it's a matter of life 2015
“Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Protect the rights of all who are helpless.”
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act."
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
THESE ARE SANCTITY OF LIFE WEEKLY BULLETIN REFLECTIONS
12.27.2015 The Center for Disease Control reported “The U.S. abortion rate has fallen by one-third since 1990.” The good news is that on the subject of surgical abortions, the numbers are going down, but that is not the real story. The fact is that as surgical abortion rates have declined, abortion rates caused by chemicals and devices are rising. With the advent of the deceptively worded long-acting reversible contraception altered endometrial structure the reality is the preborn baby cannot implant. The human embryonic child starves to death. No politically correct words can change the reality. It is an abortion.
12.20.2015 Texas Right to Life reports: Because of a statute called the "Texas Advance Directives Act" that denies a patient all due process rights, a criminal on death row in Texas has more rights than a patient in a Texas hospital. The criminal can appeal his death sentence. For a patient receiving life-sustaining care, a hospital committee can decide whether to continue that care. The committee is final arbiter over the fatal sentence and the decision to kill a patient can be made without any recourse to appeal the death sentence imposed by the committee. The father of a child with Down syndrome recently wrote, "The most imminent threat to the existence of human beings is the climate of death poisoning society, and I pray that our broken, misguided global community will soon change to a climate of life that warmly embraces our most precious, priceless gift—human life.”
12.13.2015 Does all life matter? The answer would seem obvious. However, because of never-ending "politically correctness", Christians who would claim that it does are bullied in the press, on electronic media and social media as being insensitive at best and being bigots and haters at worst. The claim against Christians who say "all life matters" is that when they do so they intend to exclude, minimize and victimize some segments of the American demographic. This is blatantly false anti-Christian rhetoric. Christians turning to God's Word find Christ Himself explaining why He came down from heaven to be among us. He said, "I came that they might have life and have it abundantly". If life, all life, didn't matter, would He have come?
12.06.2015 In Saint Benedict's time, communities were formed to answer the evil of his day. To combat it, to resist it, to militate against it. Saint Benedict and those who followed him realized that when light militates darkness, the light is always victorious---but the light needs to be brought into the darkness. As we watch the news on any day, it is rife with examples of how the human person is under attack. The killing fields of ISIS to the death chambers of Planned Parenthood are our modern examples of evil on a supernatural level. As defenders of all human life, our mission must be to bring the light of Christ into our world's darkness.
11.29.2015 Depending upon which faction's political agenda we are hearing at the moment, the "greatest civil rights battle of our time" has been variously defined as the legalization of marijuana, or so-called transgender rights, or redefining Biblical marriage or fundamentally transforming our system of education. Each of these supposed "battles" benefit people who have been blessed with the most fundamental and pivotal right of all---the God-ordained right to life---the right denied by an immoral judicial decision to more than 60 million preborn children since 1973. St. Paul told us "We ought to obey God rather than man." Any man-made law that is contrary to our Constitution and God's law is void. God orders civil authorities to protect the innocent through justice. (Rom. 13: 3-4)
11.15.2015 It is a heart wrenching fact that each day our lives are filled with images and words describing new acts of terrorism. Though we might not think of our work in the pro-life arena as combating terrorism, think about this: the pro-death terrorists have targeted the black community for decades and their genocidal mission continues virtually unabated. Murdering black children by the millions is terrorism, and the deadliest and ugliest example of racism this nation has ever seen. While Planned Parenthood is an "equal opportunity" killer, they specifically target the black community for extinction under the guise of health care.
11.08.2015 As we advocate to keep our laws protecting each citizen consistent with the biblical truths upon which America was founded, we are often chastised with "You cannot legislate MORALITY." Sadly, our adversaries have been successful in legislating the corollary IMMORALITY---murder of the preborn---euthanasia---unions contrary to Jesus' definition---denying religious freedoms and rights of conscience.
11.01.2015 We still hear the statement from those in cowardly denial about the reality of abortion, "I am personally opposed but I won't impose my religious beliefs on others who believe differently." In an earlier time in America's history many slave owners thought they had the right to do anything that they chose to their slaves. Where would our nation be if those who were "personally opposed" to slavery had said, "I don’t believe in slavery, but you guys do whatever you want."?
