Baptizing Dead Babies

If you’re a proponent of abortion, one of the beliefs you must have is that no baby actually exists; at best, it’s a lump of tissue. I’ve heard many opinions on exactly when life begins, from conception to the first cell division to the first heartbeat to out-of-womb viability all the way to birth.

I’ll continue to maintain that I don’t know the answer, and I contend nobody else does, either. My position is that we have a fundamental responsibility to protect life, and if we don’t know for sure when it begins, then take the most conservative approach. If you can’t prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that it’s not life, then you can’t kill it.

Over the last years, I’ve seen some horrendous example of intellectually vapid opinions on the subject of abortion. Remember General Wesley Clark running for President in 2004? He opined that a woman had the right to abort her baby all the way up to the day it was born. “Life begins with the mother’s decision,” he said. One would hope that if contractions had begun and the mother’s water had broken that he’d consider that birth was inevitable, but Clark’s position was it’s still ok to abort it at that point.

Or how about John Kerry’s position, that he believed life began at conception, but it was ok to abort it anyway. Translated, “I know it’s life, but let’s kill it anyway.” Intellectually vapid because it doesn’t hold up under ethical scrutiny. If you’re going to support abortion, you must hold the belief that there’s no real life there.

Then last year, an abortion clinic got hopping mad when some nuns started burying the aborted babies from a nearby abortion clinic. If they do not believe it’s life, why are they mad? And if they *do* believe it’s life, why are they performing abortions?

Today, thanks to a tip at Lonestar Times, is this weblog from two abortion providers. This week they posted about their respect for life when it came to abortions. Would you believe they helped a woman baptize her baby after they aborted it?

many years ago i remember a patient telling me that she chose our clinic because she could tell that we respected her and knew that we would therefore respect the life within her. it was very important to her that she have trust in the clinic she chose because she felt that, given her life circumstances, returning her baby to god was the kindest, most maternal thing she could do for it. i assured her that her feeling was correct, that we in fact do all we can to honor the life that women are unable to continue and we encourage them to find their own way to make peace with the pregnancy (whether it be a baby or a “pre-baby” to them), figure out how to forgive themselves and also to continue working through any religious or spiritual issues if they have them. we show all patients the section of the clinic where the brochures and handouts are kept and encourage them to take all they want home with them. in addition to the independently produced brochures, there are the publications of RELIGIOUS COALITION FOR REPRODUCTIVE CHOICE and CATHOLICS FOR FREE CHOICE. a while back, we interviewed many priests, ministers and rabbis to determine how we might refer women for pastoral counseling or, if the women preferred, to share some of the messages of hope that we have collected from various clergy. we are glad to be able to pass on those messages of hope and love that come from god via his clergy from various religions.

our clinic is the kind of place where women can ask, as one did today, if we would bless and baptise her baby. i was able to do that for her. honoring her pregnancy as she herself chooses is part of what we hope to do for each woman. using water (she had planned to bring holy water with her but had at the last minute forgotten it) and saying the words i know from my catholic upbringing, i did as she asked. she had a name in mind for the baby, one that could work for either gender and i gave it that name.

we want to be a clinic that respects life, that honors women’s choices. the two are compatible. believe me!

If they have “respect for life,” to the point that they’re willing to baptize an aborted fetus, why the heck are they aborting it in the first place? It’s intellectually vapid, it’s horrendously unethical, and regardless of the title it’s an utter disrespect for life. If it’s life worth baptizing, then aborting it is no different than murder.

A Faith Vacuum

A faith vacuum haunts Europe

There was a time when Europe would justly refer to itself as “Christendom.” Europeans built the Continent’s loveliest edifices to accommodate their acts of worship. They quarreled bitterly over the distinction between transubstantiation and consubstantiation. As pilgrims, missionaries and conquistadors, they sailed to the four corners of the Earth, intent on converting the heathen to the true faith.

Now it is Europeans who are the heathens. According to the Gallup Millennium Survey of religious attitudes, barely 20% of West Europeans attend church services at least once a week, compared with 47% of North Americans and 82% of West Africans. Fewer than half of West Europeans say God is a “very important” part of their lives, as against 83% of Americans and virtually all West Africans. And fully 15% of West Europeans deny that there is any kind of “spirit, God or life force” — seven times the American figure and 15 times the West African.

The exceptionally low level of British religiosity was perhaps the most striking revelation of a recent ICM poll. One in five Britons claim to “attend an organized religious service regularly,” less than half the American figure. Little more than a quarter say that they pray regularly, compared with two thirds of Americans and 95% of Nigerians. And barely one in 10 Britons would be willing to die for our God or our beliefs, compared with 71% of Americans.

