Why Activism?

pro-life activismActivism is the heart of every social movement. It is essential to change the culture.  When speaking of human rights injustices, especially something as grave as abortion, activism is the natural and appropriate response to a deeper understanding of injustice.

I never thought I would be anything close to an activist. The term often engenders thoughts of people unreasonably screaming at each other and I, like many others, always wanted to be far, far away from that sort of activity.

In fact, when I first started learning about the injustice that is abortion, I resisted the urge to act. Being right was enough for me. Doing right was difficult, uncomfortable and quite frankly foreign to me. I started out by learning and researching about abortion and other life issues. I was immersing myself in reading and listening to talks and watching presentations to fill my brain with knowledge.

I was satisfied with just talking about it with my pro-life friends and learning about it in the safety of my dorm room. Among other reasons, I was turned off by the ‘crazy people’ caricature of activists to really do much.

True Activism

Fortunately, this caricature is not true activism. In fact, it is an unhelpful waste of time that most reasonable people don’t want to have anything to do with. Pretty much all pro-life activists that I’ve ever met don’t operate that way.

According to Webster’s, activism is “…taking positive, direct action to achieve an end, esp. a political or social end.” When we understand the injustice that is happening, if we are honest with ourselves, our hearts cry out for a more just society. If we take this reaction seriously, we must take positive, direct action. We must become activists.

Personal Activism

Often activism is thought to be a big and very impersonal thing. We hold signs, we protest, we write letters, we march, we hand out literature and occasionally engage someone whom we have never met. All of these things are generally (but not always) quite impersonal.  All of these things are examples of activism, but they are not the full picture.

Along with such means of impersonal activism I think we need to all cultivate a sense of “Personal Activism.” That is, we must take positive, direct action in our personal lives. This action can start very small as a conversation with a friend or family member. In fact, I think that’s where it must start.

Although signs and protests are scary to some, I think personal conversations with people close to you or with your peers can be much more scary. There you have to open yourself up in a more intimate way. Standing on the street, while requiring courage, is in many ways much easier than having a difficult but constructive conversation with someone who is close to you.

The Challenge

Today, I issue a challenge to myself and to all pro-life people: Become an activist. If you are truly pro-life then you understand the grave injustice happening over 3,500 times every single day. If you understand that, then let yourself be moved to positive, direct action on behalf of those who suffer at the hands of the abortionists.

How are you going to become more active in this crucial movement? Put your comments below.

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Justin Bieber Saved My Life

justin bieber saved my lifeI sit at my desk. I nervously check over my shoulder to make sure no one is within earshot. I’m about to do something I’ve never done before.

I go to GrooveShark and type in Justin Beiber. GrooveShark’s autocorrect tells me that it’s actually spelled Bieber (out of a fear of millions of teen girls, I make a mental note). I click on “One Time” and press play (quickly checking to make sure the volume is turned down low). Then I sit back and listen to my first Bieber experience.

This was my experience after hearing about Justin Bieber’s interview in Rolling Stone Magazine. I’ve heard about this teen idol before, but I can’t say I listen to the radio much and I’ve never had any reason to seek out his music (I tend to stick to classic rock).

Justin Bieber Saved My Life

Imagine hearing those words… Sound ridiculous? I guarantee that they will be uttered. Whenever someone has a trusting audience, they have a great deal of power to save lives. Justin Bieber has great power.

That’s right, his boyish good looks and high pitched voice are powerful. This isn’t a review of his music but a statement of reality. There are thousands of raving fans, the majority of whom are young girls.

A number of these young girls are or could become pregnant in the near future. They will likely then receive all kinds of pressure and maybe even coercion to abort their baby.

Maybe their boyfriends will leave them. Maybe their parents will threaten to throw them out of the house. Maybe their friends at school will ridicule them. But…

What about Bieber?

But, what about Bieber? Their beloved teen idol has made a strong statement (undoubtedly heard by millions by now) that he doesn’t believe in abortion. He thinks it’s killing a baby.

