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Connecting the Dots at Georgia Southern University

GAP produces gems at every school it comes to.

GAP produces victories at every school.

by Jacqueline Hawkins

Here are a few gems from Georgia Southern University.

People need to see.  A female student was glad we were there, “I know the facts and while this is hard to see, I am glad you are here.  People need to know what the word means.”  Exactly.  People need to connect the dots.

Revulsion. A male student exclaimed, “Disgusting. How can people do that?”  The pictures are making more and more people ask that same question.

She looked like the picture.  An administrator came by and told us that while she was pro-life and abortion was never an option, she had never seen or realized that abortion was so atrocious.  “Startling,” she said.  “I have a 21 year old who was born at 24 weeks, and she looked like the picture you have on your poster.”  GAP connects the dots for pro-aborts, fence-sitters and pro-lifers alike.

Power of the pictures. In the Statesboro Herald, the journalist Scott Bryant wrapped it all up nicely when he said, “Photographs have the power to make us smile, laugh and remember the times of our lives.  They also have the power to challenge our assertions and confront our worst fears. And sometimes they have the power to offend our sensibilities and tastes.”  And when people start questioning why something offends their sensibilities and tastes, they start to connect dots and see that maybe things aren’t quite right.

Knowing good and evil

He's there, whispering...with a little bit of research, you'll be like God.

He’s there, whispering, “With a little bit of research, you’ll be like God.”

by Jacqueline Hawkins

He was a sweet and kind Georgia Southern University student.  He understood the value and importance of human beings.  He understood evil and unfairness.

However, he truly believed that there must be a point at which human beings become distinct enough and awake enough to actually matter.  He declared, “I need to do more research to find out when reason, awareness, and consciousness begin, more than just the automatic process that kicks in gear at fertilization.  Otherwise I can’t tell you when I think we should have limits.”

Um…what?  Exactly who gave him the authority to decide who lives and who dies, based on of his future “research”?  Planned Parenthood?  President Obama?  No, not quite, but close.  Lucifer is the one who gave this young man his false authority.  After all, what he said is very reminiscent of what Satan said about the tree of knowledge of good and evil: “…when you eat [the fruit], your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Gen 3:5, RSV-CE).  With a little bit of research you will be able to determine who lives and who dies.  You will be able to set the limits.

It’s a clever lie believed by the recent godless generations.  If there is no God to answer to, then man, admittedly the highest ranking creature in the material world, is the arbiter of good and evil, even life and death — even among his own kind.  The current culture empowers (coddles) young people until they are spoiled rotten and completely fooled into thinking they are the masters of the universe.  If they eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they can determine who lives and who dies.

Gems at Columbus State

It was a quiet campus that yielded several gems.

A quiet campus, but a productive GAP.

by Jacqueline Hawkins

Columbus State University yielded several gems during GAP.  Here are just a few:

Horror brought to light.  A mother with two sons came to our display.  “Everything that is in my head is what I see in these pictures.  Thank you for doing this.”  She said she couldn’t conceive a third child and would love to adopt.

Potentially on chopping block.  She was a young woman born to a 16 year old mother 20 years prior — that could have ended very badly for both her and her mother if the abortion industry had anything to do with it.  She knew all the facts, including the one that said that human life begins at fertilization.  She was very pro-life and glad that we were there!

Shades of gray to black and white.  A male student was conflicted at first.  “It’s a reality. I wish it were not.  The human condition is more gray than white and black,” he asserted.  But after looking at the pictures for a while, he was more inclined to see abortion as a black and white issue.  Imagine thinking that slavery was a “gray” issue.  But of course, at the time, many people saw it that way.

Staggering numbers. A female student on the softball team told us: “I am pro-life but I had no idea about the numbers.  I am glad you are here.  If I can do something I want to.”  Gratitude and a call to action!

Decades of pain. A female faculty member told us, “I’m so glad you are here.  Folks don’t know what they are doing.  Fifty-year-old friends of mine still hurt.  It goes much deeper than people realize.”  And that is what we are trying to show them.

Spread the truth.  One young man asked, “Can I have a brochure? I want to show my bio-ethics professor.”  The pictures are like the ripples in a pond.  They spread by way of friends, co-workers, professors, and family.

Hypocritical country.  A male student told the ABC news affiliate during GAP, “It makes me sick to think that even though these images are out there — and I’m sure there’s plenty of other people who have seen them before — that it’s still allowed.  We stop genocides overseas, we stop genocides everywhere else, but we allow one right here.  It’s a little scary.”  Amen.

