Archive for July, 2016

Tim Kaine’s Catholicism: Broken Glass and Broken Babies

Friday, July 29th, 2016

 

Tim Kaine Planned Parenthood

Tim Kaine attended Mass at his home parish St Elizabeth’s in Richmond, Va. Kaine was asked to sing in the choir, and honored to perform a solo during the communion hymn.

Kaine’s pastor Fr Jim Arsenault had this to say about his famous parishioner:

I think Tim really extends a hand to help people and is very compassionate… I think he’d be concerned about that all lives matter…And he is a bridge-builder among races and communities.

Tim Kaine’s position on abortion? From National Review:

As a senator, he has received perfect, 100 percent scores from both Planned Parenthood and the NARAL…Some political observers are already hypothesizing that he might move even further to the left and embrace taxpayer funding of abortion…

Passive Complicity in Nazi Germany

On the night of November 9, 1938, all across Hitler’s Germany violence and terror were unleashed upon the Jewish people. Over a 48 hour period, more than 250 synagogues were burned, over 7,000 Jewish businesses were destroyed, and many Jews murdered…while community police and rescue workers did nothing to stop the carnage by Hitler’s thugs. ¹

  “The pogroms became known as Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken   Glass, for the shattered glass from the store windows that littered the streets.”   Shortly after Kristallnacht  30,000 German Jews were rounded up and sent to concentration camps. ²  The systematic terror and genocide against the Jewish people was underway.

The Nazi’s were masterful at the art of propaganda. Considerable groundwork was laid in the years leading up to Kristallnacht to create the conditions for the passive complicity evident in the police and firefighters who did nothing as Jews and their businesses were attacked.  Nazi propagandists prepared the German people for the Holocaust in a relentless campaign to dehumanize the Jewish person. Jews were labeled a disease or parasites; Hitler talked of the Jewish bacilli. Extracting and destroying this threat to the German nation was a necessary, noble and patriotic act.

The silence of the German Christian churches is a tragic and shameful chapter in the history of this period.  Victoria J. Barnett is a writer and scholar whose work examines the role of Christian Churches during the Holocaust. Barnet writes:

Churches throughout Europe were mostly silent while Jews were persecuted, deported and murdered…Church leaders…wanted to avoid any conflict with the Nazi regime… There was little desire on the part of the Churches for self-sacrifice or heroism, and much emphasis on “pragmatic” and “strategic” measures that would supposedly protect these institutions’ autonomy in the Third Reich. Public institutional circumspection carried to the point of near numbness…the Churches failed to develop adequate moral and political responses to Nazi genocide…they knew what was happening.

From Broken Glass to Broken Babies

The Pro abortion propaganda specialists, like their Nazi predecessors, understood the need to manipulate language to dehumanize those designated for death.

Terms pro abortion strategists developed to describe the unborn child:

– Products of conception

– Blob of tissue

– The fetus as part of the woman’s body and (echoing Nazi racial propaganda against the Jews)  describing the  relationship of mother and baby as that of parasite and host

In Nazi Germany, once the Jews were sufficiently dehumanized, they were subject to all manner of abuse, mistreatment and murder as well as inhumane and tortuous medical experiments.

Fast forward to the United States 2016.

From the same publicly funded organization that enthusiastically affirms Tim Kaine, Planned Parenthood abortion doctor Deborah Nucatola casually shares over lunch the market for aborted unborn baby organs:

“I’d say a lot of people want liver. And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps. The kind of rate-limiting step of the procedure is calvarium. Calvarium—the head—is basically the biggest part.” Nucatola explains, “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.” (LifeNews)

Collective Guilt

Fr Jim Arsenault of St Elizabeth’s:

The church has a teaching with regard to we’re pro-life, and we believe in that seamless garment of life. We respect sometimes lawmakers make difficult decisions.

The current high visibility of Tim Kaine and his pastor in the media shine an especially bright light upon the complicity of Catholics and all Christians in the death of innocent unborn children. Fr Arsenault hides behind the seamless garment of life to avoid holding parishioner Kaine accountable for his public support of Roe V Wade and promotion of legislation and laws that lead to the death of unborn children.  The legitimacy of the seamless garment that promotes the dignity of human life from womb to natural death – rests on the cornerstone foundation of all human rights – the right to be born.

