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Facebook And The Intellectual High-Ground

Visit the Culture of Life’s Facebook page, and you will see that our briefs, especially those dealing with abortion, receive many reader comments, perhaps a majority of which are negative – some virulently so. Most, though not all, of those negative comments are also surprisingly shallow and simplistic. They are emotional, not logical. So what does it mean for the Pro-Life movement when its opponents cede the intellectual high-ground? Read

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Medical Health Risks of Contraception

Medical Health Risks of Contraception A summary of the medical data presented in the Women Speak for Themselves amicus brief Oral Contraceptives Heart Attack and Stroke – According to the New England Journal of Medicine, oral contraceptive pills double the risk … Read

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Italy Debates The Definition Of “Family”…A Half-Century Too Late

Last Thursday, Italy’s Senate began deliberations on the question of “civil unions.” I can’t help but wonder if the Italian people and even the Church are wasting their time bickering over the question of homosexuality’s role in defining the family, even as the basic family unit is collapsing in Italy and throughout Europe. In Italy – as in the rest of “Christendom” – the family was destroyed long ago and by forces that have nothing whatsoever to do with homosexuality or same-sex relationships. Rather, it was destroyed by selfishness, laziness, cultural apathy and, above all, antagonism to, and resentment of, traditional Judeo-Christian religious values. Read

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Language, Chaos And The Crisis Of Reality

Nearly seventy years ago, George Orwell noted the decay in the use of the English language: poor usage reflected poor thinking; poor thinking reflected poor usage. Yet, Orwell never imagined that words could simply be altered, changed to suit the speaker’s purposes – and that society would come, as a matter of conditioning to accept this linguistic elasticity. But that is exactly where we are now.

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Do The Videos Matter?

For years now, whenever a Pro-Life politician says or does something impolitic, the entirety of the Pro-Life movement is made to answer for it. By contrast, it seems, the Pro-Choice movement has largely been immune from this collective guilt. But with the vile and horrifying statements made by Planned Parenthood officials now a part of the public consciousness, Pro-Life politicians are once again on offense. Read

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Whose Nihilism?

After the brutal execution of the American journalist James Foley, President Obama issued a statement decrying the brutality and viciousness of the so-called Islamic State.  “From governments and peoples across the Middle East there has to be a common effort … Read

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The Egalitarian State Of Nature And The Millennium

Some observers have wondered how the Marxist notions contained in Liberation Theology survive, despite Marxism’s brutally-disastrous track record in the real world (e.g. present-day Venezuela). What these observers don’t seem to understand, though, is that this track record is irrelevant. Wherever there is radical “dislocation” and “disorientation” that push people to “the margins of society,” there is the risk of egalitarian revolutionary fervor, which long pre-dates Marx and has a nearly 700-year history of continuous failure. Read

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“The Terrorist Groups” And Real Evil

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has likened those who wish to stop abortion to “terrorist groups,” to men who buy, sell, trade and rape women and girls—and do so with the sanction and encouragement of their religious leaders. To compare such practitioners to people who believe merely that human lives before birth matter as much as human lives after birth is, at the very least, to toe a very fine line between ignoring and abetting raw evil. Read

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Immigration And Incentives, Redux

The American people have told pollsters over and over again that they support a wall, a fence, or some sort of border barrier to restrict illegal immigration. They also support deporting illegal immigrants who are convicted of committing felonies. All of this is, or at least could be, consistent with the Bishops’ letter and the Catholic Catechism. Unfortunately, nobody in either party ever offered such a solution… Read

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A Constitution Made Only For A Moral And Religious People

Many will argue that just about any and all behavior must be allowed, and even sanctioned, by the state because “you can’t impose your values on society.” The problems with this argument are manifold. The two most obvious are the presumption that “values” are necessarily religious notions; and the corollary presumption that removing religion from the public sphere will therefore create value-free governance. Both presumptions are patently false. Read

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