There’s been talk on the internet and in some of the media recently about the tactics being used by Lila Rose and her group, LiveAction, “a new-media movement for life!” As glad as I am to see Planned Parenthood exposed for the morally bankrupt organization they are, I’m not proud to see anyone on the pro-life side use morally questionable tactics to achieve this much-desired goal. After all, the ends do not justify the means. I am also loathe to see anyone using tactics recommended by the reprehensible Saul Alinsky in his Rules for Radicals, which is one long diatribe against morality if ever there was one. But perhaps this is not surprising given that until just a few months ago, LiveAction was recommending Alinsky’s book on their website. Continue reading

Update: As of Oct 5 2010, I am renewing the links to LiveAction.org because when I went through their website just now, I found that they have removed Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals from their list of Recommended Books. (You may have noticed that the link says prolifewebsites instead of recommendedbooks. It’s an error in the coding of their page; just look down the page a short distance and you’ll see the books section.) You can read below about how upset I was when I saw that book listed there a few months back. I was upset enough to contact them and carry on a brief correspondence with their director of media. Whether they thought better of it because of our conversation (at least in part) or for some other reason, I am happy to see that awful book removed. Thank you, Lord! God is Good! :)

As of Jan 22, 2010, I removed the links to the organization LiveAction.org on the links page after emails were exchanged between myself and LiveAction’s media consultant in which they insist on using and recommending Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals and the methods he recommends. He pointed to a very brief one line disclaimer on the site and suggested that they might need to revise it. I cannot in good conscience continue to support this group until they repudiate Alinsky, his writings and his methods. I checked their site tonight and I notice that they have, indeed, revised and even expanded their disclaimer to Alinsky’s book recommendation, but they are far from repudiating it. This is so sad but I can’t let it slide, even if I like some of the work they are doing. Continue reading

It’s been a while since I’ve written about Saul Alinsky and his book, Rules for Radicals, the apparent playbook for our brave new administration with its motto, “Change We Can Deceive In”. And I have to tell you, I’m forcing myself to do this. I’m forcing myself to open this book again and read from it because I promised you I would share with you what I had found and I’m keeping that promise. But I don’t want to. I don’t want to read any more of it. But it’s important that you know what it says. Because it’s important that you know what is going on in Washington. In our states, our cities and towns. In our colleges and universities. You have organizers in your community? Do you think that’s a good thing? Do you know that “organizer” is a code word and does not mean what you think it means? Do you know that “Change We Can Believe In” is a slogan that could have come right out the pages of Alinsky’s book?

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