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.

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The Point: Babies Are Bad for Business?

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A group of about 200 CEOs recently signed a letter published in the New York Times. You’ve likely heard of at least a few of the companies they represent: Ben and Jerry’s, Zoom, Yelp, Atlantic Records and Warner Music Group.

The headline of the article: “Don’t Ban Equality.”

Who’s trying to ban equality? According to the CEOs, anyone who opposes abortion. Perhaps you are wondering, as Rod Dreher put it, “Exactly how is abortion rights [about] ‘equality?’”

Using the best business jargon they could muster, these business leaders claim that anti-abortion laws “impair our ability to build diverse and inclusive workforce pipelines.”

So, they say, pro-life laws are “bad for business.” Well, abortion is bad for small humans, and their moms and dads, and the culture that dehumanizes in the name of convenience and profit.

And for the record, isn’t eliminating your future customer base bad for business? It has been bad for social security. Or maybe, as someone pointed out on Twitter, these CEOs would rather pay for an abortion than for maternity leave.

 

Resources

Woke Capitalism At Its Nastiest 

  • Rod Dreher | The American Conservative | June 11, 2019

Islam and the Good News

Kerby Anderson Back in 1996, Samuel Huntington wrote The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. He predicted the current conflict between Islam and the West. In my book, Understanding Islam and Terrorism, I show how this clash of civilizations has had a profound impact on missions. In the past, countries that were closed to the gospel tended to be communist countries. Even so, there was still a significant amount of Christian growth in countries behind the Iron…

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Dads and Daughters

Penna Dexter Fathers’ Day reminds us how crucial dads are to their children’s success in life. We know boys without a father influence have huge obstacles to overcome. But there’s also research showing the important ways in which fathers affect the lives of their young adult daughters. First — daughters with dads who encourage them to achieve — do. Linda Nielsen, Professor of Adolescent and Educational Psychology at Wake Forest University, writes, “daughters whose fathers have been actively engaged throughout…

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Leaving and Trusting

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It was a wonderful/awful day in my life – the day my mother took my hand and walked me the two blocks over to Park Manor School in Chicago. It was the day I went to school for the first time. Kindergarten, here I come! It was exciting, but it was hard, too. We didn’t do any pre-school stuff back then – my family didn’t even go to Sunday School. So here was little Ronnie leaving the safety of his apartment, leaving his mother, leaving everything that was safe and familiar for a place I had never been. It sounds a little silly, knowing what I know now. Still, the fears and the feelings were very real then. But if I hadn’t left home and stepped into the unknown called school, I would have missed so much!

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Thanks to TV station some folks will be able to remember the days gone by

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The Point: Oh Canada

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Canadians view themselves as generous people. And why not? We remember how they embraced thousands of stranded travelers after 9/11, and recently took in waves of Syrian refugees. Good on them, eh?

Still, when it comes to foreign aid, Canada ranks “well below the average spent by its peers in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.”

So Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is aiming to fix that. Unfortunately, what he’s proposing is death.

Recently, Trudeau pledged to raise global funding for “sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health” to a tune of $1.4 billion annually. Half of that will be spent on “sexual and reproductive health rights.”

As a spokesperson for Canada’s Campaign Life Coalition said, “Sexual and reproductive health rights is a euphemism for abortion on demand, sterilization, and radical sexual education.”

How shameful. It’s one thing to embrace death for your own citizens, like Canada has done recently. It’s another to pay to promote it around the world.

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Trudeau pledges billions of tax dollars to fund abortion worldwide for ten years

  • Lianne Laurence | Lifesitenews.com | June 6, 2019

Michael Medved: Problems Beyond Politics

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I’m not alone in knowing several families that are prosperous, hard-working and deeply religious and yet lose children to the world of drugs, out-of-wedlock birth, welfare dependence and hopelessness.

It’s also increasingly common to see solidly middle-class couples who, after 20 or 30 years of seemingly successful marriage, suddenly break up, causing pain to themselves, their children and even their grandchildren. In spite of a booming economy and increased opportunity, so-called “deaths of despair”—through suicide, alcoholism or drug overdoses—have reached unprecedented levels.

The essential problem involves the collapse of family life, and with neither liberals nor conservatives addressing the issue in meaningful ways, our politics seems to offer only a sideshow rather than a solution.