That one shred of support amidst the overwhelming pressure to abort from all sides could be the thing that resonates just enough with what these girls know is true in their hearts. That shred of support will be the one thing that pulls some of these girls through their decision to give life to their babies against the pressures of a world that finds their choice to be unacceptable.

Given Bieber’s extraordinary popularity, hundreds of lives could be saved by this one interview. If only other people who have such power would use it for supporting life!

I hope Justin keeps his courage and stays strong against the backlash to his comments. I hope he grows in his pro-life views and expresses them often. I hope you thank him for them here.

I’m predicting a spike in the popularity of the name Justin for babies born in 2011. I also predict that in about 16 years there will be several teens who can say “Justin Bieber Saved My Life”

Do you like his music? Do you like his pro-life-ness? Disagree with me? Comment below!

How to Alter Reality Like NPR (in 5 easy steps)

NPR Biased

“Perception is Reality”

Step 1 – Gain people’s trust as a source of information

Step 2 – Craft your agenda, but act like you have no agenda

Step 3 – Find bogus studies and experts and hope people don’t fact check

Step 4 – Tell a story to your trusting audience

Step 5 –  Sit back and watch as your audience actually believes that your story correspond to reality

Step 1 – Gain Trust

What we perceive affects what we believe to be real. This simple fact lends a huge amount of power to those who control the flow information to large groups of people.

Whether you run a blog, a newspaper, a radio show or a cable television program, the power grows with your audience. The power grows with your brand and the trust that people have in your brand. If people trust you, you can craft their perception of reality very easily.

NPR has a lot of trust built up with many people. Therefore, they have a great deal of power to shape reality for many, many people.

Step 2 – Craft an Agenda

Decide what alternate reality you want to create in people’s minds and stick to it.

NPR is notorious for promoting ‘liberal’ ideas and agendas like abortion. They recently ran this story about the psychological after-effects of abortion. I found it, no surprise here, on Planned Parenthood’s facebook page. The story is a clear attempt to discredit Post Abortion Syndrome and put down any question of whether abortion could hurt women.

NPR acts like a neutral news source but, in this case, after a little digging, we see that they are far from it. They masters of step 2.

Step 3 – Get Your ‘Experts’

The study touts experts and scientists and a brand new study to prove that abortion doesn’t hurt women’s mental health. It is forceful and pretty convincing…

Step 3a -Hope No One Reads the Fine Print

It turns out that the main expert quoted in the article is Robert Blum. A man who used to head the Guttmacher Institute.

That sounds good right? Well, to the trusting reader it sounds great. They don’t know who the Guttmacher Institute is and there is little chance they would look it up. After all, they trust NPR…

The Guttmacher Institute is the research arm of the largest abortion provider in the United States. That’s right, they’re buddy-buddy with Planned Parenthood. Remember this, if you want to alter reality, you need ‘experts’ who agree with your new reality.

If you have a study, follow NPR’s great example and be sure that there is as much conflict of interest as possible. (Be sure not to publicize that though) The study NPR cites is itself seriously flawed. The study was funded by The Susan Buffet Foundation. This foundation has given millions of dollars to, you guessed it, Planned Parenthood (and other abortion promoting organizations)!

There are other flaws with the study I won’t go into. But if you want to shape reality like NPR you’ll have to be sure the study comes out to agree with your agenda and your experts!

Step 4 – Tell Your Story as Fact

There must be no doubt in your story. There must be only the perception of straight fact and consensus.

NPR does a great job of this. The story comes across as if it is finally settling a debate. In fact, if you listen to the audio it comes across very forcefully.

Robert Blum’s voice is agitated as if he’s an unbiased expert who’s known the truth for a long time and finally everyone agrees with his ‘reality’. There is no doubt or competing ideas presented anywhere. This lack of doubt coupled with the trust many people give NPR makes for a very compelling perception by readers/listeners.

Step 5 – Sit Back as Reality is Altered

What the readers and listeners perceive through this piece of ‘journalism’ becomes their reality. Because they don’t have the time or background or mistrust to actually check the study or the experts, you have succeeded in creating an alternate reality in their minds.

It doesn’t matter what is real. If you follow these 5 easy steps, you can tell people what is real.