Kristi Burton Brown

Deanna Loveland: young musician, model, and fashion designer takes a stand for life

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By Kristi Burton Brown
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July 12, 2012 (LiveActionNews.org) - Deanna Loveland, of Gianna Records, is a powerful young woman. In her twenties, Deanna exudes passion and joy in the midst of an incredible display of talent.

Deanna first became known for her musical abilities and performances. She has performed for a wide variety of audiences – including local churches, private events at Jerry Bruckheimer’s estate, and the Premier Iglesia Bautista in Mexico. Deanna is well-loved for her signature ability: playing both the harp and piano simultaneously while singing.

At the tender age of five, Deanna began to play piano by ear, and she soon progressed to the harp and violin. She took her gifts even farther by pursuing singing and songwriting. When I met Deanna – when she was just fourteen – it was clear that this girl had a quiet confidence about her. Deanna shares:

I guess I was one of those children that was born with a mission and never doubted what I was going to do/be when I grew up.

Deanna’s latest album – Inner Perfection – was released in January of this year, and she is traveling this summer to promote it.

For me ‘Inner Perfection’ wasn’t just about who I am as an artist … I think it exposes my passion to see others set free from whatever limitations they’ve had on their life. Whether it’s something as simple as peer pressure to be average or something more serious like an addiction or self-harm, it’s a box people don’t have to be in. With these songs I kinda wanted to say ‘hey, you can always rise above it and live your fullest potential.

Several years after beginning her music career, Deanna began to model and also came upon the fashion scene, revealing her own unique line: The Loveland Collection. She explains:

Fashion has always been more of a hobby for me. Started sewing when I was about nine and did more designing and embroidery as a teenager. I always kept it on the back burner knowing I would use it eventually.

I’m really known right now for doing custom work.  I love doing formal things for weddings or special events and there’s nothing like having a dress custom sewn to fit.

I’ve followed Deanna’s career for years – since we met in 2003. It came to my attention that she has chosen to donate a portion of her proceeds to a pregnancy resource center and to a home for women. Deanna’s choices in giving and in the words of her songs speak a timely message to today’s women: Life is valuable. Women matter. Babies ought to be given every chance to live. Women are precious just as they are.

This is just the sort of message that we need to hear from the music, modeling, and fashion worlds. Deanna graciously granted me an interview that gives us insight into the heart of a young woman striving to make a difference in the lives of her generation.

Perhaps my favorite thing about Deanna is that she has set an example as a celebrity who chooses to give to truly pro-life, pro-women organizations. She personally knows people from Mercy Ministries and The Pregnancy Resource Center of Danville, Kentucky. Deanna has taken the responsibility to make sure her money goes to organizations that help women choose life – for themselves and their children. In our interview, she gives advice for others on how to choose a truly pro-life organization to give to.


Q. I’ve noticed that some of your songs and your fashion line seem to focus on inner beauty and acceptance of women, specifically, just as God made them. Why have you chosen to focus on this?

A. It’s kind of like walking through an apple orchard and noticing about 56% of the trees are withered with no fruit on them. Naturally, you want to pitch in, water, feed, nurture, and help them be all that they were created to be. For me, seeing girls with such a low self-esteem, who don’t think they’re beautiful…it breaks my heart over and over because if only they knew. If I can be that voice of encouragement and hope for even one girl, then I’m happy. I know a lot of women look at photos in magazines to find their identity, and there are times that I’m one of the girls they look up to…but I want them to know that when the lights go down, cameras are off, and the makeup gets washed off at night…that’s the beautiful girl that really matters. My song “Just Like You” was written with that in mind. Every girl wants to be beautiful…but that’s just the problem. Every girl is beautiful already, and for us it’s scary and sometimes overwhelming to open up and discover that beauty, but I wish that for every woman.

Q. What do you think is an important message for today’s women?

A. To seek God. Seriously, I know that sounds cliché, but this isn’t a Sunday school answer. … If we could take even just 10 minutes out of our busy schedule to kneel in a quiet place and just be silent…listen. Listen to ourselves, listen to our deepest feelings, and listen to God speaking into our lives – speaking hope, love, peace…finding our identity in Him. There’s so much in that quiet place.

Q. Why are you pro-life?

A. Aside from the scientific proof that a fetus becomes a life at the moment of conception, I’ve seen the tears, guilt, and pain that women carry after having an abortion. It’s clear to me that there’s much more involved – it’s not just a choice, and it’s certainly not freedom…it’s something a woman deals with every day for the rest of her life.

Q. How do you incorporate the pro-life message in your work?

A. Right now I mainly support through financial donations and giving my time for live appearances, performances, or speaking for events.

Q. How did you make sure they [the organizations you support] were pro-life and that they truly empowered women?

A. A couple girls who are dear friends of mine graduated from the Mercy Ministries program. No organization or program is perfect, and they can’t always guarantee a cure, but Mercy is definitely doing their best to help women rise above their situation and find a new start.

