Category Archives: Social Justice

Charles Krauthammer: Young people permissive, but not on abortion

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Bill O’Reilly: But it’s a more permissive culture, you know… unfettered abortion, OK, for any reason, up until the birth process. There’s a struggle.

And the struggle is between, usually, people of faith and the secular progressives. And the secular progressives have the media in their pocket, so they’re powerful.

Charles Krauthammer: Look… I would start with a proposition that, somehow… the permissiveness is radically increasing.

I would say, one of the more remarkable phenomenon of the last 30 years is the increase in opposition to abortion among the young people. You would have thought, together with other trends, yes, the permissiveness on drugs and other stuff and on sex and all that, that you would get an increase in the lassitude for permissiveness about abortion.

But it’s the reverse. I think there has been an interesting relationship between the new sides, the imaging, the sonograms, the idea of the fetus as a person and actual increase in resistance.

~ Transcript from a recent broadcast of Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor, in which columnist and pundit Charles Krauthammer notes a counter-cultural movement in the arena of abortion in America, Fox News, December 10

Video at link (quote begins at 4:01).

[HT: Susie Allen]

March for Life expands direction

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With attendance estimated to range between 200,000 to 500,000, the March for Life is the largest annual civil rights event in the world.

NellieatpodiumFor 40 years, founder Nellie Gray, pictured right, dedicated herself to the March for Life. “The last call she made before she died was about the March,” new M4L president Jeanne Monahan told me in an interview. Jeanne was appointed to her position after Nellie passed away in August 2012.

Jeanne and her team are now exploring ways to expand on Nellie’s vision and to capitalize on the innate power M4L holds. With advances online, in texting, and social media, I’ve hoped for the day when M4L would tap into the strength of its vast yearly crowd of mostly young people to promote the sanctity of life in a greater capacity. Jeanne agrees: “We want to make March for Life a year-round thing.”

M4L was founded as a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization. Many don’t know Nellie also created a 501(c)4, which can involve itself in politics through lobbying legislation that advances the sanctity of life and also support pro-life candidates.

“The March for Life has always been ‘no exceptions, no compromise,'” said Jeanne. “But very few bills and candidates are that pure. M4L seeks to move both in that direction.”

tiff-ObjectSeeking to reactivate its political arm, M4L wooed Family Research Council Vice President Tom McClusky, pictured left, earlier this month to head its (c)4 division. His vision?

“I’m basically heading a 40-year-old brand new organization,” Tom told me, since the (c)4 has not been active for a number of years. “But I’m not looking to replace any other organization.”

Tom said he tried to look at what was unique about the M4L, which, of course, is its populace. “But they come to D.C., march, go back home, and then what?” Tom noted.

So Tom wants to create citizen lobbyists – get young people to call their legislators. “Currently neither Senate nor House leadership whips on pro-life issues, but that is going to change,” Tom promised. Tom wants to keep marchers engaged, much as Barack Obama did during his campaigns as well as the Tea Party.

Tom also sees M4L as a relationship builder between pro-life groups. “My role would be to help them on the Hill,” Tom explained.

But M4L is primarily concerned with education. That is its heart. “We want not just to make abortion illegal but also undesirable to any woman or man. We want people to know abortion is never good for anyone – the baby, mom, or dad,” Jeanne explained.

As for the M4L itself, leaders are focusing on outreach to Evangelicals, “because we know the event is mostly Catholic, but most of America isn’t,” said Jeanne. To that end M4L has hired Bethany Goodman, a member of McLean Bible Church, and has also formed an Evangelical task force.

jeanne-monahanJeanne, pictured right, would additionally like to use M4L’s platform to encourage adoption as a heroic choice and to spotlight that abortion hurts women. And Jeanne is working to expand M4L’s presence in the media and as an educational organization.

In 2014, M4L organizers will also encourage marchers to post on Facebook and Twitter and work harder to capture email addresses and phone numbers. They will also foster unity by having all the major groups represented on stage during the rally.

“Politics is downstream from culture,” Jeanne summarized. “We want to stand on the shoulders of a giant, Nellie, and work both upstream and downstream to create a culture of life – with no exceptions.”

