COVID DEBATE: RECAP AND PRO-LIFE DEBATE OVER MASKS

This is an opinion blog to discuss the phenomenon surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. All sides are going to be explored objectively with an overall conclusion. There will be some theories known and not known linked to the post. You are asked to approach the issue at hand with an open mind and form your conclusion while being aware of your own surroundings.

 

Hard to believe that we are nearly a half a year into the Coronavirus pandemic that has taken the lives of more than 100,000 Americans while nearly 3 million have recovered from the novel virus. Many of us have questions regarding the virus, the debate over masks and potential vaccine, and how well state leaders have handled it.

Leadership

There has been mixed responses from many government leaders from the top down. Five governors (Gretchen, Wolf, Cuomo, Murphy, and Newsom) have placed elderly who tested positive in nursing homes to spread the virus, resulting in a high death toll.

First Hand Account

A nurse turned investigative journalist shares her experience firsthand in New York.

Masks

It goes without showing the pandemic has brought up a big topic… masks. One side claims that wearing masks for a prolonged period of time will result in compromising your immune system and even leading to other side effects that can be dangerous. The other side that it is effective in preventing the spread of the coronavirus. True, yet you have germs on your mask or cloth, so it has to be placed in the wash after use or be disposed.

It has also came up on whether or not that wearing a mask can be argue for the pro-life case. One side believes that it will prevent the virus from spreading person to person. The other does not want to be coerced into wearing a mask for personal liberties are being violated by government mandates left and right.

Social Distancing vs. Physical Distancing

You’re probably tried of hearing “social distancing” from the news, intercom from stores, and even belligerent neighbors. What if I were to tell you that this was borrowed from a 2010 movie called Contagion? Even psychologists are warning people to not buy the lame stream media narrative and set the record straight on the distancing. Remember, maintain social connections such as friends, families, book groups, colleagues, etc while setting yourself apart from others during public gathering. There is even a dangerous risk on your mental health when you socially distance yourself from others.

Abortion Industry Political and Profit Gain/ Churches Closed

Sadly, there has been a pandemic that has existed since 1973… legalized abortion. Abortion industry has used fear-mongering as a tool to keep their doors open, no matter what and recklessly endanger women. Meanwhile, churches were closed for a mere three months in many states. Why did the clergy allow this to happen? Catholics were deprived of the Eucharist, faithful are not allowed to sing, and even people have to be spaced out when in attendance fulfilling their Sunday obligation.

Overall

We should not judge someone who is not wearing a mask. Granted we do not want to be sheep that will follow anything that clueless officials know about the issue. Instead of being angry about what is going on, be ready to pray even harder for an end to the pandemic. Use your best judgment.

We cannot just be pro-life in our prayers, but we can also exercise our beliefs through action. Pro-lifers need to exercise the conviction that is planted in our minds in order to change hearts and mind. That starts Wirth you if we want to change society. Change will not come form the halls of congress, the White House, courtrooms, and even state capitals. Instead, it comes from the streets filled with God-fearing foot soldiers called by God who will engage in not only the spiritual warfare but also the human life issue.

Time for a time-out.

 

Signs

With the pandemic news roiling through our heads, social unrest in our local communities and political encampments bracing for the November elections I felt like I was losing my focus as to why I became involved in the pro-life mission.  Suddenly, I was receiving emails and posts from unknown senders telling me what to think, how to vote, wear a mask/don’t wear a mask, sign an online petition for this or that, attend a march, subscribe to an email chain, send money to an organization, follow an “influencer”, etc.    It was difficult to determine exactly which individuals and organizations were valid and where was the value in all this frenzied activity.  Why wasn’t I doing more to save innocent lives and who were all these groups with their agendas and suggestions?

This splintering off into various tangents might work for some to keep them active and engaged but it wasn’t working for me. And that is when I decided to go back to what I was doing before.  Before Covid, before masks, before protests, before politics, before Twitter – educate myself as how I can best support the pro-life mission.

I’m the kind of newspaper reader who rips out pages and has a pile of things I want to delve into further. And back in May I read a superb story in the Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer about a retirement-age couple who adopted a special needs child. I saved it and put it on my night table – partly as inspiration of the goodness of mankind and partly because the adoption aspect agreed with my pro-life compass.  In the course of the article a reference was made to the Philadelphia-based Adoption Center.  I was curious about this organization and their involvement with special needs adoptions.  Onto the internet I went and saw pictures of several children awaiting adoption and read the Center’s mission statement.  While on the site there was a reference to a Parenting Special Needs magazine and I reviewed a few issues.  From one Inquirer article, I took about two hours of my day to learn more about what I, as a pro-life supporter, offer as an alternative to abortion – Adoption.

