina Turner • Kate Bosworth • Herbie Hancock • Russell Simmons
  • *VIDEO* Free Will Arminianism: The Root of (Christian) Liberalism?

    02/28/2010 6:01:46 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 17 replies · 445+ views
    You Tube ^ | The Apologetics Group
    A 10-minute historical look at one of the most enduring theological debates within the Christian religion. The scholars in the video make a case for how and why Arminianism (Free Will theology) is the root of the vast liberalism we see in the professing church today (and arguably the liberalism we see in the greater Western culture and modern world.)