[Top photo via LifeSiteNews.com]

Paul Ryan: Obama has “never once lifted a finger” to protect preborn

“We’re all in this together” – it has a nice ring. For everyone who loves this country, it is not only true but obvious. Yet how hollow it sounds coming from a politician who has never once lifted a hand to defend the most helpless and innocent of all human beings, the child waiting to be born.

Giving up any further pretense of moderation on this issue, and in complete disregard of millions of pro-life Democrats, President Obama has chosen to pander to the most extreme elements of his party.

In the Clinton years, the stated goal was to make abortion “safe, legal and rare.” But that was a different time, and a different president. Now, apparently, the Obama-Biden ticket stands for an absolute, unqualified right to abortion – at any time, under any circumstances, and even at taxpayer expense.

~ Republican pro-life Congressman and Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, speaking at Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit, September 14. See video and read full transcript here.

Young evangelicals: Ignoring right to life as social justice issue?

Again and again I see young social justice-focused evangelicals abandoning any effective voice for the unborn for the sake of an ephemeral, culturally-fashionable concept that as a practical matter means little more than advocating a utopian ideal through a grab-bag of banal, functionally socialist policies. Moreover, the embrace of social justice often drives them functionally into the arms of a political party and political movements that are dedicated to protecting and even subsidizing the “right” to kill children on a vast, industrial scale….

[I]n exchange for adopting fashionable leftist policies… the social justice Christian Left has thrown under the bus the most vulnerable citizens of this (or any) culture — unborn children….

So, please, let’s drop the false moral pretense of “social justice.” You’re not fooling anyone. You’re a leftist seeking leftist solutions to known cultural problems, and in so doing you’ve elected to side with those who seek the legal right to intentionally kill children.

Oh, you may claim to be pro life even as you work diligently to maintain and increase the power of those individuals and institutions that advance and protect our abortion regime, but you’ve made your choice in the real world.

~ David French, Patheos, June 13

[Bib image via CafePress]

Barry Lynn: Jesus cares more about helping the poor than about abortion

Let’s get this straight. Even though abortion is not mentioned in the Bible, it is obvious to these conservatives that not only should Christians not get one; the government should bar anyone from obtaining one. However, when the deep concern for the poor is commonly located in the same sacred text, it means absolutely nothing in regard to policy making. It is just a suggestion for individuals….

From my study, I’d guess that Jesus wouldn’t be shouting out at debates that if people needed health care but didn’t buy it privately, we should just “let them die.”

~ Barry Lynn, The Washington Post, September 28

Lynn is a United Church of Christ minister, lawyer, and the Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

[Photo via au-sac.org]

Explosive new evidence of torture, murder, and pillage to be revealed today at House hearing on China’s brutal one-child policy

In the wake of Vice President Joe Biden’s statement last month expressing support for China’s barbaric one-child policy, the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights will hold a hearing today about the gross human rights violations being committed by the Communist Chinese government in an attempt to forcibly control its population.

The hearing will start at 2p EST and can be watched online. Watch for explosive new information. I’ve received an advance copy of the testimony to be given by Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, and it is heartbreaking and infuriating. How can China be getting away with this as the world stands by?

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Pro-abortion China: Living in the “dark ages” of women’s rights

Make no mistake. China’s One Child Policy is enforced through forced abortion, forced sterilization and infanticide.

Women are dragged out of their homes, strapped to tables, and forced to abort babies they want, up to the 9th month of pregnancy. Women sometimes die during these violent procedures.

The One Child Policy is China’s war on women. Adopting it world wide would hurl women’s rights back to the dark ages.

~ Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, as quoted by Christian Newswire, August 9

[Photo (via WRWF) is of 23-year-old Wang Liping and her 7-month-old aborted child, who was left beside her in a plastic bag after she was forcibly aborted and could not pay the “disposal fee” for the child’s body.]

1662 pro-slavery law sounds remarkably pro-abortion

YouTube Preview ImageThis law says that an organization, another entity, or another individual can determine your worth before you’re even born….

Where does that exist today in our society? Who said it?

Abortion.

Derived from the same mindset as the law that sanctioned and recognized the institution of slavery, the ultimate form of tyranny.

~ Tea Party activist, author, and motivational speaker Frantz Kebreau comparing a 1662 slave law to current abortion legislation via his Facebook page, August 8

(Check out his wife’s updated pro-life clothing line at Life Rocks)