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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A new resolution before Europe's leading human rights council attacks conscience and community.
Accepting the “liberal” definition on pregnancy can actually help clarify the morality of contraception, abortion, and embryo adoption.
We must oppose violent extremists in part by promoting freedom of religion, both at home and abroad. Part two of two.
The deepening relationship between American Muslims and secular liberals ignores fundamental issues of faith and freedom. Part one of two.
Women are hard-wired for relationships—and a woman’s relationship to her baby is one of the most powerful of all, whether she realizes it or not. The hard-wiring of the brain may explain many women’s disturbing post-abortion feelings.
The reason to respect others' religious beliefs is not the fear that they might attack us, but rather the minimum demands of decency. This standard should apply to all religious groups.
The controversy over the so-called “Ground Zero mosque” cannot be understood apart from the history of other communities and their struggles to overcome religious intolerance. And no one should exploit such fears for quick partisan gain.
An Executive Summary of the Statement of the First Annual Neuhaus Colloquium.
It is natural and good to have loyalty and love for one’s own.
A review of The German Mujahid by Boualem Sansal.
Obama’s stem-cell policy is not only contrary to sound reason and good science, it violates the law.
The so-called “week-after pill” is an abortion drug hidden under the guise of contraception.
In order to protect the unborn, we need to recognize mistakes made in the past and work to remedy them in the present.
Arguments have been aired. The facts are in. It’s time for all pro-lifers to acknowledge the shortcomings of the new health care bill.
A Review of Clark Forsythe’s Politics for the Greatest Good
Recent events suggest that Commonweal and Timothy Jost need to reassess their arguments about health care and abortion
The latest decision from our judicial overlords on same-sex marriage spells trouble for republican constitutionalism and the institution of marriage.
The new health care law has endangered longstanding protections on conscience. We must act to address them or risk creating a dangerous precedent.
Under the new health-care law, pro-lifers may have to accept inferior health plans, rather than wrongly pay into abortion providing ones.
More on the red-state blue-state abortion debate: a response to Koppelman, Carbone, and Cahn
The fiftieth anniversary of oral contraceptives is a reminder of all the things the Pill lets us forget.
In a first-time feature, the editors of Public Discourse respond to the editors of Commonweal.
Promoting a sexually permissive pop-culture in the Muslim world gets the true foundations of ordered liberty wrong. In defining our ideals by rejecting our enemy’s, we go from one extreme to another, and miss the virtuous mean.
America’s abortion laws may inspire a dangerous provision in Kenya’s new constitution.

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