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WASHINGTON, D.C., December 20, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com)—Politically motivated arguments are infuriatingly illogical, but none more so than special pleading for abortion providers.

Earlier this month, Rush Limbaugh told his that audience Roe v. Wade had “made us insensitive to killing.” 

His words took on a new prescience as the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre claimed the lives of nearly two-dozen young children – often referred to in the media simply as “babies.” 

But not everyone was convinced. His caller’s statement that abortion deserved an honorable mention in decimating the black community brought howls from the Civil Rights industry, one of the pillars of the Democratic Party with the abortion industry, labor unions, and homosexuals. Seeking to exonerate its political bedmate, the website TheRoot.com posted a 2011 speech given by Rep. Gwen Moore, D-WI, during congressional hearings to defund Planned Parenthood:

I just want to tell you what it’s like not to have Planned Parenthood ... You have to give your kids Ramen noodles at the end of the month to fill up their little bellies so they won’t cry. You have to give them mayonnaise sandwiches. They get very few fruits and vegetables, because they’re expensive. It subjects children to low educational attainment because of the ravages of poverty.

She concluded, “Planned Parenthood is healthy for women, it’s healthy for children, and it’s healthy for our society.”

Planned Parenthood is indisputably not healthy for the unborn children variously dismembered, suctioned, or given lethal injections in every one of their affiliates

Poverty, though never good, is far from the worst evil. (Wanton dismemberment of the innocent might qualify for that.)

American culture long believed overcoming the ravages of poverty or deprivation built character. School books lionized the initiative evident in Horatio Alger stories and the ingenuity of real-life figures from Abraham Lincoln to Andrew Carnegie. Before church philanthropy was replaced by government entitlements, people helped their neighbors – and a kindly parson might point out the destructive behaviors that led the recipient into his impoverished state. He would wipe away tears, give them a sense of purpose, and gently point the way to a future filled with hope.

The church might even condition its aid upon the person’s giving up vices like drinking, gambling, and being a bit too loose with his or her affections. 

Unlike certain denominations – which fund abortion with tithes – churches equipped struggling parents with the skills they needed. If necessary, a relative, a Christian family, or an order of monks or nuns, would adopt the children produced by those who could not care for them.

Generations of people grew up just this way – poor, perhaps raised by someone other than their birth parents, but determined to fulfill their potential.

People as diverse as Clarence Thomas, Steve Jobs, and Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan shared a history of overcoming abandonment, indifference, and hardship to reach the pinnacle of success.

The next generation might appreciate the same opportunity, pork ‘n’ beans notwithstanding.

Cross-posted at TheRightsWriter.com.

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Poet: I ‘would’ve died’ for my aborted daughter’s ‘right to choose,’ just ‘like she died for mine’ (VIDEO)

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What kind of mother asks her baby to die for her? And what kind of media outlet celebrates that?

To take the second question first, The Huffington Post is promoting a video featuring Scottish “poet” Leyla Josephine, celebrating her decision to abort her daughter. The video, “I Think She Was a She,” was uploaded to YouTube a month ago.

In the video Josephine, decked out in military camouflage, justifies herself in part by saying that she would have been willing to serve as a sacrifice to abortion just as she offered her daughter to the idol of “choice.”

“I would’ve supported her right to choose – to choose a life for herself, a path for herself. I would’ve died for that right like she died for mine,” she said.

In the next rhyming line, she addresses her unborn daughter: “I’m sorry, but you came at the wrong time.”

“I am not ashamed. I am not ashamed. I am not ashamed," she continues – a phrase she repeats a total of six times. She repeats the phrase "This is my body" three times. (She also takes the Lord's name in vain once.)

In the early part of the video, she describes her belief that her child was a girl and imagines a life where she had given birth to her daughter.

“I know she was a she,” she says. “I would have made sure that there was space on the walls to measure her height,” she adds. “I would have made sure I was a good mother.”

At one point she appears to describe the emotional aftermath of her choice as “a hollowness that feels full, a numbness that feels heavy.”

But she later calls the idea that her child was a girl or a boy “bull---t” and affirms, yet again, she is not ashamed.

This provokes a few observations:

1. If she knew her child's sex, she must have had a late-term abortion. Our gentle, healing restoration is needed in a world marred by so much aggression and anger in the name of political orthodoxy.

2. Fr. Frank Pavone has written, ”Did you ever realize that the same four words that were used by the Lord Jesus to save the world are also used by abortion advocates? 'This is My Body.'” To paraphrase him, he notes the difference. One, by surrendering His life on the Cross, gave life to the world. The abortion industry uses this phrase to impose its will on the bodies of separate, living human beings who have not harmed anyone.

3. The most chilling phrase in the video is her statement, “I would’ve supported her right to choose...I would’ve died for that right like she died for mine.”

First of all, her daughter did not die for the “right to choose.” Her daughter was not sacrificed for the inalienable “good” of keeping abortion-on-demand legal (and, in the UK, taxpayer-subsidized). Politicians are bribed to maintain it; no baby needs to die for it. Josephine's child died because HuffPo's hero of the moment chose not to carry the baby to term and place him/her in the hands of loving adoptive parents who would have cherished her baby – whether it was actually male, female, or intersex.

Josephine describes the emotions that actually led to the abortion only metaphorically – e.g., she compares the abortion to chopping down a cherry tree – but that angst is the root (so to speak) of the abortion, not the great and grand cause of assuring that other women have the right to go through the same soul-crushing grief.

That intimation that her daughter died for “choice” – that she offered her baby as a living sacrifice on the altar of abortion – confirms the darkest rhetoric of the pro-life movement: That for some in the movement, abortion is sometimes regarded as an idol.

