Religion and politics make perfect sense to me. In these Sunday Faith news and views posts I brings news and views of both, concerning the other, or each individually.
In News today is abortion. Do you know how many abortions Planned Parenthood performs every minute-and-a-half (of interest to you because you pay for them)? Should a pharmacist be forced to dispense the “morning after pill,” if he/she believes it may abort a child? A court has spoken. Other news: The recognition of the 100-year anniversary of the protestant church in Vietnam, and the joyous fact that celebrations are allowed. There is a court ruling on allowing ads on Detroit city buses which display resources for Muslims, on how they might leave Islam, and keep themselves and their families safe.
In Views, Concerned Women for America (CWA) spoke at the United Nations. That’s right, at the very male and very Arab dominated United Nations. The topic, of course, was men. From blogs, how do you see God the Father in your mind? I’ll lead you to some visuals that may change your image, not that it must be changed. In 2nd Timothy 2:26, when it says Satan can take us captive at his own will, do you believe that, or …?
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon, Hanoi and Danang) is celebrating the anniversary of a protestant Christian church for the first time since the Vietnam war ended, marking the 100th anniversary of the protestant church there. Evangelist Luis Palau from Oregon-based Luis Palau Association will be on hand for the events, and praised church leadership for their “unity, respect for authorities, and passion for church growth.” Source Worthy News.
Vietnam, the world’s 13th most populous nation, has seen church growth over the last several years, growing from 100,000 “believers” in 1975 to more than two million in 2010, according to the Luis Palau Association.
That figure is different than those given by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) which estimates there are just over 7 percent religious Christians in the country of 90 million people, most of them Catholics.
The Luis Palau Association considers believers however those who make a personal choice for Jesus Christ, not because their family consider themselves Protestants or Catholics.
“Church leaders have a vision to see that number increase to more than 10 million by the year 2020, over 10 percent of the nation’s population. They see Palau and his team as playing a strategic part in this growth over the next several years,” the Association said.
See a list of Christian churches in Vietnam here (sorry, I cannot vouch for the accuracy). I do not see the Luteran church mentioned, although there are a couple of listings that may be Luteran. The Palau article above specifically mentions the Luteran church. Note that Mennonites, Pentecostals, Baptists, and Evangelicals are listed, and the New Life Fellowship whose homepage offers audio sermons in Indonesian, Cambodian, Chinese and Vietnamese. The site quotes Colossians 1:28: “We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so”
“…That we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
The Daley Gator has an astonishing article saying that Planned Parenthood performed an abortion every 95 seconds in 2009. Before you read the following, or run-off to answer your phone, note that it will be a very good thing for you to contact your Senator this week. The Senate will be voting on defunding Planned Parenthood, and Harry Reid probably has the votes he needs to send the legislation to the Senate’s trash heap of unlegislated responsibility. Grab the phone, and please come back. FIND YOUR SENATOR’S EMAIL AND PHONE HERE.
Remember that it is illegal to for abortions to be paid for by taxpayer monies.
Planned Parenthood performed 332,278 abortions in the United States in 2009, according to a fact sheet the group published last month.
That is about as many as the 333,012 people who lived in the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The 332,278 abortions Planned Parenthood performed over the 365 days of 2009 equals an average of 910 lives terminated per day – or about 38 per hour, or one every 95 seconds.
Planned Parenthood, according to its most recent annual report, also received $363.2 million in government grants and contracts during its fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2009.
NOW, THIS IS WHY YOU HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION TO WIKIPEDIA STATS: As I was researching PP this week, before finding the Daley Gator article, I noted that Wikipedia states less than 2% of visits involve abortions, and then says “Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in the United States.” The 820 locations service 5 million clients per year, but the math doesn’t match their own propaganda.
If Planned Parenthood’s own public materials state they performed 332,278 abortions in 2009 – that’s far more than of 2% their business, which would be 100,000 abortions. If PP claims 332,000+ abortions, it is reasonable to assume the number is probably larger.
Daley Gator makes the point that taxpayer participation theoretically pays for about $932.00 per abortion, even though we are told federal money can pay for everything but abortion. The bottom line is, PP is the abortion refuge for America’s women, and we are naive to believe we are not enabling and paying for them.
The organization has some 700,000 “active donors – among them Warren Buffet, the Ford Foundation, Ted Turner and Bill and Melinda Gates.
