No One Is Reporting on the Kermit Gosnell Trial

No One Is Reporting on the Kermit Gosnell Trial

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Why so little coverage of Philadelphia’s ‘House of Horrors’?

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is a Philadelphia abortionist currently on trial for medical procedures gone wrong. More specifically, he is being tried for murdering one woman and seven infants in botched, late-term and post-birth abortion procedures.

But much of the mainstream media has been deafeningly silent about it. This criminal trial warrants a lot more coverage. Here is why.

Gosnell’s trial began March 18, 2013, following fbi raids at his clinic in February 2010 and his arrest in January 2011. For 30 years, he had been using rogue, unsanitary abortion practices, to say the least.

In a Jan. 28, 2011, article titled “Philadelphia’s ‘House of Horrors’,” Trumpet columnist Stephen Flurry wrote about the grisly details of Kermit Gosnell’s case and the media’s reaction to it. He wrote:

[The media has] gone shamefully silent about the political climate that motivated Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s murderous rampage against women and babies over the course of his 30-year career.In February of [2010], federal agents raided Gosnell’s West Philadelphia abortion clinic on the suspicion he was distributing prescription drugs illegally. But what started as a routine drug bust ended with a nauseating tour through a “house of horrors.” It was a disgusting scene one might expect to find in a Third World country—but certainly not in Pennsylvania.The facility was filthy. Flea-infested cats roamed the hallways. There was blood on the floor, animal excrement on stairwells. The stench of urine permeated the air. Medical instruments were left unsterile. Moaning, drugged-up patients were covered with blood-soaked blankets. And the remains of 45 fetuses were strewn all over the facility, stuffed in bags, jars, plastic jugs, juice cartons—even cat-food containers.

It’s hard to describe it further. The clinic “was a house of horrors beyond any type of definition or explanation I can humbly try to give,” Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams told cnn. “My grasp of the English language doesn’t really allow me to fully describe how horrific this clinic was—rotting bodies, fetal remains, the smell of urine throughout, blood-stained.”

In spite of these gory details, the media has not said much about it, at least comparatively speaking. Writing for Forbes.com, Mike Ozanian said that “it is disturbing that Mike Rice gets more coverage than Kermit Gosnell ….” Even the murder trial of Jodi Arias is getting more attention.

The reason for the scant media coverage of this case seems to be the same reason why authorities did little to prevent the horrors in Gosnell’s clinic, despite multiple condemning health inspections.

District Attorney Williams and the Investigating Grand Jury produced a non-partisan, 261-page report on this case. They believe “the reason no one acted is because the women in question were poor and of color, [and] because the victims were infants without identities, and because the subject was the political football of abortion.”

On the race side of things, some observers have noted the race card at play as an explanation for the media’s relative silence. After all, Gosnell’s attorney described the trial as “a targeted, elitist and racist prosecution of a doctor who’s done nothing but give to the poor and the people of West Philadelphia.” Gosnell is black, and he mostly treated poor, minority and immigrant women.

As for the politics, the jury report noted that in 1993, “the Pennsylvania Department of Health abruptly decided, for political reasons, to stop inspecting abortion clinics at all. The politics in question were not anti-abortion, but pro. With the change of administration from [pro-life] Governor Casey to [pro-choice] Governor Ridge, officials concluded that inspections would be ‘putting a barrier up to women’ seeking abortions. Better to leave clinics to do as they pleased, even though, as Gosnell proved, that meant both women and babies would pay.”

Ironically, in an article titled “The Questions No One Is Asking About the Kermit Gosnell Case,” pro-choicers Kate Michelman and Carol E. Tracy refer to Pennsylvania’s strictness—not laxity—on abortion procedures as the reason why clinics like Kermit Gosnell’s existed.

But their arguments reveal possible reasons for the media’s minimum reportage. They argued that throughout the ’70s and ’80s, “Pennsylvania’s primary goal was to overturn Roe v. Wade. The state, they wrote, has not nurtured a system of abortion care that is woman-focused, readily accessible, and responsive to their medical needs.” They noted that abortion is so stigmatized that “many people think it is still illegal 40 years after Roe v. Wade.” Some women wanting abortions have been “scared away” by anti-abortion protesters at Planned Parenthood clinics. They were left with no option but to go to Kermit Gosnell’s clinic, “where protesters (ironically) were not an issue.” The article concludes:

History tells us that whether abortion is legal or illegal, women will have abortions—the only difference is whether women live or die. As in the pre-Roe days, women with resources can usually find quality care; but those without resources will often seek out the cheapest possible care. The long-term impact of burdening and stigmatizing abortion care could be that the most vulnerable women will once again have to risk their health and lives to get what should be a completely safe and common medical procedure.

