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Pro-Life Advocates Urged to Renew Efforts Against Abortion After Election Loss
Life News ^ | 11/5/08 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 11/05/2008 3:56:52 PM PST by wagglebee

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To: All
Oh that more women would discover the dangers of abortion beforehand.

Thread by me.

Grandmother's Account of Traumatizing Experience with Abortion Moves Jamaican Parliament to Tears

KINGSTON, Jamaica, November 21, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A recent presentation by a woman who 20 years ago bullied her daughter into having an abortion reduced members of the Jamaican parliament to tears, reports the Jamaica Gleaner. 

Anne Arthur, a grief counselor, told the parliament she has never fully recovered from having bullied her daughter into killing her unborn child. "I drove my daughter to the abortion clinic like a lamb to the slaughterhouse, against her will," Arthur told her audience.

"I pressed my views on her and convinced her that she would be unable to care for the child while studying and an abortion would be the best thing to do, offering her no other solution or help … While my 12-week-old grand-daughter was ripped apart from my daughter's womb, I knew with brutal clarity that I had made the greatest mistake of my life," said Arthur.

Arthur told the parliamentary gathering that she does not support abortion under any circumstances now, even under the usual exceptions of rape and incest. She said that her 41-year old daughter, now married, has had trouble conceiving because of the damage the abortion, which was performed legally in Germany, caused.

151 posted on 11/23/2008 12:09:37 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Alamo-Girl; betty boop; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; ...
With all of the evil in the world, it is important to focus on what really matters. Alamo-Girl has published a new book on His Great Commandment.

Thread by betty boop

Congratulations, Alamo-Girl, on the Release of Your New Book!

Congratulations, Alamo-Girl, on the Release of Your New Book!

Great Command Cover Image

There Is Only One Great Commandment
Lulu Press, 2008

It is my honor and distinct pleasure to announce the publication of Alamo-Girl’s new book, There Is Only One Great Commandment, a prayerful work of Christian witness and devotion that speaks to how one centers one’s life in God. A non-denominational, non-sectarian work, it focuses on Christian living — on the growth of the Image of Christ in our souls, in our everyday lives.

In There Is Only One Great Commandment, Alamo-Girl offers to conduct you on a spiritual walk through the Scriptures, using the Lord’s Prayer as the guiding map, mining the truths embedded within that prayer. As marron writes on the cover, "Each word and phrase has been pulled out, held to the light, admired, contemplated, and then returned carefully to its place. And the way it was written is exactly the right way to read this book: This is not a book to read in a day but tasted and chewed morsel by morsel. Take your time. Let it sink in line by line. You won’t be disappointed."

All to the glory of God — in Christian faith and confident affirmation that there is only one great commandment: To love God with your whole heart, and soul, and mind — to love Him surpassingly above all else.

152 posted on 11/23/2008 12:17:41 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

“we must try”

If we make a lot of noise, I think we can at least limit evil, and God will bless us for trying.


153 posted on 11/23/2008 12:39:28 PM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Alamo-Girl; wagglebee

Congrats, Alamo-Girl, and glad and proud that you’re a fellow FReeper.


154 posted on 11/23/2008 12:41:21 PM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Sun
If we make a lot of noise, I think we can at least limit evil, and God will bless us for trying.

Very true.

155 posted on 11/23/2008 1:07:02 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: magdalen
This may well be the most important March for Life ever.

Thread by magdalen.

PREPARE FOR JANUARY'S MARCH FOR LIFE

A special gathering of Down's syndrome children and their families for the March for Life in Washington DC in January. This year, in particular, with all sorts of anti-life legislation poised to be let loose on us, as many people as possible should consider going to March. A million people cannot be ignored, can they? What sort of shenanigans can be expected for the inaugeral? Publicity will be theirs for sure. What about for those who wish to defend the most innocent and defenseless of Americans? ------ http://cause-of-our-joy.blogspot.com/2008/11/invitation-to-join-us-for-march-for.html

An Invitation to join us for the March for Life 2009...

156 posted on 11/24/2008 4:40:15 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
Haleigh Poutre Update

We must pray for justice.

Jury begins deliberating in Poutre child abuse case

SPRINGFIELD - Twelve jurors began deliberations this afternoon in the child abuse case of Haleigh Poutre's stepfather, Jason Strickland, but recessed after about an hour without reaching a verdict.

They will resume tomorrow deciding whether they believe the 34-year-old auto mechanic who told them under oath last week that he never hurt Haleigh and had assumed her many bruises, cuts and burns were from accidents or her own doing...

157 posted on 11/24/2008 4:44:29 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: SErtelt; 8mmMauser; BykrBayb; floriduh voter; Lesforlife; Sun
Let us hope the Church has the fortitude to follow through on this.

