Hope and Change: A Call to this Generation

About two years ago I was hit hard by life. My dad decided it was time to move on. I was living in Houston at the time and I was left wondering what to do. The questions of whether it was my fault haunt me to this day. It’s a pain that stays with you and turns into anger when people expect you to do the impossible while they are requiring the ordinary of themselves. It was at this time of my life I was faced with two options. I could sit in my house and pout about how the world seemed out to get me or go and change it. It was at this time I saw the poor and helpless for the first time. I saw the murder of the unborn as genocide for the first time. I saw a church shooting itself in the foot with its apathy lack of passion. I asked myself is there hope, and if there was, could I even hope to make a difference? God gave me answers to my questions. He told me I’ve given you breathe, use it to turn the world upside down. The world will hate you and your own friends will criticize you, but you will be about my business. It was that day I decided I would do something. I never looked back. I have never let the status quo be since that day.

40 Days for Life was something that I got involved in after a friend of mine at breakfast challenged a group of us to go out to an abortion clinic. Most of us had never been. It was the first time I was ever emerged into a battle where lives are being snuffed out before your very eyes. It is a sobering experience. I attempted to get more involved but my parents’ divorce was not final so hearings kept requiring me to go to Houston.

It was not too long after that I discovered the judge in the family court back in Houston decided that homeschooling was not a legitimate form of education and that my dad should put my siblings in public school. I could just accept the violation of rights or I could fight it. I chose to fight. I began a petition and was able to get over a couple thousand emails sent to the Judge urging her to reconsider her decision. Tim Lambert of Texas Home School Coalition wrote the judge and there was a change.org petition was shared across the world. A little under 2,500 signatures came in before I closed the petition. It became a success when the judge recognized homeschooling as a legitimate education option after she received thousands of emails and a couple dozen calls.

I then became swamped with emails of people who were encouraged by my efforts and would still fight to be able to home school. I even got an email where one woman said she was inspired to home school her kids because of what I did. All it took was one high school student to stand up and not accept the status quo. People underestimate youth. They have low expectations of them. If just one person goes against the flow it will at the least leave an impact that affects future generations.

One of the next things I did was follow Jason Vaughn around the Capitol for about two weeks. We were working to help push the Texas pro-life bill through, HB2. After watching the first bill die in the first special session there was a great push when Governor Perry called a second special session. Tons of protesters showed up at the Capitol for the next couple of weeks.

Media was crucial for the pro-life group out at the Capitol. There were a handful of us equipped with cameras to record and catch the opposition acting unethically. If nobody was out there using social media tools and getting the footage, people would not know what was going on in the Capitol. Jason Vaughn the guy I was helping out, got Hail Satan trending worldwide on Twitter when several videos of people shouting “hail satan” were produced during the session. Everything that happened only happened because a handful worked overtime to make it happen. If those folks were not there the goings on in the Texas Capitol could be a lot different. The bill may have died because of all the negative media attention and lack of respect for the politically incorrect viewpoint.

 

 

So what am I saying? We need young people to rise up and speak up for their generation. We need 20-somethings with their free time standing for truth. Because if not them, then who will? We live in an exciting time where before us where we have the responsibility to stop an agenda that intends to turn America into a godless socialist wasteland. You don’t have to have connections, great leadership potential, and communication skills. God doesn’t need your talents; He just wants you to be willing to offer yourself to Him as a vessel to use. My story is a testimony of how God chose to use a kid from a broken home who was told his whole life that he was worthless and ineffective. That he would never succeed. That he should be content with his quality of life. It’s a story of how he said no and resolved to do something to fight for justice. That story can be your story if you are just willing to look at the world around you with a different pair of eyes. If we had an army of young people that were willing to fight for the unborn, the widow, and the orphan then if that army was only a 100 strong, I believe that a difference can be made. The only thing that is stopping us is you not getting involved. This generation is in a crucial time in history if we do not defend the Judeo-Christian principles that this nation was founded on we head towards a fall much like Rome’s. If we rise up there is still hope that we can spark a revival to stop the downward spiral into darkness. It can only happen if you are willing to serve. It’s time for you to lead the escape, to light the path, and make known the present danger. Everybody talks about hope and change, let’s be the generation that actually makes these things a reality.