10.25.2015 Every day we hear of the dismemberment of children in the womb diabolically mislabeled as "reproductive rights". Abortion has nothing to do with reproduction. Abortion has to do with killing a human being who has been defined by law as a non-person. The Supreme Court in 1973 legalized abortion by writing the opinion that the word “person” in the US Constitution did not apply to the unborn. The same court ruled in the Dred Scott case in 1857 that the word “person” did not apply to black slaves. The German courts ruled in the 1930’s that the word “person” did not apply to Jews. In America, we have added a third class of humans to the “nonperson” category. Our Supreme Court, by ruling that abortion is the "law of the land", put America on the side of former slavery supporters and Nazis.
10.18.2015 HELP joined thousands of others across the nation to make known the barbaric practices of Planned Parenthood. The speeches offered by the clergy and supporters were poignant and stirred the conscience of those gathered. One speaker stood out. That was a "silent" speaker represented by a tiny coffin and borne by a young man followed by four young flag bearers and a young woman holding a bouquet of flowers. As the strains of "Amazing Grace" were played on bagpipes, the casket arrived center stage, and from the crowd came somber silence and even tears. This "speaker" represented the 60 million babies created in God's own image and likeness whose voices have been forever silenced. This "speaker's" message should be seared into the hearts of Christians and recalled each day.
10.11.2015 Christians believe that intentionally causing the death of an innocent human person is murder and in violation of God's Commandment. In 1994, Oregon approved a "Death With Dignity Act" making euthanasia legal. Christians believe that marriage can only be between one man and one woman. When a Christian couple who own a bakery declined to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding because they believed doing so made them complicit in an act that violates the tenets of their faith, an Oregon court levied a huge fine that will destroy their business. This week in Oregon 10 people were summarily executed with a gunshot to the head when they identified themselves as Christians. When Christian beliefs are no longer tolerated, it is only a brief time until Christians are no longer tolerated.
10.04.2015 Watching the videos of Planned Parenthood managers negotiating the sale of body parts of preborn children, it is not an unusual reaction to become angered at the sight. And, perhaps even to feel guilty because of the intensity of our anger. St. Thomas Aquinas, a Doctor of the Church, had an observation about this kind of situation. "He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral. Why? Because anger looks to the good of justice. And if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust."
09.27.2015 The legislation to defund Planned Parenthood passed the House. Its passage is being acclaimed by politicians and national pro-life groups. The bill is seriously flawed. Its language creates a class of human beings who are excluded from protection by the bill. It defunds all abortions except those of children conceived in rape or incest. For these children, their dismemberment will continue unabated. These children face execution solely for the sins of their father and killing them will still not "un-rape" their mother, will serve to destroy the evidence of the violent crime to which she was a victim, and will protect the criminal who committed the crime.
09.20.2015 Even after the atrocities of killing preborn babies for their body parts has been made public, Planned Parenthood and its defenders continue to confuse the reality by an endless barrage of deceptive slogans. "Right to Choose", "Women's Health Care", "Reproductive Rights" among them. Planned Parenthood's founder, Margaret Sanger, and her fellow genocidal eugenicist explained why the deception works. “The receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.” – Adolf Hitler
09.13.2015 In the aftermath of the recent Oberfeldt decision on, Matt Staver has updated Martin Niemoller's famous quote from WWII. "First they came for the adoption industry, but I did not speak out because I did not do adoptions. Then they came for the wedding photographer, but I did not speak out because I did not photograph weddings. Then they came for the baker, but I did not speak out because I was not a baker. Then they came for the florist, but I said nothing because I was not a florist. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me." Just as our silence has brought the death of 57 million preborn children. Silence about the loss of our religious freedom will bring about the death of the free exercise of our faith. It is time for our silence to end.
