Libertarian candidates against liberty

The Libertarians had a prime opportunity to make their party an alternative to voters who oppose both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.  And yet, say several commentators, they blew their chances by nominating two candidates who are not only pro-abortion, but are also explicitly anti-religious liberty.  Gary Johnson and Bill Weld believe discrimination statues should apply to Christians who do not want to participate in gay weddings.  And Johnson has even called for outlawing the burqa for Muslim women.  And yet Weld supported such anti-liberty measures as the Patriot Act, Eminent Domain, and gun control!

Libertarians who have actually been elected to major public offices, though–such as Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Justin Amash, and Tom Massie–are also pro-life!   Neither social conservatives nor “the liberty caucus” appear to have a candidate. [Read more…]

When liberals were pro-life and conservatives were pro-abortion

We’ve blogged about the book by Daniel K. Williams, Defenders of the Unborn:  The Pro-Life Movement before Roe v. Wade, which shows how opposing abortion used to be a liberal issue.  The Religion & Politics site features a fascinating interview with Prof. Williams, who goes on to observe that conservatives were often the ones supporting legalized abortion.

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Libertarians put two governors on their ticket

Gary Johnson, former Republican governor of New Mexico, was nominated to be the Libertarian candidate for president at the party’s convention over the weekend.  His running mate will be Bill Weld, former Republican governor of Massachusetts.  This means that the Libertarian candidates have more executive government experience and so are arguably better qualified than either the Democratic or the Republican nominee! [Read more…]

Methodists go pro-life

We mustn’t give up on the Protestant mainline.  At its recent General Conference, the United Methodist Church voted to repeal its four-decades-old resolution supporting abortion.  It also voted to withdraw from the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. [Read more…]

How feminism was hijacked by the pro-abortionists

Feminism at first was not pro-abortion.  Not only were the 19th century Suffragettes pro-life, pioneering 20th century feminists like Betty Friedan were at most ambivalent about abortion.  The fact is, the early pro-abortion movement was led by men.  In 1967, though, the pro-abortionist leader Larry Lader gained the endorsement of the National Organization for Women and abortion became a feminist cause.

This story is told by an early activist, Sue Ellen Browder, who later converted to Catholicism in her book Subverted:  How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement.   Abigail Rine Favale reviews the book for First Things, excerpted and linked after the jump. [Read more…]