America’s youth pour into the pro-life movement Reply


By Lisa Bourne

Join the March for Life movement today!

The 39th March for Life will take place January 23, 2012.

The time to sign up for the annual trip to the March with Iowans for LIFE is now.

Often called a pilgrimage, making the trip to the March with the pro-life organization is not only a way to be heard and connect with hundreds of thousands of others in support of life, it also offers firsthand experience of the Spring of youth that continues to pass through and bolster the pro-life movement.

Ignored nearly in its entirety by the media, the March for Life is the annual pro-life exclamation point in Washington DC, and the Iowa pro-life community does its part with busloads traveling to take part, including many of those young people the media won’t show you.

West Des Moines resident Sydney Bishop made her first trip to the march last year in eighth grade. With most of the young people on the trip being in high school she was on the young side, but she comes from a family that’s very active in supporting life.

Parents Bo and Jeane have made the trip, as have most of her siblings. It is one of many things the family does in support of the life issue.

Despite her prior familiarity, the march was still somewhat of an unknown for Sydney Bishop ahead of time.

“First of all I wanted to go to defend human life,” she said. “But I couldn’t quite grasp being there with 300,000 other people who were all in this together, to experience that whole thing.”

It ended up being powerful for her.

When Sydney Bishop returned to her local parochial school some of her classmates asked why she’d missed school. She had some educating to do, as they didn’t know about the march, and she made the most of the opportunity to evangelize about life.

“They thought it was really cool,” Sydney Bishop said. “And they wanted to know more about it.”

Having then been there herself, she also fully “got” the media bias of the March coverage after seeing the national news publication in their hotel the morning after the march.

“It was buried on the third page with a little blurb, and just a picture of the few protestors of the March,” said Sydney Bishop. “So many people were there for life, so many faith traditions and so many backgrounds represented, and that’s what was printed.”

The march experience has further helped Sydney Bishop to be one more young witness for life.

“It was cool to see high school kids being gutsy with their message,” she said. “We were willing to do this for a greater cause.”

“I’m now going to have to be someone that shows younger kids, this is how we stand up for our faith,” Sydney Bishop continued. “We did it openly, and faithfully and peacefully. I really know my responsibility.”

Older brother Luke Bishop is making his fourth trip to the march this year.

Another product of his parent’s enduring pro-life witness, high school junior Luke Bishop is in leadership in the pro-life student group at his diocesan school.

“This year especially I feel like now is my time to lead my classmates,” he said. “Now I can help show people this great pilgrimage.”

Like his sister, he was influenced by his family, but wanted to experience the giant pro-life mobilization in the nation’s capital for himself.

Going into his fourth trip, he recollects that each is different from the ones before, with varying degrees of personal plusses.

His example of a trial is the sacrifice of being exhausted at the same time there’s the kid who won’t stop talking loudly in the back of the bus at three a.m.

“Either way, you’re still there because you support the unborn,” Luke Bishop said.

“Mass becomes more of a personal ritual, time to reflect on your personal beliefs,” he added.

Like his sister, Luke was profoundly moved in his early Marches by walking alongside throngs of others in support of the pro-life cause.

“It’s definitely a worthwhile experience,” said Luke Bishop. “It’ll strengthen your own pro-life beliefs.”

“Don’t be afraid to try it.” Sydney Bishop said. “Don’t be afraid to tell your friends you’re doing it.”

Luke Bishop added a most important perspective in how the March for Life factors in to the fight for life.

“It’s gives you hope and courage.”

Registrations received By Iowans For LIFE before 11/1/11 secure a spot on the bus and accommodations, and registrations will be taken after 11/1 until the buses are full.

Contact Maggie DeWitte at 515-255-4113 or iowansforlife@msn.com.

This is the massive and growing movement the media refuses to cover!

 [Thanks to Lisa Bourne for contributing this article to Quiner’s Diner.]

 

 

The 21st century’s epidemic of Christian martyrs 1


By Tom Quiner

Christian persecution is rampant.

In Indonesia, authorities closed the Pentecost Church in Sumedang under the auspices that the church did not have a proper building permit during recent renovations. They also arrested the pastor.

