Dee hopes the 2016 “Superhumans” advertising video will not only go viral in England but around the world and bring enhanced awareness to those with disabilities.
“The thing that stands out to me is that people should see people with disabilities as having the ability to live a life that is worthwhile,” he said. “So I feel very strongly about being pro-life and am very concerned about the moves towards a society where we have couples becoming pregnant expecting a baby who might have a disability and then getting rid of the baby way too easily.”
The Jefferson Memorial in the spring with cherry trees.
In his “Notes on the State of Virginia” Jefferson rhetorically asked, “Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift of God?”
Our Founding Fathers realized that rights and freedoms depend on citizens whose darker angels are restrained by a received moral code. John Adams put it this way: “We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.”
For the founders, moral truth was not a matter of empirical observation, personal opinion, or popular consensus; rather, it was the product of an external source of knowledge: the divine mind of God. Without a transcendent origin, moral codes become matters of power and politics. Rights and freedoms—and who has claim to them—are then neither inalienable nor durable, but subject to the caprice of the tyrant or the tyranny of the crowd.
The atrocities committed during the last century by the regimes of Stalin, Hitler, Mao, and Mussolini are sufficient to disabuse all but the most glassy-eyed dreamers of the futility of producing a moral society from a purely secular state.
Looking for some ideas for Summer reading? Well if you have an issue of Salvo lying around,* flip to the back and you’ll find a regular department called the “Blips.” There you will find a full page review of a book or a movie we think Salvo readers will want to know about, as well as ten to fifteen shorter mentions of interesting titles available.
Last week, a young Christian male asked me a pretty direct question. He wanted to know whether I ever worried that my blunt commentary on social media was “turning people away from Christianity.” I thought it was an honest question. So I gave him an honest answer. I told him that I believe the problem is just the opposite of what he considers it to be. In other words, it isn’t occasional blunt commentary that turns people away from Christianity. It is the constant displays of Christian cowardice that make people both reticent to join and quick to attack us. . . .
If you’ve spent any amount of time flipping through an issue of Salvo or perusing salvomag.com, you will have noticed that we agree with Mr. Adams assessment. You can read more about the good professor in the Salvo archives:
And related to the title of this post, here’s a good article from Salvo contributing editor Regis Nicoll.
Speak No Evil
Judging by the New Blasphemy Code, Moral Views Are Excluded
. . . The person who can’t or won’t discern good from evil is destined to be a victim of those who are adept at disguising one as the other. Thus, abstaining from moral judgments is not a hallmark of nice people, but of foolish ones. And the person who makes judgments while insisting that he doesn’t or shouldn’t is naive, if not hypocritical. . . .
Clearing Up Cosmos The Unofficial Guide to Cosmos: Fact and Fiction in Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Landmark Science Series
Douglas Ell became an atheist as a youth because of misinformation handed down to him in the name of science. It took him thirty years “to climb out of the atheist hole.” Sadly, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, the 2014 series brought to you by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane, and a host of like-minded celebrity atheists, served up thirteen dazzling episodes containing similar misinformation. The series mixed, quoting Jay W. Richards, “one part illuminating discussion of scientific discoveries, one part fanciful, highly speculative narrative, and one part rigid ideology disguised as the assured results of scientific research.”
If you like science—science done well, that is—you’ll find invaluable help making sense out of Cosmos with The Unofficial Guide to Cosmos: Fact and Fiction in Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Landmark Science Series, an easily readable volume co-authored by Ell, Richards, David Klinghoffer, and Casey Luskin. The Unofficial Guide to Cosmos sorts out, episode by episode, the legitimate science from the liberal doses of materialist philosophy, revised history, and brazen ideology the makers of the series have carelessly (or intentionally?) stirred into the mix.