What Do Abortion and The Slave Trade Have in Common?

I just received this article by Bill Federer I first met BIll in 1997 when he published, America’s God and Country. He is a great source of American History from a Biblical perspective. To contact William J. Federer: wjfederer@gmail.com or call 1-888-USA-WORD www.AmericanMinute.com

In reading this report of the connection between Cuba, and the slave trade, I was struck with the idea that this is connected to Personhood. The notion that some humans are less than persons is the root of all the injustices the slaves suffered. Indigenous peoples of the Americas were first enslaved by their own people and later by the Spanish because they were considered less than persons. Later, Muslim traders captured and sold their African neighbors to slavers because people of a different religion were considered less than fully persons. [Slaves from Africa taken to Cuba to work sugar plantations – sugar made into Rum and shipped to England - slave ships leave England for the Muslim trade market in Africa]

When we, as a culture, entertain the horrific notion that some people are less human, less persons, than ourselves it opens the flood gates of unspeakable abuse. Whatever the lame excuse- different tribe, different race or color, different language, less education, too young (unborn,) disabled, or too old (elderly) – the result is the same, unspeakable cruelty! All men (and women of course) are created equal; all are fully human; all are fully persons!

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness… U.S. Declaration Of Independence – July 4.1776

The Personhood movement, that is now sweeping the United States and has been so maligned by those who promote abortion, is simply an attempt to codify what we have known all along – All humans are persons and have the right to Life, Liberty & Happiness! Of these rights Life is the first and most important. Without Life, Liberty and Happiness become irrelevant.
Pat

Slavery in the Americas existed in the pre-Columbian Inca Empire’s system of mandatory public service, known as mita, and the Aztec system, known as tlacotin,

Spain conquered the New World in the early 1500′s and set up a system called encomienda or repartimiento, which was similar to feudal France’s Corvée “unfree labour,” traceable back through Roman and Egyptian history to state-imposed forced labor of peasants who were in debt to the government.

Slavery in Cuba began earlier and lasted longer than anywhere else in the Americas. When indigenous Indians died from harsh treatment and lack of immunity, Spain replaced them with Africans bought from Muslim slave markets. Priests like Bartolomé de las Casas, Franciscan Friars, Papal Bulls, and Christian missionaries, such as the Moravians, were a voice of conscience against slavery, but Colonial governments largely ignored them.

A notorious trade triangle developed with Havana, Cuba, at its center: SLAVES from Africa to SUGAR from the Caribbean to RUM in England.

Importation of slaves to the United States ended in 1807, but in 1839, an international incident occurred. A Portuguese ship from Sierra Leone sold 53 slaves to Spanish Planters on the Cuban ship Amistad. On July 1, 1839, the Africans seized the ship and demanded to be sailed back to Africa. Instead, the captain misdirected the ship to Long Island, NY, where the slaves were arrested.

The Amistad Case went to the Supreme Court, with 74-year-old former President, John Quincy Adams, defending the Africans. Adams agreed, saying: “By the blessing of God, I will argue the case before the Supreme Court,” and writing in his journal, October 1840: “I implore the mercy of God to control my temper, to enlighten my soul, and to give me utterance, that I may prove myself in every respect equal to the task.”

Francis Scott Key offered Adams advice. Adams shook hands with Africans Cinque and Grabeau, saying: “God willing, we will make you free.” Wining the case, JQA, known as “Old Man Eloquent,” had argued: “The moment you come to the Declaration of Independence, that every man has a right to life and liberty, an inalienable right, this case is decided. I ask nothing more in behalf of these unfortunate men than this Declaration.”

In Cuba, a Creole farmer began a revolt in 1868 for racial equality, freedom of speech and freedom of association. Spain killed thousands putting it down in the Ten Years War. A Royal decree finally ended slavery in Cuba in 1886.

In 1895, another rebellion began and Spain sent 200,000 soldiers to Cuba. Tens of thousands were put into concentration camps where they suffered from starvation, disease and exposure.
Yellow Press journalism excited the American public, who demanded President William McKinley intervene.

The U.S.S. Maine was sent to Havana, and on FEBRUARY 15, 1898, it blew up in the harbor under suspicious conditions, beginning the Spanish-American War. President McKinley approved the Resolution of Congress:
“Whereas the abhorrent conditions which have existed for more than three years in the island of Cuba, so near our own borders, have shocked the moral sense of the people of the United States, have been a disgrace to Christian civilization, culminating, as they have, in the destruction of a United States battle ship, with 266 of its officers and crew, while on a friendly visit in the harbor of Havana, and cannot longer be endured… Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives… that the people of the island of Cuba are and of right ought to be free.” WJ Federer 2/15/2012

Planned Parenthood & Racism

Most people know that one of the founders of Planned Parenthood was Margaret Sanger. The American Birth Control League (1921) and the Birth Control Research Bureau (1923)merged into the Birth Control Federation of America in 1939 (renamed Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. in 1942), In 1952, Sanger helped found the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Her words prove her rebellion against the law of God and the U.S.

“My fight is for the personal liberty of the women who work. A woman’s body belongs to herself alone. It is her body. It does not belong to the Church. It does not belong to the United States of America or to any other Government of the face of the earth. The first step toward getting life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for any woman is her decision whether or not she shall become a mother. Enforced motherhood is the most complete denial of a woman’s right to life and liberty.” (The Woman Rebel, article “Suppression” Vol.1., No.4., June 1914)

I am always amazed when people, some of them professing Christians, believe that Planned Parenthood is a “good group.” They believe the lie that Planned Parenthood provides needed medical assistance to women. Even a news report I saw about the Komen controversy showed imaged of women getting mammograms while talking about Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms! They provide birth control and abortions – for a huge profit, by the way!!! They have pulled the wool over the eyes of Americans and we don’t see it. We also do not see the Eugenic and Racist nature of Planned Parenthood. The last time I stood in front of a Planned Parenthood facility to pray for the women going in I was in Intercity Orlando. Yes – Planned Parenthood facilities are located primarily in black neighborhoods. I found this article from CWA (Concerned Women of America) and I post it here because it is very informative. I shortened the article by leaving out parts pertaining to the history of Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood because most Americans know Sanger was a founder of PP. The emphasis added is from me. Enjo, it’s an “oldie but a goodie” !!