Thread and story by our great FRiend Steven Ertelt.

Catholic Leader: Excommunication Possible for Backing Pro-Abortion Bill

Washington, DC -- A top Catholic leader says it is possible that Catholic members of Congress who vote for the Freedom of Choice Act could face excommunication. The legislation would make unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy the law of the land and overturn hundreds of pro-life laws nationwide that reduce abortions.

158 posted on 11/24/2008 4:46:25 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: All
I genuinely believe that this will save lives.

Thread by me.

Look out MTV, Here Come Pro-Life Ads which Have Been Shown to Decrease Abortion Numbers

ROSWELL, GA, November 24, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Pro-life television commercials with a proven track record of substantially lowering abortion rates are set to air on MTV beginning the day after Christmas.

With more than 98% of US homes having televisions, and the average American spending over 5 hours every day consuming media, it is easy to see how VirtueMedia can reach millions of people each day using powerful broadcast commercials to positively affect culture.

Four U.S. regions with significant abortion-vulnerable populations recently reported a decrease in abortions in response to the airing of VirtueMedia's educational pro-life ads, partnered with other effective pro-life efforts...

159 posted on 11/24/2008 4:48:38 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: 8mmMauser; BykrBayb; floriduh voter; Sun; Lesforlife; All
Yes, murder IS brutal.

Thread by me.

Pro-Abortion Med Student Shrinks away from Practice after "Disturbingly Brutal" Procedure

BALTIMORE, November 24, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Though she had practiced the procedure as a student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine by scraping out a piece of fruit with razor-sharp abortion instruments, Lesley Wojcik learned that her training could never have prepared her for a real abortion.

What caught her off-guard, says the second-year med student, was the brutality of a procedure that subjects women to extreme pain.

In a Washington Post article detailing her journey to become an abortionist, Wojcik describes how during her first witnessed abortion, she recoiled in horror as the mother began letting out blood-curdling screams. The woman, who was "in obvious pain," had been only partially sedated, and the ordeal was so disturbing that Wojcik says she nearly vomited...

160 posted on 11/24/2008 4:50:39 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: 8mmMauser; BykrBayb; floriduh voter; Lesforlife; Sun; All
Bishop Robert Hermann has incredible resolve on this matter.

Thread by me.

Catholic Bishop Says He Would Die Tomorrow if Abortions End as a Result

St. Louis, MO (LifeNews.com) -- While leaders of the Catholic Church met last week in Baltimore to discuss abortion and other important issues, most of the attention focused on their remarks concerning incoming president Barack Obama. But one bishop said he would give the ultimate sacrifice -- his own life -- if it meant ending abortion.

St. Louis, Missouri archdiocesan administrator Bishop Robert Hermann made the comment that is drawing worldwide acclaim.

"I think any bishop here would consider it a privilege to die tomorrow to bring about an end to abortion," he said at the meeting.

"If we are willing to die tomorrow, then we should be willing to, until the end of our lives, to take all kinds of criticism for opposing this horrible infanticide," he added...

161 posted on 11/24/2008 4:52:43 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Nihil Obstat; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; ...
Thanks to Nihil Obstat for the reminder about an old thread of mine.

US Largest Poinsettia Farmers among Planned Parenthood's Biggest Donors

ENCINITAS, January 16, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Many pro-life organizations use Christmas season sales of poinsettias to raise funds, but according to a US-based researcher, so do Planned Parenthood and other abortionists in the US. James Hartline, a Christian activist in California wrote to LifeSiteNews.com warning that the poinsettias decorating the churches and homes of Christians in the US could easily originate from a family-owned business that has been supporting abortion for decades.

The Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, California, supplies 70% of all of the poinsettias sold in the United States and the Ecke family is among the most generous supporters of Planned Parenthood and long-time political activists for the abortion movement. The Ecke family features prominently in the major donors list in the fall 2005 edition of the San Diego/Riverside County Planned Parenthood Newsletter.

In November 2005, the Ecke family were present at the dedication of the new Carlsbad California Planned Parenthood facility renovation for which they had donated $250,000. In gratitude for their life-long support, the facility’s directors gave the Ecke family a catered dinner to honour them for their support of abortion.

Paul Ecke, the heir to the three-generation poinsettia empire, said of his siblings' upbringing as political abortion activists, "As children, we licked a lot of envelopes, we made a lot of phone calls, we walked door-to-door to encourage people to vote.” Among those causes, he said was promoting Planned Parenthood.

In an interview today, Hartline called for a boycott of the Ecke family’s poinsettias. Hartline told LifeSiteNews.com that acting on this information could “take millions of dollars away” from Planned Parenthood in short order.

