France Attempts to Criminalize the Pro-Life Movement

Wednesday, December 7, AD 2016

I am not afraid; I was born to do this.

Saint Joan of Arc

 

 

The Socialist government in France, deemed likely to be massacred in the coming elections, are doing what Leftists traditionally do when they are running behind:  wave the bloody fetus and bash pro-lifers:

 

 

 

On Thursday, the French National Assembly passed a bill that makes it a crime to post information online that challenges abortion. Pro-life activists who continue to operate online face up to two years in prison and a fine of more than $30,000. The bill is an expansion of a 1993 law that penalized giving out “false information” or physically blocking those seeking abortion from entering clinics. The bill passed by French lawmakers will punish web operators who post material considered “deliberately misleading, intimidating and/or exerting psychological or moral pressure.”

The French legislation follows a controversy that erupted after the French government blocked an advertisement featuring smiling children with Down syndrome because it could dredge up feelings of guilt from woman who decided to abort babies diagnosed with the genetic condition in-utero. About 96 percent of all babies diagnosed with the condition are aborted in France. The two-minute ad featured testimony from Down syndrome children and adults, as well as their parents explaining that they were capable of living full and happy lives. In November a French court upheld the ban, saying the video would “‘disturb the conscience of women who, in accordance with the law, have made personal life choices.’”

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8 Responses to France Attempts to Criminalize the Pro-Life Movement

  • And we are ‘waiting’ for the persecution, chastisement, punishment to begin? We are waiting for fire to fall from the sky? It’s here. I’m reminded of what we know of the beginnings of Nazism – the first, subtle persecutions of Jews, then many others. The silence was deafening, until it was too late for everyone.

  • The modern French govt was conceived in hatred and founded on tyranny. How have the French people survived in such moral squalor for so long? It is a crime to appeal to the conscience of your countrymen? Such a nation cannot endure.

  • Another indication, in case we needed one, that the mentality of the governing class in western Europe and Canada is about the same as that of the higher education apparat in this country. Because the judiciary (and much of the legal profession) shares this mentality, constitutional guarantees are naught there, and, if the same sorts have their way, will be here as well (through bogus use of variants of consumer protection law and the usual projection about ‘hate speech’). Another prediction: when that happens, the following social segments will prove themselves to be supercilious fair-weather friends: the bulk of the clergy, the Republican establishment, soi-disant libertarians, and the Catholic left.

  • The modern French govt was conceived in hatred and founded on tyranny.

    Get a grip. The current Constitution of France was written in 1958 by Charles de Gaulle (a devoted Catholic) and his assistants. The country had a vigorous Christian Democratic movement as recently as the 1940s.

  • They SHOULD have their consciences disturbed.

  • Sad. We should have let the Jerrys keep France.

  • From the country that invented state terrorism. Sad that Britain did not wipe them out millennia ago. Although, thinning the French herd might be a blessing for the rest of the world.

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Cruz For Life

Wednesday, April 20, AD 2016

 

If pro-lifers want a fighter when it comes to abortion, then Ted Cruz is their candidate:

Cruz was participating in a MSNBC town hall event. During a discussion of abortion, he noted that “virtually none of the network news would show the videos on air”(neither ABC, CBS, nor NBC covered the releases of any of the seven videos released after July 2015). To that, host Chuck Todd claimed “some of it was made up.”

“No it wasn’t,” Cruz shot back, going on to explain, “it is a federal crime – a felony with a 10-year prison term – to sell the body parts of unborn children for profit.” The videos, he continued, “show senior Planned Parenthood officials laughing, sipping Chardonnay, and bargaining, and apparently selling the body parts of unborn children. Listen, even if you’re pro-choice, selling the body parts of unborn children as a commercial endeavor is a horrifying thing.”

The videos reveal a number of officials from Planned Parenthood and StemExpress, a tissue procurement company the abortion giant works with, seemingly discussing multiple federal crimes relating to acquiring and profiting off organs from aborted babies. Despite pro-abortion claims the videos were deceptively edited, two separate forensic analyses (one of which was performed by a Democrat-aligned research firm and commissioned by Planned Parenthood themselves) confirmed the audio of their admissions was not manipulated.

Cruz then called the situation “one of the sad indictments of the Obama Administration.”

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  • He would make a great president.

  • Probably why he won’t be.

  • If a Catholic really believes God is the creator of life, and really means it when he or she prays the Our Father (the only prayer Jesus ever taught us) in which they pray for “God’s will be done on earth” standing before the Holy Eucharist in every Mass, then there is no way they could ever endorse with their name and actions the Democratic Party which is the sole reason abortion remains legal, and is responsible for the murder of over 60,000,000 American babies God created. Catholics are the largest single group in the Democratic Party giving it the electoral power to keep abortion the law-of-the-land. Those Catholics are going to be surprised and whining when Jesus returns to “judge the nations” and they hear him tell them to line up on his left side with all the other “goats” who will then be sent to Hell. Wake up Catholic Democrats and get out of that anti-God organization if you don’t want hear Jesus say to you, “I never knew you.” That goes for the clergy, too.

  • That doesn’t mean you have to become a Republican; it just means stop being a Democrat because you are responsible for the continued murder of unborn babies. And don’t tell me you don’t support their position on abortion; that doesn’t matter, your endorsing that organization and voting for it is the only reason abortion-on-demand remains the law-of-the-land. Register as a “non-partisan,” and vote for the party that will pass a Right-t0-life Constitutional Amendment, which happens only to be the Republican Party.

    Spoken to you as a former Democrat myself.

  • @Stilbelieve.

    Yes. The cost of being NICE has a huge pricetag. 60 M lives.

    Canon 915 was available to correct the Catholic politicians that favor abortion, yet Holy men of our Church refused to use it.
    The shame is on them…shame and blood.
    The liberal catholics see nothing wrong with receiving Communion and voting death.
    Their political candidates have no problem with it either. Biden. Pelosi.

    Silence from the Bishops is killing us, and as you said, the goat line is forming to the left.

    So be it!

    https://www.ewtn.com/library/CANONLAW/burkcompol.htm

  • There is almost no major figure in the Republican party who will say what Ted Cruz just said. As Republicans, we have the winning argument, and yet far too often we fail to make it. This is particularly true where someone in the leftist media makes a false claim to either change the subject or cow the interviewee into silence. Ted did not miss a beat when Chuck Todd tried this. At last, someone with a brain and convictions.

  • Less than five minutes ago I was sharing this clip with a pro-choice woman at our break room. (risky business btw). She was moved.
    She couldn’t believe it. She was mad that no one informed her…”why didn’t CBS NBC ABC carry this news?” Why indeed. I opened the door wider for her. She is re-thinking her stance on abortion.

  • Stillbelieve,
    Your two comments should become a Letter to the Editor sent to every Catholic newspaper in the United States and to every Catholic student paper in the United States!
    Also as an email to radio/talk shows. During some them the host reads the emails out loud.
    A letter to the editor should not endanger any institutions’ tax exempt status.

  • The most practical Republican ticket would be Trump and Cruz. Never happen? There’s been much acrimony but politics makes strange bedfellows.

  • Ernst Schreiber,
    Your on right on. Planned Parenthood is evil incarnate. Right now their demons are digging to find anything they can twist to bring Cruz down should he be the nominee. To use a science fiction term, we need a protective force field to protect this man and anyone who crosses PPH. It can be done with prayer.

  • Please don’t hesitate to join in prayer protests on Saturday the 23rd at a local Worse than Murder Inc. near you. Thousands will be there from 10am to Noon.
    Join in.
    Make up the protective force field for Cruz and join in protecting David Daleiden who is front and center of the crucifixion they are trying to orchestrate. (Baby parts for sale videos.)
    They, being the liberal ghouls who are paid and bought for by W.T.M.Inc.

    Thanks for considering your presence at the rallies.

  • Stilbelieve-
    I am a firm believer that 90% of the mess in our politics right now is from people who are Democrats, but find themselves stuck with the Republican party because they cannot ignore the humanity of the unborn.
    Works out a bit like the folks who are driven out of California by the more extreme policies, but like some of it.

  • Yet in that same interview Cruz, as I remember it, went on to say abortion for rape and incest was acceptable.

  • He is the first major candidate for President that is 100% pro-life.

  • “You must have misheard…”
    You are so right. I was astonished that he would say that but somehow that is what my ears heard. A plague on my house for my error. Cruz in June!

  • Though his campaign was suspended Marco Rubio is also 100% pro life.

  • Chuck Todd is another Democrat operative with a byline.

  • I am a firm believer that 90% of the mess in our politics right now is from people who are Democrats, but find themselves stuck with the Republican party because they cannot ignore the humanity of the unborn.
    Foxfier

    In my lifetime, the Democrat party was anti-abortion and the Republican party had the allegiance of a small and growing pro-abortion movement. Then, one might say, the Republicans got religion and Democrats lost theirs.

  • In my state where we have a “Republican” governor & “Republican” majority legislature, they just ended a special legislative session in which the governor made a huge push to usurp the authority of our state legislature, he led in the fight to expand the Obamacare Medicaid rolls for single and able bodied adults, and thereby insured that our state will have huge future tax increases. This expansion also expanded access to chemical abortions paid for at tax payer expense. Just a small number of people who campaigned & where elected on their promises to vote against Obamacare expansion kept their promise–only 6 in the Arkansas Senate. What we have now in the Arkansas Republican Party are Democrats, who claim to be pro-life, literally ignoring state law and our state constitution that requires laws a 75% vote to pass such things. Our governor threatened to cut Medicaid funding to the poor & disabled, hold up funding for roads, shut down entire state agencies, etc. in order to expand Socialism in this state. Our governor has now become Obama. Our governor doesn’t care what the law says or what the majority of Arkansans want–he is expanding Socialism & taking more of our hard earned money by hook or crook.

  • Barbara Gordon.

    🙁

    I’m sorry to hear such horrible news.

    A deep cleaning is coming.
    We must remain faithful and hold fast.
    The author of Life is watching carefully as his children are chemically dissolved.

    Plan B is not what they think.
    The real plan B is going to be a huge surprise to many who support abortion.

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Holy Innocents

Monday, December 28, AD 2015

A voice in Rama was heard, lamentation and great mourning; Rachel bewailing her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not. 

Matthew 2:18

Herod’s murder of the Holy Innocents is remembered on this feast day of the Holy Innocents.  The video below is a moving depiction of this horrendous crime from the film Jesus of Nazareth

Herod ordered this massacre in a futile attempt to stop the Light of the World from completing His mission of salvation.  In our day Holy Innocents are slaughtered each and every day in an ultimately futile attempt to deny what Christ taught:  that we are all brothers and sisters and that we must love God and love one another.  Some day this modern Herod emulation that goes by the name of legal abortion will cease, and the feast day of the Holy Innocents is a very good day for us to resolve to work unceasingly to bring that day closer.

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  • If Herod were a sovereign person , this massacre of innocent children would not have happened and would not have been foretold in Scripture.
    Roe v. Wade, the abortion decision assumed that the unborn child was not a person. There was no proof to uphold this assumption. The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth is not in Roe. v. Wade. Roe v. Wade is miscarriage of Justice and the imposition of atheism, denying the metaphysical human soul, the free will and conscience, making beasts of all men.
    Corbinian’s bear prayed in public, but American citizens are prohibited from praying in the public square that belongs to all men in joint and common tenancy.

  • “If Herod were a sovereign person… ” I don’t know your meaning Mary. Are you meaning if he was a Christian? as in
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    Galatians 4:3
    “So with us; while we were minors, we were enslaved to the elemental spirits* of the world. 4But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. 6And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our* hearts, crying, ‘Abba!* Father!’ 7So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.*
    8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to beings that by nature are not gods.

Bad Week

Friday, January 23, AD 2015

 

 

Belying the great progress being made at the state level, the pro-life movement had a bad week on the national level.

The GOP leadership pulled a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks, a piece of legislation that has two-one support in polls, because some House members were nervous about the requirement of the rape exception that the rape be reported to the police.  (Really?  A woman twenty weeks pregnant who claims to be raped hasn’t yet reported the rape to the police?)  Bizarre and cowardly.  The House did pass a bill banning abortion funding and credits for abortion, with the usual regrettable exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother.