In Egypt, Muslim extremists attacked a rebuilt Christian Church in Sohag. The governor of Sohag lent moral support to the attackers with this comment:

“If the Muslims did not destroy the church on that day, I would go destroy it myself.”

The military eventually joined in and attacked Christian protesters. In all, at least 17 Christians were killed.

In Baghdad, Iraq, Al Qaeda terrorists stormed the Our Lady of Deliverance church and massacred 52 Christians, who are commemorated in the video above. It’s hard to watch. The photos are graphic.

In Iran, Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, a Muslim convert to Christianity, was hauled before the Iranian Supreme  court and told to renounce his new faith. Three times, Mr. Nadarkhani refused. Three times he affirmed his faith in Christ with the knowledge of what was to come: a death sentence.

You may have noticed that the American media doesn’t spend a lot of time reporting on someone on death row for being a Christian. But this isn’t about the media’s lack of interest in Christian martyrdom around the world, it’s about Christian’s lack of interest in the plight of their fellow Christians.

A Jew pointed out this oddity. I refer to political commentator, Dennis Prager. Mr. Prager has spent his adult life speaking out about Jewish rights. He has visited synagogues around the country, even the world. In particular, he worked on behalf of Jews trapped in the old Soviet Union. He said that for years and years, just about every single synagogue in American had this sign in front of it: “Save Soviet Jewry.”

Mr. Prager notes that the Christian world is fairly quiet about atrocities committed against Christians because of their faith:

“In the Muslim world, Christians are being murdered, churches are being torched, entire ancient Christian communities — the Iraqi and Palestinian, for example — are disappearing. And, again, 2 billion Christians react with silence. There are some Christian groups active on behalf of persecuted Christians around the world. They do important work, and are often the primary source of information on persecuted Christians. But they would be the first to acknowledge that the Christian world is overwhelmingly silent when it comes to the persecution of Christians in the Muslim world.”

Pope Benedict the XVI has not been silent:

“To the Muslim religious leaders I renew my heartfelt appeal that their Christian fellow-citizens be able to live in security.”

“In Egypt, too, in Alexandria, terrorism brutally struck Christians as they prayed in church. … Regarding the states of the Arabian Peninsula, where numerous Christian immigrant workers live, I hope that the Catholic Church will be able to establish suitable pastoral structures.”

“Particular mention must be made of the law against blasphemy in Pakistan. I once more encourage the leaders of that country to take the necessary steps to abrogate that law.”

It is time for Christians, Catholics and Protestants alike, to unite in calling attention to the unrelenting violence and bigotry targeted at believers in Christ. Mr. Prager suggests an international day or week of Solidarity with persecuted Christians around the world. He says Jews would be quick to stand along side us because of their own history of persecution. He says Muslims should join us “because it is right and because nothing would protect the good name of Muslims like joining non-Muslims in voicing solidarity with the many Christian victims of persecution in Muslim countries.”

The twentieth century saw more Christian martyrs, 45 million, than all the previous centuries combined. In his book, The New Persecuted: Inquiries into Anti-Christian Intolerance in the New Century of Martyrs, Italian journalist Antonio Socci, writes that an average of 160,000 Christians have been killed each year since 1990 in places like Algeria, Nigeria, Sudan, and Pakistan.

It is vital for Christians and Jews, and yes, Muslims, to renounce this relentless tide of anti-Christian intolerance.

Let us together pray for peace.

 

 

Why soaking the rich won’t work 2


By Tom Quiner

The debate never ends: the rich are rich on the backs of the rest of us so they need to be soaked through higher taxes and their wealth redistributed to those who didn’t earn it.

The late great Milton Friedman addresses this issue head on in the video clip above.

He makes reference to black teen age unemployment being between 30 and 40 percent. Today, on the heels of more government involvement in the marketplace and schools, and higher minimum wages, black teenage unemployment is above fifty percent.

Mr. Friedman’s philosophy is so logical, and yet the Left refuses to learn in the face of evidence that their approach never works.

What politicians could learn from Steve Jobs Reply


By Tom Quiner

Steve Jobs was a genius because he developed products that not only did cool things, they were easy to use. “Elegant” is the word consistently used to describe the MacIntosh computer, iPods, iPhones, and iPads.

