The Most Extreme Pro-Abortion Candidate Ever

Princeton University professor Robert George has penned a chillingly accurate description of Barack Obama’s record on abortion:

“Barack Obama is the most extreme pro-abortion candidate ever to seek the office of President of the United States. He is the most extreme pro-abortion member of the United States Senate. Indeed, he is the most extreme pro-abortion legislator ever to serve in either house of the United States Congress.”

He goes on: Continue Reading →

Against Slavery? Don’t Own One.

There is a snarky pro-abortion bumper sticker that I have seen from time to time, and it reads like this. “Against abortion? Don’t have one.” I concede that it’s a pretty clever slogan, but the line actually amounts to an endorsement of moral anarchy. Libertarianism can never be an ultimate ethic, and no one would be able to tolerate it if it were tried as a matter of public policy.

If you don’t believe me, then consider a little thought experiment, and see if the bumper-sticker ethic really works. Try these on for size:

“Against wife-beating? Don’t beat yours.”

“Against rape? Don’t assault anyone.”

“Against murder? Don’t kill anyone.”

“Against slavery? Don’t own one.”

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that these formulations don’t work at all. Wife-beating, rape, murder, and slavery are not matters of private morality in which the state has no interest. All three instances are moral issues that relate to the sanctity and dignity of human life, and a just society will always enforce laws prohibiting each one.

In reality, the bumper-sticker is a dodge. When it comes to protecting innocent human life, we are not talking about a matter of preference. It has been and always will be a great evil to kill an innocent human being, and that’s the problem with the bumper sticker. It denies the humanity of the unborn. Anyone who would promote this kind of dodge is guilty of the same denial.

Michael Horton on N. T. Wright

I was just alerted to a radio program from last summer in which Michael Horton examines the theology of N. T. Wright. You can listen to it here or click the play button below.

For the most part, the critique focuses on Wright’s “new perspective” reading of Paul. But there is also discussion of Wright’s counterimperial interpretation of Paul.

That’s All I Have To Say about That

Last night, I had a dream that LSU was losing really badly to Florida, but in the end the Tigers staged a comeback and pulled out a win. It was a great dream. It was also totally fictional. In real life, LSU lost miserably, and I can hardly think of any redeeming aspect of LSU’s performance last night.

What does this mean for the program this year? I don’t think that LSU looks like a championship caliber team. Florida was the first real test for the Tigers, and they failed it miserably. Before that, their two biggest wins were Auburn and Mississippi State (neither of which are looking very impressive this year). LSU is doing the tag-team quarterback thing, and neither one is all that consistent. Bo Pelini, Glenn Dorsey, and Craig Steltz are gone, and it showed last night. Where’s the defense?

Anyway, there’s much more that could be complained about, but (as Forest Gump would say) that’s all I have to say about that.

My Choice for President of the United States

I have never done this before, and many of you will probably not appreciate what I am about to do. Nevertheless, this election is so important that I need to declare the name of the man whom I’ll be supporting for President of the United States. You many think that I have crossed the line with this announcement, but I can do no other. Click here to see my pick.

New Volume on Hebrews

Richard Bauckham has edited a new volume on the epistle to the Hebrews, Cloud of Witnesses: The Theology of Hebrews in Its Ancient Contexts. It’s the latest installment in T & T Clark’s series “Library of New Testament Studies.”

Dr. Barry Joslin of Boyce College contributes an outstanding essay on the law in Hebrews titled, “Hebrews 7-10 and the Transformation of the Law.” Among other things, he argues that in Christ the Old Testament Law has been “transformed” such that the artificial categories of “civil, ceremonial, and moral laws” might be curtailed. Continue Reading →

Roman Catholics Defending Life

For all their differences on matters of Christian theology, Evangelicals and Catholics are cobelligerents in their opposition to abortion. Moreover, not only do both groups oppose abortion, but many Evangelicals and Catholics would insist that defending the unborn is a transcendent moral value.

That’s why I posted this video. It strikes just the right note in that regard. I hope many people will see it and hearts and minds will be won to use their democratic privileges for the protection of the unborn.

The Second Debate and an Election Prediction

By this time next month, Senator Barack Obama will be the President-elect of the United States. Barring some catastrophic and unforeseen mishap, I think it is all but certain that Obama will win. Nothing happened in tonight’s debate that will change that fact.

Pay no attention to the nationwide polls that come out almost daily. Because we elect our president through the electoral college, the only polls that matter are the state-by-state polls. The bottom line is this. Obama is leading in the battleground states that will decide the election, and the trend lines are going against John McCain in those same states.

It takes 270 electoral votes in order to win the election. Obama would have 264 electoral votes from states that generally poll in his favor. McCain would only have 163 electoral votes from states that poll in his favor. That only leaves 111 votes (8 states) where the polls are too close to call. McCain would need to grab 107 of those votes to win, and Obama would only need 6. Right now, the polls slightly favor Obama in nearly all of the toss-up states. Here’s how the electoral map currently looks according to

All of this bodes ill for those of us who regard the abortion issue as paramount. After Obama wins the presidency, he will almost certainly have the opportunity to appoint 2 to 3 Supreme Court Justices—Justices that will prolong the pro-choice majority that currently rules the court. So it appears that the immoral regime of Roe v. Wade—a regime that has presided over the deaths of 50 million babies since 1973—will continue for the foreseeable future.

We won’t see many opportunities in our lifetime to shift the majority of the Court on this issue. I’m sad to say that it looks like we’ll miss this one.

Does Pro-life Law Make a Police State Society?

In the Washington Post last week, Linda Hirschman alleges that John McCain’s pro-life position could lead to a kind of “police state” if he were elected president. She writes:

“In the 1980s, when abortion was severely limited in then-West Germany, border guards sometimes required German women returning from foreign trips to undergo vaginal examinations to make sure that they hadn’t illegally terminated a pregnancy while they were abroad. According to news stories and other accounts, the guards would stop young women and ask them about drugs, then look for evidence of abortion, such as sanitary pads or nightgowns, in their cars, and eventually force them to undergo a medical examination — as West German law empowered them to do. Continue Reading →

McKnight Questions McLaren

Scot McKnight recently posted a fascinating article for Christianity Today about Emergent leader Brian McLaren. The whole article is worth the read, but one section in particular caught my attention. At the end of the article, McKnight raises some questions about McLaren’s theology, and the first one has to do with McLaren’s engagement with the wider evangelical movement: Continue Reading →

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