The other night I had a dream. I dreamt I was in Hell. It wasn’t like you think, It was sort of like this Earth. I remember walking down the street, Wandering about. I came upon a poor man, Shivering in the street. His feet were bare, His clothes were torn, Tangles in his hair. He looked as if He’d been beaten up, More than a time or two. His stench was heavy in the air, I had to hold my breath. As I turned away, A scream pierced my ear. The fragile woman laying there, Unable to move at all. As he ripped at her clothes, I could not stand to watch. He took from her what was not his, With no Remorse at all. I had to leave, I could not stand to watch. I started to feel her pain. Around the corner, I saw a girl. She smelled of cheap perfume. She smiled at me, And with a wink, Said all there was to say. Thirteen, maybe fourteen, That’s as old as she could be. Her parents must be worried: Where could their daughter be? Next I stumbled upon a child, His body, battered and bruised. I stood in shock As I looked up, He fell to the hands Of his own father. How much more Can I take Of these morbid scenes of Hell? Up in the distance, I see a line, Forming at a door. Out the back came a man, Carrying a garbage bag. In they filed To add to the pile Of America’s disgrace. All of a sudden, I tripped and fell, I was in great pain. But, wait a minute! This was a dream. How could I feel this pain? A dream indeed, No, not at all. This is our very own world. With all this wealth In the world, Why can’t we feed the poor? When we see someone Is in distress, Why can’t we call for help? Why won’t someone do something About parents who hurt their kids? And about this slaughter of pre-born babies, Why won’t someone speak out? Wait a minute! What am I saying? How can I be so blind? Why leave it up To someone else? What makes me so special? Oh God, Oh God, Please have mercy! Have mercy on my soul. This was not a dream, This was not Hell, This is the real world. Next time I walk Down these streets And see these morbid sights, Will I make an effort To make a difference In someone else’s life? The answer came in a dream, A dream I had last night. As I passed all those people, The face I saw was Christ’s.
This is an argument I get so often from people who don’t want to take a stand against abortion or get involved with pro-life work. They always say that other people don’t believe that abortion is killing a human so we can’t force “our morality” on them. Just because we are pro-life does not mean we should tell someone who is not pro-life they should not have an abortion. I will be honest; this to me is really just a cop-out, an excuse for people to not take a stand or get involved. The fact is, abortion is the taking of a human being’s life and whether someone refuses to see the truth does not change a clear fact. Just because you say that you don’t believe something that is true does not make it untrue. Let’s look at a few instances in law where people’s disagreement with a truth does not make a difference in the law at all: 1. NAMBLA, an organization that believes that it is morally ok for grown men to sleep with young boys. Yes, this is a real organization that really believes the rest of the world is “pushing their morality” on them by enforcing child molestation laws on them. Should we change the law to allow these perverse men to have sexual relations with young boys just because they believe it is ok? Of course not. 2. Civil Rights Laws, there are still those who think minorities should be segregated and treated as less then human. The whole Civil Rights Movement was forcing a morality on America that needed to be forced. It was imperative that we, as a nation, stood against those who would treat any human person as less than human and establish personhood rights for every single human person. 3. Women’s Suffrage, there are still those who believe that women should not have the right to vote… I think you get the point. The fact is, we, as a nation, have a duty to pass laws and protect people from inhuman treatment whether or not someone disagrees or not. We, as fellow humans, have a duty to stand up for any fellow human person when he or she is being oppressed, dehumanized or killed by the thousands every day. Morality is forced on people every day and that is not a bad thing. We force our morality on criminals when they commit crimes, we force our morality on bar owners when we tell them they can’t allow smoking in their establishments. The fact is that almost all laws are forcing some form of morality on someone. I understand that some people think that life does not begin at fertilization, but that does not change the fact that it does. The moment the sperm and egg are united, a unique human person is formed and has the right to full protection as a human person. When that child is “terminated” or “aborted,” that is an act of homicide. Hom-i-cide:–noun1. The killing Read More »
I have never met anyone who fights for the end of the practice of child killing we call abortion ever say they want to simply regulate it so we can keep fighting it. That is just not a logical or believable position for anyone who is pro-life. In reality, the fact that I am writing this piece is exhausting but necessary. There is an unfortunate divide in the pro-life world over compromise and when it is acceptable. There are actually many different levels of so called “no compromise” positions inside the very argument of whether a piece of legislation should be supported or not. The two extremes would be to embrace any legislation that can possible save some lives as we fight for more on our way to the total abolition or reject all legislation that is not 100 percent immediate abolition. In between that you have those who might accept only the least restrictive legislation because it might not get blocked by courts or those who will take an incremental law as long as there are zero compromises such as rape or incest. I normally don’t like to write about this publicly but I do believe it needs to be addressed as so many everyday people don’t know which camp to pitch their tent in and who to support in this battle. I think the last of word of my last paragraph is the key word, battle. Every time we see a new piece of legislation it is but a battle in a larger war. Every time we argue a new way to end some abortions we are picking a battle to chip away at the enemy, which is the pro-abortion industry. Of course we would want to have that one tactic, that one battle plan that could end the war on the sanctity of life in one fell swoop. I did not want to spend the past 30 years waking up every day thinking about all the children who will be killed today, I would love to move on to other endeavors in life. However I am also one who understands that sometimes things take time, they take planning, they take strategy and they take a faithful resilience to run the race and cross the finish line. Let’s looks at the military for a minute. We have several branches of military for a reason. There are many lines of defense and offense when it comes to war. For instance, if a certain piece of land needs to be taken you will have cooperation from the different branches to fight a particular battle. The Air Force may fly over and drop bombs to clear the way for the Army or Marines to advance while the Navy is offshore firing missiles. The fact is many things have to happen that in and of themselves will not win the battle. So what if you are on a ship in the ocean and several people fall overboard; what is the best way Read More »
