Some lies have legs

President Biden made a curious speech at an Illinois town hall, saying that vaccinated people cannot spread COVID.  While the President is known for checking out from reality on occasion, this is contrary to what the CDC has found. With the unvaccinated providing a scapegoat for everything, including the President’s low approval ratings, it’s possible this gaffe was deliberate. Using data from 68 countries, Harvard researchers recently concluded that numbers of COVID cases are unaffected by vaccination rates, Given that the facts are clear, it would seem the government would rather ask forgiveness than permission. 

The push to get children vaccinated was helped by a New York Times piece which exaggerated COVID deaths in children by almost 15 times! But it was crickets from the factcheckers.

Pfizer has asked for emergency authorization to use its vaccines on children aged 5 to 11. But Sweden and Denmark have paused the use of Moderna vax for young people. The family of Henrietta Lacks is suing a biotech firm, saying cells were taken from her in 1951 without her consent. Mrs. Lacks’ cells were the first to be cloned, into an “immortal cell line” which is still used today. In our culture of death, the weak are preyed upon and it’s a strangely telling that babies can’t give consent to use their cells either. 

Speaking of the unborn.. As expected Texas’ heartbeat bill was suspended by a circuit judge, but was reinstated soon after. The law is to go back and forth, but will likely make it up to the Supreme Court in the future.

It’s life, but not as they know it

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Protests over Texas’ efforts to protect unborn humans were held last week, with Senator Susan Collins calling the restrictions on abortion “inhumane.”  The white noise is so full of this kind of language that people are inoculated against the stomach-turning idea that it is. Yet, this is where we are— killing babies is seen as humane. But while convenience is the order of the day, exploiting our smallest neighbors will continue. Judicial Watch has released FDA documents that record sickening research that uses fetal body parts to create “humanized mice.” H/T to Jedi Knight.

If abortion devotees were not so blinded by their rage, they might consider a lesson from China. UnHerd published a piece last week, contemplating whether the Chinese government would introduce “forced fertilization” in a bid to stave off population decline. The notorious “one child policy” led to forced abortions and sterilizations, so it would not be surprising if the Chinese Communist party imposed a real life “handmaid’s tale.” It is clear that a society that does not value all human life can become numb and capable of all sorts of evil.

On a brighter note, The Federalist has calculated that Texas’ “heartbeat” law is saving the lives of 100 babies daily. God be praised!

Switzerland got on the “right side of history” last week, approving same-sex marriage and adoption. A UK study has found that some women’s sports are “unsafe and unfair” when transgendered athletes compete. You don’t say?

Deep in the heart of Texas

Pro-abortion activists are not taking pro-life legislation in Texas very well at all. Corporations were quick to show their support for “women’s health,” pledging to pay legal fees for anyone found violating the law. The Department of Justice has also announced that it is suing Texas for violating constitutional rights. 

The usual absurdities arose from Twitter’s death eaters, with Bette Midler tweeting that Texan women should refuse to have sex until the law is changed… If they’re going to practice abstinence, perhaps they might try marriage too? That would stick it to the patriarchy, for sure. Dating site, OkCupid put two and two together— if you advertise that you are pro-abortion on your profile, you’re twice as likely to get attention. So women who are willing to kill their babies are more attractive to the kind of men who are looking for a casual hook-up? Who knew?!

Mexico has decriminalized abortion in a move hailed by feminists and activists as a “historic moment” for the “women’s rights lobby.” The Washington Post said that this ruling will set the agenda for the rest of Latin America. There is talk of “healthcare”, “choice” and even “pregnancy” but still no mention of babies…

While supporters of abortion seem to have forgotten the fundamental fact that babies are people, author Delano Squires made things crystal clear in an amazing monologue: “They hate our children.”

