The American Center for Law and Justice has rejected Planned Parenthood's explanation of its comments about killing infants after they have been born, saying that the "clarification" the organization issued came only after it received media scrutiny.
"What's clear is that Planned Parenthood in Florida clearly articulated what they believe: that Florida should have the 'right' to do what Gosnell did -- kill a child after it's born, if the mother and doctor agree. The Planned Parenthood follow-up 'clarification' came only after their abhorrent position received media attention and publicity," Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the ACLJ, told The Christian Post via email.
Last month, Alisa LaPolt Snow of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates argued that the fate of a child that is born after a failed abortion should be in the hands of the mother and the doctor. more >>
WASHINGTON – A progressive activist who heads an organization that tracks gender bias in American media believes that sexism in the news is a "widespread problem."
Julie Burton, president of the Women's Media Center, told The Christian Post at an event spotlighting sexism and politics in media on Tuesday that the issue is a major one. "It is broader than politics, it's our culture and it's a culture that views women often as objects," said Burton, adding it was "something we need to change."
Burton also told CP that the issues surrounding the media portrayals of female political candidates and elected officials could be found with both male and female journalists alike. more >>
The City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard spoke out against a controversial English writing assignment that had students argue why Jewish people are evil, saying it was "an unacceptable error in judgment" and that the teacher who issued it might be facing disciplinary action.
"You must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!" an Albany High School English assignment read, referring to the Nazi government led by Adolf Hitler, responsible for the Holocaust and the deaths of millions of Jewish people during World War II.
The purpose of the exercise was to have students practice persuasive writing by using Nazi propaganda, Wyngaard revealed, but she noted that it should have been worded differently. more >>
Abortionist Kermit Gosnell is facing the death penalty if he is convicted of the murders for which he is being tried in Philadelphia. Surely, the heinous acts of which he stands accused are depraved. They probably meet the criteria for capital punishment under Pennsylvania law. However, in the event that Gosnell is convicted, which seems likely, I am asking my fellow pro-lifers around the country to join me in requesting that his life be spared.
Someone might make the case for mercy by pointing out that Gosnell merely carried out the logic of the abortion license that is enshrined and protected in our law. One might note that there is no moral difference between dismembering a child inside the womb (which our jurisprudence, alas, treats as a constitutional liberty) and snipping a child's neck after he or she has emerged from the womb (potentially a capital offense). How can our legal system impose the death penalty on Gosnell, given the arbitrariness and irrationality of the underlying law?
But that is not the fundamental reason for our asking for Gosnell's life to be spared. more >>
Dove Award-winning and Grammy nominated singer Kari Jobe said she decided to endorse the movie "Not Today," that opens this weekend, with a song because of her passion to fight human trafficking – ministry work that she has been involved with for the last six years.
"It's just an evil, evil situation going on with human trafficking," Jobe told The Christian Post. "A lot of people think it's just happening in other countries but there's a lot going on in America as well."
Producers of "Not Today" are hoping to raise awareness about sex slavery, one of the most critical problems in society today. Today, there are more slaves than at any other time in human history. Roughly 27 million slaves around the world are being exploited for manual and sexual labor against their will. Women and children are the primary victims in this industry, which is estimated to make profits of over $32 billion. more >>
In his seminal work, Nichomachean Ethics, the philosopher Aristotle begins his meditation on the subject of morality and the ultimate end of human life with an observation that certain first principles of ethics are self-evident to a person who has been raised up in a virtuous manner. A good man simply "knows" certain things to be good and others evil. A person raised in vice, however, has a distorted sense of the Good. He is incapable of reasoning towards ethical ends because his moral foundation is corrupted.
I wonder what Aristotle (and other ancient philosophers, for that matter) would have to say about contemporary culture's dearth of ethical virtue? It is not unreasonable to conclude that they would assume that we're a godless people, nurtured on vice, starved of virtue, and incapable of distinguishing between good and evil.
Bioethics blogger Wesley J. Smith often writes about issues that highlight the world's headlong slide into complete ethical bankruptcy. Last week, he featured a story from England's Daily Mail reporting on the advent of technology that would enable scientists to harvest fetal eggs from aborted baby girls' ovaries. These eggs, the scientists argue, hold immense potential for infertility treatments. From the post: more >>