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On the usefulness of Rocks

In another post, a friend felt that I had spoiled a perfectly good reporting of an atrocity by noting that the people murdered were Christians and speculating on reasons why the media–I must here specify the American media, because otherwise it could be construed to include all media everywhere, and I obviously don’t include in that analysis (for example) a college newspaper in Japan–did not cover the event.  (As you can see, I have been sufficiently chastened from using rhetorical flourishes such as the ‘world.’)  My friend protests the fact that I would take an interest in matters specifically relating … continue reading...

“Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste”-Obama and Sandy Hook

“Are we prepared that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?”  Obama.

Anyone surprised by the direction Obama goes from here isn’t paying attention.  He is a man who longs for the Big Crisis, because the Big Crisis means opportunity.  The Big Crisis means taking severe steps, steps that normally people would oppose, but in light of the magnitude of the Big Crisis may view as necessary.

As illustrated in Obama’s remark, those ‘steps’ often entail restrictions on freedom, because, according to Obama, they are “somehow the price of … continue reading...

Is it true that women only earn 77 percent for each dollar earned annually by men and 82 percent of each dollar earned weekly?

Is it true that women only earn 77 percent for each dollar earned annually by men and 82 percent of each dollar earned weekly?

That’s what you hear over and over and over and over and over again.  It showed up in the presidential debate.  I saw it in recent comments on an article.  It came up here in Wisconsin, where I live.  It is stated on this website dedicated to ending the ‘wage gap.’

You know what I think?  Rubbish.  Propaganda. Manipulation.  In short: Bull-crap.

This assertion is an aggregation of data that does not reflect the real world, … continue reading...

The Binding Laws Governing our Present Intellectual Anarchy

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I must at the outset admit the debt owed to GK Chesterton, for it was on the third reading of his “Eugenics and Other Evils” that his comments about ‘the anarchy from above’ finally made sense.  They made sense because they made sense of a variety of other facts and concepts that had more recently come to my mind, and it was Chesterton’s insight that anarchy is not lawlessness, per se, but rather a law applied with no concept of when one will cease applying it.  … continue reading...

Jaffe Memo Part 10, Religious principles that secularists have and why it matters

I have now spilled much ink contending for the proposition that religion and politics must mix, using the Jaffe memo as my leaping off point.  On the face of it, such a proposition would fly in the face of the notion of a ‘separation between church and state.’  However, it is important to note that in the last two parts many of the examples are in contexts well beyond the confines of the United States.  Even on the secular understanding of that ‘separation,’ it applies only within the US.  Some of the worst trends are seen at the United Nations.  … continue reading...

Contrarian View: The Real Cause of Hyper-partisanship: Moderates, et. al.

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 deeper problem at the end of that post, and I am speaking to it now.

It is commonly thought that our country is more divided today than ever before and this is because of hyper-partisanship between the two main political parties. I should say that … continue reading...

The Jaffe Memo – Part 6; EVERYTHING is Now Political

In Part 5, I concluded that something very significant has happened over the last three decades: ‘politics’ has become all-encompassing.

In short: everything has become political.

And if everything has become political, and Christians are supposed to butt out, that means that the Christian is being asked (or told) that he can have absolutely no opinion at all about anything that happens in society that they are permitted to all. I’m not talking about abortion, or gay marriage. I’m talking about everything.

For example, let’s say we were talking about the minimum wage. At first blush, if ever there were … continue reading...

The Jaffe Memo, Ginsburg, Harris v. McRae, and Population Control – PART 5

In my first post, I showed how the beliefs of the Nazis and the eugenicists are disturbingly similar to viewpoints of some modern liberals.  I gave three examples;  I could have given three hundred.  The Jaffe Memo shows that ‘population control’ is central to the the progressive outlook on the world.  It is an aspect of their ‘religion.’  As progressives have flooded into the government over the last sixty years, the moral (!) righteousness of population control has become institutionalized.

I illustrated this fact by showing how several issues typically promoted as planks of the Democrat platform on the basis … continue reading...

Religion and Politics Must Mix- Jaffe Memo reaction – Part 3

The last part ended with a question that this part shall now answer.

Why?  Because ‘religious’ views are just one example of a ‘world view.’  I asked earlier, “Ought not our attitudes and behaviors in political society be driven by our views about the world?  If not our own views about the world, then whose views?”  The very nature of a ‘world view’ is that it is all encompassing.  If we are not allowed to advocate for things personally and publicly because of our views about the world, then obviously we do not live in a free society.   Obviously, if … continue reading...

Why Religion and Politics Must Mix; Jaffe Memo reflections continued- part two

This morning I posted a lengthy post on the Jaffe Memo, a document provided by a vice-president of Planned Parenthood in 1969.  This memo has been making its rounds because it advocates for the encouragement of homosexuality, forced abortions, adding sterilants to the water supply, and so on and so forth.  All this, from an organization that we are told advocates for “women’s health” and “freedom.”

Of course, anyone who has studied Planned Parenthood knows that this is a crock.  It was always about population control and enriching elitists.  In the Jaffe Memo, they are uncharacteristically honest about it.  Read … continue reading...

The truth about who pays taxes: Everyone and No One Simultaneously

Conservatives often challenge the logic and rationale behind taxing corporations because the tax is essentially a ‘pass through’ item;  the tax is paid by the consumer, in the form of higher prices for the product or service.  On this view, then, a tax on a corporation is actually a tax on the end user.  And this view is essentially correct.  It cannot be disputed at its core, because it is exactly the way the real world works- and will always work.

However, you can nibble around the edges, and since people will want to sock it to ‘big business’ they … continue reading...

The Walk to Walden Hill: A Review

Full disclosure:  my ministry awarded this book second place in its 2011 Christian novel writing contest and has since entered into a marketing agreement to promote the book.  

There is a reason why Robert Abernathy’s book, The Walk to Walden Hill:  Rescued in Forgiveness, won an award in Athanatos Christian Ministry’s Christian novel contest- it is quite good!

I was drawn to the story for a variety of reasons, but I believe the primary reason is that the book had a beating heart;  it is the heart of the author, of course, but it is evident throughout that the … continue reading...

Reaction to Cain’s 9-9-9 and a Different Way Forward

Like many conservatives, I am not very thrilled with the crop of candidates I have to choose from this time around.  They all have their problems.  These problems run the gamut from simple electability to deep concerns about their policies.   I can divide the candidates into two categories:  ones I could stomach voting for and ones I couldn’t. (Some would be easier to stomach than others, obviously.)  To put that more directly, there are a handful of candidates who, if nominated, could conceivably keep from voting in the 2012 election for president at all.  You certainly wouldn’t hear me … continue reading...

Why Sticking it to Big Business Sticks it to the Little Guy

Reality.

Call me quaint, but I believe we are obligated to conform our beliefs to the actual world around us.  It was chiefly on account of this that I felt compelled to take a perspective that we today call ‘conservative.’   There is the world we wished we lived in and there is the world that we actually live in.  Another way of putting this is:  people are as people are going to be and no social engineering will ever change what people are.

I begin this way as a response to those in the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ crowd.   Let me … continue reading...