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Pillar

The Human Person

The first pillar of a decent society is respect for the human person, which recognizes that all individual human beings have dignity simply because of the kind of being they are: animals whose rational faculties allow them to know, love, reason, and communicate. It also recognizes that human beings are persons, members of the human family who flourish in a community that respects their fundamental rights and who long to discover transcendent truths about the nature of reality.

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By the year 2020, the Islamic nations of the Mediterranean Basin will resound with positive cries for democracy, human rights, individual liberty, and the dignity of every man, woman, and child.
Those who care for the severely disabled and dependent testify to our sense that they are part of the human community.
Marital love implies dependence on another instead of autonomy, and it shows that certain goods (sex and procreation, love and marriage, marriage and parenthood) are connected. We must recover the language of self-giving. The second in a two-part series.
Public recognition of unions contrary to human flourishing will hurt, not help, the happiness of those who participate in them.
Whether or not one likes religious actors, they are here to stay. The issue is not whether but when and how religious actors will enter public life and shape political outcomes. The third in a three-part series.
We can no longer afford to hang on to secularization theories as we design policy for nations from Libya to Egypt, Iran to Pakistan, Nigeria to Indonesia, and the numerous other societies being reshaped by the partisans of God in the 21st century. The second in a three-part series.
The view of global politics taught by political scientists is the poorest possible preparation for the era of global politics in which we now live. As we address central geopolitical challenges, we must delve into the details of religion and religious actors. The first in a three-part series.
Prominent bioethicists Arthur Caplan and Robert P. George on the role of bioethics in a democracy and the dangers of eugenics.
Prominent bioethicists Arthur Caplan and Robert P. George on the danger of discounting ethics and overselling science.
A person bears moral responsibility for the foreseeable side effects of his reckless actions.
The part of the Muslim tradition usually cited in support of killing apostates has been gravely misunderstood.
Not only those with a “future-like-ours,” but all human beings possess equal basic rights.
A new book provides the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and even-handed presentation of the abortion argument.
On this year's World Down Syndrome Day, Mark Leach discusses the unacknowledged effects of prenatal testing.
Have progressives abandoned the liberty of conscience?
Roe v. Wade could prove an unlikely source of pro-life conscience protection.
President Obama has dropped the defense of marriage out of political convenience rather than reasonable opposition.
A man who made a career of death and lies became a hero for life and truth.
A leading Muslim scholar questions whether foundational texts of Islam really do prescribe death for leaving Islam.
A new bill is needed to fix the healthcare law’s failure to adequately safeguard conscience
A historian looks at how one man sought to serve both truth and love.
What exceptionless moral norms are we willing to discard for the sake of a good cause?
The Live Action case is very different from the Nazis-at-the-door problem, but lying is justified in neither situation.
All lying is immoral, but not all false utterances are lies.

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