The concept of “paying it forward” — doing a good deed while asking only that the person helped would in turn help someone else — provided the motivation for a Good Samaritan in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to pay it all the way forward to Chicago, Illinois.
For more than two centuries, freedom has been the catchword of Western Civilization. What began as an abstraction from the pens of Locke, Sidney, Montesquieu, Beccaria, and others has become, in the more than 230 years since the Declaration of Independence was signed and published to the world, an all-embracing pretext for political activity. Where rulers once justified their activities on the basis of discredited doctrines like the divine right of kings and the absolute and indivisible sovereignty said to inhere in the person of a monarch, governments of nearly every stripe today proclaim the sanctity of freedom.
A well-used copy of Consumer Reports dated March 2009 caught my eye in the doctor’s reception area. The cover story: “Great old appliances.” Owners stood beside their still-operational refrigerators (1926), toasters (1936), mixers (1938), waffle irons (1939), dryers (1954), vacuum cleaners (1955), sewing machines (1957), blenders (1959) and dishwashers (1960). Even 40-somethings refused to ditch their “finds,” relegating more modern versions, bestowed by children or grandchildren, to the basement, unopened.
President Barack Obama on June 17 issued a presidential memorandum that extended a number of benefits to same-sex partners of federal workers. The move received mixed reviews by homosexual rights activists, some of whom were more angered than appeased. The president had earlier proclaimed the month of June "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month."
First there were “inclusive language” Bibles, which extended a bizarre form of chivalry to feminists with lexical peculiarities such as “Our Mother/Father who art in Heaven.” Now, there is something equally bizarre: a Bible illustrated with pictures of celebrities who supposedly exemplify goodness and compassion. Writes Beliefnet.com:
If the Chinese need any help with their crackdown on the Falun Gong religious group, perhaps they should try to recruit San Diego County bureaucrats. Because if a recent attempt on the municipality’s part to stifle Bible study in a private home in Bonita, California, is any indication, there are at least some in its employ who have missed their dark calling.
If anyone needs more evidence as to how we live in a topsy-turvy age of moral turpitude, two recent news stories provide it. One is out of the Marple Newtown School District in suburban Philadelphia, where a school decreed that a Bible couldn’t be read during show-and-tell. Then, across the country in Alameda, California, there is a mandatory new curriculum that draws an equivalency between normal marriage and the faux variety.
Forgive us for being a bit late in reporting this, but this entire month has been dedicated to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. So dedicated by whom, you ask? Why, by the president of the United States in an official White House proclamation. June is officially "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month" in America. How you observe or even celebrate it is up to you, even though this sort of thing was still against the law not too many years ago.
New Hampshire Governor John Lynch on June 3 signed legislation establishing marriage “regardless of gender” in the the Granite State, immediately after both houses of the General Court (Legislature) of New Hampshire passed the measure. Before final passage, the state Senate rejected an appeal for a nonbinding referendum on same-sex marriage, and the Senate president removed a prominent Republican from a committee of conference.
Every so often there is a case in which parents refuse to submit their child to medical treatment, citing religious beliefs. The most recent example is the saga of Daniel Hauser, a 13-year-old Minnesota boy stricken with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After undergoing a round of chemotherapy that, understandably, made the boy quite sick, the family ceased the treatments, saying they would pursue alternative therapy in accordance with an American Indian religion known as “Nemenhah.”