Who is Pro-Choice America?

Beauty-Is-in-the-Street-001Being at the Capitol for the past few days has given me a in depth view of the pro-choice supporters. One of the slogans that I have seen frequently used by many at the Texas Capitol is a poster that is origins from a violent 1968 French protest. While not all Planned Parenthood supporters are violent I have seen a vast majority of them with quite offensive materials pointed at Texas Legislators and pro-life protesters. The fact that they came at the end of the pro-life rally on Monday night and began shouting and chanting trying to drown out the band playing on the Capitol steps should speak wonders about the attitude of this group of people.

The history of the poster pictured to the left is the slogan that people of the pro-choice movement translated in English to “Beauty is in the Street”. This was the leading poster and motto from the student riots in Paris, France in 1968. They were a massive group of Marxist communists that wanted to violently protest the government. The object above the woman’s head is a a brick being thrown. The protests were violent and the use of this slogan was representing the worship of the violence of the protest.

Today, pro-choice protesters proudly flaunt this poster translated into English, which can only mean they want a violent protest and from the footage and photographs I have been taken the desire of the destruction of the foundational principles of due process. IMG_8749

This is pro-choice America. Violent Marxists that want to have the right to murder their children. This is not America, this is not the America our founders wanted. This, this is the evil of Nazi Germany and the USSR making itself known here in America. Where are the righteous? We must rise against evil. We must stand firm on our watch. Ronald Reagan said ” Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” We must stop this pro-death culture from instating their Marxism in our government. We need a revival in this land. The politics of our nation are a reflection of our society. Our society needs Jesus. Please stand against evil.IMG_9356

Stand For Life!

The past few days have been the beginning of a fight in the Texas legislature of unborn children’s right to see the light of day. It has awakened me to the harsh reality of people promoting the murder of innocent children. The things that I have seen in the past few days are so horrific that I would never want to speak of them because of their sick nature. Yet I know that I must so that people know what evil is and will realize that we must rise up opposing it.

I have seen a 70 year old woman shaking before a mob of angry primarily white protesters booing and threatening her. I have seen women with fake blood streaming down the inside of their thighs bragging they just had their own abortion. I have seen people with aprons drenched in fake blood offering cheap late term abortions. I have seen people singing and chanting “hail satan” inside the Texas capitol. I have seen children being pushed and shoved by adults because they stand for life. I have seen good and evil at war these past few days. It says in

Ephesians 6:12

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

We are not only fighting a legal battle at the Texas capitol right now but a great spiritual battle is raging before us and we need to have troops on all fronts. We need prayer warriors, protesters, legislators, and children to do their part wherever they are. You can do your part and no job is unimportant or too small.

We desperately need people to rise up. It is time for your voice to be heard. I’m sure you have a voice in some way; it’s time for you to use it in defense of those who can’t speak for themselves. When we disregard life we lose the meaning to live. There could not be a more important time to speak because millions have been murdered on our watch and it is our duty to speak. Please consider coming and standing and attending the upcoming rallies this week.

Yesterday was the celebration of our nation’s birthday. Our founding fathers were the first patriots and those who rise to stand for life will be the patriots of today. It is important to remember that about third of Americans were for independence about a third sat the war out and a third were for staying with England. So from our nation’s founding we were not all on the same page that is why we have a constitutional republic not a democracy. Those who stand with us will be in my book the John Hancock’s, the Benjamin Franklin’s, the George Washington’s, and John Adam’s of our day. They will be the men and women that stood in the gap and defended what was right and were willing to suffer the consequences. I salute you those who are standing and those will stand this upcoming week as patriots and freedom fighters of the Republic of Texas, The United States of America, and of Jesus Christ our Lord the sole author of our salvation. Stand for Life!

