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Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual (yes, we know, that's such a bad word) ought to be: someone who devotes himself to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them." You're welcome. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
* Al Sharpton provides a concise and on-point defense of the new rule that requires health insurance providers and organizations providing health care plans to cover preventive health services, such as birth control, without charging a co-payment.
* Emily Bazelon on Slate discusses two related Senate bills: Sen. Marco Rubio wants to allow employers to deny coverage of birth control for a religious or moral reason, while Sen. Roy Blunt would let employers opt out of paying for any kind of health care that runs counter to their beliefs.
* The New York Times explores the foundational principles of Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum.
* Georgia’s highest court has struck down a state law restricting assisted suicides on the basis that it violated free speech rights, a ruling that destroyed a criminal case against members of a suicide group and could reshape the state’s end-of-life policy.
* Is being gay a choice? That’s the controversial question author Nathaniel Frank takes up in his latest article on The Huffington Post.
* President Barack Obama is apparently gaining a reputation as a distant figure among many insiders in Washington, D.C.
* U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Miller has dismissed a case by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that alleged five orca whales owned by Sea World in California and Florida were living under involuntary servitude.