November 1, 2014

Wesley J. Smith: Peter Singer Says Full Moral Status Not Earned by Babies “Until After 2 Years”

Wesley J. Smith

Dostoevsky: When men stop believing in God, they will believe anything. I was alerted by Nat Hentoff about an assertion made by Peter Singer–as reported in the Catholic Eye–at a Princeton conference around the abortion question, in which he claims that human beings don’t possess full moral status until after the age of two. I checked it out for myself. Yup. From my transcription of … [Read more...]

Bioethicist Teaches Doctor to “Think Bioethically”

Over at Second Hand Smoke, a secret camera filmed a conversation between a bioethicist and a doctor about how “thinking bioethically” means it is okay to kill babies. … [Read more...]

John Finnis on the Moral Status of the Fetus

From the American Catholic blog. Look at the clear thinking going on, the direct challenge to secularists and others working to establish the culture of death. Then compare this to our preoccupation with global warming and other dubious fads, the confusion (as the essay below states) between morality and moral status in our didactic discourse, our inability to self-organize (at least on the … [Read more...]

Some thoughts on the Wesley J. Smith lecture at St. Tikhon’s Seminary

I listened to Wesley J. Smith's lecture a few days ago and have been thinking about it ever since (listen to it here). Some thoughts in no particular order: 1. It is very good that St. Tikhon's invited Smith to speak for several reasons. First it introduces the seminarians to the concrete questions debated in the larger culture and thus the hospitals, nursing homes, and hospices where end of … [Read more...]

Wesley J. Smith – Bioethics: Creating a Culture of Death

St. Tikhon's Seminary

The Fall 2010 Lecture Series at St. Tikhon's revolves around various life issues and the first speaker in the series is Wesley Smith who is a lawyer and an award winning author as well as a Senior Fellow in Human Rights and Bioethics at the Discovery Institute. He is introduced by the Dean of the Seminary, Fr. Alexander Atty. Listen here: Frederica Mathews-Green also has a podcast … [Read more...]

Saint John Chrysostom and 21st Century Christians

St. John Chrysostom

Taken from a lecture by Fr. Josiah Trenham and republished on Mystagogy. From Mystagogy: [The following portion of a lecture (all of which I recommend to be read) delivered by the Very Reverend Josiah Trenham in 2007 I found to be a very edifying piece on how Christians can implement at least some of the counsels of St. John Chrysostom into our own lives today. Of course, this is by no … [Read more...]

Pence Condemns New Use of Tax Dollars for Obama Care Abortions

Remember the promises? No government funds for abortions. Source: gop.gov We must stop this immoral offense against human life and against American taxpayers. Washington, DC - U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, released the following statement today in response to the Obama Administration spending $160 million on a “high risk” insurance program … [Read more...]

Wesley Smith on Peter Singer

From First Thoughts by Wesley J. Smith: Peter Singer Sympathetic to Human Extinction as Way of Avoiding Suffering Peter Singer blogs at the New York Times about a new book (Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming Into Existence, by David Benetar) that apparently advocates human extinction as a way of preventing human suffering. Singer doesn’t agree, but is clearly sympathetic. … [Read more...]

Current statistics on abortion

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A unified Orthodox Church can speak with clarity…

Read below and you'll see one reason why we need a unified Orthodox Church in America. Wesley J. Smith, human rights activist and occasional contributor to AOI Observer, warns about a bill winding through congress that will surreptitiously fund human cloning. We could have something to say about that. A friend of mine, an Orthodox priest who studied under Leon J. Kass, one of the great public … [Read more...]

Italian Baby Aborted at 22 Weeks for Cleft Palate–Born Alive, Left to Die

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From: Second Hand Smoke (Wesley J. Smith) This is what Western Civilization is becoming. From the story: A baby found alive nearly a day after a failed abortion in Italy had been rejected by his mother because he had a cleft lip and palate, according to reports. The 22-week infant was found breathing a day after the operation. He died one day later in intensive care at a hospital … [Read more...]

Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day 2010 -- Celebrate Life

HT: OrthodoxNet.com LifeSiteNews.com – The pro-life group CatholicVote.org says it’s time to use Earth Day to celebrate nature’s greatest gift – human life. With bus ads in Chicago and in San Francisco and Seattle, CatholicVote.org is encouraging Americans to rethink how they celebrate Earth Day, and how to go about building a culture that respects the environment. This April 22nd will … [Read more...]