Many people, when they hear talk of the growing "war on Christianity," roll their eyes and dismiss the charges as mere political hyperbole designed to fire up the values voters come election time.
While it's true that one's Christian identity is currently not grounds for explicit political or legal persecution, there is a subtler process underway which is gradually pushing Christians to the margins of public life. As the forces of secularism continue their march to dominate virtually all aspects of the culture, the faithful remnant of Christian disciples find themselves daily confronted with situations in which their religious convictions come into conflict with reigning secular dogma. The repercussions of such conflicts are significant, and increasingly, unavoidable.
The American Conservative's Rod Dreher recently drew attention to a story out of the United Kingdom, where physicians with the Catholic Medical Association were told that their adherence to traditional Catholic sexual ethics would effectively preclude them from practicing as OB/GYNs in Britain. This is not due to explicit discrimination against Catholics, but a result of the requirements that all licensed OB/GYNs must be willing to carry out in the course of their work with patients. more >>
Philanthropist Melinda Gates revealed that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the most charitable private foundations in the world, does not fund abortion.
"I understand why there is so much emotion, but conflating these issues will slow down progress for tens of millions of women. That is why when I get asked about my views on abortion, I say that, like everyone, I struggle with the issue, but I've decided not to engage on it publicly – and the Gates Foundation has decided not to fund abortion," Gates wrote earlier this week, reflecting on a recent overseas trip.
Gates, who has worked on projects helping girls and women receive access to the health care they need, noted that during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Toronto, journalists heavily focused on Canada's abortion policy, which is one of the few in the world that places virtually no limits on the practice. more >>
Women are used to Planned Parenthood preying on them -- but praying on them? That's a new approach altogether. After a string of celebrity endorsements, Planned Parenthood insists it got the ultimate one: God's. Obviously, Cecile Richards's group is always looking for new ways to justify abortion. But the Bible? That's a step too far, even for them.
In a new "Pastoral Letter to Patients," America's biggest abortion business (the same one that launched a 40 Days of Prayer for Choice) makes the stunning suggestion that most faiths support the decision to kill an innocent unborn child. "The truth is that abortion is not even mentioned in the Scriptures -- Jewish or Christian -- and there are clergy and people... from all denominations who support women making this complex decision."
The word "abortion" may not be mentioned (for the record, neither is drunk driving, marijuana, voter fraud, and human cloning), but I think we'd all agree the subject was covered in a little thing called the Ten Commandments. What's more, the Bible is replete with references to the sanctity of life and our creation in the image of God. David reminds us that we were "fearfully and wonderfully made," "knit together in [our] mother's womb." Jesus tells us he came -- not so that we might have abortion, but "life -- and life more abundantly." Is Planned Parenthood so desperate for business that it has to spiritualize the murder of tiny children? Woe, Isaiah says, "to those who call evil good and good evil." more >>
Emily Letts, the former actress and abortion counselor who's best known for posting a video on Vimeo and YouTube that allegedly shows her having a surgical abortion, says state laws requiring abortion clinics to obtain parental consent before performing abortions on minors are "dangerous." Letts also asserts that parents shouldn't be "forced" to be involved in their adolescent daughters' healthcare decisions.
Letts, 25, works at the Cherry Hill Women's Center in New Jersey, and was awarded a cash prize from a pro-abortion group for submitting a 3-minute video of herself allegedly having an abortion as an entry in the "Abortion Stigma Busting" contest. The competition was co-organized by the Abortion Care Network and the 1 in 3 Campaign, a project of Advocates for Youth, which advocates for adolescents' access to abortions without parental notification or consent.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Letts defended her abortion video as being real, and not fake, as some people have suggested; and added that she made the video because pro-life advocates are "misinforming women about abortion." more >>
WASHINGTON – A proponent of abstinence education has stated that the term "war on women" is being used to attack sexual risk avoidance education.
Valerie Huber, president and CEO of the National Abstinence Education Association, spoke at a Family Research Council event Wednesday on the issue titled, "Collateral damage in the 'war on women' debate: Sexual risk avoidance education caught in the crosshairs."
In an interview with The Christian Post, Huber explained why she and her nonpartisan organization felt an obligation to address the war on women phrase. more >>
A majority of Americans support having businesses be compelled to provide contraceptive services as part of a healthcare plan, argues the findings of a recently released poll.
Conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, the poll found that of about 1,100 respondents, 61 percent, felt that "publicly-held corporations" should provide contraception as part of their free healthcare plans.
57 percent of respondents felt that "privately-owned corporations" should be compelled to do the same, while only a slight majority, 51 percent, believed small businesses should be required to do so. more >>