Entries for May, 2006

New Stanek column on WND: “Pro-abort PBA paradox”

When exactly is a pregnancy terminated? Abortion proponents attempting to answer that question should run into a problem. By trying to protect one flank, they’ve exposed another. To be consistent, the abortion industry’s definition of when a pregnancy begins should agree with its definition of when it ends. But the two don’t jibe. For over […]

Fire Thunder suspended; abortions banned on rez

This just in: The Oglala Sioux tribal council banned all abortions on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and suspended President Cecelia Fire Thunder on Tuesday, charging that she solicited donations on behalf of the tribe for a proposed abortion clinic without the council’s approval. And this was published in IndianCountry.com last week: Hat tip: Stacy […]

New Stanek column on WND: “The lunatic fringe goes mainstream”

Latter day feminists think abortion is not just fine, it’s holy. Wrote Debi Jackson, owner of Cincinnati Women’s Services abortion mill, in a web post recently: Imagine… that a woman may create a ceremony… to be performed during the abortion or afterwards with family and friends in attendance… She may have a circle of women […]

News of encouragement…

I received this today from a new pro-life friend on South Dakota’s Oglala rez. Apparently the Natives are restless with their president’s plan to launch an abortion mill on their land and are planning a protest. … Des Moines Register columnist Dave Yepsin says that Dem guv candidate Mike Bluoin’s party of choice and pro-life […]

Will we choke on the pill?

In a recent column, I connected the morning-after pill controversy with the larger issue of contraception. Basically, pro-lifers can’t oppose the MAP without opposing birth control pills, since they contain the same ingredients (female hormones) and, therefore, may both cause abortions – stop an embryo from implanting in the uterus. Pro-aborts have honed in on […]

New Stanek column on WND: “The biggest boobs”

According to its president, the National Breast Cancer Coalition has “revolutionized” public policy in the quest to eradicate breast cancer. NBCC has an odd way of running its revolution. On May 4, NBCC announced the Golden Boob Awards, to “highlight the biggest boobs of all – the organizations that are using breast cancer purely as […]

What’s wrong with sex selection?

From today’s Chicago Tribune: BADHOCHHI KALAN, India — This is the land of the vanishing girl, where 14 boys and seven girls attend 1st grade, where educational plays warn of a future with no women. A nearby midwife delivers one girl for every five boys. Villagers do not talk openly about why the number of […]

Snubbing the snubbers

There are unconfirmed reports that IL gubernatorial candidate Judy Baar Topinka indicated earlier this spring she didn’t need conservatives to win. Whether or not that’s true, we will likely find out, and this isn’t just whiny saber-rattling by IL conservatives. Nationally, conservatives are showing their displeasure with an aberrant president and legislature by walking and […]

New Stanek column on WND: “Vampires on campus”

There has been a surge in pro-abortion violence on college campuses this spring. Most recently, Professor Sally Jacobsen at Northern Kentucky University became so enraged by a display of little white crosses commemorating children lost to abortion that she incited her students to destroy it – in broad daylight with a newspaper photographer snapping away. […]

  
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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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