Archive for June, 2010
Been wanting to do something about abortion in Knoxville? Believe in the power of prayer? Got an hour? If so, then I’ve got a deal for you! Pro-lifers from all over Knoxville are praying at the new Planned Parenthood abortion clinic every Friday, and they want you to come and stand with them. The new clinic is on Cherry Street, just a few blocks south of I-40. It’s easy to help:
- Click here.
- Sign in with your name and phone number. It’s easy.
- Pick an hour and sign up.
- Show up. Parking is available just across the street at Trinity Tabernacle Church of God, 2615 Washington Avenue.
I’ve heard it said that 80% of life is just showing up. If you’ve never been a part of pro-life activism, this is an easy way to get started! Here’s the link: www.40daysknoxville.com/vigil/
If your heart has been wounded by abortion, I’ve got good news for you! If you desire to bring healing to others, I have even better news! I want you to know about a great ministry of healing: Deeper Still. Deeper Still is a global outreach based in Knoxville.
The body of Christ has been left on this earth to bring good news of salvation to the afflicted, to bind up the broken hearted, and to set the captives free. Deeper Still is a ministry of God’s mercy and healing power, bringing healing and lasting freedom to abortion-wounded hearts.
If you want to bring the Deeper Still ministry to your community, your church, or your pregnancy center, here’s your chance. Deeper Still is hosting a training seminar in August, and you need to be there. The training seminar is on Friday-Saturday, August 6-7. The cost is only $65. By attending this seminar, you will:
- Gain – wisdom and understanding about the abortion wounded heart.
- Expand – your healing ministry skills.
- Become – envisioned to start a Deeper Still chapter in your church or pregnancy Center.
For more details, click here.
Teen attitudes about sex are changing, and the news ain’t good. Chuck Colson says that progress has stalled …”
… because contemporary sexual education and efforts to prevent teen pregnancy are constrained by two very bad ideas: the first is a strong aversion to telling kids that sex outside of marriage is wrong. … The other bad idea is treating teens like adults who, armed with “the facts,” will make the right choices. Any neurologist or social scientist or parent of a teenager will tell you that this isn’t so.
Read his full commentary and/or listen here.
Check out this video of Christians in Dearborn, Michigan. These are police officers actually shutting down the distribution of Christian literature on public streets.
These Christians did everything right. A few points:
- They are clearly acting within their First-Amendment rights. I’ll spare you all the court citations.
- They were filming everything until they were told to stop. Pro-lifers should always bring at least one video camera; but we recommend at least two. Video evidence will deter the police (or anyone else) from lying about the facts later. If you end up in court, almost anyone who gives testimony in court, including police officers, will describe the events in a way that puts himself in the best light. Video evidence will be critically important to authenticate your story. The camera don’t lie.
- These guys obeyed the authorities in every respect. It is much, much better to be a plaintiff in a civil action than a defendant in a criminal action.
- As I understand it, the Thomas More Law Center will be representing the Americans in bringing legal action against Dearborn and their Police Department. The Thomas More Law Center has done great work for CBR over the years.
- Usually, our encounters with police are trouble-free. The overwhelming majority of police officers are good people, but as activists, we have to be aware that (a) sometimes police officers are acting under orders from superiors who are frightened, ignorant of the law, and/or corrupt, and (b) there are some police officers who take pleasure in ordering people around just because they can. The best policy is to always obey the authorities and sue later. Over and over again, the courts have upheld our right to display abortion photos in public places.
- Where possible, we notify the police ahead of time before any of our activities. It’s not legally required, but it gives the civil authorities time to educate themselves on (a) our right to engage in First-Amendment activities and (b) our commitment and ability to defend our rights in court.
Please let me know what you think! Please comment below.
CBR equips pro-life activists all over the world. Here is our Russian affiliate displaying abortion photos outside the The Cathedral of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God at Kazanskaya Square in St. Petersburg.
In 1811-1858, the Kazan Cathedral was the main cathedral of the city. After 1932, when the cathedral was closed, the building housed the Museum of the history of Religion and Atheism. In 1991, services have been resumed.
For more photos and a full description (if you can read it), go to:
How would you encourage these brave pro-lifers in Russia? Please comment below.
You gotta love what Chris Cristie is doing in New Jersey. If he can pull it off, he could be a model for saving the national government as well. See his video below about the need to reign in the bully on the playground. In this case, the bully is the teachers’ union, who confiscates more than $620 every year from every teacher in New Jersey (totaling more than $100 million every year).
Gov. Christie is pro-life, but that wasn’t always the case. A few years ago, he was a pro-choice Republican. But in the late 1990s, he accepted an invitation to meet with Morris Co. Right to Life President (now CBR director) Bill Calvin and CBR Executive Director Gregg Cunningham. During this meeting, Christie saw prenatal development video and CBR’s graphic abortion video (Harder Truth, replaced now by Choice Blues). He asked a lot of questions. The impact of this meeting was reinforced later that year, when the first of his 4 children was born.
