Janurary/Feburary, 1999 Volume XIII Number 4



Letters



Outraged at abuse

When I first heard about the horrendous abuse that was perptrated against the 60 women involved in the Pittsburgh rescue in 1989, I was outraged. I sent a donation about two to three years ago thinking that no Canadian cause at that time demanded the concern of Christians as much as the case of these poor, abused pro-life women. I was almost in tears thinking about how these godly women suffered so much brutality at the hands of so-called law enforcement officers.
Some time later I received a letter from the Pittsburgh Nightmare Defense fund thanking me for my donation and detailing the $4000 settlement that the five plaintiffs were offered. The sense of the latter as far as I can remember is that the pro-life legal defense team did a masterful job but that the pro-abortion legal system hindered them every step of the way. I could live with that.
In Canada our pro-life lawyers are generally good lawyers who fight well in a mostly hostile legal system. Now I read the article, 36 points in regard to the Pittsburgh Nightmare case. I wish that Life Advocate never published this article. As someone who was touched in a very deep way by this case, I wanted to believe that the legal defense team representing these women gave them the best service that could be offered. Now I have to content myself with the thought that justice for these women will only be realized in the next life. Then the abusers will stand before Almighty God who is truly just. Each abuser and possibly the (pro-life?) legal counsel will then receive their just reward.
Thank you nonetheless for this very sad article. At least now I will be very suspicious if I am involved in a rescue on your side of the border and am handed a business card with the name Larry Washburn on it.
Bill Whatcott
Toronto Ontario, Canada
Editor's note: Due to an unusual onslaught of mail from those who endorse killing babies, we have given limited space to allow them to display the wittiest, most intelligent of their responses to our webpage. Note that more than one tired old profundity comes from an individual at an institution of higher learning (.edu).


Children as rodents

I don't have any children and I don't want any. I don't use birth control either for that matter; I simply abstain. I came into this world alone, and I will leave it alone too. I can see why other people who like people enough to have sex with them often use birth control, and that there are already too many people in the world!
That is the reason why so many more big disasters and mishaps are happening. Not only are people so numerous they are stumbling over each other and getting into more car, plane accidents etc., the waste we create is actually changing the climate here to the point where giant storms sit on places like Nicaragua and Honduras for a while and bury us under tons of mud! Seems uncannily like intelligence at work (God? . . . the earth Itself? or 'enter supreme being of your choice here'?), but then again, maybe not. It's not for us to know really is it? And don't give me that tired old __ that "It says God is behind it in the Bible" because who wrote that Bible anyway? People! Who else but people would be stupid enough to actually believe they are the masters of the earth just because some book they wrote says some God they made up says so? I think the fewer babies are born the better, these days. The next time you don't think so, try riding a bicycle or driving a car or even walking in any city and you'll see how many of the annoying little rodent-apes are getting in your way or rudely shoving or honking or cursing at you and the others for being in their [way].
Hey, maybe overpopulation is not such a bad idea after all since the more people there are the faster they'll all choke to death on their own sewage! Maybe that's
God's plan! And who am I to talk since I'm just another rotten dastardly `only human' bastard anyway. Too bad I won't live long enough to see the last human wheezing and gasping for his (*or her*) last pathetic breath, but hey once I die no more pains _ _ _ although I know you don't believe that!
Oh, as an aside, the Anglo-Saxon root of the word 'belief' is 'lief' which means wish. And since languages are the purest map of human thought, if you like etymology you might consider that the function of belief has at its root wishful thinking as in, "Oh, oh, I wish there was more to life . . . "
No name given
Bnablet@aol.com

Clump of tissue

I think you are horrendous people. You would subjugate a grown woman to a fetal clump of tissue. You are the monsters in your self-righteous judgment and disrespect of other peoples conducting their own lives. You are an embarrassment to the human race and to all true Christians who actually understand the meaning of Scripture.
No name given
Imo29.mx.aol.com

Suggestions

I have two suggestions for you pro-lifers.
1. You need to get your own lives.
2. You need to stay out of other peoples business.
Deirdre Weinstein
ShanaTovaDRW@webtv.net

Do the math

You would have each of us have 12 children? Do the math on the space we have left professor. I think you might review your position.
No name given
Howeyad@aol.com

Spiritual rationale

In Deuteronomy 23:1-2 it states: "He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord. A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the Lord."
This is a sad fate for one who refuses abortion for a child conceived out of wedlock.
Kim Min
Minkayky@gpc.dc.peachnet.edu
Editor' note: Kim, we allow a world-class Bible scholar, Dr. J. Carl Laney, to respond.

