Putting A Face On Abortion

I stumbled across this story the other day and found myself getting a bit choked up as I read the story of Gianna Jessen. A Colorado state house representative by the name of Ted Harvey heard her sing in a club and

Gianna said “Hello,” welcomed everyone, and then sang three of the most beautiful Christian songs I have ever heard.
She then began to give her testimony. When her biological mother was 17 years old and seven and a half months pregnant, she went to a Planned Parenthood clinic to have an abortion. As God would have it, the abortion failed and a beautiful 2-pound baby girl was brought into the world. Unfortunately, she was born with cerebral palsy and the doctors thought that she would never survive. The doctors were wrong.
Imagine the timing! A survivor of a Planned Parenthood abortion arrived in town just days before the Colorado House of Representatives was to celebrate Planned Parenthood’s “wonderful” work.

Representative Harvey asked her to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” to open a legislative session, and, well, you’ll need to read the whole account. Stunned silence and some very angry Planned Parenthood types resulted. Yes, it seems a bit stunt-ish, but the story and witness of a young woman who by all rights should have been dead is truly an amazing one.

L’Chaim!

My wife and I headed to AndyII and Sara‘s wedding this past weekend. Brad came up for the wedding as well, which was great.
Sara made a beautiful bride and Andy looked just about ready to burst with pride. The ceremony was beautiful, although short, and Reform Jewish (well, I’m assuming as such, since a female rabbi officiated). Andy’s little nephew was the ringbearer and elicited coos and titters of laughter from the guests as he fidgeted beside the chuppa. 1 Corinthians 13 is a standard invocation at Christian weddings, so it was cool to hear it referenced at the service (although only obliquely, and the officiant attributed it to “as Paul said” – not “St. Paul” or “the Apostle Paul”, which sounded a bit strange). Everyone seemed to be having a great time at the reception as well, as the bar line was long for the duration, the dance floor was full for much of it and the cake was great. Wait staff forgot coffee, though… *grin*
So congratulations are in order. Here’s to the both of you!

I Wonder If Tom Hanks Stars In This One, Too?

Holy fish, batman!
Now playing, The Da Vinci Cod, the story of a secret society of Norwegian ice fishermen tasked with protecting the world’s greatest secret: due to a mistranslation, modern Christians fail to realize that Jesus promised to make his disciples into “fish men” and claimed merely to be the “Son of Cod”. In a surprise turn, there has been little-to-no reaction from Christian groups because, as one leading minister was quoted saying, the entire premise “is just really, really stupid.”

Please To Be Reading Most Serious Letter From Mahmoud

Iowahawk has once again cut right to the heart of the matter with his exclusive translation of Iran’s flaming nutjob puppet dictator president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s letter to President Bush (as well as a bowling night eVite for those world leaders In The Know) and boy, is it a doozy!

Mr George Bush, President of the United States of America:
For sometime now I have been thinking, how one can justify the undeniable contradictions that exist in the international steel cage octagon of idea-thinkings? Here in which are being constantly debated, specially in political forums and amongst university students. Many questions remain unanswered, and there are many important midterms coming up! These thinkings and contradictions and debations have given me many important headaches. I am telling you this the hopes that it might bring about an opportunity to redress them, and in hopes that you have some Tylenol II.
Can one be a follower of Jesus Christ (PBUH), the great Messenger of God,
Feel obliged to go to the pancake breakfast at the Jesus (PBUH) mosque,
And also Bingo Nites,
Announce one’s opposition to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and WMDs,
Make “War and Terror” into catchy advertising jingle,
And finally, Work towards the establishment of a unified international community – a community which will be governed by Christ and the virtuous Hidden 11th Imam, but only after they recombine as MegaMessenger to do final battle with the diabolical MechaJew.
But at the same time, make crusader attackings on countries; taking their lives and going into villages and homes and mosques to steal cherished family collections of IEDs?
Do not answer! This is a rhetorical question, and I am not finished.

Go ye and read the whole thing, for it is informative and funny.

Spammers With A Biblical Sense Of Humor

I opened up my Junk folder this morning and stumbled across the following message that actually made me laugh out loud:
Biblical Spam!
Somehow, I don’t think God meant for Genesis 1:28 to be used to sell anti-E.D. drugs…

Happy Easter

Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes,
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever, with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Happy Good Friday, Everyone

As per my yearly ritual, I took today off in honor of Good Friday, which is the second holiest day in the Christian calendar (Easter Sunday being the first).
Posting will be light, as I’m spending the day with my wife and Will. Hope you all have a great day.

