Archive for May, 2011

Two Texas Teens Have Quit The Girl Scouts Over Its Ties To Planned Parenthood

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Two teens, Tess and Sydney Volanski, quit the Girl Scouts after eight years and started a new website to protest the Girl Scouts’ ties to Planned Parenthood and their feminist and pro-abortion agenda.

On their website, speaknowgirlscouts.com, the teens state, “We parted ways with the organization when we discovered that they have a pro-abortion mindset. We refuse to remain silent while this organization’s unscrupulous principles mislead over 2 million girls in the United States alone. We created SpeakNowGirlScouts.com in order to spread the truth to others who have no idea what GSUSA’s true intentions are. This website is our way to speak now and we hope it encourages you to do the same!”

The website documents interviews, email, literature and other evidence that proves that the Girl Scouts has partnered with Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups to lead young girls and teens towards immorality. Specially telling is who the Girl Scouts hold as heroines for the girls to emulate.

These two sisters are not the first to cry foul play. Last year Lifenews.com reported that “the Gils Scouts allowed the distribution of an explicit and dangerous sex guide – produced by the international Planned Parenthood Federation – in a Girl Scouts panel for adolescent girls at the UN.” Although the Girls Scouts denies the story, read for yourself and you be the judge.

I stopped buying Girl Scouts cookies a while back because I had heard of the connection with Planned Parenthood. Abortion is such an intrinsic evil that I don’t mess around with it

We need to protect our children and parents need to do their homework when their children are concerned. Planned Parenthood wants to get our youth sexually active, thus the sex guide at the UN. They know that the more girls are sexually active, the better the chances that they will become pregnant with an unwanted pregnancy and the better the chances of their wanting to abort the baby.

We need to stop Planned Parenthood. We need to close their abortion mills. We need to educate the public on the true agenda behind their business model. And if our government is unwilling to defund them, we need to elect pro-life representatives and a pro-life president who will defund them.

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Is Herman Cain Pro-Life?

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Disclaimer: This is not a political endorsement. Just answering a question. Is Herman Cain prolife?

Yes. In our many conversations Mr. Cain has remained solid for life, marriage and family. He is also a successful, practical and solid strategist and problem solver. Please read below:

I’m not going to shoot from the lip on Afghanistan May 15th, 2011 – Herman Cain Ever since the South Carolina Republican presidential debate, reporters have continued to challenge me for not having a specific plan for our nation’s involvement in Afghanistan. They continue to think that if you are running for president then you must have an answer for everything. I don’t! A real leader has the right questions for everything.

When asked about what I would do about our involvement in the war in Afghanistan during the debate, I answered by asking the questions that should have been asked before we got involved many years ago. What is our mission? How does it serve our interest? Is there a path to victory? If not, then what is our exit strategy?

I ask these questions instead of “shooting from the lip” because there is obviously a lot of classified information to which I do not have access. There are dozens of experts and military leaders I would need advice from before I could make an informed decision about a real clear plan for the USA’s involvement in Afghanistan. Similarly, a real clear strategy for every country with which we have relationships would be developed, regardless of whether or not we are involved in a military conflict.

To be clear, I want to be out of Afghanistan and all war-torn countries as much as the next person. But I am not going to propose a half-baked plan based on half the information I would need to make the right decision, just to pretend I know everything.
On the other hand, I do know enough about our solid relationship with Israel from decades of observations that I would make it even stronger, which isn’t just about dollars. And, I would not be hesitant to let the rest of the world know that we will stand by and with our friends.

I succeeded in business for over 40 years by asking the right questions of the right people about the right problems to get to the right solutions. That’s what most successful people do, and I would do the same thing as president of the United States of America.

Aside from the fact that I disagree with many of President Obama’s policies, practices and decisions, consider some of the decisions and statements I’m sure he wishes he could do over. He promised to be out of Afghanistan by July 2011, date certain. It’s not going to happen. He wanted to close the Guantanamo military prison facility and put the prisoners, mostly terrorists, in our federal prisons. It didn’t happen.

He said passing the $787 billion stimulus bill (before extenders which pushed the total closer to $1 trillion) would get the unemployment rate back under 8 percent. The unemployment rate has not been under 8 percent since the stimulus bill was passed, and it was recently reported for April at 9.0 percent.

