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God and the Gridiron

posted: 4.25.14 by Donna Winchell

There seems always to be some scandal in college football. This time my university’s football coach is being criticized for “religious coercion” by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, the same group, based in Michigan, that recently attacked the local school board here in South Carolina for letting a student lead an opening prayer at each meeting of the board. [read more]

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A Clash of Freedoms

posted: 4.18.14 by Donna Winchell

A headline from Fox News captures the controversy perfectly: “Mozilla CEO resignation over anti-gay marriage contribution raises free-speech issues.” The article opens, “The resignation of Mozilla’s CEO amid outrage that he supported an anti-gay marriage campaign is prompting concerns about how Silicon Valley’s strongly liberal culture might quash the very openness that is at the region’s foundation.” [read more]

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Medical Moral Dilemmas

posted: 3.31.14 by Donna Winchell

In an essay we include in Elements of Argument, “The Case for Torture,” Michael Levin asks under what circumstances it would be all right to use torture. The immediate impulse might be to say never. He presents some rather convincing hypothetical scenarios, however, to test readers’ steadfastness in sticking to that answer. [read more]

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In Arizona, Is It Ethics or Economics?

posted: 3.3.14 by Donna Winchell

As I write, Arizona governor Jan Brewer is debating whether or not to sign into law a bill that would make it lawful for business owners to refuse service to gays and lesbians if they object to doing so on religious grounds. Arguments on both sides of the issue are ripe for analysis. One obvious question is how they will know. [read more]

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What We Can Learn from the Losers

posted: 2.14.14 by Donna Winchell

One of the most thoughtful arguments I have seen regarding Olympic competition during the Sochi Olympics came from the mom of a “tween” on a blog called Tween Us on Chicagonow.com. The piece has the intriguing title “Thank You, Shaun White, for Not Medaling in the Olympics.” [read more]

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Life in the Balance

posted: 2.6.14 by Donna Winchell

Two tragic cases have in the last few weeks drawn attention to the definition of life, or, more accurately, to the definition of death.

For thirteen-year-old Jahi McMath, it began when tonsil, nose, and throat surgery went terribly wrong. Doctors declared Jahi brain dead, but her family has not accepted her doctors’ judgment. [read more]

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Flagpole Politics

posted: 12.11.13 by Donna Winchell

When I see flags flying at half-staff, I usually know who is being honored. I’ve discovered that there is a web site that I can go to if I don’t. I wondered when I first saw the flags lowered recently if Nelson Mandela was the honoree because I wasn’t sure if the president ever issued a proclamation ordering flags be lowered to mark the death of someone who was not an American.

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Wordplay: Funny or Offensive?

posted: 11.22.13 by Donna Winchell

Puns have been called the lowest form of humor, and wordplay is finding its way into ads these days in ways that some are finding humorous and others merely disgusting. It’s just one more example of how people will argue over anything.
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Blackfish: The Documentary as Argument

posted: 11.11.13 by Donna Winchell

Examples of argumentation do not have to come from the world of politics. The documentary Blackfish aired on CNN recently provided a look at the issue of keeping killer whales in captivity at parks like SeaWorld. It was a masterpiece of research. Film clips of the massive animals covering decades were interspersed with interviews of those who have worked closely with them. [read more]

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Words on Fire

posted: 10.29.13 by Donna Winchell

Democratic Representative Alan Grayson of Florida reminded us recently of the inflammatory power of language–and images–when he compared the Tea Party to the Ku Klux Klan in an email sent out by his campaign. He did so visually by replacing the “T” in “Tea Party” with a large image of a burning cross, dredging up memories of one of the Klan’s infamous ways of trying to terrorize blacks. [read more]

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