Margaret Sanger
The Negro Project
Margaret Sanger’s Eugenic Plan for Black Americans
By Tanya L. Green
posted at Concerned Women of America

“… I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.” —Deuteronomy 30:19 (NKJV)

On the crisp, sunny, fall Columbus Day in 1999, organizers of the “Say So” march approached the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. The marchers, who were predominantly black pastors and lay persons, concluded their three-day protest at the site of two monumental cases: the school desegregation Brown v. Board of Education (1954) and the pro-abortion Roe v. Wade (1973). The significance of each case—equal rights for all Americans in the former, and abortion “rights” in the latter—converged in the declaration of Rev. Johnny M. Hunter, the march’s sponsor and national director of Life, Education and Resource Network (LEARN), the largest black pro-life organization.
“’Civil rights’ doesn’t mean anything without a right to life!” declared Hunter. He and the other marchers were protesting the disproportionately high number of abortions in the black community. The high number is no accident. Many Americans—black and white—are unaware of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger’s Negro Project. Sanger created this program in 1939, after the organization changed its name from the American Birth Control League (ABCL) to the Birth Control Federation of America (BCFA).
The aim of the program was to restrict—many believe exterminate—the black population. Under the pretense of “better health” and “family planning,” Sanger cleverly implemented her plan. What’s more shocking is Sanger’s beguilement of black America’s crème de la crème—those prominent, well educated and well-to-do—into executing her scheme. Some within the black elite saw birth control as a means to attain economic empowerment, elevate the race and garner the respect of whites.
The Negro Project has had lasting repercussions in the black community: “We have become victims of genocide by our own hands,” cried Hunter at the “Say So” march.
Malthusian Eugenics
Margaret Sanger aligned herself with the eugenicists whose ideology prevailed in the early 20th century. Eugenicists strongly espoused racial supremacy and “purity,” particularly of the “Aryan” race. Eugenicists hoped to purify the bloodlines and improve the race by encouraging the “fit” to reproduce and the “unfit” to restrict their reproduction. They sought to contain the “inferior” races through segregation, sterilization, birth control and abortion.
Sanger embraced Malthusian eugenics. Thomas Robert Malthus, a 19th-century cleric and professor of political economy, believed a population time bomb threatened the existence of the human race. He viewed social problems such as poverty, deprivation and hunger as evidence of this “population crisis.” According to writer George Grant, Malthus condemned charities and other forms of benevolence, because he believed they only exacerbated the problems. His answer was to restrict population growth of certain groups of people. (George Grant, Killer Angel (Franklin, Tennessee: Ars Vitae Press, 1995), 50 His theories of population growth and economic stability became the basis for national and international social policy. Grant quotes from Malthus’ magnum opus, An Essay on the Principle of Population, published in six editions from 1798 to 1826:
All children born, beyond what would be required to keep up the population to a desired level, must necessarily perish, unless room is made for them by the deaths of grown persons. We should facilitate, instead of foolishly and vainly endeavoring to impede, the operations of nature in producing this mortality.( Ibid)
Malthus’ disciples believed if Western civilization were to survive, the physically unfit, the materially poor, the spiritually diseased, the racially inferior, and the mentally incompetent had to be suppressed and isolated—or even, perhaps, eliminated. His disciples felt the subtler and more “scientific” approaches of education, contraception, sterilization and abortion were more “practical and acceptable ways” to ease the pressures of the alleged overpopulation. Ibid., 51-52
Critics of Malthusianism said the group “produced a new vocabulary of mumbo-jumbo. It was all hard-headed, scientific and relentless.” Further, historical facts have proved the Malthusian mathematical scheme regarding overpopulation to be inaccurate, though many still believe them. Grant, rev., Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood, 2nd ed. (Franklin, Tennessee: Adroit Press, 1992), 56.
Despite the falsehoods of Malthus’ overpopulation claims, Sanger nonetheless immersed herself in Malthusian eugenics. Grant wrote she argued for birth control using the “scientifically verified” threat of poverty, sickness, racial tension and overpopulation as its background. Sanger’s publication, The Birth Control Review (founded in 1917) regularly published pro-eugenic articles from eugenicists, such as Ernst Rudin.7 Although Sanger ceased editing The Birth Control Review in 1929, the ABCL continued to use it as a platform for eugenic ideas.
Sanger built the work of the ABCL, and, ultimately, Planned Parenthood, on the ideas and resources of the eugenics movement. Grant reported that “virtually all of the organization’s board members were eugenicists.” Eugenicists financed the early projects, from the opening of birth control clinics to the publishing of “revolutionary” literature. Eugenicists comprised the speakers at conferences, authors of literature and the providers of services “almost without exception.” And Planned Parenthood’s international work was originally housed in the offices of the Eugenics Society. The two organizations were intertwined for years.Ibid 95
The ABCL became a legal entity on April 22, 1922, in New York. Before that, Sanger illegally operated a birth control clinic in October 1916, in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York, which eventually closed. The clinic serviced the poor immigrants who heavily populated the area—those deemed “unfit” to reproduce. Robert G. Marshall and Charles A. Donovan, Blessed are the Barren: The Social Policy of Planned Parenthood (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1991), 8
Sanger’s early writings clearly reflected Malthus’ influence. She writes:
Organized charity itself is the symptom of a malignant social disease. Those vast, complex, interrelated organizations aiming to control and to diminish the spread of misery and destitution and all the menacing evils that spring out of this sinisterly fertile soil, are the surest sign that our civilization has bred, is breeding and perpetuating constantly increasing numbers of defectives, delinquents and dependents. Margaret Sanger, The Pivot of Civilization (New York: Brentano’s, 1922), 108.
In another passage, she decries the burden of “human waste” on society:
It [charity] encourages the healthier and more normal sections of the world to shoulder the burden of unthinking and indiscriminate fecundity of others; which brings with it, as I think the reader must agree, a dead weight of human waste. Instead of decreasing and aiming to eliminate the stocks that are most detrimental to the future of the race and the world, it tends to render them to a menacing degree dominant [emphasis added]. Ibid., 116-117
She concluded,
The most serious charge that can be brought against modern “benevolence” is that it encourages the perpetuation of defectives, delinquents and dependents. These are the most dangerous elements in the world community, the most devastating curse on human progress and expression.Ibid 123
The Review printed an excerpt of an address Sanger gave in 1926. In it she said:
It now remains for the U.S. government to set a sensible example to the world by offering a bonus or yearly pension to all obviously unfit parents who allow themselves to be sterilized by harmless and scientific means. In this way the moron and the diseased would have no posterity to inherit their unhappy condition. The number of the feeble-minded would decrease and a heavy burden would be lifted from the shoulders of the fit. Margaret Sanger, “The Function of Sterilization,” The Birth Control Review, October 1926, 299. Sanger delivered the address before the Institute of Euthenics at Vassar College on August 5, 1926. Sanger’s address sounds eerily familiar to the 1999 controversial Children Requiring a Caring Kommunity (CRACK) program. The program offered to pay drug-addicted women $200 cash if they underwent sterilization or had long-term chemical birth control (which may actually cause abortion in the very early stages of pregnancy) inserted into their bodies. The billboard ads were placed in inner cities. See CWA’s January/February 2000 publication of Family Voice.
Sanger said a “bonus” would be “wise and profitable” and “the salvation of American civilization.”Ibid She presented her ideas to Mr. C. Harold Smith (of the New York Evening World) on “the welfare committee” in New York City. She said, “people must be helped to help themselves.” Any plan or program that would make them “dependent upon doles and charities” is “paternalistic” and would not be “of any permanent value.” She included an essay (what she called a “program of public welfare,”) entitled “We Must Breed a Race of Thoroughbreds.” [emphasis added] Letter to Smith, which included her essay, 7 May 1929, Margaret Sanger Collection, Library of Congress (MSCLC).
In it she argued that birth control clinics, or bureaus, should be established “in which men and women will be taught the science of parenthood and the science of breeding.” For this was the way “to breed out of the race the scourges of transmissible disease, mental defect, poverty, lawlessness, crime … since these classes would be decreasing in number instead of breeding like weeds [emphasis added].”Ibid
Her program called for women to receive birth control advice in various situations, including where:
• the woman or man had a “transmissible” disease such as insanity, feeble-mindedness, epilepsy, syphilis, etc.;
• the children already born were “subnormal or feeble-minded”;
• the father’s wages were “inadequate … to provide for more children.”
Sanger said “such a plan would … reduce the birthrate among the diseased, the sickly, the poverty stricken and anti-social classes, elements unable to provide for themselves, and the burden of which we are all forced to carry.”Ibid
Sanger had openly embraced Malthusian eugenics, and it shaped her actions in the ensuing years.