Jacqueline Hawkins is a CBR Project Director and a regular FAB contributor.

Unwitting Nazi sympathizer at Georgia Southern University

Young women hearing the lies, learning the truth and heeding the call to action.

Young women hearing the lies, learning the truth, and heeding the call to action.

by Jacqueline Hawkins

She looked at the photos intently.  A bright and inquisitive young woman, she was one of four children — all now happy, healthy adults.  However, all four had been slated for execution before they were born.  After prenatal tests, the doctors strongly encouraged her parents to abort them due to the risk of miscarriage or birth defects.  Because their parents would not listen, the world is blessed with these four people.

Speaking of prenatal testing…

He said the human genome is so weak, we need to cull inferior genetic stock in order to survive as a species.  Where have we heard that before?  YIKES!!!

He said we should use prenatal testing with extreme prejudice to find people with defects and “delete” them in the womb.  He would have been glad to wipe out his classmate and her siblings (and possibly their mother and father) because of inaccurate tests.  This young man even said that if he had a birth defect, he would chose to be aborted rather than burden the world.

Hitler would have been proud, but the young man insisted his ideas were somehow not the stuff of Nazi fantasies.

Listening in…

Although his mind was made up, I continued to facilitate the conversation because three of his fellow students stood listening, and I wanted them to hear the insanity of his argument.  They appeared uncomfortable with his “purify the master race” ideas, as well they should.

After the young man left, I asked if they had questions.  Looking rather relieved that this guy had gone, they asked the usual hard-case questions, such as life-of-the-mother and rape.  After hearing my answers, they wanted to know more.  Specifically, they wanted to know what could they do!  Two them signed up for the new campus pro-life organization.  A third asked for contact information for the local crisis pregnancy center, so she could volunteer for them.

This is a frequent scenario.  We use our discussion with one student to reach many more who are listening in.

Jacqueline Hawkins is a CBR Project Director and a regular FAB contributor.

“I need to do something!”

The pictures are an immediate call to action. Will you respond?

The pictures are an immediate call to action. Will you respond?

by Jacqueline Hawkins

“Where’s the sign-up sheet?  I need to do something!”  He strode toward the GAP display at Georgia Southern U and asked to sign up for the new pro-life club we are starting.  He had watched abortion videos the night before.  “This is horrible.  I have to do something,” he said resolutely as he wrote down his contact information.  Almost as quickly as he came, he left with a firm determination to do more.

Initially, I was pleased, because I thought him to be a pro-lifer now moved to action.  I imagined that his pro-life commitment had been galvanized by the pictures, much as mine had been years ago.

But it was better than that.

I soon learned that just the day before, he had been a committed pro-abort!  But after seeing GAP and speaking with our staff, the photos weighed heavily on his pro-abortion mind.  He went home and watched an actual abortion online (probably a CBR video).  Now he wanted to join our movement!

The pictures work.  They can change a life forever.  Let us pray that God sustains the zeal in this young man.  Let us pray that God will do a mighty work in his life.

Jacqueline Hawkins is a CBR Project Director and a regular FAB contributor.

Bridging the cultural divide

Cultural perspectives

Lincoln Brandenburg crosses the cultural divide to deliver a basic truth about human rights.

by Jacqueline Hawkins

One of the intriguing aspects of GAP is speaking with students from foreign lands.  Few have seen free speech like we do it.  When we brought GAP to Tennessee Tech University, our team spoke with several students from the Middle East.

CBR staffer Lincoln Brandenburg saw a young Middle Eastern man staring at the GAP signs, so he walked over and asked what the man thought.  Lincoln pointed to the pictures and asked, “Is it moral to have a child decapitated and dismembered like this?”

The young man didn’t think abortion was a good thing but emphasized that “it should still be the woman’s choice; we can’t force her not to.”  To him, it was a simple matter of not violating the rights of others, whether of not we agree with their decisions.

Lincoln and the young man discussed the humanity of the pre-born child and it’s implications.  Brandenburg pointed out that laws against hiring a hitman to kill one’s bothersome spouse also a man’s “rights.”  But such actions are innately at odds with the foundational right, and that is the right to live.  Without that basic human right, all other rights are meaningless.

If, as science confirms, the preborn child is human in the same way that her mother is human, then doesn’t decapitating and dismembering her violate her human rights?

