Father Frank Pavone Urges North Dakota to Appeal Ruling on Heartbeat Law

April 17th, 2014





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Date: April 17, 2014

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today issued a statement encouraging North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to appeal the ruling of a district court judge who held that the state’s “heartbeat” abortion law violated Roe v. Wade.

“North Dakota led the states in courage and compassion when its lawmakers passed and Governor Jack Dalrymple signed legislation to protect babies with a detectable heartbeat,” said Fr. Pavone. “I was proud to be there in Bismarck, with pro-life activists from around the state, to thank the Governor and the legislator for those actions. That leadership is needed now to continue the defense of the heartbeat law and innocent lives. I earnestly hope that Attorney General Stenehjem will take his defense of the babies to the next step, the U.S. Court of Appeals.”

North Dakota’s “heartbeat” law, which was enjoined last year by federal Judge Daniel Hovland before it went into effect, would bar almost any abortion of a baby that’s found to have a detectable heartbeat.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.






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#IStandWithPFL Rally Planned for May 8

April 15th, 2014





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Date: April 2, 2014

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WHAT: Rally for Religious Freedom
WHERE: U.S. Court of Appeals, 333 Constitution Ave., Washington DC
WHEN: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, MAY 8, 2014

NEW YORK, NY — Priests for Life has organized a rally for religious freedom from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 8 at the Federal Courthouse at 333 Constitution Ave, Washington, D.C.

On that day, oral arguments will be heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Priests for Life vs. Department of Health and Human Services, the case of Priests for Life against the HHS mandate. Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and Dr. Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach, and niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., are two of the named plaintiffs in the suit. They will speak at the rally and attend the oral arguments. Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the international Silent No More Awareness Campaign is also a plaintiff.

Joined with the Priests for Life case is also the suit brought against the HHS mandate by the Archdiocese of Washington. The Catholic University of America and Thomas Aquinas College are among the plaintiffs in that case as well.

The rally and a related social media campaign, #IStandWithPFL, is meant to call attention to the fact that the concerns of the religious not-for-profits have not been addressed by the Obama administration’s so-called “accommodation” to faith-based employers.

The oral arguments on May 8 are the first such arguments on the appellate level, on the merits of the case, for the religious non-profit groups challenging the mandate. The recent oral arguments at the Supreme Court for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood address the rights of businesses in regard to the mandate. A victory in that case would not necessarily resolve the issues being argued on May 8 on behalf of the religious non-profit groups.

Along with Fr. Pavone and Dr. King, other national pro-life and religious liberty leaders also will speak at the rally, as will Robert Muise, Senior Counsel of the American Freedom Law Center, which represents Priests for Life in the lawsuit.

For information or to set up interviews, contact Leslie Palma at media@priestsforlife.org or 347-286-7277. The web page www.IStandWithPFL.com has the most current information about the lawsuit.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.






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Dear Essence: We Stand To Lose Everything

April 14th, 2014





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Essence Magazine, a popular publication that primarily serves Black women recently published an article entitled “What We Stand to Lose,” that attempted to defend abortion and carcinogenic birth control as “women’s rights.” While they attempted to balance the story by interviewing people from the “prolife camp,” the article is very one sided and does not reflect the startling statistics that prove that abortion and carcinogenic birth control are harming women, killing human babies, and sometimes killing women.

Rev. Arnold Culbreath of “Protecting Black Life” was interviewed for the article. None of the data he provided was included in the final edit. Please join Arnold in writing letters to Essence magazine’s Editor in Chief Vanessa K. Bush

Here’s an excerpt from a letter from my friend Rev. Arnold Culbreath followed by my open letter to Ms. Vanessa Bush, editor of Essence Magazine.

“While Ms. Rhodan’s “What We Stand To Lose” article argues for allowing the #1 killer to continue lurking in and preying on our community, many of us are far too familiar with what we’re already losing. We’re losing far too many precious lives, both born and unborn.

“A Call to Action

“Please join me in writing a letter to Essence magazine’s Editor in Chief Vanessa K. Bush to express your dissatisfaction and disappointment with Essence’s lopsided approach to this article. According to Ms. Rhodan, Ms. Bush wrote in the May issue that she’s counting on readers to “help keep Essence honest.” Let’s accept Ms. Bush’s offer.

“Ms. Bush can be reached via email at: vanessa@essence.com. After you’ve written your letter, please feel free to forward it to me at: Arnold@ProtectingBlackLife.org. I’d love to read them!”

