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Jason Stewart is the Events Planning & Management at The Rockford Institute.

  • A person's a person, no matter how small.

    By Jason Stewart | March 03, 2014
    My young children call this the Horton the Elephant defense against abortion, for it was that sagacious and seussical pachyderm who in his mission to save the Whos, once declared, "A person's a person, no matter how small."
  • A Taxing Morality

    By Jason Stewart | February 19, 2014
    Illinois cares deeply about its citizenry. You know how I know? Our lawmakers are proposing as a health incentive a penny per ounce tax on every sugar-sweetened drink. Unfortunately, the Illinois state legislature is one of the most corrupt and inept in the country.
  • In Defense of the Silver Rule

    By Jason Stewart | February 12, 2014
    Silver can be more precious than gold when you're staring moral disaster in the face. Here's to reviving a forgotten principle.
  • Extraneous Material

    By Jason Stewart | January 14, 2014
    The ancient Gnostics were notorious for their rejection of the material universe. Whatever was matter didn’t matter, only the spirit was to be bothered with.
  • The Doctrine of the Mean

    By Jason Stewart | January 10, 2014
    This way of relating virtue to vice is not uncommon. Neither is the accompanying belief that suggests that so long as an individual is extreme in the right direction, such an extreme is laudable.
  • Students of Common Sense

    By Jason Stewart | January 08, 2014
    Now, more than ever, we need students of common sense. One might imagine people come studied in this hallowed subject by the very nature of things, but this is not a safe assumption, especially today. Ours is a time in which the simple suggestion that human nature constitutes a deep structural reality making human beings what they are and determining how they behave is treated as both foreign and hateful in moral and social conversations.
  • The Profits of Doom

    By Jason Stewart | September 09, 2013
    The doomsday prophets of pop Christianity have spotted yet again another opportunity to exploit the gullibility of a certain segment of the Christian population by preaching, writing, and blogging on the international crisis in Syria.
  • Vice of Choice

    By Jason Stewart | August 28, 2013
    Sitting in traffic I happened to notice an unfortunate pro-life bumper sticker featuring an unborn child inquiring of the vehicles behind it: “ . . . what about my choice?”
  • Reinventing the Grammar of Human Nature

    By Jason Stewart | August 21, 2013
    Finding out the sex of a new baby is an important moment for moms and dads. It’s the great mystery of the pregnancy. Everybody in the family waits with something like Christmas eagerness to discover whom they’ll meet at delivery—a bouncing baby boy or a precious little girl.
  • The "B-Word"

    By Jason Stewart | August 19, 2013
    Not long ago, in a conversation I was having with someone on the subject of same-sex marriage, I found myself on the receiving end of one of those oft heard, emotionally saturated, hackneyed epithets intended to force the politically incorrect party sharing in the discussion into apologetic agreement.
  • Non- Theistic Christianity

    By Jason Stewart | August 09, 2013
    There was a time when one could be assured that it was only the fool who denied the existence of God. No more. The revised biblical aphorism can now read, “The episcopalian minister has said in his heart there is no God.” Yes, the Very Rev. Gary R. Hall, Dean of the Washington National Cathedral, self-identifies as a non-theistic Christian, and he sees no contradiction. As a matter of fact, he revels in it.
  • Seeing the Jesus Reza Aslan Wants to See

    By Jason Stewart | July 31, 2013
    Is anyone else weary of books promising to give us the “real Jesus”? You know, the Jesus before Christianity, the one stripped of all the superstitious varnish of the New Testament Gospels, leaving only a supposedly factual portrait of a 1st century Jewish peasant, inevitably re-imagined according to the preferences of the author?