Then we have Catholic prelates attempting to turn the pro-life cause into a giant rally for the welfare state.  Frank Walker at Pewsitter has their number:

Here’s an idea. Let’s take the exclusively conservative movement against the uninterrupted slaughter of unborn children and plaster all kinds of leftist slogans to it. Then we can invite Catholic prelates to come advocate for bigger federal programs while they pretend to care about abortion. After all, what is the point of having a Church if isn’t to shepherd Catholics into amoral statist barns and hand power to the enemies of God and man? Isn’t everything about life?

Dead babies aren’t a constituency anyway. Why advocate for them? And if you care about poor people, this is a great way to make sure there’s a lot more of them.

For the pro-life movement to truly succeed, it must fight not only abortion, but also the broader “throwaway culture” wherever life is being discarded, said Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston at a national pro-life Mass.

“What must characterize the pro-life movement is a special love for the poor, the marginalized, the suffering, and especially human life that is in danger of being discarded,” Cardinal O’Malley said in his Jan. 21 homily at the Opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life.

The cardinal addressed an overflow crowd at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., the largest church in North America. More than 11,000 people were estimated to be in attendance.

Cardinal O’Malley, who heads the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee, was chief celebrant at the Mass. Five additional cardinals, 44 bishops, and 343 priests concelebrated the Mass, according to a basilica spokesperson. Some 100 deacons and 530 seminarians also assisted.

Wednesday evening’s Mass kicked off an all-night prayer vigil at the basilica, which ends with a closing Mass Thursday morning. The prayer vigil precedes the annual March for Life, which marks the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that led to nationwide legal abortion. The march routinely draws hundreds of thousands from across the country to pray and witness in the heart of Washington, D.C.

Drawing from the Gospel of the day, the story of the Rich Young Man, Cardinal O’Malley cited Pope Francis to explain how one must not only keep the commandments but also love the poor.

Jesus advocates loving your neighbor and helping those in need. He certainly doesn’t teach legal confiscation of property, ruthless regulation of people’s lives, anti-family laws and pro-death policy all blanketed under the excuse ‘loving the poor’, then calling it pro-life.

In the Gospel story, the young man asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. He “went away sad” when Jesus instructed him to go beyond following the commandments by giving all his possessions to the poor and following Christ.

Jesus was asking the man to take a vow of poverty; to become a disciple, not to give all his money to federally-funded Catholic Charities.

So which does Cardinal O’Malley want from the March for Life in Washington: ascetic lives of poverty, their tax money, their Democrat votes, or all three?

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  • “So which does Cardinal O’Malley want from the March for Life in Washington: ascetic lives of poverty, their tax money, their Democrat votes, or all three?”
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    Misery loves company?

  • The walk to victory by the Grace of God is what will happen regarding this 42 year long war on life. Your right in your optimism Mr. McClarey. God will see to it and bless those who hear his voice and march forward.

  • “What must characterize the pro-life movement is a special love for the poor, the marginalized, the suffering, and especially human life that is in danger of being discarded,
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    I get where they are going. No human life is disposable. We must stand for those who are targets of being discarded. Out of sight means out of mind, which is what the listed share. Just not sure the pro-life definition should be stretched on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. It is focused on saving the life of the unborn because they are the only class of people in the list above who suffer from legally sanctioned killing. Add to that their innocence and youth, and it all equals a horrific tragedy.

  • Do these same prelates argue for the protection of unborn life at rallies/demonstrations/etc. for the poor, for immigrants, or for environmental stewardship? Just askin’.

  • Did the Fifth Commandment, or its Origin, get a mention?
    Any allusion to the spiritual poverty that charity can remedy?

  • “exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother.” Science has proven beyond any doubt that the individual in the womb is a sovereign person – See Gracie Crane Snowflake baby. It was the sovereign person who was on trial in Roe v. Wade. The Court stands on delivering Justice through due process of law to the person.
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    To execute the innocent person because of the crime of his father, as in incest or rape, the first being worse than the second, ended along with human sacrifice. To snuff out the life of the innocent child in the womb because his father is a rapist upsidedowns civilization. To tolerate the incestuous father and rapist while silencing the innocent victim and witness to the crime who, with his mother, is being victimized and silenced a second time by society, by the court, by the father and rapist is uncivilized, barbarian, and criminal. The death of the mother must be imminent. It cannot be that the child destroys the mother who is giving him life. It is not the case of the child committing miscarriage of himself.

  • Roe v. Wade has not one single piece of truth. In a court of law the person must be given due process of law. Every person under the age of 42 is a survivor of Roe v. Wade. How was it that they were not aborted?

  • I am afraid I turned the channel as soon as I heard what Sean Cardinal O’Malley was saying. I wonder if he realizes the effect of his words. I wonder if people in his live crowd felt like turning their backs.

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  • Unbelievable media blackout. I was there and the only news camera, vehicle, presence was EWTN. Every year….. Once or twice I saw the media cover the tiny group of counter protestors who usually appear in front of the Supreme Court bldg. All 5 or 6 of them. Really incredible. I told someone who called me yesterday while I was there that I was in Wash DC at the March for Life. (It was hard to talk on your cell with all the movement, crowds, noise, etc.) They said “I don’t know what that is”.

    Anyone have any numbers?
    Any know how numbers for big events are calculated? or who does it?

    As for Cd O’Malley……
    He attended Ted Kennedy’s funeral Mass. He attended Boston College commencement ’14 with speaker John Kerry. He attended the Mass at the fence for immigrants passing communion through the fence to those on the other side.
    Why is he trying to twist the March for Life message- obviously about abortion on the anniversary of RoevWade- into this obsession with the poor and the peripheries?

  • Yes Cardinal O’Malley, we stand with the poor and the marginalized.

    We oppose government programs that impoverish and marginalize persons and their inherent dignity by fostering dependency

    We oppose government programs that do not accomplish what they claim they will do and thus unjustly deprive workers of the fruits of their labor.

    We oppose the marginalizing of people by taking away their right to determine the course of their work through centralizing decisions in bureaucracies in Washington.

    We oppose government programs which foster single parenthood, destroy historic neighborhoods and, as a result, create crime and despair.

    We oppose taxes which sap productivity and the human spirit and create unemployment and despair.

    And we oppose those who think that such programs are good when in fact they are destructive.

  • because, Christine MCS, the Supreme Court has made Roe v. Wade, the unmitigated miscarriage of Justice, the murder of human life and the obliteration of sovereign personhood into a sacred cow.
    The media will milk that sacred cow for all its worth. Human sacrifice must increase as it will not diminish.
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    Framing Roe.v. Wade as a right, the media has created a monster that they themselves fear; fear for their very lives. Without trust in God, the media has no one to speak for them and they are afraid to speak the truth for themselves. The devil is frozen to the bottom of hell.
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    Jesus descended into to hell to free the patriarchs. Oh, Well, I guess that means that the media will have to stay in hell.
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    Phillips: Excellent parsing of O’Malley’s heresy. A saver for future posting.

  • With 18T in debt we are all poor – living in a monetary bubble. O’Malley is just kissing up to PF. He is a sycophantic echo chamber.

  • Great to read that you are optimistic. We all should be as we know who wins in the end. However, I do believe the cause will be furthered when we have shepherds who are actually pro-life. How disheartening then that Cardinal O’Malley is head of the USCCB pro-life committee. But, that seems about right coming from that organization.

  • My grandfather was a R. Catholic doctor. He received his MD in 1907. The norm was that babies were delivered at home; rarely was there a hospital delivery. In the twenty some years he practiced in a rural area he NEVER had a case where the in utero baby endangered the life of the mother.
    What I don’t get with all the advances of medical science, why in 2015 is the “life of the mother” still listed as an exception. There is no rational or moral reason for an innocent (and they are all innocent) unborn to be murdered because of the means of his or her conception.
    Why the emphasis on poverty being the reason women abort? I’d like to see the statistics on that. Convenience, I would guess, is the rationale for many abortions on women from middle and wealthy classes. But that sounds just too selfish doesn’t it?

  • CAM.

    Selfishness is next to Godlessness.

    Abortion for health reasons? Hummmm.
    I also would like to see the data.
    The “I can not have a baby now because of lack of money-lack of support-bad timing-school plans”,..they all take priority over a human life. FEAR!

    My guess is Fear. When support networks are found in each Catholic Church in each City Village or Hamlet across the country, then the fear will subside. So will many of the abortions subside. Our Lady of Good Council Homes in N.J. is proof.

  • Quite some time ago during the debate about one the most corrupt pieces of legislation addressing illegal immigration, the I famous gang of 8 senate bill, Cardinal O’Malley was interviewed by Raymond Arroyo. I was struck by his political crassness in advocating passage of this particular bill and his remark that Republicans faced dire political consequences if it weren’t passed. Not much was said about that interview but it stuck with me.

    Cardinal O’Malley, it is said, is a confidant to the Pope. I’m beyond believing that a certain cadre of prelates engage in similar messaging by coincidence. The Pope has instructed us that we should not be “obsessed” about abortion. Cardinal O’Malley’s comments are sleights of hand but appear remarkably in lime with the Pope’s messaging.

  • So you think you’re going to stop abortion in this country by keeping the Pro Life crew an “exclusively conservative movement,” eh?

  • No, by keeping it focused on the issue of abortion rather than neutered by focusing on a laundry list of leftist causes, which has always been the strategy of the proponents of the seamless garment scam.

  • Carlos X: The Right to Choose “crew” have as much freedom to choose Life as they have to choose death. Let us pray for wisdom to make the right choice. Thank your mother and father for giving you life. In the continuum of life, the child lives on as the mother’s and father’s descendant, carrying their genes and some of their cells. Science has discovered that cells from the mother to the child and cells from the child pass through the placenta into the blood stream of the one and the other. It is kind of exciting to know that through the child, the mother carries her beloved’s cells.
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    Through abortion, men and women are committing suicide, now, literally discarding their own genes, their own descendants, their own future; the devil’s eighth sacrament.
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    Through Life, man gets to enjoy knowing he will not disappear from the face of the earth, for he has chosen Life. If you are a survivor of abortion, know that you have been prayed for.

  • Now, let me comment on my comment: “through the child, the mother carries her beloved’s cells.” The practice of blood brotherhood of the Native American Indians, without scientific proof, bears witness.
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    Shawn Marshall: “With 18T in debt we are all poor – living in a monetary bubble. O’Malley is just kissing up to PF. He is a sycophantic echo chamber.

    Deuteronomy 14: 22-29 tells our Pope and our bishops how to proceed about the poor and about our money tithes to God, the practice of charity and the freedom to practice charity. The practice of charity is the taking on the poor to redeem oneself. The poor is our gift from God, but in Deuteronomy, the family comes before the poor. Only the third year tithe is shared with the Levite, the widow and the alien…and these would be legal aliens…because they are mentioned in the Bible, in the very Old Testament.
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    Charity is a virtue, a virtue in the exercise of conscience for the individual person. for government to extort charity without the citizens’ informed consent is against the Seventh Commandment. for the government, the violation of the Seventh Commandment is a violation of separation of church and state. It is not “the price of citizenship” to be subjected to injustice. It is the price of citizenship to resist the devil.

  • The republicans will wriggle out of any attempt to ban legalized abortion. Just watch over the next few years.

  • Just like they wriggled out of the partial birth abortion ban or the many pro-life pieces of legislation they have passed in the states where they control the legislatures?

  • “So which does Cardinal O’Malley want from the March for Life in Washington: ascetic lives of poverty, their tax money, their Democrat votes, or all three?”

    My question to Cardinal O’Malley is, “How much did you steal?”

  • I suggest our clergy start looking at the facts (you know, that pesky thing, the truth). Those of us who are pro life give disproportionately to the “poor” and other charitable causes compared to the pro abortion group. Furthermore, If they really want to help the illegal immigrants. then I suggest they put their own money where their mouth is and have them housed, fed, clothed and their healthcare taken care of within catholic institutions, parishes and esp, clerics residences. Better yet, why don’t they take up the cause of bringing the reasons for the USA proserity to these other countries: i.e., capitalism, free enterprize and the rule of law. Oh. I’m sorry… I forgot: that whould be hard. No its much easier to have someone else pay the bill for their upkeep while the clerics and liberal catholics pat themselves on the back as to how compassionate and great christians they are, while reminding us prolifers of how deficient we are to be so narrow.

