Life Line, June 7, 2009

About 75 people, from 4 months old to 85 years old, showed up along War Memorial Drive in Peoria, Ill., from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 7, to pray for an end to abortion.

Life Line was organized by Bradley University freshman Alexandria Reynolds. Though it was intended to be youth-centric, plenty of older folks showed up, too, to lend their support.

For a first-time event, it went off very well. Alexandria and her friends had prepared hand-painted signs with instructions on the back, including ideas for prayer.

Participants stood along War Memorial Drive, also known as U.S. Route 150 — probably the busiest street in Peoria — holding signs with such messages as “Better Off Alive” and “Yay for Kids.” Reynolds emphasized the positive nature of the event, which came one week after the murder of abortion doctor George Tiller but had been in the planning stages for months. It was an opportunity to show the peaceful nature of the pro-life movement.

Most drivers honked and waved their support. Only a few made some, uh, negative hand gestures.

Links to news coverage are here and here.

Below are some photos I snapped:

 
Participants in Life Line line up along War Memorial Drive in Peoria, Ill., on June 7 to pray for an end to abortion.
Participants in Life Line line up along War Memorial Drive in Peoria, Ill., on June 7 to pray for an end to abortion.
Young pro-lifers show their support for the movement.
Young pro-lifers show their support for the movement.
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27 thoughts on “Life Line, June 7, 2009

  1. Wow. 75 people! What a massive crowd. Rivals the Nurenburg rallies, well in spirit at least. I wonder, when will these libertine women ever understand that your god only meant them to be breeding stock.

  2. Mr. Cypher,

    I believe that if only one person were to stand up for the unborn and all others whose lives are being unjustly threatened or taken, God would honor that person. This event was organized by young people who, instead of indulging themselves in materialism and immorality in a search for constant gratification, gave sacrificially of themselves to gather people for prayer.

    Pregnant women who consider abortion are not, of course, “libertines.” They are women who have gotten into a difficult situation by bad choices on their part or by the failure of their partner to take responsibility for his actions. The church has also failed on its part by not being more willing to help these women or families financially and materially, or being willing to take the babies into their own homes.

    All we did at the rally was to gather and pray for an end to abortion, for women to be able to find alternatives, for hearts to change. There was no prayer for control.

    As for our “god only (meaning) them to be breeding stock,” He commanded us to be fruitful and multiply, but He also commanded that the sexual act that leads to conception and birth only be done in a two-parent family. If a woman doesn’t want to be “breeding stock,” she doesn’t have to have sexual intercourse. (This, of course, doesn’t cover rape, which is a whole other subject; however, a child conceived in rape is still a child and has a right to be born and to live.)

    By the way, it’s Nuremberg, not Nurenburg.

    One more question I would ask: If your mother had chosen to abort you because she felt like she was breeding stock, would that have been OK?

  3. Louis Cypher’s comment is rather mean-spirited. What is wrong with people standing up for what they believe in? And what’s wrong with believing that an unborn baby is a human being deserving of a right to life?

  4. Louis Cypher Says: “I wonder, when will these libertine women ever understand that your god only meant them to be breeding stock.”

    I wonder, when will promiscuous women ever understand that their god only meant for them to be the perpetrators of death to society.

    “But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death.”

  5. “When will these libertine women ever understand that your god only meant them to be breeding stock…”

    I’m not sure who you are referring to as “libertine women.” My birth mother, perhaps? And God certainly has many purposes for women, outside of the great privilege of bearing precious children who should glorify Him. Chiefly, our purpose is to “glorify God and enjoy Him forever,” which encompasses many wonderful and satisfying areas of life for both men and women.

    As an adopted child myself (my birthmother was 15 when I was conceived), and the mother of ten children (6 biological), I can say, without a doubt, that each child has a purpose. They are valuable gifts from the hand of God – unique individuals who are skillfully knit together in the wombs of their mothers by their loving Creator.

    “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret… (Psalm 139:14-15)

    I find it ironic that you chose to liken a rally that calls for the validation and protection of innocent lives to the Nuremberg rallies which promoted an agenda that called for the death of innocent lives. The Holocaust in Germany had many similarities to the Holocaust happening now in the secret chambers of the womb.

    God have mercy on us all.

  6. The most pathetic aspect of this whole issue is that the people who oppose abortion seem to support the conservative social darwinism that forces most women to have them in the first place. You cannot have your cake and eat it too. Choose.

  7. Yes, Louis, that’s exactly what this is about: choice. When people choose to do the immoral thing, they don’t want to have to deal with the consequences. That is what drives a great many social ills in our country these days. And why they turn to the government to help them avoid the consequences.

