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Group pressures Ontario city to ban public display of abortion images

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OSHAWA, Ontario, June 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Show The Truth is asking supporters to email Oshawa’s mayor and city councillors before Monday’s city hall meeting to protest a proposed bylaw to ban the display of abortion images in residential areas.

Christeen Thornton* of the anti-poverty group Direct Intervention Reaching Everyone (DIRE) Oshawa is leading a delegation to ask council to implement a bylaw “restricting the display of graphic imagery or text related to anti-abortion protests in residential zones,” according to the Oshawa City Council’s June 11 meeting agenda.

DIRE Oshawa posted a copy of a letter on Facebook they sent May 27 to Oshawa city councillors. It describes an encounter with two of their group with Show The Truth members on May 26 outside the campaign office of Oshawa Liberal candidate Makini Smith.

The letter claims the DIRE pair “were met with extreme hostility” when they approached Show The Truth members, who were displaying their trademark large graphic images of abortion victims.

But in letter prepared on their behalf by Calgary-based constitutional lawyer Carol Crosson, Show The Truth members assert “this claim is patently false.”

Crosson writes in the letter June 7 to Mayor John Henry and the nine Oshawa city councillors that STT members describe a completely different version of events.

They contend their conversation with the DIRE couple ended with one of the two, later identified as Austin Bates, saying, “We appreciated talking with you.”

STT coordinator Rosemary Connell confirmed this in an email to her supporters.

The STT members had a “very respectful discussion with a couple who lived in the area who stopped to voice their opinion and educate us on their details of abortion. We introduced ourselves and after about 20 minutes of polite, respectful conversation we shook hands and they left.”

Moreover, Durham Regional Police had been called to the scene earlier because an unidentified passerby pushed one of the pro-lifers “when the member would not yield her sign to the hostile individual,” Crosson related in her letter.

The police officer told the “hostile individual who had assaulted” the STT member that his position was “while your views might be different, that does not allow you to assault someone,” Crosson wrote.

While at least three police officers “attended the scene” for some time, “at no time did these officers communicate any concerns to the group about the behaviour or the display of the members of Show The Truth,” she pointed out.

DIRE’s request for a bylaw “makes the outrageous claim” that Ontario’s Bill 163, which bans pro-life witness within 150 feet of the homes of abortion providers, “should be extended into a municipal bylaw because, ‘It is impossible to know where service providers and patients live,’” Crosson observed.

“The practical result of DIRE’s request is that those who have an opposing view than that of DIRE should be prevented from sharing their view anyway that members of the public reside,” Crosson wrote. “How convenient.”

She commended the police officers for upholding the law May 26.

“Some individuals in the Oshawa community take the position that those who hold an opposing view on abortion should be assaulted, threatened and muzzled,” Crosson added. “They want the right to free speech to only apply to those who share the same view as they do.”

A municipality has no jurisdiction to prohibit free speech and “must remain neutral on social issues and respect the Charter 2(b) rights its residents have to freedom of expression.”

A STT video posted June 3 explains why they displayed their message outside the Liberal campaign office of Makini Smith (who lost to NDP incumbent Jessica French in Thursday’s election).

Connell is asking pro-life supporters to send polite and short emails to Mayor Henry and all city councillors before the June 11 meeting that underscore the Charter right to free speech.

A suggested message is: “We ask that the City of Oshawa continue to respect the right to free speech that all individuals in Oshawa possess, no matter what their message. We do not believe it is the City’s place to take sides on a social issue, but simply to support the law, which provides that members of the Oshawa community have a right to peacefully share their message on public sidewalks. We also urge the City to act on facts, not unproven and false allegations against members of the community.”

Show The Truth members adhere to a code of conduct in which they agree to peacefully share their message on the truth and consequences of abortion though the display of signs about abortion.

Emails protesting DIRE’s proposed bylaw can be sent, with a cc to [email protected], to:

Mayor John Henry, [email protected]
John Aker, [email protected]
Gail Bates, [email protected]
Dan Carter, [email protected]
Rick Kerr, [email protected]
Amy McQuaid-England, [email protected]
John Neal, [email protected]
Nester Pidwerbecki, [email protected]
Doug Sanders, [email protected]
John Shields, [email protected]

* Correction: LifeSiteNews originally had "Christine Deenan" as leading the delegation whereas it is "Christeen Thornton." We regret this error. 

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Global fitness franchise fires local operator for saying LGBT Pride is a ‘sin’

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June 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) -- The international workout company CrossFit continued to display its LGBT support this week when it fired a high-profile employee Wednesday after he tweeted that celebrating “pride” is a sin.

Earlier this month, CrossFit fired an Indianapolis affiliate owner, Brandon Lowe, and closed his gym after he cancelled a special pride-themed workout at his facility, NBC reported.

“We believe that true health forever can only be found within humility, not pride,” Lowe had written in a communication. “Humility is seeing oneself as they truly are, and as God truly defines them to be. As a business, we will choose to deploy our resources towards those efforts and causes that line up with our own values and beliefs."

A CrossFit member started a Facebook boycott June 3, members began to cancel their memberships in protest, and by Tuesday, June 5, the CrossFit corporate office stepped in, firing Lowe and closing his location. 

Russell Berger, whose Twitter profile listed him as “chief knowledge officer” for CrossFit, tweeted support Wednesday for the CrossFit Infiltrate affiliate in Indianapolis after its decision to cancel the gay-specific workout.

It’s a sin

“Thank you #CrossFitInfiltrate for standing by your convictions and refusing to celebrate sin by hosting an @indypride workout,” he tweeted. “The intolerance of the LGBTQ ideology toward any alternative views is mind-blowing #CrossFit.”

Berger had also tweeted, "As someone who personally believes celebrating 'pride' is a sin, I'd like to personally encourage #CrossFitInfiltrate for standing by their convictions and refusing to host an @indypride workout. The intolerance of the LGBTQ ideology toward any alternative views is mind-blowing."

Berger’s tweets, which were on his personal Twitter account, have since been deleted.

“The tactics of some in the LGBTQ movement toward dissent is an existential treat to freedom of expression,” Berger had also said Wednesday on Twitter. “The lack of tolerance for disagreement, which has been replaced with bullying Twitter mobs promising ‘consequences,’ should be a concern regardless of your political stance.”

Berger was first put on unpaid leave Wednesday afternoon.

CrossFit: No matter how you love – we are proud of you

The CrossFit corporate Twitter account then tweeted, “CrossFit is a diverse community in every way, and that’s what makes us strong. No matter who you are, how you’re built, what you believe, or who or how you love — we are proud of you.”

The company then followed up with an announcement that it was firing Berger.

Reports vary on Berger’s actual title and function with his former employer. CrossFit termed him a "legal researcher," and he also has been referenced elsewhere as a de facto spokesman. He is co-author with an associate, Russell Greene of The Russells, of a blog apparently affiliated with CrossFit that focuses on scientific misconduct in the fitness field.

