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Experts gather in Rome to fight ‘barbaric’ use of aborted babies in vaccines

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ROME, March 11, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Should parents have the right to exercise conscientious objection in order to prevent their children from being inoculated with vaccines produced from aborted fetal cell lines? And what does science tell us about these vaccines?

Scientists, ecclesiastics, activists and parents will gather at a Rome conference on March 13 to explore the history, science and politics surrounding the use of aborted fetuses in vaccines given to children around the world.

The association organizing the event is called Renovatio 21. The conference will take place at 3:30pm at the Casa Bonus Pastor in Rome and will be themed: “Faith, Science and Conscience: using aborted fetuses for pharmaceutical production.”  

LifeSite spoke with one of the founders of Renovatio 21, Cristiano Lugli, ahead of the event. 

He pointed out that the use of aborted fetuses in vaccine research has been confirmed by one of its own great pioneers, Dr. Stanley Plotkin, a doctor and consultant of Sanofi-Pasteur

In a shocking deposition in January 2018, Plotkin said that 76 aborted fetuses were used in one study alone. During the interrogation, Plotkin, a self-professed atheist who admitted to “taking issue with religious beliefs,” also said he would be “glad” to go to hell for having use “aborted tissues” in vaccines.

Lugli, a father, said the aim of the Rome conference is to inform parents and Catholic institutions concerning the history and science behind this practice, and to “battle against the obligation to inoculate our children with vaccines produced from cell lines of aborted fetuses.”

Also to be discussed at the conference is the Pontifical Academy for Life’s recent and disturbing shift in support of such vaccines on the grounds that “in the past vaccines may have been prepared from cells from aborted human fetuses,” but today “the cell lines used are very distant from the original abortions.”

The list of conference speakers includes Dr. Theresa Deisher, research scientist and director of the Sound of Choice Pharmaceutical Institute; and Dr. Debi Vinnedge, President of the “Children of God for Life,” the world leader in the campaign for ethical vaccines, medicines and consumer products. Other noted speakers include Italian scientist Stefano Montanari, director of Nanodiagnostics Laboratory, and Dr. Martina Collotta, a medical doctor and expert in bioethics and biotechnologies. 

US Cardinal Raymond Burke, former prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, will deliver the opening and concluding address at the March 13 event.

The conference has also received the endorsement of Bishop Athanasius Schneider, who in a letter to conference organizers called the use of aborted fetuses in vaccine research a “new barbarity of biological cannibalism.”

Here is our interview with conference organizer Cristiano Lugli.

LifeSite: Cristiano, what can you tell us about Renovatio 21?

Lugli: Renovatio 21 was founded about two years ago. I am one of the two founders, along with author Roberto Dal Bosco, who had the initial inspiration. 

Our aim is to defend the unrepeatable and divine miracle of Life, and to defend Civilization as the earthly cradle of Life. The abyss that has opened up under humanity threatening to swallow it is so great that we no longer believe it is only necessary to “defend”: For the sake of life and civilization, we need to go on the attack.

Unborn life, end of life, artificial fertilization, moral subversion, vaccinations and mass psycho-pharmaceuticals: The Culture of Death is spreading everywhere. The culture of death perverts the pure, kills the innocent, exterminates man and his children. This is happening now. We have taken up the mission of defending the last bank of moral and bioethical resistance with the strength and resources we have.

What inspired you to sponsor the upcoming conference in Rome?

This conference was inspired by one of the main purposes for which Renovatio 21 was founded: to do battle against the obligation to inoculate our children with vaccines produced from cell lines of aborted fetuses. The issue is very important, both for moral and scientific reasons. In 2005, during the pontificate of Pope John Paul II, the Pontifical Academy for Life was quite clear on the issue and published a document that reiterated the obligation in conscience to fight against the production of these morally illicit vaccines. 

But things today have changed somewhat. In July 2017, the Pontifical Academy for Life issued a brief note — on the same day the Italian government approved a law mandating compulsory vaccines for children — saying there are no longer moral problems with the vaccines in question, as if the problem no longer exists. In fact, the statement said that, if “in the past vaccines may have been prepared from cells from aborted human fetuses,” today “the cell lines used are very distant from the original abortions.” The statement from the Pontifical Academy for Life added that “the cell lines on which the vaccines in question are cultivated come only from the two fetuses originally aborted in the 1960s.” These claims are not supported by the science and will be among the topics to be discussed at the Rome conference.

We have therefore decided to organize this event to help people to understand that the problems, from 2005 to the present, have remained the same, if not worsened.

How long have vaccines been produced using the cell lines of aborted fetuses? 

Consider that the two main abortions to produce the two cell lines most used in vaccines (MRC-5 and WI-38) date back to the 1960s. For more than sixty years, therefore, many vaccines have been produced in this way. Some say that since there are “only” two abortions and they are very old, the problem of cooperation with evil is so remote that the problem no longer exists. From a moral point of view, this is false, because the sin of abortion, which cries out to God for vengeance, cannot fall under a statute of limitations. 

What is more, we know that many more abortions were carried out. This was confirmed by one of the greatest pioneers in vaccinations: Dr. Stanley Plotkin, doctor and consultant of Sanofi-Pasteur, in a shocking deposition in January 2018 stated that 76 aborted fetuses were used in just one pharmaceutical research study on vaccines. During the interrogation, Plotkin, a self-professed atheist who admitted to “taking issue with religious beliefs,” said he would be “glad” to go to hell for having use “aborted tissues” in vaccines.

How do companies who produce these vaccines justify their use of cell lines from aborted fetuses?

Pharmaceutical companies justify this “new barbarity of biological cannibalism” — as Bishop Athanasius Schneider rightly called it in a March 13 statement blessing our meeting — by saying that only “a few” fetuses were used to carry out scientific research for global health. We know that this reasoning is morally unacceptable: the sacredness of human life cannot be put in second place to the advancement of science. 

Readers should also be aware that, in order to produce “good” cell lines, it’s necessary that the fetuses are very healthy and are taken alive, with the organs intact. 

Who is profiting monetarily from the use of cell lines of aborted fetuses?

This human tissue market profits not only the pharmaceutical industry, but also (and first and foremost) abortion giants like Planned Parenthood. After the scandal that struck the for-profit abortion industry, the economic interests these companies have in selling organs of aborted fetuses to research centers is even more obvious.

Are there laws which obligate these companies to tell parents that their child is being injected with a vaccine containing cell lines of aborted fetuses?

Basically pharmaceutical companies are obliged by law to indicate that there are cell lines of aborted fetuses in some vaccines — such as the one that is mandatory in Italy, MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella Virus Vaccine Live). Even though they are obliged by law to write it on the packaging, they still try to deny it. It’s absurd.

They are not obliged to let people know that new cell lines (using aborted fetuses) have been created, such as Walvax-2, yet they publish studies on these new vaccines because they are shameless. These new cell lines will replace the old ones, which likely have become severely carcinogenic, as Dr. Theresa Deisher, a researcher speaking at the conference, will explain. 

Is this an international problem? 

The problem is certainly international, because vaccines are becoming mandatory everywhere, and are produced by the same pharmaceutical companies in every state. In Italy there is currently no possibility of conscientious objection on religious grounds. In almost all 50 US states such legislation exists, but there are efforts underway to remove this protection.

We are fighting to ensure that parents who are believers can take advantage of conscientious objection, because cooperation to evil, even if indirect and remote, is still a problem of conscience.

Who are the featured speakers at the conference?

We have a number of special guests who will be speaking at the conference. His Eminence Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, who has decided to support our battle, will deliver an opening and closing address. Debi Vinnedge, President of “Children of God For Life” — an American association fighting to stop the production of vaccines and cosmetics made with aborted human tissue — will also speak.

Dr. Theresa Deisher, a researcher and director of Sound of Choice Pharmaceutical Institute, will focus on the pioneering research she and her team are engaged in.

This will be followed by Dr. Martina Collotta, an Italian medical expert in bioethics. Dr. Collotta will highlight the horrible procedures for extracting live and intact aborted fetuses. 

Prof. Stefano Montanari, an Italian scientist who has conducted several microscopic analyses on vaccines, finding several anomalies, will also address the conference. Prof. Montanari has long supported our fight and is the only researcher in Italy to do so.

What are your hopes for the conference?

