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Today in Future History

Comment posted by Tony on Dec 21, 22:59:

Which presents a really good reason to establish, in the courts of our own country, that they are neither obliged, nor permitted, to follow the trends of other courts as if they constituted any sort of precedential value at all, or even any presumption of being suitable in result. Our courts should be constrained to interpret OUR law, under the Constitution and the natural law, not some foreign body of theories masquerading as "law". ... [More]

Today in Future History

Comment posted by Jake Freivald on Dec 21, 22:38:

‎I was just sent the Reuters article, "Captive orangutan has human right to freedom, Argentine court rules". Perhaps the dateline on the future news article was set too late.  BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - An orangutan held in an Argentine zoo can be freed and transferred to a sanctuary after a court recognized the ape as a "non-human person" unlawfully deprived of its freedom, local media reported on Sunday. Animal rights campaigners filed a habeas corpus petition - a document more typically used to challenge ... [More]

Happy Birthday To The Federalist – Part One: Here We Go Again!

Comment posted by Mike T on Dec 21, 21:00:

Notice too that utilitarians will speak of having severely handicapped kids as a drain of resources, unmerciful and a host of other things suggesting it's bad to let them enter this world. They will often then look at you like a scoundrel if you suggest that much of their clientele (unwed mothers, drunks, drug addicts, shiftless male rejects, thugs...) are undeserving by virtual of actual choices they've made with their lives. ... [More]

If everything is holy, nothing is holy

Comment posted by Lydia on Dec 21, 18:38:

Is not every creation of our Father DIVINE Nope. ... [More]

If everything is holy, nothing is holy

Comment posted by Lou on Dec 21, 17:58:

Is not every creation of our Father DIVINE and have not our Father created ALL? ... [More]

Happy Birthday To The Federalist – Part One: Here We Go Again!

Comment posted by Lydia on Dec 21, 15:40:

I would add to your list the whole movement in the health care industry to cut costs when thinking about the elderly and their "quality of life", i.e. euthanasia. Yes, a funny thought: To the utilitarian, KSM's life is more valuable than Grandma's, because KSM has knowledge we can use. Which means that Grandma should be bumped off for the greater good and KSM should not be executed but should be kept alive and interrogated for his useful knowledge. ... [More]

Happy Birthday To The Federalist – Part One: Here We Go Again!

Comment posted by Jeffrey S. on Dec 21, 13:15:

Lydia, I think your comment about the dangers of utilitarian thinking are spot on -- I would add to your list the whole movement in the health care industry to cut costs when thinking about the elderly and their "quality of life", i.e. euthanasia. Zippy, Your writing on torture (like some of your other ethical and moral writing) has been a clear and forceful witness to the eternal truths of the Church. I thank you for all the work you've done and continue to do on these matters. Having said that, yo ... [More]

Happy Birthday To The Federalist – Part One: Here We Go Again!

Comment posted by Zippy on Dec 21, 09:35:

Thanks for the mention, Jeff. Tony writes: Stick with the CCC and Pope JPII's explanation. The US doc gets it wrong. Because it simply must be that are they are in conflict, despite the fact that Veritatis Splendour uses the term "behaviour" 61 times to refer to the object of the act, and the term "action" a similar number of times. The problem can't possibly be internal to Tony's personal views on moral theology; because if it were, he might actually have to re-think his positions and there might actu ... [More]

Happy Birthday To The Federalist – Part One: Here We Go Again!

Comment posted by Lydia on Dec 21, 09:30:

The overall increase in utilitarianism in the U.S. can be seen in many, seemingly unrelated, disturbing trends. For example, no doubt the intelligence community would have deplored solemnly executing KSM after a trial because that would "waste" his information. So the just thing is sacrificed to the utilitarian _use_ of the person as a resource, and he is kept in a legal twilight zone so that he can be used. Similarly, advocates of increasingly aggressive organ procurement policies deplore solemnly and resp ... [More]

The Shrieking Harpies of Tolerance, Anti-Gunner Edition

Comment posted by Mike T on Dec 21, 08:54:

I've worked with veterans who were in support and some who were in combat arms. Never noticed any of them were particularly in favor of gun control. At worst, they were sympathetic to the police harassing open carriers and that's it. That said, you are probably more likely to find liberals among the support occupations because that's where the women are. ... [More]

Happy Birthday To The Federalist – Part One: Here We Go Again!

