How a New Non-Profit Educational Organization to protect Human Life, Religious Freedom, and Democracy Itself from Current Trends of “Creeping Totalitarianism” Came to Be
In 2014, in response to attacks that year on doctors’ democratic freedoms which were sacrificed for the sake of “Pro-Choice abortion access,” I first published here and on my other ministry website the broad lines of the “Pro-Life 2.0” approach that makes the connection I have since sustained with research that Pro-Life = Pro-Democracy. When in 2015 the Institute for Promoting the Gift of Truth and its Director (that’s me) started giving lecture series from its New Catacombs course in development entitled Human Rights and Freedoms: Christianity’s Great Gifts to Western Civilization, utilizing the then-current draft of my treatise The Education Necessary to Preserve Democracy Now Under Attack, it soon became apparent that the need to get this course content “out there” was critical, because of rapidly increasing threats to Christian religious freedom, human life, and democracy itself where I live here in the West (in addition to the attack on doctors’ freedom which motivated me to write the treatise in the first place).
These actually worldwide attacks I call “Creeping Totalitarianism” are all born from widespread ignorance of the facts of the history and logic underlying the gradual development of all of our Western human rights and democratic freedoms — which are built completely and logically on Christian, “Pro-Life” principles which the West adopted shortly after Christianity ceased to be persecuted in the 4th Century. A number of Christian leaders reading current worsening trends which are “the signs of the times,” like the late U.S. Cardinal Francis George, have already predicted the coming eventual open violent persecution of Christians in the U.S. and other countries, and the situation since 2015 in the jurisdiction where I live is in fact closely parallel to 1917 Mexico, which was then less than a decade away from the open violent government persecution of Christians, who are already being forced out of the medical and legal professions where I live by new policies which, for example, take away doctors’ democratic freedom of conscience and free speech to object to killing humans by abortion or euthanasia, or else they can lose their jobs (just like in Nazi Germany, those who believed in the SAME traditional Christian value that every human life without exception is equally precious could lose their jobs if they did not facilitate the human-killing of Jews).
So the persecution of Christians has already started in many Western jurisdictions, at least through informal bullying or new formal policies that restrict religious freedom so as to make Christians shut up about the traditional Christian values which are in fact the historic Foundational Principles of Human Rights and Democracy or face negative consequences (not yet violence, but it can only go there if current trends continue). The current worldwide trends of anti-democratic and often specifically anti-Christian “Creeping Totalitarianism” are intolerable and must be stopped or else they will certainly capsize religious freedom and democracy in the West, ultimately with violence (since there is no legitimate democratic way to silence us), as some important Christian leaders have predicted. Therefore to help prevent this — and to help make sure human rights and democratic freedoms for everyone last long-term – in July 2016 I founded Human Rights and Freedoms Forever! as a non-profit educational organization for teaching Westerners exactly where their human rights and democratic freedoms come from – the Christian “Pro-Life” principles adopted by the West in the early 4th Century shortly after government persecution of Christians stopped, and the natural and logical development of these Christian principles in the next 1700 years only in Western CHRISTIAN Civilization. Once enough citizens in each Western country knows what human rights and democracy are actually built on AND CANNOT LAST WITHOUT, we can hopefully AVOID the several predictions of eventual open violent persecution of Christians which are quite realistic IF the current trends of “Creeping Totalitarianism” are not successfully opposed.
The “best case scenario” is that all these anti-democratic forces in our Western democracies turn out to be a fragile “house of cards” that will fall quickly once enough educated citizens stand up in Solidarity for the (Christian and Pro-Life) Foundational Principles of Human Rights and Democracy described in my booklet The Pledge of Allegiance to Democracy (and the Antidote to Any Degree of “Creeping Totalitarianism”). This “best case scenario” is quite possible, because no anti-democratic forces ever looked stronger than the Soviet Union, but it fell bloodlessly, like a “house of cards,” after the Solidarity movement in Poland (inspired by the Polish Christian, Pope Saint John Paul II) undermined hardline atheist Communism in the Soviet “Eastern Bloc” countries. Even if things do not turn out as quite this “best case scenario,” still The Education Necessary to Preserve Democracy Now Under Attack, The Pledge of Allegiance to Democracy, and the other resources and ideas of Human Rights and Freedoms Forever! that are part of what I call “The Winning Long-Term Strategy for ‘The Culture of Life’ to Win the ‘Cultural War’ with ‘The Culture of Death,’ to Save Humanity Forever from ‘Creeping Totalitarianism,’ ” are powerful resources towards educating any country’s electorate from the grassroots up in the Christian and Pro-Life Foundational Principles of Human Rights and Democracy until a “critical mass” of educated voters recognize and no longer put up with “Creeping Totalitarianism” from their politicians who are supposed to uphold democracy (remember the 1930s good Germans put up with “Creeping Totalitarianism”, uncomfortable with new anti-human and anti-democratic policies as so many are today, but they never stood up in Solidarity against it in the early stages, so of course it stopped “creeping” and developed into full-blown totalitarianism. We must not make that mistake again). Now, the “worst case scenario” is that in some or many Western countries the widespread ignorance and evil dominating Western politics which no longer even knows that killing humans is wrong (as is the case in every totalitarian State) has already gained too much momentum to stop (because like in Germany Christians were not standing up in Solidarity against it early enough), and Cardinal Francis George’s full prediction may, in some countries, come true. In 2010 he wrote
“I expect to die in bed [which he did in 2015], my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.”
