The Botkins are a lovely family and we are very like-minded in many ways. As a result, I quickly skimmed So Much More and decided that I already knew and agreed with what I would find inside.
I set it back on the shelf and recommended it heartily without even having read the entire book. I recommend it primarily to young daughters in their fathers’ homes and to families who are newly interested in the idea that daughters ought to stay under their father’s authority until marriage.
I’m afraid I sold this book short.
I had the privilege of spending some time with the Botkins this weekend, and today I found myself idly paging through the book, trying to remember which bits I had skimmed. I have now decided that I need to read this book from cover to cover now, including the appendices. Thanks to their father’s influence (and their lovely mother, whom I am glad to count a friend), young Anna Sophia and Elizabeth are wise beyond their years. It’s no wonder So Much More has been #5 among top sellers at Vision Forum since it was released.
I found this insightful quote on pg.21-22:

Every woman’s life is built around men and men’s role and leadership in some way…
Women who don’t know this usually – unwittingly – spend their lives helping the wrong men…
Take a look back in history for a moment, at all the women we think of as being “independent” of men. You will discover something fascinating. Take Betty Friedan, America’s premier feminist. Even she couldn’t escape from her own inherent nature as a helpmeet. She spent her whole professional life advancing the agenda of Karl Marx and his disciples.

I’ve never thought of the issue in these terms. What do you think?

http://inashoe.com/2007/08/928/

Blanket training revisited

I’ve noticed that my Blanket Training from long ago still gets quite a few hits from the search engines. There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding about the whole idea of teaching a baby to stay put.
Although I’ve not yet taught The Boy to do this, I am tempted just so that I can tell the doubters and naysayers exactly what is NOT happening to him.
Yes, I’m a troublemaker. Sorry ’bout that.

I am no expert, and every parent will do things a little differently. There is no Official Webster’s Definition for blanket training. It’s not in Wikipedia either. In fact, it’s really hard to find any real definition for blanket training.
Do you know what that means? Anyone who wants to claim the term gets to make up the definition.

Blanket Training: a definition

/blanket training/: the act of teaching a baby or toddler to stay within the bounds of a blanket which has been spread upon the floor or ground. The blanket and practice may vary widely among users. Often, but not exclusively, practiced in large families.

Blanket Training: the rules

Since I defined the term, I also get to make up the rules. Here are my rules:

  1. Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Eph. 6:1

That’s all. Just one rule. As I mentioned many moons ago, the idea is simply to begin teaching babies self-control and obedience from the start.
How a parent begins to teach a baby to obey the fifth commandment is a matter of method rather than principle, so it will and ought to vary widely from one house to the next. Blanket training is simply one tool that some families choose to use in that process.

So now let’s talk about what blanket training is not.

Blanket Training Misconceptions

Blanket training does not mean that the baby never explores freely; it does not mean that the baby lives on the blanket; it does not mean that the baby cries alone on the blanket while the rest of the family turns up the volume on the television.
Like a playpen, blanket training provides a clear boundary for the baby for those times when you don’t want your baby to wander freely. This does not take the place of holding, snuggling, tickling, feeding or any other form of attention. Even when we did blanket one of our babies, she spent very little time on the blanket – just as our babies now spend very little time confined in any way.

Blanket Training Objections

Some will say that it is demeaning to teach a baby to stay where you put her.
Why do they think that a cage playpen is less demeaning? Or maybe obedience in general is demeaning…I wonder how they feel about Ephesians 5:22?

Others will say that a baby’s curiosity is stifled.
How is this more stifling than when I wear my baby in my Ergo or carry him on my hip? I would venture to say that he has better peripheral vision in the middle of the floor than smushed up against my chest. Maybe I really do need to get started on blanket training The Boy. I’m afraid I’ve been stifling his curiosity.

They might say that the parent who practices blanket training smacks around the edge of the blanket with a wooden spoon to demonstrate the boundary.
I’m partial to a cattle prod myself
I don’t, but so what if some parents do?

Some say that the baby is taught to stay by means of fear.

Ah-ha. Now we come to the heart of the matter. I suspect that most people who are horrified at the idea of blanket training are also staunchly opposed to corporal punishment. The question is not really about whether or not the baby gets a smack on the tush and how old she is when it happens, but why would anyone ever spank a child.

And that, my friends, is a post for another day.

Once more into the educational fray

A couple of clarifications on my earlier posts on education here and here:

1.) I have been addressing Christians living in America, where homeschooling legal. If it is illegal where you live, you have my prayers in the difficult decision you face.

2.) I was operating under the assumption that we all realize there can be no such thing as a “neutral” education. It has finally dawned upon me that even as Christians we are not all in agreement on that point. Perhaps that would have been a better place to begin the discussion.
Those who think that the American educational system is neutral would do well to spend some time reading John Dewey’s Pedagogic Creed.
A small quote to tickle your brain:

“I believe that education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform. All reforms which rest simply upon the law, or the threatening of certain penalties, or upon changes in mechanical or outward arrangements, are transitory and futile…. But through education society can formulate its own purposes, can organize its own means and resources, and thus shape itself with definiteness and economy in the direction in which it wishes to move…. Education thus conceived marks the most perfect and intimate union of science and art conceivable in human experience.”

3.) I think that the cries of “divisiveness!” are unfair. I am not suggesting that any parent whose child attends public school should be summarily booted from the church roster. I am suggesting that such parents should reconsider their decision in light of light of scriptural requirements for parents. I would hope that Christian sisters and brothers would tell me if they thought I was wrong about something. Let me tell you, they haven’t been shy about it in these homeschooling posts. 🙂

4.) I am a plainspoken person. If my own words and presentation have offended any of my readers, I humbly ask their forgiveness. I do try to be careful about how I say things, but I know that I am weak in this area. I ask you to give me the benefit of the doubt, interpret my words with charity, and forgive me if when I give needless offense.

Having said all that, I do not recant my position: I think it is wrong for Christians in America to have their children in government controlled schools. The alternatives may be very difficult for some (single parents come to mind), but we do not argue principles from the difficult cases. People in difficult situations need help from the church and their Christian brethren, not permission to do what is wrong because the right choice is simply too hard.
The principle is that obedient Christian parents must give Christian children a Christian education. The method is up to the parent, but the American public school system does not fit within the principle.
This is my conviction, based upon what I believe to be a clear reading of the Bible.
And I am convicted to speak to a sister or brother in error. Would you have me ignore my own convictions?

Challies on educational methods

The enemies of God see clearly that education is a means to an end. It is not neutral. Throughout history, they have unabashedly used educational systems in their attempts to steal the hearts of the next generation.

When an opponent declares, “I will not come over to your side, I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to us already…What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community…
…This new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.”
Adolph Hitler

Tim Challies has posted a lengthy article graciously rebutting my own answer to why we homeschool. Although he broadly denied the applicability of Deuteronomy 6 and seems to doubt the godless foundations of the modern public school system, he said little of what he actually believed about either point.

I’ll be composing an answering post, but in the meantime don’t miss the lively discussion over there.

I have to confess that I’m at a bit of a loss as I try to understand how Mr. Challies and many other Christian parents can reconcile their opinion of the public school system with their choice to send little ones into it.
On the one hand, they openly admit that the system is indeed teaching children a different worldview, one that goes against what Christians strive to teach their children, a worldview that careful Christian parents must actively guard against and unteach their children.
They may even praise the particular school that their own children attend and the Christian teachers in the school. They assure us that this school is better than most. And some parents provide an extra layer of protection by volunteering at the school to keep an eye on what they are being taught so they will be aware of issues that need to be addressed from a better perspective.
I love comment #55 from Mr. Challies’s post:

The only Christian kids who I have seen maintain their witness are those who had parents agressively discussing with them, interacting with them, and who remained very involved in their childrens lives throughout their public schooling. In many cases, this would be much more work than placing your kid in a Christian school or homeschooling them. It’s like receiving little bits of venom, so you can build up an immunity. You are definitely protected against it but you could always just carry the antivenom with you and forgo all the painful steps of building that immunity.

