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I was on a panel this week at an event entitled Uprooting Racism from the Church, sponsored by the Michigan State University student group MSU Project 1:17. In addition to the live panel, they took anonymous questions from the audience for the speakers to answer online.  I’ve realized recently that I haven’t posted about racism / racial reconciliation in a while.  Somewhat because I’ve been busy with posts about sexual purity, lust, porn, marriage, etc. that go along with my recent book release.  But to my discredit, it’s also because some white Christians who would be interested in buying my book about sexual purity would also be upset about what I write about race.  So in my fear of man, I have backed down from speaking the truth (the same temptation I face as a pastor with the topic of race, Lord help me).  How quickly and easy it is to fall into this trap!  I had also become fatigued with debates and fatigued with people being upset with me, so had taken the easy road.  I apologize for that to anyone reading this, especially my friends of color.

I thought posting a blog with my answers to these Q&A questions would be helpful because I’ve already written them, and because I’ve previously articles on these subjects, which you can find at the bottom of each post.  There will be 3 of these, with the questions having been anonymously submitted from the crowd at the event earlier this week.  The original format for these was on a Facebook event page, which I’ve just copied and pasted here.  I’ll post one each day over the next three days.  I thought I’d start off with the most provocative of the 3!

The Question:

If life is so bad for people of color in the United States, then why do those who complain continue to live in the US? Why do they not move to another country?

My Answer: Continue Reading…

The Hyde Amendment states that federal tax dollars cannot be used to perform abortions.  You can read the specifics of the amendment here.

Planned Parenthood does a ballpark of 300,000 – 350,000 abortions per year and around 45% of their revenue–$540.6 million–is provided by federal tax dollars.

This is a classic “6 one way, half-a-dozen the other” example.  What would happen to your organization if it lost 45% of its revenue?

It would close.  (Or you’d need to find some very rich friends)

And the ~325,000 widgets you made each year would stop being made.

You can say that federal funding is not going toward abortions (the Hyde Amendment), but when the largest provider of abortions in the country can stay open directly because of federal funding, is there any difference?

The federal funding can go toward essential overhead like building expenses and staff salaries, while in-house money can then be moved over to cover the cost of the abortions, something that wouldn’t be possible if the in-house money had to cover everything.  (Or how abortions can sometimes be offered for free)

And yes, Planned Parenthood provides some great women’s health services, often times to the needy and under-served.  Services such as pap smears, cancer screenings and the provision of birth control.

These services should continue to be paid for with federal funds!  (in my opinion, and I think many would agree with me)

But not in conjunction with abortions.

How did these two things become grouped together as the same?

As it is now, Hyde Amendment or not, your tax dollars and mine are keeping Planned Parenthood open and thriving, allowing them to continue to churn out 300,000+ abortions per year.  That’s enough corpses to fill (the United States’ largest stadium) the University of Michigan’s “Big House” stadium 3 times!  All provided for by tax dollars from the land of the free and the home of the brave.  Whether faith-motivated, morality-motivated or simply democracy and citizenship-motivated, this is not how our tax dollars should be spent and for the sake of the integrity of our country, needs to stop.

#ProtestPP

#DefundPlannedParenthood

(This is a follow-up to a more comprehensive post I did on the August 22nd nation-wide Planned Parenthood protests)

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Sources:

(quoted from “Top 12 Reasons to Defund Planned Parenthood” by Susan B. Anthony List)

Planned Parenthood is America’s largest abortion provider. “Roughly one out of every four abortions in America” is carried out in a Planned Parenthood facility. [iv] Data shows that since 1970, Planned Parenthood has performed more than 6 million abortions. [v] In 2013 alone, Planned Parenthood performed a record 357,653 abortions.[vi]

 

(quoted from csnnews.com)

according to (Planned Parenthood’s) Annual Report 2012-2013, about 45% of that revenue–$540.6 million–was provided by taxpayer-funded government health services grants.

In the same report, Planned Parenthood said that in the year that ended on Sept. 30, 2012 it did 327,166 abortions.