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Profanity laden tweets thank Cardinal Dolan for pro-life prayer

by Ben Johnson Tue Sep 11 17:53 EST Comments (31)


CHARLOTTE, September 11, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s stirring benediction at last week’s Democratic National Convention has continued to send shockwaves through the Left, as activists launched a series of hateful web messages in retaliation.

Unlike its Republican counterpart, Cardinal Dolan’s prayer in Charlotte – which many networks chose not to cover – carried explicit references to protecting the unborn and preserving the institution of marriage.

His words sent visible signs of discontent among some present, who furled their brows or curled their lips in confusion, especially when he prayed for Republican nominees Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan by name.

Both Michelle Malkin’s website Twitchy and Glenn Beck’s The Blaze noted a heavy volume of profanity-laden tweets from the web following the prayer. 

The homosexual proprietor of the blog “Joe My God”, one of many using the F-word in response to Dolan’s prayer, wrote, “F—- Tim Dolan right in the m——-f——-g ear.”

Twitchy observed that the Twitter feed contained many vulgar messages.

Even before the Cardinal arrived, homosexual activist Will Kohler of Back2Stonewall called on all 500 LGBT delegates and associated reporters and activists in the convention hall to “stand up and turn your backs, walk out, or shout out. Let Dolan know that he and his anti-gay bigotry is unwelcomed and also let the DNC know that we will not take this slight lightly. ”

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A member of the left-wing message board Democratic Underground wrote, “They should have let the a**hole nail himself to his own cross. In my personal opinion, no member of the RCC hierarchy above a parish priest should have any role whatsoever in any Democratic campaign.”

The closest thing to a dissent was posted under the headline, “Yes in theory….but we need the votes.”

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‘The Notebook’ director says if we back gay marriage, why not incest?

by Ben Johnson Tue Sep 11 16:28 EST Comments (61)

Nick Cassavetes  compared same-sex
Nick Cassavetes compared same-sex "marriage" with incest in a positive light.

HOLLYWOOD, September 11, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) –  Defenders of marriage have long said if the institution is redefined beyond one man and one woman, there is no clear end to the new combinations that could be considered “marriage.” A growing body of evidence shows the popular culture, led by Hollywood elites, do not intend to stop with same-sex unions.

Nick Cassavetes, the director of the romantic film The Notebook, told reporters at the debut of his new film that incest is no different than allowing same-sex weddings.

“Love who you want, isn’t that what we say? Gay marriage – love who you want,” he said.

“If you’re not having kids, who gives a damn?” the son of legendary director John Cassavetes and actress Gena Rowlands asked in an interview with The Wrap while premiering his new film, Yellow, which features an incestuous affair between a brother and sister. “If it’s your brother or sister it’s super-weird, but if you look at it, you’re not hurting anybody except every single person who freaks out because you’re in love with one another.”

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Meanwhile, a celebrity gossip rag has become the latest publication to support polygamy and polyandry.

In a column entitled “Three Shouldn’t be a Crowd,” the digital tabloid The Frisky stated, “Polygamy and polyamory get a bad rap.”

Carrie Nelson wrote, “Opening marriages and expanding what makes a marriage…may well end up saving relationships and the institution as a whole.”

“Believe me, I’m not some undercover agent trying to bring down the institution of marriage from within. If anything, I feel so strongly about marriage equality including polygamy because I love marriage,” Nelson said.

The call for broadening the number of people in a marriage has intensified since a judge in Sao Paolo, Brazil, registered a three-person “stable union” last month. 

The decision led UK Guardian writer Jean Hannah Edelstein to ask, “If three, or four, or 17 people want to marry each other simultaneously and equally, why should they not be granted the same status as two people who want to become a legal family?” Banning such an arrangement would be “a bit illiberal,” she said.

The publicity does not surprise Austin Nimocks of the Alliance Defending Freedom. He told NPR in May that if marriage is “about adults and not the kids that flow from procreative relationships, then from a policy standpoint you have to ask the question, then why can’t three or more adults be just as loving and committed to each other?”

