Monday, March 28, 2011

City Leaders Turn to Church for Help

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City leaders are turning to the local church for help after learning that 90 girls from one high school are now pregnant or will have had a baby during this academic year. Together they have launched the "No, Baby" campaign.

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Memphis is well-known for its blues, barbecue, and Beale Street. But the latest buzz in the city is about babies having babies.

Bluff City made national headlines in January with reports of 90 girls at Frayser High School being pregnant or having a baby this academic year.

School leaders and politicians challenged the published pregnancy figures, but none denied the city has a problem.

It's a crisis that has Memphis leaders turning to the church for answers.

"City leaders turning to the Church for answers" is a great concept. Our country was built on that premise.

A massive media campaign has been launched that encourages girls to say "No" to sex before marriage.

Beyond the media blitz, community leaders and politicians, and church leaders are working together.

Youth Vision, a Christian outreach ministry has released a new song titled "No, Baby" and the community center is now helping produce a music video for the song.

I have linked the story which also contains a link to the song.

Local churches and the community leaders working together as opposed to the "community" leaders running away from the church wearing their "SEPARATION" t-shirts.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Hopeful. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Available.

Gary Randall
Faith and Freedom

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  1. Gary, thanks for the good report. If community leaders would partner with local churches we would see positive changes in our culture. Read this blog every day. Glad to see others around the world have discovered it. Keep up the good work.

  2. I think the most interesting thing in the article Gary linked to is the statement that they are working on more than 'just say no' for the times when 'just say no' doesn't work.

    "We want to protect them from unsafe sex, and sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy," Robinson explained.

    "So we have to talk about -- even in the faith community -- family planning and appropriate, applied approaches in communities such as ours when young people don't make the first choice we want them to make,"

    Yikes, FAMILY PLANNING!!! Could that be Planned Parenthood?

    Mark in Tigard

  3. We have an opportunity to do this x100 here in washington as the budget will soon be smashing down on services that the church once provided that have been handed off to or usurped by government. I hope our church leaders are up to the task.

    On another note "NO BABY" sounds bad. No matter the intent, the phrase conveys that babies are bad. "MARRIAGE AND BABY" or something to the effect sounds better.

    Also, translation is a snap on Google and probably other services also. Here is the phrase "This is how you would do a translation to Arabic on Google" translated with their service.

    هذه هي الطريقة التي كنت ستفعل الترجمة إلى العربية على جوجل

  4. Yikes, Mark. I re-read the article and couldn't find the part about abortion. Family planning was a good word before Planned Parenthood co-opted it. Of course "gay" once meant happy and carefree. Relax. I didn't get from the article that they were going to kill the babies. Sorry.

  5. 9:34am

    I don't know why you are looking for the word abortion. I never used it, nor did they.

    Perhaps you think that the only thing Planned Parenthood does is abortion. I probably would too if I got most of my information from sites like this. The fact is, abortion is only 3% of what PP does. The vast majority of they do is contraception and health services, which is what I believe the folks in Memphis are referring to, not abortion.

    I just found it interesting that these folks were taking a reality based approach that includes more than abstinence only, and that Gary was endorsing family planning for those who won't say no.

    Mark in Tigard

  6. I missed it Mark. I read the blog twice and both times thought Gary was endorsing community leaders who were astute enough to see how much the church can help in communities when allowed to do it. Like it once was in America. Before we got confused about seperation.

  7. 12:07

    Sure, he made the point about community leaders seeking help from the church. But he also highlighted this particular program in a manner that implies endorsement. And the program does include family planning for those times when abstinence only won't work. It seems reasonable to me that this program Gary likes could very likely use Planned Parenthood for that portion of the program.

    Mark in Tigard

  8. Annonymous,9:58 AM, March 28, 2011
    Cant use your name?

    No matter what percentage it makes of Planned Parenthoods bussiness, it adds up to over 300,000 dead babies. this tactic of minimizing is lame

    So the 3 % scam is just that.
    Planned Parenthood counts every person that walks in the door as one (1) customer. Walk in for some of their off brand, high failure rate condoms at no cost to you. One customer. so yes, only 3% of those who walk through the door account for their sky high body count.

    Repeat a lie long enough and people will believe it. That is how America was convinced that we should accept killing babies. NARAL told the media that over 10,000 women a year were dying from illegal abortions back in the 70's when the actual number was around 200. The media was more than willing to repeat it. They are repeating this 3% sham now.

    Why is it so important to sustain the killing anyway?

  9. John,

    I'm the one who posted at 9:58 and I did use my name. It's at the bottom of the post. I'm sorry you weren't able to make the connection.

    You are correct, repeat a lie often enough and people will believe it. That is exactly why when I refer to family planning at planned parenthood, you folks see and hear the word 'abortion' and nothing else. 9:34's post is a perfect example of this. I never used the term abortion, yet that is what 9:34 read and challenged me on.

    Luckily the minister in Memphis seems to have a basis in reality and is using family planning to reduce teenage pregnancies.

    Mark in Tigard

  10. If you tell kids "you know if you really can't control yourself just use a condom or a pill", you reinforce the belief that promiscuity has no consequences. If you stress self-control and self-respect you reduce the spread of STD's and unwanted pregnancies. That's a basis in reality, there is no such thing as safe-sex, condoms break and pills are sometimes forgotten. How about one man and one woman for life?That's a tried and true recipe against STD's.

    Craig in Lacey

  11. Craig,

    Looks good on paper, but it's never actually worked in the real world.

  12. It worked a lot better than what we have now.


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