Like it or not, these issues are important.
Thank you, Linda Ellerbee, for your article that states:
The U.S. media tend to lump all of Mexico into one big bad bowl. Talking about drug violence in Mexico without naming a state or city where this is taking place is rather like looking at the horror of Katrina and saying, “Damn. Did you know the U.S. is under water?” or reporting on the shootings at Columbine or the bombing of the Federal building in Oklahoma City by saying that kids all over the U.S. are shooting their classmates and all the grownups are blowing up buildings. The recent rise in violence in Mexico has mostly occurred in a few states, and especially along the border. It is real, but it does not describe an entire country.
I did it. I brought up immigration, or well, Mexico, which to the general public is just as bad a word as immigration. I spend a lot of time working on this issue and I think it’s vital.
So right now, I’m coming across as very tolerant, forward-thinking, and based on many people’s (mis?)conceptions of this issue, quite left-leaning.
Now, watch this:
This video is from the Desiring God blog.
We can NOT just accept abortion as a sad reality. And here’s why it’s timely – take a look at this headline: “More Abortions in a Recession”. The article states:
Planned Parenthood of Illinois clinics performed an all-time high number of abortions in January, many of them motivated by the women’s economic worries, said CEO Steve Trombley, who declined to give exact numbers. Abortions at Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis-area clinics were up nearly 7 percent in the second half of 2008 from a year earlier — ending a stretch in which the numbers were dwindling.
Planned Parenthood said it has no up-to-date national abortion figures, nor do other private or government agencies. However, Stephanie Poggi of the National Network of Abortion Funds, which helps women in need pay for abortions, said calls to the network’s national helpline have nearly quadrupled from a year ago.
“A lot of women who never thought they’d need help are turning to us,” Poggi said. “They’re telling us, ‘I’ve already put off paying my rent, my electric bill. I’m cutting back on my food.’ They’ve run through all the options.” (By Lisa Belkin)
I urge you to think about these issues with me, and to think about what should inform our stances on them.