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The best argument for legal abortion is a lie

Easily the best argument for legal abortion is the claim that before Roe v. Wade desperate women were commonly dying from botched illegal abortions. In fact, Planned Parenthood's president, Dr. Leana Wen, frequently claims that before Roe "thousands of women" died every year because of botched illegal abortions.

Except that neither of these things is true, and the fact-checkers at the liberal Washington Post give Dr. Wen and Planned Parenthood four Pinocchios for a statistic Dr. Wen was told repeatedly was false but continues to cite anyway.

Remember, this is WaPo reporting this.

In 1972, the number of deaths in the United States from legal abortions was 24 and from illegal abortions 39, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Before Roe 90% of illegal abortions were performed by licensed doctors, and once antibiotics became widely used deaths from illegal abortions were relatively rare.

This from an organization that also claims that abortion is on…
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Is atheism only a contributor to mental illness, or a form of it?

The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article the other day. It's entitled, "Don't Believe in God? Lie to your children." The alternative, the sub-head states bluntly, is to simply "tell them that they are going to die and turn to dust."

The article goes on to cite a study in a 2018 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology which seems to support the notion that declining interest in religion is one major reason why depression and mental health problems generally are on the increase. The author, a psychotherapist named Erica Komisar, writes

As a therapist, I’m often asked to explain why depression and anxiety are so common among children and adolescents. One of the most important explanations—and perhaps the most neglected—is declining interest in religion. This cultural shift already has proved disastrous for millions of vulnerable young people.
Her observation makes intuitive sense. Let's face it: to believe that one's existence is ultim…

On the other hand, nothing about Greta Thunberg qualifies her as a celebrity

Donald Trump's boorishness is not news. But Charlie Sykes is right: turning Greta Thunberg into some sort of celebrity because she is a sympathetic child speaking out on behalf of a cause which TIME magazine, the media, and liberal elites generally favor is cynical and kind of disgusting in itself.

She's a kid. Ok, she's a bright kid. Whether her anger over her elders' inattention to the threat of climate change is fueled by her autism or not, she isn't newsworthy, no matter how appealing a symbol she might be. Being cute and appealing makes one an authority on absolutely nothing.

TIME's selection of Greta as Person of the Year (overlooking the Hong Kong democracy demonstrators, the Ukraine whistleblower, Kim Jong Un, Pete Buttigieg- the first serious openly gay candidate for a major party's presidential nomination- and many others who actually made a significant impact on the world this past year) is kind of like Barack Obama's Nobel Prize for not bei…

Two things, Mr. President.

First, while I, too, have questions about whether Greta Thunberg deserves her celebrity, much less being TIME's Person of the Year,
Greta has what used to be called Asperger's Syndrome.  So yeah. She has anger management problems.

And your boorish insensitivity is a stain on our nation. This is not the first time you've mocked somebody for having a disability, and it's getting old.

Secondly, you are telling somebody else that they have anger management issues? You, who can't restrain himself from tweeting an insult about literally anyone whom you hear has criticized you, or even disagreed with you? Greta Thunberg is a teenager with high-functioning autism. But next to you she not only has world-class people skills but is the quintessence of maturity.

Before you advise Greta to "chill" or "go to a movie with a friend-" before you dare to comment about somebody else's personality quirks- you need to reach the level of personal maturity of a t…

With one voice, Trump and Trumpworld lie again

President Trump and Trumpworld not only habitually lie in the advancement of his interests, but their lying is often absolutely shameless. In fact, often one wonders whether they're even consciously aware that they're lying.

It's become kind of a regular thing, something to be expected from President Trump and his supporters. It happened with the Mueller Report, which President Trump and Trumpworld claimed exonerated him when the report itself said in so many words that it did not.
And now, those who dwell in the Orange Bubble Universe are claiming that Justice Department Inspector General Horowitz found that the FBI was biased against President Trump even though Horowitz specifically said in his report- and repeated today in testimony before Congress- that he found no evidence of anti-Trump bias by the FBI and that its investigation of the connection between the Trump campaign and Russia was completely justified by the evidence which caused the FBI to undertake it.

The re…

Earth to Trumpworld: Consistent obstruction of justice DEMANDS impeachment!

I am not a patient man. It's probably my greatest failing. It's also the reason why the Trump administration has bloodied my tongue, which I am constantly biting in a too-often unsuccessful attempt to remain civil in the face of the apparent ability of Mr. Trump's supporters to even notice what is staring them in the face- or, even more disturbingly, summon the honesty and the integrity to admit it.

Everybody who paid attention knew all along about Donald Trump's deep and long-standing corruption, his contempt for the rule of law, his  childish petulance, his shallowness, his blase ignorance, his mediocre intellect, and his obsession with self-glorification to the exclusion of pretty much anything else as the driving force for everything he says and does. The most ominous thing about the man is that he could become president in the first place. At a moment at which more information is available to the average American than ever before, we have become overwhelmed and r…

Is the Pope Catholic? Is the Catholic Church Catholic? Is Christianity Christian?

I am a confessing Lutheran. I am always reluctant to sound off on a controversy in another religious tradition. I sense that most people these days would understand why. After all, people have a right to their religious beliefs, and while I have every right to agree or disagree with them, there's a sense in which they are none of my business. Just as others have every right to form associations with others who believe what they do (we call them "denominations," and "congregations," or "parishes"), they have every right to practice their religion according to the dictates of their consciences, both individually and collectively.

Except when they don't, it seems.

A "married" lesbian judge (quotation marks theological rather than legal) has been denied Communion in a Catholic church in Michigan. The media doesn't "get" it.  It treats the issue as "inclusiveness," rather than the fact that the judge's lifestyle is…