Category: Life & Family
From the CBR Blog:
During our GAP display at Penn State, the campus paper printed a story in which Planned Parenthood argued that we shouldn’t show pictures of what their abortion clinics do to unborn children because it upsets born children. The Daily Collegian story was headlined, “Trucks bearing abortion pictures drive through town,” April 22, 2004. “Paula Nossek, health center manager for Planned Parenthood … said she thought the group’s tactics were both ‘tasteless’ and ‘cowardly,’ and she questioned the authenticity of the images.” She added, “’If they were decent human beings, they would be sick letting kids see it ….’” She isn’t sick killing these babies but we should be sick showing them. Now that really is sick.
Posted in Life & Family, News Tagged with: abortion, planned parenthood, pro-life
“Planned Parenthood’s response to the Tebow family’s Super Bowl ad continues that organization’s history of deception. It features two African Americans, Planned Parenthood’s preferred target for abortion, talking about ‘respecting’ women’s choices without ever mentioning the ‘A’ word. Spare me. If abortion is supposed to be a choice that everyone respects, why can’t Planned Parenthood even allow the word to be spoken?”
— Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., commenting on Planned Parenthood’s response to the Tim Tebow Super Bowl ad.
Posted in Life & Family, News Tagged with: abortion, Martin Luther King, planned parenthood, pro-life, super bowl, Tim Tebow
Contact: Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Christian Defense Coalition, 540-538-4741, 202-547-1735; Chris Slattery, Expectant Mother Care, 914-224-5773, 718-884-9210; Brandi Swindell, Generation Life 208-867-1307
NEW YORK, Feb. 1 /Christian Newswire/ — The Christian Defense Coalition, Expectant Mother Care and Generation Life plan to gather outside of the CBS headquarters in New York City on Tuesday, February 2, at 12:15 P.M. to show their support for the CBS decision to air the Tim Tebow ad during the Super Bowl.
The location is 51 West 52nd Street (Corner of 6th Ave. and 52nd Street) in midtown Manhattan.
Participants will be praying for all the women who view the ad and are facing challenging pregnancies.
These groups join with hundreds of thousands of Americans who have signed petitions and joined on-line groups applauding the decision of CBS to air a pro-life ad featuring Tim Tebow and his mother Pam.
The pro-life organizations rip the National Organization for Women and other feminist groups who have shown disdain and open hostility toward women who chose to keep their children and refuse to have abortions. Their hysterical rants and anger over this ad of a woman simply sharing her own personal story to embrace life, shows these groups have no regard for either women or the concept of choice.
The pro-life organizations feel it is important to make a public show of support for CBS and thank them for not bowing to the pressure from fringe extremist groups that have little regard for women’s rights or human rights.
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Washington, D.C. based Christian Defense Coalition, states:
“We applaud CBS for having the courage to televise this ad and not bow to the pressure from fringe extremist groups that have little regard for women’s rights or human rights.
“Our main purpose will be to pray for the thousands of women who view the ad and are facing challenging pregnancies. Our hope is they will embrace life and social justice and make the same compassionate decision that Pam Tebow made.
“The hysterical response of the Now Organization of Women and other feminist groups to this ad show they are neither for choice or women.”
Chris Slattery, Director of Expectant Mother Care in New York City, comments:
“Our organization works with women every day that face difficult and challenging pregnancies. In fact, we have saved 34,000 lives in the past 23 years.
“This life affirming ad by Pam and Tim Tebow brings a message of great hope and compassion to all women. Feminist anger over this ad supports what we have known about the so called pro-choice movement for years.
“That is, they have no regard for women or the dignity of life. Rather, they are consumed with an extremist value system that is both anti-women and anti-life.”
Brandi Swindell, Director of Generation Life, in Boise Idaho adds:
“This is not really a Tim Tebow ad but a Pam Tebow ad. It is the story of a woman who made a powerful choice to embrace life and human rights.
“It is an ad celebrating the power of women and the choices they make.
“The fact that the National Organization for Women and other pro-choice groups have so viciously attacked this ad shows their true agenda. That agenda is hostile to women and the choices they make.
“I applaud CBS for televising this ad and am stunned that groups would so attack a woman for choosing to keep their child. It is hard to believe that pro-choice groups would be so harsh and hateful to a woman who made a choice for life and justice.”
For more information or interviews call:
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney at 540.538.4741, 202.547.1735
Chris Slattery at 914.224.5773, 718.884.9210
Brandi Swindell at 208.867.1307
Posted in Life & Family, News Tagged with: abortion, christian defense coalition, commercials, New York City, pat mahoney, super bowl, Tim Tebow
Dr. Brown appeared on Wednesday’s edition of The Tyra Show. You can view the segment he was on by clicking here.
