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Lincoln and Darwin: Trans-Atlantic Twins?

by Robert Morrison

February 12, 2009

The heavens declare the glory of God; the firmament sheweth his handiwork.” Thus saith the Lord. Not necessarily, saith George Will. Washington’s leading smart man notes today’s two hundredth anniversary of Lincoln’s birth with a useful explanation of what Darwin taught. Darwin was born on the same day that Lincoln was born. Historian John Lukacs calls such coincidences spiritual puns. There are some secularists who are trying to make Lincoln and Darwin trans-Atlantic twins, suggesting somehow that just as Lincoln liberated the slaves, so Darwin freed us from religious dogma and catechesis through his writings on the origins of dogs and cats-and us.

Will notes that Darwin “had no intellectual room for a directing deity that wills a special destination for our species.” Darwin, Will points out, “placed humanity in a continuum of all protoplasm.” How elevating.

Will rejects Intelligent Design. “The fact of order in nature does not require us to postulate a divine Orderer.” But is it reasonable for us to rule that divine Orderer out of order?

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Blogosphere Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

February 11, 2009

Here’s some of the buzz from the blogosphere.

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That 78-cent Bogus Bill

by Robert Morrison

February 11, 2009

With great fanfare, President Barack Obama last week signed his first bill.  The White House was the backdrop for a celebratory East Room signing ceremony.  The bill, backers acknowledge, “overrules a Supreme Court ruling.” The subject was a favorite of feminists: equal pay for equal work.  Now, the sight of a roomful of liberals cheering when Congress and the President overrule the Supreme Court ought to make any of us happy.  But I wish the President had not repeated that old feminist line:  women make just seventy-eight cents to every one dollar men make. 

The fact is true, but it is also misleading.  Liberals claim that it is because of job discrimination that women are relatively disadvantaged.  This is not the case.  The reason that the average woman earns 78% of the what the average man earns is because the average woman spends part of her adult life outside of the paid workforce or working only part-time (generally while bearing and raising children), whereas the average man works full-time for all or nearly all of his adult life. And there is no injustice in paying workers (whether male or female) more money when they have more work experience.

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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

February 11, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

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That “Muslim World” Formulation

by Robert Morrison

February 10, 2009

President Obama gave his first interview to the Al Arabiya television network. He talked of a new U.S. effort to reach out to “the Muslim world.” He’s hardly the first one to use that phrase. Think tank director John Esposito of Georgetown University regularly speaks of the Muslim world.

Question: What would be the reaction from the pundits and the talking heads if the President spoke of the U.S. reaching out to Christendom? That word used to describe the collection of countries in which Christianity predominated. You can well imagine. He would be denounced immediately as a theocrat. The very idea of Christian countries offends the cultured despisers of religion. Or, at least it offends the despisers of some religions.

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Blogosphere Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

February 10, 2009

Here’s some buzz from the blogosphere.

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Change Watch Backgrounder: Carol Browner

by Family Research Council

February 10, 2009

POSITION: ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR ENERGY & CLIMATE CHANGE

(Energy and Environment Czar, new position created by President Obama to coordinate energy and climate policy regulations)

NOMINEE: Carol M. Browner

BIRTH DATE: December 16, 1955 in Miami, FL

EDUCATION:

B.A. in English 1977, University of Florida, Gainesville

J.D. 1979; University of Florida College of Law

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Planned Parenthood: deliverer of the undelivered

by Family Research Council

February 10, 2009

Planned Parenthood, the nation’s premier supplier of birth control, is also the nation’s top deliverer of the undelivered - human lives that are ended by induced abortion. The chart below shows the regular, decades-long increase in abortions carried out in the U.S. by the agency that styles itself as focused on reducing the “need” for abortion.

Planned Parenthood abortions 1973-2006

Planned Parenthood has doubled its abortion count (and the figures exclude early abortions carried out through abortifacient means in the first minutes or days after conception) in the last 13 years alone. Federal (taxpayer) money for the group has also grown during this period. Money to Planned Parenthood is apparently a “stimulus” affording the group more access to women who are abortion vulnerable.

UPDATE: Todd, a commenter below, asks a good question: what is the source of these figures? Answer: they are published yearly in Planned Parenthood’s own annual reports.

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