  • The way to holiness is love for the poor, but the way to love the poor is not to exploit the envy of some to help grant legal authorization of theft from the better off to redistribute it to the poor. Th way to holiness is to appeal to the hearts and generosity of those who could help, and thus bring the love of Christ into their hearts, as well as aid the less fortunate. Confiscation is evil, despite the ends. Jesus did not demand that his disciples confiscate the young mans wealth, he appealed to the man’s heart.

Progress

Tuesday, December 30, AD 2014

 

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Some good news to end the year:

A new survey conducted by Operation Rescue of all abortion facilities in the United States has confirmed that the abortion clinic closure trend continued strongly in 2014. Operation Rescue is the only pro-life organization that maintains a listing of abortion facilities and tracks clinic closures and its extensive research has provided the most accurate accounting of abortion facilities known to exist.

In all, 73 abortion facilities shut down for all or part of the year. The total number of all remaining abortion clinics in the US is currently 739. Surgical abortion facilities account for 551 of that total while the number of medication-only abortion facilities stands at 188.

Out of 60 surgical abortion clinic closures, 47 were permanent. This represents a 23% decline in surgical abortion facilities over the past five years.

Thirteen surgical facilities were allowed to reopen after initially closing, primarily due to court action that enjoined abortion safety laws that had shut down the substandard facilities.

Thirteen facilities that provided only medication abortions account for the remaining closures in 2014. That more than doubles the number of medication abortion facilities that closed in 2013 when six were shuttered.

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While the abortion clinic closures did not eclipse the high water mark of 93 total closures in 2013, the 73 closures this year far exceeds the two dozen closures recorded in 2012.

The 2014 figures represent a net decrease of 31 surgical abortion facilities nationwide. even though the number of medication abortion facilities increased by 11 over 2013 numbers, they still remain below the high of 196 facilities in 2012.

abortionclinic6“We are continuing to witness the implosion of the abortion cartel in America,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “The only things that are preventing total collapse are court injunctions that are blocking several state abortion safety laws from being enforced. Once those laws clear the courts, we expect to see even more dangerous abortion facilities close. This is great news for women and babies because when abortion clinics close, lives are saved.”

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The greatest number of closed facilities took place in Texas as the result of the 2013 abortion law known as HB2. Eleven surgical and three medication-only facilities shut down permanently over the course of 2014.

Closures far outpaced clinic openings. Fifteen facilities either added surgical abortions or opened for the first time. Thirteen clinics, primarily Planned Parenthood centers, added medication abortions to clinics that previously did not provide them. Eight clinics that formerly provided surgical abortions made the decision to halt those procedures, but continue to sell medication abortions.

“As new states laws add safety standards for surgical abortions, we are seeing the beginnings of a new trend. Abortion providers who cannot or will not comply with the higher standards have, in some cases, dropped surgical abortions in favor of medical abortions so they did not have to become licensed,” said Newman. “This allows incompetent abortionists to continue exploiting women for money while evading the need to increase patient safety.”

Some of the more notable abortion facility closures included:

Outpatient Services for Women, Oklahoma City, OK: This surgical clinic shut down after the arrest on December 9 of clinic owner and operator Naresh Patel on charges of fraud and racketeering after Operation Rescue filed complaints. Patel had been caught selling abortion pills to women who were not pregnant.
All Women’s Health, Chicago, IL: Clinic owner, abortionist Mandy Gittler, closed this facility after local activists protested there over the death of Tonya Reaves, which was killed by Gittler in 2012 at a Chicago Planned Parenthood clinic.
Novi Laser and Aesthetic Center, Novi, Michigan: This facility shut down after being evicted from two locations this year. After the last eviction in November, owner Michael Arthur Roth had nowhere to go.
Aid for Women, aka Central Family Medical, Kansas City, MO: Operation Rescue discovered evidence of multiple abortion abuses and lodged complaints. This facility was best known for suing in court for the right to stop reporting child sex abuse. Under pressure from the medical board and struggling for business, Aid for Women, finally shut down.
Affiliated Women’s Services, Indianapolis, IN: This facility, associated with the infamous late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart shut down in July due to financial woes and a lack of demand for abortions.
Femcare, Asheville, NC: Its shut down earlier this year for two dozen serious health and safety violations caused an outcry from abortion supporters since it was thought to be the only facility that could pass new safety standards. It reopened briefly before permanently closing after its abortionist, Lorraine Cummings, announced her retirement and placed the building for sale.

 

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  • Thank you for sharing great news!
    Our local Right to Life office just purchased a building to move into. The new location is next door to Murder Inc.
    aka Planned Parenthood.

    Talk about trench warfare. Our sidewalk presence is consistent and prayerful.

    The enemy to life has large resources however not as large as the God of Life.
    His are human hearts. His resources will not run dry.

  • When the children realize what has been done to them and what is being done to them there will be the Truth on earth.

  • I find it remarkable that there should be so many private providers.

    In Scotland, both before and after the Abortion Act 1967, virtually all abortions are performed in the large teaching hospitals. There are no more than two or three private clinics licensed to perform abortions in the whole country.

  • This is good news.

  • No Paul, No Michael: Follow the money. The respect for life, health of the child and his mother and even Justice are irrelevant to the abortionist. It is only the money that they get from satisfying any demons demands.
    .
    The devil is everywhere and those who enable the devil will join the devil.

  • I didn’t see it on the map, but an abortion clinic, a 1/4 mile from where we used to live, closed in a little Northern VA city. The clinic was behind in the rent; fewer patients (victims); crying women coming into and out of the building were off putting to the other tenants; and the pro-life picketeers created too much attention, so the clinic lost its lease. Unsaid in the newspaper article, of course, was the answered prayers of the good Anglicans (former Espicopalians), Catholics and other good people. Several months later the city council received a business license request for another abortion clinic to set up shop and the council denied it. Two victories! Luckily the newly elected fallen away Catholic in the peanut gallery, though vocal about women’s rights being denied, wasn’t yet sworn in.

  • anybody know from whom can I order the “I am a Pro-Life Generation” signs? When my mission travels up north to pray at a clinic, we have people in their 80s on down to young people participating. It would be great for each generation present to carry such a sign.

  • CAM.

    Try http://www.studentsforlife.storenvy.com/products/33.

    They have kits available as well as shirts.
    We have not purchased from this great group however this might be a good starting place for your request. I hope it helps.

  • CAM. The page number in their store is 3 to order signs. Some are sold out but they have other offerings.

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The Chicago Way

Monday, December 1, AD 2014

Cupich

 

The new Archbishop of Chicago has a long history of hostility to the pro-life movement.  Brian Williams at One Peter Five notes that he seems much happier with pro-abort politicians:

 

In a homily this past June, Monsignor Henry Kriegel (pastor at St. Patrick Catholic Church in the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania) referenced an evening spent dining with the well connected Catholic blogger Rocco Palma of Whispers in the Loggia. Regarding the impending episcopal appointment in Chicago, Msgr. Kriegel said at the time:

“…(Palma) told us who’s going to be the next archbishop of Chicago; a position which will be filled in September. And if he’s correct, it’s going to be the beginning of a whole new style of episcopal leadership in the American Catholic Church, away from these bombastic, confrontational, counter-cultural bishops to bishops who are much more conciliatory and overflowing, as Francis says, with mercy.

On Sunday’s edition of Face the Nation, recently installed Archbishop Blasé Cupich demonstrated that Chicago is indeed being introduced to a new style of episcopal leadership. This was nowhere more evident than the archbishop’s response to host Norah O’Donnell’s question regarding pro-abortion politicians and the reception of Communion:

O’DONNELL: So, when you say we cannot politicize the communion rail, you would give communion to politicians, for instance, who support abortion rights.

CUPICH: I would not use the Eucharist or as they call it the communion rail as the place to have those discussions or way in which people would be either excluded from the life of the church. The Eucharist is an opportunity of grace and conversion. It’s also a time of forgiveness of sins. So my hope would be that that grace would be instrumental in bringing people to the truth.

In other words, those who persist in mortal sin and public scandal through their continued political support of abortion should still receive the Eucharist. This very topic has been thoroughly addressed by canon lawyer Dr. Edward Peters when discussing the specific case of U.S. Congresswoman and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi:

“Canon 915, as I and others have explained many times, is not about impositions on individual conscience, it’s about public consequences for public behavior. It’s about taking people at their word and acknowledging the character of their actions. It’s about not pretending that people don’t really mean what they repeatedly say and what they repeatedly do.

(…)

“As a canon lawyer, my view is that Nancy Pelosi deserves to be deprived of holy Communion as the just consequence of her public actions; as her fellow Catholic, my view is that Nancy Pelosi deservesto be deprived of holy Communion to bring home to her and to the wider faith community the gravity of her conduct and the need to avoid such conduct altogether or, that failing, at least to repent of it. Quickly.”

Go here to read the rest.  Here is the comment of Cupich on his recent meeting with Obama:

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  • Archbishop Cupich is simply wrong that the Eucharist is an ” opportunity for grace “. It is an opportunity for an
    increase of sanctifying grace which sanctifying grace is presumed beforehand and is a requirement preceding the Eucharist and obtained if need be by Confession. To make a long story short, Paul in II Cor.5 said to ” expel the wicked man from your midst” in the case of the incestuous man. The early Church excommunicated for bad physical behaviour. The modern Church does not… except latae sententiae for abortion physical participants. Mental participants like pols e.g. Cuomo get off scot free. At some point the Church switched to excommunicating in ecclesiastical court not for moral theology errors ( Curran was only dechaired from teaching) and physical manifest sins….but….for heresies of de fide dogma in written form mainly. You can march in a pro choice parade without repercussions ( the Biden family) but are excommunicated if you write error about the Trinity….but few are so theological as to do the latter.

  • +Cupich’s words are the same in substance to +Wuerl. +Wuerl approved of giving Communion to abortionist John FARC Kerry, whose wife inherited her late husband John Heinz’ property around Pittsburgh. BTW, Teresa Kerry’s sons are as crazy as she is and are nothing like their father. +Wuerl said he would not use Communion as a “weapon”. This means +Wuerl will not confront abortionists.

    I reiterate Dale Price’s admonishment. If you like your bishop, pray for him. You may get clobbered by the Wuerlwind and get stuck with a +Cupich wannabe yourself. I fear for the good priests at St. John Cantius in Chicago.

    The most recent issue of Catholic Extension, which is based in Chicago, extols +Cupich. It made me nauseous.

  • St Paul to Pukich – er Cupich:
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    27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. 31 But if we judged ourselves truly, we should not be judged. 32 But when we are judged by the Lord, we are chastened so that we may not be condemned along with the world. 1st Corinthians 11
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    PS, does Pukich care any for the unborn Mexican immigrant babies who will be murdered under the policies and programs of Barack Hussein Obama?

  • Well, as someone commented a few weeks ago, Cardinal George can take comfort that his immediate successor, anyway, is unlikely to end his life in jail.

  • The Immaculate Conception is Mary’s perfect innocence from the very first moment of her existence. Due process of law is a constitutional guarantee to every person from the very first moment of his existence.
    .
    If +Cupich refuses to believe that Mary’s soul was immaculately conceived from the very first moment of her existence, then +Cupich is a heretic. If +Cupich refuses to accept that every person is entitled to constitutional due process of law, that children may not be put to death for the crimes and sins of their parents, then +Cupich is a traitor, a tyrant and a murderer.

  • I’m convinced the humble Argentinian is punishment
    from God for the many Catholics who have rejected the
    teachings of the Church and for the many Catholics who
    have taken the Eucharist unworthily.

    It is obvious Cupich and the great modernizer have lost
    their Catholic faith for popular pagan ideals.

  • Luke 17:14 – 17
    The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all these things and sneered at him. And he said to them, “You justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts; for what is of human esteem is an abomination in the sight of God.
    .
    The law and the prophets lasted until John; but from then on the kingdom of God is proclaimed, and everyone who enters does so with violence. It is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for the smallest part of a letter of the law to become invalid. …”
    .
    Proverbs Ch. 14:
    in v. 27 – The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that a man may avoid the snares of death.