Posted in Life & Family, News Tagged with: Dr. Michael Brown, the tyra show, transgender
Much has been said already on the Tim Tebow ad that will air during the Super Bowl this year on CBS, so I’ll just point out one interesting quote from an ABC news article published today:
Karen Middlekauff, a UF law student and the president of Outlaw, an organization for College of Law LGBT students, said she believes that Tebow is still a representative of UF, and he has chosen to represent a viewpoint that shouldn’t be associated with the university.
What is the “viewpoint” Tebow is putting forth that “shouldn’t be associated with the university”? According to People Magazine:
The spot … is expected to tell the story of Pam Tebow, who became ill during her pregnancy with Tim but refused doctor recommendations to have an abortion.
Doctors recommend the death of a child in his mother’s womb, mother refuses advice and with faith and hope goes forth with the pregnancy, child grows up to be a strong, bold leader respected everywhere. Hmmm… this is not what an LGBT leader wants her university to be associated with? What exactly is hateful or wrong with this ad? This is bizarre.
Posted in Culture, Life & Family, News Tagged with: ABC, ad, CBS, football, gay activists, people, super bowl, Tim Tebow
Did you know that having both a child’s mother and father involved in their life is of no real significance? That is the conclusion of sociologists quoted in a USA Today article published recently:
Sociologists Stacey and Timothy Biblarz of the University of Southern California, spent five years reviewing 81 studies of one- and two-parent families, including gay, lesbian and heterosexual couples. “No research supports the widely held conviction that the gender of parents matters for child well-being,” they conclude.
“Children being raised by same-gender parents, on most all of the measures that we care about, self-esteem, school performance, social adjustment and so on, seem to be doing just fine and, in most cases, are statistically indistinguishable from kids raised by married moms and dads on these measures,” Biblarz says.
Did you catch that? “Children being raised by same-gender parents, on most all of the measures that we care about … are statistically indistinguishable from kids raised by married moms and dads on these measures.” Rather than determining that there is no difference between children raised by same-sex couples and those raised by their mother and father, Stacey and Biblarz have decided that according to the measurements they “care about,” there is no discernible difference. What are some of the differences that it would seem these sociologists find unimportant? The following is a section from Dr. Brown’s forthcoming book A Queer Thing Happened to America:
According to Prof. A. Dean Byrd, the meta-analytical study of gay researchers Judith Stacey and Timothy J. Biblarz found that lesbian mothers had a feminizing effect on their sons and a masculinizing effect on their daughters. They report: “…the adolescent and young adult girls raised by lesbian mothers appear to have been more sexually adventurous and less chaste…in other words, once again, children (especially girls) raised by lesbians appear to depart from traditional gender-based norms, while children raised by heterosexual mothers appear to conform to them.”
Yet for Stacey and Biblarz, this was not a negative, and they even suggested that same-sex parenting might be superior. As noted by Dale O’Leary:
Paula Ettelbrick of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force admitted that Stacey and Biblarz had “burst the bubble of one of the best-kept secrets” of the gay community – namely, that the studies it had been using didn’t actually support the claims it was making. Not all gay activists saw this as a problem. Kate Kendall, head of the San Francisco-based National Center for Lesbian Rights, who raises two children with her partner, took the Stacey-Biblarz article as good news: “There’s only one response to a study that children raised by lesbian and gay parents may be somewhat more likely to reject notions of rigid sexual orientation – that response has to be elation.”
Originally, the goal with this kind of research was to determine what gay activists already “knew”… that children raised by same-sex couples were identical to those raised by their mother and father. The target has now changed to only include statistical measurements that those behind the research decide they “care about” (which evidently does not include promiscuity, sexual orientation, and gender identity), resulting in the opportunity to issue soundbites to mass publications that whether a child is raised by both their mother and father or not does not “matter.”
These are complex issues, and we certainly hope that children raised by same-sex couples grow up to live healthy productive lives, but issuing statements that having a mother and father in the life of a child doesn’t matter, and backing it with data that is laden with presuppositions that many (if not most) would not hold to, is irresponsible. We’ll dig deeper into this subject over the coming weeks, looking at studies that have been done over the years, but a brief excerpt from a Mercator article should suffice in bringing home the reality of what all this means in real life. What happens when a father is replaced with a second mother in a child’s life (which we are being led to believe should not matter)?
