Is What I’m Feeling Okay?

There’s been a lot of changes in my life since two years ago, when I was still in high school and youth group and still dealing with the hardships of juggling my fun life and school life as well as homework assignments and whatever other extra curricular activities I had going, like karate. They were definitely good times, but there also came a lot of hardships involving the church I grew up in. I won’t go into too much detail, for it’s a longer story that I’ve intended for the article, but after 13 years of knowing almost everyone, growing up alongside people I knew too well, and meeting some good friends that kept my spirits high, I had to tear myself away from the conflict and the unbiblical teachings and behavior the church was showing to the congregation and their own pastor. It was incredibly hard to witness after so many years of knowing these people.

It’s also incredibly hard to know that this kind of situation, though not exact, was not something new to my family, and that they’ve been dealing with church conflicts, splits, and other issues since for a very long time, and after witnessing various Christian’s behavior, the Baptist teachings, and the way people have twisted the Bible, I’ve become very hard to the concept of “church”.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand church is important and that we should honor God by going to church and meeting other Christians who can help strengthen and encourage us, but when almost none of that is taking place within the church and making it so that there’s a certain level of mistrust towards a particular denomination and other Christians, it’s really hard to talk myself into going to church again.

However, I have not stopped going to church and exploring with my family to various new church locations here at my new home in Florida. There are a lot of possibilities out there, and any one of those could be a good fit for me and my family as we try to figure out where the best place to go to church is, but I still am unable to shake off the level of distrust I have. Is what I’m feeling alright?

I’ve often asked myself this as I’ve socialized with other Christians, whether online or offline. Certain conversations and theological discussion and opinions have raised barriers for me that I find extremely difficult to want to break down, and really, SHOULD i break these barriers down? Is it okay for me to be cautious about these types of situations I find myself in? Is this distrust I have logical or uneven understandable? Do I look ungodly?

I’ve stopped really caring about what I’ve looked like a long time ago, really. I’m scarred, and I’ve accepted that; now I am working on healing from the wounds I have dealt with. But there are people’s doctrine I run into, things I see that come across my dashboard or feed, certain conversations……….I begin to despise those types of things.

It’s become incredibly hard to accept the Baptist beliefs. I hate the things the majority of them stand for. I despite the level of negativity it seems that denomination seems to hold. Yes, I acknowledge not all denominations or even people are perfect, but when the Baptist church you’ve come out of after knowing the majority of your life is borderline a freakish cult, you begin to question certain things. And you begin to wonder why these people bother in these denominations.

I could go on and on with what I disagree with in the Calvinistic mindsets of the Baptists. I’d have an extremely long list, but I also have an extremely long list of things I disagree with in a lot. I disagree with Godspeak, with flowery language from the Bible, of people who don’t say “thank you” for a compliment and instead say “it’s all God.” But right now, I’m merely only asking myself “is what I feel okay?”

Those three things I mentioned above are some of the distrust I deal with when watching the Christian community. It gets tiresome. It gets angering. And all the while, I ask myself if the emotion is okay to face, if it’s ungodly. I’ve often asked myself “why am I so different from other Christians? I don’t even THINK like they think. They quote such flowery Biblical speech, and I never once thought of doing something like that.” I don’t post verses, or small sermons, or little theological ideas. Heck, I don’t even mention my faith on sites like Tumblr. My opinions, my views, are so different from other people’s. Maybe it has something to do with the pain I’m still trying to struggle through.

After a lot of thought on this topic, I’ve finally concluded that it’s okay to feel hurt, to feel scarred, to be cautious, just as long as I make sure I’m healing and not holding onto to the past. I don’t think I’ll ever be completely healed; even almost two years later, I’m still battling the feelings I am today of betrayal, mistrust, anger….but that’s okay. I’m allowed to feel these emotions. I don’t have to think like all the other Christians, don’t have to overly spiritualize like they do, and that is okay. It’s alright to be cautious too, even, because rather than throwing yourself into a church you barely know a thing about, you can research their morals and principles, their doctrine, and decide what best fits your beliefs. I am no longer a Baptist, and to be honest, I’m not sure I really was one. I don’t have to choose a denomination to obey God. It’s not needed.

If anything, I understand why people walk away from the church. I understand the hurt they’ve faced, the confusion that they have to deal with. I also understand why they choose to walk away from God. It’s a painful process to see your childhood church split up, and then in the next church be told you had too much baggage to participate. It’s hurtful to see this kind of action be done to so many already hurting people.

Unless you’ve been in the same situation as I have, I’m not quite sure a lot of people can relate to the types of feelings I’ve been facing. The betrayal and suspicious activity of cultish churches seem somewhat hidden for whatever reason, but I hope that by allowing my thoughts and emotions to spill out, I’d be able to reach out to someone who doesn’t know what it’s like but would like to help hurting Christians in some way. The world is already harsh enough on us, let’s not make it so the church is as well.

The Pro-life Project

Fetus- offspring; brood.

I wanted to make a journal on one of the things I most strongly fight for right now; the life of an unborn child. These children are very special and dear to many people, but the decisions of others and of Planned Parenthood have lead many people to abort their babies, leaving them with many struggles, doubt, and sadness. This can be prevented, even with just a little knowledge on what the pro-life movement is about and how saving the life of a baby can also save the life of a mother.
Edit: added a diagram of 4-week old fetus and information on growing organs within the fetus as well as meaning of the word ‘fetus’.

Proof of Life?
One of the most popular arguments I have been approached with is “there is no life in an unborn child. They are just a clump of cells in a womb.” I’ve also heard people go to the extent to say that a fetus is a “parasite”. All of these claims are very false, and with a little scientific backup, this can be proven. Let’s look at a few facts, then!

The life of a child begins at the moment of conception. Forty-six chromosomes are needs to make up a person, as well as similar DNA to that of the parents. You are the same as you were at conception. Therefore, we are unchanged, even today!
The website also outlines the seven characteristics that define life: responsiveness to environment, growth and change, metabolism and the ability to breathe oxygen, homeostasis, be composed of cells, and a capability to have offspring.

Medical experts have also been able to prove this. James Bopp, writer of Human Life and Health Care Ethics, vol. 2 (Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, 1985) states the following:

“The first cell of a new and unique human life begins existence at the moment of conception (fertilization) when one living sperm from the father joins with one living ovum from the mother. It is in this manner that human life passes from one generation to another. Given the appropriate environment and genetic composition, the single cell subsequently gives rise to trillions of specialized and integrated cells that compose the structures and functions of each individual human body.
“Every human being alive today and, as far as is known scientifically, every human being that ever existed, began his or her unique existence in this manner, i.e., as one cell. If this first cell or any subsequent configuration of cells perishes, the individual dies, ceasing to exist in matter as a living being. There are no known exceptions to this rule in the field of human biology.”
Another argument many have presented to me is the concept of “when personhood begins.” This is foten something controversial among pro-lifers and pro-choicers but the answer once again comes back conception. All life, whether in animals or humans, starts at conception. Male and female cells come together to unite and create a new creature. In this case, this creature is the human, homo sapien.”

Here is an article I like to refer back to when the argument of personhood comes up:

Human Beings Aren’t Necessarily Human Persons
Objection: Well, okay, maybe the unborn are human beings—but they’re not human persons, and therefore they don’t deserve the full benefit of the law.
Response: This is a metaphysical argument that acknowledges the obvious biological justification of the pro-life movement but subverts it in favor of pro-choice philosophy. In the eyes of many pro-choicers, the unborn are not “persons” because they have not yet reached an arbitrary benchmark of personal performance: they do not have self-awareness, they cannot speak, they cannot do anything on their own, they have not yet developed certain organs or begun certain biological processes.
Ultimately this is a distinction without a difference. For one, the pro-choice “personhood” criteria generally apply equally to newborns, who are helpless, not self-aware, incapable of speech, underdeveloped, and for all practical purposes functionally indistinguishable from most of the unborn. Yet, for obvious and self-evident reasons, you will be hard-pressed to find pro-choicers who believe you should be able to stab a newborn in the head with an ice pick. The inconsistency betrays the fallacy.
More to the point, a civilized human society does not assign “personhood” on the basis of functionality and capability. A human being in a deep but temporary coma fits most of the criteria for non-personhood. Is it okay to kill him? What about those who are in a deep sleep? What about the severely retarded and disabled? A criteria-based philosophy of human personhood must inevitably be okay with executing all of these people on the basis of their non-personality.
Pro-lifers tend to believe otherwise: most of us assign personhood not on the basis of functionality or capability but rather innate capacity and intrinsic essence: we believe the unborn (possessing the full capacity of humanity) and the disabled (who are intrinsically ordered to that capacity, even if their specific individuality differs from it) are all persons, all worthy of life, and all worthy of protection under the law

Okay, it’s a human, but it’s not a person.

