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by Adelaide Holmes

February 15, 2020

上海时时乐官网软件下载today is susan b. anthony day, so it’s a perfect time for christians to learn from the life and activism of susan b. anthony. although she had a diverse and at times unorthodox christian background, she believed that all of humankind was equal under god. this her activism. anthony’s life reflects a belief that our culture desperately needs to hear from christians that the value and natural rights of every human being comes from god and deserves to be protected.

It’s imperative that Christians understand that the idea of God-given rights and equal value 上海时时乐官网软件下载are not merely human inventions. While both Anthony and the Founding Fathers claimed that all of mankind was created equal by God, this idea was not unique to them. Instead, it derives from biblical principles of justice.

anthony claimed that mankind received their rights from god rather than the government. in her speech “” she says, “before governments were organized, no one denies that each individual possessed the right to protect his own life, liberty and property.” anthony believed that mankind had these rights long before there was a government.

But if the government didn’t give us our most basic rights, where did they come from? Anthony believed that these rights are natural, meaning they are given by God. Thus, a just government should protect them, not create them. She , “The Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the constitutions of the several states and the organic laws of the territories, all alike propose to protect the people in the exercise of their God-given rights.” Anthony further quoted from the to prove her point in her : “All men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.”

上海时时乐官网软件下载if anthony is right that mankind was endowed with rights by god, we should see something in scripture about it. while the language of “natural rights” is not explicitly stated in scripture, we can see that the principles of rights are supported in the commands given by jesus and moses.

in , jesus instructs his followers to “love your neighbor as yourself.” this confirms what is expressly stated in , that we should treat others as we would want to be treated. this means that if you love your life, liberty, or property and desire for those things to be respected, you should love and respect your neighbor’s life, liberty, and property as well.

上海时时乐官网软件下载while mark 12 does not contain the language of rights, the ten commandments show that god expects his creation to respect the life, liberty, and property of others. in , the second table of the ten commandments directly command us not to end another person’s life or to steal their property. while the specific language of “rights” is not present here, violating someone’s life or property was considered a serious moral failing under the law and subject to . by putting these commands in the moral and legal law for the israelites, god set an example for just government that the founders reaffirmed through the protection of these natural rights in the constitution.

not only is there biblical support for the idea of natural rights, but there is also a case for equality in how we respect other’s rights. in , the mosaic law requires that the laws of restitution and penalties for murder and stealing are to be the “same rule for the sojourner and for the native.” god is perfectly just, and justice requires that the protection of natural rights be unbiased towards external factors like one’s nationality.

While there is strong biblical support for the principles behind natural rights and equal respect of other’s rights, there are times when our natural rights are not adequately protected in the U.S. When this happens, Christians need to go a step further. It happened in Anthony’s day with the unequal protection of women and African Americans. But she refused to sit by apathetically and watch injustice occur around her. Instead, she took action to advocate for their rights. Whether or not she realized it, Anthony acted out the command in to “do justice.” Every Christian should do the same today.

in america, christians can advocate for the rights to life, liberty, and property of their neighbors. every day in america, preborn children are killed because of “choice,” women and children are enslaved in sex-trafficking because of other’s “pleasure,” and christians lose their jobs or are forced to close their businesses because their consciences aren’t “tolerant.” we have the opportunity and duty to love these neighbors around us and advocate for the protection of their rights, just as susan b. anthony did.

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七里彩808

by Peter Sprigg

February 13, 2020

Puberty blockers” are hormones originally intended to deal with “precocious puberty,” in which a child experiences the physical signs of puberty prematurely. Now, however, puberty blockers are being used as a treatment for “gender dysphoria.” The theory is that a child who is already unhappy with his or her biological sex may become even more unhappy when his or her body begins to develop.

The most extreme claim is that transgender children forced to undergo normal puberty will kill themselves. Into this debate came published in the Pediatrics medical journal that resulted in headlines like these: 

  • The Hill 
  • NBC News

There’s only one problem. These headlines are wrong.

The word “suicide” implies a fatality. The Pediatrics study was not a study of suicide—because none of its subjects were dead. It was based upon answers given in the .

The key outcome referenced in the article was “lifetime suicidal ideation.” This means thinking about committing suicide. The finding that those who received puberty blockers had lower “lifetime suicidal ideation” than those who wanted them but did not receive them got the attention because it was the only one that reached the level of “statistical significance.”

However, “lifetime suicidal ideation” was only one of nine mental health outcomes that were listed in the study.

On four of the nine outcome measures—nearly half—the outcomes for those who received puberty blockers were worse than for those who did not. Most of these differences were small, but one figure jumped off the page. Those who received puberty blockers were twice as likely to have had a suicide attempt resulting in inpatient care (i.e., hospitalization) in the last 12 months as those who did not (45.5 percent vs. 22.8 percent). While we cannot reach definitive conclusions because of the small numbers involved, this raises important questions that are at least worthy of further research.

Also, the lifetime rate of suicidal ideation for those who received puberty blockers were lower than for those who didn’t—but it was still astonishingly high, at 75 percent. This hardly suggests that administering puberty blockers makes most children with gender dysphoria mentally healthy.