Berger lives in Huntsville, Alabama, and is a CrossFit trainer who opened up an early CrossFit affiliate. He told BuzzFeed News that he holds "orthodox, historic Christian beliefs" and is pastor for a local church.

CrossFit is a fitness program involving constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity, including gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and other activities.

It was founded by Greg Glassman in Santa Cruz, California, in 2000, and has experienced explosive growth, with hundreds of millions in revenue and some 4 million devotees worldwide. Glassman is still its CEO.

Glassman told BuzzFeed just before Berger was placed on leave that he did not stand by Berger’s views, terming them “appalling.”

The CrossFit Twitter account quoted Glassman as saying, “I am crazy proud of the gay community in CrossFit.”

Some zealot

“He needs to take a big dose of ‘shut the f*ck up' and hide out for awhile. It’s sad,” Glassman told BuzzFeed. “We do so much good work with such pure hearts — to have some zealot in his off-time do something this stupid, we’re all upset. The whole company is upset. This changes his standing with us. What that looks like, I don’t know. It’s so unfortunate.”

The controversy has drawn debate from both sides of the homosexuality issue.

Conservative commentator Erick Ericskson shared BuzzFeed’s report and defended Berger, noting a parallel with the recent Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case involving a gay couple that sued a Christian baker for declining to make them a cake that would celebrate their gay wedding.

New contender for gayest sport on the planet

On Friday, CrossFit shared a Quartz Media report on Twitter with the headline “CrossFit is the new contender for gayest sport on the planet,” the article about how the fitness program is increasingly appealing to gay men.

The tweet sharing the article also quoted Glassman, saying:

Berger linked to a Washington Post article Thursday afternoon on his Twitter feed, saying the Post had quoted his statement on the matter in full, inviting followers to check them out.

Berger said he used the word “sin” because “that’s what God’s Word calls it.”

“As a Christian, I believe everyone, myself included, is guilty of breaking our moral obligations to God and deserves punishment,” he told the Post via text. “But by turning from our sin and trusting fully in Jesus Christ, we can be forgiven and reconciled to our creator. I love those who the LGBTQ community represents, and want them to know Christ, and reveling in sin is a heartbreaking obstacle to that.

“I use the word ‘sin’ to describe pride events, and the sexual lifestyles associated with them, because that’s what God’s Word calls it,” he said, “and I believe that God’s Word is true.”

“The same theology that leads me to this view leads me to the knowledge that all humans are created in God’s image, and are therefore inherently valuable and deserve to hear this offer of God’s grace,” he added. “From the Christian perspective, the most hateful thing I could do for someone would be to lie to him or her about sin and our need for Christ, as unpopular as this may be in our culture today.”

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Maryland governor candidate aims to irk President Trump, Fox News viewers with gay kiss commercial

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MARYLAND, June 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – In a campaign stunt meant to be a slap in the face to President Donald Trump and his supporters, a gay Maryland Democrat running for his party’s nomination for governor has released a commercial that ends with him kissing his “husband.”   

In order to make sure the president and his most ardent supporters witness the homosexual kiss, the ad began running Thursday on the Fox News Network’s Fox & Friends show throughout the Washington D.C. metro area. It will also be on cable TV in Montgomery County, Maryland, which the left-wing gay candidate, Rich Madaleno, now represents as a state senator.

The commercial – meant to portray the candidate as a progressive social justice warrior standing up to the President and Republicans – is a 30-second litany of his pro-abortion and liberal record as a Maryland state legislator.

‘Take that, Trump!’

“I’m running for governor to deliver progressive results and to stand up to Donald Trump,” the candidate explains at the beginning. “Here are a few of the things I’ve already done that infuriate him.”  

Standing among various representative constituencies – mostly women and children used as props – Madaleno proclaims:

  • “I’ve protected Planned Parenthood from the Republicans in Congress.”
  • “I helped ban assault weapons in Maryland.”  
  • “I believe in public schools, not vouchers.”

“Take that, Trump,” a little girl says when Madaleno expresses his opposition to school choice. “And Betsy DeVos,” a young boy adds cheekily.

For the coup de grâce, Madaleno asks, “And what’s the number one way I piss off Donald Trump and the Republicans?”

He then plants a sloppy kiss on the lips of his “husband” before turning back to the camera, saying, “Take that, Trump!”

Unmentioned in the ad, earlier this year Madaleno sponsored a controversial bill which is now Maryland law, prohibiting licensed medical professionals from helping minors overcome same-sex attraction.

Support for Madaleno trails behind other Democrats

The commercial is being hailed “historic” and “groundbreaking” by gay politicos and mainstream media, who have gleefully reported on the commercial’s homosexual kiss.  According to a campaign email, USA Today, Newsweek, and the New York Times have touted the ad.   

On Facebook, Madaleno’s “husband,” Mark Hodge, deemed this “the kiss seen round the world.”

This is “the first political ad in American history to feature a kiss between a candidate and a same-sex spouse,” said the LGBTQ Victory Fund, which aims to elect homosexual and “transgender” persons to public office.

Yet as Maryland’s June 26 primary day looms, the ad featuring the candidate as a sloppy lip-kissing middle-aged man appears to be nothing more than a desperate, last-ditch attempt for votes.

Among the state’s seven Democrats vying for their party’s nomination, Madaleno is currently in fourth place, attracting just 6 percent of the vote. Ben Jealous, former president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), leads with 21 percent. The next two candidates come in at 12 percent and 8 percent respectively.

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Louisiana spent $1 million defending against pro-abortion lawsuits

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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, June 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) -- The state of Louisiana has spent more than $1 million defending pro-life laws from pro-abortion lawsuits since 2014, according to a new report.

The state has paid $1.14 million to private attorneys during that time frame for a total of five lawsuits, the Associated Press revealed Thursday after reviewing state records.

The laws currently tied up in court include a requirement that abortionists have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles, a 72-hour waiting period for abortions, a requirement that babies killed in abortions be given humane burials or cremations, and efforts to deny Planned Parenthood state Medicaid funds.

Louisiana also recently approved a ban on abortions past 15 weeks of pregnancy, but that law won’t be going to court, as it has a provision delaying it from taking effect until the fate of a similar law in Mississippi is decided.

“We will exhaust every legal option we have to ensure these laws are upheld,” Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry said, explaining the state relied on its own attorneys and outside counsel. “In Louisiana, it is clear, we will not put a price tag on an innocent, unborn child.”

A spokesperson for Gov. John Bel Edwards, a pro-life Democrat, also said the cause was worth the cost. State Sen. John Milkovich, another pro-life Democrat, agreed.

“There’s no more valid, worthwhile or justified expenditure of money than money spent to stop abortion and protect the lives of the unborn,” Milkovich said.

Adding to the state’s price tag may be the recent court victory for Hope Medical Group for Women, which is now demanding $4.7 million in legal fees for their lawsuit over the admitting privileges law. The state has appealed the case.

