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25 August 2011

Upcoming Webcast Discussion of Circumcision and Religious Freedom

By Diana Hsieh

In my next live Rationally Selfish Webcast, I'll be answering a question on whether circumcision violates the rights of the child -- or whether a ban violates the religious freedom of the parents.

The webcast is on Sunday morning at 8 am PT / 9 am MT / 10 am CT / 11 am ET. You can watch the webcast and join in the text chat via www.RationallySelfish.com. Greg Perkins of Objectivist Answers will be my audio co-host, as usual.

Here's the full text of the four questions that I'll answer this week:

  • Question 1: The Validity of Introversion and Extroversion: Are "introversion" and "extroversion" valid as psychological types? Sometimes people classify themselves and others as "introverts" and "extroverts." What does that mean? Is the distinction valid and useful? Why or why not?
  • Question 2: Circumcision and Religious Freedom: Should circumcision be banned? Residents of San Francisco were supposed to vote on a ballot measure that would have banned circumcision, except in cases of medical necessity. (It was stuck from the ballot by a judge due to conflicts with state law.) Since circumcision is an millennia-old religious rite for Jews and regarded as essential to their covenant with God, would a ban on circumcision violate the principle of freedom of religion?
  • Question 3: Lobbying as a Career: Can lobbying be a proper career choice? Lobbying involves asking for various kind of favors from the government. Is that a profession that someone who values free markets should avoid like the plague?
  • Question 4: Working for a Statist Company: Is it immoral to work for a company that uses government to eliminate or hamper the competition? For example, if a company has brought antitrust lawsuits against its competitors, should you refuse to work for them?
After that, we'll do a round of totally impromptu "Rapid Fire Questions."

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However, I hope that you'll join the live webcast, because that's more exciting and lively than the podcast.

You can also review and vote on the the ongoing queue of questions for upcoming shows. Please submit your questions too!

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I hope to see you on Sunday morning!

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