The shockingly bloody history of legal personhood

From Personhood:
A criterion for personhood that depends on certain functions of human activity implies that individuals who perform the chosen function more excellently should have higher human value. Individuals suffering from severe Alzheimer’s disease or under general anesthesia, who may not be self-aware or able to create future expectations, could no longer be considered persons. We know, however, that the human under general anesthesia retains his personal identity despite his temporary lack of self-awareness, so his personhood must cohere in his underlying nature. Legally speaking, “persons” are guaranteed the fundamental rights of individuals, including the right to life. Historically, abuses of personhood have led to the genocide of groups deemed “non-persons” by more powerful political or social groups. For example, up until the 14th Amendment, African-American slaves were legally considered three-fifths of a person. Native Americans were exploited because they were treated as less than full persons. The racial distinctions used to label these groups as “non-persons” were conveniently invented to justify the violation of human rights.

As you can see by even the last sentence there, every person who claims those in the womb have no personhood, they are violating every human right to it. Everyone has to start somewhere, right? Of course. This is why personhood starts at conception, because at the moment the male and female’s cells unite, the offspring of those two forms and begins life then and there.
“It’s underdeveloped though,” is also something a lot of people have brought to the table to me. If we’re going that route, would you call a plant’s sprig not a plant? No, because it’s still a plant, even though it’s forming. Even though humans are obviously not plants, the same applies to the developing child. An unborn baby is not just going to automatically become full-sized instantly. It still has to grow and form.

Here we have a diagram of a 4 week old embryo. As you can see, there are a number of developing organs already beginning to form. The aorta, the part of the heart, which keeps humans alive, is already beginning to form. You can also see the umbilical arties. The umbilical attaches the mother and child so that the mother can feed her growing baby through that, as well as exchange blood to eachother. A baby’s cells can actually help heal the mother’s body too should she become injured.
So this brings another question in? If we’re violating the child’s rights, doesn’t that technically mean we just violated our own rights. If we’re the ones trying to dictate when life begins, and we call something that’s living a “parasite” or “an animal,” aren’t we technically violating our own rights? Shouldn’t we, full grown humans, be considered an animal still too? Pro-choicers have the belief that they know when life begins, and they dictate when it starts, but their beliefs are all over the place. Some believe life begins after a few couple weeks, others believe the unborn child is alive when it exits the womb. It’s never stayed consistent. This is mind boggling because, if we’re going to have a consistent argument, we first have to have a solid basis.

Blogger Peter Kreft outlines reasons why the medical ethic is crucial to understanding when life begins:

First, the personhood of the fetus is clearly the crucial issue for abortion, for if the fetus is not a person, abortion is not the deliberate killing of an innocent person; if it is, it is. All other aspects of the abortion controversy are relative to this one; e.g. women have rights—over their own bodies but not over other person’s bodies. The law must respect a “right to privacy,” but killing other persons is not a private but a public deed. Persons have a “right to life,” but non-persons (e.g. cells, tissues, organs, and animals) do not.
Second, abortion is a crucial issue for medical ethics because the right to life is the fundamental right. If I am not living I can have no other rights. Corpses have no rights. The two sides on this issue are more intransigently opposed to each other than on any other issue—rightly so, for if pro-lifers are right abortion is murder, and if pro-choicers are right pro-lifers are fanatic, intolerant and repressive about nothing. We must intolerantly kill both intolerance and killing.
Third, medical ethics is crucial for our civilization, for our lives are more closely touched here than by any economic, political, or military issue. For instance, artificial immortality would change mankind more radically than a nuclear war, and surrogate motherhood, which brings us to Brave New World, is a more radical development than totalitarian dictatorship, which brings us only to 1984.”

When is Abortion Okay?

My automatic answer to this is always going to be NEVER. Abortion might be legal right now, but just because it’s legal DOES NOT mean it’s right or safe. Abortion can be a dangerous procedure for both the mother and the child, and this effects women in many many negative ways.
The argument for this is usually, “Well my body, my choice.” This is true…only up to a certain point. It IS your body, but the child growing inside the mothers womb is not. It is a separate entity. At this point, some might even dare to say “It’s a parasite” but calling a child a parasite is not only scientifically wrong but it’s also sick to suggest. It’s a normal occurrence in women that happens after the man and woman unite.
“My body, my choice” is a rather dangerous statement to say. Yes, you have your own body, yes, you have your own choice, but there’s a crossing point there when you’re putting yourself and someone else at risk. When you are young, your parents warn you of things that might hurt you or cause you pain. Would you tell them,”my body, my choice” in defiance? Absolutely not. Your parents know what will cause your body harm and they try to stop it.

As the website Lifeteen outlines , the argument of “my body, my choice” is an implication nobody else is involved except for you, and nobody else matters in this. Problem is this: someone else is always going to be involved. Abortion is ALWAYS going to affect another person, whether it be a relative, a spouse, a child, the nurses and doctors working on it. Someone is always going to be affected. It’s just HOW.

The most popular argument I have ever seen is “what if it’s rape?” It’s not an excuse to abort even then. Rape is horrible, and rapists should be severely punished for what they do, but do not make your womb a grave and punish the developing child just because you did not want it. It’s selfish, it’s wrong. It’s understandable that taking care of a child will be hard, but when is it not hard? Even mothers who planned and had children have a hard time caring for their offspring. It’s just the way of life. Financial trouble may indeed come, but don’t be afraid to ask for help. The family and/or other caretakers should be willing to help you on you and your child’s path. But do not murder an innocent life who could not control a situation just because you don’t want it. Trustworthy and safe adoption services should be approached if you decide to give your child to a family who would love a little boy or girl.
A similar outlook can be placed upon disabled children. This is called “ableism”, and it is the belief that a disabled child should be aborted due to health issues. ALL children, health issues or not, are deserving of life. An assumption that the child won’t be happy because they have a health issue is simply just not even a good reason to kill it. I’ve seen many kids with health issues live happy and healthy lives, even though outwardly they are different. It proves that even their life is precious, just like all of our lives.
Alright, so now for why abortions CAN’T be safe procedures. There are many ways of abortion, including sucking the child out, taking limbs apart, breaking the skull of the developing child, and so forth. Each abortion ALWAYS ends in the death of the developing child. It’s always going to; there’s no way around that. The murder of those developing in the womb are often gruesome and violent, and they are killed in many disgusting ways.

Students for Life gives quite a few examples of how unsafe abortions can be. They acknowledge that, although abortion can place a relief on the woman for a short time, symptoms have proven that some women have suffered immensely For the mother, though, abortions can also have affects on them. Women who have had abortions can develop what’s called PAS (post-abortion syndrome). This is a form of PTSD. Women with PAS are unable to cope with the reality of the abortion they have had. PAS can sometimes form years after an abortion has taken place, but whenever PAS takes place, it MUST be treated right away.
Another symptom researches have met with is “post-abortion numbness.” This is when the woman can’t feel anything any emotions at all, and they become numb to the abortion. The only emotion that can feel is the “relief” from the situation, but they become paralyzed from everything else.
Another point is that only 18% of women are able to get pregnant once they have had an abortion. 33% of women have been proven to want to have another child, but only 18% were able to get pregnant again.

