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5 Reasons Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger Shouldn’t Be on the $20 Bill

March 21, 2015 | Author:

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The New York Times is trying to stoke demand for the replacement of Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, citing his cruel treatment of Indians. That has a certain logic to it, whether or not you agree. Besides, the Times says, it’s time we had a woman on some of our currency. Again, fair enough.

But it’s hard to take the paper’s objections to racism or its respect for women  seriously when one of the candidates presented in the Times‘ symposium is Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, a sexual libertine who fought to make birth control not just legal but mandatory — for members of racial and social groups whom she considered “inferior.”

A devotee of the then-popular pseudoscience of eugenics, Sanger used its dubious theories to stoke the fears of native-born white Americans (mostly from Northern Europe) about the “inferior” genetic stock that was flooding into America from places like Italy, Poland and Russia.

Coincidentally, Christianity Today recently ran a sympathetic defense of Sanger, so there seems to be some collective amnesia about what she believed. I collected just a few choice quotes from Margaret Sanger (courtesy ofLive Action) that ought to do more than keep her face off our money; they should move us to cut off the $540 million in taxpayers’ money (as of 2013) that supports Planned Parenthood — an organization which performsone-fourth of America’s abortions, covers up cases of statutory rape and teaches teenagers “the ropes” about how to practice sadomasochism. Here’s one quote for each objection to honoring Sanger in any way.

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Killer Angel: A Short Biography of Planned Parenthood’s Founder, Margaret Sanger
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Gardner: Legalism and Sanctification

March 21, 2015 | Author:

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Thomas Hawk, Compfight, CC

Right off the bat we know 2 things as true: God desires us to be holy & the Holy Spirit is responsible for the process of sanctification (1 Peter 1.2). But this process is drawn out — and at times painful.  Aren’t their any shortcuts? Perhaps some ‘spiritual accelerators’? Legalism would say yes.

“Hey christian,” suggests Legalism, “you want to be holy? Just follow this list of expectations:”

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Synthetic Children, Spiritual Orphans, and the Obliteration of Mothers

March 19, 2015 | Author:

Are You My Mother? Gerry T, Compfight CC

Are You My Mother? Gerry T, Compfight CC

[Editor’s Note: One of the authors references evolution’s affect on survival due to parental bonds. We disagree with the premise that evolution exists. We do agree that family is key. Filial love is powerful as is the inherit nature which God designed that ties us to our parents, but more so than this is a godly heritage and the bonds of Christianity, faith passed on and shared; an impossibility by homosexual parenting. Any parents, homosexual and otherwise who knowingly, implicitly live outside the will of God will effectively ostracize their children. Natural born or otherwise they will be orphans drifting as is described by the first author of her psychology.]

This past week has seen the outrage generated by parents of donor and invitro-fertilization children following a now-infamous Panorama magazine interview conducted with the fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana, wherein Domenico Dolce proclaimed, “You are born to a mother and a father — or at least that’s how it should be. I call children of chemistry, synthetic children.” Immediately, Elton John advocated a boycott of the designers’ products in retaliation for the perceived offense against his two sons, who were conceived via an egg donor and surrogate mother.

Speaking as two donor-conceived young women—alive because of reproductive technologies—we felt an urgent need to respond…in support of Dolce and  Gabbana.

I am indeed a human being. My liver, heart, hair, and enzymes all work the same. I’ve discovered it is my psychology that is different and not-quite-right, due to my conception. It’s not a matter for doctors to fix; it’s a spiritual problem. My father accepted money, and promised to have nothing to do with me. My mother was wonderful and I have always loved her deeply, as she has loved me. But my journey is a battle against the void left by my father’s absence, and a particular disability in understanding the difference between sacred and commercial, exploitation and cooperation. Those torments for me far outweigh any social stigma or momentarily painful gossip I’ve endured from ignorant people.

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Crohn’s Disease and the Pill

March 19, 2015 | Author:

Birth-Control-pf-300x225Harvard gastroenterologist Dr Hamed Khalili’s study of 230,000 American women found that those who had used the pill for five years or more had a 300 percent higher risk of developing Crohn’s disease than those who had never used it.

