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Homefront | Salvo 34

Girl Watching

Raising Daughters in Troubled Times

by Marcia Segelstein

. . . Sax believes that the sexualization of girls at ever-younger ages is a critical part of the problem. Girls are bombarded with the message that revealing their bodies is both normal and expected. He relates the story of a ten-year-old girl who wanted to dress up as a French maid, complete with fishnet pantyhose, for Halloween. It turns out that the costume came in sizes for even younger girls. Such sexualization, Sax writes, "is about being an object for the pleasure of others, about being on display for others." Girls pretending to be sexy aren't being who they really are, and that's not healthy. . . . ►►►

Parting Shot | Salvo 39

Love, Rhetorically

Using a Powerful Word Doesn't Mean Your Argument Is Logical

by Tom Gilson

Another Christian celebrity has forgotten to put on her thinking hat. Religion News Service reports that popular Christian author Jen Hatmaker has said this about gay marriage: "From a civil rights and civil liberties side and from just a human being side, any two adults have the right to choose who they want to love. And they should be afforded the same legal protections as any of us. I would never wish anything less for my gay friends." I read that on Facebook, and I decided it needed a bit of analysis. . . . ►►►

Headquarters | Salvo 34

Cosmic Seer

Georges Lemaître, the Catholic Priest Behind the Big Bang

by Ray Cavanaugh

. . . Lemaître presented this theory in writing to Einstein in October 1927, when the two first met at a conference in Brussels. As the priest later recalled, Einstein's response was, "Your calculations are correct, but your physics is abominable." Lemaître's work was more or less dismissed by the New York Times, which called his theory "highly romantic." The encyclopedia Notable Scientists said that Lemaître's main problem was that his theory "lacked sufficient mathematical backing for widespread acceptance." Such backing would arrive in the fullness of time. ►►►

Feature | Salvo 27

The Massacre of Valentine's Day

Feminism's V-Day Eliminates Men, Marriage & Romance—and Kills Sex

by Robin Phillips

. . . How is this liberating for women? The answer is purportedly found in such books as Sharon Thompson's Going All the Way: Teenage Girls' Tales of Sex, Romance, and Pregnancy and Leora Tanenbaum's Slut! Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation. These works argue that the only reason casual sex leaves young girls wounded and vulnerable is that they have made the mistake of fusing sex with love. The solution, Thompson argues, is for girls to stop "condition[ing] sexual consent on romantic expectations." Before the feminist utopia can arrive, love and romance must be excised from sex. . . . ►►►

Parting Shot | Salvo 37

Sexicide

Porn Is Killing Sexual Intimacy for Its Users

by Russell D. Moore

. . . When pornography enters into a marriage, the result is shame. By "shame," I do not mean the feeling of being ashamed (although that may be part of it). I mean that one is, at the most intimate level, hiding. There's something within us that knows that sexuality is meant for something other than the manipulation of body parts. Pornography kills sexuality because porn isn't just about sex and because sex isn't just about sex. . . . ►►►

Feature | Salvo 37

You Gotta Believe

Atheist or Not, You Already Have More Faith Than You Realize

by James S. Spiegel

. . . You might say that your belief in the reliability of your senses is an article of faith. After all, it is something that you hold to be true without conclusive proof. Moreover, it is a conviction that has practical consequences for every moment of your waking life. Wherever you go and whatever you do, you conduct yourself according to this conviction that your senses are reliable. In short, you devoutly trust your senses. This is just one of the ways that all of us live by faith, regardless of what our particular worldviews happen to be. . . . ►►►

Camouflage | Salvo 39

Stonewalled on Abortion

One Woman's Quest for Straight Answers from Public Health Organizations

by Terrell Clemmons

. . . Shouldn't women considering abortion be provided with this information [alarmingly high rates of such maladies as PTSD, eating disorders, depression, substance abuse, and suicide in post-abortive women]? Gill asks. No, insists Dr. Grimes, the abortionist. That would be "a very overt attempt to dissuade or discourage women from exercising their right to have an abortion." Apparently this is what passes in his world for medical ethics. . . . ►►►

Camouflage | Salvo 22

State Purposes

Utopian Creep & the Struggle for Human Rights & Freedom

by Terrell Clemmons

. . . Consider that this Ameritopia's Leviathan-sized federal government has become the nation's largest creditor, debtor, lender, contractor, grantor, insurer, health-care provider, regulator, and pension guarantor, to name only a few of the many extra-constitutional roles Uncle Sam has assumed. Worse, an alarming segment of the population has foregone self-reliance and individual industry in favor of dependence on the rest. In such an environment, those traits which represent the best in the nature of man—initiative, drive, and selflessness—inevitably languish and falter, while, as Shin Dong-hyuk warns, those which represent the worst—indolence, envy, and predation—thrive. . . . ►►►

Archives | Salvo 28

Godless Prose & Cons

They Don't Make Atheists Like They Used To

by Cameron Wybrow

. . . How does [Bertrand] Russell respond to such a cosmos? Does he express public outrage against the idea of God? No; as if foreseeing our New Atheists, he warns against such outrage: "[A] spirit of fiery revolt, of fierce hatred of the gods, seems necessary to the assertion of freedom. . . . But indignation is still a bondage . . . which it is necessary for the wise to overcome." . . . ►►►

Headquarters | Salvo 26

Does Morality Exist?

Conscience & the Problem of Relativism

by E. Christian Brugger

. . . The very language we use when we argue over moral issues implies that there are standards outside that language. We are not merely saying that the other's behavior "does not happen to please me"; rather, we are appealing to a standard that we expect the other to know. Philosophy and theology have a name for this standard. They call it the natural moral law. ►►►

Opening Salvo | Salvo 39

Can We Talk?

It Is Crucial That We Put Our Minds to Contentious Issues

by James M. Kushiner

Society has never before been so divided on so many issues, including such things as abortion, sexual morality, marriage, sexual "identity," the use of fetal "tissue," "recreational" drugs, "science" (e.g., man-caused global warming and evolution), and various "social justice" concerns. When these issues are spoken of, the emotions on display are often intense. Plenty of people may take sides on these issues, but they rarely debate them intelligently. . . . ►►►

Parting Shot | Salvo 36

Our Quantum Leap

There Is a Huge Chasm Between Humans & Nonhuman Animals

by Michael Egnor

. . . Nonhuman animals are purely material beings. They have no concepts. They experience hunger and pain; they don't contemplate the injustice of suffering. A human being is material and immaterial—a composite being. We have material bodies, and our perceptions and imagination and appetites are material powers, instantiated in our brains. But our intellect—our ability to think abstractly—is a wholly immaterial power, as is our will, which acts in accordance with our intellect. Our intellect and will depend on matter for their ordinary function, but are not themselves made of matter. . . . ►►►

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