Archive for November, 2012
Your help is needed to stop an ObamaCare State Exchange in TN. From the Nashville Tea Party:
Governor Haslam must make a decision by December 14, and reports indicate he is still undecided. Please Join Nashville Tea Party and many other groups to raise our voices together and petition the Governor to Just Say NO to an ObamaCare State Exchange. We will have a petition for you to sign at the Rally. Please join us. Here is a map link. We will rally on the east side of the Tennessee State Capitol Building at 12:oo Noon on Wednesday, December 5.
When ObamaCare becomes the debacle that we believe is inevitable, we cannot allow ourselves to be in the position of taking the blame. If Republicans become the face of ObamaCare in Tennessee, we will be blamed. We cannot allow that to happen. Please do the following:
- Call Governor Haslam’s office: (615) 741-2001
- Contact Governor Haslam through his website: http://www.tn.gov/help/. Under “Choose a Topic”, select “MESSAGE TO GOV. HASLAM,” then type your message.
- E-mail Governor Haslam at email@example.com.
- Attend this rally on December 5.
More from the Cato Institute:
The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR), Southeast Region Operations, is pleased to announce the appointment of Brooke McGowan of Charlotte, North Carolina, as our newest Project Director, primarily responsible for projects in North and South Carolina!
Brooke is a recent graduate of New Life Theological Seminary in Charlotte, where she majored in urban ministry, with a concentration in Christian counseling.
As a child of a teenage mother who chose life for Brooke, despite a failed first marriage, she understands how easily she could have been another abortion statistic. Raised by her mother and stepfather to always protect those who cannot protect themselves, she sensed a calling to devote herself to pro-life work in response to God’s command, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven … In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.” (Matthew 18:10,14)
Brooke has been an active protester, sidewalk counselor, and prayer warrior in Charlotte. She even ministered to visiting attendees of the Democratic National Convention in September. She is already seeing fruit in the responses of those to whom she has ministered in the past several months alone.
Originally from Choctaw, Oklahoma (near Oklahoma City), Brooke has lived in Charlotte for 8 years. Before joining CBR, she was a clinic director for an infectious disease medical practice and an assistant real estate acquisitions manager. She is the mother to two girls, Shelby and Savannah. Brooke’s husband Sean is an accomplished author, schoolteacher, and chaplain.
Welcome aboard, Brooke! We’re expecting GREAT!
In a new low for perversion, Planned Parenthood tells teens that it’s OK to swallow, as long as ” you’re OK with it.”
Direct quote from PP website (link):
Is it okay if u swallow semen?
Whether or not it’s “okay” to swallow semen depends on whether or not you’re okay with it. There’s nothing unhealthy, wrong, or dirty about swallowing semen, as long as you’re comfortable with it.
It’s not possible to get pregnant from oral sex, whether or not you swallow. (That’s because your mouth isn’t connected to your reproductive organs.) But having unprotected oral sex (again, whether or not you swallow) can put both partners at risk for a number of STDs, including gonorrhea, hepatitis B, herpes, and humanpapilloma virus (HPV). For safer oral sex, use a condom to cover the penis, or a dental dam to cover the vulva.
Just what you would tell your teenager, right? Translated:
It’s OK to risk contracting a deadly STD, as long as “you’re okay with it.” There’s “nothing unhealthy, wrong, or dirty” about it. Might be deadly, but if “you’re okay with it,” then go for it.
Here’s what God had to say about it (Romans 1:18-32):
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
I’ve shown this photo to thousands of people … in homes and churches and meeting rooms. But I didn’t know the story behind the photo until I read it today. The piece was written by Frank H. Goodyear, III, assistant curator of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery. The man in the photo was identified as Gordon … only as Gordon … with no last name. Excerpts:
[Photography] also played an influential role in broadening the national debate about slavery. As this famous photograph suggests, photography was capable of communicating powerful ideas about the so-called “peculiar institution”—ideas that ultimately undermined the prevailing notion that slavery was a benign tradition. (emphasis added)
Recognized as a searing indictment of slavery, Gordon’s portrait was presented as the latest evidence in the abolitionist campaign. An unidentified writer for the New York Independent wrote: “This Card Photograph should be multiplied by 100,000, and scattered over the States. It tells the story in a way that even Mrs. [Harriet Beecher] Stowe [author of the 1852 book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin] can not approach, because it tells the story to the eye.” (emphasis added)
Link to entire story here.
Here’s a story in World Magazine about CBR’s very own Seth Gruber at Westmont College. Seth is a student at Westmont College and an intern at CBR.
The U.S. Constitution guarantees the activists the right to set up the [Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) abortion photo] billboards at public schools. But almost every private Christian college has turned them down.