The pregnancy center I support is run by a dear friend of mine and I’ve heard story after story of girls choosing life because of that center.

Q. What is your advice for other celebrities (and everyday people) who want to choose good, pro-life, pro-women organizations to give their money to?

A. I would encourage anyone to look up their local pregnancy resource center or women’s homes and research them a little to make sure they’re legitimately supporting and helping your local girls. The smaller facilities have such high demand and meet so many needs, and yet I feel like they get overlooked financially.

If you want to find out more about Deanna Loveland, you can visit her website, follow her on Twitter, or find her on Facebook. I urge you to find out more about Mercy Ministries and The Pregnancy Resource Center of Danville, Kentucky. Both of these organizations are very worthy of support.

Below is a music video of one of Deanna’s songs, “Broken Wings”:

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PBS defends decision to air pro-abortion documentary ‘After Tiller’

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Under pressure for showing the pro-abortion documentary "After Tiller" on Labor Day, PBS' "POV" affiliate has defended the decision in response to an inquiry from LifeSiteNews.

The producers of the film say their goal with the documentary, which tells the stories of four late-term abortion doctors after the killing of infamous late-term abortionist George Tiller, is to "change public perception of third-trimester abortion providers by building a movement dedicated to supporting their right to work with a special focus on maintaining their safety.” 

POV told LifeSiteNews, "We do believe that 'After Tiller' adds another dimension to an issue that is being debated widely." Asked if POV will show a pro-life documentary, the organization said that it "does not have any other films currently scheduled on this issue. POV received almost 1000 film submissions each year through our annual call for entries and we welcome the opportunity to consider films with a range of points of view."

When asked whether POV was concerned about alienating its viewership -- since PBS received millions in federal tax dollars in 2012 and half of Americans identify as pro-life -- POV said, "The filmmakers would like the film to add to the discussion around these issues. Abortion is already a legal procedure."

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"This is an issue that people feel passionately about and will have a passionate response to. We are hopeful that the majority of people can see it for what it is, another lens on a very difficult issue." 

In addition to the documentary, POV has written materials for community leaders and teachers to share. A cursory examination of the 29-page document, which is available publicly, appears to include links to outside sources that defend Roe v. Wade, an examination of the constitutional right to privacy, and "a good explanation of the link between abortion law and the right to privacy," among other information.

Likewise, seven clips recommended for student viewing -- grades 11 and beyond -- include scenes where couples choose abortion because the children are disabled. Another shows pro-life advocates outside a doctor's child's school, and a third is described as showing "why [one of the film's doctors] chose to offer abortion services and includes descriptions of what can happen when abortion is illegal or unavailable, including stories of women who injured themselves when they tried to terminate their own pregnancies and children who were abused because they were unwanted."

Another clip "includes footage of protesters, as well as news coverage of a hearing in the Nebraska State Legislature in which abortion opponents make reference to the idea that a fetus feels pain." The clip's description fails to note that it is a scientifically proven fact that unborn children can feel pain.

The documentary is set to air on PBS at 10 p.m. Eastern on Labor Day.

Kirsten Andersen contributed to this article.

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He defended ‘real’ marriage, and then was beheaded for it

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A Christian man was executed during the night by a high-profile ruler after making an uncompromising defense of real marriage.

The Christian, who was renowned for his holiness, had told the ruler in public that his relationship with his partner was “against the law” of God. The Christian’s words enraged the ruler’s partner who successfully plotted to have him permanently silenced.

John the Baptist was first imprisoned before he was beheaded. The Catholic Church honors him today, August 29, as a martyr and saint.

While John’s death happened a little less than 2,000 years ago, his heroic stance for real marriage is more pertinent today than ever before.

According to the Gospel of Mark, the ruler Herod had ‘married’ his brother’s wife Herodias. When John told Herod with complete frankness, “It is against the law for you to have your brother’s wife,” Herodias became “furious” with him to the point of wanting him killed for his intolerance, bullying, and hate-speech.

Herodias found her opportunity to silence John by having her daughter please Herod during a dance at a party. Herod offered the girl anything she wanted. The daughter turned to her mother for advice, and Herodias said to ask for John’s head on a platter.

Those who fight for real marriage today can learn three important lessons from John’s example.

  1. Those proudly living in ungodly and unnatural relationships — often referred to in today’s sociopolitical sphere as ‘marriage’ — will despise those who tell them what they are doing is wrong. Real marriage defenders must expect opposition to their message from the highest levels.
  2. Despite facing opposition, John was not afraid to defend God’s plan for marriage in the public square, even holding a secular ruler accountable to this plan. John, following the third book of the Hebrew Bible (Leviticus 20:21), held that a man marrying the wife of his brother was an act of “impurity” and therefore abhorrent to God. Real marriage defenders must boldly proclaim today that God is the author of marriage, an institution he created to be a life-long union between one man and one woman from which children arise and in which they are best nurtured. Marriage can be nothing more, nothing less.
  3. John did not compromise on the truth of marriage as revealed by God, even to the point of suffering imprisonment and death for his unpopular position. Real marriage defenders must never compromise on the truth of marriage, even if the government, corporate North America, and the entire secular education system says otherwise. They must learn to recognize the new “Herodias” of today who despises those raising a voice against her lifestyle. They must stand their ground no matter what may come, no matter what the cost.

