Sunday, November 30, 2008

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Abortion

In what must be among the most inappropriate and insidious Christmas greetings ever, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), one of Britain's main abortion promoters and providers, is sending women and teenage girls (including those under the age of 16) a Christmas gift pack containing the morning-after pill and condoms. There are also festive leaflets urging them to stock up on the morning after pill in advance from a chain of abortion clinics.

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children has judged this a ‘despicable ploy’, not only because it threatens unborn children, promotes promiscuity, and undermines public health, but also because it ‘insults the child-centred meaning of Christmas’.

One might think that Christmas, when the world remembers the most important baby ever born, might be a time for reflection on the gift of life, the incomparable beauty and wonder of new birth, the importance of family and the innocence of childhood. Millions of pictures of the Madonna and Child are sent and received, and our thoughts are turned to Mary as an exemplar of faithfulness to God whom all nations call blessed.

By choosing such a life-destroying gift pack at this time of the year, BPAS insults the Christian faith and rides roughshod over religious sensitivities. It is as offensive as the 2004 campaign by Schering, manufacturers of the Levonelle brand of morning-after pill, who ran a pre-Christmas campaign entitled ‘Immaculate Contraception’.

But Ann Furedi, Chief Executive of BPAS, is not remotely concerned about such things. And she reveals her warped mindset and amoral worldview when she observes: “You don’t wait until you get a headache to buy your pain relief, why wait until you’ve risked pregnancy to get the morning after pill?”

How, in the name of God, can anyone equate a headache with pregnancy? How can a pill to cure a headache be remotely comparable to one which terminates life? The flippancy, the triviality, the contempt for life render Cranmer speechless.

The number of abortions carried out in January of this year compared with December last year was 25 per cent higher. The total number of abortions procured has exceeded 200,000 per annum for the first time since abortion was legalised in 1967.

All facilitated and positively encouraged by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, especially during Advent and Christmas.

Cranmer awaits their Ramadan and Eid gifts...


Blogger McKenzie said...

It is time for all Christians of all denominations to be still and take a deep breath, and reflect upon Christmas, and consider with reverence where it has arrived at.

It is understandable, really, how we have arrived at this unholy place, but it really is also now time for us to get together and start reading the story out aloud once again!

30 November 2008 at 10:37  
Blogger Miss Snuffleupagus said...

Come on Your Grace! You know that the morning after pill is not the same thing as an abortion. I presume you would not mind if this pack only contained condoms?

The reason they are sending out the pack is in order to prevent the abortion clinic being packed in February and March. And I presume you would support these clinics being empty.

And if the morning after pill is not the same thing as an abortion, then surely one cannot be critical of this pack?

Clearly this pack on its own does not address the current problems we have in society, but I cannot see the harm in having them. It is not flippancy. It is exactly the opposite.

I hope these young women make use of these condoms this Christmas.

30 November 2008 at 10:39  
Blogger McKenzie said...

This is going to have to descend into the crass and crudeness of unholy language in order to perhaps get some kind of message across.

Is it then fine to have some kind of association made between Christmas, and young people going out on the town, getting blind drunk, shagging their brains out at will? Maybe such an association will produce an idea that if such whore mongering behavior is indeed wholly acceptable, then what need is there of these God-forsaken 'packs'. Why not enjoy the whole sordid and debauched experience to the max?

Or maybe such a teacher as your self might find a place for sound moral education (as hard as that might seem to be achieved)?


30 November 2008 at 11:56  
Blogger Homophobic Horse said...

"One might think that Christmas, when the world remembers the most important baby ever born, might be a time for reflection on the gift of life, the incomparable beauty and wonder of new birth, the importance of family and the innocence of childhood. "

Atheist's don't believe in any of that old Sky Fairy horse shit. We are cosmic dust tumbling through the vortex, why shouldn't we experiment on humanity?

30 November 2008 at 14:15  
Anonymous Pauline said...

Miss Snuffleupagus,

Splendid name, shame about the biology.

Language has been manipulated in recent years in an attempt to deny the real effect of the morning after pill and other so-called contraceptives which, in fact, act as early abortifacients.

In this new language 'abortion' stops a pregnancy, 'pregnancy' does not start until the embryo embeds in the womb and 'conception' is re-defined to be the point at which the embryo embeds.

In truth the morning after pill may prevent the embryo from embedding in the womb. Basic embryology teaches us quite clearly that life begins at conception (properly understood as fertilisation).

So the use of the morning after pill attracts the same moral concerns as any other abortion.

30 November 2008 at 14:20  
Blogger McKenzie said...

What is this 'humanity' that we should experiment on?

I hope you do not have to be swallowed by the same whale that I was, but I hope you will be spat out. I will wait for you in Nineveh with sackcloth and ashes.