You can follow me on twitter @AndrewDK95  to keep up to date with the Texas Capitol activities.

Speaking at the Capitol.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkOaCPC_gk8

The Cover Up

Today people live in a society that redefines things. It redefines what an unborn child is, where life begins, and where life ends. When a culture begins to redefine life it becomes easier and easier to change what society thinks life is. The question not often asked is how does life end? Brain death is a term that has come to use in 1968 when an Ad Hoc committee from Harvard medical school decided to reinterpret 5,000 years of the accepted view on death. (Congress, 1987, p. 59) They concluded that what they called an “irreversible coma” which included a heartbeat and no brain activity was an acceptable definition of death. This consequently led to the invention of organ donation.  It took many years for these two medical concepts to take root. Both are still debated by members of the medical community to this day. But now these theories are considered facts and have faced little to no questioning from their inception to now.


Definitions of Brain Death

Basing ones definition of death on what can still be questioned as theory is dangerous. The medical community has not been one to always get their facts right. Remember for hundreds of years doctors thought all disease was caused by bad blood, so they “bled” patients often to their death to cleanse them of bad blood (Bloodletting). The medical community today also condones the slaughter of millions of unborn children. Remember when people redefine truth it loses its value and consequently it can be interpreted incorrectly. While the medical community has done much good it is so easy to let things be influenced by conjecture and opinion in the scientific world. That is why it is very important people question medical practices especially when they concern human definitions of death.

The medical definition of brain death is “An irreversible form of unconsciousness characterized by a complete loss of brain function while the heart continues to beat”. (Medical) the endorsement of this definition of death was not honored by most governments until the 1980s. The initial belief is radical because from the beginning of time man has defined life by the existence of a heartbeat. The Bible teaches that life is then blood (Leviticus 17:11) therefore a biblically thinking Christian should believe life is defined by the existence of a heartbeat. While some may say that the Bible is not a proper resource it has been proven accurate in its commands and accounts about cleanliness and disease before modern scientific men even knew what bacteria was. The evidence must be weighed carefully. While the Bible is not the only resource used against organ donation, it is important to bring up because of organ donations growing acceptance among Christians. Brain death has paved the way for organ donation and if the evidence for brain death is lacking then medical practices like organ donation could have caused damage that is not repairable.

The Evidence

With a situation like this concerning life and death it is absolutely crucial to get the science right because the damage is usually not repairable. There is countless evidence that shows us that brain death cannot be the definite indicator as to a person’s demise. Recorded evidence of reversible brain death exists from the US National Library of Medicine with medical professionals in the case realizing brain death is not always death because of treatment with induced hypothermia (Government, 2011). Dr. Paul Byrne has dedicated most of his life addressing the issue of organ donation and brain death. He is a Certified Neonatologist and Pediatrician. He has done over twenty years of research into the topic of brain death. He has worked on case after case where patients especially infants after being declared brain dead were not denied life support and went on to live and carry on normal lives. He went to say this with this knowledge, “Death can be determined when there is no breathing, no heartbeat, no response and the body becomes cold. Before 1968 physicians did not hurry the final declaration of death in order not to declare someone dead before true death. Then the desire to transplant hearts and other vital organs prompted the invention of ‘brain death’” (Byrne, 2012, para.21) Dr. Byrne is not the only one in the medical community with this outlook. Other medical men such as Dr. Sean O’Reilly, Dr. Paul Quay, and Dr. David Evans agree. There are many medical professionals that question brain death.  With all this controversy why is it taught as an accepted definition of death?

