Culture/Values

Moral disapproval is not bullying or hatred

By John Biver

“A national coalition of pro-family organizations is once again asking parents to call their children out of school on the Day of Silence if their school will be permitting students and/or teachers to refuse to speak during class. Parents can find out more information about the Day of Silence Walkout, which seeks to oppose the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) exploitation of public education for partisan political purposes, at www.doswalkout.net.”

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The media needs to stop listening to the Southern Poverty Law Center

By John Biver

According to Townhall.com columnist Matt Barber, the far-left wing “Southern Law Poverty Center” (SPLC) used to do good work. But alas, he writes, “power corrupts.” Barber recently wrote about the SPLC’s classifying one Illinois website as a “hate site” in his piece, “Southern Poverty Law Center Officially Declared “Left-Wing Hate Group.”

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The Audacity of the State

By John Biver

“When I speak of the audacity of the state, the kind of state I have in mind is what we may call the savior state. The main characteristic of the savior state is that it presents itself as the people’s guardian, as the guarantor of the citizen’s well-being. The savior state is the paternal state, which not only sees to the security of its territory and the enforcement of its laws but also promises to feed, clothe, house, educate, monitor, medicate, and in general to care for its people. Some prefer to call it the nanny state, but that label fails to reckon with its inherently religious character.”

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Tolerance misunderstood

By John Biver

The advancement of the homosexual political agenda should not be tolerated.

Having compassion for people who suffer from a sexual disorientation is perfectly understandable. Extensive research into what causes homosexuality has shown that often those causes take place when a person is very young. I’d recommend the work of Charles Socarides, his book “A Freedom Too Far,” the work of Arthur Goldberg, and his book “Light in the Closet: Torah, Homosexuality and the Power to Change,” and the work of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality.

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What child is this?

By John Biver

Since Christmas involves the birth of a baby – I’ll take this impolitic opportunity to post some of the information found onthis webpage.

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We Still Hold These Truths

By John Biver

The Heritage Foundation president Ed Feulner ran a handful of passages in his column from Matthew Spalding’s latest book “We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future.”

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In Brief: the 2008 GOP National Platform – Values

By John Biver

Last but certainly not least in our series is the Republican Platform ‘s chapter on Values. Here are the title and section headings:

Preserving Our Values

Upholding the Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Ensuring Equal Treatment for All

Protecting Our National Symbols

Freedom of Speech and of the Press

Maintaining The Sanctity and Dignity of Human Life

Preserving Traditional Marriage

Safeguarding Religious Liberties

Preserving Americans’ Property Rights

Supporting Native American Communities

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In Brief: the 2008 GOP National Platform – Crime

By John Biver

Only two chapters remain in our review of the Republican National Platform – today we’ll review the section on Crime and tomorrow on Values.

Protecting Our Families

Stopping Online Child Predators and Ending Child Pornography

Internet Gambling

Ridding the Nation of Criminal Street Gangs

Locking Up Criminals

Reforming Prisons and Serving Families

Protecting Law Enforcement Officers

Improving Law Enforcement

Continuing the Fight against Illegal Drugs

Protecting the Victims of Crime

Securing Our Civil Liberties

Renewing Neighborhoods, Building Communities

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Human nature is the tie that binds economic, social, and foreign policy (Part 1)

By John Biver

To fight – or not to fight. Is the War in Afghanistan a necessary war or not? Barack Obama doesn’t seem to be sure. Was the Iraq War necessary? You’ll find people on both sides of the political divide with different answers.

One thing is certain – and our founders knew it – that mankind was – and is – problematic. And so too are the forces unleashed by the nations that man creates.

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The permanent marriage between economics and morality

By John Biver

In case you didn’t receive the memo that all the cool people get, only the backwards types still cling to religion. The hip and enlightened all know that ancient myths are just that. Smart people long ago outgrew the need for them. (Stick with me here.)

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Honey and Vinegar and Reality Politics

By John Biver

As I’ve noted, working with Jack Roeser gives me the opportunity to meet and talk with political insiders on a regular basis – from party officials, to candidates, to current office holders, to interesting activists.

After all the failures of the Republican Party in recent years, however, it’s troubling that there are still so many would-be leaders who are fearful of speaking up. Private conversations are lovely, but frankly, I’m tired of them. We need public conversations – public statements – demonstrations of courage and leaders who are ready to put it on the line.

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