Web of Deceit
Prior to 1939, Sanger’s “outreach to the black community was largely limited to her Harlem clinic and speaking at black churches.” Marshall and Donovan, 17.
Her vision for “the reproductive practices of black Americans” expanded after the January 1939 merger of the Clinical Research Bureau and the American Birth Control League to form the Birth Control Federation of America. She selected Dr. Clarence J. Gamble, of the soap-manufacturing company Procter and Gamble, to be the BCFA regional director of the South.
Gamble wrote a memorandum in November 1939 entitled “Suggestions for the Negro Project,” in which he recognized that “black leaders might regard birth control as an extermination plot.” He suggested black leaders be placed in positions where it would appear they were in charge.Ibid Yet Sanger’s reply reflects Gamble’s ambivalence about having blacks in authoritative positions:
I note that you doubt it worthwhile to employ a full-time Negro physician. It seems to me from my experience … that, while the colored Negroes have great respect for white doctors, they can get closer to their own members and more or less lay their cards on the table, which means their ignorance, superstitions and doubts. They do not do this with white people and if we can train the Negro doctor at the clinic, he can go among them with enthusiasm and … knowledge, which … will have far-reaching results among the colored people. Letter from Sanger to Gamble, 10 December 1939, MSCLC
Another project director lamented:
I wonder if Southern Darkies can ever be entrusted with … a clinic. Our experience causes us to doubt their ability to work except under white supervision. Grant 97
Sanger knew blacks were a religious people—and how useful ministers would be to her project. She wrote in the same letter:
The minister’s work is also important and he should be trained, perhaps by the Federation as to our ideals and the goal that we hope to reach. We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members Sanger to Gamble, 10 December 1939 The eugenic undertone is hard to miss. As Grant rightly comments, “The bottom line is that Planned Parenthood was self-consciously organized, in part, to promote and enforce White Supremacy. … It has been from its inception implicitly and explicitly racist.” Grant, Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood, 97
“There is no way to escape the implications,” argues William L. Davis, a black financial analyst Grant quotes. “When an organization has a history of racism, when its literature is openly racist, when its goals are self-consciously racial, and when its programs invariably revolve around race, it doesn’t take an expert to realize that the organization is indeed racist.”Ibid
Sanger’s Legacy

It is impossible to sever Planned Parenthood’s past from its present. Its legacy of lies and propaganda continues to infiltrate the black community. The poison is even more venomous because, in addition to birth control, Planned Parenthood touts abortion as a solution to the economic and social problems that plague the community. In its wake is the loss of more than 12 million lives within the black community alone. Planned Parenthood’s own records reflect this. For example, a 1992 report revealed that 23.2 percent of women who obtained abortions at its affiliates were blackIbid 102—although blacks represent no more than 13 percent of the total population. In 1996, Planned Parenthood’s research arm reported: “Blacks, who make up 14 percent of all childbearing women, have 31 percent of all abortions and whites, who account for 81 percent of women of childbearing age, have 61 percent.”“Who Has Abortions? Survey by the Alan Guttmacher Institute contradicts popular notions about the kinds of women who receive abortions, ” U.S. News and World Report, 19 August 1996, 8. The Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) December 2000 report shows that while the number of abortions dropped more than 30,000 from 1996 to 1997, a record 36 percent—up from 32 percent in 1990—of all abortions were performed on black women, even though blacks comprised just 12 percent of the population. The report notes that abortion rates are higher in urban areas “where access to abortion is easier” (“Abortions Decline,” USA Today, 11 January 2001, 14A).
“Abortion is the number-one killer of blacks in America,” says Rev. Hunter of LEARN. “We’re losing our people at the rate of 1,452 a day. That’s just pure genocide. There’s no other word for it. [Sanger's] influence and the whole mindset that Planned Parenthood has brought into the black community … say it’s okay to destroy your people. We bought into the lie; we bought into the propaganda.” Rev. Johnny M. Hunter, interview by author, Washington, D.C., 14 November 2000.
Some blacks have even made abortion “rights” synonymous with civil rights.
“We’re destroying the destiny and purpose of others who should be here,” Hunter laments. “Who knows the musicians we’ve lost? Who knows the great leaders the black community has really lost? Who knows what great minds of economic power people have lost? What great teachers?” He recites an old African proverb: “No one knows whose womb holds the chief.”Ibid
Hunter has personally observed the vestiges of Planned Parenthood’s eugenic past in the black community today. “When I travel around the country … I can only think of one abortion clinic [I've seen] in a predominantly white neighborhood. The majority of clinics are in black neighborhoods.”Ibid
Hunter noted the controversy that occurred two years ago in Louisiana involving school-based health clinics. The racist undertone could not have been more evident. In the Baton Rouge district, officials were debating placing clinics in the high schools. Black state representative Sharon Weston Broome initially supported the idea. She later expressed concern about clinics providing contraceptives and abortion counseling. “Clinics should promote abstinence,” she said. Sharon Weston Broome, interview by author, Washington, D.C., 16 Nov, 2000 Upon learning officials wanted to put the clinics in black schools only, Hunter urged her to suggest they be placed in white schools as well. At Broome’s suggestion, however, proposals for the school clinics were “dropped immediately,” reported Hunter.
Grant observed the same game plan 20 years ago. “During the 1980s when Planned Parenthood shifted its focus from community-based clinics to school-based clinics, it again targeted inner-city minority neighborhoods,” he writes. Grand Illusions, 98 “Of the more than 100 school-based clinics that have opened nationwide in the last decade [1980s], none has been at substantially all-white schools,” he adds. “None has been at suburban middle-class schools. All have been at black, minority or ethnic schools.”Ibid
In 1987, a group of black ministers, parents and educators filed suit against the Chicago Board of Education. They charged the city’s school-based clinics with not only violating the state’s fornication laws, but also with discrimination against blacks. The clinics were a “calculated, pernicious effort to destroy the very fabric of family life [between] black parents and their children,” the suit alleged.Ibid
One of the parents in the group was “shocked” when her daughter came home from school with Planned Parenthood material. “I never realized how racist those people were until I read the [information my daughter received] at the school clinic,” she said. “[They are worse than] the Klan … because they’re so slick and sophisticated. Their bigotry is all dolled up with statistics and surveys, but just beneath the surface it’s as ugly as apartheid.”Ibid
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KOMEN ROLLERCOASTER