162 posted on 11/24/2008 5:00:09 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Thanks for the ping!


163 posted on 11/24/2008 8:53:40 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Jim Robinson; John Robinson; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; ...
Jim Robinson's brother Don passed away last night. Please keep the Robinsons in your prayers.

Thanks and God Bless.

Urgent Prayer Request From Jim Robinson. Sad update. Don Robinson has passed away.


164 posted on 11/25/2008 7:32:50 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

How sad. Prayer for Jim and his family.


165 posted on 11/25/2008 7:35:11 AM PST by CindyDawg (Lord, please bless America)
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To: wagglebee

Thanks for the ping!


166 posted on 11/25/2008 7:39:07 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl

It has certainly been a rough year for Jim and his family.


167 posted on 11/25/2008 7:46:50 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Indeed, it certainly has. I join in lifting Jim and all the family up to God for His peace and blessing and guidance.


168 posted on 11/25/2008 7:50:17 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl

Amen.


169 posted on 11/25/2008 7:53:42 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Strickland’s claims just aren’t credible as has been pointed out previously.


170 posted on 11/25/2008 11:21:49 AM PST by Dante3
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To: NYer; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
This is just surreal, next they will be putting coupons on pizza boxes.

Thread by NYer.

Planned Parenthood Issues Christmas Gift Certificates: Give the Gift of Abortion

IN (LifeNews.com) -- In what could easily become the most offensive Christmas offer ever a Planned Parenthood affiliate is offering Christmas gift certificates. Purchasers can use them to give the gift of abortion even though the group claims that's not its purpose or intent.

"Looking for an unusual, yet practical gift this holiday season? Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN) is now offering gift certificates for services or the recipient's choice of birth control method," the abortion business says.

The gift certificates can be purchased in increments of $25 online at the group's web site or for any amount at some of PPIN's 35 statewide facilities.

While PPIN president and CEO Betty Cockrum says they can be redeemed for contraception, birth control and legitimate medical services like breast exams and Pap tests, they can also be used to pay for abortions...

171 posted on 11/27/2008 4:52:40 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
Heather Lavers

Just in time for Thanksgiving, we can thank our Lord for saving Heather Lavers.

Thread by me.

Ohio Man Protects His Wife From Starvation and Dehydration Euthanasia Death

Toledo, OH (LifeNews.com) -- A case involving some similarities to that of Terri Schiavo has ended in success as an Ohio man has been able to protect his wife from a similar starvation and dehydration euthanasia death. Robert Lavers won a legal decision in his desire to protect his disabled wife.

Lavers sought to protect his spouse, Heather Lavers, who went into a coma after suffering a heart attack in September and had been receiving medical care, nutrition, and hydration at a Florida hospital not far from her and her husband’s home.

Robert Lavers' sister-in-law succeeded in having the court name him as guardian Tuesday when she withdrew her application for guardianship. As a result, health Lavers won't have her nutrition and hydration removed.

Joel Kirkpatrick, an attorney who worked with the pro-life law firm Alliance Defense Fund, told LifeNews.com he's elated at the result of the case.

“Everyone deserves a chance to recover. We are pleased that Heather will be given this chance,” said Kirkpatrick. “Robert Lavers is the rightful guardian of his wife and simply desires to take care of her. He did not want a death sentence for Heather.

...

172 posted on 11/27/2008 4:56:28 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: snugs; STARWISE; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; ...
Please keep Snugs, her father and whole family in your prayers.

Thank you and God Bless.

Asking for prayer for Snugs' father who is very ill

Our dear friend, Snugs, from across the sea in the UK, is going through a very tough family crisis.

Her beloved Dad, Bryan, has had serious abdominal surgery and is struggling mightily in the hospital.

They're fearful that, unless he can muster the strength to cough and get his lungs working normally again, his condition will soon gravely deteriorate.

Snugs is such a dear soul who has been so kind to so many here at FR, and has SO many FRiends here.

I know she would appreciate it so very much if you would add her Dad, Bryan, to your prayers.

Lord, bring him comfort and the strength he needs to get through this post-surgical phase, guide his medical team, be with him and his loving daughter, our dear FRiend, Snugs. Bless her with wisdom to make the proper medical decisions for him. Hover near Bryan and Snugs with Your loving comfort.

173 posted on 11/27/2008 4:59:40 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
Haleigh Poutre Update

Unfortunately, this monster will get a maximum of five years for his barbarity.

Stepfather guilty in abuse case

SPRINGFIELD - A Hampden Superior Court jury Wednesday found Jason D. Strickland guilty of permitting a serious brain injury to be caused to his stepdaughter Haleigh Poutre in a case that drew national attention and caused an overhaul of a state agency.

