It’s Alive! August 19, 2010Posted by WorldbyStorm in Bioethics, Religion, Social Policy.
I was given a copy of Alive! by Jim Monaghan the other day. It’s odd, but where I live I don’t seem to see it as much as I used to. Anyone have any thoughts on why that might be?
Anyhow, a few pieces caught my attention. Actually a whole heap of them, from the surprising news that ‘Europe’s Left [are] pushing a cultural revolution’.
There’s more, ‘with the collapse of the socialist project to re-make the economy, the Left has ‘replaced socio-economic revolution by sexual, moral and cultural revolution’”. Really? Clearly the memo from the Left didn’t reach me, for this was the first I heard about it.
And wait, the news is that ‘family structure, bioethics and the role of religion in society will be the major divisive issues in the US and in Europe this century’. Ah yes, us leftists, just gunning to rip apart traditional family structures. Which will be news to those around me.
Moreover, ‘the view that the struggle beetween violent Islamism and the West was a religious clash [was rejected]. Rather, it was the very secularism of the West which hindered dialogue with other societies, which continue to be religious’.
Now you might think that dialogue between the West and other societies is something rather different to the ‘struggle between violent Islamism and the West’ [sic]. But clearly this conflation doesn’t trouble the speaker.
All this was stated by Philosophy of Law professor at Seville University, Dr. Francisco Contreras. And he was speaking at a seminar ‘sponsored on behalf of the European People’s Party by’… Gay Mitchell MEP.
Meanwhile, and there’s more which I hope to address over the next while, what of the following?
Here’s the original editorial in the Mullingar/Athlone Advertiser. Perhaps it’s an odd topic for the paper to be dealing with, but… on the other hand… (and what of the risible comments about the Examiner? Hard to know what is more so, perhaps the idea that it’s part of the ‘leftwing’ Irish media) Some might find it disturbing that the very expression of opinions on abortion being boycotted or campaigned against is – whatever ones views on the issue itself – something to be concerned about.