An Open Letter from Dr. Alveda King

Dear Vanessa, Rev. Arnold Culbreath of “Protecting Black Life,” who you interviewed for your article “What We Stand to Lose,” invited readers to write to you and respond to your publication.

I am very disappointed that you chose not to print much of what Rev. Culbreath surely must have shared with you during his interview, choosing rather to briefly reduce the poignant testimony of his wife to a couple of sentences, and neglecting to share Arnold’s piercing and compassionate voice.

Yes, Rev. Culbreath is a man and you write for women. Yet a man, my grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. convinced my mother not to abort me in 1950. He and the father of my son convinced me after two abortions and a miscarriage, not to abort another baby, a son. I have six living children because God used these men to help rescue me from a harmful and deadly pro-choice/pro-abortion lifestyle.

Abortion kills human babies and sometimes human mothers. Abortion often hurts women in many ways. As the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his brother Rev. A. D. King,II, I often ask the question: HOW CAN THE DREAM SURVIVE IF WE MURDER THE CHILDREN?

Mam, the dream will die if we do not stop murdering our children.

I don’t know if you will print this, I do hope you read it. We have lost over 56 million dead babies and hundreds of women, mothers to legal abortion. If the truth is not told, if the scourge isn’t ended, we stand to lose entire communities.

Madam, we have already lost too much. If things don’t change, we stand to lose everything.”






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Civil Rights Summit 2014: What about the babies?

April 11th, 2014





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This week’s 2014 Civil Rights Summit missed an historic moment to acknowledge the most important civil rights struggle of our time – securing the rights of those alive in the womb.

Seven men, four U.S. presidents, three civil rights icons, offered presentations at the Summit. Yet when it was time to discuss civil rights in the 21st Century these men made no mention of the fact that America still discriminates against the unwanted – and that today the unwanted are the unborn.”

Ambassador Andrew Young, Past NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, and Congressman John Lewis were part of a Summit panel titled “Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Views from the Front Line.” I would be good to think that the introduction of the panel by King Center CEO Bernice King was intended to recognize women’s participation in the struggle for voting, housing, and other rights; yet where were any women on the panel? Believe me, we did march; some went to jail; and some women and children died.

My friend Day Gardner, founder of the National Black Pro-Life Union, said of the event, “Someone at the Summit should have acknowledged that Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘beloved community’ is inclusive, but that American law still segregates – regarding babies in the womb as separate and unequal.”

Gardner added, “While there was lip service to the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the U. S. Civil Rights Act, four of the holders of America’s highest seat of power never spoke of the sanctity of human life in the womb. While President Carter did address human trafficking from the perspective of sexual slavery, no one spoke to the truth that America can never truly be the leader of the ‘free world’ until the dignity of every man, woman, and child – born and unborn – is protected.”

Remarking on the progress of civil rights since the 1968 enactment of the law, and going back as far as 395 years ago when slavery came to the Americas, Rev. Wayne Perryman remarks:

“While there have been some positive inroads during the past 395 years, some things have not changed. One interesting enigma is that while science and theology both point to the truth that there are not separate human races, only one human race; the lie of racism is still perpetrated in America.

“In addition to the 395 years of African Americans in America, 50 years have passed since the passage of the United States “Civil Rights Bill” was passed in America, promising equality for Black Americans. And yet, in 2014, 395 years or 50 years later, depending on the perspective, African Americans still do not comprehensively experience the liberty and freedom that other ethnic groups enjoy in America.

“Tragically, after 395 years of living in America, helping to build this great nation, having literally served this great nation, African Americans, in some isolated cases, and in some more blatant situations, Black Americans are still often treated as second class citizens.

“The significant role that blacks have played and continue to contribute in the success of America – the unique giftings and talents – their contributions in various fields are seldom ever included or valued in regular American history classes or substantial historical documentaries; all of which perpetuates negative racial stereotypes. African Americans started working and contributing the moment they stepped onto American soil in 1619 and have been doing so ever since. Unfortunately most Americans are not aware of their contributions. Based upon the generally noted founding of America in 1776, America is 238 years old this year (2014). Notably with the advance of the transcontinental slave trade which began in 1619, the contributions of African Americans began 157 years earlier, Together, the sum of these years bring us to this 395th anniversary of Black oppression in America.”

