Stanek Sunday funnies 12-14-14

Good morning, and Happy Sunday! Here were my top five eight favorite political cartoons this week. Be sure to vote for your fav in the poll at the bottom of this post!

We begin with a twofer by Michael Ramirez at

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Sunday Word: The abolitionist history of “O Holy Night”

Every year during December I have been posting the surprising 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.

This Sunday, Wk 2 of 4, we examine…

O Holy Night

In 1847, his parish priest asked French poet Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure to compose a Christmas poem. He wrote “Cantique de Noel” while contemplating what it would have been like to be present at Christ’s birth and asked his friend Adolphe-Charles Adam to set it to music.

The song became an instant classic in France but was later denounced by the Church after Placide himself denounced the Church and became a Socialist Communist, and it was also learned Adam was a Jew.

A decade later American abolitionist and pastor John Sullivan Dwight learned of the beautiful song and saw something more when translating it into English.

According to Ace Collins in his book, Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas, Verse 3 “supported Dwight’s own view of slavery in the South…. Dwight’s English translation of ‘O Holy Night’ quickly found favor in America, especially in the North during the Civil War.”

Here is the literal English translation of Verse 3:

The Redeemer has overcome every obstacle:
The Earth is free, and Heaven is open.
He sees a brother where there was only a slave,
Love unites those that iron had chained.
Who will tell Him of our gratitude,
For all of us He is born, He suffers and dies.

And here was Dwight’s translation of Verse 3:

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.

In conjunction with this post, here is a a link to the most memorable rendition of this classic I’ve ever seen, by David Phelps, which includes Dwight’s Verse 3.

Do women’s rights = abortion?


Because in some people’s minds, “women’s rights” is abortion. They think that if you aren’t in favor of abortion on demand, then you must be opposed to “women’s rights.”

On the other hand, they think that if you favor abortion on demand, then that’s all there is to women’s rights.

~ Rebecca Hamilton, Patheos, December 12

Stanek weekend Q: Do you regift?

I feel like taking a break from the heavy burden of our pro-life work for a fun community chat this weekend.

So! Let’s talk! This weekend’s question is: Do you regift?

I heard a report yesterday that even wealthy Americans regift!


Per the report, that regifting percentage is up 10% from last year.

If you regift, what sorts of items do you recycle? Here’s what the survey says…

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Pro-life blog buzz 12-12-14

pro-lifeby Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli

  • At Life Training Institute, The Failed Atheist links to his excellent response to the viral UK video of a pregnant pro-choicer chastising Abort 67 pro-lifers for holding abortion victim images in front of an abortion facility. TFA responds to the woman’s arguments, such as, “It’s wrong to show abortion imagery because we don’t know why they are having an abortion,” “You’re a hypocrite because you’ve had an abortion,” and “Some of the women wanting an abortion may have been abused.”
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Pro-life vid of day: Carrie Underwood on singing for preborn son

by Kelli

Singer Carrie Underwood, expecting her first child with husband Mike Fisher, recently told Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon that she feels the need to sing well for her preborn son all the time – even while driving in the car – because “he’s listening”:

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The Doula Project helps “pregnant people,” not just women

by Carder

Doula Project2014 was an incredibly successful year for us that included:

● Partnering with a new public hospital in NYC to provide abortion doulas to pregnant people
● Partnering with a new birth center in NYC to provide birth doulas to pregnant people
● Partnering with a criminal justice organization to provide birth doulas to pregnant people
● Training 25 new full spectrum doulas and a new Board of Directors
● Providing doula support to thousands of pregnant people in NYC

~ Excerpt from a fundraising email in which “pregnant people” (not “women”) are the beneficiaries of The Doula Project, December 10

Pro-life vid of day: Uterus puppet roams “abortion desert”

by Hans Johnson

In the “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” category comes a video called “The Abortion Desert.” Taking a cue from the idea of “food deserts” - a lack of urban grocery stores – the abortion lobby group Lady Parts Justice nervously brings attention to the dwindling number of abortion clinics.

For a serious subject, it’s an oddly sophomoric presentation (produced by Lizz Winstead, the formerly comedic co-creator of The Daily Show) which features a uterus puppet and a shirtless Chippendales dancer… er, “cowboy.”

They claim to be “a national movement using humor & outrage to remove bodily autonomy-hating local politicians in 2014 & beyond.” Failing at both, they are being bested by many pro-life groups that find nothing funny in this, and balance their outrage with caring for both mother and child (does that make us “Baby Parts Justice”?)…

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Parker: Yes, a woman can be both feminist and conservative

kathleen_parker_300by Kelli

Only in Washington would anyone ask this question: Can a woman be both feminist and conservative? Why, yes, she can!

But the question does deserve a more serious answer so women can stop fussing over labels and litmus tests to determine whether a woman who doesn’t fall in line with feminist ideology can be useful to society. Specifically, is a female politician worthy of women’s support in public office even though she may be pro-life or might have spent her younger years at home raising her children?

This may seem an absurd question on its face — because it is. But in reality, conservative women face far greater obstacles to public service than their more-liberal counterparts primarily because of reproductive issues. EMILY’s List, for example, anoints women candidates for public office (Translation: Are they pro-choice?) and has clout in the political realm. Conservative women needn’t apply….

Why should smart conservative women essentially be blackballed by liberals based on whether they are liberal or conservative enough on this single issue?

~ Kathleen Parker, Washington Post, December 9

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Pro-life video of the day: The empty manger

by Hans Johnson

Since 2003, the Pro-Life Action League has held an Empty Manger Christmas Caroling Event at abortion clinics. It also offers information to support the growing number of groups participating.

While the Empty Tomb is the centerpiece of Christianity, an empty womb – and manger – and crib – prevent all the miracles of life that would follow.

Here is video from some recent protests:

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by Kelli


Notice that both abortion stories share this same, perverse theme: abortion is a way to “save” my child. Also notice that both women were using birth control and still wound up pregnant. I mention that as an aside, but it’s worth considering in its own right….

The first woman admits that she ended her child’s life — because she couldn’t give her child “everything,” because she couldn’t give her child “a wonderful life,” and because she didn’t want to follow the lead of her own “bad parents.” The second woman maintains that she saved her child by paying to have him or her killed — after determining that is what God wanted her to do. Both women maintain that they are guilt-free, though the first woman says she is heartbroken and the second says she cries because she wishes her child was still with her.

The term “self-fulfilling prophecy” comes to mind. For fear that they will be bad parents, these women killed their children — which is the ultimate expression of bad parenting. Everything else pales by comparison….

I do not fear the impact that “positive” abortion stories will have. Even the positive stories are laced with tragedy, and the more abortion is talked about in the public square, the more apparent it will become that abortion is one of vilest perversions of justice the world has ever known.

~ Michael Spielman, discussing two of the “I don’t regret my abortion” stories he recently received,, December 16

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