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Today is a big day in the pro-life community, and I invite all here at Coming Home to make it a day marked by prayers of rejoicing, intercession, and atonement. That’s a tall order for one day.

My day is beginning at Kermit Gosnell’s clinic in Philadelphia at the National Day of Mourning, hosted by the National Black Pro-Life Coalition. It is one of dozens of such gatherings happening all across America today, the last day of Black History Month. I’ve been asked to speak for a few moments in remembrance of Dr. Bernard Nathanson, whose Funeral Mass is being offered at 10 AM at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC. It is an interesting confluence of events on a very important day.

I’m humbled and honored to be able to stand in solidarity with the National Leadership today, and to speak words of prayerful tribute to a man whose conversion was as earth-shattering as that of Saint Paul the Apostle’s.

Later tonight, I shall address a large gathering on Long Island, New York, where I’ll address the issue of Abortion, Genocide, and Future Directions in the Pro-Life Movement. So, I’m off to a busy day, and will blog later or tomorrow.

For now, I invite all here to join in prayers of thanksgiving and intercession for Dr. Nathanson, who died sealed with the Sacraments and the assurance of God’s forgiveness. He spent the last half of his adulthood atoning for the great sin he helped unleash. When he was baptized, he remarked that he carries an enormous burden with him into the next life. Let’s pray that God has assuaged him of that burden, and that today, Dr. Nathanson intercedes for us before the Throne of God.

We also remember two men caught in the grip of the Evil One, Dr. Kermit Gosnell and Theodore Shulman. They are not beyond God’s loving care, and we pray in earnest for their conversion of heart and liberation from the oppressive torment that has wracked their lives.

So, here is a hymn–a prayer that epitomizes Dr. Nathanson’s newness in Jesus, my prayer for all of us in the pro-life movement, and one that I pray will fall from the lips of Gosnell and Shulman some day.

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Is black genocide real or propaganda? I get asked that question a great deal.

I don’t answer that question anymore until the questioner has watched Maafa 21. This stunner of a documentary tells a horrifying story in eye-popping detail and clarity. It’s one of the most academically rigorous documentaries that I’ve ever seen. The movie is available for purchase, and also available in several parts on YouTube.

As Black History Month winds down, we’ll talk more here at Coming Home about this national tragedy. For now, here’s the trailer:

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In the uproar this past week over the Life Always billboard in New York City, carrying the message that the most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb, the most common denunciation was that the billboard was “racist.”

But was it?

In fairness, it’s understandable how the person on the street, looking at the billboard, could have come away with that understanding. The billboard presented a conclusion without first presenting the argument. Absent the staggering numbers that lead to the conclusion, the general public were left with a sign that could seem both racist and misogynistic to the uninformed. That’s a powerful lesson for our side.

Perhaps in the future, a billboard that states:

“With 60% of NYC African American pregnancies ending in abortion, our most unsafe place is in the womb.”

That presents the staggering statistics, the conclusion, and a voice that is black folk talking to black folk. It’s unambiguous.

However, that will never stop the race-baiters like Al Sharpton from coming out in opposition to the message, and still claiming racism—which leads to another can of worms.

It isn’t racist to point out the inequities between groups of people, such as the frightening rates of STD’s among blacks compared to all other groups. The same for abortion, poverty, single-parent households, etc. Indeed, how can society be expected to respond compassionately and effectively if the problem cannot be articulated for fear of being branded a racist? Pointing to glaring inequalities has always been the first, and necessary step in eradicating the forces that keep groups of people down.

Demography is a science that tells the unvarnished truth. There is no political correctness in accurate statistics. Indeed, when we need to modify an absolute term like “correct” with a modifier like “political”, the truth becomes the first casualty. Therefore, an accurate telling of the demographics is the first step in ascertaining what is wrong.

In the case of abortion and communities of color, a more enlightened political leadership might call for and fund a study of women seeking abortions and the reasons. From such a study, it might become evident that low-income women feel a need for abortion based on economic pressures, and that the Pregnancy Resource Center model may well have a good part of the answer. Government might actually work to reduce the frequency of abortion through the initiation of services that encourage and facilitate education, job skills and training, parenting classes, and other life skills. By standing up young women and men, encouraging parenthood, and facilitating mature behavior, society rescues them from a life of perpetual adolescence.

It used to be called liberalism.

Revealing scientific truth with an eye toward ameliorating the underlying stressors that give rise to skewed incidences of pathology is not racist. It is the realization of scientific investigation’s noblest goal, which is the discovery of truth for the betterment of humanity. All humanity.

