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There's been a lot of worry since the last election over the "religious right" establishing a theocracy. But do we ever worry over the establishment of an atheocracy (as in atheist)? Frank Beckwith has started Atheocracy Blog. His mission for this blog:

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 21, 2005

Doesn't Funding ESCR Force Us to Participate? (Part 2)

"[If ESCR is government funded] the right of true believers to live by their own religious beliefs will be guaranteed: no one will be compelled to use stem cell research or its products, just as no one will ever be compelled to have an abortion. And the nation will respect the right of believers to advocate for changes in our civil law that correspond with their own view of morality.? ? Mario Cuomo, New York Times, June 20, 2005

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | June 20, 2005

Doesn't Funding ESCR Force Us to Participate? (Part 1)

"Imagine what it's like to open the newspaper (as I did Friday morning) and read that scientists in South Korea have made a huge breakthrough toward curing a disease that is slowly wrecking your life. But your own government is trying to prevent that cure.? ? Michael Kinsley, L.A. Times, May 22, 2005 Multiple choice question for Michael Kinsley: Which is worse?

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | June 20, 2005

When Telling the Truth Is a Lie

The misinformation about embryonic stem cell research continued in the L.A. Times yesterday. The story was titled "Stem cells in the bank - for what, it's not yet known: Umbilical cord blood storage booms on parents' fears." The story contrasted the as yet unknown potential for therapeutic uses of umbilical cord stem cells and the supposed known promise of embryonic stem cells.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | June 20, 2005

Father of the Year

I was thinking this morning about Father of the Year awards, it being Father's Day. In a way, (and by no means am I criticizing these awards) I thought they do a disservice because they usually recognize the extraordinary, and being a good father is really about the ordinary: being good, decent, and involved with your kids.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 19, 2005

Where's the Apology?

Now that Terri Schiavo's autopsy has been released and indicated severe, irreversible brain damage, some columnists and bloggers believe that Michael Schiavo has been vindicated and are asking for an apology by those who objected to withholding her food and hydration until she died. No apology is due because the autopsy doesn't have anything to do with the critical facts and, more importantly, the critical morality involved. Andrew McCarthy responds at National Review:

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | June 17, 2005

The Family Business: Instilling Virtues

I just finished reading an impressive feature article in Newsweek on multi-generational military families who are currently actively engaged in the war. The main thing that I drew from what the families said was the sense of virtue - honor, courage, and honesty - that is part of the fabric of military life. The pride the parents found in their children was drawn from their exhibition of virtues.

Blog Post | Ethics | Melinda Penner | June 16, 2005

Atrophy of Compassion

I found this comment at Southern Appeal in response to the release of Terri Schiavo's autopsy very well put: "A person with a 'profoundly atrophied' brain needs profound care and love. Terri did not die from an atrophied brain. She died from an atrophy of compassion on the part of her estranged husband and those who helped him to have her deliberately killed."

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 16, 2005

Different but Equal

Did you know that this is national marriage month? I didn't. But Marvin Olasky does and has written an interesting article on what the Bible teaches about marriage and the roles of husband and wife. Olasky draws a complementarian model from the Bible rather than the egalitarian model prominent in our culture, and he points out that this has many implications for the roles of husband and wife.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 16, 2005

A Useless Life?

Terri Schiavo's autopsy results were released today and every news report I've heard and read places near the top of the report the conclusion that no therapy would have improved her condition. CNN reports: "The autopsy of Terri Schiavo found no evidence that the severely brain-damaged woman was strangled or abused and that no amount of therapy would have reversed her condition, medical examiners said Wednesday."

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | June 15, 2005