In a presidential election year where Christians are struggling to find virtue in any candidate, pray for the return of statesmen like William Wilberforce. One of the greatest heroes in history, Wilberforce was a member of the British Parliament in the late eighteenth century. During this time period, he was the leading voice against the institution of slavery in the British Empire.
Wilberforce's mission to end slavery and emancipate slaves throughout the British Empire was daunting and clearly appeared impossible to most. Slavery was an institution that fueled the economy of much of the British Empire. For Wilberforce to stand against it was not only unpopular in many circles of his society but also appeared to be a hopeless cause. At times, he had allies who worked with him. At other times, he acted alone. At all times, he placed his trust and dependence upon God for the results of his labors.
The mission to end the institution of slavery has many clear parallels with the mission to end the abortion of unborn children. To justify slavery, proponents of it had to exercise twisted logic and proclaim that African slaves were not fully human and, thus, could be owned as property and treated as such by their masters. Likewise, to justify abortion, those who support such a practice must engage in the twisted dehumanization of the unborn. more >>
This month, the Guttmacher Institute released a study that analyzed wait times among women seeking abortions. They surveyed over 8,000 women who obtained abortions in 2014. The results indicate that few women face significant delays.
Over three-fourths of women were able to obtain an abortion within a week of calling to make an appointment. The average time to appointment was 7.6 days. Additionally, wait times were very similar among women of various racial groups, ages, and income levels.
The study also found that pro-life laws do not dramatically impact wait times. Women in states with waiting periods had to wait an additional day and a half before they could obtain an abortion. Women in states with waiting periods that required in-person counseling saw their average wait time increase by a little more than two days. Even women who traveled more than 50 miles for their abortion had a wait time that was less than a day more than the average. more >>
Several influential evangelicals have formed a new group to distinguish themselves and their approach to politics from Christian leaders who are actively supporting Donald Trump for president.
In a bewildering election process where many Christians are expressing distaste for both major candidates and amid much conversation about the declining role of Christians in shaping politics, Public Faith, whose byline is "A Christian Voice for the Common Good" aims to strike a more even-handed tone with the release of its website Monday.
Although decidedly conservative on social issues, the group tilts left on climate change, and acknowledges the presence of racial injustices in American society and the systemic problems that further them. more >>
I can't be sure if the stigma was as prevalent in the days prior to Dr. Frankenstein's infamous cemetery caper, but let's just say the idea of grave robbing lacks a certain mass appeal.
After all, there aren't too many rungs lower you can descend on the ladder of cultural and moral acceptability than going anywhere near a graveyard in the middle of the night, shovel in hand.
If that's not rock bottom, I don't want to know what is. more >>
The United States House Select Panel on Infant Lives has accused the University of New Mexico of illegally transferring babies' tissue from Southwestern Women's Options, a late-term abortion clinic in Albuquerque, to the university after its chancellor admitted in a video interview that students dissected aborted babies' brains and other body parts at a "summer camp."
In a recent video, UNM chancellor Paul Roth admitted in a matter-of-fact way that the dissection did happen. "Yes, we had a faculty member who obtained some tissue, and during one of these summer workshops, uh, dissected I think one or two fetal brains," Roth said in a video posted on YouTube by New Mexico Alliance for Life.
The House Select Panel has written to New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, pointing out violations of a state law. more >>
In a nation where women and children are sold for sexual exploitation, one mother and her family have become agents of change — living out a message of unconditional love.
"The quest for love is really driving this degrading market," says Christine Anasco, who has served for 12 years in international missions work with her husband David and their four children. "Our aim is to show these women they are valued."
Since moving to Thailand in 2014, the Anascos have come to know firsthand the faces of human trafficking. Every year, innocent people are trafficked worldwide by the tens of millions; the U.S. State Department includes Thailand on its Tier 2 watch list, one of many nations not fully complying with anti-trafficking policies though making progress. more >>