THE QUESTION: Is setting up a dummy corporation and sending "employees" out with the goal of "drumming up" business a lie that's based upon "the ends justify the means"?
George and Shea are correct in asserting that lying is unethical and the ends cannot be used to justify the means.
However, Monica Miller disagrees. In her well-argued view, Miller invokes the Catechism of the Catholic Church, St. Thomas Aquinas, and other natural law theorists to conclude that Daleiden's actions were justified.
George, Shea, and Miller are all worth reading if one is serious about forming a well-informed opinion.
Over at Les Femmes-The Truth blogspot, Mary Ann Kreitzer offers a solid example that boils Miller's analysis down into a simple vignette. Regarding lying and consequentialism, Kreitzer posts:
I don't think so any more than it was wrong for the Vatican to provide dummy baptismal certificates for Jews. The Vatican made the false certificates to protect the innocent. CMP made a false company to expose PP's illegal and horrifying actions and hence protect the innocent.
Let the discussion begin...
To read Monica Miller's article, click on the following link:
To read Mary Kreitzer's post, click on the following link: