Where Yuan Went Wrong (Part 2)

This is part of a series of posts which tackles sexual ethics and debating strategies (but not at the same time)A few weeks ago, in my post detailing mistakes atheists make about Catholics, one of the big ones was assuming that Catholicism, a tradition with a 2000 year history, doesn't have at least a plausible sounding explanation for common objections to its tenets.  Now, I know we atheists haven't had as coherent a series of apologetics, but we're not stupid.  If you don't bother to ack … [Read more...]

Where Yuan Went Wrong (Part 1)

This is part of a series of posts which tackles sexual ethics and debating strategies (but not at the same time).Although I thought Christopher Yuan presented a reasonably compassionate explanation of his beliefs about sexual morality when he came to Yale, there were some parts of his talk that made my hair stand on end.  I honestly don't know whether some parts of his talk were intended to be subtly derogatory of gay people and gay culture.  I'm a debater, so I pay a great deal of attention … [Read more...]

The Ex-Gay Lecture Letdown

This is part of a series of posts which tackles sexual ethics and debating strategies (but not at the same time). To get an overview of the controversy under consideration, check out yesterday's summary post of the controversy that erupted when an ex-gay speaker came to campus (which has now been updated to include a link to the explanatory/apologetic letter from the groups that invited him).The talk was an anti-climax.Prior to Yuan's arrival, I'd gotten plenty of tip-off emails from the … [Read more...]

Don’t Let Social Science Raise Your Children (debating Justin Martytr)

It's finally time to return to my argument with Justin Martyr over procreation policy.  [Quick recap of the story so far: Justin was debating gay marriage, I butted in, Justin responded (twice), I answered his challenge, he responded.  Though you can certainly follow along by clicking only those last two links.]My procreation rubricThe last time we spoke, I was outlining why I though four hypothetical possible procreation plans were moral or immoral.  Using my responses, Justin ge … [Read more...]


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