I agree with Peter that the president's position inherently renders him as of a moral leader; however, when religion is brought into the discussion and the Bible is used as a legitimate source in policy making, I think the president and other politicians have inappropriately crossed a boundary and unnecessarily blurred morality and religion. While some consider certain issues as fundamentally religious, it is important to remember that this country is not a theocracy and that there is in fact a separation of church and state. In deciding legislation for these delicate issues, it seems safest to either create a law that caters to and protects the widest range of the population rather than an overly stringent one that alienates ordinary citizens, or instead, to leave the decision in the hands of local, state government.
Concerning the issue of abortion, while some consider not having an anti-abortion law equivalent to the government sanctioning murder, I think it would be far more irresponsible to ban it and leave women without viable and safe options (not to mention preaching abstinence as a practical and realistic solution and alternative). Moreover, medicine is still practiced in this country despite certain religious beliefs that oppose it all together. Essentially, the government is responsible for the well-being of all of its citizens; and while it cannot (and perhaps need not) always ease individuals' consciences, it is still able to (and thus obliged) to fulfill it's duty of ensuring the nation's physical well-being.
Harvard psychologists discover why we dislike the people who deliver bad news.
- A new study looked at why people tend to "shoot the messenger".
- It's a fact that people don't like those who deliver them bad news.
- The effect stems from our inherent need to make sense of bad or unpredictable situations.
He reminds us that meaning is wherever we choose to look.
- Alan Watts suggests there is no ultimate meaning of life, but that "the quality of our state of mind" defines meaning for us.
- This is in contradiction to the notion that an inner essence is waiting to be discovered.
- Paying attention to everyday, mundane objects can become highly significant, filling life with meaning.
If life exists on Mars, there's a good chance it's related to us, say researchers.
When MIT research scientist Christopher Carr visited a green sand beach in Hawaii at the age of 9, he probably didn't think that he'd use the little olivine crystals beneath his feet to one day search for extraterrestrial life.
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