The Difference One Life Can Make
Brian Johnston interviews author, businessman, radio host Marty Pay. They discuss how one individual’s involvement in the needs around them is the most immediate answer to human challenges, and it always has been.
The message of the Right To Life is the significance and value of each and every human life. What is often forgotten is that this principle applies to each and everyone of us. Each of us has the ability to change circumstances around us but often we are lulled into inaction. People in a local nursing home are you just as much emotional and spiritual being as people die in the streets of Calcutta. And while it is noble to help those in Calcutta, ignoring those who are immediately at hand, is the greatest tragedy.
Air Date: 4-1-17
Team for the Battle – National Right to Life Committee
Brian Johnston and his special guest, Lawrence Lehr from Sonoma County ProLife, discuss how you can get involved and make a difference in the Battle of Ideas with the help of volunteer programs and the unifying ideals of the National Right to Life Committee.
A national unifying team. We are in a Battle of Ideas, but there seems to be so many volunteers and so many team directions. How can we work together? What unifies us? A house divided cannot stand. National Right to Life unifies pro-life efforts.
There are many groups and organizations, religious or helping centers, but how will we actually change the law? How will we end this scourge of legalized abortion?
N.O.E.L. (National Organization of Episcopalians for Life), are great folks. I like them and work with them. But this is not an Episcopalian issue. The Right To Life is a human rights issue. A civil right for the vulnerable innocent to have their vulnerable lives protected.
National Right to Life Committee. Non-sectarian, Non-partisan, single issue in focusing on changing the law and restoring the Right To Life.
Interview with Lawrence Lehr, Sonoma County ProLife.
Brian answers a listener's question on whether or not assisted suicide is actually an act of compassion for the dying or an emotional escape for the living.
Air Date: 3-18-17
Trump Addresses Abortion Funding and More
Few people realize how much government support, underwriting, and protection the abortion industry receives in the state of California. Brian Johnston and his special guest, Albin Rhomberg, discuss the actual issues of government sponsorship of the abortion industry, Donald Trump's commitment to stopping federal funding of Planned Parenthood, and the failure for many private individuals to recognize that abortion is now a government sponsored program coming from your local tax dollars.
In addition to federal grants, state funds directly go to abortion as well as in the name of family planning, in addition to county funds, municipal funds, and secret special discrepancy funds find their way into Planned Parenthood and the conference of other abortion promoting and providing organizations.
Albin Rhomberg discusses his experience in chronicling and documenting of the horrendous discovery of 16,000 baby corpses, the human remains of aborted children in a cargo unit that had been left by the side of a freeway in Woodland Hills, California in 1982. The incident was later referred to as the Los Angeles fetus disposal scandal. After an extensive court battle these children were finally given a respectful burial in Boyle Heights, California, a suburb of Los Angeles but no criminal charges were ever filed against any of the parties involved.
How can you make a difference in this Battle of Ideas? Think locally, and get involved in local elections. Ask questions of your local politicians. For a great resource for asking the right questions in your localtown hall meetings and political conferences, go to the California ProLife Council and NRLC to learn more about the Right To Life.
Air Date: 3-11-17
Is Suicide Infectious?
Is suicide infectious? Suicide contagion has been documented throughout history the earliest historians of Western civilization Plutarch and Herodotus recorded several examples of suicide cults in addition to suicide epidemics.
Human beings are extraordinary creatures capable of great and noble acts but we are also capable of terrifying and frightening acts, such as engaging in suicide and the infectious nature of suicide. Ancient history documented suicide cults and the suicide contagion is present in modern times even in our more recent history, such as the Jonestown cult in 1978 and the Comet Hale–Bopp cult of 1997. Individuals involved fulfilled a need or a strong suggestion to take their life even though some expressed skepticism at the logic of their fellow suicidals.
A common error in addressing suicide is to express sympathy in our regard for the individual but fail to strongly and clearly condemn the action itself. An example of successful suicide prevention was the intentional act of Courtney Love in publicly condemning the action of her husband, Kurt Cobain, while still respecting her and her daughter's loss. It is believed that her clear distinction and condemnation of his suicide may have saved many, many lives.
The implications of copycat or socially manipulated suicide once assisted suicide is legalized is inescapable, it has been documented in the rapid rise of suicide where ever assisted suicide is legalized.
Special guest interview with Dr. Mark Hoffman.
