Sir John believed that there exists a set of rules which can make our lives more happy and successful if we lived by them. He called these rules the Laws of Life. Sir John believed that such rules could come from many sources, including ancient religious texts and scientific enquiry. He often encouraged people to think about their own rules, and pioneered the first Laws of Life Essay Contest to help school-aged children think about the laws which they want to live by.
Since 2009, the Bahamas Laws of Life Essay Contest has been funded annually by TWCF for school pupils in grades 5 – 12, and for college students age 25 and under. The competition is organized and coordinated by the Department of Education’s Writing Unit team, which works in collaboration with the Templeton World Charity Foundation’s Committee. In 2015, the Laws of Life Essay contest received over 2,000 essays from Nassau and the family islands, which is nearly twice the amount received most years since the competition started in 2009. The can be seen on the contest’s .
Abortion is a rising problem in our world and it is murder. Join the fight to stop abortion for all those innocent little unborn babies. I have certainly made an impact on my parents’ and my brothers’ lives. It is a true blessing to have been given the gift of life.
I respond to a culture that advocates abortion, euthanasia and homosexuality, with astonishment and sorrow. Rather that losing hope, it helps me realize the presence of evil in this world and motivates me to act for the protection of all human life. I convey my pro-life beliefs more effectively by praying to God for guidance and wisdom in my actions. Doing God’s will by speaking to others about the value of human life may increase our culture’s understanding of this issue and lead to a change in hearts and minds. “Thou shalt not kill,” the fifth commandment of the Lord, is broken constantly through abortion and euthanasia. Same-sex relationships are against God’s law and the natural law because marriage is meant for a man and woman with the opportunity for pro-creation.
Euthanasia, when the doctor intentionally terminates a patient’s life, is increasing in our world. The recent death of Terri Schiavo is an example of the conflicts, pain, and sorrow that euthanasia can cause. Some people say that terminating the lives of those with problems is “mercy killing” and that the person is not supposed to live that way. However, God has a plan for everyone and everyone was made in God’s image. Pope John Paul II showed us that life, even when subjected to disease or old age, was worthy of dignity. A Dutch government study in the Netherlands showed that of 130,000 annual deaths, 25,306 (20%) involved euthanasia. Of all the euthanasia cases, 58% were involuntary. Euthanasia corrupts the society by killing innocent lives and by undervaluing God’s gift of life.
My grandpa was an alcoholic and would have probably drunk himself to death if I had not been born. My grandma did not have a daughter, so I was her first girl; she was so happy when I was born. My grandpa had tried to fix his drinking problem many times before but it never worked. When I was expected, my mom told my grandpa that he had to stop drinking or he wouldn’t be able to see me. My grandpa joined Alcoholics Anonymous and stopped drinking. I gave my grandma joy and happiness and I saved my grandpa’s life. Abortion is a rising problem in our world and it is murder. Join the fight to stop abortion for all those innocent little unborn babies. I have certainly made an impact on my parents’ and my brothers’ lives. It is a true blessing to have been given the gift of life.
All eligible entries received will be judged by a qualified panel of judges chosen by Penguin Publishing Group and winners will be selected on or about June 15, 2018. Winning essays must demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the themes and issues presented in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Submissions will be judged on style, content, grammar, and originality. Judges will look for clear, concise writing that is original, articulate, logically organized, and well supported. Winners will be notified by June 24th, 2018 via email, and will be announced online on or about July 1st, 2018.
Responding positively to a culture that openly supports abortion, euthanasia, and homosexuality can be difficult. It is only through the grace of God that one may achieve an encouraging outcome. When I heard about Terri Schiavo’s life threat, I immediately contacted President Bush and his brother Jeb Bush, the governor of Florida, through e-mail, urging them to save her life. My family prayed each day in hope of an intervention to stop the killing of Terri Schiavo. I tried to let others know what was going on and to influence them to act. The media strengthens the evil effects of abortion, euthanasia, and homosexuality. Everyone, from the moment of conception until natural death, is a child of God and worthy of life as God has a plan for all persons. Our greatest hope of happiness lies in living the fullness of God’s truth concerning life.
If we want to stop this culture of death, we must advise the new generation about corruption on the television, the sanctity of life and America’s preoccupation with happiness. Remember the song “Where is the Love” and know that there are little sparks of resistance to this awful tendency , like people protesting against abortion, churches assisting the youth with their moral decisions, and shelters giving poor people help. The most important thing we can do is to show how this culture of death is hurting our future. We need to set a moral and ethical example for everyone, regardless his/her age, religion, nationality or race. The spark is there; all it needs is people to give it fuel.
A very special congratulations goes to our very own 2005 first place winner, Michael Falls. Michael placed third in the national contest held on June 18th, 2005 in Minneapolis! It is a testament, not only to Michael’s outstanding oratory skills, but also to his pro-life passion, that his performance rated at the top of thousands of other talented speeches. Michael is pictured here with Cathy Price, Right to Life of Indianapolis’ oratory contest chairwoman. Congrats Michael!