    This all is a reminder of the ‘stiff-necked people’ .

  • The Southern Baptist Convention (the largest Protestant denomination in the country) in the 1980s and 1990s were in the middle of the same type of war that the Catholic Church is in now. Those who believe that scripture is inspired by God won the battle, however, it was barely won and there was a schism in their denomination where those who did not believe traditional Christian articles of faith s.a. Christ being virgin born, man being a sinner, man being given forgiveness/eternal life through Christs’ death, burial, and resurrection. Heck, they had atheists teaching in their seminaries as well, and missionaries who were teaching that Jesus did not rise from the dead! However, over several years, the battle was waged and prayed and fought–the liberals had to leave. The liberals tried to take away all of the assets of the SBC through the judicial system after attempting to gain control of the SBC through political means and losing. The atheist crowd finally had to separate and form their own separate denomination.

    My point is: keep praying and working.

  • When two or three are praying to end abortion, AB Cupich may not be there, but Jesus is. Guy McClung, San Antonio

  • Not a rhetorical question,
    Can you name one Catholic pro-abortion politician who renounced his wicked past and said it was from frequent, illicit reception of Holy Communion?

  • +Cupich: “The Eucharist is an opportunity of grace and conversion. It’s also a time of forgiveness of sins.” Hard to square with 1 Cor 11:27-29 (“Whosoever eats and drinks unworthily drinks a judgment on himself..”) nor Ratzinger’s comments that “it is never licit to cooperate in moral evil.” Cupich does not allow himself to be engaged in open debate (as neither do most of his left-leaning robed ones) because his “thinking” would be shredded.

    Cupich does himself one better in his double-talk in his 11/30/14 interview with Nora O’Donnell on Face the Nation. The topic this time is Obama’s unconstitutional edict on immigration. This is precious:
    ..
    O’DONNELL: I noticed that you said the work of comprehensive immigration reform is not important because it is on my agenda, but because it is on God’s. What does that mean, God wants immigration reform?

    CUPICH: Well, it means that the aspirations that people have for better life for their children in which they are reaching out in hope as many people who have come to this country have. Those aspirations were placed in their heart by God. We have to attend to that. This is not just something that they’re wanting on their own, but God has always called us to a better life. Has always called us to experiencing how we can provide for our families in a better way. And I think that being a grandson of immigrants I feel that very deeply.

    Cupich avoids the fact that tens of thousands of legal immigrants already in the long process of admission under democratically-enacted laws have been treated with contempt by the Obama amnesty edict. Moreover, he, like Pope Francis, openly advocates the [questionable] end over the means — but that is OK, because the desires of THESE 5 million (ready 25-50 million when we are done with this) illegals are motivated by God. The desires of the rest of us to oppose this injustice, advisedly, are not. Even he seems to recognize the weakness of his claim, having to wrap himself in the banner of “being the grandchild of a [legal] immigrant.” Precious.

  • Later in the interview, +Cupich oh-so-clearly defines his stance on Catholic traditional marriage vs. gay marriage:

    O’DONNELL: “Same-sex marriage is now legal in 35 states with more battles in the courts in the coming months. What should the church say about same-sex marriage? Does it need to change at all?”

    CUPICH:” Well, I think in Washington State where I was bishop for the last four years there was a referendum on this very issue and I spoke very clearly about this. I said first of all that we cannot use this moment of public debate to say anything or do anything that would provoke violence against gay and lesbian people. We have to make sure that we’re not part of that and we would condemn that. At the same time it’s not just about gay marriage. It’s about whether or not we’re going to have statutes in our states that uphold and protect people who take the risk of bringing children into the world. People who as mothers and fathers coming together in their love, continue the human race.”

    O’DONNELL: “Pardon me, do you think gay parents can good parents?”

    CUPICH:” I think there are people not only who are gay but many single people are good parents. And I don’t think that’s the issue. I think the real issue is, should we have — should we continue to have legislation that supports, protects and upholds those people who take the risk of actually bringing children into the world and preserving the human race.”

    O’DONNELL:” I understand the church’s teaching, but just to be clear, so you do think there should be legislation to protect the parents who are bringing children in to the world and caring for them that are in same-sex relationships?”

    CUPICH: “Well, but no. I’m saying that the people who bring children in to the world are a man and a woman in their own love that bring children in the world.

    I do know that there are gay couples, there are others — grandparents, single people who adopt children, who maybe even have children not from the act of love, but to care for children in that way.

    And yes, I think that there has to be way in which we do support them. But I do think there is something unique about a man and woman coming together and bringing children in to the world, preserving the human race and providing that example as a mother and father, a male and female within a family that also deserves the state’s support and also protection.”
    ….
    O’Donnell had him on the ropes (“Do you think that gay parents can be good parents?” He mushed his way out of it by saying that marriage of a man and a woman is “unique”—but he doesnt dare define that uniqueness, of course. So, +Cupich’s position on marriage is perfectly clear to me, of course.

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  • Steve Phoenix – concerning “samesex marriage” -, I guess someone has to buy a copy of City of God for this Bishop. He appears not to fully grasp the underpinning of the long-held Church teachings on the use of the sex act.

  • “Blasé ” !! Yes

Mark Shea, Pro-life and Religion as Politics

Tuesday, November 25, AD 2014

 

Mark Shea has taken his agree-with-me-on-these-issues-or-you-are-not-really-pro-life routine to the pages of the Jesuit rag America:

But weirdly, when the topic is not the unborn, many allegedly pro-life people often forget their wisdom. Result: on many issues ranging from war to torture to refugees to the death penalty, it is extremely common to run into people who are anti-abortion, but not pro-life.

And so self-identified pro-life people, in a solid majority, favored the launch of the Iraq War, despite the fact that it failed to meet a single criterion of Just War teaching, was sternly denounced by Pope John Paul II, warned of by the world’s bishops, and dismissed as folly by then-Cardinal Ratzinger, who famously remarked that the “concept of a ‘preventive war’ does not appear in the Catechism of the Catholic Church” and who warned that it would result in catastrophe—as the destruction of the Chaldean Church, the deaths of at least 100,000 people and the transformation of Iraq into chaos eloquently attests.

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Relatedly, self-identified pro-life Christians supported, in greater percentages than the general U.S. population, the use of torture against prisoners. Indeed, along with Evangelicals, self-identified pro-life Catholics may constitute the single most enthusiastic supporters of torture in American public life. This is despite the fact that the church describes torture as gravely and intrinsically immoral—exactly the same terms in which she describes abortion.

Similarly, the death penalty is sometimes treated as an issue in which the church’s guidance to inflict the punishment only if absolutely necessary is rejected on the theory that God “commands” rather than reluctantly permits the death penalty. Some even go so far as to declare the church, not merely entitled to an opinion from which they dissent, but actually “wrong” and work to execute as many victims as possible.

Finally, there is the strange spectacle of some Catholics opposing pre-natal help for low income women (thus increasing the likelihood of abortion for poor families who fear they cannot afford another child) and the even stranger spectacle of self-identified pro-life people brandishing guns and screaming for desperately poor refugee children from Central America to be sent back to the extreme dangers of rape, sex slavery and murder.

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  • I guess Shea also needs to re-define “illegal immigrant” into “refugee.” Otherwise he is not supported by JP II:

    “Illegal immigration should be prevented, but it is also essential to combat vigorously the criminal activities which exploit illegal immigrants.”

    “4. When no solution is foreseen, these same institutions should direct those they are helping, perhaps also providing them with material assistance, either to seek acceptance in other countries, or to return to their own country.”

    Now if they were real refugees escaping Central America and “the extreme danger of rape, sex slavery and murder…” then international law is quite clear that Mexico should have taken in these “refugees.” But they were no such thing. They were illegal immigrants encouraged by lax enforcement of just laws. Of course Shea needs to redefine the term as “refugees” otherwise he is not consistent with Church teaching. Now I thought he was against such word play.

  • I also thought (though am willing to be corrected on this point) that he initially supported the invasion of Iraq.

  • Oh, that is correct. Shea later turned against the War when no WMD’s allegedly were found. (They actually were found, but that is another post.)

    http://www.mark-shea.com/jwd.html

  • Mark Shea’s absolutism excommunicates so many from the church of Mark Shea it may have a membership of one. But not to worry, if individuals somehow fit through the eye of the needle in agreeing with him on those points he will find others to toss them out.

  • He of rural Washington context ( no crime to encounter ) actually gave me the laugh of the morning …does Romans 13:4 from the Holy Spirit sound like reluctant death penalty to anyone who is not doing mushrooms from Oaxaca…..” not without reason does it carry the sword…it is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who does evil”. So very very filled with sensitive reluctance and indecision….and Jesuitical feminized theologizing. Then Shea quotes a very unfortunate passage of Benedict in which Benedict seems to see the catechism as something inerrant on preventive war and a catechism removed from Benedict who oversaw its editing….lol. Pope Benedict didn’t believe the herem of the Old Testament were ordered by God ( Verbum Domini,42). And all Christians prior to the historico-critical school did believe they were from God. And people now who notice that Christ predicted the worst one….70AD….know that God brings them about actively…not through karma.

  • I once had a tangle with Mr. Shea over the issue of waterboarding. It left a rather bad taste with me.

    Let me start by pointing out that many people assume that any torture involving water is waterboarding. James Bradley had a photo of an American soldier using water torture on a Filipino insurgent in his book The Imperial Cruise: The Secret History of Empire and War; the caption read that the Filipino was being waterboarded. The movie Zero Dark Thirty had a ‘waterboarding’ scene in which the victim spits up a significant amount of water. This is inaccurate – there is no ingestion of water in waterboarding. Senator John McCain has stated that in World War II, the United States military hanged Japanese soldiers for waterboarding American prisoners of war – again this is inaccurate, the Japanese used methods that were much more invasive than waterboarding.

    Point #2, and the most critical one, is that waterboarding is not torture under U.S. law. Why? Because it is used by the U.S. military in Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) training. U.S. law prohibits the torture of its military personnel during its training. At some point in the past a decision was made in the SERE curriculum development that waterboarding did not constitute torture, and so could be used in training. It may have involved legal hairsplitting, but the precedent was made.

    Point #3 is that it is hard to say that waterboarding is not torture. One of Bush’s Assistant Attorney Generals [sorry, forgot who] and writer Christopher Hitchens both supported waterboarding of al-Qaeda bigwigs, volunteered to be subjected to it so they could defend it’s use, and changed their minds after being subjected to it. My opinion is that I would hate to see the SERE program lose whatever benefit waterboarding gives to the ability of our military personnel to resist torture, but that loss would be outweighed by reclassifying it to be torture under U.S. law and ending this controversy.

    None of this history mattered to Mark Shea. He believes he is entitled to his own facts: U.S. law prohibits torture, waterboarding is torture, therefore waterboarding is prohibited. I pointed out this history to him online; he ignored my conclusion – which was basically in agreement with his conclusion – and he proceeded to rip me a new bodily orifice. You see, he wants the defenders of waterboarding to be evil men deserving of his ire, and not ordinary men under pressure who grasped onto a legal precedent created for other circumstances. He could have defended himself with a “Thanks for the history Tommie, but it is obviously torture, so the Bush guys shouldn’t have grabbed that precedent”, but he didn’t. He responded with “You’re another supporter of torture”, because my sin was to not agree with his labeling.

    I’ve written this before: if I were to write Mark Shea’s epitaph, it would read “Here lies Mark Shea, Catholic writer. No man was ever so wrong about so many right things than he

  • I’m pro-innocent life, just like I’m anti-unjust war.

  • Shea’s a demokrat party operative masquerading as a Catholic crank.

  • BTW, when it comes to “Render unto Caesar…” I particularly like the words of Soviet dissident Sister Nijole Sadunaite, who told her judges “What is due to Caesar is but the remains of that due to God”

  • Mark is an interesting case study in someone who attempts to turn his religion into his politics.

    Perhaps. Or perhaps a case study in how we get to be caricatures of ourselves as we age (except in his case the act is not the least bit amusing).

  • I once had a tangle with Mr. Shea over the issue of waterboarding. It left a rather bad taste with me. .

    Gosh, no kidding.

