It’s A Wrap: March 25 Recap Of The Brenner Brief Radio Show
With the Supreme Court hearing arguments on same-sex marriage this week, and the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell underway in Philadelphia, this edition of The Brenner Brief radio show focused on issues of concern to the American value voter – emphasizing the pro-life movement.
Should the movement shift the pro-life argument away from the traditional focus on morality, toward a more women’s health-based approach? Founder and Editor of LifeNews.com, Steven Ertelt, is on the front-line everyday in the pro-life movement and has proposed such a shift.
America’s heightened awareness to health issues, especially women’s health, has presented an opportunity for the pro-life movement to reach out to otherwise unreachable citizens. The effects of abortion, both physically and mentally, has become taboo despite the issue’s evolution in public perception. “Unpacking abortion is very difficult.” Anecdotal evidence in the context of women’s health, is a positive message and a means to sell and “repackage” the pro-life message. The moral argument, such as the fact that 1.2 million abortions are performed each year, is still valid “but we have been talking about that for decades,” said Ertelt. It is simply unmarketable. Phrasing abortion as a women’s health issue, removes the negative stigma, as well as the difficulty in marketing a moral argument.
“It’s been an evolution of sorts,” Steven said, regarding his pro-life beliefs. As so many other movement proponents, Steven had a difficult time mentally grasping the sheer number of abortions that were occurring during his youth. The consequences of abortion on society and culture, have been playing out across America. “There is a complete abrogation of women’s health around the country,” said Ertelt. The neglect of health standards have led to the shutdown of numerous abortion clinics throughout the country. If you want to get involved with the pro-life movement and community, visit Steven’s site below, and click on Contact, or send an email to [email protected], and get plugged into your local areas pro-life movement.
Demetrius Minor is a preacher and member of the national advisory council for Project 21, the conservative black leadership network. Demetrius discussed the pro-life movement from a spiritual perspective, and opened with scripture, which underscores the fundamental opposition from Christians regarding abortion.
Jeremiah 1:5 states:
I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.
“That verse clearly depicts God’s love for the innocence of the unborn and his love for human life,” Demetrius said. It is difficult, if not impossible, for American Christians to reconcile the issue of abortion with their belief in scripture. The pro-life movement, according to Demetrius, should include a focus on the living as well. This is a novel consideration that is often lost on the pro-life movement. As God wishes to see the unborn given the chance to fulfill their potential, so too should the living be afforded such consideration.
On the issue of the death penalty, although he respects and sees validity in the pro-death penalty position, he views opposition to the death penalty as an extension of the pro-life philosophy. Listening to Demetrius’s message regarding this issue, one who strives for intellectual consistency, and personal consistency, cannot help but challenge themselves to introspection. As he phrased it, we should be “trying to look at the pro-life view through different dimensions.”
Same-sex marriage has dominated the debate this week. Christians, Demetrius says, can stand on principle “without it being translated into disdain for the individual. We can love the person and disagree with the lifestyle.” Civil unions, because of church irrelevancy, should not be problematic for Christians. However, conservatives would make a mistake if they support same-sex marriage simply due to electability. Voters “need to have a choice.”
Adrian Moore, VP of Reason Foundation, is head of the policy think-tank that focuses on government and regulatory reform, and the effects of policy implementation on the free-market. His libertarian economic perspective, offers a bold contrast between where our nation’s economy is, and where it could be.
Absent the continual intervention by government policy in the free-market, the American economy “could be experiencing another boom,” he said. Adrian has studied privatization for 17 years, and served on a number of government boards and commissions. He said, “Almost everything government does can be privatized.” Privatization should be used as a “tool” by government to find solutions, especially through the local level.
As an area of specialization, Adrian brings real-world solutions to transportation demands in urban areas. Government has a tendency to want populations to live and travel in such a manner that is convenient for government, as they attempt to meet their transportation obligations.
Agenda 21, perhaps, is the largest government effort to change the dynamic of urban lifestyle, to better accommodate government, by transforming urban development and resource distribution. In order to accomplish such a task, as Adriane identifies, the government views “getting people to want something different” as a proper role for itself.
Agenda 21 is a crack pot idea, which incorporates other crack pot ideas, making up the idea that central planning, which has failed at the national level, is exactly what cities need. It didn’t work on the national level, but it will work in San Diego?
On the issue of education, Adrian agrees that the system works best when the money follows the student. Through competition and flexibility, both charter schools and public schools, can benefit from “fundamental economics.” The idea that somehow “more experts,” Adrian says, are needed to come up with a one-size fits all model, and apply it everywhere is not the solution to our educational disparities. “Incentive and competition will drive outcomes that parents and students want,” he said. Common Core, Obama’s blanket education reforms, is another top-down measure that ignores incentives. “It is the opposite of what should have been learned” from the Bush-era No Child Left Behind. “Of course, this is falling into the trap of they actually care about results, they care about funneling more of our money,” said Moore.
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