Posted tagged ‘Culture war’

Huckabee is a Model on How to Debate Abortion in the Public Square

June 24, 2009
Huckabee Debates Stewart on Abortion

Huckabee Debates Stewart on Abortion

On June 18th former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee sparred with The Daily Show host Jon Stewart on abortion, and gave pro-life advocates a roadmap to study in how to argue against abortion in the public square. With clarity and a touch of self-deprecating humor, Huckabee refused to be sidetracked from central truths, mainly, that life begins biologically at conception, and if it’s distinct life, then we can’t claim to “own” it. While refusing to give up his murky relativism and invincible ignorance, Stewart concluded that this is a tough issue and declared himself “pro-life.” When seen in the light of the recent Gallup polls on abortion, there’s real sign of hope in defeating the abortion-industrial complex. As long as we continue to assert these core irrefutable truths with clarity, public opinion will continue ebb away from Planned Parenthood.   To watch the debate: Click here.

Preparing for Spiritual Battle

May 6, 2009

This past Tuesday, the entire student body gathered at JP Catholic University for a spiritual retreat led by Fr. Martin from Miles Christi. As a freshman, this was my first retreat at the school, and let me tell you, it was refreshing to refocus and rejuvenate my spiritual life while in the midst of a busy quarter fraught with studies, work, student government, and teaching Irish dancing. The students were split into 4 different groups where we read from the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. These letters are humorous and interesting as they tell about a devil, called Screwtape, who advises his nephew, a less-experienced tempter, who is trying to snare a certain man’s soul. In my group, we were given a letter that dealt with issues of trying to live both a spiritual and secular life—how do we find the balance? As future filmmakers, writers, directors, and producers, we are learning to create works of art that resonate truth, without preaching to our audience. Indeed, St. Francis of Assisi could not have answered our question better when he said, “Preach the gospel at all time and when necessary use words.”

After another talk by Fr. Martin we had Eucharistic Adoration, Benediction, and 3 whole hours of confession! Watch out America, because us JP Catholic students are growing ever stronger in their fight for Christ amidst these raging cultural wars.