Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Heroic News: “Male contraception tested on monkeys headed for human use?” plus 5 more


Men could be using long-lasting birth control - which doesn’t involve condoms - within the next three years, according to a not-for-profit organisation.
The Supreme Court has formally added gay "marriage" cases to the justices' agenda for their closed-door conference on Sept. 29.
In recent years, society has brought social and legislative approval to all types of sexual relationships that used to be considered “sinful.” Since the biblical vision of what it means to be human tells us that not every friendship or love can be expressed in sexual relations, the church’s teaching on these issues is now evidence of intolerance for what the civil law upholds and even imposes. What was once a request to live and let live has now become a demand for approval.
The twentieth century witnessed quite a few of them: Mao’s China, Stalin’s Soviet Union, Hitler’s Third Reich, Pol Pot’s Cambodia. Indeed, there are echoes of all of these social arrangements in The Giver’s version of utopia, but I think what The Giver’s city most readily calls to mind is modern liberalism, especially in its European incarnation. We find the fierce enforcement of politically correct speech, the manic attempt to control the environment, coldly modernist architecture, the prizing of equality as the supreme value, the rampant use of drugs, the denial of death, and the wanton exercise of both euthanasia and abortion.
A man paralyzed from the neck down made his way to Pope Francis' general audience, saying he took the massively risky move because he wanted to experience for himself the pontiff's uniqueness.
"But the “throwaway culture” often manifests itself in much subtler ways. Most of us do not consciously reject people with disabilities. The days when people with disabilities were openly mocked are mostly behind us. But many of us feel awkward or embarrassed to be in their presence. We do not know how to act and are afraid of doing or saying the wrong thing, so we do and say nothing at all."