09.06.2015 It is not uncommon to hear of a prenatal diagnosis made when testing that shows the possibility of some sort of defect if a pregnancy is allowed to continue to term. And, increasingly, the recommendation is made to end the baby's life. The happier case is when parents choose instead to trust God and ask for prayers. Very often these diagnoses turn out to be in error and the babies are born without a sign of the diagnosed defect. The frequency of such situations prompts the question, "With the technology available to medical professionals, how can they be so wrong and so often?" Another more likely explanation is that our all powerful and all merciful God heard the fervent prayers offered in Jesus' name and answered those prayers. After all He did say, "Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do.." (John 14:13)
08.30.2015 The killing of preborn children and the abomination being perpetrated by Planned Parenthood---the sale of baby organs, even entire bodies and the removal of the brain of a baby with a beating heart have been verified with undercover videos taken by the Center For Medical Progress. Knowing what we now know, we need to commit to our Christian duty to protect innocent life. We are at a crossroad in our Churches and our nation. As William Wilberforce who tirelessly fought slavery said of that shame, "Sir, the nature and all the circumstances of this trade are now laid open to us; we can no longer plead ignorance. You may choose to look the other way but you can never again say you did not know."
08.23.2015 The horror that has been revealed in the videos of Planned Parenthood executives discussing how they will alter their "procedures" to best provide parts of aborted babies is almost too shocking to mentally process. In this week a presidential candidate, a "talking head" from a cable network and numerous pro-deathers have each opined, "Since the baby organs, tissues and parts are available after abortion, it would be a waste to discard and not use them." This is the same logic that was given voice when the Nazis had other prisoners recycle the shorn hair and pry the gold from the teeth from the corpses of exterminated Jews. When we are not repulsed by this fiendish logic, what have we become?
08.16.2015 If you are disturbed or outraged over the news coverage of Planned Parenthood harvesting and selling baby body parts (heads, arm, legs, eyeballs) and organs (livers, hearts, kidneys, spleens, brains) your anger is justified! But the real problem is that we have places where parents can take their children to be killed! What you can do; First and foremost, Pray! Second, join faithful Christians all over the country as they peacefully stand against Planned Parenthood and their demonic agenda, on Sat. August 22nd from 9:00 am till 11:00am. We will allow our voices to be heard at our local Planned Parenthood at 25350 Rockside Rd. Bedford Hts., Ohio. Please join us! If you need more information call HELP at 440.497-7498.
08.09.2015 Life begins when the chromosomes of the sperm fuse with those of the ovum, forming a distinctive DNA complex that controls the new organism’s growth. This growth process continues unless a natural accident interrupts it, or it is ended by the sort of deliberate violence Planned Parenthood sells even, as we now know, to the point of harvesting tissue and organs from preborn babies for profit. Through our taxes each year, even if we disapprove, American citizens support Planned Parenthood's "Church of Choice ". Oliver Wendell Holmes said, "Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society". Today our taxes finance murderous barbarism accompanied by the ongoing deafening silence and apathy of Christians. God have mercy on us for allowing this to continue.
08.02.2015 The recently released videos from inside Planned Parenthood reveal not just what they are doing. They show what America is doing. This is not mere tissue removal. Cysts don’t have livers, legs, hearts, and lungs. The nation was lied to, and the sellers of baby parts got away with it, because the nation wanted to be lied to. Treating babies as mere tissue was a sexual convenience for a lot of people, and a cold cash opportunity for the likes of Planned Parenthood. May God use these hideous videos to bring us to the response of David to Nathan in (2 Sam. 12:13). “We have sinned against the Lord”---For truly we have.
07.26.2015 Planned Parenthood is a blight on our nation. It is bad enough that they promote perverted sexual activity in their programs for school children as young as kindergarten, that they kill babies, and harm women but they were caught red-handed selling aborted baby body parts for profits. When even a ray of light enters a darkened room the darkness goes away. Also, sun light is a powerful disinfectant. As gut-wrenching as their evil marketing of baby parts is to speak of, the story is predictably not being covered in mass media. Talk about this to everyone you know. Demand that our tax dollars not be spent to promote this hideous evil . Now is not the time for silence.
07.19.2015 Here is a grim task. Identify the victims of the harshest discrimination---the most hated group in America. It is a sad commentary on our culture that several groups might come quickly to mind. But, if the sheer number of deaths resulting from the hatred is the measure, preborn Americans, 57 million of whom have been killed in the past 42 years, easily lead all other groups. Amidst this depressing bad news this week came wonderful news. On two successive days in front of the Preterm abortion mill, faithful sidewalk warriors praying on the sidewalk reported two saves---women who after being counseled, chose life instead of dismemberment for the children they were carrying. Praise God!
