Category: politics

New Pro-Life Book Aims to Persuade Parents of Disabled to Reject Abortion

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.

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Principles for proper and moral legislation: in America, abandoned

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?

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Dear Republicans: You are Fired

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

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Do your part for the economy: have fewer kids, abort if necessary

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.

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Lincoln on Slavery Applied to Abortion: Irony in Electing a Pro-Choice Black President

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?

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Gay Democrat gives Bush his proper due

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.

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A call to pray for Obama, like Nathan to David, Jonah to Nineveh, John the Baptist to Herod

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.

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This is for all the Christians who voted for Obama

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]

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Abortion and Slavery: Obama as the Anti-Lincoln

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.

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Solving the Abortion Debate Through Radical Love

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.

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Rand’s Atlas Shrugged as Template for Today’s Liberal Lunacy

But it is the nature of the human beast that after enough time has passed- 20 years will do, but in today’s media saturated 24/7 news cycle apparently 20 minutes will do, as well- the things of the past are just that, the things of the past. “Those things won’t happen again.” “Things are different today.” “We’d never let that happen again.” “We are smarter today.”

This, I’m afraid, is all wishful thinking. Very dangerous wishful thinking. Under the cover of this mentality the principles of old are allowed ever deeper reach into the operations of free societies. But God cannot be mocked. If you plant a corn seed you will get a corn plant. If you plant these principles you will reap their fruit. You may delay it a little while or change its expression, that’s all.

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Hey! People! Even Blagojevich is Innocent Until Proven Guilty!

I have no love for Blagojevich. Frankly, I have no love for any Illinois politician. My five years in Illinois was like being front and center at a circus. There is also no question in my mind that Blagojevich is guilty as sin- and this is certainly not his first offense. What is the difference between Blagojevich, Daley, and Obama? Blagojevich got caught. We’re talking Chicago politics, here. You’re living in la-la land if you expect anyone- even the Messiah- to have clean hands in general, and few places in the country get hands dirtier.

So it should be clear that I have no special fondness for Blagojevich. Nonetheless, in this country- allegedly- people are innocent until proven guilty. To try to get the state supreme court to toss the governor out before the man has even had his trial is simply wrong. Should the man resign? Of course. But then I think almost every politician in Illinois should resign, and that probably includes the Republicans, but the Democrats for sure. If the man doesn’t resign, will the state suffer? Probably. But that still doesn’t mean you can just ignore the rule of law and it doesn’t mean that just because a guy is an arrogant knucklehead that you can strip him of due process.

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