In Europe, Animal Rights Are Steamrolling Religious Freedom

first_imgJane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Wesley J. SmithChair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human ExceptionalismWesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.Follow WesleyProfileTwitterFacebook Share As Western society secularizes, religious liberty is in danger of becoming passé. Increasingly, jurisdictions are enacting laws in furtherance of legitimate social considerations that, concomitantly, shrivel the freedom of religious believers to live according to their personal faith precepts.Western Europe is leading the way. Belgium now requires all food animals be stunned before slaughter, which prevents their meat from being declared kosher or halal — hence edible — in accordance with the religious requirements of Judaism and Islam.A Terrible BindOf course, such animal welfare laws are absolutely appropriate. But, until recently, comity was also preserved by allowing limited religious exemptions. Those accommodations are now systematically being removed. From the New York Times story:Most countries and the European Union allow religious exceptions to the stunning requirement, though in some places — like the Netherlands, where a new law took effect last year, and Germany — the exceptions are very narrow. Belgium is joining Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark and Slovenia among the nations that do not provide for any exceptions.That puts observant Jews and Muslims in a terrible bind. They can have food shipped from elsewhere, which is more expensive. But what if other countries also ban such practices, or their home countries forbid the import of kosher or halal meat? Believers would be forced to choose between eating meat and violating their religious beliefs.Some secularists would be just fine with that since these laws don’t infringe their own freedoms, while those who are anti-religious would delight in forcing such hard choices upon believers.“The Law Is Above Religion”Some non-religionists even presume to tell the faithful what their rules do and don’t require:Ann De Greef, director of Global Action in the Interest of Animals, a Belgian animal rights group, insisted that stunning does not conflict with kosher and halal doctrine, and “they could still consider it ritual slaughtering,” but the religious authorities refuse to accept that.“They want to keep living in the Middle Ages and continue to slaughter without stunning — as the technique didn’t yet exist back then — without having to answer to the law,” she said. “Well, I’m sorry, in Belgium the law is above religion and that will stay like that.”That kind of religious intolerance is only going to present in brighter hues going forward. There is great pressure, for example, to ban infant circumcision, a sacred and absolute requirement of Jews, also practiced as a religious duty by many Muslims. Efforts are also afoot to force doctors to participate in abortion and/or euthanasia — even when a doctor considers such acts to be a grievous sin materially impacting their own eternal destinies. I am sure readers can think of many other examples.Freedom cannot be a one-way street. Steamrolling traditional believers’ faith values is a recipe for tearing society apart.Photo credit: Antonio Grosz via Unsplash.Cross-posted at The Corner. Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Recommended Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Tagsabortionanimal rightsanimal welfareAnn De GreefBelgiumcircumcisionDenmarkEuropean UnioneuthanasiafaithGermanyGlobal Action in the Interest of AnimalshalalIcelandJewskosherMiddle AgesMuslimsNetherlandsNew York TimesNorwaysecularismslaughterSloveniastunningSwedenWestern society,Trending Culture & Ethics In Europe, Animal Rights Are Steamrolling Religious FreedomWesley J. SmithJanuary 9, 2019, 5:48 PM “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Manlast_img read more

High school evacuated after chemistry class explosion injures 17 students, 1 teacher

first_imgGoogle(HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn.) — A science experiment at a magnet school in the Nashville suburbs turned into a dangerous chemical fire, injuring 17 high school students and their teacher.The fumes were so great, administrators had to evacuate the rest of the school, according to fire officials.The fire happened during a chemistry lab at Merrol Hyde Magnet School in Hendersonville, Tennessee, just after 9 a.m. Wednesday. First responders triaged the students and their teacher at the school.At least six patients suffered chemical burns. None of the injuries were life threatening. Hendersonville Fire Chief Scotty Bush says at least four students had to be hospitalized with chemical burn or splash injuries.“They evacuated the school just like they should,” Bush said. “We relocated the students. I know that’s terrifying to some of the parents at home. Your kids are safe and we’ve got the other ones transported to appropriate care facilities, for them to be taken care of.”The fire department used large fans to clear chemical fumes from the school and was testing air quality to make sure the building was safe for re-entry.All classes were cancelled Wednesday, but the school expects to re-open Thursday.Authorities say they believe the fire was an accident.“We do not feel like this was a criminal act,” Bush said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Fiancé of missing Colorado mother arrested for murder: Police

