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  • Life begins again: A Planned Parenthood director in Texas has a change of heart

    11/14/2009 4:04:46 AM PST · by rhema · 20 replies · 922+ views
    WORLD ^ | November 13, 2009 | Julie Smyth
    In late September, the abortionist at Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas, needed assistance, so he asked the center’s director Abby Johnson to hold the ultrasound probe during a dilation and evacuation abortion. Johnson watched as the 13-week-old unborn child attempted to avoid the probe. “I saw a full profile of the baby from head to foot,” she told me. Once the abortion procedure began, Johnson saw the child “crumple” under the pressure of the vacuum and then in an instant the child was gone. The reality of seeing the baby moving struck her as she stood in shock and dropped...
  • Planned Parenthood Director Leaves, Has Change of Heart

    11/02/2009 6:19:21 AM PST · by texanyankee · 69 replies · 14,526+ views
    KBTX ^ | November 2, 2009 | Ashlea Sigman
    Planned Parenthood Director Leaves, Has Change of Heart Planned Parenthood has been a part of Abby Johnson's life for the past eight years; that is until last month, when Abby resigned. Planned Parenthood has been a part of Abby Johnson's life for the past eight years; that is until last month, when Abby resigned. Johnson said she realized she wanted to leave, after watching an ultrasound of an abortion procedure. "I just thought I can't do this anymore, and it was just like a flash that hit me and I thought that's it," said Jonhson. She handed in her resignation...
  • Planned Parenthood Director Quits After Seeing Abortion [incl. video interview]

    11/04/2009 12:11:05 AM PST · by chuck_the_tv_out · 4 replies · 533+ views
    CBN ^ | 3 Nov | Staff
    The director of a southeast Texas Planned Parenthood office has resigned after eight years. Abby Johnson had a change of heart after watching an ultrasound of an abortion. She now works for the Coalition for Life, a pro-life group that often prays outside her old Planned Parenthood office. Johnson said her bosses pressured her for months to increase profits by performing more abortions. CBN News spoke with Johnson about what prompted her change of heart. Click play for her comments.
  • The road to Damascus

    08/07/2009 12:47:37 PM PDT · by JohnPierce · 11 replies · 412+ views
    Examiner ^ | August 7, 2009 | John Pierce
    Where gun rights are concerned, a “Road to Damascus” moment occurs when a formerly anti-gun or gun-shy person decides to become a gun owner. I was lucky enough to spend most of my free time last week introducing a once gun-shy family to their rights and responsibilities as new gun owners.
  • Former Tiller Employee Now Pro-Life

    06/10/2009 8:59:24 AM PDT · by Jeliota · 16 replies · 1,057+ views ^ | 06/09/2009 | Robert Barron
    “I was seeing eight- and nine-month pregnant women come in,” she said, “and out of those two dozen a week, only about 2 percent had medical deformities. I thought I was pro-choice back then, but week after week I kept seeing these women coming in with healthy babies and I saw all the records. I didn’t think that was right.”
  • Whoopi Finally Gets It! [video]

    05/13/2009 12:42:51 AM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 60 replies · 2,335+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | May 12, '09
    "Whoopi Goldberg Rails Against Her Taxes." Now if only she can convince Obama to stop proposing ever new taxes, like today's Sugar Tax, yesterday's estate tax hike proposal and the grandaddy of them all - the Global Warming Tax.
  • Now a Creationist (Ph.D. Scientists explains what turned him to biblical creation)

    05/11/2009 9:48:18 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 52 replies · 2,241+ views
    CMI ^ | May 12, 2009 | Jonathan Sarfati, Ph.D.
    Now a Creationist CMI Ph.D. scientist and author explains to an outside website what turned him to biblical creation How does someone with an essentially secular upbringing and secular education become a staunch supporter of biblical creation? (See also previous Boundless article A Theory of Creation). There was no single reason, but many pieces of evidence that accumulated into an overwhelming case...
  • "Preaching Is God's Great Emancipation Proclamation" (Sermon for Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany)

