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The Passion of Sandra Fluke

Ben Johnson

The mainstream media have found their latest leftist martyr, Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke, who has been called an abrasive name by two talk show hosts after she testified, in essence, that Congress should gut the First Amendment because it mildly economically inconveniences the nation’s elite law students.

Sandra Fluke was barred from testifying before a House Oversight Committee hearing on religious freedom, because she had no intention to discuss the issue. The Democrats’ other witness, Barry Lynn, was invited but refused to come, a turn of events that led Virginia Democrat Gerald Connolly to charge the clergy who attended with being “complicit in the trampling of freedom.” (Trickle-down histrionics.) 

But Nancy Pelosi ensured that Fluke, the former head of Georgetown’s Students for Reproductive Justice, was allowed to address the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on Monday.

The fact that Georgetown Law does not cover contraception for students, Fluke testified, created “untenable burdens that impede our academic success” and proved Georgetown does not “live up to the Jesuit creed.”

As a result, the school’s sisterhood had “suffered financially, emotionally, and medically,” she said. Surely when one thinks of the faces of deprivation, one thinks of Georgetown Law co-eds.

Contraception, she said, “can cost a woman over $3,000 a year during law school…that’s practically an entire summer’s salary.”

As proof the Freedom of Religion should be repealed, she said, “Forty percent of the women at Georgetown Law reported to us that they struggled financially as a result of this policy.”

That is, less than half of women she asked have told her they “struggled financially” while attending a $60,000-a-year school without holding down a full-time job.

She followed this datum by citing the tragic case of a woman who needed contraception to prevent ovarian cysts – and that, um, actually, Georgetown covered that. Case closed.

Craig Bannister points out at, $3,000 is enough money to buy enough condoms to have “protected” sex 2.74 times a day every day for three years. Asking why religious institutions should have to foot the bill for such extravagant sexual behavior, Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday said the fact the Fluke “says that she must be paid to have sex…makes her a prostitute.” Drawing attention to Fluke’s testimony about a classmate who found out at the pharmacy that Georgetown doesn’t cover contraceptives, one of Glenn Beck’s cohorts joked the store’s paging system would call her a “skank” and “slut.” (See 2:00 in the video below.)


Such statements, however uncouth, are not usually a Congressional matter. These were.

Democratic Representatives Pelosi, Louise Slaughter, Rosa DeLauro, Eleanor Holmes-Norton, Carolyn Maloney, Elijah Cummings, and Diana DeGette issued a joint press release condemning the “vicious and inappropriate attacks,” which “are outside the circle of civilized discussion and that unmask the strong disrespect for women held by some in this country.”

But where were these defenders of decency and femininity when left-wing activists threatened to murder 14-year-old Sarah Crank, a homeschool student who dared to tell the Maryland state senate she opposed same-sex “marriage”?

This young lady’s crime was telling a hearing that was open to the public: “I really feel bad for the kids who have two parents of the same gender. Even though some kids think it’s fine, they have no idea what kind of wonderful experiences they miss out on.”

The Forces of Tolerance and women’s rights greeted the expression of traditional moral sentiments as doubleplus un-good and immediately rained hatred upon her early adolescent, female skull.

Comments posted about Miss Crank threatened:

    “If I ever see this girl, I will kill her. That’s a promise”;
    “I hope you get raped by your married parents”;
    “Her parents should be exterminated”; and
    “Kill this child and his [sic] parent, for my 11 birthday would be a wonderful gift, thanks.”

Yet aside from a handful of websites, her treatment was not reported at all, while the nation has been treated to saturation coverage of the Passion of Sandra Fluke.

(Click “like” if you want to end abortion! )

When the Left is not celebrating the death of Andrew Breitbart, praying for Rush Limbaugh’s kidneys to fail, or writing an apologia for murdering newborn children, they castigate their opponents as angry, violent, potential terrorists.

Physician, heal thyself.

Sarah Crank is threatened with death for saying every child deserves a mother and a father. Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani faces the death penalty in Iran for converting from Islam to Christianity. Chen Guangcheng is gravely ill following vicious beatings, home imprisonment, and separation from his family for exposing China’s vicious “one child” policy. Indeed, 3,288 babies were killed in the United States today without ever seeing the light of day, but not before making a lifelong mark on their mothers’ hearts and psyches.

There are a host of people whose mistreatment elicits my sympathies before the plight of Sandra Fluke. Perhaps they merit an iota of the media coverage that she has been accorded.

Ben Johnson is a journalist for He maintains his own website,



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Mainstream media discover 6-wk-old story on Satanist ‘religious objection’ to pro-life laws

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The media have been abuzz for the past 24 hours with a report that The Satanic Temple is demanding that women be excused from mandatory pre-abortion counseling on the grounds that it violates the religious teachings of Satanism. Indeed, there has been so much reporting that you may be tricked into believing it is news.

But the story is old hat to readers of LifeSiteNews. We reported the group’s decision more than six weeks ago.

The national spokesman of The Satanic Temple, “Lucien Greaves” (who was apparently born Doug Mesner), announced more than a month ago that abortion restrictions violate Satanic beliefs, and that same-sex “marriage” is a Satanic sacrament. “We [members of the demonic cult] feel we should protect women from superfluous procedures like the transvaginal ultrasound, with [a] religious exemption,” Greaves told a local media outlet at the time.

I brought this story to national attention in a piece on LifeSiteNews June 10. In fact, I did an entire radio segment on it on “As the Spirit Leads” Catholic radio program, based in Philadelphia. (And, ahem, you can contact me for other radio gigs.) A few other outlets have picked up the story since then.

Then the story made its way into the mainstream media in the usual way: A liberal group sent out a press release, a reporter barely rearranged its contents, and – voila! – journalism.