To be selective in the revelation and the application of that knowledge in a way that ignores the most disenfranchised is the most malignant form of racism:

Ice Cold Indifference.

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It’s been quite a week here in NYC. We had a great pro-life billboard, calling attention to the fact that 60% of African American pregnancies end in abortion, come down 24 hours after it went up. Thanks to some great thuggery by our proabort lobby, waitresses were reportedly abused in the building hosting the three-story banner simply because…

…they were waitresses working in the same building hosting the banner.

But the fun has only started for the merchants of death in fair Gotham. This coming Wednesday, the City Council is poised to pass a law that will hobble our pregnancy resource centers. So for our modern-day Margaret Sangers (Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilwoman Jessica Lappin) it’s a heady week. Evidently 60% of black pregnancies ending in abortion is an acceptable number for them.

Less intellectually and morally bankrupt individuals might look at those numbers and look for ways to lower them by doing things like the PRC’s do. But not our little darlings on the Women’s Issues Committee. They simply cannot permit themselves to join forces with those in the pro-life community and work toward commonsense solutions for a community beset by destructive forces that beggar the imagination.

The word is on the street now about the numbers. It will only continue to make the rounds and continue to permeate the consciences of all New Yorkers. Eventually, the rising tide of blood will drown the pathetic arguments of Quinn and company. It will become harder and harder for Quinn to explain her actions, actions made with the full knowledge of the numbers.

In politics, comedy has a way of becoming tragedy for the careers of those given to such base behavior. New Yorkers have great good sense and have a long history of sending scoundrels packing when they enter the ballot booth. That’s the beauty of our tradition of peaceful transition of power. We vote the bums out.

Better days are coming for our most disenfranchised citizens. As soon as New Yorkers have had the time to marinate in the truth, they’ll elect servants with the wisdom and decency to do what is right and just, and not what is most expedient.

Truth and Goodness will have the last laugh.

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Planned Parenthood receives a third of its BILLION dollar a year budget from the Federal Government. Aside from the fact that it’s illegal for Congress to fund 501(c)(3) organizations, it’s also illegal for Congress to fund abortion.

American Life League hits one out of the park with this most recent ad. Please share this.

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Something I’ve kept hidden on the blog this past year.

News yesterday from Troy Newman of Operation Rescue and Jill Stanek that Theodore Shulman,49, who has sent many of us death threats over the past few years, has been arrested by the FBI and is being held without bond at the Metropolitan Correctional Facility. Listen to the link at Troy Newman to hear a telephone death threat. Jill has much of the backstory at her blog.

Shulman has made repeated threats against such individuals as Bryan Kemper, Jill Stanek, Troy Newman, Fr. Frank Pavone, Lila Rose, Ken Scott, Cheryl Sullenger, Robert George, myself and many others. I’ll dwell on this for a moment here before moving on. As Jill details at her blog:

Shulman’s history is telling. His mother is Alix Kates Shulman, a pro-abort feminist who achieved some level of fame in the 1960s and 70s, during Shulman’s formative years, since he was born in 1961. Here’s Alix’s website. She is most well known for writing the feminist novel, Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen.

Alix has spoken of aborting 4 of Shulman’s siblings, “and not one was the result of carelessness.” Theodore has commented on these abortions, saying 2 came before him and 2 after. Shulman has one living sister, Polly, born in 1963.

This isn’t quite over, but at least Shulman is incarcerated.

True, it isn’t quite over. I first encountered Shulman’s wrath on January 25, 2010, when Coming Home was only a month old. Shulman, who claims to be a scientist (molecular biologist, like myself) has a website Operation Counterstrike. Shulman seems to have been deeply affected by the murder of Dr. George Tiller, with that event fueling his rampage. Here is the banner from his website

My writing on the abortion/breast cancer link seems to have angered Shulman who sent me the following two messages a few hours apart as comments on the blog:

2010/01/25 at 6:02 PM
God is sending a revenge-angel to kill Gerard Nadal. Soon. Count on it!

and…

2010/01/25 at 8:36 PM
Soon!

on May 30, this sinister message appeared:

2010/05/30 at 9:21 PM
Will there be PAYBACK for Dr. Tiller?
Will there be COUNTERTERROR against right-to-lifers?
WHO should the TARGETS be?
WHERE do they LIVE?
operationcounterstrike.blogspot.com

Coming from a guy who lives here in NYC, he was more than a little too close to home. I spoke with Regina about it all, about our family’s safety and various courses of action. She pointedly admonished that I not back down and trust in God’s protection and providence, for myself and for the family.