30 November 2008 at 14:40  
Blogger len.allan said...

Take Christ out of Christ- mass and what do you have- A pagan feast!.
With raucous partying, binge drinking,and the inevitable unwanted pregnancy.
Christmas should be a time to glorify Christ not the baser side of human nature.
However until man wakes up and realises the need for salvation he will remain lost!.

30 November 2008 at 14:53  
Blogger McKenzie said...

A toast, to the undignified but Gracious experience of being SPAT OUT

30 November 2008 at 15:08  
Blogger McKenzie said...

I woke in a grumpy mood this morning and consider one of my comments to be a grave over reaction to someone who deserves more consideration.


30 November 2008 at 15:51  
Blogger Miss Snuffleupagus said...

Ah, I am only just now reading your comment. Don't worry - I am fine.

Is sex sordid? It depends on the context, does it not? A married couple having sex at Christmas time: is this bad?

I agree that a lot of sex can be sordid. And why not enjoy it to the max? Because of the consequences. If people plan on having a baby, then I suppose they can have as much unprotected sex as they want.

I agree entirely that people should not go about getting drunk and having sex with random people. Unfortunately, I am in a minority with these thoughts. And if this is what has become the norm in our society, we must try to limit the damage - no?

30 November 2008 at 18:04  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

Your Grace

I agree with Pauline. Modern embryology since 1990 has revealed a number of facts that support the pro-life argument.

For example, the position of an embryonic cell within the egg membrane is determined by the position of the sperm at entry. The axis of the future backbone is determined at this time, within 1-3 minutes after penetration of the ovum.

Even at the 2-cell stage, the evidence points to one cell having the potential for producing the placenta, amniotic fluid and the umbilical cord. The other cell will become the embryo and foetus. So there is a closed differentiating system and it is human.

This is a far cry from the state of knowledge before 1990, when there were arguments (albeit not the prolife view)that 'personhood' was not determined until much later.

I am not a bit surprised that Furedi is doing a bit of marketing. After all, she runs one of the few Britsh Enterprises that is growing today. Department of Health Statistics show that abortions have been increasing in the UK at an average of 1.66% per year. Last year was a bumper year for La Furedi, with a 2.5% increase. As BPAS carries out about one quarter of all abortions in the UK, 92% paid for my you and me, the lady is on a roll.

30 November 2008 at 20:55  
Blogger McKenzie said...


Its just that I believe that sexual reproduction is a sacred gift. Everything else that I believe about sexual reproduction centers around this.

The act of sexual intercourse is only part of the joy that two people can share about this sacred gift of human reproduction. Slipping on a piece of rubber, or taking abortion inducing pills is only the attempt of the immature mind to try and reach the joys which are intended.

There are conditions and states of mind which humans can achieve and experience: pleasures and joys which are intended for us to reach real happiness over transient pleasure, which only leads to pain and torment. Its very similar to taking drugs, which artificially induce some similar feelings to what can be experienced from prayer and meditation with God.

Handing out seasonal 'packs' will inevitably only mean sorrow and heart ache for many. The damage, as you put it, will have already been done.

30 November 2008 at 21:38  
Blogger All Seeing Eye said...

Your Grace,
On this very topic, the AllSeeingEye offers this fully sourced article on my blog as evidence that the world has truly become depraved.

Gift Certificates for abortions.

Read and weep.

30 November 2008 at 22:40  
Anonymous judith said...

Slightly OT, but didn't the Church hijack the midwinter pagan festivals and Saturnalia, arbitrarily and on the basis of no evidence whatsoever of the actual date of Jesus' birth?

30 November 2008 at 23:02  
Blogger McKenzie said...

History does not invalidate truth, it is just a map of how we got to be where we are.

Where do we go next is what will determine the map. The map which means nothing to the little bird you have carried with you, and nurtured and protected from the harsh elements. The bird you found along the way, it's value, neither increased nor diminished by its date of birth.

1 December 2008 at 00:20  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Ann Furedi has form as Immature Leftie from the Marxist Cult.

Your Grace should approach Christmas as Counter-Cultural - just as Jesus was born to redeem Israel and Herod was not especially welcoming, so we must see Christmas as celebrating that which The State hates - Family, Belief in Redemption, Innocence of Children, Hope, Truth.

The Marxists ARE The State - they have succeeded and now controls the crestfallen commanding heights - Christians can rebel by BELIEVING what The State tries to deny.

The modern British State is Rome - an occupying foreign power in our land, co-opting regime members including religious leaders, to preserve its political power.

Christmas is a time not to smother sentiment with either marzipan or alcohol or execess consumerism - it is a time of Hope and Redemption amid a world of sloth and untruth and denial of God. Christians have Inner Truth to set against External Untruth

1 December 2008 at 07:12  
Blogger len.allan said...

I believe constantine mixed several pagan religions with christianity ( in the attempt at unifying his kingdom) -hence the feasts.
This became known as the universal religion.
This does not invalidate christianity which continues on a parallel course.