Gruber’s had more conversations about abortion in the last 10 days than he had in the last two and a half years. And more people have offered to stand with him.
- FAB: Student defies “Christian” college, shows abortion
- Seth’s Blog: A Reflection of the First Display on Campus
- Seth’s Blog: Men and the Abortion Issue
- Christianity Today: Westmont College Tussles With Pro-Life Student
- FAB: Liberty University GAP/RCC – Day 1
- CBR’s Open Letter to Liberty University
- World Magazine: Link here to subscribe
Great photo in The Sunday Times of London! This photo of aborted babies was visible to more than 1 million readers!
Link here to article We Will Shock You. (You will need to pay a subscription fee to see the entire article.)
Notable quotations from the article:
The pictures are stomach-turningly gruesome, the dismembered figure clearly human — tiny fingers and toes visible in a mess of blood.
By far the most radical group in this country is Abort67, who I joined in Reading. They formed at the start of the year with guidance and resources from one of the loudest and most controversial voices on the American pro-life scene: the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR).
The group’s founder, Gregg Cunningham, 65, has been involved in the pro-life movement in America for most of his adult life. In the last four years, Cunningham and the CBR have started to spread their reach abroad. This summer he was in Britain supporting Abort67 and giving talks in churches — his fourth visit to the UK this year.
The CBR does not fund Abort67, but it is providing thegroup’s activists with resources, graphic images and a great deal of guidance. Since the start of the year, the group has recruited around 50 volunteers who regularly protest outside clinics in Brighton, Reading, Taunton and London. They claim they have several thousand supporters and counting.
Their protests are having the most dramatic effect in liberal Brighton.
The most serious impact has been on the women attending the clinic. One 21-year-old sports coach, who has asked to withhold her name for fear of repercussions, goes there for weekly post-abortion counselling.
“Sometimes it’s just one person with a banner; sometimes there are 20 of them with their children,” she says. “I’ve seen people burst into tears and say they don’t want to go through with it,” she says.
[CBR-UK Director Andy] Stephenson is a father of three and, like most of Abort67, a committed evangelical Christian. He is slight, with a dark beard, earnest eyes and an apologetic air; an unlikely crusader, perhaps, but an unrepentant one. “The atmosphere in the UK is changing,” he says. “The abortion lobby has had it easy for too long with no accountability, no consequences and very little meaningful opposition — but there is a new generation of pro-lifers emerging and disillusioned, battle-weary pro-lifers being reinvigorated because theyhave seen the fruits of what groups like ours are achieving with very little resources.”
The article closed with this threat of violence from pro-aborts who are apparently not used to seeing effective pro-life activism:
Brighton Pro-Choice met the week after the trial to plan more radical action against Abort67. One member warned: “If the police won’t stop them, we will have to.”
A message from Gregg Cunningham, Executive Director of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR):
CBR is an educational organization whose principal purpose is to discourage and ultimately ban elective abortion. We pursue that goal by exposing the horror abortion represents. Our duty is prophetic, so the public’s acceptance or rejection of our message neither heightens nor diminishes our duty to discharge that responsibility.
Speaking as an individual, by the narrowest of margins, roughly half the 2012 electorate has chosen evil over good and America’s planned decline will now accelerate. If the leadership in the current House of Representatives caves on the “fiscal cliff” confrontation, our economy will be further weakened by extreme tax-and-spend socialism — see California and Europe to understand just how weakened. Still more Americans will be disabled by reliance on unsustainable social welfare programs — see California and Europe to understand how just unsustainable.
Because of this defeat, our military will be dangerously compromised by the funding cuts necessitated by exploding national debt. America’s influence in the world will continue to be dismantled as the intended purpose of Barack Obama’s foreign policy. ObamaCare’s abortion mandates are now a central feature of American socialized medicine. Supposedly “pro-life Democrat” Rep. Bart Stupak betrayed us to pass Obamacare. Supposedly “constitutional conservative” Chief Justice John Roberts betrayed us to declare ObamaCare constitutional. Supposedly “pro-life” New Jersey Governor Chris Christie betrayed us to essentially endorse Barack Obama and contribute to his reelection. He reportedly turned on Mitt Romney because Romney dumped him as his vice presidential pick. ObamaCare will now be impossible to repeal.
Unless our majority remains resolute in the U.S. House of Representatives, open borders and amnesty for illegal aliens will turn swing states so blue that pro-life candidates will become as unelectable there as they now are in California. But doomed prolife candidates may not matter much because our federal courts will become so heavily packed with Barack Obama’s pro-abortion judges (confirmed by his Democrat Senate) that any significant attempt to restrict abortion will be struck down, and the reversal of Roe v. Wade is unlikely to occur during the lifetimes of even our movement’s youngest activists.