Clinical psychologist Dr. Mark Hoffman joins us to discuss the 5-Stages of Grief outlined by Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her book, On Death and Dying (1969). Terminal diagnosis often leads to depression and makes an individual extremely susceptible to suicidal suggestions.
Air Date: 3-4-17
Dispelling the myth that the seniors in society are a burden. There is a wave of an aging population now crashing down upon us. What we decide to do about it will reveal what we truly value and determine if we are still a society that protects vulnerable human lives and their Right To Life.
The law is there to protect the lives of the vulnerable. RTL is built on that. Western civilization is aging. Healthcare/assisted suicide/ ethical debates are not in a vacuum.
Eastern and other cultures deeply honor the elderly ours no longer does that! It's good to get older, Brian was a Commissioner on Aging when he was younger.
Status US Census Bureau:
in 1900 6.4% of population was 60 or older.
In 2000 16.8 % 60 or older.
By 2020 22% will be 60 or older.
By 2025 over ¼ will be over 60 years old.
You will need healthcare when you get older.
Obamacare was a scam. Only if the very young signed up would it have worked, but the young don't need or often use Obamacare. The tidal wave is now crashing on us. We don't have the younger workers needed to care for the growing senior segment. The answer is in the family, society's basic premise. Age well.. stay healthy...eat your veggies, said your mom! Because she wanted you to get older.
The sad growth of elder abuse. Emotional/physical/fiduciary abuse. The push for assisted suicide – the ultimate form of elder abuse. Designed for the dependent population to eliminate them, if the agree. Or if you can get them to agree. Already the highest suicide rate is among elderly white men, because of loneliness.
The non-productive, ill, and dependent are a new class of the kill-able, i.e. approved for suicide. Assisted suicide is not for those who are actually dying. they die. assisted suicide is for those who aren't dying fast enough according to an external schedule.
Myths about medical care.
The Open Society Study - 7 Myths Of Senior Care. "They cost too much." In fact, Journal of American Geriatric Society says seniors are not getting more treatment they are getting dramatically less. They are not getting extraordinary care.
Air Date: 2-25-17
Assisted Suicide - The Killing Assistant
The laws on assisted suicide only really change one thing. Now assistants and those who encourage suicide will no longer be scrutinized or held accountable.
What is the actual change in the law? Who benefits from these new changes? This is a dramatic change in medical ethics. The bright line, the protective nature of medicine is now gone. But on another level the legal nature of the law has been lost. The principle of the law is to protect your rights, but to be dead is not a right. Rights apply to living human beings. Rights emanate from your living humanity, so there is no Right To Die. It is an inevitability. When assisted suicide is legalized the only change is that the assistant is no longer investigated or prosecuted. This is an invitation to abuse and emotional manipulation.
Derek Humphry admits in his first book, Jean’s Way that his wife was entirely dependent on his decision – not hers.
Manipulation of the emotions of the vulnerable is an inescapable possibility. Margaret Pabst-Battin an assisted suicide advocate, has admitted that this is the case.
Wordsworth – the deceitful use of the word “hopeless”. It does not describe a physical condition or state, it is actually a reference to an emotion, to a feeling. The use of such language to justify medical killing. Brittany Maynard's emotions and the emotional nature of her sweetness and her illness were sold as hopeless. This was in fact a misrepresentation of the medical reality.
Air Date: 2-18-2017
Lincoln on Life and the Law
You are in a battle of ideas. It will be getting more intense...you will be immersed in it. How you decide to deal with those ideas will determine if you are successful and if the right ideas are successful.
Lincoln fought in the realm of ideas and the issue of slavery is extremely parallel to the abortion issue. Lincoln is also our example for how we must deal with the Supreme Court's decision to deny legal rights, or the Right To Life to vulnerable human beings.
Abortion and slavery very parallel in California. The child in the womb has no rights. The state even pays for the abortion and the abortion industry. Several states fund the abortion industry.
See the Movie – Lincoln (2012) by Steven Spielberg
Read the Lincoln – Douglas debates...reveal that the Republican party was founded to give anti-slavery people a civic voice. Abolitionists did not address the civic process, they merely wanted it ended and would often use confusing procedures and reasoning... violent riots, John Brown's Harper Ferry uprising, religious arguments on both sides. The Republican Party was founded to end slavery via civic process. "Ballot's not Bullets."