One of the most mind-boggling arguments I hear from people on the issue of abortion is, “I’m morally opposed to abortion but I cannot tell someone else what to do and it should remain legal.” Every time I hear this argument it makes my head want to explode. I have often said to people that I’m sure many said that in the time of slavery. I ask them how they would react to someone saying, “I’m morally opposed to slavery but I would never tell anyone not to own a slave.” The reaction is always, “that’s not the same thing.” Before I get into my response I wanted to look at history and find people actually using that argument. I was recently in Lancaster, PA at the Catholic Marketing Network working the Priests for Life booth. I looked up historical references to Lancaster and found a lot about our 15th President, James Buchanan. One of the first things I read about Buchanan was that he was morally opposed to slavery but didn’t want to make it illegal. Not only had I found someone who used this contradictory argument, I found a US President who espoused this argument. He went beyond saying that it should remain legal and even went so far as to proclaim interference in slavery was an evil. On Dec 19, 1859 in his third annual message to Congress he said, “”Had it been decided that either Congress or the territorial legislature possess the power to annul or impair the right to property in slaves, the evil would be intolerable.” To him the attempt to stop slavery was more evil than slavery itself. I would argue that he couldn’t truly be morally opposed to an evil and yet support and defend the practice of that evil. He couldn’t call slavery evil if he believed and declared any attempts to interfere with slavery evil. So how is this the same thing when it comes to abortion? The answer is quite simple, both slavery and abortion are evils that take a group of human persons and strip them of their rights. Both slavery and abortion allow one group to determine the worth and value of another group and decide their fate. Buchanan in his writings and speeches proved beyond a shadow of doubt that he truly did not believe that black people were not truly equal humans. “What would be your situation, fellow-citizens, if negroes were admitted to an equality of political and social rights with white men and white women? …. The subject is too disgusting, and I recoil from it.” (speech on August 18, 1838) “Alas for the South! It is already ruined for years to come without immediate remedy. Negro equality & negro suffrage have already done their work.” (letter of November 2, 1867) “The opposition to Negro Suffrage in the South, as well as in the North, has been the principal cause of our triumph everywhere. Abandon this, & we are gone.” (letter of November 9, Read More »
For my birthday this year I will be at Survivors Pro-life Youth Camp in Washington DC with two of my kids and many more youth from around the country. We will spend 10 days training these young people in all aspects of pro-life work as well as tons of street activism. For my birthday I am asking people to please consider a donation to Stand True to help us with costs for our ten days at pro-life camp. I have been involved with this camp for many years and taken several of my children with me over the years. I know it’s one of the best ways I can spend time with my kids and invest in their future. There are a lot of costs with camp fees, driving to DC, food and other costs and Stand True can use your help to make this happen. I would give up any gift for my birthday to have the opportunity to help raise up future pro-life warriors. If you are able to help us please Donate at HTTPS://GIVE.CORNERSTONE.CC/STAND+TRUE or click the donate button on this page.
On Sunday, June 30th I awoke to about the worse news possible; my daughter Abby who was 7 weeks pregnant lost her baby. Abby had recently been to the doctor to check on the baby and everything was fine. However on Sunday morning she suffered a miscarriage. According to many people including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Abby was not a mother yet, she simple had a clump of cells inside her womb. We know however that this is far from the truth; Abby is a mom who was looking forward to one day holding her child in her arms. I asked Abby if she had decided on a name? She had, Aspen Rita Raiff. Abby has also decided that she is going to honor Aspen’s life by giving her a proper funeral. Aspen is Abby’s daughter, not her clump of cells. Abby and her boyfriend have had some rough times, they are struggling but working hard to try and build a life. They really don’t have much money and cannot afford the costs of the funeral. Stand True is committed to help them with the costs of the funeral to honor the life of Aspen. We need your help. Stand True was about to launch a fundraiser to take several youth to Pro-life Summer Camp in a few weeks, now we must raise money also for the costs of the funeral and doctors bills for Abby. The funeral costs, which include the gravesite, burial costs and headstone, are only $750. Her emergency room visit will be around $500. A local minister is doing the service at no charge. Aspen will be buried very close to her uncle, Benjamin. There will be a few other costs involved, which we cannot calculate accurately yet. If you would like to help us provide a beautiful funeral for Aspen it would be greatly appreciated. Our goal for the cost of the funeral and sending kids to pro-life Summer Camp in DC is about $3,000. If you are able to help us please Donate at HTTPS://GIVE.CORNERSTONE.CC/STAND+TRUE or click the donate button on this page.