07.12.2015 Shouldn't we be asking ourselves why do we allow this to continue year after year? Funding the killing of innocent Americans is not a Constitutional function of our Federal government. To quote Thomas Jefferson,
"The care of human life and happiness,
and not their destruction,
is the first and only object of good government."
Since 2007, the "non-profit" Planned Parenthood has received $3.6 billion in taxpayer dollars. During fiscal year 2013-2014, Planned Parenthood received more than $528 million in taxpayer funding, or more than $1.4 million per day, in the form of government grants, contracts, and Medicaid reimbursements. Taxpayer funding accounts for 41% of Planned Parenthood’s overall revenue.
07.05.2015 On Friday June 25, 2015 defenders of innocent human life gathered at Planned Parenthood in Bedford Heights to focus public attention on the atrocity of abortion that takes place there. Leaving that location we proceeded to the sidewalks at two separate facilities owned by one of the two major "health care" providers in our area. The witness at the second and third stops was scheduled because those institutions train doctors to kill preborn children. Their mission statements include the words "To Heal". How does "To Murder" fit with that? Physicians dismembering children is not health care.
06.28.2015 The colloquial phrase, a "skeleton in the closet" is an idiom to describe a shameful and hidden piece of information. If one were to search the websites of either of the two prominent hospital systems in NE Ohio, listed is a myriad of accomplishments and accolades about the both of these institutions and their various staff and allies. All wonderful and deserving high praise. Nowhere on either site is there to be found the shameful secret that both of these institutions are in league with the Ryan Residency Program financed by a powerful progressive billionaire's family foundation. The Ryan Program partners with both of our hospital systems to train doctors to murder preborn babies. We know that it's not acceptable to do even a "little bit of evil" to accomplish good. Dismembering preborn children could never be described as a "little bit of evil.
06.21.2015 Pro-lifers in general and Catholic Church teaching specifically are often criticized by the "pro-choice" crowd as deniers of a woman's rights. One particular charge leveled is that opposition to In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is hypocritical by denying women the ability to have children even charging it is contrary to God's purpose for humanity by "discouraging new life". The truth is that there are other ways to promote fertility, naturally and morally, that don't involve treating women's bodies as farms, and treating babies like a litter where one is picked to live and the rest are discarded like trash. The chief alternative is NaPro Technology and is a proven much less costly and moral alternative that should be explored by couples dealing with fertility issues.
06.14.2015 A total of 1,448,566 soldiers fighting for freedom died in all of the wars of American history from 1861 to the present. If each were buried in a cemetery with the capacity of Arlington National Cemetery, four such cemeteries would exist. If each child killed by abortion since 1973 were buried in a place with the same capacity (400,000), we would need 143 Arlington sized cemeteries However, there are no national cemeteries for these other Americans who have given their lives for freedom's sake - the 57 million babies that were sacrificed so that their mothers could be "free" to live the life of their "choice."
06.07.2015 Displays of white crosses can be seen on church lawns at various times throughout the year. The putting up these crosses to mourn the American abortion holocaust is meant as a demonstration of alarm. Now 57 million innocent children have died. It is not much and it may not be the method that all are in favor of doing as a pro-life act, but it is something and it reminds us that we all must give witness to the Gospel of Life. The displays are not to condemn or to judge or blame anyone. We pray for repentance, healing, love and good change to come to all of us. The message of the white crosses is the message of The Cross – it’s the mercy of Christ and the hope of Christ’s reign. Not the rule and slavery to sin and death – Christ offers freedom from that.
05.31.2015 Far too often today, Americans dismiss as "politics" issues such as abortion, same-sex attraction, and even religious freedom and refuse to admit that these subjects are not "politics" at all but are rather individual battlefields where our faith, freedoms and our families are being assaulted daily. We are losing these battles to the secular culture. Being apathetic and not engaging is fraught with risks for the individual and for our nation. A quote by Sr. Lucia's speaks to this point. "For the sin of the person, the person is responsible and pays for it, but for the sin of the nation all the people pay for it because rulers who enact unjust laws do so on behalf of the people who elected them."
