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Anti gay-bullying leader defends Bible slurs, has history of insults

by Kathleen Gilbert Tue May 01 18:12 EST Comments (21)

May 1, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Columnist Dan Savage has defended portions of a speech against bullying in which he was caught on video castigating the Bible and calling Christians in the audience “pansy-assed.” Savage, the openly gay leader of the “It Gets Better Project” against gay bullying in schools, backed off the latter but defended calling the Bible “fulls*** [full of sh**],” saying the statements were “spun” as an attack on Christianity.

In a video recently published online, Savage is seen at a Seattle young journalist conference deriding the teachings of the Bible on sexuality as “bulls***” and harassing teens who left the room in protest. “It’s funny to someone who is on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the Bible how pansy-assed people react when you push back,” he said.

A teacher present at the event told CNN that Savage’s speech “took a real dark, hostile turn,” and was received by the audience as “a very pointed, direct attack on one particular group of students.” “It’s amazing that we go to an anti-bullying speech and one group of students is picked on in particular, with harsh, profane language,” said Rick Tuttle, who teaches at California’s Sutter Union High School.

Savage declined to comment on the story when it first broke before apologizing for the name-calling on Sunday - yet not without getting in another dig at Christian ethics, likening the insult to one of its basic tenets.

“I wasn’t calling the handful of students who left pansies ... just the walk-out itself,” he wrote. “But that’s a distinction without a difference-kinda like when religious conservatives tells their gay friends that they ‘love the sinner, hate the sin.’”

The sex advice columnist defended his remarks against the Bible, saying the attack was only directed against Christians who do not accept other “bulls***” in the Bible on such topics as slavery, but continue to defend normative heterosexuality.

The extreme remarks aren’t the first for Savage, whose “It Gets Better Project” promoting homosexuality in schools has won the support of President Obama and endorsement from top Hollywood celebrities.

After one conservative leader complained that her son viewed a TV ad from Savage’s campaign in primetime, Savage hit back, saying he hoped the boy would learn “that the adult world isn’t entirely populated by hateful s***s like his mother.”

In 2000, Savage raised eyebrows after he described licking the doorknobs of GOP presidential candidate Gary Bauer’s staff in hopes of spreading the flu virus.

Last year, Savage joked that TV pundit Bill Maher’s comparison of congressional Republicans to late Palestinian ruler Yasser Arafat wasn’t exact enough. “Unfortunately they’re not exactly like him, I wish they were all f***ing dead,” said Savage, who later apologized for the remark.

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Sarkozy loss in French Presidential election would lead to dramatically leftward social changes

by Jeanne Smits, Paris correspondent Tue May 01 17:37 EST Comments (5)

 

PARIS, France, May 1, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) -  The French presidential election next Sunday could result is a dramatic political realignment of French political control to the left. Rapid advancement of social leftist goals such as same-sex marriage, greater access and full funding of abortion, legalized euthanasia, suppression of parental rights regarding education of their children and religious persecution would likely occur with a leftist win.

The election designates the country’s president for the next five years. The second round will oppose Nicolas Sarkozy, the incumbent head of State, runner-up - with 27.18% of the vote - to socialist candidate François Hollande in the first round. Hollande was 1.5 points ahead, with 28.63% of the vote.

While a large proportion of France’s laws and regulations are now made in Brussels in the name of the European Union - and interfere with practically everything, from the size of septic tanks for houses located in the countryside, to immigration and asylum policies or changes to value added tax - societal affairs such as abortion, euthanasia, schooling and marriage law remain largely within the competence of the member States. As do labor legislation, fiscal law, family policy and other domains to which pro-life and pro-family electors are sensitive.

The result of next Sunday’s vote is still quite open, given the uncertainty on the transfer of votes from electors who favored one of the other eight candidates in the first round.

On the left, Jean-Luc Mélenchon - 11.1% in the first round, with a largely communist and revolutionary rhetoric - has openly called on his electors to vote for François Hollande and although he is not officially asking for anything in exchange, the sheer weight of his first-round result is expected to induce Hollande into radicalizing his left-wing stance if he is elected.

Mélenchon is a self-proclaimed admirer of Robespierre who personally organized and watched over the genocide of the “Vendéens”, catholic peasants in the West of France who rose up in arms to defend persecuted priests, their local rights and the traditional political order during the French Revolution and its secularist dictatorship.

Mélenchon is not so far removed from Hollande himself who has promised to inscribe the law of separation of State and Church of 1905 into the French Constitution, should he be elected to the presidency. The beginning of the XXth century in France saw the exile of religious orders, the confiscation of church buildings and assets, the tracking of Catholic officers in the French army and other restrictions on religious liberty which declined in the common effort of World War I. Enshrining the largely unapplied law of 1905 in the Constitution is seen by many as a declaration of open hostility to Catholic and Christian rights, in the name of securalism.

Apart from heavy taxation, massive State spending and extended rights for the non-European immigrant population - including voting rights for those immigrants in local elections and political overtures to the Muslim population - François Hollande’s program contains many unacceptable promises from the pro-life viewpoint.

He has promised the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia, albeit in guarded tones. The French senate can be expected to vote for such a measure since the socialists gained a majority there last September. The National Assembly is expected to follow suit in the legislative elections next June if François Hollande wins on Sunday.

All of these potential developments would create a dramatically dangerous new political situation for France since, until now, the Senate acted as a brake on leftwing policies even under socialist presidents with a majority in the National Assembly.

François Hollande has also promised to make abortion more widely available and to create abortion centers in all State hospitals. 80% of abortion costs are paid for by the State budget; he has promised to drive up that figure to 100%. He wants to make contraception free and anonymous for minors. He has promised to legalize embryo research, homosexual “marriage” and homosexual adoption.

