7 Quick Takes Friday (set #42)

7 Quick Takes Friday

This week: Changing minds on abortion, a powerful approach. A story after judgment – all are surprised, both the damned and the saved. Celebrating World Contraception Day. MD does not mean “Medical Deity.” Electron Boy (a/k/a Erik Martin), RIP. The “understandable” effect of China’s one child policy. The mainstream media, slowly backing away…

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Ray Comfort has produced a movie and a book to help people understand why abortion is always wrong. This 33 minute 180 Movie (i.e. to turn around, 180 degrees) makes a good case by leading abortion supporters step-by-step until they finally “get” it:

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I wrote recently is hell empty? (my opinion: nope). Father Longenecker recounted Padre Pio’s opinion on his feast day: “They’ll believe in hell when they get there.”

Fr. Longenecker also recalled a related conversation he once had, so insightful that I just have to repeat it here:

I’m reminded of one of the great judgment carvings which is on the South portal at Chartres. It is one of those scenes with Christ enthroned in glory, St Michael weighing the souls in judgment and the demons taking some below and angels lifting others up above.

I was visiting there and the old Englishman who used to give tours said, “Notice that both the damned and the saved have expressions of surprise on their faces.

The damned are surprised to be going to hell because they were proud and self righteous (and didn’t think they were headed for hell) or scornful and unbelieving (and didn’t believe such a place existed) The saved are surprised because they were humble and didn’t think they would make it into heaven.

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We learned from the Girl Scouts that sex, in every form imaginable, is great fun at every age. The only downside is a medical condition known as “pregnancy” which, if left untreated (Planned Parenthood), will lead to the unhappy burden of “children”. There is a wonderful solution – contraception. Yea!

Spotted by Marcel

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It is amazing how often doctors are wrong about “problem” pregnancies. When a less-than-perfect (in their view) child is expected, some push one “solution” – abort him or her. LifeNews.com gives one example:

The Smith family’s experience is just one example out of countless others that show many doctors think the initials MD after their name stand for “Medical Deity.” What Bernadette and Phil’s first doctor basically said was, “Since your baby might die, let’s kill her by abortion to make sure she dies.” Just stop and think of how barbaric this so-called “professional advice” is. They present intentional killing as a good and caring thing to do.

Read the full article at The Little Baby Who Can: Rejecting Abortion in Trisomy 18.

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Erik Martin was born 14 years ago with only half a heart, no spleen and sensory problems. Three years ago he was diagnosed with paraganglioma, a rare and untreatable cancer. Last Friday, Erik succumbed to his illness.

Those in the Seattle area may know him better as Electron Boy. The Make-A-Wish Foundation staged an elaborate fantasy event for him in April 2010 to save the city. Hundreds of people, equipment, celebrities and famous locations all took part to create this special day:

Spotted by Mark Shea

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Vice President Joe Biden (Democrat, Catholic) gave a speech at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China on August 21st. In that speech, he not only failed to condemn China’s “one child policy” (i.e. forced abortions), but gave acceptance:

Your policy has been one which I fully understand – I’m not second-guessing – of one child per family.

As the VP to the most pro-abortion president ever, this is not surprising.

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Tom Purcell notes even the media is beginning to question the president’s leadership. Quoting the Loyal Democrat Today (a/k/a New York Times):

Those of us who were bewitched by his eloquence on the campaign trail chose to ignore some disquieting aspects of his biography: that he had accomplished very little before he ran for president, having never run a business or a state; that he had a singularly unremarkable career as a law professor, publishing nothing in 12 years at the University of Chicago other than an autobiography; and that, before joining the United States Senate, he had voted “present” (instead of “yea” or “nay”) 130 times, sometimes dodging difficult issues.


Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was started by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary to address this blogging need. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Jen for hosting this project!

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