Dr Khalili explained that while oral contraceptive drugs do not directly cause Crohn’s disease, the synthetic hormones have side effects that contribute to the higher risk he identified.

These side effects include thinning of the lining of the gut making it less able to properly hold in digestive waste, a reduction of beneficial intestinal bacteria, and a negative effect on the immune system.

“What’s very clear is that Crohn’s is not caused by oral contraceptive use by itself. It’s a combination of oral contraceptive use among individuals with a strong genetic predisposition to Crohn’s,” Khalili told the Daily Mail.

“It’s an interaction between these two that significantly increases the risk of an individual developing it,” he said.

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Desiring God: Mom’s Need Theology Too

March 19, 2015 | Author:

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swambo Compfight CC

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word theology?

Do you think of unpronounceable words, or dusty books from centuries ago, or perhaps lengthy sermons? If you had to choose between studying theology and reading a book on practical tips for your daily life, which would you choose?

For many of us moms, the mere thought of studying theology seems way beyond what our daily life can handle. We might think, At this stage in my life, I can’t learn theology. My life is consumed and overwhelmed with the daily duties of motherhood. Perhaps we think that our time might be better spent reading up on ways to help our child sleep, or on the best nutritional choices for our growing child, or how to keep our preschooler from throwing a tantrum in the middle of the checkout lane.

But the truth is we desperately need theology for all our daily duties of motherhood. We need theology for bedtime battles, feeding worries, the grocery store, and everything else in between.

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Ham: Is Religious Freedom Only Limited to Belief?

March 19, 2015 | Author:

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taberandrew CC Compfight

[Editor’s Note: Tolerance is faithlessness. We have the right to self defense and the defense of our loved ones should a criminal force a threat to life in other areas and the state protects us. But as seen above, our hands are tied and yet we do as much as the state allows. The murderous mother and abortionist pose a threat to life and the state should express a faith in God and arrest murders and make abortion impossible. In the event we find ourselves having to intervene as responsible citizens, we should backed in making a citizen’s arrest of a potential murderer rather than appealing with signs, but that seems all too far fetched and foreign.]

Is our religious freedom here in America limited to freedom of belief but not freedom of expression?1 There’s a difference. You see, more and more we’re noticing the media and courts expressing their religious beliefs when they say that the rest of us are free to have our beliefs but we, unlike the elite, just can’t act on them. As one opinion piece says,

Religious freedom is integral to this country. It must—and will—be protected. But what is being increasingly recognized is that religious freedom gives us all a right to our beliefs. This right, though, like all our rights, has limits . . . Religious liberty can’t be used by businesses to turn away lesbian and gay couples seeking to celebrate a relationship, or by religiously associated nonprofits who treat women employees like second-class citizens by denying contraceptive coverage.

So, basically, what this writer and others are saying is that religious belief is protected in America, but not the expression of it. But what’s the point of even having religious beliefs if you can’t act on them? That’s ridiculous! If you can’t act on your religious beliefs and convictions, then your religious freedoms become nothing more than a meaningless phrase. What exactly is religious freedom protecting if it’s not allowing me the right to act on what I believe?

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Ham: Why is Marriage Just for Two?

March 19, 2015 | Author:

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For years I have been asking the question “why only two?” to those people who support gay marriage. You see, the idea of marriage being between only two people is biblically based. Marriage is for two people—a man and a woman—because God created it to be that way in Genesis. Since He is Creator, only God has the right to say what marriage is and what it is not. But if we are able to redefine marriage to be whatever we want it to be, then why stop with marriage as just between two people?

Well, this is exactly what we’re seeing happening now. In the news recently was a story of what is claimed to be the first gay marriage between three men. The marriage of this “throuple” in Thailand took place this past Valentine’s Day and was quickly a viral sensation. According to the news report, one of the men who got married said, “Some people may not agree and are probably amazed by our decision, but we believe many people do understand and accept our choice. Love is love, after all.” Another one of the men reportedly stated, “We love each other and live together like brothers; hopefully this is something the world can understand in the 21st century.”

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Marrying Well: Practical Wisdom on Courtship for Parents and Children

Homosexual Fashion Designers Back Traditional Marriage

March 18, 2015 | Author:

Dolce & Gabbana store front via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Dolce & Gabbana store front via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

[Editor’s Note: I find this to be an excellent example of Romans 1:20 which reference nature, as God designed it being a witness of Him. Whether they realize it or not Dolce and Gabbana have without making a confession of sin have pointed out they are living outside of God’s design and intentions for man.]

