Posted by: Ed | February 12, 2014

Every Child a Wanted Child

When the Christian Post has a short article about this great pro-life ad from a lingerie manufacturer in Thailand, I was a little skeptical, but I watched the lengthy video (7 minutes) anyway. I was glad I did. The videos (there are three in total) were based on true stories and are part of Wacoal Thailand’s “My Beautiful Woman” campaign highlighting women in exceptional situations. Unfortunately, the US subsidiary, Wacoal America, doesn’t share the same values as the parent company.

Here’s the video that was highlighted by the Christian Post and which I watched first; the story involves a young unwed mother. Please watch the whole thing, you won’t regret it. And, yes, you’ll need a tissue.

Now, I’m in the Mid-Atlantic state of Virginia and we’re just watching the weather forecasts as a huge storm is bearing down on us threatening to dump the most snow on us in four years. So for a little break from that doom and gloom, I decided to watch the other two videos from Wacoal Thailand and I enjoyed them enough to think they ought to be shared with other pro-life folks.  So grab some more tissues and watch the other two movies.

I’ve been involved in life issues since 1997; and some folks have been involved much longer than I have and some folks have just jumped into the debate. Regardless of how much time you’ve spent talking about abortion and why it’s wrong, you will inevitably hear the usual objections and one of them is this: “I’m against abortion, but what about in the case of the mother having cancer.” Well, we must first understand that getting an abortion will have no effect on the cancer, the mother won’t be miraculously cured after the abortion. Additionally, studies are now showing that chemotherapy appears to have no adverse side effects on the baby after the first trimester. Therefore, abortion is won’t help the mother and chemotherapy can be started while she is still pregnant, no need to get an abortion just to start chemo.

The final movie is also a tear-jerker of sorts and it involves choices we make in our lives to serve others.

Well, that’s it! Three great advertisements from a company in Thailand that shows how precious human life is to us. I’d love it if they brought this type of campaign to the US, maybe it would make a difference in our culture of death.

It’s been a week since Thrivent Financial for Lutherans issued a disastrous “Neutrality Policy” on what it considers “certain social, politically partisan, or health and human services causes and issues, such as abortion, sexual orientation, or guns.” And since that time, there’s been an uproar amongst Lutherans who are members of Thrivent (as it is a fraternal organization) over the removal of dozens of pro-life organizations such as pregnancy care centers, maternity homes, and educational organizations (like Lutherans For Life).

I won’t rehash all that’s happened because others have done a better job of doing that, but here’s a quick summary. Thrivent was discovered to have supported local Planned Parenthood organizations and a regional office of NARAL Pro-Choice America through two different fraternal benefits programs. After the initial discovery, Thrivent temporarily suspended support for pro-abortion and pro-life groups even though there was no contention over the pro-life groups. Then earlier this month (February 2014), Thrivent decided to permanently remove support for the pro-life groups, claiming to be “neutral” on so-called social issues.

I’ve got news for Thrivent, you can’t be neutral on abortion. For anyone who doesn’t understand that a “neutral” stance on doctrine is actually making a statement on that doctrine, i.e. you don’t agree with it, then you need to think a little deeper. To be neutral on abortion means that you don’t care whether it happens or not, in other words, it’s okay that it happens, therefore you are actually for abortion. We’re not talking about a disagreement on what color the carpet in the nave should be, we’re talking about an intentional taking of innocent human life. This isn’t a “social, politically partisan, or health and human services” issue. This is a spiritual issue.

Why is this such a big deal? Certainly Christians support other companies that don’t necessarily agree with their beliefs. True, but the difference is that Target (for example) doesn’t claim to be a Lutheran organization that supports my values, Thrivent does. Coca-cola (for example) doesn’t try to lure me to buy its products by saying my investment will help Lutherans and others, Thrivent does. Fidelity Investments (for example) doesn’t advertise in Lutheran publications saying they are one of us (i.e., Lutheran or Christian), Thrivent does.