The authors acknowledge the study’s design “does not allow for determination of causation.” But they go further, raising doubt that puberty blockers cause lower rates of suicidal ideation—because it may be that people with suicidal ideation were simply considered poor candidates to receive puberty blockers.

Let’s be clear—we cannot conclude from this study that children who take puberty blockers are more likely to commit suicide than those who don’t.

But we also cannot conclude that they are less likely to commit suicide—notwithstanding the breathless media coverage.

Legislators considering restrictions on radical gender transition procedures for minors should make those decisions based on the harmful physical effects and risks of those interventions, many of which are well-known—not based upon the misinterpretation of psychological studies whose implications are far from clear.

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不用本金的彩票兼职是真的吗

by Peter Sprigg

February 13, 2020

several states have introduced bills that would prohibit certain physical procedures that alter the normal development or body of a child or adolescent for the purpose of facilitating a “gender transition.” these laws (sometimes called “vulnerable child protection acts”) would ban the use of puberty-blocking drugs, cross-sex hormones, or gender reassignment surgery in minors.

one of the arguments raised by opponents is that these procedures should not be restricted because they represent a standard of care that is “evidence-based” is something of a buzzword in medicine, indicating that medical practices should not just be based on opinion (even “expert” opinion), but on sound scientific research.

but just how good is the “evidence” cited in support of gender transition procedures—especially for minors?

The Endocrine Society’s Influential Guidelines

One of the most recent and influential sets of for the medical care of transgender people was published in 2017 by the Endocrine Society (W. Hembree et al., “Endocrine Treatment of Gender-Dysphoric/Gender-Incongruent Persons: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline,” Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism 102(11), November 2017, p. 3869-3903). This document explicitly sought to adopt an “evidence-based” approach:

the task force followed the approach recommended by the grading of recommendations, assessment, development, and evaluation group, an international group with expertise in the development and implementation of evidence-based guidelines.

the endocrine society issued specific guidelines in five separate areas:

  1. Evaluation of youth and adults (5 guidelines)
  2. Treatment of adolescents (6 guidelines)
  3. Hormonal therapy for transgender adults (4 guidelines)
  4. Adverse outcome prevention and long-term care (7 guidelines)
  5. Surgery for sex reassignment and gender confirmation (6 guidelines)

Evaluating the Quality of the Evidence

The key question is—what is the quality 上海时时乐官网软件下载of the evidence in support of the guidelines? I decided to examine that issue.

there are three types of guidelines:

  • An “Ungraded Good Practice Statement”—essentially supported by no evidence (beginning “We advise . . .”)
  • A “weak recommendation” (beginning “We suggest . . .”)
  • A “strong recommendation” (labeled “We recommend . . .”)

Only with the strong recommendations does the task force express “confidence that persons who receive care according to [them] … will derive, on average, more benefit than harm.”

then for each of the “recommendations” (weak or strong) they give a rating of the “quality of the evidence” in support of that recommendation, on a four-point scale: very low, low, moderate, or high.

How Strong is the Evidence Regarding Gender Transition Procedures for Minors?

If we omit category 3 (which applies only上海时时乐官网软件下载 to adults), there are 24 guidelines that are generally relevant to the procedures at issue in Vulnerable Child Protection Acts—puberty blockers, hormones for adolescents, and surgery.

上海时时乐官网软件下载of these 24 guidelines:

  • 5 are ungraded good practice statements (no evidence);
  • 2 are weak recommendations with very low evidence; and
  • 9 are weak recommendations with low evidence.

that means only 8 of the 24 “guidelines” are even “strong” recommendations—one third of the total. of those:

  • 2 are supported by very low evidence;
  • 5 are supported by low evidence; 
  • Only 1 is supported by even “moderate” evidence;
  • None are supported by “high quality” evidence.

Evaluating the Recommendations

several of the “strong recommendations” and other guidelines relate to controlling the potential negative side effects of gender transition, rather than actually recommending the transition procedure.

上海时时乐官网软件下载for example, the lone guideline supported by even “moderate” evidence was one warning patients to look into “fertility preservation” (some method of storing sperm or eggs), because the procedures may permanently sterilize the individual:

1.5. we recommend that clinicians inform and counsel all individuals seeking gender-affirming medical treatment regarding options for fertility preservation prior to initiating puberty suppression in adolescents and prior to treating with hormonal therapy of the affirmed gender in both adolescents and adults.

Some of the guidelines actually support what Vulnerable Child Protection Acts would do. Very few procedures which actually follow the Endocrine Society guidelines would also violate South Dakota’s VCPA, .

For example, they recommend strongly (with low evidence) initiating cross-sex hormone treatment only after confirming “sufficient mental capacity to give informed consent, which most adolescents have by age 16 years” (2.4). (Guideline 2.5 says there may be exceptions to this, but it is supported by “very low” evidence.)

in addition, a “weak recommendation” with low evidence (5.5) suggests “that clinicians delay gender-affirming genital surgery … until the patient is at least 18 years old.”

上海时时乐官网软件下载another weak recommendation (supported by very low evidence) suggests the timing of breast surgery be determined case by case, because “there is insufficient evidence to recommend a specific age requirement.” however, the lack of evidence would suggest that such radical, body-altering surgery should be postponed to a later age if possible, not accelerated.

