THE SIGNIFICANCE OF YOUR VOTE — PART 1 (UPDATED)

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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 http://www.fundabortionnow.org 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.

THE PRECIOUS HUMAN LIFE AND THE ABORTION FACTOR

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?

Because Two Can Keep a Secret, if One of Them … Doesn’t BLOG! — reblogged

The Secret by Felix Nussbaum (11 December 1904 – 9 August 1944)
The Secret by Felix Nussbaum (11 December 1904 – 9 August 1944) (more here)

Rah’s Mirror is a relatively new blog. I “discovered” it thanks to a reblog by Wally Fry.

Because Two Can Keep a Secret, if One of Them … Doesn’t BLOG! by Rah Plotts.

addresses a difficult issue. When we blog about our personal lives, when do we cross the line and share secrets we have no right to reveal.

My blog, is in essence, a reflection of me. It tells hidden (and not so hidden) stories of what I have experienced. I appear to be telling you how to react or feel or respond or believe, but in truth, I am really telling me.

When speaking of my life, it is really hard to not speak about the people in it. I didn’t get through this life alone… after all.

After the post about my abortion gained as much attention as it did. After I read it and re-read it, again and again, each time, through the eyes of someone else. I started to see how much of other people’s business I was potentially airing on my blog. (continued here)

Why the picture above? Here is book that provides a commentary on Nussbaum’s pictures. The Secret shows how people react to the true horror of a dreadful invasion. When considered with a wider perspective, what may seem like a dreadful invasion may actually be small potatoes. Therefore, before we angrily blow up at an overzealous blogger, we may wish to think things over first.

  • Was anything actually revealed? Are a bunch of detectives now on your trail?
  • Does it truly make any difference if the “whole world” knows? Is the “whole world” really going to laugh at you or despise you? Are you going to jail?

Do I blog personal experiences? Rarely. Because I want to keep the focus on a logical and relatively dispassionate discussion of issues, I don’t speak about myself. Others, however, use what they have learned from their personal experiences as a testimony. Frankly, such personal testimonies sometimes strike me as a bit reckless. Just the same, I must admit such testimonies can also be quite powerful.  See I Killed HIS Baby, for example.

WHY Defend Planned Parenthood — reblogged

baby-mirrorOne of the stranger things I hear from time-to-time is the claim that men don’t have the right to say anything about abortion because it’s a woman’s body.  I have at least two problems with that.

  1. An abortion does not destroy a woman. An abortion murders a baby.
  2. To become pregnant, a woman requires a man.

The arguments used to justify abortion make feminism anti-baby and anti-male. Abortion denies the humanity and the rights of a baby. When it is obvious we need each other, abortion advocates make the absurd claim women don’t need men. Don’t intact families work? Don’t single women with children struggle? Do we really want sugar-daddy politicians raising our children. Is not their eagerness to use taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions enough evidence of how much these people really care “for the children.”

Consider the meaning of this passage.

James 1:22-25 New English Translation (NET Bible)

22 But be sure you live out the message and do not merely listen to it and so deceive yourselves. 23 For if someone merely listens to the message and does not live it out, he is like someone who gazes at his own face in a mirror. 24 For he gazes at himself and then goes out and immediately forgets what sort of person he was. 25 But the one who peers into the perfect law of liberty and fixes his attention there, and does not become a forgetful listener but one who lives it out—he will be blessed in what he does.

Until we admit our sinfulness — our pride and selfishness — we cannot learn from Bible. That’s because the first thing the Bible does is show us our true self. Before the Bible can teach us how to avoid sin, the Bible must convince we are sinners.

Therefore, I ask you, both men and women, when you read madblog‘s post, WHY Defend Planned Parenthood?, contemplate how you look in the mirror.

One thing has been made crystal clear in the wake of the videos from the Center for Medical Progress, and especially the public reactions of those who still support Planned Parenthood: the fierce dedication to the preservation of one thing: abortion.
But why? If, as I’ve been told, feminism is really not about abortion, but is simply a struggle for equal rights for everyone, why do the supporters of PPFA defend this one “right” so dogmatically, so uncompromisingly, so blindly?
Can you divorce the actions of Planned Parenthood from feminism? This is all done in the name of feminism, according to its spokespeople everywhere.
It’s time to wake up and smell the implications. They comparisons to be made to Nazi atrocities are easy, obvious…and undeniably fitting. (continued here)