Entries for June, 2010

Scandal: ACOG’s collusion with the White House to rewrite objective medical opinion to fit subjective political script

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Pro-aborts blink? May not challenge NE’s fetal pain law?

The here.) This would be interesting, a sign of weakness, although if I were a betting woman I’d say the other side will decide it must sue. But here is the other side of the argument, per the AP: … [E]xperts say attempts by abortion-rights groups to block [the fetal pain law]… from going on […]

Lunch Break: Obama, are you listening?

To give us a break from the daily grind… A video from Email LauraLoo with your Lunch Break suggestions. [HT: carder]

Quote of the Day 6-30-10

Monday was Justice John Paul Stevens’ final day on the Supreme Court – and it attracted a small group of protesters who showed up at the court to decry Stevens for his decisions on abortion. One protester, dressed as the grim reaper, wielded a megaphone into which he suggested Stevens will go to hell. Another, […]

New Stanek WND.com column, “Exposed! Kagan’s partial-birth abortion scheme”

UPDATE, 9:25a: A high up source tells me GOP senators plan to bring up today Kagan’s collusion with ACOG to rewrite its medical opinion of partial-birth abortion. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology is well-known in pro-life circles to be radically pro-abortion. For instance, ACOG supports the most heinous of all abortion practices, partial-birth […]

(Prolifer)ations 6-19-10

by Susie Allen, host of the blog, ProWomanProLife discusses the

Woman uses emergency contraceptive to kill wrongly implanted babies

Jivin J’s Life Links 6-29-10

by JivinJ, host of the blog, New York Times Magazine: At week 24, the fetus is a fully formed baby, weighing over a pound and measuring nearly a foot long. The mother has felt it kicking and seen it in lifelike detail on a screen; were she to go into labor, it would perhaps survive. […]

Pro-life group challenges US Senate candidate’s rape/incest exception

Well, hooyah. It’s about time we stopped letting pro-life political candidates get away with saying they have a “rape/incest exception.” That’s simply code for saying they support killing an innocent child whose father is a sexual criminal. In the State of WA, all 3 Republicans facing off in the August 17 primary – businessman Paul […]

Lunch Break: Tim Hawkins, “Side Effects”

To give us a break from the daily grind…

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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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