In December of 2010, ABC News reported that David Epstein, a Columbia University professor, had been arrested for having a consensual sexual relationship with his 24-year-old daughter. His lawyer essentially argued that Epstein and his daughter were born with a biological preference for incest and, therefore, they should be tolerated to the same degree as all the rest of us who are born with our own sets of genetic proclivities and appetites. What difference does it make if Epstein was “born that way”?
Monthly Archives: July 2013
In the United States, seventeen year olds have not shown improvement in reading and mathematics since 1970. Why has there been no improvement, even though the spending on education has dramatically increased? Brandon Dutcher, with the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, discusses this problem and proposes a solution.
“On the sixth floor of a sleek office building here (Chicago), more than 150 techies are quietly peeling back the layers of your life. They know what you read and where you shop, what kind of work you do and who you count as friends. They also know who your mother voted for in the last election.”
The Church is in great error in capitulating to the argument of conflating behavior and being – personal choice with personal identity. Putting an acronym on a group of people simply because of their chosen sins and thereby granting them minority status is not only poor logic but clearly unbiblical.
Post-modernity’s elevation of tolerance as our highest virtue is really not all that flattering. Love elevates all human beings. It demands that we consider others “better than ourselves.” Tolerance diminishes people as mere objects of sympathy. Where love is selfless, tolerance is often condescending.