Meanwhile, the key guidelines in support of puberty suppression (2.1 and 2.2) are only weak recommendations, supported by low evidence. The strong recommendation that some 上海时时乐官网软件下载patients (over age 18) be referred for genital surgery is supported by “very low” evidence.

A Weak Evidence Base

上海时时乐官网软件下载in summary, the claim that these treatments are “evidence-based” is misleading, because the quality of the evidence in this field (even for the endocrine society’s “strong” recommendations) is low.

Until the quality of the evidence becomes higher, gender transition procedures must be considered experimental procedures at best.

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七星彩票是正规平台吗

by Daniel Hart

February 12, 2020

following the tragic death of basketball legend kobe bryant (along with eight others including his daughter) in a helicopter crash on january 26, many have been written about his tenacity, relentless drive to always improve, and ferocious competitiveness on the court as a player. one of his most inspiring character traits was how he applied his legendary competitiveness and refusal to give up to all aspects of his life, particularly when dealing with the potential end of his marriage to his wife vanessa.

after an incident in 2003 in which he was accused of sexual assault (and was eventually acquitted in court), kobe publicly admitted to committing adultery and apologized to his wife at a press conference. eight years later, his wife filed for divorce due to “irreconcilable differences,” but in 2013 the couple announced that they had called off the divorce. clearly, kobe and vanessa went through some extremely challenging periods in their marriage, but they persevered and remained committed to their vows. in an , kobe described his drive to succeed in his marriage in the same terms he often used to describe his work ethic in basketball: “commitment and [the] competitiveness of ‘we’re going to succeed.’” he went on to describe his marriage in this way: “that’s all the beauty of it: having the persistence and determination to work through things — very, very tough things — and we’ve been able to do that.”

kobe and vanessa’s perseverance and tenacity to fight for their marriage no matter what the circumstances is a stirring example for all married couples to have the resolve to never give up on their marriage, no matter how insurmountable difficulties may seem.

in honor of , here are some tried and true ways that couples can work through challenges and maintain peaceful and happy marriages:

  • In general, be kind. As written about in , numerous studies have all concluded that “kindness (along with emotional stability) is the most important predictor of satisfaction and stability in a marriage.”
  • When you see something that needs to be done around the house, do it as quickly and quietly as you can without mentioning anything to your spouse, even if you feel that they should have done it. This builds trust between spouses and is a visible sign of how much you love and care for them, which most likely will be noticed and appreciated the more you do it.
  • Be “.” In other words, be willing to compromise or do things differently than how you grew up doing them or used to do them before marriage.
  • Acknowledge that your own shortcomings may be a result of wounds that you received in your past, likely in childhood from those closest to you. It is imperative that you , which will in turn create tremendous healing in your own marriage.
  • A key outlook during difficult times in marriage is to see suffering as having redeeming value, just as Christ suffered for us in order to redeem us from our sins. If you don’t see the cross as something bad, this changes everything. In order to have true love for our spouse (to will the good for them), we must be willing to serve them by practicing sacrificial love, to sacrifice our own wishes and desires for the sake of our beloved. It may seem like a paradox, but it’s true—when we sacrifice ourselves for the good of others, we find true fulfilment.
  • Express gratitude to your spouse on a regular basis. When you thank them for even the small things they do—washing the dishes, cleaning up the spilled oatmeal off the floor—your spouse will feel loved and appreciated. This goes a long way toward maintaining marital harmony.
  • Never stop trying. Even when things are not going smoothly in your marriage, always be willing to keep trying to make things right by putting in the effort, even if you don’t feel like it. Your spouse will almost certainly notice this. There’s nothing more disheartening for a spouse then when they feel like their own efforts are not being noticed and, even worse, are not being reciprocated. If your spouse feels like you are not trying your best in the relationship, they will feel less motivated to keep trying themselves, which can create a larger mess than before.
  • Don’t let small annoyances about your spouse anger you. Let them be an opportunity to grow in the virtue of patience. If there is a legitimate issue that needs to be addressed, bring it up as calmly and deliberately as you can so that you don’t hurt your spouse in the process.
  • When you feel hurt by the words or actions of your spouse, don’t swallow it and let it fester. Pick a good time to talk about how and why they hurt you as gently, honestly, and openly as possible. Depending on the severity of the issue, it may not be a good idea to immediately hash it out with your spouse just after the hurtful incident occurred, since this could lead to further insensitive words being said in the heat of the moment. It may be prudent to pick a time at least a day or two later after things have cooled down. You may even discover that your spouse had no idea that the incident in question hurt you, and will be glad to know about it so that they can be more thoughtful in the future.
  • Challenging times in marriage are opportunities to grow closer together. This can especially be achieved by .

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七星彩梦图册大全

by Worth Loving

February 10, 2020

Recently, Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest (R-N.C.) came under fire for he made regarding Planned Parenthood and its founder, Margaret Sanger. Speaking to an MLK Day breakfast at Upper Room Church of God in Christ in Raleigh, Forest said this: “There is no doubt that when Planned Parenthood was created, it was created to destroy the entire black race. That was the purpose of Planned Parenthood. That’s the truth.” Forest later defended his to McClatchy News: “The facts speak for themselves. Since 1973, 19 million black babies have been aborted, mostly by Planned Parenthood. I care too much about the lives of these babies to debate the intent of Sanger’s views when the devastation she brought into this world is obvious.”