As the skeptical host listened, Nimocks said, “If it’s about the procreative relationships that produced and raised the next generation and we keep it a child-centered institution, then the risk of polygamy and plural marriage does not exist.”

Tags: hollywood, incest, nick cassavetes, same-sex 'marriage'

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Autopsy: Planned Parenthood patient’s uterus arrived separate from body

by Kathleen Gilbert Tue Sep 11 14:01 EST Comments (23)

Tonya Reaves

September 11, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The autopsy report of 24-year-old Planned Parenthood patient Tonya Reaves is difficult to read.

The document obtained by Operation Rescue this week gives an inventory of the remains of the young woman, who entered a Chicago Planned Parenthood July 20 for a second-trimester abortion, in dispassionate fashion. “All organs are present in their usual anatomic positions ... no evidence of significant recent external injury ... no thromboemboli are present in the pulmonary arteries.”

It’s under the heading of “reproductive system” that the story changes.

“The uterus is received in a separate container accompanying the body,” wrote the medical examiner. The organ, it was observed, was “ragged” from cauterization: a hot iron burning living tissue shut, an extreme measure used to stop a life-threatening internal bleed. The uterus had ultimately been removed by doctors in a last-ditch hysterectomy to save Reaves’ life.

A 3/16” laceration in the uterus was found adjacent to impression marks made by an abortion instrument. Also noted was an “extensive perforation of the left broad ligament” that appeared to slice through the left uterine artery. The cavity of Reaves’ body, it said, was filled with as much as one and a half liters of blood.

At the end of the seven-page report are the words:


The cause of death of this 24-year-old, Black female, TONYA REAVES, is due to hemorrhage resulting from cervical dilatation and evacuation [D&E abortion] due to an intrauterine pregnancy.



Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation, said the autopsy, normally part of the public record, was only handed over after lawyers threatened the coroner with legal action.

“The autopsy was done the day after she died but we did not get it until 7 weeks later,” Newman told LifeSiteNews.com.

The autopsy adds another dimension to Planned Parenthood’s struggle to control the narrative surrounding the death of its former patient, who reportedly bled for five and a half hours in a Planned Parenthood clinic before finally being transported to a hospital where she died.

FOIA requests reveal that the Loop Health Center Planned Parenthood, located at 18 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago, never did call 911 after the July 20 abortion at 11:00 am, and eventually had Reaves dropped off at a local hospital by a Fire Department ambulance at 4:30 pm.

Activists calling for justice for Reaves say hospital staff was left to guess at what had happened to the young woman, and only discovered a uterine perforation hours later, when Reaves’ condition continued to decline following initial treatment for an incomplete abortion.

“Even a level one trauma team could not save her life,” said Newman. Newman’s group has joined other pro-life groups that have called for a murder investigation over the event.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois had said in July they were “shocked and saddened upon learning of a tragic development at a nearby hospital,” and declined comment on “private patient matters.”

“While legal abortion services in the United States have a very high safety record, a tragedy such as this is devastating to loved ones and we offer our deepest sympathies. Planned Parenthood of Illinois cares deeply about the health and safety of each and every patient. We do not publicly discuss private patient matters,” said the group in a statement.

Pro-life leaders says the botched abortion raises further questions about the legitimacy of Planned Parenthood’s practice: while it has been confirmed that Reaves had the abortion at the S. 18th Street location, the clinic’s website indicates that abortions are not supposed to be offered there, but are referred out to two other Planned Parenthood facilities, one on N. LaSalle Street in Chicago and another in Aurora, IL.

“Planned Parenthood’s website indicates that surgical abortions were not supposed to be available at that location, which leads to questions about whether the office was properly equipped for risky second trimester abortions,” wrote Operation Rescue. The group says it plans to complain to the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation over the discrepancy.

