Monthly Archive for September, 2015

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The Guardian too ciritcal of Pope’s decision

Pope Francis made headlines last week by giving permission to priests around the world to forgive women for having an abortion, if the women ask for it. It rebooted arguments and discussion around the world, especially in the United States, about the rights and wrongs of abortion. Most people are viewing the pope’s decision as a moral one, and rightfully so, considering it is his “Year of Mercy.” However, Anthea Butler from The Guardian disagrees—she thinks the decision was made strictly so the Catholic Church can gain “good PR.” I agree that the public opinion of the church will more than likely get better with the decision, but it’s unreasonable to assume that the Pope is doing this strictly for that reason. This is the leader of the Roman Catholic world we’re talking about, not Donald Trump. Francis’s decisions are made because he feels he is morally doing the right thing—not because people will like him more.

Here is the link if you’re interested:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/02/pope-francis-abortion-forgiveness-good-politics-changes-nothing-for-women

 

Mitch Kellogg, California Boy

It’s hard to believe a 21 year old from Los Angeles, California, would want to ever take his athletic talents to Sioux City, Iowa. But, Mitch Kellogg doesn’t mind it here. A junior academically, Mitch is a Mass Communication major with serious writing skills. Mitch says that the cafeteria here at Morningside College is “decent” and “not the best.” He’s old school, telling me that his favorite band is Led Zeppelin and his favorite movie is the always-classic Bull Durham–a baseball movie, of course. My final question for Mitch was simple: Clinton or Trump? He laughed, and after about 20 seconds of thinking he pleaded “Pass!” It’s okay, though, because he has a plan for the election if no one else peaks his interest. Deez Nuts is gaining popularity here in Sioux City, apparently.

Defining My Kind of Objectivity

Objectivity, when it comes to me, is providing an unbiased and unswayed opinion on something that the writer or speaker is discussing. It’s harder to find objective writers and speakers than one my think. The reason one should remain objective is so that when people are looking for a side to take and for a camp to settle in on an important topic, they can rely on simple facts–not biased garbage. I can be awfully opinionated at times, which is both a strength and a weakness, but when it comes discussing a topic with someone who is unfamiliar with the subject, I attempt to steer away from my biases and provide facts for the listener or reader to make their own judgements.