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Reflections on the ‘Jaffe Memo’ and why ‘Religion’ and ‘Politics’ should Mix- Part 1

[Updated 9/11/2015 with link to original source document]

Former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson has set the pro-life blogosphere on fire with her posting of the ‘Jaffe Memo,’ a memorandum written by Frederick S. Jaffe, former vice-president of Planned Parenthood.  Jaffe apparently was in charge of PP’s population control agenda.  The memo was written in 1969.

The memo appears to be legit but I haven’t been able to find its original source.  Read it:

The original has been found and a corrected copy has been created.  Download it: 

Access the full memorandum, with the absolute original version … continue reading...

Proper Response to Genuine Social Injustice: Reflections on Obama’s Student Loan Proposals

I remember having a long series of conversations with a friend about the moral culpability we might have by purchasing products from outfits like Walmart and other companies that provide cheap goods ‘on the backs’ of poor people in other countries.  I was willing to concede that there might be some culpability, but wondered what on earth we could do about it.  I also submitted that previous ‘good intentioned’ efforts to do ‘something’ about it not only exacerbated the problem, but probably created the problem in the first place.  Eventually he acknowledged that most of us are just ‘stuck,’ powerless … continue reading...

Reaction to Cain’s 9-9-9 and a Different Way Forward

Like many conservatives, I am not very thrilled with the crop of candidates I have to choose from this time around.  They all have their problems.  These problems run the gamut from simple electability to deep concerns about their policies.   I can divide the candidates into two categories:  ones I could stomach voting for and ones I couldn’t. (Some would be easier to stomach than others, obviously.)  To put that more directly, there are a handful of candidates who, if nominated, could conceivably keep from voting in the 2012 election for president at all.  You certainly wouldn’t hear me … continue reading...

Occupy Wall Street, Martin Luther, and Reason prostituting as the Devil’s whore

A recent post arguing that sticking it to big business means, actually, sticking it to the little guy.  I have about ten more posts to write on that subject.  🙂  This is the second.

In the previous post I led off with an important caveat.  Namely, I am a realist.  That is, I live in reality.  That is, I believe my world view should reflect reality.   Put another way:  my beliefs should reflect reality as it really is.  This is the way of the mind.  What I had been pursuing prior to that point was the way of emotion.  … continue reading...

Why Sticking it to Big Business Sticks it to the Little Guy

Reality.

Call me quaint, but I believe we are obligated to conform our beliefs to the actual world around us.  It was chiefly on account of this that I felt compelled to take a perspective that we today call ‘conservative.’   There is the world we wished we lived in and there is the world that we actually live in.  Another way of putting this is:  people are as people are going to be and no social engineering will ever change what people are.

I begin this way as a response to those in the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ crowd.   Let me … continue reading...

Christianity and Libertarians, the Republic, and the Consent of the Governed

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed Declaration of Independence


The last few months I’ve seen some strident statements of opposition against libertarians by conservatives.  I’m on several … continue reading...

Drafting our legislators randomly better than current process

Worldnetdaily.com published one of my columns this weekend.  In the column, I argue that what we really need in political office are people who have no interest in political office.  Moreover, we do not need people who believe that the government is the solution to all problems, but in fact believe that government has a very limited role.  The problem should be obvious:  such a person will never run for political office!  Therefore the only thing to do is to identify such persons and push and pull them into office, whether they like it or not.

For perspective, I was … continue reading...

Demanding Extraordinary Evidence for Extraordinary Claims Can Render You an Extraordinary Dupe

A couple of weeks ago my ministry hosted an online discussion (voice/text/vid) about the merits of the skeptical mantra, “Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence.”

One of my objections is right to the point:  any notion of what makes something ‘extraordinary’ is hopelessly subjective.  I for one find it deliciously ironic that our hyper-rationalistic scientific minded atheist friends so easily adopt such a weak standard for evaluating claims.  To measure the temperature of water, we’d use a thermometer.  For air pressure, a barometer.  These are scientific tools used by scientific minds;  I’ve never seen an instrument that can measure extraordinariness.

There … continue reading...

Why I became a Conservative

When I was in college there was this guy 2 1/2 times larger than me… a philosophy major, as I recall… appropriately named ‘Animal.’  I remember having a debate about pain with him.  I argued it was all in our minds- just a brain state- and not real.  Animal said, “Come here, and I’ll show you unreal pain.”

While I was of the mindset that there were just “brain states” or just “subjective opinions” or just “one’s political views”, I was a liberal.  When my mindset changed, so did my ‘political’ stance.  This is a realization that congealed more than … continue reading...

The Courage of Their Convictions: Jared Lee Loughner, James Jay Lee and the Power of Belief

The now humiliated mainstream media first tried to pin the attack by Jared Loughner on conservatives and the Tea Party only to discover that very few of Loughner’s views resembled conservative values  at all.  (As of this writing, I don’t think we do know what his motivations were even yet.)  Conservatives defended themselves with effect, but there was one portion of that defense that I wish to take issue with.

Conservatives have taken the tact of protecting themselves from the very charge they are fending off, bending over backwards to insist that not only did conservative values not influence Loughner, … continue reading...

What Does Atheism Become?

About five years ago I published a collection of essays that is no longer available for purchase.  The collection is titled after the essay below.  It is not, as far as I know, something I’ve published elsewhere.  I was thinking of it recently and decided it should be dusted off.  It seems as relevant today as when I first wrote it.

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That Which Atheism Becomes

Some might say that I just like to argue. The truth is that I believe that ideas have consequences and some consequences are more severe than others. Arguing, or more precisely, debating, these ideas … continue reading...

Apologetics is the Answer to Abortion and Euthanasia and other Life Issues

Not too long ago I posted an essay asserting that ‘apologetics is the answer to everything.’  Even then I had in mind to discuss the relationship between apologetics and life issues such as abortion, euthanasia, eugenics, etc, but fought off the urge to elaborate on it.  Now is my chance.

You know, for most of my life, even during my ‘liberal’ years, I have more or less been pro-life.  This became personal when the doctors asked my wife and I if we wanted to ‘terminate’ our child, diagnosed that morning with spina bifida.  But I have always been … continue reading...

Barna Reflects on 6 ‘Megathemes’ Killing the Church

HT Lenny Esposito

Not too long ago I created a website called The Death of Christianity.  Its intent was to distill into one place my thoughts regarding the crisis facing the church today.    These thoughts have developed after almost 20 years of Christian apologetics, but I bring to bear numerous studies to show that my perceptions have reflected a true reality.  This week, Barna published another article detailing 6 ‘megathemes’ they had detected through surveying in 2010.

I don’t think anyone who is paying attention will be surprised.  But who is paying attention?  And of those paying attention, what … continue reading...

Bubblegum and Suckers a short children’s story for adults

Bubblegum and Suckers

A Children’s Book for Adults

(Illustrations to come?)

Copyright 2010, Anthony Horvath, All Rights Reserved

I originally wrote this almost a full year ago but it seems to remain relevant and even though the ‘Father’ alluded to in the last paragraphs is drawing closer (ie, the last election), it is my view that he has not yet quite arrived.


Bubblegum and suckers, fudge and cookies for all! This among other things was their rallying cry and no one can cry louder than seven and eight year olds deprived of supper and sleep. A sleepy populace heeded their… continue reading...