Hollande also wants to make schooling compulsory at three years of age (against the currently age six) and has committed himself to reducing State funding of Catholic schools and reversing legislation that allows parents to choose a State school outside their particular territory.

Attempts by socialist representatives to put an end to tax deductions for donators to independent school funds (a growing number of schools which receive no public subsidy whatsoever) are expected to be implemented and, under socialist governance, to succeed.

Fearing such threatening, radical developments, pro-life and Christian voters are expected to pronounce themselves “against” Hollande next Sunday with a “Sarkozy” vote, even though the incumbent president is far from an ideal candidate from their point of view.

Sarkozy has sent out signs of sympathy to the homosexual lobby during his campaign, promising to transform the current civil union contract (“PACS”) into a more marriage-like commitment to be concluded in the townhouse. But - under growing pressure from the conservative population - he has promised not to legalize homosexual “marriage” and has spoken out clearly against same-sex parenting and adoption. He has also committed himself against euthanasia, promising not to modify the largely acceptable “End of Life” act voted into law in 2005, which includes some room for “euthanasia by omission” in allowing withdrawal of feeding tubes (but not of hydration).

Sarkozy, a liberal, is not expected to thwart freedom of education in France more than it already is.

The “Sarkozy vote” is being promoted by Catholic groups and the small but active conservative press as the lesser of two evils, or even the lesser of two “worses”, experience having shown that under Sarkozy’s first period of office the right to life and the stability of natural marriage neither progressed nor receded.

What has changed, though, is the increased pressure from traditional values forces on Sarkozy who cannot hope to be re-elected without a massive transfer of votes from the electors of Marine Le Pen of the Front national.

Le Pen’s unprecedented score of 17.9% on April 22nd has spurred Sarkozy to speak about patriotism, the French identity, family values, national frontiers and other themes which he already brought to the fore during his campaign to try to limit Marine Le Pen’s vote. During his major rally at the Trocadéro in Paris today, Sarkozy even proclaimed the “Christian identity of France” - receiving wild applause.

Marine Le Pen is the only candidate who has promised more support for French families and stay-at-home parents, a partial stop to public funding of abortions - although she does claim to favor the “right to abortion” - and to move out of the European Union which promotes and imposes hate-crime laws, anti-discrimination laws and a homosexualist agenda which heavily influence French law-making.

Pro-lifers and promoters of traditional values have had no real champion during these presidential elections, but on the positive side some of their themes have gained public visibility and recognition.

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Vatican to the UN: all parents have the right to homeschool

by Ben Johnson Tue May 01 17:32 EST Comments (31)

TURTLE BAY, NEW YORK, May 1, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a significant victory for parental rights worldwide, a Vatican representative said all parents have the right to homeschool their children. 

“The State should respect the choices that parents make for their children and avoid attempts at ideological indoctrination,” the permanent observer mission of the Holy See to the United Nations wrote in a statement released last Tuesday. 

Parents “have the right and duty to choose schools inclusive of homeschooling, and they must possess the freedom to do so, which in turn, must be respected and facilitated by the State.”

“That’s huge,” said Jeremiah Lorrig, director of media relations at the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), told LifeSiteNews.com. “Having the support of the Vatican ambassador would invaluable to the homeschool movement.”

A growing number of parents opt to educate their children at home because of the poor quality of schools available, or because schools increasingly promote values that conflict with traditional Christian morality.

Last July, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill requiring California public schools to teach “the role and contributions of” homosexuals in American history.
 
“The purpose of this program is very obvious and that is to promote social acceptance of homosexuality, transsexuality to all children, and at the same time to silence those who have religious or moral beliefs against such lifestyles,” Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, told LifeSiteNews.com.

The problem did not begin with any one bill, he said. “California school districts already were implementing pro-homosexual orientation programs, also cross-dresser/transvestite sensitivity programs, before S.B. 48 was even drafted as legislation, much less become law,” Dacus said. For example, Redwood Heights Elementary School in Oakland implemented a “gender identity” curriculum. “These programs were already being implemented from high school all the way down to kindergarten or preschoolers,” he said.

“This kind of material only makes it more confusing and more to make decisions as well as solidifying a sexual orientation different than what is mentally and physically healthy for a child,” Dacus told LifeSiteNews.

In many nations, parents are denied the basic right to choose their children’s education. Last October, a committee of the Brailian Congress decreed that homeschooling “disrespects the Constitution, the Penal Code, the National Education Guidelines and Basic Law and the Child and Adolescent Statute.” The state of homeschooling in Germany is so bad a family fled to Iran for the right to homeschool their children.

“Raising awareness is key,” Lorrig told LifeSiteNews. “In a lot of these countries that have very restrictive laws against homeschooling, people are losing their children.”

The problem exists in the United States, as well, he said. Pacific Justice Institute and HSLDA defended California homeschoolers from a California Supreme Court ruling that sought to restrict their rights.

Lorrig told LifeSiteNews the greatest problem is uncertainty. “You never know where the brushfires are going to break out,” he said. For instance, HSLDA had to battle a Mississippi judge, who tried to impose greater restrictions on homeschooling parents. “There’s never homeschool problems in Mississippi,” Lorrig said.

HSLDA won those cases. “But it’s a constant tug-of-war between homeschool liberty and the desire to control parents,” Lorrig said.

The support of the Vatican will make a welcome change to HSLDA’s international outreach. “We actually find ourselves battling the UN, especially with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child,” said Lorrig.

Ratifying the treaty, he warned, could erode parental rights over education and many other aspects of their minors’ lives. “Constitutionally speaking, it would completely change the structure of family policy in the United States, undermine sovereignty, and put that authority in the hands of remote, self-described experts,” Lorrig said.

HSLDA facilitates or advises legal work on behalf of homeschoolers in about 25 nations around the world.

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Hugh Hefner announces ‘the new sexual revolution’

by Ben Johnson Tue May 01 17:03 EST Comments (7)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, May 1, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Despite the overwhelming, ready availability of the most hardcore, graphic pornographic content to almost anyone today, especially via the Internet, Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner worries the nation is teetering upon the precipice of another Victorian age.

In a rare editorial, “The War on Sex,” Hefner wrote in the May issue of Playboy that “repressed conservatives”are “pounding on America’s bedroom” to “again regulate our sex lives.” He specifically named Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Rush Limbaugh. “While wooing the conservative vote, these candidate revealed the ways a GOP-led government would decide whom we can have sex and for what reasons — singled, married, straight, or gay.”

His editorial seemed to criticize “allowing employers to avoid providing contraception for religious reasons.”

“If these zealots have their way, our hard-won sexual liberation — women’s rights, reproductive rights, and rights to privacy — lie [sic] in peril.” He deemed this “an organized attack on our most basic human freedom.”

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“We won’t let that happen,” he continued. “Welcome to the new sexual revolution.”

Hefner, who turned 86 on April 9, describes himself as an independent. However, he has raised tens of thousands of dollars for Democratic politicians including Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Jesse Jackson, Jimmy Carter, Gary Hart, John Kerry, Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Julian Bond and George McGovern. He has also funded the Democratic National Committee, the Hollywood Women’s Political Committee, and Hispanic Unity USA.

Ana Marie Cox, a liberal blogger for the UK Guardian, told MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell that the pajama-clad publisher had not gone far enough. “It’s titillating to talk about this as the war against sex,” she said, “but this is really about civil rights and human rights and about gender equality.”

“If anyone has been waging a ‘war on sex’ it is Hugh Hefner and other pornographers like him who have objectified the bodies of women and have taken a beautiful act – one that God created to be an expression of total, self-giving love and to transmit new human life – and cheapened and reduced it to the mere satisfaction of a bodily appetite,” Fr. Peter West, vice president for missions at Human Life International, told LifeSiteNews.com. “The ‘hard won sexual liberation’ he speaks of has come at the cost of over 53 million dead from abortion, an explosion of sexually transmitted diseases, millions of broken relationships, and millions of hollow, immature men who are incapable of mature and faithful relationships.”

The decision to frame the issue as a political attack meant little to Fr. West. “Human Life International does not identify with a political party, and we’re sure the GOP can take care of itself in that respect,” he said.

However, the social doctrines of the Playboy philosophy motivated him to point out the sexual liberation’s real social harms, including pornography’s ability to alter neurobiology. Exposure is particularly dangerous for young people. For example, a 13-year-old boy molested his five-year-old sister after years of pornographic addiction.

But the profits are high for its producers. The magazine ExtremeTech estimates that pornography accounts for 30 percent of the web’s total traffic. Its consumers spend $3,075.64 every second of the day to get their fix.

Fr. West said, “Looking at the whole picture, it is impossible to call the radical sexual liberation of the last several decades a ‘win’ for anyone” – except perhaps Hefner and other pornographers.

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Successful Personhood USA Supreme Court Appeal could overturn 1992 Casey decision

by The Editors Tue May 01 16:07 EST Comments (22)

 

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Oklahoma State Supreme Court has moved to deny Oklahoma citizens a ballot access initiative for Personhood.

Personhood USA stated in a release today that “On April 30, repeatedly citing Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the Oklahoma State Supreme Court denied Personhood Oklahoma’s right to petition, ruling the ballot measure ‘unconstitutional.’”

Calling the courts decision “a rare move against the people of Oklahoma”, the pro-life organization charges, “the State Supreme Court ruled against the ballot initiative before it went to a vote, denying the people’s right to vote on the issue and the circulator’s right to petition the government.”

Citing the Casey decision, Personhood USA states, “Justice Scalia’s dissenting opinion brings weight to the State’s right to allow the people to decide the permissibility of abortion:

“The permissibility of abortion, and the limitations upon it, are to be resolved like most important questions in our democracy: by citizens trying to persuade one another and then voting.” Justice Scalia, Planned Parenthood vs. Casey.”

“Planned Parenthood v. Casey and Roe v. Wade, according to Justice Scalia’s opinion, have no basis in law. Because of this, the undue burden of the standard of Casey is completely unworkable,” explained Gualberto GarciaJones, Personhood USA legal analyst. “With such a vague standard and any variety of interpretations, it is impossible for citizens to understand it and apply it. Justice Scalia said citizens can resolve the issue of abortion by persuading one another and voting. If Oklahoma citizens are denied the opportunity to do so, our only recourse is to petition the Supreme Court.”

Steve Crampton, Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel for Liberty Counsel, who represents Personhood Oklahoma, said: “This ruling epitomizes judicial overreaching. It not only misinterprets and misapplies federal constitutional law, but it also denies states’ rights and strips Oklahomans of their right to petition for a substantive change in state law, which is guaranteed under the state constitution. We are hopeful that the United States Supreme Court will reverse this decision.”

While five U.S. Supreme Court Justices are required for a favorable ruling, only four are required to approve a petition for certiorari.

Personhood Oklahoma had been collecting signatures for the Personhood Amendment for two months. The amendment reads, “A ‘person’ as referred to in Article 2, Section 2 of this Constitution shall be defined as any human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being to natural death. The inherent rights of such person shall not be denied without due process of law and no person as defined herein shall be denied equal protection under the law due to age, place of residence or medical condition.”

