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With the acquisition of a new iPod comes the Herculean task of loading it up with one’s CD library. One of the CD’s in my library is Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy and while I was ripping it, I perused the album notes.  By the way, like a fine wine, “Betterman” gets better with age.

Vitalogy

The copy of a petition is found in the album’s booklet. The lyrics to “Whipping” (one of the tracks) are written on the same page. It is my understanding that the song is a protest against the murder of David Gunn, an abortion doctor, by an “anti-abortionist”. Marilyn Manson also wrote a missive against this crime and correctly called this murder the “ultimate hypocrisy”. Wow Manson and I actually agree on something.

Here’s the petition:

PRESIDENT CLINTON,
I AM OUTRAGED BY THE SHOOTING OF DR. DAVID L. GUNN WHO PERFORMED ABORTIONS. IN SIGNING THIS PETITION I AM DEMANDING FEDERAL INTERVENTION INTO THIS PROBLEM. CERTAIN PRO-LIFE PROTESTERS ARE GOING BEYOND VERBAL PROTEST AGAINST DOCTORS AND PRACTITIONERS WHO PERFORM ABORTIONS AND THE WOMEN GOING TO GET THEM. I BELIEVE IN FREEDOM OF SPEECH BUT THEY ARE OBSTRUCTING WOMEN AND DOCTOR’S FREEDOMS WHICH ARE, PROTECTED UNDER THE LAW AS WELL. THESE PROTESTS ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS HAVE BECOME VIOLENT, CLINICS HAVE BEEN SET AFIRE AND NOW A DOCTOR HAS BEEN KILLED. PLEASE PUT A STOP TO THE HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE BEFORE MORE PEOPLE ARE HURT. — ED VEDDER

Let me be really clear, I’m not in the camp that believes doctors who kill unborn children perform abortions deserve to be killed.  Frankly, people in this camp frighten me especially those who identify themselves as followers of Christ.   It is a point of fact that we are all sinners and as such we all deserve death, but a patient, merciful and gracious God exists that brings us back to Him.

I find it interesting that Vedder was concerned that more people (abortion doctors) will be hurt unless then President Clinton takes action, yet Vedder (with his pro-choice stance) has no problem with status quo which allows for the the mortal dismemberment of unborn children.

Ironic

What do you think Alanis?

Our Dogs are Children, Our Children are Evidence

Please don’t misconstrue this post as another tired attempt at bemoaning how this country has gone into the toilet (to quote Chris Rock, “we’re losing everything”).

As if this nation was Utopia before certain ‘progressive’ elements imposed their worldview on the culture. It never was, it never will be, after all the literal meaning of Utopia is ‘no place’.

Let us also keep in mind what the Rob Bell (below) said.rob-bell1

His words are as follows,

Why blame the dark for being dark? It is far more helpful to ask why the light isn’t as bright as it could be

All that being said, check out the following story:

Miami abortion clinic owner threw live baby away, prosecutors say

If we can get past the contradictions in the headline and actually go into the story, it is acknowledged that the accused is alleged to

…delivering a live baby during a botched procedure and then throwing the infant away.

The child of course is dead, so what kind of charges is this woman facing? Involuntary manslaughter? Criminal neglect? Homicide?

No, rather “practicing medicine without a license and tampering with evidence.”

Where is Andy Rooney when you need him?

Powerful Video from Catholic Vote

I’ve had conversations with people who wholeheartedly support a mother’s right to hire a doctor to kill her child, and in these conversations I like to get a feel for the “reasoning” behind such a view.

One of the reasons that keeps popping up is economics. A typical scenario is laid out: Single mother who can’t take care of child, so why burden society? What kind of life will this child have?

So abort it, off with its head! Save us all the trouble of supporting this foolish woman’s “mistake”.  It was even deemed a good deed to do this.

Even when it is pointed out (and agreed upon) that the unborn child is a human being, that is viewed as an irrelevancy.  The woman’s right to choose and our pocketbook are inviolable and sacrosanct.

So with that, the following video asks us to imagine the case of an unborn child who will enter this world into a broken home (father leaves mother and child to fend for themselves), and to realize the possibility of what could be if abortion isn’t viewed as an option.

Also, check out this John Piper article,  Lincoln’s Logic on Slavery Applied to Abortion.

