Ted Baccich is a former Active Duty Army Chaplain who holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of New Orleans, and a Master’s of Divinity with a concentration on Public Policy from Regent University. He has served for over 27 years and has multiple deployments to include Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom 1, and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). He and his family reside in the New Orleans, LA. area. <<READ MORE ABOUT THE BLOGGER HERE>>
The mainstream media tell us that the Supreme Court legalized abortion with its Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. The media also tell us that there is nothing we can do about it because Roe v. Wade is the “law of the land.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Abortion is not legal in America! Recognition of this fact is the first step for the pro-life movement in its campaign to turn back the murderous scourge on innocent babies. Indeed, heart disease (738,781 deaths per year) is not the number one cause of death in the United States - abortion is, at well over a million deaths per year.
Article VI of our nation’s founding document declares that “[t]his Constitution, and the laws of the United States.. .made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties…made…under the authority of the United States shall be the supreme law of the land.” What is clearly missing from this Constitutional list of supreme laws is a court opinion. This was not an oversight. Our Constitution’s writers knew that a court opinion could never be law; much less the supreme law of the land. This is especially true if that court opinion contradicted the Constitution itself.
As Americans have learned more about the devastating impact of abortion, we’ve seen our country become more pro-life. But we’re still a long way from building a culture of life that welcomes every child. To do that, we need to demolish the most pervasive myths about abortion. A new book titled "The Cost of Choice: Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion" (click on link below) is a valuable tool in that effort. In a series of thought-provoking essays, women from all walks of life tackle those myths head-on.
The Cost of Choice: Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion
Myth number one: Abortion is first and foremost a woman’s issue. Again and again, the writers in this book make the case that abortion is an issue that hurts all of us, not least by pitting men, women, and children against each other. We’ve reached a point, the writers explain, where instead of providing support and solutions to women in crisis pregnancies, society often turns against them. The book is full of quotes and stories from women who aborted against their will because other people expected them to do so. Also noteworthy here is an essay titled “The Feminist Case against Abortion,” in which Serrin M. Foster points out, “It is a man, abortion rights activist Larry Lader . . . who credits himself with guiding a reluctant [Betty] Friedan, the first president of NOW to make abortion a serious issue for the organization.” Foster explains how Lader and Dr. Bernard Nathanson worked together to promote the abortion agenda to the feminist movement.
That leads to myth number two. Foster adds, “Dr. Nathanson, who later became a pro-life activist, said that he and Lader were able to persuade Friedan that abortion was a civil rights issue, basing much of their argument on the claim that tens of thousands of women died from illegal abortions each year. Nathanson later admitted that they had simply made up the numbers.” In other words, those who claim that repealing Roe would take us back to a Dark Age of women dying in back alleys are basing their argument on a lie.
Which takes us to myth number three: the myth that legalized abortion automatically means safe abortion. Again, the writers in The Cost of Choice beg to differ. Attorney Denise Burke writes, “With the abortion industry’s own statistics as a basis, it is clear that thousands of women are being injured by abortion each year and that some of them die.” And then there’s the physical aftermath of abortion, examined most thoroughly here by Dr. Angela Lanfranchi in an essay on the much-maligned link between abortion and breast cancer.Abortion is a national tragedy; it is most assuredly not good for women, born or unborn. It is a quiet holocaust. It is a mass, callous culling of our own offspring. It is a blotch on the very soul of this nation. Otherwise good people have blindly killed their own children, even to the extent of married couples who simply didn’t want the child because they viewed it as an economic hardship. Mother Theresa was right when she stated that the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion and that any nation who taught that abortion ought to be legal was not teaching people to love but rather to kill to get what they want.
To enumerate all the abortion-related myths dealt with here could take all day. But really, they’re all part of one greater myth: the myth that abortion is good for women. As this book demonstrates, nothing could be further from the truth. Wilberforce Forum Fellow Paige Comstock Cunningham of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity sums it up well: “Women are simply offered abortion, the quick fix, while genuinely meaningful solutions to their social or personal problems are left unexplored. . . . As long as abortion on demand remains legal and a ‘constitutional right,’ [emphasis mine] women will continue to be isolated and exploited.” Please, don’t tell us abortion is good for women.
