November 13, 2011
Moral clarity is one of the most seductive traits of social conservatism. Those of us outside that ideology may struggle to untie the Gordian knot of complex moral issues, may wrestle conscience in hopes of compromise, may construct arguments in tenuous terms of, "If this, then that, but if the other thing, then ... " Social conservatives countenance no such irresolution. On issue after issue -- same-sex marriage, gun control, Muslim rights -- they fly straight as a bullet to their final conclusion, usually distillable to the width of a bumper sticker.
January 25, 2011
I was happy to see the hundreds of thousands of people pack the National Mall in Washington D.C. Monday in support of the human rights of the unborn. In recent years the Supreme Court has short-circuited the democratic system by eliminating the most contentious moral issues — like marriage and abortion — from the public square and deciding them unilaterally from the court itself. In 1963, on Good Friday, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in his Letter from the Birmingham jail, wrote that a just law is a man-made law that comports with the natural law or the law of God. Roe v. Wade is an example of a man-made law that violates the natural law. Everyone, including President Obama, knows that a human embryo is a human being.
January 26, 2012
Diana Schaub's recent commentary missed the facts ("Abortion and population," Jan. 23). To blame Baltimore's population decline on abortion is misleading at best. It is a broad statement that fails to deeply consider the varied reasons women choose to terminate a pregnancy. Ms. Schaub writes that "In 1970, Baltimore City abortion rates for single white and black women stood at 7.43 and 10, respectively. " Yet, the Supreme Court decision did not occur until 1973. Ms. Schaub continues by citing an increase in the abortion rate in Baltimore that grew to 86.2 by 2005.
March 8, 2013
Here's a hint for those who choose to make a public show of their compassion for the unborn: It undercuts your argument when you characterize as "intellectually dishonest child-killers" the majority of your fellow citizens who disagree with you on the faith-based issue of when "personhood" begins. Gordon Livingston Columbia
September 24, 2012
So, if I understood her correctly, St. Mary's College History Professor Christine Adams is saying that if the truth be known women value "jobs" over parenting, and the fulfillment of such values is just not possible if women are not in control of their bodies ("For women, reproductive rights are economic issues," Sept. 18). Control, in her opinion, is that women must have the sole elective right to terminate their pregnancies to avoid being discriminated against and bullied by societal laws and mores.
March 28, 2012
The article "Law, order, free speech" (March 25) prompts this response: What is distressing to this reader is that a group of religious fanatics who oppose abortion are awarded (by a federal Judge) a "settlement" of $385,000 for their despicable behavior. Admittedly, the police behaved badly, but what are they to do when they become frustrated by the outrageous action of so-called peaceful protesters waving intimidating signs that infringe upon the rights of citizens merely driving along a heavily traveled highway?