    “Torture” or capital sentencing or proper responses to illegal immigration or disaster relief in New Orleans or the utility of psychotropic medications. Different issues, same behavior.

  • “formerly a conservative”. Don, are you sure he was ever a conservative in the first place?!

  • “…on many issues ranging from war to torture to refugees to the death penalty, it is extremely common to run into people who are anti-abortion, but not pro-life.”

    “Indeed, along with Evangelicals, self-identified pro-life Catholics may constitute the single most enthusiastic supporters of torture in American public life.”

    “Some even go so far as to declare the church, not merely entitled to an opinion from which they dissent, but actually ‘wrong’ and work to execute as many victims as possible.”

    “Finally, there is the strange spectacle of some Catholics opposing pre-natal help for low income women…”

    I never realized what a true idiot Shea was until reading this!

  • “One of Bush’s Assistant Attorney Generals [sorry, forgot who] and writer Christopher Hitchens both supported waterboarding of al-Qaeda bigwigs, volunteered to be subjected to it so they could defend it’s use, and changed their minds after being subjected to it.”

    Ok. Here is the problem that I have with water boarding being called “torture.”
    1. Does the person experience physical pain?

    2. Is there any permanent physical damage done?

    3. What is it specifically that makes this torture (supposedly?)

  • ProLife by the numbers: [feel free to add any other category with number of victims and/or dead]

    Persons lynched in the history of the United States: 5000; but let’s err on the side of questioning history and say 100,000; add whatever number you like for beatings, torture etc not resulting in death

    Persons dying of hunger each year in the United States: a few thousands, but let’s go with 100,000 [this is way outlandish]

    Persons tortured in the US and/or by US officials each year: supply your own number-mine is 10,000 -no basis for this

    Persons executed since the death penalty reinstatement: about 2000, but let’s go with 4000

    Persons killled by abortion, including RETA, daily in the United States: 3500-4000.

    Persons killed by abortion since Roe in the US: approx 56,000,000

    Minority members victims of abortion since Roe [Black + Hispanic]: approx 29,000,000

    Mothers of minority abortion victims: less than 1/3 total population

    RETA = Racial Eugenic Targeted Abortion

    Guy McClung, San Antonio

  • Here is a military-doctrine/economy of force analogy to Shea’s and all liberals’ ineffectual pro-life positions. It’s like ordering an infantry division against the enemy’s drummer boys while ignoring the infantry.

    Every soldier knows that in a fight you must first destroy the heaviest weapons shooting at you.

  • Is there an ounce of sympathy for the soldier on the Bataan Death march who has his appendix ripped out on a dirty trail? How about beautiful young Harold John Smith who fought in VN and was literally burned to death after being put on point during one of the war’s fiercest battles? War is hell. Abortion is hell! Who started these wars. We react. Who forced abortion on demand on us. Who has not been as strong as they should have been during this last 40 years? A very liberal church. A church infested with vermin who have robbed this church of billions of dollars to cover their deviant behavior, while Catholic schools are forced to close by the thousands. Give me a break. I am so sick of the two faces of blather. The entire congress of this country is overwhelmingly “Christian” and this is what we have to deal with. CINO(Christian in name only) to get themselves a few pukey votes at the expense of millions. Oh now, Billy Graham “advisor” to all the presidents speaks out about abortion on demand. Do you ever hear a word out of Joyce Meyer’s mouth as she is preaching to thousands in the big arena’s about action. I haven’t heard one word about IsIs or what is happening in Iraq and Syria and wherever about the persecution of and praying for Christians suffering so at any Mass I have attended in the last 6 mo . I am sick of getting the “Diocesan” newspaper and reading about the bishops dog! Good God Almighty, people I might be a measly farmer but even I can see that most “catholics” are reading these rags and that is why they know nothing of the real truths of the faith. Someone better tell the pope and a few of these other ding dongs that someone will be held accountable for this diabolic (confusion) of the faith that they are perpetrating. People are so mixed up.

  • Comment of the week Jeanne! Take ‘er away Sam!

  • Mark Shea needs to be locked up in the Octagon with Chris Ferrara, Texas Death Match style.

  • “Sam the Eagle sounds like Yoda.”

    Hmmm, I have never seen them in the same room together. Sam, have you been holding out on us?

  • ‘Enhanced interrogation techniques’ which included waterboarding were widely used on terrorist suspects (both republican and loyalist) in Northern Ireland in the 1970s, mostly by the Royal Ulster Constabulary (the interrogation of suspects was seen as a police rather than an army responsibility). Many of these interrogations were carried out at the Castlereagh detention centre by teams of detectives specially trained in such techniques. Following a campaign by Amnesty International the European Commission ruled that this constituted torture, but following an appeal by HMG the European Court of Human Rights downgraded this to ‘inhumane and degrading treatment’. The adverse publicity led to its being discontinued, although it had had some success in eliciting confessions which were not later retracted in court.

    The paramilitaries themselves routinely tortured (in a much cruder way) those whom they suspected of being informers although ironically PIRA had ‘traitors’ at the highest level – it has recently emerged that one of its most senior figures agreed to act as a government agent in return for escaping prosecution for sexual offences against children.

    The point is that fighting terrorism is a dirty business since the adversary acts without legal or moral constraints whereas the authorities must be seen to act within the law. One man’s ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ are another man’s ‘inhumane and degrading treatment’ and a third man’s ‘torture’.

  • “One man’s ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ are another man’s ‘inhumane and degrading treatment’ and a third man’s ‘torture’.”

    This is my point exactly.

    I have never had to use physical force in my entire adult life on another person. And I have been in some very stressful, threatening situations. If I ever decide that physical force is necessary–it will not be pretty.

    If I decided to torture someone physically, no one would have to question wether or not it was torture.

    Amensty International has done some good things. However, they have also done some whacky things.

  • PS. The reason that I specified not using physical force in my “adult” life is because before I turned 21, I used some physical force on some folks. Lol

  • But they were no such thing. They were illegal immigrants encouraged by lax enforcement of just laws. Of course Shea needs to redefine the term as “refugees” otherwise he is not consistent with Church teaching. Now I thought he was against such word play.

    Nah, Mark is only against “Lying for Jesus” on minor, secondary issues of no real import, like abortion. When it comes to serious, unambiguous areas of the Faith like the moral imperative of giving amnesty to an unlimited number of illegal immigrants no matter what, he’s okay with it.

  • Deuce,
    Exactly, Shea considers breaking into a country illegally, stealing its resources, overwhelming it’s health and educational systems, and disturbing the peace of its legal citizens as simply a matter of not having the right “piece of paper”. Or as liberals like to classify them, the “undocumented”. When I pointed out to him the hypocrisy of his consequentialism, I was just deleted and banned.

  • “Shea’s a demokrat party operative masquerading as a Catholic crank.”

    No, actually, Mark Shea is a Paul-bot, as in Ron Paul disciple. Or, at least he was, a few years ago, when I got banned (he didn’t like being shown the absence of logic in his positions).
    I haven’t read him much in the past couple of years, so, maybe he’s changed.

  • Mark Shea needs to be locked up in the Octagon with Chris Ferrara, Texas Death Match style.

    Why Christopher Ferrara? Mr. Ferrara may be wrong on some issues and overly astringent on occasion. His viewpoint is not, however, largely reducible to irritable mental gestures.

  • when I got banned (he didn’t like being shown the absence of logic in his positions). –

    In my last attempt at conversing with him, he was in a state of rage against any countervailing opinion. Everyone’s remarks to that end were deleted.

  • Art, it was an attempt at humor. Ferrara is what Mr. McClarey calls him – a crank, but unlike Mark Shea, Ferrara has truth on his side.

Now This Is a Bishop

Tuesday, November 4, AD 2014

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Virtue Is Attractive: The Crossroads Walk

Monday, September 1, AD 2014

For the past 20 years, some wonderful young college students have been participating in “Crossroads Walk,” dedicating the 3 months of their summer vacation to trek each year across the nation on behalf of life.

The walk started in 1995 when 15 Franciscan University of Steubenville (OH) students took up then-Pope John Paul II’s challenge to you to spread the gospel of life. Those 15 students now number several hundred thousand and their 1 annual walk has grown into 3. Beginning in May and ending in August, participants trek from Seattle, San Francisco, and San Jose-Los Angeles, crossing 36 states before reaching their destination: Washington, DC. Each group covers anywhere from 10k-15k miles. Weekends feature the groups praying, providing counselling in front of abortion clinics, and speaking at local churches.

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No doubt about it, Crossroads is a pro-life “civil rights” organization whose members seek to protect the civil right of the “right to life.”

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  • “It’s too bad these students aren’t being given attention in the media.”

    I’m afraid if they we’re given attention in todays media that it would of been misrepresented. The final cut would likely portray a band of hate mongers bent on ruining the reproductive rights of countless innocent women.

    These men and women are heroes.
    If todays media passes them by then it’s for good reason.

    God bless these young disciples.

  • I hope the group has learned a little bit about “evangelizing” lately. Several years ago a group came to the parish where my father was serving as deacon. They had a table in the foyer after Masses. I know they were probably exhausted from their journey but they just stood/sat at the table and then complained to me that no-one came over to see them. Having been involved in pro-life for decades myself, I tried to explain you have to get over by the doors and encounter people personally — meet them at the doors as they come out of Mass and the doors to the outside as they leave. Perhaps approach them as they socialize with each other in the narthex after Mass. I tried to demonstrate but I don’t think the lesson really took. I believe their lack of interaction stemmed from their youth and absence of public relations experience/training.

  • If they are harrassed by police, they have a right to sue. They all own the public places, especially if they are walking, they cannot be accussed fo loitering. They need one dollar, the smallest amount of money to be legal, and they cannot be accused of anything. A pro-life demonstration in Belle Air, Md. ended with a lawsuit and the city paid for strip searching the teens involved. big bucks.
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    Many people have a vacancy where pro-life ought to be. Some do not even know that a person begins with fertilization and the beginning of existence. The immediacy of the ensoulment at fertilization makes of the human being a child of God and a sovereign person with free will. The state gives the innocent person a tax bill and citizenship, but the sovereignty comes from a sovereign Creator.

Except Us

Saturday, May 17, AD 2014

 

 

A brilliant piece by Brandon McGinley at The Federalist on the ongoing journalistic malpractice when it comes to abortion.  Legal abortion on demand largely exists in this country because the public is shielded by a pro-abort media from the every day grisly reality of the blood trade that kills a million human beings a year in this country.

 

 

What if we had a latter-day Upton Sinclair willing to expose our abortion regime, rather than the incurious mandarins who pathetically claim his mantle?  What would he find when he opens the door to the dungeon?

He would find systematic slaughter, but of children rather than hogs.  In Delaware, Planned Parenthood nurses reported “meat market-style assembly line abortions.”  The conveyor of pregnant women moved so quickly that bloody discharge remained on the exam table.  We know about this only because courageous nurses came forward; one can only imagine how many other abortion facilities still operate in such putrid conditions.

He would find callous disregard for human dignity, as children are treated in life and death more like livestock than persons.  Former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson (again, a whistleblower rather than a journalist) reports that the organization had abortion quotas it expected its centers to fulfill, because abortion is the most lucrative part of the Planned Parenthood business model.  And only a few weeks ago we learned from The B.C. Catholic newspaper of the Archdiocese of Vancouver that children aborted in British Columbia were being incinerated as fuel in Oregon.

And he would find that the squeals of hogs have a human analogue, as well:

[Sherry West] hated working in the room where Gosnell performed abortions—never more than the night a staffer asked for help with a problem at Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society clinic in West Philadelphia. “There was this clear glass pan, and I saw it, and I thought, ‘What do you expect me to do?’” West testified Monday at Gosnell’s murder trial. “It wasn’t fully developed,” West told the Common Pleas Court jury, referring to the 18- to 24-inch-long newborn in the pan. It didn’t have eyes or a mouth but it was like screeching, making this noise. It was weird. It sounded like a little alien.” Questioned by Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore, West, 53, said she did not know what happened to the “specimen”—the term she said she used because “it was easier to deal with mentally.” “It really freaked me out, and I said call Dr. Gosnell, and I went back out front,” West added.

And when Dr. Gosnell arrived, we can safely assume, with a snip the screeching fell silent.