Basically, why I’m really mad at Thrivent is the hypocrisy. They claim to be Lutheran when it’s beneficial to them to get my money, but when push comes to shove on a basic and important teaching of Christianity, they pull out the old “we’re going to be neutral because that’s a social or political issue” card; which I hope the leadership of Thrivent has seen that this is an untrue card. If Thrivent wants to just admit that they are a secular financial planning company, then there’s no problem, because I will then regard them as such and carefully weigh whether their investment products are comparable to other secular companies’ products.

Maybe it’s just me, but…it’s time to call a spade a spade and recognize that Thrivent isn’t Lutheran and the company doesn’t have the same values that I have because it thinks that it cannot pick a side between supporting life or supporting death. As such, my investments will be moved, and I urge others to consider that as well. At least I won’t be treated like an ignorant boob by Fidelity.


If you are a member of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod or a member of an LCMS congregation, a good alternative for investing is the Lutheran Church Extension Fund, which exists to support the LCMS.

For a run-down of events, the Daring Lutheran blog has some interesting posts, including these:
Thrivent’s Dangerous Game
Thrivent Does Not Have the Komen “Out”
Thrivent’s Statement
A List of Thrivent’s Suspended Organizations
Thrivent has Directly Funded Planned Parenthood and NARAL

For national pro-life news coverage on the Thrivent fiasco, see:
Live Action News: “Lutheran group Thrivent Financial caught funding Planned Parenthood; yanks pro-life funds in response”
LifeNews: “Thrivent cuts donations to pro-life groups after criticism over pro-abortion funding”

For statements regarding Thrivent’s neutrality policy, see:
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS)
Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS)
The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS)
Lutherans For Life (LFL)

Posted by: Ed | February 12, 2014

More Dubious Connections to the Girl Scouts

Picture shared by Abby Johnson via Facebook.

The connections between the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood (the largest abortion provider in the US) isn’t the only connection for concern.

Here’s another one: they support legalized prostitution. Follow the trail, if you will. Your local troop sends money to its council, the councils send money to Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA). Not only does GSUSA receive money directly in this manner, it also receives royalties on every box of cookies sold. In turn, GSUSA is a member of, and one of the biggest supporters of, the World Association of Girl Groups and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), which helped draft the Bali Global Youth Forum Declaration demanding governments to legalize prostitution.

It won’t help to say that you didn’t support the Bali Global Youth Forum Declaration because you did. By buying cookies and supporting the Girl Scouts, you enabled WAGGGS to promote an agenda that hurts girls and treats them as nothing more than sexual objects to be used and discarded. Considering the problems we have with global sex trafficking, everyone ought to be concerned with what the Girl Scouts promote. In case you think sex trafficking is a far removed problem, read this article about how the FBI rescued 16 girls (some as young as 13 years old) from sex traffickers during Super Bowl weekend.

In other news, I received an email last week from Lila Rose, president of Live Action, stating that she is joining the boycott of Girl Scouts cookies along with other pro-life organizations. See her letter to supporters asking them to join CookieCott as well. Rose also shared a link to a 2011 video where she interviews Tess and Sydney, two ex-girlscouts who are trying to share the message of how Girl Scouts USA promotes abortion and Planned Parenthood.

And one last item to share with you today has to do with Planned Parenthood (PP). In case you’re still not convinced that PP’s goals don’t mix with the Girl Scout’s goal of the betterment of girls, take a look at how PP uses burlesque shows as fundraisers. From Saynsumthn’s Blog:

Welcome once again the bizarre and sexually charged when raising money for abortion giant Planned Parenthood.

The February 7, 2014, “Legislate This” fundraiser was started in 2012 by Ginger Snaps in Austin, TX.

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Legislate This! is a burlesque show fundraising event benefiting Planned Parenthood. This event is described as, “a reaction to the ever growing frustration of living in a state governed by Dick Perry.”

