web analytics

Tag: politics

Drafting our legislators randomly better than current process

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 very limited role.  The problem should be obvious:  such a person will never run for political office!  Therefore the only thing to do is to identify such persons and push and pull them into office, whether they like it or not.

For perspective, I was … continue reading...

Why I became a Conservative

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 … continue reading...

Apologetics is the Answer to Abortion and Euthanasia and other Life Issues

Not too long ago I posted an essay asserting that ‘apologetics is the answer to everything.’  Even then I had in mind to discuss the relationship between apologetics and life issues such as abortion, euthanasia, eugenics, etc, but fought off the urge to elaborate on it.  Now is my chance.

You know, for most of my life, even during my ‘liberal’ years, I have more or less been pro-life.  This became personal when the doctors asked my wife and I if we wanted to ‘terminate’ our child, diagnosed that morning with spina bifida.  But I have always been … continue reading...

Barna Reflects on 6 ‘Megathemes’ Killing the Church

HT Lenny Esposito

Not too long ago I created a website called The Death of Christianity.  Its intent was to distill into one place my thoughts regarding the crisis facing the church today.    These thoughts have developed after almost 20 years of Christian apologetics, but I bring to bear numerous studies to show that my perceptions have reflected a true reality.  This week, Barna published another article detailing 6 ‘megathemes’ they had detected through surveying in 2010.

I don’t think anyone who is paying attention will be surprised.  But who is paying attention?  And of those paying attention, what … continue reading...

Presentation: Abortion is Just Politics and Pro-Life is Just Religion; and Apologetics

Thursday, Apr. 29th,  at 12:30 p.m. CST, I will be presenting on this topic:

(Round two in progress… 2:23 p.m. CST, direct link)

Just Politics?  Religion and Abortion and Apologetics:  Examining the idea that supporting abortion is merely a political view but opposing it is a religious view and the role of world view in the question.

Summary:  Pro-choicers often frame their argument by casting their position as a civil rights issue and the pro-life position as a religious issue- and people should not impose their religion on others.  Common sense would suggest that as two sides of the … continue reading...

A Christian Reaction to ABC’s “V” Visitors

I am hoping that ABC’s “V” takes the place that Heroes formerly occupied before it jumped dozens of sharks.  It is too soon to be sure, but there is certainly promise.

The idea of space aliens coming to earth is something that this blog has explored previously.  For example, in this entry I argue that intelligent agents from outer space provide an interesting opportunity to test various world view hypotheses.  For example, years of movies and stories lead us to assume that an alien encounter would belong in just two possible classes:  1., the nasty creatures out to conquer us … continue reading...

Christians Should Not Use the Government to Do THEIR Good Deeds

About 1700 years ago, a certain Roman emperor by the name of Julian the Apostate reigned.  He was called the ‘Apostate’ because of his fierce rejection of Christianity and his sometimes brutal attempt to repress it.  Julian was smart.  He knew that he could not just eradicate Christianity without dealing with the things that made it attractive.  He complained:

Whilst the pagan priests neglect the poor, the hated Galileans devote themselves to works of charity, and by a display of false compassion have established and given effect to their pernicious errors. See their love-feasts, and their tables spread for … continue reading...

Government Uses ACORN to Track Your House with GPS

This is one of those times when you wonder if the mainstream media is worth even a lick.  I learned on WND yesterday that for the 2010 census they’ll be getting the GPS coordinates for every residence in America.  This process has apparently begun.  It is difficult to conceive of legitimate uses for such a database and very easy to conceive of abusive ones.

Since I hadn’t heard anything about it from my local media or even on national stations, I did a quick google.  Almost nothing.  The only thing was something out of NPR which says that tracking your … continue reading...

Economy and Ideology and Taxes and Freedom

I once got into a disagreement with someone about the nature of communism.  My sin apparently had been that I had issued a series like this… “Freedom and Democracy, Tyranny and Communism…”  The objection was that the three preceding terms have to do with polity and governance while communism was merely an economic system.  As such, it was said it did not belong in the series.

Frankly, given the course of history and its clear testimony linking communism with tyranny and piles of dead, I find the notion that communism is ‘only’ an economic system to be absurd.  Similarly, with … 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...

The Coming Nationalization of America: Without a Wimper

On the Drudge today they had an article discussing how the Ayers-Alinksy administration is not using the word ‘nationalization.’   In that article, the following statement regarding the continued nationalization (ie, the auto industry) is made:

It all sounds perilously close to a word that no one in Obama’s camp wants to be caught uttering: nationalization.

Not since Harry Truman seized America’s steel mills in 1952 rather than allow a strike to imperil the conduct of the Korean War has Washington toyed with nationalization, or its functional equivalent, on this kind of scale. Obama may be thinking what Truman told his

continue reading...

Proof that Obama was/is a Socialist: Other Socialists Said So In Writing

I generally have kept my blog away from conspiracy theory type stuff though I have suspected there is an element to truth to a lot of the ones circulating about Obama.  Yesterday I saw something that I think is so indisputable that it can no longer be considered a ‘conspiracy theory.’  It is a cold, hard fact.  It does not require an Obama ‘explanation.’  It requires an Obama admission.  He needs to be truthful with the American people.

I am referring here to clippings from a Socialist news paper in the 1990s which listed Barack as a member of their … continue reading...

One Issue Voting: Is Abortion a Holocaust?

Last week a Democrat lady said that Sarah Palin’s chief credential seemed to be that she had not had an abortion.  She later tried to apologize (I have no idea why) saying the comment arose in the context of a discussion about ‘one issue’ voters.  I have occasionally met people who have ‘one issue’ which isn’t abortion but it seems rare to me.  ‘One issue voters’ seems to be a reference to those in the abortion debate.

One thing that I’ve noticed is that pro-choice people are as likely to be ‘one issue’ voters as pro-lifers with the difference being … continue reading...

Churches risk their Tax Exemption to Prove Connection Between Beliefs and Politics

This morning I woke up to a fascinating news report describing out the ADF is seeking churches to make political statements so that the IRS can penalize the churches, giving the ADF a vehicle to challenge the tax exemption requirement that such entities refrain from making political statements.

This is the sort of ‘fighting fire with fire’ approach that we need today.  The ACLU and the FFRF have been going bonkers trying to create court cases that further their cause.  It is high time Christians and religious people did the same.

One of the reasons why I have not made … continue reading...