This would appear to be the other reason for the hush-hush around the Gosnell case: the argument that since anti-abortionists have forced women to risk their lives in dubious abortion procedures by obscure, rogue doctors, those doctors should be cut some slack. Besides, wouldn’t reporting much about it seem too anti-abortion? Wouldn’t it tend to raise the case against abortion?

There is tremendous value and potential in human life—before or after birth. “Any means by which people cut off that human life,” wrote Trumpet columnist Joel Hilliker in 2000, “demonstrates a pitiable ignorance—a lack of true education—about the purpose for human life and the incredible potential bound up within it.”

The same is true about how the media reports about it.

For more on the subject, read “The Missing Dimension in the Abortion Issue” and The Incredible Human Potential.

Dividing the Middle East

Dividing the Middle East

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How the growing influence of Iran is bringing about the Psalm 83 alliance.

Dubai’s police chief, Dhahi Khalfan, lashed out at the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) last week, shedding more light on the growing friction between Shiite and Sunni Muslims in the region. The MB is banned in the United Arab Emirates (uae), and is seen with a great deal of suspicion by many of the Gulf states that are Sunni-ruled.

Mr. Khalfan’s attack centered on the Egyptian branch of the Brotherhood. Relations between the uae and Egypt have deteriorated rapidly following the ousting of then President Hosni Mubarak. The Gulf states have all been on edge as they have watched the Arab Spring destabilize nations across the Middle East, especially since some of the revolutions, such as those in Libya and Egypt, were enabled by the foreign policies of the United States.

A string of arrests in the uae has done nothing to heal the divide between the small Gulf nation and the MB. Ninety-four members of the protest group al Islah were arrested on charges of attempting to overthrow the government and oust the ruling family. Their trials began on March 4. International observers and reporters have been denied access to the case, and the MB says the detained men are being mistreated.

The al Islah movement is suspected by uae officials to be funded by the MB in Egypt, with liaisons in Qatar. This supports their belief that the Brotherhood has a broader plan for the region. Mr. Khalfan said, “They want to change regimes that have been ruling for a long time …. [W]e have evidence this group was planning to overthrow rulers in the Gulf region.”

Mr. Khalfan shares the concern of many Sunni leaders in the Gulf states who see that Iran has benefited from each toppled government so far.

The oil-rich Saudi Arabia—seen as a leader among the Gulf states—is the most viable Arab counterbalance to Iran. But so far, the Saudis and their allies have been too busy working to put out spot fires of uprising within their own countries to prevent Iran from exploiting the Arab Spring.

The situation in Bahrain may already be out of hand. The uprising against the nation’s ruling family has been simmering for two years. With such a significant percentage of the populace being Shiite, Iran would love to see the opposition succeed. Saudi Arabia has lent its military support to the Bahraini rulers in an attempt to quell the rioting.

Although Egypt is overwhelmingly Sunni majority, it essentially fell to Iran in 2011 when the MB took control. Now the Gulf states are working to try to prevent that from happening with other nations. In December 2012, the Gulf Cooperation Council released a statement attacking “the continuing Iranian interference in the affairs of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s states.”

Mr. Khalfan was angry, saying that the West “sympathizes, adopts and supports” the Brotherhood. According to the Telegraph, the U.S. has supplied Egypt with over $2 billion in military aid annually since 1979. Against such powerful and well-supported enemies as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states believe they need outside help to avoid being overrun.

Since the U.S. is washing its hands of the Middle East and focusing more on eastern Asia, the Gulf states are looking more and more to Europe for backing.

This is prophecy being fulfilled!

Psalm 83 speaks of the alliance that will come about between Europe and a group of specific Arab nations in the Middle East. In his article titled “A Mysterious Prophecy,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry explained further:

“For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre [Lebanon]; Assur [Assyria or Germany] also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah” (Psalm 83:5-8). Here are the modern names of these nations, as taught at Ambassador College under Herbert W. Armstrong: Edom—Turkey; Ishmaelites—Saudi Arabia; Moab—Jordan; Hagarenes—anciently dwelt in the land known as Syria today; Gebal—Lebanon; Ammon—also Jordan.

Iran, Iraq, Egypt and Libya are not included in the list. They will be in a deadly alliance of their own.

Mr. Flurry continued, “Assur was the father of Assyria, which is the ancient name of Germany. (We prove the identity of these nations in our booklets The King of the South and Germany and the Holy Roman Empire.)”

However, don’t be duped into thinking that a German-led alliance will bring peace. Rather, it will bring even more destruction. But it will be brief because God won’t allow it to last.