Other symptoms of abortion might include:
Depression and suicidal thoughts
Sadness
Reduced motivation
Anxiety over childbearing issues
Alcohol and drug abuse
Eating disorders
And many many other symptoms exist after an abortion has taken place. This proves that abortion is a HUGE risk to every woman who has it, and therefore, it can not be deemed a safe procedure, because in the end, inward and outward health will always be affected.

But it’s a parasite!

Wrong. Any good and educated doctor will tell you this is false information. You cannot compare a normal occurrence and something that bears children and call it a disease.
The definition of parasite is:
1. an organism that lives on or in an organism of another species, known as the host, from the body of which it obtains nutriment.
2.a person who receives support, advantage, or the like, from another or others without giving any useful or proper return, as one who lives on the hospitality of others

Most pro-choicers would probably look at the first sentence and say, “There it is. That’s it. It says it lives on or in an organism from which it gains nutrients.” But if you go on and read the second sentence, it goes on to say ‘without giving any useful or proper return.” Well, I’m going to jump back to what I said in a statement: The umbilical attaches the mother and child so that the mother can feed her growing baby through that, as well as exchange blood to eachother. A baby’s cells can actually help heal the mother’s body too should she become injured. ”

Let’s look at what another site says about the definition of “parasite”. Parasites are: plants or animals that live on or in a host getting their nutrients from that host. Notice key words here: plants or animals. Was human listed? No.

It also might be helpful to look at a few types of parasites and how we can compare it to the argument of a fetus being a parasite.

Here we see a single-celled “protozoa”, which is a tiny organism found in food or water that has been contaminated. The side effects of receiving this type of organism will usually involve weight loss and dehydration, as well as severe infections and other bodily functions that are messed up. Does a single-celled organism fit the criteria. So how many cells does the fetus contain here? At the first stage, a zygote, the structure that forms when fertilized, two cells are formed, which then jumps into mitosis and double the number of cells, creating the human being. An organism, however, like the protozoa featured here, cannot perform mitosis, and their form remains static.This therefore concludes that a fetus cannot fit the criteria for being a parasite.

This here is an image of a child at 12 weeks. This is usually when the child is aborted/murdered.

Anything after the 12 weeks involve procedures such as salt water, urea, potassium chloride, are used as well as dismembering the child. Tell me, if the child is not alive, why do we need to go to such levels to take out a “parasite.” Surely we don’t need to do all THAT.

n this section, I was mainly discussing how a fetus is an actual human, and I referred to the first diagram’s picture of the unbiblical cord as an example of what I was trying to get across. Those who do not fully understand how pregnancy and birth work believe that the baby is literally just feeding off the mother’s nutrients and whatever she ate. The baby, to them, is a host of some type, sucking all the important and beneficial nutrients out of the mother. This is highly uneducated but fear not: I have many examples as to why this is proven false.
First off, like I had mentioned, a baby’s cells can actually help heal the mother’s body should she get hurt and fend off future diseases. The baby passes embryonic stem cells to the mother, which protects her from breast cancer and other diseases. AND GET THIS. The cells are still there EVEN AFTER THE CHILD IS ABORTED. In other words, your baby is still with you, even if you decide to have it killed. The cells are still there, protecting you from harmful disease.

Another example of how a child in the womb can help give back to the mother is through DNA. A fetus can transfer its DNA to the mother’s brain, and the remnants of it fight against neurological disease. Also, if the mother suffers organ damage, the fetus can actually send stem cells to go and heal the injured organ.

If you’re pro-life, you should at least support protected sex and sex ed.

I actually don’t support either of these things, nor do I think children need taught this. It literally has nothing to do with abortion. Why? Because you evidently didn’t care if you would bear a child or not since you didn’t bother controlling yourself to have sex. You knew that you might possibly have a child and yet that didn’t stop you.

Children should not be taught what sex is unless it’s in their own homes and they want to learn or their parents decide to teach them. The schools, and even the government, should have no say in teaching our children what should be private.

So no, I don’t believe protected sex should be a thing, because you need to even GET MARRIED before you even consider that, and I don’t think sex ed should be a public lesson.

What if its a rape situation?

My answer to this will always be the same: NO. Even in a rape situation, having an abortion is wrong and immoral. The rapist should be the one facing the consequences of his actions, not the growing baby within the mother’s body. The baby cannot control when his conception begins, so do not make your womb a grave just because the circumstance in which the woman came from. Many children who came from rape have even become successful. Here’s a list of these people who have become famous and/or gone out and made a difference and were either raped or conceived from rape:
-John Cox (Presidential candidate. Conceived from rape)
-Kelly Wright (co-anchor of Fox’s and Friends Weekends. Conceived from rape)
-Layne Beachley (Seven-time World Champion swimmer. Raped.)
-Valeria Gatto ( Miss Pennsylvania. Conceived from rape.)
-Faith Daniels (TV personality. Raped.)
-Jesse Jackson (Civil Right’s Activist. Conceived from rape.)
The list goes on and on, but each person has proved one thing: they were raped and still chose to go on, or they were conceived in rape and lived to tell the tale during their careers. Rape situations are awful and the rapist should be severely punished, but do not make your womb a grave for the sake of where the child came from.

What about the disabled?

Yet again my answer to this will always remain the same: NO NO NO. This is called ableism, which is defined as: discrimination or prejudice against individuals with disabilities. Pro-choicers out there might say,” Do you want them to suffer?” No, I don’t, but disabled people don’t have to be unhappy individuals.

 

What if the child is abused?

If this question is being asked, shouldn’t we be questioning that for every family. The chances of a child being born into an abusive family are very low. It’s just a poor assumption and argument.
What about the women? It’s THEIR body.
This is something I get approached with a lot, actually. Pro-lifers are thinking about the women as well, and due to the trauma of abortions, many women are faced with the symptoms I listed in the link. If a child is not able to be kept, abortion should STILL never be the option. Women with not enough money should be helped by friends and family for their financial obstacles, and if the mother is unable to keep the child, it should still be born and given to a good and trusted adoption center, where another family who are unable to bear their own child or willing to adopt another child to the family, can be loved and cherished.

What about the women? It’s THEIR body.
This is something I get approached with a lot, actually.  Pro-lifers are thinking about the women as well, and due to the trauma of abortions, many women are faced with the symptoms I listed in the link. If a child is not able to be kept, abortion should STILL never be the option. Women with not enough money should be helped by friends and family for their financial obstacles, and if the mother is unable to keep the child, it should still be born and given to a good and trusted adoption center, where another family who are unable to bear their own child or willing to adopt another child to the family, can be loved and cherished.

Okay, well, I’m pro-choice, not pro-abortion.

Pro-choice according to Merriam Webster dictionary: favoring the legalization of abortion
Pro-choice according to Dictionary: supporting or advocating legalized abortion.
Pro-choice according to Oxford Dictionary: Advocating legalized abortion.
Pro-choice according to Collins Dictionary: Someone who is pro-choice thinks that women have a right to choose whether or not to give birth to a child they have conceived, and to have an abortion if they do not want the child.

Actually yes you are pro-abortion.

 

Verses supporting the right of a fetus to live:

Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. And before you were born, I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations. -Jeremiah 1:5

Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me. -Psalm 139:16

For I knew the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. -Jeremiah 29:11

For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my Mother’s womb. -Psalm 139:13

Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart. -Jeremiah 1:5

Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers. -Job 31:15

This is what the LORD says–He who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you … -Isaiah 44:2

You formed my inmost being; You knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; Wonderful are your works! My very self you knew; My bones were not hidden from you, When I was being made in secret, Fashioned as in the depths of the earth. Your eyes foresaw my actions; In your book all are written down; My days were shaped, before one came to be. -Psalms 139:13-16

“Yahweh called me when I was in the womb, before my birth he had pronounced my name.” -Isaiah 49:1

“In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry,
“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy.” -Luke 1:39-44

This next part is my research and studies on Planned Parenthood. I went back into the olden days when it was first began, and I studied that to now, in which Planned Parenthood is going behind the scenes for illegal activity, much like what happened in the days of Margaret Sanger.