first_imgWoodland Park Police Department(WOODLAND PARK, Colo.) — Patrick Frazee, the fiancé of missing Colorado mother Kelsey Berreth, was arrested for first-degree murder Friday morning, nearly one month after Berreth vanished, police said. Berreth, a 29-year-old mother of a 1-year-old girl, was last seen on Thanksgiving in the area of her Woodland Park home. Her body has not been found but information is helping narrow down the search, Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young said at a news conference Friday. Berreth and Frazee’s baby is in protective custody and will be reunited with Berreth’s family, the chief said. Frazee was booked on first-degree murder and solicitation of first-degree murder, prosecutors said, with formal charges to follow. Affidavits in this case were sealed by the court, prosecutors said. Frazee’s attorney, Jeremy Loew, said last week his client “continues to cooperate with law enforcement in the missing person investigation.” Frazee is focusing “on parenting the child he shares with Ms. Berreth,” Loew said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Visiting Assistant Professor of German

first_imgQuestions about the position may be addressed to Imke Brust, Chair,Department of German, Haverford College ( [email protected] ). Review ofapplications will begin immediately; those received by May 5 willreceive fullest consideration. For technical questions, pleasecontact lnterfolio directly at 1-877-997-8807 or [email protected] .Haverford College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Actionemployer that does not discriminate on the basis of race,ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationalorigin, age, marital status, disability or veteran status.Haverford has a longstanding commitment to diversity rooted invalues of inclusion and social justice, a commitment reflected inthe curriculum, classrooms, and communal composition of theCollege. Haverford welcomes applications from candidates who sharethese values and who will foster their contribution to theCollege’s mission. The Department of German at Haverford College invites applicationsfor a one-year full-time visiting assistant professor appointmentfor the 2021-2022 academic year.Responsibilities will include teaching a total of five Germancourses, including introductory and intermediate language courses,as well as an advanced topic’s course.Specialization in language instruction, 20th Century GermanLiterature and Film, Comparative Literature, gender/sexuality,and/or theater/drama desirable. Interdisciplinary approaches arewelcome. Successful candidates must demonstrate commitment to, andexcellence in, both scholarship and undergraduate teaching.Candidates must also have completed the requirements for the May 2021.Please submit a cover letter describing research and teachinginterests, curriculum vitae, statement on teaching philosophy,graduate transcripts, and three confidential letters ofrecommendation via Interfolio: read more

Governor rejects two JNC slates

first_imgGovernor rejects two JNC slates Governor rejects two JNC slates August 15, 2011 Regular Newscenter_img For the first time since the process for selecting members of judicial nominating commissions was changed 10 years ago, a governor has rejected slates of JNC nominees submitted by the Bar. Bar President Scott Hawkins announced to the Board of Governors at the July 29 meeting that Gov. Rick Scott has asked the Bar to submit a new slate of commission nominees for the 17th Circuit JNC and the Fourth District Court of Appeal JNC.Hawkins said he got a call from Scott’s general counsel, Charles Trippe, advising him the letter would be coming from Scott rejecting the two slates. Hawkins noted that one of the Bar’s nominees for the 17th Circuit JNC, D. David Keller, was actually appointed by Scott, but for the Bar’s unfilled vacancy from 2010.“He said the statute permits this [rejecting a slate], and this is how the governor’s office wants to proceed,” Hawkins told the board.The Bar president added he has “high regard” for Trippe and agreed with him that the current statute allows the governor to reject Bar nominees.Trippe’s July 20 letter to Hawkins thanked him for the Bar’s submission in May of this year’s slates of candidates. It then said, “After careful consideration, the governor has decided to reject the list of nominees for the 17th Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission pursuant to section 43.291(1)(a) Florida Statutes.”Consistent with that law, Trippe then asked for three new nominees “that have not been previously recommended by the Board of Governors.”An identical letter rejected the nominees for the Fourth DCA JNC.When judicial nominating commissions were set up in the early 1970s under then-Gov. Reubin Askew, the Bar appointed three members to each JNC, the governor appointed three, and those six picked three nonlawyer members.In 2001, the Legislature sought to increase then-Gov. Jeb Bush’s authority over the judicial appointment process. The Legislature did away with the commission-appointed public members and allowed the governor to appoint all nine members. Five members are appointed directly by the governor (two of which must be lawyers) and four other members are picked from slates nominated by the Bar. The statute gives the governor the authority to reject a Bar slate and request new nominees as many times as he wants.(Terms of JNC members are staggered, so this year the Bar was nominating slates for one vacancy on each of the 26 JNCs. There’s a JNC for each of the 20 circuits, one for each of the five district courts of appeal, and one for the Supreme Court.)Hawkins said the Bar will readvertise for applicants for the two JNCs and the Executive Committee will recommend new slates to Scott.( New applications sought for the 17th Circuit JNC and New applications sought for the Fourth DCA JNC. )When asked about the governor’s action, Gov. Scott’s press secretary, Lane Wright, said, “At this time we don’t have a comment.”last_img read more

