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Genetic Testing + Abortion = Bad Medicine May 14, 2007

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology, Culture/Society, Family, Politics/Public Policy.
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Recent advances in prenatal testing have thrown another difficult twist in attempting to understand the “choice” pro-abortion position.  While willing to argue that every woman must have the choice over her body, new tests revealing the sex, potential for disability or disease, make the more compassionate among them less willing to “choose” to abort the child with the potential for physical challenges.
Read about Sarahlynn Lester, a 32 year old young lady who supports abortion, gives to NARAL, and volunteers her time at the local Planned Parenthood. But when she found out she was pregnant, she was excited.  Then, after a brief prenatal screening, she learned her child could have Down syndrome.  Nevertheless, her ethics of choice will not extend beyond her screening.  She explains, “I thought it would be morally wrong to have an abortion for a child that had a genetic disability.”

Read the difficulty of understanding the moral compass of this paragraph: Abortion rights supporters — who believe that a woman has the right to make decisions about her own body — have had to grapple with the reality that the right to choose may well be used selectively to abort fetuses deemed genetically undesirable. And many are finding that, while they support a woman’s right to have an abortion if she does not want to have a baby, they are less comfortable when abortion is used by women who don’t want to have a particular baby.

One useful element in this discussion is the underlying fiber in the pro-choice conscience that demands one consider whether a potentially compromised baby–after testing–should be terminated.   The conscience demands truth be pursued, not defiled.

Read the article.

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acorns and embryos? May 13, 2007

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology, Church, Culture/Society, Politics/Public Policy.
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With a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Yale and did post-doctoral work at Harvard, this scholar writes with placid simplicity.

In this article, he argues embryos are not potential human beings; rather, they are human beings with potential.

Read his simple reasoning.

Terrorism, Suspicious Activity, “Maranatha Map” May 3, 2007

Posted by moverstreet in Politics/Public Policy, World News.
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Between broadcomm and Google maps, information and location are more accessible than ever.  I recently located this “Global Incident Map,” which includes terrorism and other suspicious activities around the world.  It tracks news service posts, including airport, arson, biological, bomb, chemical, radiation, maritime, rail, bridge, sniper attacks, and reported assassination attempts.

If you need more evidence of the world’s need for reconciliation and redemption through Christ (Rom 5:11 ff), then you should check out the map.

Click here to see.

Abortion Legalized in Mexico City April 27, 2007

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On the heels of a pro-life victory in the US this week, our neighbors to the South have decided to end the country’s long stand against abortion. Mexico City’s legislature voted this week 46-19 to legalize abortion in the capital of the world’s second-largest Roman Catholic country. The bill will permit abortions during the first 12 weeks of life that follows conception. Previously, Mexico City made acceptions for abortions only in cases of rape, if the life of the mother was at risk, or if there were signs of severe abnormalities.

This loss will prove a landslide loss for a nation that has historically defended and protected the lives of children. Also, the vote will prove to affect other Latin American countries.

Read the press here.

Bush Applauds Supreme Court Abortion Decision April 19, 2007

Posted by moverstreet in Family, Politics/Public Policy, World News.
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President Bush reacted positively to the Supreme Court decision to protect life and sustain the ban on partial birth abortion nationwide.   His decision protects life and the future of humanity.  Read the press:

“The Supreme Court’s decision is an affirmation of the progress we have made over the past six years in protecting human dignity and upholding the sanctity of life,” Bush said in a statement. “We will continue to work for the day when every child is welcomed in life and protected in law.”

Additionally, Bush said the upholding “affirms that the Constitution does not stand in the way of the people’s representatives, enacting laws reflecting the compassion and humanity of America.”

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Supreme Court Bans PB-Abortion Nationwide April 18, 2007

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The Supreme Court upheld the nationwide ban on a controversial abortion procedure Wednesday.

This decision delivers a powerful message to abortion advocates and a long-awaited victory for pro-lifers from the conservative bench.

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Holocaust memorial day ceremony: World must act against Darfur genocide April 17, 2007

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I have mentioned the tempest of Darfur before (read previous posts here), and on Monday, Israel has taken up concern for the genocidal tragedy there and around the world.  While Israel marked the Holocaust, they raised their voices to the world with concern for a response to the plight of other areas of the world who suffer under horrible and murderous strains of tension. 

Former MK Joseph Lapid, addressing survivors, government officials, and members of the international community, said that the world is yet again ignoring genocide – this time in Darfur.

He exclaimed, “Even after the Holocaust we witnessed genocide in Biafra, Cambodia, Rwanda, and we must cry out against the genocide currently being committed in Darfur in Sudan – and the world is sitting on its hands and send a few sacks of flour, not so much in order to feed the hungry, but rather to calm its conscience.”

Read the article here.

NYREV Sacks Evangelicals in Politics April 13, 2007

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In this essay, Frances FitzGerald writes of the perceived growing diversification among evangelicals. The work, entitled “The Evangelical Surprise,” contains content from Rick Warren & James Dobson to Greg Boyd & Richard Cizik. It is a kaleidescope of scattered perspective of the right and their efforts to recover some moral foundation in public life among America’s elected officials. Its worth the read.

From the article, “If centrist leaders continue to challenge the religious right’s agenda in public, they will eventually convince politicians—Democrats as well as Republicans—that the religious right does not speak for all evangelicals and by doing so diffuse “the culture war.” This is in essence what the religious right fears…”

Read the essay here.

Roland Martin and his proposed “one, big round table” for Christians April 12, 2007

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology, Church, Missions/Evangelism/Apologetics, Politics/Public Policy.
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Roland Martin has written a troubling ecumenical plea for Christians to come together. Someone should sit him down and discuss the important distinctions that exist–doctrinal and otherwise–between Jesse Jackson and James Dobson, or whomever.

From the article: “I’m looking for the day when Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Joyce Meyer, James Dobson, Tony Perkins, James Kennedy, Rod Parsley, ” Patriot Pastors” and Rick Warren will sit at the same table as Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Cynthia Hale, Eddie L. Long, James Meek, Fred Price, Emmanuel Cleaver and Floyd Flake to establish a call to arms on racism, AIDS, police brutality, a national health care policy, our sorry education system.

If they all say they love and worship one God, one Jesus, let’s see them rally their members behind one agenda.

I stand here today not as a Republican or a liberal. And don’t bother calling me a Democrat or a conservative. I am a man,­ an African-American man ­who has professed that Jesus Christ is Lord, and that’s to whom I bow down.

If you concur, it’s time to stop allowing a chosen few to speak for the masses. Quit letting them define the agenda.”

Read the opinion.

Newt: Mr. Right or Mr. Wrong? April 10, 2007

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Marvin Olasky writes a pensive and critical reflection of Newt Gingrich and their time together. Then, Olasky thinks aloud about what it takes to be “called” to the White House. Read Olasky here.

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