Following 10 days of testimony about blood samples, beatings and cigarette burns and three days of deliberations, the jurors reached their decision. They did not find that Strickland caused Haleigh's injury, but simply that he permitted it to occur.

The crime carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in state prison. Had Strickland been convicted of causing the brain injury, the maximum sentence would have been 15 years. In all, the jury found Strickland guilty of five of the six charges against him...


175 posted on 11/27/2008 5:08:54 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

As I began to read your post, I saw an unfamiliar name, Heather Lavers. Before I could read further, I got that sinking feeling that she was another in the never ending list of victims and intended victims of the culture of death. I am so relieved to learn she’s out of harms’ way. I am so sick of the death merchants’ constant attack on vulnerable people. And I am especially thankful to be outside the grasp of the death mongers.

Happy Thanksgiving.


176 posted on 11/27/2008 5:11:55 PM PST by BykrBayb (May God have mercy on our souls. ~)
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To: BykrBayb; floriduh voter; Lesforlife; Sun; Dante3; 8mmMauser
Both Lauren and now Heather were lucky enough to have relatives who decided that ALL life is precious.

Guardianship Battle Begins In Schiavo-Like Case

Judge Grants Man Time In Wife's Guardianship Case


177 posted on 11/27/2008 5:16:07 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

This book is on my Christmas wish list. It’s also on my Christmas shopping list. :-)


178 posted on 11/27/2008 5:23:59 PM PST by BykrBayb (May God have mercy on our souls. ~)
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To: BykrBayb; Alamo-Girl
This book is on my Christmas wish list. It’s also on my Christmas shopping list. :-)

Be sure to let Alamo-Girl know, some of the FR oldtimers turned out to be RINOs, but FReepers like Alamo-Girl, JimRob and a bunch of others deserve our undying gratitude for making Free Republic what it is today.

Happy Thanksgiving!

179 posted on 11/27/2008 5:37:41 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Thanks for the ping!


180 posted on 11/27/2008 8:48:36 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: wagglebee

“Love one another” as opposed to euthanize one another.


181 posted on 11/28/2008 7:45:24 AM PST by floriduh voter (Dancing with the Stars was a fair election.)
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To: Caleb1411; Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; ...
ALL human life is created in the image of God and His Handiwork is by definition perfect.

Thread by Caleb1411.

Babies Perfect and Imperfect

Our daughter was born at 5:22 p.m. on December 30, 2005. Two hours later, a nurse called my husband out of the room. When he returned, he took my hand and said, “They think Penny has Down syndrome.” As this news began to make its way into my consciousness, we heard shouts from the room next door. Another child had been born. “She’s perfect!” someone exclaimed about that other baby. “She’s perfect!”

Once we found out that Penny had Down syndrome, we had a hard time celebrating her birth. We didn’t open the bottle of champagne perched by my bedside. We were afraid to call our friends and family. We didn’t shout, “She’s perfect.”

In fact, those words haunted me. The medical language used for Down syndrome implies a special brand of imperfection: “disabled,” as if Penny were a defective piece of machinery that had been turned off; “retarded,” with all its connotations of stupid and subhuman; “abnormal,” like a cancerous growth. I found no comfort in these terms.

My faith didn’t help much either. Without even knowing it, my mind held a theological grid, a mental chart of how the universe worked. The only thing that chart told me about Down syndrome—the presence of an extra chromosome in every cell of Penny’s body—was that it was a manifestation of sin in the world. By that, I don’t mean I thought Down syndrome was immoral, but I did think that, because the entire cosmos was out of whack, bad things happened. Bad things, like malaria, and hurricanes, and extra chromosomes. And if having an extra chromosome was on par with disease and destruction and other things that are not of God, what did that say about our daughter?

My theology, at first, seemed to affirm the medical language. It seemed that, even by God’s standards, Penny was in another category of human being altogether—not merely “fallen,” like the rest of us, but defective, a mistake. And yet even in those early, dark hours of her life, Penny’s presence—her sweet face and tiny hands and warm body—knocked against my grid, jostled my presuppositions about human wholeness and human sin. I started to understand that Penny was a gift, a precious human being, a child with much to offer.

I began to reconsider my own theological presuppositions. And I wondered—Was Down syndrome a product of cosmic disorder? What did it mean for Penny, extra chromosome and all, to be created in the image of God? Could Down syndrome have existed in the Garden of Eden? Would Penny have Down syndrome in heaven? In other words, was Down syndrome a part of God’s good creation, or was it evidence of creation gone awry? I wasn’t the only one asking these questions. Amos Yong’s Theology and Down Syndrome, Thomas Reynolds’ Vulnerable Communion, and Hans Reinders’ Receiving the Gift of Friendship have all been published within the last year, and all consider theological questions surrounding both physical and mental disability. Together these writers provide a nuanced understanding of what it means to be human and what it means to anticipate a fully redeemed and restored, perfected humanity.