  8. Not only that, but the “consequence” that results from a couple’s poor (immoral) choice is often selfishly paid for with the blood of an innocent victim – in fact, the blood of their own child.

  9. When one lives under a system that promotes unlivable wages, one must do as one must do. What is the more human thing to do in a country with the highest infant mortality rate amongst its poor in the world? Is it more humane to let the child die in the street rather than the womb?

  10. Now, Mr. Cypher, you know that is an illogical statement. Are you saying that all poor children should be…disposed of, so they don’t wind up dying in the street? Not that I’m sure exactly whose children are “dying in the street” (outside of those whose parents are sinfully neglecting or abusing them).

    In addition, poor women are not the only women ending the lives of their unborn children. And remember, adoption is always an option.

  11. There are plenty of places to go for help. I’d like to see some stats on how many children died in the street before Roe v. Wade.

    Nice to see, though, that you’re acknowledging that it IS a child, a human being, who dies in the womb from an abortion.

    So no, it’s not more humane to purposely kill a child through saline injections and/or dismemberment than giving the child a chance to live.

    Should society do more for those children born in unfortunate circumstances? YES. The Church has mostly failed in this regard. But that is beginning to change. What we need now, as a friend of mine recently suggested, is for more families to be willing to take in unwanted children and being more pro-active in letting moms know about that.

    Again, I ask you: Would it have been OK for your mom to abort you if she had doubts that you’d be taken care of? How about any of your loved ones or friends? Would you rather the “more humane” path had been taken for them in similar circumstances?

  12. “Is it more humane to let the child die in the street rather than the womb?”

    One more thing…I was born the day after my birthmother’s 16th birthday. She had no income, had not finished highschool, and the boy was no longer around. Not that she had much of a “choice” back then, but she gave me life and allowed me to be adopted.

    In addition to that, I was born with spina bifida. At the time, some thought children like me would be “better off dead” and they proved it by allowing children with spina bifida to die, uncared for, in hospital beds. Now, with ultra sounds, parents can see if their child has this condition and “take care” of the situation before the child sees the light of day.

    I am thankful for the gift of life I was given. I am thankful that my birthmother did not cause me to bear the consequences of her immoral choices. I am thankful (though she is no longer living) that God has allowed me to meet and grow to love her parents, her grandparents, and all 7 of her brothers and sisters, and neices and nephews! MY family. Her parents now have ten great grandchildren that would never have existed.

    Perhaps you would have speculated that I would “die in the street” and would be better off aborted. Just as some (had they known of my medical condition before my birth) would have speculated that I would be crippled my whole life, and so the “humane choice” would be to slaughter me in the womb.

    Just a thought.

  13. It is not mine to judge what another person sees necessary to do with their life or the potential life they carry. This whole movement looks to be little more than an impositon of religious views upon others. How can you criticize the muslims when you are doing the very same thing? Terrorists, assassins, your obdurate stances both create them. You are just as guilty as the killers you spawn. In for a penny, in for a pound.

  14. Interesting. Here is one definition of assassin:

    “One who kills, or attempts to kill, by surprise or secret assault; one who treacherously murders any one unprepared for defense.”

  15. It is murder for political gain. Are you implying that women are have abortions to make political statements?

  16. I’m not implying that at all. I simply once again found your choice of words ironic, based on ONE of the definitions of “assassin” (the word you chose).

  17. When you shoot a Doctor for what he does becaause you think it is wrong even though the law does not, that action falls under the definition of being an assassin. I just wonder, if Roe v Wade was overturned, with the priosn system already about to collapse from overcrowding, where are all those women and their partners in crime going to be incarcerated?

  18. You are right; shooting a doctor does fall “under the definition of being an assassin.” The abortion doctor and the babies he killed were murdered. Both men, the abortion doctor and the man who killed him, sadly chose death. They both sinned against God and against their victims – no question.

    Dr. Tiller was a victim of murder. The children he killed were victims of murder. But there’s one difference. The only “sin” committed by Tiller’s unborn victims was that of existing.

  19. By the way, you haven’t answered Mr. Miller’s questions. I’d like to know the answer to this one: “Would it have been OK for your mom to abort you if she had doubts that you’d be taken care of?”

    If your answer is yes, I want you to know that I personally value your life very much. I praise God that He created you and I am praying that you will realize your worth. Did you know that you are made in the image of God? (Gen. 1:26)

    The same God who created the splendor of a mountain range and the glory of a sunset made you in the secret parts of your mother’s womb. The same God who spoke the universe into existance ordained that every last detail – every last cell in your body would be knit together the way He saw fit.