The Gnospel Of Judas

Dead Sea ScrollsI’ve actually been fairly amused over the media hyperventilating precipitated by the “recent” “revelation” of the Gospel of Judas, a Gnostic text long thought lost to the vagaries of time, unearthed in 1978 and recently released for translation by the discoverers/owners in coordination with the National Geographic Society. I have seen talking head after talking head ask their “experts,” in hushed tones, whether this discovery doesn’t raise Serious And Important Questions For Christians, which the media feels are raised because the notion of a competing “Gospel” fits neatly into their notion that the early Church was filled with strife over canonical texts (see the Beliefnet piece linked below for commentary on that misguided notion). Had they bothered to ask actual theologians and/or Biblical scholars, they would have realized that the “Gospel” instead raises Questions About The Sanity Of The Questioner, As The Questions That Once Were Serious And Important Were Debunked As Heresy Over 1900 Years Ago. The hype reminds me of the media’s intimations of Serious Questions surrounding the release of Kevin Smith’s Dogma and those associated with Scorcese’s The Last Temptation of Christ, both of which were dismissed by serious scholars as the works of lapsed Catholics with little functional understanding of the underlying theological issues; Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code also falls under this Stupid Questions umbrella. The news, particularly of the television variety, has once again shown itself to be filtered pap produced by clueless people for clueless people and I look forward to more Serious Questions being Raised by the release of the DaVinci Code movie.
While the situation may be amusing for those “in the know”, it is worrying in one respect: there is a very real chance that many of the people that take the clueless media at its collective word could be led astray by their coverage.
(For more discussion on the issue, see Dave Kopel’s piece at The Volokh Conspiracy, as well as commentary at Pontifications, comments from Ben Witherington here, here, here and here, a summation of the issues at Beliefnet, and a discussion at Ann Althouse’s blog, which features the single best quote on the “Gospel” I’ve yet seen: “This isn’t just fiction, it’s Gospel fanfic, complete with Judas as the Gnostic MarySue.” Heh.)

A Chilling Vision Of The Future

Author Dan Simmons has penned a riveting short story posited on a time traveler from the future showing up in Simmons’ study offering cautionary tales of the future. A pull quote from the middle of the piece:

I tried to relax. “What do you want to talk about?” I said.
“The Century War,” said the Time Traveler.
I blinked and tried to remember some history. “You mean the Hundred Year War? Fifteenth Century? Fourteenth? Sometime around there. Between . . . France and England? Henry V? Kenneth Branagh? Or was it . . .”
“I mean the Century War with Islam,” interrupted the Time Traveler. “Your future. Everyone’s.” He was no longer smiling. Without asking, or offering to pour me any, he stood, refilled his Scotch glass, and sat again. He said, “It was important to me to come back to this time early on in the struggle. Even if only to remind myself of how unspeakably blind you all were.”
“You mean the War on Terrorism,” I said.
“I mean the Long War with Islam,” he said. “The Century War. And it’s not over yet where I come from. Not close to being over.”
“You can’t have a war with Islam,” I said. “You can’t go to war against a religion. Radical Islam, maybe. Jihadism. Some extremists. But not a . . . the . . . religion itself. The vast majority of Muslims in the world are peaceloving people who wish us no harm. I mean . . . I mean . . . the very word ‘Islam’ means ‘Peace.’”
“So you kept telling yourselves,” said the Time Traveler. His voice was very low but there was a strange and almost frightening edge to it. “But the ‘peace’ in ‘Islam’ means ‘Submission.’ You’ll find that out soon enough[.]”

Go and read the whole thing (Profanity warning: short story contains a goodly bit of blue invective. Don’t let it distract you from the overall point). It’s really too bad that only fiction writers are tackling these issues head-on; personally, I’d prefer generals, Senators and Presidents were doing the tackling for everyone’s sake.

A Religio-Political Observation

I’ve been a bit mystified by the rabid, unhinged reactions of Lefties (particularly of the Kossack variety) to Ben Domenech’s new Washington Post blog. All manner of ad hominem invective and personal attacks have been leveled at Ben, from truly disgusting Oedipal analogies to spurious charges of connections to the Abramhoff scandal to charges of plagiarism (charges that, unfortunately, are looking ever more true). The fervency with which these claims have been pursued left me scratching my head, quite frankly. Why does a conservative voice on the WaPo’s blog page engender such fury? Then it struck me.
For Communists/Socialists/Stalinists and their intellectual heirs (many of whom aren’t even aware of their philosophy’s history, such as a plain majority of the Kossacks), politics and the pursuit of political power have replaced religion and faith as “spiritual” motivators. As such, politics takes on a nigh-religious role and thus political opponents are not simply wrong-headed or misinformed but are plainly adherents to a wrong and, in some cases, “evil” “faith”. If everything political is also “religious”, then, political matters are to be fought over with the same zeal normally reserved for moral matters of high import. The Leftist mentality in these issues seemingly approaches that of strict Islamists – anything claimed by Islam at any point in history irrevocably becomes Islamic past, present and future. Osama bin Laden and his Qaedan counterparts are still ticked about the Reconquista, claiming that Andalusia (Spain) is rightfully Islamic territory and must be reclaimed. Most modern Islamic scholars hold to the belief that, since Mohammed was transported to Jerusalem in a dream and Muslims eventually gained control of the city, it belongs to Islam (as the third holiest site behind Mecca and Medina) and the PLO/PA’s continual campaign of destruction of Temple Mount artifacts in order to erase any historical claims Jews have to the site is in furtherance of this belief. In the same way, the Congress, the Presidency and yes, the Washington Post‘s editorial page have belonged to Leftists/Democrats in the past and thus any incursion by persons of an opposing belief, any ceding of control of the debate is met with zeal and fury.
Now, I’m not saying that every Democrat is a fire-breating quasi-religious nut – far from it. It’s just that, when viewed from a “religious turf battle” perspective, the entire furor over Red America suddenly snaps into dramatic and sharp relief. The Kos Krusaders have been whipped into a fury and have tasked themselves with retaking the Holy Land – be it Congress, the White House, or the editorial page of major U.S. dailies. No dissent is to be brooked and no quarter given.