Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Sedona 4x4 map

http://www.sedonaaz.gov/Sedonacms/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=26399

No, Polygamy Isn’t the Next Gay Marriage - Jonathan Rauch - POLITICO Magazine


I'm not just making this up. There's an extensive literature on polygamy.

Here's a 2012 study, for example, that discovered "significantly higher levels of rape, kidnapping, murder, assault robbery and fraud in polygynous cultures." According to the research, "monogamy's main cultural evolutionary advantage over polygyny is the more egalitarian distribution of women, which reduces male competition and social problems."



Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/06/polygamy-not-next-gay-marriage-119614.html#ixzz3eef2cBKO

---Steve

Moral progress

We can beam with pride over the progress our country has now made with marriage equality.

A quick internet search on the humanities sweep of moral arc toward Justice:

Five countries still have a statutory death penalty for homosexuality, while a further 71 countries punish same-sex couples with lesser sentences of imprisonment or corporal punishment.

While women represent half the global population and one-third of the labor force, they receive only one-tenth of the world income

At least 20.9 million adults and children are bought and sold worldwide into commercial sexual servitude, forced labor and bonded labor.

Atheists living in 13 countries risk being condemned to death, just for their non-beliefs

Thank god I'm a member of only the last of these....

---Steve

Monday, June 29, 2015

Is polygamy next after gay marriage? Chief Justice Roberts’ Obergefell dissent says yes.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/06/is_polygamy_next_after_gay_marriage_chief_justice_roberts_obergefell_dissent.single.html


---Steve

PressTV-Gay marriage declared legal across US


This is your company when you are on the wrong side of the moral arc toward justice:

"Not only the content of this decision, but the way the Supreme Court invented a constitutional right that does not exist, and overthrew the doctrine of the original intent of the Founders, existing state laws, natural law, and British Common Law as the original basis of American jurisprudence (British Common Law was based on Christianity)," he said.

"This was the case in the Roe v Wade decision in 1973 also. And it should not be ignored that the victories for abortion on demand and LGBT rights are reflective of the disproportionate influence of Jewish power, money, and activism in the United States, freely acknowledged by Vice President Joe Biden in Haaretz recently," Dankof stated.

"The key Jewish role played in the mainstreaming of abortion, LGBT, and pornography in the United States may be documented in Google search, especially in looking at the Frankfurt School and its Institute for Social Research," he added.

"The provable Jewish role in destroying the older Christian cultures of the United States and Europe is now a dagger pointed at the Islamic World and the revival of Eastern Orthodox culture in Russia," the analyst noted.

"I believe Russian President Putin understands this, and will resist the cultural, economic, and military coercion of the Anglo-American-Zionist Empire with all of his country's national resources and will," he observed.

"I believe Mr. Putin is a key ingredient in destroying this global threat, and restoring cultural integrity and national sovereignty to his country.."

---Steve

Sunday, June 28, 2015

‘I Don’t Believe in God, but I Believe in Lithium’ - The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/28/magazine/i-dont-believe-in-god-but-i-believe-in-lithium.html?_r=0

It was kumquat season and I wanted to be back in New York.

---Steve

No, GOP, biblical Marriage was not between one man and one woman | Informed Comment

http://www.juancole.com/2015/06/biblical-marriage-between.html


---Steve

Women's rights around the globe: behind the data | Liz Ford | Global development | The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2014/feb/04/women-rights-around-globe-behind-data


---Steve

Conservatives should embrace same-sex marriage

https://theconversation.com/conservatives-should-embrace-same-sex-marriage-43970

The social meaning of marriage has altered dramatically over the past half-century - for the better, in my opinion - but note that Obergefell v. Hodges is the culmination of changes that had already taken place during that time. This social, and now legal, result confirms that marriage is a different, a kinder, more companionate, less patriarchal, institution from what it was in the eighteenth century or even, say, the 1950s.

---Steve

Conservatives should embrace same-sex marriage

https://theconversation.com/conservatives-should-embrace-same-sex-marriage-43970


---Steve

There Are 13 Countries Where Atheism Is Punishable by Death - The Wire

http://www.thewire.com/global/2013/12/13-countries-where-atheism-punishable-death/355961/


---Steve

More than 2.7 billion people live in countries where being gay is a crime | World news | The Guardian


Five countries – Iran, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen – still have a statutory death penalty for homosexuality, while a further 71 countries punish same-sex couples with lesser sentences of imprisonment or corporal punishment.

---Steve

More than 2.7 billion people live in countries where being gay is a crime | World news | The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/16/countries-where-being-gay-is-a-crime


---Steve

Gay Rights, Religious Freedom and the Moral Arc | Michael Shermer

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-shermer/gay-rights-religious-freedom-and-the-moral-arc_b_7000132.html

It is no longer acceptable to simply assert your moral beliefs; you have to provide reasons for them, and those reasons had better be grounded in rational arguments and empirical evidence or else they will likely be ignored or rejected.

---Steve

CITIZENS UNITED v. FEDERAL ELECTION COMM’N

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/08-205.ZX.html

In a democratic society, the longstanding consensus on the need to limit corporate campaign spending should outweigh the wooden application of judge-made rules.

---Steve

Morality is the key to personal identity – Nina Strohminger – Aeon

http://aeon.co/magazine/philosophy/why-moral-character-is-the-key-to-personal-identity/

Recent studies by the philosopher Shaun Nichols at the University of Arizona and myself support the view that the identity-conferring part of a person is his moral capacities. One of our experiments pays homage to Locke's thought experiment by asking subjects which of a slew of traits a person would most likely take with him if his soul moved to a new body. Moral traits were considered more likely to survive a body swap than any other type of trait, mental or physical. Interestingly, certain types of memories – those involving people – were deemed fairly likely to survive the trip.
---Steve

Justice Scalia’s Dissent

http://freethoughtblogs.com/dispatches/2015/06/28/justice-scalias-dissent/


---Steve