Monthly Archives: March 2014

You need to talk to a slave about slavery

And the pro-life movement decided in 1973 to rely on the political system to end what abortionists do to human beings. To end the holocaust the Supreme Court unleashed upon this nation. Any guess how that turned out?
We were worse than fools. For we bargained not with our own lives, but with the lives of millions of innocent human beings.
We ignored the warnings of George Orwell “.  And they paid for it with their lives.
I met New Zealand on the sidewalk of Planned Barrenhood last Saturday. Not sure where he and his lady friend were going, so I engaged them in conversation, explaining why we were there. “You wouldn’t be going there would you?” at which point I guessed the accent of Australia,  but was corrected “New Zealand.”
“We don’t agree with what you’re doing.” he said.”We’re pro-choice you see.” He then went on and on about the mother’s rights this and the mother’s rights that. At which point I interrupted,
“You need to speak to a slave about slavery.”
He looked a bit surprised as if he’d never heard that before. I then explained that Gianna Jessen had spoken in nearby Australia several years earlier in an unsuccessful effort to prevent a widening of the abortion holocaust there. I recommended he watch the YouTube video from Gianna’s speech regarding the former in order to hear the “slave’s” perspective.
I also asked (as I usually do) if he had ever seen what an abortionist does to a human being. He had not. I told him he needed to look so he would know what he was supporting.
At that suggestion he  became indignant and with great feeling proclaimed
“The world is far too populated!”
and started to leave. I motioned for him to stay, and shared with him that a speaker I once heard observed that he found it odd that those who proclaimed the world over-populated never offer themselves to do something about it, they always want someone else to be eliminated. Silence. I again reminded him of Gianna’s YouTube video and we parted company.
Another consequence of our misguided and historically challenged response to the murderous reality of the abortion holocaust: the export of that bloodbath “down under.” Complete with the hollow deceptive rhetoric of “choice” and the canard of “overpopulation.”
The world-wide consequence of our inadequate and historically challenged response to the abortionists’ holocaust. One that has made murder respectable.
We have to end this madness.
 

Why language matters

Here’s language that approaches the horror of what an abortionist does to a human being.

My Brothers Keeper

A common theme in my posts is my sensitivity (some would say over-sensitivity) to the language used by both “sides” in the battle over what an abortionist does to a human being. (see https://jptryan.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/language-that-betrays/).

It seems the language of those of us on the front lines runs afoul of professional standards for reporting such happenings. In that world, abortionists are instead called “abortion providers”; the places where abortionists dismember, decapitate, crush, poison and otherwise kill innocent human beings are called “clinics” (not mills). And the brutal attack I just described is a “procedure” which is “provided” (not committed).

While writing this I got a tweet from an unknown twitter friend sharing her frustration that so many who know better have their heads buried in the sand. That hit a nerve. And then it came to me. There is still hope. They haven’t buried their ears, otherwise they wouldn’t…

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Holocaust deniers

Some argue that what an abortionist does to a human being is “legal” as if anyone has the right to deny an unalienable right. They would then likewise have to hold that what the Nazis did, since THEY couched it in law, was also “legal.” Not to mention that slavery was “legal” because the Supreme Court of the U.S. declared it so in its infamous Dred Scott decision. Can’t have it both ways. Read on.

My Brothers Keeper

It is remarkable that generations after the horror of the Nazi holocaust there are still deniers. Those who would claim that holocaust never occurred. We shake our heads in disbelief.

But those deniers have nothing on the abortion holocaust deniers.

After all, one denies what they cannot see but the other denies what they will not see.

I had “friends” who posted on Facebook that pictures of what an abortionist does to a human being are “trick photography”.

Exactly what do they think an abortionists’ currette, vacuum suction machine, and/or deadly chemicals do to a human being?

I remember a time when looking at an ultrasound picture was something akin to cloud watching.

But now baby’s first picture is a 4d ultrasound that leaves nothing to the imagination.

It is speaks volumes about just  how far we’ve stooped to think that every year over a million baby’s first pictures are…

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At the risk of beating a dead horse..language again

Years ago I overheard a conversation. A co-worker had the misfortune of using the expression “Don’t beat a dead horse” at which point he received a thorough tongue-lashing from a fellow co-worker who identified herself as a horse lover. It wasn’t pretty.

