Meritha and I like Dr. Jordan Peterson, who is, shall we say, an uneasy member of the faculty of the University of Toronto. We also like American radio host, Dennis Prager, who on Prager University produces five-minute videos by extremely well informed and thoughtful people.
This conversation between the two of them displays the best of Jordan Peterson, and is something I would encourage every intelligent and informed person to take the time to watch. It’s informative, and while it reflects on what Western civilization has lost, and why, it’s inspiring and tells us that there may be a way back.
Having said that, Peterson makes a statement that I profoundly disagree with.
Peterson’s position has always been that he doesn’t know for certain that God exists, but that he lives as though He does. He suggests that if we truly believed that God existed we would live far better lives. Okay, possibly so, although no ordinary human has ever lived perfectly.
But then Peterson states that: “Jesus Christ was the only Christian.” That’s categorically untrue and makes it evident that Peterson still has some work to do on the subject, and I’m sure he will.
But Jesus was not a Christian. Christianity is for sinners, like me. In fact, everyone who has ever truly been a Christian, is a sinner, and more importantly, knows it.
And that’s the whole point. The difference between Christianity and religion, is that religions are about highly uncertain human efforts to find and appease God. Christianity is entirely about God finding and definitively rescuing imperfect people, and then, from an attitude of gratitude and responsibility, those imperfect Christians try to live the way that Jesus called for in the sermon on the Mount and his other homilies.
Peterson’s imperfect understanding of Christianity aside, if you don’t watch anything else this summer, or read any of my blogs, (but please do!), watch this 30 minute video, with your family. It’s excellent!
I’ve always considered psychiatry to be a soft science at best, but in the last couple of years I’ve taken another look at it, mainly because Jordan Peterson seems to have hardened it up. Peterson actually refers to hard data, which many scientists do with decreasing frequency. Peterson often quotes Vienna psychiatrist Carl Jung, and philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, although less approvingly of Nietzsche.
In a short video, Prof. John Robson succinctly analyses Peterson’s possible reasons for his ambivalent view of Nietzsche. You should watch it because Nietzsche’s ideas are vitally important to understanding the underlying reasons for the disintegration of Western culture.
By the way, John Robson, who might be called Canada’s walking encyclopedia on the history of rights and freedoms developed since Magna Carta, (and which we are now, sadly, in the process of losing thanks to Justin Trudeau’s genetically inherited admiration for all things dictatorial), is a featured speaker at the upcoming Things That Matter conference to be held on February 8 and 9 at the Best Western, Port O Call Hotel at 1935 McKnight Boulevard NE, Calgary.
I’ve attended the conference since its inception, and it’s gotten better each year. Last year, numerous attendees from across Canada said it was the best conference they’ve ever attended. With this year’s lineup of speakers, 2019’s conference will be better yet.
Stay warm! Spring is only two months away, or three, or four, depending on climate change of course.
To Discriminate means to recognize a distinction between things. I think that even the dimmest among us recognizes that red and green are two different colors and that some people have better voices than others and some people are better athletes than others. So we discriminate when we go to a concert, or an athletic event.
But discrimination also means to make an unjust or prejudicial distinction in the treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, sex, or age. I think that most people recognize that that type of discrimination is seriously wrong, but should it be illegal? As a Christian with a distinctly libertarian bent, I don’t think so, unless it advocates, or acts out violence.
But then, at an even deeper level, discrimination finds itself at the intersect between choices, and rights, and that’s where a lot of seriously wrongheaded thinking takes place, particularly as regards sexuality.
I’m straight, and I had no choice in that matter; it’s just what I am. But nearly 52 years ago I made a choice to end my single existence, and to get married. However, my choice was not automatically granted; I had to ask Meritha, (it was on about the 5th date and at first she thought I was joking), and she had to accept, otherwise I might still be single.
My heterosexuality was not a choice; but to be married was, and it was contingent on the acceptance of my choice by someone else. And even then, after I had Meritha on side, we had to choose when and where to be married; who to perform the ceremony; who to cater, and so on. And every one of our choices had to be agreed to by someone else, and every one of those individuals had every right to refuse our choice, on any grounds whatsoever.
Recently, the US Supreme Court upheld a Colorado baker’s right to refuse to bake a cake celebrating a same-sex marriage. It’s regarded as a victory for freedom of religion, but there are some questions as to how effective it will be in the long run. Because there is increasingly a lot of severely muddle-headed thinking around sexuality.
