May 19, 2011

NARAL, Pro-Choice America. What an interesting organization. They spout out "reasons" that abortion should be legal. Their whole premises centers around a woman being able to make a choice on their own. And they churn out emails and petition politicians and ask for your money because you may feel  that their cause is worth the fight.

I receive emails from the NARAL. Not because I support their cause, but because I want to be aware of this issue. If there is something going on, I want to be informed. But yet, I often times see how the facts often times get skewed to the point of being deceptive. (Don't get me wrong, the religious right has a few organizations like this... like the American Families Association.)

But I recently received an email from NARAL that talks about some "anti-choice measures" that the Florida Legislature has passed. They feel that Governor Rick Scott should stay out of "our private lives." They feel that these measures are part of a "divisive social agenda."

But... the one fact that they often times will fall upon is deception. This is the text from their blog and their email:
Women in the exchange could be forced to pay out of pocket for abortion services – even women who experience heart-breaking complications, such as a fetal anomaly, or where abortion care is necessary to protect a woman’s health.
Really? Have they ever looked at the statistics? Do they know 3/4 say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or other responsibilities and not when medically necessary? Do they know that 47% of women who have abortions had at least one previous abortion? (See here.)

The NARAL's best (yet debatable) arguments always centers around money, not a woman's rights. These women don't need NARAL to stand up for them. These women need to be told that they are not alone. There are countless others like them that are hurting just like they are. These women need someone who understands.

May 10, 2011

Schwarzenegger's advice on marriage

Have you heard the news? Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver are breaking up. It's Hollywood... no... politics.. whatever, it happens. Is it really big news? 

But something strikes me as being a bit odd... 

Wait. Isn't this the former Governor of California who backed down in defending Proposition 8? Does he know what makes a good marriage? It is odd because he can't even keep his own marriage together, and he thinks he knows what is best for the rest of the State of California.

I find it odd. But, that is how politics often works itself out.

May 5, 2011

Ten things about Christianity, God and the Bible.

I often times find that there are common thoughts that people would have against Christianity, God or the Bible. I thought I would address some of them here:
  1. A belief in God is enough to get into heaven. If you believe, the rest will naturally follow. If you truly believed you had the winning lottery numbers, wouldn't it be natural to play them? But, if you had any doubt, you may decide not to play them for other reasons.
  2. Miracles are a reality. They are the times when reason and logic are defied. They are when the odds are unbelievably beaten. They are the things that cannot be logically explained.
  3. Christianity is not an easy way out. The Bible says that Christians will be persecuted for their beliefs. In some countries, this is the law. In the United States, Christianity is the main defendant in the court rooms.
  4. If you say you have "proof" that the Bible has contradictions, make sure that there isn't something missing. Every single time I have heard about the alleged "proof," I find that there was only a misunderstanding or missing facts. It is OK if you do not understand everything.
  5. Some groups claim to "trust" reason and imply that Christians do not.  There have been, and still are countless rational, reasonable people who believe in God.
  6. Christians are not perfect. If you happen to "catch" someone who genuinely appears to be a Christian, then all you have done is found their imperfection. Remember, only God is perfect. Christians are just forgiven.
  7. Creations is not taught in schools because of "Separation of Church and State." Fact is, Creation is just as valid of a theory as Evolution. Not one single court case has ever made a decision otherwise.
  8. Everything happens for a reason. It isn't by luck, chance or coincidence. Also, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters are "horrible" things. This does not mean that they don't serve a purpose. We serve a God that gives and takes away.
  9. Homosexuality is a sin just as adultery is a sin.  The church needs to accept all  of these people and encourage repentance. However, sinners who do not repent are not good leaders within the church. To say otherwise shows a desire to be led by hypocrites.
  10. Prayer is not meant to be a means of demands and wants. If you want God to listen to your prayers, try to listen to God for direction.