Meanwhile, leaders say the autopsy report bolsters calls for criminal charges for “depraved indifference” and negligence on top of criminal malpractice.

“Planned Parenthood killed her, now they must be brought to justice in a court of law,” said Newman.


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Former Baywatch, Playboy star now Rosary-praying Mom voting against Obama

by Kathleen Gilbert Tue Sep 11 13:11 EST Comments (53)


September 10, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Former Baywatch star Donna D’errico says that she has turned away from her previous lifestyle as a buxom Playboy playmate to become a Mass-going mom of two - and she will never vote for Barack Obama.

D’Errico made headlines this summer when an image of her bruised face hit the Internet, injuries sustained during her journey to find Noah’s Ark on Mount Ararat.

In response came a flurry of interviews for the 44-year-old mom of two, who opened up about a much deeper journey on the spiritual plain. The proud, Scapular-wearing, Mass-going Catholic now says she prays the Rosary with her children, age 19 and 11, each night.

In a Fox News interview, D’Errico said that the woman who lived her former life - she was once “Playboy playmate of the month” in 1995 - now seems “like another person.”

“I’ve made mistakes and choices in my past that I wouldn’t make today,” she said. “That’s a chapter in my life that I’ve closed the door on. It seems to me like another person. It’s not who I am today.”

While she doesn’t support Mitt Romney, she says, there’s “no way” she’s voting for Barack Obama instead: her heart is still with pro-life and pro-family Rep. Ron Paul. “I’m not supporting Barack Obama, no way. I’m still supporting Ron Paul to be honest with you. My support for him has never wavered,” said D’Errico.

When a Catholic reporter with Ignitum Today asked D’Errico to give advice to young women who find themselves struggling against the vicious cycle of female objectification and loss of self-esteem in modern society, D’Errico’s answer was blunt.

“Pray the Rosary every day. Attend Mass every Sunday. Go to Confession regularly. If you do these things, you will be able to withstand and get through anything,” she said. “I know what it’s like to be led astray and fall into a life of sin.

“I know how easy that is. I’ve lived it. I also know what it’s like to come back.”

D’Errico says her lifelong dream of searching for the Ark in Turkey took root in December 2010 when she survived a dangerous MRSA infection doctors had thought would take her life.  After finally setting out this summer, the odyssey came to an abrupt halt when a major fall left her injured - but she says she hopes soon to try again.

Meanwhile, the adventure revealed another mile marker for her personal journey: D’Errico says the title of “explorer” has been a welcome upgrade from “babe.”

When media outlets called her “Explorer, Donna D’Errico”, the former model said, “I was without words.” ” I’m so used to being referred to as an actress, former Baywatch ‘babe’, etc., that I was caught off-guard,” she said. “It’s nice to be recognized as an explorer.  I like the title.”

Tags: conversion, faith, obama, politics

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Mother who tried to suffocate newborn in a dryer had sought an abortion

by Ben Johnson Tue Sep 11 10:28 EST Comments (75)

Angela Janecka is accused of attempted murder and felony chi
Angela Janecka is accused of attempted murder and felony child abuse.

HENRICO, VA, September 11, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) –  A 39-year-old Virginia woman who wrapped her newborn in a plastic bag, placed it in a pillowcase, then left the girl in a dryer to die had attempted to abort the baby earlier in the pregnancy.

Angela Janecka from the Richmond suburb of Henrico gave birth to an eight pound baby girl on August 25. After tying the infant securely in a plastic bag, placing the bag in a pillowcase, and leaving the baby inside a dryer to suffocate, she called her husband to say their child had been stillborn, Henrico County Commonwealth attorneys said in court on Monday.

As the father cleaned up the area where she had given birth, he thought he heard a cat inside the appliance but instead discovered his daughter.

In a hearing Monday prosecutors said the couple called their pediatrician’s office, rather than 911. The physician alerted police, who charged Janecka with attempted murder and felony child neglect.

