Posts Tagged ‘Leviticus 19:15’

In Memory of Just Man: Professor Mahmoud Al ‘Asali

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Christian news sources are reporting the courageous death of Professor Mahmoud Al ‘Asali, a Muslim lawyer and professor, who apparently died in Mosul recently at the hands of ISIS extremists for defending the rights of Christians who were being driven from the city.

Civilized society depends on just men like Professor Al ‘Asali. May he be remembered whenever history considers the just.

Nor shall you stand by idly when your neighbor’s life is at stake
(Leviticus 19:15).

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Beyond Mixing Blanks With Bullets to Gain Moral Plausibility

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

The strategy of using doubt, misdirection, or confusion to make an unpleasant or immoral act plausible or palatable has a long history.

This strategy has been institutionalized in the practice of mixing blanks and bullets to arm the guns of members of a firing squad. No one firing their gun will therefore have moral certainty that they took another’s life. Each shooter has “deniability.”

A number of muddle-headed moralists have found acceptable a similar scheme that hides which third party insurance company actually pays for abortions. Participants in the insurance plans would not have moral certainty as to whether their dollars actually would pay for abortions, and this uncertainty would theoretically free insurance payers of direct responsibility for abortion.

Either of the above schemes breaks down morally when one considers that, in the case of an innocent person being brought to execution, each entire scheme is immoral from start to finish.

In the case of direct abortion, the one being executed is, prima facie, always innocent. Therefore, no mix of blanks and bullets among the insurance providers suffices to make such a system of hidden participation a morally acceptable system.

When faced with immanent execution of the innocent, the command from Leviticus holds:

Nor shall you stand by idly when your neighbor’s life is at stake
(Leviticus 19:15).

But those who violate the right to life of others will not be content until they have reduced society to a state of complete moral compromise, perhaps because this is the only environment in which they feel their own views will be safe.

It is in this environment that some media gatekeepers guard against moral clarity and continue to sow confusion, lest virtue break out uncontrollably.

A devil better tempts us only after a devil confuses us.

© Copyright 2013, Albert J. Schorsch, III
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