Quote of the Day: “This is Our Auschwitz” – Owen Strachan

“The third undercover video exposing Planned Parenthood from the Center for Medical Progress is out. By now, the takeaway from this media is clear: this is our Auschwitz.

“Some might recoil at this statement. Wait a minute, they’re thinking, cool your jets. Auschwitz was a concentration camp. That’s not Planned Parenthood. In the simplest terms, no, Planned Parenthood is not a concentration camp. It is not performing ethnic cleansing (anymore). It performs certain medical services that are of value to women. But for decades, the real “value added” function of the organization has been this: it has provided a safe and legal way for the killing and disposal of babies.

“Sometimes, people make this connection where it’s not warranted. This, however, is a cultural moment that put things in black and white. Planned Parenthood is facilitating preposterous acts of evil. In its abortion-and-fetal-tissue-business, it is doing the following: 1) killing innocent lives, 2) desecrating their bodies, and 3) profiting from these bodies.

“Our muddy moral moment might obscure this searing truth: we are not simply keeping up to speed with the Nazis. We are outpacing them. Planned Parenthood is operating by a for-profit motive that was largely alien to the Third Reich. The point of the Final Solution was not profit. It was extinction of the Jews and other disposable persons. But for Planned Parenthood, extinction is not enough. They want to make money off of slaughter.

“Meanwhile, the public watches them do it, impassive, uncertain, feeling powerless—some combination of all three. What else would you expect from a populace that has been indoctrinated on this very matter?

“Perhaps now we understand how so many Germans could turn a blind eye as one gold-star-wearer after another was removed from the apartment building. A great disappearance has happened among us. Abortion is responsible for an anti-rapture. The tiny and defenseless have vanished, and we are left to wonder where they have gone.”

(Owen Strachan, “Planned Parenthood Is Our Auschwitz”)

News of Note: “Federal Judge Declares in Opinion that Pastor’s Anti-Gay Sermon is a Crime Against Humanity”

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1. “Fed Judge Declares Anti-Gay Sermon a “Crime Against Humanity” – Massachusetts federal judge states in opinion that pastor’s sermon against homosexuality is a “crime against humanity”.

“A federal judge ruled that a biblically based denunciation of homosexuality was a “crime against humanity.” In his decision in the case of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) v. Lively, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Ponsor held that Scott Lively, an evangelical pastor, was “aiding and abetting a crime against humanity” when Lively spoke in Uganda and in America against homosexual behavior. Ponsor wrote in his 79-page opinion that Lively’s message was “analogous to a terrorist designing and manufacturing a bomb in this country, which he then mails to Uganda with the intent that it explode there.” The plaintiff in the case is a consortium of groups based in Kampala, Uganda that fight for “fair and equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people” in the East Africa region. Ponsor says that Lively, by publishing tracts and delivering discourses condemning same-sex relationships, was acting as “an upper-level manager or leader of a criminal enterprise.” While in Uganda, Lively praised local pastors working to fight the proliferation of sexual activity between those of the same gender, basing his remarks on his interpretation of the Bible’s condemnation of such behavior. “I’ve never done anything in Uganda except preach the Gospel and speak my opinion about the homosexual issue,” Lively told the New York Times. Reading between the lines, it becomes apparent that the “criminal enterprise” in which Ponsor found Lively engaged was that of believing, preaching, and promoting Judeo-Christian morality in an age that glorifies ungodliness and exalts satisfaction of appetites above the sacrifice of self to the will of God.” – Joe Wolverton II, The New American

2. “Aaron Hernandez: Patriots Tight End Violent Evolution” – Rolling Stone’s feature on former Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez accused of first degree murder. (Rolling Stone)

3. “California Senate Approves Bill Allowing Nurses to Do Abortions” – Senate in California approves bill allowing nurses to do abortions. (Life Site News)

“The abortion lobby says abortion should be between a woman and her doctor, but the California Senate on Monday approved a bill allowing… nurses to do abortions, even though licensed physicians kill and injure women in abortions. “The Senate approved AB 154, a measure that would reduce medical standards that currently require surgical abortions to be performed by a physician and would instead allow first trimester abortions to be performed by physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurse midwives. The Senate approved AB154 on a mostly party-line, 25-11 vote and now the state Assembly must sign off on the changes the Senate made.” – Steven Ertelt , LifeSite News

4. Todd Friel and Matt Walsh on Robin Thicke and why he is just as culpable as Miley Cyrus

“Forget Miley, what about the “man” on stage with her?” – Todd Friel on why we should also be focusing on the man on stage who was with Miley Cyrus during her MTV VMA performance. (Wretched)

