Category: Conservatism

Collectivism in Alabama Politics

By Deborah Love

This week has been “Alabama Week” on The Daily Show, a week devoted to the mocking of Alabama and especially its recent political scandals. I suspect many Alabamians have laughed along with Trevor Noah, half from nervous embarrassment and half from frustration. The hostile spotlight on Alabama brings my thoughts back to one memory from a time when I interned with Senator Jeff Sessions as an eager college student, excited to make a positive difference. One of the first phone calls I received was from an angry man who asked me where I was from, to which I quickly replied with a proud and positive voice, “I am from Alabama.” The man responded “You’re a barefoot, inbred, pregnant woman.” The man continued to yell before eventually hanging up. When I looked up his area code I realized he was not from Alabama. So I wondered why he thought such horrible things about a person he had never met. I thought it was strange that he hated the politics of my state so much he would insult a stranger.

I realized later on that this man’s prejudice and hatred of me was based solely on a sort of collectivist logic. By using that term, I don’t mean merely leftward progressivism – collectivism is the idea that people can be reduced to, and explained according to group interests. It is an idea which promotes stereotypes, prejudice, and hatred. We can all think of examples that permeate the current political and cultural dialogue which are based in this fallacy. If you look on social media you will see political or cultural discussions quickly escalate to these broad stereotypical conclusions that judge an individual or entire group from a collectivist lens. Following are some examples that I have recently seen online. Rebekah Caldwell Mason is like many other women in Montgomery politics. Republicans are all corrupt. Black men are all thugs. Millennials are lazy and want everything for free. Democrats hate America. Libertarians are pot heads. Conservatives are extremists. The media is all liberal and biased. These statements are the result of acceptance of the idea of collectivism; they are not based in reason. We all know that there are caring, loving, smart and well-intentioned people in each of these categories. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

The acceptance of this tribalist sort of collectivism has led to a negative perception of Alabama. The people of Alabama are not synonymous with the state government. Mike Hubbard nor Robert Bentley upheld their duty to the people of Alabama, and they both misled the public; but Alabama is much more than its government. The entire state should not be judged by a few very powerful people. As an Alabamian, I am proud to be from Alabama. I am proud of what private individuals in Alabama are doing right this moment. Our religious institutions, private philanthropic organizations, schools, neighborhoods, and families are all made up of individuals. We are the full sum of each and every man, women, and child, divisible, unique, of value and merit, but with mistakes included .

Progress more often comes in form like a general current, as each individual Alabamian every day makes decision after decision, and act after act. Sometimes these decisions and acts are not the best, but if, as I believe, most days good people do good things, the general tide of progress will rise ever higher and higher. This is thanks to the merits of individual people, each making innumerable positive decisions each and every day. Alabama’s identity does not reside within the Governor’s mansion, but with each and every individual Alabamian. It is because I reject collectivism and collective guilt this week I can still say that I am glad to be an Alabamian. It may be trite to reference the band Lynryd Skynryd, but the outsiders from Florida had a great point – the actions of “the Governor”, or indeed any politician, cannot be held to condemn an entire people.

Deborah Love is Executive Director of Eagle Forum of Alabama, a Conservative grass-roots public policy organization dedicated to sound public policy solutions in Alabama and Washington DC.

Reserve your seat to hear Michael Reagan

Dear Friend,

We, at Eagle Forum of Alabama, are excited to invite you to our annual banquet in Birmingham on November 14th.  Our special guest will be Michael Reagan, son of President Reagan.  He will speak on “Lessons My Father Taught Me” as revealed in his book by this title.  Also, Alabama Supreme Court Justice Glenn Murdock will make brief remarks on religious liberty which captivated attendees at the 2016 National Day of Prayer.

Eagle Forum of Alabama has worked for decades promoting conservative policies here in Alabama.  In order for us to continue our vital work in these challenging times, we need your support.  Below is an invitation for this event, and I would like to ask that you carefully consider supporting us by purchasing tickets ($125 each), a table for 8 ($1,000) or being a sponsor (call for more information on sponsorships).

Since Eagle Forum of Alabama Education Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization, your support is tax-deductible except for the cost of the dinner.  Please don’t hesitate to call (205-879-7096) or email (alaeagle@charter.net) if you have any questions or need additional information.

Please join us, and invite your friends to come, too.

Blessings,

Eunie Smith

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“Judges and lawyers are ‘building a bridge’ to evil” by Dr. John Killian

By Dr. John Killian, pastor of Maytown Baptist Church and the former president of the Alabama Baptist State Convention

Remember the classic WWII movie about the persistent British colonel who demanded that the Japanese POW Camp Commandant adhere to the rules of the Geneva Convention prohibiting the torture of officers? The Japanese Commandant ended up giving in to the colonel’s consistent stand.