And the silence persists.  The voiceless remain so, except for that terrible shriek of primordial fear.  They have no champion to make them heard.

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  • Mans inhumanity to man knows no bounds nor respects his final day.

    Eucharistic King Jesus Christ conqueror of human hearts, take back what was yours. Convert hearts. Reclaim your property. Restore your Kingship on earth, so when you do return you will indeed find living Faith in abundance.

    Processions of the Blessed Sacrament.
    Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapels.
    Daily Holy Rosaries.
    Daily Mass.
    Satan is powerless when we embrace these four weapons.
    Abortion advocates are hopeless.
    They may have deep pockets, but they don’t have Life.

    Thank you Mary DeVoe and others for answering my call for prayer six Weeks ago. Our Right to Life fundraiser is shaping up to be our best one yet.
    Double in corporate sponsorships this year!

  • Here is the thing about Gosnell. I feel the need to link to this: http://www.salon.com/2013/04/12/there_is_no_gosnell_coverup/

    This quote specifically caught my eye…

    “If you’ve never heard of the Gosnell story, it’s not because of a coverup by the liberal mainstream media. It’s probably because you failed to pay attention to the copious coverage among pro-choice and feminist journalists, as well as the big news organizations, when the news first broke in 2011”.

  • Regarding Gosnell, I feel the need to link to this article: http://www.salon.com/2013/04/12/there_is_no_gosnell_coverup/

    More specifically, this quote:

    “If you’ve never heard of the Gosnell story, it’s not because of a coverup by the liberal mainstream media. It’s probably because you failed to pay attention to the copious coverage among pro-choice and feminist journalists, as well as the big news organizations, when the news first broke in 2011”.

  • If God is merciful, then will He not be merciful towards the unborn? And if He is merciful towards the unborn, then what kind of justice will that mean for those of us who are born? History tells us. God was merciful towards those in America who were enslaved in the 19th century. We know what kind of justice resulted on the un-enslaved in both North and South. It was bloody, painful and dreadful. God’s mercy and God’s justice do not change because God does not change. Israel learned this from Sennecharib and Judah from Nebuchadnezzar. Old Covenant or New, God hates sacrificing children to Molech. We had better buckle up, folks, because God’s mercy that we always cry for is drawing nigh faster than we anticipate.

  • ““If you’ve never heard of the Gosnell story, it’s not because of a coverup by the liberal mainstream media. It’s probably because you failed to pay attention to the copious coverage among pro-choice and feminist journalists, as well as the big news organizations, when the news first broke in 2011″.”

    Completely untrue. The mainstream media did their best to spike the story.

    “The local press has extensively covered the shocking testimony about the Philadelphia “House of Horrors” where Gosnell allegedly killed seven babies and one woman since the trial began on March 18, nearly a month ago. But while it seems obvious that the national media has mostly ignored the story, a bevy of left-wing journalists and activists have loudly disagreed in recent days—asserting that the big three networks and the major newspapers have appropriately covered a trial that none sent a reporter to cover.

    “If you’ve never heard of the Gosnell story,” Irin Carmon wrote in a widely circulated Salon piece, “it’s probably because you failed to pay attention to the copious coverage among pro-choice and feminist journalists, as well as the big news organizations, when the news first broke in 2011. There would be something rich, if it weren’t so infuriating, about these (almost uniformly male, as it happens) reporters and commentators scrambling to break open this shocking untold story. You know, the one that was written about here, here and here, to name some disparate sources.”

    One should immediately be struck by how strange it is that a person who is claiming this is an important story—feminists wrote about it!—now seems angry that reporters are finally rushing to cover it. Shouldn’t she be glad?

    As for her claim that there was “copious coverage” she links to RH Reality Check (Reproductive & Sexual Health and Justice), The Grio, Philadelphia Weekly, The Nation, CBS News’s Crimesider blog, and NPR. That so many of the people now rushing to claim that Gosnell was widely covered can’t tell the difference between activist media and The New York Times or CBS Evening News is a little scary. Of the outlets she listed, NPR is the only one that can reasonably be considered mainstream, so yea for that one story.

    Some on the left are claiming that the reason the trial was ignored (even though it wasn’t really ignored—stay with me here) is because nobody cares about poor people. Carmin writes, “How often are the travails of the women whose vulnerabilities Gosnell exploited—the poor, immigrants and otherwise marginalized people—given wall-to-wall, trial-level coverage?” But if you search “Gosnell” at The Nation, there’s not a single story on the trial. A search at Salon showed one story: a set-up piece about the “looming” trial. Before today, search The American Prospect for “Gosnell,” and all you find on the trial is a story in January.

    The problem is that the media apologists are battling a straw man. The column that started the firestorm over the media blackout didn’t claim that the mainstream press had “never” covered Kermitt Gosnell. I know, because I wrote it.

    The column, and the ensuing outrage—and much of the outrage came from people with vaginas despite Carmon’s egregious and divisive claim that it was just the patriarchy rearing its ugly head—was specific to the fact that the mainstream media had not covered the trial of Kermit Gosnell, which started March 18, 2013. I am going to repeat this, because a starling number of people on the left, including New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan, either cannot grasp this or are intentionally ignoring it. Repeat after me: “The problem is that the trial has not been covered.” That the Times ran one story about Gosnell in January is hardly relevant to the trial that started in March.

    It is the trial that has included spectacular and headline-grabbing testimony from Gosnell’s former assistants and workers. It is the trial that has been largely ignored outside of local media and activists on the right and left. This, despite the normal obsession with murder trials (Good Morning America has done a 10-part series on the Jody Arias trial). It is the trial—rife with grisly details about an abortion doctor who maimed and killed women and babies—that was ignored, despite The Washington Post’s, The New York Times’s, and network evening news’s usual obsession with all things abortion related.

    So, the continued misleading claims that the trial has been widely covered are empirically false—as is Carmon’s claim on CNN Friday that the only reason anyone is talking about this is because of Fox News, always the left’s go-to scapegoat. Unless Fox News owns USA Today, I’m not sure what she is talking about. It’s remarkable how quickly a story of a trial about decapitated babies and maimed women was overshadowed by liberal rage at Fox News and the “conservative media” who allegedly were hypocrites because they hadn’t been covering it, either. (In fact, Fox News has run 11 stories over the course of the three-week trial, while The New York Times so far has run just one piece, on A-17, the day the trial began.)”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/04/16/yes-there-is-a-gosnell-trial-coverup-by-the-big-news-organizations.html

  • The article provides links.

  • NVM….computer did not show your full post…just your first sentence.

  • Yep it does, and Kirsten Powers destroyed the whole mendacious theme of the story that there was not a coverup by the mainstream media.

  • Interesting point…

    This isn’t related to Gosnell per se, but I wanted to get your reaction to something….

    What would your reaction be to a pro-choice individual who pointed out that across the many strands of Judaism, there is a tenancy to define human life as beginning at birth? Would a Catholic living in a majority Jewish nation that defined life as such be obligated to fight to define life as beginning at conception? Would a Catholic in such a nation who voted for a “pro-choice” politician be as sinful as we say voting for American politicians who define life as beginning at birth is?

  • All decent human beings are required morally to protect innocent human life. There are no lives more innocent than those of unborn children from the moment of conception.

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Thomas S. Vander Woude: A Name That Deserves to Be Remembered

Monday, April 21, AD 2014

 

Thomas S. Vander Woude who died in 2008 is part of my personal pantheon of heroes:

 

Thomas S. Vander Woude, 66, died last week while helping his son Joseph, who has Down syndrome, after he fell into a septic tank while working in the yard, police said. The tank was eight to 10 feet deep, Steve Vander Woude said.

His father climbed into the 2-by-2-foot opening, managed to get under Joseph and was pushing him upward to keep his head above the sewage. Initially, Vander Woude was able to keep his own head above the muck, telling a workman who was helping from above, “You pull, I’ll push,” Steve Vander Woude said. But he eventually sank and was later pulled out by rescue workers, who were unable to revive him, Prince William County police said.

Joseph, 20, was hospitalized last week with pneumonia but was released Saturday and attended the Mass for his father in a wheelchair, connected to an oxygen tank. His family said doctors expect a full recovery. A few days after his father’s death, Joseph’s family sat with him in the hospital and explained to him that his father had died.

Upon hearing the news, Joseph “sat back . . . he closed his eyes, his chin quivered, and he started crying,” Steve Vander Woude said. “I think he understands as much as he can right now.”

Another of Thomas S. Vander Woude’s sons, Tom Vander Woude, pastor at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church in Alexandria, gave the homily. In it, he likened his father to Saint Joseph, a man who patiently and quietly supported his family, did odd jobs for those in need and was content to worship God and not seek the limelight, Tom Vander Woude said.

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Vandalism, Battery and Robbery, Along With Being a Red Fascist

Thursday, March 20, AD 2014

 

 

 

Hattip to Eugene Volokh at the Volokh Conspiracy.   A follow up to Foxfier’s post, go here to read it, about the Feminazi professor who assaulted a teenage pro-lifer and stole her sign.  The following is a report of the investing police officer as he interviewed the professor.  Imagine that he is speaking in Jack Webb’s Joe Friday, Just the Facts Ma’am, monotone:

 

 

 

I asked Miller-Young if she felt anything wrong had happened this afternoon. Miller-Young said that she did not know enough about the limits of free speech to answer my question. Miller-Young went on to say that she was not sure what an acceptable and legal response to hate speech would be. Miller-Young said that she was willing to pay for the cost of the sign but would “hate it.”

I explained to Miller-Young that the victims in this case felt that a crime had occurred. I told Miller-Young that I appreciated the fact that she felt traumatized by the imagery but that her response constituted a violation of law. Furthermore, I told Miller-Young that I was worried about the example she had set for her undergraduate students.

Miller-Young said that her students “were wanting her to take” the sign away. Miller-Young argued that she set a good example for her students. Miller-Young likened her behavior to that of a “conscientious objector.” Miller-Young said that she did not feel that what she had done was criminal. However, she acknowledged that the sign did not belong to her.

I asked Miller-Young what crimes she felt the pro-life group had violated. Miller-Young replied that their coming to campus and showing “graphic imagery” was insensitive to the community. I clarified the difference between University policy and law to Miller-Young and asked her again what law had been violated. Miller-Young said that she believed the pro-life group may have violated University policy. Miller-Young said that her actions today were in defense of her students and her own safety.

Miller-Young said that she felt that this issue was not criminal and expressed a desire to find a resolution outside of the legal system. Miller-Young continued and stated that she had the “moral” right to act in the way she did.

I asked Miller-Young if she could have behaved differently in this instance. There was a long pause. “I’ve said that I think I did the right thing. But I acknowledge that I probably should not have taken their poster.” Miller-Young also said that she wished that the anti-abortion group had taken down the images when they demanded them to.

Miller-Young also suggested that the group had violated her rights. I asked Miller-Young what right the group had violated. Miller-Young responded, “My personal right to go to work and not be in harm.

Miller-Young elaborated that one of the reasons she had felt so alarmed by this imagery is because she is about to have the test for Down Syndrome. Miller-Young said. “I work here, why do they get to intervene in that?”

I explained to Miller-Young that vandalism, battery and robbery had occurred. I also told Miller-Young that individuals involved in this case desired prosecution.

I later booked the torn sign into evidence at UCPD. I also uploaded the audio files of my interviews into digital evidence.

I request that a copy of my report, along with all related supplemental reports, be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review.

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  • “My personal right to go to work and not be in harm.”
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    Harm? Visible disagreement is harm? This is the state of the fascist left – anything that is not in hive-mind lockstep with them provides angst-ridden confusion to the point of physical pain, much like an Adam Sandler movie does to a thinking adult.
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    I say “More of it!” Push and shout until their agony drives them to madness and they run like the lemmings they are over the nearest cliff.

  • “much like an Adam Sandler movie does to a thinking adult.”

    Comment of the week WK! Take ‘er away Sam!