“Dear son, don’t let Robin Thicke be a lesson to you” – Matt Walsh writes an open letter to his son about Robin Thicke and Mily Cyrus. (The Matt Walsh Blog)

5. “Martin Luther King, Jr. at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary” – Al Mohler on Martin Luther King’s sermon at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1961. (AlbertMohler.com)

6. “Five Reasons We Don’t Evangelize” – Michael McKinley gives five reasons why Christians don’t evangelize. (9Marks)

News of Note: “Texas Bans Late Term Abortions”

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1. “Texas Passes Bill Banning Late Term Abortions”

“Texas Senate Passes Bill to Ban Late-Term Abortions Despite Abortion Mob” – Texas passes bill banning late term abortions. (LifeNews)

“Yet More Abortion Wins” – Bill Muelenberg’s commentary on the passing of Texas bill banning late term abortions. (Culture Watch)

“Life vs Death; Good vs Evil” – Bill Muehlenberg on Texas’ fight to pass bill banning late term abortions despite pro-abortion protests. (Culture Watch)

2. “Former ‘New Ager’ Classic Rock Radio Talk Show Host No Longer Hangs Up on Christians” – Christian Post interview with current KKLA host Frank Sontag who replaced Frank Pastore. (Christian Post)

3. “The Biggest Mistakes Young Preachers Make” – Tullian Tchividjian, Voddie Baucham, and Russell Moore discuss blunders young preachers make. (The Gospel Coalition); The following is the video interview with Baucham, Moore, and Tchividjian:

4. “9 Things You Should Know about John Calvin” – Joe Carter gives us nine things we should know about John Calvin. (The Gospel Coalition)

“(John) Calvin initially had no interest in being a pastor. While headed to Strasbourg he made a detour in Geneva where he met the local church leader William Farel. Calvin said he was only staying one night, but Farel argued that it was God’s will he remain in the city and become a pastor. When Calvin protested that he was a scholar, not a preacher, Farel swore a great oath that God would curse all Calvin’s studies unless he stayed in Geneva. Calvin later said, “”I felt as if God from heaven had laid his mighty hand upon me to stop me in my course—and I was so terror stricken that I did not continue my journey.” – Joe Carter, 9 Things You Should Know about John Calvin

News of Note: “YMCA Kicks Out Students for Wearing Pro-Life T-Shirts”

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1. “YMCA Kicks Out Pro-life Students”

“YMCA Kicks Out Pro-Life Students” – YMCA in Austin, Texas kicks out students after receiving complaints about their pro-life t-shirts. (Fox News)

“A group of pro-life students from around the nation said they were banned from an Austin, Tex. YMCA after pro-choice activists complained about an agreement allowing the students to use the YMCA’s shower facilities.” – Todd Starnes, Fox News

“Texas YMCA Boots Pro-Life Student Group” – Todd Starnes’ updated article on the YMCA incident in Austin, Texas. (Christian Post)

2. “When Is a Ban on Abortions ‘Extreme’?” – Weekly Standard report on why Europe’s abortion laws are far more restrictive than America’s. (The Weekly Standard)

“The American left loves Western European democracies for their cultural sensibilities and for their policies on everything from crime to health care. One policy area where you won’t hear American liberals cite the European example, though, is abortion. The reason is simple: Abortion law is far more restrictive in Europe than in the United States. As the table below shows, 16 of 18 countries on the continent limit abortion to the first trimester of pregnancy (with certain exceptions in various countries). The banning of late-term abortions now being considered in the House of Representatives and some American states would seem only civilized to most Europeans.” – Jon A. Shields, The Weekly Standard

3. “Pastoral Bullies” – Sam Storms describes some characteristics of a pastoral bully. (The Aquila Report)

4. “Civility, bullying and same-sex marriage” – Ryan T. Anderson on the consequences of same sex marriage proponents scorched earth policy. (Kansas City Star)

‘(Supreme Court Justice Anthony) Kennedy’s words highlight a larger cultural dynamic: The principal strategy of the forces that have worked for 20 years to redefine marriage to include same-sex unions has been cultural intimidation -bullying others by threatening the stigma of being “haters” and “bigots.” Marriage re-definers don’t tend to say what many opponents have said, that this is a difficult question on which reasonable people of goodwill can disagree. No, they’ve said anyone who disagrees with them is the equivalent of a racist. They’ve sent a clear message: If you stand up for marriage, we will, with the help of our friends in the media, demonize and marginalize you. This kind of grotesque incivility is toxic for any democratic community. And the fact that it has found its way into a majority opinion of the Supreme Court is not only outrageous but frightening.’ – Ryan T. Anderson, Kansas City Star