Despite the disaster which now awaits our country, CBR’s responsibility to expose the horror of abortion remains unchanged. We have great people and great projects and our Key States Initiative (KSI) left America a far more pro-life nation today than it was six months ago. Literally as I write this note, a CBR web survey arrived from a sixteen-year-old Pennsylvania girl who wrote to explain how our work has changed her life: “I did support legal abortion but after seeing that video of the baby getting taken out I am against it. It is terrible! How could someone kill something so small and helpless?” She speaks for the many Americans who saw our imagery in battleground states this year and also changed their minds about abortion. Our strategy and tactics are demonstrably effective. Disturbing pictures are the history of social reform and the future of pro-life activism.
I intend no disrespect toward Governor Romney but I believe we could have won this narrowly decided election had we nominated a stronger candidate with a more effective campaign. Governor Romney had liabilities which Barack Obama’s Chicago campaign skillfully exploited. And Governor Romney’s campaign missed many opportunities to take the fight to the president. Barack Obama emphasized abortion to single women (who now outnumber married women for the first time in American history) but their vote might have been overcome by a more convincing pitch to independents and greater appeal to our conservative base. I remain confident that our strong field of reform-minded conservative governors and senators (as well as Rep. Paul Ryan) will produce a stronger ticket in 2016. The tragic state of country after eight years of Barack Obama and Joe Biden should leave even this closely divided nation ready for a new course.
God is about to teach the Obama electorate a painful lesson in response to their intransigence, a lesson Greece is just beginning to learn. We will all have to suffer this chastening but I thank God for all you did to educate voters over the last six months. I assure you that your work was not in vain. God will honor it in the fullness of time. Remember that in the late eighteenth century, fully three-quarters of the world’s population was in bondage to some form of forced labor. The abolition of slavery seemed unthinkable. By God’s grace, a hand-full of reformers changed everything. Now we must refresh ourselves and continue to follow their indomitable example.
A Psalm of David
7 Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
20 But the wicked will perish:
The Lord’s enemies will be like the beauty of the fields,
they will vanish—vanish like smoke.
They will be protected forever,
but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off;
29 the righteous will inherit the land
and dwell in it forever.
34 Wait for the Lord
and keep his way.
He will exalt you to inherit the land;
when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.
A Time for Choosing
by Ronald Wilson Reagan
October 27, 1964
As timely today as it was 48 years ago.
This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.
But beyond that, “the full power of centralized government”—this was the very thing the Founding Fathers sought to minimize. They knew that governments don’t control things. A government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they know when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. They also knew, those Founding Fathers, that outside of its legitimate functions, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector of the economy.
For three decades, we’ve sought to solve the problems of unemployment through government planning, and the more the plans fail, the more the planners plan.
Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.
No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. So governments’ programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.
Now it doesn’t require expropriation or confiscation of private property or business to impose socialism on a people. What does it mean whether you hold the deed to the—or the title to your business or property if the government holds the power of life and death over that business or property? And such machinery already exists. The government can find some charge to bring against any concern it chooses to prosecute. Every businessman has his own tale of harassment. Somewhere a perversion has taken place. Our natural, unalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation of government, and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment.
You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.
Bill Whittle: Falling on Principle.
This video speaks to those considering a vote for a 3rd-party candidate or a vote for nobody at all.
Note: Posting revised November 7 to reflect new information regarding assaults on CBR staff and possible Komen harassment.
We took our message of life to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Knoxville on October 27. As you may be aware, Komen gives grants of nearly $1 million dollars annually to Planned Parenthood (PP), the nation’s largest abortion provider.
We were a small group of folks, enough to hold a couple of warning signs, several abortion photos, and a large sign asking the Komen Foundation to quit funding PP. We’ll be more numerous next year, Lord willing.
CBR is just like an STD. You get in bed with Planned Parenthood, you get us.
We didn’t interfere with their event, but our act of good faith was not reciprocated. Several of the Komen volunteers were apparently instructed to block our signs with shakers, balloons, and the occasional body. They succeeded only in drawing more attention to our huge pink sign (upper right photo). We appreciate it.
One guy tried to stare me down. Most amusing. One young man challenged me on the fact that the Knoxville Komen affiliate doesn’t support PP. I told him it didn’t matter where babies were being killed, they were just as dead.
I didn’t get to use the sound-byte I had prepared especially for the occasion: “CBR is just like an STD. You get in bed with Planned Parenthood, you get us.” Maybe next year.
As usual, we had notified the Knoxville Police Department of our intention to picket this event (link here). They were obviously briefed to leave us alone (as long as we respected the law and did not interfere with the rights of others), which they did.