Our hope and our goal is to awaken consciences and to send a clear and strong message also to Catholic institutions. We hope they will be listening. But the message is also addressed to the large Italian Pro-Life associations: bringing to Italy the work of a large American association such as “Children of God for Life,” which is fighting for this cause, is aimed at making it clear to the Italian pro-life movement that fighting abortion also means stopping this scientific and pharmaceutical commodification. 

In Italy, a doctor can, in certain cases, refuse to give an electrocardiogram to a woman who is going to have an abortion. Is it possible that parents cannot refuse to inoculate their child with a vaccine obtained and produced through a gravely illicit act such as abortion?

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Bishop accused of sexual abuse invited to private retreat with Pope Francis: report

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ROME, March 11, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – An Argentinean bishop and personal friend of Pope Francis who suddenly resigned and fled his diocese after being accused of the sexual abuse of seminarians and who now holds a high-ranking post in the Vatican, is currently participating in a private spiritual retreat with Pope Francis and other senior Vatican officials, according to an article published today in the Catholic Herald.

The Herald reports that Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, who is the former bishop of Orán, Argentina, is attending the exclusive retreat, which is being conducted for the Pope and 64 members of the Roman Curia by a Benedictine abbot at a retreat center outside of Rome. The retreat began yesterday and is scheduled to last until March 15.

The inclusion of Zanchetta in the retreat follows reports that Vatican officials, apparently including Pope Francis himself, have been aware since 2015 of well-substantiated accusations against Zanchetta of inappropriate conduct with male seminarians, as well as other forms of personal misbehavior on the part of the bishop, including his sharing naked selfies on Whatsapp showing the bishop in a posture of self-abuse.

Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti has denied it was informed of the accusations in 2015, but admits that it has known of them since autumn of last year, when it says an internal investigation was begun of Zanchetta.

In addition, prosecutors in Argentina say they have opened two criminal investigations based on accusations of sexual abuse filed against Zanchetta in the province of Salta, where Zanchetta was a bishop.

Zanchetta continues to enjoy papal favor despite evidence of abuse

As LifeSite has reported previously, Gustavo Zanchetta is a personal friend of Pope Francis of many years, and was made Bishop of Orán by Francis in 2013, very soon after he became pope. Sources within the Diocese of Orán have given documents to the Argentinean media indicating they informed the apostolic nuncio and the cardinal archbishop of Buenos Aires, a good friend of Pope Francis, about Zanchetta’s objectionable behavior in 2015, and then reiterated the accusations in 2016. They again reported more accusations in 2017, when Zanchetta resigned and immediately left his diocese, taking shelter in another diocese while he waited for Rome to accept the resignation.

An Argentinean newspaper recently revealed several internal Church documents signed in 2016 by several priests attesting to Zanchetta’s misbehavior and the circumstances in which gay pornographic selfies and other pornographic images were found on Zanchetta’s smartphone. The documents indicate that Pope Francis would have almost certainly known of the accusations, and that Zanchetta was even called to Rome in 2015 to be interrogated about them.

In December 2017, a few months after his sudden resignation, which he blamed on health problems, Zanchetta was given a post in the Vatican as an “assessor” and “deputy” to the president of the scandal-ridden Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA), a job that seemed to have been specifically created for him.

Vatican officials dodged a question about the Zanchetta case during the Vatican sex abuse summit in late February. Reporter Inés San Martin of Crux mentioned to a panel that “We know that there’s a bishop in Argentina, Zanchetta, who had gay porn in his phone involving young people,” and asked, “How can we believe that this is in fact, you know, the last time we’re going to hear ‘no more coverup’ when, at the end of the day, Pope Francis covered up for someone in Argentina who had gay porn involving minors. I mean, can we actually believe that this is going to change now?”

A clearly discombobulated Archbishop Charles Scicluna responded: “Well I’ll quote what the Holy Father said this morning about the law. About the case, I’m not, I’m not, you know, I’m not authori[zed]… I mean, yeah.” He was followed by Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti, who reiterated the claim that an investigation was being conducted of Zanchetta, and added, “As you all know, we had also asked you not to ask about specific cases.”

Archbishop Scicluna then added, that he didn’t “have information about the case,” but “if somebody’s investigating a case, they’re not covering it up.”

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Feminists attack churches with gasoline bombs, rocks, graffiti on International Women’s Day

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March 11, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Feminists in Argentina, Spain, and Uruguay marked International Women’s Day by throwing paint bombs, rocks, and gasoline bombs at churches.

Others sprayed graffiti on the outside walls of churches.

Radical feminists in Uruguay assailed the historic parish church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen in Montevideo. Riot police protected the church’s entrance as hundreds of feminists hurled paint bombs and shouted epithets against Christians. A statement from the Archdiocese of Montevideo said, “We are profoundly saddened that, for the third year, the International Women’s Day march was fouled by a small group that threw paint bombs against the exterior of the church.”

The statement went on to say, “It seems that it has become a custom in our country to assault the Church while failing to defend has become ‘politically correct.’” While acknowledging that the Church has become a “scapegoat” that is blamed for a multitude of issues, the archdiocese said that “vandalizing a church does nothing positive for women.”

In Argentina, radical feminists protested in Buenos Aires and also in some of the provinces. Protesters representing transvestites, transexuals, prostitutes, obesity, and other causes were on hand. Some threw rocks and gasoline bombs, trying to set fires in front of the cathedral in Buenos Aires in what was billed as the International and Multinational Strike for Women, Lesbians, Travestites, and Transexuals. The cathedral in Roca, a city in Argentina’s Rio Negro province, was marred by paint bombs that marked a raucous protest by radical feminists on Friday.

In Spain, pro-abortion and anti-Christian graffiti appeared on the exterior walls of churches in Madrid. According to official estimates, approximately 375,000 protesters filled the streets on Friday in the Spanish capital. The Archdiocese of Madrid denounced the obscene and anti-Christian graffiti that appeared on churches. Radical feminists pushed their way into the offices of the Archdiocese of Valladolid, strewing pamphlets and interrupting a conference on Spanish history. In Logroño, a historic city in La Rioja province, police removed a banner from the entrance to a cathedral that read: “You will drink the blood of our abortions.”

Elsewhere in Spain, amateur video captured feminists attacking a girl who had refused to participate in the feminist rally. The girl was kicked, beaten, and thrown to the ground.

In Lujan, a city near Buenos Aires known for annual pilgrimages by pious Catholics, visitors were greeted by an image of the Virgin Mary in a city park that featured the green kerchief, a pro-abortion symbol in that country. Even while the offending image was found in a public place, Argentina’s Secretariat for Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism did not find the image offensive enough to remove.

The human rights office clarified that the offending image was a “work of art” and an example of the “freedom of expression.” In a tweet, the office declared, “The contents are exclusively the responsibility of the authors. We respect art and the freedom of expression, but we do not approve of insults or offenses that may affect institutions or groups and their religious values.”

However, the same government office found that freedom of expression for Christians has its limits. In a communique last month, the Secretariat gave assurances several months ago that “freedom of expression has its limits when it is discriminatory, or causes hatred or violence.”

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Dutch priest who petitioned for pro-LGBT ‘rainbow crossing’ in front of basilica withdraws petition

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OUDENBOSCH, Netherlands, March 11, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Fr. Maickel Prasing, the Dutch priest who launched an online petition for a rainbow crossing to be placed in front of the Catholic Basilica of Oudenbosch, Brabant, in the Netherlands, closed the petition at the behest of the diocese of Breda in the wake of the media attention attracted by his suggestion. Public protests by young traditionally minded Catholics in the diocese probably also played a part.

The text of the petition is still online.

Shortly after disabling signatures for his petition, Prasing told the press on March 8 that he doesn’t have “a millimeter of doubt” regarding the call he made during his homily for “Carnival Sunday,” an occasion when large numbers of nominally Catholic revelers turn up in church at the beginning of public festivities before Lent.

“The diocese asked for that, because the petition went somewhat beyond its local character. We made our point, and it’s clear now,” he explained.

The story of Fr. Prasing’s initiative was broadcast by the local press and quickly picked up by the national Dutch media, in particular by Catholic and Protestant news sources. It was widely and approvingly quoted by the “gay” press in the Netherlands. LifeSiteNews made the news go global on March 7.

It is clearly the media noise, and not the petition itself, that disgruntled the Catholic hierarchy of Breda. Dapne van Roosendaal, spokeswoman for the diocese, confirmed that it fully supports the substance of Prasing’s petition. The reason he was asked to stop gathering signatures was related to a “modified context,” she said, because of the national publicity garnered by the story. “The diocese wants to avoid people misunderstanding the pastor’s objective,” she explained.

