Abortion: murder, or chicken dinner?

I know I’m probably preaching to the choir, but I just had to say this out loud.

There’s an article circulating in which pro-abortion activist Jessica DelBalzo loudly proclaims that she loves abortion.  I can’t quite bring myself to link directly, but you can find it easily enough on google if you want to read the whole column.

A few excerpts are enough to convey her viewpoint:

“I love abortion. I don’t accept it. I don’t view it as a necessary evil. I embrace it. I donate to abortion funds. I write about how important it is to make sure that every woman has access to safe, legal abortion services. I have bumper stickers and buttons and t-shirts proclaiming my support for reproductive freedom. I love abortion,” DelBalzo declares.

To put an even finer point on it, she goes on to say:

Suggesting that abortion be “safe, legal, and rare,” and crowing that “no one likes abortion,” accomplishes nothing for women’s rights. Pandering to the anti-choice movement by implying that we all find termination distasteful only fuels the fire against it.

I just want to say that she is absolutely right on one point.  The pro-choice camp is divided, and a large number of them don’t seem to know on which side of the fence they really belong.

If abortion takes a human life, it’s murder and we should all be appalled at every instance.  It should be illegal under any circumstances.

If abortion takes a non-human life, it’s no more “a necessary evil” than sitting down to a chicken dinner.

Which is it?

Giveaway: Shakytown and Monstrous Regiment of Women

Edited to add more ways to win!

For this week’s giveaway, we have 2 films that we intended to give away long, long ago:

SHAKY TOWN: A Documentary

The Gunn Brothers take you to San Francisco (“Shaky Town”) to show you a history of Christian persecution including fire bomb attacks, threats, legal assaults, and now, more recently, a mayor who attacks the Christian institution of marriage.

You’ll hear testimonies from Christian Heroes involved in a front-line battle against immorality in the so-called “tolerant” city. You’ll also see real video footage of Christian churches in San Francisco being attacked by violent groups of homosexuals. So be warned, this movie is not for the faint-hearted!

and…

The Monstrous Regiment of Women!

The Monstrous Regiment of Women, The Gunn Brother’s award-winning second documentary, goes all out to demolish the feminist worldview. From a consistently Christian perspective, they show how feminism has had a devastating impact on the church, state, and family.

Starting with the infamous 16th century essay written by the reformer John Knox against the reigning female monarch, the Gunn Brothers find plenty of application to America’s political landscape; where feminists vie for every possible office including the presidency.

Featuring an all star, all female cast, the Gunn Brothers prove that feminism has in fact restricted choices for all women, brought heartache to the lives of many, and perpetuated the largest holocaust since the beginning of time.

Now the Gunn brothers have another exciting project in the works, this one guaranteed to stir up trouble.  It’s not part of this giveaway because it’s not even finished yet, but watch for it soon!

IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America

“IndoctriNation” is a 90-minute documentary film that takes the audience on a panoramic exploration of one of the most important and controversial issues in the history of mankind, the issue of education.

Traveling all over America with his family in a big yellow school bus and conducting a series of candid conversational interviews, Colin Gunn, a Scottish filmmaker, actor, and homeschool father of seven children living in Texas, is on a quest to discover the origins of our modern educational system.

What he discovers is a masterful design that sought to replace God’s recipe for training up the next generation with a humanistic, man-centered program that fragmented the family and undermined the influence of the Church and its Great Commission.

Part documentary, part testimonial — a confessional and a rebuke, this film is above all a challenge and an encouragement to millions of Christians who need to know what history, experience, and the Scriptures have to say about what is perhaps the pivotal issue of our time: the discipleship and training of the next generation.

