Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day

Kerby Anderson
by Kerby Anderson, Point of View: Today is Labor Day. Although this day was set aside to honor trade and labor organizations, I believe it is a day when Christians can also consider how they view work and labor. The Bible has quite a bit to say about how we are to view work, and so I devote part of a chapter in my most recent book to a biblical view of work.

First, we are to work unto the Lord in our labors. Colossians 3:23 says "Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men." We may have an earthly master (or boss) but ultimately we are working for our heavenly Master.

Second, work is valuable. Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 to: "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need." He also warns in 2 Thessalonians 3:10 that "if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either."

The Proverbs talk about the importance and benefits of work. Proverbs 12:11 says: "He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, But he who pursues worthless things lacks sense." Proverbs 13:4 says: "The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, But the soul of the diligent is made fat." And Proverbs 14:23 says: "In all labor there is profit, But mere talk leads only to poverty."

The Greeks and Romans looked upon manual work as a menial task that was only for slaves (or else for people of lower class). The biblical view of work changed that ancient view because work and labor were combined with the idea of vocation and calling.

These ideas were reinforced in the Middle Ages through the gild movement and even expanded during the Reformation. Martin Luther, for example, taught that all work can be done for the glory of God. John Calvin taught that all should work because they were to serve as God's instruments on earth. This led to what today is called the Protestant work ethic.

Let's use this Labor Day to teach and reinforce biblical ideas of work.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Pro-Life News, Aug. 29, 2014

Texas Judge Strikes Down Pro-Life Law That Closed Abortion Clinics A Texas judge has blocked a pro-life law credited with closing multiple abortion clinics and cutting abortions 13 percent, saving an estimated 9,900 babies from abortion. The admitting privileges portion of the law was the portion responsible for closing abortion clinics. Read More

Planned Parenthood Raising $16 Million to Keep the Senate in Pro-Abortion Hands Faced with clinic closings and legislative defeats, Planned Parenthood’s political arm (Planned Parenthood Action Fund) is in the process of spending $16 million in this fall’s races. To gin up contributions, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards has sent out a fiery but fact-challenged appeal fundraising letter to would-be supporters. Read More

Hey PBS, There is No “Compassionate” Way to Kill Babies in Abortion The pro-life community is up in arms about taxpayer-funded PBS’ plans to televise a movie on Labor Day glorifying late-term abortions. As has reported, “After Tiller” profiles and promotes Warren Hern, Shelley Sella, LeRoy Carhart, and Susan Robinson, some of the last third-trimester abortionists left in the United States. Read More

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pro-Life News, Aug. 28, 2014

Obama Administration Shell Game on Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate Continues After losing in the Hobby Lobby v Burwell Supreme Court case earlier this summer, the Obama administration has just issued new rules for the notorious “HHS Mandate,” the Obamacare provision that requires all employee health plans to include free contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.
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Benham Brothers: Pro-Life People are Not Anti-Women, We Lay Our Lives Down for Them Remember the Benham brothers? They were the Christian identical twin brothers set to host a new program called Flip It Forward, the show HGTV cancelled because the hosts of the program are pro-life. Read More

Mom Files Wrongful Life Lawsuit Because She Couldn’t Abort Her Baby With Down Syndrome Atheist writer Richard Dawkins created a firestorm of controversy last week with his comments justifying the abortion of babies with Down syndrome. Now, out of South Africa, comes a story of a woman who is suing because she was unable to abort her baby. Read More

Woman Kills Pregnant Mom With Knife, Tries to Cut Her Baby Out of Her Womb >Several years ago a few cases cropped up in the United States of women who befriended pregnant mothers only to subject them to horrific violence resulting in their murders and the assailant attempting to cut their unborn baby out of their womb. Now, a new case has surfaced in Mexico. Read More

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

This Movie Star’s Planned Parenthood T-Shirt Proves She Doesn’t Understand Hobby Lobby Decision

by Katrina Trinko, The Daily Signal: Planned Parenthood Action Fund released today a t-shirt designed by actress Scarlett Johansson that targets the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision.