This article by my friend and colleague, Brad Mattes of Life Issues Institute illustrates the roller coaster ride that pro-life Christians and groups experienced last week with the Komen defund of Planned Parenthood followed by a mafia like shakedown and seeming reversal by Komen.

Next week Planned Parenthood will unveil their latest atrocity – National Condom Week, designed to coincide with Valentine’s Day. The innocent valentine cards and candies we enjoyed as children are now being pushed aside by sex ed. from Planned Parenthood (beginning in the 5th grade) with titles like “Sex and Masturbation!” Coming soon – a link to an awesome video exposé of Planned Parenthood.

Pat

Last week was an emotional rollercoaster for pro-lifers with the announcement that Komen would end funding of Planned Parenthood and subsequent reporting by the media they had reversed their decision.

I must admit, rarely—if ever—have I experienced such a euphoric high, only to be plunged into the depths of depression and discouragement.
But a further, detailed investigation into Komen’s so-called reversal has led me to believe that things aren’t nearly as bad as I had thought.
I have it from a very good authority that not much has changed from Komen’s initial decision.
Bless her heart. To the casual observer, Komen founder, Nancy Brinker, had previously never known what it’s like to be attacked by liberal media elites. I don’t say this to diminish her accomplishments with Komen. On the contrary, she’s worked hard and built it into a non- profit organization many of us stand in awe of. But until now, she’s always been on the side of political correctness and immune from the attacks we pro-lifers have experienced for decades. That all changed last week.

Let’s face it, even we grizzled, thick-skinned veterans of the pro- life movement were somewhat taken aback by the vicious attack on Komen since it announced it would not fund Planned Parenthood.

Some have likened it to a Planned Parenthood Mafia shakedown—keep paying extortion money or we’ll destroy your organization. We recently aired a TV episode of Facing Life Head-On regarding state efforts to defund Planned Parenthood of Indiana. My guests included an ACLU attorney who’s suing the state to keep its funding flowing. His basic argument was: Once at the government trough, always at the government trough. The people of Indiana have no right to stop our cash flow, and we’ll do what we need to insure that it continues. The entire episode may be viewed at (http://www.facinglife.tv/episode/season_5/ episode_22/episode_522.html)

Where Komen is concerned, Planned Parenthood enlisted pro-abortion politicians and celebrities to carry out their shock and awe, torched- earth strategy. And they didn’t care if Komen was destroyed in the process—an organization that’s done much to protect women’s health.
Why such an aggressive effort on their part? There’s one thing even more precious to Planned Parenthood than Komen’s money—it’s Planned Parenthood’s credibility. Komen is pretty much their last link to acceptance within the medical community. Over the years, pro-lifers have been successfully pointing out to Americans that Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest chain of abortion facilities. This reality has tarnished their sterling image and is gradually reducing them to be the “bottom feeders” of healthcare providers.

Also, the timing couldn’t have been worse. Last year the House of Representatives voted to end Planned Parenthood’s federal funding.
Sadly, the Senate didn’t agree, but it was still a victory for the pro- life movement. A few short years ago we would have never dreamed a vote like that would have taken place, let along pass in the House.

Further, Komen’s decision to defund the abortion giant sent a message to the corporate world that Planned Parenthood is toxic goods. And it could’ve been added ammunition to members of Congress to renew their efforts.
Planned Parenthood wasn’t going down without a fight—and they fight dirty. They fed Komen to the sharks, but only after pouring blood in the water, knowing the liberal media would take the bait.

In the wake of Friday’s debacle, one important fact has arisen from the ashes of what seems to be a victory for Planned Parenthood—Komen has no love for the organization. Do you actually think Komen’s national office won’t look for ways around funding Planned Parenthood without risking its organization? If I were a betting man, I’d say they’re going to look under every rock for effective ways to free themselves from this Mafia-style association while mitigating the damage. I believe Friday was an example.

Let’s step back, take a deep breath and watch this thing unfold. We know there are 5 Planned Parenthood grants in the pipeline. If more are added, we’ll know Komen is wedded to the abortion industry. If not, then we’ll know last Friday was one of the liberal media’s most egregious efforts to further their pro-abortion agenda. In the meantime, don’t give donations to Komen.
And don’t think that your voiced support and donations to Komen were wasted. They’ve demonstrated to Komen who the reasonable people are— who really cares about the lives of women. Be encouraged about this also—last week’s events educated millions of Americans to Planned Parenthood’s major role in the abortion industry, and the level to which it creates controversy.

Please be in prayer for Nancy Brinker and those leading the Susan G.
Komen Foundation. Pray that God will give them wisdom and courage to break free from this abortion industry giant once and for all. And let Nancy Brinker know you’re praying for her personally and for the organization she cares so deeply about. Send your message to news@komen.org.

And always remember, we’re soldiers in a cultural war against innocent human life. It’s often hard and very discouraging. But know this—God doesn’t call us to be victorious. He calls us to be faithful. He’ll take care of the rest.
Standing up for babies and their mothers,

Bradley Mattes
Executive Director
Life Issues Institute

Mean Cartoon has Part of the Truth

This cartoon by Scott Stantis appeared yesterday in the Chicago Tribune. Planned Parenthood unleashed a firestorm of attacks on Komen for deciding to not fund the abortion giant in the future because they (Planned Parenthood) are under multiple investigations for fraud and are a “pass through” group for mammograms. THEY DO NOT GIVE MAMOGRAMS ( as they claim) – only refer to doctors and facilities that do. Komen – if Komen grants any more funds to PP they are guilty – they may or may not do that! Planned Parenthood is the villain here not Komen – they tried to do what was right but caved to a vicious attack. Planned Parenthood does trash the lives of innocent unborn babies.

Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood.

I just received this article from the Washington Times. Cathy Ruse makes a good argument for the truth of the report that the Girl Scouts are connected to Planned Parenthood. The largest provider of abortions. Komen tried to sever funding and they were attacked in a mafia style manner and finally caved. The mafia kills and maims. Planned Parenthood kills unborn babies and maims women. They are under federal and state investigation for medicaid fraud. Although they love to say that defunding planned parenthood will cause women to not be able to get mammograms – PLANNED PARENTHOOD DOES NOT GIVE MAMOGRAMS!!! They only recommend. Is their claim a lie – YES – but no one is brave enough to face off with this ravenous giant.
Pat

RUSE: Planned Parenthood, Girl Scout cookie monster
Girls’ group may regret sex-ed partnership as snack sales suffer
By Cathy Cleaver Ruse
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The Washington Times
Monday, February 6, 2012
Illustration by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times
Across the country, angry emails bombard official Girl Scout computers. In Northern Virginia, a Catholic church bans the Scouts from meeting on its property. An Idaho television station reports that a “rumor” about a Girl Scout-Planned Parenthood alliance is disrupting this year’s cookie sales.
Emails and random churches are one thing, the bottomline is quite another.
The cookie sale is the Girl Scouts’ largest fundraiser, bringing in close to a billion dollars annually. This year, some girls will come equipped with credit-card scanners to expedite the sale. But even high-tech toddlers won’t make up for the loss if overall sales are down.
Girl Scout headquarters knows that Planned Parenthood scares parents – why else would it publish an official disclaimer? Its website claims that “Girl Scouts of the USA does not have a relationship or partnership with Planned Parenthood,” and yet there is evidence everywhere that this is patently, even laughably, untrue.
For starters, it’s impossible to explain away the admission on national television by Girl Scout CEO Kathy Cloninger that the organization has a relationship with Planned Parenthood, and indeed, no such attempt has been made. Her words stand today as the single most damning admission of the truth on the matter: “We partner with many organizations. We have relationships with … Planned Parenthood organizations across the country.”
Long-standing relationships, it turns out. For 14 years,the Girls Scouts of Waco, Texas, co-sponsored a sex-education conference with Planned Parenthood featuring a book written by a member of Planned Parenthood’s Board of Advocates titled, “It’s Perfectly Normal.” This charming tome, given to Girl Scouts in attendance (some as young as 10), replete with graphic sketches of sex organs and techniques, tells kids that abortion can be a “positive experience.”
If Girl Scout defenders call this old news, show them the current Planned Parenthood sex-ed program, “Real Life. Real Talk,” where the Girl Scouts of NYPENN are listed as a valuable partner. (A screenshot of the page is saved at FRCBlog.com.)
A cottage industry of Girl Scouts watchdog groups has flourished online with names like Girl Scouts Why Not, 100 Questions For the Girl Scouts, Honest Girl Scouts, Speak NowGirl Scouts, and a Facebook page called Make-the-Girl-Scouts-Clean-Again. There are others.
Visit these sites to see Girl Scouts tax returns showing its annual million-dollar-plus contribution to the radical World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, an aggressively pro-abortion organization that openly partners with International Planned Parenthood Federation. (Incidentally, every little girl who signs up for the Girl Scouts is automatically made a member of this umbrella group.) See the biographies of speakers at the Girl Scouts’ 2011 national convention and discover their positions with Planned Parenthood and their promotion of Planned Parenthood. Read experts from Girl Scouts literature encouraging girls to visit Planned Parenthood programs and websites.
What has Girl Scouts headquarters in highest dudgeon, however, is the revelation that their “girls only” meeting at the United Nations included a sex book by Planned Parenthood. The meeting occurred during the annual Commission on the Status of Women in 2010 and the book, “Healthy, Happy and Hot” had tips for kids such as this one: “Many people think sex is just about vaginal or anal intercourse. … But, there are lots of different ways to have sex and lots of different types of sex. There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore and be yourself!”
Girl Scout officials deny they distributed it, but Sharon Slater, mother of seven and president of Family Watch International, insists it was there. She tried to attend the meeting but was ushered out. Ms. Slater waited outside the door, slipped back in when it was over, and picked up one of the booklets from a stack on a table.
The Girl Scouts deny they distributed the brochure, but are they playing word games? They also suggest another group could have left it in the room, but their meeting fell on the first day of the Commission, and earlier groups in the room addressed climate change and counterterrorism.
Girl Scout officials feigning shock that a nasty Planned Parenthood book was found in their meeting is like Captain Renault in “Casablanca” feigning shock that gambling is taking place. It just doesn’t ring true. Planned Parenthood and Girl Scout executives are kindred spirits.
The Girl Scouts are trying to walk a fine line, really. Their challenge was well expressed by Idaho Girl Scouts CEO Shelli Rambo Roberson. After complaining the “rumor” was having an impact on cookie sales, she made a point of stressing that the Girl Scouts have nothing against Planned Parenthood – it’s just that the two organizations are completely separate.
In the end, the Girl Scouts want to keep their reputation and Planned Parenthood, too. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation dropped Planned Parenthood and received 20,000 emails of support and congratulation from pro-lifers and a surge in donations. It also received a public thrashing by Planned Parenthood and its media allies more vicious than anything in recent memory.
The best evidence that the Girl Scouts have not actually severed ties with Planned Parenthood is that Planned Parenthood has not tried to destroy them.
• Cathy Cleaver Ruse is senior fellow for legal studies at the Family Research Council.

