Entries for September, 2005

Blog break

Due to my heavy speaking schedule as well as my mother-in-law’s very poor health, I will not blog here for the next six weeks. As able, I will blog on ProLifeBlogs.com, which is a great pro-life source. I will continue to send my weekly newsletters with links to my WorldNetDaily.com columns, so please do sign […]

The Muslim connection to France’s underpopulation crisis $ handout

Addendum to my previous post… Hyscience quotes the American Thinker on another point, drawn from a Washington Times piece yesterday that included this: Given France’s egalitarian ideals, the notion of creating perks to attract professional mothers did not go down well with the socialist opposition…. Demographic trends in Muslim and non-Muslim communities are rarely mentioned […]

Why doesn’t MSM call it an “underpopulation crisis”?

The Chicago Sun-Times reports today that France will offer new financial incentives for mothers to have third children. Reports the Sun-Times: France isn’t alone in worrying about the need to encourage births. Across Europe [there is]… a decline in fertility rates that some fear could lead to economic decline. In the 25-nation European Union, the […]

Other side agrees: “Roe was terribly reasoned”

A Fox News story yesterday reported: The two vacancies on the Supreme Court have activists on both sides of the abortion debate sounding the death knell of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling overturning state laws that criminalized abortion. But some legal scholars who support abortion rights say that may not be such a […]

CA’s stem cell initiative grows more mired in the muck

Not only pro-life and pro-fiscally responsible government groups are raising red flags about CA’s $3 billion ($6 billion with interest) stem cell initiative. Read Capitol Weekly News’ September 15 piece, “Stem cell research: cutting-edge science or corporate subsidies, courtesy of voters?” (reprinted on page 2). Also read a very strong editorial in the September 18 […]

The rape/incest card in parental notification

Abortion marketers have successfully persuaded many Americans who would normally believe otherwise to call themselves “pro-choice” because of their concern about rape and incest victims. Although the number of mothers aborting for rape/incest is no more than 1% according to the research arm of Planned Parenthood, Alan Guttmacher, (13,000 of 1.3 million annually), pro-aborts hold […]

Fall speaking schedule

Tuesday I kicked off my autumn speaking schedule at the annual fundraising banquet for the New Life Pregnancy Center in Decatur, IL, with over 500 people attending. A reporter from the Decatur Herald & Review covered the event (reprinted on page 2). Some pro-lifers are afraid to speak with the press. My experience is that […]

March of the Pro-Aborts

A September 13 New York Times article set the stage. March of the Penguins is now the second highest grossing documentary of all time, thanks in large part to its popularity among conservatives. This intrigued the NYT, I’m sure in no small measure because the highest grossing documentary is Farenheit 911, made so by liberals. […]

New WND column: “Darth Durbin”

Many will be surprised that infamously pro-abortion U.S. Senator Dick Durbin was once a warm-blooded pro-lifer. My column today tracks the demise of one of many political figures who sold their soul to get ahead in the Democrat Party, with an interesting paper trail called the Durbin Abortion Papers provided by National Right to Life.

New WND column: “Throwing babies out with the floodwater”

My column today on WND.com, “Throwing babies out with the floodwater,” begins: The good news is that Hurricane Katrina destroyed five of nine Louisiana abortion mills, although their displaced vermin were scurrying around shelters within 72 hours handing out free morning-after pills and abortions. Here, have a little more death and destruction – no charge! […]

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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.

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