The front of the pink t-shirt reads “Hey Politicians! The 1950s called…” and the back reads, “They want their sexism back!”

“When I heard that some politicians were cheering the Supreme Court’s decision to give bosses the right to interfere in our access to birth control, I thought I had woken up in another decade,” explained Johansson in a statement.

“Like many of my friends, I was appalled by the thought of men taking away women’s ability to make our own personal health care decisions,” she added.

Um … what?

Let’s look at some facts, beginning with that the Hobby Lobby decision was fairly narrow. As Heritage policy experts Sarah Torre and Elizabeth Slattery explained, the decision didn’t strike down the Department of Health and Human Services Obamacare mandate that forces business to provide insurance coverage for twenty abortion-inducing drugs and birth control devices. “The Court did not strike down the mandate,” write Torre and Slattery, “but said that the government cannot force these two family businesses that object to providing coverage of four potentially life-ending drugs and devices to comply with the mandate.”

So, if you’re an employee at Hobby Lobby, you still have insurance coverage for sixteen different types of birth control. That’s hardly limited access to birth control.

But let’s consider the overall logic of Johansson’s t-shirt: Does she seriously mean to imply that if an employer doesn’t pay for something, an employee doesn’t have access to that thing?

I’ve never worked for an employer that provided a stipend specifically earmarked for housing or food – but I wouldn’t claim that all my employers have limited my “access” to housing or food. I accepted the salary they offered, and it was my choice whether to spend that money on housing, food, or even abortion-inducing drugs.

And it’s insane to call a decision that many women support an example of “sexism.” Nothing in the Hobby Lobby decision prevents women from making their “own personal health care decisions.” Instead, it protects the religious liberty of male and female business owners who don’t want to be forced to act against their beliefs by providing insurance coverage of drugs such as those that induce abortions.

I don’t know about Johansson, but I like living in a decade where the government doesn’t force women business owners to act against their beliefs.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pro-Life News, August 26, 2014

Amazing Video “Life in the Womb” Chronicles 9 Months of Development in 4 Minutes I always love to watch well-done stories of fetal development, even more so now that our daughter-in-law has had two babies. So what makes this compelling viewing? For some of the same reasons other well-done videos grab your attention: pace, music, and most of all the clear demonstration that fetal development is a natural progression, starting at fertilization and ending with the first cry. But there’s more. Read More

Shocking Report Reveals Scientists Created 17 Babies as Three-Parent Embryos A new investigation has been launched into the health of 17 teenagers born in the United States under a now-banned practice of creating three-parent embryos. The teens were born under a controversial fertility treatment which creates embryos from two women and one man to prevent life-threatening disorders. Read More

20 Hospital Departments Saved This Unborn Baby After a Terrible Accident, Now His Mother Needs Your Prayers A newborn baby reaching the tender age of four months is a cause for celebration in Kansas City – and an urgent call for prayer, as his mother remains in recovery following a traumatic accident. Read More

Abortionist on Babies He’s Aborted: “It’s Not Hard to Look at Those Tiny Fingers” A recent story at Esquire chronicled the abortion practice of Willie Parker, an abortionist who commutes from Chicago to Mississippi to commit abortions at the state’s last abortion mill. Mississippi is devoid of any abortionists of its own who are capable of obtaining hospital admitting privileges, a requirement now mandated by law in several states. Read More

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Report: 336 Million Abortions in China

by BIGFOOT in LIFE DOES COUNT Here is something that I can’t help but find both astounding and horrifying. According to The Telegraph, China’s Health ministry has revealed that 336 million abortions have been performed as a result of that country’s one-child policy. Also reported:

Official statistics showed that in addition to the terminations, Chinese doctors have sterilised 196 million men and women since 1971.

