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History of the Culture of Death

I delivered the following presentation at Concordia University at Seward, Nebraska, on Nov. 20th, 2010.  The event was hosted by Nebraska Lutherans for Life.  I explain what the ‘culture of death’ is and how it got here.  To invite me to present at your organization, you can get more information here.

The Culture of Death: Planned Parenthood, Eugenics, and… Climate Change? from Anthony Horvath on Vimeo.

Pro-life speaker Anthony Horvath recounts the history of the ‘Culture of Death’ from Thomas Malthus to Charles Darwin to Margaret Sanger to Peter Singer, with an array of personalities in between. Horvath … continue reading...

Three words Christians abuse: church, worship, love

The title of this post does not do the matter justice.  The word ‘abuse’ is too mild, and it might be even more accurate to say that in actual fact the sweeping trend within Christendom is that there is outright plain ignorance on what these terms mean.  The charge only matters at all to those Christians who believe that the Scriptures are the final and ultimate authority.  A huge swath of people who call themselves Christians obviously don’t, so this post is not really for them, even though they share in the guilt.   Of course, the term ‘Christian’ itself is … continue reading...

Violence is never the answer: Except when it is…

Here is a post that is a long time coming.  First some caveats:  my target audience here is the Bible-believing Christian, namely the kind that takes the Scriptures as authoritative.  That said, I believe that Christianity manifests the true account of the moral code, and as such I think that what follows might apply to non-Christians, too.

Ok, now, this will sound like a weird place to start, but stick with me a moment.  I consider myself a conservative (although more precisely, a libertarian-constitutionalist-voluntaryist) but I wasn’t always one.  I grew up on default… that is, more or … continue reading...

Dorothy Sayers on class and category warfare

From Dorothy Sayer’s lecture titled, “Are Women Human?”  1938.

To oppose one class perpetually to another- young against old, manual labour against brain-worker, rich against poor, woman against man- is to split the foundations of the State;  and if the cleavage runs too deep, there remains no remedy but force and dictatorship.  If you wish to preserve a free democracy, you must base it- not on classes and categories, for this will land you in the totalitarian State, where no one may act or think except as the member of a category.  You must base it upon the individual Tom, … continue reading...

Chicago Trib Author takes Issue with Hidden Taxes: Says Hide them Even Better

The headline I read today was “New charge on dinner tab is in bad taste.”  The opening paragraphs seemed to set the stage for the article:

Nothing succeeds in the travel industry like a bad idea. The latest hidden mandatory add-on is a “health” charge added to restaurant bills. As far as I know, this scam cropped up first in San Francisco, but you can count on it to spread.

The rationale for this one is to cover the employers’ mandatory contribution to the City’s “Healthy San Francisco” health-coverage system. The charge actually is levied on employers, but at … continue reading...

It is not about health care insurance coverage, it is about health care COSTS

But, besides all this, there is something which is not seen. The fifty millions expended by the State cannot be spent, as they otherwise would have been, by the tax-payers. It is necessary to deduct, from all the good attributed to the public expenditure which has been effected, all the harm caused by the prevention of private expense, unless we say that James B. would have done nothing with the crown that he had gained, and of which the tax had deprived him; an absurd assertion, for if he took the trouble to earn it, it was because he expected … continue reading...

Generous with other people’s money

This post should be understood as speaking specifically to Christians.  I don’t deny that nonChristians might find it applicable but I am speaking to people, broadly speaking, that I expect to have a similar world view as I do.  Most importantly, I expect that they accept the Scriptures as authoritative.

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“Thou shalt not steal.”  Exodus 20:15

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There is a large divide between conservative and liberal principles and in many cases it is evident that there can be no compromise.  However, many sincere, conservative Christians find at least some of the proposals often put forward by liberals as admirable, … continue reading...

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...

Tea Parties About Liberty not Just Taxes

In my last post I tried to explain that there is always a connection between freedom gained/diminished when governments tax.  I was trying to make the point that one can’t speak of an economic system- any economic system- as freedom neutral.  It was not my point, as some wags have suggested, to argue that all government is tyranny.  It was only to ensure that we realize there is a connection.

One fellah went so far as to argue that on my reasoning stop signs decrease our freedom, too.  And what about the four walls in our house, don’t they … continue reading...

Episcopal Priest Told She Can’t be Muslim And Christian

The Christian Post this morning has a bit about an Episcopal priest who claimed to be ‘100% Christian and 100% Muslim’ being ‘defrocked.’

A brief quote from the article:

Convinced that her new Muslim faith did not contradict her beliefs as a Christ follower, Redding declared she was both a Muslim and a Christian.

“Both religions say there’s only one God,” Redding said, according to CNN, “and that God is the same God. It’s very clear we are talking about the same God! So I haven’t shifted my allegiance.”

She also said she does not believe that God and Jesus … continue reading...

Detroit Income Tax even for NonResidents?

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.

The real insult to injury, the real … continue reading...

Principles for proper and moral legislation: in America, abandoned

I am a libertarian-constitutionalist.  By that I basically mean that the government should mind its business at almost every level but when it does become involved it should follow the letter of the law- and the highest law should provide for significant checks and balances to make sure that the government doesn’t overstep its bounds.

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 … continue reading...

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:

I’m just saying.… continue reading...

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

This morning’s post is inspired by this Wall Street Journal article.   Essentially, Moore argues that the government is currently engaged in exactly the kind of behavior witnessed in the book.

It is uncouth these days to say anything even slightly critical about the president-elect, excuse me, the Messiah.  No one wants to hear it.  The mass opinion seems to be that we should all at least swallow our partisan tongues for a little while and “Wish Obama a Successful Presidency.”

We are not permitted to ask exactly what would constitute a ‘success’ in Obama’s eyes.  For I certainly do … continue reading...