Archive for April 2009
Oh, so…”abortion is a blessing.”
What has always puzzled me about the Christian abortion advocate is how two positions can be held simultaneously: 1) The position that God calls each of us by name, brought us each into existence in a specific, loving act of creation, treasured just as we are and 2) this same God is either indifferent or enthused when the currette comes for the helpless one that has been, you know…loved into existence and is treasured just as she is…
I received a request about a month ago from Franklin Springs Family Media to preview their new film, The Terri Schiavo Story, hosted by Joni Eareckson Tada. I, of course, knew the details about Terri’s struggle and had even blogged about it in the early days of this blog. And I was informed that the 50-minute documentary film had won the Jubilee Award Winner as Best Documentary at 2009’s San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival.
But I wasn’t prepared for just how compelling The Terri Schiavo Story would be.
It is truly an excellent and very important film, one that I recommend for churches, Sunday Schools, pro-life groups, or even families and small group home showings like the one we hosted last night.
I wasn’t familiar with Franklin Springs Family Media, but I’m impressed with the range and tone of their catalog, and their vision statement, which includes the following:
And now our vision with Franklin Springs is focused squarely on producing original films that provide a picture of the exciting reformation that’s happening in families across the country – fathers serving and loving their families, mothers embracing the high calling of raising children, and children enjoying the adventure of growing up in a family seeking God’s best for their home.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has information, video, and links related to the move by the United States government to pressure health care providers who object to morally objectionable procedures like abortion. The deadline for the comment period at HHS is April 9.
It’s not just Catholic doctors, nurses and hospitals that are in the crosshairs, of course. But I appreciate the efforts by Catholics to stand up for the rights of those who simply don’t want to help kill anybody. (Isn’t that what it comes down to, really?)
hat tip: an ad in the sidebar at Studeo
Danielle Bean has a great new commentary over at InsideCatholic.com, in which she weaves together the death of Terri Schiavo, the death of Pope Paul II, and the birth of her son, all of which were happening at more or less the same time four years ago. (I especially like the bit at the end where she lets us have a glimpse of her son at four years of age.)
hat tip: DanielleBean.com
After Easter, God willing, I would like to start the process of turning this into a group blog. Is there any lady you would like for me to invite to be an author here? Or, for that matter, do you feel called to contribute here? If you know you’d only be able to blog in fits and starts, that’s OK. I think most of us understand the difficulties of juggling responsibilities. (And, besides, there is such a thing as spending too much time online, whether reading or writing…)
I’d like for the content of the blog to emphasize building a culture of life, but I don’t want us to ignore current events or imminent threats. I like to think that if we have several well-mannered authors, each with her own strong points, we should be all right.
Your prayers are appreciated, as I work my way forward on this.
Have a blessed Holy Week.
Do you know that the majority of high school teenagers consider themselves pro-life? But did you know that, by the time they graduate from college, the majority are pro-choice? This is not because college students learn the truth about abortion by any means! Rather, it is because they don’t know why they are pro-life in the first place, and so when they start to hear the very strong pro-choice presence on college campuses they start to believe that perhaps the pro-choice movement is right about abortion…
I’ve heard this elsewhere, by the way – that a lot of young pro-lifers are pro-life because it feels right to them, or because they feel sorry for the baby who gets killed, or because they feel sorry for themselves or others who lost a sibling to abortion. Since they’re basically flying by the seat of their pants, it’s often not all that hard to steer them into a new opinion, perhaps one based on feeling sorry for pregnant women who would rather be babyless.
(OK, so it’s not just young people who suffer from this sort of thinking. I know plenty of older pro-lifers who are a bit fuzzy on the moral reasoning.)
It’s clear that a lot of young pro-lifers seem to be solid as rocks on right and wrong, and are well-educated on the issues, and are well-prepared to defend the defenseless when the situation calls for it. But, like any of us, they can have their weak spots, too.
Bottom line: Kindly don’t assume that if your kids are pro-life, they’re basing their position on solid reasoning and firm foundations instead of emotion. Ask! You might be surprised (I hope you will be pleasantly surprised, but…).
Questions: Does your area have anything along the lines of Camp Joshua? Can you recommend other programs that build up young pro-lifers, and help them network with peers?
There are young women posing as young girls pregnant by older boyfriends – in other words, posing as victims of statutory rape. They record what Planned Parenthood staffers tell them.
They call their hidden camera investigations The Mona Lisa Project.
hat tip: Considerettes
There was a push to send empty red envelopes to the White House on March 31, to remind President Obama of the individuals whose lives were empty because they were killed in the womb. The tally of envelopes from people who signed up at The Red Envelope Project was 1,688,122! Baptist Press has more (they missed the tally, though, since they got their figures from Red Envelope Day, which seems to be one of several websites that sprang up independently, to rally support for the overall project).
I didn’t sign up anywhere, so my efforts aren’t in any tallies (unless the White House is keeping track). I did send a red envelope before March 31, and I have three more to send, at intervals. I intend to buy more envelopes, and to send them at intervals. I don’t want this to be a message that goes away after an initial push.
Please note: The Red Envelope Project has had to discontinue the use of that name. An organizer explains, at a new website he’s setting up:
Due to a trademark issue the Red Envelope Project website has been shut down. The trademark owners were generous enough to allow us to keep the site up until after the March 31st date but unfortunately it had to stop there. The final rough tally of envelopes sent or pledged was OVER 1.5 MILLION!!! Praise God for the number of envelopes flooding Washington! Keep up the prayers, and check back to see how things are moving on from the Red Envelope Project!
It’s not all bleak out there, by any means. Denny Hartford has been spending time with some remarkable young people.
… you get some blood-curdling ‘theology’. God help us.
The new Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massacusetts, has given a sermon describing abortions as a “blessing” for the women who undergo them. The Rev Katherine Hancock Ragsdale also thinks that the people who run abortion clinics are “heroes” and even “saints”.
Ms Ragsdale, speaking in Birmingham, Alabama, said that “when a woman becomes pregnant within a loving, supportive, respectful relationship; has every option open to her; decides she does not wish to bear a child; and has access to a safe, affordable abortion – there is not a tragedy in sight - only blessing.”
Here is the full text of her sermon. Do not, please, make the mistake of assuming that she is an unrepresentative extremist: liberal Anglicans in America are among the most fervent supporters of abortion in the world, outstripping even atheists in their enthusiasm for this gruesome procedure. Over to you, Ms Ragsdale:
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