ETHICS: A TALE OF TWO ETHICS

ETHICS ISSUES:  LIBERALISM, PROGRESSIVISM and The Rest

The study of ethics goes back at least to the birth of philosophy some 2500 years ago, with Socrates positing that ethical truth was not only rational but demonstrably absolute.  Plato expanded on this thought, and since then countless philosophers have put in their two cents worth with no visible damage to Socrates’s original conjecture.  Aristotle’s subsequent metaphysics defined ethics as “virtue as a means to happiness,” opening the door to scholastic conflict and beginning a long history of questioning just what is meant by happiness (and virtue, for that matter).  Truth, however, remains sacrosanct despite all assaults (and opinions).

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There’s nothing mysterious about it…

The rapid proliferation of newspapers, journals and literary salons in the 18th Century caused an explosion in mass communication that encouraged public venues where ideas, political and otherwise, could be discussed, developed and

ETHICS and CONSERVATISM

ETHICAL ISSUES:  CONSERVATISM

Conservatism is not a political issue, nor is what follows intended to be a political statement.  It’s more basic than that.  The foundation for conservatism is history and original intent—a return to the basics, ethics being the most basic.  Anyone can do it.

There’s nothing mysterious about it…

Any society needs a system of rules within which its members can operate to the general benefit. These rules are founded in its values and articulated in its privileges.  The rules of all successful societies including our own begin in ethics and are adapted to the society’s needs and wishes.

Our own rules trace their origin to a paramount need for freedom.  Our laws are founded in a Declaration of Independence from our mother country and empowered by a Constitution written by individuals with a strong ethical and moral base “in order to form a more perfect union.”

THE ETHICS OF ISLAM

IS ISLAM ETHICAL?

Ethics being founded in truth, Islam is demonstrably unethical on its face. The Qur’an and its supporting documents deny the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus 9781627874267of Nazareth, claiming that He died a natural death at a much later date. Additionally, Islam denies the Christian Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In doing so, Islam denies the very foundations of Christianity, effectively nullifying it as a religion. It does this on the basis of convenient alterations to the Christian Bible made hundreds of years after the fact (early Seventh Century), claiming theirs to be the ‘genuine’ bible.

Regardless of one’s views concerning religions and their validity, the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth are historical fact, and may not be changed or dismissed as irrelevant. The denial of history is not only inexcusable, IT IS UNETHICAL. A few examples: According to Islam, Allah/God would

ETHICS ISSUES: ISLAM and POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

THE ETHICS OF ISLAM

It is politically correct to believe that the reason that most Muslims fail to speak out against radical Islam is that they are afraid of repercussions that will affect them adversely.  Apparently this is not the case.  The following was reported by Sam Harris:

From the Chairman of Islam Net, Fahad Ullah Qureshi:  “When Muslim organizations invite Shaykhs who speak openly about the values of Islam, the Islamophobic western media starts (sic) murdering the character of that organization…. …  (A)re these so called ‘radical’ views…endorsed only by these few individuals being invited around the globe, or does the common Muslims (sic) believe in them?”

Islam Net, an organization in Norway, invited 9 speakers (who we might label ‘extremist’) to Peace Conference Scandinavia 2013, the largest International Scandinavian Islamic event that has taken place—about 4000 people attended.

The audience, common Sunni Muslims who

ETHICAL ISSUES: The SECOND AMENDMENT

ETHICS and the CONSTITUTION

Reads: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Simple enough. It’s about First Principles—the right of the individual to security. http://www.extremeethics.org/?p=183

Note the preface which explains the reason for the protected individual right (the entire Bill of Rights is about individual rights). The militia is necessary to the security of a free (meaning non-authoritarian) state. It’s a free country, after all.  The militia is composed of individuals for their mutual protection (“We, the people”) of their individual rights. “Well-regulated” does not mean government-controlled; this would be self-defeating. It means “of the (responsible) people.” Nor does government determine who is responsible.  Government exists for the purpose of securing equal protection of individual rights. The whole people constitute the Militia. It has the right of revolution and

THE CONSTITUTION: THE FIRST AMENDMENT

ETHICS and the CONSTITUTION

The First Amendment to the Constitution protects religion from government but not the reverse, and in no way demeans religion or its effects.

Freedom of religion is ensured by the First Amendment, as are other freedoms as well. But in cases where a religion conflicts with our Constitution or its protections, the Law must prevail. This is the case with Islam, which along with its (Muslim) religion includes an ideology (embracing Sharia Law) that does not recognize the freedoms ensured by the Constitution but is instead in opposition to them. The Qu’ran is in direct conflict with our inalienable rights among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and human rights generally. It  does not tolerate any religion other than Islam (further evidence of our Judeo-Christian roots—Islam was not in any way a factor in our founding and is not supported by