ETHICS 1289 (Fournier-Sylvester @ Champlain) FALL 2016

Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Anaptyx on September 12, 2016
Ethical issues are questionable subjects due to the controversy between moral claims from both sides. The article "The ethical dilemmas facing self-driving cars" by Rebecca Lee from CBS News demonstrates how the self-driving car is a good example of a controversy between technology improvement and its efficacy to take human moral claims into consideration. This new product should revolutionize the world and completely change the road experience. Researchers are aware that each road situation is different and programming a computer with ethical reflexes will be a hard job to do.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by frederickg on September 12, 2016
The article ‘‘Accessibility and Availability of Abortion in Six European Countries’’ published by the European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care journal discusses the accessibility of abortion services in the Netherlands, France, Great Britain, Slovenia, Hungary and Turkey. It was found that abortion laws in European nations range from complete forbiddance to complete permissibility.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Lisa on September 12, 2016
An issue that has been brought up recently by the Globe And Mail is of a man, Mohammad Nouman Dasu, refusing to let his children go to their primary school’s mandatory music classes. This issue is extremely controversial, because it confronts the man’s religious beliefs, and Toronto’s school system.    

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by FreshPrinceofRice on September 12, 2016
The article “Colin Kaepernick Takes a Knee in Latest Anthem Protest” (2016) by Greg Beacham talks about how the NFL player Colin Kaepernick (who plays for the San Francisco 49ers) is protesting against different societal problems in American society such as police brutality, oppression and fighting for equality. He does this by sitting down (the first time) and taking a knee while the national anthem plays during the pre-game. This sparked a lot of controversy and many people criticized Kaepernick’s act for disrespecting the U.S. military and an American tradition.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by mAlba1581 on September 12, 2016
In the article “SPCA threatens to end pound services if Montreal bans pit bulls” by Michelle Lalonde a writer of the Montreal Gazette, she discusses how the soon to be implemented law to ban pit bulls is now going to affect the SPCA’s future. The banning of this race forces the SPCA to go against what their purpose is. The SPCA was created with the intentions to protect, care for and to rehabilitate animals who have been neglected and mal treated until they find their forever home.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by lmr98 on September 11, 2016
In the article “Heaven over hospital: Parents honor dying child’s request” Elizabeth Cohen from CNN raises an unusual situation concerning medical care; can a five-year-old child decide on her own to refuse medical care. 

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by TheRedDumpling on September 11, 2016
Modern Education and religion can often lead to conflicting ideas which can lead to tensions between parents and a school board. The line between religious accommodation and fairness is often murky and it's hard to come to a definite conclusion to make sure all parties are appeased. In the case of certain school boards in the Greater Toronto area, there have been conflicts on whether or not Muslim students should be exempted from art or music classes due to these classes not conforming to Islamic religious beliefs.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by wendyzhi on September 11, 2016
Holding the Olympic Games in an underdeveloped country may not be such a good idea because of the many controversies looming over Rio de Janeiro for the last 20 years. “They said everything to win the Olympic Games, but they said one thing and did another thing,” proclaimed the biologist Mario Moscatelli (“This is a shame” 1). More importantly, water pollution reigns over the Games and the country itself. Rio residents and athletes from all around the world are concerned about those filthy waters.

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3 years 5 months ago

The topic that you chose is a very interesting topic and it’s very connected to the actuality. It’s discouraging to see now our days that the issue with the racism towards black people is still not settle. I think, like probably everybody, that there should not be racism towards races. In my opinion, this racism comes from the background of the United-States. Historically, the United-States have always been racism and it’s like repercussion of this history. That doesn’t mean that it makes it right for the police officer to kill innocent people like that. But we have to understand the background of this people and the culture in which they have been raise. Although I’m totally against the racism and I really thing that there should be consequences to this acts.