“The family is not a fad,” said co-founder of the fashion empire, Stefano Gabbana, in an interview with the Italian Magazine Panorama. “In it there is a supernatural sense of belonging.”

Sharing this view with his business and former romantic partner, Domenico Dolce told the magazine: “We didn’t invent the family ourselves.”

Dolce and Gabbana, who are openly gay, went on to say children have the right to be raised by a mother and a father, and condemned the use of artificial means of conception, such as In-vitro fertilization.

The Italian-born fashion duo also spoke out against the use of surrogate mothers by gay couples who are seeking to have a child, referring to practice as “wombs for rent.”

Dolce referred to those conceived through artificial means as “chemical children: synthetic children. Uterus’ for rent, semen chosen from a catalog. And later you go and explain to these children who the mother is.”

To procreate should be an “act of love,” Dolce continued, adding that psychologists today are not ready to come face to face with the effects of “these experiments.”

“We, a gay couple, say no to gay adoptions. Enough chemical children and wombs for rent. Children should have a mother and a father,” the pair told the magazine.

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Responsible Manhood: What Makes A Man

March 18, 2015 | Author:

7106400225_3a00b9f9d5My son came to me carrying the New Testament given to him by a popular men’s ministry. Sandwiched inside the pages were pictures and biographies of “great” Christian men. They were all rough-and-tumble men; Olympic champions and professional athletes. He was in art school. “If this is the definition of a godly man,” he said, “I don’t have a prayer. Where are the artists, the musicians, the authors?”

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Feminism, Homosexuality and the Church: How the New Christian Left is twisting the Gospel

March 17, 2015 | Author:

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Merlijn Hoek Compfight, cc

[Editor’s Note: The publishing of this article is not an endorsement of the leaders mentioned this article.]

My parents will tell you that even though I was raised in church, I morphed into a full-fledged feminist, told my parents they were ignorant for not endorsing homosexuality and bought into the distorted social justice rhetoric that confuses caring for the poor with advancing socialist or big government systems and demonizing the United States for its free market system.

I’m not ashamed to share my story because my experiences and those of my fellow bold evangelicals are a testimony of God’s awesome, transforming power. Being countercultural for Christ isn’t easy. What does the Great Commission say? Jesus commanded us to go, “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:20).

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Sproul: Birth Control is Baby Control

March 17, 2015 | Author:

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Shemer Compfight CC

The problem with Margaret Sanger is not that she opposed birth, but that she opposed babies. Would that Christians saw babies like Jesus does.

Rose Marie Stone stepped in it recently when she, a blogger carried byChristianity Today, wrote a brief piece in praise of contraception. That, of course, won’t get you in much trouble with many audiences. The deeper problem was that in making her case, she held up Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, as something of a hero, however wrong she might have been in eugenics. This was, in a manner of speaking, a social faux pas, a rhetorical fail, on par with observing that while Hitler had his issues, at least he got the trains to run on time.

While I am perfectly willing to call foul on Ms. Stone’s strategy (and to their credit, her editors at Christianity Today apologized), I believe the connection between the two runs deeper than we think. While there is a right and proper wedge that separates abortion and contraception, the former being the intentional murder of a human life, the latter the intentional avoidance of a human life, there is something in common as well – in both instances we wish for the absence of the human life.

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Men and Women, are they interchangeable?

March 16, 2015 | Author:

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The News Story – 4,100 jobs opening to women in special operations units

“More than 4,100 officer and enlisted ‘men only’ positions in special operations units of the Regular Army, National Guard and Army Reserve will be opened to women,” reports the Army Times.

These changes, according to the story, are part of an ongoing effort to dismantle “policies that have barred women from serving in combat units below the brigade level. . . . The goal is to open most jobs to women by Sept. 30, the end of fiscal 2015.” In addition, six women have already completed Ranger Training Assessment, and the Army is “moving toward opening up Ranger School to women.”

At the root of such policy moves is the politically correct theory that men and women are essentially interchangeable beings. But research continues to reveal problems with such a belief.

