When can the state kill?: Questions and issues in the case of Reyaad Khan

Sep 12, 2015 by

By Andrew Goddard, Fulcrum: The Prime Minister announced in the House of Commons on Monday that our armed forces used a remotely controlled aircraft (or drone) to kill Reyaad Khan in “a targeted strike to deal with a clear, credible and specific terrorist threat to our country at home”. This action was authorised by the Defence Secretary following discussions by the National Security Council and with the Attorney General’s assurance of a legal basis. The taking of human life is always a tragedy and when an intentional act, particularly by political authority, needs to be given both legal and moral justification. What follows does not address the legal arguments but looks at the moral questions, drawing on the Christian tradition’s understanding of the role of political authority and just war. Part of the difficulty in this case is the limited number of details in the public domain but there...

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Planned Parenthood murders living, breathing babies to harvest brains

Aug 21, 2015 by

By Archbishop Cranmer: Some people never have legs, and yet they can run the marathon of life faster than the Olympian. Some people never have eyes or ears, but they see secret things and hear silent words that we can never apprehend. Some people never have a voice, but they shout louder than the relentless hubbub of all humanity. Their spirits whisper, slide and sense a world of pain. Their impulse is to crawl back into the womb and long for the day they had never been born. If they could cry, they would. But tears can’t form in the orbits of darkness. They are living and partly living; alive, but not fully being. If you thought the scandal of Planned Parenthood harvesting the body of babies couldn’t get any worse – with their “less crunchy” abortions, their “after-birth” infanticide and their subversion of language – this latest video...

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Planned Inhumanities: From Roe to Obergefell

Aug 4, 2015 by

By Robert Oscar Lopez, Public Discourse: I am, perhaps, an outlier on the current Planned Parenthood scandal. I am not shocked that high-ranking officials in an organization by that name would be caught on video speaking callously about the harvesting of fetal organs. The fact that money is exchanged, and the question of whether this constitutes a “market,” do not particularly matter to me. Well-educated people believe that “planned parenthood” can lead to a socially just world. That hubris is the main horror from which all these other abhorrent things descend. The Monstrous Idea of “Planning”: From Roe to Obergefell It is the “planned” part of the organization’s title that needs to be urgently criticized. What kind of society is so lacking in humanity that it thinks “parenthood”—a phenomenon responsible for, well, the perpetuation ofeverything social about us—can be regimented, organized, scheduled, commoditized, bought, sold, and programmed by people?...

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Will we say no to genetically modified humans?

Jul 28, 2015 by

By Peter Franklin, Conservative Home: It’s easy to forget that eugenic ideas were once mainstream and exercised their pernicious influence far beyond Nazi Germany. In the future, however, it may be transgenics not eugenics that we have to worry about. Genetic modification is a technique that can be applied to human DNA, not just plant and animal DNA. Currently we place moral and legal limits on doing so, but how long will this last? It’s a question considered by Eugene Volokh in theWashington Post. He begins by referring to a Pew poll on the acceptability of genetically engineering a baby to enhance its intelligence: “83 percent of Americans said it’s not appropriate, and only 15 percent said it was appropriate.” Volokh appears to count himself among the minority, but whether one approves or not is besides the point, he says – GM humans are going to happen anyway: “Say...

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Firm faith: The company bosses who pray

Jul 7, 2015 by

By Katie Hope, BBC: Saying prayers with colleagues would feel a bit uncomfortable, too intimate an activity in the workplace for many people. Yet at Chinese real estate giant Tentimes Group, that is exactly what they do in the boardroom before making important decisions. Three-quarters of the firm’s eight-strong senior management team are Christians and founder and chairman Wang Ruoxiong, who himself became a Christian seven years ago, says that when the company has to make difficult decisions, it turns to the Bible for guidance. In fact, he goes as far to say that it’s not him but God running the firm. “He controls everything. I am merely a housekeeper of Jesus, assisting him in taking care of the company,” he says.   Mr Wang admits that Christian beliefs alone have not driven the firm’s success, acknowledging that employees’ technical skills such as marketing and sales capability have also...

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“Equal marriage”: Is There A New Christian Ethic for Sex and Marriage?

Jul 2, 2015 by

by Andrew Goddard, Fulcrum: Last week’s Supreme Court judgment in the US, following swiftly after the Irish referendum, has made the legalisation of same-sex marriage major news again. As in England, the Christian voices have been divided. There are those, including me, who regret this and are aware of the major challenges they now face in bearing witness to marriage as they understand it. There are also Christians who welcome the extension of the good of marriage to same-sex couples and see it as simply sharing it with gay and lesbian people. Surprisingly little attention has been given as to how the latter group should now develop their sexual ethic given same-sex couples can legally marry. Are they simply extending the traditional teaching about sex and marriage to same-sex couples and what would that look like? Or are they – as seems to be the case with most secular...

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