3 years 5 months ago

I think you depicted clearly both sides about this issue. The arguments you brought up for the two groups are really strong, convincing, it makes it hard to take position. However, I agree with you. I do not think we should criminalized the burkini. I think doing so would be sexist and victimize even more the women. I would personally not like to be told what to wear. If I'm ashamed of how I look like, for example, I would like to be able to wear shorts on top of my swimsuit. If it is for a religious belief, then it should be the same. I think the France's government should put their efforts in promoting equality of rights and opportunities for men and women instead. I think that doing the opposite would encourage radicalization of certain muslims, which would be (more) legitimate if they feel that their right to have a religion is violated. What would happen if peaceful discussions replaced the climate of fear in society? Would both sides live together happily, freely and peacefully?

3 years 5 months ago

Wow! Your article about the little Juliana touched me! Both sides are really well supported and detailed and this is why taking position is especially difficult in this ethical issue. I totally agree with you when you balance your position between both sides. However, I think I will let, most of the times, the decisions to the parents of sick child. In my opinion, parents, helped by health professionals would be able to take an enlightened decision, probably knowing a lot of information on the disease, its symptoms and consequences. They are not left to themselves. Although they cannot live the pain, they have a major advantage to be able to see and analyze both sides of the issue with their maturity. Also, considering that parents will always act for the well-being of their child, we can assume that they would take the most appropriate decision regarding their situation. In this case, choosing to let the parents make the decision would reunite both values of the debate. They take in consideration their knowledge of the situation, their experiences and maturity and also largely considerate the well-being of their child, this part of themselves. Finally, for adults that have intellectual disability, should we generalize this practice and ask their parents to take the decision?

3 years 5 months ago

I'm glad you chose that topic, which I believe is very important to talk about. I think you depicted very well the way american society responded to this particular situation. I must say that I completely agree with you. The rapist cannot be seen as the victim in the situation, he cannot be excused by the public and the media because of what he was aspiring to, because his profile was "clean". And I also think that if his skin was not white, he would have been judged differently. Society still have many stereotypes against black and latino men. It is totally unfair for the victim and it shows that there is almost no consequences for rapists. There can't be no mercy for a rapist, no matter how rich or pale his skin is. Would society have shown mercy for a black or latino rapist? Would the judge have taken in consideration the impact of the sentence on the rapist's future?

3 years 5 months ago

I really enjoyed how you developed your topic. I hear everybody talking about how this is solely due to the fact that Turner is white. Honestly, it could very well be a big part of the reason that he was given such a small sentence however, I feel as though everybody was extremely quick to coin this as absolute blatant racism without having the data to support their claims. Turner was given a ridiculously short sentence for his crimes. That is not arguable, no matter if he is white or rich, it is not acceptable. That being said, there are unfortunately many cases of rape in america every year of which most do not get blown up as this one did. I could not tell you what is the average sentence for a case similar to this one. Who knows how many of people have gotten away with short sentences for rap, like this one. I feel as though so many people are so apt to coin this as a race issue due to the various race issues going on in the past year. However, none of us would even know if last year a similar rape occurred but with a black man for the simple fact that it was not so heavily publicized by the media. I think that the judge is horribly wrong for having given Turner such a short sentence but I believe that this also says something about peoples conceptions of rape in general. In this situation, the judge seemingly empathized more with a rapist than a woman who was sexually violated behind a DUMPSTER. I feel as though this alone says something undeniable about the views that some have towards rape. This judges verdict shows that some people don't see rape as such a big deal. I feel like this judge would say something like "well he is just a young guy, guys have sexual urges. She should bounce back from this in not time". At a time when rates of depression and suicide in rape victims are factually extremely elevated, I wonder how a judge could let a rapist go with, essentially, a slap on the wrist.