The New Research – Defining female identity

America’s military leaders are moving fast to put women into all combat units, justifying this radical move with feminist theorizing premised on the complete plasticity of female identity. Those who advance such theorizing argue that women are as naturally aggressive and violent as men. But such thinking receives no support from a study of aggression among women recently completed by psychologist Anne Campbell of Durham University. Durham’s study concludes that female biology primes women for maternal nurturance, not for lethal violence.

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Barbi has gone from being a bad influence to endangering family privacy.

March 14, 2015 | Author:

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Presenter: Barbi What should I be when I grow up?

Barbi: Well, you told me you like to be on stage so how about a dancer? Or a politician? Or how about a dancing politician!

[Editor’s Note: Or how about a wife and a mother and pursuing the calling God has on your life?

Obvious concerns are privacy and exploitation for monetary reasons. Once Mattel has the cloud full of conversations and transcripts to go with them, there is the danger of the transcripts being of interest to government agencies like CPS etc. or hackers. We’ve seen enough of the instability of internet security already along with warrant-less searches.

And then there is the fact that children love to live in their imaginary world but how much is too much? Public education already greatly hinders a child’s social skill set by quarantining them with their peers all day. What will happen to children who grow up with robots as friends? The millennial generation already has a bad reputation in the work force for being disconnected, emotional, unaccountable and impossible to work with.

And still other concerns revolve round what exactly will Barbi be teaching our daughters? What sort of opinions does she bring to the table? We already don’t like her sexualized supermodel image, and bent for vain pursuits. Add a valley girl voice to Barbi and you have new age feminism indoctrinating your daughters at the youngest of ages.]

Mattel’s new talking “Hello Barbie” doll is able to listen and respond to children thanks to speech recognition. But one consumer advocacy group says that Mattel should ditch the“creepy” toy before it hits shelves this fall.

Fox 6 Now reported that “Hello Barbie” uses speech recognition and connects to Wi-Fi. When someone presses a button on her belt buckle, Barbie will record what you say and send it it up to the cloud. It’s saved, so Barbie keeps learning more and more about you, in order to inform her responses.

Associate Director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood Josh Golin said on “Fox and Friends Weekend” that when kids are talking to “Hello Barbie,” they’re not just talking to a doll, they’re talking to a corporation whose only interest in the child is financial.

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Feminism Must Be Banished to Save the Family

March 11, 2015 | Author:

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Diane Core, NY

I WHOLEHEARTEDLY support Erin Pizzey’s views on how feminism is undermining family life (Mail). <–Link Warning, Mature Readers Only, Explicit sidebar, I was one of the people (who went with Erin (who opened the world’s first refuge for battered women) when we confronted the feminists in the Chiswick Refuge for the first time. We were hit by a hissing, Doc Martin-booted, crew-cutted gang who had totally neglected their femininity. It was frightening. I certainly saw the writing on the wall: men would no longer know what their true role was in the family. Now — many years later– it has come true.

Men don’t know where they stand in the scheme of things, particularly when they are in a family.

Things got so bad that some refuges wouldn’t even take in male children, and girls grew up believing that all men were bad. The knock-on effect has completely undermined the whole loving balanced view of family life. Men are faced with bolshie women who don’t believe they should have to cook clean or contribute to life at home in any way.

All I can see is feminism is ugliness–the sooner it stops, the better. Let’s bring back the gentle, loving, pretty female who is proud to be a woman.

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From Lesbian to Complimentarianism

March 11, 2015 | Author:

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Follow @JackieHillPerry

Born with an inherent disposition to sin mixed with fatherlessness, molestation, and limited-to-no examples of trustworthy men led me into a lifestyle of homosexuality.

I always saw men as being something to envy. They seemed strong, powerful, in control. Femininity, or the skewed view of it that I held, seemed weak. Part of my embracing masculinity and rejecting femininity was my own way of protecting myself from pain

In comes Jesus. A man, yet fully God. One who is completely faithful to his bride.

He died for her sins. He loves her not just in words but in deed. He secured not just her eternity, but protects her on earth. He provides for her needs. He leads her into all truth by his Spirit. He daily lavishes her with himself, the one thing that will make her truly happy.

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