Day and I are both members of the National Black Prolife Coalition. We agree with Rev. Perryman. There is still inequity among Blacks and other Americans. Day and I remain concerned about all injustice, all inhumanity among humans. That is why we are working to expose the impact of abortion on the African American community and all of America. We are also working to expose the role of Planned Parenthood in the decimation of our communities. Yes, as Rev. Perryman says, we acknowledge some “inroads in race relations,” yet lament that many liberals still ignore the rights of 55+ million aborted babies since Roe VS Wade. It has been fifty years of Civil Rights struggles and 395 years of oppression against Blacks, and still today in the 21st century, the babies are not free and the wombs of women are still endangered. LET OUR PEOPLE GO!






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Fr. Pavone: Horrific Conditions At Abortion Clinics Are The Norm Not The Exception

April 7th, 2014





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Date: April 7, 2014

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NEW YORK, NY — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding the lack of abortion clinic inspections in New York State.

“For us at Priests for Life, this news is not news at all. Since the early 1990s, we have been addressing the utter lack of regulation and oversight of abortion facilities nationwide, particularly through our collaboration in the research and publication of the book Lime 5, which uncovers the horrific conditions and practices that are the norm, not the exception, in the abortion industry.

“As more of the public becomes aware of the failures of the civil government here in New York to inspect abortion facilities, we will push for all appropriate measures to be taken to address and prevent abuses.”

Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, added:

“As we know from our work with the women of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, conditions in abortion facilities are far below any standards of normal medicine. These women, whose testimonies can be found at AbortionTestimony.com, have faced inhuman treatment and unforgettable abuse at these so-called clinics. If proponents of abortion, including those in public office in New York State, want this procedure to be considered part of normal medicine, then have them start enforcing normal medical standards.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.






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Dr. Alveda King Mourns Lakisha Wilson’s Senseless Abortion Death

April 7th, 2014





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Date: April 7, 2014

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Atlanta, GA – “Today is a rainy day in Atlanta, and like the song says, ‘I feel like it’s raining all over the world,” said Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life.

“As my friends Dr. Day Gardner, National Black Prolife Union and Pastor Walter Moss, National Black Prolife Coalition, join the funeral march of Lakisha Wilson who was butchered and killed at the Preterm Abortion mill, I am praying that God will comfort her family as well as bring justice for all mothers and their babies, all victims of abortion.”

Lakisha’s family is still reeling in shock over her late-term abortion and consequent death at the Preterm Abortion Clinic in Cleveland. Although she reportedly died on the day of her abortion, her body was kept on life support for days pending harvesting of her organs. “They didn’t value her life and her child’s, but they wanted her remains. Horrendous,” said Dr. King

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of PFL said: “Lakisha had her whole life ahead of her but she died because our nation still allows abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy.”

“The Wilson family’s tragedy is the shame of our nation,” said Dr. King. “Abortion is decimating the African-American community. Black women who make up just 13 percent of the population account for 36 percent of the abortions. And black mothers like Lakisha are also counted among abortion’s victims.”

“Lakisha is a victim of ‘choice,’ just like Tonya Reaves was in 2012 when Planned Parenthood let her bleed to death after a botched abortion,” Dr. King said. “Our women are dying and people like Nancy Pelosi are calling for more abortion. America needs to recognize it has a problem. Abortion is never the answer.”

Janet Morana, Executive Director of PFL and author of RECALL ABORTION, asks, “How many dead women are too many? Abortion is a harmful product that should be taken off the market before one more woman dies. It is way past time to recall abortion.”

Noting that there are now hundreds of documented deaths of mothers killed by “abortion complications,” Dr. King concluded: “Abortion is taking place in houses of horrors. Babies and women are dying. It is shameful. We must pray, we must expose the truth, we must demand regulations of these butchers. We must not allow Lakisha’s death to pass us by in vain.”






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Protective Law Might Have Saved Lakisha Wilson: Fr. Pavone Calls on U.S. Senate to Take Action on S 1670

April 2nd, 2014





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Date: April 2, 2014

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NEW YORK, NY – Priests for Life today called on the U.S. Senate to take action on a bill that would protect children from abortion after 20 weeks.

Commenting on the death of Lakisha Wilson, 22, following what her family described as a late-term abortion at the Preterm Abortion Clinic in Cleveland, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said:

“This bill is meant to protect unborn children from the brutal and painful death of a dismemberment abortion, but it also would save the young mothers who are often butchered during this procedure. Lakisha Wilson had her whole life ahead of her but she died because our nation still allows abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy.

“The Wilson family’s tragedy is the shame of our nation.” Dr. Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, noted that abortion is decimating the African-American community. Black women who make up just 13 percent of the population account for 36 percent of the abortions. And black mothers also are counted among abortion’s victims.

“Lakisha Wilson is a victim of ‘choice,’ just like Tonya Reaves was in 2012 when Planned Parenthood let her bleed to death after a botched abortion,” Dr. King said. “Our women are dying and people like Nancy Pelosi are calling for more abortion. America needs to recognize it has a problem. Abortion is never the answer.”

Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, said Americans are outraged when automakers and pharmaceutical companies fail to recall products they know are deadly, but that abortionists get a pass.

“How many dead women are too many? Four women that we know of have been killed by abortionists in the last two years alone,” said Ms. Morana, author of the book, “Recall Abortion.”

“Abortion is a harmful product that should be taken off the market before one more woman dies,” she said. “It is way past time to recall abortion.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.






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Father Pavone Remembers Pope John Paul II, the ‘Pope of Life’

April 2nd, 2014





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Date: April 2, 2014

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NEW YORK, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today, the ninth anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II.

“The world lost a champion for life nine years ago. Pope John Paul II not only worked tirelessly for the protection of the unborn, but his own failing health in his later years was a powerful witness to the world that even the frailest and sickest among us have dignity and purpose.

“I was privileged to serve under Pope John Paul II at the Pontifical Council for the Family, an agency of the Vatican created specifically to sustain and coordinate initiatives for the protection of human life from its conception. His encyclical ‘Evangelium Vitae’ identified abortion and euthanasia as the fundamental and most serious moral problems of our day, and that document has become a cornerstone of my ministry at Priests for Life. He recognized that the right to life is the foundation of every other human right, and he worked to spread that message every day of his life.”

Commenting on Pope John Paul’s upcoming canonization on April 27, Father Pavone said:

“It is noteworthy that Pope John Paul II is being canonized so soon after his death, but this will give the world a Saint of Life when we most need one. The battle for life is as urgent as it ever was, and as Pope John Paul II said, ‘Woe to you if you do not succeed in defending life!’” (World Youth Day, Denver, 1993, Assumption Day Homily).

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The National Black Prolife Coalition Joins Operation Rescue in Mourning, Demanding Justice for Abortion Death of a Young Ohio Woman, Lakisha Wilson

April 2nd, 2014





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For the naysayers that say the Pro-Life Movement is only about saving babies, we ask the objective public to consider that Pro-Life means from conception or fertilization until natural death, and includes protecting the lives of babies, children, mothers, fathers, families, the sick and the infirm. Point in case, the abortion camp has killed yet another mother, causing the growing number of abortion deaths to further surface before the public eye.

The battle for the seed and the womb continues as another woman, Lakisha Wilson, dies in a fatal abortion. Abortion advocates continue to deny that they are obstructing mothers’ and children’s rights to live. Point in case; another African American woman has died due to abortion, this one at the Preterm abortion clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. What many people do not realize in the aftermath of this recent case is that hundreds of women have died from “legal abortions” in America.

Thankfully, the numbers of street activists that serve as our eyes and ears on the fronts of these abortion houses of horrors are increasing. For example, African American leaders were at the forefront of the Kermit Gosnell case in Philadelphia. As Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, I am honored to join my brothers and sisters and other activists to further expose the atrocities of the abuse of mothers and their children in these butcher shops.

Most recently in Cleveland, Ohio, Operation Rescue has released a 911 recording and Computer Aided Dispatch transcript that indicates a patient of Preterm, a Cleveland, Ohio, abortion clinic, has died.

Records, which were obtained through a public records request, show that at 10:59 a.m. on Friday, March 21, 2014, an employee of Preterm dialed 911 and reported to a dispatcher there was a 22-year-old female patient at the clinic who was not breathing at all.

The caller also indicated that the patient was unconscious and receiving CPR at the time of the call, but efforts to restart respiration had been unsuccessful.

“It’s ironic that the abortion cartel has complained so loudly about the new abortion clinic standards in Ohio. Based on Friday’s incident, it appears that the regulations aren’t strict enough,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

“If it had not been for alert pro-life activists, this tragedy surely would have been swept under the rug. But now, we plan to submit complaints in order to hold the Preterm abortion clinic and staff accountable so this doesn’t happen to another woman.”