The Satanic Temple finally went through with its threat to lampoon religious objections. A letter (pdf) posted on its website yesterday states that the demon-worshiping body is “asserting a religious exemption from the burden of state-mandated ‘informational’ abortion materials for those who share their deeply held beliefs.”

The group says that warnings contained in such materials – e.g., that women suffer from post-abortion psychological trauma, and information linking abortion to an increased risk of breast cancer – are “'scientifically unfounded’ and ‘medically inaccurate’” and are therefore an affront to Satanic religious beliefs. The group has drawn up a letter that women may print and hand to their abortionist, telling him, “I trust that you will … keep me fully and accurately informed of my health based on science, not politics.”

Most reporters have likened this purported “religious objection” to the one Hobby Lobby successfully cited to opt out of the HHS mandate. Like most MSM reporting, that does a disservice to religion. The owners of Hobby Lobby place their faith in Jesus Christ at the center of all their decisions. The founders of The Satanic Temple do not actually believe in Satan at all.

“While the original thinking was that the Satanic Temple needed to hold to some belief in a supernatural entity known as ‘Satan,’ none of us truly believed that,” Mesner/Greaves told Thus, they have no religious beliefs to violate. He has been open about the fact that he and his largely unpublicized circle of followers intended the group to satirize those mostly evangelical and orthodox Catholic people who exert their First Amendment rights.

To that end, the inveterate publicity hounds have milked the media for every ounce of fame they could wring out of them. They defiled the grave of Fred Phelps’ mother, attempted to host a Black Mass at Harvard, and petitioned to erect a statue of Satan at the state capitol building in Oklahoma. Indeed, they have collected an untold sum of donations to build this yet-to-be-produced sculpture of the dark one, proving P.T. Barnum’s assertion about intelligence and obstetrics.

Expect more in the future. The Satanic Temple says this is “the first campaign in a series of Women’s Health [sic] initiatives the Satanic Temple intend [sic] to make public in the near future.” (Any actual religious group that so mangled the English language would have seen its errors highlighted in media coverage.)

The mainstream media love Mesner, et. al., for two reasons. Reporting the jokesters’ actions allows the media elite to attack the nation’s moral, faithful majority via proxy. And it lets them pretend they are covering news in a timely manner, reinforcing their delusion that they are actually journalists.

To read what the mainstream media will report tomorrow – and what it is covering up today – keep reading LifeSiteNews.

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Read the 25 rudest things women hear when they announce they’re expecting again

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If you have more children than our new, sub-replacement U.S. fertility rate of 1.88 children, you've undoubtedly heard them: rude comments about your “large” family. Whether medical personnel continually ask you about sterilization at your medical check-ups, or fellow shoppers stare at your three children like the Duggars have just walked in the store, the non-suicidal segment of the U.S. population has to deal with inappropriate and off-putting words and behavior from those slowly contracepting themselves into extinction.

In fact, this social pressure has become so commonplace that – which can usually be depended upon to be reliably pro-abortion – has decided the breeder-shaming has gone too far. The website has compiled the 25 rudest things women hear when they announce that they are expecting again. Among them:

  • “With my last pregnancy, my boss told me I needed to have an abortion and get my tubes tied.”

  • "So who is getting fixed after this one, you or your husband?"

  • "Don't you feel bad that you're not going to pay as much attention to your daughter now?"

  • "Again?!"

  • "You are done after this ... aren't you?"

  • "Are you sure? I mean you just had a baby."

  • “Don't you know what rubbers are?”

  • "With all the forms of birth control out there, there is no reason why someone should be pregnant if they don't wanna be." Well duh lady ... we wanted to be!

  • “My mother told my sister, ‘She’s just trying to get a reaction out of me.’”

Read the whole list here.

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Stay classy: ‘Pizza and Porno’ fundraiser will benefit Planned Parenthood

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Planned Parenthood is anything but starved for funds, but it's always looking to sink its teeth into new revenue streams. And it has proven in the past that taste and decorum pose no barrier to their cashing a check.

A St. Louis man has unveiled the newest benefit for the nation's leading abortion provider: A Pizza & Porno Party.

For five dollars, people can chew gooey mozzarella while watching the 1979 porn film Hot and Saucy Pizza Girls. The Riverfront Times reports, “the money goes to Planned Parenthood.”

What could be less appetizing than watching a 35-year-old porn film in a darkened roomful of strangers? Knowing that your participation helps kill babies.

The event will take place at a bar called “The Crack Fox,” a name that exudes class, sophistication, and full compliance with all relevant health and safety regulations.

"We're trying to promote a positive attitude towards sexuality and promote the very important services of a health clinic,” Kloun said.

One of those “important functions” – at least, one of the few Planned Parenthood likes to talk about – is diagnosing sexually transmitted diseases, like those pandemic in the porn industry. One of the stars of Hot and Saucy Pizza Girls, the late John Holmes, died in 1988 from AIDS, a disease Planned Parenthood believes people have the right to conceal from their sexual partners. (Holmes reportedly exercised this option, making films after he knew he was HIV-positive.)

Periodic outbreaks of AIDS or syphilis have shut down the porn industry temporarily, and researchers at Boston University found that watching porn made young girls five-times more likely to engage in group sex. Porn mainstreams aberrant sexual practices and makes its viewers more likely to take part in risky sex that spreads disease.

In other words, this Kloun clown's fundraiser is a perfect match: imbecilic culture, low-brow “entertainment,” immature self-indulgence, and abortion – the murderous “solution” that covers up the consequences of sexual liberation.

Perhaps the most charitable thing that can be said is that this is not the most distasteful thing Planned Parenthood profits from.

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