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    Do What Makes You Happy?

    The other day I saw a coffee mug with the generalized and clichéd inspirational quote of “do what makes you happy.” The letters were stamped on this mug in a fun and quirky style intended to evoke feelings of positivity. However, my first thoughts and feelings were of skepticism and disgust. The creators of this mug have no idea who…

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    God, on When Life Begins and its Innate Value

    When listening to politicians and thought-leaders discuss abortion, we hear a lot of differing opinions. Some of these opinions are educated and others are not, some might be based in scientific fact while others are strictly based in personal experience. It seems that no matter what, everyone has some insight to share. However, there is one important source of insight…

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    The Midwest, Abortion, And Polling Data

    Every May, an analytics company, Gallup, releases a poll of where Americans all across the country stand on abortion. This is part of their Values and Beliefs series, which is in turn part of their Gallup Poll Social Series. Along with ages, education levels, political affiliation, gender, and religious service attendance, region is also considered in the polling data. When…

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    Susan B. Anthony: Women’s Right to Vote

    Susan B. Anthony is championed by feminists for her progressive ideals and outspoken words and actions. Feminist is “derived from the Latin word line ‘femina’, which means ‘woman’. As far as we know, the words ‘féminisme’ and ‘féminist’ in the Netherlands and France were first used in 1872 by a letter from the Dutch feminist pioneer Mina Kruseman to the French…

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    AR-15 Misconceptions

    The other day when I was playing Halo: Reach with my sons, nephew, and brother, one of my sons referred to the assault rifle in the game as an “AR.” I asked him why he did this and he said it was because “AR” is short for assault rifle, like in the case of an AR-15. When questioned further he…

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    Dangers of Gender Transition for Children

    Over the past thirty years the idea of gender identity has become more prevalent. More people are expressing themselves in relation to new terms and ideas relating to gender. Are these new ideas helpful for someone who perceives their gender as different from their physical body? Have the treatments been helpful? Even more concerning are the potential harmful effects this…

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    Didn’t Consent To Pregnancy?

    The arguments in support of abortion are numerous and vary greatly in terms of how grounded they are. Some of them make sense to a degree and then others outright defy logic. In the last few weeks I have come upon a certain argument for abortion with increasing regularity. It is usually used by those who describe themselves as feminists…

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    Adverse Effects of a Desk Job

    Out of the top ten most common jobs, only three can be classified as a desk job. While there are benefits and detriments from all types of jobs, it seems to be more common for health complications to happen from a desk job. Physical Health Risks According to Edward R. Laskowski, M.D, from the Mayo Clinic, “Research has linked sitting…

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    Blessings Abound, Even In Injury

    A family member of mine has been experiencing back problems recently. This person has been in intense pain and discomfort for a couple of weeks now. As if that weren’t enough, they have been unable to go about their daily routine as they normally would. That is a big challenge, as this family member prefers to stay active, busy, and…