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Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013: Support, awareness and principles

Posted Jan. 11, 2013, at 12:04 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 11, 2013, at 4:50 p.m.

Salvation Army thanks donors

The readers of the Bangor Daily News have done it again! This year they donated $48,280 through the Santa’s Helper Fund, which will allow us to serve your neighbors in 2013 as they seek a helping hand.

These are challenging economic times. I know some who contributed to Santa’s Helper didn’t have much extra to spare, yet they still gave knowing there others’ lives would be touched by the support. I am grateful for the generosity of each of you.

Through the contributions, people have provided groceries for our food pantry, meals through our Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen, the opportunity for youngsters to spend a week at camp on Sebago Lake this summer, heating and utility assistance to families, clothing and furniture for those who are trying to make ends meet and visits to shut-ins at care facilities and the county jail.

I value the trust you place in us to use your donations wisely, and each day we will do all that we can to be worthy of that trust.

I want to thank the Bangor Daily News for hosting the Santa’s Helper fund and to thank each one who contributed and shared their tributes and memorials each day. Along with the staff and volunteers of the Bangor Salvation Army, I wish you all the best in the new year.

Captain Tim Clark
Bangor Salvation Army

Bells for Babies

“Bells for Babies” is a national public remembrance for the 53 million babies who have died in the United States during the past 40 years through surgical abortions.

At noon on Jan. 22, all churches in the area are encouraged to ring their bells 53 times — one time for each million whose lives have ended.

On this day, prayers are encouraged for families to hold together in God’s love and discipline. May the love of God, our creator of life and love for our fellow man prevail for our families, the sick, the elderly, our enemies and others.

May the virtues of charity and chastity prevail. May the sins of selfishness, violence, wars, perversion of human sexuality, unforgiveness, the rejection of spouses and children, unborn or born, cease.

Anyone anywhere is encouraged to join in prayer at home, on the road, at work, in school and at church.

“Bells for Babies” is encouraged by the Daughters of Isabella, Mary Magdalene Circle #639. Jan. 22 is the 40th anniversary of legalized abortions.

Johnnie Cancelarich

Pro-Life Chairman

Presque Isle

Understand the principles

In light of the article, “ Anti-abortion and abortion rights demonstrators clash in Portland” published in the BDN on Jan. 5, it is worth reviewing the underlying principle at stake.

For abortion to be legal, the state must be allowed to designate a class of humans to whom the protections of the law do not apply.

Justice Harry Blackmun explicitly stated this in the case, “Roe v. Wade” when he said, “the appellee … argues that the fetus is a ‘person’ within the language and meaning of the 14th Amendment .. if this suggestion is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would be guaranteed.”

The 14th Amendment reference was not happenstance, for that is the amendment that overrides the Supreme Court’s 1857 decision in “Scott v. Sanford,” which stated that “a … negro … is not a ‘citizen’ within the meaning of the Constitution.”

In both instances, the court allows the state to designate a class of human beings who are not “persons” protected under the law.

There is no difference in principle between “Roe v. Wade” and “Scott v. Sanford.” Both let the state target a class of human beings.

Indeed, the abortion laws are worse for their target class than the slavery laws were for theirs. After all, a slave was not condemned to death and might, like Dred Scott, sue for his or her freedom.

The fetus targeted by abortion simply dies. It is well for those who support “abortion rights” to understand clearly the principle they are supporting.

Tim Collins

Winterport

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