Originally Published at Lifenews.com On a daily basis my children ask me about what they hear in school or see online about President Trump and the elections. The younger kids have such a simple and innocent approach to what I do for work: Daddy saves babies. They have grown up in a family of seven kids and seen pregnancy first hand many times. They have seen the loss of a child through miscarriage and mourn the loss of their sibling often when they visit his grave to leave toys for him. They have seen their older sister embrace an unexpected pregnancy and welcome their niece into our family with love. They understand that some people don’t believe that children in the womb have rights and they reject that thought categorically when they brag about their dad saving babies. They know abortion is killing and refuse to even consider any excuse or justification for such an evil. Two of my sons, Atticus and Jaemison, are teenagers and have grown up going to events with dad, standing in front of abortion mills praying with dad and watching dad speak at concerts, rallies and so many other events. They have asked to go with me whenever I have to leave town for a pro-life event but unfortunately can’t go so many times. Summertime is different; they know that every summer dad is part of a pro-life training camp for youth. Their older sister, who now has a baby herself, had been part of this camp and Jaemison has been for the past two summers. This year Atticus is finally old enough and he cannot wait. On July 16 the three of us will get in my car and drive to Washington, D.C. to take part in the Survivors Youth Pro-life Training Camp (www.prolifecamp.com) for 10 days in our nation’s capital. They are so excited to join dad and learn more about how to be a voice for the voiceless and effectively engage our culture with the message of life. We also need support for our trip to DC for camp. Camp cost $475 per kid plus all travel expenses. Stand True is sending us and we need to raise about $1,500 for the total trip. Donate at https://give.cornerstone.cc/Stand+True or click the donate button on this page. Parents love to see their kids accomplish great things; hit home runs, score touchdowns, make the honor roll and so many other great moments of childhood. I can tell you that when my son caught his first interception in peewee football I screamed so loud it could have drowned out a tornado siren. I love seeing my kids strive for accomplishments and achieve great things. I am a proud dad. But more than all of that when I see my kids take an active stand for the dignity of human life I am prouder than ever. They give up 10 days of their summer fun to sit in a classroom setting for hours a day to learn Read More »
“A woman who exercises her constitutionally protected right to terminate a pregnancy is not a mother.” – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg When I read the words of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg I was heartbroken not only for myself but for all parents who have lost a child to miscarriage. She is lifted as a champion of women but with one sentence she put a dagger in the back of all women. Without even getting into the fact that there is no constitutional right to abortion in the first place I want to address the painful and hurtful words she just entered into history. On the morning of February 23, 2011 I awoke to the scream of my wife coming from the bathroom down the hall. I jumped out of bed and ran to her, finding her standing next to the toilet bleeding. In tears she pointed to the toilet where the body of my son (approximately 12 weeks into his development) was floating. I stood in shock for a moment as we did not even know we were pregnant; the test we took weeks earlier came up negative. Then I noticed my wife was not steady and she was bleeding badly. I wrapped a towel around her to stop the bleeding and scooped my son’s body out of the toilet. I then loaded my wife into the van, as I knew driving her to the hospital would be faster than waiting for an ambulance. When we arrived in the emergency room the attending doctor immediately called for a specialist, as he could not stop the bleeding; there was blood literally on the walls and floor. As the specialist came into the room he looked up and said, “Oh my God; is that her blood pressure?” My heart stopped. I have to say that was the scariest moment of my entire life as I thought for a moment I might lose my wife. The doctor was able to stop the bleeding and my wife was stabilized. The doctor pointed to the container holding our son and said he would “take care of that.” I told him, “No, we are going to have a funeral.” My wife and I sat down with our other children and looked at our son’s body and asked them to name him. We chose Benjamin Davis Kemper. Benjamin Davis Kemper is as much my child as any of our living children. Benjamin Davis is buried in a cemetery in Troy, OH where he was given the dignity he deserved with a funeral and burial. My family visits Benjamin’s gravesite regularly; we go to mourn the loss of one of our family members, not the loss of a pregnancy. Even if we had not had any other children we would still be parents. It is necessary for the abortion industry to propagate lies like the one told by Justice Ginsburg in order to justify taking the life of innocent human children by abortion. They must continue Read More »