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March 30, 2015

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Holy Week Is Time To Reflect On Florida’s Death Penalty
“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” These last words of Larry Lonchar, who was executed by the state of Georgia in 1996, echo the last words of another man executed as a criminal: Jesus of Nazareth.

LGBT Equality? No, It's Really Supremacy
Exclusive: Linda Harvey decries ‘the rotten fruit of sexual deviancy’ impacting America

1st Shoe Drops For Washington Florist Under Fire For Faith
A judge in the state, Alex Ekstrom, announced the owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington, must pay $1,001 to the state prosecutors who charged her with discrimination for refusing to use her talents to promote same-sex “marriage.”

Religious Freedom Vs. Gay Rights
Not surprisingly, the left is throwing an absolute hissy fit over Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signing into law the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. But for God-fearing and reasonable people, the law makes sense.

Parents Vs. Doctors
In the treatment of children with severe genetic disabilities, the interests and opinions of parents and doctors aren’t always the same—and hospital futility policies may become the flash point of the fight

ISIS Cuts Off 4 Kids Hands, One For Stealing Toy; Executes Starving Child For Stealing Food
While it is no secret that the Islamic State regularly amputates the hands of grown adults who have been accused of stealing inside its strongholds, apparently no exception is given by the militants when a child is accused of stealing.

A Doctor’s Conscience And End-Of-Life Legislation
“The customer is always right.” This used to be a phrase to keep the customer happy and a bit of wisdom to keep a customer returning for more of a business’ product or service. However, is this philosophy tenable within the realm of medical care? Recently, Texas State Senator Kelly Hancock filed SB 1163 that would mandate that very ideology.

Just A Mom: Beyond “Having It All”
Mid-century or Second Wave Feminism was focused very distinctly on desires that women have to engage in creative work, an ideological thrust that has been implemented by encouraging women to enter the workforce.

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Ethical Perspectives

New! Is "infertility default" really the preferred option?

Helen Alvaré
Long-acting contraception targets the poor and minorities

New! Sex Education in America: How Yesterday's Extremists Shaped Today's Sex Ed

Valerie Huber
It reads like fiction: an estimated 50 to 75 percent of American men were infected with a sexually transmitted disease (STD); in thousands of families, an STD killed one, two, even five of their children; and an incredible 30 percent of all blindness was attributed to STDs. The transmission of STDs was an urgent concern of national health and security - so serious, in fact, that soldiers were court-martialed if they were found to be infected.

New! Maternal health is better where abortion is restricted

Paula Aracena
Laws protecting the unborn, and therefore less permissive in regard to abortion, are controversial because they allegedly lead to hidden, illegal abortions and an increase maternal deaths.

The Beatitudes: A Concise Summary

Douglas P. McManaman
Synopsis: The beatitudes are the basic outline, the interior contours of a new spirit. Jesus, the new Moses, writes these not on tablets of stone, but on the human heart changed and elevated by grace.

Catholicism, Protestantism, and Capitalism: Part I

Peter Chojnowski
Beginning with Amintore Fanfani's seminal Catholicism, Protestantism, and Capitalism, Chojnowski examines the nature of Capitalist ideology, and shows how it is at odds with traditional Church teachings.

Why I Mention God

Ron Panzer
Why I mention God? Because it matters. Life matters. Our loved ones matter, and our neighbors matter. And our neighbors are everyone on this Earth. We're all here together. Wherever I've traveled, I've found the richness of the human heart in the new friends I met. I didn't see lives that were less "worthy" than those at home. I saw people, just people, everywhere, just like at home. And they were "alive" just like people at home..

Catholic mother reflects on Gosnell case; Michigan: several abortion clinics have closed in last 18 months

Matt C. Abbott
The terrorist-abortionist, currently on trial, "faces 43 criminal counts, including eight counts of murder in the death of one patient, Karnamaya Monger, and seven newborn infants. Additional charges include conspiracy, drug delivery resulting in death, infanticide, corruption of minors, evidence tampering, theft by deception, abuse of corpse, and corruption."

Ethics will always play catch-up in the war on terror

Michael Cook
A deeply utilitarian mindset pervades US foreign policy.