The financial burden imposed by legal battles over pro-life laws are a recurring theme among pro-abortion activists. In 2014, the left-wing ThinkProgress wrote that Idaho, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Texas  had collectively spent more than $3.2 million defending their laws. A 2016 Huffington Post article highlighting Alabama, Wisconsin, and others presented the lawsuits as placing additional burdens on “cash-strapped” states.

Last fall, the AP reported that Arizona lawsuits cost more than $2 million, and its most recent report insinuates that defending the laws is wasteful because Louisiana faces a “looming budget shortfall that has colleges and public safety programs possibly on the chopping block.”

However, the line of attack assumes that pro-life governments invited all the lawsuits by merely passing the laws, when in reality abortionists or pro-abortion organizations chose to initiate each of them rather than campaigning to repeal the duly-enacted laws in future legislative sessions.

“See the twisted logic?” Dave Andrusko asked at National Right to Life News. “States should never pass these laws in the first place, but if they know the ACLU or the Center for Reproductive Rights will drag out the case forever and a day, the state should quickly fold its legal tent once the law is contested.”

“In other words, the ACLU and CRR ought to have a de facto veto power over which laws the state should passes,” he continued. “Of course, the real objection the AP has is not the money, it is the pro-life policies themselves which the story diminishes, ridicules, and caricatures.”

While the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas’ admitting privilege law in 2016, it has previously upheld a wide variety of other pro-life measures, including 24-hour waiting periods, prohibitions on non-physicians performing abortions, parental notification and consent requirements, excluding abortion funding from state Medicaid programs, informed consent requirements, and 24-hour waiting periods.

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Facebook, Twitter, Google, Amazon partner with anti-Christian law center

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Update June 8, 11:15 PM ET: Amazon contacted LifeSiteNews after this story was published and asked that an "on-record statement" be included in this report. The statement has been included below.  

June 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The world’s most powerful social media and technology companies all rely on a nonprofit group notorious for anti-Christian bias and falsely accusing conservatives of bigotry, according to a new report.

Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Amazon all maintain partnerships with the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), according to an investigation by the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF). Though not currently partnering with the group for any services, Apple has donated $1 million to SPLC (along with the Anti-Defamation League).

SPLC bills itself as a “civil rights” watchdog that monitors “hate groups and other extremists.” But while it does identify some actual racist organizations on the fringes of American politics, many of its targets are mainstream Christian, pro-family, and conservative groups.

Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja told DCNF that SPLC is one of several “external experts and organizations” the company relies on to “inform our hate speech policies.” She claimed Facebook also consults with other groups across the political spectrum and does not automatically accept SPLC’s judgment as final, citing SPLC’s May complaint against Facebook for tolerating too many posts and groups it deemed “anti-Muslim.”

Twitter identifies SPLC as a “safety partner” that helps weed out “hateful conduct and harassment.” A spokeswoman would not elaborate on the company’s relationship with SPLC. Google similarly relies on the group as a “Trusted Flagger” for YouTube videos, which enables it to not only identify content for YouTube moderators to review, but also provide input on YouTube’s own algorithms.

Facebook, Twitter, and Google/YouTube are all currently under fire for discriminating against conservative content in a variety of additional ways, despite billing themselves as open, politically-neutral platforms.

Of the four companies, Amazon gives SPLC the most deference, DCNF learned.

“We remove organizations that the SPLC deems as ineligible,” a spokeswoman confirmed. The world’s largest digital marketplace allows the group to essentially blackball groups from the Amazon Smile program, which allows customers to designate charities to receive a fraction of the money from their purchases.

In May, Amazon excluded the religious liberty firm Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) from the program after five years of participation, citing SPLC’s judgment. Yet Amazon Smile continues to allow donations to the Nation of Islam, an organization SPLC itself agrees is anti-Semitic, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, whose personnel have been linked to several terrorism cases.

Notably, the spokeswoman claimed Amazon gave SPLC free reign because “we don’t want to be biased whatsoever,” without acknowledging SPLC’s own biases.

The group’s campaigns have gotten the online donation processing service Vanco (which is affiliated with Wells Fargo) to cut ties with the Ruth Institute, a pro-children think tank critical of the Sexual Revolution; convinced the charity monitor GuideStar to label 46 conservative organizations, including the Family Research Council (FRC) and the American College of Pediatricians, as “hate groups”; inspired “hard news” reports from ABC, NBC, and others to identify ADF as a “hate group”; and more.

Last August, D. James Kennedy Ministries (DJMK), formerly known as Coral Ridge Ministries, filed a defamation suit against SPLC for applying the “hate” label it it as well. Floyd Lee Corkins, the man who shot a FRC security guard and intended to kill more staffers for being “anti-gay” in 2013, said SPLC’s “hate map” helped him select a target, but CNN promoted the map in 2017 anyway. James Hodgkinson, who shot House Republican Whip Steve Scalise last summer, followed SPLC on Facebook (SPLC condemned both crimes).

“Having evolved from laudable origins battling the Klan in the 1970s, the SPLC has realized the profitability of defamation, churning out fundraising letters, and publishing ‘hit pieces’ on conservatives to promote its agenda and pad its substantial endowment (of $319 million),” a coalition of 47 conservative leaders declared in an open letter last fall. “Anyone who opposes them, including many Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and traditional conservatives is slandered and slapped with the ‘extremist’ label or even worse, their ‘hate group’ designation.”

So beyond the mainstream is SPLC that in 2014, the FBI under former President Barack Obama removed it as a resource on its hate crime webpage. The Pentagon under President Donald Trump dropped it as a resource in October 2017.

But Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Amazon continue to let the group influence what users can see and say. Facebook in particular has recently pledged to crack down on political bias in its policies, but has not acknowledged concerns over its association with SPLC.

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Liberal ‘reign of terror’ ends: Ontario pro-family groups claim victory in Doug Ford win

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TORONTO, June 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Canada’s largest pro-life and pro-family political lobby group is celebrating the majority sweep of Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative Party in Thursday’s Ontario election.

Campaign Life Coalition lauded the end of the Liberal “reign of terror” under Premier Kathleen Wynne, and claimed that Ford had social conservative voters to thank for his victory.

“Thousands of pro-life and pro-family Ontarians got involved in this election campaign through their volunteerism, donations, and voter recruitment amongst friends, relatives and church members,” said Campaign Life Coalition vice president Jeff Gunnarson in a Friday press release.

“Hundreds of thousands voted PC because of Ford’s overtures to socially conservative minded voters. Now we wait for Premier Ford to prove that he is a man of his word,” added Gunnarson.

The Tories captured 40.6 percent of the vote and 76 of the province’s now 124 ridings in the June 7 election. 

That’s up from 27 they had going in, and the most seats the party has won since Mike Harris's 1995 victory, noted the CBC.

Voters also resoundingly rejected openly lesbian Wynne’s Liberal Party, which after 15 years in power was reduced from 58 seats to seven — just one short of the number required to have official party status.