I am not here to force you into my opinion, rather, to open up eyes and tell the truth on what Planned Parenthood really stands for. I’m going to go through their history and make notes on what they’re hiding, and what they do to children, their parents, and the lives at stake.
Planned Parenthood’s ‘Who We Are’ page states the following:

 

“Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s history would not be complete without first mentioning the pioneering efforts of Margaret Sanger.  In 1916, two years after coining the term “birth control,” Sanger began a revolution in a Brooklyn storefront. She opened America’s first birth control clinic, laying the groundwork for what is now Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She was then jailed for 30 days for breaking the “Comstock Law,” which forbade the discussion and dissemination of birth control. Today we celebrate her accomplishments, her pioneering work and her ideas. Margaret Sanger’s vision has inspired the availability of reproductive health care for women in Iowa and Nebraska, and across the nation.”

They fail to mention a lot about Margaret Sanger.

Sanger was born on September 14, 1879. She went to nursing school, married an architect, and had 3 children of her own. By using her nursing skills, she created a “magic pill”, in which she would use it to undergo back alley abortions or allow ladies to self-terminate their pregnancies. In 1914, she started a feminism publication called The Woman Rebel, which promoted the right for women to use birth control. During that time, it was illegal to send information on contraception. The Comstock Act of 1873 prohibited trade ins and circulation of “obscene or immoral materials.” Any devices, publications, or medicine related to contraception and abortion was deemed immoral, and anything being mailed with this kind of content was illegal. For this action, Sanger received a 5 year jail sentence, but instead she ran away to England and continued trying to provide birth control. She worked on researching forms of diaphragms and later smuggled them into U.S.. Sanger separated with her husband during that time and started having affairs with other men. In 1951, Sanger and her sister started an abortion clinic but was arrested during a raid shortly after it opened. She and her sister were charged with providing information on contraception and diaphragms, and they were in prisoned for 30 years. After pleading for release, the court made an exception and allowed doctors to provide contraception. In 1921, Sanger opened up the American Birth Control league and served as president.

Margaret Sanger, however, is surrounded by a lot of controversy because of her racist and downright immoral beliefs. Planned Parenthood has responded to these allegations:

“Was Sanger racially motivated?

Despite the admiration that African-American heroes like DuBois, Powell, and King held for Sanger, arguments continue about whether or not her outreach to the black community was racially motivated. The patriarchal racism of the social policy of the time and the well-intentioned paternalism of philanthropists to “lift up” AfricanAmericans, may have influenced Sanger. But there is no evidence that Sanger, or the Federation, intended to coerce black women into using birth control: The fundamental belief, underscored at every meeting, mentioned in much of the behind-the scenes correspondence, and evident in all the printed material put out by the Division of Negro Service, was that uncontrolled fertility presented the greatest burden to the poor, and Southern blacks were among the poorest Americans. In fact, the Negro Project did not differ very much from the earlier birth control campaigns in the rural South … it would have been more racist, in Sanger’s mind, to ignore African Americans in the South than to fail at trying to raise the health and economic standards of their communities (“Birth Control or Race Control,” 2001).”

This was a claim Planned Parenthood made to the argument that Sanger racially motivated to kill black people. Let’s look at some history behind this.

“At a March 1925 international birth control gathering in New York City, a speaker warned of the menace posed by the “black” and “yellow” peril. The man was not a Nazi or Klansman; he was Dr. S. Adolphus Knopf, a member of Margaret Sanger’s American Birth Control League (ABCL), which along with other groups eventually became known as Planned Parenthood. Sanger’s other colleagues included avowed and sophisticated racists. One, Lothrop Stoddard, was a Harvard graduate and the author of The Rising Tide of Color against White Supremacy. Stoddard was something of a Nazi enthusiast who described the eugenic practices of the Third Reich as “scientific” and “humanitarian.” And Dr. Harry Laughlin, another Sanger associate and board member for her group, spoke of purifying America’s human “breeding stock” and purging America’s “bad strains.” These “strains” included the “shiftless, ignorant, and worthless class of antisocial whites of the South.” Not to be outdone by her followers, Margaret Sanger spoke of sterilizing those she designated as “unfit,” a plan she said would be the “salvation of American civilization.: And she also spoke of those who were “irresponsible and reckless,” among whom she included those ” whose religious scruples prevent their exercising control over their numbers.” She further contended that “there is no doubt in the minds of all thinking people that the procreation of this group should be stopped.” That many Americans of African origin constituted a segment of Sanger considered “unfit” cannot be easily refuted.”

Planned Parenthood has a long and well-documented history of racism beginning with its founder, Margaret Sanger. More African-Americans have died from abortion than from AIDS, accidents, violent crimes, cancer, and heart disease combined. And in America today, a black child is three times more likely to be killed in the womb than a white child. Since 1973, abortion has reduced the black population by over 25%. Planned Parenthood operates the nation’s largest chain of abortion clinics and almost 80% of its facilities are located in minority neighborhoods. About 13% of American women are black, but they submit to over 35% of the abortions.

Margaret’s “Plan for Peace” pushed for coercive sterilization, mandatory segregation and concentrated rehabilitative camps for all “dysgenic stock”. In 1922 her book The Pivot of Civilization became a best-seller, one of the first such popular works to openly support Malthusian Eugenics. In the book, she urged the elimination of “human weeds”, the “cessation of charity”, the segregation of “morons, misfits, and the maladjusted,” and the sterilization of “genetically inferior races.”

“Also missing is Sanger’s fear of her racist views being exposed, as recorded in a 1939 letter to an ally: “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.” Which is exactly what she set out and succeeded in doing. Planned Parenthood is largely the reason why black babies are aborted in America three times more often than white babies, and Hispanic preborns are killed 1½ times more often than whites. In fact, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research compiled by TooManyAborted.com, “Abortion is the number one killer of black lives in the United States. More than HIV. More than heart disease. More than cancer. Abortion snuffs out more black lives than all other causes of death combined.”

Listen as a former black employee of PP reveals what takes place: “Planned Parenthood targets minorities for abortion with the specific goal of keeping down (or lowering) the birthrate of Black babies…. Over twenty million African American babies have been aborted.”

Planned Parenthood today has also been revealed to do sex trafficking.

“In 2011, a Live Action undercover investigation gathered evidence of eight Planned Parenthood staffers in seven abortion clinics who appeared willing to aid and abet the trafficking of minors. Posing as child-sex traffickers, Live Action investigators visited Planned Parenthood facilities in New York, Arizona, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., inquiring about obtaining abortions, contraception, and STI tests for underage girls. The investigation footage shows Planned Parenthood employees assisting these supposed traffickers, outlining the best ways to get abortions and birth control for 14- and 15-year-old victims. The staffers said that Planned Parenthood clinics would always ignore parental-consent laws and perform abortions for underage girls involved in sex work, and they explained illegal methods of obtaining from clinics both birth control and abortions for minors without health insurance.”

After the pimp informs a Planned Parenthood staffer that he runs a prostitution ring, the staffer ensures him that Planned Parenthood is the right place for him to be. “We see people from every walk of life. So for a while we were treating all the girls at Paper Moon (strip club) and various places around town, so no judgement. No sharing of information.” The pimp reveals more: “Now the more complicated part of it though is some of the girls, they’re around like 14, 15, and some of the girls are from out of state and out of country.” At this point, Planned Parenthood’s employee begins coaching the man on the process of getting his sex slaves through the legal and medical systems without being caught. “We can give them the same information, the only thing that requires a legal guardian is abortion. I mean, you can get birth control, testing, like anything without a parent. The only thing that requires [someone] over 18, if they’re a minor, is an abortion. But there’s also ways, like judicial bypass, that we can get around that if you guys ever need.” No concern is shown at any point for the girls’ well-being. Only for the successful smuggling of them through the abortion clinic without being caught.

