#390 Holiday Gifts, Pakistan - December 8, 2017
Prolifers Against Nukes
We continued our practice of holding a peace vigil outside the White House every quarter, to raise awareness about the dangers of nuclear weapons and the need for nuclear disarmament. The most recent vigil was this past Saturday, December 2nd, and was co-sponsored by Consistent Life Network member groups Pax Christi Metro D.C.-Baltimore and Rehumanize International. We passed out a number of leaflets and got a good response from passersby; one elementary school-age girl (a tourist with her family) even joined us for a while. Our next vigil will probably be in March.
Holiday Gifts: Café Press For the enthusiastic consistent-lifers on your gift list, we offer a large variety of t-shirts and sweatshirts, mugs, children’s clothes baby bibs, and more. Check out our shop at Café Press.
Holiday Gifts: Books For the ardent reader on your list, we have Book Recommendations – ones that are directly about the consistent life ethic, and others that are related. You’ll see we have quite a variety, to suit different interests, including a couple of books for kids. Not yet added is the recent book by CLN Endorser Jim Forest, At Play in the Lion’s Den: A Biography and Memoir of Daniel Berrigan.
Latest CLN Blog Post: My Trip to Pakistan Rachel MacNair reports on her experience at a peace studies conference just held in Lahore, Pakistan, a place of warm and friendly people. This conference was their pioneering effort, and it went so well that they’re hoping to make it a biennial ongoing event.
Quotation of the Week Richard W. Garnett, professor and associate dean at the Notre Dame Law School “Life Affirming,” Notre Dame Magazine, Fall. 2017. To be sure, not every important issue is a “life issue,” and crucial moral differences exist between policies that foreseeably result in some earlier deaths (think of a speed-limit increase) and policies that intentionally exclude vulnerable people from protections against killing (for example, the legalization of doctor-assisted suicide). Nevertheless, there is an important sense in which, say, careful, responsible stewardship of the environment and humane, decent treatment of unauthorized immigrants is a “life issue.” Lead poisoning, obesity and the abuse of prescription opioids do kill people and undermine human flourishing. If policies and policymakers are indifferent to these results, or if these results are deemed tolerable because the costs they involve only fall on the marginalized, we are not so far removed from the core, dehumanizing wrong of abortion.
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