Author Archives: Billy David Dickson

Billy is a writer , Bible college student, radio show host, and youth worker. He has worked with young people for over ten years. His work includes teaching children youth in Bible studies, and Sunday School classes.
He currently does a radio show everyday at 6:19 E.T. on KCRO radio 660 A.M. in Omaha, Nebraska.

“If it weren’t for you, these children wouldn’t be here”

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Jeremy was a young man who worked in our office every year after he got out of college, and then he became a veteran of our On Eagles’ Wings Native American team. But something was different this particular year for him – a woman! Yes, a woman in Jeremy’s life! And, believe me, it was no secret. He started telling us all about her as soon as we saw him again. The romance had just developed in the weeks preceding, and there was nothing he would rather talk about. She lived quite a ways from where we were, and the more he talked about her, the more he wanted to be with her. At first I was kind of amused by this young love, until I remembered that was me not so many years ago, telling anyone who would listen about the woman I loved. By the way, I still like to talk about her – I do.

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Medved: Hurting the Press the President and the Country

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The Point: Forgiveness on SNL

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It was a bad joke-turned great example.

After the midterms, Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson made a terrible decision to mock the appearance of some of the winners, including Lieutenant Commander Dan Crenshaw, who was just elected to Congress from Texas. Davidson mocked Crenshaw’s eye patch, which he wears since losing his eye to an IED explosion in Afghanistan. And this just before Veteran’s Day!

To their credit, Davidson and SNL realized they had crossed a line, and invited Crenshaw on the show where Davidson issued a direct and articulate apology on-air. Crenshaw was then able to get in a few jabs to settle the score, before remarking that “Americans can forgive one another. We can remember what brings us together as a country and still see the good in each other.”

Let me just say, more of this, please. While I can’t recommend you start watching Saturday Night Live, I’m grateful that as nasty as politics in this country has become, asking for and receiving forgiveness—even for bad jokes—is still possible.

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BreakPoint: Killing by Mail Why We Need to Make Abortion Unthinkable

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Abortion clinics are facing a new challenge, but this time it’s not from the pro-life movement. Mail order abortion pills could be a game changer.

A few months ago on BreakPoint, I mentioned how the easy availability of the drug misoprostol has rendered anti-abortion laws almost unenforceable in some Latin American countries. Closer to home, if a group called “Women on Web” has its way, the same could happen here in the United States.

“Women on Web” is the creation of Rebecca Gomperts, a Dutch physician who was the principal subject of a 2014 New York Times magazine article entitled “The Dawn of the Post-Abortion Clinic.”

In the article, “post-abortion” doesn’t refer to what happens to women after they have an abortion, or to a world after abortion has been made illegal. The article foresaw a world where abortion would be available in new ways, specifically ways that allowed women to get around abortion-restrictive laws and societal norms.

After focusing on the rest of the world, Gomperts and “Women on Web” have turned their attention to the United States, after being, or so they claim, “flooded with requests to provide their services” here.

The American version is called “Aid Access.” According to the article’s description, “Women take an online screening to see if they are eligible to take misoprostol and mifepristone,” which means, among other things, whether or not they are more than seven or eight weeks along in their pregnancy.

If they aren’t too far along and are approved, “Aid Access” would send an electronic prescription to “an Indian pharmacy she trusts,” who would then send the drugs to the woman, along with a tracking number and instructions on how to use the drugs.

The cost? Ninety-five dollars, as opposed to the usual cost of the abortion pill, which is between $300 and $800.

Aid Access does face some formidable hurdles. The first is logistical. On average, it takes between one and two weeks to receive a package from India, depending on what U.S. Customs does with it.

Second, the entire scheme is under investigation by the FDA, which told the Daily Beast that one of the drugs, mifepristone, cannot be purchased legally over the internet. The legal loophole that Gomperts and company thought that they had found may not exist after all.

Even so, it would be a mistake to declare this “crisis averted.” For starters, as the Daily Beast reports, “numerous medical groups, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, have challenged the protocol” that bans selling mifepristone over the internet. Under a different administration, the FDA could simply lift the ban.

Even it doesn’t, the fact remains that misoprostol, the other drug Aid Access seeks to ship to women, is legal and, more importantly, is ninety percent effective when used in the first trimester.

And, even if Aid Access’ plans are thwarted, it’s very likely that someone else will succeed. As USA Today recently put it, it’s as easy to buy the deadly opioid fentanyl online as it is a book. The same could quickly be true of mifepristone and misoprostol.  There are already places online that walk women through the process of what The Verge calls “DIY Abortions.”

All this is more proof that even while we work to change the law, including working to overturn Roe v Wade, we should always remember the real goal is, as my friend Scott Klusendorf likes to say, not simply to make abortion illegal, but also unthinkable.

The debate over abortion cannot be won only in the courtroom or the legislature. After all, the other side allowed itself to believe that, and here we are, 45 years later with the pro-life cause still going strong. The culture must be persuaded that the taking of innocent human life is always wrong, no matter how it’s done.