The lawyers revealed the couple had sought an abortion but were turned down because the girl was too far along. They added that the couple’s home showed no signs they had prepared for the child’s birth. 

Authorities said the healthy baby girl, who was discovered less than half-an-hour after birth, was rushed to St. Mary’s Hospital and was “doing fine” by the time they turned her over to Child Protective Services, where she remains.

Henrico Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Nancy Oglesby said, “The baby is alive and well, which is the saving grace of all of this.”

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“It’s something I haven’t dealt with in 36 years, I can tell you that,” said Henrico Police Captain Jan Stem. “It’s sad.”

The case is not the first time abortion and infanticide made headlines in Virginia. In 2009, a Campbell County woman avoided criminal charges after smothering her newborn, because the umbilical cord was still attached.

Janecka’s lawyer, Nikki M. Clarke, argued in court Monday that her client should be released so she can care for her eight-year-old son.

Henrico Judge Randall Johnson Jr. ordered the mother to remain held without bail pending a hearing on November 16 to determine whether she is competent to stand trial.

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UPDATED: Franciscan U of Steubenville under investigation for teaching homosexuality as deviant

by Johanna Dasteel Tue Sep 11 10:07 EST Comments (223)


STEUBENVILLE, OH, September 11, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The national agency which grants accreditation to social work courses is questioning Franciscan University of Steubenville over a course which lists homosexuality as a deviant behavior.  Attention was drawn to the course by a group of Franciscan University alumni, identifying themselves as “Franciscan Gay Alumni & Allies”, who are demanding publicly that the university “revise its course descriptions and to stop contributing the culture of hate and ignorance.”

The course is called ‘Deviant Behavior’ and the part of the course description in question states, “The behaviors that are primarily examined are murder, rape, robbery, prostitution, homosexuality, mental illness, and drug use.”

In the press release issued by “Franciscan Gay Alumni & Allies” and published by the Daily Kos, further accusations and demands are made, based solely on the ‘Deviant Behavior’ course description.  Among them are the group’s accusation that students are “being taught ideological falsehoods in the classroom,” and that the classification of homosexuality as a deviant behavior “feed(s) cultural biases and promote hatred for lesbian and gay individuals.”

The group goes on to make a broad demand that the university “revise its course descriptions,” “stop contributing the culture of hate and ignorance,” and “conduct an audit of its entire curriculum and remove any information being taught on this subject that is outdated and not substantiated by sound scientific fact.” 

Regarding the last demand the group states, “It is about time the University aligns itself with the truth of this matter.” 

University officials told LifeSiteNews that Franciscan University was never contacted by the alumni in advance regarding this matter.

In a written statement to LifeSiteNews, the university explains that the course uses the term “deviant” as used in the sociological sense, to mean “different from the norm.” In addition, the university stated, “Franciscan University follows Catholic Church teaching in regard to homosexuality and treats homosexual persons with ‘respect, compassion, and sensitivity’ (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 2358) while holding homosexual acts as ‘intrinsically disordered.’ “

The statement goes on to say that the course description is an abbreviation of chapter headings from the course textbook, which is used by a number of other universities, including both secular and religious institutions.

Stephen Holloway, director of the school’s accrediting agency, Council on Social Work Education, in an interview with NPR (National Public Radio), stated the inclusion of homosexuality as a deviant behavior in the description “raises a red flag”. 

When asked by LifeSiteNews why the course description was a red flag, Holloway recanted, saying that “red flag” was not the best way to describe the nature of the agency’s concern.  Clarifying, he stated that their involvement is solely due to a complaint being made by alumni, regardless of the content of the complaint, because the accrediting agency takes every concern of alumni seriously and this is just one among many that they have an obligation to investigate.

