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Gavin McInnes: I was a pro-choice atheist. Then I had kids. Now I’m a God-fearing pro-life Catholic

John Westen

Those of you familiar with the ever-foul-mouthed Gavin McInnes, the co-founder of Vice magazine (so bad I won’t link to it) and founder of Street Carnage (another sleazy website I can’t link to), might be shocked by his declaration this week that he considers himself a God-fearing pro-life Catholic. 

McInnes’ remarks follow a dust-up with feminists during an appearance on a HuffPo panel, during which he dared to suggest that feminism has made women “miserable” by “trivializing motherhood” and forcing women to “pretend to be men.”

In a follow-up interview with The Daily Caller today (WARNING: they didn’t bleep out his foul language) McInnes let go this bombshell about his reaction to having had three children.

“It made me religious. I was an atheist most of my life and now I am a God-fearing Catholic, because of the miracle of life. And I’m pro-life,” he said, noting that he used to be pro-choice and became pro-life with the birth of his first child. 

“Amongst my peers abortion is cool,” he continued. ”It’s like, empowering, and they make jokes about it. Some of my best friends go, ‘I accept that it’s murder and I am pro-choice.’ That’s the world I live in.”

No less stunning (and refreshing) were McInnes remarks (minus the expletives) about feminism during the Huffington Post panel that sparked the backlash that led to the interview with The Daily Caller. 

“We’ve trivialized childbirth and being domestic so much that women are forced to pretend to be men,” McInnes said. “They’re feigning this toughness. They’re miserable. Study after study has shown that feminism has made women less happy. They’re not happy in the workplace for the most part.”

As you can imagine, he was pounced on by the Huff Post host, and the other guests.

In his follow-up interview with The Caller, McInnes was able to expand his argument, noting: “I see the housewife as a far superior vocation to mine, and to most.” He added: “I’m sick of women who haven’t experienced [child birth] trivializing it.”

McInnes said that the only reason people reacted so strongly was because they know what he said is true.

“I think a lot of women smash through the ‘glass ceiling’ and get to where [men] are and they go, ‘wait a minute, I thought you guys had brandy and went to strip clubs, you’re going over expense reports?’ And they see their friends from their small town with 3 kids going to soccer practice and they think, ‘That looks kind of cool, actually.’

“I see a lot of women without kids, in their 40s, who are miserable and I see a lot of women after they have children saying, ‘what the f**k was I doing? Why was I doing fashion PR? I was doing seating plans for a fashion show telling what people sit in what chair. Now I’m shaping human life,” he said. 

“And that is another thing maybe I didn’t get across, I see the housewife as a far superior vocation to mine, and to most,” McInnes added. “I mean I make commercials, and funny videos, and T.V. shows or whatever, film projects that people will watch for ten minutes and go ‘heh’ and get on with their day. I essentially… make comic books. You flip through it and you’re done. My wife creates life from her vagina and then — that’s just the beginning — then she shapes this human life.”

“Who is changing the world more?” he asked.

It seems that McInnes is at least on the road from atheism to a fully lived-out Christianity. Being public about being a ‘God-fearing Catholic’ and pro-life in an atmosphere such as his is courageous to say the least. Let’s hope and pray he sees the light and removes himself from the ‘vice’ he promotes with visuals and language, just as he left Vice Magazine in 2008.

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When gay activism gets really, really racist

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Being shocking is nothing new for gay activism. For a victim-based industry, that is always trying to ride on the bloodstained coattails of the Civil Rights movement, it regularly manages to be the aggressive oppressor.

Now, in a vile attempt to cash in on the racial unrest in Ferguson and the tragic death of Michael Brown, gay activist company releases a video exploiting black children who are supposedly from Ferguson. Accusing all white people of being racist and clueless, the children, in a superbly slick production, deliver a racist rant only liberals could be okay with.

Well, not all liberals. is hawking t-shirts for $13. And a whopping $5 (allegedly) goes to “charities that are fighting racism.” One such charity, Race Forward, doesn’t want anything to do with this particular racist campaign. The “racial justice” organization quickly distanced itself  and rejected any donation from FCKH8 on Facebook.

This is such rich irony considering Race Forward is the publisher of a devoutly race-baiting online blog, Colorlines, that posted its dislike of this gay activist outfit’s attempt to capitalize. Colorlines criticizes the video saying: “There’s an entire economy around black death—and this ad campaign illustrates it all too well.”

