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UPDATE: Check out Keith DeHavelle‘s comment here. It adds considerable firepower to this post. I also suggest you visit his blog.  What he posts is definitely worth stopping by to read.

What caused me to write this post? I am usually quite content to let the comments I receive drive my the subject of my posts, and this one is driven by quite a few.

Does Planned Parenthood Use Taxpayer Funds To Pay For Abortions?

Figures don’t lie, but liars figure. (origin)

When I advocated cutting Federal funding for Planned Parenthood, insanitybytes22 quite reasonably observed that because it is illegal to use Federal funds to pay for abortions, the bill before Congress would not do anything (comment here). Since is a smart lady, I was kind of puzzled. That did not square with the controversy in Congress. Fortunately, Keith DeHavelle added some clarification to the matter (comment here). So I was fairly satisfied I was on the right track. Nevertheless, when I got a comment from Steven Hoyt (here) stating unequivocally that  “NO federal funds are used for abortion aside from incest, rape, and endangerment to the mother,” I decided it was time to post something.

If you google “the hyde amendment banned the use of federal funds for abortions,” what you will get is a bunch of organization whining on how the Hyde Amendment violates women’s rights. This law prevent Federal funds from paying for abortions. If you want to know when the so-called Pro-Choice crowd thinks, click on the link.

This excerpt from is especially ironic.

The Hyde Amendment has a disproportionate impact on women of color, both because women of color are more likely to live in poverty and to rely on Medicaid for health care, and because women of color are also more likely to seek abortion care.  (from here)

Margaret Sanger started Planned Parenthood as a eugenics program design to get rid of colored people (see GROSSU: Margaret Sanger, racist eugenicist extraordinaire).

So how does Planned Parenthood use the money we give them? It is just a matter how they account for the money. They say they don’t use Federal funds to pay for abortions. Here are some articles on the subject. Because the Liberals own the media and clutter both the air waves and the Internet with nonsense, it takes more effort to find a Conservative viewpoint.

What the articles above illustrate is how some people view telling the truth.

It depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is. — Bill Clinton (from here)

In part two, I intend to respond to some of commenters on THE PRECIOUS HUMAN LIFE AND THE ABORTION FACTOR.

Steven Hoyt started a debate over the value of voting. I tend to think the fact we have to debate such a thing amazingly stupid, but it is common enough for Christians to want nothing to do with the dirty business of politics. It is, after all, a dirty business. Don’t we have to work with other disagreeable human beings?

Keith DeHavelle is very knowledgeable and erudite. So I will steal some more of his material.

exploringthegreatknown writes with a special degree of kindness and gentleness, and is unafraid to reference the Bible. I hope to incorporate some his thoughts and add my own perspective.

Meanwhile, if anyone else wants to add their own two cents, please do so.

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Classical statue of Cupid with his bow (from here)

Classical statue of Cupid with his bow (from here)

If I could write with the eloquence of Abraham Lincoln and the wisdom of King Solomon, my words would still be lame, hobbled by my own finite nature and the deafness — the stiff-necked stubbornness — of human ears. So today I will reference some other authors.

What will I talk about? I will ask you to consider the Bible, that work inspired by God. Working through human authors, He wrote a book of invaluable wisdom. When we read it, we grow confused, bored, indifferent, skeptical, argumentative, fanatical,…. Why? When here and there throughout the text, the Bible summarizes its major themes, why should we grow confused?

What is so complicated about this passage?

Matthew 22:34-40 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Scribes: Which Is the First Commandment of All?

34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Jesus referenced Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18. He spoke to an audience who understood His references. Just as the God who inspired the New Testament made certain we could get the main points (if we want to do so), that same God made certain we could understand what He wants from us in the Old Testament too. He wants us to love Him and each other.

Yet too often we do not love or each other. We find excuses to murder even the most innocent among us.  Thanks to loveless sex and a selfish disdain for the miraculous gift of life, we even kill babies before they have had a chance to be born.

We have and make plenty of excuses (Cupid is an old one.)

So whom will I reference? I suggest my readers consider two series, each of which takes a different approach to the preciousness of human life.

In his series, scatterwisdom speaks of the abortion factor in the context of modern events. calls the abortion factor the root cause of all human folly, and he applies the wisdom of King Solomon to make that point.

Rob Barkman series of posts is not strictly speaking a series on abortion.  ‘s focus is Bible exposition; his series addresses what the Bible has to say about the preciousness of human life.

But what does the Bible actually say about abortion? altruistico‘s post specifically addresses that question. leaves little doubt that God believes that killing the unborn is murder.

Here is the last set of links, two seeming unrelated posts by Don Merritt. In the first post observes we need to learn how to debate. Instead of letting our opponents set the terms of the debate, control the language of the debate, and define the assumptions that pertain to the debate, we need to clearly advocate our cause. The second post is a reminder of why we are having this discussion.

Finally, a couple of observations. We are responsible for the deaths for millions of children. You don’t think so? Then how did you vote?

  • You don’t like politicians who think murder is okay? You didn’t vote for politicians who think it is okay to spend tax payer dollars killing babies? Then how did those politicians get elected? Did you do your part to stop them?
  • You don’t like judges who make up laws to suit their own whims? You didn’t vote for politicians who appoint and approve such judges? Then how did those politicians get elected? Did you do your part to stop them?
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Thank you, Ben Carson

Citizen Tom:

Want to know how easy it is for people to be mean and stupid? Then consider insanitybytes22’s post.

What is it about? When presidential candidate Ben Carson suggested an appropriate way to support those who lost friends and relatives to the monster who killed Christians at a school in Oregon (see =>, insanitybytes22 put up a post. A militant atheist provided the first comment.

The comments that follow the post are quite derisive. They also present a twisted understanding of the Bible. Basically, these atheists want to blame the victims for their own murders.

Frankly, the atheists commenting on insanitybytes22’s post don’t know what they are talking about. Unfortunately, neither does our president. Supposedly, gun control laws could have stopped the shootings, but mean Christians prevented that. Yet on a per-capita basis, the United States does not have any more mass killings than Europe, a part of the world with plenty of “gun control” ( We just hear more about the mass shootings that happen here.

What is the solution for this sort of thing? There isn’t any perfect solution. Man cannot fix the heart of man. We can just eliminate gun free zones. We can just lock up or shoot killers as soon as we are able.

We can also put our priorities where they belong. Consider that we live in a era when there is considerable persecution of Christians. In most of the world Christianity is frowned upon by non-Christians at least to some degree. In parts of the world like the Middle East, China, North Korea,…, governments and terrorist groups actively persecute Christians. So we should not be surprised when some people in the United States detest Christians and shoot them.

So what can we do? We can spread the Gospel of Christ. As Christians, that should be our number one priority.

We can also get our government focused on the right problem. Instead of gun control preachers, we can elect leaders who are serious about making our world safer. Consider the lunacy of our president. Due in large part to his insane foreign policy, much of the world is now engaged with renewed fervor in an arms race. Russia and China began this race years ago, and he has done nothing. Now thanks to a United States in retreat, all the nations in the Middle East will insist upon having a nuclear arsenal.

Yet what does our dear leader want to do? Where is his attention focused? For the sake of gun control, Obama insists upon politicizing every mass shoot, incidents where tens of people are killed, not wars where millions dies.

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What is evil?

Citizen Tom:

Since she does not actually say, my guess is that the latest shooting inspired insanitybytes22’s post. Given our president’s effort to politicize mass shootings and anything that even looks like a racially inspired killing of blacks, I tire of these subject as distractions from more pressing and less deliberately divisive issues. However, insanitybytes22 avoids the politics. Instead, she speaks of evil.

Evil. It is strange how people will not admit of it. These are same people deny Satan and Hell I suppose. Yet we live in a society that almost casually kills the unborn, and more and more our leaders think their primary purpose is “wealth redistribution,” stealing from one group of people and giving their ill-gotten gains to another (with a considerable portion diverted to political allies).

The evidence of evil is all about us. Everyone we see and know of eventually presents a side of their character we would rather not see. If that were not enough, we must struggle against relentless temptations to do wrong. Yet instead of contemplating what is and must be true, we give most of our thoughts over to rationalizing what seems to work for us. Instead of resisting evil, we do it. Fortunately, life keeps clobbering each of us, those who will not learn without hard knocks. I suppose that is why we eventually learn to equate wisdom with age and experience.

Nevertheless, age is not enough. Until we humble ourselves before our Creator, we remain foolish. Hence, until we learn humility, we give truth to an age-old proverb. There is no fool like an old fool.

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Some people often wonder why I obsess over the red pills, bad theology, militant atheism, and narcissists and psychopaths. It all stems from a desire to try to understand the origins of some of the brokenness in our world. Indeed, it is an odd hobby to have. A sensible person would simply learn to knit.

I spent a long time working for our local domestic violence/sexual assault program and I have a pretty good grasp of what women’s brokenness looks like, about what motivates us and compels us, about the nature of sin and love gone wrong. Somewhere in that endless parade of horrors, I began to empathize with men, some who were just as lost and confused as anyone else, and some who were just the nicest people ever, and yet the evidence of what they had done was unmistakable, women left in shallow graves, raped babies, women doused…

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The Water of Life Discourse between Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the Well by Angelika Kauffmann , 17–18th century (from here)

The Water of Life Discourse between Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the Well by Angelika Kauffmann , 17–18th century (from here)

We human beings are funny sometimes. Less often we are brilliant. We talk a lot about logic and reason. We supposedly want to be wise, but usually we are just ornery.

Here is a funny example. We all have heroes. That’s why we get articles and polls like the following:

Because of what our choices say about us, we want others to admire the people we admire, but people often don’t. So some people admire Barack Obama, Pope Francis, Hillary Clinton, Bill Graham, Bill Gates,……   Some don’t.

What is the problem? If you are of the Liberal persuasion, Ronald Reagan’s Conservatism will most likely not appeal to you. If you are Conservative, Barack Obama probably has you steaming. If you are not a Catholic, Pope Francis may just cause you to wonder why he wears funny cloths and why people drive him about in cheap cars. If you are not an Evangelical Protestant, Billy Graham’s Bible thumping version of Christianity has yet to reach your heart, and maybe it never will.

Before we choose to make someone our hero, we must first find in their identity something that is our own. Until we do, that Ronald Reagan advocated limit government will not cause us to believe in limited government. Until we do, that Pope Francis condemns the abortion of the unborn will not persuade us. Until we do, Barack Obama’s foolish drive for gun control will not cause us to support him. Until we do,…..

Our great hero, that person we admire so much, may influence us, but before our hero captured our heart someone closer first influenced us.

Do you have a child? Do you have a friend? Do you want to persuade them of something? Then before you tell them about your heroes, tell them what you believe and why.

Consider John 4:4–26. Consider how Jesus began.

John 4:4-26 New King James Version (NKJV)

But He needed to go through Samaria.

So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.

Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”

17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”

Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”

19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”

21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”

26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.

First Jesus told the woman at the well what she needed to hear. Then He told her about the one who would become her hero.

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