  • “Liberalism [Red Fascism, Progressivism, Socialism] is a mental disorder.” – ‘Michael Savage’

  • The incident in question is unimportant enough. The trouble is that there has been a chronic reserve army of the unemployed among aspirants to positions on arts-and-sciences faculties for around 40 years now and a position was allocated to this adolescent. It gets worse when you consider that institutional resources are allocated to pseudo-disciplines like ‘women’s studies’. These are not demand driven endeavours. The women’s studies program I know best recruited 38 eight ‘corresponding faculty’, cross-listed courses from I cannot recall how many departments, and managed to generate a mean of 2 majors per student cohort. That particular institution hands out about 650 diplomas a year. The best you could say is that the do not have a dedicated department or faculty, just some prime space on campus for their brown-bag lunch talks. The students know perfectly well ‘women’s studies’ is humbug even if the faculty and administration do not. (So, what’s the value added by the faculty and administration?).

    The foolishness of law and social practice has allocated the task of sorting the labor market to these institutions. It’s just another feature of contemporary life that makes you think your living in a cartoon storyline in Mad magazine.

  • I don’t know if it makes it better or not, but I don’t think the…female “adult” actually believes what she’s (objectively) saying, she’s just in the habit of throwing out anything that she thinks will get the correct response. She’s not lying, because that would require willfully saying false things, and I suspect she’s speaking to convey emotion, rather than facts.

    She didn’t like it, so it must be a bad thing– assault is a bad thing, so it must have been assault; she didn’t “feel” like theft and getting physical with a teenage girl was bad, because it was subjectively OK, so it couldn’t have been assault or a bad thing.

  • This woman is an idiot. She probably drives a Prius. The back of her car has to be covered with bumper stickers like Obama 2008 and Stop the Republican War on Women. Probably she is a “gaytheist”, too.

  • Here she is:

    ==

    http://www.femst.ucsb.edu/people/academic/mireille-miller-young

    Noodling around, I stumbled on the dates on her degrees and her fellowships. It appears she was born around about 1975 and has been ensconced in academe since around about 1993 either as a student or professor. She’s not been anywhere else and worked for a supervisor (bar seasonal and part time employment as a student, perhaps). I’ve not been able to check any specialized databases, but Google Scholar turns up a dry hole. She does not list any publications on her site on the tabs provided by the re-working of her dissertation for publication. Given that UCSB hired her nearly ten years ago and given it’s a research institution, that’s a thin resume (though perhaps these sources miss something); thin enough perhaps to get you denied tenure at any sort of institution other than a second-tier private college.

    So, she is 38 years old. She has not since her late adolescent years ever been away from academe; the amount of time she ever spent in ordinary jobs likely does not (pro-rating) exceed 4 years; and it appears she’s been dispensed from the normal feedback academics get about their published (such as it is) work and been tenured for the hell of it.

    It’s not surprising she’s … disoriented.

  • …Art, you managed to really depress me. She’s only a handful of years older than I am? That’s…. ugh.

  • Black studies, pornography and sex work…….so says the website.

    Obviously she’s unmarried and childless…..that’s a good thing.

    This woman is unqualified to do just about anything, including watering fake plants in offices.

  • She’s a token. And the powers at be at UCSB point to her and pat themselves on the back because her presence proves how refined their consciences are. Maybe she should run for President.

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  • She is childless but possibly pregnant with a down syndrome child she will likely abort if the test comes back positive. Or at least that is my take. Very high motivation there not to see the results of a possible future choice

  • “I explained to Miller-Young that vandalism, battery and robbery had occurred”

    I would have thought the more appropriate charge was stouthrief – an attack by a combination of persons, in which property is masterfully carried off, and the lieges put in alarm. Robbery, by contrast, is the simple case of a person having property taken from him forcibly, or extorted from him by alarming menaces. It is the public and masterful character of the taking that gives stouthrief its special gravity.

    One would also expect the students who took part with her would likewise be prosecuted as guilty, actors or actor or art and part.

  • Flags with a red field have been carried by socialists since at least the mid-19th century.

  • Folks,

    Democrats are not going to give up baby-murdering today without a fight any more than they gave up slavery more than a century and a half ago without a fight. Democrats have not changed.

    Now this is something none of us should want, but this woman’s behavior is becoming more and more typical of Democrats. The only thing they fear is the muzzle end of a loaded firearm, hence their emasculation of the 2nd Amendment.

    PS, let no one out there misinterpret me and point the muzzle end of a firearm at one of these individuals however much she may merit it. Let the Democrats be evil and let us be righteous. Let them be utterly shamed by their godless, sinful, arrogant behavior.

  • Micha Elyi

    I believe its first use by socialists was during the June Days in 1848, although it had earlier been used by the Jacobins. That was a result of the government closing the National Workshops. Then, the Liberals secured a victory over the Radical Republicans, but at the cost of 1,500 dead in combat and thousands of summary executions of prisoners. The Assembly, one recalls, welcomed the surrender of the last barricade with cries of “Long Live the Republic!” What they got, inevitably, was Napoleon III

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Pro-aborts and the Race Card

Friday, March 7, AD 2014

The above video is from the Alabama Right to Life website.

In a vain attempt to stop the passage of pro-life legislation in Alabama, Democrat Representative Alvin Holmes, a truly charming individual who earlier this year referred to Justice Clarence Thomas as an Uncle Tom, drew the race card, the first resort of pro-aborts and the Democrat party:

“If you asked the people in here now to raise their hands, of those who are against abortion, 99% of all of the white people in here gonna raise their hand that they are against abortion,” Holmes said Tuesday according to a recording of some of the debate on al.com. “On the other hand, 99% of the whites that are sitting in here now, if they daughter got pregnant by a black man, they gonna make their daughter have an abortion. They ain’t gonna let her have the baby. You know, the truth sometimes hurts … They’re not gonna let that happen. You know that and I know that. You will never admit it.”

During his speech, Holmes asks one white woman, it’s unclear who, if she’d allow her daughter to have a mixed-race baby.

 

“Yes, I would,” the woman replies.

“Well, I need to commend you then,” Holmes says. “There’s not one in 100,000 that would do that.”

Go here to read the rest.  Of course abortion is the dream come true for the Klan, the traditional terrorist wing of the Democrat party in the South.  In adjacent Mississippi, for example, we have these statistics:

Although whites outnumber blacks in Mississippi by nearly 2-to-1, 71.67% of the babies aborted in Mississippi are black, while 26.6% are white.

Based on data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 39,052 black babies were killed by abortions in Mississippi between 1995 and 2010.  During that same time period, 14,529 white babies were aborted in the Magnolia State.

The total number of abortions between 1995 and 2010 in Mississippi was 54,484. In addition to blacks and whites, that number also includes abortions among Hispanics, “Other” (meaning Asian and Native American), and “Unknown,” as published by the CDC.

Whites in Mississippi outnumber blacks by a ratio of 1.6-to-1. Despite that difference, the data show that black abortions comprised, on average, 72% of the total over the last 16 years.

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  • “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
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    Our Creator creates a rational, immortal soul at the beginning of life for each and every human being. The state gives the person citizenship and a tax bill at birth, an horrendous tax bill at that, at birth. Our Creator endows civil rights and sovereign personhood at conception, virginity and legal and moral innocence, the standard of Justice for all nations to each and every newly begotten child.
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    My questions to Alvin Holmes are: Did our Creator create a white man’s soul more innocent than a black man’s soul? Is the white man’s soul created more equal than a black man’s soul? By what Justice is a black man’s soul aborted? By what Justice are the white men’s souls accused of prejudice? By what right does Alvin Holmes take tax money for only representing his own opinion?

  • Oh, Holmes. You claim white people would abort a mixed race baby. What’s your point? Are you saying whites sometimes do it too so it s all right? Lame. Look at the numbers! Young black women and children are being attacked and not by the people trying to stop legal abortions.

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  • From Chapter I of “Pivot of Civiliztion” by Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood:
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    “But even when most under the spell of the new vision [ . . . a new world, of a proletarian world emancipated, a Utopian world . . .,] the sight of the overburdened wives of the strikers, with their puny babies and their broods of under-fed children, made us stop and think of a neglected factor in the march toward our earthly paradise. It was well enough to ask the poor men workers to carry on the battle against economic injustice. But what results could be expected when they were forced in addition to carry the burden of their ever-growing families? This question loomed large to those of us who came into intimate contact with the women and children. We saw that in the final analysis the real burden of economic and industrial warfare was thrust upon the frail, all-too-frail shoulders of the children, the very babies—the coming generation. In their wan faces, in their undernourished bodies, would be indelibly written the bitter defeat of their parents.”
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    “The lack of balance between the birth-rate of the “unfit” and the “fit,” admittedly the greatest present menace to the civilization, can never be rectified by the inauguration of a cradle competition between these two classes. The example of the inferior classes, the fertility of the feeble-minded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken, should not be held up for emulation to the mentally and physically fit, and therefore less fertile, parents of the educated and well-to-do classes. On the contrary, the most urgent problem to-day is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective. Possibly drastic and Spartan methods may be forced upon American society if it continues complacently to encourage the chance and chaotic breeding that has resulted from our stupid, cruel sentimentalism.
    .
    To effect the salvation of the generations of the future—nay, of the generations of to-day—our greatest need, first of all, is the ability to face the situation without flinching; to cooperate in the formation of a code of sexual ethics based upon a thorough biological and psychological understanding of human nature; and then to answer the questions and the needs of the people with all the intelligence and honesty at our command. If we can summon the bravery to do this, we shall best be serving the pivotal interests of civilization.
    .
    To conclude this introduction: my initiation, as I have confessed, was primarily an emotional one. My interest in Birth Control was awakened by experience. Research and investigation have followed. Our effort has been to raise our program from the plane of the emotional to the plane of the scientific. Any social progress, it is my belief, must purge itself of sentimentalism and pass through the crucible of science. We are willing to submit Birth Control to this test. It is part of the purpose of this book to appeal to the scientist for aid, to arouse that interest which will result in widespread research and investigation. I believe that my personal experience with this idea must be that of the race at large. We must temper our emotion and enthusiasm with the impersonal determination of science. We must unite in the task of creating an instrument of steel, strong but supple, if we are to triumph finally in the war for human emancipation.”
    .
    That’s just the first chapter; the words find echo in Hitler, Stalin, Mao and every other “social engineer” that has brought genocide and misery to millions in the name of “advancement.”
    .
    If you can stomach it, read the rest. It defines the Fascist Left’s insistence on eugenics as policy and that core selfishness that seems to defy comprehension.

  • Let me get the argument of Alabama State Representative Alvin Holmes (D) straight. He’s saying he’s pro-abortion and racists should be pro-abortion too. He also has a secondary argument that all white people are racist (claiming p=0.0001). This exposes Holmes himself as a racist.

    Not much has changed since Margaret Sanger spoke before the Klan about racial hygiene and the Democrats in attendance applauded.

  • I live in Alabama and believe me, this guy (I won’t call him a representative because he only represents himself and very few others) does not speak for Alabama voters. We are very active in the pro-life movement. A person like this makes the entire state look horrible. However, if his hate mongering speeches can get more involved in protesting the abortion industry, he may serve some purpose after all.

  • A few years ago, I had a conversation about abortion with a woman who I had always considered one of my closest friends, since we were 14 (we are now in our mid-50’s). She’s biracial, which had never seemed to be a factor in our relationship. Boy, was I wrong.

    I had just stated my opposition to ANY abortion, and she retorted with, “Yes, you’re so concerned about babies, as long as they’re WHITE babies.”

    It stung me like a slap in the face. I had honestly never thought of the unborn as belonging to any particular race or culture…the issue is about life, not ethnicity. Never in a million years would it have occurred to me that race would be a factor among abortion supporters.

    I did not have the statistics to counter-argue, except to deny her charge.

    But her attack remains one of the most hurtful things anyone has ever said to me. We had known each other and each other’s family for decades, we have maintained a relationship over a great geographic distance, we have been each other’s emotional support over many crises through the years. She probably considers me her best friend.

    Being reduced to nothing more than a “racist white lady” after all that time still hurts. My trust in her was completely destroyed by that remark.

    So, this story coming out of Alabama is not at all surprising. But it is still sickeningly offensive.

  • “Yes, you’re so concerned about babies, as long as they’re WHITE babies.”