Abolitionism was a confused and arbitrary commitment to just do something against slavery. Republican Party was committed to passing laws via elections, and using self-evident truths. Civics is the battle of ideas. The Civic process is how we will end abortion. We, like Lincoln must wisely transcend emotion and pursue the compelling truths of life.
Two significant Supreme Court Decisions in American History were supposed to end the contentious debate once and for all.
Instead they used the power of the court to simply claim absolute authority over citizens and the laws of the state, and, "the matter is closed." The abuse of the power of a supreme tribunal over human lives did not solve any issues it created much worse problems.
Dredd Scott, 1857 and Roe v Wade, 1973 - dramatic parallels
- Both were an overwhelming 7-2 decision
- Black slave not a person v Pre-born child not a person
- Property of the owner (caretaker) v Property of owner (mother)
- Owner could keep, sell or kill v Owner (mother) may keep or kill
- Others could not impose their morals v Others could not impose their morals
"If you are opposed to slavery, that's fine, Just don't own one."
How did Lincoln deal with this most difficult of decisions and the previous 87 years of commitment to self-evident truths and the national resolve to bring to pass an end to the scourge of slavery? (Yes, even at the founding, many Founders wanted to end the cruel practice. They were called the Whigs and carried on the traditions of the founders and Framers) His example is absolutely necessary for us to understand what to do today.
The Lincoln–Douglas Debates extremely insightful. Alton, Illinois site of deadly slavery riots. Was the setting of the pivotal debate. Douglas proclaimed that he did not favor slavery, but like others in previous American history did not see the duty to deny others this manner of industry. They were making a living.
The Lincoln–Douglas Debates of 1858 - Lincoln Home
National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)
You must prepare for your Battle of Ideas now. The past is prologue. We can best understand what to do in the present and future when we understand what has actually goes on in the PAST. Most of us have had an inadequate and simplified view of Lincoln and his challenge.
Lincoln was not an abolitionist. Abolitionists had no specific plan. They operated out of emotion and moral outrage, and justified doing bizarre and counterproductive things. The Republican Party was specifically founded to give voice – in the civic realm – to opposition to slavery, so that the laws would protect the vulnerable innocent lives. It is the law that we must fight for .. the law is where the battle of ideas takes place.
The Republican Party was the tool by which slavery could be removed from the law, and the tool through which the XIIIth, XIVth and XVth Amendment could be passed. Many abolitionists resented Lincoln's distinction between unfettered abolitionism and the Republican Party, but it was a bright and clear line. Republicans would work through the law to change the law.
We are dedicated to do that today.
Air Date: 2-11-2017
Relativism v Objective Reality
"We hold these truths to be self-evident..." America's values and principles are built on objective facts, self-evident truths, not opinion or feelings. If an individual embraces relativism, (the idea that truth is changeable at different times and different places), then there are no objective facts, no definitive truths on which to agree. If relativism is embraced as valid, there then would be no such thing as a definitive Right To Life or any definitive truth or facts. The Right To Life is an idea. Ideas that are enforced are laws. Laws based on subjective relativism are changeable and sometimes dangerous. They are not based in facts, but in ideologies.
The objective facts of human life are recognizable and not opinion. Nature itself shows forth these objective facts. One such fact is the beating heart of every one of us, which started beating as early as 16 days after conception. The Right To Life is not about opinions, it is about self-evident truths. The child's heart does not beat because I believe that it beats. It simply does. WE have to stick to the facts in making our laws, not to personal beliefs or opinions.
America's Founders did not assert a religious but rather a logical conclusion. The assertion that there is a Creator is shown forth in nature itself. The government did not create us, it is we who were created and we in turn create governments. The principles of sound government therefor must be based in, "the laws of nature and of nature's God."
Relativism is a cancer of the thought process. It in itself is a faith at odds with objective reality, at odds with the laws of nature. Sadly it has been the church itself that has allowed relativism in its doors, and blessed its consideration by society.
CS Lewis/ Francis Schaeffer/Pius X
Nature reveals the existence of God.
Ps. 8 "When I consider the heavens, the work of your hands..."
Romans 1:20 "God has revealed His invisible nature through his visible creation."
Ps. 18 "The heavens proclaim the glory of God...there is no nation where their language is not understood."
