Archive for August, 2010
I wanted to share with you two op-ed pieces by Charles Krauthammer. Well worth the read.
I was at the National Mall Saturday. It was a huge crowd, much larger than the “tens of thousands” reported by the MSM. I’ve been to many football games at the U of Tennessee, so I know what 100,000 people looks like.
For comparison purposes, I saw a photo (on the world-wide-interwebs) of an Obama election rally at the Gateway Arch (St. Louis), which was reported to be 100,000 people. I looked at areal shots of both venues (National Mall and Gateway Arch) at the same scale. The Beck crowd was many times larger in size, although perhaps not as dense in some areas. My best guess is 300,000 or more were there Saturday. No way the crowd was smaller than 200,000. I wouln’t scoff if you told me 500,000.
The remarkable thing about the crowd Saturday is that the rally got very little pre-publicity, except on Beck’s TV and radio shows. I’m on a bunch of e-mail lists and I frequently get appeals to do this or that, especially when somebody is trying to drive up numbers. I never once got an e-mail to come to the Lincoln Memorial. (I was there because I just happened to be in DC last week.) I wouldn’t have known about it if my wife hadn’t told me about it, so I was shocked to see so many people.
More important than attendance was the actual message. More on that later.
“Would you look at that?” he said, as we stood on the U of Louisville campus. Pastor Dave Daubenmire and I watched as professional pro-aborts desperately denied the truth staring them in the face. The students weren’t buying it.
“Every time Christians show up with the truth, we win.” But then Pastor Dave hit me where it hurts, “The only problem is, we Christians usually don’t show up.”
Jesus said the gates of Hell would not prevail against the Church (Matthew 16:18), but can we really apply that verse when the Church does nothing?
The biggest example of this is abortion. We have abortion in American because the “pro-life” church isn’t showing up. I’m not talking about the churches that are officially pro-abortion. I’m talking about just the churches you and I attend.
If you are reading this, you probably attend a church that claims to be “pro-life.” But is it really? An easy test to perform:
- Go to the nearest abortion clinic when the killing is going on. Count the number of your pastors/elders/church leaders that show up.
- Go to the next meeting of any pro-life endeavor in your community and count the number of your pastors/elders/church leaders that show up.
- Take a look at the budget of your church and add up the money spent on stopping abortion. Then add up the money spent on church-run sports programs. Then add up the money spent on making the music better on Sunday morning. If you add it up all over Knoxville, where I live, it will be a few thousand dollars to stop abortion, hundreds of thousands to run sports programming, and millions of dollars on the Sunday morning music. I’m not knocking music or sports, but I am wondering why full-time professionals are hired to run sports and music programs in almost every major church, but almost zero staff time is ever devoted to help stop killing babies. That despite the fact that approximately 1 in 5 women who aborts her baby identifies herself as a “born-again” or “evangelical” Christian.
- Take a look at the required core education curriculum of your church. It has to be on paper (or online) or it doesn’t count. Look for the mandated requirements for teaching middle and high-school students about abortion. Are there any such requirements? No? Then is it any wonder why so many of our children have abortions?
- As you evaluate the pro-life education requirements at your church, find out if photos/videos of aborted babies are mandated as part of the published curriculum. We hear from the students who grew up in “pro-life” churches all the time. Just recently, two student government leaders at Liberty University told me they were not commited pro-lifers until I showed them pictures of abortion. The “pro-life” church had hidden the truth from them, and they had never known nor cared because they had never seen.
So, is your church “pro-life”? What are you going to do about it?
P.S. A pastor recently told me that his church “works through” the local CPC that some of their members helped to start 20 years ago. Not sure what that means, but I do know it ain’t much. They were not interested in doing anything more. I can tell you that babies are dying in that church, but the pastor believes that their only responsibility to those babies is to send a few dollars to a pregnancy center across town. If I ever have a heart attack, I hope I’m not sitting in that church!