“The people of Oklahoma will not be silenced,” explained Dan Skerbitz, Director of Personhood Oklahoma. “We have 13,000 volunteers who have been circulating petitions and are ready and willing to continue this fight for human lives. We are more determined than ever to rise up against judicial tyranny and cowardly State Representatives who do not represent the will of the people of Oklahoma.”

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Canadian sexpert calls for sex ed to be more graphic and explicit

by Peter Baklinski Tue May 01 15:19 EST Comments (17)

 

TORONTO, Ontario, May 1, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A so-called sexpert who believes that masturbation is the “cornerstone of sexual health” and that sexuality is defined simply by pleasure told the Toronto Star last week that sex education in schools needs to become more graphic and explicit if it is to be relevant to today’s generation of kids.

“Teenagers need to know what pleasure looks and sounds like — pleasurable moaning, asking for more — in order to be sure that a partner is providing enthusiastic consent to sex,” said Cory Silverberg, a sex educator from Toronto to the Star’s Ann Douglas.

Silverberg suggested that conversations about pornography should become part of an updated sex ed curriculum: not to warn children of the dangers, backed by research, that are inherent in the use of pornography, but to make children aware of the “stereotypical views about how men and women should interact sexually.” 

“They also need help understanding that female pleasure matters, too — not an easy concept to sell in a culture that’s encouraged teen girls to see fellatio as way to avoid pregnancy and win popularity,” he said, as paraphrased by Douglas.

Silverberg would like to see more parents talking to their teens about the language of sexual pleasure so that the teens will be able to interpret the “pleasurable moaning” of an intoxicated or passed out sexual partner as a sign of sexual consent.

“Can you really speak up for yourself if you’ve had so much to drink you’re completely passive or passed out, for instance? People need to be sure that their partners are actually saying yes,” is how Douglas paraphrased Silverberg’s position.

Silverberg is the same “sexpert” who is is about to publish a children’s book that portrays the dozens of alternative methods that can be used to create a new human life (about 30 according to the author). The author intends that his “book for kids about sex,” aimed at pre-schools through to 8-years-olds, will also be accompanied by a teacher’s resource to assist its implementation in a school setting.

In discussing the book, Silverberg disparages traditional stories that tell what he calls a “nice story (mommy + daddy + intercourse = you!)” adding, “more and more of us are acknowledging the help we get to bring children into our lives. That help might be a doctor, fertility clinic, adoption or foster agency; it might be a turkey baster and a friend; it might be a sperm donor or a surrogate.”

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Do we know what’s human? We’ve been wrong before

by André Schutten Tue May 01 14:06 EST Comments (35)

 
Andre Schutten

May 1, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Last month marked the 147th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. On the evening of April 14th, 1865 he was shot in the head and succumbed to the wound on the morning of April 15th.

I finished reading a 700-page biography of this man, this heroic character who fought so hard for the end of slavery in America. And I was reminded of that political struggle on Thursday evening as I listened to the House of Commons debate over MP Stephen Woodworth’s Motion 312.

Mr. Woodworth stood on Thursday afternoon to present his motion to the House. He argued passionately that any law that says some human beings are not human beings is unjust. He called for a committee to re-evaluate our current law that says humans only become human at the moment they completely exit their mother’s birth canal. That definition, he states, is based on medical evidence that is 400 years old.

All other speakers during the hour-long debate (with the exception of Mr. Albrecht, who stood on a point of order) spoke against the motion, including the Honourable Mr. Gordon O’Connor, government whip. It was his statements that reminded me of the American political discussions over slavery during the rise and reign of President Lincoln.

Mr. O’Connor spoke strongly against the motion, arguing that “the House of Commons is not a laboratory, it is not a house of faith, an academic setting or a hospital. It is a legislature, and a legislature deals with law.” This statement is confusing to me: does our legislature create laws out of nothing? Dream them up out of thin air? On what, if anything, do we base our policy? If not science or moral ethics, then what? On the will of the Prime Minister?

Mr. O’Connor also stated, “whether one accepts it or not, abortion is and always will be part of society… abortion cannot be eliminated. It is part of the human condition.” The same can be said about theft, assault and even murder. The same was said about slavery. “Slavery has always existed, so stop trying to end it.” Both Democrats (who were for slavery) and Republicans (who were split on the issue) argued this. And even Abraham Lincoln struggled with this. It wasn’t until mid-way through the civil war that he finally took a strong stance against slavery when he issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

Finally, O’Connor stated, “I cannot understand why those who are adamantly opposed to abortion want to impose their beliefs on others by way of the Criminal Code. There is no law that says that a woman must have an abortion. No one is forcing those who oppose abortion to have one.” Again, this type of argument has been used before: Lincoln and his supporters were told, “No one is forcing you to own slaves. If you don’t like slavery, don’t buy a slave! But the slaves I own are my property. Keep your morality off of my property!”

Both arguments have this fatal assumption: that there is no inherent worth in the victimized human being, the slave or the unborn child. Both statements assume that because the law says they are not human or not a person, that it is therefore true.

I would suggest that when a court or law states that a living human being is not a human being in law, that we assume they are wrong. History certainly supports this:

  • “In the eyes of the law… the slave is not a person.” - Virginia Supreme Court, 1858
  • “An Indian is not a person within the meaning of the Constitution.” - George Canfield, American Law Review, 1881
  • The meaning of “qualified persons” does not include women. - Supreme Court of Canada, 1928
  • “The Reichsgericht itself refused to recognize Jews… as ‘persons’ in the legal sense.” - German Supreme Court decision, 1936
  • “The law of Canada does not recognize the unborn child as a legal person possessing rights.” - Supreme Court of Canada, 1997

I would encourage Stephen Woodworth, an honourable Member of Parliament, to continue striving for this most necessary discussion. Just because the law says that some humans are not human, it does not mean we ought to accept that proposition. It is time to have this discussion; we’ve certainly been wrong before.

