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The graduate with a Science degree from Duke asks,
"Why does it work?" Graduates with an Engineering
degree from N.C.State asks, "How does it work?"
Grads with an Accounting degree U. of Mich. asks,
"How much will it cost?" The UNC Art School graduate
asks, "Do you want fries with that?"

Backlash: Hollywood, History -
- and the Truth

In the 1942 tearjerker NOW VOYAGER suave actor Paul Henreid says to
Bette Davis: "Shall we just have a cigarette on it?" As the two gaze
deeply into one another's eyes, Henreid puts two cigarettes into his
mouth, lights them, and hands one to Davis.

It was considered the ultimate in sophisticated romance.

Flash forward fifty-seven years. In the hit comedy MY BEST FRIEND'S
WEDDING Julia Roberts sits on the floor outside a hotel room, smoking
an illicit cigarette. Her friend yanks open the door and snatches the
cigarette from her fingers. "I want you to quit this [stuff] before it
kills you," he snarls.

It's the ultimate in social condemnation -- and a complete reversal of
the cinematic attitudes of yesteryear.

What happened between 1942 and 1997 to generate such a change? The
answer sheds a spotlight on how we may one day win the abortion debate.

As Frederica Mathewes-Green writes in a collection of essays called
THIRTY YEARS AFTER ROE V. WADE, our grandparents embraced values that
we now recognize as damaging, like cigarette smoking and heavy
drinking. Those attitudes, says Mathewes-Green, were celebrated in
movies in much the same way reckless sexual behavior is today. For
instance, in the hugely popular THIN MAN films, the heavy drinking of
both Myrna Loy and William Powell was treated as comic relief. Anyone
who objected to this view was dismissed as a moralizing busybody.

But then, something happened on the way from the bijou to the
multiplex. Americans began losing friends to lung cancer and emphysema
-- friends who smoked. And drunk drivers killed thousands of people. As
a result, cigarettes -- which kill 400,000 Americans a year -- are no
longer considered glamorous. Drinking to excess -- which kills 100,000
more -- is no longer considered funny. And for the most part, Hollywood
has stopped suggesting that they are.

It's important to understand, Matthews-Green points out, that it wasn't
all those warning labels on cigarette packages that got people to quit
smoking. And it wasn't the Temperance Union that convinced people to
stop getting drunk. It was truth itself and social pressure.

And that's where the abortion debate comes in. Modern films portray
sexual romps as great fun -- the height of hipness. Those who object
are dismissed as moralizing busybodies. But just as media messages
about drinking and smoking were gradually replaced with healthier
messages, we will one day see changes in how Hollywood portrays
sexuality, predicts Mathewes-Green. This will happen as more and more
people are harmed by promiscuous behavior, watch friends die of AIDS,
and see sisters, daughters, and girlfriends harmed or even killed by
so-called "safe, legal abortions."

So, yes indeed, we should keep talking about the horrors of abortion,
its impact on future pregnancies, and its link to depression and breast
cancer. We should do so knowing we will be mocked and maligned. But we
should also have hope, for the day will surely come when abortion won't
be portrayed as a noble decision by brave women who are harassed by
right wing, religious crazies.

Eventually, the truth will out -- and we'll see it even when we go to
the movies.

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As you read the Scriptures with your family, I hope
you'll have a new appreciation for who the "Word made
flesh" really is: He's the Creator who existed before time.
He's the Logos Who made heaven and earth, and Who
steers the stars in their courses. He is the Truth that is
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- Elephant tusks can weigh more than 300 lbs.
- Snakes of all species shake their tails when emotionally
aroused, but only the rattlesnake has a noisemaker.
- Gila monsters hold reserve food supplies in their tails.
- Some spider webs, it straightened out, would stretch 300 miles or more.
- Sahara desert fish have been caught in streams that flow
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There is 1 mile of railroad track in Belgium for every one
and a half square miles of land.


The Red Sea got its name from the occasionally extensive
blooms of algae that, upon dying, turn the sea's normally
intense blue-green waters to red.


The crayfish isn't a fish at all - it is related to the



Houdini was born Erich Weiss. In the early 1900s while
performing on the vaudeville circuit, Houdini worked with a
couple named Keaton. Their young son Joseph was intrigued
by Houdini's magic, and Houdini was quite taken with the boy.
Houdini nicknamed him "Buster." The name stuck, explaining
how Buster Keaton, the famous film comedian, got his name.



The digestive juices of crocodiles contain so much hydro-
chloric acid that they have dissolved iron spearheads and
6-inch steel hooks that the crocodiles have swallowed.



Anne Baxter, who co-starred in All About Eve, The Razor's
Edge, and The Ten Commandments, was the granddaughter of
world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.


"Uncommon valor was a common virtue."

Francis Bacon (1561-1626), Renaissance author and
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But these are written so that you may
believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the
Son of God, and that by believing in
Him you will have life. Jn 20:31

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call on Him while He is near. Let the
wicked forsake his way and the evil
man his thoughts. Let him turn to the
Lord, and He will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for He will freely
pardon. "For My thoughts are not
your thoughts, neither are your ways
My ways," declares the Lord. "As the
heavens are higher than the earth, so
are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down
from heaven, and do not return to it
without watering the earth and making
it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed
for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is My word that goes out from My
mouth: It will not return to Me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and
achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth
in peace; the mountains and hills will
burst into song before you, and all the
trees of the field will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the
pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle
will grow. This will be for the Lord's
renown, for an everlasting sign, which
will not be destroyed." Is 55

O Lord, you have searched me and you
know me. You know when I sit and when
I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying
down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know
it completely, O Lord. You hem me in -
behind and before; you have laid your
hand upon me. Such knowledge is too
wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where
can I flee from your presence? If I go up
to the heavens, you are there; if I make
my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide
me and the light become night around
me," even the darkness will not be dark
to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. For you
created my inmost being; you knit me
together in my mother's womb. I praise
you because I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; your works are wonderful, I know
that full well. My frame was not hidden
from you when I was made in the secret
place. When I was woven together in the
depths of the earth, your eyes saw my
unformed body. All the days ordained
for me were written in your book before
one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts,
O God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would
outnumber the grains of sand. When
I awake, I am still with you. Search me,
O God, and know my heart; test me
and know my anxious thoughts. See
if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Ps 139

But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up,
that I may show My power in you, and that My
Name may be declared in all the earth. Ex 9:16

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small:
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
- - Isaac Watts

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