Before I read these books, and before Penny was in my life, I thought of perfection in largely individualistic and physical terms, as if one day God’s redeeming work would make us all little superheroes—strong, beautiful, intelligent, and incapable of making mistakes. These authors, however, recognize the full and even exemplary humanity of the individuals our culture calls disabled. They recognize the significance, both here and now and for all eternity, of “the least of these.” Yong explains, “The world, as created, is contingent, limited, and finite (as opposed to the divine infinitude). Yet contingency, limitedness, and finitude are not essentially evil, even if the human experience of suffering (and evil) is sometimes derived from these realities.”

In other words, from the moment of creation, human beings have been needy and dependent creatures. The initial sin of Adam and Eve was to attempt to become like God instead of accepting their inherent limitedness as humans. Rather than trusting God to direct and guide them within their natural limits, they tried to become autonomous individuals. As Reynolds writes, “Neediness, vulnerability, or lack of ability is not a flaw detracting from an otherwise pure and complete human nature. Rather, it is testimony to the fact that our nature involves receiving our existence from each other.” To think of the first humans in terms of dependence, need, and vulnerability makes me wonder whether Adam could have stubbed his toe, or whether he ever asked Eve for a backrub to relieve his sore muscles after a long day’s work. It helps me realize that human limitations didn’t arise when sin entered the world. Limitations existed already. It was brokenness—both within the moral and the natural order—that came with sin.

Just as Adam’s and Eve’s limitations constitute one aspect of their humanity, the life, death, and resurrection of Christ provide a portrait of humanity that includes vulnerability, weakness, and powerlessness. Scriptural references to Christ’s power in weakness abound: Think of the hymn in Philippians 2, or the image from Revelation of the saints worshiping “the lamb that was slain.” According to Yong, since Jesus experienced bodily disfigurement on the cross, “this Christologically defined imago Dei would thus be inclusive rather than exclusive of the human experience of disability.”

Reynolds makes a similar point: “His resurrected body continues to bear his scars as a sign of God’s solidarity with humanity. . . . It suggests that disability indicates not a flawed humanity but a full humanity.” It is true, and significant, that Christ comes to us in weakness, with limits, and with needs, and yet I wouldn’t claim Jesus is “the disabled God.” Christ’s physical suffering is imposed on him by humans, whereas disability often refers to congenital and genetically based physical problems. Moreover, he does not remain in this incapacitated state. The resurrected Christ bears his scars, but he does not retain his wounds.

Yong and Reynolds both go too far in arguing the solidarity of Christ’s suffering and human disability. And yet, the images of both Adam and Christ as limited and vulnerable allow us to conceive humanity in different terms from those I had on hand when I found out Penny had Down syndrome. At first, I could only see her extra chromosome as evidence of imperfection, as a series of limitations that were different and worse than my own human limits. I didn’t conceive of limits—hers or mine—as potentially good: gifts from God that enable each of us to admit our creatureliness, our need for one another, our need for God’s grace.

Early on, I had asked my mother whether she thought Down syndrome happened because of sin in the world. She responded gently, “The only evidence of sin I see is in how the world reacts to Penny.” I began to understand what she meant—that Penny is no more or less human than I am, no more or less born in sin, no more or less blessed, no more or less in need of redemption. When I think of Penny’s life to come only in terms of being fixed or healed, I miss the point of what it means for God to redeem and heal each and every one of us.

I have been asking the wrong questions all along. We know that heaven involves seeing God face to face. We know it involves love. We know it involves participation in community, in the body of Christ, within a multiplicity of gifts and abilities. We also know that, even once we are fully redeemed, our humanity includes limitations and dependence on one another. We don’t know what those limits will look like. We don’t know whether all of us will have good vision or be able to run marathons without feeling tired or be able to solve quadratic equations. Yong goes so far as to say, “I further speculate that people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, such as those with Down syndrome or triplicate chromosome 21—will also retain their phenotypical features in their resurrection bodies. . . . Thus, the redemption of those with Down syndrome, for example, would consist not in some magical fix of the twenty-first chromosome but in the recognition of their central roles in the communion of saints and in the divine scheme of things.”

