Wednesday, April 20, 2005

All The Livelong Day

Today, at The American Spectator, in the aftermath of the Terri Schiavo tragedy, I issue an appeal to stem the tide of "right-to-die" laws.

In support of my appeal, I enlist the wisdom of King Solomon. Please enjoy.

3 comments:

Tlaloc said...

You suggest putting aside left vs right rhetoric and then proceed to reason based on the bible? I'm sorry Jay but making legal decisions based upon the bible is indeed a right oriented argument. For those of us who are not christian, and who would scoff at such statements as Solomen being the wisest of all men, the argument is already DOA.

If you really wish to argue in a language both sides can appreciate choose reason rather than faith.

Jay D. Homnick said...

The book of Proverbs is a book of wisdom; it stands on its own without a religious backing, as I make clear in the article.

People quote Confucius' ideas all the time as wisdom, despite the fact that he was founding and leading a religion.

Ideas presented as wisdom need to be engaged as wisdom. If you are open-minded, an idea should be no less worthy of engagement just because it was preserved within the Scriptural canon.

Tlaloc said...

"The book of Proverbs is a book of wisdom; it stands on its own without a religious backing, as I make clear in the article."

That position however just might be disputed, i.e. it's a subjective opinion not a fact.


"People quote Confucius' ideas all the time as wisdom, despite the fact that he was founding and leading a religion."

Indeed, but they probably don't do so right after saying "lets leave aside all the confucianist and Taoist rancor." See how it seems a little odd to say "lets move beyond left-right politics" and then launch into an argument that is based on sources enshrined much more by the right than the left?


"Ideas presented as wisdom need to be engaged as wisdom. If you are open-minded, an idea should be no less worthy of engagement just because it was preserved within the Scriptural canon."

The idea is stil valid or invalid regardless of source, I didn't mean to suggest otherwise. Rather I was pointing out a seeming contradiction in how you start your piece which is likely to turn off readers who aren't themselves christians. What you do with that information is, of course, up to you.