Jennifer Lawrence and Sanctity vs. Commodity of Body

Jennifer Lawrence’s reason for privately taking the nude photos that were disseminated across the internet against her will and knowledge was the following, as she told Vanity Fair:

I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years. It was long distance, and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you.

Jennifer LawrenceThis is such a travesty of thought. True liberation and self-worth come from an awareness that one’s body is not a mundane “choice” to dispense like currency and commodity (no matter how selectively), but is a holy gift from an artistic Creator to be a temple of the Holy Spirit and a blessing to a committed spouse. I Corinthians 6 may have no meaning to this actress if she is not a Christian, of course, and I would not dare hold her to Christian standards if she does not profess Christ herself.

But there is something else here that nags at me as a writer for the page and screen. Apparently women whose beauty is before the public eye feel particularly pressured to give their real-life unmarried love interests something more than they ought. (A man in a relationship with an actress may think he deserves to see at least as much of her as men get to see of her on screen!)

Lowlife media and porn are devastating single women as well as married women. Men and marriages are not spared either. Those of us who recognize this have a responsibility to raise the bar and produce material that is creatively earthy without violating the sanctity of body and relationship.

Miss Lawrence, as lovely and nearsighted a sinner as all of us, could not comprehend that someone in this world would stoop so low as to violate her privacy and private property rights. Her actions do not excuse a peeping troll who was in pursuit of sordid gain, but she would have done well to take such a risk factor into account.

The reality is that humanity is not basically good, but inherently sinful. There are people who will give in to temptation at every opportunity, especially when Mammon is involved.

See my review of Scottie Nell Hughes’ “ROAR”!

My latest book review can be found at Turning Point USA:

. . . Scottie asserts that conservative women have the self-respect and realistic outlook to understand that women are not inferior when they assume roles different from men. Rebuking the statist belief in feminist victimhood, she writes, “I refuse to accept such an insulting point of view that tells me I am inferior to men since they are dominating me both in the workplace and home.” Disabusing men only fuels statism.

Remember that Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) determined through eye witness study that the “chief cause” of the United States’ success was in the “superiority of their women” – and that was before they voted or held office! American strength begins in American homes. . .

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Humane Economy on Horseback

Having a little fun the other day, doing a photo shoot with camera-savvy Abigail and patient black steed Jubilee.

What better book to read in the countryside while bareback riding than Wilhelm Röpke’s A Humane Economy: The Social Framework of the Free Market? Find an excellent copy at!


The Crusading Chemist website has been updated

Oh yes, another one of my back burner projects that has received a bit more attention as of late. See the amateurish poster I made for my The Crusading Chemistscreenplay The Crusading Chemist several years ago? Perhaps only one face in that collage is familiar to most, but you can learn all about the protagonist at, a website which has sat idle ever since college beckoned me. There you will find recent posts about life in Harvey Wiley’s time and news about the latest place my writing about him has been featured. My most devoted readers might enjoy the following excerpt of an essay I wrote for the Indiana Historical Society’s bicentennial book:

 . . . Wiley opposed food adulteration on grounds of honesty, because adulterated products cheat the consumer into spending more than the degraded product is worth and compromise health since corrupting the natural makeup of a food substance can cause gradual damage to consumers’ internal organs.

When speaking to a group of businessmen who were skeptical of making food purity a matter of law, Wiley garnered applause by putting it in capitalist terms: “Is there a man in this audience who would put his hand in his neighbor’s pocket, take a dollar from it and put it in his own pocket?…Is there a man in this audience who would so adulterate, so degrade and so misbrand a package of his goods as to cheat the consumer out of a dollar of his money when he bought that package?…”

No hands went up, and the point was taken. Purity of food would promote prosperity rather than hinder it. . .

You will have to wait until 2016 for Indiana’s bicentennial to read the rest of it. But – although I intended no announcement here – perhaps I might have a book of my own about Harvey Wiley’s crusade published before then.

People always wonder what I’m supposed to do with a degree in history anyway.

9/11 Memorial

“…My childhood journal entry from September 11th, 2001 shows what a difference twenty-four hours can make:

‘When I awoke in the morning, it was true. The World Trade Center towers had been attacked by hijacked planes. The Pentagon had been attacked by yet another hijacked plane. Grief and weeping seemed to take over our nation – Land of the Free and Brave.’…”

The Pentagon smolders on 9/11.

The Pentagon smolders on 9/11.

The above is an excerpt from a column I wrote on the 10th anniversary of September 11th, 2001, which shares some of my military family background and its affect on my perception of the terrorist attacks as a child, and how I saw my generation’s awareness shift (“9/11 Generation,” The Washington Times Communities).

On the 11th anniversary of that infamous date, another terrorist attack against Americans took place, this time in Benghazi, Libya. A year later I did a little investigative write-up on how poorly information about the Benghazi attack was handled, which might give insight on President Obama’s recent insistence on the innocence of Islam (“The hustle behind Benghazi talking points,” The Washington Times Communities).

All of us whose lives were spared during these tragedies have a responsibility to awaken to history.