Saturday, June 24, 2006

Urgent Down syndrome adoption need

The Chinese government has opened a six-day window for a family to choose a little boy with Down Syndrome. If the boy is chosen in those six days, the Chinese government will consider allowing international adoption of other kids with DS. If the boy doesn't have a family ready to commit in six days, they will withdraw permission to permit adoption and will not allow other DS kids to be adopted out internationally.

Urgent adoption need - Chinese baby with Down syndrome

The Myth of Religious Tolerance

From Crisis Magazine
Voltaire took Thomas Aquinas to task for having dared to say that he wished all the world were Christian, accusing him of being intolerant. But for Aquinas, that was the same as saying he wished all men to be happy. Few would consider it intolerant to wish all people to be healthy or well-educated (though this implies “intolerance” toward ignorance and illness), and for Aquinas the Christian faith was a greater good than health and education.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Sleeping pill to be tested on "PVS" patients

IOL: Sleeping pill 'woke up' man in coma
In an article about a young man awakened from a "persistent vegetative state" by a sleeping pill:
In the coming months, British company ReGen will begin clinical trials with Zolpidem on 30 coma patients in South Africa, in the hope that the drug will also bring them back to life.

How many more will be put to death for the crime of being disabled, while the clinical trials are going on?

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Not Just the Unborn - War hero denied religious marker

Not Just the Unborn - Stand Up, Stand Up for Wicca - Christianity Today Magazine
A self-identified Wiccan dies in the line of duty, and the Department of Veterans Affairs refuses to allow his widow to put the Wiccan symbol on his grave marker. That's just wrong.

War hero denied religious symbol on grave marker

Stand Up, Stand Up for Wicca - Christianity Today Magazine
Amidst a sea of memorial plaques at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, one space remains blank.

That space is waiting to be filled by a plaque honoring the life and sacrifice of 34-year-old Sgt. Patrick Stewart, who was killed in action on September 25, 2005, when his helicopter was struck with a rocket-propelled grenade as it flew over Afghanistan. But it may be some time before Sgt. Stewart is remembered with a memorial plaque. That's because his war widow and the Department of Veterans Affairs are at odds over the Stewart family's request to have the Wiccan pentacle, a five-pointed star surrounded by a circle, placed on the plaque. As of May 31, 2006, government officials have refused to allow the Wiccan symbol to be placed on Stewart's plaque.

Sgt. Stewart identified himself as belonging to the Wiccan faith.

Now personally I consider Wicca to be downright silly. But it was Sgt. Stewart's identified faith. We still have freedom of religion in this country. And Sgt. Stewart's widow is right to stay firm on this. And the Department of Veterans Affairs is wrong.

I don't care if a service member self-identifies as Bokononist (a fictitious religion Kurt Vonnegut Jr. introduced in Cat's Cradle), a Wiccan, or even a Satanist. He's an American, he's entitled to have his religious symbol on his grave marker. And if the Department of Veterans Affairs puts other religious symbols on grave markers, it should put whatever symbol denotes the servicemember's religion, even if that religion is not mainstream.