Your dignity is not conditional

By Tom Quiner

In the battle of ideologies, whether it is the Left vs. the Right or Islam vs. Christianity, human dignity is the battle ground.
Is human dignity intrinsic … or not?
The Left suggests human dignity is conditional, that a person only has worth if he or she is wanted. That is why they push so hard for protecting and even exporting human abortion  “rights.” That is why they are agitating for an expansion of euthanasia.
Islam also suggests human dignity is conditional. If you oppose Islam, you are an infidel and must die.
And yet our human dignity is challenged in the daily occurrences of our lives, too, each time we engage in an exchange of conflicting ideas. Any blogger or letter writer to newspapers know the pushback you can receive. The pushback can often get personal with a full blown assault on one’s dignity.
A young writer, Arleen Spenceley, who is a rising star in the chastity movement, experiences it all the time in her advocacy of this politically-incorrect virtue. Ms. Spenceley, who is wise beyond her years, eloquently affirms the intrinsic nature of dignity:

“You are of infinite value because you exist. Your dignity does not depend on a person’s opinion of you; your dignity is intrinsic. Accepting that you will be disrespected is not the same as denying that you are worthy of respect.You can control how often you remind yourself of your worth. You cannot control the people you encounter who don’t believe in it.”

If you like her quote, read her most recent blogpost with the provocative title,  “How to hate discussing sex with people who don’t practice chastity.”


  1. Arleen Spenceley (@ArleenSpenceley) on June 30, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Thanks so much for this, Tom!

    • quinersdiner on June 30, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      You are welcome. Let’s face it, you are quotable.

  2. Jeane on June 30, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Thanks for posting Arleen Spenceley’s comments. This is excellent. I had not heard of her before. I will pass this on. Thanks, again.

    • quinersdiner on June 30, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      You’ll be hearing more about her. Thanks for writing, and congratulations on your family’s wonderful, new addition. Karen and I are so happy for you!

  3. oarubio on October 2, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Tom, I am definitely passing this one on to others!