This is an interesting argument. Basically Deut. 23:1-2 relates to Israel under the old covenant and has about as much application today as the requirement for the high priest to wear bells on his robe. This relates to Israel's worship under the Mosaic legislation. Nobody who was born out of wedlock could participate in Israel's worship at the temple. The law served to emphasize the importance of sexual relations in marriage rather than outside of marriage. It is a grave misuse of this text to apply it to abortion.
It was a new one for me!
J. Carl Laney

Too many of them

You say we should all have children all the time! I'm not sure about that. You could end up with too many of them, not to mention your privates getting chafed like I shouldn't wonder. And suppose one of them turns out to be the spawn of Beelzebub, like in that film?
John Bessant
Xnb13@dial.pipex.com

Cloning and fertilization

In looking at Dr. Kahlenborn's article on the abortifacient nature of today's "contraceptives" I wonder if he laments the millions of cells that die every second in ones own body, because, surely, with cloning technology that will soon be at hand, each cell has a potential for "life." Does the Bible state that a fertilized egg constitutes life?
Just wondering . . .
Alexander Karnauskas
Akarnaus@midway.uchicago.edu

Another award

Your page: http://www.spiritone.com/~lifeadvo/ has been selected to receive a Links2Go Key Resource award in the "Right to Life" topic.
The Links2Go Key Resource award is both exclusive and objective. Fewer than one page in one thousand will ever be selected for inclusion. Further, unlike most awards that rely on the subjective opinion of "experts," many of whom have only looked at tens or hundreds of thousands of pages in bestowing their awards, the Links2Go Key Resource award is completely objective and is based on an analysis of millions of web pages. During the course of our analysis, we identify which links are most representative of each of the thousands of topics in Links2Go, based on how actual page authors, like yourself, index and organize links on their pages. In fact, the Key Resource award is so exclusive, even we don't qualify for it (yet )!
Once again, congratulations on your award!
Links2Go Awards
awards@links2go.com

Reap what you sow

When the Republican Party walks away from the Right to Life Platform-the right to lifers will leave the Republican party.
Buchanan echoed those words in 95.
We have a party without principle and without direction.
This year [the] NH House and Senate compromised and worked with Shaheen.
Many Republicans would not even stand up against partial birth abortion.
Thus we have a Shaheen victory across the State, losing seats in the State Senate that cost us a majority there since 1912. We have a party that stands for nothing-they deserve what they got . . . non-support for Republicans.
I did not vote for any Republican this time around who were not 100% on this issue.
Barbara J. Hagan
bjhagan@juno.com

Help

I am a senior nursing student, and I am writing a research paper on emergency contraception. I have found a lot of information about how this contraception works, where to get it, how to use it etc., but I cannot seem to find any information about the opposing side of the issue of postcoital contraception. I would like to get your view on this issue, or get directions to someone who can help me.
Shannon
Shangil@aol.com

Posters and protesters save lives

Recently a small number of pro-lifers were picketing our local killing hospital in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. This hospital has been picketed for 13 years with no results. The number of pro-lifers has also diminished and ranges from 5 to 10 on Sunday afternoons. During the week 4 pro-lifers picket regularly. I am telling all of this because most pro-lifers have stopped coming.
However, a week ago a woman parked her car and crossed the street to tell us that because she had seen our signs and pictures of aborted babies she had decided not to have an abortion. Her baby is due in Febuary.
About two months ago we had another woman stop and tell us that due to our pictures and signs she also decided to keep her baby. These are two that we know about; how many more are there? We may not be making headway with the highway but babies are being saved by just being on the street.
Also, another point that I wanted to make concerns the aborted baby pictures. No, they are not pretty, but true, and people do need to see them. We get much criticism, including from people who call themselves pro-life and Christians.
This letter is to encourage all those pro-life picketers who aren't seemingly seeing any results and have given up. I urge you to take a stand for the babies.
Linda Beckman
Phoenixville, PA

