A week or so ago I found a very colorful 11 x 6 postcard in my mail with the following message:
and on the back side
Life Centers welcomes
George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States,
as keynote speaker for the
Celebration of Life
Join us for an inspiring evening with George Bush
and Grammy Award-winning artist Sandi Patty!
Thursday, April 14, 7pm
Concert Seating – Doors open and concessions available at 6pm
Learn about our life-saving mission at lifecenters.com
For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com, call 1-800-745-3000
or visit the Conseco Fieldhouse Box Office.
Sure, I would like to celebrate life. I have a good life with no financial worries, a roof over my head, family, friends, good health, etc. Sure, I would like to celebrate life. However, even before I investigated further, my intuition told me that this was not the kind of life celebration that would draw me to it. The address on the postcard was not "resident" but had my name. What mailing list did they get this from?
Conseco Fieldhouse is the home of the Indiana Pacers and seats 18,345. I would imagine that the rental price is a hefty sum. Sponsors listed for this event are Hendricks Regional Health and St Vincents Health .
As I as I went to the Life Center website , I discovered that:
Helping women in unexpected pregnancy situations is a special way of sharing Christ’s compassion, love, and hope. Life Centers affirms the value of life in this way by providing a network of care that includes counseling, healing support, and resources that explain the truth about life.
The mission of Life Centers is to affirm the value of life by providing a network of care to those experiencing pregnancy-related crisis and by compassionately presenting biblical truth resulting in changed lives to the glory of God.
Life Centers is a pregnancy resource center based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Founded in 1982, Life Centers provides compassionate care to thousands of women facing unplanned pregnancies each year in Central Indiana.
At our eight pregnancy centers our dedicated staff and volunteers provide confidential, free services including pregnancy tests, ultrasound exams, peer counseling, support services (such as diapers, bottles, maternity and baby clothing, etc.) and post-abortion support groups.
At the heart of our life-saving mission is our passion to proclaim biblical truth that results in changed lives to the glory of God. We believe the love and salvation found in Jesus Christ is the hope for those facing unplanned pregnancies.
Except for all the religious references which give me reason to be suspicious, this sounds as if they are really helping women in difficult situations.
Statement of Faith: [ the bolding is mine ]
The National Association of Evangelicals Statement of Faith has been adopted by both Care Net and Life Centers. All employees and volunteers of Life Centers adhere to the following basic Biblical truths:
1.We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible authoritative Word of God.
2.We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3.We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
4.Life Centers is committed to integrity in dealing with clients , earning their trust, and providing promised information and services. Life Centers denounces any form of deception in its corporate advertising or individual conversations with its clients.
5.Life Centers is committed to assisting women to carry to term by providing emotional support and practical assistance. Through the provision of God’s people and the community at large, women may face the future with hope and plan constructively for themselves and their babies.
6.Life Centers does not discriminate in providing services because of race, creed, color, national origin, age or marital status of its clients.
7. Life Centers does not recommend, provide, or refer for abortion or abortifacients .
8.Life Centers offers assistance free of charge at all times.
9.Life Centers is committed to creating awareness within the local community of the needs of pregnant women, and of the fact that abortion only compounds human need rather than resolving it.
10. Life Centers does not recommend, provide, or refer single women for contraceptives. (Married women seeking contraceptive information should be urged to seek counsel, along with their husbands, from their pastors and/or physicians.)
11.Life Centers recognizes the validity of adoption as an alternative to abortion, but is not biased toward adoption when compared to the other life-saving alternatives. Life Centers is independent of adoption agencies, relating to them in the same manner as to other helpful referral sources. Life Centers receives no payment of any kind from these agencies, does not enter into contractual relationships with them, and does not share combined office space. Adoption agencies are not established under the auspices of centers. Life Centers neither initiates nor facilitates independent adoptions, though they may refer for independent adoptions in states where it is legal.
They have a state approved "Choose Life" license plate from which they receive $25 for each plate sold.
On Larry King Live last week, there was a discussion of Focus on the Family’s ad that is scheduled to run during the Super Bowl. Here is an exchange between Terry O’Neil , President of National Organization for Women (NOW) and Jim Daly , President and CEO of Focus on the Family :
O’NEILL: Focus on the Family is actually one of the most extreme anti-abortion groups around there, you know. And — and you fund these crisis pregnancy centers that have been shown — there’s a report out of Congress. Henry Waxman’s committee issued a report on crisis pregnancy centers using false and deceptive practices in their efforts simply to convince women — no matter what was good for the woman — to continue a pregnancy…
O’NEILL: …because Focu
s on the Family thinks that’s the right thing to do.
DALY: And it was paid for by just a handful of friends that are supporters of Focus on the Family.
CARVILLE: Would the National Organization for Women — in a free country, would you afford them the chance to buy an ad on CBS also?
TANTAROS: Sure, why not? It’s a free country. You advocate for free speech.
CARVILLE: Yeah, again, I don’t — again.
TANTAROS: They don’t have the money to do it.
CARVILLE: If they pay the money, Tim Tebow — I don’t really have a problem with running the ad either. But once CBS — that’s fine. Once CBS has opened this door, there will be advocacy groups buying for ads, I guess, if they can raise the money. We’ll see. That’s fine.
KING: Andrea, what do you make about the gay Internet dating service being denied an ad?
TANTAROS: Look, Larry, if there’s one thing we can all agree on, on this panel, it’s free speech. James, I’ve heard you argue for it many times and I think that we have that right in this country. Focus on the Family just happens to have the money to do it and I’m glad that they can do it.
KING: So did the gay Internet dating service. Why shouldn’t they get their free speech on?
TANTAROS: Hey, that’s CBS’ issue. That’s another thing that we have, private industry, where businesses and networks can make their own decisions. Hopefully, that doesn’t change either.
CARVILLE: Well, I don’t quite understand. You’re saying that Focus on the Family — it’s a free country, and they ought to be able to have the ad. But that the gay dating service shouldn’t.
TANTAROS: I never said the gay dating service shouldn’t. I never said the gay dating service shouldn’t.
CARVILLE: OK. We’re in agreement then. We’re in vigorous agreement here.
Celebrate life. Wouldn’t if be fantastic if CFI Indiana had the money to rent Conseco Fieldhouse for a celebration of the Exuberant Secular Humanist life? Wouldn’t it be great if CFI had the money to air an ad during the Super Bowl? Oh, but the gay dating service had the money but still weren’t allowed to air their ad and after all CBS is a private company and can decide what ads it airs. On the other hand if we did have the money, I like what Terry O’Neil said, "Well, the truth is, if I had $2.5 million, I wouldn’t give it to CBS. I would be using it to advocate equality for women."
Why is it that the right-to-lifers will go to any expense and deception to interfere with a woman’s right to choose instead of using that money to feed the millions of children throughout the world who are starving to death? That would be a true celebration of life. It is not surprising which side the former President is on.