Margaret Sanger, her sister, Ethel Byrne, and Fania Mindell in the United States in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York on October 16, 1916. The clinic was later raided by the NYPD上海时时乐官网软件下载, and all three women were arrested and charged with violating the Comstock Act for distributing obscene materials. After laws governing birth control were relaxed, Sanger founded the American Birth Control League in 1921, which was renamed the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in 1942.

While Lieutenant Governor Forest was attacked by many on the Left for pushing an uneducated, insensitive agenda, history backs him up. The fact is that Margaret Sanger strongly believed the Aryan race to be superior and that it must be purified, a view that finds its roots from Charles Darwin’s defense of evolution in The Origin of Species上海时时乐官网软件下载. Darwin argued that a process of “natural selection” the white race over all other “lesser races.” Sanger advocated for eugenics by calling for abortion and birth control among the to produce a master race, a race consisting solely of wealthy, educated whites. Sanger said she believed blacks were that needed to be exterminated. She also to immigrants, African Americans, and poor people as “reckless breeders” and “spawning…human beings who never should have been born.”

上海时时乐官网软件下载sanger once “that the aboriginal australian, the lowest known species of the human family, just a step higher than the chimpanzee in brain development, has so little sexual control that police authority alone prevents him from obtaining sexual satisfaction on the streets.” in an effort to sell her birth control and abortion proposals to the black community, sanger : “we do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the negro population.” in 1926, sanger was also the featured speaker at a women’s auxiliary meeting of the ku klux klan in silver lake, new jersey.

Sanger opened her clinics in largely minority neighborhoods because she believed immigrants and the working class were inferior and needed their population controlled so as to purify the human race. That trend continues today where almost of Planned Parenthood facilities are located in minority neighborhoods. In fact, although only 13 percent of American women are black, over of all black babies are aborted in the United States every year. Abortion is the for blacks in the United States. According to , “more African-Americans have died from abortion than from AIDS上海时时乐官网软件下载, accidents, violent crimes, cancer, and heart disease combined.” Black babies are about five times more likely to be aborted than whites. On Halloween in 2017, Planned Parenthood’s “Black Community” Twitter account : “If you’re a Black woman in America, it’s statistically safer to have an abortion than to carry a pregnancy to term or give birth.”

While Margaret Sanger tried to portray Planned Parenthood as a merciful organization that helps needy families, the facts speak for themselves. In her testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in September 2015, former Planned Parenthood CEO上海时时乐官网软件下载 Cecile Richards that over 80 percent of her organization’s annual revenue comes from performing abortions and not basic health care for poor or disadvantaged women. When you , well over 90 percent of Planned Parenthood’s annual revenue comes from performing abortions.

上海时时乐官网软件下载despite this sordid history, margaret sanger is almost universally recognized as a pioneer for women’s rights rather than the racist she actually was. when accepting planned parenthood’s margaret sanger award, former secretary of state hillary clinton that she “admired margaret sanger enormously, her courage, her tenacity, her vision…i am really in awe of her.” those like hillary clinton are ignoring the explicitly racist statements that margaret sanger made throughout her life. the fact is that sanger normalized birth control and abortion in the united states as a means to accomplish eugenics. her ultimate goal was to eliminate non-white races, people with sickness or disabilities, children born to felons, the poor, and immigrants, to name a few.

margaret sanger is no heroine, and planned parenthood is not some merciful health care provider as the left paints it to be. margaret sanger repeatedly stated her racist intentions for the whole world to see and hear, and planned parenthood was and still is the manifestation of those racist ideologies. america was founded on the idea that no matter your race, creed, national origin, disability, or station in life, everyone who comes here or is born here has the opportunity to live a successful, fulfilling life. margaret sanger didn’t believe that.

As pro-life activists, we must do our part to expose Margaret Sanger for who she really was. We must also expose the racist history of Planned Parenthood and how that history is still relevant today. For more information on Margaret Sanger and the racist roots of Planned Parenthood, check out these FRC上海时时乐官网软件下载 resources: and .

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by Blake Elliott

February 6, 2020

The Virginia General Assembly is considering legislation to expand abortion access and repeal life-saving pro-life laws. Radical pro-abortion legislators have been advocating for in the fear that Roe v. Wade will soon be overturned. After pro-abortion Democrats gained control of the Virginia General Assembly, they wasted little time in targeting the state’s pro-life laws.

on january 28, 2020, virginia’s house of delegates house bill 980, a bill which expands the list of medical professionals who can commit abortions during the first trimester to include physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and certified midwives. this bill also removes the 24-hour waiting period requirement, a requirement that women seeking abortions be given an opportunity to view an ultrasound, and a requirement that medically accurate information regarding the procedure be provided to the woman seeking an abortion.

not to be outdone by the virginia house of delegates last week, the virginia state senate passed a companion bill, senate bill 733. state senator jennifer mcclellan (d-richmond) described the urgency of passing these bills by arguing that existing pro-life laws somehow inhibit and easily ending the baby’s life.

