Entries for February, 2006

Pro-life inconsistency?

An Illinois pro-life organization has rated candidates beginning like this: 1 = Fully pro-life1# = Rape and incest exception2 = Not in full support of all pro-life issues If 1 + # = 1 and not 2, this group is saying someone can hold rape and incest exceptions and be “fully pro-life.” Do you think […]

Will China’s one-child policy result not only in the deaths of its females but the death of us all?

The February 13-19 Washington Times National Weekly Edition reported: A new Pentagon strategy report… bluntly states that China is the greatest potential challenge to the U.S. military and is rapidly building up its military…. The Pentagon report… notes that Beijing is investing heavily in military force, “particularly in its strategic arsenal and capabilities designed to […]

A new opportunity for pregnancy care centers and hospice programs

Many if not most babies aborted late-term in hospitals and abortion mills have birth defects. They are aborted because they have Down syndrome, spina bifida, anacephaly, etc. Abortionist George Tiller and others make this sort of abortion into a specialty. The other side is clear on why most late-term babies are aborted, as LifeNews.com reported […]

Mark Steyn on Australia’s missing wee bairns

This was in yesterday’s The Australian. Article reprinted in entirety on page 2 with an editorial comment. WARNING: parental discretion advised. Hat tip: Reader Mike Perry

Censored Truth billboard coming soon to PA Turnpike

Demonstrating creative tenacity, Pennsylvania’s Face the Truth America (warning: aborted baby photo on home page of FTTA) did not quit when Trone Outdoor Advertising rejected its billboard ad concept, a live baby photo next to an aborted baby photo with the caption, “YOUR CHOICE.” The group resubmitted the ad layout with a “CENSORED” bar across […]

New WND column: “Barbequed sacred cows”

Chicago is no longer my kind of town. It’s a liberal Democrat kind of town. It’s a town with a gay and lesbian center – funded by taxpayers. It’s a town that aborts over 20,000 of its residents a year. It’s Jesse Jackson’s home town. It’s a town where Republicans meet in catacombs. It’s a […]

Fetus eating abortionist story regurgitated

WorldNetDaily.com reports today on a bill introduced in the Kansas legislature calling for unannounced inspections of all state out-patient clinics. Two bills similar to HB2829 were presented in the past and subsequently shot down by pro-abortion Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. This most recent attempt is in large part due to revelations last year of “[s]hockingly unsanitary […]

IL remains Wild West of human cloning thanks to hold-up by Democrat House Leaders

Three public policy organizations (Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, Concerned Women for America of IL, and Eagle Forum of IL) held a press conference yesterday in Chicago to spotlight last week’s unilateral hold-up by state Rep. William Delgado of HB4156, which would halt taxpayer funding of human cloning in IL and regulate documented gross […]

The Herald News reverses position on pro-life ads

Regarding the Herald News’ rejection of Right to Life of Will County’s pro-life ads three weeks ago, Steve Vanisko of Joliet’s Herald News copied me on the following email he wrote to ABC yesterday: After re-examining the ads that were submitted by Will County Right To Life, The Herald News has decided that the ads […]

Not too graphic for Fox News

Yesterday CNS News picked up on my blog post about The Herald News refusing to run Right to Life of Will County’s ads featuring ultrasound pictures. The paper stated the ads were “too graphic.” Last night Fox News’ Special Report with Brit Hume picked up the story, and Fox News is still covering the story […]

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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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