Pressed by journalists to clarify what could be “misunderstood,” van Roosendaal refused to give a precise answer. In particular, she did not react to questions regarding a banner deployed in the evening of March 7 by two young men of the “Sint Michaëlbrigade” (SMB) in front of the basilica with the words: “Prasing = a heretic.” “I’m not going to get into things people write on a banner about the parish priest,” she said.

This is just one more instance of the confusion that arises when Church teachings are not clearly recalled. Fr. Prasing himself remarked in an interview with BNDeStem: “There are people who think that with this message I created confusion about the Church’s point of view on homosexuality.”

As to his own thinking, there can be little doubt. The historically Protestant mainstream daily Trouw quotes Prasing as having associated himself with Roman Catholic spiritual leaders who favor a changed vision of homosexuality. Prasing, says Trouw, mentioned Bishop Overbeck of Essen, Germany, who pleads for the “depathologization” of homosexuality. “People should stop discriminating against them (homosexuals) in any possible way,” that bishop proclaimed last year.

Prasing also underscored the call of Cardinal De Kesel from nearby Brussels, in Belgium, who he said pleads for more Catholic tolerance toward LGBT persons. The Oudenbosch priest himself thinks things are changing in the Church’s attitude towards homosexuality, “even though traditional opinion on, say, marriage will not disappear all at once,” as he said, according to an indirect quote by Trouw.

Will a homosexual couple ever use the “gaybra crossing” to be married in the Basilica? Prasing didn’t say no. “The Church thinks in centuries,” he said.

Even if Maickel Prasing’s petition has been closed and despite the diocese’s decision to intervene, order has not been re-established. The Sint Michaëlbrigade, a group of about 30 “hard-core conservative” Catholics from Brabant created two years ago and composed mostly of young people, returned to the Basilica of Oudenbosch for Mass this Sunday, with the intention of handing out flyers — this did not in fact happen — and praying for Fr. Prasing, who was celebrating Mass in another church of his multi-steeple parish.

Thomas van Oeffelen, the group’s spokesman, told the press the word “heretic” is “one of the toughest words” they could use. “But when you contradict the teaching of the Church, that has to be the conclusion,” he said.

According to the Van Oeffelen, his group was able to speak to Prasing, “but this did not lead to the desired result,” he said. The young man made clear that homosexuals are not banned from entering any church, but they should respect certain conditions. “The person is welcome, not his sin,” he clarified, adding that Prasing would be helping LGBT activists to sin if he allowed them to receive communion.

On Sunday, the presence of two young men and one young woman from the SMB prompted negative remarks from parishioners who called their “reactionary, linear viewpoints” “medieval.” The local press underscored that one of them received communion kneeling.

Local parishioners, not necessarily regular churchgoers, prepared two banners with the words “Father Maickel = Charity” and had them signed at the end of the ceremony by adults and children. When Prasing returned from celebrating Mass in a neighboring village, applause went up, and he said he was “deeply touched” and “happy” with the “heart-warming” support. He also thanked the local mayor for having protected his “security” since his fateful homily.

Local politicians have already said they will go ahead and create a rainbow crossing in front of the Basilica of Oudenbosch.

The Netherlands, though small, is the country with the highest concentration of rainbow crossings — more than fifty to date. “Gaybra” pedestrian walks originated in West Hollywood in 2012, openly celebrating “LGBT diversity.”

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Madrid archdiocese urges Catholics to use Lent for ‘ecological conversion’

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March 11, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — The Archdiocese of Madrid, Spain, has called local Catholics to an ecological conversion during the period of fasting and penitence leading up to Easter.

Days before the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday – which this year fell on March 6 – Cardinal Carlos Osoro’s diocese published a Lenten “itinerary” offering thoughts and resolutions for each day in a self-proclaimed answer to Pope Francis’ environmental challenge in favor of the “common home.”

Among other things, it heavily promotes the United Nations’ SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), which call for universal “sexual health” and redistribution of goods.

The 63-page PDF document published by the archdiocese’s Vicariate for Integral Human Development and Innovation is available online. It includes numerous quotes from the “ecological encyclical” Laudato si’ and other texts, mostly authored by Pope Francis.

The “itinerary” speaks of “contemplating the presence of God in the whole of creation” and with Pope Francis’ message for Lent 2019 it comes with an important reminder: “Sin” is the cause of all that is out of balance in creation, and in particular of “destructive attitudes towards our neighbor and all other creatures.” But the rest of the text and suggested resolutions do not become much more spiritual than that.

For Catholics, Lent is a time to remember that we shall all return to dust but that Christ, the only Son of God, laid down His life in atonement for our sins and for our salvation, making us capable of becoming children of the Father through baptism and of answering His redeeming grace in order to obtain eternal life with God in heaven.

Thus, Lent is a period of penance when we reflect on God’s redeeming mercy and our own malice, avoiding sin and giving up earthly goods and pleasures out of love for God and, through Him, of our neighbor, focusing on prayer and sacrifice and thereby proclaiming that God is the good above all goods.

“Ecological conversion,” on the other hand, is Earth-centered, with sacrifices, “fasts,” meditations and attitudes that are dictated in view of the supposed good of nature and the ecological variety of “social justice” whose objective is to save people from the effects of “global warming.” It in fact creates a whole new category of evil with its “sins against environment” while forgetting the development of the God-centered virtues of faith, hope and charity and the grave sins that lead men away from God.

For the six weeks of Lent and Holy Week, the Archdiocese of Madrid suggests that Catholics meditate and act on successive themes: “pollution and climate change,” “the water issue,” “loss of biodiversity,” “deterioration of the quality of human life and social degradation,” “the weakness of reactions” and “diversity of opinions.”

The last theme, coinciding with Holy Week, is spectacularly short on reflections on Christ’s most holy passion, instead promoting the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations. “Diversity of opinions” is only up to a point: readers are expected to realize that all religions can cooperate in diagnosing and fighting against the deterioration of the environment, but expressing doubts about the problem itself is off limits.

On Wednesday of Holy Week, together with an illustration of Dakota Indians demonstrating against a pipeline with a banner bearing the words: “Defend the Sacred,” the exhortation reads: “Thank God, there is still time for us to turn the situation around … as the people of God, if we are consistent; if we are not, it would have been better for us if we had not been born.”

This is at least a shift in the meaning of “the sacred”…

That same viewpoint is at the heart of the document. Throughout the Archdiocese of Madrid’s Lenten itinerary, the main spiritual lecture offered to Catholics is Laudato si’ in order to change “thought, politics, education, lifestyle and spirituality” in the face of the new “technocratic paradigm.” This lofty ideal was invoked to incite Catholics on the Thursday of the first week of Lent to make these resolutions: avoid wasting energy, use public transport, buy “class A” electric appliances, use utility companies that guarantee their reliance on “clean and renewable energy.”

The next day, March 8, was International Women’s Day. Rather than focusing on the first Friday in Lent, the itinerary suggests “fasting for sister-Mother Earth” and “helping to reduce the culture of violence and domination over women and against the whole of Creation.” This blends in well with traditional pagan spirituality that equates the earth with femininity and the goddess of fertility.

How will the Catholics of Madrid avoid the contamination of rivers and seas by industries and keep riversides free from toxic offal? These are just some of the “commitments” suggested. More readily available to city dwellers are the promise to “inform oneself about existing campaigns and platforms against climate change” and to “recognize human impact on the acceleration of climate change,” which is mostly a way of beating one’s neighbors’ breast instead of one’s own.

But Catholics are also required to reduce their “hydraulic impact” by following official suggestions about the length of showers or collecting and reusing the water that runs while waiting for it to warm up. It comes almost as a surprise, seven days into Lent, to read about the necessity of daily prayer …

Here, “fasting” becomes “fasting from plastics” or from bottled water, or from “fake news” or from “prejudice.” Fasting on a Friday (April 12) becomes “avoiding all meat, especially red meat which pollutes most.” Catholics are expected to abstain from meat of any kind on Fridays in Lent, as a penance and obedience to the laws of the Church. But then how can one abstain “especially” from red meat?