5. “E:60 – Perfect” – ESPN story about father who changed his mind about aborting his down syndrome child, and then started running marathons with her. (E:60)

Notable Quotable: “Dr. Gosnell Is Not Alone In Having the Blood of Babies on His Hands” – Al Mohler

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“This is America. A nation that has legalized murder in the womb and that now finds itself staring at what abortion really represents. Human dignity cannot survive in a society that insists that a baby inside the womb has no right to live while that same baby, just seconds later, is a murder victim. Respect for human life cannot endure when a baby inside the womb is just a fetus, but when moved only a few centimeters is a full citizen.

“The body parts of babies presented as evidence in the Gosnell trial are routinely discarded as “medical waste” outside your local abortion clinic.

“What the Gosnell trial revealed is not the exceptional gruesomeness of a single clinic in Philadelphia. It reveals the truth that all Americans are, by our laws, complicit in Dr. Gosnell’s evil. The real scandal is not just the babies murdered outside the womb, but the millions aborted legally — torn apart by blades, suctioned out as waste, poisoned unto death by drugs.

“The trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell revealed the truth about this homicidal doctor and his house of horrors, but it also revealed the moral house of mirrors behind which America hides. Dr. Gosnell is not alone in having the blood of babies on his hands.”

(Al Mohler, “Kermit Gosnell’s America — What His Trial Really Reveals” , AlbertMohler.com)

News of Note: Kermit Gosnell Found Guilty of Murdering Infants

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1. Kermit Gosnell guilty of three counts of first degree murder (Updated)

“Gosnell’s grisly trial and why I care” – Jesse Johnsons post on why he and we should care about the Kermit Gosnell trial. (The Cripplegate)

“Yet the guilty verdict stands as a testimony that while abortion shows a logical inconsistency in our laws, there are still some limits to what our culture of death will allow.” – Jesse Johnson

“Kermit Gosnell’s America — What His Trial Really Reveals” – Al Mohler on what the Kermit Gosnell trial reveals about America. (Albert Mohler.com)

‘House of Horrors’ Abortionist Gosnell Guilty of Three Counts of First Degree Murder (Christian News)

“Doctor Kermit Gosnell found guilty of murdering infants in late-term abortions” (Fox News)

“Abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell convicted of murder in deaths of three infants” (Washington Post)

“Philadelphia Abortion Doctor Guilty of Murder in Late-Term Procedures” (New York Times)

‘While abortion rights groups argued that Dr. Gosnell operated far outside the legalities and norms of women’s health care, abortion opponents seized on the case to raise questions about the ethics of late-term abortions. Put simply, they asked why a procedure done to a living baby outside the womb is murder, but destroying a fetus of similar gestation before delivery can be legal. “What we need to learn from the Gosnell case is that late-term abortion is infanticide,” the Daily Beast columnist Kirsten Powers wrote last week, after starting an online furor earlier with a column suggesting that the news media had ignored the case for ideological reasons.’ – Jon Hurdle and Trip Gabriel

2. “Have American Parents Got It All Backwards?” – Have American parents reared their children the wrong way? Christine Gross-Loh takes a fascinating look at how parents in other countries rear their children. (Huffington Post)

3. “Underage Dating: The Elephant in the Social Conservative Living-Room” – Is underage dating a manual for divorce? (The College Conservative)

News of Note: “Jesus Died Because of Taxes? Martin Bashir Sets Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Straight”

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1. “Martin Bashir Explains the Gospel to Bill O’Reilly” – Bill O’Reilly claims that Jesus died over taxes? Martin Bashir sets him straight. (The Gospel Coalition); Here is the Martin Bashir YouTube segment from Wretched:

2. “Our President Blesses Sin; God Help Us” – Dr. Ken Hutcherson on President Obama blessing Planned Parenthood and supporting basketball player Jason Collins. (Christian Post)

3. “Religious battle lines” – Edward Lee Pitts on the military punishing and possibly court martialing Christian soldiers who prosthelytize. (World Magazine)

4. “The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society” – The Pew Forum’s study on Muslims and their attitudes on jihad and sharia law. It’s not good. (The Pew Forum)

5. “Calls for group marriage after gay marriage legalised in NZ” – Advocates now want polygamy legalized after gay marriage legalized in New Zealand. (The Christian Institute)