For the win

You could hardly have missed the news this week that Texas signed into law a “heartbeat bill,” effectively banning abortion in that state. Well, it went over as you might expect, with pro-abortion advocates losing their minds

Some said the quiet bit out loud— if you ban abortions, there will be more Downs Syndrome babies born, not to mention more black and brown babies too. Some linked to articles about Ceaușescu’s Romania, suggesting the incentive for citizens to report illegal abortions was the same thing as the securitate. In a macabre admission, abortion clinics in Texas said they were “racing” to get as many abortions completed before the law goes into effect in six weeks. ‘Cause nothing says “We care about women’s health” like a rushed abortion…

The Supreme Court of the USA voted to let the ruling stand, but President Biden vowed to bring a “whole-of-government” effort against it.Depending on who you poll, it would seem that most Americans support some restrictions on abortion, yet this shows how broken our moral compass is. Some who fancy themselves “moderate” on the issue found the Texas ruling a bridge too far. This is not an issue with any middle ground – a human is a human no matter how small, or how dependent and we have no business taking that life. 

While most of the chatter is around the rights of the mother and the responsibility of the father, the gaping hole in the heart of a society which views some lives as dispensable is ignored. Pray that leaders who have a heart to save lives can continue to stand in the face of fierce opposition. We give thanks to our Father for his mercy and remember that with him, there is always help and hope. 

There are many organizations continuing to fight against the culture of death, including Lutherans for Life. Check them out for inspiration about how you can get involved. 

Not in My Backyard

We know that the devil is a liar and a murderer and his works attest to that. But it is always troubling when you hear of the wickedness on your own doorstep. According to a new report, a grant of almost $3M has been given to the University of Pittsburgh, to build “pipeline for the acquisition” of fetal tissue to experiment on. According to the BaptistPress, this macabre research has been going on for many years, with the latest grant containing quotas for samples taken from babies of racial minorities. Lord, have mercy!

Life savings

Christian evangelist, Nick Vujicic, has set out to found a “pro life bank.” Vujicic says 90% of banks give philanthropically to pro-abortion organizations and is working to make an alternative. 

In other life news, Mississippi recently asked the Supreme Court to overturn the Roe vs Wade ruling, which made abortion legal all across America in 1973.

If you watched the Chill from Saturday morning, you might have heard the Mad Christian refer to an alternate history of polio. Unbiased Mike found a thread which sums it up well.

Too bad to be true?

A kerfuffle broke out in various quarters of the internet over a study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study was conducted early in the USA’s rollout of COVID vaccinations and aimed to gather data on the potential danger of mRNA vaccines to pregnant women. Somewhere along the way, a claim was made that the study found miscarriages occurring in 82% of pregnancies. LifeSite News, a website trusted by many Mad Christians to bring true information about vaccines and abortion also reported this sensational headline.

Rev. Fisk thought something smelled funky, requesting fact-checking by the Us-the-Chill brain trust— they did not disappoint. Bill, a resident number-cruncher summarizes as follows:

“Here’s what we’re given:

  1. Researchers publish study in NEJM that claims (and here I’ll quote directly) ‘Preliminary findings did not show obvious safety signals among pregnant persons (sic) who received mRNA Covid-19 vaccines.’
  2. Claims circulated that said the researchers were failing to acknowledge that their own numbers reveal that 82% of those receiving the vaccine had a miscarriage. Further claims are that MSM won’t cover it because it doesn’t fit the narrative. Etc. “

Bill also suggested that the study’s design is a little confusing to the non-statistically minded, but concluded: “This particular study does not sway me one way or the other. I cannot, based on this study alone, claim the vaccine to be low risk, nor can I claim it to be high risk. Not enough information.”

It is sad to see LifeSite publish this news, when a little digging might have given them pause, and yet it shows that you can never check your brain at the door when assessing news today. The fact-checkers have not been without their biases, but in this instance, PolitiFact (yes, the one Facebook relies on for its “Truth-O-Meter”) made a fairly good summary of the situation. LifeSite has since pulled their article on the study, stating that it needs reviewing.

There is a quip, attributed to Mark Twain, about lies being able to travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. The amount of information presented to us every day is one thing, but the speed of a Twitter feed turnover is akin to a digital autobahn. Whether half-truths and lies start with an Instagram post, a conservative news outlet, or a government agency, we need to take time to assess them. 

If something fits our narrative too cleanly, it is wise to be a little suspicious. Those without hope in the world cling to any information that endorses their worldview. Being on the “right side of history” is the self-justifying project of the modern man and morsels of half-truth are tasty – for a time. But Mad Christians do not need the world to fit into neat categories, because we know whose world it is. God’s trustworthy word says it best, “The simple believes every word, but the prudent considers well his steps.” ~Proverbs 14