Wow! I actually agree with Colorlines. Let that be one incredibly rare occasion. And the economy built around black death is today’s “civil rights movement” and/or the abortion industry. Take your pick. Either one promotes the other.

Colorlines, as most liberal efforts, doesn’t realize it’s own contradictions as it is adamantly pro-abortion and denounces anyone who illuminates the devastating impact of abortion in the black community (which occurs at rates 5 times higher than in the majority population). The online race blog has maliciously and absurdly attacked me, in the past, for creating the initiative (see herehere, here, and here).

Ferguson needs healthy dialogue about what can bring healing to their community, not opportunists who only want to pour emotional gasoline on a volatile fire. FCKH8’s pathetic attempt reminds me of how distant the efforts of America’s Civil Rights Era are from today’s LGBTQXYZ activists’ efforts.

Martin Luther King would’ve been called a bigot, a homophobe, and a hater by most of today’s social-media savvy, so-called “equality” activists. This year is the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Racism, according to the civil rights icon, had one solution.

I created a video to capture his powerful words that mainstream media will never repeat and FCKH8 would clearly reject. Every human life is precious, regardless of color, gender, or perceived/actual “sexual orientation”.

(WARNING: The following links prove devolution is the force that, too often, guides our humanity. The language and the demand to cease all critical thinking are explicit and appalling).

Who exactly is The effort gained prominence in 2010 when it released a slew of raunchy promos demanding “gay marriage” equality while treating a large number of people like excrement. None of the leading gay rights organizations denounced Luke Montgomery, the founder of the obscenely named group. Many of them have praised gay activists just like him (e.g. Dan Savage) for taking the same venom-spewing approach.

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Much of gay activism reveals its shallowness and allegiance to dishonesty, as it hypes false statistics and cries “homophobia” anytime anyone calls them out for their own factophobia. Mainstream media, content with merely regurgitating instead of investigating, ensures the public doesn’t get an accurate picture of, well, anything.

Name the issue—conservatism, abortion, fundamental Islam, “gun control”, illegal immigration, adoption, government corruption, multiculturalism, homosexuality, civil rights history, liberalism, racism—the gatekeepers of information are constantly keeping the gate closed to the truth.

This is what happens when today’s thought influencers value advocacy over accuracy, opinion over objectivity, and agenda over actuality. In the end, racism is not only a vile ideology; it’s an industry that makes its hucksters (gay or straight) very, very wealthy.

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‘It takes a village to raise a child’: Did Pope Francis quote Hillary Clinton?

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In a scene that is sure to disturb many a conservative and thrill many a liberal, on Sunday Pope Francis addressed a massive crowd of over 300,000 school students from schools all over Italy.  He had them all chant together over and over again this saying: “It takes a village to raise a child.”

Most conservatives will recall that phrase as the title of Hillary Clinton’s 1996 book and the memorable debate over her vision for the child as the charge of the state rather than being in the primary care of their parents.  The origin of the phrase though is attributed to an African proverb.

Now surely the Pope was meaning to underscore the need for Catholic community in assisting parents to raise children. And that truth needs reinforcing today more than ever.  As many growing families in cities in the Western world have found, raising morally healthy children in a secular anti-Christian culture is very challenging.  Finding and maintaining a Christian community is essential for good friendships for children, for reinforcing faith and morals, and for giving parents the peers and encouragement they need to continue to go against the tide in raising their children to know, love, and serve God.

Many years ago, it was naturally recognized that since parents have given children life, they must be recognized as the primary and principal educators of their children. Back then, the community and especially the Church would assist in this regard, and particularly the Church when it came to education.

But those days are long gone and the culture war has been raging for over 40 years in a direct attack on parental rights, which are today under threat like never before. 

The mantra of “it takes a village to raise a child,” has been used to assist in the erosion of parents’ rights, especially in schools. Under the guise of giving “rights” to children and adolescents the state has pushed it’s anti-moral agendas on children in schools all over the world. In public and Catholic schools alike.

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For instance in 2005 when a California school district was introducing disturbing and explicit sex information to students, parents sued, arguing that they had the sole right “to control the upbringing of their children by introducing them to matters of and relating to sex in accordance with their personal and religious values and beliefs.”

The Ninth Circuit Court ruled however that “there is no fundamental right of parents to be the exclusive provider of information regarding sexual matters to their children. … Parents have no due process or privacy right to override the determinations of public schools as to the information to which their children will be exposed while enrolled as students.”

