Botched Abortions

baby1Despite the recent horrors of Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s legal, abortion mill in inner-city Philadelphia, Planned Parenthood would still like for us to believe that abortions are legal, safe and rare.

Except, a simple Internet search on the phrase “botched abortion” quickly brings up over 500,000 results. Here’s a sampling from just the first page:

In February of this year, the New York Times published an article describing the dangerous conditions of the facilities of career abortionist Steven Brigham. By moving from town to town and state to state, during his two decades of abortion mal-practice, his American Women’s Services chain managed to continue operating eight dangerous, problem-plagued facilities in four east coast states.

In St. Louis, abortion-related emergencies at Planned Parenthood facilities sent women to the hospital in 25 documented cases. Two Whole Woman’s facilities, in Texas, were collectively fined more than $40,000 for illegally dumping the remains of babies, who were killed there.

Planned Parenthood and their abortionists continue to get rich, by exploiting both vulnerable women and unborn children.​

Constitution Day

we_the_peopleCONSTITUTION DAY celebrates the “birthday” of our national government. On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine delegates from the thirteen states met for the last time in a Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, to sign the governing document they had created. They had met multiple times throughout that summer and discussed, debated and prayed over this carefully-crafted document, establishing a “constitutional republic.” By its terms, the states were asked to agree to be related and governed in a “united” way. It was to be a government that would “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

The Declaration of Independence, seven years earlier, had been proclaimed to secure “certain unalienable Rights…among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It went on to say that governments were to be established, by the consent of the governed, “to secure these rights.” In birthing this new federal government, the founding document, therefore, began with a declaration of the governed—“We the People.”

Preamble to the Constitution
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

This Preamble introduces us to the general goals of the framers. It emphasizes that this federated nation of thirteen states was to be ruled by the people – not a king or a dictator, not the president, Supreme Court justices, members of Congress or state legislators. The adequate authority and limited powers of those officials and entities are set forth in the articles and amendments which followed. Any powers and authority beyond those which are “delegated” or “prohibited,” were reserved for the States.

Today, as we would acknowledge and celebrate this (sometimes forgotten) historic event in our nation, let us also identify with the prayer of Abraham Lincoln, as he concluded his brief—but significant—remarks at Gettysburg, in 1863 “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

The Killing of Innocents

Islamic-JihadistPresident Obama has finally stated his administration’s strategy for responding to the barbaric terrorist-group known as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL). He and his spokesmen have now repeated their well-crafted statement so often that you may know it, as well: We will degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL, through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy.”

But, what is not clear is what he later said he meant to make clear, by distracting from and then defending the religious source of the violence of this terrorist group. He said: “Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not Islamic. No religion condones the killing of innocents…”

The “Islamic State” is not Islamic? Only the naïve, uninformed or misled would say that Islam does not condone the killing of innocents. Dedicated disciples of Mohammed have been following the teachings of their holy Qur’an and Hadíth and killing infidels and un-faithful Islamic followers through a “legacy of forced conversion, imperialism and slavery” for fourteen hundred years!

Christian martyrs have been and will be persecuted and even beheaded for their faith, until the day King Jesus comes to righteously judge the living and the dead.

Thirteen Septembers Ago…

9-11The Emergency Number 911 took on a new significance 13 years ago, on September 11, 2001, when we all were shaken in our souls as the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City were hit and destroyed.

The terrible tragedy unfolded first with intense interest at what seemed to be an awful accident at the South Tower. Then, as the nation watched live coverage, the second tower was hit and it was clear we were under attack by some evil source.

Our modern “day of infamy” continued as other planes hit the Pentagon, in our nation’s capital, and, finally, the field in Pennsylvania. In the end, thousands of innocent men and women died for simply being Americans. Many others died demonstrating the heroic American spirit of selfless determination to aide their fellow man.

Though we were initially stunned with anxiety and angered by what had happened, hope surfaced. Our nation turned to God in the hours and days that followed! In tragedy’s shadow, our houses of worship will filled with penitent and praying people. We prayed for God’s mercy. We sought His word for hope.

As then-President George W. Bush noted the evening of that September 11th, we learned to rest in the arms of “a power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me’.”

Now, 13 years later, at this solemn anniversary of 9/11, may we resolve that those we lost will be honored–not just for a few minutes in memorials and editorials, but in the ultimate victory for faith, family, and freedom. May God continue to bless America!

Another Inconvenient Truth:

God-Less-AmericaSocial-change advocates have tried to treat gender equality and romantic attractions as “civil rights,” as fought for by ethnic minorities in our country in the 1960s. Predictably, some activist judges are now even ruling in favor of a minority who want to practice polygamy!

Activists have worked to get a sexual-orientation question on the government’s national health survey by the Center for Disease Control. They succeeded in 2013 and now the results reveal that, “1.6 % of adults self-identify as gay or lesbian, and 0.7% consider themselves bisexual. “

So, there’s the inconvenient truth: less than one in 50 Americans identify themselves as gay! But our activist president and judges want to redefine marriage, restrict freedoms of conscience, speech, and religion and force our “one nation, under God” to engage in a massive social experiment, based on this tiny percentage of our population!

Foundational Reality

St_Francis_Dam_cropThe recent 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Napa Valley, just north of the San Francisco Bay area, has reminded Californians that we live in a precarious state, where certain sections are prone to temblors and tremors, as well as devastating droughts.

The great San Francisco earthquake of 1906 still holds the record in our state for the most lives lost in one disaster, but close behind is the aftermath of the collapse of the St. Francis Dam in 1928. This Southern California area, night-time calamity, nearly ninety years ago, swept some 600 slumbering people to their deaths, when a 700-foot-wide earthen dam collapsed—pouring 38,000 acre feet of water into the Santa Clarita river bed, flooding all the way to the sea, near Ventura.

Engineering investigations sited several causes for this calamity, but the chief among them was a “defective foundation.” This engineering problem points to a reality with broader implication for our society and personal lives: If our moral foundation is cracked, it will inevitably lead to a catastrophe.

 

Hamas & Rosh Hashanah

Hamas-TunnelsOver the past months, Israel has again been drawn into a “rocket war” in the Gaza Strip, with the Islamist terrorist organization Hamas launching thousands of missiles at Israel’s civilians—often from highly populated areas.

This terrorist group has introduced a new element of warfare by digging and fortifying “complex and advanced” tunnels, from under houses and mosques in Gaza and reaching beyond the boarders into southern Israel. They intended to kill or kidnap Israeli civilians and soldiers, as well as to attack Israel’s southern Jewish communities.

When Israel responded to this new terrorist model, they captured plans for a major terrorist attack intended for September 24th —Israel’s biblical Feast of Trumpets, known as Rosh Hashanah. Apparently, hundreds of Hamas operatives were planning to use these concrete-lined tunnels and carry out deadly attacks and kidnappings on that Jewish Holy Day!

May our God protect His “chosen people!”