Center for a Just Society

In Principle v. Pragmatism by Ken Connor, the author attacks an argument that has been proposed by politicians and clergy in recent years. Many have noted that there is a solid middle ground on many of the controversial issues of the day. Connor believes however that this is not true in the slightest. Connor states,

The truth of the matter is that when it comes to the most fundamental questions about human society, culture, and government, the middle ground is not a sensible place to occupy.  When it comes down to the fundamentals, things are either right or they are wrong; to suggest that they may be right for me and wrong for you is nonsense.  Moral relativism comes into conflict with the Law of Non-Contradiction when operating at the level of fundamental values.

Connor advocates that certain issues are non-negotiable, including the abortion debate. He contends that Christians should stand their ground, no matter how difficult it may be.

Center for a Just Society

by R. Burge

“Global Warming in the Hot Seat” by Ken Connor takes aim at the recent leaked emails between climate scientists over the issue of global warming. Connor accuses the scientists of obfuscating or destroying data that would hurt the theory of global warming. Connor writes, “This is a classic example of the politicization of science.  In a gross affront to their vocation’s guiding credo, men and women of science allowed an emotionally and politically charged ideology to muddle their thinking and corrupt their work. ” Connor believes that in light of these recent emails Pres. Obama would be remiss in attempting to push for the expansion of his Green agenda.

Center for a Just Society

by R. Burge

“Pull Up a Chair” by Ken Connor addresses a recent back and forth between Republican and Democrat Senators over the issue of health care reform. Sen. Coburn (R-OK) is demanding that the entire bill be read from the floor of the Senate, a task that could possibly take more than 48 hours of continuous reading. Connor writes,

Believe it or not, America.  Believe it or not—against all reason or logic—Senator Coburn believes that Congress should read legislation BEFORE they vote it into law.  The nerve!  The audacity!  If you aren’t offended by such presumption, well, you should be!  After all, everyone knows that Senators have more important things to do than, well, the job they were elected to do.

 

The Manhattan Declaration: Christians Unite on Life, Marriage, & Liberty

by Tobin Grant

Yesterday, a coalition of Christian leaders (some political, some not) announced the “Manhattan Declaration“.  Most of the leaders were Evangelicals, but conservative leaders from Anglican, Catholic, and Orthodox churches were also signatories.

The Declaration is a call “to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good…These truths are:

  1. the sanctity of human life
  2. the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife
  3. the rights of conscience and religious liberty.”

You can read more about the Declaration at the NYT.

Most of the signatories are conservatives, both politically and religiously.  However, there were many influential conservative groups that are part of this coalition.  Here is a breakdown of which of the groups we tracked signed the Declaration.

Groups that were original signatories:

  • ADF
  • Al Mohler
  • Chuck Colson/Break Point
  • Ethics and Public Policy Center
  • Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Richard Land
  • Evangelicals for Social Action
  • Family Research Council
  • Focus on the Family Action
  • Institute on Religion and Democracy
  • National Association of Evangelicals
  • Susan B. Anthony List

Groups that were not original signatories:

  • ACLJ
  • AFA
  • AUL
  • CBN
  • Center for Just Society
  • Center for Moral Clarity
  • CWA
  • Faith in Public Life
  • Liberty Counsel
  • National Right to Life Committee
  • Relevant’s “Reject Apathy”
  • Sojourners
  • Traditional Values Coalition

Center for a Just Society

by R. Burge

In an article published today by Ken Connor entitled, “Free to Choose” the author takes to task regulations in the health care reform bill that would limit the amount of choice consumers would have. The current language in the reform bill does not allow for consumers to purchase insurance across state lines, something that Connor believes is heavy handed and reduces individual liberty. The author writes, “The bureaucrats have decided that the people need Big Brother to dictate their health insurance decisions because they can’t be trusted to make good choices themselves.  This is the height of paternalism: Government knows best and damn the torpedoes.”

 

Center for a Just Society

by R. Burge

In a new article entitled “Without Life, No Rights” by Ken Connor takes up the recent passage of the Stupak Amendment as part of health care reform. The amendment essentially prohibits federal funding for abortion procedures. The Center for a Just Society is in full throated support of its passage. Connor writes, “Thus, those who insist that Americans have a right to health care and a right to taxpayer-funded abortions suffer from a severe form of moral schizophrenia.  And their claims that the Constitution supports their warped position only adds insult to injury.”

Center for a Just Society takes on Planned Parenthood

by R. Burge

The latest article from Ken Connor at CJS is a head on critique of Planned Parenthood. At issue is a recent investigation by James O’Keefe who called local branches of Planned Parenthood and asked if he could give donations to the organization that would only pay for the abortion of African American fetuses.

Connor surmises, “Its unabashed advocacy of pre-marital sexual experimentation, promiscuity, and abortion reveals a radical anti-family agenda that has no respect or regard for the role of parents in guiding kids’ sexual choices, no use for the sexual mores that go along with the institution of marriage, and little concern for the emotional or physical health of children.”

Connor notes that Planned Parenthood is funded by the federal government, receiving $350 million last year and they performed 300,000 abortions.  Connor advocates for the defunding of this organization.