So again, here’s what I think. It’s not scientifically supported, but let’s allow that the same-sex couple in Colorado were both born gay and that they had no choice in their sexual attraction. But their “marriage” unequivocally represented a continuum of choices. First of all, who to marry. Once they were past that hurdle, who to perform the ceremony, where to hold the ceremony and the celebration afterwards. Then, who to cater the event, and who they chose to make the cake.
Every one of those was a choice, not a right, and for the marriage plans to go forward, those choices either had be accepted by the other parties involved, or a different choice made. I personally see no reason that those choices could not be refused on any grounds whatsoever, but for certain, a person should have been able to refuse them on the grounds of their freedom of association, or of conscience. Those are universally recognized human rights. Marriage is not an inherent human right, nor are the rituals surrounding marriage.
We need to start to think clearly about sexuality, because when you don’t you end up with situations like this.
Try to figure it out.
Then think of the child.
I’m Dave Reesor, and please let me know what you think.
As you know, John Carpay and the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom (JCCF) are in the forefront of fighting back against Progressivist attacks on basic human rights, including attacks on free speech.
Free speech used to mean that you could say anything you wanted, provided it didn’t promote or incite violence. Free speech even included hate speech, provided it didn’t promote or incite violence.
For example, you could say that you hated old white men, or even more specifically, that you hate Dave Reesor, and by the way, so should everyone else. In fact, I’d defend your right to say exactly that, in public and in private, or even to take out an ad in the newspaper advocating: “Hate Dave Reesor.” Only if you promote violence have you stepped over the line.
That’s free speech, or at least it was.
But now, in our “I’m a victim”, post-modern / post-rational new world, you can find yourself in trouble if you hurt someone’s feelings, or even say something that might hurt someone’s or some group’s feelings. And apparently, there are endless groups that are victims of white privilege, or ancient wrongs done to their ancestors, or some other debilitating grievance.
So we have endless groups that must not be offended; that is, with the exception of conservatives, practicing Christians and Jews, aboriginal Canadians and women who don’t vote Progressivist, etc.. In the United States, the old free speech rules apply to conservative women and conservative African-Americans; everyone else is a victim, and must not be offended.
This imbalance around free speech is enthusiastically abetted by most Canadian and American universities. In this short video, John Carpay explains exactly how universities are shutting down free speech. The JCCF believes in free speech, including your free speech; it fights unfair university policies, and it usually wins! If you believe in free speech, you should support them.
And if you haven’t already, it would be greatly appreciated if you supported us by becoming a member of the Let’s Do It Ourselves online community.
I think it was about a year ago that Meritha and I attended a weekend conference put on by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and their Millennials wing which they call Generation Screwed; as in, the people in power are running up debts and will be leaving us the bill.
The keynote speaker was Jordan Peterson, and if you haven’t heard of him you haven’t been paying close attention to the cultural debate raging between common sense conservatives and the radical left, all across Western Society. And I mean worldwide Western Society because Jordan Peterson is possibly the biggest thing to come out of Canada since The Guess Who.
Peterson has dozens of videos on YouTube where he systematically and ruthlessly shreds all things Marxist. He’s already sold over 1 million copies of his book, 12 Rules for Life since it came out in January. And, his biggest appeal is to Millennials! Don’t tell me the situation is hopeless.
For a very long time I have believed that there’s a need for an alternative to mainstream media. The Marxist/Socialist Project begun in the 1930s, which was literally called: “The Long Slow March Through the Institutions of the West”, has been largely successful.
Universities, and through them the teaching profession, the legal profession, most of the media, and even some of the Christian churches, have become totally infected with Marxist, Left-wing, Progressivist Left, neo-liberal ideology. The Long Slow March has even invaded the fields of economics and science.
So when Rebel Media was launched immediately after the collapse of Sun News, we supported them. But since then, I’ve often expressed concern about their sometimes overblown and emotional approach to news coverage. And last year, some very credible journalists left Rebel Media for that reason.
But I recently had the opportunity to attend a breakfast meeting of supporters of Rebel Media, hosted by Ezra Levant, and reporter / farmer’s wife / Irritant to the Progressivist Left, Sheila Gunn Reid. I thought you might be interested.
About 20 of us attended, and in my view, the tone of Ezra’s comments was very encouraging. Right up front, he acknowledged that Rebel Media had made some mistakes, and he pledged to continually become more professional. That’s a very positive stance, and I took him to be sincere.