Waste sorting becomes a good deed. Not buying small fish for consumption is the only moral obligation stated in capital letters in the whole text. Fighting against “social” or “global” inequality is a must, but perhaps less so. … However, this obligation is underscored by a long quotation from Zygmunt Bauman, a postmodernist Polish communist of the heterodox Marxist school.

Taking care of sacred places (on March 17) involves visiting a traditional place of devotion in the woods or near a lake or river … but also working to create new “sanctuaries,” “that we don’t consider to be sacred in religious terms but that are especially protected, like marine sanctuaries.”

In the same vein, Catholics are invited to pray for all those who work for the preservation of the environment, to pray beneath a tree and even to plant one. Conversely, they should “denounce any crime against the environment they know of.”

In Spain, a landing place for many African migrants – most often Islamic – the Lenten itinerary of Madrid also encourages Catholics to join networks welcoming immigrants while reflecting on the developed world’s responsibility regarding climate change and its obligation toward poor countries.

While this Lenten itinerary does promote generosity, frugality, respect for others and God’s creation, it does so by joining the global manipulation in favor of planetary social engineering through the relativization of the specific value of human life compared with “Mother Earth.” Christ and his Holy Cross are almost totally absent. How can this approach be Catholic?

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US bishop blasts pro-abortion pols for ‘allowing slaughter of the most innocent’

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, March 11, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Catholic Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville, Tennessee, tweeted that pro-abortion politicians should not present themselves for Holy Eucharist or otherwise lay claim to being Catholic.

On Friday, Bishop Stika tweeted to “all politicians who support the evils of abortion” and said, “Don't present yourself as a Catholic or wear signs that you are a Catholic like ash on your forehead.”

"Don't disrespect the Eucharist by receiving the Body and Blood of Christ and finally pray for forgiveness for allowing the slaughter of the most innocent."

He added that they should not “lie and say you are personally against abortion” while otherwise approving of the practice.

“Jesus cries at that statement,” Bishop Stika wrote, adding, “It is immoral as well as a violation of human rights and it is also the ultimate child abuse.”

Bishop Stika has been forthright in his opinion that pro-abortion Catholic politicians deserve canonical sanction. In January, when the avowedly Democrat Catholic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York signed the most radical abortion law in the country, Bishop Stika tweeted, “Someone asked me today if I would issue an excommunication of a Catholic governor under my jurisdiction” who could sign pro-abortion legislation.

Bishop Stika wrote that he would excommunicate not only any pro-abortion governor but also any other pro-abortion politicians in his diocese. Stika tweeted, “I think I might do it for any Catholic legislator under my jurisdiction who voted for the bill as well as the governor.”

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Vatican News runs interview claiming puberty blockers okay in ‘very restricted cases’

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VATICAN CITY, March 11, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A member of the Pontifical Academy for Life has argued on the Vatican News website that it’s acceptable to give children a puberty-blocking hormone in “very restricted cases.”

The Academy member, Laura Palazanni, said that Italy’s National Committee of Bioethics (NBC) – of which she is the vice president – had advised that the puberty blocker triptorelin should be used “only briefly” to create “a window of opportunity” for doctors to appropriately diagnose a child when he or she is at risk of self-harm, suicide, or self-medicating with puberty blockers bought over the internet.

Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of the College of American Pediatricians, told LifeSiteNews that puberty blockers should never be given to a physically healthy child.

“It is never ethically permissible to give a physically healthy child puberty blocking medication because these drugs cause objective harm,” she said via email. “Ethical and compassionate physicians do not give any child, let alone a suicidal one, medications that cause harm.”

“Man and woman have been created, which is to say, willed by God: on the one hand, in perfect equality as human persons; on the other, in their respective beings as man and woman,” the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches (CCC 369). “‘Being man’ or ‘being woman’ is a reality which is good and willed by God: man and woman possess an inalienable dignity which comes to them immediately from God their Creator.”

“By creating the human being man and woman, God gives personal dignity equally to the one and the other. Each of them, man and woman, should acknowledge and accept his sexual identity,” the Catechism states (CCC 2393). The Church also teaches that “except when performed for strictly therapeutic medical reasons, directly intended amputations, mutilations, and sterilizations performed on innocent persons are against the moral law.”

Pope St. John Paul II founded the Pontifical Academy for Life in 1994 to defend and promote “the value of human life and the dignity of the person.” Pope Francis has gutted the Academy of many of its members appointed during the pontificates of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, removed its requirement that members sign a pro-life declaration, and expanded its mandate to include a focus on the environment. A number of the Academy’s new appointees disagree with or question Church teaching on contraception, abortion, homosexuality, and euthanasia.

Palazanni had stressed that the child taking the hormone should be monitored by a “multi-specialist team” including endocrinologists, adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, ethicists, and other experts.  

Palazzani is also a Professor of Law at the University of Rome. She had been speaking to a reporter from the Holy See’s Vatican News website about the NCB, a non-Catholic organization, cautioning the Italian Pharmaceutical Agency (Aifa) about the dangers of triptorelin.

Triptorelin is used to treat prostate cancer and is also used to cause chemical castration. It is now being prescribed by doctors in Italy and other countries to prevent puberty, both in children suffering from early-onset puberty and gender confusion.  

It has recently been in the Italian news that triptorelin prescriptions are now paid for by the nation’s public health service. Palazzani told Vatican News reporter Giada Aquilino that the “relevant ethical problem” was not the question of “reimbursement” but the use of the hormone, whose long-term risks are still unknown, as a puberty blocker.

Palazzani explained that the NCB had been asked by Aifa, long after it had already approved the hormone, to advise the agency on the ethics of its use. She said that the NCB, “aware of the gravity of the issue and of the lack of available scientific literature, had suggested consent to the use of this drug only in very restricted cases, with prudence, judged on a case by case basis.”

When asked about the risks of blocking puberty with triptorelin, Palazzani claimed that the subject of the permanence or transitory nature of gender dysphoria is “very complex.” If a child experiences symptoms at a very young age, at three or four years old, they tend to persist into adolescence. At 16 these children begin to take hormones and when they are legal adults they “change sex,” she said.

According to the Vatican News story, sex change is allowed by Italian law under appropriate medical supervision and psychiatric evaluation.

Dr. Cretella advised that puberty blockers are neither antidepressants nor antipsychotics. They aren’t used to treat mental illness, and puberty blockers have significant side effects.

“When given to a physically healthy child with gender dysphoria, puberty blockers induce a disease state called hypogonadotropic hypogonadism which impairs fertility, halts normal brain development and stunts growth for as long as they are on the medication,” she said.

“Even when used appropriately to treat physical diseases such as precocious puberty in children, as well as prostate cancer and endometriosis in adults, blockers have been associated with negative long term side effects including severe osteoporosis, long term memory problems and an increased risk for testicular cancer,” the pediatrician continued.

“In sum, giving puberty blockers to a physically healthy child who suffers from gender dysphoria always violates the long standing medical ethics principle of ‘first do no harm.’”

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Marvel Studios: The world is ready for an LGBT superhero

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LOS ANGELES, March 11, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ― The production chief for Marvel Studios has added fuel to rumors that its next on-screen leading man will be same-sex attracted.

On March 1, the “That Hashtag Show” website published a rumor that an “openly gay” man will be cast as the lead of Marvel Studios’ 2020 superhero movie "The Eternals."

“As Marvel Studios begins its search for the cast of the 2020 feature film, 'The Eternals,' we at 'That Hashtag Show' have learned that they are looking to cast an openly gay actor for a lead role in the film,” Charles Murphy wrote.

According to Murphy, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige stated last year that the company was “working towards bringing a new LGBTQ character to the mix in the near future.”

“As it turns out, that future is nearly upon us as the studio searches for an actor, 30-49, who ‘physically looks like a superhero’ for one of the film’s leads,” Murphy continued.  

“While the studio is open to actors of all ethnicity, they would prefer the role to go to an openly gay actor.”

At the March 7 Los Angeles premiere of the heroine-led “Captain Marvel,”  Marvel production chief Victoria Alonso told Variety at the studio was committed to “diversity.”

“I’m so passionate about this, I’ve got to tell you,” she told the reporter.

"Our entire success is based on people that are incredibly different. Why wouldn’t we? Why would we only want to be recognized by only one type of person? Our audience is global, is diverse, is inclusive,” Alonso continued.  

“If we don’t do it that way for them, we will fail. If we don’t put pedal to the metal on the diversity and the inclusivity, we will not have continued success. Our determination is to have that for all of the people out there watching our movies.”