The de-christianization of Britain is in fact a relatively recent phenomenon. Prior to 1960, most marriages in England and Wales were solemnized in a church; then the slide began, down to around 40% in the late 1990s. Especially striking is the decline in confirmations as a percentage of children baptized. Fewer than a fifth of those baptized are now confirmed, about half the figure for the period from 1900 to 1960. For the Church of Scotland, the decline has been even more precipitous.

* via JesusPolitics.

Terry Schiavo: a Poll and an Essay

Remember the polls that said 63% of Americans wanted Terri Schiavo to die? I remember thinking at the time that something was wrong – I recognized that my opinion that our judicial system was killing her wasn’t unanimous, but I couldn’t understand why it was a minority opinion. Others questioned it, too.

Turns out there was good reason to question it – the poll was worded to produce poor results (or as the mainstream media presents it, Americans are changing opinions.) When Americans are given wording that more accurately described Terri’s condition, 79% of them said they thought Terri Schiavo should live.

Of course, our judicial system was in such a fire to kill Terri, it hardly matters what Americans think. The judicial system already had her killed. How Orwellian. “Inconvenient life deserves to die,” the judges effectively said.

American Spectator describes the public execution of Terri Schiavo with push polls to manipulate public opinion that was supported only by fringe left-wingers; and even half of them, like Barney Frank and Jesse Jackson, believed Terri should not be killed by the state. Given the votes in the Senate and House along with the results of the newer, more accurate poll, it’s apparent now that saving Terri Schiavo was a bipartisan effort, supported by most Americans. The news portrayed it as some fundamentalist religious whackos refusing to let her die, but I think I side more with those that feel this was the mainstream media’s payback for the last election to try to “stick it” to the Bush supporters, especially when I see the followup mainstream media news articles, “Will the Schaivo Case Hurt Republicans?” Heck no. If anything, social conservatives are more fired up than ever to push for a “culture of life” society.

Many people seem to be unusually anxious to pretend that this judicial murder is merely a very belated equivalent of a discreet doctor putting a hopeless case out of her misery, or to take refuge in the idea that some magisterial disinterested ‘due process’ is being played out — or as a reader wrote to me the other day: ‘Why are you fundamentalists so clueless? It’s the law, dickbrain. Michael Schiavo isn’t acting for himself; he’s been legally recognised as the person qualified to act for Terri in expressing her wishes based on her own oral declarations.’

Which sounds fine and dandy, until you uncover your ears and a lot of the genteel euphemisms and legalisms and medicalisms — ‘right to die’, ‘guardian ad litem’, ‘PVS’ — start to sound downright Orwellian. PVS means ‘persistent vegetative state’, and because it’s a grand official-sounding term it’s been accepted mostly without question by the mainstream media, even though the probate judge declared Mrs Schiavo in a persistent vegetative state without troubling to visit her and without requiring any of the routine tests, such as an MRI scan. Indeed, her husband hasn’t permitted her to be tested for anything since 1993. Think about that: this woman is being put to death without any serious medical evaluation more recent than 12 years ago.

A little late to save her now, isn’t it?

* From two tips from Michelle Malkin and from David Limbaugh

Hayden Update

John sends word on the progress with Hayden, along with thanks for your prayers so far:

Dear Family and Friends,

There has been some progress, but I would have much rather had progress in Hayden’s recovery.

Hayden is stable and gaining physical strength. She is having trouble with her feeding and is vomiting quite often which is a little disturbing. She is back in a POD that allows us to hold her again and visiting is not the problem it was a week ago. Spending the night is not posable.

Yesterday, we spent the day in court securing guardianship of Hayden. Ryan is now the custodial parent. Very strict and very limited visitation has been set for the mother. One hour a week under strict supervision is all that has been allowed her.

I received a mailing from the investigating detective. The case has gone to the Grand Jury for Incitement against the Mother and Grandmother. I am not certain of the exact charges at this time.

I have spoken to Ryan, at this point we are looking for the best Pediatric Neurologist to second opinions and treatment for Hayden.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support,

John

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Memos Questioning Bush's Guard Service May Be Fake

The Houston Chronicle is publishing a story by the Boston Globe that memos aired by CBS last night appear to show evidence “embellished” his record. Among other records:

The four pages of documents also contain an August 1972 order from Killian, suspending Bush from flying status for “failure to perform” up to Air Force and Texas Air National Guard standards and failing to take his annual flight physical. The suspension came three months after Killian had ordered Bush to take his physical, on May 14, 1972.