Perhaps unexpectedly, most people in China support the one-child policy, believing that the country would have suffered an impossible drain on food and resources without it, according to a 2008 survey by the Pew Research Centre, which found more than three in four Chinese were in favour.

There are more than 13 million abortions a year, or 1,500 an hour, in China, according to government researchers, who blame the high figure on a lack of sex education.
If I’m not mistaken, the above-mentioned number of abortions is greater than the entire population of the United States, which in turn has permitted about 55 million abortions since the Roe v. Wade decision. Read the full story at The Telegraph, and a related story at Life News.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Pro-Life News

Tax-Funded PBS to Air Propaganda Film “Humanizing” Docs Who Do Third-Trimester Abortions Looking for something to do on Labor Day? The taxpayer-funded PBS has an answer for you: a move that “humanizes” late-term abortionists who kill unborn children in the third-trimester. Read More

Pro-Lifers Slam Massive Fines Obama Wants on Catholic Nuns Who Oppose HHS Mandate
On Friday, the Obama administration revised the HHS mandate rules — the first revision since losing to Hobby Lobby at the Supreme Court. The revisions provide no relief from the mandate and essentially restate how pro-life groups, like the Little Sisters, will have to pay huge fines if the violate the mandate. Read More

Catholic Church Warns Pro-Lifers About Ice Bucket Challenge Donations A Catholic Archdiocese is warning pro-life advocates about the final destination of donations for the popular Ice Bucket Challenge, which has become a pop culture and social media phenomenon. The popularity of the #IceBucketChallenge continues on social media across the nation. Read More

Doctors Offered Them a Chance to Abort Their Disabled Baby, But They Trusted God
Chad Judice is well-known amongst pro-lifers, as he has written and spoken about his son Elijah, who was diagnosed in 2008 with spina bifida while in the womb and was indeed born with the condition. Elijah is very much alive though, and even just recently started his first day of kindergarten. Read More

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Enemy of the Church: Planned Parenthood

American Life League demonstrates the reasons why Planned Parenthood should officially be declared an enemy of the Church.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Pro-Life News, Aug. 22, 2014

After Losing to Hobby Lobby, Obama Admin Pushes Crippling Fines for HHS Mandate Violators After losing to Hobby Lobby at the Supreme Court in a case about whether certain businesses who object to paying for abortion-causing drugs for their employees must follow the HHS mandate, the Obama administration has revised the HHS mandate rules. The revisions target religious nonprofits and those pro-life companies like Hobby Lobby. Read More

She Worked at a Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic Until a Teenager Asked Her This Question We often think of Planned Parenthood as the enemy. How could we not, considering they are the nation’s largest abortion chain, and aggressively promote promiscuous sexual behavior that leads to unplanned pregnancy and abortion? As a result, our natural instinct is to demonize them and, in many cases, their employees. So rooted in our pro-life convictions, it can be difficult to conceive of an abortion worker being driven by compassion—however misguided. Read More

These Senators Support Late-Term Abortions and Harry Reid is Protecting Them Pro-life groups are putting together a multi-state press conference for next week to expose how three U.S. senators support late-term abortions. The three lawmakers — Mark Udall in Colorado, Kay Hagan in North Carolina and Mark Pryor in Arkansas — all have pro-abortion voting records. What’s worse, none of them are sponsors of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act — a measure to ban abortions after 20 weeks based on the scientific evidence showing unborn children feel intense pain. Read More

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California Catholic Universities Compromised on Abortion

Bill Donohue, Catholic League comments on a decision by the administration of California Governor Jerry Brown forcing Catholic universities to pay for abortion in their health plans:

Governor Brown and his administration caved into requests from pro-abortion groups and reversed an earlier decision that allowed Santa Clara and Loyola Marymount universities to exclude coverage for “elective” abortions in their previously approved health insurance plans. Both schools are now being told to include coverage for all abortions.
“Abortion is a basic health care service” said the health department’s director, Michelle Rouillard. She said the exemptions violated a 1975 state law that required health plans to cover all services that were “medically necessary.” She did not say why electing to kill children in utero was “medically necessary.”