As the men spoke, Lincoln frequently pointed back to the pictures of the abortion victims.  Before heading to class, the student shook his hand and told him: “You’ve really made me change my mind.  I realize that there’s more to this issue than I originally thought.”

Jacqueline Hawkins is a CBR Project Director and a regular FAB contributor.

Gems at Fayetteville State University

Men and women 'manned' up at Fayetteville state despite the malaise of their classmates.

Men and women gain strength from receiving truth at Fayetteville State University.

by Jacqueline Hawkins

Our Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) always makes a special impact on students.  For some, it is a baby saved.  For others, it is hope and healing that comes only from confession and repentance.

Another baby saved.  “This is so ironic that you are talking to me, that this exhibit is here, and that you have asked me about this.  This is a divine appointment!  I am in this situation right now.  My girlfriend is pregnant and we go back and forth on what to do.  Thank you.”  Nuff said.

Manning up.  When asked about his thoughts, a young man replied, “Well I did this (abortion), so it’s hard to look at.  But I have to deal with it…”  Here is a young man confessing and taking responsibility for his actions.

Hope and healing.  A young woman also realized the gravity of her actions.  After speaking with volunteer Marie Bastone for awhile, she confirmed that she was post-abortive.  At the time, she felt abortion was the only way.  Her father is a very pro-life minister and she was embarrassed to be pregnant.  However, after seeing GAP, she realized that she had rushed into abortion without thinking.  She was starting to accept what she had done.  Here is a strong woman honestly facing herself and her actions.  It’s the first step to healing.

Jacqueline Hawkins is a CBR Project Director and a regular FAB contributor.

She ruled the school

Professors can't control curious students

As long as free speech rights exist, university officials cannot censor our message.

by Jacqueline Hawkins

No!” the female college professor said firmly when Bill and Jeanette Schultz offered her literature.  She did have a question.  Not surprisingly, her one question turned into a series of challenges with rude interruptions to any reply.  After Jeanette advised her that a conversation would not be possible if she continued to interrupt, she finally asked: “Why were you not here last year?”

Without an interruption Bill replied, “We should have been here last year and will make up for it by coming back next year and in future years.”

You are not welcome at my university!” she retorted with strong indignation.

To that Bill responded, “Madam, this university belongs to you and the many open minded and gifted students who have visited with us.  Even now, students are continuing to express an interest in our truthful message.  We will be back for them!”

Without a single word, she abruptly turned and marched away, passing alongside the “All Black Lives Matter” display as several university student continued their dialogue with CBR volunteers.

In the leftist den of confusion that is the modern campus, some professors apparently believe that they own the school.  Sadly, in many ways, they do.  Together promote left-wing propaganda and punish nonconformity whenever they can.  However when GAP shows up and exposes the facts for all to see, it becomes much harder for professors to lie to their students.  Their monopoly over the debate is broken, and they don’t like it.  Not one little bit.

Jacqueline Hawkins is a CBR Project Director and a regular FAB contributor.

Same sex attraction and abortion

GAP. Showing the humanity of the unborn to those of all walks of life.

GAP teaches respect for the dignity of all human persons.

by Jacqueline Hawkins

“I’m gay, so this doesn’t affect me.”  So said a female student at Western Kentucky University (WKU).

CBR volunteer Marie Bastone responded that abortion affects everyone – it’s the most fundamental of all issues.  Marie told her that she came from the union of male and female.  If her biological mother hadn’t nurtured her in her womb, she wouldn’t be here.  Both the young woman and the developing child have the right to fundamental human rights and legal protections.

We often encounter students with same sex attraction (SSA) during GAP. Sometimes they are ambivalent about the issue, like the WKU student.  They are indifferent about prenatal injustice, believing that they themselves are not affected.  Other students with SSA are committed pro-aborts and join protests against GAP.

People with SSA often demand rights that don’t exist, such as the “right” to marry someone of the same sex, yet all the while denying the fundamental right to live for our youngest citizens.  We point out that disconnect.

Yes, of course homosexuality is a sin and and Christians we must stand against sin.  It is also deadly, self-destructive behavior and we must obey God’s command to “hold back those staggering toward slaughter” (Proverbs 24:11-12).  But we also respect the dignity of all human persons, and that includes people enslaved by grave sin.

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Jacqueline Hawkins is a CBR Project Director and a regular FAB contributor.