I agree that IF things go all the way to open violent persecution in the U.S., Canada or any Western country, the Church will in the long run pick up the pieces afterwards. But I also believe we still have time to PREVENT the “worst case scenario,” IF we can successfully oppose “Creeping Totalitarianism” by, following the successful strategy of the original Christian Abolitionists who ended slavery in the British Empire, implementing “The Winning Long-Term Strategy for ‘The Culture of Life’ to Win the ‘Cultural War’ with ‘The Culture of Death,’ to Save Humanity Forever from ‘Creeping Totalitarianism,’ ” and like the Abolitionists patiently educating the electorate (starting with those Christians who do not need to be convinced there is a problem) in the (Christian and Pro-Life) Foundational Principles of Human Rights and Democracy (starting with the EQUAL and PRECIOUS value of every human life WITHOUT EXCEPTION, the VERY SAME principle the original Abolitionists championed to end slavery).
Among other parts of the “winning strategy,” we can end the current threats to religious freedom and democracy itself by reading and spreading The Pledge of Allegiance to Democracy (and the Antidote to Any Degree of “Creeping Totalitarianism”) until enough voting citizens educated by it convince all the political parties to field Pro-Life candidates because it should be a given in any democracy, and MUST be a given in any LASTING democracy, that politicians at least believe in the Foundational Principles of Human Rights and Democracy, which the resources I am developing at Human Rights and Freedoms Forever! prove beyond all doubt are ultimately Christian and definitively Pro-Life. Pro-Life = Pro-Democracy!
I cannot strongly enough stress the importance of ALL Christians becoming EDUCATED and CONFIDENT in the IMMENSE value of their Christianity as the very SOURCE of the Foundational Principles of Human Rights and Democracy undergirding our whole free and democratic way of life, and no longer letting themselves be bullied into silence by the current anti-democratic forces of “Creeping Totalitarianism” (you know what happened in 1930s Germany when good German Christians did not stand up together in Solidarity for these same Foundational Principles of Human Rights and Democracy starting with equal human preciousness). FOR CERTAIN WHAT IS NECESSARY TO HAVE THE VERY BEST CHANCE of achieving the above “best case scenario” of all the anti-Christian, anti-democratic forces of current “Creeping Totalitarianism” threatening human life and religious freedom falling like a “house of cards” when enough people stand up in Solidarity against it, is for us Christians (and others who still believe in the traditional Western (that is, Christian!) values democracy was built on) to AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (before “Creeping Totalitarianism” progresses further) start implementing the “Winning Strategy” and getting EDUCATED and CONFIDENT and SPREADING THIS EDUATION far and wide to educate the electorate of each country until that “critical mass” number of educated voters is achieved, who make “what politicians think will get them elected” become “fielding Pro-Life candidates committed to the Foundational Principles of Human Rights and Democracy so that they can last long-term on their firm traditional foundations.” But even if the “best case scenario” does not happen, implementing the “winning strategy” and “spreading the Pledge” will ALSO give us THE VERY BEST CHANCE of avoiding the eventual open violent persecution of Christians where current trends are heading, and THE VERY BEST CHANCE of eventually (even if it takes decades, like the success of the Abolitionists did) re-establishing the traditional Western, Christian character of the West, but more solidly and permanently than before, because then an educated Western society is no longer in ignorance taking Christianity for granted and losing its benefits (like human rights and freedoms), but respecting Christianity and its Foundational Principles of Human Rights and Democracy identified in the Pledge as what undergirds the human rights and democratic freedoms of all citizens, Christian and otherwise. Even if, God forbid, the “Creeping Totalitarian” momentum turns out to be too strong in some countries and the “worst case scenario” of open violent persecution of Christians happens, as in Cardinal George’s prediction about the U.S., still, having the highest possible number of citizens (starting with Christians) well educated (by resources like Human Rights and Freedoms Forever!) in the Foundational Principles of Human Rights and Democracy will ensure THE VERY BEST CHANCE of Western society, after it falls apart, recovering from this horror and rebuilding Western Civilization next time explicitly on the (Christian and Pro-Life) Foundational Principles of Human Rights and Democracy so that we never again lose them in our ignorance of what democracy depends on. So, whether things ultimately pan out as the “best-case scenario”, the “worst-case scenario,” or somewhere in between, humanity and Christianity will fare the best the more people are EDUCATED in and know well the (Christian and Pro-Life) foundational principles, and the historical and logical development of those principles only in Western CHRISTIAN Civilization, which ultimately gave us our modern human rights and democratic freedoms. My new non-profit educational organization Human Rights and Freedoms Forever! exists precisely to provide and promote this “education necessary to preserve democracy now under attack.”