Help finish IndoctriNation

Are you eager to see this film?  You can help!  The Gunn Brothers are offering $50 Backstage Passes to raise funds for the completion of the movie.  Pass holders receive:

  1. IndoctriNation” DVD – first run copy, mailed to you before the premiere.
  2. The Monstrous Regiment of Women” – a full-length online version of the award-winning movie.
  3. Shaky Town” – a full-length online version of the award-winning movie.
  4. Exclusive uncut footage of all of our interviews, updated throughout the production cycle. These include Samuel Blumenfeld, Doug Phillips, Herb Titus, Gary North, Erwin Lutzer, Ray Moore, David Goetsch, Kevin Swanson, Geoff Botkin, T.C. Pinckney, Martin Selbrede, David d’Escoto, Col. John Eidsmoe, Gary DeMar, Bruce Shortt, Israel Wayne, Joe Morecraft, and others.
  5. Access to unique backstage footage, including exclusive videos of producer meetings and behind-the-scenes footage.
  6. Access to our online VIP premiere of the film, to be experienced with friends and family as a tool to help stop the indoctrination of Christian children.

I’m gettin’ mine.  Get your Backstage Pass here.

Backstage Pass

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

One winner will receive both Monstrous Regiment and Shaky Town.  To enter the giveaway, do any or all of the following.  Please leave a separate comment here for each entry.

  1. Leave a comment on this post.
  2. Like IndoctriNation on Facebook.
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  4. Share this giveaway on Facebook.
  5. For 3 bonus entries, blog about this giveaway. Remember to leave 3 comments so you’ll be entered 3 times.
  6. For 3 more bonus entries, blog about the IndoctriNation movie and Backstage Pass.

We will take entries until Friday, August 26, then choose a random winner!

Femininity vs. feminism

Adventurous Femininity

Yesterday I listened to Adventurous Femininity by Anna Sophia and Elizabeth Botkin.  I’m always so impressed with these 2 young ladies.  They never fail to stretch my mind in new directions, and this message was no different.

Description from the Vision Forum website:

Which activity is more feminine: embroidering a pin cushion or digging up ancient artifacts in a foreign land? The answer may surprise you. In this practical message from Anna Sophia and Elizabeth Botkin, femininity is examined in terms of how a young woman can fulfill her unique calling within her family—not by defining which adventures and activities girls “can” or “can’t” enjoy. The exhortation to young women is clear: Do not pursue a brand of femininity that is so obsessed with its own girliness that you can’t get your hands dirty with real service for Christ.

My favorite bit:

We need to be very careful that we don’t pursue a brand of femininity that is so obsessed with its own girliness that it can’t get its hands dirty with real dominion…This attitude defeats femininity’s real created purpose and it’s a lot closer to feminism…

There’s a lot more to [feminism] than a desire to dress up in pin-striped power suits and do man’s work.  Essentially, feminism is the desire to be autonomous.  It’s the desire to be independent from a man and out from under his authority, and this is a tendency that even the girliest girl wearing the frilliest apron and making the wholesomest muffins can have.  If muffin making becomes a girl’s priority over serving her father in more urgent or useful ways just because she really, really likes to make muffins, then her motive is really no different from the feminists.  It’s selfish at its heart.

Doesn’t it make perfect sense?  I had an inkling of this, but had never been able to clearly formulate the thought.  I knew that feminism was alive and well among thrifty, conservative SAHMs, and this is why.  Many of us have lost our focus – or allowed it to become blurred because we are not self-conscious about the why’s and wherefore’s of what we are doing.

The gender-bending Palins

Food for thought from World Net Daily.

How ironic that Christian conservatives rightly faulting Obama as a socialist so readily applaud Palin whose feminist views, whether realized or not, share much in common with Marxism.

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Also check out this humdinger of a message from Pastor Joe Morecraft entitled “Women Civil Magistrates?”

Evening round up

My friends the Brown family at Ketocton Baptists have provided a thought provoking read on feminism from a rather un-American standpoint.

You see Mrs. Brown is Romanian by birth and grew up in a socialist society.

From the post:

Socialist governments want women in the work force as much as men and the family is a tool of production. Fathers do not provide vision for their children, but rather leave it up to the State. I am often times shocked to see that what was seen as oppression in the Socialist Republic of Romania is called liberty here in America (even among Christians). What really hit home was a comment made by Voddie Baucham [In the film Return of the Daughters]. He said, “I don’t know why we allow ourselves to be poured into the world’s mold…”

Read the rest of the post here.