H/t: Justin Taylor

Planned Parenthood Movin’ on Up

Planned Parenthood recently announced their intention of building so-called clinics in more well-to-do places. This is outlined in the following story,

Extending the brand: Planned Parenthood hits suburbia

Noted Townhall columnist, Star Parker, wrote a piece in response,

Planned Parenthood and the ‘marketing of meaninglessness’

Definitely worth a read, here is a sample,

The article, “Extending the brand: Planned Parenthood Hits Suburbia,” discusses how the organization is mobilizing its now-considerable resources — a $1 billion dollar budget, with a reported $100 million-plus surplus — to build glitzy new multimillion-dollar centers and express outlets in malls — to reach women of means and everyone else.

Soon your daughter, too, can learn that the point of her life is her own pleasure and that other human beings, in or outside of the womb, are mere tools to be used toward that end. And, according to the organization’s president, Cecile Richards, they want to reach young men as well as women.

What, after all, is our national specialty if not marketing? So, as Starbucks is to coffee, as Wal-Mart is to volume sales, so Planned Parenthood is to nihilism.

Child is spared from Moloch’s Altar

Our culture tends to downplay the reality of sin, if it even acknowledges it at all. Sin has been a terribly integral part of the human experience almost as long as we’ve been on this planet, but it seems that at no other time in history has the reality of it been as questioned or downplayed as the present.

For example, when one commits adultery one has an “affair”. Greed is now the pursuit of the bottom line. Exploitation of laborers is smart business practice. Murder is now about “choice” or the “termination of a pregnancy”. Homosexuality is “sexual preference”, while fornication is about “taking the car out for a test drive”. A moment of frankness will reveal that Christians will buy into this mentality though we should know better.

In this story, Baby Miraculously Survives Abortion, Expected to Live ‘Normal’ Life, a child’s life was spared from death, a death requested by his own mother.

God indeed is merciful and has spared this poor child, why He chose to spare him and not the countless other children who have died at the altar of Moloch “choice” is something which we can surely ask Him if we so choose.

But pause must be taken to reflect on the fact that He sovereignly works out everything for His infinitely wise and perfect purpose. Perhaps further meditative reflection on His response to Job is warranted.

The following excerpt from the story reveals the reality of human depravity more than we’d like to admit (emphasis mine),

“I was on the (birth control pill) when I became pregnant,” Percival, 25, said. “Deciding to terminate at eight weeks was just utterly horrible but I couldn’t cope with the anguish of losing another baby.”

A short time after the abortion, Percival felt a fluttering in her stomach. She went to the doctor for a scan and discovered she was 19 weeks pregnant.

“I couldn’t believe it,’ Percival said. “This was the baby I thought I’d terminated. At first I was angry that this was happening to us, that the procedure had failed. I wrote to the hospital, I couldn’t believe that they had let me down like this.

“They wrote back and apologized and said it was very rare,” she added.

Obamamania and Emotionalism

“Hope must be grounded in objective truth otherwise it quickly becomes wishful thinking.” — Cal Thomas

The above quote is from Mr. Thomas’ latest offering,
“Misplaced Hope Can Be Dangerous” ,

in which he examines that which seems to be Barack Obama’s platform: hope (I would like to ask him what hope he can offer to the children sacrificed at the altar of “women’s choice”, but I digress).

Undeniably, Thomas’ words will be dismissed by those who have made up their minds on the basis of emotions, a terribly way to waste one’s God-given ability to reason.

I have personally seen the blind faith some place on this man who if we can just take a second to realize, is just a man. A moment’s further reflection will reveal that he is after all, a politician who well, is liable to say just about anything to get elected. It is worth noting that neither side of the aisle is immune from pandering to a certain demographic.

That unbelievers will buy into anyone offering such hope is understandable and to some extent, expected, after all if you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything.

That Christians are buying into this wishful thinking (or pie-in-the-sky rhetoric) is indicative of a larger problem. Somehow we have forgotten that our citizenship is in heaven not here on earth, and our hope does not stem from the lips of politicians (whatever the party) but from the Resurrection of our Lord.

Allow me to curtail any attempts to dismiss the Resurrection as ‘wishful thinking’ by directing the kind reader to the “Resurrection” tab at the top and by pointing out that the natural man does not (because he can not) understand the things of God, at least according to the Apostle, who actually saw the Risen Christ and gave his life at the order of Nero as a testimony to this.

The couple of people I have asked for a good reason to smoke what the good Senator is selling, cannot root their answer in objective truth. Their “reasoning” is derived from emotion and feelings, not bad things of course, but not things on which important decisions are to be based.