Minister Kuščević: We are abolishing energy certification in family accommodation

first_imgMinister of Construction and Physical Planning Lovro Kuščević as a guest on HRT in the show 4 study announced the abolition of the project of ‘mandatory energy certification of apartments for rent’.”There is no fact in the European directive about the certification of apartments for rent. We have studied the legal structure and issues well, we have consulted with the Ministry of Tourism and a wide range of experts, and I have decided to abolish the certification of apartments.”Minister Kuščević pointed out and added that the expert team is currently working on that decision and as soon as it is ready, it will be signed immediately.This is great news for all landlords, as well as proof of how companies through the Croatian Chamber of Commerce can and must influence changes in laws and regulations, of course if there are good reasons. It was the Association of Family Accommodation at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, headed by Nedjeljko Pinezić, which gathers 67 landlords, that sent a request to the competent institutions to change the law and acted publicly and loudly to repeal the regulation.last_img read more

Entertainment Guide

first_imgFILMThe Polar ExpressSouthampton Cultural Center presents a screening of “The Polar Express” on Saturday, December 14, at 2 PM. Head to ParadisoOn Monday, December 16, at 7 PM, Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor will screen “Cinema Paradiso” in association with the Sag Harbor Cinema; the beginning of the winter film series “Here Comes The Cinema!” Visit or TalkParrish Art Museum in Water Mill will offer a gallery talk on Friday, December 13, at 6 PM with Janet Goleas, Priscilla Heine, and Bastienne Schmidt. Visit’sCanio’s in Sag Harbor welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Schultz reading from “Luxury” on Saturday, December 14, at 5 PM. Visit TalkThe Full Moon Arts Center in East Moriches will have a presentation with Jane Alcorn, board president of Tesla Science Center, on Sunday, December 15, at 1 PM. Visit Christmas CarolJamesport Meeting House will host a reading of “A Christmas Carol,” adapted by Jenifer Maxson, on Sunday, December 15, at 4 PM. Learn more at O’ReillyThe Paramount in Huntington will host Bill O’Reilly: Understanding Trump on Sunday, December 15, at 7:30 PM. Grab tickets at Christmas MemoryChristian Scheider is back at the Amagansett Free Library for his annual reading of Truman Capote’s short story “A Christmas Memory,” on Wednesday, December 18, at 4 PM. Scheider first read “A Christmas Memory” at the Amagansett Library in 2015. Refreshments will be served. Seating available for the first 15 guests. Visit THEATERMixed NutsBay Street Theater in Sag Harbor will serve up a variation on “The Nutcracker” with “Mixed Nuts 2019,” presented by Studio 3 from Friday, December 13, through Sunday, December 15. For a full list of showtimes, visit NutcrackerWesthampton Beach Performing Arts Center with Peconic Ballet Theatre presents “The Nutcracker” on Saturday, December 14, at noon and 7 PM; then again on Sunday, December 15, at noon and 5 PM. For more information, visit ParamountThe Paramount Theater in Huntington hosts the Goo Goo Dolls with Beach Slang and David Cook on Wednesday, December 11, at 8 PM; Buckcherry on Friday, December 13, at 8 PM; and Night Ranger on Saturday, December 14, at 8 PM. Head to NightThe Jam Session presents Jazz Night at Ed’s Lobster Bar in Sag Harbor on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Go to RedTownline BBQ in Sagaponack has live music every Friday from 6 to 9 PM. This Friday, December 13, will be Ray Red. See TheaterThe Suffolk Theater in Riverhead welcomes New Millennium Big Band in a celebration of Sinatra on Friday, December 13, at 8 PM and a live radio play of “It’s A Wonderful Life” on Sunday, December 15, at 6:30 PM. Grab tickets at CaseyEast Hampton Library welcomes Gene Casey on Saturday, December 14, at 6 PM. Go to [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