John the Baptist was not intolerant or a bigot, he simply lived the word of God without compromise, speaking the word of truth when it was needed, knowing that God’s way is always the best way. Were John alive today, he would be at the forefront of the grassroots movement opposing the social and political agenda to remake marriage in the image of man.

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If he were alive today he might speak simple but eloquent words such as, “It is against God’s law for two men or two women to be together as a husband and wife in marriage. Marriage can only be between a man and a woman.” 

He would most likely be hated. He would be ridiculed. He would surely have the human rights tribunals throwing the book at him. But he would be speaking the truth and have God as his ally. 

The time may not be far off when those who defend real marriage, like John, will be presented with the choice of following Caesar or making the ultimate sacrifice. May God grant his faithful the grace to persevere in whatever might come. St. John the Baptist, pray for us!

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German homeschoolers regain custody of children, vow to stay and fight for freedom

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One year to the day since a team of 20 social workers, police officers, and special agents stormed a homeschooling family’s residence near Darmstadt, Germany, and forcibly removed all four of the family’s children, aged 7 to 14, a state appeals court has returned custody of the children to their parents.

The reason given for the removal was that parents Dirk and Petra Wunderlich continued to homeschool their children in defiance of a German ban on home education.

The children were returned three weeks after being taken, following an international outcry spearheaded by the Home School Legal Defense Association.

However, a lower court imposed the condition on the parents that their children were required to attend state schools in order for them to be released, and took legal custody of the children in order to prevent the family from leaving the country.

In a decision that was still highly critical of the parents and of homeschooling, the appeals court decided that the action of the lower court in putting the children in the custody of the state was “disproportional” and ordered complete custody returned to the parents, according to a statement by the HSLDA.

The Wunderlichs, who began homeschooling again when the court signaled it would rule this way, said they were very pleased with the result, but noted that the court’s harsh words about homeschooling indicated that their battle was far from over.

“We have won custody and we are glad about that,” Dirk said.

“The court said that taking our children away was not proportionate—only because the authorities should apply very high fines and criminal prosecution instead. But this decision upholds the absurd idea that homeschooling is child endangerment and an abuse of parental authority.”

The Wunderlichs are now free to emigrate to another country where homeschooling is legal, if they choose, but they said they intend to remain in Germany and work for educational freedom.

“While we no longer fear that our children will be taken away as long as we are living in Hessen, it can still happen to other people in Germany,” Dirk said. “Now we fear crushing fines up to $75,000 and jail. This should not be tolerated in a civilized country.”

Petra Wunderlich said, "We could not do this without the help of HSLDA,” but cautioned that, “No family can fight the powerful German state—it is too much, too expensive."

"If it were not for HSLDA and their support, I am afraid our children would still be in state custody. We are so grateful and thank all homeschoolers who have helped us by helping HSLDA.”

HSLDA’s Director for Global Outreach, Michael Donnelly, said he welcomed the ruling but was concerned about the court’s troubling language.

“We welcome this ruling that overturns what was an outrageous abuse of judicial power,” he said.

“The lower court decision to take away legal custody of the children essentially imprisoned the Wunderlich family in Germany. But this decision does not go far enough. The court has only grudgingly given back custody and has further signaled to local authorities that they should still go after the Wunderlichs with criminal charges or fines.”

Donnelly pointed out that such behavior in a democratic country is problematic.

“Imprisonment and fines for homeschooling are outside the bounds of what free societies that respect fundamental human rights should tolerate,” he explained.

“Freedom and fundamental human rights norms demand respect for parental decision making in education. Germany’s state and national policies that permit banning home education must be changed.

"Such policies from a leading European democracy not only threaten the rights of tens of thousands of German families but establish a dangerous example that other countries may be tempted to follow,” Donnelly warned.

HSLDA Chairman Michael Farris said that acting on behalf of the Wunderlichs was an important stand for freedom.

“The Wunderlichs are a good and decent family whose basic human rights were violated and are still threatened,” Farris said.

“Their fight is our fight," Farris stressed, "and we will continue to support those who stand against German policy banning homeschooling that violates international legal norms. Free people cannot tolerate such oppression and we will do whatever we can to fight for families like the Wunderlichs both here in the United States and abroad. We must stand up to this kind of persecution where it occurs or we risk seeing own freedom weakened.”

Visit the HSLDA website dedicated to helping the Wunderlich family and other German homeschoolers here.

Contact the German embassy in the U.S. here.

Contact the German embassy in Canada here.

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