05.24.2015 In Arthur Miller's 1953 partially fictionalized play The Crucible about the Salem witch trials, John Proctor's wife Elizabeth being accused of witchcraft is only saved from death due to her pregnancy. Comparing how our culture from over 300 years ago valued preborn life to today provides a stark contrast. At the end of the 17th century a nascent human life was so valued that a mother's life was spared to prevent harm to the baby she carried in her womb. In the early 21st century, innocent preborn life is so devalued that 1.2 million times each year it is removed from its mother's womb when it is deemed inconvenient for it to continue. Merciful God, Your blood poured out over our sins and the sins of world. We pray for Your mercy, for an end abortion and that You send revival to Your Church and to America.
05.17.2015 The so-called "Right to Choose" is a concept we tend think of as one side of a debate over whether it is acceptable for the state to codify as law the absolute legal right of one citizen to have another killed in order to solve their own personal, social or economic problem. In the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates, Mr. Douglas defended the state's right to choose slavery, another moral evil, as an acceptable practice. Abraham Lincoln’s answer comes down to us ringingly clear. His reply was "No one has the right to choose to do what is wrong." Today it would be difficult to find proponents of the "wrong" of enslaving other humans. It is a sad commentary in modern America that finding proponents of the "wrong" of killing preborn children is not equally rare. Murder violates God's Commandment. God's judgment will be visited upon individuals and nations alike. Surely God's justice will not sleep forever.
05.10.2015 Montana HB 479 would, as long as the mother consents, prohibit abortion of a preborn child that is 20 or more weeks without administering anesthesia for pain relief. The bill awaits the governor's signature. God has been very clear. Murder is forbidden even if man decides that the killing may be permitted when a drug is given to dull the pain of dismemberment. Sadly, this bill was offered by a "pro-life legislator" and has the support of most national pro-life groups including a prominent "Catholic" group. The good intentions of those in favor of the bill are irrelevant. The end result is late term killing of babies. This is a choice made by mere humans to ignore God's law. . A Nigerian Bishop has observed, "I believe there are three groups of people in this world: those who believe in God, those who do not believe in God, and those who think they are gods." Supporters of this bill would seem to fall into the last group.
05.03.2015 Ever think about how destroying preborn children came to be called "health care"? Our use of the politically correct term when referring to abortion mills as abortion "clinics" has driven the false narrative deep into the language of our culture. When we use the euphemism "clinic" we unintentionally give a respectability to the real atrocities taking place within the walls of these places. The awful reality is that innocent children are being subjected to inhumane and painful dismemberment. A clinic is a place where true "health care" is administered. It is not a place where people are intentionally executed.
04.26.2015 Seeing my Precious Feet pin that shows the exact size of the feet of a 10-week-old preborn child, a bank teller asked me why I wore it. I replied it was to make people understand that even at that early stage, it is a human baby. She said, "I never thought of it that way." Her response showed how we have allowed our culture to frame the debate. In the political season, press coverage about which politicians are claiming to be pro-life helps to fashion the argument that rather that being a moral issue, killing preborn infants is a political issue. Before entering the voting booth, we should ponder Fr. Frank Pavone's advice when he cautions, " We should elect public servants who understand their job is to serve the public not to kill the public."
04.19.2015 Increasingly, Christians are assailed with the message from the God-less culture "stay out of the public square and keep your thoughts about marriage, religious freedom, and the dignity of human life to yourselves." The reality is society really will miss us if we are cowed into a privatized faith that keeps religion safely inside the four walls of our churches. Outside of church walls America has plenty of Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, and Catholic hospitals, food kitchens, rescue missions, adoption agencies, and disaster relief organizations but have you ever seen any similar organizations run by Buddhists, atheist, or New Age adherents? After laying out exactly what He expected us to do in Matthew 25, Christ sounded the "the starting pistol" in Matthew 28 as He commanded, "Go therefore..." and that is what His Church on earth must continue to do.