上海时时乐官网软件下载the sad reality is that these bills will do more than expand abortion—they will actually make the procedure even more dangerous. by eliminating the ultrasound requirement, abortions will become more unsafe by removing the crucial step of allowing the physician to clearly see the unborn child in the womb. furthermore, repealing the requirement that the woman be given medically accurate information opens the door to women being denied critical information about their pregnancies.

In addition, the dangers that come with these bills allowing physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and certified midwives the ability to commit abortions that they have not been trained to do cannot be ignored. One would think that the Democratic party, who claims to be “pro-woman” and is promoting these bills in the name of “women’s health,” would want certified physicians with training to be the ones committing the abortion, but that is not the case. Instead, they treat abortion as if it were a minor procedure. State Senator Stephen Newman (R-Bedford) emphasized this when he how “there is no other procedure we deal with that ends the life of another person.” It is crucial that we remember that these procedures don’t just simply kill the baby—they can also be dangerous for the woman.

for pro-lifers, these bills amount to an egregious effort to repeal major pro-life laws on the books in virginia which have saved countless lives. delegate margaret ransone (r-westmoreland) gave a powerful testimony in the house as she described the need for these pro-life laws and the dangers of repealing them. she pointed out that no matter what the circumstance is around the pregnancy, a woman seeking abortion deserves information about what will happen during an abortion. abortions are , and women deserve to be given access to as much information as possible about them.

Delegate Ransone described one abortion provider’s description of a chemical abortion, which read similarly to Planned Parenthood’s website. Planned Parenthood describes chemical abortions and how the woman will cramp and bleed tremendously and release Not surprisingly, they fail to mention that these large clumps of tissue are actually the unborn child. Wouldn’t one think that a woman would want to be fully informed about a chemical abortion (which is in reality an in-home, do-it-yourself abortion上海时时乐官网软件下载) and the trauma that will come with it? Delegate Kathy Byron (R-Bedford) House Bill 980 as being “so lax, so casual, that anyone, at any time, almost anywhere can have an abortion performed by just about anybody.” If pro-abortion Democrats in the Virginia General Assembly cared about “reproductive health,” then why do they support deregulating an industry that has ?

上海时时乐官网软件下载only one democrat, delegate patrick hope (d-arlington), spoke on the house floor in favor of house bill 980. delegate hope said that the issue was personal for him because he has three daughters, and he wants his daughters to be able to make their own reproductive health decisions—without all the information necessary to make that decision, apparently. he demanded that his colleagues support this legislation to roll back restrictions on their health care. delegate hope apparently believes allowing women access to medical information regarding an abortion somehow “restricts” their health care. what was missing from his comments was any sort of awareness that his daughters, and women in virginia, will not be able to make the best decision for themselves if they are not given the best possible information.

It is incredibly sad that the Virginia General Assembly decided to pass HB 980 and SB 733. Pro-abortion Democrats value the bottom line of the abortion industry over women’s health. Denying women the ability to access information regarding abortion doesn’t advance women’s health, it hurts it—and it will inevitably lead to more aborted children. It is important that Virginians wake up and see what is happening in their state. Democrats are doing the bidding of the abortion industry, which is further cheapening life and keeping women in the dark.

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下载各种彩票

by Daniel Hart

February 4, 2020

are we merely admirers of christ, or are we followers?

上海时时乐官网软件下载for all christians, this profound question should shake us to our core. it’s a question that runs through the heart of , a powerful new film from acclaimed filmmaker terrence malick, who wrote and directed the three-hour epic that explores the calling and consequences of true christian discipleship.

A Simple Life Shattered by War

A Hidden Life is based on the true story of an Austrian farmer named Franz Jägerstätter, a devout Catholic and conscientious objector martyred by the Nazis, who lived with his wife Fani and their three daughters in a small village in the mountains during World War II.

the movie begins by showing parts of an old nazi propaganda film of adolf hitler touring a town in germany and the adulation he receives from the people. in stark contrast, the film then envelopes its audience into the majestic beauty of rural austria, where franz and his family live an idyllic life as humble farmers. scenes of hard farm work mixed with the simple joys of recreation with family early in the film establish the fact that franz, fani, and their girls are living a peaceful, happy, and fulfilled life. other scenes of genuine comradery between franz’s family and the other townspeople demonstrate that they are well-respected and even loved by the village.

It is in these opening scenes that the unique filmmaking style of director Terrence Malick becomes apparent. As in his past films, most of the scenes in A Hidden Life are presented as a kind of vignette, often with minimal dialogue. Sometimes, the dialogue is muted intentionally, with music or even a voice over being what you hear. Frequently, Malick will intersperse scenes with gorgeously rendered shots of nature—the mountains, fields of grain waving in the wind, a waterfall cascading down into mist. For the uninitiated viewer, this style can be a bit disorienting at first, but the film has a way of drawing the audience into its world after the first few minutes. One reviewer of A Hidden Life上海时时乐官网软件下载 aptly as “a movie you enter, like a cathedral of the senses.”

