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Before we truly mothball the Christmas music until the end of 2018… let us talk about MDYK and TCS

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Before we truly mothball the Christmas music until the end of 2018 let us talk about MDYK and TCS

I will give you the long versions of each one here in the body of my piece just so I don’t have to give the NOQ Report gatekeepers any reason to edit my headlines. Besides certain churches that do focus on the church calendar will not quite box the Christmas music just yet.

MDYK = “Mary Did You Know”

I hate the current Contemporary Christian Music, and I hate the Contemporary Worship as well, but certain songs are going to have to co-exist with the John Rutters, G.F. Handels, and the J.S. Bachs of the world. Some of so-called modern Christmas carols and songs including Harry Moses Simeone and Katherine Kennicott Davis “Little Drummer Boy” and one song that historical church musicians love to hate “Mary Did You Know.” I will agree that Mark Lowry is not a great musician or songwriter, but hey it is a decent song. I loved it when it first came out, and originally it came out as a single by Michael English in the spring of 1992. Not the Christmas standard it now has become.

Some of my favorite performers that have recorded the song including New Zealand’s Hayley Westenra and a duet by Kenny Rodgers and Wynonna Judd. For all the hatred Jonathan Aigner has for “Mary Did You Know” he will allow that song to be performed at the church where he serves as director of music every three years. Lowry wrote MDYK at a time where I could still enjoy CCM, and English’s record of it was great for a Christian pop song. Loved the ambient sound which the Kenny Rodgers/Wynonna version perfected on. It is too late to kill the popularity of MDYK. Even the now popular a capella group Pentatonix did their own take on the song from their second-holiday release (including a previous EP Xmas project) put out in 2014. But hey we shall still do “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” and “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful/Adeste Fideles.”

I just want to know what some of these fans of “real” church music think of “Somewhere In My Memory” being used as part of a pre-Christmas eve service? It was done at the church I am currently attending regularly, and they are part of the historical worship faction.

TCS = “The Christmas Shoes”

OK, this song is not as bad as Aigner claims. This song from the beginning chokes me up that I almost cry (that and “Believe” which Josh Groban recorded for the movie “The Polar Express”). For someone who lost both parents right after the holidays and on Christmas Day itself, I can relate to “The Christmas Shoes.”

The fight for a return to historical worship is going to be a long fight. What might hinder it, is the people that admit to what their tastes in church music are. Sadly that admittance to personal tastes is like bringing a knife to a gun fight. I give Aigner credit for pointing out scripture references and its meat, but even he shows his musical preference card. Everyone should own up to it, but not use it for a reason to kick out the “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Mary Did You Know” in favor of “Gabriel’s Message.” In many places, they are going to and must co-exist. I do love “Gabriel’s Message” especially the recording done by Sting who was best known as the bassist and lead vocalist for the rock band The Police.

It would be better to kick out year around songs like “Our God” and “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” and bring back “A Mighty Fortress,” and “Holy, Holy, Holy.” The former songs are likely to have a short shelf life as with previous contemporary songs like “Spirit Song” (used as the theme of Pastor Chuck Smith’s radio teaching program “The Word for Today”) and “Humble Thyself (In Sight of the Lord).”

Reference

The Real Reason I Love to Hate “Mary, Did You Know”

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/ponderanew/2017/12/31/why-i-love-to-hate-mary-did-you-know/“It’s somber and a little menacing, melodically. It’s the one I used to sing when 1) my voice was shot, and 2) when I knew there’d be a lot of older folks in the congregation. Old folks love to feel guilty for Christmas. IE, what happens when you give a Christian comedian a microphone for too long.” – Mike C.

“Every time someone sings “Mary, Did You Know” an angel rolls his eyes. And I die a little inside.” – Yours Truly (sorry)

Someone who wants to be a voice for liberty and freedom. Telecom (Radio/TV) Pikes Peak Community College 1993-1998, BS Journalism, minor Political Science, Colorado State University-Pueblo 1999-2004

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  1. Don McCullen

    January 7, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Post Comment Note: Someone in the church leadership requested “Somewhere In My Memory” to be played and it how it connects with parents and children. The piece was composed for the original “Home Alone” movie by John Williams.