Soren Kierkegaard and his Leap of Faith assertion has fostered relativism and the idea "if you believe" something that's what makes it real. But faith is not merely an assertion or feeling it is substance, it is evidence of the unseen. Hebrews. The walk of faith is to take steps by faith. Existentialism encourages leaping into the unknown, the leap of faith is not outlined in scripture, but is an idea that makes evidence, and reason suspect. Existentialism, even Christian existentialism encourages a disjointed and subjective view of God and nature. Francis Schaeffer, Christian philosopher, asserts that Kierkegaard's Leap of Faith not only twisted the teachings of Christianity, but infected all of Western thinking. Schaeffer's book, The God Who is There, explores the essential premise that God's existence is what is displayed in objective reality, in nature itself. He is there and He is not silent. Dismissing objective facts and self-evident truths leads to intellectual and moral confusion.
In C.S. Lewis' The Abolition of Man he says "Post-Christian" thinkers are not reasonable, Lewis asserted that it was easier to convert pagans to belief in the Creator because they recognized that nature is reality...pagans get reality, relativists dismiss reality. They live in their head. Lewis calls them "men without chests."
Pope Pius Xth recognized the battle of ideas was the greatest of spiritual battles and issued an Encyclical on 'Modernity' in 1907. Modernity is not a reference to Scandinavian furniture or Buck Rogers, it refers to the thinking of modernist philosophers: Freud, Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, etc. Pius proclaimed such relativistic thinking had already infected the Roman Catholic Church and required all teachers and priests at every level to swear a repudiation of such relativistic teaching. This oath was required until 1967.
Relativism is the single, greatest enemy of a Right To Life.
Interview with special guest,
Carol Tobias – President of National Right To Life
NRLC deals with the policy issues that impact the Right To Life of the innocent. Carol briefs us on some of the policy issues coming our way.
Air Date: 2-4-2017
The Laws Before Roe v Wade
What were abortion laws before Roe v Wade? Where did they come from? Science and the law. Dr. Horatio Storer defended life as a fact-asserting advocate. British Common Law protected children after quickening because that was the most advanced and conferrable science.
With the advancement in scientific medicine conception was confirmed as the start of human life when mammalian conception was witnessed under the modern microscope in 1836. The British Common Law followed in protecting children from the time of conception.
American Dr. Horatio R. Storer was studying in Edinburgh and came back to encourage each of the United States to now respect those human lives, even as they now had freed and protected slaves. From 1860 to 1880 he campaigned until all states protected that child, his second patient. Dr. Storer is also known as the Father of Gynecology. His education underscored that the child in the womb was a vulnerable human being. Started in 1857, recruited the AMA to assist righting the injustice of slavery and the injustice of abortion - objective facts demonstrate that both are human beings.
Active civic involvement by Horatio R. Storer is what ensured protection for children. We must be like Storer. Bring facts to bear so that the laws will protect those who can't protect themselves. If the Life issue is an issue that matters -and it indeed is let's study and present the facts of life, so that innocent lives can again be protected.
Horatio Robinson Storer, M.D. (1830-1922)
Scientific Proof of the Beginning of Human Life
THE RIGHTS OF THE UNBORN: From Common Law to Constitutional Law
Amazing Grace (2006)
Air Date: 1-28-2017
Roe v Wade, What Did It Do?
There is a lot of emotion that swirls around any discussion of abortion, emotions can cloud ideas and cloud our judgement that's why we want to help you cut through the thick fog emotions - on both sides- and deal with the objective facts, and the real ideas at stake.
Demonstration: Hear that.... well you will be hearing those sorts of things... and the reason is, they want you to be quiet if you go to Church...
But from our earlier programs , and even if you've just studied biology you know that it is science and natural law that proclaims that that is a unique individual, a dependent child in the womb. That child can inherit property, and in many other elements of the law have full legal rights...
That's why years after Roe v Wade's passage in a famous dissent, Justice Sandra Day O'Connir stated this:
Interview with special guest,
Carol Tobias – President of National Right To Life
Air Date: 1-21-2017
Science and the Right To Life
Science is not your enemy. In being alive, God is introducing us to observable facts. Life. This is the beginning of true science. Dealing with observable facts. There is NOT a war between faith and science, in fact many of the greatest scientists were men and women of deep faith.
Science is a tool for learning.
In the early 1200's Roger Bacon was considered the Father of Modern Science. Science can only work in an ordered universe. Bacon was a Christian.
