|February 12, 2009||Posted by Anthony under abortion, atheism, Blog, Christianity and Culture, General, morality, politics, theology|
My blog is racking up some nice numbers lately and much of that can be credited to a recent post about the California Octuplets. I’d like to make some clarifications.
In the first place, I stand by my general assessment that as Christians and pro-lifers, since we believe embryos are real persons, the Octuplet outcome is much better than the alternative, which of course is death.
While it is true that the mother in this case probably doesn’t deserve charity, again, as pro-lifers our concern isn’t exclusively for the mother, but also for the children. It is difficult to understand why they don’t deserve charity. They are in this world and so we should care for them. Let the secularists say, “They cost the state 1.3 million dollars, so screw them!” That option is not available to us.
|February 12, 2009||Posted by Anthony under Blog, General, politics|
Last night I learned that Detroit has put together an ‘income tax’ much like the Federal and State income tax. In other words, it isn’t property tax. (I heard it described as a ‘slum tax’). We wonder why Michigan has been in recession for so long… well, one doesn’t have to look too hard. The last thing that Detroit needs is another reason for people to flee- and I assure you, and I doubt you need to be convinced- a person who pays this income tax will receive absolutely nothing for its dollar.
|February 10, 2009||Posted by Anthony under abortion, Blog, General, morality, politics|
What would have been their fate had they not been implanted? I suppose eventually they would have been destroyed. This doesn’t seem like a good solution to me. After the embryos have been created, I find myself happy that they have been given a chance at life.
While in the main the woman strikes me as a pretty loopy in the net analysis I’m glad she did what she did, at least insofar as the embryo implantation goes.
My main point of resistance is not with the implantation but with the creation of the embryos in the first place. In my mind, it is here where the ethical questions should have been played out by the doctors and by society at large. Do we really want to be generating thousands upon thousands of embryos that will be stored indefinitely and then, at the last, destroyed? I am all for helping parents conceive and have children and receiving medical help if necessary, but I am not for creating embryos that one does not plan to implant.
|February 4, 2009||Posted by Anthony under abortion, Blog, book reviews, Christianity and Culture, morality, politics, spirituality, theism, theology|
We chose life.
Our daughter is almost two years old now and I can testify that the joy she brings completely overwhelms the troubles associated with her condition. (Like Heaven triumphs over Hell, ala Lewis’s The Great Divorce) And really, how different is this from any other non-disabled child? All children bring troubles- but we have them anyway. A disabled child might have more troubles- or they might not, rather, the troubles are of a different sort. But the joys outweigh the troubles out of proportion. More troubles equals more joys. See the parable of the Prodigal Son.
With this experience in mind and wishing that I could do something to persuade others to make the same choice that my wife and I did, I have written a book, and it is now available for purchase.
|February 4, 2009||Posted by Anthony under abortion, Blog, Christianity and Culture, General, morality, original sin, politics|
I’m pretty sure that the founders of this country had a similar view. They wouldn’t recognize the bloated thing we have today. One can guess what they’d say or do. (I have some guesses). Let us just assume that no one even tries anymore to have good, moral, proper, principled reasons for passing legislation any more. That has been abandoned. In its place are just two basic principles: 1. Will the legislation make money for the government (or those donating to officials)? 2. Will it extend the government’s reach?
|February 3, 2009||Posted by Anthony under abortion, Blog, General, politics|
If it weren’t for the nominations of two Supreme Court justices who will rule by the letter of the law (we hope… we might wonder if there have been some exceptions now) I would consider my votes for the Republicans the last 8 years an utter, and total, waste. As in, if I had voted for a pile of excrement that would have been more worthwhile, as excrement can at least be used as fertilizer. While I shudder to think what life would be like since 2000 if Al Gore or John Kerry were the president, the salient point is that in the end, under Republican control, there was hardly any noticeable difference. Maybe I amend my statement somewhat- I am glad that Bush was at the helm on 9-11 and my only regrets concerning Afghanistan and Iraq is that we didn’t really fight to win there, either. But I digress.
