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“You should have killed your baby.”

No, that wasn’t a quote from Lycurgus of ancient Sparta. No, that wasn’t a quote from Adolf Hitler. No, that wasn’t a quote from Nathan Bedford Forrest, a member of the KKK, or even Margaret Sanger.

This maniacal little tidbit of parenting “advice” is offered to the world from University of Chicago professor Jerry Coyne (Department of Ecology and Evolution).

“It is time to add to the discussion the euthanasia of newborns,” he says.

Reading Coyne’s apathetic blog post is enough to make you run for the hilltops. Through a series of moral justifications, A.K.A. excuses, Coyne presents his case, arguing in favor of the murder of infants who aren’t up to par; all this in the name of morality and compassion. Infants qualifying for the death sentence include those who are severely “deformed or doomed,” or those infants who’s “life cannot by any reasonable light afford happiness.” Coyne lists several conditions, including spina bifida, a condition where an incomplete closure of the backbone and of the membranes surrounding the backbone occurs. It should be noted that a number of successful individuals have spina bifida.

The benevolent professor’s argument in favor of infanticide goes like this…

  • In spite of the fact that “suffering,” “quality”, and “happiness” are all undefinable terms as related to the lives of human beings, the good professor encourages a subjective (and guaranteed to be ever-expanding) understanding of “suffering” be used to quantify the value of a human being in order to determine whether he should be murdered or be allowed to live.
  • Equating human infants with animals, Coyne makes the claim that infants have “no rational faculties” and that, like dogs and cats, human children “don’t know about death and thus don’t fear it.” As a person degreed and licensed in child development, I am astonished at this biologist’s fallacious claim. Never mind the fact that a human baby is always more precious than a pet.
  • Euthanasia has become more accepted, thanks to “a tide of increasing morality,” and so we should all be totally okay with the murder of human infants. After all, euthanizing old people was frowned upon 50 years ago. As Coyne blissfully goes on to say, “I believe some day the practice will be widespread, and it will be for the better.”
  • Don’t worry your conscience, because no babies will be murdered without parental consent. The kindly professor fails to recollect the case of poor Charlie Gard, whose parents did not consent and were stripped of their parental rights by the state. Pay no attention to the man being the curtain.
  •  Religion is the one thing holding society back, it is society’s single obstacle, from engaging “widespread” infanticide. Woe to thee. The compassionate professor thus states, “When religion vanishes, as it will, so will so much of the opposition to both adult and newborn euthanasia.” It must be said that Professor Coyne’s indication that it takes “religion” to uphold the moral absolutes of right and wrong in this world is a direct and automatic indictment of the depravity of the human condition left on its own. Coyne’s statement is in fact a sound argument in support of religion, of the very belief system that prohibits the murderous tendencies of mankind.
  • The Netherlands does it, so it must be okay.

At least one medical professional, Lisa Dennis – a long-time nurse (RN, CCP, LP) and the mother of a disabled child (now a young adult) – isn’t buying into Professor Coyne’s murderous premise. I shared Coyne’s blog post with Lisa. Her rebuke of the spiritually near-sighted and morally bankrupt professor is both poignant and compelling.

My son with Down Syndrome, though non-verbal, is the most sociable young man at his school. Jeffrey gives all he meets the gifts of kindness, enthusiasm, and warmth. He exudes all the best of humanity. While pursuing confirmation at church, he spiritually inspired all who witnessed his journey. He personifies the quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, Spread the Gospel; use words if necessary,” she said.

“The professor states, that when religion vanishes, as it will, so will much of the opposition to both adult and newborn euthanasia. My response is that when religion vanishes, so will mankind. Future generations will judge today’s society, not for the respect for new life (even flawed and brief), but for the brutality of ending so many pre-term lives in the brutal practice of abortion. Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person.- Deuteronomy 27:25.”

“There is none so innocent as a babe in the womb or just after birth. Jeffrey was born with Trisomy 21, a PFO, VSD, and PDA. His first 16 days were spent in the NICU. His first year was filled with trials and tribulations. Where does the professor suggest the line be drawn between worthy and unworthy life? The gift of life is to be honored and cherished rather than dissected to find flaw and destroy,“ Lisa continued.

Jeffrey, though non-verbal, has learned to communicate with those around him, and he never sleeps on the job. On Sundays (dressed in his white acolyte rob)  Jeffrey raises his hand in the air as Pastor Hatcher said, “in classic ‘rock on’ configuration,” and takes his bow before taking his seat. In “what looks to some like a signal for Angus Young to keep shredding his Gibson SG is actually sign language for ‘I love you.”

Jeffrey has always been an ever-present, awe inspiring soul to countless other people. His pastor once recounted, “When Jeffrey gave his Confirmation essay last summer, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. God has worked a faith in this kid that goes well beyond his ability to articulate it. He doesn’t play football. He may not end up as an influential businessman or politician. He is, however, a shining paradigm of what it means to deeply love Christ.”

“God gives us many gifts.; one must only open one’s eyes to see them,” said Lisa. I wish Professor Coyne could meet Jeffrey. Perhaps then he could understand the real value, the real worth of a human life, regardless of how “doomed” or how “unhappy” that life may have first appeared to the benevolent professor. 

As Pastor Hatcher touchingly stated, “So, forth and short in the Red Zone, down five with thirty seconds left to go… Give me Tim Tebow. A faithful model of the love of Christ, on the other hand… I’d rather have Jeffrey Dennis.” Me too.

Paige Rogers is a Christian artist and author, and a former professional practitioner in the field of Early Childhood Development. She is the creator of ThePaintingPastor.org, a blog offering Christian reflection, exhortation and discernment alongside various artistic techniques visually documented through Paige's unique artistic endeavors. A lover of learning, Paige is an avid enthusiast of history, civics, political geography and human nature, physical geography and the sciences. She is an incurably inquisitive and chronically creative “egghead.” Paige is a strong supporter of America's service members and veterans.

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  1. drew

    August 1, 2017 at 8:32 am

    I have to post this as two comments because the way the site is coded, the length of the post obscures the “Post comment” button.

    Perhaps you didn’t accurately read the article but the quote that starts off this posting was actually not from Professor Coyne but from an article that he was quoting by a man named Gary Comstock.

    Coyne presents his case, arguing in favor of the murder of infants who aren’t up to par; all this in the name of morality and compassion.

    In fact, he argues for killing of infants who are dying instead of just letting them die; that it is more compassionate to give such a baby a lethal cocktail which immediately ends their life than it is to allow them to suffocate or starve (as a result of pulling a breathing tube or feeding tube respectively).

  2. drew

    August 1, 2017 at 8:33 am

    He also suggests that in some cases, the example quoted is a child with the most extreme case of spina bifida, which would leave the child not only permanently unable to function, but also in constant pain and agony.

    You then go on to quote a harrowing story of a child born with Down’s Syndrome as though Professor Coyne argued that children suffering Down’s Syndrome should be killed, when in fact, the only time he mentions Down’s is in passing when talking about a different trisomy (trisomy 18) about which he says “unlike the Down case, trisomy 18, involving imbalance of a larger chromosome, produces a severe condition, with most children dying horrible deaths soon after birth.”

  3. drew

    August 1, 2017 at 8:35 am

    That kind of renders your entire article here a non-sequitur. One might even accuse you of “Bearing false witness” against Coyne.

    Do you care to actually address his points? Do you think that it’s more humane to allow a baby to suffocate or starve to death after pulling life support than it would be to quickly and painlessly end the life?

    • David L

      August 1, 2017 at 10:28 am

      Hi Drew,

      I’m curious what browser & system your using. I too have run into problems with Firefox & Brave on Android because of the “https everywhere” extension, or add-on. Other browsers do not cause the bottom of the outer comment box to disappear as each line typed erases more. I usually can’t get past three lines before Post disappeared. Chrome works fine, as do Firefox versions without Https add-on. I’ve contacted EFF about this two days ago. Because a lot of WordPress sites I’ve run into this issue.

      • drew

        August 1, 2017 at 11:09 am

        It was something that used to happen frequently but I’ve not had happen in sometime (until today). I’m using firefox fwiw.

        I’m not a programmer, so take what I’m about to say with a grain of salt, but I think it’s a consequence of the comment frame having a set dimension in height. If what’s inside expands past that dimension it’s no longer seen. I believe the key if for the source code to set the frame height as variable, or to fit what’s inside.