    02/07/2009 5:28:35 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 11 replies · 776+ views
    February 8, 2009 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Preaching Is God’s Great Emancipation Proclamation” (Mark 1:29-39; 1 Corinthians 9:16-27)In the Holy Gospel for today, Jesus says, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also; for that is why I came out.” And then it says, “And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues.” Likewise, in today’s Epistle, St. Paul says, “Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” Both of these readings emphasize the importance of preaching. It was a top priority for Jesus. It was a top priority for Paul. Why was it so important for them?...
  • "Astonishing, Amazing Authority" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany)

    01/31/2009 2:12:29 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies · 691+ views
    February 1, 2009 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Astonishing, Amazing Authority” (Mark 1:21-28)Our text is the Holy Gospel for today, the story of Jesus teaching in the synagogue and rebuking the unclean spirit, and the reaction of the people to his “Astonishing, Amazing Authority.” “Jesus entered the synagogue and was teaching,” our text says. We sometimes lose sight of the fact that Jesus was a rabbi, a teacher. During his ministry, it was his custom to travel around to various places and teach. And where did he usually go first? To the synagogue. Now the temple in Jerusalem was the center of worship for the nation as a...
  • "Living in a World That's Passing Away" (Sermon for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany)

    01/24/2009 4:32:32 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 8 replies · 417+ views
    January 25, 2009 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Living in a World That’s Passing Away” (1 Corinthians 7:29-31)Are you married? Some of you say, yes; some of you, no. OK then, how about these questions: Are there times when you mourn? Are there times when you rejoice? Or how about these: Do you buy goods? Do you have dealings with the world? OK, now I think we’ve covered everybody. Well, I’ve got news for you then: Stop doing those things! The time is short. This world is passing away. Alright, before you call the guys with the funny jacket and the padded cab ride, let me explain. What...
  • "Can Anything Good Come Out of Nazareth?" (Sermon for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany)

    01/17/2009 10:39:20 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies · 1,008+ views
    January 18, 2009 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Can Anything Good Come Out of Nazareth?” (John 1:43-51)The Holy Gospel for today, from John 1, takes place very early in Jesus’ public ministry, when he was first gathering his group of disciples. It’s the story of Philip and Nathanael, how they come to follow our Lord. Now today let their story become your story, as you too hear the call to follow Jesus and then you go out to share that good news with your friends and neighbors. Our story begins with Jesus finding Philip and saying to him, “Follow me.” Notice that: Jesus finds Philip. Just like, Jesus...
  • "Why an Epiphany Service Is Worth the Effort" (Sermon for the Epiphany of Our Lord)

    01/06/2009 3:14:54 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 12 replies · 316+ views
    January 6, 2009 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Why an Epiphany Service Is Worth the Effort” (Matthew 2:1-12)Welcome to the Forgotten Festival! If that sentence sounds familiar to you, maybe you were here some months back on a Thursday evening in May. I started the sermon that night with the same sentence, “Welcome to the Forgotten Festival!” Back in May, we were celebrating the Ascension of Our Lord. Tonight we’re celebrating the Epiphany of Our Lord. What they have in common is that Epiphany and Ascension--even though they’re ranked as major festivals in the church year, meaning they ought to be observed--even so, both Epiphany and Ascension have...
  • The Secret Life of the Magi Kings [Epiphany]

    01/06/2009 6:32:25 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 17 replies · 1,114+ views
    (English-language translation) The sight of three sumptuously-dressed potentates giving the first Christmas gifts has been portrayed in innumerable ways: in classical paintings, in greeting cards, and even in some billboard on a public square. We know their names: Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar. Standing on one side of the stable, in the company of animals, shepherds, and a few angels fluttering around the beams. They sing John Henry Hopkins' immortal Christmas carol "We Three Kings of Orient Are", and each one describes the meaning behind the gift he carries. There is only one problem. The Bible never mentions only three kings...
  • Wise Men from the East [Ecumenical - with a question]

