How to Save Babies From Abortion
Prayer plus Dead Cat
is no good excuse for the ignorance and fat-headed complacency displayed by
so-called Christians who imagine
themselves to be the front line of the battle while they righteously keep to
the rear--if they show up at all. Since
the time of Martin Luther King and the early Civil Rights Movement, the power
of nonviolent direct action should
be well known to any halfway educated person.
Since the time of Jesus Christ and his first followers the necessity of Bearing Witness to the truth should be
well known to anyone who claims to be a Christian.
isn't up to GodBlessAmerica and the Government to stop abortion. It is up to those who have received the Holy
Spirit of Jesus and the Mission to continue the Mission of Jesus as described
in John 20.21-22: Receive the Holy Spirit . . . As my Father sent me, even so I send you. We are supposed to be clones of Jesus and
animated by His Holy Spirit. Instead of
shrugging off the Mission with idle prayers, biennial votes and little bitty
checks to pro life lobbies.
didn't just go around loving
everybody, He also had the Courage to
Bear Witness to the Truth in public places and he said some things loud and
clear that seriously offended those he addressed. People try to be sweeter than Jesus and are
blind to their lack of that Courage to confront evil which is the number one
sign of the Holy Spirit. Love and Truth
and Courage all go together as signs of the Spirit. If you don't have it, you are not a
Christian. Which describes most
so-called Christians. They limit Bearing Witness to delivering a banquet speech to a sympathetic
audience. Versus telling people what
they don't want to hear as illustrated by Saint Stephen, Saint Paul and Jesus
Himself. Was Stephen unloving when he provoked his audience
to stone him ? In fact, he illustrates what Bearing Witness sometimes requires of
you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all ! is not one of the precepts taught by
Jesus. Stephen's witness led to the
conversion of the great Saint Paul. Who
was beaten and jailed for his witness. 2 Corinthians 11.23-25. Talking nice was not the style of the early
is a serious spiritual sickness in the doctrine that all you have to do is pray.
If the old man says a prayer that God will support his family and then
spends the rest of the day watching the ball game and drinking beer instead of
looking for work, is that admirable ? Do
you leave a sink full of dirty dishes and go to church to pray that God will do
the dishes ? And, if that doesn't work,
you recruit more people to pray with you ?
By way of excuse for their cowardice, people have brainwashed themselves
to believe that all you can do is pray
the rosary to stop abortion.
God is responsible for abortion.
All we can do is pray and vote.
Leave it to God and the government to take care of it. The bolder ones will go so far as to shake
the rosary at incoming customers.
is a reverse theology--a perverse
theology--in the way that so-called Christians
approach the abortion issue: it is
up to God and / or Mary to stop
abortion, my job is to pray. Of
course, God won't do anything unless you tell him to do it--unless a whole big
bunch gets out there and lobbies him. It
is up to God to do it, and up to the prayer lobby to make Him do it. He is Our Servant who must do what we are too
chicken to do. It is up to Him to clean
up the mess we made.
that omits is the Christian life. In
which, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we become clones of Jesus and do what
the Spirit calls us to do. In true
Christian theology, the arrows run the other way. Instead of me telling God what to do, I shut up and listen to Him telling me
what I should do. That is real
prayer. The other kind of prayer is
silly superstition. Is an abuse of
prayer. Is the sure sign of apostate and
cowardly Christians who take the name
in vain. Under cover of their long prayers, the Pharisees concealed
what they were really doing--absorbing the property of widows. Matthew 23.14 Modern Christians use long prayers to
conceal from themselves and others their lack of Christian Courage, their
refusal to get serious about stopping abortion.
It is an abuse of prayer to use
it as an excuse for neglecting all the effective things you could do--in
person--to stop abortion. As James
2.15-16 instructs us, we have not the right to substitute prayer for doing what
we can and should do.
real Christian is called to bear witness, is called to do battle on behalf of
the kingdom. If you ignore the call, you
put yourself in the class of those to whom He will say: I never
knew you. What claim do you have on
Jesus if you don't have the Courage to follow Him ? If you follow Him only at a very safe distance like the
dis-Spirited apostles after He was arrested.
Shouting with Al Garcia
I first showed up at 20th and Vine in March 1989, there was a small group out
there on a Saturday. Al Garcia was there
calling out to the customers. One of the
others suggested that I tell him to shut up.
Since I had just gotten there, I didn't see that it was my place to do
that. After I had gone there a few times
I arrived at the conclusion that Al Garcia was right and his critics were
wrong. He was obviously committed to the
battle to stop abortion any way he could.
He had to communicate with the abortion customers from 50 feet away
between the time they got out of the car in the parking lot and the time they
went in the door. There was no chance to
sidewalk counsel with most of
them. You had the choice of saying
nothing or shouting loud enough for them to hear.
was standing across the street when a couple of hoodlums jumped you with lethal
intent, would you want me to restrict myself to praying for your survival
? Or offer a quiet and dignified
remonstrance: That's not very nice, what you fellows are doing to that man . .