All over North America and Europe the push is on to have parents denied the right to opt their children out of controversial sex-education programs that promote homosexual ‘marriage’. Just check out these examples: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

During his glowing recollection of life in school, Pope Francis said, "I remember my first teacher, that woman, that teacher I had when I was six years old, in first grade. I have never forgotten her. She is why I loved school. I visited throughout her life, until she passed away, at 98.”

A beautiful reflection to inspire both students and teachers alike.

The year of his recollection was 1943, the height of what many would call the good times of Catholic education. Today there is a very different experience of school, in both public and sadly even in many Catholic schools.

We need good community to be sure, if we can find that in Catholic schools, great. Some, to find authentic community for their children have moved to different communities, have paid for private schooling or even taken up the heroic task of home schooling.  Is it worth it?  Absolutely! Just think of the influence of your childhood friends on your life for good or for ill. You want the best for your children, and that requires finding them good friendships that will boost their faith and morals.

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Are you a Catholic involved in media? Here’s what Cardinal Burke had to say to you…

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This is a compilation of my favorite quotes from the Vatican’s Cardinal Raymond Burke addressing Catholic media last month at the Rome conference of Alliance Defending Freedom.

My favorite line: “Of supreme importance in an age which characterizes itself by its means of communication is the development and support of truly pro-life and pro-family media."

His remarks:

First and Fundamental Proclamation of the Truth of Christ

The first and most fundamental way of radiating the living truth which Our Lord Jesus communicates to us in His Mystical Body, the Church, is a strong witness to the inviolable dignity of all human life, from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death, to the integrity of marriage as the lifelong, faithful and procreative union of one man and one woman, and to sacred authority of the correctly formed conscience as the guide to the right stewardship of all creation, especially human life and marriage.

The personal conversion and the transformation of the world to which Christ calls all men is necessarily directed, first of all, to the safeguarding and fostering of every human life, especially of “the least of these my brethren,” in accord with Our Lord’s Parable on the Last Judgment, of the fidelity, indissolubility and procreativity of marriage, and of the unconditional respect for the rightly-formed conscience.

Of supreme importance in an age which characterizes itself by its means of communication is the development and support of truly pro-life and pro-family media, and of organizing and sustaining public manifestations in support of the inviolable dignity of innocent human life and the integrity of the family.

The culture of death advances, in large part, because of a lack of attention and information among the general public. What is more, the thoroughly galvanized anti-life and anti-family agenda of the pervasive secular mass media confuses and corrupts minds and hearts, and dulls consciences to the law written by God upon every human heart.

Pope John Paul II declared:

What is urgently called for is a general mobilization of consciences and a united ethical effort to activate a great campaign in support of life. All together, we must build a new culture of life: new, because it will be able to confront and solve today’s unprecedented problems affecting human life; new, because it will be adopted with deeper and more dynamic conviction by all Christians; new, because it will be capable of bringing about a serious and courageous cultural dialogue among all parties. While the urgent need for such a cultural transformation is linked to the present historical situation, it is also rooted in the Church’s mission of evangelization. The purpose of the Gospel, in fact, is “to transform humanity from within and to make it new.” Like the yeast which leavens the whole measure of dough (cf. Mt13:33), the Gospel is meant to permeate all cultures and give them life from within, so that they may express the full truth about the human person and about human life.

Pope John Paul II did not fail to note that such efforts must begin with “the renewal of a culture of life within Christian communities themselves.” The Church herself must address the situation of so many of her members who, even though they may be active in Church activities, “end up by separating their Christian faith from its ethical requirements regarding life, and thus fall into moral subjectivism and certain objectionable ways of acting.”

Blessed John Paul II, therefore, called upon the lay faithful to fulfill their particular responsibility, that is, “to testify how the Christian faith constitutes the only fully valid response – consciously perceived and stated by all in varying degrees – to the problems and hopes that life poses to every person and society.” Making more specific the call, he clarified that the fulfillment of the responsibility of the lay faithful requires that they “know how to overcome in themselves the separation of the Gospel from life, to take up again in their daily activities in family, work and society, an integrated approach to life that is fully brought about by the inspiration and strength of the Gospel.” The communications media, in a particular way, with the help of God’s grace, is directed to helping Christians and all men of good will to overcome any separation of the Gospel from life, especially in what pertains to the heart of the Gospel, including the safeguarding and promoting of human life, of marriage and the family, and of the freedom of conscience. Catholic media contribute in a most significant way to the work of a new evangelization.

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