Through quiet focus and education, I now know about a few more resources if the question ever comes up about quality of life issues as a reason to abort.  I am by no means an authority but I learned there are people voluntarily willing to take on this herculean task of providing for a child with special needs.  I’ve learned there are adoption agencies that work in this particular environment and I’ve read about some of the proud moments parents have celebrated with their special needs children. I consider this enlightenment another aspect of being a pro-life supporter.

Education is not just what we learn at school.  It is not just memorization.  It is fulfilling our curiosity.  It is following up one question with another.  It is taking a time-out from doing and instead learning.  It is using the often maligned yet powerful internet for good versus contention.  And this kind of education will only help me as I engage in the various facets of the pro-life message.

The moral of this story is to follow my instinct as to how I can best support the message of LIFE given what I know about myself.  And while it is important to be open to new experiences and communications – and I am grateful for all that I have learned along the way – juggling too many “Action Required” to-do lists from unknown parties may not be the most effective way for me to do what I can to support this message.

Note:  Our mission is to offer our prayers and talents to ensure that our children’s lives are respected and valued and that no harm comes to them.  In that vein, I’d like to ask each of you reading this blog to keep in your prayers two children (ages 5 and 10) who yesterday in my local area witnessed in their home the shooting death of their mother and grandmother at the hands of their father.  It’s heartbreaking to have children, both in and out of the womb, be subjected to such violence. Violence in the womb begets violence in society.  Please keep them and those who will now care for them in your prayers.  Thank you.

 

Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant

by Denise Wilcox, PA Pro Life Federation Director  and  Director  NRLC  for  Pennsylvania

Kathy

The Pro-life movement lost another warrior last week.  Kathy Cox, a tireless pro-life advocate was called home by Our Lord on Tuesday, July 22nd.

Kathy was the president of Bucks County Right to Life, a chapter of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, for 18 years. During this time, she developed a strong outreach for this chapter to Bucks County residents.

Kathy hosted a bus to the annual March for Life in Washington, DC for 10 years, and she was the bus captain for 8 of those years. Although unable to participate in the March for Life the last two years because of her illness, she continued to collect all the names and donations for the trip.  Kathy always had hard candy and precious feet to distribute and prayers for us for meditation.

Kathy hosted many town hall meetings for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation which provided Bucks County residents with up-to-date legislation and events in Pennsylvania.  She invited speakers to discuss many pro-life topics.  Among the speakers were Angela Franks who spoke about Margaret Sanger; JD Mullane who told us about the Gosnell trial; Dr. Alveda King of Priests for Life; and Ann McElhinney, producer and director of the documentary, Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer.  Kathy rented the County Theater in Bucks County so Ann could show the Gosnell film.

Kathy worked vigorously to raise funds for our bus, the speakers and our area crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) though our annual rummage sale, which she organized and chaired.

Besides raising funds for our CPCs, donations of clothing and baby equipment were given to these centers, and clothing was given to Father Onunwa for his home in Nigeria. Kathy always made sure there was pro-life literature available at the sale and sign-up sheets for those who wanted to become more active in the pro-life movement in Bucks County.   Her labor bore much fruit.

Henry Hyde said it best, “There will be a chorus of voices that have never been heard in this world and they will plead for everyone who has been in this movement.” They will say to God, “spare her because she loved us.”

Well done, good and faithful servant.  I will miss your generosity to those who had no voice but yours.

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, July 29th at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 E. State Street in Doylestown, Pennsylvania from 9:00 – 10:00 am.  Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 am. (View obituary notice here)

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Line Nigeria Village Empowerment, c/o Fr. Paschal Onunwa, 235 E. State St., Doylestown, PA 18901, or to the Legacy of Life Foundation, 24 S Main St #217, Yardley, PA 19067.

Below are some pictures of Kathy from the various pro-life events in which she participated or organized.

Pictures of Kathy 

Photo Gallery From Save Our Children Rally 7/25

Here are photos from yesterday’s rally in Philadelphia

Hundreds Rally To Save Philly’s Vulnerable; Reawaken Pro-Life Spirit

Many pro-lifers have not attended an event or even took part in a pro-life vigil since mid-March due to the pandemic. It all changed when the archbishop announced his intent to become more involved in the pro-life movement.

