The Van Maren Show
G.K. Chesterton: The one author you need to understand the Culture of Death
On today’s episode of The Van Maren Show, Jonathon Van Maren speaks with Dale Ahlquist, the President and co-founder of the American Chesterton Society. Ahlquist has written, edited, or contributed to an enormous number of books on the English author and philosopher G.K. Chesterton. He also runs a series of schools called Chesterton Academies that seeks to showcase Chesterton’s thinking.
Van Maren and Ahlquist delve into Chesterton’s life, writings, and philosophies. They discuss how we can apply Chesterton’s writings to our everyday lives, while encouraging everyone to study his writings.
Ex-Abortionist: I killed more people than Ted Bundy
In today’s episode of The Van Maren show, Jonathon Van Maren speaks with Dr. Kathy Aultman, a former abortion provider. Dr. Aultman has testified on behalf of a wide range of pro-life laws across the United States. She has also testified before Congress about the horrors of the abortion industry that she has seen with her own eyes.
You won't want to miss hearing about Aultman's conversion from abortionist to pro-life activist.
The shocking truth: Aborted babies are born alive, and left to die
Jonathon Van Maren kicks off this week’s episode of The Van Maren Show by reminding his listeners that hundreds of babies born alive during abortion procedures are simply left on their own to die.
Jill Stanek joins Van Maren to discuss these horrors as well as those mentioned at the Planned Parenthood baby body parts trial against David Daleiden. Stanek was a nurse in Illinois in 1999 when she discovered that babies born alive after failed abortions were purposefully neglected and left to die.
While some of what they say is shocking and has lurid details, it is vital that every pro-lifer hears the truth, as the details she shares line up with what Center for Medical Progress, David Daleiden, and Sandra Merritt are trying to expose in the Planned Parenthood lawsuit they are currently facing. Watch or listen today, and share with your pro-life friends and family.
He loved his baby. Then his girlfriend’s dad forced her to abort: Jason Jones' story
Millions of men have been impacted by abortion, just not everyone of them takes their experience and turns it into their life’s mission.
Jason Jones, president and founder of Human Rights Education Organization and Movie to Movement and producer of the pro-life movie ‘Bella,’ experienced the heartbreaking tragedy of losing his first daughter to abortion. His high school girlfriend’s father took her to get an abortion while Jones was away at basic training. “I exploded!” Jones shares. He goes on to say that he didn’t even know abortion was legal until he found out he had lost his child to abortion.
Van Maren and Jones dive deep into men in the pro-life movement, including the fact that porn addiction and the sexual revolution has contributed to the lack of men defending the unborn and feeling uncomfortable at pro-life events.
How the creator of the ‘Magical Birth Canal’ viral video is saving unborn babies
It’s not every day you see a young woman dressed in a pink wig, even pinker lipstick, and holding a giant, sparkly tube that she informs the viewer is supposed to represent the human birth canal (“Disclaimer: birth canal is not the actual size of a birth canal,” we’re helpfully told).
The woman is Laura Klassen, the founder of CHOICE42, a one-of-a-kind pro-life organization that uses sarcasm, perfect comedic timing, and a healthy dose of truth to create viral pro-life videos designed to force even the most committed pro-choicers re-think their basic presuppositions.
The “Magical Birth Canal” video, which lampoons the notion that babies suddenly gain human rights by passing through their mother’s birth canal, is the most popular of Klassen’s videos – with the English-langauge version racking up over 200,000 views on Youtube alone. Many of her other videos have earned tens of thousands of views, and been translated into multiple languages.
In their wide- ranging interview, Van Maren and Klassen also discuss the failure of Christian churches to take abortion seriously, the creative process she follows in producing new videos, and a host of other topics.
Grandson of Guinness beer founder shares what must be done to save American freedoms
Os Guinness joins Jonathon Van Maren on this week’s episode of The Van Maren Show. Guinness is an author and commentator who has written over 30 books that have had a profound impact on the American political conversation. And yes, he is the great, great, great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the famous Dublin Brewer.
Van Maren and Guinness begin their discussion with talking about the notion of freedom, specifically in America. Guinness outlines the three challenges that freedom has, stating that the American Founders knew full-well these challenges. The first is winning freedom (The Revolution in 1776). The second is ordering it or giving it political framework (The Constitution in 1787). Finally, the third is sustaining it… Which has been the challenge of centuries. Guinness says the best way to achieve sustainable freedom is through, what he calls, the Golden Triangle of Freedom. This states that Freedom requires Virtue, Virtue requires Faith, and Faith then requires Freedom.
Van Maren’s conversation with Os Guinness is an uplifting one while dealing with the current state of American politics, freedom, and culture. Guinness has wisdom from the decades of writing, research, and experience that needs to be shared far and wide. Be sure to listen to the episode and share with your friends and family.
Fr. Pavone: Abortion is 'the foundation of every issue' and here's why
On this week’s episode of The Van Maren Show, Jonathon Van Maren speaks with Fr. Frank Pavone, the National Director of Priests for Life, the largest pro-life ministry in the Catholic Church.
Van Maren speaks with Fr. Pavone about his experiences as a pro-life priest and leader. Fr. Pavone shares how his dedication to the pro-life movement starting in high-school and continuing while he was in seminary. After he was ordained a priest, he preached about abortion almost every weekend from the pulpit, leading to a profound impact on his parish.
Firebrand UK commentator obliterates social justice movement: 'Do something better with your life'
On this week’s episode of The Van Maren Show, Jonathon Van Maren speaks with Douglas Murray, British journalist, author, and political commentator. Murray has written numerous books, including the international bestseller, The Strange Death of Europe, a book Van Maren describes as, the “most insightful things written on the migrant crisis, on the identity crisis gripping Europe.”
Today, Van Maren and Murray discuss Murray’s newest book The Madness of Crowds, specifically what Murray calls the four biggest hot button issues in politics today: “gays, women, race, and trans.”
'Surprisingly hopeful': Notre Dame professor talks about the future of conservatism, liberalism in the U.S.
On this week’s episode of The Van Maren Show, Jonathon Van Maren discusses the future of conservatism with Dr. Patrick Deneen, a professor at Notre Dame University. Deneen has a background in Constitutional Studies and Political Theory. He was a speechwriter and special advisor to the Director of the United States Information Agency. He’s been an associate professor of Government at Georgetown University and Princeton University before joining the faculty at Notre Dame in 2012. He has written several books and a number of articles focusing on the history of American political thought. His 2018 book called, “Why Liberalism Failed” is all about these topics.
The thesis of “Why Liberalism Failed” can be shoved into a nutshell of, “liberalism is failing because liberalism is succeeding.” Deneen provides clarity in the definitions of conservatism and liberalism. He explains that there’s been confusion in what we typically call conservatism in the United States. Deneen suggests that we might more appropriately call conservatives, “classical liberals.” He goes on to say that, “we need to understand there are two variants or versions of liberalism itself.”