If his intent was terror, Shulman succeeded. I’d like to say that I didn’t let it bother me. It did. It angered me in ways I’ve never experienced anger before; but that subsided with time and prayers for this deranged man. I also received the least of Shulman’s wrath. He has written of Jill Stanek being shot in the face, and similar writings about Father Frank Pavone. Others have had telephone death threats. Click here to listen to an audio death threat at Troy Newman’s blog.

Jill, Robbie George, Troy, and others were very supportive, as was the Joint Terrorism Task Force (FBI & NYPD), as well as Jill’s staff. All have my gratitude and respect.

I ask that all pray for Theodore Shulman, as I have over the past year. Jesus didn’t suggest that. He commands it! Doing so keeps us from hating in return. I’ll be organizing a Divine Mercy Novena for Shulman soon. I thought that I would be happy when this day came, but truth be told, I feel no jubilation. I feel relief, for all who’ve been the targets of this profoundly disturbed man, and I feel an overwhelming sadness for him as he sits in federal jail. I cannot imagine what his life must have been like growing up with his mother (read the links for the horror story).

I hope and pray that in jail Ted Shulman gets the help he so desperately needs, and that the Holy Spirit raids his heart, as He did Dr. Bernard Nathanson. Pray for this man, please. And pray for the law enforcement personnel who risk their lives daily in chasing down terrorists, foreign and domestic, so that we all might live our lives in peace.

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The Billboard erected on Wednesday by Life Always, telling the message that the most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb, was taken down the very next day.

Gone in a New York Minute.

Al Sharpton crawled out of his sewer to provide the appropriate faux outrage. The company that erected the billboard claimed as their rationale for removing the sign that restaurant employees in the building hosting the sign were being harassed, and that they were concerned that violence might ensue.

That’s right. The people who proclaim CHOICE will harass waitresses just trying to scrape out a living, and threaten violence unless theirs is the only voice heard. These are the same people who are going to pass a bill on Wednesday of next week which will effectively shut down crisis pregnancy centers in New York City.

Abortion MUST be the ONLY act in town.

Obviously, the proabort crowd in NYC does not think that 60% of all African American pregnancies ending in abortion is too many. Their revulsion and disgust were saved for those who tried to bring this atrocity to light, So it begs the questions:

If 60% of all African Americans who come into existence never make it out of their mother’s wombs, what was so untruthful or offensive about that billboard?

If 60% doesn’t make the bile rise in the back of their throats, then 60% is an acceptable number to them, no?

Since 60% is not an objectionable number, what is?

70% ?
80% ?
90% ?
95% ?

So, at least we now have Council Speaker Christine Quinn on record as not objecting to such appalling numbers. The same for Public Advocate Bill De Blasio, and Al Sharpton.

These are not liberals. Liberalism has always looked at poverty and tried to ameliorate it. It has tried to do all that it could to keep families intact, to lift them up when poverty threatened them with death and dissolution. As a young man, I was proudly liberal, because liberalism was taken up with the corporal works of mercy. Many liberals back then detested abortion, and regarded it as extremist and monstrous.

Times have changed.

Today, liberalism sees death as the sole solution to life’s vexing problems. If killing 60% of African Americans in the womb were the necessary pre-condition for young women to advance economically, unencumbered by a child, then Harlem and East New York ought to resemble Scarsdale and Beverly Hills. Black neighborhoods ought to be awash with college degrees and economic prosperity.

In truth, they are more desperate and dismal than at any time before legalized abortion.

In Brooklyn, NY, we call that a clue.

Bitches and Ho’s are how young black women have been celebrated in rap music for decades.

That, too, is a clue.

When we remove responsibility for the consequences of sexual behavior, the body becomes nothing more than a plaything. When Planned Parenthood operates 78% of their operation in inner-city neighborhoods and facilitates this understanding of the body, the predictable disaster of a 60% abortion rate necessarily follows.

This is big business, and the abortion industry has its hands firmly on the levers of power here in New York. Tragically, most of our leaders have so completely sold out that 60% of black pregnancies ending in abortion is to them, like water rolling off a duck’s back.

It was a great effort, Life Always. The targeting of your billboard by the abortion industry mirrors the targeting of the very black babies on whose blood they feed, and whom you are trying to save.

The babies, the billboard, all gone in a New York Minute.

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