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Monday, November 28, 2005

U. S. Congresswoman Melissa Hart to speak Nov. 30 at Grove City College

U.S. Congresswoman Melissa Hart will be speaking this Wednesday, November 30 at 7 PM in the Rare Book Room at Grove City College. The GCC Republicans are proud to host one of the U.S. House of Representatives leading pro-life advocates, Congresswoman Melissa Hart. Congresswoman Hart has advocated for conservative causes and good government policies in Washington since 2001 after a successful ten year stint in the Pennsylvania State Senate. This should be a great event. Feel free to extend the invitation to your friends.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Baby Shower Collection Update- Scranton Chapter of Pa. for Human Life 11/21/2005

Thank you to all who helped promote our Baby Shower for Hurricane Katrina Flood Victims and to all the individuals who have contributed baby items. We are in the process of packing the boxes. Each box is prepared for a girl or boy from newborn to 2 years and includes diapers, diaper wipes, bottles, sip cups, baby lotion, baby oil, baby powder, formula, and baby shirts, outfits and other items of clothing.

I would like to especially thank my daughter Linda Cirba who is doing the bulk of the work as her senior service hours project. I also want to thank the mothers club of St. Mary's Byzantine Church in Scranton and the pastors and school principals who promoted our Baby Shower Collection.

National Right to Life has a similar project called Operation Baby Box. Individuals who would like to participate may visit www.nrlc.org/CPCHelp/OperationBabyBox.html for details.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Dr. James Watson to Speak at University of Scranton?????

A lecutre is being held this Thursday, November 17 at the University of Scranton by Dr. James Watson on "Living with DNA" at 8:00 in Houlihan-McLean Center on Jefferson Ave and Mulberry, Scranton.
I recently found a speech given by Dr. James Watson at the Commonwealth Club in March of 2003. Here is the text from Watson’s speech that promotes abortion:

Watson: "Common sense tells me that humans should prevent as much genetic disease as science lets us. The rare mistakes in the copying of DNA information that make evolution possible of necessity lead to much individual genetic injustice. Random throws of the genetic dice during the formation of sperm and egg take away from too many infants the opportunity to participate in a meaningful life."
Watson: "Common sense tells me that no one is seriously harmed by steps taken to prevent the birth of such children. Once born their existence will by necessity generate too many moments of anxiety, pain and despair. Common sense also dictates that prospective mothers should make the decisions as to what lives are worth their bringing into the world."
"All such decisions, like, Do I want to find out whether my future child will be badly handicapped? should be the choice of a woman. No one should force her either to be tested or not tested. But she should know what genetic tests exist and how respective genetic disease, say, Downs syndrome, or fragile X, will impact the future of those women that bear these children. How women will make these decisions will naturally depend on their own senses of right and wrong and from what culture and religions they come out of."

Is there any doubt that Watson would advise abortion of a handicapped child? He speaks as though the child has no right to exist independent of his mother's whim.

Come on now, you can't expect me to believe that no one at the University of Scranton has access to the Internet? I found Watson's speech in one Google search. In a Catholic University, why are speakers brought in (probably at considerable cost) when they hold views contrary to Catholic teaching?

I have no way of knowing whether Watson will inject his pro-abortion and pro-infanticide views into the discussion, but if he does the pro-life community should be there to confront these anti-life views.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Muslims Burn Christian Churches, Schools, Homes in India

Nov. 13, 2005
WorldNetDaily.com reports that an organized group of 2000 Muslims vandalized three Christian churches, a convent, two Catholic schools and the homes of Christians including a Protestant Pastor's home and a Catholic priest's home in the village of Sangla Hill. Don't expect ABC, NBC or CBS news to tell you about it, go to www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=47380 for the story.

You know what the top story of the Nov. 13 - 6:00 p.m. ABC radio news was? ANSWER: A story about George Bush's poll numbers slipping. It must be wonderful being a liberal member of the media. You can stick your head in the sand and ignore the killing of 46 million unborn babies, and ignore the persecution of Christians around the world and still keep your job. Amazing!

Friday, November 11, 2005

President Bush's Veteran's Day Speech 2005 at Tobyhanna Army Depot and a Word of Encouragement for the Pro-Life Movement

This weekI received a message...call back it's important. Returning the call, I found that I received an invitation to attend President Bush's Veteran's Day Speech at Tobyhanna Army Depot. I was honored. While asking for the morning off work, I discovered that Helen Gohsler, the Pa. for Human Life Scranton Chapter President, received an invitation to greet the President at the airport. This speaks volumes about the President's commitment to the pro-life movement. The issue and the movement is important to him.
This morning at the airport Helen shook the President's hand. She told him she was there to represent the pro-life movement in northeast Pennsylvania. The President shook her hand and moved on to greet the next person, then turned back and said to Helen, "Stay strong". I believe this is a message for all of us in the movement from the President.

More on the Veteran's day speech will be posted over the weekend.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

PBS Frontline The Last Abortion Clinic - Just Another Propagandsa Piece

PBS Frontline produced a program called The Last Abortion Clinic. It focused on the efforts of a group called Pro-Life Mississippi which has closed several abortion clinics in Mississippi through fasting and daily prayer in front of the abortion clinics. However, it was a biased piece. For example, it did not focus on the efforts of groups which provide women with real alternatives to abortion. It can be seen on the Internet at www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/ There is a discussion section where you may wish to post your comments.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Make Prayer a Priority by Susan Cirba

"Everything begins with prayer...spending a little time on our knees. If all the world's rulers and leaders would spend a little time on their knees before God, I believe we would have a better world." Mother Theresa of Calcutta

Christians are the world's spiritual leaders. Jesus said, "You are the light of the world" Matt. 5:14 and "let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven." Matt. 5:16. We must lead by example. If you are a member or leader of your parish pro-life committee, make prayer a priority.

Concerning prayer, Jesus said, "Ask and it will be given to you: seek, and you will find: Knock and it will be opened to you." Matt. 7:7. Pope John Paul II wrote a beautiful pro-life prayer in Evangelium Vitae which is distributed by the Knights of Columbus or by e-mailing lifeissues@hotmail.com Perhaps your pro-life committee can meet together for a holy hour or to pray the rosary. One's first reaction to making a new commitment is usually, "Where will I find the time?" If we are honest with ourselves, if we have an hour for Oprah, American Idol or any other television program, we have time for prayer. It's just a matter of setting priorities.

If your parish currently has no active pro-life committee and you would like to start one, pray about it first. Ask your spouse, another parishioner or a friend to pray with you. Next, go to your parish priest and tell him of your willingness to volunteer.

To begin or sustain any effort without prayer is like trying to fly a kite without wind. It won't work. Make a commitment to prayer; then listen to God by paying attention to the people and opportunities he sets before us each day. You will soon find the statement, "Prayer changes people and people change things." to be fact.
Susan Cirba - Life Issues