ethics

Ethics and Religion Talk: How Important is Ethnicity in Casting?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 03-07-2022 under OPINION

Submitted to an Ethics and Religion Talk Panelist: “Recently comedian Sarah Silverman stated that Jewish actors should be cast for Jewish roles. People of underrepresented subject positions, such as queer performers, or performers of...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Must You be Morally Pure to Dispense Sacraments?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-28-2022 under OPINION

Cathy writes: “We have been encouraged to follow the Lenten Gospel Reflections of Bishop Robert Barron during Lent. I am still reeling from an article in which he says ‘In the fourth century, St. Augustine faced the challenge of the...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should an Unvaccinated Person with COVID-19 Receive a Lung Transplant?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-22-2022 under OPINION

About one in 10 lung transplants in the United States now go to COVID-19 patients. When somebody who could have received a vaccination but refused, contracts such severe COVID that they need a lung transplant, should they be allowed to jump in and...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Do You Address Suffering?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-14-2022 under OPINION

Imam Kip Curnutt, Director of Religious Education and Associate Imam of Masjid At-Tawheed in Grand Rapids, responds: “As humans, we all experience suffering at times. It is part of the nature of this world that we are tested with both ease and...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should racist comments by teenagers affect their adult lives?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-07-2022 under OPINION

Imam Kip Curnutt, Director of Religious Education and Associate Imam of Masjid At-Tawheed in Grand Rapids, responds: “I think this issue boils down to how we deal with moral responsibility and forgiveness. In Islam, as soon as someone reaches...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should a Court Override Religious Beliefs?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-31-2022 under OPINION

Regarding a 2013 case in which an Amish girl’s parents stopped chemotherapy in favor of ‘natural medicine’ which they say is equally effective if it is God’s will. A judge sided with the parents, but an appeals court sided...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is It Ethical to Erase Memories Using Electroconvulsive Therapy?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-24-2022 under OPINION

From The Atlantic: “ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) is now being used to alter and destroy memories. It may sound like fiction, like something out of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but a recent study published in Nature...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should an Employee be Fired for Religious Beliefs?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-18-2022 under OPINION

Is is OK to fire a Muslim limo driver for not helping to carry a package containing wine? Is it OK to fire a Jewish cook for refusing to cook pork? Is it OK to fire a Christian caregiver hired to help a new mother and her six month old child for...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should Five-Year-Old Children Make Medical Decisions?, part 2

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-10-2022 under OPINION

Last week, we presented responses which argued that no, five-year-old children should not be asked to make such decisions. This week, in part 2, we see responses which argue that in cases such as this one, parents should honor their child’s...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should Five-Year-Old Children Make Medical Decisions?, part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-03-2022 under OPINION

This week, we present responses which argue that no, five-year-old children should not be asked to make such decisions. Next week, in part 2, we’ll see responses which argue that in cases such as this one, parents should honor their child...

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