President Obama also said that a lot of the stimulus spending would go toward “shovel-ready” projects, only to admit later that there is no such thing as a shovel-ready project. Maybe he should have asked somebody, or maybe he thought we would not notice. We noticed!

As president, one may not make all the correct decisions, but you improve your success rate if you make decisions based on as much of the right information and advice as you can get. Maybe President Obama has just been getting bad advice. If so, he didn’t surround himself with the right people.
Working on the right problems, asking the right questions, surrounding oneself with the right people, and removing barriers to success is real leadership.

It’s much better than shooting from the lip.

FYI – The race for the Republican nomination has taken some definite turns. With Barbour, Huckabee, and Trump all definitely out, there are swift currents flowing and crashing in the sea of uncertanity.

TWO IMPORTANT POINTS. Immorality IS America’s biggest nightmare. Our hope includes electing a God fearing leader. Why isn’t the mainstream media wanting to know more about Herman Cain? Why are they not writing and doing stories on the only black candidate seeking the Republican nomination? Because the mainstream media knows that Herman is a game-changer and will disrupt the entire basis of the Liberal Left’s campaign strategy of 2012 which will be to demonize the Tea Party movement as racist and the establishment Republicans as calloused and indifferent to people of color even as they (the far left) continue to push their policies of abortion, gay marriage, and the “dream green” initiatives that destroy jobs rather than create them. If Herman Cain got the nomination then the liberal left wingers know they are in trouble because Herman Cain will demolish Obama in debates and will take away most of the racial strife planned for next year’s campaign.

Another FYI. Herman has experience in politics. When he ran for the U.S. Senate in Georgia yes he got beat but so did Abraham Lincoln for senate. President Obama likes to compare himself to Lincoln, but Herman has much more in common with Lincoln than President Obama ever did.

More FYI. A few unique points about Herman Cain.

Herman Cain can go into the urban communities with an authority that no other Republican candidate can and ask, are you better off now than you were 4 years ago?

Herman can bring together the factions of the Republican party better than anyone since Ronald Reagan did in 1980.

Herman can reach out to the independent voters and identify with them better than any other Republican candidates.

Herman Cain poses a risk for the mainstream media because of his skin color and he actually grew up in the segregated South as opposed to President Obama’s boyhood.

Now young people who voted for President Obama to make history now can vote for Herman Cain to make even more history as one black American hands over the power of the executive branch to another black American—one who actually knows how to honor God as he runs this great country.

Having said all of this, to restate the answer to the initial question: yes Herman Cain is prolife. No matter who you vote for, vote for life!

And finally: What does it mean when even your critics endorse you?

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Some States Fight for Life: Others Fight for Death

Monday, May 16th, 2011

In recent news, Indiana’s Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law legislation that will defund Planned Parenthood in his state. While some accuse Gov. Daniels of cutting job opportunities along with funding to the nation’s largest abortion provider, the critics should consider this. By redirecting the funds to other health services providers who do not perform or refer clients to abortion facilities, Gov. Daniels is expanding opportunities for life and making more funds and services available.

On the flip side of this type of progress, Iowa’s Des Moines Register’s editorial board is trying to push the old rhetoric that abortionists like LeRoy Carhart should be funded so that his abortion mills can bring more jobs to the state.

Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas and Gov. Daniels share the same outlook. Cut PPH funding, divert the funds to life giving projects and programs and babies will live, mothers won’t suffer the trauma of abortion, fathers and families won’t have to shoulder the burden of all the problems abortion brings, and jobs can be created in the streams opened up by diverting death money to life money.

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Congratulations to Governor Mitch Daniels, the State of Indiana and Judge Tanya Walton Pratt

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

We want to congratulate Governor Mitch Daniels, the State of Indiana and Judge Pratt for standing firm for life. As reported by Steven Ertelt in a LifeNews.com article yesterday, “A federal judge has declined a request by the Planned Parenthood abortion business to issue a temporary restraining order blocking a new state law Governor Mitch Daniels signed that yanks its taxpayer funding.”

We salute the federal judge for listening to the will of the people.

Planned Parenthood has received millions of our tax-dollars. It’s about time someone stood up to them and stopped the insanity. Let’s hope that this will empower other states to take similar action to defund Planned Parenthood and stop funding abortion altogether.

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Civil Rights Litany for Justice and Life

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

By Fr. Frank Pavone

Petition One

Dr. King declared, “It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

Let us pray.

