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On March 4, 1865, Abraham Lincoln gave his Second Inaugural Address. The Civil War had raged all throughout his first term, and was winding down. Over 600,000 men died in that war, more than any other in American history before or since. Addressing its causes, purpose, and God’s role in the affairs of the nation, Lincoln said:

…Fondly do we hope–fervently do we pray–that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-man’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether”.

It was the great tragedy in the middle of the Nineteenth Century, and it defined us as a nation. It also left a toxic residue of racism, of bitter recriminations that persist to this day, 146 years later.

Indeed, given the appalling casualties, it seems that every drop of blood drawn from the slaves by the lash was replaced by one drawn by the sword in the war to free them.

Today, we are in another civil war. The political climate nationally has become poisoned over the issue of abortion. For both major political parties, it defines who they are. It’s the great litmus test for judicial nominees. It poisons families, churches, friendships, and civics in general. It is our abolitionist movement. And it seems that we can borrow from Lincoln on what to expect going forward.

Divine recompense will not allow us to have butchered 53 million babies without paying in kind. A shooting war will not be how this butcher bill is paid. The bill will be paid in euthanizing the Baby Boomer generation, because we’re broke.

For forty years the Boomers have pushed abortion and contraception, small families and easy living. We have prevented the births of the very workers we’ll need to sustain us in our golden years, to pay for social security and medicare, as well as medicaid which funds nursing home care. Two workers per retiree in ten years is simply impractical. Bringing in increasing foreign workers isn’t the answer. They send too much money home and don’t float the economy.

For twenty years I have strained to hear someone, anyone, propose a workable solution.

Silence.

Lincoln seems to be the only one who comes closest. He paraphrased scripture in his address that seems pertinent to us:

“Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.”

Those younger than my generation have been thoroughly steeped in the narcissistic language of my peers, in the philosophy that says economic considerations are sufficient grounds to cut the bonds of love and love’s duty between mother and child, sufficient grounds to employ a physician to murder the baby in cold blood.

Now, should we be at all surprised when our children turn the tables on us, when they use the same economic considerations to sever the bonds of love and love’s duty between parent and child, and give the nod to physicians to murder us in cold blood? It’s de rigueur in the Netherlands and gaining traction in all the nations where abortion has raged like a forest fire out of control.

No doubt the Boomers will all appeal to the ending of Lincoln’s address:

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves…”

It would be nice if this story had a happy ending. But ideas have consequences, and my generation, if we are to stand any chance at all in our frailty, had better come around on abortion, and quick.

But I just don’t know…

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The sights and sounds of Monday’s rally with Dr. Alveda King in Harlem. The story is the first one up on the video.

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Front Row from Left: Rev. Arnold Culbreath, Rev. Stephen Broden, Rev. Clenard Childress, Chaplain Viviana Hernandez, Dr. Alveda King, Rev. Dr. La Verne Tolbert. Back Row, from Left: Rev. Catherine Davis, Rev. Walter Hoye, Dr. Gerard M. Nadal

My article from Tuesday’s Headline Bistro.

History was made in New York City on Monday night, a city that has aborted over 4.3 million babies since 1970, some 3.3 million of them black and Hispanic. Led by Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., members of the National Black Pro-life Leadership team came to New York from around the country to rouse this city and its pastors in a call to action.

The rally, hosted by Pastor Bill Devlin and his Manhattan Bible Church on W. 205 Street and 9th Avenue in Manhattan, was instructive on many different levels. After opening in prayer with Pastor Michel Faulkner, the founding pastor of New Horizon Church, Harlem, the attendees were roused by a short talk delivered by Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition.

Then came my presentation of the statistics in New York City, which are shocking and appalling. The 2008 Vital Statistics data set reveals that blacks and Hispanics have a combined 79 percent of all abortions in New York City, a number that is remarkably consistent over the dozen or so years for which numbers by race and ethnicity have been recorded. NYC’s annual number of abortions has been hovering between 88,000 and 92,000 for years.

In numbers of abortions per 1,000 live births, whites had 512, Hispanics had 867, and blacks had 1,260.

Yes, 1,260 abortions for every 1,000 babies born alive in the African-American community. Yet as appalling as that number is, one year later in 2009, it would get even worse. In the 2009 data, just released last week, blacks aborted 59.8% of their pregnancies. That’s three abortions for every two live births, or 1,500 abortions per 1,000 live births. This in a community that represents 12.3 percent of the U.S. population.