04.12.2015 At the Kapiolani Medical Center in Honolulu, HI, the University of Hawaii is recruiting patients as young as 14 for second-trimester abortions to determine how much they bleed during the procedure. Researchers experiment by either providing or denying intravenous oxytocin to abortion patients. Oxytocin is commonly used to minimize blood loss and decrease the risk of hemorrhage. However, some doctors are concerned that denying oxytocin during surgery may put patients, especially teen girls, at risk. Women deserve better than to be treated like lab rats in a procedure too reminiscent of Nazi concentration camp experiments.
04.05.2015 On March 25, 2015, the Ohio House passed the Heartbeat Bill that would protect the lives of 90% of the children of abortion minded women. The usual tiresome false rhetoric was immediately heard from the pro-death side that this was just one more part of a "war against women". Read what the leader of the fight to pass the Amendment that finally gave women the right to vote, Alice Paul, once said---"Abortion is just another way to exploit women," a sentiment she shared with many other early advocates of genuine women's rights.
03.29.2015 Recently, the controversy over vaccines received wide coverage in the news media and on the internet when an outbreak of measles was blamed on individuals who chose not to vaccinate their children. Strong opinions were heard on both sides. Lost in the coverage was the fact that Merck Pharmaceuticals uses human cell tissue from aborted children to create many of their vaccines including their Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. At one time, Merck produced an alternative MMR vaccine that did not use human cell tissue. They have ceased production of the alternative. Wherever individuals side in the vaccine debate, one thing we should all be able to agree upon is that vaccine producers should STOP using human cell tissue derived from aborted babies to create their vaccines.
03.22.2015 Sexual predators love Planned Parenthood (PP). A study by PP reveals that the highest rate of unintended pregnancies occurs between young teen girls and adult males at least six years older. PP constantly strives for these teens to have unfettered access to contraceptives and abortions absent any parental notification. They never express concern for harm suffered by these girls who, by their own admission, were coaxed “involuntarily” to have sex, and who, as studies have proven, suffer much higher rates of STD’s, cervical cancer, and infertility. PP's operating philosophy ensures the predation will continue unabated to wreck the lives of young women.
03.15.2015 Christmas, 1942, saw a fake railway station that featured a clock with painted numerals permanently indicating 6 o'clock, ticket windows and various timetables, and on the wall arrows indicating train connections "To Warsaw" and other cities. The sinister purpose of this was to lull the arriving victims into believing that they had actually arrived at an interim transit camp. On March 21, 2014, a young mother carrying a 24-week-old child was similarly diabolically distracted as she proceeded into the Preterm abortion mill. Likely she heard, "We provide safe, compassionate abortion care. You can relax in our comfortable waiting rooms with quiet areas. You can take advantage of our Reflection Room that is open for thought and prayer." Seventy-three years ago, mothers and their children did not know that their lives were about to end at Auschwitz. A year ago, neither did Lakisha Wilson who would die from a botched abortion in Cleveland.
03.08.2015 That same "logic" is being increasingly applied as a reason for ending the life of elderly persons. Under the guise of palliative care, it is a growing practice in some facilities, with or without the complicity of the families, to administer "terminal sedation" or more accurately, "late term" abortion for the elderly. Antibiotics are delayed or not given for easily treatable infections. Add starvation, dehydration and terminal sedation. Abortion completed. Everyone is saved anxiety, money and hassle. Except, perhaps, the patient. But he is drugged, so whatever objections he may have had, no one ever has to hear them. Welcome to the realities of the culture of death.
03.01.2015 Since the 1960's we have heard that "birth control" liberates women. As the deadly chemistry has advanced, abortion supporters now celebrate the fact that girls of any age have unrestricted access to the abortifacient morning-after pill. The reality is that the male oppression that abortion on demand makes possible allows men to have relations with multiple women and even prey on minors, and walk away without any legal or moral repercussions. Catharine MacKinnon, an influential feminist scholar, summarized the situation best when she wrote: abortion "does not liberate women; it frees male sexual aggression."
02.22.2015 Legislators, writing man's laws dealing with abortion, frequently seek to enumerate the circumstances and conditions under which some abortions will be permitted. The absolute moral imperative in God's law about the shedding of innocent blood, "Thou shall not murder", is explicit. Why then should we think that it is OK to put a question mark where God has put a period?