But to be fair, many of us share in various ways the same blindness, passivity and complicity in the genocide against unborn children as well as other sins against justice and charity (Matthew 25: 31-46.) When history and God judges our nation in light of the death of nearly 60 million unborn boys and girls in the womb since 1973, that judgment will not fall on one Senator, one presidential candidate and one election.  The collective guilt and the blood of these innocent children is upon us all.

With that said, in this Year of Mercy it is not too late to repent and turn away from this darkness.  There is still time for the Church, and all believers and people of good will to send a clear message to both political parties this November:

– It is time to end our passivity and complicity in this our national tragedy of abortion.

– We will no longer tolerate the destruction of innocent unborn children.

– The seamless garment of life from womb to natural death rests on the cornerstone foundation of all human rights…the right to be born.

– We will hold our public officials accountable for how they legislate and vote on this foundational human rights issue.

– We will vote accordingly in November.

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

  • Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.
  • Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. 
  • The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil  society and its legislation: (Sections 2270, 2272, 2273.)
  1. The Night of Broken Glass.  www.ushmm.org
  2. Ibid

 

Adam Silver and the NBA’s Double Standard in the Charlotte Decision: What About the Rights of Unborn African American Children in New York City, Headquarters of the NBA?

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

 

Beam in Eye

… first take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly how to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:5)

In March 2016 North Carolina passed a law House Bill 2 (HB2), that said in schools and other public buildings, a person will use the bathroom or locker room determined by his or her biological gender at birth. It is estimated that about 0.2% of the population suffer with gender confusion and may identify as Transgendered.

The NBA was planning to hold its 2017 All Star Game in Charlotte. Adam Silver and the NBA, huddled together at their 5th avenue Manhattan offices and decided it’s time to take a stand for what they call the “core values of our league.”

“Since March, when North Carolina enacted HB2 and the issue of legal protections for the LGBT community in Charlotte became prominent…We have been guided…by the long-standing core values of our league. These include…diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others….”

The NBA concluded this law violated their “core values” and made the decision to pull their All Star Game from Charlotte and move it to another state.

The Beam in the NBA’s Eye

Over 75% of NBA players are African American. The NBA headquarters are located in New York City.

According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in 2012 more unborn black were children lost to abortion (31,328) than were born (24,758.)   African American children comprised 42.4% of the total number of abortions in New York City.

Yet Adam Silver and the NBA decided that North Carolina is where they take a stand for what they see as a gross violation of the civil rights of 0.2% of people who suffer from gender identity confusion. Their core values are so deeply violated by HB2 that they decided to  humiliate and financially punish the city of Charlotte and the state of North Carolina.

From the Wall Street Journal:

The exit from North Carolina is a major blow for the state’s largest city, which stands to lose at least $100 million in economic benefits as a result, according to state Sen. Jeff Jackson, a Charlotte Democrat.

In the city where Adam Silver and the NBA have their corporate headquarters, nearly 6 out of 10 African American pregnancies are ended by abortion. Thirty thousand African American unborn boys and girls die each year in New York City alone.

Evangelist Alveda King, niece of Dr Martin Luther King and Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, had this to say about the NBA’s decision:

Many of these little boys and girls would have been future NBA fans. A few exceptional athletes would have had the thrill of playing in a future All Star game. All of them, if allowed the basic civil right of being born, would have shared the same blessing that you and I enjoy each day in this great nation; the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Instead of standing up for the civil rights of millions of unborn black children lost each year to abortion, and the suffering and devastation this brings to their parents and communities, the NBA decided to take the radical action of pulling their All Star game from Charlotte because of HB2.

Jesus had something to say about the blindness of the self-righteous:

And why do you look at the splinter in your brother’s eye, and not notice the beam which is in your own eye? Or how say to your brother, ‘Allow me to take the splinter out of your eye,’ while the beam is in your own eye?