André Schutten is legal counsel for the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada.

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Brutal forced abortions continue to savage China’s women: Chen Guangcheng’s field notes

by Kathleen Gilbert Tue May 01 14:00 EST Comments (6)

 
Reggie Littlejohn

BEIJING, CHINA, May 1, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - As Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng’s story finally reaches the international stage with his escape to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing last week, one of his advocates in America wants to remind the world that the atrocities he was beaten and imprisoned for opposing - brutal forced abortions against China’s women under the one-child policy - are ongoing.

Reggie Littlejohn of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers received Chen’s field notes on the extent of the abuses and released them in English at a U.S. Congressional hearing last year.

“In 2006 Chen exposed the Chinese government’s systematic, massive use of forced abortion and involuntary sterilization to enforce its ‘one child policy,’” said Littlejohn.

The Chen Guangcheng Report can be read here.

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A member of Chen’s team, human rights attorney Teng Biao, drafted this 2005 investigative report into coercive family planning in Linyi City, Shandong Province.  The report contains extensive witness statements from cases Chen and his team were investigating before Chen was jailed.  In the report are detailed accounts regarding:

  • A woman forcibly aborted and sterilized at seven months;
  • Villagers sleeping in fields to evade Family Planning Officials;
  • Family planning officials who broke three brooms over the head of an elderly man;
  • Family planning officials who forced a grandmother and her brother to beat each other; and
  • The use of quota systems and the practice of “implication” – the detention, fining and torture of the extended family of One Child Policy “violators.”


“The Chen Guangcheng report makes clear the spirit of the Red Guards lives on in China’s Family Planning death machine,” said Littlejohn. “WRWF released the names of the perpetrators of these crimes against humanity, so that they can be held accountable before the world.”

Just last month, the brutality of the policy received heightened attention after a photograph of a Linyi woman’s baby, forcibly aborted at full term and floating in the bucket in which it was drowned, surfaced. The photo circulated widely on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, eliciting widespread outrage. 

WRWF also called attention to reports relating to the One Child Policy from last year: in April 2011, Family Planning Officials stabbed a man to death when attempting to seize his sister for a forced sterilization; and in October 2011, a woman, six months pregnant, died during a forced abortion in Lijing County, also in Shandong Province.

“Chen may be safe for the moment, but the women for whom he risked everything are not,” said Littlejohn. “Forced abortion is not a choice. It is official government rape.”

A petition calling on China to free Chen Guangcheng can be viewed here.

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California bill targets consensual therapy for unwanted same-sex attraction

by Kathleen Gilbert Tue May 01 13:50 EST Comments (25)

 
Brad Dacus

Correction: This article originally followed a report claiming that Senator Ted Lieu is “openly homosexual.” This is in fact untrue. Sen. Lieu is married to his wife Betty. We regret the error.

SACRAMENTO, May 1, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A new bill that would hamstring therapy for unwanted homosexual attraction and label support for the effectiveness of such therapy “therapeutic deception” has passed its first hurdle in a California committee.

While banning outright such therapy for minors regardless of consent, Senate Bill 1172, introduced by Senator Ted Lieu and backed by Equality California, makes it an actionable offense for a mental health professional to conduct such therapy with a consensual client “by means of therapeutic deception.” The offense can be brought to court by “a patient, former patient, or deceased former patient’s parent, child, or sibling,” with an eight-year statute of limitations for patients and five years for relatives.

The bill defines “therapeutic deception” as “a representation by a psychotherapist that sexual orientation change efforts ... can or will reduce” homosexual conduct or desire.

The bill further requires psychotherapists to hand clients a disclaimer sheet that states: “Having a lesbian, gay, or bisexual sexual orientation is not a mental disorder. There is no scientific evidence that any types of therapies are effective in changing a person’s sexual orientation. Sexual orientation change efforts can be harmful. The risks include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior.”

The disclaimer ends with a long list of mental health groups that “oppose the use” of such therapy, including the American Psychological Association. Although the APA discourages mental health professionals from offering sexual reorientation therapy, the group’s official position on such therapy states that there is “insufficient evidence” to either approve or discredit the practice.

The bill passed its first committee hearing last Monday on a 5-3 vote.

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Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), one of several groups who testified against the bill last week, said the bill’s anti-conservative bias was extreme even by California’s standards.

“I can honestly say this is one of the most outrageous, speech-chilling bills we have ever seen in California - and that’s saying a lot,” said Dacus, who told LifeSiteNews.com that the bill is “a child’s welfare issue.”

Dacus pointed out that clinical evidence has shown that sexual molestation and other trauma at an early age can lead to sexual confusion. “To deprive these young people of quality psychiatric counseling and therapy is a gross and outrageous violation against humanity,” he said.

Coupled with California’s recent legislation mandating that public schools use textbooks highlighting homosexual roles in history, Dacus said California’s legislators are waging an “egregious attack on children and youth.”

PJI attorney Matthew McReynolds also warned that the bill’s language on sexually-confused youths - that the state has a “compelling interest” to protect their health if they face “family rejection” - is especially alarming for conservative parents.

“The logical implication from these two assertions is that the state is giving itself the power to take kids away from parents who do not affirm the kids’ sexual confusion,” said McReynolds.

The attorneys pointed out that even the California Psychological Association, which normally embraces the gay rights agenda, is opposed to the bill in its current form based on its extreme speech restrictions.

Although it has been the subject of vituperative criticism from gay rights activists, therapy for same-sex attraction has been backed by many professionals in the mental health world - including the same scientist who first declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder.

A longitudinal study published last September found that a majority of individuals who persevered with sexual orientation therapy met with success, and that there was no increase in psychological stress associated with the therapy. The study backs the findings of a meta-analysis published in 2009, using over 600 professional and client reports published in peer-reviewed journals over a 100-year span, which concluded that homosexuality could be changed and that therapy to that end could be beneficial.

Homosexuality was declassified as a mental disorder in 1973 in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) after a long-term lobbying campaign by gay rights activists. Because the DSM is the universal standard for mental illness classification, other top professional associations shifted against therapy for sexual orientation.

Dr. Robert Spitzer, who was in charge of the DSM change, reversed his position on therapy for unwanted same-sex attraction nearly 30 years later to support such therapy based on his own research.

The National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) blasted the new bill as “a move of desperation” by gay rights activists hoping to snuff out sexual orientation therapy.

“For many years gay activists have been trying to convince the public the homosexual attractions cannot be changed. Since the evidence proves otherwise, they then moved on to trying to convince us that change therapies are ‘dangerous,’ but once again even the American Psychological Association agrees that no such evidence is available,” wrote NARTH.

“Now in what is apparently a move of desperation they are trying to accomplish through fines and sanctions aimed directly at individual clients and their therapists what they could not accomplish through misinformation.”

Despite the extreme nature of the bill, Dacus told LSN that therapists cowed by previous attacks against sexual orientation therapy by the state’s gay rights lobby are reluctant to speak up.

“Because of the heavy-handedness of the LGBT movement, many in the psychological profession are afraid to speak up,” he said. “We’re hopeful that the California Psychological Association’s opposition will inspire some to step up to the plate and testify against it.”

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Pro-life leaders demand Obama ensure safety of Chen Guangcheng

by Ben Johnson Tue May 01 13:49 EST Comments (3)

 
Steve Mosher, president of Population Research Institute.
Steve Mosher, president of Population Research Institute.
Rep. Chris Smith, R-NJ.
Rep. Chris Smith, R-NJ.

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 1, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – While Chinese officials have gone into damage-control mode, blocking internet searches related to the escape of human rights activist Chen Guangcheng late last week, pro-life leaders and politicians in the United States are expressing their hope that the daring move will highlight the egregious human rights record of the world’s most populous nation and galvanize the U.S. into action.

“My concern at this moment is for the safety of Chen Guangcheng and his family,” Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said in a statement. “My hope is that U.S. officials will take every measure to ensure that Chen and his family members are protected from further persecution.”

“The fact that government officials have repeatedly and severely beaten Mr. Chen, his wife, and his mother during his house arrest, in addition to denying him adequate medical treatment and nutrition in spite of his fragile and deteriorating health, gives rise to justifiable reports that his family members and others associated with him are now in danger,” Congressman Chris Smith, R-NJ, wrote in a
letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday. He called on Clinton to use “all other diplomatic measures to ensure the safety and freedom” of Chen and his family.

At a press conference with the prime minister of Japan on Monday, President Obama refused to comment on the issue.

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Romney said Chen’s fate “points to the broader issue of human rights in China.”

“Any serious U.S. policy toward China must confront the facts of the Chinese government’s denial of political liberties, its one-child policy, and other violations of human rights,” Romney said. “Our country must play a strong role in urging reform in China and supporting those fighting for the freedoms we enjoy.”

Longtime human rights advocates are putting pressure on U.S. diplomats to ensure that such issues are addressed during impending talks with the Chinese government. Rep. Smith said, “The eyes of the world are on Premier Wen Jiaboa, the Chinese government, and U.S. diplomatic leaders—Secretary Hilary Clinton; Assistant Secretary of East Asian Affairs Kurt Campbell; and Assistant Secretary for Human Rights Michael Posner—all of whom are in or are about to be in Beijing.”

Smith said “everything discussed in China” should be filtered “through the prism of” Guangcheng’s struggles, as well as those of “all harassed, arrested, disappeared, and disbarred human-rights lawyers and defenders.”

Some U.S. observers have expressed their worry that these diplomats will downplay Chen’s case as they prioritize other issues, such as continuing to finance the U.S. debt and reducing Chinese carbon emissions.

Steven Mosher, president of Population Research Institute and a leading expert on China’s population control measures, said he fears not enough will be done. “The Obama administration regards the blind Chinese human rights activist as a speed bump on the Clinton-Geithner Road Show to China,” he said. “His fate is far more important than hawking American treasury bonds. In fact, he may be the spark that starts a prairie fire.”

While high-ranking officials are sure to discuss the issue, most Chinese citizens remain hungry for information about Chen. But Communist officials censored the nation’s version of Twitter, known as Sina Weibo, over the weekend. Chinese cannot currently search for such terms as “blind man,” “CNN,” and “UA898” – the United Airlines flight Chen may take from Beijing to Washington, D.C.

 

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Alabama abortion facility to close on schedule after state denies application

by Patrick B. Craine Tue May 01 13:41 EST Comments (1)

 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, May 1, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - An Alabama abortion facility known for health care violations will close on schedule after the Alabama Department of Public Health announced Monday that they had denied an application to take over its operations.

Birmingham’s New Woman All Women abortion clinic was ordered closed by the state after 76 pages of health code violations were discovered.

The consent agreement that ordered the closure provided for a transfer of ownership to a new applicant by May 4, 2012, with the proviso that the new applicant be unaffiliated with the current owner, Diane Derzis.

