Atheists vs. Mother Teresa

The U.S. Postal Service wants to put out a stamp commemorating Mother Teresa, who was made an honorary  U.S. citizen by President Clinton, honoring her Nobel Peace Prize and her work with the world’s poor and dying.  The Freedom from Religion Foundation, an atheist organization, is protesting the proposed stamp.  The group wants to call attention to “the darker side” of Mother Teresa’s religious activism; namely, her opposition to abortion.  Notice how being pro-life is presented as a dark, evil, disqualifying belief.

See Atheists attack Mother Teresa.

Pro-life ad at the Superbowl

CBS has agreed to air an Superbowl ad from Focus on the Family in which quarterback Tim Tebow’s mother talks about how she was advised to abort him. Pro-abortionists have been trying to pressure the network to not show the ad:

CBS Tuesday (Jan. 26) stood behind its decision to take a Super Bowl ad from Focus on the Family that has drawn fire from reproductive choice organizations. The network said it does not reject advocacy ads out of hand, and added that it would consider “responsibly produced ads from all groups” for the “few” remaining spots in the broadcast. . . .

That came in response to the announcement that the Women's Media Center, National Organization For Women and more than two dozen other groups have launched a campaign to pressure CBS into pulling a Super Bowl “pro-life” ad bought by Focus on the Family.

That campaign includes a letter it delivered to CBS today, according to a spokeswoman, and e-mails its members are sending today to CBS, the NFL, and advertisers in the game.

The letter calls on CBS to reject what the groups call an anti-choice ad that advances Focus on the Family's Agenda.

They argue that CBS has rejected advocacy ads in the past, including from PETA, and the United Church of Christ.

The spot in question is expected to feature Florida Gators quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and his mother talking about how she refused to have an abortion after she was advised to do so by doctors.

via CBS Stands Behind Acceptance Of Focus On Family Spot – 2010-01-26 19:13:13 | Broadcasting & Cable.

The pro-life generation

The pro-abortionists are worried. Journalist Robert McCartney, one of their number, explains why:

I went to the March for Life rally Friday on the Mall expecting to write about its irrelevance. Isn’t it quaint, I thought, that these abortion protesters show up each year on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, even though the decision still stands after 37 years. What’s more, with a Democrat in the White House likely to appoint justices who support abortion rights, surely the Supreme Court isn’t going to overturn Roe in the foreseeable future.

How wrong I was. The antiabortion movement feels it’s gaining strength, even if it’s not yet ready to predict ultimate triumph, and Roe supporters (including me) are justifiably nervous.

As always, we in Washington enjoy an up-close view of the health of various causes because of the city’s role as the nation’s most important setting for political demonstrations. In this case, I was especially struck by the large number of young people among the tens of thousands at the march. It suggests that the battle over abortion will endure for a long time to come.

“We are the pro-life generation,” said signs carried by the crowd, about half its members appearing to be younger than 30. . . .

Activists who support abortion rights conceded that there’s less energy among young people on their side of the debate.

“Unfortunately, I feel my generation is a little complacent,” said Amanda Pelletier, 20, co-director of the abortion rights group at American University. “It just doesn’t seem to be a very hip issue.”

via Young activists adding fuel to antiabortion side –

Scott Brown reconsidered

Now that Scott Brown has taken away the Massachusetts Senate seat from the Democrats, he is being hailed as the savior of the Republican party and his tactics will be imitated across the land. Namely, hit economic responsibility hard, but stay away from social and moral issues. That’s also what Bob McDonnell did to win the governorship in Virginia. But he is at least pro-life. Brown is pro-death, being in favor of legalized abortion. I worry that in the current Republican euphoria, the abortion issue might fade away.

I also suspect that Brown will all of a sudden become the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination. But haven’t we already had a state legislator with a single term in the Senate, during most of which time he was running for president? How do Republicans think that turned out?

It has been observed that the qualities that can get a candidate elected are not necessarily the same qualities necessary for effective governing. Americans need to start making that distinction.

At any rate, I’m glad for Senator-elect Brown. His victory will put the Republicans back in the game. Even though he is pro-abortion, the party as a whole is not, so this counts as a good thing for the pro-life movement, since a Senate filibuster can now block anti-life laws. So good on him. But Republicans need to resist the temptation to turn Brown into a template.

Horrors in Haiti

Just 750 miles from the U.S.A., the people of Haiti are enduring more horrors in the aftermath of the earthquake:

Tens of thousands of people are facing a second catastrophe tonight as they struggled for survival on the devastated island of Haiti.

With no food, no water and no shelter, aid agencies were in a desperate race against time to save the victims of the earthquake.  Witnesses described gutters running with blood and children sleeping among heaps of dead bodies after becoming separated from their parents.

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via Haiti earthquake: 16 Brits missing as horrifying new pictures reveal extent of destruction | Mail Online.

UPDATE: Now looting has broken out, and gangs of young men with machetes are fighting over food. See this. Local authority has ceased to exist. Disaster is followed by anarchy, which can be even worse.

The man with 400 children

Newsweek tells the story of a sperm donor:

[Kirk] Maxey, 51, happens to be one of the most prolific sperm donors in the country. Between 1980 and 1994, he donated at a Michigan clinic twice a week. He’s looked at the records of his donations, multiplied by the number of individual vials each donation produced, and estimated the success of each vial resulting in a pregnancy. By his own calculations, he concluded that he is the biological father of nearly 400 children, spread across the state and possibly the country.

At the time, there was little screening for disease or genetic issues, so now Mr. Maxey is crusading for better regulation of the industry. He is worried, among other things, that some of his progeny might meet each other and have children of their own, even though they are brother and sister. Recently, two of his offspring–his daughters–traced him down as their real father. Now they get together sometimes. Here they are, going out for ice cream:

Sperm donor & two of his offspring

List the different ways this is wrong.

HT: Kirk Andersen