Political Vaginae

November 30, 2016 Catholic Hulk 63

Earlier I was writing about God, liberty and self-legislation. I wanted to add an extension to that post, because I’m writing a series, but I was sidetracked by a case with the Human Rights Tribunal in British Columbia, Canada. I am unsure if Americans have any counterpart to the Human Rights Tribunal, but think of it as an inquisition for progressivism, but with dumber people. The case that sidetracked me is Dawson v. Vancouver Police [Continue reading]

God Matters: On Liberty, License and Liberalism

November 15, 2016 Catholic Hulk 24

It is clear to me that just about any normative proposition concerning how we should organize ourselves and our resources is dependent upon or influenced by further propositions regarding knowledge about the existence of God and His relation to us. Take western Christianity, for example. If it is true, then, as a matter of fact, each human being is created, free and of enormous intrinsic worth whose objective good is with God; and moreover, each [Continue reading]

On Freedom, Excellence, Liberals and Minorities

November 5, 2016 Catholic Hulk 58

Freedom is tricky thing to understand, for there are many different kinds. Here’s a short list: 1. Freedom from external restraint. For example, I am free in the sense that I am not imprisoned by steel bars, shackles, nor bound by rope. Those guys at Guantanamo Bay? Not so much. 2. Freedom from internal necessity—our choices are not determined by any internal necessity. 3. Freedom from moral bind. For example, if married, I am not [Continue reading]

What’s Happening with Haplin? Conservative Catholics, Subsidiarity and Gender Relations

October 27, 2016 Catholic Hulk 17

Progressivist John Haplin at the Center for American Progress had some provocative things to say about conservative Catholics and Catholicism within a recent chain of leaked emails. In these emails, Haplin said that conservative Catholics like to “throw around ‘Thomistic’ thought and ‘subsidiarity’ and sound sophisticated because no one knows what the hell they’re talking about.” Haplin also said that Catholicism has “severely backward” gender relations. Here I briefly explain the principle of subsidiarity so [Continue reading]

On the Words “Homophobia” and “Heterosexism”

October 21, 2016 Catholic Hulk 10

The word ‘homophobia’ likely had some good operational use when it was coined by G. Weinberg in the 60s-70s, which at that time referred to irrational fear or phobia of persons with same-sex sexual inclination. But now homophobia has a plurality of definitions, with even one scholarly work robustly defining homophobia to encompass any negative criticism of homosexuality or same-sex sexual behaviors. (Fyfe, 1983). Some of these newer, broader definitions have led some commentators to [Continue reading]

Jordan Peterson and the Pronoun Imperative

October 14, 2016 Catholic Hulk 50

Jordan Peterson is a tenured psychologist at the University of Toronto. He recently acquired some fame and notoriety for his public comments regarding some progressive gender ideologies and the use personal pronouns (See here, here and here). Peterson denied recognition for the “right” of other people to choose the personal pronouns that he is use when speaking to or about them, particularly if those pronouns are not part of Standard English or are loaded with [Continue reading]