Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sex-Morality Teaching and Public School

I never believe in giving sex-morality teaching to children in schools.  You are introducing them to sin.  You are telling them about things they never knew before, and they are not “pure.”  Therefore you cannot act on the assumption that such teaching will lead to good.  That is the whole tragedy of modern education; it is based entirely on a psychological theory that does not recognize sin, instead of on New Testament teaching.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “Studies in the Sermon on the Mount,” volume 1, p.240

Monday, September 26, 2016

“Solutions” Which Cause More Problems

Increasingly we view sexuality with the impoverished imagination of the technician scouting out solutions to problems. Disease? Use a condom. Unwanted pregnancies? Here’s the Pill. Heartbroken youth? Give them sex-ed. Resulting despair and purposelessness? More condoms, more pills, and more sex-ed. The feedback loop is by now fairly obvious, with “solutions” causing as many problems as they “solve.” Yet we cannot imagine anything other than to double-down on the solutions. So we try the same things again and again in the na├»ve faith that these mysteries are really just problems.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Inheritance Tax is Resentment Tax

It is no surprise that one theory that fills the secularist with glee is the inheritance tax.   He believes that marrying and raising children is just one among many alternative forms of human living arrangements.  Philosophically speaking, everyone agrees that when a man dies, he no longer legally owns his possessions.  Those whose world view is informed by taking Judaism or Christianity seriously, feel that the dead parents’ children have a priority claim on the estate.  The others argue that this is unfair to everyone else.

Inheritance taxes express an attitude of resentment for every penny a child receives from his parents’ estate.  Why should only a few prosper by some money suddenly becoming ownerless?  It should belong to everybody, because (and here is the crux) there is no significance, other than the merely biological, to the parent-child relationship.  Like animals in a zoo, when one animal’s food dish is abandoned the others converge to feed themselves.

Invariably, politicians with an anti-God view will happily introduce, and then raise, the inheritance tax.  No matter how well intentioned . . . they are deeply offended that some people should acquire more of a departed citizen’s wealth than others merely because an accident of birth made them his children.  They feel that when a human dies, his property should belong to all citizens equally.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin, "America's Real War," p.237

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Today’s Times Again Try Men’s Souls

These are the times that try men’s souls.  The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country, but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us that, the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

Thomas Paine, 1776

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Law Is a Teacher

By providing easy exits from marriage and its responsibilities, no-fault divorce helped to change the perception of marriage from a permanent institution designed for the needs of children to a temporary one designed for the desires of adults.  As it became not only legally much easier to leave one’s spouse but also psychologically and socially easier, the percentage of children growing up with just one parent skyrocketed.  The law shapes our culture, which shapes our beliefs, which shape our actions.  The law is a teacher.

Ryan T. Anderson, “Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom,” pg.40

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Schoolbooks Are Crowd-Control

Schoolbooks are a crowd-control device.  Only the very innocent and well-schooled see any difference between good ones and bad ones; both kinds do the same work.

John Taylor Gatto, “What’s Really Wrong With Our Schools?” pg.24

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

When America Saved Europe From Islam

Thomas Jefferson fought back, and ended Moslem piracy in Europe.  It was the first time America saved Europe militarily, and no one seems to remember, least of all the Europeans.  Although our people don’t remember, they do speak about it whenever they sing or hear the first words of the Marine Corps Anthem:  “From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, we will fight our country’s battles on the land and on the sea….”  Why don’t we teach our children about the wars these words refer to?

Patrick Michael Murphy, “How the West Was Lost,” p.203

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

It is the Parents’ Duty to Raise the Child

First and foremost, the bringing up of children “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” is something which is to be done in the home and by the parents.  This is the emphasis throughout the Bible.  It is not something that is to be handed over to the school, however good the school may be.  It is the duty of parents, their primary and most essential duty.  It is their responsibility, and they are not to hand over this responsibility to another.  I emphasize this because we are all well aware of what has been happening increasingly during this present century.  More and more, parents have been transferring their responsibilities and their duties to the schools.  I regard this as a most serious matter.  There is no more important influence in the life of a child than the influence of the home.  The home is the fundamental unit of society, and children are born into a home, into a family.  There you have the circle that is to be the chief influence in their lives.  There is no question about that.  . . .

The teaching of the Scripture is that the child’s welfare, the child’s soul, should always be the primary consideration; and all matters of prestige — not to use any other term — and all matters of ambition should be put severely aside.  Anything that militates against the child’s soul, and its knowledge of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, should be rejected.  The first consideration invariably should be the soul and its relationship to God.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Life in the Spirit in Marriage, Home & Work: An Exposition of Ephesians 5:18-6:9, pg. 293-294

Monday, September 19, 2016

Inheritance Tax Reduces Productivity

Allowing the government to take everything people have worked for after their death will ensure that people will naturally produce less.  Why should they risk working hard for others not of their blood?  Thus, not only is the inheritance tax immoral, it also discourages individual enterprise and thrift which, in turn, damages our economic productivity.  . . .

I can be persuaded to become far more productive than my own immediate needs would demand, but only by the urge to provide for my children.  If our government’s inheritance tax makes it difficult for my additional work to benefit my children, then I shall stop being a producer and become a consumer.  All of society will eventually suffer from this squandering of human capital.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin, "America's Real War," p.236

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Pursuit of Happiness

The right to the “pursuit of happiness” … tends to fuse liberty and property.  It means something like this:  the right to use one’s own faculties for one’s own ends or purposes.  Happiness, it should be noted, did not then refer to some sort of subjective state of bliss, as we might nowadays suppose.  It meant rather that satisfaction that arises from developing one’s abilities and receiving the rewards from doing so.

Clarence B. Carson, in reference to the Declaration of Independence, in A Basic History of the United States, Vol. 2: The Beginning of the Republic 1775-1825, pg.25

Saturday, September 17, 2016

How to Destroy America From Within

If you want to change a people for the worse, you have to start by undermining their values. This happens by slowly, yet surely taking over their institutions. Control Hollywood and the music industry and you can portray duty, honor and character as old timey concepts that no longer matter. You can also paint the most successful Americans as bad guys, the military as mind-numbed robots and decent Christians as hypocrites who want to ruin everyone’s good time.

More importantly, once you have actors and musicians on your side, there is practically no limit to the number of ways you can shape the culture for the worse. You can promote drug use and promiscuous sex. You can encourage men to feminize and women to be more masculine. Most importantly, you can portray your opponents who want to save what’s great about America as desperately unhip.

This reinforces the messages young Americans, who care desperately about being popular, are getting from their schools. Once you control Hollywood, music and the schools, you have a direct pipeline to the brains of the young Americans who will one day run the country.

John Hawkins, How To Destroy America From Within.  Read the whole article!