Archive for April, 2015

Is Nature Homophobic?

The word “homophobia” is thrown around rather recklessly these days and there does not seem to be a ready comeback against it. It is an accusation that stigmatizes people and closes conversations. A person who is labelled homophobic may lose his composure, his social status, or even his job. No one wants to be deemed homophobic.

At the same time, why would anyone fear things simply because they are the same? As the...

The End of the Texas Impasse: The Moral Case for HB 3074

Since 1999, Texas has defined artificially administered nutrition and hydration (AANH) as something that is not morally considered ordinary care. In fact, the law essentially determines that it is a form of medical treatment by stating, “’Life-sustaining treatment’ means treatment that, based on reasonable medical judgment, sustains the life of a patient and without which the patient will die. The term includes both life-sustaining medications and artificial life support, such as mechanical breathing machines,...

Venerable Traditions and Radical Ideologies

Once upon a time, civilized society gave special consideration to the young and to the elderly and showed special concern for widows and orphans. Under the topic “Duties to Children and Posterity,” C. S. Lewis includes at the end of The Abolition of Man the precepts of the natural law found in all cultures throughout the world and in all ages that honor children and the aged. He quotes the Roman Juvenal: “Great reverence...