BreakPoint: Klopfer’s ‘Garage of Horrors’ What Abortion Looks Like

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 Last month more than 50 detectives entered the Illinois home of recently deceased abortion doctor Ulrich Klopfer. What they found was sickening: the medically-preserved remains of some 2,246 babies in boxes stored in his garage. And then just last week, the remains of another 50 babies were found in the trunk of his Mercedes Benz.

The attorney general of Indiana has launched an investigation, announcing that the babies’ remains have been returned to Indiana, where Klopfer had performed the abortions.

Unsurprisingly, the story prompted immediate comparisons with doctor Kermit Gosnell’s “house of horrors.” Back in 2013, Gosnell was convicted of murder and sentenced to three consecutive life terms when investigators discovered the remains of hundreds of dismembered babies in his squalid Philadelphia abortion clinic and his personal residence, and learned that he had performed illegal late-term abortions, as well as something called “snipping” that I won’t describe here.

While pro-lifers say Klopfer and Gosnell offer glimpses into the violent reality of abortion, defenders of so-called “reproductive rights” want to distinguish these houses-and-garages-of-horror from the practice itself.

Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, the current mayor of South Bend, Indiana, where Klopfer’s clinic was located, called the discovery “extremely disturbing,” but then said he didn’t want the investigation to get “caught up in politics” because “women need access to health care.”

Many, like Buttigieg, want to treat abortion doctors like Klopfer and Gosnell as bad apples spoiling the reputation of an otherwise noble profession. They might even call it “nut-picking” when pro-lifers point to these extra-disturbing cases, a term to describe using an extreme and crazy minority to unfairly tar the majority. Imagine all Christians being linked to Westboro Baptist, for instance.

But there are at least three reasons why pro-lifers have every right to hold up these sick and gruesome body-collectors as representatives of the pro-abortion movement.

First, the same people who call these stories “extremely disturbing” want even less oversight over the abortion industry. Kermit Gosnell was able to continue killing because pro-abortion officials turned a blind eye to him for three decades.

Klopfer was only shut down in 2016 after failing to notify police of a case of statutory rape, but when Indiana enacted a law requiring abortion clinics to properly dispose of fetal remains—exactly what Klopfer wasn’t doing—abortion defenders there fought it all the way to the Supreme Court. Thankfully, they lost.

Second, there’s evidence that mainstream abortion providers are just as willing to break the law as these so-called “bad apples.”

Remember those undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress—the ones showing top Planned Parenthood “suits” negotiating the price of baby body parts? David Daleiden, the guy behind those videos, is still defending himself in court, despite the fact that he caught Planned Parenthood admitting to illegal practices like modifying abortion procedures to get better organs.

And finally, it’s fair to link abortion giants with disturbed fetal body collectors because what happens in their sterile, well-lit, well-funded clinics is fundamentally no different from what happened in Klopfer’s and Gosnell’s clinics. Both places produce many, many tiny corpses.

A garage full of preserved bodies may be shocking, but is a clinic “biological waste storage facility” any less shocking? Isn’t the fully legal procedure that put those bodies there the thing that should really disturb us, keep us talking about it, and spur us to change our laws?

We need to be really clear about this. Mr. Mayor Pete, this is what that kind of “healthcare” looks like.

Don’t let anyone tell you Klopfer and Gosnell are just bad apples. What happens in every abortion clinic each day should horrify us every bit as much as what happens in these houses of horror.

 

Resources

Aborted fetuses found in Will County garage have been taken to Indiana

  • Stefano Esposito
  • Chicago Sun Times
  • October 3, 2019
The Remains of an Abortionist’s Day

  • Tony Perkins
  • Family Research Council
  • September 23, 2019

 

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The Point: Little Sisters Back in Court

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 In 2016 the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could not force the Little Sisters of the Poor to provide contraceptives under the HHS mandate. The Court then ordered the government to find a way to get contraceptives to women who want them without involving the Little Sisters.

So in 2018, HHS finalized a new rule that would exempt the Little Sisters and other religious organizations.

Case closed, right? Not so fast. Pennsylvania then sued the Little Sisters, claiming the federal government had no right to issue those exemptions. So far, the lower courts have ruled against the Little Sisters.

Again, the Little Sisters have appealed to the Supreme Court.

The Little Sisters minister to the elderly poor—people nobody else is caring for. Yet Pennsylvania is willing to fine this religious order into oblivion over contraceptives that are readily available already.

Please pray for the Little Sisters, for Becket Legal, and for the Justices.

 

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Cal Thomas: Political civility

Last week at a rally in Minnesota, the president said Barack Obama chose Joe Biden as his running mate in 2008, because—quote—“Biden understood how to kiss Barack Obama’s…” Well, I can’t say the final word in polite company. And that’s not unusual. President Trump uses foul language in public like no other president before him.
 
