‘Lake of Fire’

lakeoffireposterI just watched a very powerful documentary about abortion titled Lake of Fire. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen anything that moving and it’s going to take a while to digest it. If you think you know your personal position on abortion, take the time to watch it. I guarantee your views will be challenged.

Although I’ve always been mostly pro-choice, I will admit that watching actual procedures and seeing the mutilated fetuses made me question my own beliefs. In fact, my pro-choice point of view almost seems at odds with many of the other beliefs that I hold dear. Why is it that pro-lifers usually support the death penalty, while those who are pro-choice are often against it? Strange.

There were a couple of statements made in the film that really stuck with me. One was that abortion is a token issue for Republicans, much like Social Security is for Democrats. Republicans get elected because of their stance on abortion, so one commentator asked if Republicans would really want to see abortion abolished. What would that do for their political ambitions?

The other statement was one made by Cardinal Joseph Bernadine, who adopted a philosophy known as the “Seamless Garment of Life,” which “holds that issues such as abortion, capital punishment, militarism, euthanasia, social injustice and economic injustice all demand a consistent application of moral principles that value the sacredness of human life.”

There isn’t an easy answer for the important question of whether or not legal abortions should be provided, and this documentary doesn’t provide that answer, but it does give the viewer lots to think about.

Happy Maniversary to me!

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Today marks the third year that Honey and I have been together. We met 36 months ago for our first date, which consisted of a viewing of The Interpreter and dinner at Olive Garden. While the food was great, the movie wasn’t that good, but it didn’t matter because it was impossible to concentrate with his leg brushing up against mine. We’ve been practically inseparable ever since.

He is my knight in shining armor, my fairy tale prince, my better half. I don’t know how I got so lucky.

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Giant City Sunday

After our Sunday morning service, we loaded up with several of our church friends and carpooled to Giant City State Park in southern Illinois. The weather and season made the drive very enjoyable, but I was amazed at the beauty that seemed to be everywhere inside the park.

We had lunch at the Giant City Lodge, which was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930′s. The meal consisted of excellent fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, dumplings, and biscuits. It was divine.

Blogbits

DSL – I downgraded my internet connection speed from 1.5mbps to 768kbps, which knocked more than $10/month off my bill. I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find that it hasn’t really affected my internet surfing in the least.

Paint/Wallpaper – I despise wallpaper and only think it’s necessary when covering problem walls. I’ve had intentions of ripping down the black and white striped paper in my kitchen for several years, but never actually had the motivation to do it until last Thursday. Now my kitchen walls are a nice, warm beige color that reminds me of the chocolate Frosty at Wendy’s.

Nightmare – I had one of the scariest dreams that I’ve ever had last night. I jolted awake around 2:30am and couldn’t go back to sleep for some time. The dream was so real and so disturbing that it has stuck with me all day.

Liz – I was very happy to have our friend tag along with us to church yesterday morning. We even stayed after the service to watch a wonderful documentary (more on that later).