We now live in a world where many young people have drank and digested the proverbial “kool aid.” We live in a world where young people are literally being taught to love lies rather than the truth, and in some cases they will trumpet those lies boldly (as if they are truth). When our nation’s leaders look into our daughter’s eyes and try to sell them on the message that abortion is somehow commensurate with freedom, know this: they are lying, and in many cases they know they are lying. The true tragedy of a people who accept and even promote this invisible holocaust is this: One must deliberately turn a blind eye to God given, self evident truths in order to do so. Once a deliberate blind eye is turned toward the Creator and His Creation, the entire human spirit becomes vulnerable to the worst delusions imaginable. Willful self delusion, misandry and abortion are linked, and the end result of said linkage is death.
Life is precious and it begins at conception; life and truth work in synergy. The truth is: Abortion is bad for women, and it goes without saying it does not end well for their children either (and I am not trying to be sarcastic). Post Abortive Syndrome (or PAS) is real. It is destructive, tragic, and it is officially now a form of a PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). What could possibly be more traumatic that killing one’s own child?
Now for the good news: It would seem that more people are slowly waking up as information becomes more readily available to the general public. But there is much work to be done. God’s people need to remember that they are not mere passengers on the voyage of history; we are it’s navigators. Martin Luther was right when he declared, “If I preach with the loudest voice and clearest exposition, every portion of the truth of God except for precisely that point in which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not professing Christ, no matter how loudly I may be confessing Christ, for where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proven and to flinch on this one point is mere folly.” Ladies and Gentlemen, I cannot fathom what could possibly be a more significant moral issue (in which the world and the devil are attacking today) than the quiet holocaust that has claimed the lives of some 57+ million Americans since 1973 (for reference, that is at least triple the number of those killed in Hitler’s Holocaust). Wake up America. If you have never watched the following video, with abortion survivor Gianna Jessen, you need to because it's as good as it gets. The run time is just over 15 minutes.
-- Posted by Ted Baccich, 24 January 2015
THE WAR XI
(The Political Illusion)
Where are you America? In the year of our Lord, 2014, what happened to the land of the brave? What happened to the land that used to espouse self evident truths and idealize God given, ialienable rights? Does it still exist, or is it in the throes of death? What became of the days when virtually everyone acknowledged the simple rightness of right and the obvious wrongness of wrong? It is as though we have all entered the proverbial “Twilight Zone.” <<READ MORE>>
THE WAR X
(There is Still a Lot of Good in this World)
This month I was going to extend the thought of the Political Illusion and what it all means to us as a a people. It is a very important concept, but I came up with one that is even more important. When I came back from Iraq in 2004 (after an 8 month tour), I was joyously greeted by my wife and two baby girls, Rachel and Abby. Rachel was just over 3 and Abby was only 21 months old. <<READ MORE>>
THE WAR IX
It has been a very long time since CCV has blogged, but I am finally back. For quite some time I have been in a serious quandary – almost at a loss for what to blog about. Why? Because the issues at hand today are truly, truly no longer democrat versus republican or liberal versus conservative, they are – very simply stated – up or down as a nation. <<READ MORE>>
THE WAR VIII
GOD BLESS AMERICA, LONG MAY SHE LIVE. HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! Let us never forget our true and godly heritage -- unique gifts from God Himself and our brave forebears -- the men and women whose blood flowed the streets of New England to give us the freedoms that we still enjoy -- at least to a degree -- to this very day. <<READ MORE>>
THE WAR VII
Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire once said, “If you want to know who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” Feminism. The mere mention of the word makes me queasy and apprehensive, and I have been in 3 wars. Why am I afraid? Does a philosophy called feminism, an ethereal substance, want to harm me? Elaine Donnelly, Founder and President of the Center for Military Readiness, labels this phenomenon, “Fem Fear.” <<READ MORE>>
THE WAR VI
Today marks 40th Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decisions that have effectively legalized the quiet holocaust – the abortion holocaust in America. That marks 40 years, or one generation – of it being legal to kill unborn children. Over the last 40 years, roughly 57 Million babies have been aborted for any reason or for no reason at all using any procedure deemed desirable for all 9 months of pregnancy. Abortion is not a social or a political issue. This is a profoundly ethical, <<READ MORE>>
THE WAR V
What will America look like, feel like, smell like, and sound like on the day after the election, Wednesday, November 7th? Will there be significant civil unrest regardless of which candidate prevails? Looking at the state of the nation, the thinking person has to honestly wonder. No matter who wins the coming election, we will still have a 16 Trillion dollar debt hanging over our heads, and our children’s heads. <<READ MORE>>
THE WAR IV
