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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Moral Inversion

Liberalism can be considered a near-total inversion of the moral order. They may (rightly) object to criminal behavior, but what follows closely behind is a bevy of hand-wringing questions which belies their moral indignation: Was he (the perpetrator) oppressed in any way? Was he discriminated against? Does the crime represent any form of officially ‘bad’ […]

Obama is an Awful, Awful, Liar

Barack Obama, 20 September 2013, addressing the Congressional Black Caucus: (Note: Go to about 3:00 in the video to see the quote) And now we’re seeing an extreme faction of these folks, convincing their leadership to threaten to shut down the government if we don’t shut down the affordable care act. Some of them were […]

Violence in D.C.

CNN columnist and commentator LZ Granderson writes an apparent criticism of those who would rush to blame “guns” for the Washington D.C. Naval Yard shooting: And it will keep continue to happen until the advocates (of gun control) accept that ridding the country of guns is a hopeless — and unconstitutional mission — and that the […]

The Conversion of C.S. Lewis

Excerpts from the chapter “Checkmate” in C.S. Lewis’s spiritual autobiography Surprised by Joy: “And there I made  new friend. The very first words he spoke marked him out from the ten or twelve others who were present; a man after my own heart, and that too at an age when the instantaneous friendships of youth […]

Forever Racist

New Yorker of Indian heritage wins Miss America pageant on a platform of “Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency;” CNN makes sure–with a front page headline–that we all know that we’re still racist. When did a “platform” become part of the Miss America pageant, anyway? Additionally, Laura Wood at The Thinking Housewife has an excellent article […]

A Liberal by any Other Name . . .

CNN featured an opinion piece entitled “Hey atheists, let’s make a deal” this weekend. The author, Rachel Held Evans, makes an appeal that both Christians and atheists overlook the heated, often silly, rhetoric from the likes of Richard Dawkins and Pat Robertson. Fair enough. I read this article and it has bothered me since. It’s […]

Corrie Ten Boom’s Father on Sexual Sin

The book The Hiding Place has many memorable passages. One that I particularly like is Corrie Ten Boom’s account of her father’s response when she, at about ten years old, asked him what sex-sin was: “I asked Father about a poem we had read at school the winter before. One line had described ‘a young […]

“God Has Spoken”

Occasionally you will hear Christians refer to the works of God like so: “God has spoken,” “God has ordained,” or “God has worked.”  There is a mystical quality to the phraseology. I used to have an atheist friend who hated it. He thought it was an affectation. “It just sounds so put-on,” he would tell […]

Choice or Life?

In the previous post, we discussed the pro-life versus pro-choice moral frameworks. Within the liberal framework, autonomy, specifically autonomy over one’s own body, seems to carry the greatest importance. Why is this? What is the nature of the moral universe such that individual autonomy should be valued over all things, even over life itself? Even […]

Tricked Into Abortion: Liberal Dilemma

A woman in Florida was tricked into taking an abortion pill by her boyfriend–see the CNN video report here. The difficult question for liberals to answer is this: on what grounds is this wrong? –

Corrie Ten Boom on Forgiveness

Renowned Christian evangelist Corrie Ten Boom once met a former guard of the concentration camp Ravensbruck–where she had been held: “It was 1947, and I’d come from Holland to defeated Germany with the message that God forgives. It was the truth that they needed most to hear in that bitter, bombed-out land, and I gave […]

Syria Summarized

The more I think about the Syria chemical weapons attacks, the more I am convinced that only one word really captures the essence of the situation: “wedontknowwhodidit.”

Jake Tapper Doesn’t Know; Nobody Knows

Earlier, I spent about an hour looking over the CNN website, with one goal in mind–determine the facts of the 21 August chemical weapons attack in Syria. Unfortunately, there is almost nothing that I can find which convinces me that the attacks were ordered by Assad. Jake Tapper presented some of the videos of the […]

What Will Happen in Syria?

The contemporary wisdom is that most Americans are opposed to any new wars, including the bombing of Syria’s chemical weapons facilities. Generally speaking, I am with them. Enough of mucking around in the Middle East.  But I think it’s overly simple to be “pro-intervention” or “nonintervention.” Ultimately, we don’t really have any true friends in […]

Black Names

It occurs to me that when blacks give their kids such preposterous names, that a philosophical statement is being made. Before I go into that, I have to consider how I named my own children. One of our boys was named after me, and the other was named after a relative of my wife’s. Our […]

The Radiant Nature of Goodness

  The overwhelming sensation one gets when reading The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom is that of goodness. It is her autobiographical account of her early life and her experience of the holocaust and Nazi Germany. She, her father, sister, and brothers were placed into prison, then into concentration camps after they were discovered […]

Male Pronouns

At this website, when discussing something in the abstract, I will use entirely male pronouns for simplicity’s sake. For example, in the below post, I discuss the views of a liberal, and refer to the abstract person entirely with he/him/his. Obviously, if I am discussing a particular woman, or discussing a specifically female issue, I […]

Liberalism, as I Understand It:

A liberal friend of mine summarizes his views like this: Each person has inherent dignity and rights, and our group life should reflect this, and the particularities of each person’s make-up, including his race, his sexual orientation, his abilities, should be not only respected but should be celebrated and enjoyed by the larger collective, certainly […]