This week: Susan G. Komen for the Cure no longer re-gifting contributions to Planned Parenthood. Putting abortion into the perspective of the metrics of death. Taylor Mali on being cool. Updating the Holy Bible with a certain sensitivity. Larry finishes The Illustrated Progressive Catholic Alphabet. Another touching homecoming. The quote of the week.
Has Susan G. Komen for the Cure seen the light? Komen has been a big supporter of Planned Parenthood, re-gifting money people raised for critically needed breast cancer research to the nations biggest abortion-mill operator. I wrote about this previously here, here and here.
Good news! They are apparently going to stop sending your money to PP. However, before we declare success and Komen rehabilitated, there are a few points worth noting. (1) they have announced this only internally – no promises, no mea culpa. (2) their reason wasn’t the immorality of PP, only that PP is under federal investigation – Komen is not committing to anything after that investigation ends. (3) many on Komen’s board remain close to PP. (4) While not announcing the policy change, Komen did stress in an interview that they do not accuse PP of any wrongdoing, “want to maintain a positive relationship with them”, and are “not making any judgment.”
I am thrilled by their new, unannounced position but would not call it a change of heart. Komen should be supported now but monitored carefully.
UPDATE: Indeed, Komen has now reversed their position under the tremendous weight of the liberal media and supporters. They are restoring funding to Planned Parenthood and have apologized for cutting-off funds to the abortion giant. As before, money raised for Komen is, in part, money raised for the notorious abortuary chain operator.
Some numbers to put abortion into perspective:
|25 million||worldwide HIV-related deaths (since start of outbreak to 2009)|
|5.9 million||Jews killed in the Holocaust|
|5 million||non-Jews killed in the Holocaust|
|3 million||deaths related to the Crusades|
|2.5 million||US military dead and wounded from all US wars combined|
|2.5 million||deaths from the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia|
|2.4 million||number of deaths by any cause in the US (in 2009)|
|1.5 million||deaths from human sacrifice by Aztecs (1300-1521)|
|1 million||deaths in the Soviet Gulag (1934-1953)|
|800,000||deaths in Rwandan genocide|
|230,000||deaths in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake/tsunami|
|145,000||immediate deaths from atomic bombings of Hiroshima/Nagasaki|
|5,000||number executed by the Spanish Inquisition (1560-1700)|
|4,743||number of lynchings in US (1882-1968)|
|2,996||deaths in September 11th, 2011 terrorist attacks|
|1,278||number of executions (capital punishment) in the US (since 1976)|
|916||deaths from SARS worldwide (11/2002 to 8/2003)|
|25||deaths from Salem Witch Trials|
|50 million||TOTAL of all the above|
|50 million||abortions in the US (1973-2008)|
|43 million||abortions worldwide (2008 alone)|
“In case you hadn’t realized, it has somehow become uncool to sound like you know what you’re talking about…”
These observations from Taylor Mali are really funny. And sad. It reminds me of OWS communications-speak and that of others who aspire to similar heights of logic and clarity of thought.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, cleanse them by water in the name of Allah, his Messiah and his Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
This is the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19) as represented in a new Protestant Bible. No more “Father” or “Son” as that is offensive to… Muslims. This is what happens without the authority of the Catholic Church. Read more at Weasel Zippers on this story spotted by Matthew Archbold.
Larry over at Acts of the Apostasy has completed The Illustrated Progressive Catholic Alphabet. It would be hilarious if it were not so true. Four parts cover all the letters: one, two, three and four.
The quote of the week is from our Holy Father on the true meaning of justice and peace:
Justice is not a mere human convention. When, in the name of supposed justice, the criteria of utility, profit, and material possession come to dominate, the value and dignity of human beings can be trampled underfoot. Justice is a virtue which guides the human will, prompting us to give others what is due to them by reason of their existence and their actions. Likewise, peace is not the mere absence of war, or the result of man’s actions to avoid conflict; it is, above all, a gift of God which must be implored with faith, and which has the way to its fulfillment in Jesus. True peace must be constructed day after day with compassion, solidarity, fraternity, and collaboration on everyone’s part.
Pope Benedict XVI
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!