“The conflict in this position is beyond ridiculous. Rape is a crime. The rapist belongs in prison. If he is out it is because the court system fails the survivor.
While you may decide on criminal paternity, a criminal does not have legal rights to the store he has robbed, the property of the person he has murdered, the child he has abused. It is a criminal act involving property not his own.
37 States support criminal rights to paternity. This does not make anything right, only legal. Nor does it make anyone religious or owner. It merely demonstrates the extents to which unthoughtful, insecure devout people will go to be heard.
The voice of devotion is a conviction. Godliness is not imposed on others, it is born in the heart. Otherwise we should have no criminal laws as everything has been predetermined. It is time the religious right went back to evangelism and gotten out of politics.”
“It's true. Not one of us is owed anything. Yet, that line of thinking was not predominant amongst the anti-aristocratic, family-based immigrants of England, Wales, Ireland, Germany, and France who originally settled this country. The values were, in fact, much more communal. Witness the Congregational churches of New England, the many Irish catholics fleeing uninvited aristocratic wars in their own country only to be exiled from their new colonies, or the mediator minded middle Atlantic colonies who drew together German Moravians and Scots Presbyterians. All of which were on an "In-it-Together" mentality or the experiment would never have gotten off the ground.”
“The inheritance of most kids will be the debts of their forebears. Only those who spring from the mobile self-secure families will be able to make the choices that determine the future of their not so equal peers. From this perspective, I am most concerned about who inherits what, and how were they educated. For the super abundance of an upper class family value will never relate to the over abundance of ethically based values.”
“A brilliantly written and documented piece that represents my own convictions, though not polled. The fact that the future of the present generation of children will suffer at the hands of current policy trends presents not only an ethical problem for this generation, but a fiscal problem for the next. Under educated, under healthcare provided kids will absorb an exhorbitant amount of the resources in the future. In addition, it will reduce the potential growth rate of those few who are self-enabled to rise to the top. In effect, the dream will have become an inheritance. (An aside would suggest that the current lack of imaginative and farsighted well-to-dos do not bequeath us a brightly lit future).”