Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Will that be 'for here' or 'to go'?


"Other states are trying to abolish the death penalty... mine just put in an express lane!" -Ron White

In central Washington, churches of the United Methodist Church and the Disciples of Christ have recently allowed Planned Parenthood to set up "express health centers". I am not entirely sure what services are provided, as not all of their services are abortion-related per se, however given the fact that, as I understand, there are no other clinics or similar facilities in the area it is entirely likely that there are abortions happening in churches. I suppose on the bright side for the unborn, if you have to die (I'm being tame and civil), where better than a church?

I have heard the arguments in support of abortion: freedom, choice, personal dignity, economic mobility, privacy, mental health, physical health. Is it worth it? Would you truly sacrifice the life of a child for this? We are not a civilized nation. In the past, human sacrifices were offered to appease the gods and win favors and fortunes. We did it then, we're doing it now. The people haven't changed. The action hasn't changed. The alter and god may have changed, but when it boils down to it, its all the same.

Below is the article from planned parenthood. Please note that I absolutely and unequivocally do NOT advocate hate mail or violent measures to be taken against them. One day, the materials used for bombs, bullets, guns, knives, and swords will all run dry. Love will always be there. Love is more powerful, far more powerful, than any of these things. These things are but things of man. Love is a thing of God. To love your enemy, to charitably and gently correct them of errors, is more effective than any of these things. Even if you are unsuccessful at first, there is a thing called "ministry of presence". People will notice your calm behavior, your patient manner, your loving attitude, and will slowly but surely come to respect this, far more than fanatical ravings and screams. When St. Augustine began his friendship with St. Ambrose of Milan, who was instrumental in his conversion, he said that "I began to love him, at first indeed not as a teacher of truth, which I utterly despaired of finding in Your church, but as a person who was kind to me." (Conf. V) Kindness and love, then, not hatred and anger, are the order of the day. Ite, missa est!


Quote of the Day: "If you want equal justice for all and true freedom and lasting peace, then, America, defend life. All the great causes that are yours today will have meaning only to the extent that you guarantee the right to life and protect the human person."
-Pope John Paul II


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