上海时时乐官网软件下载soon, the ominous sounds of nazi airplanes flying high above the village convey a distinct sense that the simple lives of the farmers and townspeople will never be the same. sure enough, franz is conscripted into the german army, and at first he willingly complies with their demands that he complete basic training. after months away from his family, he is allowed to return home, but the possibility of franz being called back into full duty as the war drags on hangs over him and his wife. from this point on, the central conflict that franz faces becomes the focus of the film—he knows that he will be required to pledge an oath of loyalty to hitler once he is called back up to service.

A Heroic Act of Conscience

as franz seeks counsel from his parish priest on what to do, it is clear that many churchmen of the time could not muster the courage to make the principled stand that franz is attempting to make. “we’re killing innocent people, raiding other countries, preying on the weak,” franz pleads with his priest, asking for guidance. instead of answering, the priest defers and directs franz to ask his bishop for direction. when franz is able to get an audience with the bishop, he asks him pointedly, “if our leaders—if they are evil, what does one do?” the bishop’s response clearly breaks franz’s heart: “you have a duty to the fatherland. the church tells you so.”

上海时时乐官网软件下载after this, franz and fani try to go about their normal life, but they are clearly mourning what they know is likely to come: franz’s imprisonment and execution for his conscientious objection. through extended scenes of the couple lying together in the countryside, sitting in their bedroom, or doing farm chores, it is clear that an internal battle is raging inside of them as they contemplate the consequences of the unthinkable—to forever lose their tranquil and joyful life together for the sake of sacrificing his life for the gospel.

as if this weren’t enough, franz and his family begin to experience ridicule from their fellow townspeople. it seems that franz is the only man in his village to publicly and openly question the nazi war effort, which is clearly too much to bear for their guilty consciences. the town mayor, a close friend of franz’s at the outset of the film, eventually ends up denouncing him: “you cannot say no to your race and your home. you are a traitor!” franz and his family are publicly insulted, spat upon, and even physically threatened at various points in the film.

despite the almost unimaginable pressure that franz faces from his church, his peers, and even his own family (from his mother-in-law and sister-in-law) to give in the nazi’s demands, he refuses to take the oath to hitler after his inevitable call-up to military service.

上海时时乐官网软件下载once franz is imprisoned, we begin to find out more about what is going on in his soul. in a series of interrogations by the nazis and during interviews with his court-appointed defense attorney, franz is challenged over and over again to give in. “you think your defiance will change the course of things?” “words! [referring to the oath to hitler] no one takes that sort of thing seriously.” franz’s responses are simple and direct, but somehow their simplicity makes his motivations crystal clear: “i have that feeling inside me, that i can’t do what i believe is wrong. that’s all.” “if god gives us free will, we are responsible for what we do, what we fail to do.”

What will never be simple, though, is the toll that Franz’s sacrifice takes on his wife Fani and their daughters, which is illustrated through numerous scenes of toil and heartbreak as she undertakes difficult farm work and tucks their children into bed without him. Even still, the fortitude that Fani exhibits is every bit as heroic as Franz’s. Toward the end of the film, she is allowed to see Franz one last time in prison. In an almost unbearably emotional scene, Fani displays the epitome of spiritual union with her husband as she assures him of her solidarity even if his decision means death: “Whatever you do, I’m with you, always.”

As A Hidden Life draws to a close, it is clear that Franz’s experience of imprisonment, interrogation, physical abuse at the hands of the prison guards, and the mental anguish of his impending death has molded him into a Christ-like figure. When a Nazi major promises him that he will be free if he signs a paper oath to Hitler, Franz responds, “I am already free.” In one scene, he gives his tiny ration of bread to a fellow starving prisoner, who stares at him disbelievingly. In one of the most subtle yet surprisingly touching moments of the film, he carefully replaces an umbrella he had accidentally knocked over back to its original position. These actions show that he has indeed become a truly free man, unencumbered by worldly concerns, whose only goal is to do good with the little time he has left on earth.

An Unparalleled Depiction of Christian Discipleship

From a Christian perspective, watching A Hidden Life is an unparalleled film experience. In the words of , it is arguably “the best evocation of the Gospel ever committed to film.” The deliberate, reverential style in which it is acted, filmed, and edited allows the viewer to truly immerse themselves into and contemplate the deep mysteries of some of the biggest questions that frame the nature of discipleship in Christ. How far must we go to become a true follower of Christ, and how do we reconcile this with our familial obligations? Is there meaning to our suffering for Christ when it causes us such indescribable pain? Does standing for the gospel really matter if no one seems to notice? Why does God seem to hide Himself from those who most desperately need Him?

上海时时乐官网软件下载the most pointed question this film asks of its audience is one that remains extremely pertinent in our own time, in which christians remain . the question is this: when we are faced with the wrath of the world for our faith, will we shrink and make excuses, or will we stand for truth, no matter the consequences? in the film’s depiction of franz jägerstätter, we are a given a true-to-life role model for how to accomplish heroic virtue with grace and serenity.

But perhaps the greatest gift that A Hidden Life gives the viewer is three hours of space上海时时乐官网软件下载—space for reflection and contemplation of these most paramount of questions that probe the deepest mysteries of the faith life. In this age of distraction and anxiety, we desperately need it.

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by Zachary Rogers

January 31, 2020

With the 2020 election season underway, it is wise to reflect upon the lessons learned from the 2016 election. After President Trump’s election, thousands of progressive voters admitted they were emotionally devastated. This phenomenon has been described as “,上海时时乐官网软件下载” and it impacted  people.

