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The Malthusians Return

by Nathan Oppman

October 16, 2013

The tired old argument has returned. People are going to end the planet. The oceans will rise, the land will burn, and aliens will invade. Ok, there are no predictions of an alien invasion … yet. So what is the solution to these problems? Get rid of those pesky people. After all if there were no people, then they would not be destroying earth by releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Of course, limiting the population of earth through encouraging women to have fewer kids would be devastating to economic growth and development. People have been making predictions about the end of the world for a long time. There is one factor common to all of them— they have failed to happen.

Instead of encouraging anti-human, anti-family policies, we should encourage healthy families where God is honored and lifelong marriage is the norm. While we are unlikely to be affected by global warming, we are already being affected by family breakdown. On almost every social measure the breakdown of committed marriages has devastating consequences. We should be focused on the real man-made problem of family destruction. If we don’t fix the family the future will indeed be bleak.

And one more thing, I did a quick internet search while writing this article; an alien invasion could be a result of global warming according to some!

I’m Not in Your Bedroom. Obama is in Your Bedroom”

by Cathy Ruse

April 17, 2013

I have a new hero: Eden Foods founder and CEO Michael Potter.

Eden Foods is an organic company popular among the “crunchy, liberal crowd” which has filed suit against the Obama administration over the HHS mandate. 

Potter is getting slammed over it, thanks in part to a hit piece last week in Salon magazine which publicized the suit and framed Potter as a man with an anti-birth control agenda. 

Don’t waste your time on the original article. Instead, enjoy the refreshing quotes from the no nonsense, plain-speaking Mr. Potter in Salon’s follow-up piece from Monday relating a telephone conversation between Potter and Salon writer Irin Carmen.

I’ve got more interest in good quality long underwear than I have in birth control pills,” Potter told Carmen. Then he elaborated:

I don’t care if the federal government is telling me to buy my employees Jack Daniel’s or birth control. What gives them the right to tell me that I have to do that? That’s my issue, that’s what I object to, and that’s the beginning and end of the story….I’m not trying to get birth control out of Rite Aid or Wal-Mart, but don’t tell me I gotta pay for it.

Rock on, M.P.!

When Carmen pressed Potter using the fallacy that “the mandate doesn’t cover abortion” but “only contraception,” Potter responded this way:

It’s a morass…I’m not an expert in anything. I’m not the pope. I’m in the food business. I’m qualified to have opinions about that and not issues that are purely women’s issues. I am qualified to have an opinion about what health insurance I pay for.

When Carmen said contraceptive coverage is cheaper to pay for than maternity coverage, Potter replied: “One’s got a little more warmth and fuzziness to it than the other, for crying out loud.”

Potter is not backing down:  “I worked my ass off at figuring out what to do on it. I worked hard on it and I made a decision,” he said. “The federal government has no right to do what they’ve done. No constitutional right, no standing.”

Carmen writes that Potter sounded annoyed that he’s receiving emails telling him to stay out of people’s bedrooms. “I’m not in your bedroom,” he said. “Obama’s in your bedroom.”

Michael Potter is doing the right thing, for the right reasons, and he’s getting slammed by left-wing activists who have lots of time on their hands. He needs to hear from the rest of us.

Here’s where to write: websales@edenfoods.com and info@edenfoods.com

I just did, and here’s what I said: 

Dear Mr. Potter:

I know you’re getting heat for your lawsuit from people who like the idea of free birth control and abortion drugs, courtesy of a heavy-handed federal government mandate on employers.

But you should know there are many people who agree with you that it is not the federal government’s place to dictate to employers that they must buy these things for their employees in their health plans. And yes, the mandate does include drugs that can cause an early abortion, not just contraception.

As a woman and a lawyer, my message is this: contraceptives and abortion pills are widely available, they’re legally unrestricted, and they’re cheap. Anyone who wants them can get them. There is no reason for the federal government to force every employer in America to provide them “for free.”

Thanks for standing firm. I can’t wait to buy lots of Eden Foods!