With all that said, we also know that God promises to make us whole. So when the prophet Isaiah writes of a future when the blind will be healed, or when Jesus heals the paralytic, or when the author of Revelation envisions the new heaven and the new earth without any pain, I have to wonder where healing fits in my new understanding of Down syndrome and other disabilities. All three of the recent books imply that when we conceive of healing simply as miraculous cures for abnormal states of being—blindness, deafness, cognitive delays—we miss the point. They do not see the transformation of every physical limitation as a guarantee, or even as necessary for fulfilling our human potential, and they construe healing in a holistic sense, as the inclusion of all people, regardless of bodily or mental function, in communion with God. I can’t say what Penny’s redemption will look like, and I trust that God’s promise to make each one of us whole will include physical transformation. But part of the point is to remind ourselves about the full humanity of those with Down syndrome in this world. It took a lot of thought and prayer for me to agree with what my mother understood as soon as Penny was born: The evidence of sin is in our response to her, not in her extra chromosome.

For a long time, I was looking for answers to questions that were hardly worth asking, and I was trying to recreate my daughter according to a cultural standard of normalcy rather than according to a biblical understanding of full human life. We are created in the image of God, recipients of divine love and grace, and we bear the responsibility and privilege of extending love into the world here and now, and forever more.

Two and a half years after Penny was born, I don’t think of her as defective, or retarded, or abnormal. I think back to that first evening of her life, when I cringed at the words about the baby next door: “She’s perfect!” I still wouldn’t call Penny perfect. I wouldn’t call any human being, besides Jesus, perfect. I am well aware that Penny needs healing and redemption through Christ, as do I. And Penny’s nature, I hope and pray, will be redeemed through Christ as she becomes the whole person she was created to be. I suspect Penny’s whole person will include three twenty-first chromosomes, but only because any aspect of that extra chromosome causing separation—physical, emotional, relational—will be overcome.

Just recently, we started reading a book about Jesus together. We read the story of Jesus blessing the little children. Penny was fascinated. At the end, I told her that Jesus loves her just like he loves the little children in the story. And I asked her if she knows that she can talk to Jesus. Without hesitation, she nodded her head, folded her hands, and said, “Pray.” Now that I know what to look for, I glimpse perfection in Penny’s life nearly every day.

Amy Julia Becker, a master-of-divinity candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary, is a writer and mother in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Her first book, Penelope Ayers, will be published this fall.

182 posted on 11/28/2008 12:16:19 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
A great expose of false pro-lifers by Jill Stanek.

Thread by me.

Jill Stanek: Counterfeit pro-lifers: A case of mistaken identity

I probably don't need to say much more than the Washington Post and USA Today wrote glowingly of a new "pro-life" plan. Red flags arise.

Last week USA Today editorialized:

Realism seems to have struck some ardent foes of abortion. After 35 years of trying to outlaw the procedure nationally while chipping away at abortion rights state by state, they have decided to add a new and sensible initiative. They'll work with the other side to reduce the number of abortions.

It's not that the opponents changed their minds or that they're any less committed to their cause. It's just that they have done the new math. And the numbers don't add up to more anti-abortion justices on the U.S. Supreme Court or a sea change on the issue among most Americans.

The new "pro-life" coalition is composed of Barack Obama supporters, and they're a little late with their Supreme Court math. Whatever. Smokescreen anyway...


183 posted on 11/28/2008 12:18:45 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Sun; All
There was a time when the "C" in YMCA and YWCA actually stood for something.

Thread by Sun.

YWCA Supports Freedom of Choice Act

The CEO of the Young Women's Christian Association said that the group is "pro-choice" and would support the Freedom of Choice Act, which President-elect Obama has pledged to sign into law.

184 posted on 11/28/2008 12:20:37 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: 8mmMauser; BykrBayb; floriduh voter; Lesforlife; Sun; Dante3
This just gives, "ho, ho, ho" an entirely new meaning.

Thread by me.

Ad Showing Woman Seducing Santa Promotes Free Morning-After Pills and Condoms for Christmas

WARWICKSHIRE, U.K., November 28, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A new advertisement from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), sometimes described as the “British Planned Parenthood,” depicting a semi-pornographic Christmas scene is being used to tout free morning-after pills and condoms for the Christmas season.

The ad shows the lower half of a man clad in "Santa" get-up grasping the rear of a woman in a mini-skirt whose leg is entwined around the “Santa” figure, set against the backdrop of a typical Christmas living room scene. "Santa only comes once a year ... but that's all it takes!" reads the ad, implying that the woman could get pregnant even if she only has sex with Santa once a year, without using contraception.

BPAS's website explains that they "recognise that Christmas is a time when people don’t think about contraception as a priority, but accidents still happen." In order to remedy the shortened holiday schedule of family planning clinics and pharmacies, BPAS will be providing a "Free Christmas Pack" containing a dose of the abortifacient morning-after pill, three condoms, a leaflet on "what your options are in case the pill doesn’t work" and another on general sexual health services...

