Monthly Archives: March 2005

Here’s the latest on embryonic stem cells and Marfan syndrome (and other disorders)

Now they have “bank” of murdered babies that they’re harvesting for research into genetic disorders!
This has to be stopped!

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"She is not dead; she is asleep"

[quote]So [Jesus] went in and said to them, “Why this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep.” And they ridiculed him. Then he put them all out. He took along the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and entered the room where the child was.[/quote] Mk 5:39-40

Did Jesus give up hope on Lazarus or Jairus’ daughter?

A good article on the case

When, in the course of human events,

it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.
WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness — That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security. Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The History of the present King of Great- Britain is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.

Thoughts on the Schiavo Case

1. The Schiavo case hits really close to home here, for a number of reasons. In October 2003, the last time Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube was pulled, coincided with four other events: it fell right between the feasts of St. Therese of Lisieux and Teresa of Avila, it fell near the beatification of Teresa of Calcutta, and it was the month we found out our third child was a girl. We decided then to give her the name Teresa, but it became her middle name by the time she was born.

2. I’ve always known, living under the shadow of _Roe v. Wade_, that the day would come that they’d “come for me.” And that day is coming closer and closer.

3. These idiots keep talking about “quality of life.” But for them, a person in a wheelchair doesn’t have sufficient quality of life. According to most people’s standards, my daughter and I don’t have sufficient quality of life. Just because my daughter will never play organized sports and may die a younger death than most people, or may need more surgeries than the average person, they say that I’m cruel to have let her live at all. . . .

4. Do you know what it’s like in a wheelchair? People treat you like you’re not there. They talk over you, past you. They try to walk through you, like you’re a door or some kind of obstacle. Waiting in line or sitting around, they walk up and push you and your chair out of their way.
Or, they steer away from you, like you’re a freak. Do you know how many times I’ve had people come at me from another direction, see me, then turn around and run in fear?

It isn’t that surprising people think Terri Schiavo is in a “persistent vegetative state.” As far as most people are concerned, anyone confined to a wheelchair is *that*.

It doesn’t surprise me they want to brutally murder Terri Schiavo. She stands as the opposition to every false value they hold dear: money, convenience, comfort, health, and sexual promiscuity.

5. Speaking of sexual promiscuity, what really blows my top is this “sanctity of marriage” garbage-
-Michael Schiavo is an adulterer. If Florida were a common law state, he’d be a bigamist. He’s absed his wife for fifteen years, and there are questions as to whether spousal abuse caused her injury to begin with. . . . He voided his spousal rights long ago.

5. The same with “he’s her legal guardian, so he should make the decision.” Excuse me? Since when does legal guardianship permit one to commit murder? Are we back to Ancient Rome?

This whole situation is mind-blowing. . . . . The apparent attitude of the American people is disgusting.
But, you know what? Just because it’s the attitude of the Media of Death and their brainwashed minions doesn’t mean it’s the attitude of the American People.

After all, our elected officials have decided to do their duty and intervene to stop a renegade court.

In fall 2003, thousands of people from around the country (myself included) petitioned the Florida Legislature to pass Terri’s Bill. The will of the people spoke then, and it will do so again.

But if it doesn’t, if the Culture of Death wins out again in our Courts of Injustice, don’t expect America to live for long. God’s wrath may be slow, but it is final.

Or elase, as Billy Graham and others have often said, He owes an apology to Sodom and Gommorah.

Hollywood makes its agenda clear

I’d had high hopes for this year’s Oscars. Two of the greatest movies I’ve ever seen–The Passion of the Christ and The Phantom of the Opera–were technically eligible. Both were given negligible nominations, and neither received an award.
Hollywood says it tried to avoid controversy. But it gave several nods and awards to pro-abortion, pro-euthanasia and anti-morality films like Vera Drake, Kinsey and now, I see, Million Dollar Baby. My wife and I had seen the trailer for the latter film before Phantom. What makes it worse is that the trailer has *nothing* to do with the movie’s ultimate point. . . . It shows Clint Eastwood’s character as a very devout Catholic. It looks like it’s just one of those “prayerful Christian-sports” movies like Rudy or something. . . .
No, it’s a typical example of Hollywood’s idea that religious people should be “compassionate” (their euphemism for “selfish”) and kill the disabled.

So this is the movie that did so well at the Oscars!
Meanwhile, the most recent Newsweek has a very lovely article about how the Holy Father, despite his dire illness, “continues to impose his will on the Roman Catholic faithful,” while being so cruel and negligent as to not have a Living WIll! “How will we know when we can pull the plug on this mean old tyrant?” is the article’s tone.

And, speaking of Newsweek and superficially Catholic movies, a week or two ago they had a little blurb on the movie Constantine, referring to it as “Roman Catholic” in spirit. This is another I saw the trailer for.
The line between Gnosticism and “Christian fantasy” is often ambiguous, especially when a work makes no specific reference to Christianity but is vague enough to be interpreted as having “Christian symbolism” (Star Wars, for example).
Ironically, the line of demarcation becomes much clearer when the work is more overtly or seemingly Christian. . . . Take The Exorcist. For the most part, it depicts phenomena that truly occur. One priest succumbs to the Devil, but he is weak-willed and philosophically liberal–that such a priest should succumb is a perfect example of *why* the Church is selective in assigning exorcists. In fact, the movie is much more accurate in depicting Catholicism than it is in depecting psychology and psychiatry (at least by today’s standards).
And even though the exorcism is successful, there is still the sense that the Devil is more powerful; especially given the sequels. . . ..

While the Million Dollar Baby trailer deceitfully gives the impression of a movie about honest Catholic faith, the opposite is true of Constantine.
Following up on the Matrix movies, Keanu Reeves seems to be the king of Gnostic movies. In this case, he carries crucifixes and holy water, but practices necromancy. In the trailer, he is approached by a woman (played by the actress from the Mummy movies) who wants his “services”. He puts her through some near-death ritual so she can commune with spirits the way he does. . . . The tag line is that “Heaven won’t take him. Hell wants him. Earth needs him.”
If he is doing good, why won’t Heaven take him?
And in either case, the implication of the trailer itself, much less the movie, is that both Heaven and Hell are enemies of Earth.

So, basically, one year after The Passion broke records and shocked Hollywood, this is its response:
Lure faithful and unwitting Christians to movies that claim Christianity but undermine their most fundamental values.