To honor the 8th anniversary of his ordination as bishop of the Catholic Church ands to reawaken the spirit of the pro-life movement, Archbishop Nelson Perez celebrated mass on July 25th at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral. He offered the mass for mothers to change their mind about abortion. In his homily, Archbishop Perez reminded the faithful to not just claim to be pro-life but to act on their convictions and never underestimate how the spirit works through, in, and despite them.

More than 250 pro-lifers across Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs came out for the event. They filled the streets with prayer, song, and even smiles (assuming they did not want to wear the mask).

During the rally outside of Planned Parenthood, there was an ecumenical prayer service led by the archbishop along with Pastors Curtis Paxton and Herb Lusk III. Following the prayer service, many local leaders took time to rally the pro-lifers and leave them with hope and inspiration.

Quoting Fulton Sheen, Mark Houck of the King’s Men reminds us about his prophetic words as we engage in the battle for defending life. He shared how he has seen women say yes to life and those who said yes to a life of sorrow and suffering when they went ahead with the abortion. He knew that God’s judgment is coming when we don’t stand up for the faith and the most vulnerable.

If you live in or around the Greater Philadelphia area and would like to learn how you can be all in for the defense of life, visit www.prolifeunion.org.

Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition Monthly Meeting via Conference Call This Monday, July 27th

The Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition (BCPLC) will hold their monthly meeting Monday evening at 7:00 pm via conference call.  Because of the coronavirus pandemic, our meeting once again kwill be held over the phone.  This is a great opportunity  to find out what the BCPLC has been doing and their plans for the future.   Please see message below from Sandy Slater, President, BCPLC.  Included in her message is the information you need to join this conference. 

July Meeting

Having the BCPLC meeting in Warminster Community Park last month was delightful.   According to the forecast for next week, it may be “blistering hot”.  The temperature may be very high especially on Monday and also humid.  For that reason we will have to resort to a ‘phone conference.  All are invited to be on the call in the cool of your home.
 
You received information that Our Lady of Czestochowa’s Polish Festival has been cancelled for this year.  What that means for the BCPLC is that an extra effort has to be given to the next fundraiser to support the crisis pregnancy care centers.
The main focus will be on the next event which is named Walking for Moms in Need.  And, there will be an update on the activities at PP abortion mill, Warminster.
 
The ‘phone number to call is 1-302-202-1102; conference code 588750.  Please hold on to this number.  The general meeting begins at 7PM.

 

We welcome all pro-life advocates from Bucks County to join us on this call.

 

The Silence of the Shepherds on Abortion: Deafening and Deadly

For far too long the church has allowed the culture to dictate the rules of engagement. Instead of being the shaper of culture, we are shaped by the culture.

Sean Martin
Sean Martin is Senior Director of Church Outreach at Human Coalition.

The following is an article authored by Sean Martin, Sr. Director of Church Outreach at Human Coalition and published in the Christian Post.  Sean and his wife Jill are parents to 11 children, 9 of whom are adopted.  

Last year, LifeWay Research found that a staggering 76 percent of women report that local churches had no influence on their decision to abort their children. Also alarming? Fourteen percent of women surveyed indicated that their local church either encouraged, paid for, or assisted in some way with the procurement of the abortion.

Likewise, a survey conducted by the Barna Group reveals some convicting facts about the abortion conversation in our churches. The survey, conducted between December, 2015, and January, 2016, found that only 1 in 10 Protestant pastors reported preaching on the pro-life cause in the last 6 months. This is an arresting figure considering the women sitting in the congregation on Sunday are just as likely to undergo abortions as women walking by outside on the street. For far too long the church has allowed the culture to dictate the rules of engagement. Instead of being the shaper of culture, we are shaped by the culture.

In his book, “Deliver Us From Abortion,” Human Coalition President Brian Fisher examined the posture of America’s most well-attended churches toward abortion and what they are doing to end the abortion holocaust. Many American churches, Fisher found, changed their official stances and attitudes toward abortion contemporaneous to the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decisions (in 1973) which removed all previously existing restrictions on abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. Instead of maintaining Biblical and philosophical integrity on abortion, Christian churches kowtowed to a popular agenda. And countless families have paid the price for this betrayal.

When their church leaders fail to affirm the dignity of life and moral evil of abortion, it’s no wonder Christian women are as susceptible to the abortion industry as others. The church’s posture of silence is counter-intuitive for leaders ostensibly committed to preaching the Gospel of Christ — a Gospel of compassion, justice, and care for the most vulnerable in society.