02.15.2015 Pro-Lifers who do not agree that abortion to "save the life of the mother" is legitimate are portrayed as insensitive, uncaring and worse. The common deception that abortion is sometimes necessary to save the life of the mother is totally false. While there are maternal health risks that require a treatment that can cause the indirect and unintentional death of an unborn child, the intention in these procedures is first and foremost to save the life of the mother. If a physician must perform a procedure that indirectly causes the death of her unborn child, this is not an abortion where the direct intention is to end the life of a human being. The destruction of a preborn child never saves its mother; procedures that may lead to a child's death may save the life of the mother.
02.08.2015 Today a prenatal prognosis of virtually any fetal anomaly turns into a death sentence as the womb becomes a hunting ground for the disabled child who has no means of escape. If he survives birth, starving a disabled child to death is euphemistically mislabeled "comfort care". Lethal overdose by a doctor in an assisted suicide is called "death with dignity". Not long ago in our nation those who were weak, sick, and without hope were given help not put to death. What if we have exterminated the best among us? What if they were the smartest, kindest, most beautiful souls? What if they were saints? How would America be different if the millions of people that we have destroyed instead would have lived?
02.01.2015 When considering the worth of any so-called "Pro-Life" legislation. We should evaluate whether it is morally consistent with Christian teaching . Jesus left the ninety-nine to save the one---a beautifully simple Truth. (Luke 15:3-7) Additionally, God's admonition found many times throughout the Holy Bible, "Thou shall not murder" is never followed by an asterisk. The meaning is unequivocal. There are no exceptions period. No amount of parsing can alter the Truth contained in Luke's example of the Lord's intention that we must protect the most vulnerable among us nor can it change the absolute nature of His Commandment.
01.25.2015 If we were asked to speak up for victims of sexual assault or elder abuse would we even have a second thought about doing so? Assume a theoretical business existed in all 50 states whose primary "service" was to promote child molestation, which was protected as a "right" by activist courts and was funded by our tax dollars, would there not be a deafening outcry across America for justice? Planned Parenthood reports that for their past fiscal year, they surgically killed 327,653 preborn children, an increase of 487 over the previous year. The rate works out to one murder every 90 seconds. Unlike the probable outcome resulting from the theoretical business above, few show the outrage the existence of Planned Parenthood deserves. Instead, the silence is deafening.
01.18.2015 When we examine our conscience, we consider both things done and things not done---"What I have done and what I have failed to do." Apathy to America's 41-year-long slaughter of the innocents year is perhaps the most glaring example of our failure. Pope Francis recently spoke about those whose voices are forever silenced. " My thoughts turn to all those children today who are killed and ill-treated ... infants killed in the womb, deprived of that generous love of their parents and then buried in the egoism of a culture that does not love life .... Even today, their impotent silence cries out under the sword of so many Herods. On their blood stands the shadow of contemporary Herods.
01.11.2015 Another front in the culture wars - Remember "Trick or Treat for UNICEF"? It started in 1950 and continues "as a way to help kids who need more than candy". Since then, children all over America have gone door-to-door on Halloween with UNICEF collection boxes, calling out , "Trick or Treat for UNICEF!" Since 1950 American kids have raised more than $170 million. Recently the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) released a Position Paper on "sexual orientation and gender identity" where it officially (1) endorses legal recognition of same-sex couples, (2) urges the repeal of laws that restrict promoting homosexuality among children, and (3) promotes "changes in social norms" regarding homosexual behavior - and all these billed by UNICEF as a way to "protect children's rights and best interests."
01.04.2015 As we focus on spiritual warfare locally, it is easy to lose track of the global fronts in the battle. It is important to note that no UN treaty mentions abortion, nor obliges countries to make youth vulnerable to adults offering sexual and reproductive services. And yet, per the recently released report of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) and as children are abducted and trafficked into prostitution, UNFPA questions laws criminalizing prostitution. As 1.5 million children die every year from diarrhea, UNFPA says what youth really need to be happy is abortion rights. And as developed nations strain beneath the burden of aging populations, UNFPA says Africa has too many children. Our American tax dollars fund this evil agenda.