Lesbians raising boys think they can fully compensate for the absence of a father — that fatherlessness is not a problem unless an oppressive society makes it one. But the children do not see it that way:
Parents reported a number of instances where children age four and older would ask about their father. Children would ask someone to be their daddy, ask where their father was, or express the wish to have a father. They would make up their own answers, such as their father was dead, or someone was in fact their father. (10)
Can the “second mommy” compensate for the absence of a father? There is substantial evidence that children benefit from having a second sex represented in the home — not just a second person. Developmental psychologist Norma Radin and her colleagues studied the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren born to adolescent unwed mothers living with their parents. The young children who had positively involved grandfathers displayed more competence than those with an absent or uninvolved grandfather. The presence of the grandmother, on the other hand, did not have a clear-cut impact, suggesting a redundancy between the two forms of maternal influence.(11) Children, especially boys with involved grandfathers, showed less fear, anger, and distress.(12)
Even gay-affirming therapists are noting the problem. In an article entitled, “A Boy and Two Mothers”, Toni Heineman reports that in spite of the pretence that two “mothers” were the same as a mother and father, families had to cope with the reality of an absent father.(13)
Men and women grow up with certain natural expectations about what it means to be a man or a woman. Although activists may claim that these feelings are mere social constructions which they can overcome, in practice nature will always have its way.
I can’t believe we’re living in an era that would make what I’m about to say a controversial statement, but here we are… we were designed to be raised by our mother and father.
Posted in Life & Family, News Tagged with: children, family, fathers, Gay Adoption, gay marriage, media, mothers, USA Today
Time Magazine sets the figure of abortions carried out in China every year at 13 million. Chinese National newspaper, The China Daily, however, says that actually the numbers of abortions are much higher with 10 million abortion pills being sold every year and an undisclosed, immeasurable number of abortions carried out in rural facilities.
With abortion figures as high as 23 million fetuses yearly, that is 7% of the American population, surely something is dramatically awry in China. Since 1979, the Chinese government has held in place a ‘one-child policy,’ that is to say, most families are allowed only one child (there are some exceptions.) Every family violating this rule is subject to increased taxes and other fines to deter couples from breaking the law in future.
The one-child policy, coupled with a culture quickly developing a liberal outlook towards casual sex, surely causes the rate of abortion to skyrocket.
How long will the Chinese government allow injustice caused by their policy?
Posted in Life & Family, News Tagged with: abortion, abortion pills, Abortions, casual sex, China, Chinese, family, foetuses, injustice, justice, Time, time magazine
“They more or less advised us to [abort some of the babies],” says Nuala Conway, a 26 year old mother of newborn sextuplets in Northern Ireland, “They told us about the risks we faced if we went ahead with the pregnancy.”
The Roman Catholic couple decided to ignore doctors who advised the termination of some of the sextuplets in the 14th week of pregnancy, answering pro-abortion medical staff saying, “These babies are a wonderful gift from God. Whatever God laid out for our lives we were taking it.”
According to The Telegraph, sextuplets are born to one in 4.5 Million pregnancies.
What about the health issues? Won’t they have a poor quality of life? “The babies have been on and off antibiotics and ventilators. They are thriving really well but it’s hard to get a good day,” says new father Austin who has stopped working so that he can be at the hospital more, “There are so many of them there are always days when one or two will not be doing so well.”
“I fell in love when they were in the womb.” Nuala adds, “When one moved they would all move and I could definitely feel 24 limbs kicking.”
Posted in Life & Family, News Tagged with: 14th week of pregnancy, abort, abortion, abortion advice, catholic, father, gift from god, God, health issues, life, love, northern ireland, Nuala Conway, pregnancies, roman catholic, sextuplets, Telegraph, termination, unborn babies
She stood in front of me with tears streaming down her face and asked the question that still resonates through every fiber of my heart: “How can you be so sure God is real and that He cares about me?” How do we know? There are so many voices in the world today…so many people who claim to have the truth. There are numerous religions–you can find a church, or community, or sect that upholds everything from believing in nothing to worshiping everything that breathes. How do we know what’s true? How can we sort through the counterfeits to find the substance that’s real; how do we know that the world isn’t right when it tells us we can believe in anything we want as long as it’s truth for ourselves?
As I’ve asked myself that question, I’ve seen the answer play out over and over again here in the work taking place in Costa Rica. In working with an inner healing ministry called Peniel (from Genesis 32:30: “I saw God face to face, and my soul was delivered”), I’m learning more and more about the truth. Jesus said, “I am THE Way; I am THE Truth; I am THE Life” (John 14:6). He also said, “You will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free” (John 8:32). Was this arrogance or confusion on His part? Many in the world around us would say, “Yes.” Still, what is true?
