Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Legislating Morality: archive

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(...) It is time for Congress to impeach U.S. District Judge Napoleon Jones. Judge Jones ruled on Wednesday that the Boy Scouts of America must leave their aquatics center on San Diego's Fiesta Island in which the Scouts have invested millions of dollars since 1987. Jones says that the Scouts are "an admittedly religious, albeit nonsectarian and discriminatory organization" and thus violate the constitutional "separation of church and state" by holding a public-private partnership with San Diego. In a similar ruling last summer, Jones found "overwhelming and uncontradicted evidence" that the Boy Scouts violate the separation of church and state by having used San Diego's Balboa Park as a summer camp since 1915. (...) >>>

26th Oct 2008

Dr Sanity: "Benedict weighs in on cultural relativism"

"Human rights are increasingly being presented as the common language and the ethical substratum of international relations. At the same time, the universality, indivisibility and interdependence of human rights all serve as guarantees safeguarding human dignity. It is evident, though, that the rights recognized and expounded in the Declaration apply to everyone by virtue of the common origin of the person, who remains the high-point of God's creative design for the world and for history. They are based on the natural law inscribed on human hearts and present in different cultures and civilizations. Removing human rights from this context would mean restricting their range and yielding to a relativistic conception, according to which the meaning and interpretation of rights could vary and their universality would be denied in the name of different cultural, political, social and even religious outlooks. This great variety of viewpoints must not be allowed to obscure the fact that not only rights are universal, but so too is the human person, the subject of those rights." (...)

If we want to see the consequences of leftist socialism-lite, utopian pacifism, moral equivalence, and cultural relativism, then we need only look at how easily Europe and the leftists in this country have surrendered the fundamental values of Western civilization to the shrill (and violent) demands of Islamic fanatics--all done in the spirit of multicultural tolerance and politically correct compassion. Europe, having given up any objective standard by which to mediate the vastly different perspectives and feelings of its varied populations; having abandoned reason altogether in favor of the expression of feelings no matter how destructive or unreasonable; and, finally, having endlessly touted the critical importance and essential need to "belong" to one's race, tribe, religion or group first and foremost; the outcome is what Stephen Hicks refers to as "group balkinization" --with all its inevitable and inescapable conflict. That politically correct road which the left has taken us all down--billed as the path to peace and harmony--has instead led to a land dominated by emotions (...) >>>

Updated: 3rd Aug. 2008

AWOL Civilization: "A Supreme Embarrassment"

“There are two types of corruption,” wrote Montesquieu in 1748. “One, when the people do not observe the laws; the other, when they are corrupted by the laws: an incurable malady, because it exists within the remedy itself.” Nowhere is this statement more appropriate than when applied to the United States Supreme Court. (...) For well over a generation, the decisions of the Court (and much of the federal judiciary) have consistently and predictably run roughshod over the Constitution and the will of the people, imposing in arrogant and dictatorial fashion the social and political agenda of the Far Left. (...) Key to this movement has been a shift in the understanding of law, particularly constitutional law. In the traditional Western view, law is a set of guidelines that determine the boundaries for our interaction with the wider society. In the new, revolutionary view, law is a tool with which to impose one’s image of the perfect world. Put differently, instead of legislating the structure within which man finds his path, the projected results of someone’s preferred path are pre-ordained. I will not try here to summarize the process of decay. Rather, I would like to sketch the possible future direction of the Court’s attack on the foundations of American law and society, given the current composition of the Court (not to speak of further appointments by a President Obama). (...) >>>

Updated: 13th July 2008
... where are the ethicists in these matters? Surely they must realize that when
the law becomes synonymous with morality we have in effect created a
dictatorship ... anyone care to comment? Here's a Christian
Pajamas: "Great Britain’s Free Speech Breakdown," by John Stephenson

(...) Even in the United States, despite the opinion of some, free speech is not absolute. Some restrictions have to be created in order to protect the safety and certain rights of others. However, in the United States there is no right not to be offended. (...) the Public Order Act 1986 (...) is disturbing in countless ways and reminds too many people of Orwell’s 1984. It opens the floodgates to censorship and abuse of power. What is even scarier is that this law is similar to many of the “hate speech” laws politicians are trying to pass (...) If the trend in other European countries to criminalize the criticism of religions continues to spread, freedom of speech will fall farther into danger and where to draw the line will become even more obscure. (...) >>>

Updated: 7th June 2008

Politeia: "Sacred and Secular Authority: Why We Need It", by Dr Sam Holliday

(...) The weakness of exclusive reliance on secular authority is often ignored or misunderstood. One of the lessons of history is that polities that are growing, building and maturing have both secular and sacred authorities that mutually support each other. In those polities that are in decline one of these two authorities has lost its ability to influence the behavior of its members. It makes no difference if these authorities are united or separated—but they both must be effective and they must be mutually supportive if the polity is to remain strong, efficient, and successful. (...) The lesson is clear: the wisdom of a polity can only be transmitted to succeeding generations if it is internalized by the citizens of that polity, and the institutions of that polity are designed to maintain inherited beliefs, practices and knowledge. In some systems both authorities were united in a God-King, but in others they were separated—but still mutually supporting. (...) >>>

Updated: Mar 11th, 2008

Accuracy in Media: "Liberal Fascism Explained", by Amanda Busse

The side of fascism he attributes to American liberalism is not that associated with the works of George Orwell or the racism and genocide of the Holocaust. It is much less brutal, “smiley-face fascism,” as he puts it. Conservative commentator Jonah Goldberg is tired of being called a fascist. In his latest book, Liberal Fascism, he fights back against the term that those on the right are often saddled with, reminding readers that the original fascists leaned more toward the left.
Goldberg, the editor-at-large for National Review Online, argues in his book that fascism under Benito Mussolini and Nazism under Adolf Hitler came from the same intellectual source as Progressivism, the birth-mother of American liberalism. The term “liberal fascism” comes from a speech made by author H. G. Wells when he told a group of Young Liberals at Oxford that Progressives must become “liberal fascists” and “enlightened Nazis.” (...) >>>

Updated: 11th Feb. 2008

Politeia: "Open Letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown"

In recent days we have been posting on the plight of Lionheart. Euro-Med (bless them) have now come up with the following initiative!We kindly request the readership to follow suit and send an email to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. USpace has details ... >>>

Updated: 8th Jan. 2008

Politeia: "Thanks to Will Smith: a Fresh Take on Good and Evil"

Evil may be committed through good as well as bad intent, but the sinner always remains oblivious he's fallen into the devil's trap until too late! Europe has failed to keep its eyes on the moral ball and has strayed into a subjectivist mindset in which a noble end justifies the evil means: bullying in the name of peace - fascistic methods to combat perceived fascism - committing evil to avert it >>>

Updated: 26th Dec. 2007

Times Online: "Christian magistrate in gay adoption row appeals against ruling"

A Christian magistrate who claimed he was forced to resign rather than place children for adoption with same-sex couples will today appeal against an employment tribunal ruling. Andrew McClintock, 63, stood down from dealing with family cases in Sheffield after he was refused permission to opt out of cases that could result in a same-sex adoption.

Mr McClintock, from Sheffield, lost his claim that he had been discriminated against on grounds of his philosophical and religious beliefs at a tribunal earlier this year. The father of four, a member of the Christian People’s Alliance council, had served as a magistrate in the family courts in Sheffield for 15 years where he decided whether children needed to be taken from troubled families and put into care.

But the new civil partnership laws led to a situation where he could have inadvertently sanctioned the removal of a child from its natural family to be placed in the care of a gay couple.
Mr McClintock said that contradicted ... >>>

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The Lighthouse: "EU Phobia: More Crimes Against the Ideology"

In a post "Victim obsession leading to more oppression, not less in modern Britain" former University teacher John Ray from Brisbane, Australian gives a review on a book called, "Religious Discrimination and Hatred Law", in which practising barrister Neil Addison provides the first comprehensive survey of legislation concerning religion in diverse areas such as criminal law, discrimination, employment and harassment, and charts the growing role of courts in regulating this messy dimension of society.

Addison is concerned about the legal expansion into a complicated moral aspect of human life, and fears that a new generation of laws will remove people's powers to criticise, challenge or defend their religious (or non-religious) views.

He "sees the expansion of law into the terrain of religion as part of 'a new type of philosophy': 'We used to have laws because we considered them necessary, but now it seems we have laws because they are desirable. If something is regarded as good or bad, we use the law to direct it. In effect, we're trying to legislate morality.'

For Addison, the law has now become a tool for some groups to impose their moral positions on others, whether it is the ban on smoking or the ban on foxhunting or restrictions on what we can say about minority groups ... but it is not the function of civil law to prescribe everything that is morally right and to forbid everything that is morally wrong  >>>

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