Sunday, January 27, 2008

What I Need is Truth Will Someone Tell Me That for a Change?

The media, meaning news stations, newspapers, etc., are supposed to tell the public the truth. The job of the media is supposed to be to deliver to the public an unbiased report on what is taking place in the world. I would be astounded if anyone were able to find a truly unbiased, mainstream media, newspaper or news station.

Today I read in Newsday an article entitled "Pregnant Pause" focusing on the new pro-life movie Juno. Newsday is known to be biased to the liberal side along with being anti-catholic and pro-abortion. As such their article on Juno was, unsurprisingly, less than enthusiastic.

Newsday's article spoke not only of Juno but of other movies involving pregnant women such as "Bella", "Knocked Up", "Waitress", Romanian film "4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days", and "The Business of Being Born". Also mentioned in the article was "the copious fawning over celebs and their "baby bumps" (Halle Berry on the cover of In Style magazine; 16-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears on the cover of everything else)".

Newsday points out that in the movies listed the "'A' word" (abortion) is hardly ever used. They state that of the 5 movies the only one in which the pregnant woman enters an abortion clinic is Juno. Maybe Newsday missed the heartwrenching flash-forward in Bella in which Nina not only enters the clinic but continues all the way into the operating room. As for the women not using the "'A' word" this is true to real life. Women seeking abortions almost always use words such as "the procedure" and place a taboo on the word "abortion". Knowing this it is not at all unrealistic to suppose that "In 'Waitress', Keri Russell's character cuts her doctor off before he says it". This avoidance of the word, therefore, is much more truthful towards real life than Newsday seems to care to be.

Newsday furthermore makes the case that there is an avoidance of abortion as a whole in these movies. Again perhaps Newsday missed the fact that both Nina (the "heroine in Bella") and Juno consider abortions to the point that they enter a clinic. However Newsday does raise a valid question in regards to "Knocked Up" when they state that the lead character "may fret over whether she should pursue a relationship with the slacker, but there's no question she's having the baby". While I agree with Newsday that it seems rather unrealistic that "an aspiring TV journalist pregnant after a drunken one-night stand with a goofball" would have absolutely no qualms about bringing her child to birth Newsday does not choose the best defense of their position.

To prove that very few women would carry an unintended pregnancy to term Newsday quotes the Guttmacher Institute, a liberal organization affiliated with Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States. If Newsday had any interest in conducting honest reporting they would certainly not have chosen as their source of information an institution with vested interests. If however Newsday insists upon using the Guttmacher Institute it would be only fair for them to report that the Institute is affiliated with Planned Parenthood and known to lean to the left on issues such as abortion, since they noted that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which did not place abortion film "4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days" in their top five picks for best foreign film, as "a group of voters known to skew older and more conservative".

Newsday followed up "Pregnant Pause" with another article ironically entitled "Truth (and consequences)". In this article Newsday interviews several girls who attend Brentwood High School. One of the girls states that "She hears other girls admiring their baby bumps, predicting how chubby their newborns will be and cooing about the cuddly baby clothes they can buy." I don't know what's up with girls in Brentwood cuz any unwed pregnant teen I've ever met sure isn't admiring her baby bump. Newsday uses this quote, and several more, to segway into a discussion of fantasy versus reality in terms of what life is like with a child. From what I'm seeing Newsday seems to be dealing more in fantasy than anyone else.

There is a fantastic song by Matt Maher entitled Void. There is a line in this song in which he says "What I need is truth, Will someone tell me that for a change?" That's what I'd like. A little truth. A little truth from Newsday and the entire mainstream media. Save the opinions for the columnists and stick to reporting the facts.

"I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me."
-John 14:6

Friday, January 25, 2008

What the Media Won't Report

It was Tuesday morning. I was walking with my uncle and cousins to the Youth Rally prior to the March for Life in Washington D.C. It was seven o'clock a.m. and FREEZING cold out. We approached the Verizon Center where the rally was being held and saw hundreds of teenagers standing outside and then, to our horror, a sign that said Rally Closed. We went to the man holding the sign and inquired as to what was going on. He informed us that the Verizon Center, which holds 20,000 people, was completely packed and they could not allow any more of the hundreds standing outside into the building. Those of us who could not get in were sent to a nearby church for a Mass that would coincide with the one being held at the Verizon Center. However by the time our group reached the church that too was overflowing and so, many of those who had planned to go to the rally spent the morning sightseeing and eating Burger King.

I tell this anecdote to try and impress upon you just how many people go to the March for Life. These 20,000-plus people only represent the Catholic youth. By the time you get to the actual March you have older Catholics and people of all ages from all different faiths. It is impossible for me to even estimate how many people attend the March.
At one point during the March my cousin and I sat down to rest for about 15 minutes. The people just kept coming! Even when the crowd appeared to be thinning out more and more kept coming! It was never-ending! There were
representations from colleges, religious groups, parishes, you name it! But the most moving
group was the hundreds of women at the front 0f the March with signs proclaiming "I Regret My Abortion".
And then you think of all the people who couldn't make it to the March. Students who have midterms, people who are sick, people who can't take the day off from work, who live too far away, whatever. There must be thousands more pro-lifers who can't even make it to the March. Imagine if we could get every single pro-lifer in the country to D.C. on that day. We would completely take over Washington!
And isn't it ironic that 9 unelected judges can disregard the wishes of all these millions of people? 9 unelected supreme court justices can decide to throw away the constitution and show absolute contempt for the will of the people which is what this entire country is founded on.
P.S. - possibly the most amazing experience of the entire day, however, was when we were leaving St. Joseph's Church where the Diocese of Rockville Centre gathered after the March. We were about two blocks away from the church when we turned around and saw a rainbow spanning the entire sky ending right over the Church. See picture below.
"God added: 'This is the sign that I am giving for all ages to come, of the covenant between me and you and every living creature with you: I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth, and the bow appears in the clouds, I will recall the covenant I have made between me and you and all living beings, so that the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all mortal beings. As the bow appears in the clouds, I will see it and recall the everlasting covenant that I have established between God and all living beings - all mortal creatures that are on earth.'"

Friday, January 18, 2008

Feminazis - Putting women back in chains

Feminists often accuse the pro-life movement of being a bunch of men telling women what to do. Feminism is supposed to be about giving women equal rights with men. The first suffragettes, women like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, etc., had to spend much of their time first convincing society that women could think for themselves and did not need to be told what to do by men. However today's feminists seem to want to portray the image that only the women who think the way they do are able to think for themselves. The rest of us are indeed what patriarchal societies for thousands of years portrayed us to be, poor, simpering creatures who need men to tell them what to do. I flatter myself that I am quite capable of thinking for myself and don't need anyone to tell me what to do.

Now, if you look at this situation objectively, you will find that, ironically, the feminists often seem to be the ones who are telling women what they should think. Perhaps because they are not men they think this makes it all right but I for one see no difference between a man telling a woman what she should think and do and a woman telling another woman the same thing.

The feminists should be encouraging us women to think for ourselves, to look at evidence, consider facts, become informed citizens. They should encourage us to have self-esteem, to value ourselves and our bodies. Instead they tell us to treat our bodies as trash as long as we use a condom. And if that doesn't work (36% of the time) they send you to get an abortion.

Feminists have trained today's females to treat their bodies like trash. They have trained us women to believe that unless we do as they tell us we are not thinking for ourselves (does anyone else catch the hypocrisy in that?). And finally they are denying hundreds of thousands of women the greatest right of women, the right to be a mother.