Even if he and others deny the roots of the system, we do seem to agree on the nature of it today.
So tell me again, how can we say that we are doing our utmost to fulfill God’s charges to raise our children in the training and admonion of the Lord (Eph 6:4), train them up in the way they should go (Pr. 22:6), teach them His words (Deut 6:7), not cause them to stumble (Matt 18:6), and so on…how can we send them into that system and say we’re doing our best?

I ask this in all honesty: Knowing that the system as a whole works in opposition to a Christian worldview, how can a Christian parent believe, based upon Scripture, that public schools are an obedient option, let along The Best Way to train up their children?

Homeschool Q&A

I recently received a question in my inbox. Since I took the time to type up an answer and since it’s not the first time I have received questions like this, I’m taking the liberty of cc’ing the World Wide Web on my answer.
To the asker: I hope you don’t mind. Just for the record, I wrote the answer to and for you personally. The idea to post it here was an afterthought. I’ve taken out your name, but feel free to chime in if you’d like!

Question:
I have been reading your blog recently, really enjoy the site! I found it while looking for homeschoolers online. I have a four year old that I haven’t even started teaching yet, but I have already been subjected to so many “opinions” from people about homeschooling. Just tonight, two women at church were talking about what THEY viewed the negative affects of
homeschooling were. Could I ask, what motivated you to make the choice to educate your own children, and what has sustained your decision when other people put their two bits in?

Answer:
The decision to homeschool was an easy one for us, since my husband and I were homeschooled ourselves. Our parents were the brave pioneers who went against the grain and weren’t afraid to be different.
This is not *why* we homeschool, but it certainly made it easier for us to do what we believe is right, even when people doubt us.
To put it simply, we believe that God has entrusted these children of His to our care, with a charge to train them up in the way they should go (Prov 22:6), to raise them in the fear and admonition of the Lord (Eph 6:4), to speak of Him with and to our children when we rise up and lie down, in the house and out, through every part of our days and our lives (Deut 6:4-9).
We can’t do this if we send them away for 8-10 hours/day.
There are other issues at work as well: the inherent corruption of the government school system is a big one. The system was conceived upon the tenets of Marxism and Darwinism, is paid for by theft, openly indoctrinates children into secular humanism and all the abominations that flow from it.
I would love to hear about the “negatives” of homeschooling. I think that many of the standard objections are based upon the false presupposition that institutionalized schooling is a good thing and homeschoolers ought to try to duplicate it in their homes. These people miss the point: we are not trying to do school like they do, but better. We are educating our children in an entirely different way because we have entirely different goals.

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If you are not a Christian then this post was not written for you. The commands God laid on His people to raise their children in His fear have no hold on you.

If you are a Christian and you were hoppin’ mad by the time you finished reading this post then I’m glad you are here. I am not pointing my finger at you, yelling that you and your kids are all going to hell. But I do want you to stop and think – again – about your decision to let your children spend their early years in a godless institution. Would you send your children to a Muslim school just because some of the teachers were professing Christians? There is a preponderance of evidence available to prove that the modern public school system in America is firmly grounded in the religion of secular humanism. Why is that any better?

Jesus said, “He who is not with me is against me.” There is no neutrality in education. Textbooks publishers are not neutral. Educational methods are not neutral.

There is a right and a wrong in this issue.
We must use the Bible to judge between right and wrong, and we must act in clear conscience (Rom 14:5). Each of us will answer to God for our decisions (Rom 14:12). You will stand before God and answer for the way you raised your kids. I will stand before God and answer for the way I raised mine.

This is my statement of what we sincerely believe the Scriptures to teach. If I am wrong I humbly invite you to demonstrate this from the Word of God.

If you read all the way to the bottom and you’re still really mad, you might need to have a look at my standard disclaimer. Then again, it might just made you madder…

Timing, tact, and a call to repentance

My line about making sad eyes at each other has been quoted more than once. Here is a more complete context of the line:

“Don’t go to these links expecting to read soft words of sorrow and sympathy. We all mourn the victims and the wickedness that was done, but standing about making sad eyes at one another won’t do a bit of good.
Our nation has so much to repent for…”

I will admit that I was a little ambiguous – I meant to say (and thought I said) that just making sad eyes wouldn’t help.
In the past during times of tragedy, Americans (and Christians throughout history) have always responded by examining themselves to determine whether the tragedy is likely to be a sign of God’s displeasure.

