Fighting Socialism and Abortion in Texas

By Michael C. Shibler   
July 15, 2011

TFP Student Action caravan against socialism in Tyler, Texas

Tyler is a small town in Texas and about one of the best places to gauge the reaction of the American public to our message. Though the vehicle traffic in the town center was slow and the foot traffic almost non existent, it was truly a good campaign.

The first thing that struck us was how friendly the police were in contrast to the New Orleans police. Five officers walked by at different times and either just smiled or stopped to chat. The other thing easy to perceive was how much less rushed people were in this town.




Some people stayed a while to talk. The conversation would then sometimes stray into other topics. One lady, a Protestant, said of the scandals in the Catholic Church: "I know better than to believe the newspapers when they talk about the Church. Just because one or two people do something wrong does not mean the whole institution can be held accountable." She added: "I've got to hand it to the Catholic Church. It is the institution standing up for moral values."

A large family walked by and took a flyer without comment. After going into a building across the street, they headed back in our direction. As they passed us they all cheered loudly while waving the TFP flyer to show their support. Several people parked their cars just to say some words of encouragement.

Our next destination was Arlington, situated between the sprawling cities of Dallas and Fort Worth. Although official heat wave advisories were issued, the campaign continued under tremendously hot weather. We had to constantly drink water.

Here a pro-socialist woman approached: "Nobody has the right to have more than somebody else," she said. Cesar Franco responded: "Those who work harder than others have a right to the fruit of their labor." However, she shot back, saying: "You know that that's not true!" I guess radical equality distorts reality.

A man crossing the street stopped and said, "Socialism is responsible for the undermining of the family." And he's right.

Women Turn Away from Abortion Clinic in Dallas

July 16, 2011

Caravan against socialism in Dallas, Texas

We prayed several rosaries at this location. But the abortion "escorts" were not happy. One of them came over to our side of the street during a break between rosaries and complained that we were sitting on a sturdy four-inch metal railing near the parking lot. Taking the life of unborn children is apparently ok; yet sitting on a railing is not. During the entire time that we were there, people inside the clinic would peer out in amazement. In fact, in only a few hours, four young women were diverted away from the abortion center to a nearby pregnancy counseling office where they were given advice against abortion.

Cooler of cold water

After leaving the abortion clinic, we headed once more to the streets for a campaign against socialism. Finding a busy corner near the mall in Grapevine, we started with the addition of two local volunteers, James and Matthew Miller. The heat was stifling. Several of our younger volunteers were really struggling when a kind family stopped and donated a white cooler full of cold water.

The public was very diverse and the people had mixed reactions. This was clearly demonstrated by one car where the driver was honking and giving thumbs up while his passenger shouted profanity. There were no people on the sidewalk because of the heat but many stopped their cars to take a flyer, "10 Reasons to Reject Socialism."

Unbelievable Ban against God at Houston National Cemetery

July 19, 2011

Texas Caravan against socialism at Houston National Cemetery

A radical communist-socialist measure was recently enforced in Texas at America's 2nd largest cemetery for veterans no less. The name of God and Jesus were banned. Veterans and volunteers were told not to use the word "God," "God bless," or "Jesus." Such words have been called "offensive."

For that reason, the Houston National Cemetery, where 70,000 veterans are laid to rest, seemed like the right place to hold a campaign against socialism, while honoring God and our fallen heroes.

As we campaigned under an overpass, shielded from a heavy rainfall, an older Catholic Vietnamese man pulled his car onto the shoulder. He was very emotional and took pictures of the campaign. His wife stayed inside the car, smiling and bowing with her hands folded in prayer. He identified himself as Mr. Duc Do and told us in broken English about his 9-year experience in communist concentration camps. He finally managed to flee with his family and has been living as a refugee in America ever since. He was happy to see us fighting socialism. "I do not want to see America fall into the same type of regime as the one I fled from," he said.

At this location, a Catholic lady came out with her two sons to visit the campaign. One of her sons is a cancer survivor who is undergoing treatment. Between trips to the hospital he joined us for the good fight. Pray for him and for his recovery.

A one legged homeless man who was asking for alms nearby said that he was strongly against socialism. Curious. Those who are promised "benefits" from socialism...the poor, know the truth about socialism. It was also somewhat unsettling to see people driving expensive cars call for the abolition of private property.

After a fruitful campaign, we headed to the cemetery to invoke God's help in the fight against socialism and atheism. Inside the cemetery, we sang "God Bless America!" as loud as we could. It was loud.