A letter sent last week to the Department of Public Health by Life Legal Defense Foundation that was signed by CEC for Life, Operation Rescue, and other groups revealed connections between the new applicant, Ochata Management, and its agent Marianne Kelley Rain-water with Derzis.

The department stated in a press release Monday that an affiliation does in fact exist. It stated:

A business lease agreement that was submitted in support of the application includes a provision in regard to monthly rent whereby the landlord identified as the outgoing operator and tenant identified as the proposed new operator agreed to meet on a monthly basis to mutually determine the center’s monthly income and monthly overhead. The provision further provides that the excess of monthly income over monthly overhead is to be considered as rent due and payable to the landlord.


“It’s shocking that Derzis attempted to deceive the ADPH with such an obvious and shady ploy that would have allowed her to direct the clinic and collect all the clinic profits as ‘rent’ in full violation of the consent order,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-life Nation.

“We are excited at this victory, but will remain vigilant in the event that these people try some other dirty deal to keep the mill open. We thank everyone who called and sent e-mails to Alabama authorities asking for them to reject this new license. Your voices were heard.”

New Woman All Women came under scrutiny after pro-life activists documented two abortion patients being carried out of the clinic to awaiting ambulances on January 21, 2012, then filed complaints. The result was an inspection that found “multiple and serious violations of State Board of Health rules” according to the ADPH, prompting the order to close the clinic.

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Georgia governor signs fetal pain law

by Patrick B. Craine Tue May 01 13:32 EST Comments (3)

 
Gov. Nathan Deal

NORCROSS, Georgia, May 1, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia today signed a law that protects preborn children capable of feeling pain, earning him praise from Georgia’s largest pro-life organization.

“I am deeply grateful that Governor Deal has demonstrated his commitment to protecting the preborn,” said Dan Becker, president of Georgia Right to Life. “By signing this measure, at least 1,500 babies a year will no longer be killed.”

Previously, Georgia allowed abortions for almost any reason throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

The new law, HB 954, was sponsored by Rep. Doug McKillip (District 115) and will take effect on January 1, 2013. It clearly establishes that Georgia has a “compelling state interest in protecting the lives of unborn children from the stage at which they are capable of feeling pain.”

That stage is now set at 20 weeks after gestation, which means no abortions can be performed after that, except in cases where it’s deemed necessary to save the life of the mother, or to end a “medically futile” pregnancy.

“While this new law represents significant progress in saving lives, a last-minute amendment that allows doctors to end so-called futile pregnancies is a first step to establishing a eugenic policy in Georgia,” Becker said. “It opens the door to destroying babies doctors think may be less than perfect.”

Noting that the proposal prompted a heated and emotional debate, Becker added: “I commend those legislators who honored the sanctity of life and did not abandon their principles.”

Georgia now joins six other states that have passed similar laws.

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Waterloo Catholic trustee proposes then drops motion to allow gay-straight alliances

by Patrick B. Craine Tue May 01 13:27 EST Comments (4)

 
Waterloo trustee Anthony Piscitelli

WATERLOO, Ontario, May 1, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Catholic trustee in the Waterloo Catholic District School board announced a motion last week to allow high schools to set up gay-straight alliances, but then dropped it this week as trustees faced a bevy of complaints from parents and ratepayers.

Anthony Piscitelli, trustee for Kitchener/Wilmot, says gay-straight alliances are needed to combat a tendency among some Catholics to “ostracize” students who are same-sex attracted. In a video, he argued that research has shown these clubs “created a safer environment for all students.”

He was planning to propose the motion at the school board’s meeting on Monday, but he told the Waterloo Record Sunday that he decided to withdraw it after a request by board chair Manuel da Silva.

“My preference would still be to have that debate and put it out there, but the chair of the board approached me and asked if I would be willing to withdraw the motion and given that it is going to fail, I agreed,” he told the paper.

Piscitelli said there were fears the motion would be too divisive.

Gay-straight alliances have been a hot topic in Ontario for the last year and a half. Despite pressure from the government, many Catholic teachers, and activist groups, Ontario’s bishops and Catholic schools have opposed them.

The Ontario Catholic School Trustees Association said the clubs are “not acceptable in Catholic schools” in January, and earlier the bishops had explained that the clubs “imply a self-identification with sexual orientation that is often premature among high school students.”

Instead Catholic leaders have encouraged schools to set up “Respecting Differences” clubs for students concerned about bullying related to racism, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Many Catholics have feared the clubs could be used by homosexual activists to undermine Christian sexual teaching in the schools, though the clubs are intended to involve strong safeguards to circumvent that possibility.

Pro-family activists are warning that while Piscitelli has withdrawn the motion, he appears committed to promoting the GSA approach through the “Respecting Differences” framework.

According to The Record, “Piscitelli said he hopes that the Catholic board’s models will nevertheless try to emulate, as much as possible, the successful model of the gay-straight alliances to reduce bullying.”

In a Youtube video published April 24th to promote his motion, Piscitelli claimed “the Catholic Church recognizes that some individuals are born gay.”

He said the Church’s call for same-sex attracted individuals to embrace “celibacy” is “difficult for gay and lesbian students to understand, as it means they must make a choice between a lifetime of celibacy or choosing to turn away from an article of their faith.”

Campaign Life Catholics (CLC) points out that Catholic teaching never suggests people are “born gay.” Instead, the Catechism of the Catholic Church says homosexuality’s “psychological genesis remains largely unexplained,” while at the same time saying the homosexual inclination is “objectively disordered.”

CLC’s Suresh Dominic called on Catholics across Ontario to oppose the gay-straight alliance agenda and said he takes issue with the trustee’s claim that same-sex attracted students are at the greatest risk due to bullying.

