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Immediate Moral Repulsion: The Value of Photographs to the Pro-Life Cause

“Just because something looks ugly doesn’t mean it’s morally wrong.” -Lady Bird “The immediate moral repulsion would be one of the objections to baby-killing; perhaps his chief objection to baby-killing.” -G.K. Chesterton It is a matter of controversy, among those opposed to and in favor of abortion, whether or not one should use images...

Searching For Steven Massof: The Ignoble Invisibility of The Fireman In Hell

Go to Wikipedia. I know it’s not always the most accurate of sources, but that’s where I first stumbled across Steven Massof. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_serial_killers_by_number_of_victims#Medical_professionals_and_pseudo-medical_professionals For whatever reason, this online encyclopedia article has a separate section for “Medical professionals and pseudo-medical professionals”, of whom those with the highest body count top the volume of those categorized...

The Inescapably Religious Nature of the Personhood Debate

The science has been settled for some time, actually, and though there are those who respond to pro-life logic with accusations of theocracy and the always reliable reference to A Handmaid’s Tale, the facts remain. In fertilization, chromosomes of the sperm fuse with those of the ovum. That new genotype reveals complete DNA distinct...

Brigsby Bear: Every Part of You

Dave McCary’s Brigsby Bear is one of the finest films of 2017, a delightful, unsung indie gem that demonstrates the human condition has an irresistible drive to fun, family and friendship, even in absurd and unthinkable conditions. That the filmmakers, including McCary and star/co-writer Kyle Mooney would think to make a comedy out of...