Friday, July 19, 2019

A Few Pro-Life Heroes

Will today's pro-life advocates be seen as tomorrow's heroes?

I've no doubt that they will. At least, they'll be noted as such in the only history books that really count; namely, those that stored for safe-keeping in the heavenly library.

But please know that defenders of the sanctity of human life are already enshrined in history, even as they continue to make history every day. For instance, did you know that among the list of men who have stood against abortion and infanticide are the names of the following?

Theodore Roosevelt, J. Hudson Taylor, G. K. Chesterton, Dave Dravecky, Franklin Graham, John Calvin, St. Ambrose, Yehuda Levin, Roy Rogers, Rosey Grier, Peter Marshall, Gordon Humphrey, Phil Simms, Samuel Alito, Dr. David Livingston, St. Basil, Tony Evans, Sean Hannity, Rosie Grier, Lech Walesa...

Ronald Reagan, Mike Ditka, Alan Keyes, Frank Peretti, Pat Boone, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, Fr. Val Peter, Zig Ziglar, St. Jerome, Don Feder, Tim LaHaye, William Rehnquist, E.V. Hill, Marco Rubio, Nat Hentoff, Orel Hershiser, Justinian, J.C. Watts, John Elefante, Philip Rivers, Pete Ricketts, Charlton Heston...

Alexander Solzenitsyn, Norm Geisler, Rush Limbaugh, D. James Kennedy, Meadowlark Lemon, Henry Hyde, Mark Bavaro, James Caviezel, Jerry Falwell, Ignatius Loyola, Jesse Helms, Carman, Clement of Alexandria, Mel Gibson, Charles Colson, William Carey, Phil Robertson, Nick Cannon...

Pope John Paul II, Reggie White, Tom Selleck, Larry Burkett, Don Francisco, St. Vincent de Paul, Pat Buchanan, Wellington Boone, Augustus St. Clair, Kelsey Grammer, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John MacArthur, Tim Burke, Casting Crowns, Rick Perry, John Whitehead, Ben Stein, Steve Largent, Joe Scheidler, Kenny Chesney...

Francis Schaeffer, Martin Luther, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Monte Coleman, Andrea Bocelli, Keith Green, William F. Buckley Jr., Tony Evans, Scott Wesley Brown, Byron White, Chris Godfrey, Charles Swindoll, Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, Pete Metzelaars, Edward Zorinsky, Jack Willke, Fulton Sheen, Tim Tebow...

Clarence Thomas, John Cardinal O'Connor, Josh McDowell, William Bentley Ball, Adrian Rogers, Chris Smith, Fr. John Powell, Phil Simms, Gary Bauer, Frank Wolf, Matt Birk, Kirk Cameron, Dr. Jerome Lejune, Dan Reeves, Benjamin Watson, Jon Voight, Dr. James Dobson, Dick Gregory, Chuck Norris...

Charlie Daniels, Bill McCartney, Cal Thomas, Earnest Byner, Joseph Sobran, Ed Cole, Phil Keaggy, Ray Bohlin, Tom Herr, David Limbaugh, Steve Taylor, Bill Armstrong, Anthony Scalia, Robert Dornan, David Alton, Joe Gibbs, Bill Bright, A. C. Green, Malcolm Muggeridge, Tom Selleck...and on and on.

Pretty impressive group? You bet. But, it's a list that only has full significance to you...if your name can also be included there.

So, how about it, fellas? Are you among this noble company?

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Capital Letters!

I mentioned a few days ago that last Saturday morning we had hosted a brunch version of our longstanding letter-writing parties. And I mentioned that I would post a few samples of the 40 letters and cards that were sent out.

Well, here you go.

To the National Education Association, 

You have been a counterproductive union for sometime now. I mean, just take a look at what you’ve produced: the dumbing down of American students…an environment full of bullying…grade inflation…the most lewd and counter-productive sex education…a severe deterioration in school safety…absurd classes with no real world application… leftist propaganda masquerading as open-mindedness… persecution of conservative political and religious views…and so on. 

And now you’ve voted to double-down and make your support of abortion even more expansive, more aggressive, more irrational? I’ll bet this will be the last straw for an awful lot of teachers. Plus, it is a very serious alarm to the rest of the country as to the immoral (and violent) direction your political advocacy will take in the future.

Please – reverse your course.

To the Girl Scouts of America,  

Please discontinue your aggressive and controversial advocacy (and indeed promotion) of radical feminism, abortion, and the mega-abortion profiteer which is Planned Parenthood.  Until you do so, we must continue to suggest to friends that they and their daughters and granddaughters have nothing whatsoever to do with your organization.

And yes, that includes the cookies. 

Dear Pinterest,

 I have put your emails in my “spam” category and have suggested to friends that they do likewise as well as end any other contact with Pinterest after I learned about your heavy-handed, mean-spirited, and completely unfair censorship of pro life, conservative, and religious views. 

