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Ethics and Religion Talk: DNA Privacy and Misuse of Information

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-14-2019 under OPINION

A recent NPR story raises questions of DNA privacy. “The police currently [are] using [searches of public DNA databases] to find ... [murderers] and bad people. But are we OK with using this technique to identify people in a political...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What if Good is Not Good Enough?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-07-2019 under OPINION

Dr. Sahibzada, the Director of Islamic Center and Imam of the Mosque of Grand Rapids, responds: “True faith must be firm and intact of the person. The result of unshakable faith is that a believer will finally end up in the heaven. If life is...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: May a Consenting Married Couple Engage in "Swinging?"

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-31-2018 under OPINION

Ethics and Religion Talk answered a question about four years ago about swingers. This is a follow-up question: “I am a Christian who is getting re-married this week. My human nature wants so badly to find that swinging is ‘OK’...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should Self-Driving Cars be Programmed to Make Moral Decisions?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-27-2018 under OPINION

Based on an NPR report, Should Self-Driving Cars Have Ethics?, we ask the panel: Should self-driving cars be programmed with a moral decision-making capability? For example, to avoid a head on collision should the car swerve into the crosswalk...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Does clergy child abuse cover-up affect clergy moral authority? Part 2

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-17-2018 under OPINION

Continued from last week: In recent months we have seen reports from Philadelphia of wide spread clergy sexual abuse of children followed by wide spread cover-up also committed by clergy. As a member of the clergy what do you think of your...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Does the clergy child abuse cover-up affect clergy moral authority?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-10-2018 under OPINION

James writes, “In recent months we have seen reports from Philadelphia of widespread clergy sexual abuse of children followed by widespread cover-up also committed by clergy. As a member of the clergy what do you think of your profession...

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Ethics and Religion Talk - Forgiving oneself

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-03-2018 under OPINION

The Rev. Sandra Nikkel, head pastor of Conklin Reformed Church, responds: It takes courage to admit to wrongdoing but it takes more courage to forgive oneself. We need the courage to accept God's forgiveness and believe that he will not hold...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is renting space to Unitarians a defamation of God's name?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-26-2018 under OPINION

Sometimes people send me sensitive questions for the column anonymously. Like the high school teacher who wanted to know what the panel thought about the ethics of going to a nude beach. But if you want to criticize me, please sign your name. I...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What are you grateful for? Part 2

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-19-2018 under OPINION

Happy Thanksgiving! Let’s remember what has enriched our lives during this past year. This week, the Ethics and Religion Talk panel continue to answer the question, ‘What is the one thing in your life, in your community, in the world...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What are you grateful for? Part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 11-12-2018 under OPINION

We welcome the Reverend Rachel J. Bahr, pastor of Plymouth UCC, to the panel. She replaces the recently retired Reverend Doug Van Doren. Her response: “My wife and I were married February 18, 2018, and it certainly was a mountaintop experience...

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