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The Architecture Of Liberty And The First Amendment

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As strange as it will probably sound coming from me, in the 6 years (as of this month) writing my “Skeptic’s Collection” column for Beguine, I have never published a “Skeptic’s Collection ” column dedicated exclusively and entirely to the First Amendment. I have alluded to it, hyperlinked to it, but never written about the entire First Amendment. That is as strange as a devout Christian never quoting John 3:16 or an observant Jew never mentioning the sh’ma or a devout Muslim never referring to the shahada. So I am going to remedy this egregious omission. I like to use an architectural analogy vis a vis the First Amendment. The First Amendment partakes of the spare elegance of a Doric temple. The First Amendment is founded on the Enlightenment principle, newly rediscovered in t...
Digital Responses To An Analog Issue — The Most Basic Fallacy In The Abortion Debate

Digital Responses To An Analog Issue — The Most Basic Fallacy In The Abortion Debate

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I have recently written elsewhere about the ontological and epistemological problems surrounding the current debate about abortion. These problems – almost always unacknowledged and even unconscious – plague both sides of the abortion debate, pro-choice no less than pro-life. But, in the process of reflecting on that “Skeptic’s” column and responding to reactions thereto, I have concluded that that earlier column did not really address the most fundamental problem with the current abortion debate:  the difference – again, for the pro-choice position no less than its pro-life counterpart – goes even deeper than the disagreements I mentioned in that earlier column. In fact, so I would argue now, that most fundamental difference is not, at base, even religious or metaphysical or ph...
Thoughtful Thursday: The Soul Reason for Debate

Thoughtful Thursday: The Soul Reason for Debate

Essay, Jim Cowles, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness. -- George Santayana Abortion is a subject fraught with manifold hazards for unwary bloggers who insist on rushing in where angels fear to tread.  So this column will not be about abortion.  Instead, it will be about the abortion debate and an aspect of that debate that has puzzled me for a long, long time.  Maybe someone out there in Beguine Again Land can help me resolve this apparent paradox.  The paradox is as follows. Many abortion opponents -- I won’t say all, but the “many” is certainl...