上海时时乐官网软件下载this exaggerated reaction points toward a temptation to christian principles with a that attempts to “immanentize the eschaton,” or create a heaven on earth, and to react in extreme ways when these efforts fail.

the christian offers an alternative perspective from the crushing angst, fear, and anger that frames much of our political discourse. christianity calls people to fulfill their duties to god and their fellow man with the appropriate level of concern based on their understanding of the world, sin, the sovereignty of god, and the end of history. christians understand that they are to be in the world but not of the world (john 17:14–19).

上海时时乐官网软件下载the christian worldview includes four basic components:

  1. An understanding that God created the universe and mankind.
  2. Man chose to try to become like God, resulting in sin and the Fall.
  3. Christ died on the cross to redeem us from our sins and rose again to conquer death.
  4. Christ will return in glory to judge the living and the dead and restore all things.

these theological commitments comprise the christian worldview and influence how christians see and engage with the world.

a high view of god and the gospel will inevitably affect one’s approach to politics. christians, for instance, should be mindful of the tongue and strive to engage rationally, clearly, and without lying. while politics is important, only a few things are of eternal significance. for example, the souls of our fellow citizens, both republicans and democrats, are of eternal significance. the truth and sound policy must be pursued in a manner that will not destroy our christian witness.

christians should support good policies that align with biblical values. unfortunately, many politicians are guided by an ungodly fear of man. even christian leaders are often tempted to take the easy way out. however, politics often requires hard decisions that are often unpopular, and every politician, christian or not, democrat or republican, must do his or her duty for the common good in accordance with the structure of the constitution.

上海时时乐官网软件下载christians must distinguish the important from the ultimate. the goal of life is to glorify god and enjoy him forever. this purpose should guide and direct every area of our lives. the state of our souls and the souls of our family and friends must be our chief concern. jesus himself said that the second greatest commandment was to love “your neighbor as yourself” (mark 12:31). the stability and order that is afforded the christian by having a clear understanding of the purpose of life and the standards for good living provided by god in the scriptures allow him to clearly see that love of neighbor ought to guide christian political engagement.

上海时时乐官网软件下载god gave man reason and a knowledge of what is required for human flourishing through the natural law: limited government, the rule of law, the necessity to work in order to provide for our families and those in need, and the right to religious liberty.

on many issues, the platforms, policy positions, and rhetoric of the two major political parties in america represent radically different visions for human flourishing. while neither party is perfect, it is clear that one party values the sanctity of marriage, the life of the unborn, and an understanding of gender as divinely created while the other does not.

christians in america should be while recognizing that our ultimate hope is in heaven. christians, and especially christian leaders and pastors, must approach politics from a christian worldview and make sure our engagement honors the lord and follows principles outlined in his word. in this way, we can shape government so that it in turn shapes the environment in which we raise our children and live our lives to the glory of god.

上海时时乐官网软件下载in a nutshell, christians must have a two-kingdom perspective: we must do the will of god in every aspect of life, including politics, so that we can live with him forever in the next.

Zachary Rogers is a graduate of Hillsdale College and is a former intern of FRC, the Kirby Center, and the Claremont Institute. He is currently working in education in Northern Virginia.

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by Blake Elliott

January 29, 2020

上海时时乐官网软件下载there is an urgent need in the united states to institute laws that protect fetal remains in order to protect the dignity of unborn children. this should not be a controversial issue. yet abortion suppliers such as planned parenthood oppose efforts to protect fetal dignity because it would impact their

abortions, miscarriages, and stillbirths are tragic in their own right, but it is also a tragedy that abortion suppliers are able to sell or dispose of the fetal remains like a piece of trash in certain states while making a profit off of the fetal remains in others. this state of affairs has undoubtedly contributed to an environment where people like dr. kermit gosnell stored fetuses in throughout his office or the disturbing case of the deceased dr. ulrich klopfer, who had stored in a garage at his home.

In response, FRC上海时时乐官网软件下载 has compiled a which highlights each state’s fetal dignity laws, allowing individuals throughout the country to see just how much work needs to be done in their state in order to respect fetal remains.

pennsylvania’s house bill 1890 is a prime example of a fetal dignity bill that should be supported by all, but pro-abortion politicians still find a way to oppose it. this bill requires abortionists to cremate or bury the remains of babies they abort, unless the mother decides they want the remains buried in a place other than the customary health care provider’s location. in this case, the mother would be responsible for the burial or cremation and the cost associated with it. this bill offers a humane response to aborted fetal remains by requiring the burial or cremation of the remains instead of allowing them to be sold, harvested, or used for research.

however, state representatives such as mary isaacson, a democrat representing philadelphia, oppose this bill by it “harasses abortion providers.” it is evident that democrats are more concerned with the ability of abortion suppliers to make a profit than they are with women’s health care and the life that was lost.

上海时时乐官网软件下载there is a solid case for republicans to make in support of fetal dignity laws. for one, the fetal remains would not be allowed to be sold for profit by abortion facilities to make money and continue to grow their business and would instead be required to be buried with dignity.

