I have an opinion about whether the killing of Michael Brown was an act of self-defense or police brutality, but I consider it to be an ill-informed opinion. Most of my understanding of the controversy has come from reading sources that generally agree with me politically, so I should keep my opinion to myself until I change that.

However, I do have two very strong opinions that I am comfortable sharing:

1. Anyone that strives to be intellectually honest ought to actively fight against confirmation bias (the tendency to search for, interpret, or prioritize information in a way that confirms one’s beliefs). If you haven’t carefully read and considered the reasoning of those who disagree with you, then you have no business making strong, confident statements on the subject.

2. Anyone that strives to be morally good ought not demonize people who have a differing view. The people who disagree with you may well be wrong, biased, foolish, or blind to the facts, but they probably don’t disagree with you because they’re evil. People are complicated, and our reasons for believing things are complicated.

Timothy Brahm

“Interview with Josh Brahm”
by The Schilling Show

Sorry, listening to the audio on this website requires Flash support in your browser. You can try playing the MP3 file directly by clicking here.

Use the button above to stream the audio or click here to download the MP3. (15 minutes)


  1. How and when did the pro-life movement become important to you?
  2. Your blog is called “Clear Pro-Life Thinking.” That must be in response to something you’ve witnessed – unclear, muddled pro-life thinking?
  3. Give me a few examples of poor arguments or thinking from the pro-life side.
  4. Tell me about the reasons women have abortions and why “bodily integrity” isn’t listed as one of the reasons.
  5. What is the appropriate response to bodily rights arguments?
  6. Talk about this weird pro-life habit that you call “Fetus Tunnel Vision.”
  7. What are your thoughts on the use of graphic pictures?
  8. What is the pro-life end game? What are you trying to accomplish?
  9. What would you say to politicians who say that they’re personally against abortion but it’s a religious issue so they won’t get involved?

Why Pro-Life People Should Watch “After Tiller”

This is a guest post by my formerly pro-choice friend Deanna Unyk. Read more about how she became pro-life here.  Read about our upcoming event in Portland here.

“After Tiller” is a documentary that follows the lives of the remaining four late-term abortion providers in the United States.  It chronicles their family lives, what they were doing before they started performing abortions, as well as the kinds of harassment and threats they have been the victims of at the hands of pro-life activists.  The documentary also interviews women who came in for late-term abortions.

Watch the trailer below:

This is a very pro-choice documentary, but there are several reasons why I think it is important for pro-life people to watch it with compassion.

After_tiller_filmThe compassionate thoughts that this movie encourages can help us to interact in a compassionate manner when we encounter abortion providers and post-abortive people.  Acting compassionately towards others is both a pragmatically wise and the morally good thing to do.  It is pragmatically wise for the pro-life movement to treat abortionists and post-abortive women with compassion because we want pro-choice people to hear us out, consider our reasoning, and eventually agree with us.  Nobody is going to want to do that if they think we’re all jerks.

Deanna event Portland 640

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am for this event to finally happen.

I’ve been talking about my friendship with Deanna, an atheist lesbian who up until recently was a pro-choice blogger, for over a year. After 21 months of friendship that has impacted us both, we are finally going to meet for the first time!

We will be speaking together at the University of Portland about what made our friendship work as well as practical tips for cultivating friendships with people from different political and cultural backgrounds. The event will be followed by a Q&A session.

We plan to do this event at many universities, but there will be something special about the first one. If you’re in the Portland area, I hope you can come. The event is free and open to the public. Seating will be first come first serve.

I’m planning on publishing the audio from the event in the future.

Date: November 17, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Event: Relational Apologetics: How a Pro-Life Christian Guy and an Atheist Lesbian Became Best Friends
Sponsor: The University’s Voice for Life club, the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture, the Dundon-Berchtold Institute for Moral Formation & Applied Ethics, and Campus Ministry.
Venue: St. Mary’s Student Center
Location: 5000 N. Willamette Blvd
Portland, OR 97203
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

Want to book this event at your university? Click here to check our availability!