Matthew Gregory “Matt” Thornton

first_img Share RelatedThornton leaves lasting impact on Press, communityPRESS Staff Report A force of nature, a tough guy with a big heart, a loyal friend, an adventurer – those were just a few terms used to describe Matthew Gregory “Matt” Thornton by those who knew him best. Thornton, 43, of Laguna Vista, and a longtime employee of the…February 7, 2013In “News”EDITOR’S NOTE: On Our Cover – The Big DawgBy RAY QUIROGA South Padre Parade [email protected] When I was first asked to take the helm of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press and the South Padre Parade, I agreed to do so under one condition – that this institution’s longtime sales director, Matt Thornton, accept promotion to general manager. I…February 7, 2013In “News”An introductionBy GAIGE DAVILA [email protected] The Port Isabel-South Padre Press is where my first bylines appeared, in 2013, when I was a senior in high school. I replied to a help-wanted ad in the PRESS for a photographer who could write captions, with only a then-vague declaration that I wanted to…August 2, 2019In “News” Matt ThorntonMatthew Gregory “Matt” Thornton, 43, of Laguna Vista, Texas, entered into eternal rest on Friday, February 1, 2013, at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen.Matt was born on November 14, 1969, in Austin, Texas, and moved with his family to the Rio Grande Valley as a child. He was a standout athlete at Weslaco High School where he earned All-Valley honors as a football player and statewide recognition as a track star. After graduating from Weslaco High School in 1988, he attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock on a football scholarship before returning to live on South Padre Island. Matt worked for nearly 20 years at the Port Isabel-South Padre Press where he served as Advertising Director and General Manager until leaving to establish his own business, Thornton Ranch Security, in 2011.Matt was a devoted father to his 8-year-old son, Wyatt T. Thornton, and cherished their time together. He was well known and loved throughout the Lower Laguna Madre community where he was a trusted friend to countless local residents. An avid outdoorsman, Matt enjoyed spending time with family and friends fishing the waters surrounding South Padre and hunting at his lease near Raymondville. He was an accomplished storyteller whose adventurous spirit, love of life, generosity and sense of humor endeared him to all who knew him.He is preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Dozier and Frances Thornton; and maternal grandparents, Marshall and Ruth Clark.Matt is survived by his son, Wyatt and mother of his son, Pamela S. Aikman both of South Padre Island, TX.; parents, Bill Dozier and Jonelle Wheatley Thornton both of Karnes City, TX,; two brothers, Brian Dozier Thornton and Steven Clark Thornton of Karnes City, TX.; one niece, Jennifer (David) Pierson of Austin, TX.; uncle and aunt, Joseph and Judith Wood of San Antonio, TX.Visitation will be held on Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. when a Celebration of his life will begin at 2 p.m. at Chapel by the Sea Church, located at Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island, with Rev. Jim Denham officiating. Cremation will follow in accordance with his wishes.Honorary pallbearers are Kevin McElroy, Blake Sales, Justin Schaefer, Kip Gentry, Darryl Steirs, Mark Guillot, Andy Davila, Tim Patrick, Jess Alford, Ben Brooks, Cole Bowerly, Todd Lowery, Steven Murphey, George Rodriguez, Vince Garza, Rick Wells, Jesse Bermea, Tony Arroyo, and Thornton Wood.You may sign the online guestbook and send words of comfort, flowers, or sympathy cards to the family of Matthew Gregory Thornton at: arrangements entrusted to the care of Thomae-Garza Funeral Home, 395 S. Sam Houston, San Benito, Texas (956) 399-1331.last_img read more

Bayern boss Pep Guardiola: I am not dead yet!

