Entries for June, 2008

(Prolifer)ations 6-30-08

by Colleen W. “Welcome” to Colleen, a graduate student interning for Catholic Pro-Life Committee reports wonderful news: Another late-term Dallas abortion mill is closing! June 28 was its last day to abort. This indeed, in Bishop Farrell’s words, is “the best news I’ve heard all week.” Gabriel at the LifeNews.com article on the Defund Planned […]

Stanek on Bennett

To listen to my interview on Bill Bennett’s radio show this morning discussing Barack Obama’s opposition to IL’s Born Alive Infants Protection Act click here. Bill has also posted a link to the audio

527: BornAliveTruth.org

ANNOUNCING A 527 has been launched and a website is in process to expose Barack Obama and his opposition to the IL Born Alive Infants Protection Act, in other words, his support of infanticide. I am making this public now since many Bill Bennett listeners are checking out this blog after his having publicized it […]

Stanek on Bill Bennett, CNN tomorrow

The date and time has changed 3x now, but I think tomorrow between 5-6p EST the CNN segment on Barack Obama and the Born Alive issue is finally going to air. This is what CNN interviewed me for last week. Bill Bennett is appearing live on CNN’s The Situation Room tomorrow during that time period […]

Sunday funny

Townhall.com: Here’s that ad, in case you missed it: I wonder if Bok anticipated people like me interpreting his work as I have….

Weekend question

Reported

CNN: Stanek on Obama

Carol Costello of CNN contacted me this morning to be interviewed on my experience with Barack Obama and IL’s Born Alive Infants Protection Act. So I just got back from taping a segment at the Chicago CNN studio. I was told it would air during The Situation Room, on now. It hasn’t aired yet. UPDATE, […]

Coulter: Abortion and breast cancer link and oil

By Ann Coulter, June 25: Liberals dismiss studies that show a link between abortion and breast cancer, claiming they are biased because the people promoting the studies are “anti-choice.” For the same reason, no one should believe the Democrats’ “energy” policies. Democrats couldn’t care less about high gas prices. The consistent policy of the Democratic […]

Gloucester principal: Mayor’s lying

Recall Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk’s USA Today: The city’s mayor said Monday there is no evidence a group of young girls made a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together, seeking to dispel an explosive theory put forth by the high school principal….

Obama, if fatherhood begins at conception…

Just up on Family Research Council, this is absolutely fabulous… [HT: Fran at

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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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