    01/04/2009 3:33:08 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies · 827+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | January 4, 2008 | Sandra Miesel
    We Three Kings of Orient are, Bearing gifts we traverse afar. . . . Who were these gift-bearing kings, these Wise Men of the East? What has their mission meant to Christians across the ages? The Wise Men—not yet called kings—make only a single appearance in Holy Scripture. St. Matthew's Gospel (Mt 2:1-12) tells of their arrival in Jerusalem shortly after the birth of Jesus. They have come seeking the newborn King of the Jews because they had seen his star rise in the East. Herod, the current ruler, knows nothing of an upstart princeling but learns that prophecies place...
  • Serbian Abortionist Who Aborted 48,000 Babies Becomes Pro-Life Activist

    11/14/2008 2:52:11 PM PST · by kronos77 · 24 replies · 1,099+ views
    MADRID, November 13, 2008 (CNA) - The Spanish daily "La Razon" has published an article on the pro-life conversion of a former "champion of abortion." Stojan Adasevic, who performed 48,000 abortions, sometimes up to 35 per day, is now the most important pro-life leader in Serbia, after spending 26 years as the most renowned abortion doctor in the country. "The medical textbooks of the Communist regime said abortion was simply the removal of a blob of tissue," the newspaper reported. "Ultrasounds allowing the fetus to be seen did not arrive until the 80s, but they did not change his opinion....
  • Abortionist Turned Pro-Life Apostle

    11/13/2008 1:18:29 PM PST · by Coleus · 11 replies · 2,878+ views
    Stojan Adasevic will never forget the day he was organizing the filing cabinet in the doctors’ room. He was a medical student at the time. A number of gynecologists entered the room. Paying no attention to the student crouched over a pile of papers in the corner, they began swapping stories about their medical practice.   Dr. Rado Ignatovic recalled a patient who had come to him for an abortion. The procedure failed because the doctor had been unable to align the cervix. As the gynecologists went on discussing the woman’s history, Stojan, who had been listening in, suddenly stiffened. He...
  • A Lefty Sees the Light

    11/12/2008 3:35:52 PM PST · by mgist · 29 replies · 1,233+ views
    One News Now ^ | 11/12/08
      A Lefty Sees the Light Camille Paglia, author, staunch liberal feminist and pro-choice advocate, has some interesting comments on the election and Sarah Palin today in her online column at Salon.  Thanks to Hot Air.   Paglia expresses doubts about the media's coverage, or lack of it, of several controversies surrounding Obama during his campaign.  She says: In the closing weeks of the election, however, I became increasingly disturbed by the mainstream media's avoidance of forthright dealing with several controversies that had been dogging Obama -- even as every flimsy rumor about Sarah Palin was being trumpeted as if it were engraved in...
  • David Mamet: Why I Am No Longer a 'Brain-Dead Liberal'

    10/06/2008 5:15:11 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 59 replies · 3,096+ views
    The Village Voice ^ | 03/11/08 | David Mamet
    John Maynard Keynes was twitted with changing his mind. He replied, "When the facts change, I change my opinion. What do you do, sir?" My favorite example of a change of mind was Norman Mailer at The Village Voice. Norman took on the role of drama critic, weighing in on the New York premiere of Waiting for Godot. Twentieth century's greatest play. Without bothering to go, Mailer called it a piece of garbage. When he did get around to seeing it, he realized his mistake. He was no longer a Voice columnist, however, so he bought a page in the...
  • David Mamet Leaves the Brain Dead Left

    10/06/2008 3:59:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1,411+ views ^ | October 6, 2008 | Dinesh D'Souza
    The presidential contest is not simply an election about who rules America; it is also an election about which set of principles defines American politics. For the past two and a half decades, conservatism has set the agenda. Is the left making a comeback? I don't think so. Notice that Democrats avoid terms like "the left" and even "liberalism" like the plague, while Republicans routinely associate themselves with the "right" and the "conservative" label. Also the left is now defined by shrieking demagogues like Michael Moore, while intelligent people are keeping their distance or moving out of this menagerie. In...
  • How a townie took to the moors and vowed never to grouse about shooting again (City lady's epiphany)

