Christine Dhanagom

Why the post-Christian world still loves Christmas

Christine Dhanagom
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December 24, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Although my husband and I follow the practice of observing December as a period of preparation for Christmas, traditionally known as Advent, there is a part of me that finds it impossible not to think of the “Christmas season” as beginning shortly after Thanksgiving.

I’m certainly not one to join the line forming outside of Best Buy at 3 a.m. on Black Friday, but how can you not enjoy the fact that there is religious music being pumped into every shopping mall and available on every radio station?

Yes, there’s secular music too. But somewhere in between “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” you’re also bound to hear Celine Dion enjoining you to “fall on your knees” before the Christ Child, accompanied by the beautiful strains of “O Holy Night.”

Homes are alight, and Christmas trees sparkle cheerfully from the windows. There are plastic snowmen and Santas aplenty, but there are also countless images of the Word made flesh lying in his humble bed of straw. It is the one time of year when you can wear your religion on your sleeve, and on your front lawn, with impunity.

Of course, there will always be the P.C. police complaining on CNN about the latest public building that erected a nativity scene. Call me an optimist (something I don’t get called very often), but I think most Americans are rolling their eyes and turning off the TV as they put the finishing touches on their holiday decorating.

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What is it about Christmas that holds such a universal appeal?  There are other dates that Christians have traditionally revered as even more significant than the anniversary of Christ’s birth. Most notably, of course, there is Easter: the feast of final and absolute victory, of sweet singing and unmitigated joy.

Maybe that is precisely why it does not resonate as deeply with our culture, or really, perhaps, with any of us, on a human level. Perfect happiness is a concept that eludes our fallen intellects. It is by the grace of God that we dimly grasp it, strive for it, and welcome the light of Easter that shines with an almost painful penetration into our weak, sinful souls.

And outside of our churches, where broken families have shaken our faith in unconditional love, where unwanted babies are dumped into medical waste buckets, where madmen break into kindergarten classrooms and gun down innocent children, the glorious “Alleluias” of Christ’s resurrection may seem the discordant echoes of an inaccessible happiness.

At Bethlehem there is humanity, not risen and glorified, but small, naked, and shivering. There is a gentle light that is suited to eyes grown accustomed to darkness, and a joy that is more approachable because it is subdued by the shadow of the Cross.

It’s easy to get frustrated by the secularization of a sacred holiday. But it is because God has made Himself so human, so approachable, that a world estranged from Him is still every year drawn around His crib, even as they bury it amongst meaningless trappings. Yes, there is engrained cultural habit and pure materialistic greed that drives the propagation of this holiday in a post-Christian world. But because I believe that God continues to pour His grace into our unworthy hearts, I believe that there is something deeper. There is a response to God’s condescending, irresistible love.

Christ is so intent on wooing and winning the heart of man that He has chosen to subject Himself to all this superficial glitter and tacky commercialization. Let’s wage our very legitimate war to reclaim Christmas for Christ, but let’s not forget to draw a lesson from this awesome humility of our God.

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Hillary Clinton: ‘I’m proud to stand with Planned Parenthood’

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By Dustin Siggins

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 4, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Seven days after calling videos of Planned Parenthood officials harvesting fetal parts "disturbing," leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is throwing her support behind the embattled abortion giant.

In an ad released on Monday, just hours before the U.S. Senate failed to defund Planned Parenthood, Clinton called such legislative efforts "a full-on assault on women's health."

She also described Planned Parenthood as "the nation's leader in providing reproductive health care."

“Unfortunately, these attacks aren’t new," Clinton said. "They’re more of the same. We have seen them in Wisconsin, where Governor Walker defunded Planned Parenthood and left women across the state stranded with nowhere else to turn. We have seen them in Florida, where Jeb Bush funneled millions of dollars into abstinence-only programs while gutting funds for crucial family planning programs. And we have seen them in Texas, where Governor [Rick] Perry drastically cut funding for breast and cervical cancer screenings."

"And then [Perry] signed legislation that forced health centers across the state to close their doors in an attempt to wipe out access to safe and legal abortion all together,” Clinton said.

Walker boasted of defunding Planned Parenthood at a Republican presidential candidate in New Hampshire last night.

As governor of Florida, Bush put millions of dollars towards pro-life pregnancy care clinics, which are pro-life alternatives to abortion clinics.

The measures Perry signed in 2013 banned most abortions after 20 weeks' gestation, forced abortion centers to upgrade to the same level as ambulatory surgical centers, and required abortionists to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

However, according to Clinton, defunding America's largest abortion company is "cutting people off from the health care provider they know and trust."

“When they attack women’s health, they attack America’s health," Clinton said. "And it’s wrong. And we are not going to let them get away with it."

"We are not going back. We are going to fight back," she vowed.