FRC in the News: January 30, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

January 30, 2013

Anna Higgins Defends Life in North Dakota Senate

Anna Higgins, Director, Center for Human Dignity at FRC, testified before the North Dakota Senate concerning Senate Concurrent Resolution 4009. The resolution will amend the North Dakota Constitution by adding “the inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized must be recognized and defended.” Read some of Anna’s statement, Senate Concurrent Resolution 4009, and more about the hearing  here.

FRC Stands for Boy Scouts Morality

Recently, the Boy Scouts of America have considered ending its ban on allowing homosexuals to serve as leaders. FRC is choosing to stand for the code that the Boy Scouts have held for about a century:

“On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.”

Rob Schwarzwalder, FRC’s Senior Vice President, and Tony Perkins, have strongly supported the morality of the Boy Scouts and released a statement to show their strong concern over the possible changes.

Ken Blackwell Applauds Loyalty to Life

Ken Blackwell’s article, which was featured in World Magazine, commends Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) for standing up for life in the House of Representatives even though his party typically does not. Rep. Lipinski addressed the attendees of the March for Life via video and encouraged the enormous crowd to stand for human life. Rep. Lipinski believes that life is a bipartisan issue and those who stand for the unborn are thankful for his leadership!

Ben Franklin, January 17, 1706: “Of What Use is a Newborn Baby?”

by Robert Morrison

January 17, 2013

One of my pool pals was telling me about his forthcoming trip to Japan. I’ve never been there, but I was excited for him. I mentioned, in passing, that Japan is the only industrial country in the world that is losing population. My friend jumped on that statement. “It’s a good thing, too. Every country should cut its population in half.” Now, my friend is a well-to-do biotech executive. He’s going to Japan to work with their Nobel Prize-winning scientist, Shinya Yamanaka. And my friend noted approvingly that Dr. Yamanaka’s work with stem cells “doesn’t raise ethical issues.” That’s a roundabout way of saying Yamanaka isn’t killing embryonic humans. Thank God.

But my swimming buddy’s attitude toward population should not have surprised me. He is well-educated and a successful professional—traveling China, Japan, Thailand, and Singapore on an almost monthly basis. The educated classes in America, and in the international arena, are almost all anti-population.

Too bad. One of America’s greatest scientists, Benjamin Franklin, was born this day in 1706. Ben was the 15th of 16 children of a poor Boston candlemaker. Very early in his life, he was apprenticed to his older brother, a printer. When Ben became distracted by his reading and arrived late at the print shop, his brother would box his ears. Franklin wrote satirical articles that ridiculed the solemn leaders of that still-Puritan influenced colony. He got into an early controversy when he attacked the great Rev. Cotton Mather for Mather’s advocacy of inoculation for smallpox. Young Ben was wrong on that one. The learned Mather was a member of Britain’s Royal Society and had read deeply on prevention of smallpox.

Franklin soon ran off to Philadelphia. He arrived almost penniless. His future wife, Deborah, laughed at the threadbare youth walking past her door, with only a loaf of bread under his arm. It wouldn’t be Franklin’s last laugh in the City of Brotherly Love.

He soon became a leading figure in colonial America’s largest city. He was not only a hard worker and a creative writer, he liked to be known as a hard worker. In his autobiography, he tells the delightful story of how he deliberately left the wheel on his printer’s barrow ungreased. That’s so Philadelphians  would hear him squeaking through the streets before dawn every morning.

The list of his practical ideas and inventions staggers the mind. He urged on his neighbors to provide street lighting. Once the streets were lighted, everyone could better see the filth that needed cleaning up. Franklin pushed for that, too. And subscription libraries, volunteer fire companies, and even a university. Franklin’s friends formed the Junto, an association of ambitious young men whose goal was self-advancement through community service. 

Franklin studied simple, everyday needs. Americans (and Europeans) then spent an inordinate amount of time simply staying warm. Franklin developed a stove that brought the heat into center of the room.

The Franklin stove alone would have made Ben a fortune—if he had sought a patent for it. But he didn’t. He gave the idea away freely.

