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Would you ask a peer out for extra credit? Schools offer dating classes

What if your next college assignment was to go out on a date?  At Boston College, some students are asked to do just that. For extra credit, Kerry Cronin, an adjunct philosophy professor at the school, challenges the freshmen students in her “Perspectives on Western Culture” class to ask someone out on a date. The [...]

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UN Committee Demands Ireland Change Constitution to Allow Wider Abortion

The UN Human Rights Committee has demanded that Ireland change its Constitution in order explicitly to allow abortion in a wide range of circumstances. In an unsurprising development, the Committee’s Concluding Observations on the 4th Periodic Report of Ireland reiterated its “concern regarding the highly restrictive circumstances under which women can lawfully have an abortion [...]

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Jewish births “Trending Upwards” in Israel

With the ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza showing no signs of abating, despite the best efforts of the UN Secretary-General, I thought that this piece from the Jerusalem Post dealing with Israeli demography was interesting and challenged many assumptions that I had.  The author is Barbara Sofer, a Jerusalem writer who serves as the [...]

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Pennsylvania passes the Down Syndrome Information Act

Last week, Pennsylvania joined the growing number of states passing the Down Syndrome Information Act.  In 2012, Massachusetts passed the law. In 2013, Kentucky passed it. And, then, this year, Maryland, Delaware, Louisiana, and now Pennsylvania have passed their versions of the Down Syndrome Information Act.  In Pennsylvania, the Act is referred to as “Chloe’s [...]

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Father-daughter bonding time

Father-daughter bonding is a wonderful thing. Dads have so much to do with the healthy development of their daughters.  In light of that, and the fact that we could all do with a bit of relief from Monday, here are two great videos of father-daughter bonding time. With lots of dancing. Enjoy!

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Recent Statistics in California Shows Increase in STD Cases

The recent statistics in California which shows increase in STD cases should be an alarm for individuals engaging in unprotected sex. Modern STD test has evolved in such that it can be conducted in a discreet, fast and affordable way.  In a recent report by the LATimes, it was reported that most Sexually Transmitted Diseases [...]

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European Human Rights Court: No Right to Same-Sex Marriage

The highest human rights court in Europe has told European LGBTs that they have no human right to same-sex marriage, in a case that also shows how complicated sexual and marital norms have become in this new transsexual world. The case arose after a man in Finland, who was married with a child, decided he [...]

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Euthanasia could be option for poor, says Lithuanian health minister

Euthanasia might be needed for poor people who cannot access palliative care, the new Lithuanian Health Minister has suggested. Rimantė Šalaševičiūtė was sworn earlier this month, but already she has made waves by backing an open discussion of the legalisation of euthanasia. Without making any specific proposals, she told local media that Lithuania was not [...]

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IRS faces new grilling over targeting churches

The Internal Revenue Service, already probably the most reviled of federal agencies, was caught harassing conservative organizations and now is the focal point of multiple investigations by irate members of Congress who believe the agency deliberately withheld information. Now yet another scandal could be looming.  The Alliance Defending Freedom, one of the largest constitutional-rights legal [...]

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Scientific truth and its real enemies today

Arguably, scientists are one of the professional groups most concerned with truth. Scientists are people in search of the truth about something. Some of them, when asked about the natural world out there, will deny objective reality, asserting that we can only perceive phenomena which we translate into working models that allow us to interpret [...]

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The Roe of Marriage

Before Roe v. Wade in 1973, no one could have predicted that the Supreme Court would effectively create a national regime of abortion on demand throughout all nine months of pregnancy. The ruling was simply more sweeping and more extreme than anyone had expected. But what if we had a crystal ball and a time [...]

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