And that raises one other, more universally held question: What kind of parent asks his son or daughter to die for the “right” to abortion? Parents are supposed to be the one who sacrificially care for their children, who forsake their own comfort, who do whatever is necessary – even die – to keep their children safe, healthy, and well. Josephine's blithe, “Sorry, but you came at the wrong time” sounds as hollow as a gangland assassin's apology to the family caught in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting. Abortion severs the love that God, or Mother Nature, or evolution, or whatever you choose to believe in placed within every pregnant woman to link the mother to her child.

The abortion lobby's rhetoric, which increasingly disregards the value of unborn life, is untethered by the bonds of human compassion, is fundamentally selfish and cold-blooded, and lacks a sense of humanity and brotherhood to the point of obliterating maternal love itself.

“Will a woman forget her child, so as not to have compassion upon the offspring of her womb?” God asks through the prophet Isaiah. “But if a woman should even forget these, yet I will not forget thee, saith the Lord.”

The pro-life movement exists precisely to set this upside-down order aright, to reinstate the natural love and compassion everyone should have for all of God's creation – most especially that between a mother and the innocent child she has helped create and fashion with her own DNA.

Cross-posted at TheRightsWriter.com.

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15 contradictions you have to believe to fit in with pop culture

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One of the great quotations of our time is from James Burnham, a former Trotskyite Communist-turned-conservative who became an editor at National Review.

Fifty years ago, he wrote in his book Suicide of the West that “Modern liberalism, for most liberals, is not a consciously understood set of rational beliefs, but a bundle of unexamined prejudices and conjoined sentiments. The basic ideas and beliefs seem more satisfactory when they are not made fully explicit, when they merely lurk rather obscurely in the background, coloring the rhetoric and adding a certain emotive glow.”

To compensate for five decades of public education and pop culture, let's simplify Burnham's message to say that most left-wingers do not base their views on facts but on their feelings.

The truth of Burnham's observation can be proven by examining the cavernous gulch that exists between the ideas modern pop culture idols must believe and espouse at the same time. For example, to be a sexual revolutionary in good standing, you must believe:

  • That someone's sex is an infinitely malleable social construct that can be changed at will, but who someone feels the desire to have sexual intercourse with is permanently fixed and can never be altered, even if the person wants to change it. 
     
  • That capitalism is evil, and that in our corporatist society every big business will lie, cheat, steal, and possibly kill its own customers for the sake of short term profit – except Big Abortion.
     
  • That government should more closely regulate every corporation in the world for health and safety standards – except the abortion industry.
     
  • That conservatives are waging a “war on science” – and that scientists have never determined when life begins.
     
  • That gay “marriage” is “inevitable,” because the rapid, tidal wave sea change in public opinion on the issue of same-sex “marriage” proves that the polls can never, ever change again.
     
  • That it's wrong to abuse a position of power to dictate private health care decisions, especially about birth control and abortion – unless you are telling your boss or the U.S. taxpayer that he has to pay for your birth control and abortion(s).
     
  • That feminism frees women to have it all, as long as their children and home are not their whole world.
     
  • That there is no difference between the races or sexes of mankind – and that we need special testing scores and government programs to compensate for those differences.
     
  • That eating chicken eggs is immoral but aborting a child should be available free, on demand, and without apology.
     
  • That only women should make decisions on abortion – and that men have abortions.
     
  • That teens and preteens are responsible enough to decide whether to have sex or do drugs, but they are not mature enough to pay for their own health insurance until they are 26.
     
  • That is it wrong to sexually objectify women – and that men should lust after all women regardless of their weight or appearance.
     
  • That the sex lives of Bill and Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Barney Frank, and Ted Kennedy have no bearing on their fitness to serve in office. And the sex lives of Scott DesJarlais, David Vitter, Mark Foley, and Larry Craig are the only criteria determining whether they should hold office.
     
  • That there are no moral absolutes – and that is absolutely certain.
     
  • That it's wrong to be prejudiced against anyone because of their race, sex, religion, or ideology, and it's certainly wrong to base your social life around these artificial distinctions. But you would already know that if you weren't an ignorant, closed-minded, racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, knuckle-dragging, Neanderthal, rural, Christian, white, cisgendered male. Which is why I'm unfriending you on Facebook.

This far-from-complete list of contradictions affirms the words of a greater writer than Burnham or I, who wrote, “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.” Sorry, double-minded men or womyn.

So, which ones did I miss?

Cross-posted at TheRightsWriter.com.

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Prayer alert – Pope Francis family members killed in car crash

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The Pope prays for the whole world every day; today, he is asking the world to pray for him.

Three relatives of Pope Francis – including two infants – have died and one remains hospitalized after a car wreck in Argentine overnight.

According to a Vatican spokesman the Pope's 38-year-old nephew, Horacio Bergoglio Emanuel, was driving his family over a mountain road near the city of Cordoba when his Chevy Spin collided with the back of a truck.

Emanuel is the son of the Pontiff's late brother, Alberto Bergoglio.

The accident killed Emanuel's wife, Valeria Carmona, as well as their two children, ages two years old and eight months old, respectively.

The collision took place just as Pope Francis returned from a trip to South Korea, where he visited a cemetery dedicated to aborted children and strongly called the world to pursue moral truth.

Vatican spokesman the Reverend Federico Lombardi said that "the pope was informed about the tragic accident.”

“He is deeply pained," he said.

The pope asks "all who share in his grief to unite with him in prayer."

Please feel free to pray in your own words, in your own way, or to share some of these traditional prayer forms from different Christian traditions:

Catholic:

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

Eastern Orthodox:

Grant rest, O Lord, where the blessed repose, to the souls of Thy servants who have fallen asleep, and may their memory be eternal. Amen.

Anglican:

O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: accept out prayers on behalf of Thy servants. and grant them an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of Thy saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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