Jon has two paintings for sale at Firnew Farms! I hope they will be up soon.
Laura Markle Downton of the United States sets her life and the life of her congregation in the context of those who have preceded her. If you were to add three to five women -- would they come from your country's heritage, from your own family, from women who are walking with you now? Are there men who are mothers and who walk with us?
Several weeks ago, friends of ours gave birth to a baby whom they knew would not survive. My daughter and many of her friends attended the funeral honoring this little boy, who had been well-loved by his family pre- birth and is mourned, by name, in death.
I thought of this family when I read the following article from the Witherspoon Institute which points out a changing approach to Abortion and presents clear evidence of a loosening of moral arguments against infanticide in our country.
Quality of life arguments naturally lead me to thoughts of euthanasia for non-productive elderly adults. How soon before lawmakers begin looking at our parents or ourselves in a future vegetative state and wonder whether they should prolong our lives?
“The “traditional Western ethic” holds that life is valuable and inviolate simply because human life is good and it is not ours to take. That ethic is increasingly challenged in our culture..”
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“Of course one can legitimately criticize Islam without being bigoted or racist. That’s self-evident, and nobody is contesting it. And of course there are some Muslim individuals who do heinous things in the name of their religion – just like there are extremists in all religions who do awful and violent things in the name of that religion, yet receive far less attention than the bad acts of Muslims (in the following article are recent examples). Yes, “honor killings” and the suppression of women by some Muslims are heinous, just as the collaboration of US and Ugandan Christians to enact laws to execute homosexuals is heinous, and just as the religious-driven, violent occupation of Palestine, attacks on gays, and suppression of women by some Israeli Jews in the name of Judaism is heinous”.
What do you think?
- Criticism of Islam Is Not ‘Islamophobia’ (patheos.com)
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I’m giving this a second look.
My experience with marijuana is admittedly limited to talking with patients in extreme pain who have found relief after exhausting other options. They never expected to try marijuana. In painful desperation they traveled to a state where it was legal to try it.
The State of Colorado decided there was a place for medical marijuana in 2000. Here is the essence of Colorado’s Law:
Medical Marijuana Possession Law*
A patient or their primary caregiver may legally possess no more than two ounces of a usable form of marijuana, and no more than six marijuana plants, with three or fewer being mature, flowering plants that are producing a usable form of marijuana. Patients may engage in the medical use of marijuana, with no more than is medically necessary to address a debilitating medical condition.
But, the law has been abused. Friends in Colorado have told me that it’s fairly easy to get a doctor’s prescription for marijuana even if you’re not suffering.
Is there a place for medical marijuana in our society despite the possibility of abuse?
What place might the big drug company lobbyists have in preventing Marijuana from becoming a legal option? Many of the drugs used for pain are addictive and have serious side effects but do very little to ease extreme suffering. Is marijuana any more dangerously addictive than these drugs? Is it more dangerous to the human organs? I doubt it.
Does it affect drivers any more than any other strong pain medications?
Could we regulate Driving Under the Influence (of Marijuana) as we do DUI (Alcohol)?
Would you be comfortable if our Government legalized marijuana for everyone, should it remain a criminal offense or be allowed for medical use only?
What do you think?
Please answer directly on this blog, not on Facebook.
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