According to organizers, this production is an annual event which brings together the burlesque community to show their support for Planned Parenthood. All proceeds from Legislate This! are donated directly to that show’s local PP chapter.

Read the entire post from Saynsumthn’s Blog by clicking here.

Maybe it’s just me, but…the time has come to join CookieCott and tell the Girl Scouts that they don’t represent your values. Then maybe they’ll listen and stop associating with organizations that seek to objectify girls and women as sex toys.

Posted by: Ed | February 3, 2014

Time to Stop Buying Girl Scouts Cookies

I’ve written often about the ties between the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood (see What are the Girl Scouts Supporting?; The Girl Scouts Deny the Allegations; If it Seems Like I’m Picking on the Girl Scouts…; The Girl Scouts and Their Ungodly Agenda), but now events have finally brought some national attention to the organization.

So let’s recap what happened in order to bring you up to current events. In June 2013, Wendy Davis, a Texas state senator, filibustered a session of the senate while it was trying to pass pro-life legislation that would require, in part, abortion clinics in Texas be classified as ambulatory surgical centers (which they are) and thus have to follow the rules and regulations that all ambulatory surgical centers in Texas have to follow (which they didn’t have to at the time). Davis, strongly supported by Planned Parenthood (see this and this), filibustered so that this bill could not be voted upon and thus would die.

Since then, Davis, as well as members of her campaign staff and some of her supporters, have been repeatedly overheard or recorded mocking one of her opponents in the Texas gubernatorial race who happens to be a paraplegic. So what does all this have to do with the Girl Scouts? Well, the national headquarters of the Girl Scouts organization tweeted its belief that Davis should be named the Woman of the Year as someone the girls in the Girl Scouts should emulate.

Soon after that little brouhaha, it was discovered that the new Girl Scouts spokeswoman used to work for a pro-abortion group. Because of all these reasons stated above and in my previous blogs, my wife and I made the decision a few years ago to stop supporting the Girl Scouts by not buying cookies or participating in other fundraisers. We’ve also been informing all our family and friends who have their daughters in the Girl Scouts to stop supporting an organization that works with the largest abortion provider in the US. Even if the local troop doesn’t directly support the activities of the national organization, just by being a part of that organization gives it legitimacy and influence. You can find out what you Girl Scouts council supports by going to MyGirlScoutCouncil.com.

Now there are national pro-life organizations which are calling for a boycott of Girl Scout cookies and many reasons are cited but the primary one is the organization’s continued support of abortion. Check out the reasons for the boycott by visiting the CookieCott 2014 website and see if any of the reasons resonate with you.

Yes, by all means boycott the cookies, but better yet, stop supporting them completely by pulling your daughters and granddaughters our of the Girl Scouts. A Christ-centered alternative is the American Heritage Girls (see An Alternative to the Girl Scouts).

Posted by: Ed | October 30, 2013

Where Do Your Dollars Go?

Many times, we talk about not supporting causes with whose values and we do not agree; e.g. I’ve written many times here about not supporting the Girls Scouts. But do we really know which companies support our values? That’s always been a tougher question to answer unless the company makes it clear what they support, like Chick-Fil-A or Hobby Lobby. Well, at the 2013 Values Voter Summit, I found a new organization whose goal is to help you find ratings of many different companies in many different industries. Check out 2nd Vote and see if the companies you support with your money share the same values as you do.

Posted by: Ed | October 23, 2013

Love is War

I was at Oktoberfest at my church earlier this month and a small, insignificant disagreement arose between my wife and I. Immediately one of our friends asked, “Is there anything you two don’t argue about?” Firstly, I’d like to point out that a disagreement between two people doesn’t automatically mean that they are arguing. Secondly, the word “argument” is not rightly understood because in no definition of the word is there any hint of malice or anger, just a debate, difference of opinion, or rationale.

But here’s something that most people don’t seem to understand: all marriages will come with arguments (as in disagreements, not the angry kind). That’s because we are all individuals with opinions, likes, dislikes, and whatnot. It’s when those disagreements become angry and hate-filled that we have a problem (and yes, every marriage will have experienced a slamming door at one point). The real question is how do you handle those situations and how do you move past them?