So at a safe distance, both in terms of time and space, I want to go on record  that the title of this post is just an expression!

And once again I wade into the subject of the language of “the culture of death” as used by the people of the “Gospel of Life”. For language not only informs us, it forms us. And that formation is the catalyst for how we act. Including in this respect our behavior in response to the social injustice of what an abortionist does to a human being.

Today, I had a conversation about abortion and language with a co-worker who self-identified as a pro-lifer.

And she most certainly is.

But she said while she abhors abortion, that is not her passion.

She also  worried about using “inflammatory words”, voiced her concern about “condemning” language, noting such language might “incite.” In order to satisfy this concern however she ended up  using words like “perform”  and “clinic” as well as “procedures.” She also cautioned to beware that the purpose of such language might be to satisfy a need to “be right”. She had not read, but could have written the editorial I responded to in my previous post. In fact the words that concern me are used in many pro-life publications and by many I know. They are all good people. But it needs to stop.

Now I readily admit that I like to be right. But 41 years of being right is no consolation. Particularly with a body count of well over 57 million and counting.

No, my concern about language is being accurate. And most importantly to not betray the victims of the abortion holocaust by using the language of their oppressors.

My co-worker worried out loud that the word oppressors sounded “inciting” as well. She thought likewise of my use of the word “commit” (i.e. abortionists commit abortions). I suggested that my language would come better into focus if she assumed the perspective of the intended victim. Of the Gianna Jessens of today.  She said she wold ponder that one.

I also pointed out that using minimalist language also changes us, and more importantly shapes our response (or lack of the same). I pointed out how ridiculous, I would say scandalous, it is that we rarely even PRAY about what an abortionist does to a human being. At least in Church.

I want to scream at the top of my lungs, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Not even pray about it?

There are actually conversations in Church rectories, among liturgical committees about whether our Worship should include prayers about what abortionists do to human beings? Really?That’s up for debate? Am I the only one who finds that stunning?

Actually I suspect it’s even worse than that. I wonder if, after 41 years, the conversations even occur. That we’ve gotten so used to abortion (as our individual “language of choice” shapes our perception of the word abortion) that it doesn’t even occur to us to do something about it. Abortion is the scandal of the “Christian” church, in that for over four decades, it’s been committed right under our collective noses. That it’s occurred because of what we’ve done as well as what we’ve failed to do.

But we don’t want our children exposed to “abortion” we’re told.

Then end it.

In the meantime, since we didn’t do that in the past, our children have already been exposed to abortion. They are all survivors of a holocaust that took the lives of a third of their peers.

So whenever and wherever they gather our children (actually everyone under the age of 41 plus) live among a despairing version of “It’s A Wonderful Life”: absent all the “George Baily’s” of their generations. in our world, George’s brother drowns in the ice…the troop carrier sinks…his children are never born…..

We do not shelter such survivors when we massage our language to be inoffensive; rather we condition them (and ourselves) to tolerate an injustice of unimaginable magnitude, and dishonor the memory of their peers. We not only failed to protect their peers from abortionists, we now seek to keep what happened to their peers from interfering with our daily lives. And generations experience an unidentified EMPTINESS.

My co-workers concern is shared by many whom I respect: that we might be offensive. So how do you inoffensively describe the most offensive act imaginable? And if you do find such a way, what exactly are you then describing?

Keep in mind, from the beginning abortionists also sought to describe what an abortionist does to a human beings in an inoffensive manner.

That’s how they came up with “pro-choice”. They used other inoffensive words like “clinic”, “procedure”, “perform” and “providers”.

Sound familiar?

How is it even remotely possible that the people of the Gospel of Life use the language of the “culture of death”? Of the oppressors? Share with those who dismember, decapitate, poison and otherwise kill innocent human beings a common language with a common goal to be inoffensive?

The irony is that we’re told we need to use such inoffensive language in order to maintain “our credibility.” The real question is: what credibility can we claim when we use the language of the perpetrators and end up doing less  about what an abortionist does to a human being?

And finally, what exactly are we being “faithful” to….

if we can’t even manage a public prayer…

about the very public scandal of abortion in America?

I maintain if we discipline ourselves to talk (dare I say pray) about what an abortionist does in a way that truly represents the horror being perpetrated, then being on the front lines standing in the breach will no longer seem radical.