Comment posted by Lydia on Dec 21, 08:29:

I ain't goin' shed no tears over KSM. I'm not going to shed tears over him, but I _am_ going to say it was wrong to torture him, not that he had it coming. I just think we need to keep saying that, no matter how much righteous anger we feel against him. IMO, he should have been tried and executed. In a sense, there may even be a connection between the lowering incidence of the use of the death penalty and the rise in acceptance of "enhanced interrogation." We don't actually become more merciful as a peopl ... [More]

Happy Birthday To The Federalist – Part One: Here We Go Again!

Comment posted by Paul J Cella on Dec 21, 07:49:

Well done, Jeff. Thanks for giving a shout out to The Federalist, even if it is by way of introducing a sharp but needed criticism. (And thanks to Tony for articulating the source of my puzzlement and disquiet when I read the US document.) We'll have more on this fraught subject soon, but I have come to wonder if the original (and now revived) outrage over torture was somewhat overblown. These abuses were inflicted on a relatively small number of men, most of whom (let's not mince words) had it coming. I a ... [More]

Happy Birthday To The Federalist – Part One: Here We Go Again!

Comment posted by Tony on Dec 21, 00:43:

Jeff, these are very good points. Thanks for digging into this. I agree that we shouldn't allow the fact that there are gray areas to the edges of what is or is not included under torture to cast doubt on the general norm that torture is always wrong. There are gray areas to how much you can eat before it constitutes gluttony, but we are clear that gluttony is always wrong. We can be certain of the quintessential cases even if we cannot be as certain as we would like for some boundary cases. Simila ... [More]

The Shrieking Harpies of Tolerance, Anti-Gunner Edition

Comment posted by GRA on Dec 20, 22:35:

I saw the comment that these veterans were likely "in the rear with the gear", otherwise known as "REMFs" or "POGs". But what is more likely - that the grunts who make up the infantry or the rearguard are the ones who support gun ownership? All soldiers no matter the MOS are trained to be soldiers first -- combat ready/dealing/shooting with guns followed by MOS -- so the comment strikes me as a weird one. Is the comment alluding to that since infantry see more damage up close by guns they'd be less in supp ... [More]

What is harassment?

Comment posted by Lydia on Dec 19, 23:23:

I _utterly_ disagree with Franck's idea that this young woman was to be treated with kid gloves. The left's portrayal of _her_ as a victim here is classic passive aggression, and anybody who falls for it is foolish. _She_ was in the position of power in the initial scenario; _she_ was the bully. The idea of going, as a professor in a completely different department, to this smug, bullying, kookball, with her entire department *and the dean's office* solidly behind her, and gently, privately correcting her ... [More]

What is harassment?

Comment posted by William Luse on Dec 19, 23:00:

Franck's article sure was disappointing, a sort of finger-wagging "you all should play nice with each other," as if the issue were one of civility rather than the shocking fact that a Catholic university employs people to actively undermine its doctrinal foundations. ... [More]

The Shrieking Harpies of Tolerance, Anti-Gunner Edition

Comment posted by Lydia on Dec 19, 19:03:

It's only self-denigration if the person who says it happens to be white. In any event, I wasn't picturing it as being said humorously. ... [More]

The Shrieking Harpies of Tolerance, Anti-Gunner Edition

Comment posted by Marissa on Dec 19, 16:07:

Even just saying, "Oh, look at all those white people" and rolling one's eyes, which is pretty mild, is pretty much mainstream leftist thought but would never be accepted if directed at another ethnic group. Is this a purely American white self-flagellation thing or is it also seen in Europe (if anyone with such experience could add to the conversation)? And has anyone witnessed or experienced this kind of ethnic self-flagellation in non-European cultures? I would also consider such a statement mild, a k ... [More]

The Shrieking Harpies of Tolerance, Anti-Gunner Edition

Comment posted by Lydia on Dec 19, 15:01:

