August 20, 2006
Folks in WNC just know how to have a Shin-dig!
Posted by Michael Moore at 9:31 PM
I found this article in the Salisbury paper, and I couldn't help but think about John Hood's daily journal from this past week that mentioned Daniel Boone. Folks in Davie County have a festival to honor this great figure of North Carolina. I know they had to have some good Music, that's just what folks from WNC do!
Spot the Bad News — harmonious interaction between "conservative, white Republicans" and "overwhelmingly Democratic, black communities"
Posted by Jon Sanders at 5:35 PM
Ebony and Ivory
Live together in perfect harmony
Side by side on my piano keyboard
Oh Lord, why don't we?
— Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
This AP story reports of a growing phenomenon, a "movement led mostly by conservative, white Republicans interacts with overwhelmingly Democratic, black communities." Indeed, the reporter characterizes the interaction as "harmony." So what's the problem?
Well, it seems that this "campaign involves crisis pregnancy centers, whose counselors seek to dissuade women with unplanned pregnancies from having abortions." (Gasp!) And "[o]ne reason for the harmony: The teen center's black leaders and the whites running the pregnancy center share an evangelical Christian faith." (Double gasp!) And this movement is on "a nationwide push by anti-abortion activists to expand their foothold in heavily black and Hispanic inner cities." (Triple gasp!)
Scary times for Planned Parenthood. Listen to how the Washington director of Planned Parenthood tries to spin it:
"These predatory fanatics don't lift a finger to help the children who are born unwanted and unplanned," said Jatrice Martel Gaiter, head of the Washington-area Planned Parenthood chapter.
"In these centers of deception, they leave young parents at best with a box of Pampers and a prayer," she said. "They leave people even more vulnerable than when they walked through the door, without any information about how to avoid a future unintended pregnancy."
Who's predatory? Those who are trying to save lives, or those who are trying to eliminate them? Like her Planned Parenthood peers, Martel is obviously suffuse with the idea that being born poor in America is a fate worse than death (even death by dismemberment).
Remember that Ron Weddington, the co-counsel on Roe v. Wade, wrote to then–President-elect Bill Clinton the following:
You can start immediately to eliminate the barely educated, unhealthy and poor segment of our country. No, I'm not advocating some sort of mass extinction of these unfortunate people. Crime, drugs and disease are already doing that. The problem is that their numbers are not only replaced but increased by the birth of millions of babies to people who can't afford to have babies.
There, I've said it. It's what we all know is true....
We lost a lot of ground during the Reagan-Bush religious orgy. We don't have a lot of time left. ...
The biblical exhortation to "be fruitful and multiply" was directed toward a small tribe, surrounded by enemies. We are long past that. Our survival depends upon our developing a population where everyone contributes. We don't need more cannon fodder. We don't need more parishioners. We don't need more cheap labor. We don't need more poor babies.
But let's not sell Martel short. It's not just the co-counsel on Roe v. Wade's ideas she and her peers are upholding. It's also the racist vision of eugenicist and Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger. Why would it be a problem for Christians of all races to bring a message opposing Planned Parenthood's final solution to "heavily black and Hispanic inner cities"? Because their opposition is more than a surface assault on Sangerism. Recall that Margaret Sanger wrote the following about Planned Parenthood's "Negro Project" — and talk about "centers of deception":
[We propose to] hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. And we do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.
How successful has been Sanger's vision? The article provides a glimpse: "According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, which compiles abortion data, black women are almost four times as likely as white women to have an abortion, and Hispanic women are 2.5 times as likely."
Other "Spot the Bad News" entries: fewer people in the world are starving; children in American face declining levels of crime, violence and risky behaviors; Protestants make great dads; and the Chinese are not starving to death any more.
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