3 Reasons You Should Stay Involved in the Political Process

sacramento_phixr-314It’s Election Day on Tuesday. (Not a Calvinist holiday. People are voting in booths…)

A lot of pro-life advocates are fed up with politics, especially in a state like California where it seems like the pro-life vote doesn’t matter. I have a lot of empathy with people who feel apathetic about the entire political process, but I want to offer a few reasons to stay involved.

I spoke at a pro-life conference in Southern California recently put on by California Pro-Life Council, and Bryan Johnston asked me to spend the last part of my speech encouraging the attendees to stay involved with politics. It’s not a topic I discuss very often, as my work is primarily focused on training pro-life advocates to use better arguments and to form the kinds of friendships with pro-choice people where real heart change is more likely to happen. (Focusing on those two things is why I launched a non-profit organization this year.) After a week of thinking about the issue, I delivered my speech and with my closing few minutes, said this:

With my remaining moments, I would like to encourage you in another way that you can help the pro-life movement: Getting more involved in politics.


There are some people in this room right now who are not very excited to hear the rest of this speech, because you trusted a candidate once, and he or she disappointed you.

You not only feel betrayed by that individual, you feel betrayed by the entire process, because it seems sometimes like if you live in California, there is no good that can be done.

So I want to suggest three reasons for why you should stay involved.

I’m looking forward to sharing the vision of Equal Rights Institute at the Fresno County & City Republican Women Luncheon, as well as why I think pro-life advocates should cultivate friendships with pro-choice people.


Date: December 4, 2014
Time: 11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Event: Fresno County & City Republican Women Federated (FCCRWF) Christmas Luncheon
Topic: Equal Rights Institute & Relational Apologetics
Sponsor: Fresno County & City Republican Women Federated (FCCRWF)
Sharon Gerardi: 559-292-5414
Venue: Ramada Inn University
Location: 324 E. Shaw Ave
Fresno, CA 93710
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

Want me to speak to your group? Click here to check my availability!

I’m very much looking forward to speaking at Iowa Right to Life’s March for Life as well as their conference to follow that afternoon. The event begins at 11 a.m. at the State Capitol.

Date: January 17, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Event: Iowa Midwest March for Life
Topic: Creating Dialogue
Sponsor: Iowa Right to Life
Venue: Iowa State Capitol West Steps
Location: 1007 E Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50319
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

Want me to speak to your group? Click here to check my availability!

Quick update

It has been a very long time since I posted. I try to post once a week, and I haven’t kept that up for the last two months due to a very busy speaking schedule and the need to fundraise enough for us to live on through the end of the year. Now that that is done, we’re about to get back to a regular publishing schedule, including posts from Equal Rights Institute Training Director Timothy Brahm and guest posts from my formerly pro-choice friend Deanna Unyk. Thanks for your patience!

I’m honored to be doing a lecture for Biola’s Torrey Honors Institute.

I will speak on how to dialogue about one of the most heated issues of our time without damaging your relationships. I will speak on understanding the most challenging pro-choice argument, and then offer the most powerful pro-life responses to it.

Date: September 29, 2014
Time: 7:30 - 8:45 p.m.
Event: Torrey Honors Institute Lecture
Topic: How to Address the Hardest Pro-Choice Argument with Grace and Truth
Venue: Biola University - Bardwell 112
Location: La Mirada, CA
Public: Private

Want me to speak to your group? Click here to check my availability!

We’re so excited to be doing two seminars at Biola University this weekend. This is the second seminar, on Saturday morning.

Will include a break for lunch. Pizza, veggies and drinks provided.

Will include an outreach component on  Monday Sept. 29th and Tuesday Sept. 30th.

Space is limited to thirty attendees, so if you would like to attend, please email Gabi Vehrs. The Sanctity of Life Club is asking for an entrance fee of $10 (to cover the cost of food, as well as the Brahms’ travel expenses), but there are scholarships available if you want to attend but are hindered because of money. Please email Gabi Vehrs to talk about scholarships. Go to this link to save your place at the seminar.

Campus map: http://now.biola.edu/campus-maps/

Date: September 27, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Event: Equal Rights Institute Abortion Dialogue Seminar
Sponsor: Biola Sanctity of Life Club
Venue: Biola University - BUS 109
Location: 13800 Biola Ave
La Mirada, CA 90639
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.