This School Gives Students PE Credit For Doing Yard Work For The Elderly And People With Disabilities

Forget dodgeball, soccer or other boring drills. One school is swapping out these traditional physical education activities for yard work.

Students at the Alternative Learning Center (ALC) in Dubuque, Iowa, can now receive physical education credit when they help senior citizens or people with disabilities with their landscaping needs. But those receiving help with their landscaping aren’t the only ones who benefit.

 

The school itself provides an alternative setting for junior and senior high school students who have struggled to succeed at more traditional schools.

These students have been identified as in danger of dropping out of school entirely. At ALC, they can focus on project-based and independent learning opportunities designed to get them back on the path toward graduation.

The landscaping program, in particular, has proven beneficial both for the students and the community. Tim Hitzler, a teacher at the school, told KWWL that giving the students this option during the last two weeks of classes is a great opportunity for them to give back while getting a workout at the same time.

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BreakPoint: Abortion Extremists on the Left ‘Safe, Legal, and Rare’ Is No More

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Last week probably marked a milestone in American political extremism. For more than forty years, former Vice-President Joe Biden held what he called a “middle-of-the-road position on abortion.” He backed bans on late-term abortions and voted more than fifty times on Capitol Hill to uphold the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding for abortion.

Writing at The Washington Post, Marc Thiessen notes how that middle-of-the-road position has, at least in the last few years, made Biden something of a dinosaur among Democratic leaders. (That’s not an age joke, by the way.) To put it bluntly, the former Vice-President was one of the last high-level representatives in the Democratic Party of an older liberal view on abortion. Not that long ago, abortion was proclaimed, by the political left, a necessary evil to be used in extreme circumstances—you know, “safe, legal, and rare.”

I say Biden “was” one of the last, because just days ago he caved to the extreme abortion lobby that now drives the Democratic Party. He dropped his support for the Hyde Amendment. This happened after a backlash from fellow Democratic presidential contenders. Senators Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren all tweeted their outrage at Biden’s “moderate” position. They were joined by organizations like Planned Parenthood and NARAL, all demanding federal funding for any abortion as a matter of women’s rights.

Biden’s surrender came just before another presidential contender, New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand, compared pro-life views to racism and antisemitism. Speaking with the Des Moines Register, Gillibrand said, “I think there’s [sic] some issues that have such moral clarity that we have as a society decided that the other side is not acceptable.”

That’s no minor statement. For forty years, pro-lifers and pro-choicers have fought viciously over abortion. Pro-lifers were called “religious,” and “hypocritical,” and “wrong.” But unlike other issues today, pro-lifers were not dismissed from polite society as “evil.” Well, at least until now.

Still, as Thiessen points out, the percentage of Americans who think abortion should be available at any time during pregnancy for any reason is a small minority—only about 13 percent. By contrast, a new Marist poll commissioned by NPR and PBS found that a super majority of Americans—75 percent—support some restrictions on abortion and oppose federal funding.

Apparently, Biden has joined the rest of his party’s leadership by giving in to the extremists.

As Ryan P. Burge at Eastern Illinois University points out, the General Social Survey reveals that until the late 1980s, the two parties weren’t that far apart on the abortion issue. Up till then, only about a third of Democrats and Republicans supported abortion for any and all reasons. But then something happened, and the parties diverged dramatically.

What that something was is anyone’s guess, but looking at the hockey stick graphs, one thing is clear: Republicans today are more opposed to abortion and Democrats more in favor of it than ever before. The country is unquestionably polarized.

Democratic Party leaders have shifted more quickly and more dramatically than their voters. By celebrating killing as a positive and liberating thing, they have abandoned the position most Americans still hold—that abortion should be legal but heavily restricted.

That’s not to say that’s a right position, or that there’s any kind of moral equivalency between the sides on this issue. Intentionally killing an unborn child is always wrong. But as President Trump showed recently when he (wrongly) criticized Alabama’s new abortion law, it’s still possible within the party to be a moderately pro-life Republican officeholder. But it’s not possible anymore to be a moderately pro-abortion Democratic officeholder.

Remember that the next time you see a headline or find yourself in a conversation about those “pro-life extremists.”

 

Resources

Which Party Has Become More Polarized on Abortion? 

  • Ryan P. Burge | Religion in Public | June 10, 2019
Kirsten Gillibrand compares pro-life beliefs to racism, ‘not acceptable’ 

  • Jeffrey Cimmino | Washington Free Beacon | June 12, 2019