He later wrote that he saw too many inventors wasting their time and talents fighting bitter patent battles. Ben might have had to go to thirteen colonial capitals and maybe London, too, to lock up his patent rights. He preferred to give his inventions away. And, with typical self-mockery, he allowed that he was not unaware of what this did for his reputation.

Franklin’s discoveries in electricity made him a worldwide sensation. The experiment with the kite and key proved that lightning was electricity, just a more powerful form of that phenomenon people knew from the Leyden jar experiments. Franklin gave it plus and minus charges. Franklin’s speculations about its nature truly revolutionized the world’s understanding. He deserves to be in the front rank of scientists. For this achievement, he was granted an honorary doctorate by Scotland’s University of St. Andrews.

Yet, Doctor Franklin is one of the few Founding Fathers we feel comfortable calling “Ben.”

His famous Poor Richard’s Almanac contains hundreds of witty aphorisms, many of which are still in use today. It was this publication, and his role as royal postmaster for the colonies, that made Ben Franklin a wealthy man. 

Franklin was well enough off to retire from his printing business in his forties and dedicate himself entirely to public service. He provided supplies and weapons for British Gen. Braddock’s army as it marched to the Pennsylvania frontier during the French & Indian War. It was then that Franklin met young Col. George Washington, the commander of Virginia’s colonial militia.

Franklin spent nearly twenty years in London as a representative of first the Pennsylvania colony, and later New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Georgia. Still, Franklin had no vote in the British Parliament.

He tried to dissuade that Parliament from imposing its Stamp Act on the North American colonies.

Parliament would not be budged. Finally, Franklin became embroiled in a bitter controversy. One of his agents in America had intercepted and sent to Franklin the letters of Massachusetts’ royal governor, Thomas Hutchison. In those letters, the governor urged the King’s ministers to crack down hard on Samuel Adams and other patriot leaders in the Bay Colony. Franklin was suspected of leaking these incriminating documents in London. 

Franklin was summoned before the Privy Council and made to stand while the Crown’s Attorney General verbally abused him, for more than an hour. That incident may have convinced Franklin there was no hope of reconciliation between the Americans and the British.

Soon, Dr. Franklin was back in Philadelphia, attending the Second Continental Congress. There, he was appointed to the committee to draw up a Declaration of Independence. He even consoled his young friend Thomas Jefferson, the principal author, when congressmen “mutilated” the Virginia delegate’s draft. 

Congress sent Franklin back across the ocean. This time, he was America’s minister to France.

Franklin’s presence in France caused a sensation. The renowned scientist’s face, he told his daughter in a letter home, “more familiar than the man in the moon.” King Louis XVI even oafishly put Franklin’s face at the bottom of a chamber pot for one of the great ladies of Versailles.

Franklin enjoyed spectacular success in France. He negotiated the Treaty of Amity and Commerce that enabled the United States to form an alliance that would win our independence. Franklin was unevenly yoked with the hard-working John Adams. The younger man seemed always to resent Franklin’s fame and the easy way he had with the French. Adams’s own tenure in Paris was a near-disaster. Franklin generously said he was a good man, always an honest man who always sought the best for America. “But in some things, in some way, he is out of his mind.” That’s about right.

My favorite story from Franklin’s Paris years occurred just as he was about to leave. Crippled by gout, the great scientist nonetheless wanted to be on hand for the first manned balloon flight. Tens of thousands went out to Versailles to see the Montgolfier brothers set off the flame that would heat the air in their gaily-colored balloon. People gasped to see the ascent. Some women fainted.

Then, someone spied the 79-year old Dr. Franklin taking it all in from his carriage. It’s a wonder, to be sure, the questioner said, “but of what practical use is it?” Ben Franklin was the man to ask. He was the most practical man in the world. 

Smiling, Ben answered: “Of what practical use is a newborn baby?” So, for my globetrotting, population controlling pool pal, I would answer: Of what practical use are newborns? Oh, and by the way, I can take off my swim fins now, another practical device credited to Ben Franklin. Happy Birthday to Ben Franklin, 15th of 17 children. And I thank God for him.

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