Planned Parenthood operates 78 percent of its abortion “clinics” in the inner city. Seventy-nine percent of New York’s abortion victims are black and Hispanic, and so the leaders came to rouse their fellow pastors to action. These included:

Dr. Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach, Priests for Life
Bishop Roderick Caesar, Bethel Gospel Tabernacle
Pastor Stephen Broden, of LEARN
Rev. Clenard Childress, or LEARN
Rev. Dr. La Verne Tolbert, Former NYC Planned Parenthood Board Member
Rev. Walter Hoye, of Personhood USA
Rev. Arnold Culbreath, of Life Issues Institute
Rev. Catherine Davis, Network of Politically Active Christians
Chaplain Viviana Hernandez, United Chaplains, State of New York
Fr. Richard Gill, Saint Barnabas Parish, Bronx

Speaking too were New York City Councilman Chris Halloran and Chris Slattery of Expectant Mother Care Pregnancy Centers.

In two and half hours we covered the statistics, the reality of black and Hispanic genocide occurring right under our noses, the pending bill in the New York City Council intended to cripple pregnancy resource centers, and the call to action in order to defeat this bill.

The night moved even beyond the immediacy of defeating the bill and began the work of building within the Protestant churches a vibrant and dynamic pro-life community. Bishop Roderick Caesar was chosen by acclaim and prayed over as the leader of this new community, with the pledge of the national black leaders to return, participate in conference calls and lend the support of their organizations. Those of us who spoke were asked by local pastors to come and speak to their congregations.

Truth has that effect on people. Once spoken with clarity and conviction, it is irrepressible. Welcome to the New Civil Rights movement. Dr. King admonished the audience of mostly blacks and Hispanics not to take away the wrong message, not to leave distrusting whites, but to take note of the solidarity of the blacks, Hispanics, and Caucasians gathered together to defeat this bill in the City Council – and to dismantle the abortion industry in this city.

There was yet another lesson that night. Back in early December, it occurred to me that the national leadership team was active, very active, but not in New York. It also became apparent that it would have to be the national team to come in and spark the fire within the black and Hispanic communities. So, I picked up the phone and called Dr. King. She and her team had been discussing the need to come to New York, and the phone call was their affirmation of prayer. The lesson was that humility yields abundant fruit. We’re not meant to go it alone, and as the Body of Christ, we are supposed to work in union and harmony.

Dr. King set that tone. Though she was invited to be the keynote speaker, she divided the time equally among her team and gave every one of them an equal share in her time. There were no superstars that night, only an all-star team of leaders from around the nation, each with their own ministry, each offering their assistance. This is the paradigm that will help to end abortion in this nation – that of cooperation between pro-lifers, the sharing of resources, and the commitment to see it through to the end. Together.

This week, history was made. The sleeping giant of the inner city was aroused from its slumber, and the abortion industry will be put to flight. There is no other choice, as African-Americans cannot sustain these genocidal numbers for another forty years.

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There are some who are trying to tie the senseless shooting of Congresswoman Giffords to Sarah Palin and the Pro-life movement. The local Sheriff suggests the bitter acrimony in US politics, and others claim such acrimony to be the staple of the right. So calling attention to the slaughter of over 53 million Americans is to be considered hate speech, and linked to a senseless crime, when the gunman never wrote or mentioned anything of pro-lifers.

Ignoring the fact that there were more political assassinations in this nation in the 1960’s (2 Kennedys, King, Malcolm X, Evers, etc..), lets take a trip back to the halcion days of George Bush’s presidency. It was a time of respectful discourse from the exemplary Left.

From a poster over at The Deacon’s Bench:

Why don’t people who are so intent on blaming things politicians have said for this tragedy ever mention rhetoric from Democrats and liberals including:
President Obama:

“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama said in Philadelphia last night. “Because from what I understand, folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.”

And
“I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face.”

Or John Kerry who said on the Bill Maher show: “I could have gone to 1600 Pennsylvania and killed the real bird with one stone.”

Or Howard Dean “I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for…”

and: “This is a struggle between good and evil and we’re the good?”

and “we need to remember that the enemy here is George Bush, not each other.”

Or Senator Chuck Schumer who called a flight attendant a “bitch.”

Or the Florida Democrats who ran an ad calling for the assassination of Donald Rumsfeld

Or New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi who called for Senator Schumer to “put a bullet between the president’s eyes?”