It's true that there's plenty of nastiness in comments threads, but my own anecdotal experience is that racist attitudes towards white people are much more accepted and mainstream than against blacks or any other ethnic group. Evidence of this is in the acceptance of such attitudes in academe, for example. *Most* of the time it isn't expressed as venomously as in anonymous comments threads, but it's definitely more acceptable. Even just saying, "Oh, look at all those white people" and rolling one's eyes, wh ... [More]

The Shrieking Harpies of Tolerance, Anti-Gunner Edition

Comment posted by jvangeld on Dec 19, 13:09:

I was there. I saw two black guys, as armed as the rest of us. But it is a zero-sum game, of course. ... [More]

The Shrieking Harpies of Tolerance, Anti-Gunner Edition

Comment posted by Mike T on Dec 19, 06:27:

The E is Echelon, not Entry, but yeah... This is why it is utterly insane to be moderate with SJWs. Christians frequently make the mistake of trying to be reasonable and charitable with them when all of the evidence shows that the person is irrational, hateful and committed toward making miserable everyone who disagrees with them (or worse, like doxxing them and destroying their career). ... [More]

The Shrieking Harpies of Tolerance, Anti-Gunner Edition

Comment posted by Jake Freivald on Dec 18, 22:40:

On my Facebook page, someone said that comments sections are always terrible, and that he could pull up heinous comments on conservative posts. All true. In this case, though, the comments are relevant: The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence was specifically making a point about diversity and therefore its sister principle, tolerance; they were implying that the "rednecks" are less diverse and more intolerant; therefore the intolerance of rednecks and the lack of appreciation for the diversity that attends thei ... [More]

The Shrieking Harpies of Tolerance, Anti-Gunner Edition

Comment posted by Marissa on Dec 18, 18:13:

And not even an ounce of shame to use this kind of language against a man who's likely been through hell (maybe they missed the Vietnam veteran hat). These are the people who would have a picture of Ho Chi Minh hanging in their office and call veterans 'baby-killers' back in the 1970s. I saw the comment that these veterans were likely "in the rear with the gear", otherwise known as "REMFs" or "POGs". But what is more likely - that the grunts who make up the infantry or the rearguard are the ones who supp ... [More]

What is harassment?

Comment posted by Lydia on Dec 18, 15:51:

I notice that Matthew Franck is playing the moderate over at First Things. Though implying that he has investigated all of this thoroughly, he shows that he hasn't when he implies that poor, young, misguided Ms. Abbate simply needed a little friendly guidance and that McAdams should first have gone to her chairman to get her a little help concerning her teacher performance. Here he shows that he has read inattentively. The student _already_ had gone to the chairman *and to the dean's office* before McAdams ... [More]

What is harassment?

Comment posted by Scott W. on Dec 18, 15:15:

I don't even know McAdams's opinions on the ground-level political and moral issues in this case. I haven't bothered to investigate them. His criticisms of Abbate and of the philosophy department and dean's office were professional and procedural--that they mistreated a student and did not properly handle the student's legitimate complaint about teacher bullying. He could have made those criticisms even if he were a raving liberal on the substantive issues Hopefully at least this story will put fence-sitti ... [More]

The zero-sum game: We don't want no stinkin' discussion

Comment posted by Lydia on Dec 18, 12:02:

Look at the top of the page. Just blogged it. ... [More]

The zero-sum game: We don't want no stinkin' discussion

Comment posted by Jeffrey S. on Dec 18, 10:33:

Lydia, Now the Marquette is going after the professor who is sympathetic to the conservative cause now: http://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/marquette-university-suspends-professor-for-defending-student-who-opposes-gay-marriage/ I guess Catholic education doesn't mean what it used to anymore... ... [More]

Today in Future History

Comment posted by Tony on Dec 18, 07:07:

I guess a group of people who are willing to accept the sociopathy of David Wood (see prior post) as the logical fruition of naturalistic atheism isn't going to be put off by a little nonsense like the above, are they? ... [More]

Introducing new contributor Jake Freivald

Comment posted by Tony on Dec 18, 07:05:

Glad you're here, Jake. Welcome aboard. Take your jacket off, have a seat. And dig in to the conversation(s). ... [More]

I will give you a new heart

Comment posted by Tony on Dec 18, 06:40:

