Monthly Archives: July 2019

BreakPoint: Cities Without Children The Cost of Our Urban Idols

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Yesterday, I told you about a district in northern India where, according to reports, not a single girl was born for three months. The main cause of the shocking gender imbalance we see around the world, and especially in India, is sex-selective abortion. In reaction, some of us may be tempted to think, “well, what do you expect from people who worship idols with blue skin and elephant heads?”

That would be exactly the wrong reaction. After all, Western countries have idols, too. Worshiping our idols also coincides with a lack of children, and not just baby girls.

Recently in The Atlantic, Derek Thompson points out that, despite a decade-long economic and cultural boom in our cities, America’s urban rebirth is missing actual births. In fact, if current trends continue, the future of American cities is virtually childless.

Take New York City. Last year, for the first time in forty years, the Big Apple’s population shrank during a non-recession year. Since at least 2011, the number of babies born in the five boroughs has declined by nine percent. In Manhattan, it’s dropped 15 percent—again, despite a pronounced economic recovery. At this rate, says Thompson, the city’s infant population will halve in thirty years.

Of course, part of this has to do with the rising cost of living in America’s cities. Increasingly, the only people who can afford to move there are “rich, college-educated whites without children.”

Still, Thompson makes a compelling case that, while it may appear that cost of living is changing the composition of our cities, it actually works the other way around. The modern city has become “an Epcot theme park for childless affluence, where the rich can act like kids without having to actually see any.”

This explains why prices are climbing while population is dropping. According to U.S. Census and American Community Survey data, white college grads without kids have increased by 20 percent in America’s urban centers since 2000, while families with kids have fled. Cities once had people of all ages and stages, but they’ve now become revolving doors for people of a particular description, at a particular moment in life. The gentrified, “brunchable” neighborhoods popping up everywhere and pushing families out aren’t just temples to the idol of youthful self-indulgence. They also facilitate the worship of work.

The richest 25 metro areas in the country now account for half of the U.S. economy, and just five counties—mostly the famous “Silicon Valley,” contain half of the nation’s “internet and web-portal jobs.”

This is the sort of environment in which only the young and childless can thrive. Companies that set up shop in these major downtown areas increasingly demand a set of life choices that Thompson dubs “workism”—delaying marriage and family in favor of intense, high-paying jobs that go largely to support adult-centric lifestyles. In other words, we’re “swapping capital for kids.”

This service to modern, urban idols not only results in cities devoid of children. It even has political effects, concentrating “blue” voters in tiny regions where their ballots won’t change the outcome of elections. This deepens already sharp regional divisions and drives our nation’s political fever ever higher.

According to Thompson, there are some things city governments can do to help reverse or at least slow the process of creating childless cities. Notably, add family-friendly spaces and more affordable housing.

Still, one need not read between the lines of the article to realize it’s not just zoning laws that have turned our cities into theme parks for grown-ups. The true blame should be placed on a culture that worships the wrong things. It’s no coincidence that the country’s highest abortion rates and lowest rates of church attendance are both found in cities.

Yes, developing countries who kill their children surely have a lot to answer for, but we in the West are only deceiving ourselves if we think our false gods are any less demanding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Future of the City Is Childless

  • Derek Thompson
  • The Atlantic
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  • July 18, 2019
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The Point: Stories of Hope

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In our media-saturated age, it’s easy to see only signs of cultural decay and forget that this cultural moment is still part of God’s grand story of the world from creation, to fall, to redemption, to restoration.

That’s why I always look forward to WORLD Magazine’s annual Hope awards.

A carpentry business employing and discipling ex-prisoners, addicts, and the homeless. An inner-city Christian school that only accepts students who have at least one parent in prison, and provides education, spiritual and physical nourishment, and a safe space—in the true sense of the word. And then there’s an organization in Scotland that is planting churches, running after-school classes, offering reading groups, weight reduction classes, and more—all in public housing areas.

All of these are stories about how God is at work in the world, using ordinary Christians. My colleague Warren Cole Smith often shares these kind of stories in his “Restoring All Things” column.

You can learn more about WORLD magazine’s HOPE Awards here.

 

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Why didn’t Jesus do away with evil governments

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Hugh Hewitt: After Mueller: The Tide Has Turned

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After the latest testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller, the tide has very clearly turned—and Trump now has a distinct advantage as we move into 2020.

No: President Trump has not yet been fully vindicated. Only his reelection will provide that.

But Trump has decisively repulsed the attempt to deny him the opportunity to win that vindication at the polls in November next year.

The president is now going on the offensive.

( Read the rest  http://townhallreview.com/2019/07/hugh-hewitt-after-mueller-the-tide-has-turned/ )

Dr. Dobsons visit to our southern border

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BreakPoint: The Scourge of Sex-Selection Abortion India’s Invisible Girls

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Until recently, Uttarkashi in northern India was noted primarily for its beautiful scenery and Hindu temples. And because it shares a border with Tibet along the foothills of Himalayas, the region attracts many Westerners in search of “spiritual enlightenment.” Its most famous seekers? The Beatles.

Unfortunately, the latest news out of the district has nothing to do with gurus. According to a recent report by al Jazeera, Indian officials discovered that in 132 of the district’s 500 villages, not a single girl was born in the past three months. The last time anything like that happened was in “Jurassic Park.” Like the movie, this sort of imbalance can only be the result of human manipulation. Unlike the movie, what’s happening in India is real.