The CAD transcript, which lists event chronology for 911 emergencies, showed that units were dispatched just moments after the 911 call began and that it took paramedics three minutes to arrive at the clinic at 11:02 a.m. when they began emergency measures.

At 11:21, paramedics transmitted information about the patient’s condition to the University Hospital Case Medical Center and began to transport her to the emergency room, arriving at 11:26 a.m.

At no time during the 28 minutes that emergency responders were in contact with the patient was there any indication that the patient ever resumed respiration.

The CAD Transcript contained the “9-E-1,” the most serious of life-threatening medical emergencies, along with the notations “Cardiac or Respiratory Arrest/Death” and “Not breathing at all.”

Pastor Dale Henkel was on the scene and took video and photos of the incident, which have been released by Operation Rescue in a video that also features the 911 audio. He told Operation Rescue that the patient was African-American, as are about 80 percent of the high-volume clinic’s abortion business.

The video clip (below) showed that emergency workers were not performing any kind of treatment on the woman as she was wheeled on a gurney to the awaiting ambulance. There appeared to be a small towel over the woman’s face.

It has also come to light that the victim of this deadly abortion was an organ donor, and for that reason was kept on life support until her organs could be harvested. Many people do not realize that the pro-death camp is often involved in organ harvesting, where the organs of the unwary donors are often valued more than the lives of those who have to die to give up their body parts. This of course is human trafficking that people want to deny.

Since 2014 is the year that marks the 50th Anniversary of The Civil Rights Act, let’s agree to further shine the light on the truth that the civil rights to life of mothers and their children are being heinously violated at these often unregulated or under-regulated abortion butcher shops. Let freedom ring for the mothers and the babies.






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Hollywood’s Ark

April 1st, 2014





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And I solemnly declare to everyone who hears the words of prophecy written in this book: If anyone adds anything to what is written here, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book. And if anyone removes any of the words from this book of prophecy, God will remove that person’s share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book. – Revelation 22:18-19

Another commentary from a youthful follower:

Last week I shared a conversation I’m having with a young woman, “CC.” She was expressing her concern regarding the prolife versus prochoice philosophies. This week she has shared her thoughts regarding the newly released film, NOAH.

Even though I’ve seen the film, I wasn’t going to blog about it. Yet, as I read CC’s thoughts, I decided to share a few of my own. First, read what CC has to say. My response follows:

Dear Dr. King,

I really enjoy your blogs but I would just like to mention that many conservatives seem to be in an uproar about the movie “Noah” and I feel that they may be missing a perfect opportunity to witness to a generation of people who have never heard a clear presentation of the Gospel. My question is this, did the Author, producer or directors ever say this was a biblical account of the life and trials of Noah? If not, why then are Christians upset? Instead of criticizing the film for inaccuracy, why not celebrate as a symbol of how God still inspires? Who knows, maybe this idea came to the writers following a dream they had while sleeping in church. While not accurate, God’s word is powerful enough to take even the looses interpretations and lead to salvation. If Christians would stop putting God in a box, maybe more people would actually live Christian lives….I’m just saying. If they stop hating, and thank God that people still find his word relevant, maybe then, they could be in a position to fill in the historical gaps that the movie left void….

Blessings, CC.

Here’s my reply:

I am glad that Hollywood didn’t fudge to say the film is a Bible story. So, no CC, the producers, directors, etc. never said this NOAH is a Bible story. The atheist creator of the story decided to make the film, which is “inspired by the Bible.” I hadn’t read any of the commentaries when I slipped away to view the film all by myself last week. I was surprised that many of the seats were filled at the noon matinee on a week day. The presence of so many others led me to believe that many people still believe there is a God in Heaven, and that many are trying to seek God while God may be found.

There were blatant Bible fallacies in the movie. Two of Noah’s sons didn’t have wives when Noah shut the doors of the ark. The Nephilim like fallen angels in the film suggested that they were in their pitiful volcano rock bodies, misshapen and gruesome because they disobeyed the “Creator” and came to earth to help save the humans, when obviously the “Creator” didn’t care about humanity. Of course this representation flies in the face of the truth of John 3:16 that God so loved humanity that he gave His Son Jesus to redeem us.

Yes, in spite of all of this, CC has a point. People are going to go and see movies like Noah, because people are hungry for truth. What we Christians need to do is to overcome off point movies with so many powerful and truthful films that people will begin to discern truth from fiction, and start reading the Bible for themselves.






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