Ellen DeGeneres recently demonstrated a different model for relating to political opposites. She was seen at a Dallas Cowboys football game sitting in a box and smiling with former President George W. Bush. That sparked criticism from some on the left who wanted to know why she would fraternize with a political opponent.  

DeGeneres’ response echoed Bush’s father, the 41st president, who called for a “kinder and gentler” nation. 

 

DEGENERES: Here’s the thing: I’m friends with George Bush. And in fact I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t have the same beliefs I have. We’re all different, and I think we’ve forgotten that that’s OK that we’re all different. For instance, I wish people wouldn’t wear fur. I don’t like it, but I’m friends with people who wear fur. I don’t like it, but I’m friends with people who wear fur. And I’m friends with people who are furry as a matter of fact (audience laughter); I have friends who should tweeze more (laughter), and I have, but just because I don’t agree with someone on everything does not mean I’m not gonna be friends with them. When I say be kind to one another, I don’t mean only people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone. Doesn’t matter. [applause]

It’s worth pointing out, as The New York Post did, that DeGeneres has banned numerous celebrities from appearing on her show after they vocalized opposition to same-sex marriage. But she was right. 
 
The late Congressman Jack Kemp once said—quote—“The purpose of politics is not to defeat your opponent as much as it is to provide superior leadership and better ideas than the opposition.” End quote. 

Kemp said you don’t beat a thesis with an anti-thesis; you beat it with a better thesis. That’s what we need today. 

( Read the whole commentary by Cal Thomas  

https://worldandeverything.org/2019/10/cal-thomas-political-civility/. )

Restitution

https://www.oneplace.com/ministries/compass-hey-howard/listen/restitution-782992.html

BreakPoint: William Barr and His Detractors Competing Visions for Religious Freedom and Our Life Together

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 In a 1798 address to the Massachusetts Militia, President John Adams said, “We have no Government armed with Power capable of contending with human Passions unbridled by morality and Religion.” Human vices can, he continued, “break the strongest Cords of our Constitution as a Whale goes through a Net.”

Then, Adams famously concluded, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Two centuries later, many people see religion not only as unnecessary for constitutional governance, they see it as an absolute hindrance. The differences between the “freedom of religion” and “freedom from religion” crowds are about as deep as it gets. Not only are there competing views on religion in public life fighting for the public square, there are competing visions of the human person and what it even means to be free.

A recent speech at Notre Dame by U. S. Attorney General William Barr offered a clear and accurate explanation of religious freedom and why it matters, as well as the challenges it faces today. In sobering terms, Barr described what the Founders regarded as “our supreme test as a free society,” that is, “whether the citizens in such a free society [can] maintain the moral discipline and virtue necessary for the survival of free institutions.”

Failing this test, Barr explained, will lead to one of two tyrannies, either “the coercive power of government to impose restraints,” or “the unbridled pursuit of personal appetites at the expense of the common good . . . where . . . the possibility of any healthy community life crumbles.” To put it differently, either we govern ourselves, or the state must step in to restrain our passions.

And, what is the source of the self-discipline and virtue necessary for self-government? Religion. Specifically, biblical religion. As Barr put it, “Religion helps teach, train, and habituate people to want what is good. . . It does this through moral education and by informing society’s informal rules – its customs and traditions which reflect the wisdom and experience of the ages.”

But, biblical religion and religious freedom are no longer seen as positive goods. Increasingly, in fact, they are even seen as potential evils. In this context, Mr. Barr said, “The secular project has itself become a religion, pursued with religious fervor . . . It is taking on all the trappings of religion, including inquisitions and excommunication. Those who defy the creed risk a figurative burning at the stake—social, educational and professional ostracism and exclusion waged through lawsuits and savage social media campaigns.”

This is not hyperbole. Just ask the Little Sisters of the Poor, or Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips, or any pregnancy care center what happens when you violate the orthodoxies of the new secular religious consensus.

In fact, right on cue and as if to prove the Attorney General’s point, Barr’s speech ignited a collective freak-out among many secularist, progressive voices. Just google “William Barr” along with words like “theocracy,” “zealot,” “Torqemada,” or “Handmaid’s Tale.”

The Attorney General’s speech reminds us that competing visions for America and its future are rooted in completely different worldviews: One leads to freedom, the other leads to tyranny—because it discards the true source of freedom.

This much is clear: We can no longer assume our friends and neighbors “get” religious freedom. We must make the case for religious freedom as a positive good for all, as a necessary ingredient of human flourishing, for true freedom, and for our life as a nation.

One way is to read or watch, and then share, the Attorney General’s speech. And, read the outstanding and important new book by religious freedom attorney Luke Goodrich called “Free to Believe.” It lays out the compelling case for religious liberty and how you and I can help promote and preserve it, for ourselves and our posterity.

