Planned Parenthood’s Eugenic Racism

On this day in 1939, Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood announced the organization’s new “Negro Project” in response to requests from southern state public health officials—men not generally known at that time for their racial equanimity. “The mass of Negroes,” her project proposal asserted, particularly in the South, still breed carelessly and disastrously, with the result that the …

Isn’t It Amazing What We Can Do If We Don’t Really Care Who Gets the Credit?

No man or woman is an island.  There are no successful Lone Rangers—not in business, not in politics, and not in life.  Loose canons foil the best strategies.  Wild cards trump the best intentions.  Feral cells infect the healthiest organisms.  Rogue agents jeopardize the securest operations. If we are going to be effective we need to have others who know …

America’s First Constitution

The first American constitution was ratified by the colony of New Haven on this day in 1639.  The entire community assembled in a newly erected barn where the eminent Puritan pastor John Davenport (1597-1670) preached and prayed earnestly—and then proposed fundamental articles for the governance of the colony. His four articles were simple: First, they were to affirm that the Holy Scriptures …

The Renaissance Relapse

Dante Alighieri’s world was fraught with dissention, confusion, and disarray.  Caught between two worldviews—the glorious worldview of fading Christendom and the deleterious worldview of emerging Renaissance—Dante (1265-1290) was in a very real sense a man out of time. The remarkable explosion of wealth, knowledge, and technology that occurred during the late Medieval period leading up to the Renaissance completely reshaped human society.  No …

A Dreadful Anniversary

On this day in 1923, the legalization of an infanticide procedure called “abortion” first occurred in the United States when Governor John Love signed a Colorado bill into law.

The Closing of the American Mind

“There is a grave danger for American democracy that the two parties not only can’t agree, they can’t even discuss. Left and right live in their little ghettos of the mind, unwilling to listen to anything that doesn’t reinforce their own views. If yo…

40 Days of Prayer for Congress

Lots of us complain about the current political and moral mess in Washington.  But how many of us are actually trying to do something about it?According to the Apostle Paul, there is something we can all do–something that is more effectual than a…

Thinking About Sanctity of Life Sunday

“The Modern world is full of the old Christian virtues gone mad.  The virtues have gone mad because they have been isolated from each other and are wandering alone.  Thus some scientists care for truth; but their truth is pitiless…