On Doug’s blog there are insanely cute baby pictures and a hot babe in a blue dress … 🙂

Voddie Baucham’s daughter gives us 10 reasons she doesn’t want to be VP when she grows up.

Carmon Friedrich explains there are Bigger Dangers than Obama this election season,

and last but not least Scott Brown sounds off on Searing the Conscience of the Church”.

EDITED to include Kelly’s post on McCain’s positions. We all remember him, right?  The guy at the top of the ticket – the Big Kauhuna who will actually be making all the decisions that effect Sarah Palin 😉

More thoughts on the Mcdonald’s boycott



I as I caught up on some of the comments on my follow-up post on the McDonald’s Boycott I came across the following comment by blogger MInTheGap.  In his followup post he made a few good points I want to interact with, but first his comment:

I always wonder if these things really work– especially with people that are hardened in their ways. McD’s clearly has taken a stand, and believes they’ve taken the right one.

Well, I would point out a few recent boycotts that seem to have worked – Ford and American Girls Doll. I also know of a few that have not seemed to have any effect – the SBC boycott of Disney in the 80’s and 90’s. Incidentally, we did not take part in the Disney boycott because it just wasn’t on the radar for us back then.

The other thing to think about is whether or not this will have the opposite effect. While I’m definitely in the “holiness” camp and not in the “love” camp, this is yet another opportunity for the Enemy to characterize us as unloving.

I radically disagree with this statement or at least the implication that this is a bad thing. God is love AND He is holy; I don’t think the two are necessarily mutually exclusive.  To some extent the fact that we are even having this discussion (is it loving to take a public stand against sin) shows the success of the world to frame the debate. It’s the first card that McDonald’s played – I suspect due to the fact that its Vice President of Communications is a gay man who is also the corporate rep on the board of the NGLCC.  Gay activists are very good at trying to use the politics of guilt and pity for their own ends.

Indeed, we need a positive thing we’re doing instead, and not just a negative thing.

Agreed. I do positive things to combat the sins of our culture all the time. I attend public worship, I tithe, I have family worship, I train my children to read the Bible and pray.  In other words I try to live all of my life (and train my children) to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. This would include how I treat anyone I meet in person.  See Matthew 5.

We also need to be careful that we do not exaggerate the importance of this one sin. We may all be willing to jump on the bandwagon of boycotting a place that supports homosexuality– but how about those that promote gluttony, gossip, and other immorality.

I’m trying to give you things to think about. I believe homosexuality is one of the latter things that happens to a culture in decline, and it’s something that should be fought against, but we’re hypocrites if we only judge where we will eat based on this one issue.

Well there are certainly things to think about here. Several things come to mind.

1.) In my view God exaggerates the importance of this sin. Romans one makes a couple of points relevant to this.

a.) The act is unnatural (Rom. 1:27)

b.) The particular sin of homosexuality is in itself a judgment for the sins of idolatry (Rom. 1:27) – thus putting it in a unique category.  Not to belabor the point but it is a sign of the decay of a culture because it’s a form of judgment that brings more judgment from the Lord if not repented of. 

2.) You are setting up a false dichotomy if you try to force a choice between boycotting everything and nothing. I might, as the head of my house, choose to commit to certain strategic efforts to force public change on one or more (or no) companies as I see fit before the Lord. This does not make me a hypocrite. You said in a recent post

“How about boycotting the All-You-Can-Eat buffet for allowing or encouraging gluttony?  Any takers?  How about an organization to combat gossip, being a busybody, or invading someone else’s privacy? “

As for gossip I direct you to the badge in my sidebar 😉  Back to your comment:

We’re all sinners– some saved by grace. We need to be praying and working to bring people to repentance. This is more important than worrying about buying a burger from a specific place.

Here is the heart of the matter for me.  See, an all-you-can-eat buffet is not actively promoting gluttony in the public sphere the way the NGLCC is.  I see the push to normalize homosexual behavior in our culture as the leading front (or one of them) in the culture wars. It’s at the heart of the attack against the Biblical family, and is being used to chip away, in our culture, at the fundamental social unit in society – the family – by chipping away at  the perceived differences between the genders and their roles.