Fast-forward to 2009, when Christie put on his campaign website, “I am pro-life. Hearing the strong heartbeat of my unborn daughter 14 years ago at 13 weeks gestation had a profound effect on me and my beliefs …”
The abortion video is the key. I’ve seen it work, over and over again, with all kinds of people, in all kinds of settings. I pledge to you that I will never endorse nor support any candidate for any office (below President) who will not first watch with me a graphic abortion video. (Choice Blues is available on DVD and by streaming.)
In the video below, Gov. Christie is talking about the teachers’ union. It’s not about pro-life, but it is awesome. His strength gives me hope for America.
What do you think about Gov. Christie? Please comment below. And please send this link to your friends and ask them to comment as well!
Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 21. Former US Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, will speak at the Tennessee Right to Life banquet at the Knoxville Convention Center. There will be a special reception at 5:00 pm with the dinner starting at 6:30 pm. Tickets are available for both events.
Santorum was a pro-life champion in the Senate. In addition to his position as Senior Fellow at The Ethics and Public Policy Center, he is also a columnist, radio host, and Fox News contributor. He is considering a run at President. A father of 7 children, he authored the 2005 best seller It Takes a Family.
For more information, contact Tennessee Right to Life, Knox County Chapter at email@example.com or 865.689.1339.
What do you think about Mr. Santorum’s chances to be elected President? Do you think he should run? Please comment below!
Here’s an idea from our Florida Operations. It only takes a few minutes to convert an old VW van to a life saving education project, suitable for any outdoor pro-life event. Or even a drive down the road! Mike Schrimsher tells us how to do it:
We used 3 “S” hooks (like are used at each end of a bungie cord) to hang the signs from the rain gutter on each side of the van and removed the center aluminum post from each sign because it created an awkward pivot point. Other than the 6 hooks at the top, there were only 4 points of contact with the van, the 2 side posts on each sign and we used foam pipe insulation as a cushion to prevent scratches from rubbing at those spots. We could have also used rubber-coated hooks to cushion the contact points in the rain gutters. Maybe next time. We completed the process with one long bungie cord stretched under the van and attached to the center of both bottom sign rails and 4 short bungie cords were used to attach each bottom sign corner to the underside of the van. The sign did not begin to budge at all, even at 45-50 mph.
The best part was it only took about 5 minutes to assemble and take down the whole contraption and everything fits inside the vehicle. It’s like the VW van and 4×8 GAP signs were made for each other.
Check out this video of a TV news report about our Canadian CBR pro-life colleagues. They are in Lethbridge, Alberta. The TV report actually shows the abortion pictures very clearly in this report.
More and more, we are seeing post-abortive women who embrace the use of abortion pictures to encourage others not to abort. Such was the message from McKenzie Haun in this story.
There have been a number of pro-life billboards pop up in Knoxville over the past couple of months. This is my favorite. It’s at the junction of I-40 and I-640 (west end), visible from eastbound I-40.
It is clear to us at CBR that the church has ample resources to stop abortion. Yet you’d be hardpressed to find more than one or two churches in Knoxville that initiate any pro-life activity.
Every year, “pro-life” churches in the Knoxville area spend multiple millions of dollars to improve the production value of our music on Sunday morning. These same churches spend only a few thousand dollars to stop abortion, barely enough to salve the conscience. We spend thousands of paid staff hours organizing hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours on elaborate music programming, but we spend almost zero staff hours organizing almost nothing to stop the killing.
I’ve searched the scriptures diligently, and I find no instance where God chastened His people because their music wasn’t good enough. Yet God judged His own chosen people (Israel) because they were killing their own children:
[Because the inhabitants of Jerusalem have worshiped false Gods and burned their children in the fire as offerings to Baal] … I will make them fall by the sword before their enemies … and I will give their carcasses as food to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth. … I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and daughters [in the siege]. (Jeremiah 19: 4-9)
Even as 1 in 5 women who aborts her pregnancy identifies herself as an “evangelical” or “born-again” Christian (which means 1 in 5 men are also aborting their children), the church does little or nothing to stop the killing, even among their own members. If you want to stop the killing in your own church, check this out. Or this.
You probably haven’t heard of Andrea Bocelli. He plays piano and sings. Apparently, he’s right popular in some parts of the world. Probably not on the Opry. Anyhow, his mom was advised to abort him many years ago. They said he would be disabled. He tells his story below and sings a bit.
Course, he ain’t no Ronnie Milsap, but he plays pretty good. He ain’t from round here neither, and I can’t understand a word he says, so I asked my buddy Capt. James T. Kirk to bring his universal translator over to the house. (You know, the one that makes Klingons and Romulans sound like they grew up in Kansas.) Anyhow, the audio was broke, so all we got were subtitles. Enjoy!
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