Please call your Senator’s office this week and ask them to support the coming, straight-up-and-down-vote to defund Planned Parenthood. Progressives/Liberals will be plugging the phone lines. Please don’t give up, if you can’t get through immediately – and send an email as well.
An Illinois court has ruled that the state’s pharmacists cannot be forced to dispense emergency contraception if doing so violates their religious convictions. The ruling falls under the state’s right-of-conscience law.
Pharmacists Luke VanderBleek and Glenn Kosirog and the three drug stores they operate sued over the 2005 rule imposed by then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich….
The pharmacists object to dispensing drugs which they believe abort human life. “We believe we’re in the practice of pharmacy to preserve life and to take away pain and suffering — and we’re not really there for the comfort and convenience of some who would want to end life early or to abort life,” states VanderBleek. “We wouldn’t stock or dispense any sort of medicines that we thought were intended to and had the ability to sacrifice human life.”
The state attorney general is appealing. Source: OneNewsNow
According to WorldNetDaily, the following ad was approved for display on Detroit city buses and was sponsored by an atheist and humanist organization
“Don’t believe in God? You’re not alone”
Then, there’s this one, not sponsored by atheists or humanists, and not allowed in by the Detroit transportation authority. The Thomas More Law Center took the rejection of this ad by the transportation authority to court and there is now a preliminary injunction to permit the ad to run pending the final outcome of the case. Visit RefugeFromIslam.com for helpful resources.
The ad was sponsored by the Freedom Defensive Initiative, or FDI, through the work ofPamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs and Robert Spencer of JihadWatch. Please click the link above and read the entire article at WorldNetDaily. There’s a lot of information there.
CONCERNED WOMEN FOR AMERICA (CWA):
CWA’s president, Wendy Wright, showed up at the United Nations to talk to men about men. Her topic list tells the story:
People are an asset. Life begins at conception. Population decline will impact global security. Men, marriage and family are good for women.
After quoting feminist Gloria Steinem on the lack of importance of men in women’s lives, Wright quotes one of the U.N.’s own directives from the Commission on Population and Development:
“OP14. Urges Member States, the United Nations and civil society to include in their development priorities programmes that support the critical role of men in supporting women’s access to safe conditions for pregnancy and childbirth, contributing to family planning, preventing sexually transmitted infections and HIV, and ending violence against women and girls.”
And she says:
This minimal list is silent on the critical role that women need men to play in family life, as if there is no need for men to be intimately invested in providing companionship, security, protection and care for their wives, and a father for their children. There is no room here for a husband’s masculine, life-long embrace of his wife and their children. And there is certainly no expectation of fidelity.
Click the link above for much more on Wright’s U.N. address. Readers, CWA does marvelous work. Please visit their website here.
Carl at GOD’S ANSWER is always Jesus (my favorite Christian blog, if you haven’t already noticed) has two posts, as always, based on specific scripture(s). This weeks,’ Whose Will Is It addresses 2nd Timothy2:26:
“And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”
Do you believe that when you fall by the wayside, and do something ugly, mean, irresponsible and uncharitable, “the devil made you do it?” Does Satan have the authority in the Kingdom to do with you what he will, according to the scripture from 2nd Timothy? Take a look at this discussion and leave a comment at Carl’s or here if you feel like doing so.
Another “Carl-blog” is on the face of God the Father…on accepting that He is a Spirit and He plainly tells us so. While I know that The Almighty God is not a physical being, I do tend to image Him as white haired, white busy eyebrows, white flowing robes, long fingers and…well, perhaps I was slightly influenced by Michelangelo, but not Leonardo Da Vinci!
John 1:18 … “No man hath seen God at any time”
In whatever form we see God, it is important to have an image, because how is it possible for mere mortals to think of anything without some sort of image? If we have no image of God, we must not be thinking of Him. When my dear father-in-died, I know I saw his spirit leave his body. No one will ever convince me that I did not. It was fleeting, more of a flicker, but it was obvious. Now I have a very real image of “spirit,” that is more than a puff of smoke or a swirly undefined form (and please know that I am not comparing an earthly man’s spirit to the Spirit of God), although I cannot adequately describe what I saw. We also cannot adequately describe God, but we can image him in some fashion that is meaningful to us, even as His Spirit.
Read He Is Not Material and share your thoughts on the image of God with your children – because they must have an image to make God real in their lives…an image that is true to the Spirit of God.
Praying blessings to carry each of you through the coming week.