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Dancing Sufis for abortion

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LifeSiteNews.com reported some time ago about Planned Parenthood’s latest, most bizarre effort to drum up support for its indefensible industry: holding a 40-day prayer campaign in favor of abortion. Kathleen Gilbert reported the 40 Days of Prayer material “lists 40 different prayers for those involved in the ‘sacred care’ of abortions to continue protecting, providing, and embracing the procedure - including mothers, escorts, abortionists, and everyone involved except the unborn children.” However, most of the national reporting has failed to convey the full breadth and diversity of the undertaking.

The campaign is modeled on the more successful 40 Days of Life, in which people of faith pray for abortion to end. The new campaign prays for abortions, world without end.

The people who pray against what happens inside abortion clinics look like a cross-section of America. They are primarily Catholics, Orthodox Christians and conservative Protestants.

And who are the supplicants for slaughter?

According to CalCatholic.com, on March 18 “Rabbi Naomi Steinberg hosted a kickoff interfaith prayer service at Temple Beth El in Eureka, while at the Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Bayside, Sufi dances for ‘universal peace’ were conducted ‘honoring the spiritual wisdom of women, past and present.’”

Sufis are the mystically inclined adherents of Islam.

The Unitarian Universalists are the ultra-liberal denomination that, even its members agree, believes in “at most one God.”

Surely not every minister is as out of touch as the abortion industry’s dancers practicing dhikr, are they?

In fact, not all are even clergy.

The April 12th orations were led by a liberal Lutheran and Nancy Dye, a psychology professor at Humboldt State University. The meeting’s theme was “celebrating and giving thanks for the intelligence, talent, wit, and wisdom of all the women and girls in our lives.” (Notice a trend?) No word on whether the celebration in any way mentioned God.

The rest of the clerics appear to be the usual consort of middle aged women and graying radical men who found the mainline churches provided the best platform for advancing the revolution and the most lucrative showcase for their twin talents of pretension and outrage.

Events will continue until April 27, or until all its participants are struck by lightning.

It is difficult to imagine this sideshow of secular prelates spiritually moving anyone not already in thrall to the cult of death, even when paired with the Flying Wallendas.

It is somewhat vindicating to see Planned Parenthood openly acknowledge it is waging spiritual warfare, confecting what its zealots have called “The Sacrament of Abortion” offered to the pagan goddess Artemis.

It is also heartening that, as far advanced as the decline of the West is, it is not yet to the point that the love of death can speak its name openly. The abortion prayer hour and tent meeting still has to wrap itself in the trappings of traditional religion, however eviscerated its content may be.

According to a pamphlet produced by Humboldt County Clergy for Choice, each of the 40 days is dedicated to a different prayer petition.

Day four commemorates those who provide “quality abortion care” – presumably overlooking Kermit Gosnell, Steve Chase Brigham, Abraham Alberto Hodari, and others of their guild brethren.

The next day lifts up future medical students who want to become abortionists, an uncharacteristic display of concern for the next generation. (Point to ponder: How many potential abortionists has Planned Parenthood aborted?)

Day 14 asks Christians become like Jesus, Who “refused to shame women.” As I recall, He also declined to dismember them.

Day 17 petitions the Almighty for “for increased financial support for low income women” for abortion.

A week later, we finally begin to get somewhere. Day 24 begs for “an end to hateful language that diminishes the dignity of women.” The most dehumanizing and debasing phrases I can think of are “product of conception,” “glob of cells,” “unwanted child,” and “unprepared mother” – the words abortionists use while alternately deceiving and terrifying vulnerable women into handing over their money for sufferings rendered.

Finally, on Day 29, we reach common ground. “Today we pray that all women will know that they are created in the image of God, good and holy, moral and wise,” the prayer says.

Just so. All women (and all men, for that matter) are created in the image of God. That image should strive to be more closely aligned to the likeness of God through an active obedience to His commandments in our every station of life, even – perhaps especially – when these roles are thrust upon us and seem intolerably inconvenient, burdensome, or wearying.

That life, and all life, created in the Divine image deserves to be loved when it acts amiss, encouraged when it acts aright, and preserved and defended in every instance from those who wish to extinguish the inestimable gift concealed within its tiny form.

This article originally appeared on TheRightsWriter.com and is reprinted with permission.


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Read the 25 rudest things women hear when they announce they’re expecting again

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If you have more children than our new, sub-replacement U.S. fertility rate of 1.88 children, you've undoubtedly heard them: rude comments about your “large” family. Whether medical personnel continually ask you about sterilization at your medical check-ups, or fellow shoppers stare at your three children like the Duggars have just walked in the store, the non-suicidal segment of the U.S. population has to deal with inappropriate and off-putting words and behavior from those slowly contracepting themselves into extinction.