It appears on closer inspection today that some or all of these memos are fake. CBS news has the memo they relied on here for inspection.

For one, a proportional font which was only available on the most expensive word processors appears to have been used. The Air Force used typewriters with fixed-pitch typeface Courier.

“That would not be possible on a typewriter or even a word processor at that time,” said John Collins, vice president and chief technology officer at Bitstream Inc., the parent of MyFonts.com.

Even more telling is the use of a superscript font. The “th” at the end of “111th” is superscript, something not possible with 1972 technology, but is automatic with today’s Microsoft Word.

These memos purportedly came from the “personal files” of squadron commander Jerry B. Killian, deceased.

Update: Little Green Footballs has a complete shakedown.

60 Minutes should offer a complete apology.

Update 2: Powerline has the original shakedown and first broke the story. In addition to the above, the letter were typed in Times Roman 12 which didn’t exist back then, the characters were ‘kerned’ or squeezed closer together that cannot exist on a typewrite, and the memo says the pressure was coming from General Staudt who had retired over a year earlier and was not in a position to pressure anybody.

CBS is now saying:

CBS verified the authenticity of the documents by talking to individuals who had seen the documents at the time they were written. These individuals were close associates of Colonel Jerry Killian and confirm that the documents reflect his opinions at the time the documents were written.

In other words, they’re saying the documents might be fake but the opinions are real and based on anonymous people who remembered what Killian thought 32 years ago.

And if all that wasn’t enough, the forged Killian signature doesn’t even match. :/

Update 3: Here’s the CBS / 60 Minutes story that the world media picked up that turns out to be fake. You can see all four faked memos. I’m wondering how long till the story is pulled. 😛

Fifty-Nine Deceits

Fifty-nine Deceits in Fahrenheit 911” is written by Ralph Nader supporter Dave Kopel. Kopel offers a thorough rebuttal of the points Michael Moore tries to make in his movie. I think it’s worthy to note that liberals that support Kerry “because of all the Bush lies” have no qualms whatsoever about supporting Moore’s movie. If you think somebody else is lying, you should tell the truth, not more lies.

Quite obviously, there are many patriotic Americans who oppose George Bush and who think the Iraq War was a mistake. But Moore’s deceitful movie offers nothing constructive to help people form their opinions. To use lies and frauds to manipulate people is contrary to the very essence of democracy, which requires people to make rational decisions based on truthful information. It’s wrong when a President lies. It’s wrong when a talk radio host lies. And it’s wrong when a film-maker lies.

And more, Kopel adds:

Although the evidence in this report demonstrates dozens of plain deceits by Moore, there are some “deceits” in this report regarding which reasonable people may disagree. So if you find me unpersuasive on, for example, three alleged deceits, consider this article to have identified “Fifty-six Deceits” rather than fifty-nine. Whether or not you agree with me on every single item, I think you will agree that the evidence is undeniable that Fahrenheit 9/11 is filled with deceit.

Moore responded to some of the points; of the original 59, Kopel concedes 2 points back to Moore, not because the author thinks Moore is right, but because he’s conceding the facts themselves are disputable.

Heh. After I wrote all this and started documenting my trackbacks to Little Miss Attila for the links, I realized Courtney beat me to it. She recommends this followup. (Courtney, apparently she’s added new information, so the link has changed)

I Ran Out of Opinions

I was sooo opinionated the last couple of weeks – this is dumb, that’s offensive, this is great, that is terrific. Did I dry up? Run out of opinions?

Well, sorta. It was a four day weekend for me – I work a 9/80 schedule, so Friday was my “off” Friday. I’m heading back into work this morning. I can tell it was a good weekend because I can’t remember what I was working on. Ah, yes, pump requisitions. *shudders*

Frankly, I didn’t read much news over the weekend. I heard Bush gave a fantastic Memorial Day speech to WWII veterans, and stayed above the fray by not mentioning current events. A speech totally devoted to the veterans. I need to go find the text, I want to read it myself.

I can’t even remember what was on my personal to-do list. What a perfect weekend. Why didn’t I do anything Sunday? ‘Cuz I napped all day, then when to bed early. Family plum wore me out. I loved having everybody around. 🙂

Monday I snacked on leftovers and played Civilization III all day. I’m the Indians, and those little war elephants are so cute. I thought about converting the blogger engine to WordPress, but I don’t think I’m ready yet. Soon, though. Soon.

Anyway, I’m dropping this note off so y’all know I didn’t pass out or something. I’ll be back to my normally opinionated self as soon as I have some opinions again.