    08/16/2008 2:25:07 AM PDT · by Stoat · 18 replies · 332+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | August 16, 2008 | Amanda Platell
    Like many townies, my prejudices about the Glorious Twelfth were well and truly fully formed. The official start of the shooting season was nothing more than an ancient ritual to massacre thousands of defenceless birds. So it was with some cynicism and not a little trepidation that I agreed to take part in the Glorious Twelfth last Tuesday, the traditional start of the shooting season, on a moor on the Durham/ Northumberland border. (edit) Having missed my first bird and about to hand over my place to the next gun, I looked back at the group. Mums with red-faced...
  • Turning their Backs on Jihad

    07/14/2008 9:59:35 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 157+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | 07/14/08 | Britta Sandberg
    Turning their Backs on Jihad By Britta Sandberg More and more prominent terrorists are defecting from the cause. The Egyptian theologian Dr. Fadl is the best known, but many others are likewise reconsidering. Experts see it as a delayed reaction to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Noman Benotman walks into a restaurant on Park Lane, the exclusive, minimalist sort of place that is currently all the rage in London. People in business suits converse in hushed tones at nearby tables. Benotman, wearing an orange polo shirt and a gray checked blazer, fits in perfectly. Benotman, a 41-year-old man from...
  • Iron Man Robert Downey, Jr.: Not a Liberal Anymore

    04/28/2008 5:54:48 AM PDT · by Impy · 67 replies · 8,912+ views ^ | April 27, 2008 | Kyle Smith
    Thanks to Libertas, I noticed a New York Times interview in which “Iron Man”’s Tony Stark, Robert Downey, Jr., admitted that though he doesn’t say it too loudly at dinner parties, he’s a conservative. This is a pretty big catch for our side: consider that Downey’s father, who made the radical underground film “Putney Swope,” was one of the most celebrated leftists in the film world in the 60s. Says Downey Jr: “I have a really interesting political point of view, and it’s not always something I say too loud at dinner tables here, but you can’t go from a...
  • David Mamet: Why I Am No Longer a 'Brain-Dead Liberal'

    03/11/2008 8:30:43 PM PDT · by Lucius Cornelius Sulla · 128 replies · 5,597+ views
    Village Voice ^ | March 11th, 2008 | David Mamet
    John Maynard Keynes was twitted with changing his mind. He replied, "When the facts change, I change my opinion. What do you do, sir?" . . . And I realized that the time had come for me to avow my participation in that America in which I chose to live, and that that country was not a schoolroom teaching values, but a marketplace. . . . Aha," you will say, and you are right. I began reading not only the economics of Thomas Sowell (our greatest contemporary philosopher) but Milton Friedman, Paul Johnson, and Shelby Steele, and a host of...
  • Regurgitating the Apple: How Modern Liberals "Think"

    02/09/2008 10:52:51 PM PST · by Rurudyne · 166 replies · 1,089+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | May 10 2007 | Evan Sayet
    EVAN SAYET I call myself a 9/13 Republican. I grew up a liberal New York Jew; you don't get much more liberal than that--although it was lower-case "l," not what's considered Liberal today. I graduated from high school knowing only one thing about politics: that Democrats are good and Republicans are evil. I tell a story. It's not a true story, but it helps crys­tallize my thinking that brought me to become a conservative. I say: Imagine being in a restaurant with an old friend, and you're catching up, and suddenly he blurts out, "I hate my wife." You chuckle...
  • "Every Picture Tells a Story" (Sermon for the Transfiguration of Our Lord)

    02/02/2008 12:42:55 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies · 1,034+ views
    February 3, 2008 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Every Picture Tells a Story” (Matthew 17:1-9)Today is the Transfiguration of Our Lord. “Trans-fig-uration?” you say. “What’s that?” That’s a word you don’t use every day. And that’s OK. Because this was an event you don’t see every day, either. And one, if you did see it, you would never forget. That’s why Peter, writing many years later, remembered it so vividly. He says of Christ: “We were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, ‘This is my beloved Son, with...
  • "See the Light, Be the Light" (Sermon for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany)

