Entries for January, 2007

New Stanek WND column: “People magazine: Don’t stop, get a shot”

An article in the Feb. 5 issue of People magazine demonstrated the persistence of liberals to march us all down the path of free love to our deaths. I don’t understand why young people would trust the ideology of those who sought their demise before they were born, but here’s one: 33-year-old abortion survivor (which […]

Abortion clinic director: “I am pro-life”

Calling herself the “pro-life executive director” of the Emma Goldman Clinic abortion mill in Iowa City, Iowa, Karen Kubby took the occasion of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade to reflect in a Jan. 25 opinion piece in the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Highlights: I am pro-life. I believe strongly in the value of living beings […]

US News & Incorrect World Report

The Jan. 29-Feb. 5 issue of U. S. News & World Report included this in an article by Lewis Lord, “A conqueror more lethal than the sword” : Experts believe that in 1492 perhaps 10 million people lived above the Rio Grande – twice as many as may have inhabited the British Isles at that […]

People Magazine: Don’t stop, get a shot

The Feb. 5 issue of People magazine included a story about actress Marissa Jaret Winokur who, according to the teaser, “learned the cause of her cervical cancer and now makes sure other women know how to prevent it.” The sole cause of cervical cancer is human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease. Winokur contracted cervical […]

“I wish my sister were a convicted murderer”

Bobby Schindler has a compellng post on ProLifeBlogs that juxtaposes media responses to the 34-minute execution of convicted killer Angel Diaz in Florida to the 14-day execution of his sister, Terri Schiavo. Here is one, along with the photo from the post: The Ledger (Associated Press), 12-17-06 Article title: “Doctors: Botched execution likely slow, painful” […]

Why the State of IL will lose if it fights the Choose Life license plate decision

Eric Zorn and I have continued the conversation on Choose Life license plates on his blog, which led to an important point. Zorn said: The argument against your proposed plate — again an argument I do not buy — is not that it’s one too many plates, but that it contains too much self expression […]

Choose honesty

Ah, history, it’s so fun to revise! As quoted by Eric Zorn in his Chicago Tribune column today, Rep. Jack Franks would have us believe that his epiphany to single-handedly halt approval of specialty plates in Illinois came coincidentally when the Choose Life license plate bill was introduced in 2002. Then Franks should explain why […]

New Stanek WND column, “The AP’s fetus frenzy”

You would have a difficult time figuring out Barack Obama supports infanticide by the Jan. 17 Associated Press story entitled, “Obama record may be gold mine for critics.” Each of five times the AP referred to Obama’s votes as state senator against legislation to stop infanticide, it softened the blow to make it unintelligible to […]

Parental notification coincidences

The IL Supreme Court issued parental notification rules last September 20, instructing AG Lisa Madigan to tell a federal judge to lift the injunction on the 1995 law.  I had a feeling Madigan was stalling to give Rep. John Fritchey’s repeal bill time to work through the system. So four months later – coincidentally – […]

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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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