As part of the exemption both schools had already agreed to cover abortions when they were needed to save the life of the mother, or prevent serious health damage. Loyola Marymount even allowed employees to pay extra if they wished to have “elective” abortions included in their health insurance plans as well. But this was not enough to satisfy abortion-rights zealots.

Catholic universities have a right and a duty to uphold the tenets of their faith in everything they do. Paying for abortions is in direct conflict with the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Not only is this decision morally obscene, it violates the religious liberties of Catholic institutions. The universities should now sue on First Amendment grounds. Perhaps a judge can educate the Brown administration on the need to keep church and state separate.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pro-Life News, Aug 21, 2014

Pro-Abortion Congressional Candidate Mails Condoms to Pro-Lifers Why do I think Democrat pro-abortion congressional candidate James Woods is slimy? Aside from the fact Woods retaliated against a pro-life letter writing campaign by mailing condoms back to pro-lifers, he introduced his condom strategy on Facebook with “Got Wood(s)?” What person running for U.S. Congress goes gutter like that? Read More

Down Syndrome Charity Slams Richard Dawkins for Saying Babies Should be Aborted Supposed “bioethicist” Richard Dawkins is facing intense international criticism following his comments on Twitter yesterday suggesting that babies with Down Syndrome should be aborted. Dawkins pushed the notion that it is “immoral” for parents of a baby with Down Syndrome to not kill the baby in an abortion. Dawkins endorsed the New Republic piece of fellow atheist Jerry A. Coyne, which slammed the Catholic Church for its “medieval morality” of opposing abortion, and added that “Ireland is a civilised country except in this 1 area….You’d think the Roman Church would have lost all influence.” Read More

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pro-Life News, Aug. 20, 2014

After 30 Years Late-Term Abortion Clinic Stops Surgical Abortions Killing Babies Once again proving you don’t need an abortion ban to stop abortions, a pro-life law in Ohio has successfully stopped surgical abortions at a late-term abortion clinic that couldn’t comply with the health and safety measure to protect women and unborn children. Today, the Lebanon Road Surgery Center announced an end to its court battle to continue surgical abortions. The abortion center in question is owned and operated by Martin Haskell, the late-term abortion practitioner who popularized the partial-birth abortion method that Congress eventually banned. Read More

Planned Parenthood President Uses Ferguson Situation to Push Abortion A national civil rights and violence debate is brewing because of the tenuous situation in Ferguson, Missouri. But the president of the Planned Parenthood abortion business isn’t letting an opportunity to push her pro-abortion agenda go to waste. LifeNews blogger Ryan Bomberger has more on Cecile Richards’ latest antics: Read More

“Bioethicist” Richard Dawkins: It’s “Immoral” Not to Abort Babies With Down Syndrome Peter Singer move over. There’s a new “bioethicist” in town who has moral directives for the world: Richard Dawkins. In a Twitter rant today, Dawkins pushed the notion that it is “immoral” for parents of a baby with Down Syndrome to not kill the baby in an abortion. Dawkins pushed the concept in a tweet criticizing Ireland’s ban on most abortions and in a conversation with someone on Twitter. Read More

Clinic Worker: 16-Year-Old Forced to Have Abortion at Planned Parenthood In 2010, Marianne Anderson worked at a Planned Parenthood facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. She started working there because the job was very close to her house, and she was hired to start up their conscious sedation program, which allowed clients to purchase mild to moderate sedatives to be given intravenously before an abortion. Anderson, who is a mother of two and a grandmother of one, said when she started at the facility she was on the fence about abortion. This was because when she was on staff at Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis she had seen girls that had attempted abortions on themselves and ended up with hysterectomies, or boyfriends beating them because they were pregnant. Read More