    01/26/2008 6:09:58 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies · 1,082+ views
    January 27, 2008 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “See the Light, Be the Light” (Matt. 4:12-25; 5:14-16)This year, because Easter will be falling on March 23, the earliest date in any of our lifetimes, we are having the shortest possible Epiphany season we can have. As a result, some of the Gospel readings we would normally hear on the Sundays after the Epiphany are being cut out. One of those readings would be from Matthew 5, and I’ve printed a few verses of it in your bulletin for today. Matthew 5:14-16, where Jesus tells his disciples: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a...
  • "Three Evangelism Pointers: Point, Invite, and Find" (Sermon for Second Sunday after the Epiphany)

    01/19/2008 8:05:51 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies · 574+ views
    January 20, 2008 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Three Evangelism Pointers: Point, Invite, and Find” (John 1:29-42a)The Epiphany season traditionally is a time for emphasizing the church’s work of evangelism and missions. Why is that? Well, think of the event celebrated on the Epiphany festival: Wise men from the east, being led by a star to find the Christ child--in other words, the spread of the gospel to the Gentiles. Or think of the word, “Epiphany”; it means “manifestation,” “appearing,” literally, a “shining forth.” In the Gospel readings during the Epiphany season, we see Jesus shining forth into a sin-darkened world. And now, in our day, the church...
  • "Baptized with Sinners, Anointed for Service, Manifested as God's Son" (Sermon, Baptism of Our Lord)

    01/13/2008 10:53:44 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies · 177+ views
    January 13, 2008 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Baptized with Sinners, Anointed for Service, Manifested as God’s Son” (Matthew 3:13-17)On this first Sunday after the Epiphany, the Gospel reading every year is the account of the Baptism of Our Lord, that great event when our Lord Jesus Christ was baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. Heaven was opened. The Spirit of God descended on Jesus like a dove. And the Father’s voice came from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Today I want to say three things about this baptism, three things on which your very salvation depends:...
  • "We Have Come to Worship Him" (Sermon for the Epiphany of Our Lord)

    01/05/2008 7:42:03 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies · 89+ views
    January 6, 2008 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “We Have Come to Worship Him” (Matthew 2:1-12)The Epiphany Festival on January 6 has long been a part of the church’s worship. In the early church, Epiphany was perhaps even more prominent than Christmas. This was because, while at Christmas Christ was revealed to the Jews, at Epiphany Christ was revealed to the Gentiles. At Christmas, remember, the angels said to the shepherds, who were Jews, “I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people,” meaning, the Jewish people. But then at Epiphany, that good news of great joy was extended also to...
  • Epiphany Revealed (where's that in the Bible?)

    01/05/2008 3:33:41 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies · 109+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | January 5, 2008 | Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
    Caspar, Balthasar, Melchior.  These "three kings of Orient are" found, complete with crowns and camels, in every nativity scene.Yet if you look closely at the gospel account of the Magi (Mat 2:1-12), you won't find these names.  Actually there is no mention of how many Magi there were or that they were kings riding camel-back.This is a testimony to something some Bible Christians would like to deny: that all who read a text of Scripture do so in the light of some tradition, through some lens.  If it is the right lens, it magnifies the text and allows us to...
  • TESTIFY! When did YOU become a Republican?

    12/11/2007 4:57:57 AM PST · by gridlock · 372 replies · 338+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 12/11/07 | Self
    I was looking at a Hillary thread today, which said that if she won the nomination, a lot of Democrats would abandon the Democrat Party. It reminded me of when I finally left the Democrats and "turned to the Dark Side", as my family says. It struck me that FReepers must have a lot of interesting stories about how they came to be here, and that these stories should be told. Please post your testimony below. I'll start...
  • Mitt Romney: “I Changed My View. Is that So Difficult to Understand?”

