|February 1, 2012||Posted by Anthony under Blog, Christianity and Culture, General, Obama, politics, Secular Humanism|
I just posted an essay taking aim at American Catholics who voted in Obama (54%), supported Obamacare, and are now dumbfounded- shocked, I say- that Obama refuses to exempt Catholic organizations from requirements that infringe on their religious liberties. This essay should be read in conjunction with that one, because I refer to a much […]
|February 1, 2012||Posted by Anthony under abortion, Blog, Christianity and Culture, eugenics, General, morality, Obama, politics, pro-life, Secular Humanism|
GK Chesterton- a Catholic- wrote this in regards to eugenics in 1917: I know that [proponents of eugenics] numbers many disciples whose intentions are entirely innocent and humane; and who would be sincerely astonished at my describing it as I do. But that is only because evil always wins through the strength of its splendid […]
|January 1, 2012||Posted by Anthony under abortion, Blog, eugenics, General, Global Warming, Obama, politics, science, scientism, Secular Humanism|
This series began as a reflection of the contents of the Jaffe Memo, a Planned Parenthood document from 1969 that discussed ideas for handling the ‘population’ crisis. This memo succinctly lays bear an agenda that has been in play since before the Civil War, and as I have demonstrated in previous parts of this series […]
|December 9, 2011||Posted by Anthony under Blog, General, politics, taxation|
Everyone pays taxes even when nobody pays them; nobody pays taxes, because everyone pays them. You cannot target just one ‘group’ because that group will ultimately diffuse that tax to some other group. Hence, every tax becomes a tax on everyone, and never a tax on any particular group. Solution?
|December 5, 2011||Posted by Anthony under abortion, apologetics, atheism, Blog, Christianity and Culture, Creationism, eugenics, evolution, family, General, Global Warming, Holocaust, homosexuality, human rights, Love, Malthusians, morality, original sin, philosophy, politics, pro-life, scientism, speaking engagements|
It is has never been more important to carefully examine what one believes and why they believe it. If you do not carry out this work, you may end up being nothing more than a useful idiot of the worst sort: directly bringing about the goals and ends of those you specifically repudiate as wicked and evil… condemning the communists, nazis, and eugenicists, while carrying out their work.
|October 20, 2011||Posted by Anthony under Blog, General, Obama, politics|
Herman Cain is in the category belonging to “I can stomach voting for him” and the subset of that category, “I can even speak a kind word about him and am comfortable advocating for him- and will.”
His 9-9-9 proposal has a simple and important premise: the elimination of the Federal tax code and starting over. Amen, brother. Preach it.
However, the notion of a national sales tax is abhorrent to me. I do not feel reassured by assurances that the 9% tax will not in later years be increased. If we know anything about how the US governments work (and the plural is intentional; I am counting local and state governments as well), a tax will always go up. It never goes down and it never goes away. This is the real world, not fairytown. We know what is going to happen. We know it.
|October 20, 2011||Posted by Anthony under abortion, atheism, Blog, family, General, human rights, Love, morality, original sin, philosophy, politics, Secular Humanism|
if anyone is actually concerned about the plight of the poor and oppressed and the abuses by corporations, banks, and politicians- no doubt inspired by genuine concerns arising within a decent heart- I would challenge them to rely on more than their hearts and emotions, which can and do deceive and will co-opt the mind if it needs to. We must use our brains. We have to be thinking people. And we must be thinking people within the proper boundaries and context for thinking, that is… our thoughts must actually conform to reality the way it is.
All else may very well simply be self-deception.
|June 6, 2011||Posted by Anthony under Blog, General, philosophy, politics|
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 […]
|March 27, 2011||Posted by Anthony under apologetics, atheism, Blog, Creationism, evolution, politics, science, scientism, Secular Humanism|
if one applies a higher standard of inquiry against claims that they might deem extraordinary, then claims they find to be ordinary will ordinarily be accepted- without demonstration at all. Here again we see skepticism turned on its head: the skeptic is not skeptical about the things he is prepared already to believe. It is only the things he deems unlikely that he is skeptical about- God alone knows how the skeptic determined something was ‘unlikely.’
It is a fact of human nature, I think, to quickly accept things that one is already prepared to accept. If I am told tomorrow that some Democrat in high office has failed to pay his taxes- again- I will pretty much accept it as a fact because I have become accustomed to Democrats doing such things (eg here, here, here, and here). We should expect nothing less from the people who believe that we should all pay higher taxes; by ‘we all’ it is known they mean us all. I am prepared to believe it as a pretty ordinary claim in the realm of things and therefore will demand very little evidence to support it. So you see, I am not exempting myself from this human tendency.
|January 26, 2011||Posted by Anthony under atheism, Blog, evolution, Holocaust, human rights, morality, original sin, politics, pro-life, scientism, Secular Humanism, theism|
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 ten years after the change had happened. Was it just me? Correlation does not prove causation, and yet I see the same ingredients in the conservatives and liberals I meet. What made my mindset change?
I wouldn’t say it happened over night but there was a singular ‘event’ that proved the catalyst. One should understand that at the time, I was a Christian, an apologist, a Christian religion teacher. But I still entertained many viewpoints we’d call ‘liberal.’ The catalyst arose out of my never ending quest to make sure that when I talk about something, I actually know what I’m talking about. In the general course of that, I read a great many writings of Communists, Nazis, and to a lesser extent, the ‘fascists.’ Here I discovered something frightening: these people were advocating many of the same things I was advocating, and for the same reasons.
|January 21, 2011||Posted by Anthony under abortion, apologetics, atheism, Blog, evolution, General, human rights, Malthusians, morality, original sin, philosophy, politics, pro-life, scientism, Secular Humanism, theism|
We live in a curious time. Good people who are otherwise sane entertain the notions that Lee and Loughner embraced and acted on. Over against those notions they have some memory of the bloodsport of the 20th century and are keen to avoid it a second go around. What they don’t ask is: “Maybe it isn’t just one particular application of these beliefs that ought to be discredited… maybe the beliefs themselves should be chucked?”
Let us imagine that someone believed that all people with red hair should be killed because they aren’t really people. You talk to him. He’s a perfectly pleasant fellow. Very sane. “So, you aren’t going to actually kill any red haired people or advocate that others do?” you ask him. “Of course not,” he says. That’s a relief, of course. “Why believe it if you won’t carry it out?” you persist. “That would be horrible. I would feel terrible,” he says. “Hmmm,” you might say, “Perhaps the fact that you are deeply uncomfortable with wiping out those with red hair is because even though you say they aren’t people, in fact, you think they are. Why not then dispense with your belief that they aren’t really people?”
Something very much like this is at the root of much thinking among secular humanists. They don’t really believe what they’re saying. If they did, we’d all be in a lot of trouble and they’d probably go a little nuts.