“We’re involved in sex work,” the man tells Planned Parenthood manager Amy Woodruff. “Some of [the prostitutes] are like, ah, they’re kind of young. Some of them are like 15, 14, and some of them don’t speak any English,” he continues, asking Woodruff why the prostitutes shouldn’t be worried they’ll be reported while coming in for Planned Parenthood’s services. “As long as they just lie and say, ‘Oh, [my sexual partner is] fifteen, sixteen.’ You know, as long as they don’t say ‘fourteen’ and as long as it’s not too much of an age gap then we just kind of like–then we just kind of play stup[id],” says Woodruff.

This is how they empower? By selling girls off as sex slaves? By lying?
It only gets worst though. On 3/27/2018, Planned Parenthood tweeted this out, to which it got deleted shortly after.

I don’t agree with any of these points, and I don’t think Disney should be getting politics involved into their shows, which they have actually been aiming for in their recent films, but what strikes me in this whole tweet is the comment ‘we need a Disney princess who’s had an abortion’. Really? Do we? Abortion is a gruesome experience and event involving tearing the child to pieces. It doesn’t even matter if you think the fetus is alive or not, tearing a child up is disgusting and I don’t think we should be showing our children such gruesome events. STOP INVOLVING POLITICS INTO YOUR MOVIES AND TV SHOWS FOR CHILDREN.

On top of all this, baby parts are being sold off once the baby has been aborted and torn apart.

“It should be pointed out that back in 2000, National Right to Life reported that Planned Parenthood actually “supported the harvesting of baby parts for research and had at least one clinic that helped supply aborted babies to firms featured in Wallace’s 20/20 report” – a detail that the Federalist’s Denise C. McAllister pointed out in a July 15, 2015 item. A July 2008 report by CNS News (a division of the Media Research Center) confirmed that Dr. Jones’s firm “held a contract with Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri to dispose of the clinic’s fetal tissue.”

A callous PP Director, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, talked about selling baby parts after they kill the baby in a way that makes the parts more useful. We now have another doctor saying the same thing.The Center for Medical Progress, an organization of Pro-Life doctors, released a new video this week which exposes the callous and illegal selling of aborted baby body parts by Planned Parenthood, long believed to be profiting from abortions while pretending they only care about women’s health.

An undercover video released today shows Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, describing how her organization sells the body parts of aborted unborn children and admitting she uses partial-birth abortions – a felony punishable by imprisonment – to harvest intact body parts. In the video released by the Center for Medical Progress, Nucatola is at a business lunch with a man and a woman posing as buyers from a human biologics company. As head of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Medical Services division, Nucatola has overseen medical practice at all Planned Parenthood clinics since 2009. She also trains new abortion doctors and performs abortions herself at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles up to 24 weeks, Life News reports. The commercial trafficking in any kind of human body parts is a federal crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a $50o,000 fine, or both. Also, partial-birth abortion is a federal felony, punishable by up to two years in prison. Dr. Deborah Nucatola is a top medical official overseeing abortions with Planned Parenthood. Nucatola admits on hidden camera that Planned Parenthood charges per-specimen for baby body parts, uses illegal partial-birth abortion procedures to get salable parts, and is aware of its own liability for doing so and takes steps to cover it up.

Not enough information. Check out these climbing stats of just how many babies are being murdered today.

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I will be updating this as I find more information, so if you’d like to contribute to this project, please comment with links below! Let’s stop this racist, immoral, and disgusting organization.

Want to donate to help stop abortions? Visit here to help fight for unborn lives!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) Rant and Review

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As most of you have probably seen on the side of my blog, I have been working on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shows, featured as a classic cartoon, a CGI film, a new, updated cartoon, and Nickelodeon animation. Although it’s been hard looking for websites to watch some of these off of, I have managed to actually get to season 2 of TMNT 1987, probably one of my favorite versions of the TMNT universe that I have seen.

Unlike most of the versions of TMNT, some of the characters’ personalities and the story line itself is quite different than what we have seen. The 1987 version follows the four ninja turtles as they come face-to-face time and time again with their master Splinter’s old enemy, the Shredder. Along the way, they meet up with a news reporter by the name of April O’Neil, who tries to convince the doubting public that the ninjas are heroes in the city where crime is imminent. Along the way in the plot, they make their way to the center of the evil, where the evil Kraang and his cronies are controlling the crime rates in New York.

I am rather surprised by the changes in today’s versions of TMNT. Although the animation of 1987’s version wasn’t that great (a lot of times, the turtles’ masks would change and their voices would not match up with the right character.) the characters themselves as well their lines were pretty funny. Pun after pun is stated, jokes are nonstop, and one-liners are hilarious. Seeing what the makers of the original TMNT wanted in the story is rather interesting, especially compared to the TMNT 2012 version currently ongoing. The characters have much different personalities than the original characters.

latestLeonardo doesn’t nearly have as much leadership roles as 2012’s Leo. He actually doesn’t do a whole lot of talking either. When Leonardo does have some lines, it’s more of pointing out the facts about a situation and telling the others which way to go when they are not sure. His voice is a ton more deeper than I would have expected.

1173382_1359216879778_fullRaphael has a ton more lines than all the others combined. Most of the TMNT versions make Raphael out as moody, arrogant, and very stubborn, but 1987’s version is more witty, sarcastic, and pretty confident, but there really is no sign of an angry attitude in his character. Raphael is the one to make as most puns as he can, which are sometimes super funny and other times something that make you go,”What?” I think 1987’s Raphael is my favorite, though. The consistent amounts of wit and funny lines really makes the show. Though I don’t mind 2012’s Raphael much, I still can’t figure out how a joking character can turn into an angry, pessimistic, and aggressive ninja within just a few years time and some seasons.

teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-fred-wolf-season-4-donatello-weird-roomDonatello, as usual, is the brains of the group. He’s always trying to fix things up or build inventions, and he’s the one responsible for many of the inventions he created, including a giant blimp. (They use the blimp to get around a ton in season 1, which I consider kind of funny because a blimp is totally secretive and noone will notice a giant blimp with ‘Turtles’ on the side of it.) Besides, Raphael, Donatello has quite a few lines as well. Although he doesn’t crack as many jokes as Raphael, he still has some of those crazy one-liners, but, you know, that’s the show! *Shrugs* Can’t be helped.

latestMichelangelo also makes quite a few puns. I think he’s more of the hippie kind of dude, similar to 2014’s Michelangelo. His personality and the other version of Raphael are sort of flipped, I think. Michelangelo is quite a go-getter character, and if there’s a fight, he’s in! However, despite the confident personality, he’s still Michelangelo the prankster!

1987_SplinterSplinter….ah, Splinter…..I’m not even sure what to say about him because this version of him sort of bugs me and makes me laugh. Really, all he does in 1987’s cartoon is sit in a certain room meditating or he’s getting trapped (very very easily. I mean, that guy hardly puts up a fight!) by Shredder. Half the time, the turtles are saving him! He says a ton of wise things to the turtles but when he’s faced with something he must battle, he just doesn’t fight well! If the ninja turtles are so well trained, why in the world is Splinter getting caught so easily? I just don’t understand!

latestThe 1987 April O’Neil is a totally different character from 2012 as well in certain aspects! Most of the time, when we get to see what April is doing, she’s working at the news station, either fighting with her boss or trying to find the turtles. She’s seems sort of a whiny character to me, though she isn’t exactly helpless either. Quite frankly, I think she’s a good addition to the show. Even though she doesn’t know ninjitsu like some of the other version of April, she uses her wits to carry her through some tough situations.

Aaaaaand the enemies. The leader of the Kraang and Shredder are featured as two of the main protagonists, and the iconic Bebop and Rocksteady are added in as well. I get rather bored with the shots of the enemies talking to one another, because they talk to one another for so long! The thing that is really funny about Shredder in this version is his slight stupidity and helplessness. 2012’s Shredder really seems like a fearsome character-the leader of the crime-but this version makes Shredder out as more of a wimpy character that the turtles are always defeating pretty quickly, and if he escapes, it’s merely out of pure luck.

Overall, I really enjoyed this version. I especially enjoyed the witty jokes said throughout every episodes, and even though the animation isn’t the best, I’d say it’s pretty good for that time! The theme song is pretty catchy as well! I sort of wish 2012 kept the classic theme, but I have to admit that 2012’s theme is really good, too!