According to Holloway, the course description on which the press release and ‘Franciscan Gay Alumni & Allies’ complaint was based, could not jeopardize the university’s accreditation.  It is the content of the course, whether it complies with the standards of diversity set out in the accreditation guidelines that is considered during the process of accreditation.  The university, said Holloway, is in compliance as long as the university “teaches respect for ‘gay’ people and includes content about ‘gay’ lifestyles.”

Holloway has contacted Franciscan University Officials, asking for “information on the content of the course in particular and how diversity is handled in the program more generally.” He will share that information with the accreditation committee once it is received from FUS.  Holloway went on to say that, “their (FUS’s) accreditation is not in jeopardy.”  He said, “It is only that we get a lot of alerts that something might not be right in a program and when we do we explore them.  The accrediting commission looks at the concern and merits whether or not it’s worth pursuing.”  Right now, Holloway is collecting information from FUS to pass on to the commission to make that judgment.

As a reminder of the school’s claims to religious liberty, the school states, “We understand that some, not understanding the term (deviant) or its context, might take offense at the description and it is currently under review. Nevertheless, changing standard sociological definitions is beyond the scope of our work. So, too, is changing the teachings of the Catholic Church.”

In an interview with LifeSiteNews, Dr. Michael Brown, host of the nationally syndicated radio program “The Line of Fire,” called this “another attack on freedom of religion and freedom of speech.”  “This indicates once again that tolerance is not the issue,” he said, “but rather the only option is the endorsement or celebration of homosexuality.  It is absolute intolerance when it comes to differing religious and moral beliefs.”

When asked about the nature of the increased threats to the religious liberties of American institutions, he told LifeSiteNews, “the day may come when religious institutions will have to seek out their own accrediting associations because of the continuing encroachment of political correctness.”

Attacks on religious freedoms have become more frequent and severe in recent years in the United States. The most notable violation of religious freedom decried by religious leaders and organizations has been the recent HHS mandate that contraceptives, sterilizations and the like be provided and covered by health care institutions, regardless of whether compliance would be a violation of conscience for religious institutions.

With FUS’s accrediting agency conducting an investigation at the request of what many see as a militantly anti-Catholic group, there are growing concerns being expressed about the future ability of Catholic Universities to live out their mission and teach in accordance with Catholic Social Doctrine with full religious freedoms.

FUS told LifeSiteNews in a written statement, “As a Catholic university, Franciscan teaches “all the truths of revelation whether found in Scripture or Tradition as taught by the Catholic Church” (Mission Statement, p. 6). To do otherwise would be a violation of our basic mission as a Catholic university in the Franciscan tradition.”

Contact information for the accrediting body:
Council on Social Work Education
1701 Duke Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314

P: +1.703.683.8080
F: +1.703.683.8099
E: info@cswe.org

Tags: faith, franciscan university of steubenville, freedom, homosexuality

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Ann Romney: marriage, birth control mandate ‘distract’ from real voting issues

by Kathleen Gilbert Tue Sep 11 09:25 EST Comments (47)


DAVENPORT, Iowa, September 11, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s wife last week refused to answer questions on the Obama administration’s birth control mandate and the redefinition of marriage, saying such social issues “are not about what this election is going to be about.”

KWQC TV6 of Davenport asked Ann Romney on Friday about the marriage debate, noting that gay ‘marriage’ is currently legal in the Hawkeye State.

Mrs. Romney responded that she would let her husband speak to “the specific issues.” “Those are hot-button issues that distract from what the real voting issue is going to be at this election. That, it’s going to be about the economy and jobs,” she said.

Not to be deterred, KWQC anchor David Nelson asked, “Do you believe that employer-provided health insurance should be required to cover birth control?”

“Again, you’re asking me questions that are not about what this election is going to be about,” replied Romney. “This election is going to be about the economy and jobs.”

Nelson countered that a Pew poll had found that many women called such issues “important” or “very important,” but Mrs. Romney continued to stonewall, saying that wasn’t what she heard on the campaign trail. “If you want to try to pull me off of the other messages it’s not going to work because I know because I’ve been out there,” she said.

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