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President Trump and His Pro-Life Policies

President Trump is only a week into his presidency, and my goodness has it felt like Christmas every day.

Donald Trump Twitter

After the third debate, I wrote how we had a duty to vote for Trump to prevent abortions. I suspect that for many I was already preaching to the choir. Those that read that article were going to vote for President Trump anyways. I know some continued to scoff at me because they knew “he would never be a pro-life president.”

So far, President Trump has done quite a bit to squash abortions:

  • He’s signed an order to stop funding of Planned Parenthood International.
  • He’s signed an Executive Order to begin weakening Obamacare, along with Congress who are voting to repeal it.
  • He called out the media during his interview with ABC’s David Muir about their failure to cover the March for Life where millions of people march to protect the unborn.
  • Vice President Mike Pence will be speaking at the March for Life, something that no other Vice President has done (that I’m aware of).

And this is just wrapping up week one!

President Trump announced on Twitter that he’d be making his Supreme Court nomination pick next Thursday, so that’ll be exciting.

Additionally, President Trump has signed an Executive Order to build the wall. Many Bishops and priests are upset with this news, claiming that walls “do not represent the Gospel,” are “not pro-life,” and even “non-Christian.” Ironically, all of these Bishops and priests reside in houses with walls, doors, and locks. Jesus never said anything in the Gospel about not building walls (if you want to show me where He says that chapter and verse, I’m all ears) but references many times the need for walls and doors. An example would be when the five virgins who did not have enough oil in their lamps were not allowed into the party when they returned c.f. Matthew 25:1-13

We have a President who will promote the authentic pro-life (read anti-abortion) position. But while President Trump continues to defend the unborn, many liberal Catholics, and unfortunately some conservative Catholics within the Church will continue to stick their nose in the air and pretend that the “official” pro-life position encompasses everything that it doesn’t all the while ignoring the death of babies.

Jeff January 26, 2017 Leave A Comment Permalink

Kill Them With Kindness

Its a phrase that you’ve probably heard once or twice. Maybe even more than that. I’ve found this phrase to be pretty popular among the pro-life movement, though lately it appears to be gaining some traction among the neo-Catholic movement as well.

Preborn-Baby-18-Weeks

But, when you think of it, does it work? Oh, sure, it works from time to time, but it isn’t at all a reliable evangelization strategy. Why?

Because kindness will never, ever get a person to completely change their mentality of life and join your side. And even if they do, because this person is simply joining due to kindness, what is to prevent them from leaving once that kindness has dried up? How about once someone with a differing ideal is kind to them?

It doesn’t make logical sense, because it is rooted in emotionalism. Emotions, as we know from our Catholic faith are good. The problem with emotions though, is that they get in the way of logic and reason from time to time. Emotions can be shallow and look out only for the good of the person at that moment.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being kind to someone. But this isn’t to stop us from correcting them when they are incorrect in their belief. An abortionist is murdering a baby in the womb. Last I checked, we don’t take murderers or rapists and “kill them with kindness” in hopes that they might one day stop their evil ways. We arrest them, try them and lock them away so that they can amend their lives.

It is a ridiculous concept to me that we should allow a sinner to continually sin and just “kill them with kindness”. Jesus did not always do that and for good reason. It doesn’t always work. There are times when He was kind to those who came to Him, but He always reprimanded them and offered correction. It was then up to the sinner to change their lives and be converted or to continue their wicked ways.

Lest we forget, once in awhile Jesus flipped tables and whipped people.

Flipping Tables

 

Reprimanding the sinner is a spiritual act of mercy. This is regardless of whether we look at the pro-life movement or just proselytizing our fellow neighbor. “Killing with kindness” does not correct the individual, nor explain to them why they are wrong.

If you want to “kill them with kindness”, I suggest waiting until they are at least interested in hearing what you have to say. Then kill them all you want.

Exciting News!

I’m going to be a dad!

My wife and I are expecting our first child!

In your generosity, if you could please pray for us, we would be very appreciative.

