For nearly a decade now, the blog now called Ethics Alarms (previously located at The Ethics Scoreboard) has placed under serious moral scrutiny current issues of politics, culture, education, and, once in a while, the author’s personal experiences. Particularly striking in the archives of the old site, which are certainly worth a read, is the discussion of whether an elderly man encountered at the doctor’s office had a right, inborn or otherwise, to wear a lobster hat in public and without eliciting comments from strangers (our ethicist doesn’t think so).
But on a graver and more pressing note, Ethics Alarms has very recently exposed and analyzed the many, many ethical violations it perceives in the American government’s execution of and reaction to the gun running operation out of Arizona known as “Fast and Furious”. Furthermore, the post decries the burying and downplaying of a violent scandal by a media system biased toward the left.
Note, though––please note!––that since its days on the Scoreboard, Ethics Alarms has striven to be nonpartisan. As a news source and center of examination, it does not place itself on the political spectrum, nor does it leave any part of that spectrum beyond reproach.
Nor does the site disclose a faith of any kind. The author cites his own decision to homeschool his son as “not for religious reasons,” but to avoid the dangerous incompetence rife in the public school system. Absence, however, does not imply negation, and a secular source such as this, with a firm sense of values that are fixed, assured, and even traditional, is of great value to readers bringing their faith to bear on their reading.
It is very rare, in fact, that problems raised and answers offered by Ethics Alarms do not align with those inherent to Judeo-Christian morality. While the stories covered are frequently dispiriting in themselves, the code of ethics the site applies is deeply suggestive of a code that is natural and inborn to us all, one that we are strengthened and bettered as we follow.
Ethics Alarms is blunt, straightforward, informative and entertaining. It should also give us great hope, for ourselves and for secular culture.
It too belongs on your morning blog cycle.