It will become the norm.

Then we can truly begin to protect our children from the horror of abortion.

We have to end this madness.

Now!

Why language matters

A common theme in my posts is my sensitivity (some would say over-sensitivity) to the language used by both “sides” in the battle over what an abortionist does to a human being. (see https://jptryan.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/language-that-betrays/).

It seems the language of those of us on the front lines runs afoul of professional standards for reporting such happenings. In that world, abortionists are instead called “abortion providers”; the places where abortionists dismember, decapitate, crush, poison and otherwise kill innocent human beings are called “clinics” (not mills). And the brutal attack I just described is a “procedure” which is “provided” (not committed).

While writing this I got a tweet from an unknown twitter friend sharing her frustration that so many who know better have their heads buried in the sand. That hit a nerve. And then it came to me. There is still hope. They haven’t buried their ears, otherwise they wouldn’t be complaining about the language we use.

I cut my pro-life teeth on Dr. William Brennan’s research on the essential role of language in such injustices. Research which led to books such as “Exposing the language of the Culture of death”.

But it really only confirmed what I learned as a child.

Then I was sensitized to language by listening to some of my peers and the derogatory language they used about human beings who happen to not share their skin pigment. And watching the evil of racial injustice play itself out on the evening news.

I was horrified by what I saw.

And heard.

As a family we had many dinner table discussions about such evils in the world. It became apparent to me that my peers needed such dehumanizing language so they could continue to discriminate.

Sages such as Burke, St.Thomas Moore, and even our family friend Dr. Brennan simply reinforced what I learned from listening to my peers.

The bottom line is that as much as it offends me to hear abortionists and their apologists manipulate language to disguise and even justify what they do to human beings; I cringe,

literally cringe,

when I hear people I respect using the words of abortionists.

In speech. In print. On Facebook. In conversation.

“Pro-choice”(sic)

“Clinic”.

“Perform”.

“Provider”

“Procedure”

There’s a reason bigots like those peers of mine as I grew up and in today’s world the abortionists cling to their language  manipulations. But those who know better, whom themselves are undoubtedly pro-life using the same words? It’s mind numbing.

Today I am most sensitized to such language by being on the front lines of the abortion holocaust.

I met Cassandra and her “ex” Stephen at Planned Barrenhood this morning. I’ve met many Cassandras and Stephens in the past 34 years at abortion mills.

if you aren’t already sensitized to language, you will be once you speak with the horror of abortion face to face.

Not as an issue.

Nor an opinion.

Not a debate.

The stark reality of near death conversations.

It changes you to stand in the breach seeking to rescue human beings whose scheduled executions are only moments away.

I’ve held in my hands the appointment slip of an abortion bound mom. I can’t begin to explain how chilling it was to look at that slip and know that I was looking at the execution date of an innocent human being. Sadly, in spite of our best efforts that child did die a most brutal death. Those kind of experiences tend to reform a person.

As will holding in your hand the perfectly formed arm of a 12  week old human being which had been ripped from her chest wall by an abortionist only hours earlier. That was over three decades ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. Experiences like that tend to change the way one views, as well as talks about what an abortionist does to a human being.

So Cassandra, who was “showing”, had to wait until Planned Barrenhood could get its circuit riding abortionist Crist in town.

Crist is an aging modern-day “gunslinger”, who hires his knife out to the highest bidder.

You see Crist specializes in killing the older children. He ruthlessly dismembers them limb by limb, only to have a nurse reassemble the parts to make sure no body parts are left behind.

Are you as sick as I am reading this?

And yet how else to describe it? 

What professional standards apply? Do we really do justice to call this bloodletting,  “a procedure?”

When simply describing what an abortionist does to a human  being  is too hard to stomach, how can we call such a perpetrator a “provider”?

“Provider…pro-choice(sic)…clinic…perform…procedure”: if these are the options professional standards leave us with, then it’s well past time that we change those standards. After all the standards should reflect reality, instead of forcing reality to fit the standards.

Cassandra looked to be 20 years old.  She sprang from the car, smiled and patted her protruding belly when I asked her the due date.  She scooted inside to have her child killed while Steven so identified himself as he came to the fence to talk.