We are pleased to announce that a generous donor is willing to match your gift to CBR-SE / Pro Life on Campus. Not once. Not twice. But three times!
3-FOR-1 MATCHING PROGRAM!
That means for every $1 you provide, we receive $4 to save babies and moms.
Here’s how it works. When you sign up for an automatic monthly gift, our anonymous donor will match your first month’s gift—his $3 for every $1 you commit. Example: you give $60/month, our donor gives $180 today! Your $60 puts $240 to work saving babies and moms, right now! No gift will go unmatched; your $10 puts $40 to work! Please give now, before our donor goes broke and it’s too late! Here’s the page link. Then hit “Monthly DONATION” and provide the requested information over our secure connection.
Please pass this along to all your pro-life friends. If you care about saving babies and moms, this deal is too good to miss.
As 145 soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan walked through the double doors in Terminal D at DFW Airport last week for two weeks of R&R, they were greeted not only by their families, but by President George Bush and his wife Laura.
My letter to the Knoxville News Sentinel has been published:
Lots of comments already. I’ve responded to some of them. Please leave your own comments on the KNS website (if appropriate to the topic), and also below (to tell me what a smart guy I am)!
It’s so dry in Tennessee, …
- the Baptists are baptizing by sprinkling,
- the Methodists are using wet-wipes,
- the Presbyterians are giving rain checks, and
- the Catholics are praying for the wine to turn back into water!
It’s so hot in Tennessee, …
- birds have to use potholders to pull the worms out of the ground.
- the trees are whistling for the dogs.
- hot water comes from both taps.
- lizards jump into the fire to get under the shade of the skillet.
- the temperature drops below 95 F and you feel a little chilly.
- you break into a sweat when you step outside at 7:30 am.
- you realize that asphalt has a liquid stage.
- cows are giving evaporated milk.
- farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice so they won’t lay boiled eggs.
(Thanks to State Rep. Stacey Campfield and KNS/Charlie Daniel.)
Please forward this link to every pro-life student you know.
CBR / Pro Life on Campus and the Students for Life of America (SFLA) announce the 5th Annual Pro-Life Student Leadership Conference, to be held on September 10-11, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The theme for this years conference is Sharpening Your Focus to Cultivate a Pro-Life Campus. For more information, click here.
This Conference is about how to make your student pro-life group more effective on your campus. We show you how to:
- select projects that work,
- recruit members to grow,
- raise money to pay for projects,
- assert your First Amendment rights when they are threatened, and
- maximize media exposure.
Put them all together, and you have a comprehensive pro-life action plan for your campus.
In short, we give you the entire tool-box you need to make a huge and ongoing impact on your campus. If you do the things we teach, you will be the most talked-about student group on campus within a year, and number 2 won’t even be close. And we back that up with a money-back guarantee. Who else does that? And who else offers a conference for only $10, and that includes housing and meals?!
You can get more information and register here. Deadline for reserving free housing is August 28, so call now.
Check out this video on media fraud at the annual March for Life in Washington, DC. Look for the CBR truth truck!
I am stunned. This is the best and most encouraging pro-life story I’ve seen in a long time. I’m speechless. Check it out.
Not only are the Midland Catholics for Life doing a GREAT job, one TV station is willing to cover it.
Its right out of the CBR playbook. Educate people about the horrifying reality of abortion, and do it in such a way that compels the media to cover it. Create conflict—not uncontrolled conflict, but modulated conflict—that draws attention to the plight of the preborn child. Media might not like us, but they can’t resist conflict. Thank you Midland Catholics for Life!
The abortion photos on the billboard came from CBR. We provide graphic images to pro-life groups all over the world who (1) comply with our non-violence policy condemning all abortion-related violence and refusing to associate with groups or individuals who fail to condemn such violence, and (2) agree not to alter the images.
We give all glory to God, and we are so thankful he is using us in this way. Please share in our blessing by $upporting our work!
