Daniel Patrick Moynihan coined the phrase "defining deviancy down" to describe the process by which we accept outrageous acts that we would never have tolerated a generation ago. Well, looking at recent headlines, let's consider adopting a new term: defining depravity down.232 comments
It was striking that in the oral arguments in the Proposition 8 case before the Supreme Court so little credence was given to the connection between marriage and procreation.207 comments
On May 7th, Delaware became the eleventh state to legalize same-sex marriage. On May 14th, Minnesota became the twelfth. While that leaves thirty-eight states that haven't redefined marriage, we shouldn't deceive ourselves. As Rod Dreher recently pointed out in "The American Conservative," historians will one day remember our time as "a cultural revolution."111 comments
C. S. Lewis observed that the most dangerous ideas in a society are not the ones argued, but the ones assumed. And there's little doubt that in most universities across the United States, secularist materialism, in one form or another, is the assumed and unquestioned perspective from which most subjects are understood and taught.7 comments
Among the many offenses of the "abortion license in America" is its incoherence and arbitrariness. Gosnell faced the death penalty for actions which, if they had been performed weeks or even minutes earlier, might not have even been a criminal offense.
Now, I'm not interested in questioning Collins's courage. It's likely that this announcement wasn't easy for him. I do think it's worth noting, however, how many pundits and other public figures were tripping over each other to shower him with encouragement, support, and praise. When you get a call from the President of the United States to congratulate you on the step you've just taken, it's a safe guess you really didn't have much to fear in taking it.27 comments
real medical breakthroughs are far more likely to come as the result of research done using adult stem cells. And this leaves an obvious question: Why pursue embryonic stem cell research at all? Given the "ethical blemishes," and the lack of results, why do people still insist on pursuing this moral and scientific dead end?
In a scene from Jurassic Park, Ian Malcolm, the mathematician skeptical about whether the park is a good idea, watches the T-Rex burst out of its enclosure and says, "I hate being right all the time."439 comments
Democracy is a good thing, but the persecution of Christians that can result from democracy is not.10 comments
Scientists often believe that if something can be done it should be done. But that's not always true.6 comments
If you have the impression that most arguments for traditional marriage fall on deaf ears, you may be right. This is true even when we're careful to avoid biblical or theological language in our arguments. But make them anyway.
I keep hearing that if we stand for truth, we risk alienating people from the Gospel. But we don't need to choose between truth and love.114 comments
American Girl dolls teach history and tell stories at the same time. But Julie from the '70s hits too close to home.2 comments
When you pay that much for a baby, naturally you want a return policy. One couple did, but the surrogate said no...to $10,000.18 comments
If the Moral Majority had thought of this, the media would be flipping out. If Mitt Romney had proposed this, then they'd say we're on the verge of a new Dark Ages. But the idea comes not from conservative Lynchburg or Provo but from liberal Iceland. Tiny Iceland has a big problem—violent, hardcore internet pornography. That's why some officials want to block access to it.316 comments