The Psalm 83 alliance is coming on the scene soon! Read the free literature mentioned above. It will shed more light on the Psalm 83 alliance, and will give you a deeper understanding of God’s plan for the Middle East. Then you will see the true implications of Iran meddling in the Middle East, the backlash from Europe and its allies, and shortly thereafter, the return of Christ to this Earth in power and glory. He will rule all nations—Middle Eastern, European, every nation—and teach them the way of true happiness and joy.

Herbert W. Armstrong Visited the Philippines Weeks Before Pope John Paul II

Herbert W. Armstrong Visited the Philippines Weeks Before Pope John Paul II

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Mr. Armstrong met with President Marcos, spoke to university students, Rotary Clubs and government officials, and conducted large campaigns in Manila.

In mid-February 1981, the papal plane touched down in Manila. The trip took Pope John Paul ii to a large refugee camp. He also conducted mass in various locations, most notably Cebu City on February 19. John Paul’s message focused primarily upon the importance of family.

Preceding the pope was the internationally recognized ambassador for world peace, who had just concluded a spectacularly powerful and effective trip to the country.

He began by speaking at the Manila campus of Adamson University. Founded in 1932 as a one-classroom school by Greek chemist Dr. George Lucas Adamson, it was designed to be a training location for men and women in the field of industrial chemistry. An engineering program was added four years later, and it was officially recognized as a university in 1941.

Over time, pharmacy, science, education, law, business, architecture and theology curricula were added. It may come as a surprise to readers to learn that Adamson University transitioned from a secular academic institution to a Catholic one during the 1960s to be overseen by its friar presidents.

It was into this atmosphere that Herbert W. Armstrong stepped on stage, and for an hour the standing-room-only audience heard a message “on the spiritual values that alone would give to university students everywhere the opportunity to live happy and abundant lives” (Worldwide News, Feb. 9, 1981).

Then, 750 in attendance at a special meeting of the Philippine Constitution Association listened to Mr. Armstrong’s presentation as keynote speaker. The association was founded in 1961, and has focused on the preservation and defense of the national constitution. Over the past 50 years, the association has remained a source of legal guidance, sharing its research and findings. The chief justice of the national court, along with various governmental cabinet ministers, attended the event and heard the guest speaker proclaim the way to world peace.

The next day, the combined Rotary Clubs of Manila hosted Mr. Armstrong, and for an hour witnessed the declaration that “only the intervention of Jesus Christ, who will return soon to rule, as a King and High Priest, will prevent mankind from destroying itself” (ibid).

Later that evening, Minister for Labor Blas Ople hosted a dinner in Mr. Armstrong’s honor attended by ministers of agrarian reform, justice, and budget, along with directors of other government departments and select assemblymen. So moved by Mr. Armstrong’s comments that night, Conrado Estella, the minister for agrarian reform, invited Mr. Armstrong to speak to 450 of his employees, asking him to deliver a “spiritual message.”

Mr. Ople was installed as a senator in 1992, then senate president. It was during this time that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appointed him to the high post of foreign minister. He died in 2003 and was given the the Order of Lakandula, the highest presidential award, along with the honored designation as “hero” or in Philippine, “bayani.”

Mr. Estrella was a key architect of the National Electrification Administration as well as serving as an assemblyman, mayor, governor and congressman. He died in 2011 and was well-known for his interaction with Gen. Douglas MacArthur during the early 1960s when he returned to the Philippines.

On January 23, Mr. Armstrong was received by Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos for a special televised 45-minute interview. He later was received for a short meeting with the first lady, Imelda Marcos.

The next morning, across the front page of all newspapers in Manila, ran the photo of the honored ambassador for peace meeting with the president. Later that day, and again the next day, he spoke at the International Convention Center, delivering the gospel message of Matthew 24:14 to capacity crowds. In Manila, billboards appeared promoting his campaign lectures to motorists and featuring his picture accompanied by the words, “A Voice Cries Out! Herbert W. Armstrong Speaks on the Plain Truth about the World Tomorrow.”

Throughout Mr. Armstrong’s visit, national media covered his travels, while the Cultural Ministry hosted an essay contest tasking high school students to express in their own words the meaning of Mr. Armstrong’s message, receiving over 1,000 entries.

To learn more of the meaning and message delivered to the Philippine people, read Gerald Flurry’s booklet The Way of Peace Restored Momentarily, along with The God Family Vision.

BRAIN Initiative: Will Scientists Unlock the Human Mind?