Do that, and there will be a lot fewer Google search results on DIY abortions. Don’t do it, and our courts and legislatures will continue to make abortion possible in new and deadly ways.
Resources


U.S. Abortion Pill Website, Aid Access, Under Investigation by the FDA

  • Emily Shugerman | Daily Beast | October 22, 2018
The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture

  • Scott Klusendorf | Crossway Publishers | 2009

Veterans Day commentary 2018

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Burke softball coach cancer-free after brain tumor discovery before state tournament

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BreakPoint: Saving Some, Killing Others Prenatal Surgery Exposes Abortion for What It Really Is

In an age of prenatal medical breakthroughs—and I mean incredible breakthroughs—it’s hard to imagine how abortion can still be considered healthcare.

Just a few generations ago, a baby born two months or more premature was virtually doomed. Not that long ago, fetal diseases and conditions were impossible to treat. Even something as seemingly routine as a C-section was once life-threatening for both mother and child, as was a 31-hour delivery like my wife and I experienced with our first baby.

Today, the advances in prenatal medicine are simply stunning: in utero diagnostic capabilities and even surgery, quick recovery for moms, amazing neonatal intensive care units. Babies born as early as 23 weeks are routinely saved.

Recently, the New York Times reportedon a team of British doctors who performed that country’s first ever successful surgeries to repair the spinal cords of unborn children with spina bifida.

Thirty surgeons at the University College Hospital took ninety minutes each to treat the infants with the rare condition in which the spinal cord grows outside the body. If spina bifida isn’t a death sentence for a child, then fluid accumulation in the brain and nerve damage can lead to serious impairment. Previously, doctors would attempt to correct the disorder after birth, but research shows that the earlier it’s treated, the better the outcome.

And so, following the lead of doctors in Scandinavia and the United States, these British surgeons performed this life-saving surgery while babies were still in the womb. As a result, children who would otherwise not be able to walk or enjoy independence will have a fighting chance from the very start.

Thank God for the incredible lengths to which we can and will rightly go to save and treat children. Thank God for the skilled minds and hands of doctors. But God save us from the ridiculous and deadly inconsistency with which we treat children in the womb. If the mothers of these same children decide they are unwanted, they could be legally killed—both in the U.K. and here in the United States.

This staggering double standard is seen across prenatal medicine: not only with children with spina bifida but also with children diagnosed with Down syndrome in the womb, with children in need of prenatal heart surgery, and with children in need of neonatal intensive care. It’s also seen in laws that rightly treat the killing of pregnant women as a double homicide.

For example, take a recent case in New York, where a pregnant mother, in her third trimester, was involved in a car crash while driving under the influence. The baby was delivered by c-section, but then died six days later. Prosecutors charged and convicted her with second degree manslaughter. A New York appeals court, however, overturned that conviction because state law doesn’t recognize a baby as a person until the umbilical cord is cut and the baby breathes on its own. The baby was in utero during the accident but then died after birth, and therefore according to New York law, was not a person when the crime was committed.

Everywhere in our society, when we see an expecting mother, we see at least two people—everywhere that is, except abortion clinics.

This frustrating and deadly double standard is a powerful opportunity for us to make the case for life with friends, neighbors, family and political leaders. It’s an opportunity to demonstrate the clear monstrosity of legal abortion.

The reason we pioneer cutting-edge surgeries to save babies in the womb is because of the kind of thing they are, not because of what they might become. Babies are not potentially human or partly human, but fully, unambiguously, undeniably human.

This status has nothing to do with whether or not they are wanted. The idea that a fetus magically becomes human because of its mother’s choice to keep it is indefensible, pseudo-scientific nonsense. If any unborn baby is worth saving, all of them are.

And deep down, we all know this. Why else would the New York Times of all publications report this amazing prenatal spina bifida surgery as a way to save “babies”? Not “fetuses,” not “clumps of cells,” not “pregnancies,” or any of the other lifeless euphemisms the abortion industry constantly peddles. “Babies!”

This wasn’t a case of a Times slip up because an editor didn’t have a second cup of coffee. It was a truth we all know and acknowledge every day. We don’t congratulate pregnant women on their fetuses. We congratulate them on their babies. These British doctors didn’t treat blobs of tissue. They treated human beings.

Thank God for medical breakthroughs that save little lives. But in our world, an ethical breakthrough would save even more.

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Spinal Cord Repaired in the Womb, in First Surgery of its Kind in U.K. Ceylan 

  • Ceylan Yeginsu | New York Times | October 24, 2018

UK has no backbone when it comes to keeping Followers of Jesus safe

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Last cab ride

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Burger King employee goes viral for walking elderly customer with bad back to his car

A Virginia Burger King employee is going viral for her act of kindness.

Nineteen-year-old Alexis Easter, who works at the fast-food chain in Mechanicsville, was photographed escorting an elderly customer to his car.

The man, known to Easter as Mr. John, is a regular at the restaurant.

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“When he’s done I help him to the car because he has a terrible back. When we get to his car we talk and I make sure he’s safe,” the employee told WTVR.

Easter’s simple act caught the attention of a passerby who snapped a photo of the young woman and her customer, which she shared on social media.

 

“Shout out to the cashier at the Mechanicsville Burger King, making this world a little brighter,” Elizabeth Chandler wrote on Facebook.

( see the rest of  this story https://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/burger-king-employee-goes-viral-for-walking-elderly-customer-with-bad-back-to-his-car )