I was reading my daily newsletter from the International Fellowship of Christian and Jews, and loved the following excerpts from it and decided I should share these questions and the quote. I hope it will touch you and make yourself ask the same questions, as we humans have a tendency of looking outward more then we look inward.
“A question I often ask myself is: “Who would I be if no one was looking?” The reason this question is so important for us to ask once in a while is because it helps us to check how authentically we are living our lives. Would we say things we don’t say if we weren’t worried what others will think? Would we not say certain things if there was no one to please? Or even, do we do the good things we do because these acts impress others, or do we serve and contribute from a place of sincerity and integrity?”
“Too many people live their lives for other people and miss out on what God has truly put on their heart. I once read an anonymous quote that really drives home this point: “Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.” Let us all live lives of meaningful contribution, even if not a single person notices – God notices.”
In Honor of the 32nd Annual Gathering of Nations, (April 25 – 27) I’d be amiss if I didn’t include something about the various Native American nations that started a way of life for me in fighting for indigenous people, not just here in the United States, but around the world.
Over 500 treaties were made with the various Native American nations, and the federal government has broken them all, denying the the resources and land that was taken away from them and forcing them to live on reservations, being abused, and murdered. The government can (and has) taken away everything they can, but they will never break the spirit of these beautiful people.
Will you join me in working together to improve their quality of life? Please take the time to read the link below:
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Click on link below to see the entire article written by Life News. “Clinton said “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” for the sake of giving “access” to women for “reproductive health care.” The comment was a shot across the bow at pro-life advocates and countries with pro-life laws.”
If you are not familiar with the “Margaret Sanger Award”, after reading this article, please refer to the Margaret Sanger page (sub link under Upper Downriver Right to Life tab) to understand her full agenda (the Award Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi both won).
“1) Say a prayer for Katie and Brigid in Fargo. While their school district has now said they will allow them to start their Students for Life groups and abide by the law, we are experiencing delays and still aren’t sure if they are going to live up to their promise.
2) Say a prayer for Isabell at Hampton-Dumont High School in Iowa who has been denied the right to start her Students for Life group for the past 2 years! Last week, SFLA took her story public and we are waiting on the school to respond.
3) Say a prayer for our Students for Life groups at Clarion University (PA) and The College of New Jersey who have both experienced vandalism of their peaceful pro-life cross displays.
4) Say a prayer for our University of Southern California Students for Life group who had their administration unfairly tear down their pro-life banners, after they were approved.
5) Say a prayer for Andrew, the president of the Students for Life group at Johns Hopkins University (MD) who will be on Fox News tomorrow morning talking about the never-ending discrimination that his Students for Life group and other conservatives face at JHU.
6) Say a prayer for a young couple in South Dakota who saw the pro-life sidewalk chalking of our Students for LIfe group and have chosen life despite some difficult circumstances!
7) Say a prayer for Lisa, one of our Regional Coordinators, who is planning our next steps to protest the awful late-term abortion experiments that the University of Hawaii are participating in.
8) And finally, say a prayer for the SFLA Team. For our safety as we travel this weekend and in the weeks to come and for the launch of a brand-new, game-changing initiative that will be announced next week!
Thank you for all of your prayers and support! You will never know just how much it means to our entire team and what you are doing for this pro-life generation!”
Please take a few moments to let these young people and future leaders, know that you stand behind them. In addition to saying prayers for them, send them a tweet or comment. Sometimes just the smallest of actions can mean the world to someone who is working so hard on their “cause”.
Babies are not pollution and need not be polluters
Written by: Steven W. Mosher and Anne Morse
I often come across persons who attempt to justify forced abortion, sterilization, and contraception because “We (that is, human beings) are destroying the planet”. They view people as pollution, and argue that it is necessary to violate reproductive rights to protect the planet from the beings who are despoiling it. Yet that logic is intrinsically flawed.
Let us put it this way. Which of these do not belong: nitrous oxide, methane, Homo sapiens, or carbon dioxide?
The obvious answer is: “Homo sapiens.”
Pregnant women do not produce nitrous oxide. Childbirth does not generate methane. A newborn baby does breathe out carbon dioxide, but this is not a “pollutant” at all but a trace gas on which most life depends.
Yes, any given infant may grow up to be a notorious polluter, just as he may grow up to, say, recklessly endanger the lives of others by driving drunk. But such behaviors are not foregone conclusions. Unlike nitrous oxide, methane, or carbon dioxide, human beings have free will.
It is simply not true that more people equals more pollution. We have twice as many people living in the United States as we did in the early seventies, yet the skies over our major cities are clearer now than they were a half century ago. This is because the internal combustion engines that power our motor vehicles are no longer spewing out thousands of tons of particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, and other pollutants into the atmosphere as we drive. And this in turn is because we made a conscious decision to switch to cleaner burning fuels and install catalytic converters downstream from our engines.
As this example suggests, pollution is created by particular human behaviors such as the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels or the indiscriminate spraying of harmful pesticides. It can be corrected by altering that same behavior. Reducing the number of babies born will not solve these and other environmental problems.
No one would suggest that every baby born into a tech-savvy household will indubitably mature into a cyber-terrorist. Yet there are those who seem to believe that every baby human born will mature into a waste-creating, polar-bear-murdering, earth-destroying eco-terrorist. This is completely unreasonable. To be sure, some infants will grow up to secretly dump raw sewage into fragile estuaries, but many others will start compost piles and grow their own vegetables in backyard gardens.
No one can guarantee that any given infant will grow up to be a good conservationist, any more than any one can guarantee that any given infant will grow up into a happy well-adjusted adult. Everyone, as we noted above, enjoys free will.
But it is true that—thanks to technological advances, reasonable environmental regulations, and education that emphasizes good stewardship—we have made great strides in recent decades. Very large populations can actually have a much smaller environmental footprint than a much smaller population did a century or two ago. Population control has no part to play in these successes.
Sadly, not everyone has gotten this message. The anti-people argumentation continues to insist that babies equal pollution. The population control movement continues to receive billions of dollars in funding each year. Women’s fertility continues to be attacked in the name of the environment and “sustainable development.”
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) continues to cheerlead China’s one-child policy, ignoring the forced abortions and forced sterilizations that follow. The UNFPA continues to distribute 40 million doses of Depo-provera each year to unsuspecting women—despite the fact that this product is so unsafe that the FDA recommends against its use.
India still sterilizes over 4 million women annually under a system of statewide sterilization targets, ignoring the rising death toll of women who have died in such campaigns. And the developed nations—chief among them the United States—still continue to fund these programs in the name of achieving a mythical “sustainable population,” all the while ignoring the massive human rights abuses that they entail.
We agree that pollution sometimes constitutes an offense against other human beings. Those who wantonly and grossly pollute the water we drink and the air that we breathe endanger the rest of us, both those who are alive now and those who will come later.
But we also insist that forced abortion, forced sterilization, and forced contraception always constitute a grave violation of human rights. These actions are never justified, least of all by irrationally claiming that they are necessary to “protect the environment.”
We look forward to a future where our children and grandchildren enjoy a planet with clean air, clean water, and luxuriant greenery. We have already, in the U.S. and elsewhere, made great strides towards the realization of this future.
But we also hope and pray that our children and grandchildren grow up in a world without population control. We are working towards the day when they are valued for themselves, and are not seen by many in the environmental movement as a threat to their dream of a world without people.
After all, as Shakespeare remarked, “The world must be peopled.”
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