Do you hold on to grudges or do you forgive each other? Do you want to mold your spouse into your vision of him/her or do you accept him/her for who she is? Do you work at the marriage or do you just give up? Sometimes there is no hope because the other person doesn’t want to listen or change, but do you have no patience and move on too quickly?

I wanted to share this song with an interesting theme: love is war, but it’s worth fighting for.

Posted by: Ed | October 4, 2013

Chivalry, vulnerability and a woman’s heart

Originally posted on UnakoPK:

So, I’m out with someone of the male variety.

It is a chilly night, so he gives me his coat to wear. It is a little big on me, and everyone who sees us knows I’m being taken care of by this guy I’m with who’s now wearing only his shirt.

We walk around the V&A Waterfront trying to find a place to have dinner – he insists I pick the restaurant, seeing as it is my first time eating there.

I settle on a nice, casually type place where they serve gourmet burgers. He keeps the conversation flowing, checks regularly if I’m OK; if I want dessert; if I would like a sip of his drink to help with the sugar that went down the wrong way.

He takes charge of everything (and of course, pays for everything), so that for the first time ever, I need only just be there in the moment…

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Recently, there has been a lot being reported and commented upon on Facebook and Twitter regarding a rumor that Lutheran World Relief (LWR) support abortion funding. LCMS Life Ministries wanted to share information regarding this situation and to clarify that these reports are erroneous. Below is a statement from LCMS Life Ministries, please share this with anyone who may be concerned.

Thank you.

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Statement by LCMS Life Ministries
(September 26, 2013)

Claims that Lutheran World Relief Supports Abortion Funding are Erroneous

Recent claims by some media outlets that Lutheran World Relief has lobbied for government support of abortion funding are incorrect and misrepresent the work of the independent relief agency which works in partnership with the LCMS. To better understand why the claims are wrong, please know these facts about U.S. international humanitarian policy regarding abortion.

Although current U.S. international policy on funding for international abortions can be confusing, it is important to note the difference between the “Mexico City Policy” and the 1973 “Helms Amendment” to the Foreign Assistance Act. The Mexico City Policy, a U. S. policy that required all non-governmental organizations (NGOs) receiving federal funding to refrain from performing or promoting abortion services as a method of family planning, was rescinded by President Barack Obama two days after he took office in 2009.

Fortunately, USAID—the federal agency primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign humanitarian aid—is still governed by the Foreign Assistance Act, which includes the 1973 Helms Amendment ruling. The Helms Amendment bans the use of federal funds for abortion as a method of family planning anywhere in the world.

Lutheran World Relief is a member of InterAction, an alliance of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in international humanitarian work. InterAction recently crafted a letter signed by 142 organizations, including Lutheran World Relief, which calls Congress to support strong funding through USAID for international development and humanitarian assistance accounts in fiscal year 2014. This multi-signature letter is not a plea for increased abortion funding – something USAID is prohibited from doing – but simply a measure of advocacy directed to the current administration for continued humanitarian funding and support of USAID during a time of congressional budget decision-making.

Because USAID operates under the Helms Amendment, it is untrue to say that Lutheran World Relief has lobbied for abortion funding or supports abortion in any way.
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Posted by: Ed | June 26, 2013

SCOTUS, DOMA, and Prop 8

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), handed out opinions on two very important cases: one regarding the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the other regarding California’s Proposition 8 (Prop 8). Once again, SCOTUS got it wrong; however, that doesn’t mean same-sex marriage is now legal in all the nation.

Here’s what happened:
SCOTUS struck down Section 3 of DOMA, the section that stated that the federal government has the right define marriage for the purposes of federal benefits and laws. SCOTUS said that Section 3 was unconstitutional because it discriminated against people who were granted rights under states’ laws and the federal government does not have the right to overrule the states’ definitions of marriage. SCOTUS got it wrong on DOMA because, just as the state has the right to define how state benefits are applied, the federal government has the right to define how federal benefits are applied.