Record support in Sugarland

The second campaign was in Sugarland. Here the honking was deafening and continuous. Long lines of traffic heading in every direction gave ample time for people to read the banners. The few discordant voices were drowned in a flood of honks and cheers from the cars that passed.

Caravan against socialism and abortion in Houston, Texas


After visiting St. Therese Church, where we met several America Needs Fatima members, we returned to the same place. This time people started honking even before we set up. The honking crescendo kept up for the duration of the campaign.

Praying at massive Houston Planned Parenthood facility

July 20, 2011

The first campaign today was at one of the largest Planned Parenthood abortion facilities in the country. As we prayed the rosary aloud for the end of abortion, an abortion deathscort approached to demand that a TFP volunteer remove his camera bag which had been placed on the grass only inches away from the public sidewalk. Apparently, the grass belongs to Planned Parenthood. The bag was removed and we continued the rosary.

Planned Parenthood escorts here are brazen. One of them, we were told, was arrested for manhandling a small child who was in front of the clinic peacefully protesting with his family. He is also known to step on the legs of those who are in front of the clinic kneeling and praying. And more recently, a pro-abortion deathscort hit a pro-lifer with his car and fled the scene.

Close to the Planned Parenthood was parked a mobile sonogram and screening facility for pregnant women. Inside there are four rooms where people can have private counseling and get advice about healthy alternatives to abortion. Adoption and purity are high on the list of alternatives. The pro-life bus is fully equipped with a sonogram and pregnancy testing facilities. The young women who give their time here were very knowledgeable and helpful. It was beautiful to see the dedication and self-sacrifice of these volunteers who spend so much of their time and talent at the service of God in the pro-life cause. God bless them.

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Campaign in Beaumont

After praying several rosaries at this huge abortion facility, we pressed forward to Beaumont, where pro-lifers awaited us. But instead of describing the campaign myself, I'll let one of the motivated pro-life ladies who coordinates the 40 Days for Life effort in the area tell you about it.

She sent this kind message:

"Thank you so much for your awesome, soul stirring prayer rally in front of Whole Woman's Health here in Beaumont. I don't believe we have ever heard so many long honks for life. And the smiles were contagious from passersby.

"There is hope for America still through your group's presence. Your youthful exuberance was a shot in the arm for us "elders" who seem to lag a little at the length and duration of this pro-life struggle. Surely the Good Lord and His Most Holy Mother sent you as a balm for our wounded hearts. We so appreciate your stopping and portraying such an unforgettable scene that will surely be freeze-framed in our memories for some time to come.

"On behalf of all the pro-lifers in this entire area, we say "thank you" for your fine display of chivalry and youthful innocence in the face of such hideous evil as abortion on the streets of this town. It's always said we are not fighting people but principalities of darkness. God bless you."

After nine full days on the road, traveling from city to city, meeting outstanding Americans, facing opposition, praying with dedicated pro-lifers at several abortion centers, and standing against the threat of socialism in America, the caravan came to a successful close.

May God reward all the kind souls who along the way provided us with food, support and lodging. May their dedication attract God's blessing on America and awaken more brave souls to peacefully fight the good fight in defense of moral values.

Until the next caravan tour, let's pray for one another.

Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us!

 

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+4 # Dave Mattozzi 2011-07-28 15:53
Let us all pray for an end to abortion.
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+4 # Brigitte Dunn 2011-07-29 07:17
Thank you for your work ! G-D Bless
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+4 # George Kriegl 2011-07-29 07:24
Thanks for standing against abortion and, even more, for standing against socialism. I have been involved in a number of pro-life tours but have never seen a protest against socialism - at least as directly as what you have done. God bless you so much.
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+4 # Lien van der Velden 2011-07-29 08:29
Love seeing TFP students in action, especially the Singing of God Bless America outside the Houston National Cemetery. Keep up the good work guys! God bless what you do.Lien
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+4 # Bro. Martin Schmitz, 2011-07-29 08:54
God bless all of you and your great courage for being there for a strong belief in the power of prayer, and that abortion will be eliminated because of your faith in God, and the power of prayer. Hail to Our Lady, Immaculate Mother of God.
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+2 # Cynthia A Stewart 2011-07-29 09:27
I admire their spirit. Our forty-nine states should emulate this spirit.
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+4 # Walter Rosenbush 2011-07-29 09:47
Portable Sonogram units are a key for saving the unborn, our K of C #5987 has helped procure one here in Conn. God bless you all and I will pray for all that can caravan and bring Gods word out in public.
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+4 # Elaine Gorea 2011-07-29 10:47
Thank you for your courage, strength and FAITH in LIFE + America. I am sharing this with everyone in my address book and others who are sitting on the fence. If we (mothers)destroy their own (babies) we are doomed to socialism. I am more hopeful in the Youth (you) who are tomorrows leaders and grateful to TX and it's strong Pro-LIFE GOV. Thank you all for what you do and what you have gone through.
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+4 # Elaine Gorea 2011-07-29 10:51
Thank you for the sacrifices you've made for LIFE and Keeping America Pure and FREE. I am sending this to my entire address book and others who may be sitting on the fence. Together we can and will overcome Socialism and all the
Murders in the Womb of Innocent Babies. PP is the scourge and Obama the Abortion Pres the disgrace to our country. May we defeat them both in Nov 2012 to take back our Country and its desire to defund PP.
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+4 # Donna Larkosh 2011-07-29 10:54
What an edifying account! Thank you for sharing and may God continue to bless you for your efforts in supporting Life and Freedom!!!
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+4 # Harriet Doran 2011-07-29 11:04
Thank you for your dedication to freedom and Christianity. I love the way you protest with intelligence and dignity. Each of you could be out partying, playing video games, etc. as so many young people are doing. You are sacrificing all of that. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU!
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+4 # Diego Londono 2011-07-29 11:25
Good day, soldiers under God's command! I'm from Colombia, South America, one more consecrated to our Mother Mary's Holy Heart. I celebrate your strength and efforts to defend true marriage in God, our faith in Sweet Jesus, and so on, but I'd like to beg you PLEASE have Our Lady's face printed on a large poster to display it everywhere you guys go. Remember She's the terror of the devil and I'm sure She will always protect you.

Blessings and I pray for you, soldiers of God.

Diego Londono
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+5 # Marie Cabrera 2011-07-29 12:43
God will prevail
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+4 # Helen Schmitt 2011-07-29 13:35
Please give rightful honor to the Mother of Jesus. Do what is right before you meet Jesus and find that you were dead wrong. Then it will be too late.
Abortion is murder, we continue to pray for the day when all babies will be wanted babies.
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+4 # michael a. bimonte 2011-07-30 10:21
thank you all for your efforts to educate
the ignorant of the evils of abortion and
socialism, sometimes at great personal risk. Our government certainly is not going to do it; it has in fact virtually
expelled God from modern life and created
the situation in which we now find ourselves. This nation's people need to
engage themselves-we need to cultivate
more concern regarding issues of God and
family and not just jobs and the economy.
This government falsely believes that government,
[and not God]and more government is the
answer to all our problems-we need to
start listening to God, not man.
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+4 # Constantine Ivanov 2011-07-30 23:23
When I see photos here and on taken in Louisiana at the similar event (the http://www.tfpstudentaction.org/what-we-do/news-and-updates/tfp-volunteers-tour-louisiana-to-oppose-socialism.html?utm_source=sm&utm_medium=email&utm_content=SAE0072&utm_campaign=MainNewsletter), I almost cry: How many people are there? Five? Ten? Fifteen at most.
It's a tragedy that we can't organize even a small group for such an important action as protesting Socialism.
Is America done?
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+4 # Fr.Joe Coffey 2011-07-31 13:23
Thank you for standing up for life. I'm proud of you. God bless you.
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+4 # Fr.Joe Coffey 2011-07-31 13:24
Thanks for stnading for Life. God bless you.
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+4 # Lily Knaier 2011-08-01 10:17
Thank you for all that you do for marriage, families and the unborn. Thank God for TFP. Keep up the Good Fight. May the Blessed Mother keep all of you safely under her mantel of protection.
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+3 # Sergio F. De Paz 2011-08-09 10:47
"In the end My Immaculate Heart Will Triumph." Our Heavenly Mother assured us of that in FATIMA. Thank you and the American TFP for being the Warriors of that Guaranteed Triumph. will continue to offer our illness for your courageous defense of our Catholic Traditions, Our Families and Our Country. May Our Lady of Fatima continue to protect You.
God Bless, Sergio & Olivia
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+3 # Charles Connacher 2011-08-09 11:21
Thankyou for all your courage & strenght in standing up for what's right. You truly are doing the work of God. You will be blessed!
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+3 # D Williams-Podhraski 2011-08-13 03:07
Abortion is still rampant - and neither is socialism/communism dead - may God bless you for your efforts. Hvaljen Isus i Marija - Praised be Jesus and Mary.
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0 # Michelle 2012-09-16 00:00
this is wonderful that you pray both for the unborn and for the end of socialism. my god bless you in everything that you do and pray to the holy family and all of the angels and saints for the end of both abortion and socialism!
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