Moral relativism and personal values

This was supposed to be an article about my views, my very intellectual views, on moral relativism. The subject was broached while sitting around the cracked and tagged wooden table in the back of The Daily room during one of our weekly opinion meetings. Andre, the editor-in-chief, had some thoughts and I found myself disagreeing and thus our benevolent editor asked us to jot down our ideas.

Morality: It's not all relative

Darius, king of ancient Persia, encounters the Callatians, a tribe of people native to India, and is intrigued by their cultural death ritual. When a Callatian father passes on, his children eat his body. Darius asks some Greeks present in his court what it would take for any of them to eat the body of their father, rather than have it cremated. His court, horrified, replies that no price could convince them to desecrate the body of their father so. He then asks the Callatians what it would take for them to burn the remains of their fathers, to which they replied, aghast, that for no price would they do such a thing.

Get your hobby off my lobby: My uterus is none of your business

On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled five to four on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, allowing for companies owned by a small group with closely-held religious beliefs to deny their employees access to birth control methods and services via insurance. The court, in this decision, ensured that individual rights would continue to be trumped by religious rights. 

How does it feel to be a college graduate?

So. I graduated. I wore a goofy black robe and a goofy square hat with goofy tassels and took pictures with my friends. I listened to Steve Ballmer yell loud, incoherent things about football, about carpe diem, and whatnot. I took swigs from a flask on the Husky Stadium field. I stood up, turned about and waved to the speckled dots that I was led to believe were my parents and siblings. I walked across that stage and shook a blur of hands. I got this weird leather case with a letter congratulating me -— markedly, no diploma was present.

Real dialogue requires tolerance: Hostility is the antithesis of effective communication

When someone initiates a conversation with me that begins with an insult, pointed vulgarity, or aggression, I find it a little hard to listen to what they’re saying. Chances are I’m not alone in this; we humans are reactionary, emotional creatures — our brains are literally wired to trigger at certain things and to respond instantly, without thought.

Two steps forward, thirty-five feet back: Denying abortion clinics buffer zones

Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled against a Massachusetts law establishing a 35-foot buffer around abortion clinics. The buffer, enacted in 2007, was an area that protesters are not allowed in, a zone that protects employees, patients, and family members from harassment and violence. The law was struck down in an attempt to “save” free speech, so that more abortion protesters could discourage women from seeking the legal service.

Putting an end to gun violence: Why addressing mental health issues matters

Mass shootings have become all too common in the United States, sparking political debates on gun control with more fervor than ever. The nation as a whole can agree on one thing: Something has to be done to put this senseless violence to a stop. 

Right to life: The case for a national gun registry

Newtown. Columbine. Seattle Pacific University. Santa Barbara. Virginia Tech.

#YesAllWomen is for everyone: Why “women’s issues” don’t exist

Even though I knew it would hurt, I watched the videos Elliot Rodger made before the UC Santa Barbara shootings occurred this past May. I wanted to see how someone’s attachment to a sexist ideology could translate into murder. I was looking for some glimmer of hope that his opinions were more extreme than that of someone who subscribes to sexism but does not kill. I found few.

Have you tried not being a misogynist?: Male entitlement, Part 1

Within the past month, we’ve become aware of two incidents strongly linking violence and misogyny. There was Elliot Rodger’s killing spree at UC Santa Barbara, and now Keshav Bhide has been charged with threatening to do the same right here at the UW. Rodger’s online presence indicates he was motivated by a hatred of women, while Bhide’s alleged plot seems to have been a copycat attempt in both method and motive.