        • David L

          August 1, 2017 at 11:18 am

          Thanks Drew,

          Do you have the add-on Https Everywhere installed, or just plain Firefox with no add-ons. I just corresponded with Electronic Frontier Foundation, the developer of Https Everywhere. I noticed you can type much longer comments before Post button disappeared.

          Are you on Windows 10, and using an up to date Firefox version?

          • drew

            August 1, 2017 at 12:39 pm

            Current firefox Win 7 only flash.Can type 2 line in this reply before it’s gone.Had more before.

          • David L

            August 1, 2017 at 1:17 pm

            Thanks, your info should add to help find a solution hopefully. I appreciate your taking the time to answer.

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Roy Moore must pass the Cemetery Gates, but Al Franken is a progressive so he is OK

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I would be cool with both Roy Moore and Al Franken walking passed the cemetery gates, but it should not surprise any moral-minded freedom liberty loving conservative that Franken gets a pass.  Even from the Great Mitch McConnell.  Yes, there is a double standard, but what matters is that the progressives and their collaborators continue to maintain power in our government.

Shame that its only Moore that must pass those dreaded gates of the dead.

Meanwhile, we have to push for Article V and/or new political party to take the place of the do nothing Republican Party.  Otherwise, it will have to take a civil war to get our freedom back and I don’t know if we are strong enough for even that.  Don’t get me started about Edward “Ted” Kennedy who truly got away with murder.  At least it kept Ted out of the White House, but I doubt would have been the case now.  What matters is that we create the kingdom on Earth and prove God a liar and that we don’t need his help or his forgiveness or above all honor his ‘oppressive’ law.

Until further notice, I stand by Roy Moore.


Levin: Shameless Dems are trying to bury the sexual abuse allegations against Franken

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/levin-shameless-dems-are-trying-to-bury-the-franken-allegations?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=111717levin-franken-ethics-committee&utm_campaign=crfbDespite the countless and vocal calls from Washington for Roy Moore to drop out of the Alabama Senate race, it is virtual silence on the Franken-resignation front. The only seeming consensus from his colleagues and party leaders is that Franken should go before the Senate Ethics Committee.

“Between 2007 and 2016, the Senate Ethics Committee imposed zero sanctions against anyone. Zero — despite 613 allegations and 75 preliminary investigations. Zero,” Shapiro wrote Thursday.

What all 46 Democratic senators (and two independents) say about Al Franken

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/what-all-46-democratic-senators-say-about-al-frankenNot a single Democrat has called for Al Franken to step down or be expelled from the Senate despite photographic evidence that backs up Leeann Tweeden’s allegation that Franken groped her breasts while she was sleeping and despite her claim that Franken forced his tongue down her throat.

 

 

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Can Jerry Jones save the NFL?

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As you may have read, the NFL is in the early stages of a new civil war. Two of the NFL’s most unpopular figures are facing off: Jerry Jones and Roger Goodell. What started out over something seemingly trivial(though it’s not), looks to escalate into something that could divide the league yet unite football fans. Roger Goodell has been hated by fans for years for many unarticulated reasons, however ever since the Ray Rice video, the NFL has undergone years, of bad distractions starting with domestic violence, blowing up over deflategate, and peaking with anthem protesting. All of this in in the litany of issues, Jones can use to usurp Roger Goodell from his Commissioner title with the NFL.

Free Zeke

Star running back Ezekiel Elliott finds himself as the centerpiece of this battle. His legal battle to overturn his suspension was the preseason for a larger showdown. Reports have surfaced suggesting Jones was assured by Goodell that Elliott would serve no time. This assurance prompted Jones to vote in favor of the process of a committee going forward with renewing Goodell’s contract. However, Goodell reneged his promise to Jones and suspended Elliott anyway. this comes after police filed no charges, and text messages have surfaced that Tiffany Thompson was merely trying to blackmail, Elliott. Goodell punished Elliott for battering Tiffany Thompson even though the lone NFL investigator who interviewed Thompson did not find sufficient evidence to support Thompson’s accusations. So Goodell suspended Elliott for nothing. What else is Jerry Jones to take that as other than a smackdown to show that he’s in charge and a petty slap against the Dallas Cowboys’ ability to compete?

