All lives matter

Pause for a moment and think of the world’s most endangered ecosystems, the living organisms at greatest risk from man’s rapacious self-interest, our decisions to let nothing restrict our pleasures or stand in the way of what we construe as essential to our happiness.  Who suffers the most from our selfishness and greed?  Is it the polar bear, whose ice caps are melting due to climate change?  Or the Sumatran orang-utan, which has lost about 80% of its population in the last 75 years, their forests chopped down to make way for palm oil farms, and is reduced to an alarming 6,600 apes?  Or even the Amur leopard, whose numbers are thought to have dwindled to mere double digits, just 70 creatures?

Of course, we should be concerned to protect these critically endangered species but why do so many who wax lyrical about the lives and futures of these animals say nothing about the threat to unborn babies in the womb from abortion, the self-interested choice of parents to terminate the life of their offspring?  You see, the most endangered ecosystem is not the Amazonian rain forests but the human womb.

Social Justice Warriors bemoan the lack of sacrifice for future generations, the oppression of the poorest and most vulnerable on society… yet say nothing about the monstrous injustice of abortion.

Listen to the “Extinction Rebellion” protestors calling on Britons to “honour the Mother Earth”, brandishing signs declaring “business as usual = death” and claiming “I love people as I love the world and I want it to prosper”. Why can’t they see the relevance of these sentiments to the scandal of abortion?  How much more should we respect, cherish and honour life in the womb or recognise that pursuing our own selfish pleasures without any checks leads to innocents being terminated.  Plus, how can your love for people and planet not extend to those who are defenceless and friendless?

Maybe you think abortion is a relatively small problem and eminently justifiable in extreme circumstances.  Well, globally, there are 125,000 abortions every day – that’s an estimated 40-50 million every year, according to the World Health Organisation.  This no tiny drop in the ocean but justifiably described as a Holocaust or genocide.  Moreover, only 1-1.5% of abortions are actually “hard cases”, terminations where the reason reported is rape or incest – even then why should the innocent baby be punished for the crime of one parent?

What if the mother’s life is at risk?  Again, this is actually extremely rare.  While he was U. S. Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Koop stated that in his thirty-eight years as a pediatric surgeon, he was never aware of a single situation in which an unborn child’s life had to be taken in order to save the life of the mother.

If we are serious about safeguarding future generations and defending life on earth, we must stand-up against selfish, convenience abortions and challenge the lies of a lobby that profits from encouraging promiscuity.  We need to be consistent: we must campaign to see tough actions taken that protect our planet AND the tiny little baby in the womb.  All creatures of our God and King deserve better.  All lives matter.

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Are facts really sacred for The Guardian?

Once again, the framing of abortion by mainstream news sources is deeply problematic. Adrian Horton in The Guardian online, “It’s not a little child: gynaecologists join the fight against six-week abortion bans”, quotes Dr Jen Hunter’s description of a fetal heartbeat as the “throbbing of some human tissues”, which is never challenged and renders the article seriously faulty.

You could, for example, describe an adult “heartbeat” mechanistically (and reductively) and the result would look very similar: the valves between chambers in a body’s internal organ snapping shut, making a thumping noise. However, that fails to capture exactly what is happening and the unique human life being sustained. Never once does the article mention the amazing fact that a “fetal heartbeat” is throbbing up to 121 times per minute.

There is also no reference of the Democrat-backed bills to allow effectively unrestricted abortion up until birth, most notably in New York, which illustrates the refusal of the pro-abortion lobby to see any shred of humanity in the unborn baby and celebrates their destruction.

The closest to any sort of “balancing” viewpoint is underneath in the “Related Stories” section where there is a link in “related stories” to the story of one person who supports “heartbeat bills”, Janet Porter. However, most of the article sets out to discredit her by association other controversial issues (homosexuality) and persons (Ray Moore), rather than actually quoting any arguments for defending life from the moment of conception (or the “heartbeat” being detected).