185 posted on 11/28/2008 12:22:32 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: All
"Plan B" has always been just a way to kill babies when "Plan A" fails.

Thread by me.

Survey: Plan B Drug More Available, Refused Less, But Abortions May Not Drop

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A new national survey shows the Plan B drug, as known as the morning after pill, is more available across the United States following a 2006 FDA decision to sell it to adults over the counter. However, anecdotal stats from other places where it is readily available show it not reducing abortions...

186 posted on 11/28/2008 12:24:20 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: 8mmMauser; BykrBayb; floriduh voter; Lesforlife; Sun; Dante3
Soon there may not be a choice.

Thread by me.

Canada Poll Finds Equal Number Would Choose Euthanasia or Palliative Care

Ottawa, Canada (LifeNews.com) -- A disturbing new poll from Canada finds an equal number of respondents would choose palliative care over euthanasia at the end of their lives. The results find death is increasingly becoming an alternative for pain relief for patients, the elderly or disabled.

The Environics polling firm queried Canadians and found 44 percent would choose euthanasia and the same amount would choose palliative care. The final 12 percent were undecided...

187 posted on 11/28/2008 12:26:54 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Thanks for the ping!


188 posted on 11/28/2008 9:13:31 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: wagglebee

“Canada Poll Finds Equal Number Would Choose Euthanasia or Palliative Care
Ottawa, Canada (LifeNews.com) — A disturbing new poll from Canada finds an equal number of respondents would choose palliative care over euthanasia at the end of their lives.”

This is so disturbing. It seems the antilifers are winning people over incrementally, but we pro-lifers can win them back.


189 posted on 11/28/2008 11:57:49 PM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: wagglebee
OH, CANADA

What people don't realize is that the decision to euthanize doesn't rest with the individual. These decisions will be made by strangers or relatives who don't like them very much.

Euthanasia is not a choice issue as presented. It is granting others the authorization to decide it's time for someone to go.

They don't have to be terminal, as you know. Maybe they have a real nice kidney or a real nice heart there... The profitability of transplantation is oft overlooked. The donor's donation is "free" but after that there's major profiteering including anti-rejection RX needed forever.

190 posted on 11/29/2008 7:25:22 AM PST by floriduh voter (At least Dancing with the Stars had a fair election.)
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To: wagglebee
A friend took a picture of Trig at a Tampa Bay McCain-Palin Rally. It's sweet. By the way, on December 3rd is Terri Schindler Schiavo's birthday. She was martyred on March 31, 2005 as you know.

www.terrisfight.org for streaming radio broadcast (radio program Lifeline is on today at 3:00 PM EST).

191 posted on 11/29/2008 7:29:17 AM PST by floriduh voter (At least Dancing with the Stars had a fair election.)
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
The culture of death continues to expand its evil realm.

Thread by me.

South Korea Supreme Court OKs Feeding Tube Removal, Euthanasia Worries

Seoul, South Korea (LifeNews.com) -- The Supreme Court of South Korea has issued a ruling allowing the family members of a terminally ill woman to remove her feeding tube and take her off life support. The decision is opening up the Asian nation to concerns that the ruling could lead to assisted suicide or euthanasia.

The case apparently involved a family that did not have a dispute like the one that embroiled Terri Schiavo's family and her ex-husband.

The debate in the Asian nation is not so much over the case itself but the effects of it.

That's because lawmakers in the National Assembly have filed legislation that could take the decision further down the slippery slope.

Park Jung-woo, spokesman for the Life and Ethics Committee at the Archdiocese of Seoul, told the Korea Times newspaper that a patient choosing to withdraw his own treatment is one thing but removing treatment from someone else is different...

"We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will give you no rest."

192 posted on 11/29/2008 1:26:33 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: SErtelt; All
Our great FRiend Steven Ertelt has a story/thread that exposes the lie that abortion doesn't lead to mental health problems.

New Study: Direct Link Between Abortion and Mental Health Problems

Washington, DC -- A new research study featuring numerous controls and a national data set finds a link between abortion and psychiatric disorders. The study directly contradicts the report the American Psychiatric Association released in August claiming abortion causes no mental health issues for women.

The research team found induced abortions result in increased risks for a myriad of mental health problems ranging from anxiety to depression to substance abuse disorders.

Ultimately, the authors write that abortion is directly "responsible for more than 10% of the population incidence of alcohol dependence, alcohol abuse, drug dependence, panic disorder, agoraphobia, and bipolar disorder" among all Americans...