First take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly how to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:3-5)

 

 

 

 

 

How Abortion Led Us Down the Rabbit Hole of Transgender Madness

Monday, July 11th, 2016

 

…Alice ran across the field after [the rabbit], and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge. In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again… Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

 

On May 13, the Obama administration declared that every public school facility must give students access to all activities and facilities consistent with their gender identity.   The Obama White House wants our nation to follow Alice down the rabbit hole of transgender politics and bathroom insanity.

The majority of United States citizens are being forced to make radical and unsafe accommodations to the small number of individuals who suffer from gender confusion. As we shall see, other confused children and young adults are exploited by the propaganda of the transgender activists and become collateral damage in the culture wars.

Many have been surprised and alarmed at the rapid advance of this ideology of transgender rights. Yet, as with same-sex marriage, an increasing number of our fellow citizens see this as a natural progression in the development of a more inclusive, compassionate and just society.

How can we understand this rapid surrender to the ideologues and activists that are shaping our nation’s future?

It may be helpful as we mobilize to fight back against this madness, to step back and consider the broader issue of the origins and nature of sin and the critical role of abortion in creating a fertile soil for our current moral and spiritual confusion.

Justice Kennedy and the Serpent

Consider the words of Justice Anthony Kennedy in the 1992 Planned Parenthood vs Casey abortion case:

At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.

Justice Kennedy’s words echo back to that original rebellion against the providence of God:

The woman said to the serpent…God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened,and you will be like God knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3-4) 

The Genesis account reveals the origin of human sin and our ongoing temptation to reject God’s providence.  Kennedy’s comments suggest a perverted understanding of the nature of the “heart of liberty” as a type of deification of the autonomous self (“you will be like God.”)

The Transfigured and Disfigured Christ

Kennedy’s concept of human liberty presents a sharp contrast to the words of Jesus at the last Passover with his beloved apostles:

This is my body, given up for you.

And in the Garden of Gethsemane before his arrest:

Not my will Father, but your will be done.

Sin disfigures the human person and darkens the mind, emotions and conscience…but also the body.

The one who was transfigured in blinding light on Mount Tabor, very soon after would be disfigured beyond recognition by our sins. Jesus embraced his mission to heal the wounds of the human family inflicted by the serpent, and reconcile us to the Father.

The movie the Passion of the Christ and a close study of the Shroud of Turin, reveal in graphic and shocking detail the extent of the physical damage caused by the beatings, scourging, and crucifixion of Jesus. In the sadistic cruelty and humiliation inflicted on the sacred body of Jesus, we see how sin disfigures the image of God made flesh.  Sin has a similar effect on each of us, with effects both visible and hidden.

The Disfigured Body in the Abortion and Transgendered Movements

In the Genesis account we see that the temptation of the serpent was a carefully crafted lie.  His hidden agenda was to attack the intimate and holy relationship between man and woman and also the relationship with their Creator. The consequences of sin are confusion, disharmony, and spiritual and physical death.

Abortion, like the serpent’s temptation, was also founded on carefully crafted lies. The late Dr Bernard Nathanson, a former abortionist, and one of the founding fathers of the abortion revolution prior to his conversion, shares the truth:

We fed the public a line of deceit, dishonesty, a fabrication of statistics and figures. We succeeded [in breaking down the laws limiting abortions] because the time was right and the news media cooperated. We sensationalized the effects of illegal abortions, and fabricated polls which indicated that 85% of the public favored unrestricted abortion, when we knew it was only 5%. We unashamedly lied, and yet our statements were quoted [by the media] as though they had been written in law.’ (quoted in John Powell, Abortion: the silent Holocaust. Tabor, Allen, Texas. 1981.)

This campaign of deception set the stage for 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized the widespread poisoning, dismembering and desecration of unborn children through all nine months of pregnancy.

The Planned Parenthood videos released by the Center for Medical Progress reveal the cold and calculated darkness that, over time, disfigures the hearts and minds of those immersed in this culture of death.