As Cal Thomas sagely points out (emphasis mine),

The writer of the New Testament Book of Hebrews says that, “faith is being sure of what we hope for” (Hebrews 11:1). What we see in Barack Obama is a man with great rhetorical skills, who is untested in battle. Many are projecting their hopes on him because he makes them feel good. What commander would put a low-ranking officer in charge of all troops during wartime? We are close to making Obama our commander in chief with no hint of how he might perform, other than to withdraw troops from Iraq.

If Mr. Obama says he will rebuild the temple in 3 days, I wonder how many of his disciples who dismiss the Lord’s Resurrection will believe him?

Is Gianna Jessen’s Survival from Abortion a Political Statement?

My dear wife volunteered at a Crisis Pregnancy Center before she had our son, and there she counseled expectant mothers who had an “unwanted” pregnancy.

Of course, given the fact that the Center is a Christian institution they did not encourage or even suggest abortion as a viable option, but neither did they coerce or pressure women who sought their services, despite what some so-called “pro-choice” activists might want the public to believe.

At some point, my wife ran across the story of Gianna Jensen and picked up a copy of her book, “Gianna: Aborted… and lived to tell about it”.

Recently, Townhall columnist Jon Sanders wrote a column,
“Aborted and Lived To Tell About It”, in which he writes about Gianna’s case (among other things).

He briefly retells Ms. Jessen’s story,

The most well-known abortion survivor is Gianna Jessen, who survived saline injection at seven and a half months. Jessen suffers cerebral palsy as a result, but she sings, runs marathons, and uses her example to fight abortion, traveling the world speaking out against the legal medical procedure that very nearly killed her. She has testified before state legislatures, Congress, and the House of Lords. Her amazing story can be read in Jessica Shaver’s book Gianna: Aborted … and Lived to Tell About It.

Sanders also retells what happened last year when Jessen appeared before the Colorado House of Representatives,

Last year Jessen made a memorable appearance before the Colorado House of Representatives. She was invited to sing the national anthem there by Rep. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch. Her affliction caused her to lose her balance, and her nerves caused her to falter, and everyone present joined with her to encourage her.

When she was done, Harvey introduced her to the chamber. He spoke of her cerebral palsy from a traumatic birth, her life in foster homes before being adopted, how she struggled even to lift her head, then crawl and walk, and how she now runs in marathons to raise awareness of cerebral palsy. Harvey called her a modern day hero, and Jessen received a standing ovation.

Harvey wasn’t done. On the docket that day was a resolution to honor the 90th anniversary of the Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood clinic. Harvey then revealed the cause of Jessen’s cerebral palsy: the failed abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic. He was gaveled down, of course, but he told the Speaker, “I just wanted to put a face to what we are celebrating today.”

House Democrats fumed. Majority Leader Alice Madden told the Denver Post that Harvey had been “amazingly rude to use a human being as an example of his personal politics.”

Personal politics? Are you kidding me? Do you think Gianna views abortion as “personal politics”?

Madden’s comment validates what the Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans,

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness…

Surely Madden suppresses the truth that abortion is murder any way you cut it, whether it is to salve her conscience or for political gain it makes little difference. Her dismissive comment demonstrates that supporting abortion is not primarily a sign of political malaise but of spiritual malaise.

Sanders also quotes Jessen in what is an all too apparent moment of clarity,

Jessen, who presumably would have known she had been used, told the Post, “We need to discuss the humanity of it [abortion]. I’m glad to be able to speak up for children in the womb. If abortion is about women’s rights, where were my rights?”

When outright murder is practiced and endorsed under the banner of “women rights” something is seriously wrong.

Some speak out (invoking justice) against the alleged torture of men who would seek to harm others, yet when it comes to the most helpless amongst us (the unborn), these same folk who cry out for justice, endorse the murder of these little ones, all in the name of “women’s rights”, of course.

Everlast Lyric and those Judgmental Christians

And then she heads for the clinic and she gets some static walkin’ through the doors
They call her a killer, and they call her a sinner, and they call her a whore.
–Everlast from “What it’s Like”

This song by former House of Pain member Everlast was huge back in my college days. No doubt about it the tune is catchy and well vastly different from anything that came from Everlast during his House of Pain days (wincingly I recall dancing to “Jump Around”).

When I first heard the song I was not a Christian and naturally assumed that Everlast was referring to them in the lyric above (the girl in the song is going to get an abortion). After all I was certain that all Christians were about, was looking down their collective noses at all the sinners right?