For example, the “zygote” (formed when sperm fertilises egg) is composed of human DNA and other human molecules with a genetic composition that is absolutely unique, different from any other human that has ever existed, including that of its mother (thus disproving the claim that what is involved in abortion is merely “a woman and her body”).

In that fraction of a second when the chromosomes form pairs, the sex of the new child will be determined, hereditary characteristics received from each parent will be set, and a new life will have begun.

Moreover, at about 22 days after conception the child’s heart begins to circulate his own blood and at just six weeks, the child’s eyes and eye lids, nose, mouth, and tongue have formed. None of this is mentioned in either article.

Finally, a survey of U.S. obstetricians and gynaecologists reported in February 2019 found that while nearly 3 out of 4 had a patient who wanted to end a pregnancy in the past year, fewer than 1 in 4 were willing and able to perform one themselves. How representative are the views of Dr Jen Hunter, which the Guardian article presented as authoritative and incontrovertible. Note the views of Dr Donna Harrison: “We have two patients: both the unborn child and the mother. As physicians, we’ve taken the Hippocratic oath… So we don’t kill our patients.” That is just one example of a perspective that could have provided an important balance to Adrian Horton’s one-sided propaganda piece.

We must ask again how committed are Guardian journalists to their “Facts are sacred” dictum and how concerned they really are about fair, balanced journalism.

Don’t dare quote the “abomination”

I’m truly saddened by how orthodox Christians beliefs are being subjected to all-out assault by those in positions of authority.

You may have heard in the news this week about Australian Rugby player, Israel Folau, almost certain to be sacked by his club and country for saying “hell awaits drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators” — adding they should “repent” as “only Jesus saves.”

Of course, outlets such as the BBC only focused on one small section of people that stand condemned by the warnings of Scripture “gay people”.  Fornicators, incidentally, is anyone who has sex outside traditional, male-female marriage but somehow the reality of what the Bible says is lost in the caricature.

An English rugby player, Billy Vunipola, defends Folau’s stance, calling for people to “live their lives how God intended” and saying “man was made for woman to procreate”.  He will be spoken to at the earliest possible opportunity by his rugby bosses for what is seen as utterly indefensible.  Whatever happened to free speech and religious liberty?

Away from sport, a student social worker is on the verge of being completely expelled from his profession for arguing what the Bible clearly teaches – that homosexuality is a sin.  Apparently, according to the case for the prosecution, Mother Theresa would not be deemed fit to practise social work in modern Britain.

To be clear, “Counsel for the University of Sheffield said that Christian views on sexual morality could never be expressed in a public forum, at a meeting, in a newspaper article or on any social media. She said that the social work profession would need to consider whether such speech may be permissible in a church or Bible study group, but that was a decision for a later date – the implication being that such views will not be permissible even within the walls of a church.”

Lord Jesus, we lift up this tragedy to you.  We pray for our courts, our politicians and our nation to see that Christians must be free to express what your word clearly teaches.  Lord, we tremble for our society if they choose to persecute your Body, the Church, if they opt to silence the voice of truth.  We pray that they would see the Light and repent of their addiction to darkness, to shades of grey and despicable deeds.  Lord, may the abomination that causes desolation be cast out of your holy temples and may truth, righteousness and justice reign.  Have mercy, Lord Jesus, on sheep who are straying and sleepwalking into destruction.  Awaken them from their slumbers and lead them in the Way of life.

Just consider for a moment – we as Christians sincerely believe what the Bible teaches, most importantly that salvation is found in Christ Jesus alone.  We would betray our conscience if we kept quiet about all the things that we are certain lead to eternity without God, a punishment that far outweighs anything the courts of this world can mete out.  Crucifying Jesus and his disciples, or throwing them to the lions could not stop the spread of this revolution over the last 2000 years.  Is this a fight a society bitterly divided by Brexit, social deprivation and myriad disunities really wants to pick?