3 years 5 months ago

I value both equality and freedom of belief highly, and thus believe that all students should have equal treatment but I also believe a sort of compromise should be found so that the curriculum does not encroach on any religious beliefs. I believe the arts classes are present in our education as a way to positively develop our creativity but there are other things that could be taught instead of music, dance or painting that are still artistic. A woodworking class, mechanics class, or even smithing class would serve to develop our creativity very well, as well as a cooking class (as another News Activist mentioned).

The question now is how the students would be equally dispersed throughout these courses. If the students could rank which classes they wanted most in order to place most of the students in their preferred classes, than the Islamic students, for example, would also need to rank the traditional art classes which means they could possibly end up in those courses, depending on how the students are assigned their courses and unless the students with religious particularities were prioritized. The encroachment issue and equality issue would thus still be possible even after many alternative courses have been added to the curriculum.

Another possible solution would be to abolish the arts classes but this could probably cause a lack of creative development for those whose families cannot afford extra-curricular artistic lessons. For others these lessons could be taken as a replacement to develop the students' creativity. This would allow for students to have a slightly more personalized education although at extra cost, as these kinds of lessons are rarely free of charge, while the students with religious requirements could simply participate in extra-curricular activities that stimulated their creativity without causing any religious offenses. Do you believe that this is a feasible solution?

3 years 5 months ago

Hey Interesting topic! Whether with consent or not euthanasia is still murder. In order to find the true solution to this ethical issue we must conform to the Word of God. Clearly in the The ten commandments it is written not to murder (Exodus 20:13). But we can also see an example of this issue confronted in the book of Job. When Job was enduring great pain and distress his wife said to him 'Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!' 10 But he said to her, 'You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?' In all this Job did not sin with his lips,” (Job 2:9-10). Jobs wife wanted him to end his life in order to end the despair and pain he was going through which is an early example of euthanasia. We are all to follow God's instruction and God is one that hates sin. Job refusing to take the wife's advice resulted in him not sinning against God. Which shows we are not to bestow our time of death. What do you think?

3 years 5 months ago

I really enjoyed reading your post since the subject is extremely unusual and original. Also, it was well written, good job! I totally agree with you on the fact that one's belief should not put a child's life in jeopardy. It is obviously the parent’s responsibility to make sure that their child is healthy and receives all of the medical care needed. To me, the value of parental responsibility is extremely important since they take all of the decisions for their child that is too young to have his say. Even though the parent’s intentions were not to harm the kid, they were extremely irresponsible and their faith violated the moral principle of “do no harm”. What punishment do you think would be appropriate for the parent’s negligence?

3 years 5 months ago

This post really caught my attention because I think that this subject is extremely interesting and controversial, and I enjoyed the fact that you were able to openly represent both sides of the debate even though the legalization of prostitution can sometimes be taboo. However, I tend to support the other side of the debate which is against the legalization of prostitution, because I strongly believe that we should not use people as means to an end. Also, the values that I have been taught and developed throughout experience go against the objectification of the human body. I also believe that the legalization of this controversy would only increase prostitution, which to me is not a good thing. In this case would other alternative to regulate prostitution, such as adopting the Nordic model for sex-work that consists of criminalizing the act of buying sex services instead of criminalizing the selling part, be efficient enough?

3 years 5 months ago

Your post was very well presented. The moral principles for keeping orcas held in captivity were clearly divided, showing both sides of the debate. You also had varied moral principles and explored a large range of issues regarding this topic.

I definitely agree with all three of your moral principles against SeaWorld. The orcas are treated as slaves for our own entertainment. The conditions and living environment in which they are in is simply unacceptable. These large, intelligent whales should be in their natural environment! Many of the orca’s living in SeaWorld are found to have a much shorter lifespan than those that are free and lose their instincts to due to captivity. Values such as protection are extremely relevant to this topic. In your post you mentioned how orcas ware hunted and how extinction is feared for this species. Orcas should be further protected to not only remain in their natural habitat but to be safe in the ocean as well.

Can the ethical issues present in the captivity of orcas also be applied to animals in zoos and animals used for human pleasure?

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