Asked if the world was ready for “an openly gay superhero,” Alonso affirmed that it was.

“The world is ready,” she said firmly. “The world is ready.”

There are already a number of same-sex attracted superheroes in the comic book universe. According to Looper.com, they include Northstar, a Canadian “mutant” and Marvel’s first LGBT character; the X-Men’s Iceman, a character who debuted in the 1960s but “came out” as gay in 2015; and Rictor, whose 2009 kiss with another male superhero was Marvel Comics’ first depiction of a same-sex sexual act. Batwoman, who was introduced in the 1950s as a love interest for Batman, was reintroduced by DC comics as a same-sex attracted woman in 2006.

Captain America, however, remains himself:

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US bishop: Church is ‘divided’ because of bishops who ‘compromise’ on morality

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SPOKANE, Washington, March 11, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A wide-ranging interview with the Spokane Inlander makes it clear why Bishop Thomas Daly – who followed now-Cardinal Blase Cupich as the bishop of Spokane – is referred to by some as the “Anti-Cupich.”   

Cupich has made a name for himself as one of the most pro-homosexual, left-wing prelates in the Catholic Church, while Bishop Daly stands up for Catholic orthodoxy.

The messages from these two stand in stark opposition to each other.  

The ‘arrogance’ of some bishops

“An archbishop said to me a couple years ago – he's an East Coast archbishop, he was ordained in the early '70s – he said, ‘I've never seen the church this divided in my life.’And this is a man who lived through the craziness in the late '60s and '70s in the church,” Daly said in the new interview. “And I would agree to that.”

“I believe the church is divided because we have people who want to compromise – and I’m talking about bishops – fundamental principles of morality that the church has remained very clear and steadfast on,” he explained. “The church, when it’s arrogant, is sinful. When it’s humble it grows in its holiness. And I believe the attitude of certain bishops and beyond has been one of arrogance.”

“What does the church need to do? We need to be truthful. I don’t like the word ‘transparent.’ It sounds like our ad agency, our PR firm, polished us up,” said Daly. “We all understand the meaning of ‘truth.’”

The disintegration of Church authority, a crisis of confidence

The bishop addressed the reticence of some of his fellow bishops to proclaim the moral teachings of the Catholic Church.

“I think there’s a reluctance of certain bishops to teach what we believe is essential to society, because they have been afraid [of the impact of the abuse scandal],” said Daly. “‘Who are you to tell us that life is sacred, when some of you have harmed children yourself or have allowed priests to have harmed children?’”

“It was a crisis of confidence to step forward as moral teachers of the faith,” declared the Spokane bishop.

“An example where this was really obvious was in Massachusetts. Boston was the ground zero in ‘02 of the scandal, that lead to the resignation of Cardinal Law,” noted Daly. “The whole issue of gay marriage really flowed out of Massachusetts. The belief was the church’s moral authority to speak on moral issues was seriously compromised by the abuse scandal in Massachusetts. The people who thought the church was preventing legalization of gay marriage and abortion, suddenly, the floodgates opened up, and the church had no moral authority in people’s minds.”

Clerical sexual misconduct: weakness, evil, ‘diabolical’

Daly also addressed the “diabolical” elements of clerical sexual abuse, and other possible contributing factors to priestly misconduct.

“The sexual misconduct of the clergy, it may be caused by weakness. It may be use of drugs and alcohol and loneliness. It may be, in fact, evil and diabolical,” said Daly.

“There was a priest in California who would take kids out to his summer place, get them drunk, rape them, and then make them serve mass the next day,” he recounted. “A lawyer who was initially asked to defend him said, ‘I can’t. This man’s evil.’ I believe that case is evil.”

“There is a diabolical element to this, I think, because a church weakened is a church who cannot proclaim the Gospel,” he asserted.

Sexual orientation of priests

Perhaps the most reassuring statement from Bishop Daly – and a sure sign of our times – was not about Church teaching, but about his personal life: “If I wasn’t a priest I would have married and probably have five kids and I’d probably be a prosecuting attorney.”   

Bishop Daly’s strong declaration comes at a time when many Catholics wonder about not only the sexual orientation of the priests in their parishes, schools, and ministries, but about their masculinity. He explained why priests who choose to be transparent about their same-sex attraction, even if they are chaste, do the Church, their parishes, and themselves no favors:

The belief is and the experience has been, when they speak about that from the pulpit, there’s an assumption that people make that they’re sexually active. I was talking to a priest in California, he said, a priest was in the pulpit, and he was saying, ‘When God did not give me the man of my dreams, I decided to become a priest.’ There was a security guard at the church who said, ‘I’m not Catholic, father, but I don’t know if that’s something that I want to be hearing from a priest from the pulpit.’ And if that’s his motive for becoming a priest? If that’s his motive, for becoming a priest?  

A priest has to be a credible father. That’s that quality I look for. If a priest is defining himself by his sexuality, I think that’s not an integrated sexuality.

“The issue about homosexuality in the priesthood is that an individual who defines himself by his sexuality, and is not supportive of the church's teaching on the call to chastity, marriage between a man and a woman, that becomes a problem,” said Daly. “You’re asked to teach what the church believes.”

Archbishop Viganò

Bishop Daly is a strong defender of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, whose surprise testimony published last August blew the lid off the Vatican’s role in covering up the Theodore McCarrick sex scandal.  

“Viganò is a man of integrity,” said Daly about the man his predecessor, Cardinal Cupich, has attempted to discredit.

“To the ones [Viganò] spoke about, look at the way they never address what he said,” observed Daly. “They just try to destroy him personally. I find that very troubling. I look at those guys who focus on what he raised, and not the person of Archbishop Viganò.”

Daly said that he agrees with Archbishop Viganò that the homosexual networks operating within the Catholic Church must be eradicated.

“I know that there have been situations – and I was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal about this – there are certain diocese and religious communities where there is a clique that runs things,” continued Daly. “Are they defined by their sexuality? They may very well be.”

“The rector when I was in the seminary said, if there’s a gay subculture in a presbyterate or seminary, then the clandestine behavior leads to other clandestine behavior,” said Daly. “You’re secretly living a double-life. And that is a recipe for disaster.”

The Church is now called to holiness and reformation

“We have gone through a period of time – for whatever reason: weakness, moral relativism, sin, even evil – that’s not the church that Christ founded,” said Daly. “Yes, it can be sinful, because we’re weak human beings. But sin cannot drive or shame or cover-up the issue.”

“I have seen how important the Catholic faith is in the lives of people” and “how much good the church does,” yet “there’s a whole group of people who say, ‘You want me to be part of that? That group of degenerates? Who hurt our kids? Who lie about it? Who take our money?’” said Daly. “And then they never come to know Christ as savior.”

“That’s when it hits me [that] the church needs a call to holiness and a reformation.”

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Pro-lifers to hold ‘Day of Mourning’ in response to Virginia governor’s defense of infanticide

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RICHMOND, March 11, 2019 (Day of Mourning) – In the wake of Governor Northam’s recent advocacy for infanticide, a grassroots movement of distressed citizens has turned their disgust to action with a “Day of Mourning” on April 6th.

Citizens were shocked and a national firestorm ensued when Virginia Governor Ralph Northam not only defended infanticide on already born babies, but also doubled down on his highly controversial comments.

Organizers are asking Americans to do three things:

  1. Wear black
  2. Fast and pray
  3. Repent for the sin of abortion

The organizers are holding a large worship and prayer gathering at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, VA, where they expect thousands to be in attendance to “stand in solidarity with the unborn and mourn over the sin of abortion.”

Virginia resident and pastor E.W. Jackson, who will be speaking at the Richmond event, stated, “When we’ve reached a point in our culture where killing babies is a reason for people to celebrate, it is time to mourn and cry out to God like never before.”

Other anticipated speakers at the Richmond event, twin entrepreneurs and best-selling authors, David and Jason Benham stated, “After what we witnessed God do in Albany, NY, we have very high expectations. This is a once-in-a-lifetime window of opportunity to right a great national wrong and restore the foundations of righteousness and liberty in our nation.”

After four thousand people attended the NY event two weeks ago, and 40 thousand watched via livestream, Day Of Mourning organizer, Elizabeth Johnston, aka The Activist Mommy, says response to the Day Of Mourning has been extremely encouraging and “evidence that Americans want to see an end to the bloodshed and child abuse called abortion.”