    11/20/2007 7:55:02 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 141 replies · 61+ views
    National Review ^ | November 20, 2007 | Bryon York
    The National Right to Life Committee’s decision to endorse Fred Thompson for president not only made a strong statement about Thompson; it also said something about Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor has done everything he can to convince social conservatives that his conversion to the pro-life cause in late 2004 was genuine and that today he is the best candidate to represent social conservatives’ concerns. Yet National Right to Life officials chose someone else. “It shows that they have lingering doubts about Romney’s real commitment,” says an influential social conservative who has sometimes been allied with the committee. “It...
  • The atheists who came in from the cold

    11/19/2007 6:06:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 77 replies · 97+ views ^ | November 19, 2007 | Dinesh D'Souza
    Imagine if one of the world's leading Christians--say C.S. Lewis a generation ago, or Billy Graham now--were to reject his religious beliefs and become a atheist. It would be big news! The New York Times would be all over it, for sure, and the question would be why a man who has devoted his life to God would now turn against Him? In sum, the focus would be on what were the reasons for the conversion and on what's so bad about Christianity. Contrast this with the New York Times' approach to the conversion of philosopher Anthony Flew. Flew has...
  • How a British jihadi saw the light [Racism, Fascism in Arabia)

    10/24/2007 6:12:47 PM PDT · by Posting · 17 replies · 232+ views
    TimesOnlIne ^ | April, 2007
    How a British jihadi saw the light Ed Hussain, once a proponent of radical Islam in London, tells how his time as a teacher in Saudi Arabia led him to turn against extremism Racism was an integral part of Saudi society. My students often used the word “nigger” to describe black people. Even dark-skinned Arabs were considered inferior to their lighter-skinned cousins. I was living in the world’s most avowedly Muslim country, yet I found it anything but. I was appalled by the imposition of Wahhabism in the public realm, something I had implicitly sought as an Islamist.
  • Willow Creek Repents?

    10/19/2007 7:26:05 PM PDT · by good old days · 36 replies · 636+ views ^ | October 18, 2007 |
    Speaking at the Leadership Summit, Hybels summarized the findings this way: "Some of the stuff that we have put millions of dollars into thinking it would really help our people grow and develop spiritually, when the data actually came back it wasn’t helping people that much. Other things that we didn’t put that much money into and didn’t put much staff against is stuff our people are crying out for." Having spent thirty years creating and promoting a multi-million dollar organization driven by programs and measuring participation, and convincing other church leaders to do the same, you can see why...
  • 'Enough is enough,' S.F. says of homeless-Residents of a famously liberal city appear to be changi

    10/09/2007 7:38:26 AM PDT · by SmithL · 83 replies · 2,469+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/9/7 | C.W. Nevius
    San Francisco - the liberal, left-coast city conservatives love to mock - could be undergoing a transformation when it comes to homeless people. Although the city would still be a poor choice for a pep rally for the war in Iraq, indications are that residents have had it with aggressive panhandlers, street squatters and drug users. "Maybe there has been an epiphany," says David Latterman, president of Fall Line Analytics, a local market research firm. "People have realized they can hate George Bush but still not want people crapping in their doorway." Consider the case of David Kiely, who has...
  • An Abortionist's Nightmare

    08/24/2007 6:53:06 PM PDT · by Coleus · 18 replies · 988+ views
    pfl ^ | August 24, 2007 | Fr. Frank Pavone
    Dr. McArthur Hill used to kill babies for a living. Now he has repented. At a conference of former abortionists, he shared the nightmares he had: "In my nightmares I would deliver a healthy newborn baby and I would take that healthy newborn baby and I would hold it up, and I would face a jury of faceless people and ask them to tell me what to do with this baby. They would go thumbs-up or thumbs-down and if they made a thumbs-down indication then I was to drop the baby into a bucket of water which was present. I...
  • The day reality hit home

    08/19/2007 8:18:23 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 42 replies · 1,329+ views
    In the end I reached the conclusion that 11 September had already brutally confirmed: there were other forces, far more malign than America, that lay in wait in the world. But having faced up to the basic issue of comparative international threats, could I stop the political reassessment there? If I had been wrong about the relative danger of America, could I be wrong about all the other things I previously held to be true? I tried hard to suppress this thought, to ring-fence the global situation, grant it exceptional status and keep it in a separate part of my...
  • Abortionist: "God I repent…End Abortion and Bring Revival to America. It's Time."

