The Weekend Muse
War on Science by John Stossel
What do you call it when people cannot state biological realities, are not allowed recognize an unborn human being as a person, or note common psychological or physiological differences between men and women? Most would say that prohibiting such facts from being heard sounds like an attempt to quash free inquiry. The quest for understanding the world around us is a hallmark characteristic of human beings, especially in their younger years. Historically, time in university has been a season in a young adult’s life that has fostered this quest for truth. Unfortunately, today this is rarely the case. There’s a war on science alright…but it’s not coming from conservatives.
Holocaust is Fading From Memory, Survey Finds by Maggie Astor
This week, as the world observed Holocaust Remembrance Day, a survey with sobering implications was released. Around two-thirds of Millennials were not able to state what Auschwitz was. This survey also found that 41 percent of this same age group believed that two million or fewer Jews were killed in the Holocaust. In tragic reality, the number was closer to six million. The fact is, the more the brutality of the Holocaust fades from public memory, the less horrified we are to be of that particular type of evil. Our world, and especially my generation, is often interested in speaking out against injustice. But, what happens if we forget one of the world’s darkest injustices that happened no less than 100 years ago?
When the mainstream media and many others beat the drum for greater gun restrictions, Governor Bevin of Kentucky offered a sobering perspective that cuts through the anti-Second Amendment rhetoric. And it is beautiful. The best way to fight cancer is to remove it completely. Painkillers won’t promote healing; they’ll simply mask the pain. Placing more restrictions on law-abiding Americans will not defeat the culture of death. That’s just a painkiller used to assuage our horror at the actual societal cancer we are fighting: the devaluation of human life. No government policy has enough power to change culture. That sort of root level change requires us to engage in the hard work of actually loving our neighbors. Yet, if we do the plowing necessary to promote a culture of life in our homes, communities, and places of influence, we can will see a change.