One women’s rights activist has rightly called the situation “completely unheard of . . .There must have been some process by which sex determination was done illegally and abortions were carried out.”

The same alarm isn’t shared by everyone. One local magistrate told al Jazeera that the results could be a “coincidence.” Others, such as an India correspondent of the BBC, expressed doubts about the accuracy of the story.

But what cannot be doubted is that the Indian prohibition against sex-selective abortion enacted back in 1994 has been an utter failure. The extent of the disregard for the law is revealed in one irrefutable statistic: In 2001, India had 93 girls for every 100 boys. In 2016, the ratio was 89 girls for every 100 boys.  Multiply this out by the millions, and India trails only China in its war against women.

Of course, China’s imbalance is due to its infamous “one-child policy,” which is a government mandate.  What’s happening in India is despite the government’s mandate.

Nobel Laureate V.S. Naipaul famously described India as the land of “a million mutinies.” When it comes to sex-selection abortions, it’s more like the land of five-to-seven million mutinies. That’s how many sex-selection abortions the “Invisible Girl Project” estimates are performed in India each year.

The resulting gender gap, as Invisible Girl Project CEO Jill McElya told CNN, “has resulted in villages where men have no women to marry because the women are non-existent . . . So children are trafficked into villages to become brides, or young women are trafficked into brothels.”

McElya recently joined me on the BreakPoint Podcast. When she and her husband lived in India, they took a trip to the countryside. There, her husband saw village after village where boys outnumbered girls by as much as eight-to-one.

When he asked the children in one village about the disparity, they pointed to an older, grandmotherly-type woman and said: “That’s the baby killer. Whenever a baby girl is born in our village, she’s the one who does away with it.”

The “hands-on” way this old woman disposed of unwanted girls is of course shocking, and reminiscent of the gendercide that took place in ancient Rome, where parents would expose unwanted daughters to the elements and wild animals.

But to be clear, in India today, only a relative handful of the five-to-seven million girls are killed in such an explicit way. Modern technology and abortion-on-demand make gendercide much tidier. A society with a strong preference for male children no longer has to wait until birth to know the unborn child’s sex and to decide whether she shall live.

This is why, as McElya and I discussed, the issue of missing girls around the world, which has been highlighted by folks on the right and left, both religious and non-religious, is inseparable from the issue of abortion. Well-intentioned people like Nicholas Kristoff have championed the cause of the millions of missing girls worldwide, but have refused to touch abortion, the main cause of this devastating reality.

By the way, while India has banned sex-selection abortion, only ten of our United States have such bans, and those are tied up in the courts. Please come to BreakPoint.org to listen to my discussion with Jill McElya of the Invisible Girls Project.

Resources

India probes as no girl is born in three months in 132 villages

  • Bilal Kuchay
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  • al Jazeera
  • July 23, 2019
Have no girls been born in 132 villages in India?

  • Soutik Biswas 
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  • BBC News
  • July 25, 2019
Podcast: The Invisible Girls of India

  • John Stonestreet
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  • BreakPoint
  • July 29, 2019

Video: Civil rights activist quotes stirring version of ‘Come, Come, Ye Saints’ and what it symbolizes for the NAACP

Reverend Amos C. Brown, chair of religious affairs for the NAACP, recently spoke during the 110th annual NAACP convention about the “incredible similarities” he’s found between the civil rights organization and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The first similarity, he said, is President Russell M. Nelson‘s position as the 17th president of the Church. The Reverend Brown — a widely recognized civil rights activist and one of eight students who took a college course by Martin Luther King Jr. — is the 17th pastor of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco.

 

Read more: ‘It can be well with this nation’ if we lock arms as children of God
 
 
 
 
( Billy’s thought’s  The NAACP has become a tool of left ring politics. If you are a Democrat they love you if you are in the other party you must be doing the work of the devil in their eyes. The church of LDS  has many wonderful people in it who have good moral views. But sadly they are not a Christian Church. The truth is we are all God’s creation but we only become his children through repenting of sins and embracing Christ. It is by grace through faith one is made right with God. The LDS church believes you are made right with God through good works not by the grace of God. Read the above full story https://www.thechurchnews.com/living-faith/2019-07-25/naacp-reverend-amos-brown-president-nelson-civil-rights-50389. )

Teachers remember all kids don’t come from good homes ( sadly )

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Abby Johnson pro life worker speaks on the radio

Abby Johnson the lady who the movie Unplanned is based on. Who turned from Planned Parenthood worker to pro life worker was on the radio here in Nebraska this last week.Below are the programs which run a minute each. Thanks.

The-Impact-of-Unplanned.AbbyJohnson.mp3

AbbySharingHerStory.AbbyJohnson.mp3

AbbysMessage.AbbyJohnson.mp3

AndThenThereWereNone.AbbyJohson

PrayerForAbbysMinistry.AbbyJohnson.mp3

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As many of us were growing up, Mom was really there for a lot more of our disobediences than Dad was. She was at home when we did our thing while he was conveniently at work. Actually, that seemed to be in our favor in many cases – you know, Mom tended to be a little easier to deal with than Dad on those discipline things. Moms often mingle punishment with sympathy, dads often mingle punishment with pain. And there was always that brief relief when Mom would say, “I’m not going to do anything to you.” Yea! Judgment is cancelled! Then came that fatal next sentence, “I’ll wait ’til your father gets home.” So judgment wasn’t cancelled. It was just postponed.

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