In his commentary on Luke 13:1-5, Matthew Henry says,
“…He [Christ] cautioned his hearers not to blame great sufferers, as if they were therefore to be accounted great sinners. As no place or employment can secure from the stroke of death, we should consider the sudden removals of others as warnings to ourselves. On these accounts Christ founded a call to repentance. The same Jesus that bids us repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand, bids us repent, for otherwise we shall perish.”

This reaction is not unique to Christians – it is in human nature to ask, “Why?” when such things happen.
Of course we can’t know the mind of God, but we can expect things to go badly when we are not living in obedience to Him, both as individuals (Pr. 10:24, 12:21, and as a nation (Pr. 11:11, Deut. 28:15-68). And if we have reason to believe that we are under judgment, we want to repent quickly, not wait for the grief to subside and new tragedy to fall before we broach the subject.
When is a better time to preach repentance to society at large: when the economy is strong and crime is decreasing, there’s a chicken in every pot and 2 cars in every garage? Or when we’ve been stricken by terrorists, epidemics, hurricanes and drug wars?

This does not mean that you step up to the grieving survivors of a fatal car wreck and tell them it’s all their fault. Few would be offended at being warned to drive more carefully after a horrific car wreck makes the headlines, but the grieving family would be very likely to take offense. There are different roles to be played, depending upon time, place, circumstances and other factors.

Jesus wept with Lazarus’s sister Mary. He showed compassion to those who were suffering. But when He was told in Luke 13 about the Galileans whose blood Herod mingled with their sacrifices, His immediate response was assurance that those who died were no worse than the rest and a call to national repentance.

I know and love Mr. Phillips as a Christian brother, and I think that the Vision Forum email newsletter on Virginia Tech was right on, but my point here is not to defend him. It is to rebut the claim that people should not address an important subject when it is immediately relevant because someone, somewhere, might misunderstand or find it hurtful.
Some topics are going to offend. So does the Gospel, as another reader commented.

When the Babylonians were carrying the Israelite captives away, do you think the people really wanted to hear Jeremiah and Isaiah blame it on their own idolatry? When God struck down thousands of Israelites in the wilderness, did Moses first come hug them and then much later, when their grief had softened, gently mention that they might want to consider how God felt about their complaining?

God brings disaster upon nations that disobey:

Isaiah 45:7 I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the LORD, who does all these things.

Amos 3:6 Is a trumpet blown in a city, and the people are not afraid? Does disaster come to a city, unless the LORD has done it?

Job 2:10 …Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?…

Our nation is in disobedience:
Abortion isn’t just in existence, but it is also nationally SANCTIONED. There were always Israelites who were going to be wicked (thus God’s commands in Deut 13 on how to deal with them) but it was when there was a NATIONAL idolatry as in the time of Ahab or Solomon that God moved against his whole people in judgement.

The public school system is corrupt at its very core. Yes, I know a lot of people will be offended to hear me say this but I strongly believe that the system cannot be redeemed. It is funded by theft and founded in the tenets of marxism and humanism. That’s a whole other discussion, but if you doubt it just let me encourage you to read up on the founders of the public school system. But quickly now, ask yourself: would you send your children to a muslim school? What if some of the teachers were professing Christians, but still taught the Q’ran and the tenets of Islam as required? Would you want your Christian children to be immersed in those teachings for most of their waking hours, 5 days/week from the age of 5 or less? Yes, your child might be a Christian when he graduates, but have you done your very best to disciple him, to raise him up in the fear and admonition of the Lord?
Maybe you disagree on this point. I know many Christians do. We’ll just have to agree to disagree, and I’ll reopen that cans of worms another day.

Many of our most popular books, movies and popular music lyrics are morally repulsive (Ps. 101:3).

Never before in the history of Western Civilization has homosexuality gained such widespread acceptance.

Yes, our nation is in sin. We need to repent.

Christian leaders and pastors have a duty to respond during times like this. This response can take many legitimate forms. A call to repentance is one.