Or Jonathan Chait who said “I hate President George W. Bush.”

Or singer Rickie Lee Jones who said of President Bush “You’re an ignorant, low-class, opportunistic man, both personally and politically, who does everything for political gain and nothing for the wellbeing of the people, and you should not be in office, and the kind of fascism you’re perpetrating on our country we don’t want, and you’re out. We’re done with you. Ffffhgggmm.”

And when asked if she would be willing to take Bush out for the benefit of democracy? “If I say that, I might get arrested when I go back. And I have to go home.” She’s thinking it out carefully. “I guess the question is, would I kill anyone? And the answer is, no. But would I feel sorry if someone killed him? No, I wouldn’t. It would depend on who killed him, I guess.”

Or “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn” where they superimposed the words “Snipers Wanted” over an image of Bush delivering his acceptance speech at the Republican convention.

Or Nobel Peace Prize winner Betty Williams who said she could kill President Bush?

Or Randi Rhodes who joked about killing the President?

Or Reverend Wright who called Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Condoskeeza [sic] Rice.

Or England’s Charlie Brooker who wrote: “On November 2, the entire civilised world will be praying, praying Bush loses. And Sod’s law dictates he’ll probably win, thereby disproving the existence of God once and for all. The world will endure four more years of idiocy, arrogance and unwarranted bloodshed, with no benevolent deity to watch over and save us. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr – where are you now that we need you?”

A Google Image sampler:















The extent to which those on the Left made these images, and thousands like them was both unprecedented and chilling. We need no lectures from these folks, who are now simply fabricating a story. People who live in glass houses…

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The Softer Side of God

When I was in college back in the early 80’s (a million years ago), pitched battles raged among some of my friends about the nature of God, who reveals Himself as Father. My feminist friends insisted that He has a feminine side, that God could also be addressed as Mother. I’m too old, too jaded, too exhausted to fight those battles again.

However, I’ve been thinking of those long-ago friends, thinking of their perspective, thinking of my own fatherhood and its more tender side (not the dad of thunder).

As I ponder it all, this song from one of my all-time favorite female vocalists, Sade, keeps running through my mind. I hear the Father all throughout it, not the God of thunder, but Abba, Daddy.

Thoughts???

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Pastor Clenard Childress is one of the national leaders in black pro-life movement, and features in the explosive documentary Maafa 21. Pastor Childress has a Sunday morning talk show on WBLI, a very large, liberal black radio station in the New York Tri-state region.

We discussed Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood, and their seven decade record of black genocide. We discussed all of this against the backdrop of the New York City Council’s declared war on pregnancy resource centers. To say the least, the interviews were unsparing. I’m posting the interviews in four parts.

Click here for Part III

{Click Here For Part II}

{Click here for Part I}

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Pastor Clenard Childress is one of the national leaders in black pro-life movement, and features in the explosive documentary Maafa 21. Pastor Childress has a Sunday morning talk show on WBLI, a very large, liberal black radio station in the New York Tri-state region.

We discussed Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood, and their seven decade record of black genocide. We discussed all of this against the backdrop of the New York City Council’s declared war on pregnancy resource centers. To say the least, the interviews were unsparing. I’m posting the interviews in four parts.

Click Here For Part II

{Click here for Part I}

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Pastor Clenard Childress is one of the national leaders in black pro-life movement, and features in the explosive documentary Maafa 21. Pastor Childress has a Sunday morning talk show on WBLI, a very large, liberal black radio station in the New York Tri-state region.

We discussed Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood, and their seven decade record of black genocide. We discussed all of this against the backdrop of the New York City Council’s declared war on pregnancy resource centers. To say the least, the interviews were unsparing. I’ll post the interviews in four parts.

Click Here For Part I

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Today Archbishop Dolan joined an interfaith, interracial group of New Yorkers and the Chiaroscuro Foundation to decry the recently released NY City Department of Vital Statistics data that show 41% of all pregnancies in New York City in 2009 ended in abortion. For blacks, that number is 60%.

I was fortunate enough to have been invited and to be present at this historic New York event, held at the Penn Club of New York. I sat ten feet away from my Archbishop as he uttered the following scalding words:

“This is the first time in my happy 21 months as a New Yorker that I am embarrassed to be one. This New York community, which prides itself on its gritty sensitivity to those in need, is tragically letting down the tiniest most fragile and vulnerable, the little baby in the womb. We’ve got to do more than shiver over these chilling statistics. I invite all to come together to make abortion rare.”

