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A reflection on the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

By Jonathon Van Maren

Thousands of gravestones spot the lush green lawn of Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, but one is different than the others. There is no name carved on it, and no date of birth. The plain gray marker simple states, “Twenty Three Unborn Children, Victims of Abortion.  Laid To Rest May 3, 2008.” These lines are followed by a verse from Scripture: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

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The Bridgehead Radio: Jonathon Van Maren interviews Dr. Mary Anne Layden

Jonathon interviewed Dr. Mary Anne Layden, a psychotherapist and Director of Education at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. She is Director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program and the Director of the Social Action Committee for Women’s Psychological Health.

Dr. Layden co-authored Cognitive Therapy of Borderline Personality Disorder with C. Newman, A. Freeman and S. Morse. She wrote many chapters on Cognitive Therapy, especially on treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. She co-authored a chapter with Linnea Smith called “Adult Survivors of the Child Sexual Exploitation Industry” in Cooper, S. et al (Eds) Medical, Legal, & Social Science Aspects of Child Sexual Exploitation: A Comprehensive Review of Pornography, Prostitution, and Internet Crimes.

The Bridgehead Radio: Jonathon Van Maren interviews Judith Reisman

Jonathon interviews Dr. Judith Reisman, (author of Sex, Lies, and Kinsey) on the legacy of Alfred Kinsey and the Kinsey Reports.

Breaking Pandora's Box

By Caleb Van Der Weide

Anti-abortion activism is like Pandora's Box.

Pandora’s Box contained all the evils imaginable by man and many we could not imagine, but deep within the box was kept the spirit of hope, tirelessly ministering unto the wounds left by her brothers and sisters. It is a common occurrence while taking part in activism that involves abortion victim photography to have people become quite angry and agitated with the message. People are often shocked by the sudden appearance of human suffering and horrific injustice and demand that it disappear again. We have Pandora’s Box, and it is our collective duty to protect society from its presence. It is a simple enough story, and a fairly straightforward comparison at first glance: the box containing all the evils of the world is opened and releases them to wreak havoc much like we release these injustices upon society. How accurate is this comparison upon closer examination?

My little sister Leonore

By Kyle Van Ruitenburg

I have a lot of siblings: four sisters and two brothers. They all have their unique characters, like every human does. Some are married. Some are still single. But one of them sticks out for me.

Her name is Leonore.

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She is currently fifteen years old. She goes to school, reads, plays piano, sings, writes, plays with her friends, plays pranks, dresses up and laughs a lot. Just like any 15 year old, you might say, and in a lot of ways she is. Except for one thing: Leonore has Down syndrome.

The Bridgehead Radio: Jonathon Van Maren interviews Rev. Canon Andrew White

Jonathon interviews the Reverend Canon Andrew White Hon PhD, Vicar of St George’s Church, Baghdad, the only Anglican Church in Iraq. Dubbed the “Vicar of Baghdad,” Rev. White is also President of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East. He was previously Director of International Ministry at the International Centre for Reconciliation at Coventry Cathedral, England.

One good reason we can change public opinion on abortion

By Jonathon Van Maren

People often pose me the question: Why do you guys actually think you can make a difference? Why do you guys think you can actually change public opinion?

The answer, obviously, is multi-faceted and rooted in how we know our strategy works. But for today, I’d like to answer that question with a story.

It was one of those days where it was absolutely packed on campus, with students milling everywhere around our huge display of abortion victim photography.  Early in the morning, an African American girl came up to the display, with a rather sceptical but dapperly dressed young man behind her.

“My name is Raven,” she informed me, instantly giving me a flashback to my first Florida experience a year ago. “My friend is pro-choice. Y’all are changing people’s minds right?”

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It's all about the children

by Justina Van Maren
 
If there’s one thing we hear everywhere we go; at “Choice” Chain, at Banner Project, at Highway Project, and post-carding, it is this: “What about the children?” While post-carding angry fathers burst out of their front doors, waving our postcards at us and exclaiming, “What if my kids saw this?” At “Choice” Chain people get right up close to yell that, “There’s a day care around the corner!” When we sit by the side of the road at Banner Project driver after driver rolls down the window to angrily declare that they have children in the back seat of their car. So as parents, guardians, aunts, uncles and concerned citizens gather to ask us, “What about the children?” We have one answer for them; it’s all about the children.
 
I know that many people are legitimately concerned about their children, but I have my doubts about some.

Melting my own hardened heart

By Emily Ryznar

This may sound irrational, but I have always been afraid of “finding myself”. I know that changing and growing up is a part of life, but I was paralyzed by the thought that maybe people wouldn’t like the young woman I became. Maybe I wouldn’t even like her.

What if my friends didn’t want to be my friends anymore? What if I wasn’t the daughter my parents dreamed of having? What if changing meant losing the people I loved the most?

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This summer, I found out what it’s like to be hated. To be laughed at. Abused. Scorned. The precious, shiny little bubble that I’d blown around myself was popped, and the jagged edges of a broken world shattered my pretty idea of reality.

The Bridgehead Radio: Jonathon Van Maren interviews Mariette Rozen

Jonathon interviews Mariette Rozen, who lived through a lost childhood. She was only three and a half years old, living in Brussels, when her “life was suddenly ripped apart and irrevocably changed by Nazis.”

 
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