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Saturday, December 23, 2017

News Weakly - 12/23/17

Wrong on So Many Levels
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is challenging the government's policy "of discouraging" undocumented teens in custody from terminating pregnancies. That's the story, but it runs afoul of reason all over the place.

Apparently the Trump administration "has strong and constitutionally legitimate interests in promoting its interest in life, in refusing to facilitate abortion, and in not providing incentives for pregnant minors to illegally cross the border to obtain elective abortions while in federal custody." The ACLU disagrees. The ACLU believes that the government should facilitate abortion, should incentive pregnant minors to illegally cross the border to obtain elective abortions, and should not promote life. Got it.

I thought that it was illegal to do a non-emergency medical procedure on a minor without the consent of the parents. Did that change?

Apparently the American Civil Liberties Union is not about American civil liberties, but is working beyond American civil liberties. Oh, and, by the way, the only Americans in this case would be the babies, should they be born in this country, that the ACLU is seeking to have executed.

The ACLU argues that this "strips them of their right to make an independent decision about becoming a parent" ... which, apparently, did not become a moot point when they got pregnant in the first place.

Wait ... it's not done. One of the two minors is 22 weeks pregnant. Since 22 weeks is the normal age of viability, such abortions are illegal in many states.

So it's civil liberties for some, apparently, but not all Americans. Life is not a consideration.

Intolerance Lives
A Phoenix art institute ran afoul of public opinion when they posted on Facebook that they would be having an art exhibit that included, among other things, a couple of pictures of a guy in blackface. The Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art removed it at the first sign of backlash and the artist has apologized. Not good enough.

Let's see. "Art" that depicted a crucifix in urine has been displayed from its introduction in 1987 to today, amid much controversy and outrage, but "blackface" is a step too far.

Message received. Insult Christ; defended. Hint at suspected racism; not tolerated. And they try to assure me that "tolerance" has not been redefined.

It's Not Life Until We Say It Is
"Benjamin and Tina Gibson were blessed on Nov. 25 with their 'sweet miracle,' Baby Emma Wren, weighing in at 6 lbs., 8 oz., and 20 inches long, the National Embryo Donation Center announced Thursday." What made that baby a "sweet miracle"? She was the product of a embryo frozen for 24 years. Not life, right? This baby came from "not life". And they think we don't make sense.

On a Positive Note
Did you hear about the guy in Kentucky who literally gave the shoes off his feet to a man in need? The poor guy's shoes were held together by duct tape, so Mark Townsend took off his own shoes and gave them to him. Very heartwarming. Seriously. The only mistake he made was when his granddaughter asked why and he answered, "Because God spoke to me, and said to give him my shoes." So close. One story I read on this complained that it was ironic that someone would show Christian charity at a place like Chick-fil-A, what with their values. His granddaughter learned "A lesson that all starts with the Word of God." Not cool in today's culture, but I say God bless him.

I Had to Do It
With the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I have been amused at the number of people arguing, sometimes vehemently, about the plot holes and problems with the movie ... or not. So I had to share this story about "a 4,000 word blog post published in the early morning hours after his first viewing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi" by a "local grown man Kyle Marion" who "reportedly complained about plot holes in the film about space wizards fighting with colored laser sticks." Seriously, people, it's fiction. You know that, right?

Of course, it has to be true; I read it on the Internet.

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