Saturday, August 1, 2015

Saturday Good Reads

I haven’t said anything on the series of videos about Planned Parenthood and the selling of fetal body parts from abortions. I am now. The simple reference to what this is about is enough to turn my stomach. Four videos have been released – both edited and unedited versions – by the Center for Medical Progress, a group that opposes abortion. Eight more videos are coming. Russ Douthat at The New York Times wrote one of the best columns I’ve seen on the subject. The Gospel Coaltion has a report on the latest video; The Federalist has a list of links to some of the latest stories. Corey P. at The Ink Slinger also has information and links. And Bob Smietana at Christianity Today interviewed David Daleiden, the 16-year-old director of the Center for Medical Progress and the man behind the video project.

I’ve seen the talking points, and that’s what they are, talking points – from Planned Parenthood, The New York Times editorial page staff, the spokesman for President Obama, and my own hometown newspaper’s editorial writers. They are largely the same talking points: “heavily edited videos,” “haven’t broken the law,” “attacks on women’s medical services.” Yes, they are talking points or “key message points,” designed to blunt our understanding of what is going on here, and make it okay to turn our eyes away and go about our busy lives.

I don’t know how else to say this: Planned Parenthood is an evil organization, and we are all a party to what they do by allowing our tax dollars to help subsidize this abomination. The videos that turn our stomachs are leaving us no out – none of us can say we don’t know what is happening. We can no longer pretend, like all those good people did who lived near the Nazi death camps, that we don’t know what’s going on.

I tremble for what we as a people are becoming.

Faith, Life and Culture

Is This the End of Christianity in the Middle East? –Eliza Griswold at The New York Times.

Palmyra: Ruins That Inspired the Architecture of Power – Jane O’Brien at BBC News (Hat tip: J of India).

Sin is the Only Bad Word Left – Melissa at Your Mom Has a Blog.

Useless Information – Billy Coffey at What I Learned Today.

The Structure of Gratitude – David Brooks at The New York Times.

Neither Falwell nor Benedict, But a New Creation – Greg Forster at Patheos Mission: Work.

Therapeutic Superstition – David Bentley Hart at First Things (originally published November 2012) (Hat tip: Rod Dreher).


Three Butterfly Images and Summer Lavender – Tim Good at Photography by Tiwago.


You May Be a Passive Leader If… -- Jon Mertz at Thin Difference.


People like us – Troy Cady at T(r)oy Marbles.

Michelangelo – D.S. Martin at Kingdom Poets.

Poets on Poetry – Maureen Doallas at Writing Without Paper.

At Times – John Blase at The Beautiful Due.

Multitudinous Heart: Selected Poems by Carlos Drummond de Andrade – Review by  Mary Sayler at Poetry Editor.

“The Holy Round of Creeds and Chants and Mysteries” – Fred Sanders at The Scriptorium.

Endless - Aaron Brown at Curator Magazine.


Stay in the Process – Mick Silva.

An Adjuster’s Letter to John Keats – Lyla Lindquist at Tweetspeak Poetry.


Lemp History – Chris Naffziger at St. Louis Patina.

Photograph by Milana B via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.


Mary Harwell Sayler said...

Thanks, Glynn, for including my poetry book review. And thank you for taking a biblical stand on the precious life of a child.

Martha Jane Orlando said...

I started watching one video, but it made me so sick, I had to stop. Thank you for telling the truth and for taking a stand against this wicked abomination called Planned Parenthood.