Cheat Sheet #2

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If you have not yet obtained your very own copy of The Bestiary of Adorable Fallacies, I have only one thing to say to you -- and that is fie, fie! Actually, all right, that's two things. But even if you rush to the computer right now and order it, you will be without the information below for an unconscionable amount of time. So here it is, right now. For more info, just click on the image. … [Read more...]

Moral Imagination and the Right to Life

Moral Imagination

The right to life is the basic human right. When it is denied, no other right will ever be recognized. When it is affirmed, and appropriately grounded, all other God-given rights will be recognized and defended in just the way they ought to be. In order to appropriately ground this right, however, we have to define our terms. We have to acknowledge what we are talking about, and this requires a moral imagination. But a functioning moral imagination is not possible without two things. The first is a fixed natural world, which runs as it does under the governance of God, and the second is a sure Word from the God who has done this for us. We need natural revelation, given to us by God, and we need Scripture to correct our sinful tendencies to veer off from what God has obviously presented to us in the world. Think of it this way. Every person reading this began his or her existence as a human being as a single cell. One of the largest cells in the human body, it is even visible to … [Read more...]

Hashtag Tactics

The outrage against Planned Parenthood is ongoing, and the third video released today. Thus far, the pro-life response has been vigorous, coherent and good, but unless we are careful, the outrage might begin to sprawl. Before I make some tactical suggestions to help keep it all focused, I suggest you watch the third video. Here it is: That said, here are three sets of hashtag strategies I would like to encourage everyone to use. 1. First, let me introduce a web site that can help us coordinate our efforts -- Cleaning House Clearing House. For example, one of the principles of war is concentration, and we do need to keep this focused. It would be far better, in other words, for everyone to be contacting the same corporation in the same week, instead of randomly. We can do this while keeping track of those corporations that distance themselves from Planned Parenthood. The speed with which some corporations have already done this indicates this is an achievable goal. … [Read more...]

A Rook for a Queen

Rook Queen

One of the most interesting things about the Planned Parenthood scandal is that it has blown the Obergefell scandal off the front page. This might seem problematic to some, given the travesty that was Obergefell, but to my mind it is entirely to the strategic good. In the long game, I am always willing to trade a rook for a queen. Don't mistake me here. Obergefell is the lamest of abominations, and it has to go. But the reason it was possible for it to be imposed on us in the first place was because of all the legal mayhem that had happened to heterosexual marriages over the decades prior. There are sadly multiple examples of this -- things like no-fault divorce -- but the crowning insult to heterosexual marriage was the bloody decision of Roe. That crowning insult was the attempt to make heterosexual unions fruitless, and to enforce that fruitlessness by declaring open season on the fruit. Not all babies are killed, but all the babies could be. According to that decision, … [Read more...]

FAQs about Abortion

We can no longer pretend that we do not know.

Planned Parenthood is in the midst of a self-inflicted public relations nightmare. Our job is to keep it that way. But in the rolling aftermath of this disaster of theirs, many pro-life Christians are probably finding themselves in the midst of more conversations on the topic than has been true for quite some time. This really is a teachable moment for our nation, and one of the things we must provide in that teachable moment is answers. The propaganda machine surrounding abortion has created a lot of confusion. The sting videos have revealed the fact of the confusion, but they have not revealed where the confusions first began. That has to be done with careful explanation. So because many of you are now in conversations with family, friends or co-workers about "the videos," I thought I would put together a short list of FAQs that might help navigate some of the conversations that are likely to happen. 1. When does human life begin? According to Scripture, unborn … [Read more...]

Their Respective Beheadings

High Double Standards

We do not yet know who the nominees for the two major political parties will be. Hillary is supposed to be a lock, although in my view there are significant signs of trouble. On the Republican side, they not only have a very deep bench, they also have a handful who ought not to have made the team, including a hot dog vendor, who is quite good at that I hear. But regardless who the two candidates are, the current job of every pro-life American is to continue to apply public pressure across the board on the ghastly reality of Planned Parenthood's body parts emporium. The pressure has to be unrelenting, constant, focused, and hot. If we do what we now have a plain opportunity to do, we can make the hideous strength of Planned Parenthood one of the central issues of the presidential campaign. If that happens, then it is likely that the choice will come down to a candidate who wants the DOJ to continue investigating the Center for Medical Progress and a candidate who promises to give … [Read more...]

Just Terrifgggkkkk . . .

And behold, Levi threw a bash . . .