Eight year old adopted child, Blythe Mullen, whose mother what being pressured to abort, told the sold-out and emotional audience in Albany last month that she may have been “unplanned, but not unwanted.”

Johnston said, “History has proven that societies which kill their children will not last long. Therefore, we are ripe for a catastrophic judgment, the kind of fall that destroyed the seemingly undefeatable Roman Empire.”

Virginia Pastors will be honored and invited to join speakers on stage at the convention center to “repent for the church’s 46 years of silence and apathy.” The popular Albany event ran out of free tickets very quickly, so organizers are encouraging the public to go to http://www.DayOfMourning.org to get their free eventbrite tickets while they are still available.

Visit http://www.DayOfMourning.org for more details about the event.

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March 11, 2019 (Operation Rescue) — Emergency 911 records recently obtained by Operation Rescue reveal that a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in the Frandor area of Lansing, Michigan, callously ordered an ambulance to run without sirens in an apparent attempt to keep the public from being alerted to a medical emergency that was unfolding inside the abortion business.

The Lansing Planned Parenthood, which is located in a strip mall, dispenses abortion-inducing drugs but does not conduct surgical abortions. It also provides post-abortion follow-up exams.

The call, which took place on March 15, 2018, indicated that a 38-year-old woman had fainted and hit her head hard on the floor. It appeared that the person who placed the 911 call was a bystander, and not on Planned Parenthood's staff.

It is unknown if this emergency was related to an abortion or post-abortion patient. 

Before the address of the emergency or the condition of the woman could be given to the 911 dispatcher, the caller was heard saying, "No sirens! They said no sirens."

The ambulance was dispatched with a "charlie response," which is an order for an ambulance with advanced life support capabilities to run "cold," or without sirens.

During the call, the woman who fell was revived to consciousness, but she had difficulty responding to Planned Parenthood staff. By the end of the call, she began to vomit.

"The first thought, even before anything else, was to make sure the ambulance ran without sirens. A woman was laying on the floor dazed and vomiting, but ordering no sirens was Planned Parenthood's first priority. Silent running is known to delay emergency responders from reaching the scene and getting timely help to the people who need it," said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, which documents medical emergencies at abortion facilities.

In at least one state, that is a crime. In 2017, Missouri passed a state law with several abortion-related provisions, including a prohibition on abortion facilities ordering ambulances to run without lights and sirens. This ensures that women suffering serious abortion complications get emergency care as soon as possible.

There is only one abortion facility left in Missouri. It is a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in St. Louis, which has sparked controversy over its high number of medical emergencies involving the transport of abortion patients to hospitals.

The woman at the Planned Parenthood in Lansing was later transported to Sparrow Hospital for further medical care.

"The Lansing, Michigan, incident is just another example of how Planned Parenthood places public relations above the lives and health of women," said Newman. "They really do not want the public to know exactly how many women are being sent to hospitals — often with life-threatening injuries from botched abortions. Planned Parenthood should not be allowed to delay emergency help to women just so they don't look bad or to preserve their fake claims of abortion safety."

Read the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) print-out.

Published with permission from Operation Rescue.

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Pope Francis meets, poses for photos with pro-homosexual ‘Catholic’ group

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ROME, March 11, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis met with a pro-homosexual group which identifies itself as “Catholic” and posed with them for photos during the group’s visit to Rome last week. 

The group, “LGBT+ Catholics Westminster”, promotes the normalization of homosexuality within the Catholic Church and seeks to “rid Church and society of systemic, institutional homophobia.” The pro-homosexual group was appointed by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, to provide pastoral care to Catholics who identify as homosexual.

LGBT+ Catholics Westminster holds positions contrary to Catholic teaching on homosexuality. 

“A fully inclusive pastoral ministry with and for LGBT Catholics, parents and families, inevitably leads to understanding Church teaching on sexuality and gender identity as a developing area of magisterial teaching and not something fixed once and for all in previous documents from the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,” the group states on its website. 

The organization has marched in London’s pro-homosexual parade. The organization’s website displays in a prominent position a prayer written by openly homosexual Catholic priest Bernárd J. Lynch who states on his blog, "I am married to my husband Billy since 1998."

The Catholic Church teaches that homosexual acts are "acts of grave depravity" and are "intrinsically disordered" because they are "contrary to the natural law." 

"They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved," states the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Church also teaches that the homosexual inclination itself is "objectively disordered." 

The Pope met with the group and posed with them for a photo on Ash Wednesday, March 6, after the General Audience. According to The Tablet, the group had “privileged seats” at the Audience in St. Peter's Square. The Pope shook hands with the pilgrims. Each one received a rosary from him.

During their March 4-10 visit to Rome, the group heard presentations from journalists and from Professor James Keenan SJ of Boston College. Fr. Keenan spoke on the pope’s perspective on the Synods on Marriage & Family of 2014 and 2015. Regarding LGBT concerns, Keenan spoke to the relevance of Pope Francis’ principles of "accompaniment" and "moral discernment." The group also had Morning Prayer to commemorate at St. Bartholomew-on-the-Tiber the victims of "homophobia" and "transphobia."

The closeness of Cardinal Nichols to LGBT+ Catholics Westminster was evident when he celebrated the Mass of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in central London in January. Administered by Jesuit priests, the parish’s LGBT outreach program, LGBT Catholics Westminster,  was formed at the cardinal's direction. It includes smaller groupings that feature persons who identify as "trans." The cardinal was raised to the cardinalate in 2014 by Pope Francis and first celebrated a Mass to welcome LGBT Catholics to the Jesuit parish in London in 2015. A former archbishop of Birmingham, Cardinal Nichols is the most senior Catholic cleric in England and Wales. 

Cardinal Nichols wrote to the pilgrims in advance of their pilgrimage, telling them that it was a “wonderful opportunity” to be in Rome and  “most especially, to deepen your faith.” He wrote, “May St Peter and St Paul, and indeed all the Apostles, continue to guide you on your way, and may you never fail to be inspired by their witness as faithful servants of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.” The cardinal asked the LGBT pilgrims to pray for him “at the tombs of St Peter and St Paul and all the other holy places you shall visit,” while he assured them of his prayers.

Note: Pete Baklinski contributed to this report.

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Twitter locks another account for ‘misgendering’ trans activist

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March 11, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Social media giant Twitter has once again suspended a user simply for referring to a male who “identifies” as female by his biological sex.

Anthony Halliday, better known online as Stephanie Hayden, is a transgender activist who last December reported Kate Scottow of Humberside, England to police for “defamation” because she asserted in a Twitter exchange that he is still a man. Police went to Scottow’s home, arrested her in front of her three children, and took her to the station, where she was detained for seven hours, photographed, and fingerprinted. She also had her DNA taken and ultimately was given a court order barring her from referring to Halliday as male.

Over the weekend, Nicolas Carnogursky contacted LifeSiteNews to share that he was “inspired by” LifeSite’s coverage of the incident to send Halliday a tweet of his own Thursday, declaring simply, “You’re a man.” As a result, “Twitter blocked me within minutes” and “will not reinstate my account until I remove the tweet, which I am not going to do.” He says he believes that his account was locked within five minutes.

Carnogursky’s most recent published tweet was on Thursday, March 7, and he provided the following screenshot of Twitter’s notification, which accuses him of “violating our rules against hateful conduct.” Calling Halliday a man, the social media giant claims, constitutes “harass[ment]” on the basis of “gender identity.”

Last month, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey cited the company’s relatively new crackdown on “misgendering” or “deadnaming” (addressing someone by his original legal name that matches his biology) users as an example of “protecting” users. Canadian feminist writer Meghan Murphy is currently suing Twitter for banning her after she tweeted that “women aren’t men.”

The policy was also one of the points of contention last week in a lengthy interview on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, during which Rogan and journalist Tim Pool confronted Dorsey and Twitter legal, policy, and trust & safety lead Vijaya Gadde.

Gadde claimed that “we have a rule that attempts to address what we perceive to be instances of abuse or harassment[.] ... It’s not that you can’t have those viewpoints; it’s that ... you’re taking those viewpoints and you’re targeting them at a specific person in a way that reflects your intent to abuse or harass them.”

