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Posted inCulture

I’m not celebrating the 4th of July

Reading Time: 3 minutes A 5-year-old with a pair of round glasses with a short, brown bob cut sits in a kindergarten classroom in a northern suburb of St. Louis. The day is just beginning, and the teacher asks the class to stand to perform the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.  As she places her right hand […]

Posted inEthics and Morality, Philosophy, Religion, The Secular

Spontaneous Abortion: God Has the Right to Take Lives?

Reading Time: 6 minutes I was recently involved in a discussion/argument that started off with a Christian stating: We want freedom from stupid govt. lockdowns for a non-pandemic. [I will edit these quick Facebook comments only for grammar/punctuation.] Which then distilled down to a conversation about abortion. Because that’s what Christians do, right? I remained true to form: If […]

Posted inUncategorized

The Enlightenment and Conflicting Rights

Reading Time: 4 minutes In a post that covered a number of things, John Crawford, who normally comments here in protection of gun advocacy, a sort of faux-libertarianism and other positions, commented as follows: So, what is the heritage of our belief in the sanctity of life, that you support abortion? What is the heritage of our belief, that […]

Posted inPolitics

Guns & More Deaths. What Now?

Reading Time: 4 minutes It’s never too soon. So, it’s happened again. Not once, but twice. El Paso and Dayton with a whole host of casualties, all within 24 hours. I have written about this more times than I care to count, and this includes the inevitable inaction in the aftermaths. There are three options open to legislators in […]

Posted inEthics and Morality, Philosophy

Knowing Your Rights, Locke and Other Rights Problems – Take 2!

Reading Time: 9 minutes The rights debates raging on a number of recent comment threads have been pretty embarrassing for many of the people (gun advocates) taking part because they have simply not engaged with the conversation at the level it should have been. In fact, these haven’t been “rights debates”, they have been long lists of assertions followed […]

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