February is “LUV” month

It is February and I am about to have my annual rant about “luv” the illusion that masquerades as true love. No one ever wants to talk about true love– the love that is a choice not an emotion. I get so annoyed in February with all the commercial hype about “luv.”
I started using the word “luv” a few years ago to differentiate it from true love when I heard so many young girls going into an abortion clinic telling me how much “in love” they were with the boyfriend who did not want the baby. In one case I talked to a young man outside a killing place who claimed that he wanted his child but he felt he had to “stand by” his girlfriend who he loved. I asked him is he really loved her, enough to care for her and their child. He said he did but that she wanted an abortion. I told him that this old lady probably knew what his girlfriend really wanted better than he. I explained that when a woman asks a man to support her or “stand by her” ( bad song lyric!) she really was wanting him to commit to “stand by her at the front of a church” and promise before God to provide for, protect and love her for a life time. I told him that is a big commitment but if they both really loved each other, that is what she wanted. He said “Really?—Are you sure?” I responded “Actually I cannot truly know your heart or hers but isn’t she worth a try? – Go ask her to marry you!” He went into the killing mill and came out with her – she was crying happy tears and as they drove off they both gave me “thumbs up.”
“Luv” is a destructive illusion born and sustained by romantic novels, TV shows, and movies. It has little to do with reality and therefore creates an unrealistic expectation within us women. What husband can ever compete with the hero of a romantic novel? He will always look imperfect when compared to an unreal standard. Just as pornography poisons good men, causing them to hold their wives to an unreal physical standard, romantic media can poison women. Both are dangerous and can undermine relations. Men, please guard your eyes from even seemingly “soft” pornography. Ladies, please be careful of the danger of “luv.” I am not saying that romantic stuff is sin—just dangerous if you overindulge. Just like wonderful chocolate candy, it needs to be taken in moderation. Yes, I have been known to enjoy an occasional “chick flic” but I must always remember that this is “luv” not love. We must always be wary and guard our hearts. Fiction is just that—fiction—not true, and therefore not worthy of being a yardstick by which we judge real people. The Bible is a standard that is always true—why not use that to judge? The Bible gives a great definition of love
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.1 Corinthians 13:4-7
The interesting thing about the above description is that it leads us to measure ourselves and strive to develop these traits, rather than measure others. That’s what scripture does– leads us to strive to be more like Christ. It is sad but true that we cannot change others, only ourselves. As we change and become more Christ like, our spouses will change because of that, not because of nagging, or complaining. (I am sorry guys but I’m speaking to the women here because I am one.) Even an unbeliever may change.
… that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he must not divorce her. And a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he consents to live with her, she must not send her husband away. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy. For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife? 1 Corinthians 7: 12b-14, 16

Love has four forms, agape (godly love), phileo (brotherly love) between friends, storge (familial love) between parents & children, husbands & wives, and siblings, and eros, (sexual, romantic love). Eros, in marriage, is not “luv.” Eros, sexual love, designed by God for marriage, does not fade when experienced within the marriage covenant and, in addition, storge love also develops. “Luv” is only lust and will always fade!
Last Fall when I visited Auschwitz I learned of a good example of love. A Polish Priest, Fr. Kolbe was imprisoned in Auschwitz for aiding Jews when there was an escape attempt. The Nazi’s had a way if discouraging this. When one prisoner escaped, ten prisoners were killed even if they did not know of the escape. The prisoners were put into a starvation bunker (windowless, small cell) without food or water until they all died one by one. When one man’s name was called as one of the ten he cried—what will happen to my wife and children? Fr. Kolbe stepped forward and begged the guards to take him instead. The guard accepted and the man lived to tell F. Kolbe’s story. He was the last to die and spent the time waiting for death to pray and minister to the others. When finally died they found his body in a corner of the cell with a beautiful smile on his emaciated face. That is love!
When a poor mother says she is not hungry so her children can have the small amount of food she could afford, that is love! When a father works two or more jobs just to keep his family fed, that is love! When a family chooses life for an unexpected baby, even when it means they will have to give up some “pleasures,” that is love! When a sidewalk counselor goes regularly to the killing place to stand in the heat and cold just to offer hope through Jesus to women, many of which will reject her offer, that is love! When someone cares for their ailing or aged parent or spouse even when it means round-the-clock service, that is love! When two people who have made a covenant before God to be faithful, as long as they both shall live, weather the hard times together, that is love and it is the kind of love that only gets stronger through time—true love!!
I would like to propose that we use Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, to commit to remain pure until marriage, if we are single, and faithful to the marriage covenant, if we are married. Think of it as a Valentines gift to your spouse (or future spouse.) I am sure this will mean more than any Hallmark card you can find!

Governed Not by Polls, Politics Nor Profits…

I just received this manifesto written by John Stemberger an attorney in Orlando, Florida and a student of politics, theology and philosophy. He is the President of the Florida Family Policy Council. I believe this is useful for pro-lifers as we come nearer to an election that will be a vital turning point in American History. The Regan election was a defining election for the future direction of America. This November will be another defining point – are we going to be like Europe and slide deeper into a post Christian world or like the US as founded by our Christian founders. Pat

Since I cast my first rather misguided vote in 1980, I have given much thought and consideration toward developing a principle based grid for political decision making. Are there moral “first principles” to consider when deciding who to vote for and why? These points below represent an attempt to develop a principled approach for social conservatives exercising active citizenship as we choose and support candidates.

1) The pro-life issue is not merely a single issue-it’s a disqualification issue.
As a movement, social conservatives have and will continue to have influence only if we are willing to draw an “ethical line in the sand” over certain core moral principles. The single most important such principle is the protection of human life from conception to natural death. From the destruction of human embryos, to killing people because they are old or disabled, pro-life issues represent the most fundamental of all human rights issues. Many have accused pro-lifers of being “single issue” voters. However, the pro-life issue is not merely a single issue, it is a disqualification issue-and one which goes to the core of human dignity and respect. So-called “pro-choice” candidates in essence argue that unborn children and other unwanted human beings should be denied full legal protection as “persons” under our constitution. In my view this morally disqualifies a candidate from holding public office. Whether rich or poor, young or old, handicapped or whole, born and unborn, all human life is made in the image and likeness of God and is therefore worthy of legal protection. If we are ever going to roll back the tide of these human atrocities, then we must be firm in our resolve to reject candidates who refuse to support this timeless and controlling principle. This is a hill we must be willing to die upon.

2) We should not vote for candidates simply based upon where they stand in the polls.
Everyone wants to support a winner and no one wants to be with a loser. This may represent worldly wisdom but certainly not eternal truth. We are governed not by polls, politics nor profits-but by principle. Poll based voting is probably the single most insidious deception we can fall into as a movement. It is unprincipled to the core and a misguided way to engage in political decision making. The insatiable desire to be popular, to be an insider, and to be a winner for the sake of personal or political gain must be resisted with all our might if we are going to be people of integrity who have a sustained and lasting impact upon the process. However, on the other hand, throwing your vote away for totally long shot candidates can thwart other good and viable candidates from getting elected, so we need to be both wise and strategic. Plus if we do not actually win elections, righteous policy, laws and appointments will never see the light of day. It can also be foolish to stand on principle with a “perfect” yet completely unviable candidate. I believe that electability and political viability can be legitimate factors to consider, but this should be not a first principle to guide our initial or final political choices. The tension between principle and strategy should always be wrestled with in choosing a candidate. A friend once told me you will never be wrong if you just do what is right. Some times there are no easy answers.