1 December 2008 at 07:52  
Blogger James said...

Come off it, this is patronising nonsense, and your alarmist graphic is spurious and badly done.

You may not like the idea that people under the age of 16 have sex, or think it's a horrible idea. But it happens- it's like banning plasters in the hope that it'll stop people cutting themselves.

If the choice is unprotected sex or no sex do you really think young people will all just sit around holding hands until their 16th birthday? Sorry, their wedding night.

Incidentally, do you object to contraception in principle?

And as the article points out, you can get the morning after pill - thank God - from doctors and chemists, but the reality of finding either open over Christmas is surely known to you.

This is why it's a Christmas special, not because they're mocking Christmas, which you presumably know fine well.

The result will be a few less unwanted pregnancies, and, back in the real world, a few less abortions. (did you know, incidentally, that your namesake lost his first wife to childbirth - I don't think he'd approve of your misogynistic attitudes either)

You should be backing this, and helping keep young people healthy and reducing unwanted pregnancies (and, yes, reducing abortions). Instead you, sir, are a pompous ass.

1 December 2008 at 10:24  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Merry Christmas to you, too.

1 December 2008 at 10:32  
Anonymous Pauline said...


Dear, oh dear! I think you got this the wrong way round.

The reason young people are so promiscuous now is because we adults are sending them a very clear signal that it is OK to be so. We deny them their innocence as early as we can get away with, throw condoms and MAPs at them and delude them into believing they can have it all with the inevitable consequence that, in fact, they end up with very little. In other words we fail in our duty to love and protect them by giving them boundaries.

Consider the MAP. As I recall it, not long ago this was only available through a clinic where a full medical history was taken to ensure that there were no contra-indications. If, for example, there is a history of thrombosis in the family the MAP could be dangerous. And it was also recommended that no woman should have more than 3 MAPs in a lifetime. Yet now they are distributed unsolicited like smarties.

What is going on here? Why is the Government colluding in this and so wantonly failing in its duty to protect its citizens?

It seems to me that all anyone cares about now in the futile drive to eliminate so-called unwanted children (God help us all) and in doing so we show no regard for the consequences for our young people, women particularly. (And it is ironic that those who are concerned, if male, are accused of misogyny.)

There is so much suffering now among our young. In 2007 UNICEF conducted a survey of children and adolescent well-being in (22) rich countries. The US and UK were bottom of the league by a considerable margin. Needless to say the report received scant publicity here. But why did we come out so badly? I suggest not least because we have forgotten that loving our young people means guiding them right and, in particular, teaching them that they are people of infinite worth and that such worth is not to be measured by the number and variety of their sexual encounters.

This has to stop and we all. if we care, need to play our part. Regarding this behaviour as inevitable and condoning the delusion of the young into believing they will be OK as long as they use a condon/MAP will not do.

If that makes me pompous too I am honoured to join His Grace in that.

1 December 2008 at 11:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too am a pompous ass and proud to be in aligning myself with His Grace. However I don't like the graphic, even though it may express the sentiment of the BPAS campaign.

1 December 2008 at 12:09  
Blogger McKenzie said...

In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional classic, The Celebrated
Cases of Sherlock Holmes, the detective’s colleague, Dr. Watson,
questions Holmes about a specific criminal case:
“What do you deduce from it?”
“I have no data yet,” Holmes replies. “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”
Many people commit this “capital mistake” with the Scriptures.
They draw their conclusions without sufficient data and twist facts to suit theories that won’t disturb their world view and lifestyle.

I can think of far worse 'things' than a pompous ass.

1 December 2008 at 12:24  
Blogger McKenzie said...


The legendary Sherlock Holmes also told Watson, “You see,
but you do not observe. The distinction is clear. For example, you have frequently seen the steps which lead from the hall to this
“How often?” asked Holmes.
“Well, some hundreds of times,” replied Watson.
“Then how many are there?”
“How many! I don’t know.”
“Quite so! You have not observed! And yet you have seen.
That is just my point. Now, I know that there are seventeen steps,
because I have both seen and observed.”
Similarly, many see assorted statements in the Bible, but
few observe what it actually says. Consequently, it is no surprise
people come up with a variety of interpretations.
Here is a clarifying question: Do I want to understand God’s
message? Am I prepared to seek for God’s truth with the same passion and scrutiny I would use to search for hidden treasure?
King Solomon wrote: “If you cry out for discernment, and lift
up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and
search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will…find the knowledge of God
.” (Proverbs 2:3-5)

Its elementary my dear pompous ass!

1 December 2008 at 12:38  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

I too will join Your Grace as a pompous ass.

Asses are jolly intelligent and know their own minds.

1 December 2008 at 15:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I once knew an Irish lass who carried two condoms in her purse where ever she be be sure!

1 December 2008 at 16:24  

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