No one is denying that we need to work for repentance and faith in those who do not know Christ.  When you say “This is more important than worrying about buying a burger from a specific place,” I think you risk trivializing the issues and the people involved in the boycott.

Finally I want to close by thanking MinTheGap for his thought provoking commentary.  We need good issue-driven discussions, illuminated by Scripture to sharpen us as believers.

Links to MinTheGap posts:

Boycott Mcdonald’s?

The Ultimate Boycott

MinTheGap’s comment on Kim’s post

DON’T forget the Gunn Brothers awesome documentary from which the above clip was taken

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While we’re on the topic of women in civil leadership…

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How did they not see this coming?

One sad side effect of abortion has been that the proponents of this atrocity are killing themselves off. They rarely have enough children to replace themselves and their husbands (I can hardly bring myself to use the generic term partner).

But now another effect is being observed. Due to sex selection, especially in poorer nations, the gender balance is being tilted – away from women. A practice that has been promoted and touted as women’s rights is resulting in the gradual extermination of women around the world.

Sex-selective abortion is a fact of life in India, where the gender ratio has declined to 1,000 boys to 900 girls nationally, and as low as 1,000 boys to 300 girls in some Punjabi cities.

In China, the state-enforced “one child” policy has brought about the most gender-distorted demographic cohort in global history… If you can only have one kid, parents choose to abort girls and wait for a boy, to the point where in the first generation to grow to adulthood under this policy there are 119 boys for every 100 girls.

In practice, a “woman’s right to choose” turns out to mean the right to choose not to have any women.

And what of the Western world?…

Read more here. I don’t necessarily agree with all the conclusions of the author, but the trend itself seems undeniable and fully predictable.

The roles of women in the home

From Doug’s blog:

John Calvin on The Heaven-Blessed Priority of Homemaking
“And if men say, ‘what is this? A woman playeth the housewife, she spinneth on her distaff, and this is all that women can do.’ As in deed there are a number of fools that when they speak of women’s distaffs, of seeing to their children, will make a scorn of it, and despise it. But what then? What saith the heavenly Judge? That he is well pleased with it, and accepteth of it, and putteth it in his reckoning. So then let women learn to rejoice when they do their duty, and though the world despise it, let this comfort sweeten all respect they might have that way, and say, ‘God seeth me here, and his Angels, who are sufficient witnesses of my doings, although the world do not allow of them.’”[i]

[i] John Calvin, in A Sermon of Master John Caluine, vpon the first Epistle of Paul, toTimothie, published for the benefite and edifying of the Churche of God, “The 19. A Sermon on 1 Timothy 2:13-15” (London: G. Bishop and T. Woodcoke, 1579).


Apparently the idea that housekeeping is too demeaning for an intelligent woman is not a new one. Certain men have thought so for at least 4 centuries.
But I suspect that this is a relatively new thought pattern among women.
I have been saddened to see many Christian women lately object to the idea that the Biblical pattern is for young women to stay in their father’s house and under his authority until they are married. Under their parents’ supervision they can continue their education, polishing and honing the many skills of the Proverbs 31 woman, preparing to become highly accomplished wives and mothers when they are married.
Likewise, some Christian sisters even take exception to the clear Biblical pattern that a wife’s calling centers around the home.
This is not to say that every young woman will eventually be married, but marriage is the norm. And what if a woman is called to singleness? Did she waste all those years learning “womanly arts,” serving family and friends? Was there no gain for Christ’s kingdom in all the time she spent helping new mothers, cleaning the homes of the widows and elderly, serving the sick and needy, helping with the family business, planning and preparing meals for her parents and siblings, helping with her siblings’ education, furthering her own education in a myriad of ways?

“Do you mean to say that a woman isn’t allowed to have a calling or a career?” they ask, with offended feminine dignity.

Why does this sadden me? Because like many feminist thought patterns, it is demeaning to women. Motherhood and wifehood fit firmly within the definition of both terms (calling and career) and many say that these are high callings. But some women seem to hold the traditional Biblical role of women in such low esteem that they don’t even count these roles as callings or careers.

This is the “respect” that feminism creates for the women of the world.

More on the subject from writers I respect: