Adultery: When law and morality (used to) agree

The Colorado legislature is considering the repeal of laws in the state that criminalize adultery or any act that would “promote sexual immorality.” According to Lynn Bartels ofThe Denver Post, the process of repeal is now well underway, with the House Judiciary Committee voting 8-3 to take adultery and sexual immorality out of the criminal code in Colorado. Missing from the legislative debate, at least as reported in the media, is any acknowledgment of how such statutes entered the law books in the first place. Throughout most of human history, morality and law were united and in agreement when it […]
Blogs
 • 

Little change in abortion attitudes

Much of the mainstream media coverage of Roe v. Wade’s recent forty-year anniversary indicated that grassroots abortion rights activists are pessimistic about the future. However, in the days before the March for Life many pro-choice commentators expressed optimism. They claimed that recent polling data indicates that public opinion is shifting in a direction more sympathetic to legal abortion. For example, a recent Think Progress article cites a Fox News exit poll indicating that 59 percent of Americans think abortion should be legal in all or most cases. Similarly, a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll covered in the Washington Post and elsewhere suggested that 70 percent of Americans […]
Blogs
 • 

Medicine and morality

I recently had the privilege of giving a talk at a medical school. I was invited because the sponsor wanted to give the medical students something other than medicine. In an age of increased specialization, there is a danger of real narrowness. This is especially true in medicine. Apparently young doctors have to be reminded that patients, after all, are human beings, and not just a series of symptoms. While modern medicine is not quite ready to admit that it needs religion to be complete, it has realized a need for something beyond itself. The matters of life and death […]
Blogs
 •