Abortion as a Desire, not a Right

The debate surrounding abortion has been a wedge issue in America for many years. At it’s heart is the uncertainty regarding the definition of human life and when a fetus is deemed as possessing the full rights thereof. It is an appropriate debate for our times because it exposes our limited technical knowledge and highlights the role of religion in informing people’s beliefs regarding their very existence. If science cannot fully define “life” itself, we as humans cannot convincingly lay a foundation for the claims that we make in advocating for our own rights. We can agree that all humans deserve a set of legal protections, but when presented with an example of a “semi-” human or an incomplete human, people are essentially free to make any claim they want and draw lines in every permutation imaginable.  Continue reading

Homosexuality, LGBT, and Self-Identification

Homosexuality is not a phenomenon that is exclusive to the contemporary era. However, what is relatively new is the prominent belief that homosexuals are a specific category of people, similar to a race or ethnicity. Specifically, I am referring to the identity component of homosexuality, a belief in an innate “orientation” intrinsic to the individual. Social activists have made the case for a many new rights for homosexuals and others using this premise. Indeed, if heterosexual couples can get married, why can’t homosexual couples do the same? Why discriminate?

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Syria and Humanity’s Failure

2011 saw the beginning of the current war and resultant humanitarian crisis in Syria. In fact, its refugee crisis is the greatest the world has ever seen since World War II. Yet, rarely do we see a concerted effort to promote policies that evoke the type of empathy that we feel when we reminisce about the horrible atrocities committed during the last great World War. We hear phrases like “never again,” yet we clearly have returned to an eerily familiar situation. With the rise of White Nationalism and the normalization of neo-Nazism in global political discourse, humanity has clearly failed to learn its lessons of the past. Or perhaps, we have chosen to forget. Continue reading

Arguing Against Marijuana Legalization

One of the many wars the U.S. has waged has been the one called the War on Drugs. It refers to the ongoing struggle in maintaining the U.S.’s drug prohibition policies and the increasingly trafficked drug trade across the U.S.-Mexico border. Suffice it to say, it’s not going as desired. Drug cartels have sprouted and continue to be a problem for America.

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Lessons from the Israeli Occupation of Palestine

There’s a lot of confusion as to what is really happening in the Holy Land. The media doesn’t really explore it in depth and we only hear about it when there is a war going on. People tend to assume that nothing bad is happening at the moment, which is not the case: the struggle certainly continues to exist. With all the uncertainty surrounding the situation, nobody really pressures our leaders into doing anything substantial to solve the issue. Next thing you know, its been 60 years and people are still suffering.

However, the actual issue, the conflict itself, is relatively straightforward. Continue reading