Okay, the one thing that seriously has me wondering is where Casey Jones is! There is no sign of him anywhere! His friendship with Raphael in later versions was really cool to see, so it seems like something here is missing! And Karai! Does she not exist in 1987’s version! Where is she?!

Other than 2007’s TMNT (which I need to watch and therefore can’t officially declare as a favorite even though the characters and the story as well as the CGI looks amazing!), I think that this version is a total favorite!

Thanks for reading! I haven’t done a whole lot of rants like this before, but it was fun! Hopefully I’ll be able to do more of these kinds of rants on TMNT as well as more of my favorite TV shows and movies!

Also, if there is a topic you’d like me to consider writing on, feel free to comment below any of my posts! Suggestions are welcome, just please keep it clean!

Have a great weekend!

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This entry was posted on December 6, 2015, in TV. 5 Comments

Thanksgiving- Truly a Time of Thankfulness

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Thanksgiving is probably one of the most celebrated (besides Christmas) holidays of the year, where friends, family, and a whole lot of food are gathered around the table with an air of happiness, bonding, and most importantly, thankfulness. It is a time when those we have not seen in a while, and those we have, are gathered into one area, where they can meet with one another and show love, support, and care for those they meet, but Thanksgiving isn’t only just about all of that.

Long ago, back in November of 1620, a ship called the Mayflower landed on a land unknown to its passengers, the Pilgrims. This New World was indeed very new to these people, who were trying to escape persecution and the laws of their homeland, and they longed to build their own community, where they could create a place to worship God freely and be able to give themselves and their descendants a place for them. Although these travelers knew nothing about how to find food, a kind Native American by the name of Squanto showed them how to fish, plant, and make a living off the earth. With his help, the knowledge of this new land, later to be named America, spread, and during harvesting time, the Pilgrims and the Native Americans gathered together and gave thanked to God for what He gave them.

Today, we still celebrate this important time in history. Without God’s guidance, the Pilgrims would never have found America, have the ability to live off their land, or be able to prosper like they did. America is one of the most populated and prosperous nation of the world, and without God, we would have never been able to find America. God’s power and care was shown through the Pilgrim’s journey.

As I think over the many joys and events of my life, I am thankful for many things. I am thankful for my parents, who love, care, and teach me ways that will help me throughout my life. They are truly an inspiration to me, and for both of them, I am thankful. I am thankful for my brother, for his constant optimism and support. Without him, I’d be lonely and a bit bored. I’m thankful for all my grandparents, who also encourage me and route me on! I am thankful for my friends, both on the Internet and in real life, who have been such a support to me and have shined Christ to me through their actions, words, and behavior. I can’t tell you enough how grateful I am that God has allowed me to meet them!

I am also thankful for the many things given to me. I am thankful for my brilliant Border Collie, Chloe, for the talents and knowledge God has allowed me to work for, and for life itself! Life is truly good!

Thanksgiving isn’t just a holiday that precedes Christmas, then. It’s a time when we reflect on our ancestors, what happened during that time, and most importantly, Who helped them on that journey that would change a lifetime. As family and friends come together to remember this special time for America, I will be reflecting on the many things I am thankful for.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone! Enjoy your family and friends as well as your food! (I will certainly be enjoying it!)

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Dove’s Question and Answer Week!

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Hey! This week, I decided to have a bit of a Q&A for my blog, so I asked my followers on Tumblr if they had any questions this week! I want to give a huge thank you to girlinblackconverse, youvegothatonering, coolguitargirl, and anonymous for sending me questions! You guys are awesome!

 

Favorite color/colors and why? 

I’ve been trying to figure this out for some time, but I think I have it. As a child, I loved lilac purple, and I think it’s just stuck with me throughout the years. Blue is also one of my favorites, as it represents some of the different colors of blue in the sky.

 

Have you ever been to a concert? If so who? 

I have been to a Clay Aiken concert and the Getty’s concert, which was hosted at a  church. Hopefully in the near future, I will also be able to see Twenty One Pilots!

 

What is your all time favorite song?

I really enjoy the song ‘What I Believe’ by Skillet! Fantastic song with a cool message!

 

If you could transport to any fictional world, which one would you travel to?

Probably Middle Earth! I would fit right in with those Hobbits!

 

Do you prefer dogs or cats, and why?

I enjoy both animals immensely. I have always liked cats, but dogs are just lovable creatures!

 

Are you a closet fan of anything?

I’m pretty outspoken about what I enjoy, so there is not a whole lot of things I do not like to talk about. Everyone pretty much knows what all of my favorite movies and shows are.

 

What is your all time favorite band?

Impossible to choose! Maybe Twenty One Pilots, but I can’t leave Paramore, Fall Out Boy, and Skillet out!

 

What is your favorite number? 

I have always liked the number 2. Don’t ask why; it’s just fun to say.

 

What is your favorite actor or actress?

This one is a rather hard one for me, but I think it’s probably Karen Gillan. She’s a rather funny person, and sometimes she’s a bit awkward, but she knows how to pull it off as a bit of a joke. That’s admirable to me!

 

What is your favorite thing about blogging?

I think my favorite part is being able to witness about Christ through my words. I think that’s the coolest part about the Internet, actually.

 

What is something you really want to write about on your blog, but haven’t done yet?

Eventually, I’d like to do reviews on the different series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but I think I’d also like to do some more of the Free! anime.

 

Why did you start blogging?

When I first came up with the idea that I wanted to do a blog, I was thinking along the lines of doing honest entertainment (such as movies and TV) reviews, but I think the true reason I have blogged is to witness about Christ through what I write. I may not get a chance to see the people that I meet online, but perhaps I can speak about Christ through what I blog about.

 

Do you have any goals in blogging?

This is a good question, and I’m not really quite sure yet. I guess what I want is this: if a person is having trouble trying to find a show or movie appropriate for them or their children, or they’re looking for a different view on a topic, they may find my blog. And if they find it, I want to be able to tell them honest answers about my views. They don’t have to agree with them, of course, but, by God’s will, maybe it might be a witness to them.

 

Do you write blog stuff when you feel like it, i.e. also, not in a steady way, or do you have a schedule with blogging?

Usually I have a schedule, which ranges from Friday to Sunday. When I first started out, it was more of a when-I-felt-like-it schedule, just so I could get some more posts up on the newly created site, but I try to stay consistent, although that doesn’t always happen.

 

How do you usually make your posts? What process do you enjoy the most for the post’s outcome?

Well, typically I like to start planning a topic to write about around Monday or so. That day, or the day after, I begin writing out some of my thoughts on the topic. Around Friday and Saturday, I then finish it, add in some interesting pictures, then I choose a category and post it. My favorite part has to be choosing the pictures for the post. I’m always trying to find the best one I can find!

 

Thanks for all the questions everyone! Man, I really appreciate it! It’s been a fun week!

Have a great weekend!

 

The American Girl Scoop

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Earlier this week, I was hit with some sad news. After reading a blog post concerning one of my favorite childhood things, I was filled with remorse, anger, and nostalgia, all hitting me at the same time. American Girl, a popular company which produces dolls, magazines, and books for girls, has declared themselves supporters of gays through their ‘American Girl’ magazine, something I spent a lot of time reading as a child.

Even though I’m not quite as avid of a fan as I was back then, I still enjoy the dolls and books today as sort of a nostalgic memory for me. I used to go crazy for that stuff; for all the dolls, the horses you could buy, the books, everything! One of my favorite stories was about a girl named Samantha and her best friend Nelly, both who lived during the 1900s. Those stories taught me many lessons and brought me lots of fun entertainment.