Lord, open our eyes, to see that our own destiny, as individuals and as a people, is directly tied to the destiny of our youngest brothers and sisters, the children in the womb. Help us and all our fellow citizens to understand that when the unborn are deprived of their rights as persons, this is an assault on the dignity of us all. Give us grace to understand that our own rights are only as safe as the rights of the smallest children.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Petition Two

Dr. King declared, “The next thing we must be concerned about if we are to have peace on earth…is the nonviolent affirmation of the sacredness of all human life.”

Let us pray.

Lord God, Author of Peace, you created all human beings that they might live as one, and you entrusted the life of each to the care of all. We pray for peace in our times – a peace which is not simply the absence of bombs and tanks, but rather the full protection of everyone’s rights, and the harmonious relationships of human beings with each other and with you. Help us to see that the greatest destroyer of peace and love is abortion, and that peace on earth must begin with peace in the womb.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Petition Three

Dr. King declared, “We have a task, and let us go out with a ‘divine dissatisfaction’…Let us be dissatisfied, until from every city hall, justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

Let us pray.

Lord, we are dissatisfied today. We are deeply troubled that we live in a land where an act of dismembering a baby masquerades as a legal right. We are dissatisfied, furthermore, that so many of our fellow citizens have made peace with this travesty of justice, and have accommodated themselves to this triumph of violence. We pray today that the institutions of government, which exist for the purpose of ensuring justice and protecting life, may no longer fail in that purpose, and may no longer be hijacked by the forces of evil. Rather, may your light shine in every Court, every legislature, and every executive mansion, and give your people a Divine impatience to place in those institutions public servants who know the difference between serving the public and killing the public. May your kingdom come, and may it come soon.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Petition Four

Dr. King declared, “Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”

Let us pray.

Lord, all power resides in you, and the hearts of the powerful are in your hands. Infuse those hearts with a true grasp of the meaning of power, the demands of justice, and the attraction of love. Help them understand that power does not mean domination, but service. Help them to know that justice is not subject to the whims and shifting interpretations of mortals, but rather is based in you, the unchanging and eternal God. Help them to grasp the fact that love means to sacrifice oneself for the good of the other, while abortion means one sacrifices the other for the superficial good of oneself. Give us, Lord, a culture of life, where power serves justice and love transforms all.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Petition Five

Dr. King declared, “Strangely enough, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.”

Let us pray.

Lord, give us the courage today to face the biggest obstacle in our mission to end abortion. Help us realize that this obstacle does not reside in media, government, or large pro-abortion organizations. Rather, our greatest obstacle resides within ourselves. Our greatest challenge is our own fear, our self-doubt, our hesitations, our second-guessing about the things we need to do and to sacrifice to advance the cause of justice. Free us, O Lord, from all that weighs us down. Let us be all that we ought to be, so that the unborn can be all that they ought to be as well.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Petition Six

Dr. King declared, “We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late…Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter – but beautiful – struggle for a new world.”

Let us pray.

Lord, give us the grace to respond to the fierce urgency of now, for the time is always right for justice. Later is too late for the babies killed today. And the thousands of children scheduled for death tomorrow cannot wait around for us to build a consensus that they should be protected. Give us, furthermore, a sense of the urgency to bring healing to those who are in despair today, and to bring freedom to those whose sin of abortion weighs them down. Let us not wait, let us not delay. Give us boldness and courage to act now for justice and for life.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Petition Seven

Dr. King declared, “So we’ve come here today to cash a check…The Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were a promissory note…that all…would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…America has defaulted on this promissory note…America has given…a check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds.’ We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds…and so we’ve come to cash this check.”

Let us pray.

Lord, we live in a time when America has returned another check marked ‘insufficient funds.’ America has failed to protect the unborn. Yet we are here to cash that check. We too refuse to believe that the vaults of freedom and justice and opportunity and life are somehow insufficient to cover the children in the womb. We refuse to believe that, and therefore we ask you for the strength to do what it takes to demand their protection and their freedom.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Petition Eight

Dr. King declared, “I know that you are asking today, “How long will it take?’ I come to say to you this afternoon however difficult the moment, however frustrating the hour, it will not be long, because truth pressed to earth will rise again.

How long? Not long, because no lie can live forever.