Do you remember the first iPod? It had one button.

One button!

It seemed like it would be impossible to top the ease of using an iPod with one button. But then he went and did it with the iPhone, a device that can do about everything except make chicken soup. And it is so easy to use.

What does this have to do with politics?

People on all sides of the political spectrum think our system is inelegant, that it is broken.

The Occupy Wall Street crowd feel like the rich are gaming the system.

The Tea Party thinks government is gouging the middle class.

They seem to think that the way we tax is seriously flawed.

Here’s what we know about the tax code, according to the Government Printing Office:

It consists of 20 volumes.

These 20 volumes contain a total of 14,872 pages of tax code.

They weigh about 36 pounds.

They will cost you $1,080.00 to purchase a set.

Former Congressman, J.C. Watts, expressed the problem well:

“The heart of IRS abuse lies in the existing tax code. Most of the folks who work for the IRS are good people just trying to do their job, but they are caught in a bad, overextended tax system. At 3,458 pages, twice the length of the Bible, it’s impossible for the average taxpayer to know, understand, and accurately apply its provisions. The length is twice that of the Bible! Even tax experts cannot do so reliably.”

[For the record, the tax code has grown substantially since Mr. Watts made this quote.]

Steve Jobs would mock a system this complex. Do you know what’s crazy? The vast majority of Americans yearn for a simpler, fairer, more constructive system of taxation than the abomination that we’re currently stuck with.

To his credit, Herman Cain has taken the lead in proposing a plan, his 9-9-9 Plan, that simplifies our system while taxing in a fairer way. Let us be clear, every form of taxation has its drawbacks. Mr. Cain’s plan is under attack by his fellow Republicans who point out correctly some of its flaws.

One of its flaws, the addition of a new, national sales tax, worries conservatives that this opens a Pandora’s Box for a Congress always looking to spend more of our money. How long would it be ’til the 9-9-9 Plan is a 15-15-15 Plan?

You can understand the concern.

There is one plan which is not on the table by any candidate in this election cycle that I suspect Steve Jobs would appreciate.

It is a plan that is simple.

It is elegant.

It is fair.

It empowers tax payers while keeping Congress accountable.

It is a Fair Tax. Watch the video above for a quick overview.

The Fair Tax eliminates all other taxes and replaces them with a national consumption tax. Rather than tax income, which is subject to accounting manipulation, complexity, and fraud, it taxes consumption.

The plan is revenue neutral.

Its sheer elegance would unleash productive elements of society who have to invest heavily in complying with our destructive and complex existing tax code.

The plan is also progressive.  In other words, the poor are not unduly burdened. The plan would issue monthly “prebates” to Americans that covers tax exposure at the poverty level. But the wealthy would pay more in taxes because they consume more.

What I like about this plan is America’s earners retake control of their productive efforts as seen in their paychecks. There will be no more deductions with the government taking a slice out of your check before you get it. You are empowered to control your taxing destiny by the way you consume.

Politicians will be deterred from spending too much, because the political price to raise the Fair Tax would be high. Every consumer would feel the pain of a tax hike with each purchase.

If you’re looking for elegance, fairness, and simplicity when it comes to taxation, support the Fair Tax.

I bet Steve Jobs would approve.

Mitt Romney’s adamant pro-choice position 2


By Tom Quiner

Today, Mitt Romney says he is pro-life.

In earlier campaigns this decade, me maintained he was adamantly pro-choice. See the videos above.

In the early 90s, it is suggested that he was pro-life.

We’re left with the impression that he didn’t just flip-flop on the issue, he flip-flop-flipped.

There is one issue on which he has been consistent: Massachusetts’ health care legislation, the model on which Obamacare is based. Although Mr. Romney has correctly stated that one size doesn’t fit all, and that the federal government shouldn’t impose this system on the entire country, his belief in a big government solution is the antithesis of conservative thinking.

What are Mr. Romney’s convictions other than an intense ambition to be president?

I’d vote for him over President Obama, but I won’t vote for him in the Iowa caucuses.