It’s a story about principle, about standing for the rule of law, and about enemies respecting that resolve. But there’s a painful twist. After winning over the Japanese Commandant, British POWs (the colonel’s men), work to construct a bridge over the River Kwai, which will be used to bring war materials to the Japanese Army. Perhaps unknowingly, perhaps after a series of excuses, the colonel loses sight of the bigger picture: the Japanese Army is the sworn enemy of Great Britain and the Colonel is duty-bound to defend his country.

Even as he champions the rule of law before the Japanese Commandant, the British colonel is violating the very principle he claims to promote as he builds the bridge to his nation’s demise. At the end of the movie, after fighting his American allies’ attempt to destroy the bridge, he comes to his senses, cries “what have I done?” and detonates the bridge.

Today in America, forces of evil – antithetical to God’s moral law that defined American and British common law for centuries and antithetical to the principles of federalism which define our nation’s constitution – have hijacked the legal system. Using federal courts and transfigured ideals of “law” and “justice,” these forces pressure our lawyers and judges to ensure that what is wrong is considered right and that immorality is “held in honor by all.” They make the mistake of the British colonel: defying the rule of law as they appear to champion it, while building a bridge for their enemies.

So, keep building the bridge Christian lawyers and judges. Keep working in the name of “justice” to ensure the rule of the sort of law that places helpless children who need a father and a mother in the homes of two homosexuals and force custody decisions in favor of homosexuals. Work to advance the immoral sexual education of our school children! Approve that false definition of “equality” that ousts those “bigots” who believe that homosexuality is sinful and harmful for an individual’s body and soul, from their businesses, their ministries, and their public offices! Substitute the Constitution’s supremacy for the supremacy of federal judges! And, see to it that the moral law of God never again invades the territory of our great American legal system!

Build the bridge to the destruction of all you claim to hold dear and on the brink of eternity – with American society in shreds, souls that don’t know Christ dying in sin, and a church devoid of relevance in the public square – perhaps you’ll still have time to cry, “what have I done?”

Or, just let go of your Bible chains! You have nothing to lose but your soul.

 

http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/09/judges_and_lawyers_are_buildin.html#incart_river_index

Statement of Eunie Smith on Passing of Phyllis Schlafly

Eagle Forum First Vice President Reflects on the Life and Legacy of one of America’s Great Conservative Leaders

 

Today Phyllis Schlafly has gone home to be with her Lord after a long illness.  America has lost a great stateswoman, and we at Eagle Forum and among the conservative movement have lost a beloved friend and mentor, who taught and inspired so many to fight the good fight in defense of American values.  I have personally lost a dear friend of over forty years.

Known as the “sweetheart of the silent majority,” and the matriarch of the conservative movement, Phyllis Schlafly has been a visionary, a unifier, and a voice of conscience for more than six decades.

Phyllis has been credited with doing the impossible, when she and the army of grassroots volunteers she led and trained defeated the so-called Equal Rights Amendment, which had passed both houses of Congress and seemed destined for certain ratification among the states.

Also previously thought impossible, Phyllis not only brought together people of various faiths that historically worked separately, she brought these people of faith into the political process like never before, creating a crucial voting block of values voters.

Following the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment, many of the volunteers Phyllis trained became leaders in the organization that was named Eagle Forum.  The name was inspired by Isaiah 40:31, an encouragement to the battle weary that those who wait upon the Lord will “mount up with wings like eagles.”

Phyllis and her beloved “Eagles” are known for fighting tirelessly and for mobilizing political power for principle, not prestige or profit.  For decades under Phyllis’ leadership, Eagle Forum has led the pro-family movement through such diverse and important battles as defending the unborn, defending traditional marriage, defending American workers from unfair trade and immigration policies, defending individual inventors from losing their intellectual property to large corporations, defending women from being drafted into military combat, defending full-time homemakers, defending conservatives and grassroots activists from establishment kingmakers, defending children from politicized public education, defending American taxpayers from out-of-control federal spending, and defending against threats to American exceptionalism.

There will never be another Phyllis Schlafly.  Today is a day to celebrate her amazing legacy and to remember the profound difference she made in the conduct of American public policy.  Thank you, Phyllis.  We will not grow weary.

Remembering Frances Wideman

Frances Wideman, long-time member and leader of Eagle Forum of Alabama, went home to be with the Lord on June 1, 2016.  She was a dedicated wife and mother, true conservative warrior and lived her life for the glory of God.  As Eunie Smith, President of Eagle Forum of Alabama stated in this article from The Birmingham News, “She acted out her faith throughout her life, in her family relationships, in the community, in the political arena and on the national scene.”