It's a shocking testimony, but sometimes we may need to be shocked out of faulty reasoning. Very good point, Rebekah. With a sociopath like that, or even a committed atheist who can't reason a way OUT of being such a sociopath, nothing but some extraordinary cause can overcome their determination away from Truth. For them it is not the intellect that is incapable of seeing, it is in the will refusing to allow the intellect to receive the natural light of the truth. No power of the intellect can overcome ... [More]

Introducing new contributor Jake Freivald

Comment posted by Jake Freivald on Dec 17, 19:37:

Thanks, all. I'll try not to disappoint, except in the best and most thought-provoking ways. ... [More]

I will give you a new heart

Comment posted by Rebekah on Dec 17, 16:46:

I think it makes them mad that their world view failed Wood. For someone like him, who is left with reason alone to guide his morality, there is no hope in atheistic naturalism. They like to be the gatekeepers of evidence and reason, yet, when reasoning is needed most, as in making the case for morality for a psychopath who can't empathize, they can only retreat to subjective feelings. Christianity alone, with a God that IS the good and Who judges, can handle the task of first restraining the psychopath ... [More]

I will give you a new heart

Comment posted by Lydia on Dec 17, 15:34:

You never know. Maybe some of them _would_ advocate killing people on the basis not of what they do but on the basis of what they are like internally. Naturalists can be extremely pragmatic sometimes. From what I have seen, yes, the use of the moral argument here is very much getting the atheists riled up. It's possible to misrepresent what Wood is claiming and what other Christians are claiming as, "Atheists are all incipient psychopaths." That's not, of course, what we are claiming at all, but rather, as ... [More]

Today in Future History

Comment posted by Lydia on Dec 17, 15:23:

Oh, it's definitely not a reductio. It's here: http://www.dailycamera.com/guest-opinions/ci_25801565/guest-opinion-just-say-no-rights-nature Some quotes: Accord "inherent, inalienable, and fundamental rights of Nature to all Natural Beings" including humans and "all living species of plants, animals, and algae" Include a Statement of Law that "All Natural beings, Natural Communities and Ecosystems possess the inalienable right to exist, flourish, regenerate, and evolve" Or see here. The rights of "Moth ... [More]

Today in Future History

Comment posted by Jeffrey S. on Dec 17, 15:12:

Ha! Great first post here Jake and welcome to you. I'm glad you are onboard. The scary thing about reductio arguments and liberals is you can never be sure to make the reductio absurd enough to be too far away from reality. Remember how conservatives were mocked (especially Rick Santorum) for using the reductio argument with respect to anti-sodomy law/so-called gay "marriage" and anti-bestiality laws/getting married to your pet? Well, I won't link to it because it is so foul, but sure enough, the New Y ... [More]

I will give you a new heart

Comment posted by Rebekah on Dec 17, 15:11:

I’ve been thinking a lot about Wood’s testimony, largely, because I find it very hard to objective. I once had the great misfortune to be in a church that was led by a narcissistic sociopath. When I learned the painful truth about this former leader’s mental pathology, it was chilling, for I realized that he would stop at nothing to get the power he craved. He’s in jail, by the way, for some heinous acts. Sadly, he is completely unrepentant. I initially felt the same chill when viewing Wood’s testimony ... [More]

Today in Future History

Comment posted by Lydia on Dec 17, 15:10:

Since cities are, in fact, used as examples of emergent entities by metaphysical theorists who consider the human mind to be an emergent entity, a question arises as to why, on their theory, the example of Angela as a rights-bearing entity should _not_ be taken seriously. ... [More]

Introducing new contributor Jake Freivald

Comment posted by Sage McLaughlin on Dec 17, 15:08:

Very happy to have you on board, Jake. ... [More]

Unexplained allusions: The sons of thunder

Comment posted by Lydia on Dec 17, 15:05:

Oh, dear. One can hope that is satire, but I fear it is not. ... [More]

Police action and disturbing conservative attitudes

Comment posted by Tony on Dec 17, 15:02:

I agree. The one is making the other worse. Increased (reasonable) fear of instigating extraordinarily harsh responses from the police might lead to panic helping you to cause that response. Except the police themselves are responsible for their own behavior, not you. It is on them to bear the responsibility to act correctly - they are supposed to have the training for it, after all. If their reactions step outside rational norms, they are at fault and should be held accountable. Which brings me to ... [More]