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Summer 2012 • Gilbert Meilaender on the curious case for extinction in Why Have Children?
Spring 2012 • Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill on why people sell their eggs and sperm
Fall 2011 • Algis Valiunas on why the prophet of self-actualization was more than just a New Age icon
Winter 2011 • Algis Valiunas on “Rappaccini’s Daughter” and the crooked path to Paradise
Summer 2010 • Roger Scruton on the risks of friendship and the costs of shirking them
Winter 2008 • Caitrin Nicol
Fall 2005 • Mickey Craig and Jon Fennell on Tom Wolfe’s I Am Charlotte Simmons
Summer 2005 • Robert W. JensonNext
June 18, 2008 •
A terrific article by Will Saletan on the coming "chemical wars" over sexual orientation:
Last year, Rev. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, wrote: "If a biological basis is found, and if a prenatal test is then developed, and if a successful treatment to reverse the sexual orientation to heterosexual is ever developed, we would support its use." Mohler told the Associated Press that morally, this would be no different from curing fetal blindness or any other "medical problem." Rev. Joseph Fessio, editor of the press that publishes the Pope's work, agreed: "Same-sex activity is considered disordered. If there are ways of detecting diseases or disorders of children in the womb ... that respected the dignity of the child and mother, it would be a wonderful advancement of science."
If the idea of chemically suppressing homosexuality in the womb horrifies you, I have bad news: You won't be in the room when it happens. Parents control medical decisions, and surveys indicate that the vast majority of them would be upset to learn that their child was gay. Already, millions are screening embryos and fetuses to eliminate those of the "wrong" sex. Do you think they won't screen for the "wrong" sexual orientation, too?
Ross Douthat's prescient post on the future of homosexuality is well-worth reading too.