Pro 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.

The problem of evil and Viriginia Tech

read HomemakerAng’s comment on a previous post here.

My reply:
God brings judgment upon the nations in many forms. One way is in the depravity of the people.

Psa 81:11-12 “But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsel.

That doesn’t mean that each individual who suffers during such times is under special, particular judgment from God. Rather, God’s judgment upon the nation as a whole brings suffering to individuals.

Luk 13:1-5 There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way?
No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

Do you still doubt that God brings catastrophes? He flooded the earth, destroying all of mankind except for Noah and his family. He hardened the heart of Pharaoh and brought plagues upon the Egyptians. He gave the Canaanites over to the Hebrews because of their wickedness. He brought terrible judgment upon the Israelites and their children in the form of famine, pestilence and conquering by brutal empires.

We know from the Scriptures that God deals with nations by bringing judgment upon them. Why not us?

Amo 3:6 Is a trumpet blown in a city, and the people are not afraid? Does disaster come to a city, unless the LORD has done it?

Like us, Satan is a mere creature, created by God. He is not the equal and opposite of God, Ultimate Evil, engaged in an eons-long battle to rule all of creation – though he might like us to think so. He is a fallen angel, a rebellious servant of the Most High, doomed for all eternity.

2Pe 2:4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment…

Can you really make a case from Scripture that Satan, a creature, can act outside of God’s sovereign will? Don’t you at least believe that God could stop terrorists and shooters if He chose? So how can you say that “Satan won”? Wasn’t God standing by passively with the power and authority to intercede?
In Job’s case, we see Satan wheedling very specific permissions from God. God Himself takes responsibility for Job’s trials, having granted Satan permission to bring those trials upon Job.

Job 2:3-6 And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.”
Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life. But stretch out your hand and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.”
And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life.”

Now: why does God allow these things to happen to good people?
First of all, most Christians would agree that we are all sinners, deserving of death. Our every breath is a gift from God.
But why do Christians suffer? Why do non-murderers so often fall victim to terrorists and tornados? What good came of the death of martyrs throughout the history of the Church?

Sometimes it is hard for us to understand God’s plan. We can’t always predict the results of a particular event, especially if it breaks our hearts and makes us feel as if our world is falling apart. But even in the hard times, we know that God’s Word is true. We know that good for God’s people will come of these things.

Rom 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

HomemakerAng said, “Yes we deserve death and each breath is a gift but would you guys all agree to these same findings if, God forbid, you or I found our children dead at a homeschooling conference they were singing at or during our family worship service and that it was GOD that did this? I don’t think so.

We have lost a child to stillbirth and experienced other tragedies and acts of violence within our immediate and extended family. We have many Christian friends who have as well. We have never doubted that it was God’s will, and that it was all for God’s glory and our good. On the contrary, we found and continue to find great peace and joy in knowing this. Our sufferings are not meaningless; God has a plan and He is working it out throughout history in each of our lives.

Why was our little Sarah stillborn? We were privileged to experience God’s grace, peace and comfort firsthand. We were reminded of the sanctity of life and the incredible gift of each precious child, the frailty of life, and our own dependence upon our Heavenly Father for every breath.
Did she die because we were wicked? No, but she did die because we live in a sinful world.

What good came of the persecution of the Protestants, Presbyterians, and Huguenots persecuted? Dr. Morecraft and my own hubby have a theory on that.

What good came of the death of Christians in the Roman arenas? The heathen Romans saw the strength of the followers of Christ and they feared, giving glory to God. The Christians fled to avoid persecution, spreading the Gospel throughout the civilized world. You and I were blessed by their deaths.

We can’t claim to understand God’s plan entirely, but whether or not we see the good we know it’s there. God is good, and we are His.

Jer 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

read a follow-up post here

Romance novels

My husband and I were discussing romance novels the other day, and I have to say that I have always thought of romance novels as p*rn for women. While men often have a weakness toward straying visually, I think that emotional straying is a weakness common to women. Romance novels fit the bill. The fact that they are often extremely graphic only makes the comparison even stronger.