America's Founders used essential observable facts - science. Our laws are built on self-evident truths.. not arbitrary assertions. This debate is not about your personal faith. You are always dealing with ideas, your thoughts, you must guard and understand the thoughts you entertain.
The reason abortion laws came into existence was because of observable facts about human lives. Don't capitulate to this being based in someone's faith or religion. That is a trap that will make the whole issue 'subjective' and not 'self-evident.'
Unless the lives of the vulnerable are protected by the law. Be able to explain the principles you are getting at. Study to show yourself able to rightly explain.
Science is on your side, the facts are with us. Don't make this about your personal theology.
Equipping you for the The Battle of Ideas.
Air Date: 1-14-2017
What Is The Right To Life?
Understanding the Right to Life. Equipping individuals to cut through the fog surrounding the issues of Life. How to be effective in understanding and presenting the issues.
Confronting and dispelling the common errors in positioning the RTL.
It is about objective, self-evident facts.
It is NOT about anyone's personal theology - this is a common error.
It is NOT about the powerful emotions that surround babies, children, childbirth, etc.
It is a statement of the essential, founding principles of this nation. These principles have been the hope of mankind through civilization's difficult trail up to this moment.
The RTL is a simple statement regarding the relationship of human beings to government, and government's responsibility to protect their lives. Government does not give them that right to exist, it merely has a responsibility to protect that right to exist.
What the ongoing program will cover:
Because of its essential nature the RTL impacts all of society:
"A society that consciously allows the intentional killing of innocent lives is impacted in every other aspect of society."
What you can do to help restore the RTL
E.g. One tool Communications and the Arts.
As an avocation, host Johnston acts and produces film (professional name, Keenan Johnston on IMDb)
Because we now live in what is essentially a 'post-literate culture' the moving image and electronic arts have incredible power over peoples understanding of life and society. Ideas are ingested and then projected for us by others. (i.e. film, television, videos even 'memes').
The average person does not wrestle deeply in the battle of ideas.
Life Fest Film Festival | Life. It's worth the effort.
Based in Hollywood and dedicated to honoring those films that underscore the significance of an individual life, even the seemingly insignificant.
Interview with special guest,
Carol Tobias – President of National Right To Life
Air Date: 1-7-2017
Guard Your Mind
Do we really look at the facts?
The RTL - as asserted by American founding documents -emanates from actual self-evident truths, observable facts.
So for example we know abortion isn't wrong simply simply because it offends my feelings, or even my personal theology, it objectively takes a human life.
Commissioner Johnston explains his interest in language and the significance of language, language carries ideas and ideas have great consequence. Taught English. Latin, BA Linguistics.
You are already living in eternity: sometimes our day to day language and ideas cloud that from us.. we view temporal world as the summation of reality . But you are already in eternity and a part of eternity, that is not a theological assertion but an observation of the temporal order.
E.g. if you are in Stockton, California, you are still in the United States. and if you view time space continuum the same way, time - and your lifetime in particular - is still a subset of eternity. Renew your mind; don't be conformed to the thinking of the world around you. Just this moment does not capture all of reality.
Film released end of 2016, Arrival.
About Language (seems like science fiction but look deeper)and the fact that how we view the temporal world and what's important is actually determined by the ideas we allow in our head.
The importance of film, entertainment, social media and cultural clutter is forming our ideas and remember ideas have consequences.
In 2017 China has announced a new and assertive round of propaganda campaign. "Soft power" media is the most effective...do you what that means for you?
I'm not worried about China at the moment. yes, they are still Communist, but the deeper issue is what is revealed in their understanding of the most effective methods. you and I right now, we are being subjected to soft power media daily. Many of the thoughts ideas, predicates, being sold to us daily are exactly that ideas that carry the most destructive conclusions and yet they want you to accept the conclusions as your own.
BTW an illustration of what words you think can impact your life. Chinese language...they do not have a subjunctive mood - could, would, should.
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Introduction To Life Matters
A glimpse of what's to come in every podcast. What is the Right To Life - to be alive, what does it mean? Brian's background as an advocate, How the implications of an absence of the Right To Life has impacted the law, medicine, science, the arts, relationships - all of culture. What does that mean? What can we do about it? Each podcast will examine a specific aspect of Life, culture and the ongoing battle of ideas.
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Regarding Brian's book and documentary,
Death As A Salesman: What's Wrong With Assisted Suicide