Wesley J. Smith

Chair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human Exceptionalism

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How Much More Should We Pay for Costco’s Chickens?

New York Times columnist Nick Kristof wrote one of his periodic columns decrying industrial methods of animal husbandry. This time, he focused on chickens and the raising methods that permit Costco to sell a whole rotisserie chicken for only $4.99.

Push on to Allow Expanded Human-Embryo Research

Back when embryonic-stem-cell and other types of experimentation on early embryos commenced, “the scientists” promised they would always limit their activities to embryos in Petri dishes to the maximum of 14 days in development.

Now Hawaii Wants Non-Physician-Assisted Suicide

Always remember that the first iteration of assisted-suicide legalization is not the last iteration. Over time — and once people get used to doctors prescribing for suicide or giving lethal jabs — the laws are loosened to make more people eligible to die, or to expand the cadre of medical professionals entitled to end patient’s lives.

Equality Act’s Attack on Religious Liberty, Medical Conscience

President Biden said during the campaign that he supported the Equality Act, which is being sold as a means of guaranteeing equality for LGBT people. But it does more than that. It would destroy medical conscience by removing existing protections that permit doctors and nurses to refuse participation in abortion, and it would gut the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Reader’s Digest Canada Pushes Euthanasia, Ignores Hospice

The push is on in Canada to normalize euthanasia as the best way to die — to save money and emotional turmoil. How hard is the push? Reader’s Digest Canada — no less — has published a guide to end-of-life planning that pushes euthanasia and doesn’t even mention hospice.

Hospice Workers Should Be at the Front of the Vaccine Line Too

We all know that residents in long-term-care/assisted-living facilities and frontline health-care personnel make up Phase 1a of the CDC vaccine distribution plan, putting them — rightly — at the front of the vaccine line. But not all medical workers are apparently created equal. I am specifically referring to hospice workers, who have been placed toward the back of the queue in several states.

The Bioethicist Pandemic

The increasing outsourcing of health-care policy to medical bureaucrats during the COVID-19 crisis illustrates a dangerous temptation.

The War on Humans: Q&A with Wesley J. Smith and John West

On this episode of ID The Future, we’re featuring clips of questions and answers with Wesley J. Smith and John West from the premiere of The War on Humans documentary. Smith and West briefly answer questions about the threat of the fringe element of the radical animal rights movement; the advance of animal rights proponents political agenda; and the regulatory process that is creeping towards scientism.

The War on Humans, pt. 4

On this episode of ID the Future Joshua Youngkin concludes his discussion on the new book & documentary film The War on Humans with the book’s author, Wesley J. Smith. In the fourth and final segment of the series, Smith discusses the impact of Darwinism on bioethics and human rights and why we need to take the anti-humanism movement seriously.

The War on Humans, pt. 3

On this episode of ID the Future, hear from bioethicist Wesley J. Smith as he continues his conversation on his new book The War on Humans, also adapted as a documentary film. In this third podcast of the series, you’ll hear about the legal movement to establish legal rights for animals, and even plants. Smith examines the meaning of the term “personhood” and its implications for human rights.

The War on Humans, pt. 2

On this episode of ID the Future, hear from bioethicist Wesley J. Smith as he continues his conversation on his new book The War on Humans, also adapted as a documentary film. In this second podcast of the series, you’ll hear about how the conservation movement turned into an anti-human movement, and how this affects humans, especially in the developing world and in marginalized people groups.

The War on Humans, pt. 1

On this episode of ID the Future, hear from bioethicist Wesley J. Smith as he talks about his new book The War on Humans, also adapted as a documentary film. In this first podcast of the series, Smith discusses what makes humans unique among the creatures of the earth, and why it matters: “Universal human rights are at stake. The intrinsic dignity of human life is at stake. The understanding of our unique place in the world, both in terms of or value and in terms of obligation, they are at stake.” Listen in!

Bioethicist Wesley J. Smith Dissects the “Anti-Science” Label

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin talks with bioethicist Wesley J. Smith about a recent article he wrote at First Things. In this article, Smith responds to an accusation that he is “anti-science” for suggesting that science should have ethical boundaries. Listen in as Luskin and Smith discuss how the “anti-science” label, along with similar terms, is often used to try and suppress dialogue and protect scientific orthodoxy.

The Importance of Being Human

This episode of ID the Future we’re highlighting a new podcast by Discovery Institute senior fellow Wesley J. Smith, called What It Means to Be Human.

Forced Exit: Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, and the New Duty To Die

With proponents of assisted suicide achieving more than anyone imagined possible even ten years ago Discovery Institute is proud to announce that Spence Publishing has recently released a revised and updated version of Forced Exit: Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, and the New Duty To Die by nationally acclaimed bioethicist and senior fellow Wesley J. Smith. This week we offer a short review of the book.