Wynne, who predicted last weekend her party would lose and who announced her resignation as party leader Thursday, barely kept her seat in Don Valley West, winning by 181 votes.

Andrea Horwath’s NDP came in with its second best result since the party’s formation, with 33.7 per cent of the vote and 40 seats.

“We remain optimistic that Premier Doug Ford will uphold his campaign promises to repeal and replace Kathleen Wynne’s radical sex-ed curriculum as an ‘early priority’ in his administration,” said Campaign Life Coalition national president Jim Hughes. 

“Additionally, we look forward to working with the new government on realizing some of Ford’s leadership campaign promises, which included conscience protection legislation for medical practitioners, measures to protect free speech on campus, and free votes on private members bills on social issues like parental consent for abortion,” he said.

Tanya Granic Allen, president of Parents As First Educators, also lauded the Conservative victory.

“Parents across Ontario have reason to celebrate today: Kathleen Wynne's war against the family, the children, and people of faith in Ontario has come to a screeching halt,” she said in an email to PAFE supporters.

Granic Allen, who ran for the PC Party leadership on a platform to repeal the Liberal sex-ed curriculum, says she too will hold Ford to account on his promise to do likewise.

“There’s a lot of work to be done to undo the damage of the hateful, bigoted, anti-family, anti-religion sex-ed agenda of Kathleen Wynne,” Granic Allen told LifeSiteNews.

“Parents want this sex-ed gone by the start of the new school year in September,” she said. “I hope Doug Ford will keep his word for the parents and for the children.”

Ford said he’d repeal the sex-ed curriculum, but would not commit to doing so by September, when asked in a Friday press conference. 

“Well, again, I’ll sit down with our new cabinet and the minister of education and discuss that with them. But I can tell you one thing, we’re repealing it,” he said, adding that the Tories would keep their promise.

“We’re aren’t going to flipflop, we have a clear mandate from the people,” Ford said. “We’re going to make sure over the next four years our mandate is fulfilled, based on the people voting us in.”

As is well known, Granic Allen and Ford have a history that dates back to her candidacy in the hasty four-way PC Party leadership race touched off after leader Patrick Brown abruptly resigned in January amid allegation of sexual misconduct he has denied.

When Ford emerged victorious March 10, the consensus was he owed his triumph to Granic Allen’s supporters backing him as their second choice. 

Granic Allen was subsequently easily elected PC Party candidate for Mississauga Center. However, Ford angered social conservatives when he turfed her from the party May 5, after the Liberal Party posted online past videos of Granic Allen speaking about abortion and sex education in a way that Ford characterized as disrespectful.

Campaign Life Coalition backed Granic Allen in both her PC Party leadership and candidacy bids, and was foremost among those blasting Ford for kicking her out of the party.

Indeed, “some social conservatives still sat out the election because they lost trust with Ford after Tanya’s firing,” maintains Jack Fonseca, senior political strategist for Campaign Life Coalition.

“While the results were amazing for the PC Party, had Doug not fired Tanya, they would have had a lot more seats,” Fonseca told LifeSiteNews.

He pointed as examples to Scarborough Guildwood, where Liberal Mitzie Hunter squeaked by PC Party candidate Roshan Nallaratnam by a mere 81 votes, as well as Wynne’s narrow victory over PC Party candidate John Kieran.  

Campaign Life green-lighted Nallaratnam as pro-life, and gave Kieran an “educable” rating, which indicates candidates are “open to be educated on life and family issues, and have some values that are shared with those of CLC,” he said.

Of the 36 candidates Campaign Life Coalition green-lighted as pro-life, nine were elected, all PC Party members. 

They are: Paul Calandra, Markham-Stouffville;Belinda Karahalios, Cambridge; Darryl Kramp, Hastings-Lennox and Addington; Monte McNaughton, Lambton-Kent-Middlesex; Christina Mitas, Scarborough Centre; Sam Oosterhoff, Niagara West; Billy Pang, Markham-Unionville; Dave Piccini, Northumberland-Peterborough South; and Daisy Wai, Richmond Hill.

Fonseca lamented two notable losses for the pro-life, pro-family movement.

In Niagara West, PC Party candidate and well-known radio host Andrew Lawton lost to NDP Peggy Sattler.

In Carleton, two pro-life candidates, Jay Tysick of the Ontario Party and independent Mike Dickson lost to PC Party Goldie Ghamari, who has a red-light rating from Campaign Life.

Two former PC Party leadership contenders, Christine Elliott and Caroline Mulroney, former PC Party leadership contenders, won seats in the June 7 election, Elliott in Newmarket-Aurora, and Mulroney in York-Simcoe. 

Both have a red-light rating from Campaign Life Coalition.

CLC rated 35 candidates as “educable”; of these 12 won, again, all PC Party members. 

They are: Aris Babikian, Scarborough-Agincourt; Will Bouma, Brantford Brant; Rudy Cuzzetto, Mississauga-Lakeshore; Doug Ford, Etobicoke North; Parm Gill, Milton; Randy Hillier, Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston; Robin Martin, Eglinton-Lawrence; Kaleed Rasheed, Mississauga East-Cooksville; Greg Rickford, Kenora-Rainy River; Donna Skelly, Flamborough-Glanbrook; Kinga Surma, Etobicoke Centre and Vijay Thanigasslam, Scarborough-Rouge Park.

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Pro-lifers claim irregularities in Ireland abortion vote, plan legal challenge

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DUBLIN, June 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The results of Ireland’s May 26 referendum that repealed the pro-life Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution are being challenged in the country’s High Court. 

The pro-abortion “Yes” side won with 66.5% of the vote.

The first challenger, Joanna Jordan of Dublin, has complained that large numbers of potential “No” voters were allegedly deregistered and therefore blocked from casting their ballots. 

In addition, she questioned the unexplained boost to the “Yes” side. Before the day of the referendum, polls indicated that the victory might go to either side. However, the exit polls and the ultimate tally showed that two-thirds of voters voted “Yes”, an unexpected landslide for the pro-abortion side. 

Jordan stated that “evidence is coming in of large numbers of potential No voters who were unable to vote due to de-registering.” These included convents of nuns and residents of nursing homes.

She also alleged that  “thousands of young Irish citizens who were paid to return to vote” were not questioned at polling stations about their time of residency abroad.

Having canvassed for a “No” vote for over 17 weeks, Jordan said most people were inclined towards voting “Yes” until early May when opinions shifted towards the “No” side. This trend continued until May 24, when, she believed, there was only a 2.6% difference in the polls between the two sides. 

“Within 24 hours, the result showed an increase of 20 per cent,” she wrote. “Such a swing is not possible.”

Charles Byrne of Drogheda also complained that many potential No voters, including Poor Claire communities, found their names absent from the register. He alleged that some voters received two polls, that non-citizens had voted, and that in some places ballots for over 100% of eligible voters were counted.   