The human brain is becoming the new frontier in science. On April 2, President Barack Obama proposed an effort to map the brain’s activity in unprecedented detail. The president allocated $100 million of his 2014 budget to a project called the brain Initiative.

The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative seeks to develop new treatments and cures for brain diseases. The White House says researchers will study “how the brain records, processes, uses, stores and retrieves” information.

“As humans, we can identify galaxies light years away, we can study particles smaller than an atom,” President Obama said, “but we still haven’t unlocked the mystery of the three pounds of matter that sits between our ears.”

The human brain is a mystery. It has produced awesome progress in the world, but also incredible evils. Why?

Herbert W. Armstrong examined this mystery 35 years ago in his booklet What Science Can’t Discover About the Human Mind. He pointed out that although human brains are basically identical in composition to animal brains, they produce vastly different outputs. “Science has no explanation,” he wrote, “due to unwillingness to concede even the possibility of the spiritual.”

While it may make significant strides in neurological research, the brain Initiative cannot reveal the secrets of the human mind. However, even on a much more limited budget, you can. Request our free booklet What Science Can’t Discover About the Human Mind, by Herbert W. Armstrong.

Mystery of the Ages

The Bible is a mystery to most people. Not only is it a mystery to those in education and science, even religion doesn’t truly understand it! Though that is a shocking statement, you can prove it true. Here is how to remove the mystery of the Bible!

Herbert W. Armstrong’s Contributions to the World Wildlife Fund

Herbert W. Armstrong’s Contributions to the World Wildlife Fund

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Mr. Armstrong met Dutch Prince Bernhard and authorized Ambassador Foundation support.

In August 1975, the Good News magazine published an article titled, “Ambassador International Cultural Foundation, Dedicated to Serving Humanity Worldwide.” In March of that year, Herbert W. Armstrong formalized the ongoing charitable and humanitarian activities of the work into the Ambassador International Cultural Foundation adjunct. “The foundation serves all without respect to race or national origin. It cuts through the complexities that divide this war-torn world. It is accepted by all. It is not political. It is not denominational or ‘religious’ in the traditional sense. Yet, its activities are based on right values on God’s Word and Bible truths.”

In seven short years the momentum of personal invitations from royalty, foreign governments and corporate leaders to discuss global problems, in conjunction with a glittering performing arts program serving the community, had established a firm foundation on which to build. By now, foundation projects were under way in Japan, India, Thailand, Philippines, Nepal, Jordan, Israel, Belgium, Egypt, England and the Netherlands.

That same year, the Worldwide News year-end special edition recounted that “Mr. Armstrong visited Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, husband of Queen Juliana.” Princess Juliana married Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterveld in 1937. Her reign spanned from 1948 to 1980. The Netherlands experienced significant change during the decades of her tenure, notably postwar rebuilding during the 1950s, student riots in 1960s and the oil crisis of the 1970s. Through it all, the queen received the admiration and adoration of the Dutch while addressing social issues as a monarchical priority.

The subject matter of the 1975 meeting with Mr. Armstrong centered upon support for and involvement with the World Wildlife Fund (wwf). From its smallest beginning in 1961, the wwf was established to raise funds internationally for the aid and expansion of global wildlife conservation. Support by such notables as Britain’s Prince Philip, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Netherlands’ Prince Bernhard propelled the organization forward toward notable accomplishments.

Maritime activities in Latin America, protection of animals in Africa, protection of European marshlands, and species and forestry protection in Asia, built to addressing broader legislative regulation in a myriad of industries impacting sea life, biodiversity, sustainability and pollution.

Now in its 52nd year, the wwf has expanded into a power of wildlife preservation for planet Earth. In an economically, technologically and culturally connected world, its activities have expanded into all corners of the globe, impacting and accessing millions worldwide.

The Dutch royals received the internationally recognized ambassador for world peace, and through that relationship the door opened for the Ambassador International Cultural Foundation to support the work of international wildlife conservation and preservation.

Readers may know Mr. Armstrong died in 1986, Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard in 2004, but they may have forgotten or been unaware of this charitable and humanitarian contribution Mr. Armstrong led on behalf of the Ambassador International Cultural Foundation, its supporters, Ambassador College and the Worldwide Church of God. The latter’s seal depicted a child leading a lion and lamb in the spirit of Isaiah 11:6: “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.”

Armstrong International Cultural Foundation founder and chairman Gerald Flurry has expended much effort over the past two decades involving various countries and cultures proving he is honoring the request by emperors, kings, queens, princes, presidents and prime ministers for this humanitarian legacy to be continued. Through these efforts, the foundation continues its contribution toward bringing about understanding between all peoples in the march forward to soon-coming world peace.