Commentary on Nov. 24 News

Dear Readers, Lots of interesting news again today. Chris Matthews is one very messed up, angry liberal Catholic on the subject of abortion and his faith. Bishop Tobin showed considerable courage by placing himself on that program likely knowing full well the reputation Matthews has for belligerency. The case of the man trapped in a coma for 23 years once again emphasizes great caution should be exercised in removing life support and especially nutrition and hydration from apparently comatose or “brain dead” patients. As well, we have to wonder how many very alive persons wrongly categorized as PVS have been […]
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EU Commission Demands UK Abolish Religious Freedom Rights

By Hilary White LONDON, November 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In what may be the first test of the new legal situation created by the European Union's Lisbon Treaty, the European Commission has said that absolutely no exemptions can be allowed in anti-discrimination laws, even for religious conscience. In a letter to the British government, the EU has demanded that Britain abolish laws protecting religious freedom rights with regards to “sexual orientation.” In a “reasoned opinion,” the EU's equal opportunities commissioner, Vladimir Spidla, told the government on Friday that it has failed correctly to implement an EU Council Directive on discrimination. […]
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Baby Gabriel’s Life Saved after Ethics Panel Changes Mind about Withdrawing Treatment

By John Jalsevac November 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed an emergency motion in court Monday to save the life of a nine-month-old baby, Gabriel Palmer.  East Tennessee Children's Hospital had said that it might abandon his medical care against his mother's wishes, even though the child is stable and a doctor says he could live for a long time. However, after the lawsuit was filed, doctors with the East Tennessee Children's Hospital (ETCH) changed their opposition to ongoing care for the baby and the ethics panel agreed. In response to the latest development, ADF Legal Counsel […]
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Bishop Bruskewitz on CCHD: Bishop Morin Was a “Bit Too Dismissive” of Concerns

By Patrick B. Craine LINCOLN, Nebraska, November 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska explained in an interview with LifeSiteNews.com today his reasons for dropping the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) collection in his diocese, saying that CCHD head Bishop Roger Morin was “a little bit too dismissive” of concerns brought against the organization. Bishop Bruskewitz is one of four bishops confirmed so far to have chosen not to take up the collection this year for the national CCHD, the USCCB's domestic anti-poverty arm. “We question the ideology of [CCHD],” the bishop explained in the interview, “and […]
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California Science Museum Faces Lawsuit for Refusing IMAX Theatre for Intelligent Design Documentary

LOS ANGELES,  Nov. 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – American Freedom Alliance (AFA), a non-profit group, has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles against a popular science museum for cancelling an event exploring the topic of Intelligent Design. The group says its free speech rights were violated when the California Science Center (CSC) abruptly reversed a decision to allow the showing of a pro-Intelligent Design documentary at the museum's IMAX Theater. The program was also scheduled to screen a pro-evolution film, but, the lawsuit alleges, museum officials were fearful of having Intelligent Design discussed in any context. The lawsuit is believed to […]
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New Canadian Child Pornography Bill Good But Lacks Teeth: Anti-Child Sex Crimes Activists

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski OTTAWA, November 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new bill was introduced by the Conservative federal government today with the intention of requiring Internet service providers (ISPs) to inform police if they discover links to child pornography on their customers' websites. The legislation is entitled “An Act respecting the mandatory reporting of Internet child pornography by persons who provide an Internet service.” Under the legislation ISPs would also be required to safeguard and disclose to police evidence if they believe a child-pornography offence has been committed using a server they provide, and to report any tips they […]
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Lisa Miller Ordered to Hand Custody of Daughter to Former Lesbian Lover

By Kathleen Gilbert VIRGINIA, November 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Vermont judge on Friday granted sole custody of a Virginia woman's 7-year-old daughter to be transferred to the woman's former lesbian lover by the end of this year. Lisa Miller had given birth to her daughter Isabella through artificial insemination while still living in a civil union with Janet Jenkins in Vermont, but left Jenkins and the lesbian lifestyle about a year later.  Jenkins, who has no biological or legal relationship with Isabella, later pursued custody of Miller's daughter through the courts. Judge William Cohen issued the order despite Miller's […]
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Alleged Forced Abortion Victim Says Abortionist “Ripped the Life” Out of Her

By Kathleen Gilbert FLINT, Michigan, November 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In an interview with a local Michigan ABC news station aired Monday, Caitlin Bruce, the woman who is suing abortionist Abraham Alberto Hodari for allegedly performing an abortion on her against her will, said that Hodari and his assistant “ripped the life out of me that day.” Bruce told interviewer Gabe Gutierrez that, during her appointment at Hodari's Feminine Health Care Clinic in April 2008, she changed her mind and withdrew her consent to the procedure after viewing an ultrasound image of her baby at six months' gestation. Bruce claims […]
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Catholic League Rebukes MSNBC’s Matthews for ‘Insulting Lecture’ in Bp. Tobin Interview

By Kathleen Gilbert WASHINGTON, D.C., November 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a heated exchange Monday night, MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews accused Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island of hijacking public policy debate by telling a pro-abortion Catholic politician not to receive Communion.  The president of the Catholic League, Bill Donohue, has shot back against Matthews' treatment of the Church prelate in that interview, which he called “quite insulting.” Bishop Tobin appeared on the program to discuss his exchange with U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), who recently accused the Catholic Church of fanning the “flames of dissent and discord” […]
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