“What if it’s in the context of the conversation?” Rogan questioned. “What if she’s saying, ‘I don’t think that trans women should be allowed in these female spaces to make decisions for women,’ and then this person’s arguing and she says, ‘a woman is biologically female, you are never going to be a woman’?” Pool faulted Twitter for, in “an argument between two people,” having “a rule that enforces only one side of the ideology, and you’ve banned only one of those people.”

Conservative distrust of Twitter is fueled by a long series of bans and suspensions (including of LifeSiteNews) to affect non-violent, non-obscene content from right-of-center perspectives and Twitter insiders having admitted to intentionally targeting conservative accounts and topics. The platform also excludes various prominent Republicans from its drop-down search menu and appears to hold left-wing public figures to more permissive standards.

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United Nations secretary-general prepared to fight free speech worldwide

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March 11, 2019 (C-Fam) — In a speech to the U.N. Human Rights Council last month, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced that the U.N. system is going after what he calls "hate speech."

In a February 25th speech in Geneva, Guterres said the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights "belong to everyone, everywhere. They are independent of nationality, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, belief, or any other status." It should be pointed out that U.N. member states have never agreed that "sexual orientation" is a protected category of nondiscrimination. This is an invention of the U.N. Secretariat and various U.N. committees.

Guterres said he is alarmed, however, "by the shrinking civic space in every region — and every corner of the internet." He said activists and journalists are targeted by "campaigns of misinformation," posing a danger to their lives. This and much else in the speech seems to point to his disapproval of President Donald Trump who, along with the president's supporters, have sharply criticized what they see as the partisan nature of the mainstream media.

The Secretary-General said he is alarmed by "a groundswell of xenophobia, racism, and intolerance — including rising anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim hatred," and that "hate speech is a menace to democratic values, social stability, and peace." He said hate speech "spreads like wildfire through social media, the internet, and conspiracy theories."

In an apparent reference to Trump and to leaders like Victor Orbán of Hungary, Guterres is concerned with speech that "stigmatizes women, minorities, migrants, refugees, and any so-called 'other.'" He says, "Hate is moving into the mainstream — in liberal democracies and authoritarian states alike."

Under the guise of "human rights," Guterres wants speech stopped that he says presents false information about policy differences. He specifically mentioned policy claims made by opponents to the Global Compact on Migration. He said opponents of the Compact initiated a "flood of lies about the nature and scope of the agreement." What this suggests is Guterres proposes speech he and others on the left disagree with.

The United States has a long history of accepting even vile speech. Many years ago, outright Nazis were allowed to march through the mostly Jewish town of Skokie, Illinois. This was protected by the leftwing ACLU and ultimately by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In recent years, however, conservative speakers deemed "hateful" have been hounded off of taxpayer-supported colleges and universities. Large tech companies now routinely "de-platform" those voices they disagree with, voices that tend to be conservative on public policy issues. Some governments in the European Union have banned certain types of speech. Evangelical preachers have been hassled for preaching on public streets in certain parts of Great Britain. Two years ago, France made certain pro-life speech illegal. In the Colorado baker's case, pro-gay speech has been compelled by the government. Polls in the United States show that young people on the left are willing to limit speech they disagree with.

Experts are concerned that Guterres seems to agree that certain speech that he deems wrong must be stamped out, and that he sees it as the role of the United Nations apparatus to silence it.

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Near her home in Atlanta. This was Marquitta's message to those in power!
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Marquitta protesting on the sidewalk outside of the Georgia State Capitol. Her message on this sign: "STOP being bullied, bought, and bossed by the LGBT!"
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Here's where they kept Marquitta for the next 36 hours. Not a pleasant place at all!

March 11, 2019 (MassResistance) — Despite an aggressive prosecutor and the LGBT political movement lurking in the background, there was a big win in Georgia for the First Amendment and pro-family activism. And having a good attorney made a big difference!

As we reported over the past year, Marquitta R. Ford, a courageous Georgia MassResistance activist, was arrested and jailed (and treated in a humiliating way) by the authorities after legally protesting the LGBT agenda in front of the Georgia State Capitol.

Marquitta and her female friends had endured too many times the shock of men coming into women's public restrooms — in stores, malls, restaurants, and even a subway station. It was traumatic for them.

The problems began after the Governor had vetoed a "religious freedom" bill in 2016, bowing to intense pressure from the national LGBT lobby. LGBT activists saw that as an opportunity for suppressing any opposition, and within months they were out in force pushing the limits — particularly in public restrooms. Businesses in Georgia were unwilling to stop it. The Georgia Legislature refused to take action.

Marquitta insisted that women needed to be protected, but legislators at the State Capitol wouldn't even discuss it with her. So in October 2017, she decided to begin her public protest!

She had been demonstrating on the same spot — a sidewalk in front of the State Capitol — for over three months and had been assured by police numerous times that it was legal for her to protest there.

But on January 25, 2018, the state officials apparently decided that they had enough of Marquitta's message. The same police who had previously allowed her to protest suddenly ordered her to leave and move to a "free speech area" about a block away. Marquitta refused. So they angrily arrested her and made her spend the next 36 hours in the county jail, under some particularly humiliating and unfair conditions.

About a month later, the court notified Marquitta that her arraignment date would be on April 27, 2018. The District Attorney was pressing forward. So we needed to get her an attorney fast.

Getting a lawyer — not so easy

But an unexpected shock came when it came to finding her an attorney. We just assumed that a pro-bono pro-family law firm would be eager to defend a case like this that's such a blatant injustice. And with all the news stories about men in women's restrooms, you'd think a conservative legal aid group would jump at the chance to defend women.

Over a period of weeks, we contacted pro-bono pro-family law firms both locally in Georgia and across the United States. But every firm we talked to turned it down. Some wouldn't even bother to reply.

Two of the pro-family firms told us that they were worried because Marquitta's strong reaction to confronting men in the restroom might possibly be interpreted as "advocating violence against a transgender." Another wouldn't defend Marquitta because she had not followed the orders from the police to move to a different location. Good grief!

Then we got a call from Eugene Delgaudio. Eugene is President of the pro-family group Public Advocate of the US based in Virginia. Eugene gets our MassResistance emails and was very upset at what happened to Marquitta. He was even more upset when he found out that pro-family attorneys would not help her.

So Eugene relentlessly contacted criminal defense attorneys across the Atlanta area. He soon found Larry Kohn, who is known as a "super criminal defense lawyer" in Atlanta circles.

Mr. Kohn was very eager to help Marquitta. So Eugene's organization and MassResistance each agreed to cover half of his fee. It turned out to be a wise investment.

He accompanied Marquitta to her April 27, 2018 arraignment.

The initial charge against Marquitta

At the time of her arrest, the police officer on the scene on charged Marquitta with the following offense: Preventing or disrupting General Assembly sessions or other meetings of members; unlawful activities within the state capitol or certain Capitol Square buildings.

This statute seems to be a catch-all to use on just about anybody. It includes a laundry list of "any disorderly or disruptive conduct" in the State Capitol buildings or adjacent areas. It covers a wide range of possible "disruptive" activities, from using "abusive language" to obstructing a sidewalk to possessing a knife.

The only obvious application of this law to Marquitta would be the accusation of obstructing the sidewalk. But the sidewalk where Marquitta was protesting was quite wide and was never crowded. She was simply walking with a sign. During the previous three months, none of the police there ever claimed that Marquitta was obstructing anything or anyone in any way.

Nevertheless, the prosecutor was adamant that he would not let her just walk away. He made it clear to Attorney Kohn that Marquitta needed to be made an example of — or else others would come and protest outside the Capitol also. He offered Marquitta a deal to plead guilty and simply take some classes, or a little community service. But Marquitta said "absolutely no." She insisted she was not guilty, had a First Amendment right to be there, and would even risk going to jail rather than plead guilty.

A new charge against Marquitta

But in addition, Attorney Kohn pointed out something the police and prosecutor had missed. In 2006, the Georgia Supreme Court had struck down the statute (used as the basis for charging her) as too vague — unconstitutionally overbroad. Thus, they could not use it against Marquitta!

Normally, after a screw-up like this in such a minor situation, a District Attorney's office at this point would just drop the case. But they were determined to nail Marquitta. So they came up with a new charge against her: Disobeying a lawful order of a police officer.

Marquitta clearly disobeyed the order of a police officer. But was it a lawful order?

Kohn explained that over the years, courts have weighed in on this type of issue. By forcing Marquitta to move to a different location — away from everyone she wanted to reach — it changes the message and chills her free speech.

