Mark Zuckerberg wants to start a conversation about miscarriages

Vox

Mark Zuckerberg wants to have a conversation about miscarriages. His timing is ironic given that we’re also having a conversation about harvesting of fetal tissue for scientific research.

Many couples wish for there to be more public recognition of miscarriages, in some cases memorial rituals, etc. Others want their actions regarding identical fetal tissue to not be exposed, to be destroyed or harvested in secret.

What is the difference? One fetus is wanted, the other rejected. The public status/value of the fetus is the will of the parents. If the fetus is desired you could be charged with murder if you end it. If the fetus is unwanted the parent (or the government) pays to end it.

This means that our status is determined by those with status and power. Human life isn’t seen as a thing in itself, but something that has value only if conferred by someone with status and power.

This is at the heart of “black lives matter”. When people of status or power do not recognize a life’s value that life is at risk. The difficulty is we struggle to have a public framework to solidify value apart from someone recognizing and protecting the status of the weak and vulnerable. Political pressure is flimsy and fickle.

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Acceptance as in Getting into Oxford vs. Being Accepted at Church

Dianna e Anderson

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Rethinking a Conservative Approach to Trans-genderism

Public Discourse

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“Wanna Feel Mad, Click on This”

Melinda Selmys

This brutality is fuelled by a sense of absolute moral righteousness, and by complete contempt for anyone who doesn’t immediately fall in lock-step with one’s own convictions. Perhaps the greatest weakness of the left is the increasing reliance on bullying tactics in order to silence those who disagree – or even those who simply don’t understand. To the righteous warrior, the justice of the cause is so self-evident that the only possible reasons for failing to believe in it are obstinacy, privilege, entitlement, stupidity or simple evil.

Too often, any attempt at dialogue, or even honest questioning, is shut down. The attitude seems to be “You didn’t immediately agree with what I said? Well, in that case I don’t have time for you. Also you’re sub-human filth.” There’s no space for conversation, and no willingness to try to understand where the other person is coming from. In some cases, any attempt to even try to comprehend or dialogue with those who disagree is seen as betrayal. “If you were serious about being my ally, you would block that scum.”

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Wheaton College and Birth Control

Salon

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“That Hideous Strength” Is Evangelicalism’s Text for the Future

http://www.patheos.com/Topics/Future-of-Faith-in-America/Evangelicalism/That-Hideous-Strength-Is-Evangelicalisms-Text-for-the-Future-Jake-Meador-07-22-2015

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Religious Tyranny and Moral Liberty as understood by the Coconut, the Tomato and the Peach

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Religious Liberty and Imagery

Religious Liberty is a hot topic:

  • In 2001 the Taliban destroyed two Buddhist statues that were on the historic Silk Road. This destruction was condemned throughout the West but the action is part of a long line of what we call iconoclastic behavior. More recently ISIS has been destroying ancient religious statuary in Iraq and Syria.
  • After the Supreme Court decision legalizing same sex marriage many conservative religious communities including Christians have concerns about infringement of religious liberty. Christian colleges are facing the possibility of the loss of accreditation and Federal financial aid if they don’t remove sexual behavior morality guidelines that conform to traditional Christian sexual norms.
  • “We are under attack by Muslims at home and abroad,” Franklin Graham, head of Samaritans Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, wrote on his public Facebook page on July 17. “We should stop all immigration of Muslims to the US until this threat with Islam has been settled.” At press time, more than 167,000 people had “liked” the post. CT
  • Ideas about religious liberty developed in the West after hundreds of years of warfare between Protestant, Catholics, Muslims and waves of persecution against religious minorities like the Jews.

The Bible and Religious Freedom

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