Prop 8 was a referendum to amend the California constitution to define marriage as only one man/one woman. It was passed, therefore, the California constitution would, by definition, forbid same-sex marriage. Elected officials of California were sued in District Court but the elected officials did not defend themselves.  The District Court allowed the supporters of Prop 8 (citizens of California) to defend the case.

The judge in the District Court opined that Prop 8 was unconstitutional and ordered the elected officials not to enforce Prop 8. The elected officials did not appeal the ruling and order, but the District Court allowed the supporters of Prop 8 to file an appeal. The Ninth Circuit Court and the California Supreme Court agreed that the supporters were allowed to file the appeal.

What SCOTUS said was that the supporters of Prop 8 had no legal standing to file the appeal in a federal court. In fact, SCOTUS vacated the Ninth Circuit Court’s answer to this question the case was remanded to the District Court. SCOTUS got it wrong on Prop 8 because the people of California should have the right to defend a properly voted upon state constitution amendment if the elected officials will not uphold their constituency’s rights.

Here’s what SCOTUS didn’t do:
SCOTUS did not rule that Prop 8 was unconstitutional
SCOTUS did not strike down the entirety of DOMA
SCOTUS did not legalize same-sex marriage in all fifty states

Why is this important? Because traditional marriage, defined as one man/one woman, is the only type of relationship that can bring forth children, and in the best interest of the children, traditional marriage should be the only legal definition of marriage our nation has.

For more information on DOMA, see the Alliance Defending Freedom’s webpage on DOMA.

For more information on Prop 8, see the Alliance Defending Freedom’s webpage on Prop 8.

Posted by: Ed | May 2, 2013

Plan B for 15-year-olds

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if you need a prescription for the regular hormonal birth control pills, why doesn’t a higher dose of hormonal birth control pill–marketed as Plan B–need a prescription?

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lifted the restriction on girls younger than 17 requiring a prescription to purchase Plan B over the counter. You can read here my objections to Plan B.

Teresa A. Donovan, MPH, writing for Charlotte Lozier Institute, the education and research arm of the Susan B. Anthony List, posted an interesting cli_logocommentary about the possible health risks from using Plan B. However, before listing some of the risks from taking a high dose of hormonal birth control, Donovan notes:

Various studies demonstrate that after a single act of intercourse, without contraception, 7.2 to 8 percent of women may be expected to become pregnant.  In contrast, pregnancy rates among women using “emergency contraception” (Yuzpe method, Plan B, Preven, etc.) are “reduced” to 1.9 percent.

In other words, out of 100 women who participate in  unprotected sex, 92 will not get pregnant. And if all 100 women used emergency contraception, 2 will still get pregnant. So, the push for Plan B to be sold over the counter and to be sold to minors is a great marketing scheme because 94 percent of the women who have unprotected sex and use emergency contraception will derive no benefit from the drug. It makes you wonder why a federal judge would want the FDA to approve the sale of a drug to all girls, regardless of age, which does not benefit them (click here to read article).

On top of that, no one talks about the potential health risks from ingesting high doses of synthetic hormones that target the women’s brain. Donovan writes about how harmful large doses of synthetic hormonal steroids (of which many types of emergency contraception are made) to the person ingesting it. She concludes by writing:

Plan B and other forms of “emergency contraception” are designed to thwart the normal functioning of the female endocrine and reproductive systems, beginning with – and, indeed, targeting — the brain.

Folks, wake up and smell the coffee, please. Emergency contraception is not women’s healthcare, on the contrary, it is likely to contributes to more health problems in the women who use it. It’s bad enough that it is now available to 15-year-olds with no medical supervision what-so-ever, but some people want girls of any age to have access to these potentially harmful drugs with no medical supervision.

You can read the entire blog post by clicking here.

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