Let’s Be Honest, The Only Goal of Abortion is a Dead Baby I wrote a couple of weeks ago about one of the major problems I have with the bodily autonomy argument: that it’s totally at odds with people’s real-life experiences with abortion. In keeping with that theme, here’s another issue I have with the bodily autonomy argument. If the bodily autonomy argument were genuine, abortion supporters would have no discomfort whatsoever with Melissa Ohden. Who’s Melissa Ohden? I’m so glad you asked. Read More

Indian Midwife Describes How Unwanted Female Babies are Suffocated to Death Author Gita Aravamudan interviewed an Indian midwife discussing female infanticide. Read More

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CitizenLink Report: Home Invasion

CitizenLink: Imagine you own a farm. You decide to turn it into a family friendly business. You invite people to bring their kids to pick blueberries, hunt for pumpkins and walk through a corn maze. That's Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, New York.

People liked the farm so much, they began asking to get married there. The Giffords opted to take the wedding business, but because of their Christian beliefs, they decided that they would not allow same-sex ceremonies.

That decision recently brought the full weight of state government down on their heads. New York has redefined marriage, and in spite of "religious protections" in state law, they still fined the family $13,000 and demanded that they open up their home to such ceremonies.

In the CitizenLink Report, the Giffords share about their ordeal, and our ally, Jason McGuire with New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, shares some insights into this outrageous trampling of religious freedom.

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Webcam Abortions Banned In Iowa

The Family Leader: A Polk County District Court judge ruled that the Iowa Board of Medicine was within its authority when it voted to ban webcam (telemed) abortions in Iowa last year.

Read the article on the Des Moines Register.

This is an important advance in protecting women from this dangerous practice. We are grateful to know that the lives of women all across Iowa will not be put at risk.

We encourage you to read the Iowa Board of Medicine’s press statement on the rationale behind its vote one year ago. It refutes all the the safety claims of webcam abortions, and shows how unethical it really is.

Some have tried to make this about politics, but the Iowa Board of Medicine put the health and safety of women first, no matter where they live in Iowa. Please be in prayer as the plaintiffs have vowed to appeal the decision.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pro-Life News, Aug 19, 2014

In Canada You Can’t Destroy Viable Geese Eggs, But You Can Abort Viable Unborn Babies Whether your summer involved staying around home visiting the local swimming holes or travelling great distances, the chances are most of us will have seen Canada geese at some point. And, if not the geese themselves, certainly their ill-placed feces scattered across lakeside beaches. Though majestic in flight, these large fowl have become a nuisance in recent years, and with a birth rate hovering around 5 goslings per year, new methods of population control are being explored. Read More

Pro-Life Mom Was Arrested for Offering Water Outside Planned Parenthood, Then This Happened On July 24, 2012, in blazing 100°F heat, Kathy Forck approached a Stericycle truck driver who was leaving the Planned Parenthood abortion mill in Columbia, Missouri, to offer him a bottle of water. Planned Parenthood had Kathy arrested as if a criminal! Read More

Liberals Love Abortion, But They’re Outraged Ferguson Police are Using “Miscarriage Causing” Tear Gas You’ve got to hand it to the Left. Liberals love abortion, but when they’re outraged about something else and that something else somehow involves pregnant women, they act as if it’s the horror of horrors. Witness their latest eyebrow-raising claim: Pro-life people aren’t really pro-life because they’re not speaking out about how police in Ferguson are using “miscarriage-causing” tear gas. Read More

Single, Pregnant and Abandoned, She Could Have Chosen Abortion, But This Happened< Embrace Grace, an organization dedicated to helping single, pregnant mothers to find the strength needed to choose life and find hope in their difficult situation, recently released the following video testimony by Mickaela. Mickaela is a young mom who found herself abandoned by her father as a teen. The abandonment left her questioning her own self-worth and in search of someone who would accept her for who she was. Read More

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