People on the right like to point out the vile, anti-intellectual behavior of people on the left — with some justification. But the right has its own dark side. Recently, Nick Provenzo over at the Rule of Reason blog sparked a firestorm by defending a woman’s moral right to abort a Down’s Syndrome fetus, and boy howdy did the religionists let their inner thug out to play! (For the record, I agree entirely with the thrust of Nick’s argument. Some other relevant follow-up posts may be found here, here, here, here and here. Nick has some follow-on thoughts on intellectual thuggery which are also worth reading, as is Diana Hsieh’s post on the same topic.)
Nick has done a wonderful job standing up to the resulting onslaught, and I’ve been remiss in not noting the fight and providing moral support. So, Nick, well done. Well done indeed. I’ll be backing up my moral support with some financial support.