The reality is that many churches have spent decades sitting on the sidelines of the abortion debate, and even adopting stances on the issue in stark opposition to Biblical principles. Until recently, for example, the United Methodist Church maintained that “tragic conflicts of life with life may justify abortion, and in such cases we support the legal option of abortion […]” How many church-going Methodist women were betrayed by abortion because their church failed to affirm the innate value of both the mother and her unborn child?

And the problem does not end at the pulpit. Only 2 percent of mainline Protestant pastors told the Barna Group that their church had its own pro-life programs and/or activities. This suggests that conversations about abortion are simply not happening within our churches. Our churches have food pantries, ministries to the sick and homebound, missionary outreach to peoples who do not know Christ. We are clothing the naked, feeding the hungry, and spreading the Gospel all in a bubble sanitized of the evil that is ravaging the women and families in our very pews. We must hold our churches to a higher standard.

So here’s a challenge to you: ask your pastor to preach about abortion. Start a pro-life ministry at your church. If you are a pastor in need of guidance for engaging your church in the abortion conversation or a churchgoer who needs resources for spearheading pro-life outreach in your church community, contact Human Coalition’s Church Outreach team. We’ll be with you every step of the way.

Sean Martin is a husband to Jill and father to 11 children, 9 of whom are adopted. He has pastored churches for 15 years and now serves as the Senior Director of Church Outreach for Human Coalition. Human Coalition is one of the largest pro-life organizations in the country, committed to ending abortion in America by rescuing children and serving families in key, abortion-riddled communities nationwide.

Website: Christian Post

Thanks to masks, traffickers are invisible. — KEEPLIFELEGAL

Masks are covering up more than your face. Yes, I’ve complained about our freedoms being erased. Yes, I have been more than accommodating to hear the stories and expressed disbelief of it all. But while we were sleeping and governors whining about forcing masks on Americans, children are missing in huge numbers [*featured photo courtesy […]

Thanks to masks, traffickers are invisible. — KEEPLIFELEGAL

You are Invited to Pray and Witness with Students for Life on Friday, July 31st in Warminster, Pa.

Warminster

Students for Life of America invites everyone to join in peaceful prayer and support at the Planned Parenthood in Warminster, Pennsylvania.  They will be gathering from 8 am-noon on Friday, July 31st. You are encouraged to commit to two hours of prayerful presence with them.

Please email Tucker Brown, at mtuckerbrown3@gmail.com to let him know what time you’ll be praying with them.

For more information, please see the attached flyer as well as their guidelines which are both posted below.

SFL National Sidewalk Day 2020 – Warminster,
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National Day Of Mourning: Concert Of Prayer

Walter B. Hoye II, Founder and President of Issues4Life Foundation invites eveyrone to join in a National Day of Mourning Concert of Prayer via Facebook on Saturday, August 1st.  Below you’ll find more information on this as well as information and video on the 2019 National Day of Mourning.

202 NDM

You are invited to join the National Day Of Mourning: Concert Of Prayer on August 1st, 2020 on Facebook. At exactly 3 pm EST, (2 pm CST, 1 pm MDT, 12 pm PDT, 11 am AKDT, 9 am HST) the hour of Christ, you are invited to turn on Facebook Live and PRAY PSALM 51 once for America and once for the state in which you reside.3 We ask you to invite every one of your Facebook friends to pray as well.

The Restoration Project’s National Day of Mourning in 2019 drew attention to the deaths of more than 20,000,000 black lives snuffed out by abortion and to the fact that abortion giant Planned Parenthood’s is targeting of black babies. The event took place at the Guiding Light Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

A United States National Day of Mourning was planned for August 2019. It was a hugh sucess. The National Day of Mourning drew attention to the deaths of more than 20,000,000 black lives snuffed out by abortion. This event also drew attention to abortion giant Planned Parenthood’s targeting of Black babies calling it a “plan of extermination” reminiscent of Margaret Sanger’s “Negro Project.”

For those that do not know about the “Negro Project“, conceptualized by birth control activist Margaret Sanger and implemented by her Birth Control Federation of America (now Planned Parenthood Federation of America).1

Even today the Black employees of Planned Parenthood Federation of America of Greater New York publically confess that Planned Parenthood was founded by a racistwhite woman and that such is a part of Planned Parenthood’s history that cannot be changed.2

No!

Black Lives DO NOT Matter to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Never have. Never will.

Brothers, we need to talk.