Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Various notes: foreign aid, moral relativism, etc.

More on ESCR and Bill Frist: As Cal Thomas writes, while the morality of ESCR is the overriding issue ("My administration is dedicated to the preservation of America as a free land and there is no cause more important for preserving that freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning," Ronald Reagan once said), the science behind it is also worth noting, as I believe I've done. Thomas writes:
The science on this is even less certain than global warming. Scientists are always eager for more research money and may have allowed their quest for dollars to obscure their better judgment.

As Ronald D.G. McKay, a stem cell researcher at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke told The Washington Post last year, "People need a fairy tale. Maybe that's unfair, but they need a story line that's relatively simple to understand."

McKay was explaining why scientists have allowed society to believe wrongly that stem cells are the magic bullet for curing all sorts of diseases, from Alzheimer's to Parkinson's. Are scientists willing to allow the public to believe a lie and to destroy what few remaining protections exist for human life?

Fiscally liberal Republicans: NRO writes of the rampant and irresponsible spending of the Republican-controlled Congress. And Jack Kemp says Congress may undermine the economic expansion:
"While the surging economy raised revenues and cut the budget deficit some $100 billion beneath the level projected in January - a huge 'prosperity dividend' - Congress remains on a profligate spending binge that threatens continued economic growth."

Thomas Sowell:
"With vastly more money available around the world as private investment than there is as foreign aid, why do Third World countries want or need foreign aid? Because private investors will seldom put their own money into projects that have no realistic chance of working or into countries too corrupt and unreliable to expect the money to be used responsibly, much less repaid."

Failure in the War on Terror: An interview with illegal immigration specialist Michelle Malkin: "
Bush understands what we need to do to win the war on terror overseas. I just don’t understand where the disconnect is that he doesn’t see what we need to do at home."

GLBT activism: Dennis Prager:
One of the major values of the Old Testament, the primary source of Judeo-Christian values, is the notion of a divinely ordained order based on separation. What God has created distinct, man shall not tamper with.

As examples, good is separate from evil (attempts to blur their differences are known as moral relativism and are anathema to Judeo-Christian values); life is separate from death (in part a reaction to ancient Egypt, which blurred the distinction between life and death); God is separate from nature (see part XVI); humans are separate from animals (see part XV); and man is separate from woman. Blurring any of these distinctions is tampering with the order of the world as created by God and leads to chaos. So important is the notion of separation that the very word for "holy" in biblical Hebrew (kadosh) means "separate," "distinct."

From Grove City College: Are sexual preferences changeable?

Truth and ideology: Stand to Reason's Melinda Penner comments on Chuck Colson's recent broadcast about ideology in politics: "
If morals are relative, there is not external goal of truth that we try to understand and persuade one another to see. Public discourse becomes simply a clash of preferences and an attempt to trump the other."

Politics should be about truth, not ideology. But in a culture of moral relativism, it can't be. (But we necessarily pretend it is:
"If all people are created in God's image, we are by nature moral beings who will inevitably behave in moral ways. But when people abandon the truth of God's world for relativism, they will as a consequence of their moral nature attempt to impose their own version of truth apart from religion. Man will create his own secular religion.")

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