In addition, Byrne objected to the Referendum Commission’s information campaign, saying that it had misrepresented the nature, bounds and likely results of the repeal. He accused the pro-abortion Taoiseach (Prime Minister or “Chief”) and the Minister of Health of having misinformed the public. He said that Taoiseach and other pro-abortion politicians had falsely stated that the Eighth Amendment, which protects the lives of both mothers and their unborn children, endangered women’s lives. Such statements must have undermined the credibility of No campaigners arguing the opposite.

Abortion is permitted in Ireland when the baby is directly endangering the physical health or life of his or her mother. The Eighth Amendment declared that both mother and baby had an “equal” right to life. It stated: “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn, and with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.” 

Ireland has one of the lowest rates of maternal death in the world. Between 1985-2015, the Republic’s maternal mortality rate (MMR) was 9. In contrast, the United Kingdom, which has liberal abortion laws, had an MMR of 11. There is no evidence that the Eighth Amendment threatened women’s lives. 

Ciaran Tracey of Leitrim also complained that the Referendum Commission campaign had misled voters.  He also alleged that it had committed a serious omission when it neglected to refer to the decision of the European Court of Human Rights regarding the “D v. Ireland” case. In that battle, an Irishwoman who traveled to Northern Ireland to abort a child with severe disabilities asked the ECHR’s help in making such fetal abnormalities grounds for abortion in the Irish Republic. Her case was dismissed. Tracey believes that omitting the details of that case was crucial in determining the final “Yes” result. 

He stated also that the “Yes” campaign had “played upon” Irish citizen’s natural compassion for women pregnant with severely disabled children.

The petitions will be brought before Mr Justice Peter Kelly on Monday, June 11. 

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U.S. gov’t gives pro-LGBT researcher $1 million to study, encourage transgenderism in kids

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June 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. federal government has awarded a pro-transgender activist $1 million to study transgenderism in kids in a study critics say is already fundamentally biased.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) gave the University of Washington’s pro-LGBT Kristina Olsen the five-year grant.

“In 2013, [Olsen] organized and began leading a 20-year longitudinal research study of early childhood gender development,” the NSF announced in April. “The study currently follows more than 1,000 children aged 3-12 from 45 U.S. states. The project will enable researchers to track social and behavioral influences on health, and evaluate the importance of childhood identity and the support children receive to lifelong health and well-being.”

The taxpayer money will support Olsen running the TransYouth Project (TYP), a “large-scale, national longitudinal study of more than 300 socially-transitioned transgender children that started in 2013. These children were recruited when they were 3-12 years of age and we are hoping to follow them for 20 years.”

“The first red flag concerning TYP is the orientation of the lead researcher, Olson, who is firmly on the side of affirming the child’s mistaken gender identity,” Jane Robbins and Erin Tuttle wrote at The Federalist.

And, “through TYP, Olson is focusing only on a particular type of child with a particular type of family,” they explained. “Participant children had to impersonate the opposite sex in all facets of their everyday life, and their parents had to agree and play along with the impersonation. Participants were recruited from transgender clinics, conferences, and support groups, further ensuring that only families that already accept the concepts Olson and her colleagues embrace would be studied.”

Robbins and Tuttle continued:

...the results will be evaluated based primarily on self-reporting of parents. Probably with no training in assessing anxiety and depression, parents will report how well their children are doing in those areas. The likelihood that parents will admit that what they’re doing to their children is having an adverse effect is pretty small. Olson even admits that this reporting mechanism may reflect “a desire to have their children appear healthier than they are.” But not to worry: “we have no reasons to believe this was an issue.”

The Free Beacon recently broke the news that National Institutes of Health is spending almost $350,000 to study the contraceptive habits of lesbians. That study aims to help women “fully realize the social, economic, and health benefits” of not having children.

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‘Deviant’: Major art exhibit showcases naked monster embracing small girl on bed

By Dorothy Cummings McLean

BRISBANE, Australia, June 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – An Australian art gallery is hosting an exhibit that includes an installation of a naked human-like male with huge claws suggestively embracing a young girl, both of them smiling while on top of a rumpled bed. 

The exhibit, titled “Curious Affection,” is running at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane until August. Its creator is Patricia Piccinini. 

Piccinini said in a 2015 video interview that children are featured in her work “because it is easier for us to empathize with them.” She added: “I think children bring out the best in us in that we feel their vulnerability.” 

“My work is actually about ideas. One of the main ideas in the work — actually it’s in all my work — is the changing definition for us of what we consider natural,” she said. 

Australian pro-family leader Bernard Gaynor criticized the work for promoting “deviant practises.” 

Gaynor said the pro-LGBT slogan “love is love” that overthrew male-female marriage in his country is now being used to champion more than homosexual “marriage.” 

“As I’ve said in the past, it is a slogan that champions far more than homosexual ‘marriage.’ It is the calling card for every deviant practise that lurks in the shadows.”

Piccinini said that she was glad that the “Curious Affection” exhibit showed many kinds of “love.”

Included in the installation of the little smiling girl standing on the bed with the naked humanoid with claws is a large peacock, symbol of paradise. It stands on the bed’s headboard looking upon the couple. 

In another installation, a clothed little boy cradles a naked elderly female who appears to be half human, half walrus. 

Piccinini juxtaposes vulnerable children with naked creatures in many of her works. In her film “The Gathering,” a little girl lies asleep on the floor and is approached by an increasing number of furry animals. Suddenly one of the beasts rears up and pulls open her human female genitalia, apparently so that the sentient creatures living in her womb can also have a look. 

Piccinini’s creations also show a fascination with nipples and adult sexual organs, which in her creatures appear in strange places. In one of her soft sculptures, a boy puts his finger in a creature’s genital-looking mouth.  

The gallery did not respond to LifeSiteNews’ request for comment. 

Part of Piccinini’s exhibit includes a “film program” which showcases films selected by the artist. One film selected includes The Shape of Water, which this year won the Academy Award winner for Best Picture. 

Conservative commentator Jonathon Van Maren called the film “perverse” for mainstreaming “bestiality.”

“I know that it’s difficult to get shocked these days. But a human being and an animal? Having sex? In a film that won Best Picture? That’s okay now?” he said about the film. 

“Our culture’s storytellers are, for the most part, beyond morally bankrupt. They are actively promoting every imaginable type of perverse behavior, and in an extraordinarily powerful way: By creating aesthetically beautiful films that highlight these behaviors as tender and romantic and compelling,” he added. 

The mainstreaming of grooming children for sexual abuse appears to be on the rise. Last month Reliance Entertainment released Show Dogs. Critics said the film encouraged children to submit to pedophiles by promoting the message of not protesting — just thinking happy thoughts — if somebody fondled their genitals. The film was yanked from theaters after a surge of parental complaints. 

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Chuck Norris: Fight ‘progressive indoctrination’ by attending Christian colleges

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June 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Martial artist and actor Chuck Norris has endorsed a conservative Catholic college, warning parents, “you might be appalled at the sort of radicalism you discover” at most American universities.