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Planned Parenthood necessitates rape culture

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Planned Parenthood necessitates rape culture

Often times leftism is very self-fulfilling. Implementing Obamacare as a halfway measure for single payer. Support DACA amnesty so to secure votes for many elections to come. They can even look at countries like Sweden and still support bringing in massive amounts of migrants. Sweden has by all means become the rape capital of the Europe, yet feminists would have us be more like them. They support letting illegal immigrants come in and commit a disproportionate amount of crimes, including rape. Why? Two reasons. The first one being feminism and leftism are essentially the same thing though feminism is more cultural. Just recall last year’s or this years Women’s March. It had more to do with Trump than women’s issues. The second reason is that rape culture advances feminism. Feminism despite its long history has become a leftist front in the third wave. First feminists wanted women to vote. Then they wanted women to work. Both of these succeeded but too often movements don’t end when the battle is won. Now feminists want women to have tax payer funded abortions with no social stigma. And their golden calf is Planned Parenthood.

At a Glance: The Abortion Industry

Systematically detailing how everything Planned Parenthood does is centered around the core competency of it’s nefarious business model is the subject of articles and books that would distract from the message I am getting to. Planned Parenthood does provide other services, but all of their services are designed to develop rapport with at-risk women and give them an abortion when they have an unwanted pregnancy. The National Review analyzed their yearly report, and Alexander Desanctis made this observation:

The report indicates that Planned Parenthood saw 2.4 million clients in the last fiscal year. But, as has been shown by the group’s own figures, it doesn’t provide those clients with very many actual health-care services. According to the report, the only significant services offered, besides abortion, are STI and HIV tests, contraception, and pregnancy tests.

Planned Parenthood is like the crooked mechanic who messes up your car so you keep returning to him. They target at-risk, especially minority at-risk, women, give them contraception which they likely won’t use perfectly resulting in unwanted pregnancies. Note: the pills effectiveness is in the low nineties. Planned Parenthood is the abortion industry, and more people are realizing that the 3% stat they boast is simply a myth as also pointed out by Desanctis.

Small Percentages Matter Most

Public perception is moving in the opposite direction of the Planned Parenthood dystopian dream. A recent poll spells trouble for the pro-abortion crowd. Townhall reported that:

(2) Just 12 percent of Americans support the Democratic Party’s radical abortion platform, which effectively favors restriction-free abortion-on-demand (some left-wing state legislatures have gone even further in their extremism).  Fewer than one-in-four respondents say abortion should be widely legal either throughout pregnancy, or at least through the first two trimesters.

(3) A lopsided majority — 76 percent — believe that legal abortion should be limited to the first trimester, permitted only in very rare circumstances (rape, incest, or to save the mother’s life), or barred entirely.  Support for these pro-life reforms includes 61 percent of Democrats and 78 percent of independents.  And even if you excise the ‘first trimester’ option, fully 50 percent of Americans believe abortion should only be legally allowed in a handful of narrow circumstances, or not at all.

Perceptions of abortion largely due to the efforts of pro-lifers raising the pro-life generation. With a growing anti-abortion sentiments, the pro-abortion arguments are more readily focusing on a tiny fraction of all abortions: health of the mother, rape, and incest. Often times these are the most agreeable grounds for an abortion, though my guess is that incest is thrown in there whether people agree with it or not as the pro-life movement has made gains in outlawing abortion based on special needs. Abortion due to incest, unless rape, is still with the overwhelming majority where a person aborts as “birth control”. There’s also threat to the mother which is highly subjective. Pregnancy affects a woman’s body. This much is obvious. But if a woman got an abortion due to morning sickness, should that really count under “health”? There are also ectopic pregnancies (outside the uterus) which are increasingly treatable, though in theory wouldn’t be born naturally anyway so is that really an artificial miscarriage? Yet these instances are rare and treatable. Otherwise threat to the mother would have a much more specific context. Woman should seek multiple opinions if one doctor recommends an abortion in a life threatening instance, especially as we better know how to treat high risk pregnancies.

So we are mostly left with rape, a fraction of the one percent.

The Pro-Abortion Hill To Die On

The fraction of the one percent has become one of the main focuses of the abortion debate. Stephen Crowder does a segment on his show called “Real Conversations” where he talks to regular people. He presents his viewpoint and challenges people to change his mind. In his second addition of “I’m Pro-Life: Change My Mind” every serious contender digs in at the subject of rape. Note: the person supporting partial birth abortion was not a serious contender seeing as she compared abortion to a c-section. It is this small percentage that makes people consider themselves “pro-choice”. But as Stephen Crowder rightly pointed out, being pro-life is pro choice. There are four choices: abstinence, motherhood, adoption, and contraception. We in the pro-life camp just don’t want killing babies to be one of the options. Planned Parenthood on the other hand is not very pro-choice seeing as they perform 83 abortions for every adoption referral, according to their own report.

A Symbiotic Relationship

Bernie Sanders once said that if men could have abortions, the issue would have been settled a long time ago. Better yet, if people didn’t rape, the abortion would be settled by now. Can you imagine how unsympathetic pro-abortion arguments would be if we achieved a rape-free society?