The fact is, that Rebel Media does cover stories that no other media outlets are interested in. For instance, Sheila Gunn Reid related a hilarious story about her trip to the Bonn Climate Camp Meeting, or whatever it is that they should call these overtly religious shindigs. Rebel Media was banned from the event – as you’re aware, the Progressivist Left is extremely tolerant of your opinions, provided your opinions agree with their opinions – but they went anyway.
Now, some of the exhibits at this anti-fossil fuel alarm-fest, were housed in inflatable structures. As you’d expect, these structures were kept warm – it was November – and inflated, by electricity generated by windmills and solar panels.
Well, not exactly. In fact, attendees at this gathering of the Defenders of Gaia were kept warm and illuminated by……. diesel generators! Watch this 90 second video. In spite of their vital contribution, I doubt that Deutschland Diesel was on the list of supplier acknowledgements. Nor, I suspect, was there a session entitled: “Why Germany finds it necessary to continue building coal-fired generating plants.” The Progressivist Left’s disdain for reality could not be more starkly illustrated.
Here’s some good Rebel news for Sébastien Gorka fans. Dr. Gorka, who spent some time in the White House, has joined Rebel Media as a regular contributor. He’s originally from Hungary, and has personally experienced the chaotic consequences of Marxism/Communism/Socialism/and Nazi-ism, Bernie Sanders-ism, and all the other insidious isms of left-wing ideology.
There’s also some bad news. I won’t get into the details, but as with many other conservative organizations, Rebel Media is being actively undercut by the left-wing billionaires of Silicon Valley, at a major financial cost. But there’s a solution to this. Rebel media already has many thousands of subscribers, and just 10,000 more, at $8 a month, would more cover the loss in revenue.
So I encourage you and your family and friends to support one of the few conservative media outlets on the planet.
I’m Dave Reesor
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Rather than a regular blog this week, I’m going to encourage you to watch the following two, very brief videos. One is by Theresa Ng of Parents for Choice in Education. The other is by John Carpay of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom.
Theresa exposes the lie that alternate schools are a financial burden on the public education system. The fact is, that it’s the opposite, by hundreds of millions ofdollars. Follow this link to the video.
John speaks about the fact that free speech is under broad attack by the Progressivist Left, including the Liberal Party of Canada. And it’s not just free speech; it’s freedom of assembly, and freedom of religion, that are also under attack. Follow this link to the video.
The Let’s Do It Ourselves (LDIO) online community is committed to encouraging, and assisting moderate conservative individuals and organizations to Cooperate with each other, Contribute regularly, and Communicate effectively.
Parents for Choice and the JCCF are two organizations that are doing critical work for you, your children, and your grandchildren, and I enthusiastically encourage you to support them, regularly.
And there are other excellent organizations that I will be referring to in the coming weeks. Unsurprisingly, I believe that LDIO at www.ldio.org is another one worth supporting. If you agree, please do. And thanks to those of you who already do!
Recent article in Vice.com. “Meet the woke young people trying to make Christianity cool again.” Apparently, “Cool Christians” totally believe in anthropogenic global warming and climate change orthodoxy, and in human rights and racial equality.
Before reading the story, it had never occurred to me that the point of adopting a worldview, like Christianity, or Islam, or Atheism, was to be cool, but rather, to find, and live in the truth. I still believe that.
But anyway; is it true that human produced CO2 is the major driver of climate change, and the warming trend? Since the current warming began about 1850, which is recognized as the end of the Little Ice Age, – Cold! Advancing glaciers! Frost in July! – it would seem that the current warming is natural Thousands of climate scientists agree. (Don’t bother fact checking at the CBC)
As for climate change itself; if we could bring up the spirits of our ancestors going back for the last hundred thousand years, it would be instructive to ask them if they think climate change is something new. Of course, from history and from the geological record, we know that it’s not. So, while believing in catastrophic, human caused, global warming and climate change may be cool, it simply isn’t true.
Genuine Christian belief has always supported the right of all people, to respect, and security, in the broader community. (Like any organization, the Christian church has a right to set its rules for membership. And as with any group of humans, there are people who don’t follow the rules.)
It seems to me that respect should go both ways. A same-sex couple’s right to live in peace and security does not include them being able to force others to participate their choices. My choice does not override your freedom.