Unholy alliance

Father Robert Drinan is a Catholic priest, law professor at Georgetown University (a Catholic institution). The school is the alma mater of President William Jefferson Clinton and one of his current lawyers, Bob Bennett. Fr. Drinan is a former U.S. Congressman. The Vatican ordered him (as a priest) to refrain from holding public office.
Father Drinan has been an open advocate for legal abortion and has actively supported pro-abortion legislation and it's public funding.
The White House sent a letter to the U.S. Congress listing Father Drinan as an expert witness who will appear on behalf of William Jefferson Clinton. He will argue against impeachment of the President. Fr. Drinan has openly and publicly defended a position that President Clinton's behavior in the Lewinsky matter and Clinton's subsequent lies to the Federal Grand Jury under oath and strong evidence of subornation of perjury, are not impeachable offenses.
Query:
1. Democrats (and liberals) usually insist on a separation of church and state. Why is there no outcry? This priest even wears his "collar" while declaring his political positions. I was led to believe that political comment was invalid where the presence of a "collar" or religiosity is even slightly evident. I wonder if the separation of church and state criteria would apply if churches were of the same philosophy as the secular society? Suppose opposition to abortion, promiscuity, pornography, etc. were part of a non-religious group. Would the advent of separation of auto-mechanic or plumbers or airline pilots and "state" need to occur.
2. I wonder how the liberals (Democrats) and Clinton advocates would react if Independent Counsel Judge Kenneth Starr and/or the prosecution would submit an expert witness list of proponents for impeachment which included the name of an Orthodox Roman Catholic Priest: One who is also a legal scholar with presigious credentials. Would they cry foul?
3. Obviously, Fr. Drinan represents Catholic Philosophy and the Roman Catholic Church. As noted, when he appears in public, he wears his "collar". Apparently, he has not only consent to behave in the way he does, but he has the approval of the [Church] hierarchy. Fact: The church has been and is at this moment, silent on the matter and Fr. Drinan's behavior.
4. It was my understanding from priests that priests would not comment on abortion rights and related public policy because they were afraid of losing a tax-exempt status granted by the I.R.S. Why is it that the Church does not feel threatened enough to silence Fr. Drinan for publicly stating his political views on this subject and his advocacy of abortion rights? Is it possible that the rule of separation of church and state applies only when the Church speaks in opposition to the state?
Ed Ryan
edryan@gte.net

Anno Domini

According to Black's Law Dictionary: In the year of our Lord, commonly abreviated AD or A.D. The computaion of time according to the Christian era dates from the birth of Christ.
Since early Christian times this has been used, particularly in legal documents, whenever a date is given, to distinguish time from the birth of Christ; time before the birth of Christ is designated BC or B.C.
In recent years the usage has diminished due to the efforts of the secular humanists to remove every mention of the Deity from our culture. AD is often replaced with CE for Common Era; BC is replaced by BCE for Before Common Era in designating time before the birth of Christ. This is now being taught in schools.
We can affirm our belief in Christ the King in a subtle manner by using the letters AD every time we use the date. Please join me in this effort.
Earl Zak
Portland, OR

Some knowledge dangerous

A woman is given hormones to cause her body to no longer produce one or two eggs, but dozens. These are harvested, put in a petrie dish, mixed with sperm, resulting in dozens of embryos, each in the image of God, each a citizen of the United States. The problem is worldwide, but we can hardly deal with our own sins.
A few embryos are harvested and placed in the mother to develop naturally. This is not an exact science. The process is often repeated.
Now there are over ten thousand embryos, dated, labeled and frozen in nitrogen, awaiting mothers or death. An unknown thousand upon thousands have already been dumped, discarded, buried alive. It is not a pretty sight.
Daniel said in 12:4-Many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall be increased. Anyone daring a freeway or a plane knows about running to and fro.
But all knowledge is not good. We have abandoned the difference between good and evil, right and wrong. Our high intelligence has provided us with another evil.
When the first doctor did the first petrie dish "conception" he put us on another slippery slope. How sad.
Nellie Bryant
Caldwell, ID


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