In nature, there are many instances of symbiont-host relationships. In mutualism both parties benefit. This would be like bacteria in our own bodies that helps us digest food. Then there is commensalism where only the symbiont benefits. This would be like the pilot fish to a shark. In order for Planned Parenthood, and by extension the pro-abortion argument, to stay its ground or even regain ground, it need a rape culture in America. A rape culture would accomplish two things vital to the movement. The first is the obvious unwanted pregnancies. Not every woman gets raped. Now not everyone who gets raped, gets pregnant. And not everyone who gets pregnant from rape chooses an abortion. This is a very segmented market (I’m speaking in business terms because that’s what PP is). More rapes, more abortions due to rape which would be good for Planned Parenthood. They already want to hide the fraction of 1% of abortion that is due to rape. The second benefit to Planned Parenthood rape culture would render is disempowered women. Planned Parenthood pretends to be the voice for women’s rights. A rape culture would, in practice, harm gender equality. Planned Parenthood’s waning influence on women necessitates women who need them to speak for them.

Meanwhile feminists are trying to create the idea that we have a rape culture in America. In truth we don’t. If you want to see a rape culture go to a country that doesn’t give women equal testimony in court, so an Islamic country. That’s an actual rape culture. Instead feminists would rather tout international crime data which puts the US around the top without any consideration for countries that don’t consider women equal therefore the rape convicted is highly misleading. The US pales in comparison to an actual rape culture.

Enter MeToo

Perhaps it’s not the end game, but Hollywood is pressing for our society to change the definition of consent. The term “enthusiastic” is thrown in their definition. Now this isn’t Hollywood’s creation. I recall talking to a liberal colleague of mine who lightly refers to today as sort of a “Age of Consent” where consent matters more now than say a generation ago. But this is likely some crap out of an anthropology class. In other words, Hollywood and feminists via Twitter will argue that society needs consent training to go with it’s hookup culture. For instance, nothing Aziz Ansari did was legally rape or sexual assault, but because his accuser regretted it, this new definition of rape the left is trying to craft would consider this an offense. Ansari wasn’t acting deviant from a hookup cultural perspective. If society changes the definition of sexual assault far from what the legal definition is, more people would have been “assaulted or harassed.” The result of more women being convinced they have been sexually assaulted or harassed is a divide between the two genders.

The End is Nigh

If Planned Parenthood can’t have the rape culture they need, they will likely have to settle for the pseudo-rape culture feminists are trying to convince us we have. In the short term, it’s great for donations which the abortion cartel was not short on during year one of Trump. But in the end, it’s sort of like how Voldemort was drinking unicorn blood in the Sorcerer’s Stone. Pro-life is making gains and could ban abortion after twenty weeks on a national level with new legislation. And who knows, by the time such a law is challenged in the Supreme Court there may be a fourth conservative judge sitting among the nine. And what if the GOP actually defunds Planned Parenthood at a federal level like they have been on a growing state level. The future doesn’t look bright for Planned Parenthood. Their government money is under siege, and once the siege is broken it will be politically unlikely for them to recover. And while were fielding political unlikelihoods, the Democrats could change their tune on abortion because they need to win seats. Pro-life victories are sure to come especially when the (likely also) pro-life Gen Z will start voting to make things worse for the pro-abortion movement. Such are the times for the lingering abortion giant.

 

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President Trump on Roe v. Wade

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Most of the quotes we post here are longer than 17-words, but when the quote is this truthful, we can keep it short. It’s ironic that our often long-winded President is the source of the quote. He said much more about abortion, but this line is not spoken nearly enough in a society that somehow believes we’re behind the times when it comes to abortion rights.

The fight against abortion must come from the top and the President delivered a strong message today to the March for Life crowd:

“Roe v. Wade has resulted in some of the most permissive abortion laws anywhere in the world.”

Source: Washington Examiner

Trump delivers historic speech to March for Life: ‘We are with you all the way’

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-delivers-historic-speech-to-march-for-life-we-are-with-you-all-the-way/article/2646458President Trump became the first sitting president on Friday to deliver a live address to participants of the largest annual anti-abortion gathering, voicing his support for the pro-life movement and touting what his administration has done to cut back access to abortion.

“l want to thank every person here today and all across our country who works with such big hearts and tireless devotion to make sure parents have what they need to choose life,” the president said via satellite to hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the National Mall for the 45th March for Life.

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Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up?