How could I not think that when the villain in one of my favorite movies, “The Shawshank Redemption”, was a hypocritical prison warden who had the Bible in one hand while laundering money with the other. Then there was the religious fanatic of another favorite of mine, “Se7en”.

It’s easy to set up caricatures of people you are naturally inclined to dislike, and who naturally likes those who are proclaiming that the only way to realize our purpose is to die to self and to live for God?

Unfortunately, many Christians (or at least those professing to be so) give folks plenty of ammunition to formulate and nourish this stereotype. Admittedly, in my worst moments I will do so as well, only to go rushing back to seek God’s forgiveness for besmirching the Name of His Son.

Speaking of whom, there is something Jesus said which is a favorite of people who dogmatically hold that Christians are nothing but hypocrites,

“He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” — John 8:7

Of course this is defensively cited anytime Christians assert that some particular vice is prohibited by God. The list of vices seems to shrink with the passage of time, and one can only wonder when people will start killing their children because they’re an inconvenience, oh that’s right, they call that choice.

When such people cite Jesus I’m sure they have the best intentions but it seems to me that they take the phrase out of context (I did) and omit the last thing Jesus told the adulterous woman, who was being treated unfairly and thus led Jesus to make the above statement.

Here’s what happened after Jesus uttered the bit about casting stones,

Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.

When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court.

Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?”

She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either Go From now on sin no more.”]

Yes, Jesus did not condemn her, leaving us the model for treating the “adulterous woman” of our times (like the girl in the Everlast lyric). Yet Jesus, while not condemning, told her “From now on sin no more”.

I wonder if the omission by the good-intentioned folk mentioned above is on purpose?

Dr. James Watson Makes Regrettable Comments

Dr. James Watson, who along with Francis Crick, “discovered” the double helical structure of DNA, with a little help from one of their friends, X-Ray Crystallographer Rosalind Franklin.

Watson and Crick won the 1962 Nobel Prize in Medicine for their groundbreaking work as well as worldwide acclaim.

Dr. Watson was to speak to an audience at the Science Museum, but his speech was canceled due to some ill-advised comments he made.

According to this story,

DNA pioneer Dr Watson, who discovered the double helix with Briton Francis Crick, has been roundly condemned for saying he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really”.

Also,

Dr. Watson was also quoted as saying that while he hoped all races were equal, “people who have to deal with black employees find this is not true.”

He also added,

there is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of people geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically.

Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so

Then of course, a statement to avoid the inevitable conclusion of his statements,

However, he said people should not discriminate racially, because “there are many people of colour who are very talented.”

These statements seem to be a racist’s dreams come true. One can almost see a collective “I told you so” from white supremacist groups.

I wonder if Watson realizes the import of what he allegedly said, and if he’s going to get Carleton Coon(ed) for said comments.  Probably not since Watson’s words will probably be dismissed as the ramblings of an old man.

Watson has also made other brow raising comments, according to this story,

In 1997, he told a British newspaper that a woman should have the right to abort her unborn child if tests could determine it would be a homosexual.

Wonder what Joel Ginsberg would say to that?

The “Gay Gene” and Abortion

Caught this story from the AP,

“Study Seeks Genetic Links to Being Gay”

An interesting item from it,

Many gays fear that if gay genes are identified, it could result in discrimination, prenatal testing and even abortions to eliminate homosexuals, said Joel Ginsberg of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association.

According to this statement from the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) website,

RESOLVED: that the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association supports the right of women to choose medical or surgical abortion, and be it further

RESOLVED: that the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association urges health care providers, in the context of a non judgmental sexual health history and when appropriate, to provide women with the full range of choices with regard to birth control so as to prevent unwanted pregnancy; and, if unwanted pregnancy occurs, with the full range of choices including abortion, and be it further

RESOLVED: that the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association affirms the right of all providers of reproductive health care to do their work free of harassment, intimidation, and danger.

I wonder how Ginsberg would mesh his statement in the AP piece and his organization’s statement?

If a prenatal test could reveal the sexual orientation of an unborn child (I know it sounds ludicrous but bear with me) and the expectant mother sought an abortion, would the GLMA then:

  • support the rights of this woman to choose medical or surgical abortion?
  • urge health care providers. to provide this woman (if saddled with this unwanted pregnancy because her child would be gay) with the full range of choices including abortion?
  • affirm the right of all providers of reproductive health care to do their work free of harassment, intimidation and danger, even from the GLMA itself?

I wonder if Ginsberg is “pro-choice”?

If so, I wonder if he realizes that he is now pro-life?