LIVE SPEECH AUDIO: Q&A in Ireland

In February 2020 Josh Brahm was invited to speak at multiple pro-life events in Ireland. This is from a Q&A session after one of those events.

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LIVE SPEECH AUDIO: What the Pro-Life Movement in Ireland Needs to Know in 2020

In February 2020 Josh Brahm was invited to speak at multiple pro-life events in Ireland. This is the edited audio from a speech he gave made particularly for their pro-life movement based on what is going on right now in their country, but includes helpful advice for movements in other countries as well.

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What New Research Tells Us About Persuasion

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Josh and Rachel look at a research article published by the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in 2019,  Perspective Taking and Self-Persuasion: Why “Putting Yourself in Their Shoes” Reduces Openness to Attitude Change, and discuss how it should influence the way we make pro-life arguments.

Shownotes:

  • 4:00 Summarizing the research
  • 15:16 How ERI develops new apologetics arguments.
  • 28:33 Personality research from Jordan Peterson points to reasons behind political disagreement.
  • 37:45 Does perspective-taking help with empathy but not creating arguments?
  • 42:46 Shared values help to move persuasion forward.

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ERI Update – November 2019

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I recently sat in our new studio to give you an update on what’s been going on behind the scenes at Equal Rights Institute. There are a lot of visuals in this video, so it’s best watched instead of listened to on the podcast, but both are available.

Topics:

  • 01:14 – New studio;
  • 03:55 – Tim’s resignation;
  • 05:01 – New Director of Training and behind the scenes of the new Equipped for Life extension;
  • 07:25 – Launch of the Sidewalk Counseling Masterclass;
  • 11:29 – Encouraging testimonies from the Protect Life Michigan conference;
  • 13:49 – Relaunching the Equipped for Life Podcast into a free, public feed;
  • 18:42 – Our plans to make a bigger impact at the next March for Life.

Testimonials from the Sidewalk Counseling Masterclass:

“I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone wanting to get involved in sidewalk counseling. Before watching the course, sidewalk counseling seemed like an intimidating thing that should be left to others more knowledgeable and gifted. After watching this course, I feel very confident that I could get out there and do it.” – Jessica

“This course has real-life lessons from seasoned sidewalk counselors. I appreciated so much that they not only make suggestions of what to do, but also shared their own mistakes and what they have learned. It’s paced such that you don’t need any experience in sidewalk counseling to follow it. The training is incredibly practical—- seriously, this course will be some of the best money you ever spend! – Laura

I found myself making exclamations out loud! I was totally drawn to the reasonings and stories. I felt I could finally put a finger on things that were wrong with my previous experience. I felt inspired to just go back out there (it’s been a year). I am sure that if the material was presented in a teaching format, I could not have processed everything in a personal way. When one video ended, I wanted to just see what was next on the next video.” – Debra

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  • Click here to learn more about the Sidewalk Counseling Masterclass
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MOCK DEBATE: Who Are You to Say What a Woman Can’t Do with Her Own Body?

Pastor Dan Burrell from Life Fellowship Church invited ERI President Josh Brahm to be interviewed for a four-episode series on pro-life dialogue for their podcast, LifeTalks. This is the fourth episode in that series, where Dan plays a hostile pro-choice advocate in a mock debate with Josh!

Questions: (mock debate)

  • 1:51: Who are you to say what a woman has a right to do with her own body?
  • 2:56: But isn’t it ‘her body, her choice’?
  • 3:22: Even if the fetus may be a person, it is not viable, or won’t be for some time.
  • 4:19: What if the baby is born with severe mental or physical defects?
  • 5:30: Isn’t it wrong for you to insist that a woman deliver a baby that she cannot take care of?
  • 6:43: Is it compassionate to force a woman who has been violently raped to be reminded of the assault every day for at least 9 months?
  • 8:40: Aren’t most of your arguments based on religion?
  • 9:45: Would you force a woman whose life is at risk with this pregnancy to continue?
  • 10:59: Isn’t the pro-life position a slippery slope that could end with a negative view of even birth control?
  • 12:30: Aren’t you a conservative? Wouldn’t this be government overreach to ban abortion?
  • 13:43: Doesn’t pro-life legislation infringe on the right to privacy?
  • 14:29: Aren’t your arguments patriarchal and sexist?
  • 15:52: Isn’t comparing abortion to genocide an overreach?

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