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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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One man’s biography becomes the story of jurisprudence when constitutional interpretation is governed by personality and politics.
Though recent progress in induced pluripotent stem-cell research may reduce reliance on embryonic stem cells, it is no moral panacea.
We need a healthcare law that is not only pro-life but that also addresses our healthcare system’s persistent problems and looming challenges.
In Jakarta President Obama spoke astutely about Muslims, but he engaged in dangerous obfuscation regarding al-Qaeda.
Abortion law is usually seen as a matter of constitutional law. Is it time for that to change?
A recent film follows two women whose shared values offer an unexpected opportunity for friendship.
The science of fetal pain remains uncertain, but we still have a duty to avoid the possibility of inflicting undue suffering.
All legislation is moral. The sooner we recognize this fact, the better.
Suggestions to end conscience protection ignore the importance of conscience and rely on a circular—and baseless—understanding of a woman’s “right” to abortion. Following such suggestions would be detrimental to the entire health care system.
In an article adapted from his debate last week with Peter Singer and Maggie Little on the moral status of the “fetus,” Professor Finnis explains that outside of medical contexts use of the word “fetus” is offensive, dehumanizing, prejudicial, and manipulative. It obscures our perception of moral reality. Moral status is not a matter of choice or grant or convention, but of recognition, of someone who matters, and matters as an equal, whether we like it or not.
In the British film Four Lions, farcical humor meets terror-jihad, and it is a match made almost in heaven.
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.

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