“This assertion is actually not supportable by any credible evidence,” he explained. “The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and other studies have repeatedly found that physical appearance/body image is the number one reason why students are bullied at school. ‘Sexual orientation’ did not even rank in the TDSB study at all as a cause of school bullying.”

“Out of love for all students, we support efforts to reduce bullying for any reason it may occur. However, we must challenge non-factual assertions that have a political agenda,” Dominic added.

LifeSiteNews.com did not hear back from Piscitelli by press time.


Contact information for Waterloo Catholic District School Board trustees.

Director of Education Rick Boisvert
T:519-578-3660
Email: Rick.Boisvert@wcdsb.ca

Most Rev. Douglas Crosby
Diocese of Hamilton
700 King Street West
Hamilton, ON, L8P 1C7
T: 905-528-7988
Email: bishopsoffice@hamiltondiocese.com

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Woman recounts 11 year-old son’s nightmare addiction to Internet porn

by Hilary White, Rome Correspondent Tue May 01 13:18 EST Comments (77)

LONDON, May 1, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A British woman has told the Daily Mail that Internet pornography has turned her 11 year-old son into a shell of the boy he was. The mother, who is not named, said her son, “Charlie, ” changed “beyond recognition” after he started using Internet pornography on his computer in his room without his parents’ knowledge.

“Not just his behaviour,” the woman wrote, “but his entire character started changing.” From being a normal “cheerful, friendly, sunny” boy interested in sports, Charlie became “withdrawn, moody and sullen,” losing his appetite and ceasing to sleep at night. He started writing notes to himself: “I hate myself,” or “Charlie is s***” on scraps of paper, books and magazines around the house, and drawing obscene cartoons.

Charlie’s mother wrote that she broke down the day she discovered the words “I am disgusting” written on the inside of his arm. She was shocked to learn the cause of her son’s personality change was pornography addiction, not drugs or drinking.

“An 11-year-old boy with no credit card had been able to access websites that presented every possible kind of perversion. Today’s pornography is vile beyond description,” she wrote. Scenes of violence, sadism, degradation of women and child abuse were common among the material stored on Charlie’s computer.

“In a peculiarly disturbing twist, some of the most vile, paedophiliac images were presented in cartoon form, so that children were abused in the very medium that children most like to watch,” the woman wrote. She saw the “hateful, loveless and deeply offensive way that porn degrades the female sex” and worried about the effect it would have on her son’s social development.

“It sickens me to think that Charlie and millions of his young male peers might want to treat the girls in their lives in the way that porn treats women.”

Charlie’s mother says her son has recovered and has left Internet porn behind after counselling. 

The Daily Mail notes that the woman’s testimony comes as government is in a fight with Internet service providers (ISPs) over making technology available to parents to block children’s access to offensive material. In 2010, the government announced it would be investigating ways to entirely block pornography from the ‘net. The government’s proposal is to create a system where pornography sites are automatically blocked unless the user specifically requests to see it and can prove they are over 18.

As part of that battle, the High Court ruled on Monday that a Swedish website which allows users to download without paying for pirated music and videos must be blocked by UK ISPs. Activists hope that the ruling will set a precedent to allow media vendors to block offending websites.

The Mail quoted the Labour Party media spokesman Helen Goodman, who said, “Large businesses are able to enforce their rights through the courts because they can afford to.

“But parents wanting to protect their children don’t have this option. This is why the Government needs to step in, on the side of ordinary people.”

In April, a cross-party inquiry MPs looked into children’s safety on the Internet and concluded that government must step in and force ISPs to do more to protect young people. The committee found that children have easy access to violent and pornographic material and called for stronger filters on “adult content”.

Claire Perry, a Conservative Party MP and chairman of the MPs’ inquiry said, “While parents should be responsible for their children’s online safety, in practice people find it difficult to put content filters on the plethora of Internet-enabled devices in their homes, plus families lack the right information and education on Internet safety.”

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Wonderful LSN gala, comments on April 30 News

by Steve Jalsevac Mon Apr 30 19:11 EST Comments (0)

The LifeSiteNews 15th Anniversary gala in Washington was a wonderful evening enjoyed by a high powered group of 175 enthusiastic pro-life, pro-family leaders, activists and supporters. Everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy the fellowship and listening to spunky keynote speaker Abby Johnson and several others who also briefly spoke during the evening. It truly was the LifeSiteNews family night that we hoped it would be. We’ll tell you more about it later. 

The dramatic Pepsi turnaround is a good news story that sources have told us LifeSiteNews readers had a significant role in helping to bring about. We are also very pleased to report the Thomas More Society’s gloves off response to the Obama admin’s threat against Bishop Jenky. Thomas Brejcha and his legal team have been doing an amazing job over the years defending the freedom and conscience and religious rights of Americans.

Ok President Obama, what are you going to do now about Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng seeking asylum in the US embassy in Beijing? Will the abortion president hand Cheng over for more brutality and even possible death because he opposes China’s ruthless one-child policy or will the president of the United States boldly act to defend freedom - as he should?

And then there is Canada’s pathetic, frightened “Conservative” government gradually sliding into the pro-abortion camp as it seems utterly incapable of taking a principled stance on this human rights issue that dwarfs all others in the nation. Their rigid see no evil, hear no evil approach while having no legal restrictions on abortion is one of the saddest in the entire free world. 

* Diplomatic crisis: Chinese pro-life dissident flees to US Embassy – What will Obama do? - Jill Stanek
* Nine lawsuits filed against Obama’s mandate: A brief rundown of the arguments - Fr. Frank Pavone

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