When it comes to our interactions with unbelievers, we have two scriptural requirements we have to keep in mind. We have to do both of these things at the same time, which presents a monumental challenge to the tidy-minded. The question is this -- do we share table companionship with unbelievers and sinners? This question is an urgent one because of the current full court press coming from the totalitolerance brigade. And the answer of course is that we certainly may, and we must not. It is comparable to those two verses in Proverbs that are side by side: “Answer not a fool according to his folly, Lest thou also be like unto him. Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own conceit” (Prov. 26:4–5). Do not get down on a fool's level because you don't want to become a fool yourself. Make sure you answer a fool at that level lest he walk away thinking he won the exchange. But when do you do which? You measure by the result. Did you become like him and feel … [Read more...]

Though Not Always

"If you stick your head through the hole in the canvas at the county fair, you have no right to be shocked and dismayed when people throw wet sponges at it. Fortunately, given the state of criticism these days, lots of people miss -- especially the feminists, who usually throw like a girl" (Rules for Reformers, p. 191). … [Read more...]

On Defending the Ghastly

Come out with your hands up!

The War Between the States would have ended a lot sooner if Meade had pursued Lee after Gettysburg. Ahithophel hanged himself because his counsel of pursuit of David by Absalom was rejected (2 Sam. 17:1-2). Gideon prevailed in his great battle with Midian because he honored the principle of pursuit (Judg. 8:4). Pursuit is crucial; follow through is essential. We have every reason to believe that the Center for Medical Progress is on top of this. The fact that they obtained the sting videos they did is beyond praise, and thus far they are dropping their grenades, two so far, with exquisite timing. Word has it that more are coming. We have every reason to believe that CMP understands the need for continued pressure and pursuit. At the same time, what they are doing will not work unless the pro-life public joins in the pursuit. That is what has made this so explosive so far, and if we continue to respond as we have been doing it will remain explosive. Without such pursuit, it … [Read more...]

Baby Corpse Wholesalers

Think of it this way. This could open up a whole new sector of the economy . . .

The great value of the devastating Planned Parenthood videos is to be found in their implications. Moreover, these are implications that do not have to be carefully drawn out so that no one loses the thread of an obscure argument. These implications are most obvious -- PP is merchandising baby parts, they are accommodating eager buyers with "less crunchy" ways of killing babies for cash, what is being done on these videos is plainly standard operating procedure in other PP clinics, and so on. Here's another implication. This Mengele-like ghoulishness was brought to you by the United States Supreme Court, an august body if ever there was one. Or at least that's what it looked like at the time. The thing about hubris is that you go up like a blazing rocket, and you come down like a stick. You can get away with a lot in the days of your ascendancy, but once the spell is broken there is no way to keep that stick in the air. So I want everyone to fix it in their minds that we … [Read more...]

The Ethics of Righteous Video Sting Operations

Some Bible stories are inconvenient.

So let me tell you right at the beginning what I think of the ethics of video sting operations (like the #PPSellsBabyParts story from last week). After telling you what I think about it, I want to lay out a biblical case for it. The story caught Planned Parenthood by surprise, along with a bunch of people in the moderate middle whose reaction was "wait . . . what?" That being the case, Planned Parenthood's first responses have been pretty lame, and have actually made things worse for them. Apologizing for the "tone" of the comments, as the head of Planned Parenthood did, is like Dylann Roof apologizing for jaywalking on the way to the church in Charleston. I hope they don't have time to collect themselves, and I hear there may be more videos ready to drop that might keep them on their heels. And if they are kept busy, and if the current climate is sustained for any length of time at all, every Christian should be pressing for the defunding of Planned Parenthood. The ways you … [Read more...]

501(c) That?

The beak is to peck your eyes out.

One of our responsibilities in these troubled times is to look at the cultural chess board while taking care to think three moves ahead. We need to look at our current conflicts in the light of the year of our Lord 2022. Those who do not anticipate the future are doomed to go through it, as Santayana didn't quite say. I have already written that Christians need to make the current battle a battle over our right and responsibility to speak the truth. If we start to trim our discourse to make their hypocritical commitments to free speech less obviously hypocritical, we will quickly find ourselves in the next phase of battle, which will be over taxes, tax exempt status, 501(c)3 organizations, and so on. The next battle will be about defunding the Church. And I would rather fight over defending the truth than I would over defunding it. Of course, if we get there I will be happy to fight there, but all things considered, I prefer my goal line stands on the seven-yard line instead … [Read more...]