This begs the question: what about Christian romance novels? The nice clean sort, where people only long for each other until they are safely married? The ones were they undergo physical and emotional turmoil before ultimately finding their destiny in their life partner?

I have read a few of these in the past, and I still think they cultivate and fill appetites that ought to be filled by a woman’s husband or that should not exist in the first place. I think that these books encourage ladies to be discontent with their day-to-day lives which lack the angst and excitement of the heroine; bored with their husbands who may bear little resemblance to the dashing hero; disappointed in their spiritual life which may lack the earth-shattering highs and lows of the characters in these books; and dissatisfied with their own appearance and personality.

If mass-marketed romance novels are p*rn for women, then maybe Christian romance novels are like the underwear section in the Sears catalog is for men: full of images that are technically clean but nonetheless lead our thought life in directions that are not glorifying to God.

Of course these accusations may be leveled against any book that presents trials, struggles and a happy ending, but some awaken healthy desires in a godly way while others do not. A good book may inspire readers to work harder, love more deeply, or fight more courageously, but I think that romance novels are designed to awaken our coveting nature: we women want romance, excitement, love, security. We might already have all these but we want more – like Eve, we want to know what we’re missing. The serpent didn’t tempt Eve by telling her how delicious the fruit was; he tantalized her with whispered hints of things outside her experience.

Some may say, “But what about the Song of Solomon?”
Obviously the book has deep figurative lessons, but even if you take it entirely literally, the Song of Solomon is not a romance novel: it is a celebration of love and a mutual praising. In its treatment of love, it bears little resemblance to romance novels of any sort.

Maybe my evaluation of romance novels sounds harsh, but even if you disagree I hope you’ll evaluate your choice of books Biblically. Don’t look only for objectionable language or content. Ask yourself a series of questions:

  • What sort of worldview is reflected?
  • What attitudes does it foster?
  • What desires does it seek to raise in the reader?
  • What is the message or moral of the story?
  • Why do I want to read it?
  • And ultimately, how will reading this book aid me in my mission, furthering the kingdom of God?

Can you add to the list?
No uninspired book will be perfect, but let’s not fool ourselves about which ones are true, noble, just, pure…

Modesty survey

The Harris boys (Rebelution) have finally posted the results to their monumental Modesty Survey, in which over 1,600 Christian men, young and old, answer 148 questions about feminine modesty.
Most questions deal with clothing styles, but they also touch upon posture, makeup, hair, etc.
Click on any question in the survey to view the results. They are presented in a graph and fully filterable by age and education (home, private, or public schooled). Don’t miss the text comments for extra insights.
How responsible do you think we are when our apparel and mannerisms cause our brothers to stumble? Is it their fault for “having dirty minds” or ours, if we knowingly wear suggestive and seductive styles? Or both?
Consider as you read the results of the survey – you will come away with a much clearer idea of what tempts the minds of men. What will you do with that knowledge?

HT to Amy for letting us know that the results were ready

Sober thoughts today

Just a few sobering statistics to mull over today:

On September 11 of 2001, our country was thrown into turmoil on the day that over 6,500 citizens were killed in acts of terrorism. We mourned the senseless loss of so many lives and resolved as a nation to do whatever we could to keep it from happening again.
Regardless of how you feel about the measures taken by our civil government, the FAA and others, the loss of 6,500 lives that day was regarded as a tragedy by nearly every citizen of the globe.
Oh, wait.

Less than 3,000 of those deaths were almost universally mourned.
Thanks to the Roe v. Wade decision on this day 34 years ago, the other 3,500 were legal and voluntary – from the perspective of the murderers.
In 2001, there were an average of 3,570 abortions in our country each day.

To put a sharper point on the matter:
In the year of 2001 in New York City, there were 86,466 confirmed deaths due to abortion. This works out to an average of about 240 per day, 365 days a year. This means there were nearly 3,000 abortions in the first 11 days of September in New York City. – approximately the number that would die that day in the attack on the Twin Towers.

In ancient times, the children of Israel sacrificed their children to the gods of the land and reaped God’s judgment.
We scorn and mourn their foolish, wicked, primitive practices, but our nation sacrifices its young to the god of convenience. May God have mercy on us.