"To counter so much progressive indoctrination in American culture, you can also have your graduates consider attending a private, conservative or Christian college or university," he said in an article on WND.com, mentioning Christendom College by name, among others. 

Norris noted that most institutions of higher education have become “[communities] of indoctrination.”

Universities have “become little more than leftist indoctrination camps where too many professors are simply peddling progressive ideologies packaged under the guise of education, and shutting and keeping out anything that would challenge them,” Norris warned. Most universities are a “one-sided educational environment” with “restrictive speech codes, bias against conservative students and propagandizing for radical causes and lifestyles.”

“Founded in 1977 in response to the devastating blow inflicted on Catholic higher education by the cultural revolution which swept across America in the 1960s, Christendom’s goal is to provide a truly Catholic education in fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church and thereby to prepare students for their role of restoring all things in Christ,” the college’s website says.

Christendom does not accept any federal money, including through student loans. This is “for the sake of academic freedom.”  

“This was a prudential decision made by Christendom College to protect its freedom to teach the Catholic Faith without hindrance,” the school says. It still is able to provide its own financial assistance to students.

Norris recommended the following universities as suitable alternatives to “progressive indoctrination”:

  • Liberty University
  • Biola University
  • Hillsdale College
  • Christendom College
  • Westmont College
  • Grove City College

Norris also suggested that “federal government overreach” into education be cut.

“If we want to get back to basics in education, we can start by eliminating educational bureaucrats and giving that money back to parents, or at very least by investing it in the students,” he wrote. “Government needs less of a role in running our children’s education and more of a role in supporting parents’ and students’ educational decisions.”

“Children belong to their parents, not the government,” he continued. “And the parents ought to have the right, and government support, to personalize their graduate’s education as they see fit. And where the Department of Education, teachers’ unions or any other organizations or bureaucrats impede their decisions, they must be stopped.”

“Is it merely coincidental that citizens’ private choice of schooling was outlawed by the Soviet State in 1919, by Hitler and Nazi Germany in 1938, and by Communist China in 1949?” Norris asked. “Is America next?”

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17-year-old transgender star to cut off male genitals on anniversary of gay ‘marriage’ ruling

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June 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Jazz Jennings, the 17-year-old who has lived most of his life as a “girl” in media limelight, is scheduled to have his male genitals removed and replaced with a “vagina” made partially from his stomach tissue.

The surgery will be on June 26, he announced. June 26 is the anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court decision that imposed same-sex “marriage” on the U.S. in 2015.

Jennings is the star of the TLC reality show I am Jazz, which has documented his life as a transgender “girl.” The children’s book I am Jazz, inspired and co-authored by Jennings, is used to introduce young children to transgenderism.

The surgery on Jennings’ genitalia is experimental. The stomach tissue will help create more “depth” in his “new” genitalia, he explained. Hormone blockers have prevented his body from developing properly, causing permanent damage, so there is much less genital “tissue” with which doctors have to work.

“Because I started the [puberty] blockers so early, I never went through puberty,” he explained in a YouTube video about the upcoming surgery. “That’s why I’ve been able to be so feminine. But because of that, it caused me to be so suppressed that I didn’t have growth in that region.”

These facts were highlighted in an August 2017 TLC episode during which Jennings traveled with his parents to Philadelphia for a consultation about a “sex-change” surgery.

“I haven’t experienced any sexual sensation...I don’t even know what she’s talking about,” Jennings said after the surgeon talked to him and his parents about that topic. “It is possible that hormone suppression has affected my libido. I don’t have the same signals coming from my genitalia to my brain and I don’t have those hormones driving me on.”

In that episode, the doctor warned, “post-op depression is very common” but claimed it “doesn’t mean you’re having regret.”

The many people who have undergone “sex reassignment” surgery and regretted it would likely disagree. Their many stories are documented at sexchangeregret.com.

Some of these stories are also told in the documentary TranZformed: Finding Peace with Your God-Given Gender, in which former transgenders who regretted “transitioning” and ultimately accepted their biological sex tell their stories.

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June 8, 2018 (Lumen Fidei Institute) – The eighth amendment to our constitution has been repealed and the government is preparing to enact legislation that will permit the killing of innocent children in certain circumstances. The thirty sixth amendment to our constitution gives the Irish government complete freedom to legislate in providing for abortion. There is nothing to stop the government legislating for abortion on demand right up to the time of delivery, and the people of Ireland have voted away their authority to control the government in this matter. There is no longer any legal recourse to be had in the event of a future government passing such legislation which would allow unrestricted access to abortion.

I found my emotions to be quite changeable over the weekend of the referendum. I was one of those who thought that a 'yes' vote was the more likely outcome, but not on the scale that we witnessed. As the reality of what had happened began to sink in, I felt sad, I felt angry, I felt hurt, but despite this, the seeds of hope remained. I was fortunate to be with my mother in Dublin that weekend as it offered me the chance to travel to the Benedictine monastery in Silverstream for the office of Terce and for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on the Saturday and the Sunday morning.

The world was in turmoil, satan had scored another apparent major victory, and yet, in this Catholic oasis, where men gather to sing the praises of God and to try to live holy lives, life went on as normal. In the realm of the Divine, nothing had changed. God was still God, His commandments were still His commandments, His love for the unborn had not changed, His love for those who voted 'yes' and for those who commit the atrocity of abortion had not changed, His desire for us to be with Him for all eternity had not changed.

I remembered the words of St Claude de la Columbière and his treatise on Divine Providence. Hard words when they are first read, but consoling when one moves beyond the natural order of man to the supernatural order of God.

It is one of the most firmly established and most consoling of the truths that have been revealed to us that, apart from sin, nothing happens to us in life unless God wills it so. Wealth and poverty alike come from Him. If we fall ill, God is the cause of our illness; if we get well, our recovery is due to God. We owe our lives entirely to Him, and when death comes to put an end to life, His will be the hand that deals the blow.

But should we attribute it to God when we are unjustly persecuted? Yes, He is the only person you can charge with the wrong you suffer. He is not the cause of the sin the person commits by ill-treating you, but He is the cause of the suffering that person inflicts on you while sinning. God did not inspire your enemy with the will to harm you, but He gave him the power to do so. If you receive a wound, do not doubt but that it is God Himself who has wounded you. If all living creatures were to league themselves against you, unless the Creator wished it and joined with them and gave them the strength and means to carry out their purpose, they would never succeed. You would have no power over me if it had not been given you from above, the Saviour of the world said to Pilate.

We can say the same to demons and men, to the brute beasts and to whatever exists "You would not be able to disturb me or harm me as you do unless God had ordered it so. You are sent by Him, you are given the power by Him to tempt me and to make me suffer. You would have no power over me if it had not been given you from above."

If from time to time we meditated seriously on this truth of our faith it would be enough to stifle all complaint in whatever loss or misfortune we suffer. What I have the Lord gave me, it has been taken away by Him. It is not a lawsuit or a thief that has ruined you or a certain person that has slandered you; if your child dies it is not by accident or wrong treatment, but because God, to whom all belongs, has not wished you to keep it longer. (St Claude de la Columbière)

St Claude tells us that we should have total trust in God and that we should thank Him because He knows what He is doing in allowing us to suffer this trial, to suffer this defeat in a referendum. He also commends our prayers and reminds us that we should never think our efforts are wasted.

This does not mean that we should not analyse the defeat. Perhaps God allowed this defeat so that Irish Catholics would reflect deeply, in order to discover where we are going wrong and why we are losing the cultural battles. In the following analyses, I do not absolve myself from wrong doing, mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa, and I do not apportion blame simply for the sake of apportioning blame. But before you can fix a problem, you must discover the causes of the problem, and so let me begin my analyses.

With the repeal of the eighth amendment to our constitution, we have reaped the fruits of a faulty catechesis on human sexuality that has permeated the Catholic Church in Ireland for many years now. This is because most Irish bishops have failed to uphold Catholic teaching on human sexuality as contained in Humanae Vitae and elsewhere, since 1968.

Bishop John Charles McQuaid, the last episcopal voice in this country to challenge the government on contraception, warned us in 1971, after publicly correcting one of his priests who spoke against Humane Vitae, "It may well come to pass that, in the present climate of emotional thinking and pressure, legislation could be enacted that will offend the objective moral law. Such a measure would be an insult to our Faith; it would, without question, prove to be gravely damaging to morality, private and public; it would be and would remain, a curse upon our country."

Subsequent bishops have done nothing to remove this curse of contraception from our country and so we now end up with abortion. The Irish bishops have promoted sex education in our schools; they have tolerated the promotion of the homosexual lifestyle in our Catholic schools; children as young as five years old are now being taught, in our Catholic schools, which remain under the patronage of the bishops, that it is OK to have two mammies or two daddies.

The Irish bishops have overseen the homosexualisation of the Maynooth seminary and it would appear, that those with same-sex attraction are being actively encouraged to join the seminary.

A former president of Maynooth seminary made a financial settlement with a young man with whom he was alleged to have engaged in sexual activity. He subsequently resigned and was awarded a €100,000 bonus to his pension. I don't need to mention the damage caused to the faith in Ireland by same-sex attracted priests who abused children in their care. Yet today, rumours of a culture of homosexuality still persist within the Irish seminaries. Given the damage caused to the faith, why has this not been tackled more decisively?

The Irish bishops have presided over, what can only be called, the destruction of liturgical practices in Ireland. I was once a member of a parish where they had a committee who checked for 'exclusive' language in the readings, and they changed the Word of God if anything offended them. Priests who contradict Catholic teaching are regularly allowed to speak at Masses in Ireland. Priests who publicly contradict church teaching are rarely disciplined by their bishops in Ireland. On at least one occasion, the Vatican had to get involved and prevent certain priests from speaking because of the inaction of their bishops to do so. People dressed up as cartoon characters are featured in Masses for children.

But the greatest failure of the Irish bishops has been in education and catechesis. The RTE exit poll indicated that 87.6% of 18-24-year olds voted for abortion. The majority of these young men and women were educated in Catholic schools in Ireland under the patronage of Irish bishops. They were not properly catechised. In one of his sermons at the weekend, Dom Kirby of Silverstream lamented that these poor young people have been deprived of the graces of the Catholic Church pointing to the lack of proper catechesis that has existed in Ireland for over forty years now. The Irish bishops allowed the state to take over the curriculum in our Catholic schools, including the religious curriculum, which is now set by the abortion providing government.

In many dioceses around the country in recent years, Irish bishops have set up a diocesan listening process. The shepherds are going to listen to the sheep. When you listen to sheep, you will hear what sheep have to say. "Baa-aa-aa-ah, women priests", "baa-aa-aa-ah, same sex marriage", "baa-aa-aa-ah, contraception", "baa-aa-aa-ah, communion for adulterers", "baa-aa-aa-ah, abortion."

The Gospel of Trinity Sunday speaks to these bishops.

At that time, Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: "All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world. (Matthew 28:18-20)

The apostles were commanded by Christ to teach, not to listen, and this is where the Irish bishops have failed. They have failed to ensure that uncorrupted and undiluted Catholic teaching was taught in the schools under their care. They have failed not only the children, but their parents, because they were not taught to observe all the things that Christ commanded.

Saddest of all is the fact that the Irish bishops either individually or collectively refuse to accept any responsibility for their systematic failure to protect the Irish education system and the children under their care. I have yet to see an apology from an Irish bishop, apologising for their failure to instruct the youth of Ireland in the Catholic faith which, of the 18-24-year cohort, has led to over 81% of these young Catholics abandoning their faith and over 87.6% of them voting to allow abortion in Ireland.

If the bishops do not share or take any responsibility for what has happened, and if they believe that they are powerless to change how things are going, despite being successors of the apostles, and if their main response to the current crisis is to close churches and cluster parishes, then perhaps it is time for them to do as the Chilean bishops did and resign, so that others with greater faith, greater zeal, greater love for Christ, and greater belief in the teaching authority that Christ gives to his bishops, can come and take their place and begin the renewal of the Catholic faith in Ireland.

As Catholics in Ireland, we seek to have true teachers of the Catholic faith, and we must resist when the Irish bishops bring dissenters from Catholic teaching, such as Cardinal Blase Cupich, and Cardinal Vincent Nichols, to our shores to preach their erroneous views on marriage and family. They are breaking our trust when they invite these prelates and many of the faithful are unaware of the deception. When we ourselves seek to bring authentic Catholic teachers to our shores, to teach the truth to us about marriage and family, and when these authentic teachers are pressured not to come to us by members of the hierarchy, we must resist.

In these cases, our response must be that of St Peter and St John the evangelist to the Sanhedrin. "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge; for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard" (Acts 4:20-21).

We, at the Lumen Fidei Institute, with God's help, will host our conference on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd August in Dublin. We will proclaim aloud the truths of the Catholic faith which Cardinal Blase Cupich and Cardinal Vincent Nichols refuse to proclaim. We have added another speaker to our conference, a young man, recently married and with his wife expecting their first child, who was let go from his teaching post at a Catholic university in Europe. What was his crime? He taught his philosophy students the philosophical arguments for regarding abortion as murder. He was suspended from teaching and eventually his contract was not renewed. This is how one 'catholic' university treats a young married couple expecting a child who proclaim the Catholic truths on abortion.

In a discussion I was having around the referendum, I had cause to compile the World Health Organisation's figures for abortion from 1995 to 2017. In those 22 years alone, they give a figure of over 915 million surgical abortions. This is a staggering figure and a tragedy of enormous proportions, yet a greater tragedy occurs if just one soul is damned for all eternity in Hell.

