Empire’s Abortion Debate Is Muddled, But Improved

Spoilers for “Empire,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Scandal” ahead.  Sometimes we all need a mulligan.“Empire’s” writers just took one on abortion. I don’t blame them. The last time abortion arose on Fox’s music-oriented soap opera, the whole storyline felt too pointed. It existed seemingly only as a messenger, which never works well storytelling-wise and works even … Continue reading

Devaluing Life on “Scandal”

Patients expect to be treated for their ailments without question on Grey’s Anatomy. They don’t even realize how lucky they are, because on Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal, which airs immediately afterward, those same patients would have to justify their lives before anyone saved them. If anyone decided to help at all. This raises questions for viewers: How much is a … Continue reading

Our Kid-Hostile World

The post-Christian West is a scary place. And I say this as a practicing Jew. The abandonment of Judeo-Christian values in many quarters has left a vacuum. That has the potential to damage all of us morally, but it primarily endangers the most vulnerable among us, namely children. Endless articles proclaim that childhood is now … Continue reading

Call the Midwife & Back-Alley Abortion

As a general rule, I prefer to maintain a strict separation between my art and my politics. My politics are admittedly at variance with most artists, but I also find that introducing politics can taint otherwise spectacular art, making it more mundane. I thought about this after watching a recent episode of Call the Midwife, an … Continue reading