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BreakPoint: Why the NBA (and So Many Other Companies) Cave to China Corporate Dehumanization

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More American corporations, including a few having to do with sports, have joined a growing list of American companies who seem committed to appeasing the People’s Republic of China.

Late last week, in response to the blow-up between the NBA and China (more about that in a moment), the sports publication Deadspin reported on a leaked internal ESPN memo. In it, the Disney-owned sports network mandated that its reporters avoid any discussion of tensions surrounding the NBA, China, and Hong Kong, and instead focus on “related basketball issues.”

In other words, a network that goes out of its way every year to celebrate gay pride month has forbidden commentators from even talking about actual human-rights abuses.

That news came as Blizzard, an e-gaming company behind the uber-popular video game World of Warcraft, suspended a professional gamer from its international tournament and docked his prize money after he shouted, “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times!” in a post-match interview. The gamer, Ng Wai Chung is a native of Hong Kong, but his actions, according to the company, violated the rule against gamers bringing Blizzard into disrepute.”

I’m glad that more than a few public figures and politicians were willing to call out these companies for their cowardice, including Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott. In response to the outrage, the president of Blizzard announced over the weekend that the company has now “had a chance to pause, to listen to our community, and to reflect on what we could have done better.” That means Blizzard reduced Ng’s suspension and returned his winnings.

I don’t think we’ll see that sort of course-reversal from the National Basketball Association anytime soon. To recap the story, when the general manager of the Houston Rockets expressed his support for Hong Kong in a tweet, China went nuts, banning the NBA from state TV and ditching NBA-related sponsorships.

Facing the loss of a billion or so dollars, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expressed regret that Daryl Morey’s tweet offended the league’s “friends and fans in China,” while—but might I say, barely—acknowledging Morey’s right to free expression. Players then tripped all over themselves to talk about “how complicated” the situation was, even while lavishing praise on China and their fans.

Even worse, the league’s attempt to eliminate any non-approved opinions has now even moved into the stands. Fans in Washington D.C. had their pro-Hong Kong signs confiscated, while fans with similar signs at, get this, a Philadelphia 76’er game, were kicked out. In case it’s not obvious, their mascot name refers to 1776. Not 1876 or 1976.

The leagues actions, and especially their unwillingness to make any kind of a moral stand here, are in stark contrast to their convicting moral clarity back in 2016, when the NBA threatened to boycott the state of North Carolina and even canceled an all-star game over the so-called “bathroom bill.”

In other words, the #NBA will boycott North Carolina over bathrooms but will morally hem and haw and say “it’s complicated” when it comes to China’s practices of harvesting organs, imprisoning and otherwise persecuting religious minority groups, and forcing abortions on women?

Cowardice.

In direct contrast, the city of Prague suspended its sister city relationship with Beijing, risking Chinese investment in the Czech Republic. The mayor’s political party explained why on Facebook: “We are a country of free people …We refuse to bow to such an authoritarian regime that is responsible for ‘re-education’ camps.”

Why is it that these professional sports associations, broadcasting networks, and so many other companies often line up with Communist China in their virtue signaling? It’s because, like China, they see human beings as expendable compared to their real priorities: for China, it’s the Party; for these companies, it’s profit. Both are willing to sacrifice humans on the altars of their false gods.

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How one tweet snowballed into the NBA’s worst nightmare

  • Jordan Valinsky
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  • CNN
  • October 11, 2019

 

The Point: A Slam Dunk for Prague

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When the general manager of the NBA’s Houston Rockets tweeted support for Hong Kong protesters, China retaliated, banning NBA games from state TV. Also, Chinese companies dropped NBA sponsorships, costing the NBA a lot of money.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who boycotted North Carolina over its supposedly anti-transgender bathroom bill, offered an almost simpering apology to the Chinese.

Juxtapose the NBA’s response with that of the city of Prague, which recently terminated its sister-city relationship with Beijing—a bold move given the level of Chinese investment in the Czech Republic. The Chinese embassy issued a threatening statement with a “wrong side of history” flavor to it.

Of course, unlike most Americans, the citizens of Prague know what it’s like to live under Communism. The political party of Prague’s mayor posted this on Facebook: “We are a country of free people …We refuse to bow to such an authoritarian regime that is responsible for ‘re-education’ camps and trafficking in illegal organ transplants.”

And, I’d add, forced abortions.

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Beijing threatens Prague for canceling sister-city ties, Czech Pirate Party responds

  • Duncan DeAeth
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  • Taiwan News
  • October 11, 2019

BreakPoint: China’s War on the Bible If You Can’t Ban It, Alter It

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A recent article at WORLD Magazinereported how the Chinese-language app called “WeDevote” recently surpassed 10 million downloads.

That number, as well as the overall success of “WeDevote,” is even more remarkable given the back story, one that illustrates Beijing’s ongoing war on the Bible.

