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To Our Readers:
Same-sex marriage is currently an omnipresent and hotly controversial issue
which we have not written about. There are conflicting opinions within New
Democracy over this issue, as there are conflicting views among good people
everywhere about it.
Gay marriage is a very unusual issue, in the sense that it is both a distraction
from other issues, like the war and the economy, and yet is itself an issue of
great consequence to human society.
Given these facts, we would like to sponsor a debate on gay marriage and on
other controversial "cultural" issues, in which people can have respectful,
meaningful exchanges of views on highly-charged topics. We begin with two brief
articles (in the lefthand column).
* "NDN" indicates that the article is from the New Democracy
Lulled by the Celebritariat, by Toby Young|
|Can the Traditional Family Survive Feminism?
by Carolyn Graglia|
Commons by David Bollier|
A quarter of adults to face 'anti-paedophile' tests by Christopher Hope|
Professor: profit motive behind sexualization of 'tween girls|
Gospel of Consumption, and the better future we left behind, by
Negotiating the difficulties of a delicate pact: an adoptee wonders about
her mothers--especially the one who went away. Will she end up feeling
unwanted again? By Sonia Nazario, Times Staff Writer, August 6, 2007|
|'If you don't take a job as a prostitute, we can stop your benefits'
Clare Chapman (a true story)|
|Why Having More
No Longer Makes Us Happy by Bill McKibben |
Madness and Capitalism by William Bowles|
My Father was an Anonymous Sperm Donor, by Katrina Clark (Washington
Talking with Children Conceived Through Donor Insemination, IVF wtih Egg
Donor or Surrogacy, by Ellen Singer|
it feels to be a child of donor insemination|
Gay Rights, Children's Rights, by Margaret Somerville|
Secret Gay History: Despite Himself, Anti-Gay Governor Has Accumulated
Pro-Gay Record" by Ethan Jacobs|
Smile Can Make You Feel A Million Dollars" by Alastair Jamieson|
Repeating: It's the Clash of Families, Not Civilizations" by
Wahida C. Valiante|
"What Dads Do" by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. in ifeminists.com
"On Handcuffed and Felonious Children" by Wendy McElroy|
|"Women told 'Work in Brothel, or Else':
German law forces out-of-work
females to take sex jobs or lose unemployment" (January 30, 2005)|
Happened to the Concept of Shame" by Terry Mitchell
'Diversity' Breeds Division" by Munira Mirza in Spiked
Clock" by Craig Russell: "We assume so much in life. Take time, for
plans to screen whole U.S. population for mental illness" by Jeanne
Lenzer in the British Medical Journal
"Britain: Teenagers driven to depression and suicide by exam pressures"
by Liz Smith at World Socialist Website (related technical links of
Talk Paper" and
"Suicidality, violence and mania caused by ... SSRIs..." (pdf)
by Peter R. Breggin in the Int'l J. of Risk & Safety in Med.)
"Therapeutic pi" at Spiked
"Gay Nuptials And The Making Of Modern Marriage" by Adam
-- demonstrates why "Gay marriage is unsettling,
to many, not because it departs from modern meanings of matrimony but
because it embodies them." but does not question the merits of
"Marriage On Trial: Why We Must Privilege And Burden The Traditional
Marriage Bond" by Dr. Allan C. Carlson, Ph. D.
Joint Statement Of Massachusetts Religious Leaders
"Black Clergy Rejection Stirs Gay Marriage Backers" by Michael
"Time To Act" by Paul Rogat Loeb.
"The Casual Emptiness Of Teenage Sex" by Scot Lehigh.
"What Should I Do? Selfishness, Happiness And Benefiting Others" by
David Edwards and Media Lens.
The Left" by Carl Estabrook.
Enron" by Jay Diamond.
"The Lunatic You Work For" from Economist.com.
"Is There Really A Fatherhood Crisis?" by Stephen Baskerville.
Human On Christmas" by G. Simon Harak. Do babies make us human?