Christmas Day vids: From the simple to the sublime

by Hans Johnson

This holiday is a mixture of family memories and sacred worship. First, we have one man’s lesson from a Christmas past, called “The Christmas Scale”:

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Next are the chapters of Handel’s Messiah depicting the announcement of The Good News to the shepherds in the field:

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Pro-life vid of the day: The Christmas truce

by Hans Johnson

On Christmas Eve exactly 100 years ago during World War I, soldiers on both sides paused hostilities to exchange gifts and play soccer. The greatest war in human history was being fought for the pettiest of reasons – more out of misunderstandings and “hurt feelings” than for  any territorial dispute. But on one silent night, it was agreed upon to observe  “peace on Earth”, if ever so briefly.

This dramatization is from Sainsbury’s, a U.K. supermarket chain, which is donating all proceeds from its chocolate to The Royal British League.

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Pro-life blog buzz 12-23-14

pro-lifeby Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli

  • ProLife365 has a humorous post on the benefits of having a large family.
  • Saynsumthn’s Blog reports on the pro-abortion Unitarian Church’s Alternative Gift List for 2014. Topping their list: Give to a center for abused children or perhaps donate to Planned Parenthood, the nation largest promoter and provider of abortions. Talk about the ultimate child abuse – death by dismemberment – and the ultimate in compartmentalization.
  • Right to Life of Michigan is deeply disappointed that a 20-hour, all night session to address over 100 bills in the state left two bills on coercive abortions to die without a vote being taken. They will have to be reintroduced next year.
  • Wesley J. Smith discusses two recent cases in which pregnant women – declared brain dead – are being kept artificially alive so they can deliver their babies by c-section. In one case in Milan, the family is in agreement to continue life support until the baby can be safely delivered, but in the other case in Ireland the family wants the pregnant woman and her child to be allowed to die. Smith writes:

    Why the dripping disdain? Anger at Ireland’s anti-abortion laws is the pretext.
    But is this case really about abortion?

    I understand the family can’t move on. That has got to be terribly painful.

    But how is the woman hurt in any way? Her life isn’t affected. She’s gone. Her body isn’t being harmed, but it is benefiting her child – just as she did before her brain failed.

    Would the same people think it wrong to try and save the baby in a mechanical incubator? I suspect so. Because, well, the baby should be dead.

Pro-life vid of day: Five reasons to celebrate abortionist’s arrest

by Hans Johnson

Abortionist Dr. Naresh Patel, after years of serious accusations, is finally under arrest after an undercover sting found he was prescribing RU-486 to patients who were not pregnant.

Pro-Life Action League’s Eric Scheidler notes the reasons to be grateful for taking this Gosnellian soldier in the actual War On Women off the streets.

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Rabbi: Preborn are “water” until day 40, but pro-lifers ignore science

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In the case of abortion, Jewish law leans toward the modern pro-choice position, but also holds many powerful arguments for pro-life as well….

In the first forty days since conception, the fetus is considered by the sages to merely be water, and as “the thigh of its mother” (Yevamot 69b; Bava Kama 78b). After forty days however, the fetus is ascribed as a fully potential life whereupon that potential life becomes a full life upon birth. After birth, of course, there is a full status change….

Due to the distinct delineation of potential vs. full life, there are various Jewish approaches as to when an abortion can be permitted and at what stage during pregnancy….

What we have seen, sadly, is the proliferation of attempts to abolish abortion through so-called “personhood” state ballot initiatives that declare a fetus a person from the day of inception, making all abortion, and some birth control methods, a crime, regardless of incest, rape, or the welfare of the mother….

The most notable application of the “personhood” amendment to clinical regulation can be seen in attempts in a Texas law requiring providers at all abortion clinics to meet “ambulatory surgical center” standards (i.e. having admitting privileges at a local hospital, even if they are refused by the hospital), which in effect would close all but seven clinics in the state….

This decision, which is likely to appear in front of the Supreme Court, is yet another that ignores basic science.

~ Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, claiming the pro-life movement “ignor[es] basic science” while admitting that Jewish sages ignore the science of human development, The Huffington Post, December 22

Editor’s Note: See this link for more information on embryonic development during the first 40 days after conception.

[Photo via The Jewish Week]

Pro-life vid of day: Jack & Marley sing Jingle Bells

by Kelli

Marley and her daddy Jack Barr share their “Jingle Bells” duet to “help raise awareness for Down syndrome.”

On his website, Jack writes:

When my daughter was born, I told my wife I did not want her. I spent an entire year depressed because I believed everything society told me about having a daughter with Down syndrome.

Now she is the joy of my life. She is not a monster, she is not ugly, she is not retarded, and she is not a burden on our family. She is a beautiful little girl that brings joy to our daily lives.

I understand the fear of having a child that is different, so I want to encourage you to consider taking the road less traveled, and see the beautiful things a child with Down syndrome can show you.

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China: Woman tries to sell daughter to help hospitalized husband

Ni Qiongby Carder

Please buy my daughter. My husband is waiting for surgery fees in the hospital as his boss ran away. I would like to see my daughter and save my husband. Boss fled after industrial accident and we don’t have the money for treatment.

I’m willing to sell my child to save her father.

~ A sign held by Chinese migrant worker Ni Qiong (pictured) in desperation to help pay for her injured husband’s surgeon’s fees in China, The Daily Mail via POP Sugar, December 16

Sunday Word: The abolitionist history behind “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”

Here’s the third in the repeat of my Sunday series during the month of December of the fascinating abolitionist history behind some of our most beloved Christmas hymns. Pro-lifers identify closely with those 150 years ago who fought to free another oppressed class of people. Last week I posted the story behind “O Holy Night,” and the week before, “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” This week…

“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”

In December 1863 poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was still grieving the death by fire of his wife Francis 2 years before when receiving word their oldest son Charles had been seriously injured as a Union soldier in the Civil War.

A fierce abolitionist, Longfellow awakened in despair that Christmas morning, unsure of both the fate of his son and his country. It was against this backdrop Longfellow wrote the melancholy poem “Christmas Bells” when hearing church bells peel throughout Boston proclaiming the birth of Christ. Two of the middle verses were later dropped to adapt the poem into a Christmas carol, which composer John Caulkin set to music. Those 2 verses give the current verse 3 (the last verse below) much more context:

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said:
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Read more on the history of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” here and here.

I’ve also posted two memorable but very different renditions of this classic.

Stanek weekend Q: Reasons to celebrate arrest of abortionists?

nareshpatel2Pro-Life Action League has posted a video, “5 reasons to celebrate” (also below) the arrest of abortionist Naresh Patel (pictured right) last week in Oklahoma City:

1. Closes another abortion clinic

2. Shines light on corruption in abortion industry

3. Exposes abortion industry depravity

4. Helps pass tough pro-life laws

5. Puts other abortionists under pressure

Can you think of others?

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Planned Parenthood and Democrat Party “kissing cousins”

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“Imagine how poverty-stricken the state has to be, when in order for women to get health care they have to reach out to an organization that kills babies for a living?” Groen said. “How poverty-stricken do you have to be? That’s scraping the bottom of the barrel.”…

The representative, for his part, wasn’t surprised to hear the governor was rallying opposition to his legislation.

“They’re kissing cousins,” Groen said of Planned Parenthood and Democratic politicians.

~ Pro-life New Hampshire state Representative Warren Groen, on a bill he has introduced to defund Planned Parenthood, as quoted by the Concord Monitor, December 20

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by Carder

LoveYouForever

I made that up after my wife and I had two babies born dead. The song was my song to my dead babies. For a long time I had it in my head and I couldn’t even sing it because every time I tried to sing it I cried. It was very strange having a song in my head that I couldn’t sing.

For a long time it was just a song but one day, while telling stories at a big theatre at the University of Guelph, it occurred to me that I might be able to make a story around the song.

Out popped Love You Forever, pretty much the way it is in the book.

~ Children’s author Robert Munsch sharing the story behind the classic story Love You Forever, via POP Sugar, December 20

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