Would you be greatly offended if I were to shout out something rude and
crude and unloving like: Help
! Murder ! Police !
The monkey fell in the grease ! ? In
short, if it was your neck on the block, would you be so picky as to what
someone did or said by way of trying to save it ?
doubt we have gotten people out there who have said inappropriate things. The worst things they have said don't compare
with what is done on the other side of the fence where babies are dismembered
and thrown in the trash under the label of medicine. What is truly disgusting are all the people
with the pious self-deception that they are doing something when they won't
even say something--I can't say anything
to my niece, but I will pray for her.
picket line in a public place is liable to attract all sorts, just like the
Cathedral downtown. No doubt a few of
them are a little crazy and / or
mean-spirited. Like me, after all
these years. But 99 per cent of what is
said and done out there is more or less on target and done in the spirit of Do Something to stop a killing. No doubt abortuaries attract demons. But they also attract people who are strong
in the Spirit. And we persistently win
that battle. That is the only way we
have lasted out there for 23 years. It
is a privilege to join the community
of those who come out in the Spirit to do battle with the servants of
Moloch--those who sacrifice children for the sake of money. There is a real fellowship of spiritual and
moral struggle out there.
may be vulgar to shout at other people in a public place, unless it is a
football game where everybody is doing it.
It is even more vulgar to stand there and say nothing while a preborn
baby is on the way to being dismembered and thrown in the trash bucket. The Judgment described in Matthew
25.31-46 will pardon the one kind of
vulgarity a lot sooner than it will the other.
Those who refuse to rescue the
least of these when they have the chance will surely be standing with the
goats on Judgment Day. There are a lot
of nicely dressed people down in hell.
They may be respectable in the
eyes of the world, but Jesus has a different standard.
have brain-washed themselves to believe that church decorum is proper on the
sidewalk in front of an abortuary. It
makes them feel safe, even though the babies are not safe. Dignity,
always dignity. What dignity is
there in silently acquiescing to the murder of preborn children ?
outdoor memorial for aborted children is a suitable place for a service at
which church decorum prevails. But, when you are out in front of the
abortuary, they aren't dead
yet !!! You still have the chance to rescue them
! By showing a sign, or saying something or even shouting
something ! It is appropriate to pray
for those who are dying. It is not
appropriate to pray for healthy babies about to be killed and to use that as the excuse for doing nothing to prevent it!
the Lord's one man army
Garcia was a one man army out in front of the abortuary at 20th and Vine. He was wonderfully eloquent in both Spanish
and English. He was often very funny. He would challenge the manhood of the
pugnacious boy friend escorting his lady friend and fiercely protecting her
abortion. You're supposed to be the man of the house, not the mouse of the house. He was a banty rooster of a fellow who would
square off in fearless mock combat with belligerent boy friends, regardless of
their size. Like a gigantic ex football
player who towered over him--he would have crushed him if he had fallen on
better stick to beating up on babies . . . those babies can't fight back, we
could . . . It was mostly bluff but
he was good at it.
have seen it happen a dozen times that some very angry man or woman, after
cussing and threatening us, decided not to have the abortion after all. The anger is a healthy sign--it shows that they
are bothered by what they are about to do.
You risk getting shoved or punched.
But you may save a life. Is that
not worth the risk ? In our patriotic
piety we applaud those who get themselves killed on the other side of the
world--after doing a lot of killing themselves--to protect our freedom. How
much are we willing to risk ? We take
financial risks to reap a profit in the stock market or the real estate
market. How about a risk aimed at saving
the life of a baby ?
would kneel down on the sidewalk in front of an abortion bound woman and plead
in English or in Spanish: I beg you for the life of that baby ! When she burst into tears, he had a save.
And, despite his lack of funds he would reach into his own pocket to
give her grocery money.
his days as a junk man he had a wonderful collection of props that he
used. He would don a gorilla suit and
carry a stuffed monkey doll and stand at the driveway: Gorillas don't kill their kids !
He had a big wooden Santa Claus he brought out at Christmas.
day he found a dead cat on his way there so he brought it along. He stood at the gate and when a customer went
in he would hold up the cat and say: This cat is going to get a decent burial,
your baby won't ! He got away with
it for about 15 minutes before the cops showed up.
regularly addressed the staff: Learn to Love Children ! He really did love children. He raised half a dozen of his own and adopted
several more. He died of a sudden heart
attack in July of 2008, just before we made the move to 38th and Pontiac. I saw him out there that morning. He saved a lot of babies by his fearless
witness and I have no doubt as to where he is now. Or that he is still with us out there in
from Letter to the Bishops on the www.Radical Christian Press.org web site