The truth is that every one of us is born already believing things about the world around us. Those beliefs can be correct, or they can be erroneous. In the same way that a computer is programmed, and the information programmed into the computer will result in a polished product or one that breaks down with the computer’s use, our brains receive input from the moment we are first conscious of the world around us. For example, if in our mother’s womb, we hear, “You aren’t wanted. Why were you born? This pregnancy is too hard,” we are born with the knowledge that our life is a burden. But is this true? God says that He created us (Psalm 139) and knows everything about us…He knows when we sit, and when we stand, and He has a purpose for our lives. He loves us. He wants us. He is glad that we are alive. Still, if we have received erroneous information from the world around us, we will react based upon those lies. Only the One who created us and meant us to come to life believing in the truth can restore those places deep inside of us that get lost along the way. In other words, we were meant to know Him–for Him to be our Truth (the standard by which we guide our lives), and in knowing Him, our hearts are made free of the burdens, and lies, and misguided reactions that so often trouble our daily lives.
Returning to the original example, as I prayed with my friend and the Lord showed her how He saw her birth and the world around her, for the first time, her heart came to life with the knowledge that God IS real. He created her heart, and He is able to heal it. For the first time, the fear went away, and she was able to sleep through the night in peace. She didn’t have to do anything to earn this, or try to work to put her heart back together. The One who created her knew in that moment how to heal each part.
So many things take place in this life…so many bumps and bruises happen along the way that attempt to teach us things about ourselves. There is one Voice that calls above all other voices, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and weighed down, and I will give you rest.” Will we let Him? Can we humble ourselves, and rest for a season from trying to save ourselves through good works or other religions; can we let Jesus be enough; will we dare to come face to face with Him and let His truth heal our souls? He is waiting, and if we ask Him, “Lord, do you care about me? Can you heal me?” The answer will always be, “Yes. I love you. I’m waiting for you. Come.”
Posted in Life & Family Tagged with: freedom, Jesus, Life & Family, love of God, truth
As I ponder this new year and all the changes that it will bring, I can’t help but wonder what lies ahead for the Church at large. There is no doubt as we look around that people are hungry for something real. Modern day music lyrics strain with the weight of a cry for change, and truth, and something to ease the pain or fear that living in this world can bring. Television reality shows flood the media industry: everyone is looking to remodel something, as though changing a house, or wardrobe, or image can bring about the necessary relief from the struggle to find some form of happiness.
In the midst of it all, the Church is on the brink of a destiny waiting to be fulfilled. Looking back through history, in Moses’ day when the magicians in Pharoah’s court appeared to be able to copy Moses’ signs up to a point and then had to admit defeat, or when Elijah was able to call down fire on Mount Carmel after the prophets of Baal tried and failed to imitate the miracle, or when Queen Esther was able to go before the king and save the people of Israel from destruction at Haman’s hand (who pretended to love the king until he was exposed), God is trying, again, to raise up people who can stand in the gap to bring freedom and change. With uncertainty in the economy; a collapse in the foundation of families (and the attempt of certain groups to undermine the very definition of covenant marriages); the rise in teen-age suicide, and violent crimes, and drug trafficking, there has never been a greater need for hope.
As I look around at the Church, today, I see two things taking place. One, there is a shift in some towards works and superficiality…a vain attempt to control through one’s own efforts the changes taking place in the world. There is a shift, as in the world, to be THE deliverer…the one that rescues the “poor, down-trodden from the changes taking place.” The problem with this is that no one person can carry the destiny that was meant for a Church to fulfill (by Church, I mean that group of people world-wide who were meant to know Jesus intimately and reflect His heart to a frustrated, hurting world in a way that no other religion or man-made organization can carry out…a Body of people that can only fulfill this destiny as Christ, as the Head, gives them strength and strategy).
At the same time, there is a people rising up who are willing to humble themselves and lose everything to see the world the way Christ sees. They are willing to walk as Jesus walked…to die to their very reputations and be humiliated if needs-be to have just one opportunity to show the world the love of Christ. They are not superstars or fast-talkers with a misguided attempt to carry out strategies of their own design or steps for change: rather, they are willing to wait, and live out their daily lives in submission to Christ seeing daily the fruit that comes from letting His love shine through. In the midst of the darkness, they don’t curse, or grow angry, or bitter, or manipulative, or proud, but they shine a light that slowly burns and cannot be extinguished. They are a remant…a world-wide family that recognizes one another by the heart of Christ that glows on the inside. God is opening a door for them that cannot be shut…an open heaven where they daily seek His Presence and walk and talk with Him, and they, in turn, open the door to their hearts. May we be part of this remnant…may we let God make of 2009 a year that will mark a difference in our hearts through a courage in knowing, as we follow Him, that He is with us, and that, in the darkness, He will forever be our light.
Posted in Life & Family Tagged with: change, hope, Reality, the church