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We have no rights, health care or otherwise, unless…

There are plenty of folks about insisting that there is a universal right to health care.  Obviously, health care is a hot topic right now, but the question of ‘rights’ permeates many other areas of our existence, so I thought I would address it.  I doubt I break any new ground, but it’s on my chest and I want it off.

We have no rights.  At least, not strictly speaking.  If there is a God, he has as much ‘right’ to destroy us as to sustain us.  If there isn’t a God, we have no more rights than an antelope … continue reading...

The Health Care Slippery Slope and Saul Alinsky

I haven’t chimed in on the health care debate but I don’t suppose my regular readers believe I haven’t any strong feelings on the matter.  Let me represent a line of thinking that I haven’t heard even among the most strident opponents to the legislation being advocated by the current administration.

I was spurred on to post this because events are unfolding which I predicted privately but I won’t get any credit for, and I should like a little.  🙂

Namely, this morning the news reports that Obama is willing to ‘consider’ taking the public option off the table.  Already … continue reading...

Book Review: Elizabeth Bettina and It Happened in Italy

It Happened in Italy:  Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the Holocaust by Elizabeth BettinaBuy on Amazon



Readers of this blog know that I have an interest in the Holocaust and its causes and ramifications.  For example, I have already reviewed Joe Keysor’s Hitler, the Holocaust, and the Bible.  I consider myself a student of 20th century history with all of its death and destruction and ideological battles.  Mrs. Bettina’s book was a breath of fresh air for me as it accomplished several things at once:
  • It showed me a dimension
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Christians Should Take Freedom Into Account

Recently, I wrote a post calling on Christians to step up to their own obligations and not delegate them to others, in particular to the government.  A couple of months ago I wrote a post drawing the connection between taxation and freedom. The first post and today’s are directed ONLY to Christians and should be read in that context.  I submit that the two posts above be read in conjunction with this one in order to better grasp my points.

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For Christians who take the Bible as the authority, one must accept that the government has a certain, God-ordained, … continue reading...

Adam and Eve and the Tree of Knowledge and PZ Myers

Here is a short story I wrote inspired by the comments in this thread on PZ Myer’s blog.  Enjoy!

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Adam and Eve and the Tree of Knowledge of Knowledge

“I got here as fast as I could!” gasped the old man.  He put one hand on the hood of the squad car and bent over as he tried to catch his breath.

The annoyed chief stared at the man waiting for him to explain who he was because the chief didn’t recognize him at all.  At last, the balding and sweating gentlemen stood erect and stared back at the … continue reading...

Missing Link, Scopes Monkey Trial, Science, Secularism, and Education

So they finally discovered the ‘missing link.’  Huh, I was under the impression that missing links posed no problems.  I guess after you think you’ve resolved the problem you can admit you had one.  I’ll leave it to others to decide if they really have resolved it.

The discovery of this ‘missing link’ comes as I’ve been ruminating on the role of secularism in our society, science, and education.  Secularists insist that those who want to involve themselves in goverment have to frame their desired policies, legislation, etc, in secular terms, or else be ‘unconstitutional.’  Secularists really believe that … continue reading...

Ridicule: Weapon of Choice for an Easy Victory

I think that this blog entry might be useful as a beginning of a series.  I should just post examples as I come across them.  It’s the kind of thing that you’ll notice more once you see a few examples.

What I’ve noticed is that there are quite a few areas out there where arguments are won not on the merits of the facts or the cogency of the argument but rather because the proponent casts his position as so intellectually self-evident that to believe otherwise is to be… well… an idiot.

If you want to find a glut of … continue reading...

Shouldn’t Christians Want to Save the Planet?

Last week I posted an entry challenging the notion that we can save the planet.   This generated some interesting comments.  One person pointed out that it was his understanding that Christians should care about the environment.  On this there is no dispute.  Since I rarely speak on this issue I thought something more definitive is in order.  Briefly.

There is no question that Christians should care about the environment.  However, the infantile notion that the planet needs saving or could be saved is not what that means.  This notion rests on the idea that the planet has some sort … continue reading...

Science as Club to Snuff Debate, Choice, and Conscience

The latest illustration of a growing and worrisome trend in scientism in our society comes in this story about the morning after pill being made available without a prescription to “17 year olds.” Here are some quotes:

Seventeen-year-olds will be able to buy the “morning-after” emergency contraceptive without a doctor’s prescription, a decision that conservatives denounced as a blow to parental supervision of teens but that women’s groups said represents sound science.

“It’s a good indication that the agency will move expeditiously to ensure its policy on Plan B is based solely on science,” said Nancy Northup, president of … continue reading...

Does the planet need saving?

Reflecting on the global warming/environmental propaganda being delivered to my son in elementary school, I was left shaking my head.  Whatever it means to ‘save the planet’ it can’t possibly mean ‘save the planet.’

The planet isn’t going anywhere.  The planet doesn’t care if it is polluted.   In fact, ‘polluted’ is a term that is only meaningful relative to we human-folk.  Indeed, ‘save the planet’ can, on the best construction, only mean something to the effect, “save the habitats that we consider important to life.”  Presumably, with all the expressed fear that the ocean levels will rise, etc, what we … continue reading...

Christians blaming Christians for the Modern Situation

I just saw two posts on Worldnetdaily.com blaming the Christian church itself for the interesting predicament it finds itself in today in America.  I submit them for your reading pleasure and have just a few comments of my own below.

Article one- The Church’s desertion in a time of war.

Article two- Christians, We are to blame.

I certainly agree with much of their analysis, having said similar things for awhile now.  For example, I think it is clear that our attempt to reverse Roe vs. Wade relied far too much on the political process.  That does … continue reading...

Chesterton, Eugenics, and a Hatchet No Longer in the Air

From GK Chesterton’s Eugenics and Other Evils, a quote:

The wisest thing in the world is to cry out before you are hurt. It is no good to cry out after you are hurt; especially after you are mortally hurt. People talk about the impatience of the populace; but sound historians know that most tyrannies have been possible because men moved too late. It is often essential to resist a tyranny before it exists. It is no answer to say, with a distant optimism, that the scheme is only in the air. A blow from a hatchet can only continue reading...

Despicable Trends in Bioethics Inevitable Result of Secularism

Every now and then I read something that really get on my nerves even though nothing any more surprises me.  Recently I came across a man named Jacob M. Appel and his stomach turning positions.  Now, as I mentioned, it doesn’t really surprise me.  However, I think it may be a surprise to some folks… I here think of some atheist friends who laugh away my assertions that there are certain aspects of atheism and secular humanism that logically, if not inevitably, degenerate into certain positions and attitudes.  However, I am also thinking of some fellow Christians who think you … continue reading...

Scientism: The Atheist’s Religion of Faith

I’m getting some hits regarding scientism but don’t actually have any posts dedicated to it.  I thought if I’m going to be looked at on the subject I should make at least a few deliberate comments.  They should not be construed, however, as exhaustive.

Scientism can refer to a few different ideas and I denounce them all. 🙂  It goes without saying that people who exhibit ‘scientism’ would not use the word to describe themselves and they will resent the suggestion that they are as described.

Because this post is pretty lengthy here is a list of the headings in … continue reading...