For instance, whether or not to marry is a choice. Gay or straight, your choice to marry depends on someone else agreeing to that choice. And your choice of caterer, or officiator should depend on said individual agreeing to that choice.
I think we’ve gone way overboard in conflating fundamental rights, with an ersatz right to force someone else to acquiesce to, or even participate in our choices. In fact, I’m enough of a small L libertarian to say that if a condominium owner doesn’t want to rent to old white heterosexual couples, that’s their right. And I’d defend it.
I’d even say that if the fire department refused my choice to fulfill my lifelong dream to become a firefighter, (it isn’t) simply because I’m too old, that should be their right. Oh yeah; it always has been their right. Institutionalized Ageism!
Further to marriage; considering that it’s a biological fact that we evolved / were created, to mate heterosexually, I’d still tend to agree with the Supreme Court of Canada which said, about 25 years ago: “Throughout its history, marriage has been fundamentally about children, and is therefore, by nature, heterosexual.”
Of course marriage is no longer fundamentally about children, but rather about adults living out their choices. Let’s at least acknowledge, that after thousands of years, the fundamental definition of marriage has been changed.
Referencing the latest LGBTQ “rights” fad; while your insisting that that a child with a penis might be a girl!!, may be almost too cool to be true; the question is, is it true? There remains some doubt.
Finally, racial equality. My Mennonite (Christian) ancestors moved to Pennsylvania in 1739 and immediately joined a letter writing campaign opposing slavery, directed at the U.S. Congress. I’ve seen one of the letters. They kept it up until 1865, when Lincoln freed the slaves.
In Britain, an evangelical Christian named William Wilberforce spent almost his entire lifetime opposing slavery, and finally succeeding in having it outlawed throughout the British Empire. That was the first time, in human history, that slavery had been expunged from a society.
Jesus himself, by very pointedly and purposefully telling his disciples and the Jewish leaders of the day the story of the Good Samaritan, was setting the standard for interracial/intercultural attitudes. To the Jewish elites of that day the very term, Good Samaritan, was an oxymoron. They regarded Samaritans the same way that ISIS, and the extremists of the left and right, and those lonely nutters in the KKK, currently regard Jews.
Black Lives Matter? What about Asian, and Southeast Asian, and Native American lives? Dare I even ask: “What about old white Canadian lives?”
Anyway, when Christians think and act as racists, they’ve gone rogue. The rule hasn’t changed. But then, Christianity is all about the fact that we’ve ALL gone rogue in one way or another. In the movie “Unforgiven”, Billy the Kidd tells Clint Eastwood’s character that he’d shot one of the bad guys, but that: “He had it coming.” Eastwood’s character growls: “We all have it coming.”
And so we do. Christmas, Good Friday, and Easter are the answer to that grave truth.
Tomorrow is Remembrance Day when we remember all those young people that lost their lives defending freedom. So let’s remember.
And then let’s continue to remember next week, and next month, and in the years to come; that freedom isn’t free. Nor is it guaranteed.
I’ve done a few blogs saying: “Trump is wrong,” so I think it’s fair, that in the interests of balance, but mostly because it’s true, that I point out that Trump got it right; on the Charlottesville riot, and on North Korea. I’ve been working on two blogs making the case for each assertion, but Conrad Black trumped me with his column in today’s National Post. It’s an excellent, and very readable analysis, and one which there is absolutely no chance you will see on the CBC, or in the Toronto Star, or the New York Times.
But here’s my take. Trump’s initial comment on Charlottesville was that there was blame on both sides. Unless you have a full blown case of Trump Derangement Syndrome, it should be obvious that there was. Because, like it or not, the white supremacist nutters had a permit to demonstrate. Like it or not, the so-called antifascist (Antifa) and Black Lives Matter nutters didn’t. Both sides came armed. They’re all racists and fanatics. There was blame on both sides. Both sides should be marginalized by decent society.
My perspective is that Nazis, Fascists, Marxists, Antifa, BLM, etc., are all part of the same dystopian tribe, and that the mayhem in Charlottesville was nothing more than a violent family feud; one that the police should have stopped long before someone died.
I detest everything that the neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan stand for, but mostly I regard them as fools, best to to be ignored. Until Barack Obama unwisely spent eight years poking and blowing on the dying embers of race-based conflict in the United States, the KKK and neo-Nazis were largely ignored, which is the last thing they want. Based on his handling of race relations alone, Obama should have returned his Nobel Peace Prize.
