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Zombies, Vampires, and Other Walking Dead

Zombies, Vampires, and Other Walking Dead

Where I live a nearby town has adopted what seems to me a rather odd annual custom. Each fall a local nonprofit organization sponsors an event referred to as the “Zombie Walk.” It’s a simple idea really. People sign up to participate in the walk and they recruit others to sponsor them. On the appointed day participants don elaborate makeup and gruesome costumes, meander down city streets, and masquerade as the walking dead among the living. It is of course all in jest, poking fun at our own mortality as it were, and for the benefit of a number of good causes. The money raised by participants is donated to a number of local charities several of which are, ironically, supported by my own church. Thus one might suggest that the “Zombie Walk” serves notice that even the culture at large is capable in some small way of redeeming the unfortunate reality of death…

So You Think You're Pro-Life...

So You Think You're Pro-Life...

On this, the 42nd anniversary of the United States Supreme Court's infamous decision to legalize abortion based upon the individual's right to privacy, I feel that I must point out an inherent difficulty associated with being pro-life. It goes beyond the normal sound bites and leaves political punditry in its dust. This difficulty consists in the fact that it is a relatively simple matter to oppose abortion. Even many advocates for its legality take offense to being characterized as pro-abortion. It is the choice they hold dear, not the procedure. Consequently, the harder thing, that is the thing harder than wringing our hands at the murder of unborn children, is using those same hands to truly embrace all the diverse manifestations, ages, and stages of human life.