She concluded, "I’m proud to stand with Planned Parenthood."

Her video came between the releases of undercover video footage revealing Planned Parenthood's work in harvesting the organs of aborted babies and turning them over to research firms for a fee.

Clinton has long supported abortion-on-demand, saying earlier this year that religious beliefs opposed to abortion "must be changed."

Last year, she said it was "a bedrock truth" that "you cannot make progress on gender equality or broader human development, without safeguarding women’s reproductive health and rights."

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Bobby Jindal cancels Planned Parenthood funding in wake of body parts scandal

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BATON ROUGE, LA, August 4, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The state of Louisiana has canceled its contract with the state's two Planned Parenthood centers.

Louisiana governor and 2016 presidential candidate Bobby Jindal said that the decision came because of new videos showing illegal activity by top Planned Parenthood officials.

“In recent weeks, it has been shocking to see reports of the alleged activities taking place at Planned Parenthood facilities across the country. Planned Parenthood does not represent the values of the people of Louisiana and shows a fundamental disrespect for human life,” he said. “It has become clear that this is not an organization that is worthy of receiving public assistance from the state.”

Jindal, who had ordered the state to investigate Planned Parenthood for potential felony violations following the release of the first video, canceled the contract because of its "at will" provision. That means that "either party can choose to cancel the contract at will after providing written notice,” according to a press release from the governor's office. “Governor Jindal and DHH decided to give the required 30-day notice to terminate the Planned Parenthood Medicaid provider contract because Planned Parenthood does not represent the values of the State of Louisiana in regards to respecting human life."

"Pending the ongoing investigation, DHH [the Dept. of Health and Hospitals] reserves the right to amend the cancellation notice and terminate the provider agreement immediately should cause be determined," it states.

This action is just the latest by the pro-life governor, who last year signed a law requiring all abortionists to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

Louisiana has been named the number one pro-life state by Americans United for Life for six years in a row.

A Planned Parenthood official told the left-wing blog Talking Points Memo that no Planned Parenthood facilities provide abortions, although the abortion provider hopes to build a facility to do so.

Gov. Jindal also halted the building that 8,000-square foot abortion megaplex, scheduled to be built in New Orleans, following the release of the first video.

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This one shot from the latest PP sting video might be the most disturbing thing you see all year

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I’m about to show you something that, if you're alive and have a heartbeat, will deeply disturb you, and then make you hopping mad.

I warn you, it’s graphic. But everybody needs to see this. Because this is the truth. And even if the truth is difficult, and gruesome, and challenging, it must be known.

This morning the Center for Medical Progress released the latest in their series of undercover sting videos exposing the fact that Planned Parenthood is harvesting and selling the body parts of aborted babies.

The first part is plenty disturbing, as director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, discusses how she “diversifies” Planned Parenthood's “revenue stream” by selling aborted baby parts, and how their abortionists can modify the abortion procedure (Note: totally illegal) to obtain “intact” fetuses.

But then the camera moves into the lab, where workers are actually involved in dissecting and dismembering aborted babies to get the useful body parts.

Describing their “last case” of the day, one of the workers tells an actor posing as someone interested in purchasing fetal body parts, that “it was a twin” at about 20 weeks gestation.

The camera then pans over to a dish, filled with what Planned Parenthood describes as “tissue.” One of the workers uses tweezers to pick up the intestines, and boasts about how sometimes “the organs come out really, really well.”

And that’s when I saw it. A little, beautiful, perfectly formed hand, gently clenched in a fist – a hand attached to an arm that had been torn from its owner's body, and thrown in a dish swimming with body parts.

...And then I saw the foot. And the other foot.

I wish I could say I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. But I could, because I know what Planned Parenthood does. But there’s a difference between believing, and seeing.

And that’s why these photos must be shared as far and wide as possible.

After that, it gets even worse, as the man behind the camera uses his tweezers to pick up and inspect an arm and hand...and then the leg...and then another leg.

Yes, it is horrifying that Planned Parenthood is apparently lying about the fact that it makes a tidy profit off trafficking in the body parts of aborted babies.

But the worst thing of all is that Planned Parenthood has body parts to sell in the first place. That Planned Parenthood is daily, constantly, aborting babies that have hands, and feet, and hearts, and lungs.

The worst part is that every time Planned Parenthood sells a body part, it is because they have killed a baby, a human being like you and me – a human being that had the right to live, and love, and be, a baby whose life was summarily snuffed out, and turned into a “revenue stream.”

The worst part is that year after year, decade after decade, we let Planned Parenthood get away with the canard that they are only aborting "blobs of tissue," or "products of pregnancy" - as if we don't all know perfectly well what the product of a pregnancy is: a baby. 

I say, enough is enough. Shut Planned Parenthood down, now!

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