One of our wonderful supporters asked me how to respond to people who excused themselves from doing even the smallest thing to stop the killing (e.g, attend a pro-life event or contribute financially) by saying that “everybody has a different calling” or “it’s just one of many causes.” I suggested she might respond this way:
Regarding my request that you help with a pro-life activity that I am planning, you responded by saying that “not everyone has the same calling and that this is just one good cause out of many that you might help.” In addressing these statements, I need to ask you if you believe that every abortion kills a human baby? If not, then please say so because I don’t want to waste your time or mine. But if you agree every abortion kills a baby, then our nation is killing 1.2 million children every year. Do you really believe that stopping a Holocaust of this magnitude is just “one of many causes”? Can any Christian really do nothing at all?
There is some truth in your statement that God calls different people to different ministries. However, what would we say about a German Christian who did nothing to obey God’s commandment to protect and deliver the helpless being led away to slaughter (Proverbs 24: 11-12)? We might give that person a break, because for him, doing something might have meant execution. But what would we think of Germans who claimed to be Christian and did nothing to help stop the killing of Jews, if we knew it wouldn’t have been personally dangerous? I think we might have asked the same question that Martin Luther King, Jr. asked when he reflected on White Southerners who did nothing to stop racism. Dr. King asked ” What kind of people worship here? Who is their God? Where were their voices …?”
What do we say about the Priest and the Levite who passed the robbery victim on the side of the road (Luke 10-30-37)? I have heard many sermons on this parable, but never have I heard any pastor excuse the Priest and Levite by saying that perhaps they “had a different calling.”
What would we say of the person who saw a child drowning in a neighbor’s swimming pool and responded by saying, “I have never felt called by God to save drowning children, and it is, after all, only one of many good deeds I might do today.”
I am not trying to rearrange your life. But I am asking that you do something important for me. [What comes next depends on what you want the person to do.]
- [Help with a project:] If you agree that abortion kills a human baby, I am asking for a few hours of your time. Your small investment in this project will save babies that would otherwise be killed. Because a real baby’s life is at stake, I am compelled to ask you to reconsider and assist me with this project. Specifically, I want you to … (summarize the request). May I call you tomorrow?
- [Financial assistance:] If you agree that abortion kills a human baby, I am asking you to consider a small monthly financial commitment to help stop the killing. If you have cable TV, I wonder if you would consider a monthly gift equal to your cable TV bill. But any amount will save babies’ lives if it is offered regularly (monthly). May I call you tomorrow?
What do you think? Would this change anybody? Did it change you? If so, please click here!
Time Magazine has actually endorsed CBR/ProLifeOnCampus tactics! They published a photo of Aisha to (1) show people an injustice they could barely imagine and (2) communicate truth on an emotional level as well as a factual level. Sound familiar? That’s because we display photos of abortion victims for the very same reasons.
Time published the photo to support Obama’s Afghanistan policy (see earlier post). But more relevant to our pro-life work was the statement by Richard Stengel, Managing Editor of Time. I’ve extracted his most pertinent remarks:
Our cover image this week is powerful, shocking and disturbing.
I’m acutely aware that this image will be seen by children, who will undoubtedly find it distressing. We have consulted with a number of child psychologists about its potential impact. Some think children are so used to seeing violence in the media that the image will have little effect, but others believe that children will find it very scary and distressing — that they will see it, as Dr. Michael Rich, director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children’s Hospital Boston, said, as “a symbol of bad things that can happen to people.”
I showed it to my two young sons, 9 and 12, who both immediately felt sorry for Aisha and asked why anyone would have done such harm to her. [Who can forget the words of little 3-yr-old Donn Garton, who asked his mother Jean, “Who broke the baby?“—FAB]
But bad things do happen to people, and it is part of our job to confront and explain them.
The image is a window into the reality of what is happening… I would rather confront … than ignore. … I would rather people know that reality as they make up their minds …
We do it to illuminate what is actually happening … Our job is to provide context and perspective … What you see in these pictures and our story is … a combination of emotional truth and insight into … the consequences of the important decisions …
Wow. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
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