Posts Tagged ‘Martin Luther King Jr’

On Legislating Morality

Words should have an agreed upon meaning. No one should be without a dictionary. Yet, in common practice, some words are far more often misused than properly used. “Disinterested” (impartial), “gorgeous” (multi-colored), “plethora” (excessive fullness), “decimate” (reduced by 1/10) are almost never used correctly. People use the word “oxymoron” with an air of highbrow satisfaction not realizing that it does not refer to a contradiction. Nonetheless, not much harm is done when these...

Stop Supporting Starbucks

I am not going to suggest that there is a binding moral obligation to boycott Starbucks. What I will do is share some information about how Starbucks has engaged in the battle over marriage. In doing so, I don’t have the space to argue for the dignity of all persons, make the case for “traditional marriage,” defend the Catholic Church’s teaching, or offer counsel...

Together We Are Divided

President Barack Obama, in his Second Inaugural Address, could not have placed greater emphasis on the importance of America’s founding principles. He began by alluding to the “enduring strength of our Constitution” and proceeded to affirm the opening words of the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these rights are...

The Limits of Politics

Father James V. Schall S.J., a professor of political philosophy at Georgetown University, recently gave his “Last Lecture,” entitled “The Final Gladness .” One of its main themes is one which Father Schall has consistently used throughout his writings, namely that politics has limits. As President Barack Obama is sworn in for his second term as the president of our nation, it seems fitting to focus on this same theme.

In his...