Chuck Hagel, the State of Israel, and the Jewish People

Concerning Chuck Hagel and the accusations that he’s anti-semitic simply because he’s not a big supporter of the State of Israel: Huffington Post contributor Howard Feinman (a Jew, by the way, who knows Hagel personally and says he doesn’t believe he’s anti-semitic) had this to say on the subject, when Tony Kornheiser was talking to …

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The Tricky Problem of “Rights Language” continued

In the previous essay I argued that opposing abortion using arguments based on “personal responsibility” rather than “personal rights” will not win the debate because the argument still functions within the very unchristian framework of personal autonomy. Ultimately we can never win the abortion argument by asserting the priority of responsibilities of the mother’s rights …

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The Tricky Problem of “Rights Language”

I am reminded again of the problem of “rights language” by a recent article published by Front Porch Republic. The comments following the article have devolved into a rather nasty business of “my rights are better than your rights,” and worse. Rights language is so ingrained in our thought process that nearly all political discourse ultimately turns …

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