Planned Parenthood abortion doctor Deborah Nucatola casually shares over lunch the market for unborn baby organs:

“I’d say a lot of people want liver. And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps. The kind of rate-limiting step of the procedure is calvarium. Calvarium—the head—is basically the biggest part.” Nucatola explains, “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.” (LifeNews)

Transgender Abuse: “Healthy Organs Were Amputated”

Like the abortion rights revolutionaries, the transgendered movement is prepared to lie, manipulate information and language, and mutilate and sacrifice our vulnerable children and families to advance their radical agenda.

Dr. Kathleen “Kelly” Levinstein, PhD, is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan, Flint.   Her research and advocacy work includes human and civil rights violations against the autistic community.

Dr. Levinstein shares a tragic and cautionary tale about the vulnerability of children with autism to the radical agenda of transgender activist in this account about her daughter who has undergone transgender medical transition:

My daughter, who is on the autism spectrum -When she was 16, she began watching a TV show called “Degrassi,” which featured an FtoM character. After a few weeks, she announced that she was not actually…lesbian, as she had previously said, but was in fact trans. She started attending a local PFLAG where she met many trans people, including a number of FtoM trans teenagers who were raving about a certain “gender therapist who gave my daughter the go-ahead to have a bilateral mastectomy after only two sessions. This gender specialist never reviewed any of the Special Ed records or spoke to my daughter’s previous therapist, who had known her for a decade.

The gender therapist (whom I believe has an unholy financial alliance with the surgeon) gave my daughter (then 18 and one day) the go-ahead for the $30,000 surgery (covered for all university employees and their families where I work). My daughter is now on testosterone (which she clearly is unable to evaluate the risks and consequences of)…

She has been taken advantage of. Healthy organs were amputated. This is insurance fraud, poor clinical practice, a violation of APA standards, unethical and unjust. It is a crime not just against women, but particularly against disabled women.

So many of these young women who are “transitioning” are also autistic.

Healthy organs of this autistic young woman were amputated.

Planned Parenthood harvests the healthy organs of unborn little boys and girls torn from the womb of their mothers.

The further we are removed from our moral and spiritual Judeo-Christian heritage and the absolute providence of our Creator over human life, the further we travel down the rabbit hole into cultural chaos and madness.

Finding our Way Home

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – Founding Father John Adams

The sexual revolution marches on emboldened by its victories to spread sexual immorality and abortion around the world. The goals of the revolution expand to redefine and deconstruct what it means to be human, male and female.

Now for Some Very Good News

After over 20 years in ministry around the world for those suffering after abortion, we have discovered some common themes in the healing journey. Abortion is a deep wound that intimately hurts women emotionally, spiritually and physically. When they attend a safe and effective healing program like Rachel’s Vineyard, this deep wound is cleansed, and the power of God begins to heal and renew broken hearts and troubled souls. They grieve and reconcile with God and their unborn children.

Men are also wounded by participating in the death of their unborn children. Their secret suffering is often rooted in the failure to defend and protect their son or daughter.  This can weaken them later as men and fathers.  The passivity of many men in our country to the advancing radical agendas of the same sex, abortion and transgender movements may be connected to their unresolved shame, grief and guilt from their abortion loss.    Reconciliation and healing strengthens men to embrace their role as spiritual leaders in their families and communities, rooted in Christ’s example of loving service and sacrifice for those entrusted to their care.

Just as abortion darkens the mind and conscience, healing the intimate wounds of abortion brings renewed light and moral clarity.

As women and men continue that process of emotional and spiritual growth and healing after abortion, they can better discern God’s will for their lives. With joy and gratitude, and a renewed and vibrant faith, they experience a call to loving service to others in their churches and communities.

There is a great harvest across our nation of those wounded by the Shockwaves of Abortion, and waiting to hear a message of liberating truth rooted in charity, compassion and love.

This humble but powerful army of those reconciled from their abortion loss can unleash a flood of grace upon this nation, and push back against the culture of death.

Its time to stop our nation’s descent down the rabbit holes of sexual revolution and transgender madness.

Let the healing begin!