His claim of embarrassment stunned all who heard it. After less than two years, this midwesterner whom we welcomed with open arms is embarrassed to be one of us.

I know how he feels. I’m a native New Yorker, and I feel deep shame over these numbers.

We New Yorkers pride ourselves on our sophistication and cutting-edge progressiveness, on our cultural diversity and unparalleled density of colleges, universities, museums, and other cultural meccas. We love being the giants that we believe ourselves to be in so many areas.

It’s the pride that goeth before the fall.

These abortion statistics have brought us low, and revealed the dark residue of racism that lurks within. The journalists present were not their smarmy New York selves. They didn’t know how to respond. They were disquieted. Every heart in the room hearing of these data for the first time must have sounded like so many Germans after World War II, when they swore that they had no idea of the mass murder happening right under their noses.

My Archbishop is embarrassed, but I am ashamed.

I am ashamed that I didn’t get involved sooner, that I often lacked the courage to speak out, that I allowed myself to be ridiculed into embarrassed silence when I did.

I am ashamed that I bought into the lie that pro-life candidates only matter at the national level, and that I have in the past voted for several pro-choice candidates locally.

I am ashamed that I didn’t always speak up in defense of my bishops when they were ridiculed for speaking up in defense of life.

I am ashamed that I didn’t take seriously the talk of black genocide years and years ago when I first heard it, thinking it to be inflammatory rabble-rousing. But the Vital Statistics tell the story of 79% of all abortions happening to black and Hispanic babies, with Planned Parenthood running 78% of their “clinics” in inner-city neighborhoods.

Archbishop Dolan has every right to feel embarrassed, but every native New Yorker who has turned a blind eye, and that includes me, ought to feel the white-hot heat of shame at 4.3 million abortions in 40 years, 3.3 million of them among blacks and Hispanics.

What good are all of those Universities, museums, and concert halls when the streets run with the blood of innocents on a scale so vast that it beggars the imagination? If we, the most educated, the professors, will not raise our voices in alarm and disgust at these appalling numbers, then what does our scholarship avail civilization?

Is civilization only to be the province of a racial elite?

I didn’t sign on for that when I began graduate school, which brings me to the deepest shame of all.

My discipline, Molecular Biology, is leading the technological innovations advancing the Culture of Death: In Vitro Fertilization, genetic screening leading to abortion, embryonic stem cell research, and cloning. Most in my field despise the pro-life movement.

If any are inclined to upbraid Archbishop Dolan for his embarrassment at being a New Yorker, they had better rank up there with Mother Theresa of Calcutta, otherwise, they had best button their lips and take a long, hard look in the mirror.

In Genesis 4:10, after Cain slays his brother Abel we read:

“The LORD said, ‘What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.’ “

What of the blood of 4.3 million in our city?

I’m surprised we can hear anything else at all.

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The 2010 Census data have been released on State growth between 2000-2010. The data report Population Change, Population Density, and Apportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Census reports that New York State grew by an extremely modest 2.1% over the past ten years, from 18,976,457 to 19,378,102, a gain of only 401,645 citizens.

A review of New York State’s Vital Statistics from 2000-2009 shows that we have aborted 1,206,652** babies statewide. That number is three times greater than the number of citizens by which the state population grew.

{** The 2009 data are not yet available, so the lowest annual number of abortions, that of 2005, was used to give the most conservative number.}

See the NY State data here in data tables showing totals by race/ethnicity

2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009**Not Yet available. 2005 data used as lowest, most conservative number in this 10-year period.

These numbers do not indicate that the abortion rate is three times the birth rate. What they do indicate is that our net gain of citizens after all is said and done (birth, death, migration) is 1/4 of what it would have been had we not slaughtered 1,206,652 of our citizens in their mother’s wombs. It should be noted that 909,938 of these slaughtered innocents lost their lives in New York City.

During the past ten years in New York City, over 725,000 (79%) of these tiny victims were black and Hispanic.

To get a sense of perspective, since 9/11 New York City has killed through abortion approximately 330 times the 2,752 citizens who died in the Towers that day.

So what does this do to New York State regarding apportionment?

We have lost two seats in the House of Representatives for the next ten years. We are tied with Ohio in the most losses of seats in the House. We’ve lost much needed workers who will not be there to support the Baby Boom generation on their social security and medicare/medicaid.

