When I picked up Rosaria’s book in 2012, I thought to myself, “Well… she’s an English professor. At least the prose will be enjoyable.” Now I’m ashamed at how low my expectations were. I had no idea how her book would become the tip of the spear for a rewewed cultural discussion dealing with sexual identity and orientation. Since that time it has been my privilege to get to know Rosaria through emails, prayer request exchanges, and a shared event at a local university. So when I saw that she was due to release her second book at the beginning of July I was delighted and my expectations were so much higher. To say my expectations were met would be an understatement and not because I now consider Rosaria a friend but because the book is excellent in so many ways. Continue reading
I wrote the following letter/email this past Monday to Cynthia Burwell, the Secretary of the (federal) Department of Health and Human Services. I have yet to receive any notice that they received it or that they intend to perform any actions. I leave the letter here to let readers determine if I have been uncharitable or untruthful.
Dear Mrs. Burwell,
I’m writing to you as an American citizen who is concerned about the care and protection that is not afforded to a certain demographic of our nation. And since you are a very accomplished woman who is involved “in work that touches the lives of Americans at every age, from every background, in every part of our country” as stated on your bio on the HHS website, I thought you’d be a natural place to share my concerns. Since you are “committed to the mission of ensuring that every American has access to the building blocks of healthy and productive lives” I know my concerns won’t be treated flippantly or dismissively.
My concern is this: since the release of the expose’ videos on Planned Parenthood concerning the trafficking of the body parts from aborted American babies, I feel that there is no concern at the federal level that has risen to the level of action. The mistreatment of non-American citizens at Guantanamo Bay rightfully got heavy media coverage and swift governmental response. So why has there been no statement, no plan of action issued at the federal level? So please, since these videos demonstrate serious ethical and procedural breaches on the part of Planned Parenthood (involving the killing of human beings), and Planned Parenthood receives funds from American tax-payers, I implore you from the heart of all it means to be human, launch an investigation/inquiry into this mercenary, Frankenstein-esque organization and the affiliate offices in question.
While I happen to be a Christian citizen, I hope you will not, as I stated above, treat this dismissively as if I am simply some fiery-eyed, shibboleth-launching conservative. But as a Christian, I do believe that you have been placed by the Hand of Providence in your office for such a time as this. As the health and human services arm of the executive branch, you have been endowed with an authority to be “not a terror to good conduct, but to bad (Romans 13.3).” The duty to appeal to my superiors is mine to fulfill. The duty of your office to protect the weakest and voiceless among the American people is yours. To do nothing at this point is to be complicit in the barbarism happening behind clinical doors.
If you would like to schedule a visit to have a sort of “town hall” kind of meeting in our community, the information that your website requests is below my signature at the bottom of the email. Our location for calling such a meeting would be an advantage because we are situated between the Piedmont Triad (Winston-Salem, High Point, Greensboro) and the greater Charlotte area. I look forward to hearing from your office as to what actions or plan of action you will take.