How long? Not long, because you still reap what you sow.

How long? Not long. Because the arm of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.

How long? Not long, ‘cause mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord…Our God is marching on!”

Let us pray.

Father, we pray today for all those who have declared themselves to be Freedom Riders for the unborn. We pray for all our brothers and sisters in this great movement of justice. Lord, some of your people have fought this evil of abortion from even before the days of Roe v. Wade. And we hear them echo what is also in our hearts … “How long?” When will be the day of restoration, the triumph of equality? Renew our conviction today, O Lord, that it will not be long. For your Son Jesus Christ has promised that he is coming soon. The day of the Lord does not tarry. Strengthen our faith, enliven our hope, and deepen our love, that we may hasten the day when the unborn enjoy equal protection under the law.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Good Grief and Holy Ovaries…

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

As a woman who once experienced two abortions and a related miscarriage, I can only say that like Ms. Underwood, I personally know that grief is a personal matter. That’s why I so deeply appreciate Rachel’s Vineyard and other post abortion healing ministries. RV treated my grief personally, and they prayed with me. They never publically exposed my pain, my grief and my healing. I did that. Once I was completely healed, I was so free and so blessed that I wanted to share God’s healing message with the world. I asked RV to share my message, so I have never felt abused by them, I have felt only love and healing from the healing ministry of Rachel’s Vineyard.

In the cries of the women who demand “get your rosaries off my ovaries,” and Ms. Underwood’s “get your politics off my grief,” I hear also the pain and tears of mothers who have suffered much in their abortion experiences. And let’s face it, any woman who has ever been pregnant is a mother, whether the babies live to be born or not. We are mothers and men are fathers from the moment of the conception of our babies.

Ask Steven Tyler.

Sincere and heartfelt prayer knows no political boundaries, and I pray with all my heart that the women, the post abortive mothers of the world, and the post abortive fathers too, will receive healing and God’s grace. Good grief is grief that is healed. Holy ovaries are God’s gift to mothers. Those ovaries, combined with the seed of fathers bring us precious gifts we call children.

In Ms. Underwood’s response to the ministry of RV, and in Dr. Teresa Burke’s balanced reply to Ms. Underwood, I sense that more healing is in the wind for Ms. Underwood.

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A must read from Day Gardner

Friday, May 6th, 2011

If Not for Grace by Day Gardner

Thomas George Ford learned early that life is not easy, especially for a young black man growing up in 1920s West Virginia. Forced to be known as “George” rather than “Thomas” to avoid being associated with his fugitive father, George struggles to find his identity and make his way in the world. Eventually, searching for work, he moves south to live with his uncle Eli.

Though lighter skinned than her siblings, Grace White never thought to question the circumstances of her birth. But that changes when a tragic act of violence brings her face-to-face with both her past and her now uncertain future.

When the lives of these two intersect, both Grace and George experience unexpected blessings, including survival through faith, strength through family, and wisdom through forgiveness.

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Fr. Pavone on Passage of No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 4, 2011

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Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today hailed the House’s 251-175 vote to approve H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.

“The American public has for decades opposed the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions,” said Fr. Pavone. “The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act simply codifies the longstanding will of the people. Today’s vote once again shows why the House of Representatives is, indeed, the People’s House.”

“At a time when every government expenditure is being questioned, subsidizing the already profitable abortion industry cannot be justified morally or fiscally,” added Fr. Pavone. “It’s now up to the Senate to show whether it represents the American people or a business that destroys over a million lives a year.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit Priests for Life.

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American Idol Again… Steven Tyler has an abortion story to tell!

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Okay, I admit it. I watch American Idol, and God hates idols. We are told to keep ourselves from idols. I’m praying about all of this. It would really be a blessing if they changed the name of the show to something else. I’m really praying! Having said all of that, I am generally touched by the lives, gifts and talents of the young people who sing their hearts out week after week on the show. They are not my idols, because Jesus is my Lord. I just love the people on the show, and do admire their gifts, which God gave them. Does this mean that they have to stop singing and entertaining on TV and only join the church choir? Of course not!

I pray that they will not seek to be idols, but will seek to be God’s gifts to humanity.

I didn’t watch the show last year, but was drawn back again this year. I actually like it that Jennifer Lopez brings some modesty to her attire, showing young girls that they don’t have to flaunt everything to be beautiful.

