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Headquarters | Salvo 36

Faith Removal

Militant Science & Apostle Krauss

by Regis Nicoll

. . . To Krauss's thinking, people who protest the harvesting and marketing of aborted babies' tissue are "anti-science" because those practices "could help save lives." It's a bit like calling those who opposed the harvesting and marketing of tissue "procured" by Josef Mengele as "anti-science." Anyway, religion is getting too much respect, and something's got to be done about it, so Krauss is calling on his fellow scientists to be militant in liberating "humanity from the shackles of enforced ignorance." As to who really needs to be unshackled, Krauss might want to take a long look in the mirror. . . .►►►

Operation ID | Salvo 37

Greater Than the Sum

Why the Design in Living Things Goes Far Beyond Machinery

by Jonathan Wells

. . . the machine metaphor is inadequate as a description of living organisms. Then what about the inference to design from molecular machines? The inference is still justified, because the machine metaphor is appropriate for isolated structures such as ATP synthase, kinesin, and the ribosome. Each of these consists of several parts that are precisely arranged by a cell to utilize energy to perform a specific function (which is how "machine" is usually defined). None of them can perform their functions if parts are missing or arranged incorrectly. They point to intelligent design just as much as machines made by humans. . . . ►►►

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. . . . ►►►

Headquarters | Salvo 29

Virtues Reinvented

Social Engineering the New Vices

by Louis Markos

. . . the elite social engineers who would usher us into a brave new utopia purged of all "medieval" notions of right and wrong have fashioned a seemingly foolproof system for hoodwinking the human conscience. Rather than announce the death of "bourgeois" moral standards, they provide us with substitute moralities that satisfy our need for standards while leaving us free to reinvent the values and institutions upon which civilization was built. . . . ►►►

Feature | Salvo 29

Moon Strike

Lunar Origin Causes "Philosophical Disquiet"

by Hugh Ross

. . . In yet another article in the same issue as Canup's review, earth scientist Tim Elliott observes that the degree and kinds of complexity and fine-tuning required by lunar origin models appear to be increasing at an exponential rate. Among lunar origin researchers, he notes, "the sequence of conditions that currently seems necessary in these revised versions of lunar formation have led to philosophical disquiet." . . . ►►►

Great Escapes | Salvo 40

The Long Red Shadow

Mike Shotwell Has a Message for Millennial America

by Terrell Clemmons

. . . To most Americans today, the world of underground Communism is history little known and best forgotten. But it's a world that Mike knew well as a child and has now studied in depth as an adult. More important, it's a world that is very much alive today, just in a different guise, because the ideologies of it have taken deep root in the popular zeitgeist. Since it's only a matter of time before bad roots produce bad fruit, and in order to give Americans a clearer window into that world, he's written Immersed in Red: My Formative Years in a Marxist Household. . . . ►►►

Basic Training | Salvo 40

The Good Life

It's to Know, Serve & Love the Truth, Not the Pursuit of Happiness

by James Altena

What is a life well lived? What is an exemplary life—a life that I would wish to strive for, to emulate, to have others remember as worthy of admiration? What principles ought to guide me in living such a life? . . . ►►►

Collateral Damage | Salvo 40

Morality as Story

The False Charity of Modern Journalism

by Rebekah Curtis

. . . This sympathetic pull of one human heart toward another is noble and good, but it cannot be our schema for dealing with immorality. Justice also has a claim. Moreover, it is a false charity that cultivates sympathy toward those who flout the moral framework on which a just and secure society is built. Loving the sinner does not mean enabling his recidivism and putting a new line of potential victims in his path; nor is it loving to create public farces under which historical, measurable misdeeds can appear to have no historical, measurable consequences. . . . ►►►

Headquarters | Salvo 38

Doctors Delusional

Transgender Disorder & Really Bad Psychiatry

by Boris Vatel

. . . It is unfortunate that the American Psychiatric Association, as the "voice and conscience" of the very medical discipline in a position to point out the delusional nature of such beliefs, has instead chosen to support the transgender agenda and thus lend it an air of medical legitimacy. Whether having a "transgender" or so-called "non-binary" identity causes subjective discomfort is quite beside the point. All experienced psychiatrists have seen patients whose delusions cause them no apparent discomfort. The bigger question is whether one can have a "deeply held belief" so drastically counter to reality as is the belief that one's sex is different from one's anatomy and still be considered normal. . . . ►►►

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 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. . . . ►►►

Deprogram | Salvo 40

Taking Polls Apart

Human Complexity Foils Electoral Predictions

by Denyse O'Leary

. . . Pew's response the morning after the election is worth pondering. "A likely culprit," we were informed, is nonresponse bias: "We know that some groups—including the less educated voters who were a key demographic for Trump on Election Day—are consistently hard for pollsters to reach."7 Again one wonders, if pollsters knew that, why did they not make a greater effort to reach these people? Were there no rewards for getting it right? . . . ►►►

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