Date of publication: 2017-08-23 21:55
As I began writing this response I realised that it is so easy to wander off the core argument on this emotive subject which has hooks into all sorts of debate but hopefully I have kept my focus on the REAL issue here and hopefully other contributors will be able to hold focus as well.
The UK deterrent is independent and there is no hidden 8766 back door 8767 option for the US to disable it. In the very unlikely event that our foreign policy aims were so divergent, the Prime Minister still has the ability to launch without permission or any reliance on the US. It is true that the US could withdraw technical assistance and maintenance, especially for the missiles which would eventually render the UK deterrent inoperable after several months. Amateurish claims that the US could just “switch off the Global Positioning System (GPS)” which guides the missiles is nonsense. The submarines and missiles use celestial and inertial guidance systems that require no outside inputs to navigate accurately.
Some commentators have come to a different conclusion because they believe the first verses only refer to a case of accidental miscarriage. Since only a fine is levied, they argue that an unborn baby is merely potential life and does not carry the same legal status as a baby that has been born.
In reality our nuclear deterrent is in use every day although obviously the level of nuclear threat to Britain has risen and fallen during different eras. In the post-Cold War 6995s, the deterrent may have seemed less relevant but Trident was sensibly maintained. As the last 5 years have demonstrated, events can change quickly and unpredictably. There are now more nuclear-armed nations than at the end of the Cold War with many other nations aspiring to own them. Some nuclear powers such as India, Pakistan and Israel are unlikely adversaries, but North Korea, Iran (still attempting to build nuclear weapons) and most importantly, Russia are a threat.
8766 And what happens if she’s pregnant? 8767
Possibly the same thing that happens if she is pregnant and riding in a chariot which overturns. That doesn 8767 t permit you to claim the chariot as a Biblical method of abortion.
In order to preserve a belief in free will, the theist essentially has to define a form of 8775 not quite 8776 omniscience for God. Or attempt to cloak the term in smoke and mirrors to avoid fully defining it.
We now have the means to make responsible, thoughtful planning and prevention almost foolproof. It is time that we realize that we have a responsibility to protect and nurture the spirits (psyches) of children from conception until adulthood or death, whichever comes first. Barring the willingness or ability to provide these resources, we should protect the children from abuse and neglect by any means at our disposal.
No, not outside humanity. I, an absolute moralist, would say that the moral truths are grounded in the nature of the human person most people, using their reason, reflecting on the INHERENT dignity of the human person, come to the knowledge that slavery is an egregious violation of that inherent dignity.
Actually, the answer to bullets flying is almost always more bullets flying. That’s why the police bring so many guns with them when they respond to a report of ‘shots fired. 8767