3) Character matters-a lot!
Modern American political history screams the truth that “character matters”-a lot! Even candidates that seem to be very committed to social conservative issues can still be very bad choices if they lack basic character. Temper tantrums, arrogance, dishonesty, poor judgment, failure to listen to good counsel, ethical compromise, disloyalty, undisciplined lifestyles, rampant immorality and broken promises are all red flags that should be considered in deciding upon a candidate. And unless you know a candidate personally or know someone who knows the candidates you may never know the truth about a person’s character and lifestyle. Having good character is critical and without it, an elected official can easily turn into an embarrassing disaster in no time.

4) We are not electing pastors or priests; we are choosing civil government officials.
While character matters, we must also remember that we are not electing pastors or priests-we are choosing civil government leaders. Personal immorality of some kind in the lives of our political leaders is an unfortunate but common reality. Affairs, divorce, alcohol and drug abuse, gambling and other manner of vice all present questions about how we should evaluate such behavior. While we must stand for what is right and true, we must also guard against our own self-righteousness in evaluating others. Politics is not theology. For those who say they are “tired of between choosing evils” are not thinking clearly. Every candidate that has ever run for office is tainted with the sinful effects of a fallen world. While it would be preferable to have men and woman in public office whose personal lives are required to be like pastors and “above reproach,” this is often not an option in our fallen world. Truth be told, there was only one perfect candidate and we crucified Him well over 2,000 years ago. A working principle to consider is that we should be more willing to forgive personal indiscretions and immorality that occurred in the long ago past than transgressions that occurred recently. Time and retrospection offer the greatest opportunity for real contrition and conversion. Was this matter a mistake? An isolated moral failure? Or was it a pattern of long-standing bad behavior?

5) Realize that elections present both clear choices and mixed choices.
In some election years candidates stand in stark and clear contrast on the issues and the choice is easy. However, it becomes more difficult when there is a mixture of good and bad factors to weigh. We live in an imperfect and fallen world and so we are often presented with a sort of choice-of-evils problem. This can be frustrating because many of us understand and want to clearly see right from wrong in the world. Yet, competing strengths and weaknesses can be difficult to weigh when there is no clear moral answer to the question, “who is the best”? Political candidates can hide, lie, misrepresent, and manipulate their past record or present views. However, usually with enough good information, it is possible to determine which of the candidates presents the “lesser of the evils.” Staying home and shirking your most important civic duty should never be an option. Do the best you can and engage in the process as an active citizen.

6) “Professions of principle” are more important than “professions of faith”
This can be a controversial point for some, but I have found this principle to be true over and over again. If I hire a plumber to fix a leak, I am not primarily concerned whether he claims to be a Christian, whether his faith is genuine or whether his theology is accurate. I am primarily interested in whether he can get the job done-and done correctly by the manufacturer’s standards. I would argue the same is true for elected officials. Today it can be “cool to be Christian” and many public officials make professions of faith or church membership. However, we should be more concerned with where candidates stand on issues then where they go to church. The 1980 race between Carter and Reagan clearly highlights this principle. From all external standards, Carter was a “better Christian.” Reagan however, was the candidate that stood for Biblically based values in his social policies. It is clear that true faith can and should have a dramatic effect upon a person’s worldview. But a mere expression of faith is not as important as a demonstrated record of commitment to the values that should flow from faith.

7) A candidate’s past voting record is much more important than any recently announced commitment to policy positions. One of the greatest challenges in political decision making is getting accurate and truthful information. Politicians can be very slippery and difficult to pin down as many try and please everyone and play to both sides. Even more difficult is a candidate who makes an election year conversion to conservative values after having a history of being moderate or liberal. How can we judge sincerity? Is this just political expedience? We can’t judge a man’s motive or his heart, but we can judge his words and actions. And when evaluating candidates, past voting records are much more accurate indicators of what type of leader they will be than any recently announced commitments for the future. Apart from a genuine Christian conversion or a major life changing event, seasoned politicians rarely develop deep convictions that are different from what they have displayed and acted out earlier in their careers.

8) Resist the temptation to vote your pocket book over principle.
Of all the principles, this is probably the most important and also the easiest to violate and then try to rationalize the violation. In the world of politics, decisions can affect the amount of profit made by various industries, professions and businesses. Profits can potentially stand to either be enhanced or limited by such matters as insurance rates, tort reform, taxes, regulatory issues, and government subsidies. So many people sadly support candidates solely based upon how their own personal business or industry will be affected. I have spent most of my life voting for candidates that regularly oppose my economic interest as an attorney. I don’t like this and I do not agree with it from a policy standpoint. But my commitment to principle on moral issues is greater than my commitment to maximizing profit. Economic and business issues are important and should be debated vigorously. But social and moral issues are paramount because they define us as a people and guide our destiny as a culture. The Bible says that “thelove of money is the root of all evil.” And when we place our own personal profit before principles which are in pursuit of the common good, we engage in some of the most idolatrous compromise possible. We must pledge our allegiance to God and His truth alone, and trust in Him to provide for our businesses and for our families.

Life Coalition International’s Vision

Vision

To participate in the “Great Commission” by accurately representing God’s heart concerning the unborn – that this and future generations would not be abandoned.

Objective

To see the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ recognize child killing and the population control agenda as a Gospel issue and to understand these truths as integral to the spiritual integrity of the Church.

Ministry Action Plan - For Nations Where Abortion is Illegal

• Support the efforts of local pastors and missionaries to educate the people about the sanctity of life and the evils of abortion.

• Serve the local Church in these countries by providing pro-life educational materials, resources and planning assistance where requested.

Ministry Action Plan - For Nations Where Abortion is Legal

• Support local pastors in their efforts to fight this legislation and the evil of abortion.

• Serve the local Church in these countries by providing pro-life educational materials, resources and planning assistance where requested.

Global

• Expose the lies of the international population control movement and all who promote the abortion agenda.

National – United States

• Educate young, future missionaries and pastors in Bible colleges and missions schools.

• Equip the next generation of Christians to be mighty warriors in the fight against the

• Educate young, future missionaries and pastors in Bible colleges and missions schools.

• Equip the next generation of Christians to be mighty warriors in the fight against the deception of Satan.

• Stand against the exportation of Satan’s agenda (abortion) to other nations by the United States.

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Latvia Teachers Conference

What happens in a former Communist country when 182 public school teachers from 112 different schools in 64 different districts come together for a Christian conference? Almost anything!