Therefore, you can see why I was upset over the fact that American Girl had decided that were supporting something I was totally against; gay actions and abortion. This realization all started out the day I received my monthly magazine in the mail. As my custom, I paged through the magazine, skimming over articles and looking at the different quizzes and activities in it. As I got towards the middle of the magazine, I suddenly stopped at an article about a young girl. Something didn’t seem quite right to me. I didn’t read through it all (which was part of the problem here.) but I did read small bits of it, and almost immediately, something had made me uncomfortable. However, I pushed the feeling down, set the magazine aside, and forgot about it.

a73560e354c0b365bd11e05b8d0201e6Sunday night, though, I was looking at an article on the Peculiar Messenger’s blog and I noticed something regarding American Girl. I read through it and instantly froze. In it, it basically talked about American Girl’s support of Planned Parenthood and of the gays. My stomach clenched and I quickly picked up the magazine I had read only a few days ago, landing on the exact page they were talking about.

I’m still both sad and upset about this. Please do not misunderstand me; I do not hate gays. Don’t think that at all! My job as a Christian is to love everyone, no matter what. I do not support the world’s beliefs and choices, however. Does this make Christians haters? Not at all. Christians are called by God Himself to love people just as He loved them, but not to love the world itself.

Also, I do not support Planned Parenthood. The other day, I wrote about some arguments about why I do not agree with it, which you can read here, but basically, I pointed out one scenario: Suppose your parents decided they wanted to have an abortion for you. Would you be here today, impacting others as you are? No. Not at all, because you would not be alive. And because you would not be alive, you would not be doing what you are today. Does life seem tough and maybe sometimes we wonder why we are alive? Yes, of course! That’s normal; human, in fact! But believe it or not, you’re impacting someone!

be08536a72ca2934e094fac644f97295This is why I do not agree with abortion. Scientists are now saying that because the baby has not been born yet, the child is not even a child at all, but merely a clump of cells. And each time I hear that, I will say the same thing: Really?! Then how come it contains DNA? Why does it contain the genetics from both parents? Why isn’t this coming out? Is it because they want all this hidden to support their statement?

Like I have said before, I am called to love everyone, just not to follow in the world’s footsteps. Some mistake that for hatred. It’s not hatred, it’s called obedience to the One who made us all.  The news about American Girl’s decision hit me hard, and I will no longer be supporting them. As much as it pains me to see this world slowly folding in on itself and becoming so ungodly, I know Christ has a plan, just like He always does, and I’ll keep believing.

Have a great weekend!

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P.S. Please pray for Paris! Yesterday, terrorists killed 153 people and took 100 people hostage. Though, the threat is over, Paris, and France itself, is suffering from the loss, hurt, and shock they faced last night! Now, more than ever, Paris needs our prayers and support.

 

Twenty One Pilots

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Happy Halloween! I’m so excited for it! This year has seemed to fly, and I just can’t believe it’s almost November already! I’ve decided this year for Halloween, I’m either dressing up as a Ravenclaw student from Harry Potter or the Tenth Doctor from Doctor Who. I can’t wait!

Also….

I decided that my review will be a little different this week, because I am going to do a review on one of my favorite bands, Twenty One Pilots!

I discovered these guys this summer when I was playing around on Tumblr. A bunch of my followers were posting the band members (Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun.) and the lyrics to their songs, so I decided to go check a song out. One of the very first songs I played from them was called ‘The Judge,’ which is now on the list of my favorite Twenty One Pilots songs, but, at the time, I was in total shock when I heard it and I wondered what sort of genre it was. The song didn’t appeal to me at all.50c3b1a6f06f2886bd0a0da9ceaaa373

I came back a while later, after a girl at drama camp had mentioned she was a fan of them. Again, I was curious as to see why so many people were interested in this band, so I listened to bits of ‘The Judge’ again, then I moved on to ‘Stressed Out.’ The song was so creative, I began to research more of their songs. Pretty soon, I was listening to almost all of their songs on one of their most recent release and I was loving it!

I also have done bits of research on the band and I came across this from Wikipedia:

Twenty One Pilots bring a mix of piano (sometimes an electronic keyboard or a keytar), synthesizer, drums (also mixed with electronic drums some parts), vocals, and occasionally ukulele. Their songs are poetry-based (written by Tyler and Josh), and when his poetry is too long he stated that he needs to start rapping to fit the lyrics in.

People typically have trouble affiliating the band to a specific genre to describe them, since they bridge so many.However, many fans (and themselves to a degree) have labeled them “Schizophrenic pop” (also known as Schizoid pop), a technically unofficial subgenre of pop.

Although many of their songs contain allusions to Christian theology and have messages (even if implied) about God, and all members of the band (past and present) are Christians, Twenty One Pilots is not considered a Christian band.

 Twenty One Pilots official band logo as of 2015.

In regards to their logo, Tyler Joseph stated in an interview that:

“It means Twenty One Pilots, the logo does. Why it means Twenty One Pilots, is it really goes along with one of our songs called “Kitchen Sink.” The whole concept of that song is that I feel that humans are always struggling all the time when it comes to purpose, trying to figure out their purpose is, what purpose even is, what’s the point, justifying your own existence. A lot of kids and people my age struggle with “what’s the point,” and with the logo, what it really means is it’s an encouragement. When someone asks me what the logo means to me, the logo means something to me because I made it mean something to me. That’s the point. The point is that I created something that only I understand and whether or not I decide to disclose the meaning of it, that’s the beginning of purpose for me. The meaning of purpose for me, is by creating something, if it be by writing lyrics, painting a picture, by expressing yourself through art if it’s photography or music or theater, or whatever it is. It doesn’t have to be artistic, but if you create something and only you know the meaning of it, that’s the beginning of purpose for you. When you’re in the room by yourself trying to decide whether to stay alive, you can tell yourself “I should probably stay alive because I’m the only one who knows the meaning of that thing,” so the logo is an encouragement for people to create. That’s what it means.”
— Tyler Joseph explaining the band’s logo.

According to the band, their purpose for making music is “to make people think”, as well as encourage them to find joy in what they come to believe in life.

When I found out these guys were Christians, it all made sense to me. As I listened to some of their songs, especially ‘The Judge’, it all clicked! They weren’t just singing random lyrics; it was implying God! To me, that was pretty awesome to hear that even though they weren’t necessarily a Christian band, they were still singing about God. It’s cool when bands do that.

2f9ba1aae8112935f25311d010604cc0Tyler Joseph is also correct in his comment about people struggling about the point in life. I’ve seen and heard a lot of stories about people giving up hope and killing themselves. It’s sad to hear, because even though they had so much potential, they didn’t see it. Without God, we suffer under questions about why we exist, and even as Christians, we sometimes wonder why we are alive. The great thing about Twenty One Pilots is that they’re not afraid to sing about God. They want to encourage people, motivate them, inspire them, and cause them to think about their worth. People struggle, and that’s okay, but the important thing is that we get back on our feet and continue on.

I personally find this band the most inspiring out of all my other favorite bands. These dudes are out to encourage others through the songs, and since their songs are relatable, it’s amazing how many people have become fans of this band. Even though I wasn’t a fan at first, I’ve got to say, this is probably one of the most powerful bands right now!

Also, the most awesome thing about them right now is that next year, 2016, they will touring all over! In ‘Emotional Roadshow’, they’ll be traveling to all kinds of places, giving almost everyone a chance to go see them in concert!

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Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

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Hello everyone! Welcome back to another post! I have not done a whole lot of anime posts, but I have to do a review on one of my favorite anime shows ever; Free! Iwatobi Swim Club.

1dad63aff46777ad0d86ca262ee803f1The series is about a group of three teenaged boys who have spent almost their whole middle school year swimming and competing in swimming races. When one of their good friends, Rin Matsouaka, leaves for Australia to go to a higher level swim school, the three boys eventually stop swimming…that is, until their second year of high school! Haruka Nanase, a swimming fanatic, is ready to dive back into the waters, so he and his old friends, Nagisa and Makoto, along with a boy who has never swam before, called Rei, create their own swim club for their school, soon getting to the point where their competing against their childhood friend, Rin! Throughout the summer, the new Iwatobi Swim Club must devise a way to beat his school, or else face total humiliation!