The point is that I don’t frankly care what you say or do at this point, Republicans. I don’t believe you. I
|January 26, 2009||Posted by Anthony under abortion, Blog, General, politics|
This connection between the economy and children is one that is not often aired in public, however. The reasoning follows inevitably from the view that humans decide when life begins and when life is valued and when ‘quality of life’ is believed to be one of the chief criteria in the equation. And when you don’t believe in God and believe that the only important things in life are those already alive, as best managed by the omnipotent and omnipresent and omnibenevolent State, the primary ‘life’ you are worried about is our own. In other words, having too many people around diminishes your own quality of life. So if you can get rid of them, you should. Why not? You only answer to yourself. And if the others can’t defend themselves? All the better.
|January 23, 2009||Posted by Anthony under abortion, Blog, General, politics|
Of course, if humans, individually and collectively, are the final reference point then one may in fact say any of the things above and get away with it. In other words, despite there being clear concern about what happens if the reasoning is taken to its conclusion, some basis needs to be provided for why one shouldn’t adopt the reasoning at all. That is why in the end, the issue of the Divine Morality becomes so critical from a practical stand point.
Which is why it is so ironic that we find a black president who claims to believe in God essentially giving into arguments for abortion on demand. What can explain that?
|January 21, 2009||Posted by Anthony under Blog, General, homosexuality, politics|
I stumbled upon this essay by a man who apparently is gay and a Democrat giving tribute to President Bush. That was enough to intrigue me. While obviously I disagree on a number of points I found the article as welcome proof that one can find decent people across the spectrum. If only there were more of them we could have a conversation worth having.
Naturally, too, while agreeing with the author that Bush ‘failed’ in certain areas, he and I would disagree on which. But we do have strong agreement about where Bush succeeded.
Without further ado, here is the article:
Goodbye and thank you, George W. Bush. You did the very best that you could, and we are grateful for your service.
|January 20, 2009||Posted by Anthony under abortion, Blog, General, morality, politics|
I can join those in renouncing some of the criticism of Obama as being out of step with Christian charity. However, there is nothing special about Obama- we are called to speak the truth in love, even the hard truth- to everyone, regardless of whether or not they are in authority. But it is time to throw out this notion that any criticism at all is out of step with Christian charity. Since we don’t know exactly what Obama hopes to achieve, his ‘success’ could very well be a recipe for disaster. And if you prayed for Obama’s unqualified success, you asked for it. You brought it on yourself. There is such a thing as getting exactly what you ask for.
|January 19, 2009||Posted by Anthony under abortion, atheism, Blog, General, morality, politics|
If terrorists and tyrants want Obama as president that is cause for concern to me. If I am a Christian who is operating on the belief that Obama reflects my values, the fact that secular humanists are thrilled is a warning sign. With no further comment, here you go: [image]
|January 19, 2009||Posted by Anthony under abortion, Blog, General, politics|
While it is understandable why so many black Americans are cheering the election of Barack Obama it is tragic that they were willing to abandon the very principles that brought them their own freedom, overlooking the fact that there exists in this country, and in the man they elected, the view that that there is another ‘subset’ of humanity that does not warrant personhood status. Their success, therefore, is no success at all. They elected ‘one of their own’ and didn’t care if it meant something worse than slavery for millions of people. And many of these believe they are doing the ‘Christian’ thing. It will only be a genuine success after it is achieved in such a way to respect the rights of all individuals- not just those with your skin color or stage in human development.
|January 15, 2009||Posted by Anthony under abortion, Blog, General, morality, politics, spirituality, theism|
The pattern is set in crystal clear clarity in 1 John 3:16 which says “This is how we know what love is, Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”
True love dies. Or, it is willing to die, and in the meantime expend every ounce of energy available to it.
What does this mean? If World War 2 had its Schindler in response to the German extermination of millions of Jews, do we have tens of thousands ‘Schindlers’ in response to the virtual global extermination of tens and tens of millions of the unborn? The answer, I think, is No.