Moral Tests

This is a letter to Bishop Jackson and a group by the name of Ministers Taking a Stand, written by the director of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Kim Sajet, regarding their request that a bust of Margret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, be removed from the Struggle for Justice gallery because of Sanger’s involvement in the eugenics movement and her racist motivations for that involvement.

The letter is not long, but allow me to quote the portions that contain the argument used to defend the Smithsonian’s polite refusal to remove the bust as requested:  Read More

Dragon Suits v. Cooking Dishes

Two days ago, the U.S. Senate saw roughly an even split along party lines regarding the continuation of Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. Two Democratic senators voted to continue with defunding, while one Republican voted against defunding, and Senator Lindsey Graham — whose after-the-fact claims of continued support for the defunding should be disregarded lest he provide a better excuse for his absence, considering the committed attendance of his Republican presidential-competitors (Rubio, Cruz, and Paul) — was the only senator to not vote. Every other senator voted along their party line, with Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed. It could be very easy for conservatives to look at the voting roll and grumble about Democrats not voting their conscience, but rather voting spinelessly with their party. However, what we need to realize is that, for the most part, Republicans voted along party lines as well. We have no real view into which senators were voting with their consciences handy. The split between the expected camps was much too clean for that to be true. This is because the voting topic was the wrong one and much too simple. Read More