The Supreme Court has announced that it will settle the question of whether owners of private businesses with religious objections can opt out of the Obamacare mandate that employer-provided insurance policies must cover contraceptives and morning-after-pills. The court will hear the cases of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, probably in March, with a decision to be announced in June. Any predictions on how the court will rule? [Read more…]
Still-Communist China announced a series of social, economic, and political reforms. Most notable is the change in China’s one-child policy, which has been enforced by forced abortion. Not that China has given its people freedom. Now if the husband and the wife can both claim the status of “only child,” they can have two babies without penalty. So now there is more of a two-child policy. [Read more…]
William Peter Blatty is the author of The Exorcist, a novel about demonic possession. He also wrote the screenplay for the movie version, which is considered one of the scariest films of all time. It turns out the former Hollywood comedy writer penned the novel as an expression of faith.
After the jump I link to an interview with him that is worth reading in its entirety. I excerpt the final words in the interview, in which Mr. Blatty cites something far more demonic than what he portrayed in The Exorcist. [Read more…]
Belgium is considering a law that would extend “the right to euthanasia” to children, so that they could request their own deaths. The Washington Post story about this, excerpted after the jump, gives a grisly survey of existing euthanasia laws. It also quotes an Archbishop who, of course, opposes the proposed law, but on the grounds that it is unnecessary: Doctors can instead use “palliative sedation,” in which patients are drugged unconscious, whereupon they can be allowed to starve to death.
Palliative sedation? Why is this not euthanasia? How can this be a pro-life alternative? [Read more…]
The blind Chinese dissident, Chen Guangcheng, who battled China’s forced abortion policy, was imprisoned for four years, and made a daring escape to the United States had been dumped from his post at New York University on suspicion of fraternizing with Christians and pro-lifers; also because the university is trying to open a branch campus in China. But he has just been given a position at Catholic University in Washington, D. C., with additional funding from the Witherspoon Institute and the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. [Read more…]
Is it better in the realm of politics to stand on principle or to pursue self-interest? Most of us would probably say the former. But Robert J. Samuelson argues that self-interest is superior, even morally, to following an ideology, which breeds conflict, governmental paralysis, and the demonization of opponents.
Mr. Samuelson shows that the left and the right are both fixated on ideology and that their rhetoric and tactics are pretty much identical to each other. After the jump, you can see how he makes his case. [Read more…]