This is the picture we used to share the news to our friends on Facebook:

Kathy Prego

My favorite part of  the picture, is that the Prego is Traditional. That’s one less thing I have to worry about ;-)

Jeff January 28, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

Abortion, Pregnancy and the Comparison to Disease

There is a lot of comparison on the pro-abortion side of the fence comparing pregnancy to that of a disease or, worse, a parasite. This was made relatively obvious if you read the debate I had on abortion. And really, for those of us who are pro-life, we are completely baffled as to why someone would compare an unborn child to that of a disease or parasite, especially when they look just like a human being in the womb.

Doesn’t look like a parasite to me.

And really, this is where we are at. Abortion on Demand has been legal now thanks to Roe V. Wade for 40 years now. In 40 years, 55 million children have had their lives taken from them due to this unconstitutional and inhumane law.

We have a bit of a disconnect here. Clearly, on one side of the fence, we recognize the above as fully human and having the same God given rights that you and I have. The other side of the fence, believes that every abortion is like curing a disease. For a side that states that they want abortion to be safe, legal and rare, they seem to celebrate the fact that Planned Parenthood performed 333,964 abortions last year. I could understand this excitement if we cured 333,964 cases of cancer last year, or prevented 333,964 cases of the flu from breaking out. Yet, here some people are, celebrating the 333,964 deaths of innocent human life.

On December 14, 2012, we lost 20 innocent young children and 6 innocent adults in the tragedy that was the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. We as a nation mourn those whose lives were taken (and rightly so), yet we ignore the 333,964 innocent children’s lives who were taken last year alone due to abortion. When we can turn a blind eye to the atrocities that abortion has caused and condone babies to be executed, how hypocritical are those who side with abortion to then turn around and deem these 20 innocents lives as “more superior”. Then we have those who are using the Sandy Hook tragedy to hijack pro-life values (yes, I’m talking about those on the left) who are trying their hardest to change what pro-life means from valuing human life at all stages of life, to that of being pro-gun control, pro-diet, pro-insert-whatever-lame-thing-that-will-help-your-life-go-longer. This is used to shame those who are against abortion.

Cuz…you know…I’m like “pro-life”.

Yes, I’m sure those of you who disagree with me on abortion are accusing me of belittling the Sandy Hook tragedy to push a pro-life agenda. That’s okay. As I just demonstrated, you have been using the Sandy Hook tragedy to hijack the pro-life agenda.

I can understand where those who disagree with me are coming from. We all have different beliefs, and its important for both sides to understand what the other side thinks. Those who believe abortion should be legal, for the most part, do not believe that the baby is human, but, they believe it is either A) A Lump of cells. B) A parasite/disease. C) Not human.

The challenge I have for those on the pro-abortion side, is simple. At what point, does it become a human? Is it a time frame of 9 months? Is it the second it enters into the physical world? Because these arguments are flawed. If its a time frame of months, a child can enter the world before 9 months as a premie. Heck, there has been a premie who was born at 22 weeks old and survived.

The challenge I have for those on the pro-life side, is equally simple. Be patient, be kind and be reasonable. This doesn’t mean STOP fighting the fight. This means, approach it from a different angle. Using anger will not bring anyone over. When you get into discussions, do not let your emotions over power your argument, as that will bring an end to it. Conversions are rarely instantaneous, this is where patience will come in to play. I know you work hard on this, and it is greatly appreciated. Keep up the hard work!

 

Jeff January 23, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink

Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage

I received an email notifying me that the USCCB has asked all faithful Catholics to pray a Novena for the unborn. Here’s the email:

ANNOUNCEMENT
The U.S. Bishops have called for Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage from January 19th to 27th to mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous decision making it legal for a woman to kill her unborn child at any time during her pregnancy. Since that tragic day, more than 55 million of our most vulnerable brothers and sisters have been killed, and countless other lives have been shattered.  Please participate in this spiritual battle to protect our most vulnerable brothers and sisters who have no voice but ours.

To receive the novena:

  • by text – text “9days” to 99000

Let’s get to prayin’!

Jeff January 17, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink

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