193 posted on 11/29/2008 1:29:00 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: MountainLoop; All
Not only is abortion the number one cause of death in the United States, it is responsible for as many deaths as cancer, heart disease and strokes COMBINED.

Thread by MountainLoop

Abortion Now Number One Cause of Death in Spain

SPAIN, November 28, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Abortion is now the number one cause of death in Spain, and represents the most common type of violence against women in the formerly Catholic country, according to a new report by the international Institute for Family Policy (IPF).

The report, which was issued on the International Day of Violence Against Women, notes that Spain has one of the most liberal abortion laws in Europe, allowing women to kill their unborn child for "psychological" reasons at any time during their pregnancy.

Under Spain's practically nonexistent restrictions, abortions have more than doubled since the mid 1990s, climbing from 51,006 in 1996 to over 120,000 in 2007. The abortion rate is now approaching one in five pregnancies (18.3%), according to the report...

194 posted on 11/29/2008 1:33:22 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Salvation; All
I question whether Doug Kmiec was EVER a pro-life conservative.

Thread by Salvation.

Doug Kmiec’s Departure from the Pro-life Movement

The more incredible the claim, the greater the number of column inches the liberal media devotes to making it. That’s why The Washington Post, on November 18th, gave over such a large swath of its front page to religion writer Jacqueline Salmon, who fantasizes at length about the “growing number of anti-abortion pastors, conservative academics and activists [who] are setting aside efforts to outlaw abortion and instead are focusing on building social programs and developing other assistance for pregnant women to reduce the number of abortions.” This, she would have us believe, is the future of the pro-life movement. The rest of us have given up, or are about to.

As Exhibit Number One for her argument, Salmon produces the now well-known Doug Kmiec, a conservative academic who teaches law at Pepperdine University. Kmiec early endorsed Obama for president, justifying his support for the abortion-minded candidate by claiming that legal efforts to restrict abortion have failed.

195 posted on 11/29/2008 1:36:04 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: All
Just what we can expect from political correctness.

Thread by me.

A Painful, Disease-Ridden Death Isn’t So Bad if You’re Just a White, Heterosexual Male

November 28, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - I had an ethics teacher in high-school of a particularly volatile and appallingly (or delightfully, depending upon your perspective), politically incorrect sort. Indeed, he one day related to our class that while in university he discovered that there existed on his campus a black lesbian club. This my teacher found amusing. It also gave him an idea.

And so, being the roguish fellow that he is, he promptly marched off to one or another administrator’s office and announced his intention to start up a white, heterosexual male club, and could he please get the proper forms and when could he expect to receive his funding and where on campus could he post the signs advertising for membership?

Needless to say, his club never got off the ground (though I’m not sure he would have known what to do if it had).

It was a good story and has always stuck with me as an apt illustration of the broken-mindedness of the politically correct, who too often operate according to the principle that anything … absolutely anything, other than a white, heterosexual male is a good thing...

196 posted on 11/29/2008 1:38:08 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: All
This needs to be repeated in churches across America.

Thread by me.

Calif. priest tells Obama supporters to confess

A Roman Catholic priest has told parishioners they should confess if they voted for Barack Obama because the president-elect supports abortion.

The Rev. Joseph Illo says his parishioners at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Modesto shouldn't risk losing their "state of grace" by receiving communion sacrilegiously. He delivered the message in a Nov. 21 letter and during mass...

197 posted on 11/29/2008 1:39:52 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: All
A courageous young girl who decided not to compound one mistake with an even deadlier one.

Thread by me.

Teen's life changes when baby arrives

YULEE - At the beginning of her sophomore year at Yulee High School, Alyssa Gammons was a 15-year-old cheerleader whose biggest challenge was perfecting a back handspring. Her days were filled with the usual teenage things - school, homework, and hanging out with friends.

But midway through the 2007-08 school year, Alyssa's life was changed drastically by a positive pregnancy test.

"I lost it," Alyssa said. "All that ran through my head was, 'My life is over.' I cried and cried, because I didn't know what I was going to do and I didn't know how to tell my parents."

The next day, with a family friend at her side, Alyssa broke the news to them. Her father yelled, her mother cried and Alyssa sat silently on the couch with tears sliding down her cheeks. But her parents soon recovered from the shock and embraced her. They considered the options - abortion, adoption, or keeping the baby, and decided to keep it...

198 posted on 11/29/2008 1:42:35 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
Pray for an end to abortion and the conversion of America to a culture of life!
 
Please continue to pray to defeat FOCA!

199 posted on 11/29/2008 2:34:53 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: wagglebee

Thanks for the ping!


200 posted on 11/29/2008 8:47:03 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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