Dr. David Evans a retired physician, in response to an article about the topic of brain death wrote this, “Your explicit recognition that brain death is a recent invention for transplant purposes is most welcome and should do much to expose the fallacies and fudgings associated with this supposed new form of death, which have been hidden from public and professional view for far too long” (Evans, 2002, para.1). Doctors that support the establishment of brain death are forced to admit that the evidence for brain death is small and practically non-existent. Dr. Evans points out that the public is not aware of how little the scientific method was used to come to the conclusion of brain death. The public is not aware that a ground breaking phenomenal decision was made by a handful of men in a committee. Why is there a movement to ignore the legitimate concerns about validity of brain death? The answer lies with the result of brain death.

The Harvesting

With brain deaths creation it has enabled the launch of organ donation. Lives have been saved by people being willing to donate their organs to replace faulty ones in others. Remember the definition of brain death is that a human can be dead with a beating heart. If brain death was not legitimate then that means the entire time we have tried to save lives we have been taking them instead. Today organ donation has been placed upon people and anyone who questions its legitimacy has to be put in their place. To question its legitimacy means genocide. It is a brutal thought, but most of these same doctors support the slaughter of innocent children in the womb. Remember if we make it easy to redefine life anything can go. It is not farfetched to say if a culture will kill its children it will kill its old and it’s dying.

If the unborn are not safe then who says that the near death are not in similar danger. The truth can be so ugly that every bone in one’s body wants to believe a lie, but that does not change reality. Dr. Paul Byrne has concluded that organ donation kills. Others join him in the realization that bad science has led to a fatal reality. When a declared brain dead patient has his organs harvested he usually has all the signs of a living person. A brain dead patient can have a pulse, normal steady body temperature, and all bodily functions. Common sense would declare this person alive. No truly dead person can urinate, have a heartbeat, and fully functioning organs.  Dr. Paul Byrne has studied the process of harvesting organs. He said this “Vital organs (from the Latin vita, meaning life) include the heart, liver, lungs, kidneys and pancreas. In order to be suitable for transplant, they need to be removed from the donor before respiration and circulation cease. Otherwise, these organs are not suitable, since damage to the organs occurs within a brief time after circulation of blood with oxygen stops. Removing vital organs from a living person prior to cessation of circulation and respiration will cause the donor’s death” (Vital, 2008, para.4). The basis of organ donation is the existence of brain death. So if brain death can be a proven myth then organ donation is proven murder. Lives are at stake. The medical community knows this and that is why any questioning of this practice will be met with staunch resistance from the medical community supporting this practice.

The operation the medical community uses to harvest organs has some appalling facts that come with it. Since the vital organs like the heart must be active in order to be donated, when the doctors go to “dissect” the brain dead patients the blood pressure rises and the nerves of the patient begin to send neurons in hypertension (Medscape 2003). This is not a sign of a dead person. The truth, people are having their functioning organs ripped out of their body and they can feel every second of it (Organ removal). There are countless cases of times when patients have woken up just before their organs were harvested (Harvester/TOAD, 2013). This gives cause to believe brain death is not always dead. In Europe some organ harvesters use an anesthetic while at the same time claim that brain dead patients feel no pain. (WSJ, 2012, web)  This is makes no sense. In the United States no anesthetic is used but a paralyzing drug is used to insure that the body does not squirm or move during the operation. Dr. Byrne addresses the issue with this statement in an interview “That is why during the excision of vital organs, doctors find the need to use anesthesia and paralyzing drugs to control muscle spasms, blood pressure and heart rate changes, and other bodily protective mechanisms common in living patients” (CF, 2008, para.18). Genocide is all a person is left to think.

The Action to be taken

How can genocide like this happen without outcry? Remember this same medical community endorses the killing of innocent children in the millions. When people redefine truth it loses its value. What drives many away from this topic is the realization that an organ they received or an organ a loved one gave resulted in murder by the scalpel of a doctor. The pain is real and can be unbearable, but the fact remains. In 2005 the American people watched Terri Schiavo starve to death because she was considered a vegetable and in a brain dead state. Therefore she should be taken off of life support was the ruling of the judge. People do not value life because we have allowed redefinition. When we do not hold on to an absolute definition of life we can allow atrocities like organ donation, euthanasia happens publicly and unquestioned by people.

