Newsletter #18 - The Church of Spiritual Humanism
February 18, 2004 - Philadelphia www.SpiritualHumanism.org
Protect the Commons
Freedom is required to find truth, and if for no other reason than this, it should be a cherished, innate right of all intelligent creatures. In a practical and moral society freedom does have its limits, not because it leads to chaos, but because the exercise of absolute freedom eventually will infringe upon the rights of others. You can't dump your trash in the drinking water reservoir, or overgraze your sheep in the commons until there is nothing left but dust. This is simply because societies that protect this type of absolute freedom do not survive. Things that belong to everyone must be protected. There are the obvious things like clean air and our drinking water supply, but also the seemingly obscure like preserving a viable population of commercial fish species in our oceans. Whenever a resource is exploited to the point of no return, all of our rights have been infringed upon. Lack of regulation maybe a boon to profits, but it is unethical and dangerously shortsighted.
IN THE NEWS
Bush Administration Distorts
Science, Group Says
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An environmental group on Wednesday accused the Bush administration of suppressing and distorting scientific findings on the environment, public health and safety that run counter to its own policies.
The Union of Concerned Scientists said in a report that the administration had suppressed research on global warming, air quality, sexual health, cancer and other issues.
It said there had been a wide-ranging effort to manipulate the government's supposedly independent scientific advisory system "to prevent the appearance of advice that might run counter to the administration's political agenda."
The group, which includes Nobel-winning researchers as well as environmental and political activists, said in its report that Congress "should ensure that this administration and future administrations reverse this dangerous trend."
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Our actions and ethics must be founded on the strongest bedrock of truth. The scientific method is the best way we have of determining truth and the nature of the universe. We must be brave enough to face, accept, and embrace reality, especially when old beliefs are shown to be lacking. The truth of the natural world is full of more wonder and inspiration than any story invented by humans. It is wrong to deny reality whether it is to line the pockets of your environmentally exploiting friends, or to protect your feeble and false beliefs. To do so is folly that can only lead to disaster.
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I had to go through the
proper channels to be ordained and I cannot do weddings as yet until next
year. Do you think you are doing this right? It could be a bad influence on
people who may not be aware of what is happening. Please be very careful you
do not bring harm or disbelief to gullible people. I know we can all choose
but this is not to be played around with.
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