UPDATE: NEW MUST-SEE Jim Demint video has been posted here on the the failed stimulus bills and Obamacare!
UPDATE: Welcome, visitors from the Corner (National Review)! Thanks for the link from Mark Steyn!
UPDATE: Welcome Canadian readers from Blazing Cat Fur! Guess what? The Democrats are trying to pass laws that will make us just like you!
Canadian readers, pay close attention, the second half of the video is all about you.
Here’s the video of my favorite Senator Jim Demint: (11:44)
You can read about how Christians are persecuted in Canada here:
- NEW! The persecution of a Catholic Bishop (at Blazing Cat Fur)
- The persecution of Rev. Stephen Boissoin (at Ezra Levant)
- The persecution of Catholic Insight magazine (at Ezra Levant)
- The persecution of Christian businessman Scott Brockie (at The Interim)
But what about the right to free speech here, in the USA?
Why did some Christians vote (indirectly) for anti-Christian policies?
There are 3 themes on the Wintery Knight blog.
- Christians must appeal to public knowledge when defending their faith
- Social conservatives need to become fiscal conservatives
- Fiscal conservatives need to become social conservatives
Regarding point #2. It has come to my attention that some well-meaning Christians, who are apparently socially and theologically conservative, nevertheless voted for Obama, because they are opposed to fiscal conservatism and small government.
Specifically, they don’t believe in things like:
- lowering taxes
- decreasing government or union regulations
- shrinking the size of government
- preserving the rule of law
- protecting private property
- protecting the free market and free trade
- protecting liberty and personal responsibility
Here is a breakdown of which Christian denominations voted for Obama:
(Click for full-sized image, courtesy of Pew Research)
On this blog, I examine policies like cap-and-trade, socialized medicine and tariffs. I argue that these policies are bad for the poor. All it takes to understand the economics is a little bit of study. Christians need to study these issues so that they are not deceived by their emotions when it comes time to vote. Otherwise, we will not only hurt the poor, but we will also lose the freedoms we need to live our lives as Christians.
We should not be so envious of our neighbor’s prosperity that we are willing to sell our religious liberty and free speech rights in order to punish their success. We should not be coveting our neighbor’s goods. We should not be stealing from our neighbor, either. Instead, we should try to improve the nation’s prosperity without involving the government. And we can start by working harder, saving more and spending less.
You might be interested in Jim Demint’s book “Why We Whisper“, which I bought but have not yet finished.
If you’d like to hear more from Jim Demint, he did a 51-minute Town Hall for the Heritage Foundation on the Sotomayor nomination.
For more about free speech in Canada, see these previous posts:
- Mark Steyn radio interview and previous Ezra Levant debate
- Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn on Milt Rosenberg’s radio show
- Ezra Levant videos from the Michael Coren TV show, here.
- Evan Sayet’s speeches on how progressives think
For two technical articles discussing property rights and the poor, take a look at these two articles from New Zealand philosopher Matt Flanagan.
And here is an audio lecture by Jay Richards on the “Myths Christians Believe about Wealth and Poverty“. His new book is called “Money, Greed and God: Why Capitalism is the Solution and Not the Problem“. To understand what capitalism is, you can watch this lecture about the book. Here is a series of 4 sermons by Wayne Grudem on the relationship between Christianity and economics?.(a PDF outline is here)