Jones Not Alone

The fans are behind Jones because they dislike Goodell, but no one cares about the fans, sadly. Jerry Jones may look to find an ally in the NFLPA, the union for players. Following the Ezekiel Elliott case they lost, they issued this statement

On behalf of all players, the Union appealed the suspension of Ezekiel Elliott to its logical conclusion and we are withdrawing our lawsuit. 

Our vigilant fight on behalf of Ezekiel once again exposed the NFL’s disciplinary process as a sham and a lie. They hired several former federal prosecutors, brought in “experts” and imposed a process with the stated goal of “getting it right,” yet the management council refuses to step in and stop repeated manipulation of an already awful League-imposed system.

In truth, the NFLPA has no one to blame but themselves. They were a part of the process which gave Roger Goodell carte blanche with league discipline and it has been a disaster ever since. They helped create the monster during their last collective bargaining negotiations. However, in recognizing this failing, they may be eager to join Jerry Jones in his fight. This would be a credible ally that would make Jones seem less like a loose cannon.

History of Goodell’s success

One of the main selling point under Roger Goodell has been the increasing pie for NFL owners. Jerry Jones, specifically, has been a benefactor of Goodell’s leadership for many years.

CBS Sports: Cowboys dominate Forbes’ 2017 list of most valuable NFL franchises, Bills rank last

According to Forbes, the five most valuable franchises in the world are the Cowboys ($4.8 billion), the Patriots ($3.7 billion), the New York Yankees ($3.7 billion) along with soccer clubs Manchester United ($3.69 billion) and FC Barcelona ($3.64 billion).

 The fact that two NFL teams are at the top of the worldwide list shouldn’t come as much of a shock because the value of an NFL franchise has basically been skyrocketing since 2013. Four years ago, there was only one team worth over $2 billion — the Cowboys.

This year, 27 of the league’s 32 teams are worth over $2 billion, and three of the teams that aren’t — the Browns, Bengals, and Buccaneers — will likely hit that number in the near future.

One team that didn’t see a huge jump was the Chargers. Although the Rams got a huge boost when they moved to L.A. in 2016 — they jumped from the 28th most valuable team to the sixth most valuable — the Chargers only saw a slight increase. Since moving from San Diego, the team’s value has gone from $2.08 billion to $2.275 billion.

Ratings may tank Goodell

The NFL boycott is real and is deeply reflected in the ratings decrease. NFL owners can’t be blind to the hurt they are getting by the ratings drop, attendance decline, dip in merchandise sales, and tainted relationship with major sponsors. However, as colleague Scott Byrd would suggest, this is just the beginning. These are Goodell’s biggest threats to his continued tenure and unfortunately, they are all financially tied. A while back, I previously wrote about how the NFL could hemorrhage the bleeding.

How the NFL can stop and possibly reverse the bleeding
  1. Force Players to Stand For the National Anthem

    Seriously, this shouldn’t even be debatable at this point. Get the politics out of football. The players have angered so many fans that the rating drops are accelerating. Players disrespecting the anthem is a direct cause of fans turning them off. You can’t expect to increase ratings when players alienate fans. Regardless of how you feel about the issue, the NFL has a fiduciary duty to implement and enforce a policy to keep the politics out of football. If they want a ratings bounce, they better listen to those who boycott. Football is supposed to be American. It should be a reminder of why we love our country. When that reminder is replaced by players protesting the anthem, the brand is tarnished. The NFL has a brand issue they need to fix.

  2. End Regional Broadcasting

    In 2017, there is no reason that a Broncos fan in Miami can’t watch their team except with DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket. I grew up with that, and it’s a great service. However, people are cord-cutting. Cable is increasingly losing its firm grip on entertainment with streaming services. NFL should offer streaming on their website that has no regional broadcast restrictions. It doesn’t even have to be free. This is a way for the NFL to modernize. They are already expanding their own streaming capabilities, but the only live games you can watch on NFL.com are out of market preseason games. How useless is that? Allow people who follow a team to pay for a package to watch that team every Sunday. It’s not that hard.

  3. Written Rules for Player Discipline

    How long should a player be suspended for in domestic violence cases? The amount of time is less important than the equal standard it should be from Josh Brown to Ray Rice. The NFL needs consistency. Otherwise, these scandals are a distraction from the football.

  4. Due Process for Player Discipline

    The NFL should defer to the legal system and not their own investigating. They are obviously terrible at it. In the case of Ezekiel Elliott, they suspended him when the police dropped the case. Furthermore, in the process, the NFL ignored evidence that exonerated Elliott. This was an unnecessary legal battle and distraction that the NFL really doesn’t need. It’s been proven that Elliott’s accuser was lying, but the NFL insists on a four-game suspension. Skip the NFL investigating process, and just defer to the legal system. If police drop charges, no suspension. If acquitted, no suspension. If they plead no contest, suspension. Players need to be proven innocent. And obviously, suspend when found guilty.

  5. Stay At Home

    This one is aimed at the San Diego Chargers. Abandoning the San Diego Market to pursue the Los Angeles dream would have been a good idea, if the Rams hadn’t already done it first. Now they gave their original fanbase a free pass to either lose interest or cheer for a different team. Stupid move. It’s great when the NFL gives back to the community, but abandoning your market shows how little you truly cared. Perhaps the Raiders should stay in Oakland. In pursuit of LA, the NFL lost the St. Louis market. San Diego and St. Louis are sizable markets. They can support multiple sports teams. If anything, the Jaguars should relocate, but they are investing in England for a possible relocation across the pond in the long-term future. When franchises relocate, it can devastate a community and turn people away from the sport. It’s very possible that these relocations have contributed to ratings declines. And so this should cease. As a side note, the Las Vegas move is not a terrible idea considering the city’s space and growth. But I don’t think the Raiders should be the ones to move. To clarify, It’s the stupid relocations that must stop.

Saving Football

Much of my five ways to stop the bleeding have only been validated with time, like the Chargers’ move to LA resulting in only a small increase in valuation. The internet also poses a threat that Roger Goodell seems behind on. Time is of the essence. If the NFL doesn’t change its ways, it could lose relevance in more households perhaps losing a generation of fans if this continues for however long Goodell’s contract is extended for. Rating declines only serve to make the NFL, and by extension football, less relevant.

Luckily Jerry Jones is opposing Goodell for more reasons than just Ezekiel Elliott, although that’s huge. Also, Jerry Jones has a history of suing and winning against the NFL. He is the best chance of saving the NFL. The NFL needs to act on its fiduciary duty to end these PR nightmares. And part of acting on that duty entails the removal of Roger Goodell. Jerry Jones is championing the fight. And while he isn’t quite the hero we wanted, he is the hero we need and deserve to save the NFL from itself. Who knows what the endgame is? But it’s hard to imagine, Jerry Jones succeeding makes the NFL’s situation worse. Usurping Goodell is the first piece in saving the NFL, but far from the last.

 

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Trump won’t lift ban on big game trophy hunting… for now

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Trump wont lift ban on big game trophy hunting for now

It isn’t often that the Trump administration reverses on a policy prior to enacting it, but it’s happening now. President Trump Tweeted that he’s going to put the big game hunting decision on hold until he reviews all conservation facts. This decision follows a social media outcry against lifting President Obama’s 2014 ban.

The argument for lifting the ban is that by regulating legal hunting, conservation efforts can be improved. It goes against our basic understanding to see how hunting an animal can help protect the species, but it’s been demonstrated to be true many times. In fact, even left-wing Slate posted an article supporting the notion:

Lifting the ban on elephant trophies will probably help save elephants.

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2017/11/lifting_the_ban_on_elephant_trophies_will_probably_help_save_elephants.html“Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve those species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation,” an FWS spokesperson told Slate. “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the hunting and management programs for African elephants in Zimbabwe and Zambia will enhance the survival of the species in the wild.”

These loud missives don’t do justice to the nuanced factors that go into developing and implementing conservation efforts.

Regardless of whether there really are benefits or not isn’t important… at least not to the masses. Some people will be against it even if it’s demonstrably beneficial. Others wouldn’t have a problem with hunting them to extinction. This will come down to whether or not the Trump administration believes they can justify lifting the ban at the appropriate time to mitigate damage to their public image.

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