The Real ‘War on Women’ (and children, and men)

Time_to_Act.pngThis week, the UK kicked off the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, which is co-chaired by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and actress/Special Envoy to the UN Angelina Jolie.  The Summit aims to raise awareness and provide practical solutions to the issue of sexual violence as a tool of terror in armed conflicts by bringing together representatives and citizens from hundreds of countries around the world.  In addition to the Summit conference and panel discussions, the UK’s Embassies and Consulate offices around the world are undertaking a “Global Rally” consisting of 84 continuous hours of events to draw attention to this issue and the connections it draws to human trafficking. 

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Discarding the Seeds of Bitterness

Much has been written, discussed, and debated regarding the promise of our current administration of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” But while most discussion centers on the increasing size of government and the dependency on it, there is another segment of this transformation that I believe is just as dangerous.

We’re bombarded daily with news designed to divide us. Ideological debate and differences of opinion are increasingly personalized and demonized, and there are times when I am convinced that the “transformation of America” is nothing more than a deliberate means to sow seeds of bitterness.

I recently heard a teaching sermon about handling bitterness in our lives. The point was made that sowing seeds of bitterness is a poison to our souls. Roots of bitterness can be so deeply buried in one’s heart and can tragically destroy individuals and their family. In the same manner, how is it not a poison to our nation, and a serious threat to destroy it? 

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Dove Proves "Daddy" Is a Powerful Word

As is commonplace, Mother's Day this year had many companies releasing ads and videos celebrating and commemorating mothers. However, what isn't so commonplace is a company celebrating fatherhood. Yes, they run ads trying to get moms and kids to go out and buy dad the next great power tool or grill, but to have an ad that celebrates the very essence of fatherhood is rare. 

This year, thanks to Dove, that isn't the case. 

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“America Didn’t HELP Save the World - America SAVED the World!”

“America Didn’t HELP Save the World - America SAVED the World!”

Okay, so truth: I can’t write with the frustration of feeling unheard...there's too much to say! With one chaotic event after another, it just continues...when will it stop?

So, free writing - free writing is what you get, the only way I feel I can express my feelings of discontentment.  Friends are talking in both ears once again, each with so much to say, as my feelings of frustration build.  In the right ear; Lynn, Rebecca, Dad, Sherry, Roselyn, Tami.  In the left ear, Steven, Donna, Mona, Becky.  If not in unison - what else, but against each other, in opposition and chaos?  Yes, against one another - that seems to be what he wants - Obama, that is.  Obama’s method is working for him, but it is more than evident that his method is not working for America.  The words you hear me say - they are all reflections of the words I hear from others, whether in written or verbal form.  Reflections of America - “we the people” - not just “me the writer”.  So please listen because I’m writing this for you.

A little old man sits today in the middle of the mall, waiting for his wife.  He has a WWII veteran ball cap on his head. My friend, Lynn, walks over to him to thank him for his service and tells him how his generation is, by far, the greatest generation.  He looks up with a serious look and begins to speak, “I want to tell you something...America didn’t HELP save the world - America SAVED the world!” 

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Hollywood Thinks Infanticide is Humorous

Infanticide (or infant homicide) is the intentional killing of infants. A more common term, abortion, is an operation to end pregnancy: an operation or other intervention to end a pregnancy by removing an embryo or fetus from the womb. 

Considering these two definitions, already quite familiar to most thinking adults, perhaps you can understand why I was recently quite disturbed when I read this headline over at Cosmopolitan online:

Abortion Comedy "Obvious Child" Is the Summer’s Most Important Movie

And even more bothered by the first sentence in the article beneath it.

Four decades after Roe v. Wade, a film finally offers an honest, funny look at terminating a pregnancy.

"Obvious Child", which had a decent opening last weekend in select theaters and is rated 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, is about a twenty-something aspiring comedian who gets dumped, loses her job, is looking for a rebound and "finds herself pregnant just in time for Valentine's Day" (because...you, know, it's common to just "find" oneself pregnant). Described by one critic as a picture that will "instantly become a landmark moment in cultural history," I'm left wondering what it is in particular that filmmaker Gillian Robespierre finds so humorous about the act of killing an unborn child? (it should be noted that Cosmopolitan joined NARAL Pro-Choice America in hosting a screening for the film, during which the director made clear that a voice for life was unwelcome. I encourage you to read the entire review.)

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