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The Real Mitt Romney

Utah is abuzz with rumors and anxiety over the possibility of a Senate run from former governor of Massachusetts and Holladay, Utah’s own (according to his recent Twitter edit), Mitt Romney. Romney has yet to declare candidacy, but according to a poll on Thursday from radio host Rod Arquette, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee’s favorability among Utahns approximates 60%.

His intentions remain a mystery, but should he toss his hat into the ring, Utahns would face a far more compelling question: which Mitt Romney will we see?

That could depend entirely on his audience.

Utah is a strange place politically. The more I participate in local politics, the more I realize that most Utahns care little, if at all, about policy. Their main concern is personality — and I can prove it.

According to Conservative Review’s Liberty Scorecard, Utah’s federal representation boasts the largest spread within the same party: a 71% gap between Senator Mike Lee’s 100% rating and Senator Orrin Hatch’s dismal 29%. As for Utah’s remaining representatives, Chris Stewart comes in 2nd place with a 70% score, followed by Mia Love with 62% and Rob Bishop with 60%. Recently elected Representative John Curtis is too fresh to merit a rating, but his predecessor, Jason Chaffetz, amassed a score of 78%.

In other words, the same electorate is voting overwhelmingly for candidates with wildly differing philosophies. But the common thread is easy to find: niceness.

Utah may be a traditionally red state, but it’s also a caring state. And when the two come into apparent conflict, Utahn’s typically opt for the latter.

Mitt Romney’s image of clean-cut benevolence is deeply ingrained in the Beehive State’s collective psyche, which is why he can garner a comfortable majority in favorability without hinting at any policy whatsoever — besides his obvious disdain for President Trump.

In fact, Romney’s renewed prominence in Utah most notably stems from his 2016 speech at the University of Utah, during which he rightly condemned then-candidate Trump’s character and personal history. Trump’s lifelong moral despotism and his abrasive conduct on the campaign trail were deep causes of concern for stalwart Utahns, who accordingly panned Trump in the primary (13.82%) and reluctantly nudged him to victory in the general election (45.5%).

Now, a week following Trump’s “bleep-hole” comments about Haiti and African countries in favor of places like Norway and South Korea — comments Mia Love has already condemned — Mitt Romney is again perfectly poised to emerge as Trump’s foil.

But unfortunately, his chances in Utah have little to do with policy.

Now that we know our audience, we’re brought back to the initial question: which Mitt Romney will we see? Whether you like Romney as a person but dislike him as a politician, vice versa, both, or neither, his long-standing reputation as a flip-flopper is unarguably well deserved. From abortion and Reagan to guns and taxes, Romney’s history of political metamorphosis is scrutinously documented.

Not coincidentally, his progressive standpoints persisted throughout his governorship and Senate candidacy in left-leaning Massachusetts, while his conservative reformation occurred just in time for his presidential bids.

Of course, it’s possible that Romney was sincere in his numerous changes of heart — one thing people are entitled to is the evolution of their personal beliefs. But as this is politics, one should be very cautious in attributing motive, one way or another.

The problem is that while Romney painted himself as a Democrat Lite for Massachusetts and a red-blooded conservative for the RNC, there’s no telling what persona he might adopt for a Senate race in Utah beyond that of the “nice guy,” and in politics, words like “nice,” “caring,” and “compassionate” often mean social programs.

Ideological shifts aside, Romney is at best a pragmatist, not a constitutionalist, having proven his disregard for natural rights on matters of health care and abortion — Romneycare was as much a violation of rights on a state level as Obamacare is federally, and his “pro-life” position that states should have “the authority to decide whether they want to have abortion or not, state by state” exhibits ignorance of the sole purpose of the federal government: securing our unalienable rights, even in matters of state nullification.

Romney also experienced backlash from conservatives in August 2017 when he publicly defended Antifa, a domestic terrorist organization, following the horrifying neo-Nazi display in Charlottesville.

In short, Mitt Romney is not good for Utah, nor is he good for liberty. At best, he would establish an elevated moral compass in terms of personal lifestyle, but that’s no excuse to squander freedom.

Romney would most likely amount to no more than another Jeff Flake — a well-meaning, moderate, Mormon Senator, a good man with strong values, who blatantly misunderstands the role of government and the cause of individual liberty.

This has nothing to do with objective opposition to Donald Trump. I applauded Romney’s speech at the University of Utah, and I’ve had plenty to say about Trump’s shortcomings over the past two years.

But the cult of personality is just as dangerous in one direction as another, and if Romney has plans to run for office in Utah, he’s found the perfect base to latch onto a “nice guy,” whatever he stands (or falls) for.

Richie Angel is a Co-Editor in Chief of The New Guards. Follow him and The New Guards on Twitter, and check out The New Guards on Facebook.

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