    08/10/2007 10:27:38 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 27 replies · 1,227+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/9/07 | Elizabeth O'Brien
    NASHVILLE, August 9, 2007 ( - During the massive prayer rally of 07.07.07 that drew an estimated 100,000 primarily young people to Nashville this July, a former abortionist begged God for mercy and joined crowds in praying for a definitive end to the national crime of abortion. During "The Call" rally, former Planned Parenthood abortionist Dr. Patti Gibbink stood up and testified, confessing her sins and begging God to end abortion. She told the crowds, "Ten years ago, I did abortions for Planned Parenthood." Here she paused, overwhelmed with tears. "Oh Lord, oh God, God most holy and just,"...
  • Pro-Life Position Showing Steady Rise Among US Voters

    06/25/2007 4:07:47 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 5 replies · 310+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/25/07 | Hilary White
    LODA, Illinois, June 25, 2007 ( – A study by a private opinion research firm has shown that since the height of the “abortion wars” in the 1980’s and 90’s, public opinion in the US has made dramatic changes towards the pro-life position. Christopher Blunt, co-author of the study and founder of Overbrook Research, wrote that the analysis shows a complete turnaround in the support for abortion in the last fifteen years. The study, Turnaround on Abortion, cites the debate over partial birth abortion and the move towards a less confrontational approach as one reason for a “dramatic” change...
  • President George Bush is my hero

    06/21/2007 6:45:17 PM PDT · by SJackson · 236 replies · 3,815+ views
    Chicago Jewish Times ^ | 6-15-07 | Golda Shira
    IN THE CURRENT by GOLDA SHIRA By . (06/15/2007) President George Bush is my hero. No, this is not another Bush joke. The truth is that I have come to see him as a man of rare integrity. What a guy! No, I wouldn't have said those things seven years ago. I certainly wasn't keen on the mechanics of his election. And I wasn't voting for a guy who started out not too interested in international involvements, certainly not in the Middle East. Yet he has risen to the challenges presented during his presidency with courage and enormous self-sacrifice. So...
  • "The Sign of the Water into Wine at the Wedding" (Sermon for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany)

    01/14/2007 1:38:14 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 14 replies · 2,403+ views
    January 14, 2007 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Sign of the Water into Wine at the Wedding” (John 2:1-11)On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of...
  • The Universal King

    01/08/2007 4:23:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies · 462+ views ^ | 01-07-07 | Dr. D'Ambrosio
    The Universal King January 7, 2007 Up ‘til now, all has been quite humble.  A donkey ride to a dusty town south of Jerusalem.  Hotel rooms all booked up.  Giving birth in a stable and laying the baby in an animal's feed trough instead of a cozy cradle.Into this scene of obscure poverty suddenly bursts an exotic entourage from a far-off land.  Dignitaries in sumptuous dress lavish the newborn with expensive gifts that seem out of place in the humble surroundings.                                                                    This event is so significant that it is accorded its own feast in the Roman liturgy, celebrated traditionally on...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-07-07, Solemnity, The Epiphany of the Lord

    01/06/2007 2:32:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies · 423+ views American Bible ^ | 01-07-07 | New American Bible
    January 7, 2007 The Epiphany of the Lord Psalm: Sunday 1 Reading 1Is 60:1-6 Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come,the glory of the Lord shines upon you.See, darkness covers the earth,and thick clouds cover the peoples;but upon you the LORD shines,and over you appears his glory.Nations shall walk by your light,and kings by your shining radiance.Raise your eyes and look about;they all gather and come to you:your sons come from afar,and your daughters in the arms of their nurses. Then you shall be radiant at what you see,your heart shall throb and overflow,for the riches of the...
  • EPIPHANY - THREE KINGS - January 6 (Holy Day of Obligation)