Stephen volunteered, “I know I’m participating in a killing”, admitted as the driver he was directly implicated in that killing, and stated he was “totally against this, I hope God will forgive me”. He said “she’s done this before” and noted he wasn’t the father. We talked just inches apart. My heart was pounding. Mind racing. An innocent human being’s life hung in the balance.  I pointed out the Thrive van across the street and begged him to go inside, tell the abortionist he wasn’t willing to drive and see if he could get Cassandra to come out. He finally agreed to go in. I ran to the prayer warriors and asked them to pray for Steven’s success and for Cassandra and her child. They did not come out.

A few minutes later there was a mother who confirmed her daughter was “a few months pregnant” and asked with a tear-stained face “What do they do with the bodies?”.  I explained. I also had a life-sized model of a 12 week old unborn child, the age of her grandchild. Her young son also seemed distraught, and agreed that it was his niece or nephew who was in danger of being killed. He extended his hand and I gave him a model as well and encouraged him to be “a good uncle”. He joined his family as they went inside.  They also did not return.

It seems it was grandparents’ day at the mill as yet another mother pulled up with her daughter in tow. Her daughtre wore the familiar “loose-fitting clothing”. But this grandmother did not respond to my pleas, instead hurrying inside with her daughter to have her grandchild killed.

A family secret of unimaginable horror in the making.

And that’s just 15 minutes on the front lines.

It is emotionally, spiritually and psychologically exhausting.

No words can do justice to the abject horror we encounter at abortion mills nor what abortionists do to human beings. The callous disregard for human life we encounter there. The death, despair and raw evil that permeates that terrible place.

But some words can and do betray that horror.  And the victims of that injustice.

Those would be the words of the abortionists coming out of the mouths and media of those who oppose what an abortionist does to a human being.

We have to end this madness.

Holocaust deniers

It is remarkable that generations after the horror of the Nazi holocaust there are still deniers. Those who would claim that holocaust never occurred. We shake our heads in disbelief.

But those deniers have nothing on the abortion holocaust deniers.

After all, one denies what they cannot see but the other denies what they will not see.

I had “friends” who posted on Facebook that pictures of what an abortionist does to a human being are “trick photography”.

Exactly what do they think an abortionists’ currette, vacuum suction machine, and/or deadly chemicals do to a human being?

I remember a time when looking at an ultrasound picture was something akin to cloud watching.

But now baby’s first picture is a 4d ultrasound that leaves nothing to the imagination.

It is speaks volumes about just  how far we’ve stooped to think that every year over a million baby’s first pictures are now taken by those who would dismember, decapitate, poison and otherwise kill them. Portraits left in the trash, instead of proudly displayed on the mantle.

In less barbaric times parents went to Sears Portrait Studios for baby’s first picture.

Remember the motto of the so-called women’s liberation movement: “You’ve come a long way baby”? Amazing, without even realizing it, they managed to include the human being over whose body that “liberation” was to occur.

Of course only an oppressor would claim such a bloodbath as liberation.

But there’s another group of deniers.

Perhaps the most hideous of all.

Those who deny with our behavior.

The pastors who, week after week, fail to include these innocent human beings in the prayers of the faithful. Really? Not even a prayer? Surely there’s not a holocaust going on.

The faithful who, in over 41 years, have never even made it to the front lines. By doing so we manage to convince one another that there can’t really be a holocaust going on. And we wonder what the Christian church was doing during the Nazi holocaust?

The empty sidewalks that fuel the denial of arriving parents, grandparents as well as neighbors and passersby. After all, there can’t possibly be anything wrong going on there if the place looks like a dentist office. Much less a holocaust.

If we are not denies, then we should act like it.

James says “faith without works is dead” (James 2:26).

He didn’t say wounded.

Insufficient.

Impaired.

He said Dead.

D….E….A….D.

Dead.

No wonder James is not the favorite of many Christians.

But the only difference between James words in this respect and Jesus’ is that Jesus elaborates.

Have you read the Sermon on the Mount lately?

The Gospel calls us to live in a certain way.

And warns us that to not live that way leads to…..death.

In the case of the abortion holocaust that death is not only our own spiritual death but the deaths of innocent human beings victimized by abortionists and the holocaust deniers.

So if you’re not a holocaust denier, start acting like it.

We have to end this madness.