American Idol and Human Dignity – UPDATED

Who would have thought it? I've been a vocal critic of the way American Idol so often showcases people at their undignified worst (admittedly with their permission) during the auditioning process. Paradoxically, that winnowing-the-worst process eventually permits the audience to witness others at their artistic best, because art can be transcendent. It invites the God-spark. This season, however, American Idol seems to be collecting an unusual number of contestants with personal stories that … [Read more...]

Imagining One World, the Reality of Another

It occurs to me, reading these two columns that they speak to each other, in a way. First, theologian Tim Muldoon's consideration of the social mindsets and cultural understandings that would have to accompany a national repugnance toward abortion: These strong women would understand that in other nations where women have recourse to abortion, they do it because of social pressures that drive a wedge between sex and reproduction. They would learn the history of men's manipulation of women's … [Read more...]

Pro-Life Marchers Roundup – UPDATED

NOTE: I'll be adding to this post all day as I find new pieces, pictures, videos, etc, so keep checking back! It seems especially poignant to me that as we learn more about the hundreds, if not thousands of live babies slain by Kermit Gosnell, and the pro-abortion mindset within government agencies which assisted in those killings by looking the other way, that thousands of people are peacefully marching in freezing-cold Washington D.C. for life, and to speak up for human dignity. As usual, … [Read more...]

Abortion, Language and Looking Away – UPDATED

Photosource "Over a period of two decades, government health and licensing officials were repeatedly presented with evidence about Gosnell, and repeatedly chose to do nothing..." “No action was taken, even after the agencies learned that women had died under Gosnell’s care.” Kermit Gosnell was arraigned yesterday on 8 charges charges of murder, and much, much more. Most of the news reports I'm reading on this story are surprisingly succinct, given the 281 page Grand Jury Report which … [Read more...]

Gosnell; Baby Feet Kick the Nation – UPDATES

If your stomach and your psyche can stand it, read the grand jury report on this fiendish abortionist, Kermit Gosnell. I have been afraid to write about this woman-killing, baby-slaughtering, fertility-stealing, heartless and exploitative freak since the story broke. It's been that horrifying. But I agree with the assertion of the district attorney that Gosnell was able to get along with for so long by design. The State Legislature has charged the Department of Health (DOH) with … [Read more...]

Stars and the Excess of Clarity

Spent some time stargazing a while back, when I couldn’t sleep. No telescope, just the naked eye, a dark neighborhood and a willingness to wonder. I was digesting a bit of Thomas Merton's The Seven Storey Mountain, and it had stayed with me through evening's pass – the sight of the stars, the early, wise writings of a monk. Does the fact that we can no longer see the stars have anything to do with our loss of wonder? These things, the stars, and all creation - they are more splendid, … [Read more...]

Ultrasound Abortions; What No One Sees

Have you ever looked back on a moment of your life, and discovered that as you're pondering, you are shaking your head in regret for your actions? Abby Johnson, writing about the abortion that changed her life, is doing more than shaking her head. She is using her contrition to educate women about the reality of the genuine violence they permit to occur, within their wombs--within the core of their own bodies--during an abortion. “Thirteen weeks,” I heard the nurse say after taking … [Read more...]


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