The numbers don’t lie. Our net gain of citizens is 1/4 of what it would have been without this barbarity that grips my city and state by the throat, choking its life and love, its humanity and compassion.

It is an orgy of death, some 330 babies killed every day in the Empire State.

It is our great shame.

It must end.

We’re dying.

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Golden Coconut Award

In November, Coming Home began a monthly award, the Golden Coconut, an award for the coconut pro-abortion apologists who spout the most anti-scientific nonsense in the headlong pursuit of butchering babies.

There has been one individual within the Catholic Church who is deserving of the December AND the Year-End Award, and that is Sister Carol Keehan, a member of the Daughters of Charity.

Sr. Keehan has had herself a banner year. She gave political cover to politicians on voting for Obamacare, rode to the defense of another sterling woman religious, Sister McBride, who has been presiding over a hospital that aborts babies in the case of rape, incest and the “mental health” of the mother (which means anything that might be on the stress scale at all). Keehan also defends McBride’s governance which includes sterilizations of men and women, and the prescribing of all manner of contraceptives, many of which are abortifacients.

In statements defending Catholic Healthcare West, of which St. Joseph’s in Phoenix is a member, Keehan stated:

“They carefully evaluated the patient’s situation and correctly applied the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services to it, saving the only life that was possible to save,” and that CHW and St. Joseph’s were “well-known” for a “long and stellar history in the protection of life at all stages.”

This in direct opposition to Ob/Gyn’s on the ethics board in Phoenix, and a Bishop with a doctorate in Canon Law.

The National Catholic Reporter has named Sr. Carol Keehan as their very first “Person of the Year”. A serious award from a publication that has long been the broadsheet for the shadow magisterium in America.

First Ever Award!

FB friend, Fr. John Zuhlsdorf writes:

National Catholic Reporter has named Sr. Carol Keehan as their very first “Person of the Year”.

Even though she was head of the Catholic Health Association, a political lobby group, before 2009 Sr. Keehan was relatively unimportant.

Then Sr. Keehan, as an exponent of the Magisterium of Nuns facing off against the Catholic Bishops, gave cover to “catholic” pro-abortion politicians to vote in favor of legislation that would ultimately provide taxpayer money for abortions.

But this honor NCR is giving to Sr. Keehan isn’t really about her opposing bishops or bishops’ conferences.

This isn’t really about nuns being persecuted by a Vatican investigation.

This isn’t really about the conflict between women and bishops or women’s roles.
This certainly isn’t about compassion for the poor, or health care.

Sr. Keehan’s award is about abortion, and bringing the abortion business into “catholic” hospitals.

NCR is offering Sr. Carol Keehan as the acceptable Catholic face, the poster person, for compassionate access to abortion for poor women.

NCR honors Sr. Keehan because this year she did more than anyone else to change the perception that Catholics must oppose abortion.

Quite a legacy.

Quite a legacy indeed. For her efforts, Coming Home joins the National Catholic Distorter in recognizing Sr. Keehan’s life’s work. For her untiring defense of those who strike at the child of the womb, for her consistency in striking at the Bishops and undercutting their authority, for misrepresenting public policy and Canon Law, for leading souls astray via her shadow magisterium, it is the responsibility of Coming Home to award her the highest distinction it can bestow on a leader in the Culture of Death,

The Golden Coconut Award.

The great solace for the Church and the Culture of Life is that orders such as Keehan’s will cease to exist in another fifteen years, as most of their members will have died off, and the remaining will be very old and in retirement and nursing homes. Young, vibrant and faithful communities are springing up in their place and renewing the Church landscape.

Rebellion and death are hardly the stuff of vocations posters. Young women with a love of the Lord don’t want to sign on to community life with a bunch of angry old women. Keehan and her ilk are living anachronisms. Their rebellion, their pro-abortion advocacy is part of a feminist rage at perceived inequity because of a male-only priesthood. It is a quid pro quo with the lives of babies, and the spiritual and psychological welfare of the mothers whom they lead astray.

They are angry women, whose sin of anger leads them into a scorched earth campaign.

Along with her Golden Coconut comes sincere prayers for her conversion of heart and reconciliation with the Bishops whom she has repeatedly struck with wicked claw.

My thanks to pro-life friend and activist Tina Mahar for bringing the NCR award to my attention.

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