Note that most of the other existing ministries which do excellent and necessary work to fight the necessary battles against each of the many individual current compromises of human rights and religious freedoms do not have what, by God’s Grace, Human Rights and Freedoms Forever! has — a clear vision of the entire history that got us to this point and an overarching strategy to correct the ROOT problems which keep breeding new assaults on human life and religious freedom – built on a proven strategy, that has worked before, in ending legal slavery (which, like legal abortion, was fundamentally incompatible with democracy that depends on every human life without exception being EQUALLY PRECIOUS). It is part of the mission of the new Human Rights and Freedoms Forever! to coordinate with all these existing ministries and give them the powerful tools of the educational resources Human Rights and Freedoms Forever! is developing, to enhance their already excellent efforts with knowledge and HOPE, because Human Rights and Freedoms Forever! has the educational tools and the strategy for using them TO WIN THE CULTURAL WAR and not just a battle here and there. The “Culture of Life” winning the “cultural war” with “The Culture of Death” means not just managing to get them to repeal the latest assault on human rights or religious freedom (five new battles coming every news day), but so EDUCATING Western society from the grassroots up (like the Abolitionists did) in how and why Pro-Life = Pro-Democracy that eventually the majority of voters will not be able to tolerate legal abortion and the anti-Christian “Creeping Totalitarianism” it introduced into the West any more than they can stomach legal slavery since the (Christian!) Abolitionists educated them in the SAME underlying principle of EQUAL HUMAN PRECIOUSNESS.
Note: the 2 major documents of Human Rights and Freedoms Forever! and its “Pro-Life 2.0” approach, which are the treatise The Education Necessary to Preserve Democracy Now Under Attack and The Pledge of Allegiance to Democracy, are written deliberately to engage non-Christians fully in the argument that Pro-Life = Pro-Democracy before revealing that the historic “Pro-Life” principles are in fact Christian principles. This is to hopefully avoid the current widespread prejudice against Christianity turning off people’s minds from even reading the undisputed facts and irrefutable logic of the argument just because they are bigoted against Christians. Thus I do not even mention Christianity specifically until Chapter 2 of the treatise and until Article 12 of The Pledge. But once I do, it becomes extremely apparent that human rights and democratic freedoms can only last wherever Christianity, if not embraced, is at least RESPECTED as the SOURCE of the Foundational Principles of Human Rights and Democracy.
These longer documents additionally debunk the atheist myth of the opposition of science and faith which has been used to justify marginalizing Christian influence in Western society even though this is exactly why we are losing democracy built on Christian principles; and (on the way dealing in a supremely scientific and Christian manner with the “LGBT” issues through a consideration of Human Dignity and Human Disorder) they show how the traditional Judeo-Christian sexual ethic is actually essential to the long-term maintenance of human rights and democracy along with the Christian Pro-Life principles they cannot be separated from (only if the human-generating sexual process is precious not cheap, is the human product of that process precious not cheap, and human rights and democracy can only be sustained where human life is precious not cheap). But you can . . .
A brief introduction to the main thrust of the argument that Pro-Life = Pro-Democracy can be found in the brief one-printed-sheet pamphlet/handout Top 6 Historical Facts Few Know that Should Turn THINKING People from “Pro-Choice” to “Pro-Human-Rights” (and from “Pro-Life” to Human Rights Champions and Democracy’s Best Defenders) History and Logic Prove Pro-Life= Pro-Democracy. Click here to read the “Top 6 Facts” and you will never think the same again about the Pro-Life Movement and the increasingly important defense of religious freedom. You will begin to be extremely confident in the supreme value of your Christianity not only for yourself and your own salvation, but for our whole society and our whole free and democratic way of life . . .