SATURDAY, 26 JANUARY 2013

“Abortion is bad karma”

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That was only one sign seen at the March for Life in Washington D.C. Friday, carried by the Hare Krishnas. Feminists for Life were there, Atheists for Life, and members of the gay Republican group GOProud joined the March this year, because they’re all against abortion. And for human dignity. For all human beings.

That’s the message, the one Abraham Lincoln and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ’got’ and stood for and dedicated themselves to in their work in whatever way they could. Which is why this momentous week that opened on Martin Luther King Day was a very big one for the national debate on human rights. Especially since the most pro-abortion president in American history was sworn in on Dr. King’s day, with his hand on a Lincoln Bible and a King Bible. If only he dedicated his presidency to that cause of just laws for “all God’s children” as Dr.… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 23 JANUARY 2013

Roe at 40

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“Picture a football stadium that holds 55,000 people, and then multiply that to 1,000 such filled stadiums, and you’ll have an idea of how many human beings we have lost, how many babies have been killed, since the Roe v. Wade decision 40 years ago.”

That stunning statement left a radio talk show host speechless for a moment, when my guest put a visual to the idea people have long lost sight of in the word ‘abortion.’ Or its terminology.

John Morales is the producer/director of the documentary film 40, a film that “will present the argument that abortion is not merely a religious or political issue but the most important fundamental human and civil rights issue of our times,” he said.

Lila Rose told me the same thing, of course because she has stood for and worked for that belief for a long time in her young life. She’s dynamic, courageous,… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

TUESDAY, 22 JANUARY 2013

To really honor Dr. King

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First, respect the fact that he was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Reverend first.

Everything he preached and said and wrote was based on the Gospel and the example of Christ. His niece Dr. Alveda King tells me that in every interview. But it’s self-evident in his writings and speeches.

Politicians and social activists who stand on his shoulders today and invoke his name and memory selectively skip over the most siginficant part of his identity.

Martin Luther King Day is a time to promote racial harmony in America and honor the slain civil rights leader who was “inspired by the teachings of Christ,” says the head of the Knights of Peter Claver.

“Considering that so many ‘church-going folks’ were supporting segregation and Jim Crow laws during the civil rights movement, it is wonderful that King dedicated his life to employing Christ’s teachings to resist and… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

TUESDAY, 22 JANUARY 2013

Obama sworn in

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On two Bibles, one formerly belonging to President Abraham Lincoln, the other to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Background:

NO VERSES.  Unlike the seven most recent residents of the White House, President Obama has not selected a Scripture verse which he likes, and upon which he will base his presidency.  He will place his hand on the stack of closed bibles, but will not read the words which they contain.

In contrast, when Abraham Lincoln swore on that velvet Bible, he placed his hand on three favorite verses:  Matthew 7:1 and 18:7, and Revelation 16:7.  Those verses are:

Mt 7:1  Do not judge, or you too will be judged.

Mt 18:7  Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!

Rev 16:7 … click here to read whole article and make comments


 

THURSDAY, 17 JANUARY 2013

Obama declares Religious Freedom Day

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In another twist on news that doesn’t square with other news, and words by the president that don’t match actions by the president…

Mr. Obama declared January 16th Religious Freedom Day. Here’s the Proclamation:

Foremost among the rights Americans hold sacred is the freedom to worship as we choose.

Right there is a tip off to where his administration has been going with religious liberty in America, transitioning it to the freedom to worship.

But immediately afterward he makes this fine set of points:

Today, we celebrate one of our Nation’s first laws to protect that right — the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. Written by Thomas Jefferson and guided through the Virginia legislature by James Madison, the Statute affirmed that “Almighty God hath created the mind free” and “all men shall be free to profess . . . their opinions in matters of religion.” Years later, our… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

MONDAY, 14 JANUARY 2013

The incongruity of the anti-violence campaign

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Starting from the top.

So many times during so many press conferences or reading news stories, I've wanted to ask this question.

Mr. President, do you hear yourself?

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FRIDAY, 11 JANUARY 2013

How to lift up instead of bring down

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How to ennoble instead of demean or belittle. Let’s talk.

Often, something I’m hearing in the middle of a conversation reminds me of a profound but simple observation made by Pope Paul VI that has stayed with me for years, decades, about how to reach people with a good message. He said “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” It struck me when I read it in the 90′s, though he wrote it in a compelling Apostolic Exhortation back in 1975.

I could easily get sidetracked on that whole work right now, his writing on engaging modern culture. It seems more relevant now than ever, though it always has been.

I thought of it today when the second shoe dropped on a Breakpoint message-turned-exchange about ‘the importance of story’, or basically how to influence people today. Given our… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

MONDAY, 7 JANUARY 2013

Resolve to be better informed

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Let’s expand our horizons for engaging the world this year.

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat has some suggestions. I like his attitude.

COME what may in the next 12 months, 2013 has this much going for it: It’s a year without a midterm election, and a year that’s as far removed as possible from the next presidential race. This means that for a blessed 365 days you can be a well-informed and responsible American citizen without reading every single article on Politico, without hitting refresh every 30 seconds on your polling-average site of choice, without channel-hopping between Chris Matthews’s hyperventilating and Dick Morris’s promises of an inevitable Republican landslide.

So use the year wisely, faithful reader. For a little while, at least, let gridlock take care of itself, shake yourself free of the toils of partisanship, and let your mind rove more widely and freely than the onslaught… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

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