“WeDevote” is a Bible-reading and devotional app known for its “aesthetically-pleasing” design and respect for copyright laws, a rarity in China. The month after its launch, China’s biggest app store listed WeDevote as a “Recommended App” right on its homepage.

The Communist Party’s crackdown on Christianity in recent years meant that both the app and its developers faced increasing government scrutiny. Eventually, they were given a choice: shut down the app or face jail time.

Well, a third option, transferring ownership of the app to a Hong Kong-based company, provided a temporary respite from the ultimatum, but the government has now banned “WeDevote” from Chinese app stores. Though the developers are actively seeking some kind of work-around, it’s a struggle to get the app in the hands of users on the mainland.

The government’s shut down of “WeDevote” is part of a disturbing trend. Last year, China banned online Bible sales. Of course, that doesn’t mean Bibles are unavailable in China. Chinese publishers continue to print Chinese-language Bibles. Some are exported, of course, but plenty remain in China.

That’s good news. The bad news is that soon, at least spiritually speaking, Chinese-language copies of the Bible may not be worth the paper they’re printed on. According to the Guardian, the Communist Party has plans “for ‘retranslating and annotating’ the Bible,” in order to “establish a ‘correct understanding’ of the text.”

Is there any doubt this “correct understanding” will include reinforcing the primacy of the Communist Party? As one pastor told the Guardian, “The Chinese Communist party . . . wants to be the God of China and the Chinese people. But according to the Bible only God is God.” The reality on the ground is that “The government is scared of the churches,” and is cracking down on them.

Any attempt to control and re-write the Bible is a tacit admission by the Communist Party that it’s failing to eradicate Christianity. It’s way too late for that, of course. Depending on who you ask, there are between 60 and 100-plus million Christians in China.

Since they cannot eliminate Christianity, the Party’s goal is to pervert it, creating a version of Christianity that doesn’t threaten the Party’s claim of ultimate authority.

This demand for sole allegiance not only targets Christians, but other religious minority groups, like the Muslim Uighurs. Anyone who believes that “only God is God” is a threat to the Communist Party and its leader Xi Jinping.

Such repression also reflects that the Party is concerned about its rule. As many experts have pointed out, China’s stability rests on an implicit bargain: The Party promises economic growth and broad-based prosperity in exchange for the Chinese people giving up the kinds of political freedoms taken for granted in the West.

With the Chinese economy slowing down, the demographic legacy of China’s “one-child” policy, the pervasive corruption and the ever-widening chasm between urban “haves” and rural “have nots,” it’s not clear the Party will be able to hold up its end of the bargain. More and more the Party is looking like yet another would-be “god” that has failed its worshipers.

We know, given China’s tumultuous history, the sort of bloodshed and chaos that comes from disappointed worshipers there. We also know, given the inherently religious nature of human beings, that such dissatisfaction will only catalyze the growth of the Church and the spread of the Gospel.

That means we should pray that God’s Word will prosper in China . . . and that God will protect all those who preach it.

 

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An app in exile

  • June Cheng
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  • WORLD
  • October 12, 2019

Shepard Smith Leaving Fox News

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is leaving the network. He made the announcement at the end of his show on Friday (October 11). He has been with Fox News for 23 years.

 

“Recently, I asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News and begin a new chapter,” Smith said. “After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged. The opportunities afforded this guy from small town Mississippi have been many. It’s been an honor and a privilege to report the news each day to our loyal audience in context and with perspective, without fear or favor. I’ve worked with the most talented, dedicated, and focused professionals I know, and I’m proud to have anchored their work each day — I will deeply miss them.”

https://kfab.iheart.com/content/2019-10-11-shepard-smith-leaving-fox-news/?Pname=local_social&Sc=editorial&Keyid=socialflow )

Is the Whistleblower Tied to Biden?

Well. This is certainly getting interesting.

This week, the Washington Examiner’s Byron York headlined this of the whistleblower:

Whistleblower had ‘professional’ tie to 2020 Democratic candidate.

York reported as follows, bold print for emphasis supplied:

Under questioning from Republicans during last Friday’s impeachment inquiry interview with [The Intelligence Community’s Inspector General Michael] Atkinson, the inspector general revealed that the whistleblower’s possible bias was not that he was simply a registered Democrat. It was that he had a significant tie to one of the Democratic presidential candidates currently vying to challenge President Trump in next year’s election.

“The IG said [the whistleblower] worked or had some type of professional relationship with one of the Democratic candidates,” said one person with knowledge of what was said.

“The IG said the whistleblower had a professional relationship with one of the 2020 candidates,” said another person with knowledge of what was said.

 

Then President Trump tweeted this on Wednesday. (The “ICIG” is the Intelligence Community Inspector General.)

https://spectator.org/is-the-whistleblower-tied-to-biden/ )