As I have said before, we are living in a Maccabbean moment of history, and like the Maccabbees of old, we must rise up to defend our beloved Catholic Church and her teachings. We must fight for the faith of our children and our grandchildren otherwise we and our generations will be wiped off the face of the earth. We must rise up for the restoration of Christ as King of our Nation. We must rise up and fight to bring back the young people and the not so young who have lost their Catholic identity through faulty catechesis and the failure of our bishops to teach as Christ commanded them.

Let me conclude with the words of Dom Kirby from his sermon on Trinity Sunday after the passage of the abortion referendum.

What remains for us? I will tell you what remains:

And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity. (1 Corinthians 13, 13)

Draw near to the altar of the Holy Sacrifice, even as our forefathers drew in around the Mass Rocks. The altar is Ireland's Divine Hearth. Not for nothing was the altar of the Lamb shown at Knock in 1879. Fall down in adoration and in reparation. Cry out to the Immaculate Mother of God, still Ireland's Queen and Sorrowful Mother. My own dear father, with all the wisdom of his 91 years, said to me yesterday, "God has a plan. God will have the last word." And what says Our Lord in today's Gospel? He says this: "Behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world." (Matthew 28, 20). In this promise of His, let us rest all our hope.

Perhaps Catholic Voice readers would consider forwarding this article to their bishop.

Published with permission from the Lumen Fidei Institute.

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June 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Recently, I’ve been reading through Peter Hitchens’ memoir of his political journey, The Broken Compass: How British Politics Lost Its Way, due to the fact that many of his observations were proven prophetic by Brexit and the left-leaning governance of the Tory Party. The book obviously primarily addresses European politics, but many of the observations Hitchens makes about British politics echo my thoughts about the current state of Canadian politics, as well – specifically, the fact that successful progressivist governments by the Liberal Party of Canada have shoved the Overton Window so far Left that our so-called conservative political parties are often distinguished from progressive parties only by their significantly better accounting skills.

Today’s Conservative parties, for example, seem to have long abandoned the idea that they’re actually supposed to be conserving something, and instead trail grumblingly along behind the cultural revolutions of the Left, occasionally raising their voices in protest with one eye fixed firmly on the polling numbers. Watching them do this reminds me of something Margaret Thatcher once told William F. Buckley.

“Consensus has reared its head – you must have consensus,” she noted. “It is a word, again, that you used not to use when I first came into politics. We had convictions, and we tried to persuade people that our convictions were the right ones. It is no good having convictions if you do not have the will to translate those convictions into action.”

That is precisely why many Conservative politicians sound so uninspired: It is hard to manage social decline while still injecting Old Testament wrath into speeches about imbalanced budgets. To paraphrase Buckley, today’s Conservative politicians are standing athwart history saying, “Do we really have to drive so fast?” Very few are actually willing to defend something that resembles traditional conservatism – instead, many have become quite adept at apologizing for it, or assuring voters in pathetic speeches that conservatives are basically liberals, so don’t be scared, please vote for us.

I recognize that conservative politicians are in a very difficult spot. The culture now sits, for the most part, firmly in the centre-left territory on the political spectrum when it comes to many social issues (although the public does not seem to be reacting very positively to the blitzkrieg of the trans activists, and the culture is not nearly as far-Left as our progressive politicians like to claim). But part of the reason for this is that there are very few politicians who are willing to clearly articulate the rationale behind many common-sense social conservative policy positions, for example, because they are too busy worrying about triggering another hatchet-job from the media, who will incidentally only praise a Conservative who has thoroughly abandoned, if not actually sold-out and criticized, any semblance of conservative policy.

The very best Conservative politician, in the eyes of the media, is one that actually attempts to claim that progressive policies are really conservative-ish, if you squint at them just right. (I’m looking at you, Michael Chong.) These fake conservative politicians can be quoted as proof that actual conservatives are fringe extremists, thus serving as useful idiots for the Left. Thus, the task of defining social conservatism has been largely left to the media, the progressive politicians, and the talking heads, who have managed to effectively tar traditional conservatives as social pariahs in possession of a wide range of phobias, and that they are extraordinarily unelectable. With no response from Conservative politicians in defence of traditional conservatism, the public has understandably developed some rather inaccurate views of what that ideology stands for in the first place.

That leaves Canadian conservatives in a situation where the Left faces each election declaring boldly that We will do this and this! while the Right, attempting to muster something that sounds like conviction, responds: We will allow that to happen, perhaps signal our mild discomfort with some of it, and then remind you that we have a better accountant! Many traditional conservatives still show up and vote out of self-defence, hoping to keep the government out of our homes and schools a little longer, but many others have developed a profound cynicism about the entire process due to the simple fact that there are only a handful of politicians actually willing to speak to any of the issues that they deeply care about. Most political parties claiming the name “Conservative” have at this point fundamentally ceded the ideological victories of the Left, and are now content to dicker over details while trying to find some reason to justify their political existence.

My response to all of this is not the humor-tinged political nihilism of Peter Hitchens, who regularly dismisses the idea that voting is a civic duty and has, by his own admission, more or less given up on politics. We live in a democracy, and thus have a responsibility to ensure that genuinely conservative candidates – of which there are a few – get elected, and use their voices to articulate our concerns and our priorities. It is a simple fact that traditional conservatives are outnumbered in Canada, and that we must take this fact into account when making our political calculations. But it is also true that there are more than enough of us to put people who will stand for our interests in places of power, and that we can demand action on issues where a plurality of support exists. It’s long past time that we stopped allowing our ideological enemies to define us, and began presenting a clearly-articulated vision that appeals to people who may have never heard of what conservatism is all about to begin with.

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June 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – It’s been a long time since Ontarians heard their provincial leader asking down God’s blessing at the end of a speech. 

I’m pretty sure that didn’t happen once during what pro-family leaders are calling the five-year-long “reign of terror” of lesbian premier Kathleen Wynne. It’s no surprise that a woman who outright opposes God’s plan for marriage and sexuality would refrain from asking for God’s blessing. 

But such is not the case with Doug Ford. 

Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative party won a stunning majority last night. And it was a breath of fresh air to hear Doug end his rousing victory speech with a calling down of God’s blessings to all. 

“This is your victory,” he told his supporters. “Tonight is your night. I thank you. And God bless each and every one of you.”

Doug included God along his campaign trail, too. 

The Star even criticized him for speeches that were “borderline biblical.”

“A new day will dawn in Ontario ... God bless you,” Doug told one gathering.

The Star mocked Ford for his “evangelical, messianic quality” of his “campaign sermons.”

While Ford may or may not be the most devout follower of the teachings of Jesus Christ, it is surely nice to hear the province’s leader ask God to bless all of us. 

It can only be for the good that Doug Ford, whether you like him or not, has brought God back to Ontario.

“God bless each and every one of you!”

I suspect that God will hear that prayer and will honor it. 

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