It also allows for families to grieve properly through the devastation that comes with losing a child to miscarriage. FRC’s Katherine Johnson put it perfectly in her : “Women who have miscarriages should be able to receive death certificates that provide validation and dignity to the loss of their children.” Women receiving a death certificate after a miscarriage is an aspect that is often forgotten when discussing fetal dignity laws. It is important that states acknowledge that when a miscarriage happens, a woman and her family has indeed lost a child. Perhaps because of this, not all Democrats are against fetal dignity laws. In fact, joined Republicans in supporting the recent PA HB 1890. In a polarized political environment like the one that exists now, this points towards how sensible these fetal dignity laws are. This recent bill is a positive step in the right direction in ensuring that all fetal remains are treated with the respect that every person deserves.

上海时时乐官网软件下载every deceased human deserves to be treated with respect, including unborn children who unfortunately never had the opportunity to take their first breath. it is truly saddening that abortion suppliers like planned parenthood can get away with claiming to help women when in reality they are using women and their babies to make a profit. there is no reason that abortion suppliers should be allowed to dispose of fetal remains like normal people dispose of their trash.

hopefully, states will follow the pennsylvania legislature’s lead to ensure that all fetal remains are treated with dignity and all families are given this right to properly bury or cremate their child. make sure to check out our to see if your state protects the dignity of all fetal remains.

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by Adelaide Holmes

January 27, 2020

many christians today are missing from the fight to end abortion, and the pro-life movement needs their help.

上海时时乐官网软件下载instead of joining the political or cultural efforts to fight abortion, many pro-life christians leave the work for the pro-life leaders in these arenas. there are two primary fronts in the battle, and christians are needed in both. abortion will continue to be legal and culturally acceptable as long as christians fail to do their part and leave the bulk of the work to larger, interest-based organizations. 

There are many pro-life organizations in D.C. and around the country that are dedicated to making abortion illegal and socially unacceptable. , as well as other pro-life political action groups such as , , and  are effective and passionate about changing the political landscape.  

but this won’t be enough to end legal abortion in america.

while the political fight is crucially important to ensuring justice for the preborn, there’s work to be done in the culture as well. countless groups exist with this focus. and have top-notch speakers and apologists who train pro-lifers all over the country in conversational apologetics. national groups like or state groups like exist to equip high school and college pro-life clubs to host effective outreach and start dialogues with young minds who might be open to the pro-life argument. and groups like and  educate the public through digital media on the reality of what abortion does to its victims. 

but this still isn’t enough to make abortion culturally appalling.   

sixty-two percent of americans between the ages of 18-29 . about one million abortions are . it’s not for a lack of groups dedicated to bringing a legal end to abortion. it’s not for a lack of organizations devoted to informing the culture about the inhumane injustice of abortion. the problem is that too many christians are leaving them all the work. if more christians don’t join in the fight, we won’t see an end to this injustice. 

pursuing justice for the unborn is not simply a job for special interest groups. pursuing justice is a duty that god has placed on all of us as christians. the prophet micah reminds us that acting justly is a requirement of god for mankind. micah 6:8 says, “he has told you, o man, what is good; and what does the lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your god?” not only that, but we are commanded to “love your neighbor as yourself” (mark 12:31).

the unborn are our youngest and most vulnerable neighbors. christians have a god-given duty to love their neighbor and to act justly by them. we cannot ignore this duty by leaving the work of advocating for the unborn to pro-life organizations. we must join them in the fight, and we can do this by simply living out our faith.  

christians need to start acting like being pro-life is more than a check you write in the mail to your favorite organization or more than a vote for the pro-life candidate. being truly pro-life must be a way of life. not everyone’s contribution will look the same, but abortion won’t become illegal, much less unthinkable, until every christian starts loving their preborn neighbor in practical ways.

here are several possibilities:

  • Offering at abortion facilities
  • Praying in front of
  • your representatives and senators
  • Signing and circulating pro-life petitions
  • Volunteering your time and resources to help
  • Consider opening your home up to pregnant women who need support
  • Consider adopting a baby in need
  • in D.C.
  • Reading a and learning to articulate why you’re pro-life
  • Sharing that training with your fellow church members, friends at school, or your own family
  • Sharing why you believe the preborn are valuable human persons with someone who disagrees with you

these are some of the ways we can love our preborn neighbor and seek justice on their behalf. until every christian starts to live out his call to love his preborn neighbor, the political and cultural pro-life organizations won’t be enough to turn the tide on abortion. they can’t do it on their own. they need our help.

上海时时乐官网软件下载pastors and churches play a central role in this mission. we need pastors to teach on how every human being, regardless of size, is made in the image of god. we need youth groups to host apologetics trainings and do outreach in the community. we need churches to equip their congregation to dialogue with their pro-choice friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers.

上海时时乐官网软件下载it’s time for every pro-lifer to be the hands and feet of jesus. it’s time for all of us to love the preborn as we love ourselves. it’s time for us to defend and protect the rights of these tiny humans the way that we would want our rights defended. it’s time that we become willing to love them as we would our own children. until we do, there won’t be lasting change toward a culture of life in america. 

Adelaide Holmes is an intern for Life, Culture, and Women’s Advocacy at Family Research Council.

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