What a very, very sad move on the part of your company.   

To the NCAA,  

Where and when will this crazy new form of political correctness stop? I’m particularly concerned in this note with the NCAA’s surrender in the “gender wars” by awarding prizes to biological males who are competing in women’s sports. This is not merely an extreme defiance of the moral convictions of centuries by of the sciences of biology and anatomy. And it is most certainly a slap in the face of feminism as well.

Your new policies are unfair to the max; they are harmful to the general society and the sports community in particular, and they are extremely counterproductive to the interests of the NCAA itself.

Please get back to basics…of nature and common sense and fair play.

Dear Joni [Eareckson Tada],

What wonderful news about being all clear of cancer! Praise the Lord. We will continue to pray for you and Ken as we thank the Lord for your example of courage and joy. 

Blessings in bunches! 

Dear President Trump,  

You promised a lot to the pro-life community in your campaign… and you have delivered!

Indeed, your principled and skilled leadership in this key moral and cultural battle has been exceptional we are greatly impressed And, of course, profoundly grateful.

You remain in our fervent and frequent prayers.

The Latest Spins Round the Culture War (Round Two)

* "Ending daughter elimination in the developing world" (Jonathan Abbamonte, Washington Examiner)

* "6 things Big Tech is doing to suppress Live Action’s pro-life message" (Cassy Fiano-Chesser, Live Action)

* "Muslims destroying Christian crosses all over the world, and no one reports it" (Raymond Ibrahim, Life Site News)

* "Colin Kaepernick Betrays the Spirit of Frederick Douglass" (Marc LiVecche, Juicy Ecumenism)

* "I Went to a Socialism Conference. Here Are My 6 Observations." (Jarrett Stepman, Daily Signal)

* "MTV has joined in the attack against pro-life pregnancy centers" (Nancy Flanders, Live Action)

* "President Trump’s Nominee for UN Ambassador, Andrew Bremberg, is Solidly Pro-Life" (Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews.com)

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Ah! The Next Letter-Writing Party

Throughout the long course of Vital Signs Ministries (over 37 years and counting) and among all of our other Christian pro-life activities, we have organized frequent letter writing parties for the purpose of spreading greater enlightenment, encouragement, and advocacy of righteous causes.

We do so because we’re convinced of 3 things: 1) We seek to be “lights of the world” through all relevant means available to us; 2) Letters make a difference; and 3) We know it’s always better to speak the truth (even through a letter) than to merely whine, curse the darkness, or surrender. 

Anyhow, the next Vital Signs letter-writing party is a special brunch edition. We’ve found this to be a popular approach and so we’re looking forward to a good turnout. The brunch will be at the Hartford home on Saturday, July 13th at 10 o’clock. And, as is always the case, the menu items will be provided as will the stationery and envelopes, the pens and stamps, and the list of potential recipients of our cards and letters.

We will also have a quick time of prayer before starting our letter-writing and a review of the pertinent information to help make your letters be as effective as possible.

Among the matters on the agenda that morning will be “thank you” notes to several governors who have signed pro-life legislation for their states; Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for signing the “Save Chick-fil-A” bill; Senator Ben Sasse and others for championing the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act; President Donald Trump for several key pro-life actions; Nebraska Family Alliance; Franklin Graham; Joni Eareckson Tada; persecuted Christians overseas; and more. 

And it will be no surprise that there’s also quite a few villainous actions that require our principled protest. So among the “bad guys” list will be Target and other businesses stores for their aggressive LGBT advocacy; Costco for a “puff piece” in their magazine about Melinda Gates; Pinterest; Cartoon Network; Benefit and Estée Lauder; the Democrat party and its candidates for president; Teen Vogue; Google and Facebook and Twitter; the mayor and police chief of Portland Oregon; and others. 

These letter-writing parties always provide a stimulating time of fellowship and an opportunity for meaningful service as we hold high the banners of Christ’s truth and justice. So come join us, won’t you? Please RSVP at 341-8886 or vitalsigns@vitalsignsministries.org

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Before the Fireworks, Check Out These Sparklers

Here's the latest compilation of articles from the alternative media containing news and commentary you'd do well to know.

* “Did Andy Ngo get what he deserved? — The left blames the victim” (Dominic Green, Spectator USA)

* “Murder Disguised as Care” (Obianuju Ekeocha, First Things)

* “U.K. judge who ordered forced abortion was activist lawyer for abortion industry” (Dorothy Cummings, Life Site News)

* “The Citizenship Question” (Scott Johnson, PowerLine)

* “‘From the Pit to the Pulpit’ — Darryl Strawberry cherishes identity in Christ over MLB success and personal failures” (Lee Weeks, Decision)

* “Islamists Rising…in Local U.S. Politics” (Oren Litwin, Middle East Forum)