Frances was a blessing to all who knew her.  She will be sorely missed.

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AGENDA 2: Masters of Deceit and Curtis Bowers in Birmingham next Monday!

Join Curtis Bowers in Birmingham, Alabama for a special screening of AGENDA 2: Masters of Deceit.

2016 is a critical year for America. We can’t get discouraged and we can’t look away.  We’re facing a presidential election, the rise of ISIS, Common Core’s claim on the minds and hearts of our children, the onslaught of the LGBT agenda, a rising national debt, failures of a “conservative” congress, and silence of the church.

Is it possible to make sense of this confused world?  Is there hope? And, is there a solution we can be a part of?  In AGENDA 2: Masters of Deceit, Curtis Bowers says yes.

Watch the trailer here:

AGENDA 2: Masters of Deceit (Trailer) AgendaDocumentary.com from Copybook Heading Productions LLC on Vimeo.

“When filmmaker Curtis Bowers hit the road in 2010 with his film AGENDA, people began to wake up.  AGENDA became one of the best selling independent documentaries of all time, and grass roots America finally had a tool to connect the dots.

“As he continued to travel, Bowers found that people were overwhelmed by the seeming myriad of issues they were facing.  From the promotion of Islam to the propaganda of climate change, from the deceit of Common Core to the manufactured economic crisis, and from the manipulation of the Evangelical Church to the unsustainable debt burden, it seemed as if America had a hundred different enemies with a hundred different agendas.  But he knew from his research that wasn’t the case.

“Join Curtis Bowers as he heads out again to expose the Masters of Deceit and their purposeful, premeditated, treasonous attacks on our freedom.

“‘The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.”

www.AgendaDocumentary.com

Host: Eagle Forum of Alabama, alabamaeagle.org

When
Monday, January 18, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CST) Add to Calendar
Where
Briarwood Presbyterian Church (PCA) – 2200 Briarwood Way Birmingham, AL 35243 – View Map

If marriage reconfigured in the law…family, Western Civilization will likely crumble

The following letter from Dr. James Dobson was distributed to Eagle Forum leaders nationwide.

 

Dear Friends,
May I urge you to read this letter carefully? It has been written with a fervent prayer that you will recognize the urgency it conveys. It deals with a decision that is about to be announced by the U.S. Supreme Court, dealing with the definition of marriage. In late June or early July, the Justices will reveal their decision to either affirm the definition of marriage as being exclusively between one man and one woman, or it will redefine this institution to include same-sex unions….

Read entire letter here .

 

 

Applauding an Elegant Conservative

Dr. Ben Carson | Feb 25, 2015

 

Recently, I was temporarily placed on the Southern Poverty Law Center‘s watch list for extremism simply because I vocally support traditional marriage. I remember thinking: When did advocating for lifelong love between one man and one woman become a hate crime? Fortunately, the group saw the folly of its ways and apologized, removing me from the list.

It was a small battle, a blip in the daily life of someone who has entered the political arena. And I enjoyed the support of many who rallied in the conservative media to my cause to help reverse such a silly distinction. But it wasn’t that long ago when liberal extremism tried to suffocate traditional values, and there were few media voices to come to the rescue.

There was one, though, so powerful and elegant, persistent yet graceful. Her name is Phyllis Schlafly. And for the past 90 years she has been a tireless advocate for the nuclear family, for traditional marriage and for common-sense conservatism that resists injecting government into every aspect of our lives. On Wednesday night, she will be honored at the Paul Weyrich Awards dinner that precedes the start of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

Schlafly fought battles most lacked the courage to fight, and time and again she won. She has been credited for single-handedly stopping the Equal Rights Amendment, which in the 1970s was racing on a media freight train toward ratification. Schlafly stopped it dead in its tracks. It was not because she didn’t believe women deserve rights, but rather because she rightfully recognized the ERA was skewed toward favoring young professional women, and that it would punish middle-aged and older women who chose to stay at home and raise their families by taking away “dependent wife” benefits under Social Security and alimony.

In those days, it took courage and lots of hard work to roll back what a liberal media had started in motion. But Schlafly succeeded because she was intellectually honest, impassioned and skilled in not only communicating the fight, but also in waging it. Likewise, she has relentlessly fought for life, recognizing early on that the Roe v. Wade decision would be one of the Supreme Court’s worst decisions.

Through good and bad economic times, and the ebb and flow of conservative activism, Phyllis Schlafly has remained a steady voice for common sense and traditional values. Her speeches, books, TV appearances and radio commentaries blazed the way for modern conservatism while also protecting the rights of traditional families from the onslaught of Hollywood’s culture wars.