Sunday, February 22, 2009

Porn IS human trafficking.

I don't write about human trafficking as much as I would like. It's an issue that is largely underestimated and under covered.

I just finished reading an eye-opening article in World Magazine's newest issue about the problem of child sex slavery in the United States. Surely, child prostitution is a gross epidemic in other countries, but I had yet to realize the depth of it in my own country.
The most beautiful part of the article was the spotlight on an organization working against it and how they get to the heart of the matter. Sure, they help the girls get out of the bad situations and this is a very important job. However, they are also working on changing a culture that exploits and degrades women.

The Church needs to be a leader in this. We need to speak out about this problem and about the infection of sin in the church. (Christians fall prey to porn too and porn and human trafficking are linked)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

12 year olds impassioned speech against abortion

I know this has been picked up by the majority of the pro-life blogs across the internet and has gotten over 200,000 hits on youtube, but just in case anyone hasn't seen it.... please take a look.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Take time to love yourself this Valentine's day

Take some time to take care of yourself. I promise it isn't selfish. Especially if you have others counting on you to be refreshed. Here are some tips to stay at the top of your game:

Don't forget quiet time
Health experts now agree that there are many aspects to health including physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Take some time to slow down. Go somewhere quiet. Get outside in the fresh air, go to a park or a museum where you can be surrounded by something beautiful. If you are a Christian take some time to pray or meditate on scripture.
1 Samuel 25:6 "Long life to you! Good health to you and your household! And good health to all that is yours!"

Shut Off the News
For goodness sake, turn off the news every once in a while! Don't read blogs for a day. They will still be here tomorrow. For political and social activists this can be hard to do, but trust me its important. Being constantly bombarded by depressing news can numb you to the true horrors of this world. It's OK to take a break. Spend time with friends or family doing something fun or new and exciting. You will come back with more energy to combat injustice.
Proverbs 15:30 " A cheerful look brings joy to the heart,
and good news gives health to the bones."

Get in your Omega-3s with flaxseeds. Grind them up and sprinkle them on salads, bake them in breads (sweet or savory) or blend them in a smoothie. Other sources are Walnuts and Almonds. Try Odwalla's Berries GoMega bar.
For more information on Omega's click here.

Grace and Peace to you!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Same old tired arguments

There should be a name for the "People who care about animals don't care about people" argument. I'm going to call it the Mutually Exclusive Fallacy. It just shocks and saddens me that after all this time, people still don't get it. They repeat it blindly.
I guess I'll have to continue repeating myself too until it sinks in.
Further proof:
From the website Canadian Serial Killer's:
"Born in Vancouver British Columbia on the first day of January 1940, Clifford Robert Olson Jr killed a total of eleven people before being caught. From a young age, Clifford Olson was in trouble with the law. Olson was a known bully who it was rumoured tortured and killed animals."

As many cops learn cruelty to animals can be a gateway to violence against humans. And the opposite is also true:
"Amazing Grace," a film biography of William Wilberforce, anti-slavery crusader and co-founder of the world's oldest anti-cruelty society, captures Wilberforce's deep devotion to animals and his determination to end the cruelty and suffering imposed upon them in the late 18th and early 19th centuries." (from HSUS) Of course he also devoted his life to making slavery illegal in England.

More examples: