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Ok, I love my state. I do. But, if you live in Colorado too, you’re probably aware of the new state brand and the campaign to market Colorado. The new brand includes a video that can be used to promote the state (watch the two minutes below for yourself).

It seems that Coloradans have mixed feelings on the effort – especially considering that it cost around $1.5 million in pro-bono services, with an additional $800,000 in being taxpayer dollars.

Personally, I think the video is beautiful. And while I’m not a huge fan of the logo when it stands alone, I see how marketing Colorado could be a good strategy to bring business and tourism into the state. Of course, I never support wasting taxpayer dollars. You can see how the whole issue of “branding Colorado” could be complicated.

But, I have a much bigger issue with the video and the branding campaign.

Simply put, I think it’s hypocritical to talk about how absolutely wonderful LIFE is in Colorado when Colorado does not protect the most innocent, helpless lives among us. Colorado is currently one of the least restrictive states when it comes to abortion.

LIFE is really not so valued here in Colorado.  Well, unless you’re a life that is either “wanted” (I believe every baby is wanted by someone) or can take care of yourself. How, my friends, is that something to celebrate?

Here are a few statements in the branding video that ought to be applied a little differently:

“We want every day to feel like an opportunity…”

How can it feel like an opportunity for new lives – for unique, new human beings – when they can be freely killed here in Colorado? Opportunity does not include a killing free-for-all, which is pretty much the state of abortion here in Colorado.

“Most of all, we want to feel like we’re doing what we’re meant to be doing, that we are unmistakably excited to be alive.”

Wow. Yes, actually I couldn’t agree more. Even human being – every person – wants to be unmistakably excited to be alive. But how can we provide that here in Colorado when, for no reason, little reason, or any reason, we allow mothers to kill their innocent children? How can these children do what they are meant to do when they are not even allowed to remain alive?

“In Colorado, people live deliberately.”

Yes.  Sadly, they are also allowed to kill deliberately, with little restriction at all.

“In Colorado, you can live the life you want.”

Unless you are a helpless, innocent, unborn human being. Then, you can only live the life (or die the death) your mother chooses for you.

“Our upward momentum as a people and as a place”

I, also, want to see Colorado move upwards. I want to see our state become a better place for ALL people to live and to thrive. But true upward momentum includes equality for all. And right now, with our blatant discrimination against the helpless unborn, we are keeping ourselves in the dark ages.

It’s time to reject the lies of Roe v. Wade. It’s time to reject the wrong philosophy that your life is only worth the value your mother places on it. It’s time to reject the outdated theories and “science” that allow abortion.

It’s time to choose the truth that every human being is a valuable person. It’s time to choose equality and equal rights for all. And it’s time to recognize the modern science that ought to inform us that every, single human being is alive and worthy of LIFE – from the very beginning.

That’s what should be our nature, Colorado.

  • If you agree, consider writing a Letter to the Editor to Colorado newspapers and letting them know how life should be fully and equally celebrated here in Colorado. Feel free to use anything written here if you like it!
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Dear Friends,

By now, you have likely heard the news coming from Mississippi.   Although the vote was the closest yet for Personhood, it did not emerge victorious this time.  Yet, a great battle was waged in Mississippi that stretched to the corners of our nation and beyond.  Lives were changed and saved. Beliefs were challenged and hearts transformed.  You inspire us, Mississippi!

I will admit something very personal to you.  As the sponsor of the 2008 Colorado Personhood Amendment, I was incredibly disappointed—to put it mildly—when we lost.  I had truly believed we would win.  My faith in God was shaken.  For two years, I had difficulty accepting what had happened.  I questioned God.  But through prayer, God’s great goodness, and the support of my family, I learned a key truth.

If we fight expecting to win, we may be discouraged.  If, instead, we fight to proclaim the truth, we will always have hope to hang on to.  We will have the strength to go on.  After all, where are we told that our only purpose is to win every battle?  My Bible tells me that I am called to cry out for the innocent and to speak up for the truth.  That, in itself, is a great victory.

Now, three years after our first loss in Colorado, I’m back, along with many others who have been here all along.  We’re going to come at this yet again here in Colorado.  I have a deeper understanding of our good God and an even greater determination to end this evil.  Please join me, once more.  Details will follow soon.

Now is not the time to stop.  It is the time to push forward, harder than ever! Civil rights movements are never recognized as civil rights movements until they win.  Ironic, isn’t it?  Until we win, we will be mocked and truth may be cast aside by some for a little longer.  But, one day, we will win.

You have been a part of this victory all along.  You have stood firm.  You have spoken  for those who have no voice.  You have rescued innocent lives sentenced to death.  You have been a watcher on the wall in our generation.  You have said, “No more!” and you have followed your words with actions.  We will be calling on you to act once again.

Civil rights movements often take years to win.  Take, for example, South Carolina’s ballot initiative to allow women the right to vote.  It took seven times on the ballot for this to win.  Seven times.  Surely, we can be even more committed to an issue that touches innocent children.  William Wilberforce fought for twenty years in England before slavery was stopped.  Winning can enable us to save many, many lives.  We cannot turn back.

We are committed that no baby will be left behind.  But this commitment goes far deeper than an Election Day victory.  Win or lose, babies are saved.  At what other time do we get a chance to let our voices be heard in the media, in our small towns, big cities, and statewide?  The 2012 Personhood Campaign in Colorado will be the perfect opportunity to speak eloquently in the defense of all innocent human life.  We have a platform.  We must take this chance to speak again.  And we speak by acting.  By acting now.

No matter how many years we work, do not be discouraged.  Do not lose heart or give up hope.  Great movements, throughout history, have been great battles.  They have been long battles that require sacrifice.  Many would see obvious reasons to quit.  But we see no such reason.  Through victory and through loss, we are proclaiming the light of truth in our corner of the world.  We are obeying the call to stomp down injustice and give the voiceless innocent a voice.

Please join us, once again, in 2012.  We need you.  A great battle requires many soldiers.  A great movement requires many essential parts.  You are a soldier.  You are an essential part.  We cannot promise victory in Colorado in 2012.  But this we can promise:  together, we will raise a voice for the innocent so loud that it will reach the very gates of Heaven and storm the gates of Hell.

Stand true for life!

Kristi Burton Brown

For Your Encouragement:

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”- Harriet Beecher Stowe

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“A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent” -John Calvin

“So enormous, so dreadful, so irremediable did the trade’s wickedness appear that my own mind was completely made up for abolition. Let the consequences be what they would: I from this time determined that I would never rest until I had effected its abolition.”  –William Wilberforce

This time, Alliance Defense Fund has the story here:  In basic detail, a federal judge in Indiana upheld the provision of the new Indiana law that requires women to be told  that “human physical life begins when a human ovum is fertilized by a human sperm.” 

Now, of course, this statement is not a novel, new scientific fact.  It’s basic science.  But, as you likely know, in Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court claimed to believe that medical professionals didn’t agree on when a human was a human.  Today, federal courts are increasingly ruling that human beings are human beings from the very beginning.  They are also increasingly disagreeing with Planned Parenthood’s claims that basic biological facts are “misleading.”  See ADF’s press release for more info on this…

Of course, this ruling raises the questions we want to hear asked in the public, in the media, and in the courts:  how can a human not be a person?  And how can a human person not be deserving of full protection under the laws…including–and especially–the right to life?  We are so tired of the contradictions concerning life in our society!  Life should be valued and protected at all costs.

I honestly believe that abortion will end in our lifetime.  And I pray to God that it will.  What an incredible injustice…and, in our society…what an incredible contradiction.  Some laws–like the Indiana one–recognize unborn children as full human beings.  There is also a major federal law that recognizes unborn children as persons (more on that coming soon!).  And yet abortion is still somehow, unthinkably, legal.