    The same God who could have (rightly) destroyed us all for the wickedness we seem to love so much, instead sent His own perfect and sinless Son to willingly die on a cross in our place.

    I am praying for you, Louis. Be reconciled to God through His Son, Jesus Christ. It is the only way you will ever understand Truth.

    “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

    Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

    For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

    And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.” (Romans 5:6-11, NKJV)

  20. “It is not mine to judge what another person sees necessary to do with their life or the potential life they carry.”

    If you are ever going to excel at philosophy you have to view your logic from the opposite angle and reduce it down to its lowest common denominator to make sure that your thesis makes sense from both sides and on its most basic level. You seem to keep making statements of which you have obviously not considered from another angle, else you would see how foolish they are. Because you refuse to use this very basic technique I will once again do it for you.

    Whose is it to judge what another person sees necessary to do with their life or the potential life they carry?

    If your answer is “it is the responsibility of the mother” then please stop ignoring Mike and appease all of us by answering his question: “If your mother had chosen to abort you because she felt like she was breeding stock, would that have been OK?”

  21. I wouldn’t have been here to care about it. Let me introduce you to the new philosophy, “Nothing matters and so what if it did”. No devil, no redeemer, just void. Religion is a crutch for the weak minded, nothing more.

  22. It doesn’t come from anything. It just is then it just isn’t. Nothing to date has proved it to be otherwise. Religion is merely a way of whistling past the graveyard and it also comes in handy as a means of controlling people. As Napoleon stated, “Without religion the poor would murder the rich”.

  23. So… you appear to have a groundless system of belief from which you accuse other systems of belief of being groundless.

    You engage in battles in a zero-gravity bubble. You are seeking power and control, while you accuse folks of the same thing.

  24. “It [Mind] doesn’t come from anything.”

    Then how do we know that your mind exists? (This is called epistemology – “How do we know what we know?”)

    If your answer to my question is “we don’t” not only would that be untrue it would be quite self-depreciating.

    ——–

    “It just is then it just isn’t.”

    Could you explain this statement because I have read it a dozen times and I am perplexed as to what you are trying to convey.

    ——–

    “Let me introduce you to the new philosophy, “Nothing matters and so what if it did””

    Again, please take five minutes (or longer if necessary) and consider your theory before you utter it.

    “nothing” = zero

    “matter” = something

    “nothing” = “matter” is a ridiculous theory…and that ridiculousness is only the half of it:

    “and so what if IT did”

    “it” acknowledges that “something” either exists or might exist. This of course disspells the point of the whole “new” theory.

    Your “new philosophy” is not scientific. If you could prove this to me [that something can come from nothing] in a lab sometime I would take time off of work to come and see it.

    Now, because I can predict your response to the above, I will save you the trouble of typing it out and answer it for you.

    Your response to the above will be: “well you claim that your God created this earth out of nothing, how is that scientific?”

    If my prediction of your response is wrong, then you can stop reading here.

    “God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light…”

    “God” = “something”

    “created” = verb: “action”

    “heavens and earth” = “matter” or “something”

    Theory: “something” + “action” = “matter” or “something”

    Translated: “God” + “creating” = “heaven’s and earth

    Now, we know that you have already acknowledged God’s existence so we have something in common here…yes, you did acknowledge His presence…it was in your first post. “when will these libertine women ever understand that your GOD only meant them to be breeding stock”. You acknowledged Him in a mocking way, but did in fact acknowledged His influence upon the lives of women that you accused of “breeding stock”.

    So, if you take “something” (and you have admitted that this “something” exists) and this “something” (which is actually “everything”, but we can get to that later) creates (“action”) another “something”…or even a bunch of other “somethings” you have a logical foundation from which to pursue further theories and/or philosophy’s.

    REVIEW:

    “nothing” = “something” is an illogical foundation to start on (as a “matter” of fact it is “no foundation” at all…”nothing” is “void”).

    “something” or “everything” + “action” = “matter” or “something”, is a logical foundation from which to begin exploration of other metaphysical inquiries.

    If you wish to subscribe to a “new philosophy” that has to borrow from original philosophy (acknowledging the existence of “something”), I would put to you that you, nor anyone else, have actually discovered a “new philosophy”, because you have to acknowledge the existence and presence of “something” in your theory. And if you acknowledge “something” you have to either answer a) what “it” is, or b)where “it” came from…and you cannot answer that it came from “nothing” because it is not possible; it is not scientific.

  25. Man you guys are sorely lacking a sarcasm sensor. Must be why one never sees any conservative christian comedians. Here’s one, did you ever notice that most of the women who are against abortion are women most men wouldn’t want to have sex with anyway? There’s such balance in nature. Uncle Lou-Cypher signing off.

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