Looking for Heretics: Bernie Sanders and Religious Liberalism

June 11, 2017 Catholic Hulk 25

A few day ago, Senator Bernie Sanders questioned Russell Vought’s beliefs regarding salvation. Here’s Vought’s questioned belief: Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned. Sanders didn’t like this belief. Here’s a bunch of stuff Sanders said to Vought and others as reported by Emma Green (see here):   “In my view, the statement made by Mr. Vought [Continue reading]

On Disability: Should We Be Ableists?

May 22, 2017 Catholic Hulk 35

Remember when some members of the Society of Christian Philosophers lost their minds regarding Richard Swinburne’s claim that homosexuality is a disability (see here)? Part of their outrage emanated in response to the idea that disability is a bad thing, something to avoid, remedy, or cure. Apparently, that’s “ableism,” something we are called to see as bad or oppressive. But I don’t think so. As I see it, human beings are creations with a nature: There [Continue reading]

Marijuana Legalization and the State

April 27, 2017 Catholic Hulk 16

You might have heard that Canada is on her way to legalize marijuana possession, use and growth. I’m confused about the morality of the whole thing, but my attention was sparked by this journalist. Read: But government exists to protect us from force and fraud and I subject him to neither when I drink a beer or smoke a joint even if, by doing so, I diminish his potential pleasure or profit from my company. [Continue reading]

GLAAD and the “Homosexual Agenda”

April 3, 2017 Catholic Hulk 9

GLAAD, the forerunner of lgbt advocacy, recently published a document entitled Accelerating Acceptance. The document celebrates the recent judicial victories for the lgbt Sexual Revolution, but laments the work ahead. What work? Here’s a passage from the document: Yet, GLAAD’s survey also reveals that slow but steady progress is being made for acceptance of LGBT people. In many of the ‘comfortability’ questions central to GLAAD’s Accelerating Acceptance survey, non-LGBT Americans report significantly less discomfort than [Continue reading]

Unnatural Allies: The Left, Gays and Muslims

February 23, 2017 Catholic Hulk 27

The political left, the forerunners and champions of the LBGT movement, further the political clout of Muslims, but Muslims, by far and large, are opposed to LBGT rights, recognition and political advancement; hence, the furtherance of the political clout for Muslims comes with at least some detriment to the LBGT movement. So why does the left support Muslims? It seems so self-defeating. I mean, readers, consider these facts. In the Muslim-majority countries of Afghanistan, Brunei, Iran, [Continue reading]

Self-Legislation, Obligation, Natural Law, the State, Evil and Small ‘l’ Liberalism

February 1, 2017 Catholic Hulk 1

I herein babble and rant. In an earlier post, I wrote about freedom, God and self-legislation. I spoke about the transition of thought in how we think about freedom and moral obligation. I noted that some people think of human persons as self-legislators, free from the heteronomous standards and impositions. For them, a person is morally bound and obliged by his individual will alone, for anything else would make him unfree and deny his autonomy. [Continue reading]

There is No Such Thing as “Sexual Orientation”

January 30, 2017 Catholic Hulk 13

Robin Dembroff recently wrote an article entitled “What Is Sexual Orientation?” wherein she takes issue with how sexual orientation is typically understood. She believes that we have “good reason” to resist many of these understandings. Here are some of her reasons: Inadequate understandings of sexual orientation can reinforce heteronormative assumptions (i.e., assumptions that heterosexuality should be privileged within society) by maintaining a majority/minority divide between heterosexuality and other sexual orientations that historically has been normatively [Continue reading]

On Animals and the Pursuit of Virtue: A Rejoinder

January 24, 2017 Catholic Hulk 37

Fellow RC blogger AR-15 replied to my post about animals, vegetarianism and the pursuit of virtue. I thank him for his effort, but I regret to inform our readers that much of what he had to say, or at least how he understood my argument, was just wrong. Really wrong, in fact. Consequently, my argument remains unscathed. Here I explain why. I. Misinterpretations AR-15 depicts my argument thusly: In other words, unless one needs to [Continue reading]

Our Treatment of Animals and the Pursuit of Virtue

January 8, 2017 Catholic Hulk 29

There is a debate within the National Review regarding the ethical treatment of non-human animals. The first paper written by Scully criticizes the way we treat non-human animals, followed by a rebuttal by Cam Edwards. Take a gander at both of them. In his essay, Edwards writes: Scully’s moral argument against meat eating sounds great, as long as you don’t think about the mice, rabbits, squirrels, moles, groundhogs, and other creatures great and small killed [Continue reading]

Hey, Non-White Guys and MTV

December 31, 2016 Catholic Hulk 2

MTV recently published a video entitled Hey, White Guys. The people in the video gave white men several resolutions for the upcoming year, usually involving implications that racism and sexism are problems for white men. So since some people are in the spirit of offering cheerful advice, I thought that I’d offer my own. Hey, Black Guys: If you haven’t already, finish school. High school graduation rates for black youth are far lower than white [Continue reading]