first_img CEST 29/04/2016 Upd. at 18:22 A Bayern Munich win over Borussia Monchengladbach this Saturday – or if Borussia Dortmund slip up against Wolfsburg – would hand the Bavarians their fourth consecutive league title, the third won by Pep Guardiola since he took over.  “If next week we lose [to Atletico], you can kill me, but I am not dead yet,” advised Guardiola, who spoke about the criticism he’s received after the loss at the Vicente Calderon.  For that reason, and with the team still alive in the German Cup and the Champions League, despite a semi-final first leg defeat to Atletico Madrid, Guardiola was optimistic and confident in a press conference on Friday.  “You can’t imagine how happy I am that we are in these situations. We are well placed to win La Liga, we are in the final of the cup and I’m satisifed with how we ended the game against Atletico,” the Catalan coach said.  “I’ve had a good time in Germany, but I’ve had to cope with things that did not happen at Barcelona. For that reason, I’m going. I am not capable of winning the treble each year and I am not ready to win the Champions League each year, but I have had a good time and I will have a good time in the weeks I have left in Germany,” added the man from Santpedor. Juanma Romerolast_img read more

Coronavirus call for calm

first_imgWith LaTrobe MP Jason Wood Australia is a self-sufficient nation. That is why panic buying and rushing our supermarket shelves are unwarranted and unnecessary. We have enough for everyone, and we are not going to run out of food. We need to take reasonable steps to protect fellow Australians from spread of coronavirus, so can I request everyone to look after the elderly as they are the most susceptible to falling ill. We need to work together to help stop the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19). To protect people most at risk and slow the rate of community transmission:* Non-essential organised gatherings should be kept to fewer than 500 people* Non-essential meetings or conferences of health care professionals and emergency services should be limited* Reconsider if you need to visit residential aged care facilities and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.From midnight Sunday 15 March, all travellers coming into Australia will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.Social distancing is important because Covid-19 is most likely to spread from person-to-person.Social distancing includes ways to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases. It means less contact between you and other people, through:* Direct close contact with a person while they are infectious or in the 24 hours before their symptoms appeared* Close contact with a person with a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes, or* Touching objects or surfaces (such as door handles or tables) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.So, the more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread.If you are sick, stay away from others – that is the most important thing you can do.You should also practise good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene:* Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet.* Cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.* And, if unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people).As well as these, you can start a range of social distancing and low cost hygiene actions now.These simple, common sense actions help reduce risk to you and to others. They will help to slow the spread of disease in the community – and you can use them every day – in your home, workplace, school and while out in public.* Avoid handshaking and kissing.* Regularly disinfect high touch surfaces, such as tables, kitchen benches and doorknobs.* Increase ventilation in the home by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning.* Visit shops sparingly and buy more goods and services online.* Consider whether outings and travel, both individual and family, are sensible and necessary.In households where people are ill (in addition to the measures above):* Care for the sick person in a single room if possible.* Keep the number of carers to a minimum.* Keep the door to the sick person’s room closed and, if possible, a window open.* Both the sick person and the people caring for them should wear a surgical mask when they are in the same room.* Protect other vulnerable family members, such as people over 65 years or people with a chronic illness, including, if practicable, finding alternative accommodation.In the workplace:* Stay at home if you are sick.* Stop handshaking as a greeting.* Hold meetings via video conferencing or phone call.* Defer large meetings.* Hold essential meetings outside in the open air if possible.* Promote good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene and provide hand sanitisers for all staff and workers.* Take lunch at your desk or outside rather than in the lunch room.* Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly.* Consider opening windows and adjusting air conditioning for more ventilation.* Limit food handling and sharing of food in the workplace.* Reconsider non-essential business travel.* Promote strictest hygiene among food preparation (canteen) staff and their close contacts.Consider if large gatherings can be rescheduled, staggered or cancelledIn public:* Sanitise your hands wherever possible, including entering and leaving buildings.* Use ’tap and pay’ rather than handling money.* Try and travel at quiet times and try to avoid crowds.* Public transport workers and taxi drivers should open vehicle windows where possible, and regularly clean and disinfect high touch surfaces.From Monday 16 March, the Australian Government advises that non-essential gatherings should be limited to less than 500 people; and non-essential meetings of critical workforces such as healthcare workers and emergency service workers should be limited.For more information about public gatherings, go to the information on public gatherings at read more