In fact, this social pressure has become so commonplace that TheStir.com – which can usually be depended upon to be reliably pro-abortion – has decided the breeder-shaming has gone too far. The website has compiled the 25 rudest things women hear when they announce that they are expecting again. Among them:

  • “With my last pregnancy, my boss told me I needed to have an abortion and get my tubes tied.”

  • "So who is getting fixed after this one, you or your husband?"

  • "Don't you feel bad that you're not going to pay as much attention to your daughter now?"

  • "Again?!"

  • "You are done after this ... aren't you?"

  • "Are you sure? I mean you just had a baby."

  • “Don't you know what rubbers are?”

  • "With all the forms of birth control out there, there is no reason why someone should be pregnant if they don't wanna be." Well duh lady ... we wanted to be!

  • “My mother told my sister, ‘She’s just trying to get a reaction out of me.’”

Read the whole list here.

Cross-posted at TheRightsWriter.com.


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Stay classy: ‘Pizza and Porno’ fundraiser will benefit Planned Parenthood

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Planned Parenthood is anything but starved for funds, but it's always looking to sink its teeth into new revenue streams. And it has proven in the past that taste and decorum pose no barrier to their cashing a check.

A St. Louis man has unveiled the newest benefit for the nation's leading abortion provider: A Pizza & Porno Party.

For five dollars, people can chew gooey mozzarella while watching the 1979 porn film Hot and Saucy Pizza Girls. The Riverfront Times reports, “the money goes to Planned Parenthood.”

What could be less appetizing than watching a 35-year-old porn film in a darkened roomful of strangers? Knowing that your participation helps kill babies.

The event will take place at a bar called “The Crack Fox,” a name that exudes class, sophistication, and full compliance with all relevant health and safety regulations.

"We're trying to promote a positive attitude towards sexuality and promote the very important services of a health clinic,” Kloun said.

One of those “important functions” – at least, one of the few Planned Parenthood likes to talk about – is diagnosing sexually transmitted diseases, like those pandemic in the porn industry. One of the stars of Hot and Saucy Pizza Girls, the late John Holmes, died in 1988 from AIDS, a disease Planned Parenthood believes people have the right to conceal from their sexual partners. (Holmes reportedly exercised this option, making films after he knew he was HIV-positive.)

Periodic outbreaks of AIDS or syphilis have shut down the porn industry temporarily, and researchers at Boston University found that watching porn made young girls five-times more likely to engage in group sex. Porn mainstreams aberrant sexual practices and makes its viewers more likely to take part in risky sex that spreads disease.

In other words, this Kloun clown's fundraiser is a perfect match: imbecilic culture, low-brow “entertainment,” immature self-indulgence, and abortion – the murderous “solution” that covers up the consequences of sexual liberation.

Perhaps the most charitable thing that can be said is that this is not the most distasteful thing Planned Parenthood profits from.

Cross-posted at TheRightsWriter.com.


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Why they marched, in their own words: Cool video from M4L 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 24, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Americans who believe in the right to life rarely get to present their motivation, their beliefs, or their personality in their own words. The media brand them as "anti-abortion," or "anti-choice," selecting the least representative figures and carefully editing their quotations to fit a preconceived narrative that pro-lifers are zealots, fanatics, and extremists. But pro-life Americans have had a surprising number of opportunities to speak for themselves recently - from Lila Rose's appearance on Crossfire to the video below, produced by the Heritage Foundation.

Heritage did what real journalists used to do: Go into the field and pound the pavement, interviewing participants to ask them why they're active and what made them brave subzero temperatures to make a political statement that too often falls on deaf ears.

The end of the video features Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst Sarah Torre's analysis:

The March for Life is important because of the truth that it proclaims: that every person from the moment of conception is a distinct and living human being who has the right to life. This isn't a right that just belongs to the strong or the  powerful. It's a right that belongs to all human beings regardless of their age, dependence, or ability.

Torre is exactly right. America must recognize the truth expressed in the Declaration of Independence "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Without the Founders' unique genius that all rights are God-given and cannot be infringed by government, no right is secure.

Removing God from the Declaration of Independence, as President Obama has so often done, leaves all rights subject to the tyranny of the majority. History proves time and again that, in a godless society, politics becomes nothing more than Nietzsche's will to power, the war of each against all, and the subjugation of the weak and powerless to the strong and ruthless. That is precisely the kind of society the right to life movement is trying to avoid.

This short, inspiring video will help convey the noble intentions and heartfelt beliefs of those who marched this week. Hat's off to Heritage for producing it.


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