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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 18, 2010 / 3 Nissan 5770

Voices in the Wilderness

By Paul Greenberg




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Marion Berry, a long-time congressman from Arkansas, isn't running for re-election to Congress, which means the ballot in this state's First District won't seem quite legitimate this year without his name on it. It being a mainly rural district, he's been mainly a voice for agricultural interests.

His decision to step down after this term in Congress, his sixth, also means the congressman needn't be concerned about rising still further in the Democratic Party's congressional hierarchy. So he can afford to leave on a note of principle. Once again he's raised his voice against pro-abortion legislation. Which would include Obamacare because, embedded in its 2,000 pages of bureaucratic arcana, is a small but sneaky way to subsidize abortions through new, federally mandated insurance policies.

Marion Berry isn't having it, and neither are the other congressmen still standing allied behind Bart Stupak, a Democrat from Michigan, who has given his party's leadership fits by leading a pro-life revolt in Congress. Even the best-laid of convoluted parliamentary procedures can still be thwarted, at least momentarily, by voices of conscience.

The White House keeps saying that its health-care reform won't change the law on this subject, aka the Hyde Amendment, which bars the federal government from paying for abortions. It was passed in 1979 after an aroused public noticed that Medicaid was financing something like 300,000 abortions a year — in short, a small but bloody bonanza for abortionists. Your tax dollars at work.

In one of the more candid confessions of our times, a pro-abortion justice of the U.S. Supreme CourtRuth Bader Ginsburg — opined last year that a prime rationale for Roe v. Wade, the Dred Scott decision of our time, was to keep the lesser breeds from multiplying: "Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don't want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion."

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It was a shocking confession, at least to those of us still capable of being shocked. Naturally the mainstream media soft-pedaled it. The comment deserved more press, and Madam Justice credit for simple honesty. The ugly motive behind federally funded abortions has seldom been laid out so plainly, like a body on a morgue slab. And by one of abortion's more devoted defenders at that. Mrs. Justice Ginsburg's idea of justice may not be mine, but at least she didn't mince words — not on this candid occasion. My respects to the lady.

Obama, Reid, Pelosi & Co. now seem prepared to ram their health-care bill into law. Their stealth approach offers a variety of ways to get around the Hyde Amendment and its ban on government-subsidized abortions. It could even wind up not just subsidizing abortions but making insurance coverage for them mandatory.

Nor does Obamacare protect the rights of those medical professionals who refuse to perform abortions on conscientious grounds. And it would provide millions of tax dollars for "community health centers" that could include abortion clinics.

If the claim that Obamacare won't subsidize abortions were sincere, the White House would have no problem adding language like the Hyde Amendment's to its health-care plan. Which is the purpose of Bart Stupak's amendment. Naturally the White House has refused to accept it. Which leaves congressmen of conscience like Marion Berry with little choice but to oppose Obamacare on principle.

In the end, the Democratic Party's powers that be may succeed in re-opening the gates for taxpayer-funded abortions in this country, Hyde Amendment or no Hyde Amendment. But they won't do it without hearing protests like Marion Berry's. He turns out to be more than just a voice for farm subsidies in Congress.

There will always be a few of us who will not remain silent in the face of a grave evil, even after it has become routine. Like this one, embedded in law and by now even custom. Abortion was once recognized as a crime and one of the more despicable ones at that, for its victims are the most innocent and vulnerable. But now it has become a common medical procedure. Legalized abortion for no medical reason has been around so long — since Roe v. Wade in 1973 — that it has become a banality. As evil routinely practiced will.

Even if nothing practical comes of standing up for principle, something will have been accomplished. Future generations will know that this whole culture of death, of which abortion has been so central a part, was not imposed on America without resistance. Call it bearing witness. Voices in the wilderness have been known to prove prophetic. Some day, some way they will be heard. Or maybe not. But at least they will have been raised.

Or as Walker Percy concluded a prescient little essay on this subject back in 1981: "To pro-abortionists: According to the opinion polls, it looks as if you may get your way. But you're not going to have it both ways. You're going to be told what you're doing."

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