As I was out and about one day visiting various troops and personnel in Afghanistan, I found myself looking through an amazing piece of technology known as the “Eye in the Sky.” The Eye in the Sky is a simple balloon with a very high powered camera which is utilized for surveillance. Now the Eye in the Sky can see from great distances, and it can observe all kinds of things. It is Orwellian in a manner of speaking; big brother is indeed watching you. <<READ MORE>>
THE WAR IIIWAKE UP AMERICA PART X
In 1982, Ronald Reagan said, "Our military strength is a prerequisite to peace, but let it be clear we maintain this strength in the hope it will never be used, for the ultimate determinant in the struggle that's now going on in the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas, a trial of spiritual resolve, the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish, the ideals to which we are dedicated." CCA asks the question: Are we losing the test of wills, the battleground for character? <<READ MORE>>
THE WAR II
This will be the shortest blog CCA will ever write, sort of. The following videos are an absolute must view for anyone who wants to understand more about the direction our country is headed. Why call this blog, "The War II?" Watch the videos. These are the only videos CCA has ever embedded. <<SEE VIDEOS>>
THE WAR I
Ronald Reagan once said, "Our military strength is a prerequisite to peace, but let it be clear we maintain this strength in the hope it will never be used, for the ultimate determinant in the struggle that's now going on in the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas, a trial of spiritual resolve, the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish, the ideals to which we are dedicated."What does one think about when one hears the word, “war”? <<READ MORE>>
In 1996, I was invited to a luncheon that made a long lasting impression. It was a local civic luncheon in Bonham, Texas, where I was living and working. They were honoring the DFYT (Drug Free Youth in Texas) at this particular luncheon. And as I sat and listened to the young man who represented the DFYT, with all due respect to the DFYT and to the many good things it stands for, I couldn't help thinking ... what's so great about not being on drugs? <<READ MORE>>
WAKE UP AMERICA PART IX
Why do the far left hate and what exactly do they hate? Why do outspoken liberals and critics such as: Bill Mahr (Religulous), Alec Baldwin, Chris Matthews, Katie Couric, Barbara Streisand, Joy Behar, Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion) and the list goes on, (from all outward appearances), hate conservatives and Christians? Why do they promise to “leave the country,” as several did before George W. Bush got elected, (they broke their promise, for the record) if a conservative wins the White House? What drives them and why do they throw temper tantrums when they don’t get their way? <<READ MORE>>WAKE UP AMERICA PART VIIIRecently CCA had an unusual conversation with a Christian Brother; the conversation was related to the political homosexual movement. I advocated limiting the proliferation of this movement via common sense laws and policies. My brother’s position was unclear. I gathered from his tone that he was not on the side of legally limiting said behavior. We debated via email and I made the following assertions: Homosexuality is not a race or a sex; it never has been. It is a behavior. <<READ MORE>>
WAKE UP AMERICA PART VII
Recently, over the Christmas holidays, I was driving home happily and listening to the Sean Hannity radio show. Because we were in the heart of the Christmas season and I was listening to an iconic conservative talk show, I expected to hear cogent, logical, and perhaps even inspirational conservative thought. This particular show was being led by a guest host (not Sean Hannity, but presumably a colleague). A caller was speaking to this host about the recent repeal of the Military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” Policy (DADT), and the show’s host mocked him by saying, “What’s wrong with Sodomy?” The host went on to dismiss the caller’s concerns as “silly.” <<READ MORE>>
WAKE UP AMERICA PART VI
Where were you when the world stopped turning? That is the question of the day. It is also the name of an Alan Jackson song about that terrible day, nine years ago. There are a few events that are so significant and impactful in world history, whereas, when they happen, almost any given person can tell where they were and what they were doing when it happened. The assassination of JFK (if you are old enough to remember), the attempted assassination ofWAKE UP AMERICA PART V
Ronald Reagan, and the Terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 are among those days. We are now nearly a decade removed from that terrible day and it seems that many may have missed the message and meaning of the day. <<READ MORE>>
Madelline McCann, Jaycee Lee Duggard, Jessica Lunsford, Natascha Kampusch, Jessyca Mullenberg, Elizabeth Smart – If you are reading this and you do not recognize these names, you need to read further, because these precious children all have something in common. They are, in a way, every man’s/ every woman’s children. These children are the victims of a society that has run amok in touchy feely, perverted, cowardly justice. These children are the victims of a society that coddles criminals, exalts egalitarianism, and increasingly despises moral absolutes. These are the children who are victims of what is today a global horror called abduction and pedophilia. <<READ MORE>>
WAKE UP AMERICA PART IV
