Posts Tagged ‘Relay for Life’

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posted by Josh Brahm, March 15, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

Responding to a Thoughtful Critique of My Relay for Life Show

by Josh Brahm

Last month I published an episode of Life Report on a complicated moral question that is very practical for pro-life advocates: should we boycott companies that support human embryonic stem cell research? (HESCR) Human embryonic stem cell research is when scientists take a living human embryo in the first two weeks of life, and kill her for her stem cells, with the hope to use them to help treat a disease. For some stem cell 101, check out this article. If you’re interested in reading other article I’ve written on stem cell research, click here.

We certainly didn’t cover all the ground that could be covered on the question of boycotting companies that participate or finance HESCR, but it at least started a discussion, which also turned out to be the most hotly debated topic among our cast in the 2011 season of Life Report. I had previously written articles on the boycott subject here and here.

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posted by Josh Brahm, April 18, 2011 @ 11:04 am

Responding to Criticism Over Pro-Life Concerns on American Cancer Society

by Josh Brahm

I was recently asked by a pro-choice friend, “What is the worst thing you’ve been called by someone on the other side of the abortion issue?” I was able to respond that I really haven’t had too many people scream at me or write angry emails or comments. I ruffle some pro-life feathers every once in a while by talking about faulty pro-life arguments on my netcast, but I’m happy to say that I get along with most pro-choice people, and we’re able to have some great dialogues.

I now have some new words I can tell my pro-choice friend I’ve been called.

A few weeks ago I wrote an article, published by LifeNews.com, explaining why I don’t think pro-lifers should support the American Cancer Society.

“Rmuse” is an opinion columnist at PoliticusUSA. According to his bio, he’s a married audio engineer, previously a former minister, and a fellow musician. In an article entitled “Christian Conservatives Declare War On The American Cancer Society,” Rmuse manages to call me a “religious fundamentalist,” a “hateful provocateur of death,” says I have a “pro-death agenda” and I’m a “killer.”

This article is posted at LifeNews.com. Click here to read it in full.

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posted by Josh Brahm, April 2, 2011 @ 11:07 am

Don’t Support American Cancer Society Relay for Life

by Josh Brahm

Its springtime and Relays for Life, the American Cancer Society’s main fundraiser, are happening in cities all across the country over the next several months. It can be difficult for pro-life advocates to decide exactly how involved to be in events like this, as we can all agree that curing cancer is an important goal, even something worth supporting.

Unfortunately the American Cancer Society is not an organization I can support, as they have been linked to organizations that support abortion, human cloning and Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research (HESCR).

A friend of mine and strong pro-life advocate, Clinton, found himself in an awkward situation last week. His Christian band had agreed to play at a Relay For Life not knowing that some of the money goes to HESCR. While meeting with Clinton, this question came up: “which is worse, giving up a ministry opportunity where Christian music could be heard by non-believers, or supporting something contrary to one’s beliefs?”

This article is posted at LifeNews.com. Click here to read it in full.

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posted by Josh Brahm, January 17, 2012 @ 10:00 am

Should Pro-Lifers Boycott the Relay for Life?

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Many people donate money to the American Cancer Society through their annual Relay for Life events. But the ACS funnels some of that money to  killing human embryos for stem cell research. Should this fact cause pro-life people to donate to alternative cancer organizations? Josh thinks so, but Liz and Andrew disagree. Click the video above to watch the biggest internal debate from Life Report season one.

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posted by Josh Brahm, May 10, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

Josh Brahm Statement on the “Texas in July” Debate

UPDATE 5/11 @ 3:48 PM: Jeremy emailed Bryan Kemper saying he is NOT an abortion provider, but confirmed that he is TIJ’s band manager.

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