Saturday, March 28, 2009

100 Days of Abortion

While the major media outlets have focused on the Obama regime's initial efforts to restore stability and solvency to the staggering US economy, it has almost ignored the new administration's most concerted, dramatic, and sweeping changes: 100 days of radical, unprecedented, untempered pro-abortion advocacy. As Tom Hoopes reports, the sweeping changes the Obama ideologues have undertaken are utterly astonishing both in scope and sequence, in both brazenness and bravado. May God have mercy on us all.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sober Ironies

You probably saw the terrible story this week of a private plane that crashed into a Montana cemetery--killing 7 children and 7 adults. What you may not have seen are the even more terrible ironies surrounding the sad circumstances. According to Gingi Edmonds , a freelance pro-life activist, writer, and photographer from Hanford, California, the whole tragedy is fraught with irony:

The Catholic Holy Cross Cemetery, where the crash occurred, is owned by Resurrection Cemetery Association in Butte. It contains a memorial for local residents to pray at the "Tomb of the Unborn." This memorial, located a short distance west of the church, was erected as a dedication to all babies who have died because of abortion.

That alone makes the story more than a little ironic. But according to Edmonds, there is more:

The family who died in the crash near the location of the abortion victim's memorial, is the family of Irving 'Bud' Feldkamp, owner of the largest for-profit abortion chain in the nation. Family Planning Associates was purchased four years ago by Irving Moore "Bud" Feldkamp III, owner of Allcare and Hospitality Dental Associates and CEO of Glen Helen Raceway Park in San Bernardino. The 17 California Family Planning clinics perform more abortions in the state than any other abortion provider--Planned Parenthood included--and they perform abortions through the first five months of pregnancy.

Although Feldkamp is not himself an abortionist, he reaps profits of blood money from the tens of thousands of babies that are killed through abortions performed every year at the clinics he owns. His business in the abortion industry was what enabled him to afford the private plane that was carrying his family to their week-long vacation at the Yellowstone Club, a millionaires-only ski resort.

The plane went down on Sunday, killing two of Feldkamp's daughters, two sons-in-law and five grandchildren along with the pilot and four family friends. The plane, a single-engine turboprop flown by Bud Summerfield of Highland, crashed into the Catholic cemetery and burst into flames, only 500 feet from its landing destination. All aboard were killed.

The cause of the crash is a mystery. The pilot, who was a former military flier who logged over 2,000 miles, gave no indication to air traffic controllers that the aircraft was experiencing difficulty when he asked to divert to an airport in Butte. Witnesses report that the plane suddenly nosedived toward the ground with no apparent signs of a struggle. There was neither a cockpit voice recorder nor a flight data recorder onboard, and no radar clues into the planes final moments because the Butte airport is not equipped with a radar facility. Some speculate that the crash was due to ice on the wings, but this particular plane model has been tested for icy weather and experts have stated that ice being the cause is unlikely.

Edmonds concludes:

In my time working for Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, I helped organize and conduct a weekly campaign where youth activists stood outside of Feldkamp's mini-mansion in Redlands holding fetal development signs and raising community awareness regarding Feldkamp's dealings in child murder for profit. Every Thursday afternoon we called upon Bud and his wife Pam to repent, seek God's blessing and separate themselves from the practice of child killing.

We warned him, for his children's sake, to wash his hands of the innocent blood he assisted in spilling because, as Scripture warns, if "you did not hate bloodshed, bloodshed will pursue you". (Ezekiel 35:6)

A news source states that Bud Feldkamp visited the site of the crash with his wife and their two surviving children on Monday. As they stood near the twisted and charred debris talking with investigators, light snow fell on the tarps that covered the remains of their children.

I don't want to turn this tragic event into some creepy spiritual "I told you so" moment, but I think of the time spent outside of Feldkamp's--Pam Feldkamp laughing at the fetal development signs, Bud Feldkamp trying not to make eye contact as he got into his car with a small child in tow--and I think of the haunting words, "Think of your children." I wonder if those words were haunting Feldkamp as well as he stood in the snow among the remains of loved ones, just feet from the "Tomb of the Unborn?"

I only hope and pray that in the face of this tragedy, Feldkamp recognizes his need for repentance and reformation. I pray that God will use this unfortunate catastrophe to soften the hearts of Bud and Pam and that they will draw close to the Lord and wash their hands of the blood of thousands of innocent children, each as precious and irreplaceable as their own.

Edmonds closes with the sober covenantal call of Deuteronomy: "I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then." (Deuteronomy 30: 19)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Obama's Poll Plunge

Surprise! Surprise! New National Polling Data from both Rasmussen and Gallup now shows President Obama's popularity has already begun to plummet. Precipitously! In addition, according to the Wall Street Journal, the American electorate is perhaps more polarized than ever this early into a new administration. Indeed, Obama's numbers are even worse than Jimmy Carter's were at the same point in his administration. And only less than a quarter of Americans believe that the federal government truly reflects the will of the people.

All talk of "reaching across the aisle," of "non-partisan cooperation," and of "a new era of change" has become sadly, though predictably, passe.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Back When Liberals Were Actually Liberal

The late, great Richard John Neuhaus once asserted, "The pro-abortion flag is being planted on the wrong side of the liberal-conservative divide." Of course, that was before he was forced by conscience to cross the ideological aisle himself; that was back when he still thought that liberals ought to be, could be, and would be... well, liberal; that was back when it seemed all too logical that caring liberals would surely want to expand the community of care to embrace the helpless unborn; that was back when liberals actually cared about things like justice and mercy rather than simply rights and convenience; that was, I suppose, a long, long time ago now--though I remember it well.