In 1927, an American socialist named Norman Thomas, who was six times candidate for President on the Socialist Party ticket, said that the American people would never vote for socialism, but he said under the name of liberalism the American people would adopt every fragment of the socialist program (reference Wikipedia). His observation has proven tragically prophetic. As of this writing, our great nation is on the brink of implementing Socialism by sheer political will. What is government run health care really all about? <<READ MORE>>
WAKE UP AMERICA PART III
We live in a haunted world. Never before in the history of the Republic have so many with so much in their power felt so threatened. The world and its power centers are more tightly coupled than ever before. The future is uncertain and the collective unconscious of America feels it keenly. The economy is erratic and unstable. Pornography streams into our homes like crack cocaine via the internet and cable TV. Homosexuality and its myriad of predatorial perversions are more militant than ever before and it threatens our children directly. The traditional nuclear family is rapidly becoming a relic. <<READ MORE>>
WAKE UP AMERICA PART II
Abortion. The mere mention of the word causes almost instant polarization. It is the quiet holocaust of our time. On January 22, 1973, The US Supreme Court legalized, and in many ways societally legitimized abortion. Stating that a woman may abort her pregnancy for any reason, up until the "point at which the fetus becomes 'viable,'" the “Justices” ignored and usurped the foundations of our Constitution. Volumes could be – and have been – written about the atrocious Roe v. Wade decision. This post asks a simple question: Where is the voice of the American church in legalized abortion? <<READ MORE>>
WAKE UP AMERICA PART I
Ronald Reagan, in perhaps his best and most memorable speech (now known as “The Speech” or “A Time for Choosing” click to watch ), started by stating, “I have spent most of my life as a Democrat. I recently have seen fit to follow another course. I believe that the issues confronting us cross party lines.” As Reagan so rightly observed a generation ago, the issues that confront America today cross party lines; they affect each and every one of us – all the way down to our children and our children’s children. The seriousness of our issues goes beyond the traditional left versus right politically; our issues are up versus down, and life versus death in regards to our very survival as a people. <<READ MORE>>
Please Join Us As We Fight. Take a Stand Today:
1. Call your elected representative and get involved now. Take a few minutes and let them know what you think about the issues you care about today. Let them hear your voice about illegal immigration, government run healthcare and the many other issues that we all currently face. The Capitol Hill switchboard number is: (202) 224-3121, or toll free at 1-877-851-6437. It only takes a few minutes to make a call, and your vote does matter. Remember in the year 2000, that the President of the United States was elected by 537 votes in Florida. The margin of victory was 0.0092%. For every one person who actually calls or writes their elected leaders, there are generally hundreds, if not thousands that he or she is speaking for. Remember to always be polite, respectful and to the point when calling.
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privilege. Stay informed of the issues and carefully consider who and what you are voting for.
3. Get yourself and your family involved in a decent church. There are no perfect churches, but there are decent ones out there. Find one and remember that God requires us to keep holy the Sabbath Day. Church attendance is a benefit and blessing of a free society, and it is a basic human need. Do not take this freedom lightly or one day it may be gone.
4. Support your local candidate or run for office yourself. Want change for the better? Make it happen. Take time to visit your local party headquarters when it matters most – immediately prior to an important election.
5. Watch out for your neighbors, and help them when there in genuine need. Like it or not, we are our brother’s keeper, and that implies moral obligation to those in need.
6. Get involved in worthwhile causes and para-church organizations such as the Manhattan Declaration and so many others that are fighting for liberty and the common good of humanity. Getting involved can be a lot easier that it seems and with the internet at your fingertips, one can "get involved" in about 5 minutes. Your voice counts!
7. Speak out whenever an opportunity presents itself. Let your voice be heard; be salt and light. Comment on news stories; write letters to the editor. We are convinced there is a quiet multitude in this country who will not speak because of the fear of ridicule. Speak out boldly anyway; and especially if you know in your heart that you are right, and you might just wind up turning a few heads in the right direction.
8. Live your life like your influence matters. It does. You cannot change the entire world, but you definitely can change your little corner of it.
9. Pray and believe in God. Make a conscious decision to have faith in His eventual triumph over all powers of darkness (both personally and corporately).
10. If you are married, love your mate; stay faithful in word and deed. If single, love your Creator, and seek a mate if you wish. Live a life of integrity.
11. Love your children. Raise them up with godly wisdom and discipline. Keep them from the horrible influences that are now so pervasive in the culture. They truly are the future.
12. Live for God first and foremost. Live for a purpose that is greater than yourself. As Saint Francis of Assisi once said, “Preach the Gospel always – if necessary use words.” Remember that there are no small rolls in God’s Kingdom. As
Martin Lutherso rightly observed: “A woman spinning at the wheel or a man plowing in the field are no less spiritual than a monk praying.”