Posts by Joseph J. Horton

An Attack on Religion and Counseling

An Attack on Religion and Counseling

Does the state have the right to prevent people from training for particular careers because the state disagrees with their religious beliefs? U.S. District Judge George Steeh has made just such a ruling. Eastern Michigan University expelled Julea Ward from … More>

First, Do No Harm

First, Do No Harm

As a psychology professor I teach students who plan to be practitioners of social science. They have been moved with compassion by the problems so many people face, such as being in a painful marriage or having a child with … More>

V&V PAPER — Social Organizations as a Path to Self-control: Does Religious Participation Promote Character Development?

V&V PAPER — Social Organizations as a Path to Self-control: Does Religious Participation Promote Character Development?

Editor’s Note: “Does religious participation have benefits for character development? For most of American history this question would have seemed foolish. Most Americans would have responded that religious participation was essential for character development. Today, however, the value of religion More>

Who is Missing? What Have We Lost?

Who is Missing?  What Have We Lost?

A mother who has been taking medication finds that she is pregnant. She is told by her physician that the fetus has surely been irreversibly damaged. Her physician encourages her to have an abortion. Fortunately for college football fans, Pam … More>

Big New Weapon in the War on Poverty

Big New Weapon in the War on Poverty

Will $1.5 billion to promote marriage education help in the war on poverty? The House has passed a welfare reauthorization bill that included President Bush’s request to spend $1.5 billion over five years to promote marriage education among the poor.… More>

The Morality of Math

The Morality of Math

Math tutoring for elementary school students is at the center of Pennsylvania’s continuing budget fights. The governor wants to raise taxes for new school programs, including math tutoring. The Republicans, particularly those in the Senate, are not interested in raising … More>