When the Race was about to begin, we deployed several signs along the route. Komen volunteers followed our staff across the street and again attempted to shield our signs. But again, they only succeeded in drawing attention to our message. One woman screamed at CBR Advisory Board member Kathy Proctor that we didn’t have our facts straight, that the local group kept all their donations local, and that Komen only gave money to PP for mammograms. She was not interested in the fact that PP does not perform mammograms. She apparently did not hear the PA announcer say that only 75% of donations support local work.
Several Race participants ran over to yell at us. One man ran up and screamed at about our f***ing signs and that we had no right to be there. Another person hit one sign and tried to pull it down. One woman said she was a Christian and she thanked us for being there. Another said she was a Christian and was crying and yelling at us to go away. Someone tried to hit CBR staffer Brooke McGowan on the back of her knee in an attempt to buckle her knee and make her fall.
Next year, we will bring additional volunteers with video cameras to film any criminal misconduct against CBR staff or property. We will prosecute any criminal act to the fullest extent of the law.
Support the fight against breast cancer. There are other organizations who fight breast cancer and do not fund abortion providers. Georgia Right to Life recommends the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Abortion and Breast Cancer. Of course, the Komen Foundation’s support for Planned Parenthood is enough to warrant our presense at their fundraising events, but we also noted the very real possibility that abortion itself (indirectly funded by the Komen Foundation) causes breast cancer. FAB has noted previously that (1) there is an undeniable statistical relationship between abortion and breast cancer, and (2) the existence of a causal link between abortion and breast cancer is still a matter of debate. (Earlier this week, this article reported a new study that showed abortion to cause a 55% increase in cancer risk among Chinese women, independent of all confounding factors.)
We will leave the debate about causality to medical professionals, but we will point out that there are many in the medical community who believe there is more evidence for the link than against it. Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, professor of surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Dr. Joel Brind, professor of human biology and endocrinology at Baruch College of the city of New York, are among those who believe that abortion increases risk of breast cancer, independent of other factors.
The ambient cancer risk among women is about 10%. If abortion increases cancer risk from 10% to only 13% (a 30% increase), we could estimate that more than 300,000 women have died from abortion-related cancer since Roe (source), which is about 8,000 women per year.
One commenter wrote:
I would like to take a moment to remind everyone that Nazi Germany and abortions have very little to do with one another.
Here is my response, except I have revised the opening statement:
The commenter is, of course, correct. Abortion and the Holocaust have nothing to do with each other … if. If — only 2 letters, but such a big word. If the preborn child is not a living human being, then there is no relevant similarity between the abortion and the Holocaust. But if the preborn child is a living human being — science tells us that it is both alive and human — then abortion kills 1.2 million living humans ever year. In that case, there are many similarities between abortion and the Nazi Holocaust.
- In both cases, rights of personhood have been denied the victim class. In Germany, it was a judicial decision by the Reichsgericht in 1936. In the US, Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in 1973.
- In both cases, the perpetrators have used dehumanizing language to justify their actions. Nazis called their victims rats, pigs, vermin, untermensch (subhuman), etc. In the US, wanted preborn children are routinely called “babies.” However, unwanted perborn children are never called babies, but are instead called products of conception, mass of cells, blob of protoplasm, “potential” life, etc. Even though embryo and fetus are medical terms that define age — so are infant, adolescent, and teenager — they are often used in ways that incorrectly suggest something less than human.
- In both cases, the perpetrators believed that what they were doing was actually good for society.
- In both cases, the victims had something that was wanted by those in power, or the vicitms simply got in the way. Jews got in the way of a racially pure society. Eastern Europeans had lebensraum (living space) that the Nazis wanted for the German people. Unplanned babies get in the way of career development, acquisition of material wealth, maintenance of lifestyle, etc. They get in the way of sex without responsibility.
- Victims have been spoken of as a disease on society or diseased themselves. Nazis described Jews and others as “parasites” and “bacilli”. In his medical textbook Abortion Practice, Warren Hern analogizes the unwanted preborn child to a disease, the treatment of choice for which is abortion.
- In both cases, the perpetrators have asserted that resources are inadequate to care for the victim class, if they were allowed to live. Nazis called their victims “useless eaters.” Pro-aborts awfulize the birth of unplanned children by saying that nobody will take care of all of them and that their presence will endanger the planet.
- Genocide is often framed in the language of “choice.” The Nazis asserted that the make-up of the German nation was an internal matter for the German people to decide. Abortion advocates argue that abortion should be a matter of “choice.”
Yes, there are many similarities that can help us put this present version of genocide in its proper perspective.
For more, see our brochure, How can you compare abortion to genocide?
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