From the first speaker, we were off to the races. The room was packed full. There was a sense of anticipation. What an amazing contrast. We were teaching and ministering to teachers, enabling them to take Bibles back to their classrooms to protect their students from growing up in the moral-spiritual void that their teachers did. At the same time America was once again grieving over yet more carnage among our youth in a school system that’s rejecting God’s Word. Many of these teachers are not confessing believers – yet they want to be better teachers. Rather than see the Bible as an enemy of education they recognize their need for help.

Listen to the words of an elderly teacher who traveled with her daughter from the Russian border. “For many years I have been praying for such possibilities to share the Bible in school with students. My daughter is working in police with teenagers. She says, ‘I am working with young criminals.’ There is no other way to change our criminal situation rather than to teach Word of God to our future generation. We took forty Bibles at once. They were very heavy, but we really wanted to bring the Bible to our region.”

All day Saturday and Sunday we hammered Biblical themes in our teaching. I concentrated on Genesis 1:27 And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Gen.1:27 NAS. He made them male and female! I emphasized that the sexual confusion of this generation was directly related to their rejection of the Creator. I talked of the different function /nature of men and women, and how, if we are going to teach effectively, those distinctions need to be emphasized, not smothered.

Unlike the politically correct atmosphere I’ve experienced in the United States, these teachers drank it in. We were able to present each teacher with forty children’s Bibles printed in their own beloved Latvian language. Several years ago we were smuggling those same Bibles into the country. Now they are being passed out in the public schools.

One of the highlights of the conference was a fourteen year old boy who sang. He is an orphan and his Christian teacher, who has filled a special place in his heart, brought him with her. Our visits to the churches were also a great enjoyment – one Church especially, where many of the new believers were teachers who had been taught through this conference outreach.

Because of the very limited financial means in Latvia right now, they could not put on a conference like this. We paid for the rooms, food, and building rental. We brought with us gift packets of ladies items, small soaps, perfume, shampoo etc. that were real luxury items. These were put together by a number of churches in the States as a special blessing. We also awarded three door prizes, a vacuum cleaner, a coffeemaker and an iron. Here these items would not mean much but there they were much appreciated.

I was glad that Life Coalition International covered the cost of the conference. What would it cost here to put almost 200 hundred people up for a whole weekend, feed them, and have professional translators? It would cost at least $200 to $300 per person! There, it cost about $40 (U.S. dollars) per person. That’s a deal! That’s why I wanted so much to have LCI seize this opportunity. I know it’s fruit will be eternal. They asked if we would please do another next year. I did not commit because, as of this writing, we have fallen behind financially and need to take care of business.

Just think – right now teachers are passing out Bibles in their schoolrooms. What’s the vision worth? So I ask you to please help. Maybe there will be a day when the United States will look at Latvia’s schools and say we need to follow their example. Why not? It seems just yesterday we were smuggling Bibles in. Anything is possible!

In the Master’s service,

Keith Tucci

Russia

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD; The fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalm 127:3 NASB

I finished my opening presentation in St. Petersburg, Russia with those words, and waited while my translator, repeated them in Russian. As I left the podium I was met by a young Russian girl whose face was filled with tears. She quietly asked me to talk more with her after the session saying, “I have never heard this before.” I was pleased and somewhat surprised by her strong reaction to what I had said. It is hard for someone who has grown up in a country where we hear about God’s Word often to anticipate the effect scripture has on those who are hearing it for the first time. This generation of youth in Russia and the other nations of the former Soviet bloc has grown up never hearing about Jesus. Abortions are the major form of birth control. Crime, and alcoholism is rampant since the August economic crash because the people have no God to turn to. My heart broke for this young lady and her generation. She had never heard the wonderful promise of Jesus.

On the Saturday and Sunday after the St. Petersburg conference and before we left for Moscow, I spent time with young Russian high school and university students I tried to pour as much knowledge about the Lord and the sanctity of life into them as I could in the short time I would have with them. They are bright, eager and excited about all they have learned. I know they will be effective ambassadors for Jesus to their generation.

That is what it is all about – the next generation. God is a generational thinker. The most important thing about the human rights conferences in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia was not what I said in the somber halls of the Duma (Russian Parliament) but what I was able to pour into young Russian students. Russia is open now but we must not waste the opportunity the Lord has created for us. I found Russia to be a nation of beautiful, empty churches. The nations of the former Soviet Union are in desperate need of discipleship. When the door first opened many missions crusades told the people about Jesus but did not stay long enough to teach and disciple. Thousands have not yet heard and others have accepted Jesus but have not been taught His ways.

I left Moscow after almost two weeks of conferences and flew to Riga, Latvia to join Keith and the teaching team for the teacher training conference. How honored I was to work with people who have a vision to reach the next generation. Life Coalition has invested in the people of Latvia — in Peter a local pastor with a generational vision to reach teachers and in Larry and Debbie, missionaries who came to Riga almost ten years age and never left. We are building on people who are already established and respected in the area.

The work in preparation for the teacher training began months before the event. Letters were sent to teachers all over the nation inviting them to the conference and describing the nature of the training. Each teacher was promised bibles for her classroom. The response was tremendous. We stamped and packaged bibles for hours. The hall where the conference was held will filled to overflowing and still they came. They came from big cities like Riga and small towns and even smaller villages. Teaching them was a delight. Have you ever gotten up to speak and every one is fully attentive – not one movement– not one sound – for the entire duration of your talk? They seemed to hang on every word. One elderly gentleman commented, “What you say is good – I will teach it to my grandchildren.” They were also generational thinkers.

Before I came to work with Life Coalition International, I taught college students, some of them teachers, in a large university. What a difference! Every principle of education that works is grounded in God’s Word. Here, I was able to teach educational principles using scripture to illustrate each one. I did not have to be “politically correct” (translate that as scripturally ignorant) one time. Praise the Lord!

Even after the conference was over God kept opening more doors of opportunity for us. One day we visited an orphanage and played and prayed with the children. Keith and two pastors who were members of the team spoke in different churches. I had the opportunity to talk to a ladies meeting in a church. Most of the women in this church were new believers. Many had heard about Jesus at one of the teacher’s conferences. Because of years of hopelessness caused by the oppression of Communism these women had been abused, abandoned and broken. Many had abortion in their past. I wanted to pour the oil of the Father’s love over these women. Because so many are broken so I taught on the love of the Father and how Mary broke the precious vessel of oil over Jesus. “there came a woman with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume of pure nard; and she broke the vial and poured it over His head.” Mark 14:3b NAS. I wanted them to understand how much God loves them and how sometimes a broken vessel is more useful because of it’s brokenness. I prayed with them and cried with them. One woman, who had come for the first time with a friend accepted Jesus and her Savior.

God has given Keith a great vision and it is bearing fruit in this next generation.

Pat McEwen