What can the people do to address organ donation? The issue is so delicate because of the emotional trauma it would cause those who have had loved ones donate or receive organs. The best thing to do is to educate all people about the real facts of organ donation to allow them to realize what happens when you sign on to donate your organs. The coercion to donate your organs is terrible considering what really happens when you donate your organs. It is best to present facts and allow people to come to their own conclusions based off of true science. Not emotional stories that attempt to justify killing one for their organs to save another, these stories lack scientific data and evidence as to what happens when someone is declared brain dead.

Conclusion

Science and medicine cannot be thrown out the window to accommodate the desire to believe organ donation is a good thing. A real doctor will consider the facts and make a judgment. A wise doctor will not opt to change 5,000 years of the definition of death to accommodate the rationalization of ripping vital organs out of living people. No matter how unpopular it maybe. People who stand against the system are hated because they challenge the powers that be. While it is not always appropriate to challenge the medical authority, it is appropriate to do so when there is medical authority on both sides of the topic with one screaming foul play. Is popularity and acceptance more important than speaking out against the taking of lives in the name of saving lives? The answer is no, and it will always be no. Augustine of Hippo said “Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it” (Augustine, 2013, web). Truth may not always be popular but it will remain the truth regardless of what others do to cover up and hide it from the masses.

 

 

 

 

 

References

(Congress) Congress. (1987). Life-sustaining Technologies and the Elderly. Collingdale, PA: Diane Publishing Co.  Retrieved from http://books.google.com/books?id=rAz4nl35KkIC&pg=PA59&dq=irreversible+coma+Harvard&as_brr=1&client=firefox-a#v=onepage&q=92.151&f=false

(Medical) Farlex. (2000). Brain Death. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company. Retrieved From http://www.medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/brain+death

(Government, 2011) US National Library of Medicine. 2011. Reversible brain death after cardiopulmonary arrest and induced hypothermia.. NLM  Publication number 1538-42. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21494112

(Bloodletting) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloodletting

(Leviticus 17:11) Leviticus 17:11. For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. King James Version (KJV)

(Byrne, 2012, para. 21) Byrne, Dr. Paul. (February 16, 2012). Why are Pastoral Care Workers ignorant of the realities of “brain death”?. May 1, 2013. From http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/byrne/120216

(Evans) US National Library of Medicine. 2011. Brain death: Brain death is a recent invention. NLM  Publication number 1538-42. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1124114/

 (Vital, 2008, para.4) Engel, Randy. (2008). Vital Organ Transplantation
and “Brain Death”. Catholic Family News. Vol. 1, (Issue 1.) unknown   Retrieved from  http://www.cfnews.org/ByrneInterview.htm

(Medscape 2003) Smith, Susan L.  MN, PhD. (Mar 28, 2003). Organ and Tissue Donation and Recovery. Retrieved March 1, 2013, from http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/451208_10

(Organ removal) Life Guardian Foundation. (Unknown). Facts about being an Organ Donor pamphlet. Retrieved February 20, 2013, from http://www.truthaboutorgandonation.com/files/pdfs/Facts_About_Being_An_Organ_Donor.pdf

(Harvester/TOAD, 2013) Byrne, Paul A.  M.D. (February 16, 2012). Why are Pastoral Care Workers ignorant of the realities of “brain death”?. February 19, 2013, from http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/byrne/120216

http://www.truthaboutorgandonation.com/Survivors.html

(WSJ) Teresi, Dick. (April 4, 2012). What You Lose When You Sign That Donor Card. February 19, 2013, from http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204603004577269910906351598.html

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(Augustine) “Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it  from http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/126110-right-is-right-even-if-no-one-is-doing-it