Entries for December, 2010

(Prolifer)ations 12-31-10

by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN As always, we welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs! Please email Susie@jillstanek.com. Parenting Freedom nails wealthy, father-of-5 population control advocate Ted Turner on his hypocrisy. Turner espouses China’s 1-child rule for everyone, especially the poor. Eugenics, anyone?

Jivin J’s Life Links 12-31-10

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat Abortioneer Desembarazarme notes some abortion clinics don’t offer any pre-abortion counseling: I actually took the counseling portion of the program for granted until I learned that some very compassionate, professional clinics don’t offer counseling to their clients. It could be a trick to save time (clients always complain […]

Lunch Break: “Snooki’s” going to the ball

FIRST THE ORIGINAL PLAN… Just when it was thought her celeb status couldn’t get much higher, talk show host Wendy Williams reported that Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi from Jersey Shore will play hamster by being placed inside the NYC ball at Times Square. NOW THE REVISED PLAN… According to People.com, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi will drop inside a ball on NYE […]

MTV abortion special: Sad, skewed, and funded by… ?

The surprising, enduring problem abortion proponents have is people simply don’t like it. Ideologues thought legalizing abortion would settle it. But over 37 years after abortion was made legal in the U.S., abortion matriarch Frances Kissling made a striking admission earlier this year: I am driven by the changes I have seen in the way […]

Quote of the Day 12-31-10

Q: Will my parents find out if I use their insurance to get birth control? A: Unfortunately, this is a difficult question to answer. From page 16, FAQ Section of My Little Black Book for Sexual Health: A guide for getting the health insurance you need to prevent pregnancy until you’re ready, announced by Ibis […]

Lunch Break: CatholicVote.org 10 top reasons for hope in 2010

To give us a break from the daily grind… CatholicVote.org conducted an online request for suggestions for the Top 10 Reasons for Hope from 2010. All are life-affirming; two specifically deals with the abortion issue. The choice of music significantly enhances the visual experience and drives home an inspirational message. Think “Winter Olympics overture” with […]

Top 10 2010: Stanek’s most commented posts

Thanks to moderator Chris for researching these stats. Comments to all the posts listed below are closed due to an automatic comment shut-off feature that activates after several days to keep spammers at bay. You’ll note the comment stream often develops into a conversation that has nothing to do with the original post…

Top 10 2010: Stanek’s most read posts

When analyzing my blog’s 2010 page views, moderator Chris discovered that just like last year, many of the most read posts were not actually written in 2010. So I’m separating out the top 10 most read posts written in 2010 and the top 10 most read tabs and posts written previously. Note how popular the […]

Quote of the Day 12-30-10

To have a group of OB/GYN doctors terminating fetuses just outside our door, to force our mothers and their babies [to] drive through a common driveway, driving by the front of an abortion clinic, in order to park in our lot to have their babies cared for is an atrocity. We are here to prevent […]

Lunch Break: 2010’s best dance from expectant mom

To give us a break from the daily grind… Great moves from a very expectant mom on the Ellen show earlier this year.  Email LauraLoo with your Lunch Break suggestions.

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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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