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june/july 2011 The Amazing Story of How… www.citizenmagazine.com $3.50 …in Maryland. by Karla Dial, Page 10
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june/july 2011 The Amazing Story of How… www.citizenmagazine.com $3.50 …in Maryland. by Karla Dial, Page 10

june/july 2011

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Contents

FEATURES

  • 4 A Legacy of Transforming Hearts, Minds — and Lives Exodus International celebrates 35 years of proclaiming freedom from homosexuality.

    • 10 A Done Deal, Undone Maryland’s same-sex marriage bill had everything it needed in place to become law. So why didn’t it?

    • 27 The ‘Grizzly Effect’ Planned Parenthood and gay activist groups are trying to get comprehensive sex education into schools — but parents are fighting back.

BRIEFINGS

  • 9 Exploring Ethics New DVD series addresses the causes of and cures for the moral decay of today’s culture.

    • 22 Here Comes the Cavalry College students are bringing energy, enthusiasm and ideas to the pro-life movement.

IN EVERY ISSUE

  • 14 Whee! The People

  • 16 Advisories

  • 26 Letters to the Editor

COMMENTARY

  • 17 Preparing for the Coming Storm The storms of anti-Christian intolerance have been swift and severe worldwide — and they are heading for the U.S.

  • 24 How We Voted 5,000 Times Well, sort of. Welcome to “Tom and Deb’s Picks.”

EDITOR’S DESK

  • 30 Tom Minnery

June/July 2011 • Vol. 25, No. 6 ISSN 1084-6832

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Student adviser Beth Dawkins and several members of the Glendale Community College chapter of Students for

Student adviser Beth Dawkins and several members of the Glendale Community College chapter of Students for Life.

Here Comes the Cavalry

College students are bringing energy, enthusiasm and ideas to the pro-life movement.

by Matt Kaufman

S ince the 1990s, surveys have shown young people growing more pro-life. But where are the activists

among the millennial generation — the ones who work to protect the preborn throughout society? Well, many of them are involved with Students for Life of America (SFLA), which is dedicated to train- ing and equipping college and high school students to stand for life on — and off — campus. Kristan Hawkins, the group’s executive director, says of millen- nials, “Their enthusiasm and love for the pro-life movement is truly amazing.” Yet, one can’t help notice that Hawkins’ contagious energy, enthusiasm and vision just might have something to do with it. Under Hawkins’ leadership, SFLA has more than 600 active

campus chapters in 48 states — up from 181 when she became head of the group in 2006, at the ripe-old age of 21. Not one to rest on her laurels, Hawkins is shooting for 1,000 chapters. And, for her, one thing is certain: These groups aren’t just so- cial clubs for like-minded people. They’re all about working to save lives — and learning how to do it effectively. Since 2006, SFLA has trained more than 7,000 students through campus visits, seminars and nation- al conference workshops. Training is comprehensive: It covers activ- ism, apologetics, communication, event planning, recruiting and maintaining members. Since they are on the “front lines,” students are also taught how to help pregnant women find medical assistance and offer practical support. “Students are the ones who have

the greatest ability to reach out to these women,” Hawkins said. “Stu- dents are the ones who can break through their peers’ apathy, edu- cate them and deal with on-cam- pus opposition. That’s why it’s so critical to train them to make an impact.” While SFLA prefers to train leaders in person, the tech-savvy staff has developed online train- ing sessions and videos for when the hands-on approach isn’t practi- cal. The staff also takes advantage of Skype and webcasts to regularly communicate with students across the country.

Endless Innovation

Hawkins says that the SFLA staff is constantly energized by the out- side-the-box thinking generated by its members. “We get emails constantly from students who (come) up with new, innovative ideas for pro-life events and activities,” Hawkins said. “Just when you think that everything has been tried, they find a powerful new way to spread the message of human rights for preborn people.” In fact, a few months ago, SFLA — in tandem with another youth- oriented pro-life group, Live Action — tapped into millennials’ inter- est in visual media by launching a video contest. The topic: Why Congress should end federal fund- ing for Planned Parenthood. Dozens of submissions were re- ceived which, at press time, had garnered a (combined) tens of thou- sands of views on YouTube. The ap- proaches ranged from emphasizing facts on abortion and Planned Par- enthood to musical compositions to compelling personal stories (For more information on the contest, visit http://shar.es/H3joU). Some of those stories are heart- warming. Some are grim. Some are both. A young West Indian woman named Melissa Pereira, whose vid- eo won the contest, told of how her

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abusive father repeatedly bullied her mother into abortions. In the presence of Planned Parenthood staff, he browbeat and manhandled her, telling her that abortion was her “only choice.” The staff sent them to an abortion clinic. “So much for empowering wom- en,” Melissa said on her video. Besides telling her story, she takes part in pro-life activism in other ways, including sidewalk counseling outside abortion clinics. “Seeing them turn away was a true victory,” she wrote on Life- news.com. “While they (Planned Parenthood) tell you … to ‘take care down there,’ I tell you (to) take care of you, your whole person, your mind, heart and the life you may carry within you.”

‘High tech, High touch’

Hawkins found that once students get engaged in creative projects like the video contest, they often re- main engaged. “Many who participated in the contest are continuing to make videos,” she said. “They’re reach- ing more people than could’ve ever been imagined in past generations.” And while SFLA makes full use of social media to maximize its im- pact (“For most students, Facebook is second nature and a daily activ- ity,” Hawkins notes), the group also understands that success is not measured by online activity. “Personal contact with students is key,” Hawkins stated. “They’re swamped with emails and text mes- sages. Getting out and personally meeting these students is the best thing you can do.” This is especially true for stu- dents studying for careers in medi- cine and law — fields that tend to be directly impacted by abortion policies. In addition to helping those bud- ding professionals prepare for their future work, SFLA helps them deal with challenges in the present. The medical students, for example, of-

SFLA is ‘Satisfying a Great Need Within the Pro-Life Movement’

W hen asked what they

think of “the kids” in

the movement, veteran

pro-life leaders bestow endless

accolades:

“Students for Life bring new energy and enthusiasm to the pro-life movement. They help or- ganize the new generation of pas- sionate pro-life students to reach our goal of ending abortion.”

Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America

“For the pro-life movement to be successful, young people must join the ranks in pro-life activism. Students for Life of America is raising up student

leaders to defend and protect life on their college campuses. Students for life is satisfying a great need within the pro-life movement.”

Phyllis Schlafly, founder and president of Eagle Forum

“The 20th century civil rights movement accomplished much with the energy and commitment of the students of that era. The members of Students for Life of America bring that same spirit and focus to the pro-life move- ment of the 21st century.”

Dr. Alveda C. King, director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life l

ten face pressure to violate their ethics on issues like abortion, eu- thanasia and embryonic stem-cell research. Dominique Monlezun, national coordinator for Medical Students for Life of America (MSLA), recent- ly co-authored an article with John T. Bruchalski, physician for The National Review, and highlighted cases of discrimination involving pro-life pre-med students. “Ryan,” for instance, was punished by his own mentor for suggesting adop- tion as an alternative to abortion in the case of a troubled pregnancy. The professor later placed a memo in the student’s permanent file — which his prospective employers saw and will continue to see — calling him a “future abortion-clin- ic bomber.” “This kind of discrimination makes countless students hide their beliefs — and their identities — for fear of risking their grades and ca- reers,” Monlezun and Bruchalski concluded. But even under those pressures, many aren’t intimidated. MSFLA recently hosted a national bioethics

symposium and tour at 23 medical schools, including the likes of Har- vard, John Hopkins and the Mayo Medical School. Nearly 1,000 med- ical students showed up to discuss and debate the issues. Hawkins isn’t surprised. In the students she talks to, she sees a de- gree of conviction that runs deep. “They’re dedicated to the pre- born and will continue to stand for life long after college,” she said. “Some want to enter the pro-life movement professionally when they graduate, and many more will bring its message into their profes- sions. Either way, they’re ready to dedicate their lives to abolishing abortion — in their lifetime.” l

for more information

Learn more about Students for Life

of America at StudentsForLife.org, AbolishAbortion.com and Expose- PlannedParenthood.net. Medical Students can visit Med.StudentsForLife.org.

Matt Kaufman is an Illinois-based freelance writer and former associate editor of Citizen.

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TOM MINNERY

‘Waiting for Superman’

  • I spend a fair amount of time in large cit- ies, so it’s no surprise that I run into pan- handlers on street corners. Some approach me. Others carry hand-scrawled cardboard signs, typically reading, “Homeless. Any- thing helps. God bless.” And herein lies the problem. “Anything” doesn’t help. What helps is something very specific. Something I suspect that most of these unfortunate people missed a long time ago, and it’s most likely gone for good. I start thinking about this whenever I have one of these sidewalk encounters. And I must admit it makes me a poor prospect for a handout — not because I’m mean, but because I’m dis- tracted. So permit me to lay out my thoughts. There are three things that serve to keep people off the streets: A moral compass, a family and an education. God bless the host of inner-city ministries that strive to instill that moral compass that can be so successful in helping at least some people break free of the street vices, alcohol and drugs that accompany homelessness. Faith in Jesus Christ is a means to a trans- formed life now, as well as the life to come. The next part, an intact family, is more problematic. The astonishing rise of births to single mothers, now at 72 percent among African-American women, is a breathtaking statistic, and erases a child’s chance at the stabilizing influence of an intact family. The scope of the social pathologies facing chil- dren in fatherless homes is too extensive to recount here, but suffice it to say they do not produce children who are likely to do well in school. Part three is an education, and therein lies a particular heartache for me. When he was in office, President George W. Bush signed leg- islation to create “opportunity scholarships” to give Washington, D.C., students a chance to escape their failing public schools, and get into better private schools, such as the one to which President Obama sends his girls, Sasha and Malia. When Obama became president, however, he chose to stop this education program. Lead- ership within D.C.’s teacher unions, which

has a stranglehold on the public schools, didn’t like the competition. One would think that Obama — of all presidents — might have a special place in his heart for the 2,000 chil- dren, nearly all of them African-American, who embarked on the program. In fact, under pressure, the White House allowed those chil- dren presently enrolled to finish, but blocked children from entering the doors of the better D.C. schoolhouses thereafter. Educational choice has long been an em- phasis of Congressman John Boehner, R-Ohio, so when he became House Speaker this year he insisted that the D.C. scholarship program be restored, at least for the next five years. And isn’t that an irony? It is the Republi- cans who are labeled as “racist” for wanting to cut federal spending on social programs, when, in fact, their efforts on behalf of mi- nority schoolchildren are strongly opposed by Democrats when it comes to a better educa- tion for a child. Across the nation, this is no small matter to the kids and their parents. Getting into good schools is incredibly significant to them, and the point was made grippingly well in last year’s documentary Waiting for Superman. I saw the trailer but not the movie. I couldn’t bear to see the pain on the faces of the kids who weren’t chosen in the lottery for the few available charter school spots. Well, believe it or not, these are the thoughts that run through my mind when I’m approached by a panhan- dler. What are your thoughts? Do you know someone who is making a difference in edu- cation? In your community? I always love to hear from you. l

Tom Minnery is the executive director of CitizenLink and the editor of Citizen. Send feedback to citizeneditor@family.org.

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