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The Sin of Silence

Feb 19, 2018 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Devotional

According to King Solomon, there are seven things that God abominates. He lists them for us in the sixth chapter of Proverbs. Without looking, how many can you name? If you come up short, here’s the full list as rendered in the ESV (Proverbs 6:16-19):

  • Haughty eyes
  • A lying tongue
  • Hands that shed innocent blood
  • A heart that devises wicked plans
  • Feet that make haste to run to evil
  • A false witness who breathes out lies
  • One who sows discord among brothers

The first five abominations connect to a specific part of the body—eyes, tongue, hands, heart, and feet. In fact, the body parts themselves are the objects of God’s hatred, until we get to item six—the false witness, who breathes out lies. 

Essentially, Solomon put lying on the list twice—but why? Why emphasize the fact that God hates both lies and liars? Why make special mention of false witnesses (and sowers of discord) but leave thieves, murderers, and adulterers off the list? Both structurally and conceptually, it’s a bit perplexing.

Of course, there is a sense in which the intentionally…

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Americans Killed ≈ 893,000 Unborn Children in 2016

Jan 22, 2018 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Abortion in the News

Forty-five years ago, today, the Supreme Court handed down their dubious 7-2 verdict in the landmark decision Roe vs Wade. The day before, on January 21, 1973, elective abortion had only been legal in four states—Alaska, Washington, Hawaii, and New York. On January 22, 1973, elective abortion was made legal in every state. Overnight and without a vote, all state prohibitions were declared null and void. Specifically, they were ruled unconstitutional. And thanks to the simultaneous ruling in Doe vs Bolton, abortion was made legal up to the very moment of birth, so long as continued pregnancy was deemed a threat to the mother’s physical, emotional, or psychological well-being. Bernard Nathanson,…

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Systemic Racism and Abortion

Jan 15, 2018 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Miscellaneous

The relationship between abortion and race is a difficult and contentious one—for those on both sides of the abortion divide. The more I study it, the more complicated it becomes. Here’s what we do know: black women in the United States are significantly more likely to have an abortion than white women—somewhere between three and four times more likely. I was faced with this disparity again while examining the recently-released 2014 abortion numbers from the Centers for Disease Control. In every single state in America, abortion kills a much higher percentage of black babies than white. 

While examining the overall percentage of black abortions on a state-by-state basis, I began making note of each state’s racial composition. As you might imagine, the comparisons were disturbing. For instance, though the state of Alabama is only 27% black, 60% of its abortions are performed on black babies. To draw attention to this fact, I turned the following statement into an Instagram graphic: “In…

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Does Poverty Lead to Abortion, or Does Abortion Lead to Poverty?

Dec 28, 2017 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Abortion Arguments

Among its apologists, abortion has long been heralded for its purported social benefits—just as birth control was before it. By preventing "unwanted" children from being birthed, abortion is supposed to reduce strain on the system and create better outcomes for those already born. To that end, California taxpayers foot the bill for more than half the state’s abortions. In 2014, that amounted to almost 90,000 abortions—all in the name of fiscal responsibility. If this rather macabre investment strategy really does produce better outcomes for the state, you wouldn’t know it. On the fiscal scale, California ranks 8th from the bottom, which is the exact inverse of where it ranks with regard to abortion. Only seven states and districts abort a higher percentage of their children than California. 

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Penetrating the Abortion-Safety Smokescreen

Dec 05, 2017 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Abortion in the News

Earlier this fall, The Lancet published a new study on the safety of abortion around the globe. According to their report, approximately 25 million unsafe abortions occur each year, which represents 45% of the estimated worldwide total. Dr. Bela Ganatra, a World Health Organization (WHO) scientist in the Department of Reproductive Health and Research, is the study's lead author. Her bio on the WHO website says that she is "working on preventing unsafe abortion." With the exception of one word, her job description is identical to my own. Dr. Ganatra is working to prevent unsafe abortion; I am working to prevent abortion. Of course, the insertion of that one word—unsafe—places us on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum. For all its talk of prevention, the World Health Organization is dedicated to nothing less than the complete and unequivocal mainstreaming of abortion, as inferred by the conclusion to which the study comes:

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