Sunday, January 31, 2010

More Americans “Pro-Life” Than “Pro-Choice” for First Time

More Americans “Pro-Life” Than “Pro-Choice” for First Time

Tim Tebow Super Bowl Ad--30 Seconds Abortion Supporters Fear



An ad for the Super Bowl produced by Focus On The Family is causing controversy before it's even had the chance to air. The ad (in case you don't know already) features Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and his mother, Pam Tebow.

Mrs. Tebow and her husband were Christian missionaries in the Philippines. She was pregnant, and she contracted amoebic dysentery, an infection of the intestine caused by a parasite found in contaminated food or drink. The illness cause her to go into a coma. The treatment for the condition required strong medications that doctors told Pam had caused irreversible damage to Tim. They advised her to have an abortion. She refused, citing her Christian faith as the basis for her hope that her son would be born without the disabilities the doctors had predicted. She spent the final two months of her pregnancy in bed, and in August 1987 gave birth to a healthy boy.

Tim Tebow went on to win the Heisman Trophy in 2007 (for those of you outside the United States, the Heisman is awarded each year to the college football player considered to be the nations best), and then lead the University of Florida Gators to the National Championship the following year.

So, what is the controversy you ask?

It seems that some groups, such as the National Organization for Women (NOW), the Feminist Majority, and other groups oppose CBS showing the ad to the 100 million Super Bowl viewers. There are also reports that the Women's Media Center, based in New York, is coordinating the attack on the ad, along with the two aforementioned groups.

These groups charge that CBS has always rejected “political” ads in the past, and should reject this. The website for NOW calls the ad by Focus On The Family an “anti-abortion rights Super Bowl ad” (you can may click the following link to read their posting and the comments on their stance over the ad: http://www.now.org/news/blogs/index.php/sayit/2010/01/26/focus-on-the-family-s-anti-abortion-super-bowl-ad-just-say-no-thanks#comments ).

What NOW and the other groups don't seem to understand, is that abortion is not “politics”, but from a Christian perspective is about morals. It is also amazing, that a group touts itself as “pro-choice”, opposes any mention of a woman who made the choice to give birth instead of choosing to abort. They even go so far as to suggest that an ad which is pro-life is misogynistic. Excuse me, but how could anyone consider an ad depicting a woman who is strong enough to make the choice to give birth instead of making the choice for death, misogynistic? How could anyone in their right mind consider that to be hatred of women?

This shows the hypocrisy of NOW and the other feminist groups. They want a "strong woman" image, but if that woman is strong enough to decide to give life instead of aborting, they oppose her decision. It's time the 'pro-choice' crowd uses honesty for a change, and calls themselves what they are 'pro-abortion' and 'pro-death'. They certainly aren't 'pro-choice' when the choice is life.

I also find it strange that these same groups have been so deafeningly quiet when Super Bowl ads from the past have depicted women in ways that could certainly be considered “misogynistic”. I also find it strange that in essence, they want no dialogue from anyone with an opposing viewpoint. I have always been under the impression that is what America is all about...you can have your viewpoint, and I can have mine.

These same groups are always talking about the “intolerance” of the “ultra conservative” Christians, yet they themselves are the ones practicing intolerance. To tolerate means (according to the dictionary): permit something: to be willing to allow something to happen or exist; endure something: to withstand the unpleasant effects of something; and lastly, accept existence of different views: to recognize other people’s right to have different beliefs or practices without an attempt to suppress them (my emphasis added).

Yes, they want to suppress Focus On The Family's right to express their view, so who is really being intolerant here? So much for “meaningful dialogue” with them.

If you want CBS to be aware of your support on the acceptance of the Tim Tebow Super Bowl ad, you can email them at the following email addresses:

Sumner Redstone, Executive Chairman and Founder : Redstonesredstone@cbs.com

Les Moonves, President and CEO, : lmoonves@cbs.com

Nancy Tellem, President, CBS Paramount Network TV Entertainment Group, : ntellem@cbs.com

Sean J. McManus, President CBS News and Sports, : sjmcmanus@cbs.com

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Some Recommended Reading



Once again, I am going to post a few recommended items to read which have appeared on the different blogs of “Faith of the Fathers”.

First however, I want to recommend that you read an article by Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio, entitled "Catholics and Bible Study: Ignorance of Scripture is NOT Catholic!” A post from Apologetics, "Why Don't Catholic Read the Bible?” , goes well with this.

 I’d also like to recommend two articles on The Blessed Virgin Mary, first on Our Lady, “Mary The Heart of A Mother” and on Approved Apparitions “Our Lady of Lourdes”.

From Spiritual Warfare you may want to read “The New Tower of Babel” and from Saints of the Faith, you can read a biography of the first United States citizen to be canonized, “Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini”.

Lastly, on The Early Church Fathers you can read about the saint who battled the heresy of Gnosticism “Saint Irenaeus of Lyons”.

For those visitors to our blogs who may be new, we have posts each day for Daily Mass Readings, and Saint Quote of the Day.


Monday, January 18, 2010

Time Is Of The Essence




We are seeing and hearing more and more of the desperate plight of the people in Haiti after the devastating earthquake.

The people of Haiti desperately need our aid and support. You may begin by going to the site for Catholic Relief Services, and making a donation now. If you are not comfortable making a donation online, you may donate to Catholic Relief Services by phone, by calling 1-800-736-3467 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (U.S. and Canada), or you may send a check by mail to: Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21203-7090


You may also go to The Hunger Site, and click on the banner entitled “Earthquake in Haiti - PLEASE HELP NOW”.

This is so important, that this same post is going to be placed on all of the Faith of the Fathers blogs.

Let’s all do what we can. No matter how little it seems, all donations help.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Finished (for now)


Well, 6 days and eighteen blogs later, I finally finished switching over the templates for the "Faith of the Fathers" blogs. Including the "Kid's Corner" blogs in the change, a total of 24 blogs were switched over.

I never got any input pro or con regarding the change, and maybe most people just didn't notice. The background color is the same, it is just a three column template now as opposed to the two column standard available from Blogger.

As I stated in my previous post, I switched the comments management to disqus, and I also added another language translation tool, Google Translate. The Google Translate gives more language options for those visitors who have a primary language other than english. You can get Google Translate for all languages or you can choose what languages you want available for your blog or website.

Also, please click on the Hunger Site whenever you get the opportunity to do so. When you get to their site click the big yellow button. Each click on that button results in their sponsors donating 1.1 cups of food for each click. The graphic link for their site is included on each of our blog pages, and there is a text link at the footer of each post on our feeds.

I also implemented a custom google search in the sidebar for each blog page. The searches are Catholic related, and should help you do a search without having to open a new tab or window.

I hope you like the "different" look.

Your brother in Christ,

Steve

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