I started this series almost a year ago, and I’ve loved it ever since! The only downside to this whole thing is the fanbase sort of gets rather nasty when it comes to the characters of Free!, but other than that, it’s a fantastic show to watch! One of the main things I found I love about this show is 1.) I could totally relate to it (being a swimmer as well a few years ago.) and 2.) The whole show was about motivation, inspiration, and pushing yourself towards a goal you want to achieve. There were no dark themes like some animes seem to have, and the whole entire show was fun and inspiring! You can’t say that about a lot of anime shows!

I love all the character in the show as well, but one of my favorite characters was Haru! Featured as a sort of main character, throughout the whole entire two 26d1faf5361d6a1226b5c13091b40ffdseasons, he is working on how to better himself, how to become motivated to do what he loves best; swim! He didn’t give up when he was up against one of the best swimmers of the whole competition and his old friend, and instead, he pushed himself to achieve what he wanted.  All the characters seem to be inspired in different ways, and that was pretty awesome to watch develop as the show went on.

Also, there was an English dub released this summer, along with a new series featuring Haru, Makoto, and a few others characters back in their middle school days. I have yet to see it, but eventually, I’ll probably make my way!

And now the rating! This show was pretty clean, had hardly any bad words, and featured some awesome characters as well as some cool morals, so I rate this a 4 out of 5!

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That’s Some Character Quality!

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Hey, everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted for a few weeks! I have new content up now, and today, we’ll be talking about character!

Character means many things when it comes to stories and poems. Today, most people use the word ‘character’ to describe someone in a movie, but character can also mean traits that make up a person or being or someone who possess morality (ex: She posses strong character.) When writing up a character for a story, there a few steps that can help you put emphasis on their traits and abilities.

If you’re like me, creating a character can be a little difficult. You want to make up someone memorable and teaches important lessons through them. Sometimes you may want them to represent something, such as purity, strength, loyalty. This is called symbolism, and it is very important in the world of writing. Many characters such as J.R.R Tolkien, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and C.S. Lewis create memorable and realistic characters that stand for something. Take Aslan from the legendary Chronicles of Narnia series. He’s a wise, all-knowing lion with power beyond even the most wicked people. It’s clear he represents Jesus, who is omnipresent, powerful, and wonderful, all the same time.

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How do you create these kinds of characters, though?  I have come up with a few steps for even myself that may help put together some characters you can use for your writing. Every person is inspired differently, though, and some steps may not be necessary for you, but this is what has helped me create my story characters.

  1. First, figure out what kind of setting and story line you want your book to have (you can read more about settings and genres in July 24’s post ‘Genres of the Ages.’) and then pick out a character that will help move your book along. For me, it helps to figure out what sort of genre I want my book to be so that I can place characters accordingly. If the character does not fit, the story will not make sense.
  2. Figuring out the personality of your character also plays an important role in your story. A tough character may not be scared of much, so maybe he could work out in a military setting during a war. The personality of your character plays such an important part, because without a character, the story can not be moved along. Characters helps create drama, and if there were no characters in a story, there would be no movement, therefore making your setting pretty deserted.
  3. Once you figure out the character, look for their abilities. Abilities in a character usually distinguish what they are good at. They might be good at consoling others, fighting in the heat of a battle, or they might be brilliant at science and equations. Everyone has a special ability that makes them unique, and the same goes for fictional characters.
  4. After I figure out all these three steps,I like to figure out how the characters know one another. Recently, I’ve went through a list of all the characters I’ve created for my books over the years, and I realized over half of these characters had the exact same last name, so I decided I’d make them a large family. That was one way I bonded the characters. For the others, I selected a few older characters and a few younger characters, making them either great friend, heroic figures, or characters that liked eachother. Your own characters don’t have to know eachother, but it’s important to keep in mind that they probably will affect the main character in some way.
  5. The last step I do is to put them into the story. Trying to match their personalities and abilites up with the drama at hand, I want to make sure that everything makes sense. If I create a grumpy character, he’s not going to do well with consoling a broken-hearted person, but he could maybe go fight in a battle that’s happening at the same time.

Most people have different ways of handling their characters, though. If one step doesn’t work for you, maybe come up with some of your own. Writing is a unique way of showing creativity, so one way isn’t for all. Remember, many stories reveal truths that can be applied into daily life, and that is why characters are so important to what you are writing. They help the story along, create drama, tension, conflict, sympathy, remorse, and joy and that is why even the smallest of characters can produce the biggest changes, just like in reality.

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Tangled Vs. Frozen- Disney’s Controversy

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After watching the movie Tangled last night, I contemplated the Tangled vs. Frozen argument that has been happening for many years. Here’s what my opinions and beliefs are on the issue.

Tangled, released to the public in 2010, is about a young girl with magical hair named Rapunzel. Based on the classic fairytale, the story follows the tale of Rapunzel and her struggle to get away from her tower and her ‘mother’, Mother Gothel. The Disney movie, however, adds a twist by adding a young man by the name of Flynn Rider. He’s not the typical kind of dude though; he’s a thief, so when Flynn and Rapunzel meet and create a deal (Flynn has to help Rapunzel out of her tower and where she can see firsthand her dream, the floating lanterns that only appear on her birthday, and, in return, Flynn gets the crown he stole, which Rapunzel is possessing at the time.) and they venture out into the unknown, all the while trying to keep away from Gothel and Flynn’s evil cronies and dicovering something totally unexpected.

In Frozen, brought out in 2013, the story follows two girl, both of which are descendants of royalty, and there’s one thing important here; Elsa is an ice queen and is trying to hide it. Anna, the perky, go-getting sister, wants to help Elsa sort through her feelings about Elsa’s powers, but she just will not let her and runs off to the mountainside, hoping to hide herself from humanity so that she does not become a threat to her kingdom. Anna must find her way to the mountains to confront her sister, but another hidden, evil force is lurking in the distance, and paths must split before the evil is revealed.

Both movies have wonderful animation and scenes, and both have some well-done characters built into it. However, there is a few things I would like to point out about both movies that I think is important to consider.

  • In Tangled, the story’s lesson to me is that we must choose sides carefully. Mother Gothel, the main protagonist in the story, seems to be the confident, encouraging, if not slightly bossy mother that Rapunzel could trust but in reality, she is a manipulative, conniving woman with ambitions only for herself, and this is because of the path she chose. However, in Frozen, it seems like the main lesson is that women do not need a man in their life in order to be saved. While this is true in some cases, I look at the deeper meaning. Society has made it so that woman are suppose to be stronger and in more control than men, and that men are animals. Society has also claimed that women are the better of the two genders, and since we supposedly have no rights, woman need to stand up for themselves and take control. Frozen, to me, seems to push that type of behavior on viewers.
  • Frozen has some beautiful music, I’ll have to say. The authenticity of the movie is really quite amazing to me. I bought the soundtrack a few years ago, and it has some great instrumentals on there. Tangled has some nice music as well, and though there is not as much instrumental music on the soundtrack as Frozen, there is quite a bit of talent in the songs. I like the Tangled instrumentals a little better than Frozen‘s, but there is a bit more to listen to on the Frozen OST than on the Tangled OST.
  • Tangled has some pretty awesome scenes in the movie. Frozen does a good job, but the vivacity and color in Tangled really added to the storyline. In one scene, the part where Rapunzel feels grass for the first time, the colors of the are around her is so lit up with color, it’s not possible to gape in awe at it. The colors of the kingdom, the sun symbol, everything is just so brilliantly drawn and colored!
  • What was up with the ‘Let It Go’ song a few years ago! Sure, it was fun for the children to sing to, but there seemed to be a ton more screaming towards the end of the song. In my opinion, ‘I See the Light’ is much more inspiring than ‘Let It Go’.

All in all, Tangled is better than Frozen, in my opinion. Everyone has different tastes, and that’s great, but I think Tangled is more appropriate for viewers than Frozen. There really was no reason to add feminism in Frozen, and while I do like some characters from Frozen well, I have to agree with the Tangled fans that that movie was not as good as the classic tale of Rapunzel!

And that’s my opinion of the controversy between the two Disney movies! Thanks for reading! If there is a topic you would like to see me write about, write below in the comments section and I’ll see what I can do!

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