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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?

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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.