    Tell her if that were the case you certainly would not be against abortion in general as blacks per capita have by far the highest abortion rate in the country. Of course telling that simple truth to her would have confirmed you in her eyes as a racist, which in pro-abort speak usually translates: I can think of nothing to defend my embrace of abortion, so I will call pro-lifers racist to end the discussion. If you are still talking to her, you might wish to ask her if she has had an abortion in her past. I wouldn’t be surprised if that is the case and her defense mechanism to justify her decision is to falsely claim that pro-lifers are racists.

  • You are right, Don. The pro-abort crowd does not want to hear logic, reason, or measure. Same for racist libs. They are far too addicted to the high they get from their misguided self-righteous anger.

14 Responses to Bishop of Buffalo Responds to Governor Cuomo’s Anti-Life Rant

  • Sadly, the Diocese of Buffalo cannot emigrate to America.

    However, next Fall (election cycle), the Diocese CAN set straight the remnant faithful concerning subverted social justifice which actually aids and abets abortion, artificial contraception, class hate, and racial racketeering (not to mention dependency, gender and sexual orientation/gay privileges); and tell them that it is not okay to vote for the 100% abortion faux-candidate no matter how many lies the Dems tell them.

  • We need Bishops and above Bishop figures to speak of eternal damnation in regard to both abortion and terrorism on microphones of the media. It’s a long journey from John the Baptist’s ” brood of vipers” to Bishop Malone’s softness. It’s a long journey from Christ’s “whited sepulchers” to any Church moment on the microphones. Abortion is infallibly condemned in section 62 of Evangelium Vitae ( Pope with Bishops via worldwide polling) which means it passes canon 749-3…” §3. No doctrine is understood as defined infallibly unless this is manifestly evident.” The immunity of Catholic politicians like Cuomo from some type of Church censure is simply beyond comprehension and helps the abortion side. Since the advent of TV, Church speech is overly polite speech from Bishops upward while Corapi and Fr. Enteneuer at a lower level talked tougher but blew it in the long run. But the tough eternal talk should come from the hierarchy anyway not from the lower priest level where it can be promotional of egos or products like audio tapes.

  • At least the Bishop did something.

  • . “Extreme conservative” Our labels are failing us . How conservative are you? Can you be a little bit conservative?

  • I am glad the bishop spoke up. As T Shaw and Bill Bannon say, more can be said. To strengthen the Remnant Faithful and to boldly go against the opposition it would be great to have bishops speak in a concerted effort.. Not just a one time joint statement, but strong rapid fire attention getting efforts to not only teach, but also Defend the Faith Op eds public speeches internet tonight show. Whatever.

  • “In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.’ George Orwell

  • Religion may be nothing more than consoling a recent widow and orphan, expressing compassion, or feeding the hungry, practicing the virtue of Charity or saving a life. Any law may be broken to save a life. The unborn are alive. Even after abortion, their life may be saved. Cuomo is not obsessed with saving life. The prevaricateurs (French spelling) in Albany do not have a broom handle to fly on. They need to fly to Washington where the really big broom handle flyers gather.
    Instead of sweeping the floor, the broom handle flyers think that they are above us, flying over Washington, D.C. and the nation, as they do. I remember when Mussolini and his wife were dragged through the streets by their feet, hung upside down in the public square and beaten with sticks, just like partial birth abortion. They were already dead. Mussolini and his wife did not need a pain threshold, did not have their head punctured with scissors and their brains sucked out. But then again, Mussolini and his wife were not innocent of the bloodguilt of treason and genocide. History repeats itself.

    Roe versus Wade emasculates every man, denying a man’s constitutionally begotten posterity. Roe v. Wade is unconstitutional in that Roe versus Wade makes every man’s genes and his seed of life a ward of the court and finding against them. Roe versus Wade vacated man’s possession of his own offspring. Cuomo and Obama included.
    Cuomo and Obama make every man’s citizenship predicated on his willingness to accept legal castration.
    Obamacare is the medium through which legal castration is applied.

  • Sadly, the Diocese of Buffalo cannot emigrate to America.
    However, next Fall (election cycle)…
     
    –T.Shaw

    Next fall? The 2014 election cycle is already underway. In some jurisdictions–(California, for example–opening dates for some petitions have already passed and deadlines to file for candidacy are less than a month away. Virtually everybody whose name you’ll see on your November ballot has already begun building a campaign, marshalling activists, and soliciting funds.

    Those who believe the fall of an election year is time for our bishops to perk up and get active teaching what is required of us as citizen voters are mistaken. By then, partisan allegiances are activated, the hearts of partisans–like Pharaoh’s–are hardened, and the temptation to dismiss the Word of God as another partisan play is strong upon them. Bishops and priests who are silent for 22 of every 24 month election cycle are leading some brethren into temptation.

    From my personal experiences in the heat of politics I believe, rather, that our bishops would most effectively evangelize from the pulpit during the quiet periods before campaigning heats up and becomes very noisily public. It’s much easier to be heard when campaigns are not shouting. Also when the noisy climactic two months of the years-long campaign cycle arrives, our Church’s teachings are much harder to dismiss when bishops can point out that they have been saying these truths all along, long before they became a focus of any partisan struggle.

    Finally, a word to those who don’t like politicking but wish to be a positive influence on Election Day. In the quiet months ahead of Election Day, invite the unchurched to Jesus and call home those who have been away. My personal belief is that even if those you meet can’t yet come in to the fullness of the Christian faith, even if they remain separated brethren, you have done a spiritual work of mercy by nudging them closer to Jesus and His Body. The more someone is within the Body of Christ, the more likely that person will be a voter and a better voter.

  • With all due respect, I get the idea from the video that as long as NY does not become the abortion Capitol of the country that the Bishop will be satisfied. Politics 101 is that you pick your message, put in one or 2 sentences in a form that gives u the moral high ground, & repeat it as often & as loudly as possible in order to get it thru to the people u want to reach (thru media bias, hype, spin, agenda, etc). I don’t see that happening in the American church. Now –granted, Bushops were not trained to be politicians.

  • PLEASE EX-COMMUNICATE THE GOVERNOR, SISSY BISHOPS!

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  • Rudy Giuliani is pro-choice and Republican, he is the kind of Catholic welcomed in New York. He is not an extreme Catholic. He is moderate about his faith. IMO being a pro-choice Catholic is no Catholic at all. I imagine Giuliani will eventually come to a point where push comes to shove and there is just some line he is not willing to cross for politics. I don’t mean to talk about him personally, I know little about him, but just to suggest that some of the the problem lies within the Church, not from the ogres outside, but the division and decline within our ranks.
    The bishops would have a lot of excommunication to do on both sides of the aisle. Doesn’t it seem a great part of the responsibility for the continuing dominance of pro choice Catholic politicians lies with the Catholics who vote for them.

    Ex-communication is self chosen by many of these people who don’t communicate on a regular weekly basis. ( I know there are exceptions to that)

  • Fisking myself here: “moderate about his faith “
    I have no idea about his Feelings about his faith, or how he and other pro-choice Catholics explain all this to themselves. There is no scale of gray about the being Catholic. You either are Catholic, accepting what the Church teaches and trying to live by it or not. If you reject the Authority of the Church on the non-negotiables and if you are a politician, you may be moderate in your politics, but you are not a moderate Catholic. A Catholic is Catholic.

18 Responses to The Best Pro-Life Video Ever!

  • Thank you!

    The last 10 seconds are quite touching.

    The other major brand is out there on the life issue, has been for years.

    This is the reason I buy Coke.

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  • PEPSICO is a Planned Parenthood contributor. Boycott these products: Pepsi, 7up, Lipton tea, Mountian Dew, Mug root beer, Slice, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Baked Lays, Cheetos, Doritos, Fritos, Funyuns, Rold Gold, Ruffles, Sun chips, Tostitos, Hostess, and let them know why!!!

  • Victor makes a great point. It is amazing that a company will support the killing of their future customers. Contraception and abortion will take many years to work it’s way into the economy, it is beginning to be felt a bit. China is experiencing the failure of the one child rule. Who will be there to take care of the elders. Who will be there to pay for all of the atheistic progressive programs.
    Something we could learn from Holy Scripture is that God’s plan of creation will not be stopped. His love endures forever.

  • VERY cool!! Wasn’t there some issue about Pepsico using embryonic kidney tissue in their research ?

  • “In a statement to LifeNews, Mr. Dahncke also denied speculation that sweeteners developed by Senomyx had been used in the recipe for Pepsi NEXT, a low-calorie cola with 60 percent less sugar than a standard Pepsi. The drink is being launched this week.
    Ms. Vinnedge called the PepsiCo denial “pure deception.”
    She said she found HEK-293, a “human embryo kidney” cell line produced from an aborted fetus in the 1970s, in more than 70 Senomyx patents, all related to flavor enhancers.
    “What Pepsi is doing is saying that they’re not taking the cells directly from a fetus. Well, that’s true, they’re taking them from a lab,” Ms. Vinnedge said. “They’re doing this with semantics to get around what they’re really doing.””

  • Thanks, Mary De Voe.

  • I’d say it’s a pro-child rearing or a ‘joy of family’ message. The abortion issue is really about what women do when they have an unwanted pregnancy: 1) “fix the problem” by killing (not a solution anyone endorses except with the unborn), 2) keep the baby and adapt your plans for the future to motherhood, 3) have the baby and give it to a couple who want to raise it in a loving home.

    The video is very nice, but as to being pro-life or ‘pro-choice,’ it’s not on topic because it doesn’t portray an unwanted pregnancy.

  • I disagree…this is pro life…I can see the father is unhappy about the second pregnancy…but he makes a decision to love…a decision for life for the new baby, and then for his whole family. I can see the change come over his face gradually. I wish this would be shown in th USA.

  • Beautiful video!!! And thank you Victor and Anthony! There are other anti-life companies out there that need to be boycotted and TOLD WHY! General Mills, the HUGE food producer, gives AT LEAST ONE MILLION DOLLARS per year to the Planned Parenthood supporter and donor, Susan G. Komen Foundation, while enticing our Catholic schools to put profits in their coffers through the Box Tops For Education program. Walgreens is another $12M + Komen supporter, and several other corporations. A complete list can be obtained at http://www.komen.org/partners. A list of corporations and other “charities” who give directly to PP can be found at http://www.fightpp.org.

  • This beautiful video is a statement on life, love, families and willingly accepting the results of our actions. Love isn’t love without sacrifice!

  • Coca-Cola’s pro-life commercial is absolutely WONDERFUL! It is so jubilant, so celebrative of the family, so touching, so entirely moving and so filled with love I almost wept with joy.

  • Thank you Coca Cola. It’s beautiful. We need more defense of life messages.

  • Loved it!! Please bring this ad to the U.S.

  • It is ironic that Coca Cola made this commercial, as Cocoa Cola IS owned by Bershire Hathaway, Warren Buffet’s company. Warren Buffet is a HUGE supporter (and indirect) contributer to Planned Parenthood as well as a BIG friend to Bill and Melinda Gates, also BIG population control advocates…Wonder how this ad “slipped by” the company…

  • This is so much like us, how I wish I could give everyone this joy.

Walking the Walk

Sunday, September 15, AD 2013

4 Responses to Walking the Walk

  • “We have had more Doctors tell us No than tell us Yes.”

    Great story.
    What isn’t amazing is the number of doubting Thomas’s that exist. The age of “disposable life” has taken root, like a nasty weed. To hear a story like this one beings to mind the Wonders and Testimonials of a Living God among us.
    A God that loves to be trusted. How many orher great gifts have been unopened because of fear?

    “Be not afraid.” Good reason to trust in God.

  • I like the reporter’s dig of ‘It takes a village’.
    See Republicans?
    When the chips are down you need a village too!
    You owe your baby’s life to gubmint care – admit it!

    These libs cannot help themselves.

  • it does NOT take a village….it takes lots of love from the family,friends and maybe even complete strangers…but it certainly does NOT take a village…

  • “….often easy to become cynical about all politicians.”

    Enter Hillary RodHAM Clinton.
    She uses “It takes a village..”, as the title of her book, yet doesn’t consider her clout regarding the hundreds of thousands of aborted children she and other pro-aborts have participated in, indirectly yes, but none the less significant. Cynical about politicians?!
    Thanks to the likes of former Sec. Of State….you betcha.

Bravo Pope Francis!

Saturday, September 7, AD 2013

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