I’m also touched by the style of Steven Tyler (Dad of Liv Tyler and other children). From day one, I have been intrigued by his open and loving approach to coaching, mentoring and encouraging the singers. I’m also blown away Steven’s testimony, told in the autobiografical book Walk This Way and also in a recent article by PFL Pastoral Associate Kevin Burke. Kevin takes the time to reveal and explain a side to Steven that many don’t know about. I didn’t. Recently, I asked you what President Obama, Madea and American Idol have in common. The answer remains, they need our prayers.

Steven Tyler’s abortion with his young girlfriend decades ago wrecked his life. Thankfully, Steven has received some healing. It’s not clear if he has experienced actual post abortion healing, but Steven said on a recent American Idol show that he never wants to be a bad father again. He speaks often of his beautiful daughters. He also speaks out about how the abortion of his son hurt him. I wish he would post his testimony at Silent No More. When I watch Steven Tyler, I am encouraged to keep praying.

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The Congressional Black Caucus is Doing the Black Community a Disservice

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

In a letter dated May 3 to the Democratic women of the Senate, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) urged them to fight just as hard for the reproductive healthcare rights of low-income women in the District of Columbia as they do for their own constituents, as reported by The Hill

The Hill writes, “the CBC members said they were “deeply disappointed” when Democrats agreed last month to a 2011 continuing resolution (CR) that included language barring D.C. from using local taxpayer dollars to fund abortion services for low-income women.”

I too am “deeply disappointed”, but with the CBC. If women of the Congressional Black Caucus really want to help women, they should insist that the harms and pitfalls of abortion be included in legislation and education campaigns: The breast cancer link, the post abortive effects like depression, eating disorders, emotional detachment, etc.

Even the Supreme Court, in its ruling in the Partial Birth Abortion case, Gonzales v. Carhart, referenced an amicus brief submitted by the Justice Foundation which included the testimony of 180 post-abortive women who have been hurt by abortion. A press release states, “Recognizing that “some women come to regret” having an abortion, the Court stated, “Whether to have an abortion requires a difficult and painful moral decision” and is “fraught with emotional consequence.” The Court also noted that “Severe depression and loss of esteem can follow” an abortion, (p. 28-29)…”

Additionally, Operation Outcry also influenced a court decision with similar testimony of post-abortive women. “The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on June 27, 2008 upheld South Dakota’s statute requiring abortionists to tell a woman that “the abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being,” defined as a member of the human species (Homo sapiens).” Not a part of the woman’s body but a distinct life.

Abortion hurts women. It destroys the life of the baby and many times the life of the parents, both men and women. The CBC should be concerned about that. I and hundreds of women are silent no more, (SNMA) and many receive healing (RV). There are even many powerful celebrity testimonies about the harm abortion brings.

Ryan Bomberger of Too Many Aborted commented on the story stating, “Could there be any more repulsive irony in all of this? Black women fighting to kill black babies? These abortion apologists exercise little logic in its defense, and apparently no facts. Abortion is a needless and violent solution to Life that is unplanned. And it is a tragedy NO MATTER the race. It has never reduced poverty, unintended pregnancy rates, nor empowered women. It is destructive and has taken a disproportionate toll on the black community.

In the CBC’s attempt to grossly distort a measure that protects life, specifically those of black children, they continue to lie about the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, which ONLY cuts off federal funding for Title X organizations/facilities that perform abortion. The bill does not touch the thousands of Title X family planning clinics that offer the exact same reproductive health services as Planned Parenthood.

As a black man who is an adoptee and adoptive father, I am disgusted by this CBC-promoted self-inflicted violence and idiocy. These CBC members willfully ignore the obvious devastating impact of abortion in the urban community and demand our posterity be destroyed instead of advocating the funding of real solutions (or better yet promoting responsible personal behaviors) that don’t require the sacrifice of our humanity.”

Abortion in an intrinsic evil and I don’t want my tax dollars paying for any woman’s abortion. If those that are fighting for the right of a woman to murder her baby are so concerned with that woman’s financial ability to hire the doctor to carry out the murder, then they should offer their own money to help her out. I want my tax dollars to go to legitimate Title X health care centers that offer women and children real healthcare, not abortions. Abortion providers under the guise of offering mammograms and other “so called” health services should be exposed and shut down.

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