    01/05/2007 7:27:38 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies · 893+ views
    Known also under the following names: (1) ta epiphania, or he epiphanios, sc. hemera (rarely he epiphaneia: though, e.g. in Athanasius, he somatike epiphaneia occurs); theophaneia: dies epiphaniarum; festivitas declarationis, manifestationis; apparitio; acceptio. (2) hemera ton photon: dies luminum; dies lavacri. (3) phagiphania, Bethphania; etc. (4) Festum trium regum: whence the Dutch Drie-koningendag Danish Hellig-tre-kongersdag, etc. (5) Twelfth Day, Swedish Trettondedag;, etc. -- The meaning of these names will be explained below. The feast was called among the Syrians denho (up-going), a name to be connected with the notion of rising light expressed in Luke. I, 78. The name Epiphania...
  • Goodbye, Taxachusetts

    09/07/2006 7:47:27 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 42 replies · 1,339+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7 September 2006 | Staff
    You'll never guess the hottest issue in this fall's Democratic primary for governor of Massachusetts: income tax cuts. Two of the three Democratic candidates in this bluest of blue states have endorsed cutting the state flat-rate income tax to 5%. One of them, Democratic Attorney General Tom Reilly, insists the tax cut would mean "real money in people's pockets," and he pledges to be a "strong, unwavering voice to stand up and hold the line on taxes." The leading Republican candidate heading into the September 19 primary, Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey, agrees. The lone dissenter is former Clinton Administration U.S....
  • Choosing Life: How pro-lifers become pro-lifers

    09/01/2006 4:47:00 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 79 replies · 1,907+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 09/01/2006 | Fred Barnes
    HOW DO PEOPLE BECOME PRO-LIFERS? What turns people into passionate foes of abortion and related issues like euthanasia and embryonic stem cell research? I'm not referring to those who supported the pro-life position because of their family upbringing or religious faith or because of a political requirement as, say, a Republican candidate in a red state. I'm talking about people who, as adults or mature teenagers, were either pro-abortion or basically indifferent to the issue. Then something changed their mind, prompting them to take up the anti-abortion cause. Perhaps they began defending the pro-life position without realizing they'd flipped. In...
  • Why I Left The Left

    07/04/2006 4:50:08 AM PDT · by HansGygi · 103 replies · 3,563+ views
    New Media Journal ^ | 7/3/2006 | Seth Swirsky
    I used to be a liberal. I was in one of the first “open” classrooms growing up in very progressive Great Neck, New York, in the 1960s. In 1971, when I was 11, I wrote vitriolic letters to President Nixon demanding an end to the Vietnam War. My first vote, in 1980, was for Independent John Anderson, followed by Mondale, Dukakis, and Clinton-Gore. I read Thomas Friedman in the NY Times and tried to “understand” the “root causes” of the “despair” he said the Palestinians felt that drove them to blow up innocent Israelis.I wasn’t an overtly political person –...
  • Leaving the Left (How I learned to stop worrying and hate the terrorists)

    06/19/2006 1:04:17 PM PDT · by fanfan · 82 replies · 3,288+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | Monday, June 19, 2006 | Seth Swirsky
    I used to be a liberal. I was in one of the first "open" classrooms growing up in very progressive Great Neck, New York, in the 1960s. In 1971, when I was 11, I wrote vitriolic letters to President Nixon demanding an end to the Vietnam War. My first vote, in 1980, was for Independent John Anderson, followed by Mondale, Dukakis, and Clinton-Gore. I read Thomas Friedman in the NY Times and tried to "understand" the "root causes" of the "despair" he said the Palestinians felt that drove them to blow up innocent Israelis. I wasn't an overtly political person...
  • Shere [Hite]'s joy of sex complicated by aftermath

    04/30/2006 9:58:25 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies · 1,066+ views
    The Australian ^ | May 01, 2006
    Thirty years after The Hite Report, its author is a fierce opponent of the raunch culture and a George W. Bush supporter. ___ THE poster seemed innocuous enough, but its timing was atrocious. At the height of the women's movement in the early 1970s there was one advertisement that enraged women so much that they decided to picket the company responsible. The ad, for Olivetti typewriters, showed a young blonde woman seated at her typewriter, her long legs crossed, her red lips making a seductive pout for the camera. "The typewriter that's so smart," ran the caption, "that she doesn't...