On North Korea. In 1994, President Bill Clinton paid the North Koreans $4 billion to end their nuclear program and bought “… Peace for our time.” Oh, sorry; I got my history mixed up. It was actually Neville Chamberlain who said that in 1938, after he bought peace by appeasing Hitler over Czechoslovakia. How did that work out?
Churchill, who at the time was regarded as an unstable warmonger, (sort of like Trump), because he advocated stopping Hitler, was ignored. If Churchill had been listened to, the cost of ending Hitler’s Third Reich in 1938/1939 would probably have been less than 1% of the 50 million who died during World War II, from 1939 to 1945.
Anyway, Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s trash talking dictator, recently threatened to send his missiles to Guam, which is a US territory in the South Pacific. Donald Trump said that such an action would result in North Korea being subject to an onslaught of fire and fury like the world has never seen. Obviously that’s trash talk from an unstable warmonger.
But for some reason, Kim Jong Un just announced that he’ll allow Guam to exist for a while longer.
These are three excellent speakers who devote an enormous amount of their time to fighting for your rights to free speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, and, as the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights puts it, your “prior right” as a parent, to decide on your children’s education.
That specific right is under attack by the Progressivist Left, which has infiltrated such organizations as the Alberta Teacher Federation, Progress Alberta, The Canadian Union of Public Employees, and so on. They are promoting the idea that they have the “prior right” to decide on how your children will be educated, and they are prepared to lie like fascists to get their way.
For instance, they tell you that public funds subsidize alternate/private/charter schools. The exact opposite is true. Donna Trimble of Parents for Choice in Education spoke to that issue.
Here is the Executive Summary of a PCE study on where Alberta taxpayer’s money actually goes when it comes to educating our kids. This study was based on analysis done by respected economist, Mark Milke.
In Alberta in 2014/15, 631,089 students were enrolled in some sort of public school—“public,” separate (Catholic), Francophone or Charter. On the private side, 29,400 students were enrolled in independent schools.
That year, a conservative estimate of the public system cost to taxpayers—including instruction, operations and transportation but excluding governance, program support and basic education program costs—amounted to $10,874 per student. In contrast, because private schools receive less funding per student relative to the public system, and charge school enrollment fees to parents, the cost to taxpayers of students in independent/private schools was $5,150 per student—or less than half the public school cost.
In 2014/15, had all the students enrolled in independent schools instead attended public schools, the extra cost to taxpayers—and the provincial education budget—would have been $168 million. Over the five years analyzed in this report (2010/11 to 2014/15 inclusive), the existence of independent/ private schools thus saved taxpayers a total of $750-million.
So, what the study showed, is that Alberta parents who send their kids to alternate schools actually subsidize the public system to the tune of about $250 million a year. For a different analysis of the same facts, I blogged about it at a couple of months ago at Stop Subsidizing Public Schools!
Theresa Ng, blogger and founder of Informed Albertans, spoke about her discovery that Alberta taxpayer’s dollars were used to fund the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) website, and that the website had over 20 links to sites promoting and illustrating a variety of sexual activities, the mildest of which gave instructions on oral sex, and sex positions to try at home. The website was government approved for kindergarten through grade 12.
When “outed” by Theresa, the links were removed, but the website supervisor, Kris Wells, then attacked Theresa for being sensationalist and hysterical. Follow the link to my blog, Alberta’s Porn Pushing Politicians and then follow the links to what Theresa uncovered, and you decide for yourself if it’s even possible to be overly sensationalist about this issue.
John Carpay of JCCF passionately encouraged us to be informed and thoughtful, and then, bold and courageous in defense of our fundamental rights and freedoms, specifically parental rights. John has led many high profile fights for freedom of speech on campuses, and the right of Trinity Western University to establish a law school.
I’d encourage you to spend some serious time following the links on this blog. Our basic freedoms are under attack, and for the futures of our children and grandchildren, we need to become informed, and active. And I’d encourage you to subscribe to and support these three organizations. Donna and Theresa and John are true freedom fighters.
And of course, I’d encourage you to become a member of the Let’s Do It Ourselves online community. My view is that conservatives need to Cooperate, Contribute, and Communicate effectively or we’re going to lose this war, and we don’t need to.
The Progressivist Left’s biggest asset is our apathy. Please share this with your entire email list, and keep it going.