Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Profoundly Irrational

I don't look in on Catholic Analysis anywhere near so often as I should. Case in point: I did not read this article until it had been up for 20 days.

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Ruling Class in America

This very long article describes the real political divide in America as well as anything I've read in quite a while. I urge you to check it out.

And I decided to post the link and suggest you read it before I got anywhere on this post on Mark Shea's blog, where I first found it.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Abortion's immorality

Abortion, for this discussion, shall mean the direct and intentional killing of a human organism prior to birth. It is permissible only under the same circumstances as any other direct and intentional killing of a human being, namely, when the one killed is a direct threat to the life or liberty of one or more other human beings.

I submit that the life cycle of any sexually reproducing organism begins at the zygote stage. Further, it is absurd to conflate a zygote with an oocyte, e.g. by calling it a "fertilized egg." Gametes do not undergo mitosis. They do not develop. They either join, male and female, to create a new and unique organism, or they die.

A zygote is a new and unique organism. The only thing that separates it from an adult is sufficient time and a suitable environment. Claiming that any subsequent stage of development separates those human organisms with human rights from those without would be assigning those rights on the basis of arbitrary criteria. As there is no excuse for denying a zygote human rights, there is no excuse for killing one.

Friday, July 2, 2010

The Appeal of Twilight

salute to Mark Shea.

If you want to understand where the appeal of the Twilight "saga" comes from, go read this page. The writer is spot on, albeit a bit coarse in his language.

And he's funny.

See also my post on vampires.