One of the court cases Kohn referred to was the unanimous 2014 US Supreme Court case McCullen v. Coakley where the Court ruled that a buffer zone around an abortion clinic — making protesters move to a different location — violated the First Amendment by limiting their speech too broadly.

It's reasonable for the state to say that people can't hold a rally on the sidewalk. But Marquitta was not blocking anybody and her conduct was not disorderly. She simply walked and talked while holding a sign.

Moreover, this order was clearly given at the whim of this police officer (or his boss), since Marquitta had been allowed to do the same thing in the same place for the previous three months.

Thus, said Kohn, it was not a lawful order by the police, and Marquitta had the right to resist it.

The two court dates for the trial — and the outcome!

Kohn asked for a trial before a judge. The date was set for Nov. 28, 2018. The prosecutor held firm to pursuing this case, and Kohn held firm that he would vigorously defend Marquitta.

But as the trial date approached, it appeared that the police became concerned about having their officers face Kohn's questioning in court. On Nov. 28, the two arresting officers failed to show up for the trial. So the judge decided to postpone the trial until Feb. 27, 2019.

On Feb. 27, the two officers again failed to show up. So the judge dismissed the case and struck it from Marquitta's record.

She had won! A great victory!

A good lawyer makes all the difference

We'll be painfully honest here. We believe that one of the reasons that our opponents — on the Left — are so successful in judicial matters, even though their cases are often ridiculously weak, is that their ACLU lawyers are very aggressive and fearless. Over 25 years, our experience with "conservative-movement" lawyers (both pro-bono and otherwise) has been largely the opposite: They are fairly thorough but non-aggressive, cautious, and afraid of offending anyone. The results have been almost universally disastrous. Just look at the charade of the "gay marriage" battles through the federal courts.

Having an aggressive, fearless, and enthusiastic lawyer working on our side — even though it cost money — was truly a rare pleasure.

Published with permission from MassResistance.

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March 11, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Conservatives have long argued that anthropogenic global warming (AGW) is a politically motivated distortion of climate science. Now that argument is being bolstered by an unexpected source: the co-founder of the leading environmental organization Greenpeace.

Patrick Moore, who is also a former president of Greenpeace Canada, appeared on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight last week for an interview with Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak.

“Fear has been used all through history to gain control of people’s minds and wallets and all else, and the climate catastrophe is strictly a fear campaign,” he said, adding that proponents of AGW — the view that human activity rather than natural phenomena is primarily responsible for Earth’s changing climate — is also fueled by “guilt” that “you’re killing your children because you’re driving them in your SUV and emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.”

Moore argued that on top of “the green movement creating stories that instill fear in the public” and the “media echo chamber ... repeating it over and over and over again to everybody,” the narrative is bolstered by “green politicians who are buying scientists with government money to produce fear for them in the form of scientific-looking materials” and “the green businesses, the rent-seekers, and the crony capitalists who are taking advantage of massive subsidies, huge tax write-offs, and government mandates requiring their technologies to make a fortune on this.

“And then, of course, you’ve got the scientists who are willingly, they’re basically hooked on government grants,” he continued. “Most of the scientists — put it in quotes, ‘scientists’ — who are pushing this catastrophic theory are getting paid by public money[.] ... [M]ost of what these so-called scientists are doing is simply producing more fear so that politicians can use it to control people’s minds and get their votes because some of the people are convinced, ‘Oh, this politician can save my kid from certain doom.’”

AGW proponents suffered a blow in 2010 with the discovery that their leading researchers, such as East Anglia University’s Climate Research Unit and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, had engaged in widespread data manipulation, flawed climate models, misrepresentation of sources, and suppression of dissenting findings.

Left-wing activists continue to claim there is a “97% scientific consensus” in favor of AGW, but that number is a misrepresentation of an overview of 11,944 papers from peer-reviewed journals. Sixty-six point four percent expressed no opinion on the matter; the 97% number refers only to the minority who did, and even that is disputed. The authors of the overview emailed the papers’ 29,083 authors, only 4% of whom responded at all. Many of the authors identified as endorsing the “consensus” later spoke out to say the overview had misrepresented their position.

“It is the biggest lie since people thought the Earth was at the center of the universe. This is Galileo-type stuff,” Moore went on. “If you remember, Galileo discovered that the sun was at the center of the solar system and the Earth revolved around it. He was sentenced to death by the Catholic Church, and only because he recanted was he allowed to live in house arrest for the rest of his life.”

Moore’s retelling of the Galileo story reflects a prevalent myth rather than the historical facts. The point, per Moore, is the disconnect between AGW proponents’ conduct and their self-image as champions of scientific inquiry.

“This abomination that is occurring today in the climate issue is the biggest threat to the Enlightenment that has occurred since Galileo,” he declared. “Nothing else comes close to it. This is as bad a thing that has happened to science in the history of science. It’s taking over science with superstition and a kind of toxic combination of religion and political ideology. There is no truth to this. It is a complete hoax and scam.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 11, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – LGBT activist media took issue with President Trump serving Chick-fil-A to the North Dakota State University Bisons football team last Monday when they visited the White House.

The Daily Wire noticed that LGBTQ Nation’s Bill Browning and The Advocate’s Tracy E. Gilchrist both protested President Trump’s decision to serve the popular chicken sandwiches to the NCAA Division 1 champions, who were in Washington, D.C. to celebrate their 38-24 victory over the Eastern Washington Eagles on January 5 in Frisco, Texas.

According to Forum News Service’s Jeff Kolpack, President Trump invited the team to the White House after a request by North Dakota Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer.

The President spent half an hour with the team and joked with them about the choice of repast, which was apparently their own.

“We could have had chefs, but we're having fast food,” Trump told them. “I know you people.”

He indicated that he was aware it was a controversial choice by justifying it on patriotic grounds.

“We like American companies, okay?" the president added.

The LGBT activists complained about the choice of food, not because they deemed it unhealthy, but because it was from a Christian company whose leadership has in the past defended traditional marraige.

The Advocate’s Gilchrist referred to the Christian family-owned firm as a “virulently anti-LGBTQ company” and wrote that it had a “long history” of donating millions to what she called “anti-LGBTQ organizations.”  

In 2012, the pro-homosexuality magazine listed Exodus International, the National Christian Foundation, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Family Research Council, the Marriage and Family Foundation, the Georgia Family Council, and the Marriage and Family Foundation as some of the recipients of Chick-fil-A’s millions of dollars in donations.

Gilchrist quoted the fast food company’s president and COO Dan Cathy as saying in 2012 that he supported the “biblical definition” of the family.  

“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy told the Baptist Press.

“We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives,” he continued.

“We give God thanks for that. ... We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”

In his column in LGBTQ Nation on the fast food feast, Bill Browning also described the popular chain as “a company known for opposing LGBTQ rights.”  

As well as supporting charitable organizations, Chick-fil-A funds college scholarships – in 2017 to the tune of almost $9 million. On its “Chicken Wire” website, the firm stated that it does not discriminate against anyone.

“Chick-fil-A is a restaurant company focused on food, service and hospitality, and our restaurants and licensed locations on college campuses welcome everyone,” it said.  

“Our corporate office and our more than 2,300 restaurants nationwide are equal opportunity employers and we have no policy of discrimination against any group. We do not have a political or social agenda and more than 120,000 people from different backgrounds and beliefs represent the Chick-fil-A brand.”

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Sandmann attorneys to sue CNN for more than $250 million over ‘direct attacks’ on Covington boys

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March 11, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – CNN is the next major media organization to face a defamation suit over its coverage over the Catholic Kentucky high school students captured on a viral video at January’s March for Life.

Immediately following January’s March for Life in Washington, D.C., the press erupted with claims that a video showed boys from Covington Catholic High School harassing Nathan Phillips, a Native American activist, outside the Lincoln Memorial. But additional extended video and firsthand accounts soon revealed that Phillips was the one who waded into the group waiting for its bus and decided to beat a drum inches from junior Nick Sandmann’s face, while members of the Black Hebrew Israelites fringe group shouted racial taunts at the kids.

Last month, an independent investigation commissioned by the Diocese of Covington (which had initially condemned the boys) cleared the students of wrongdoing, confirming the above details and that the teens had merely attempted to drown out the harassment directed at them with school cheers.

Many who ran with the original narrative just as quickly deleted their initial condemnations, but as some try to keep it alive, attorneys representing the students have threatened to sue numerous media figures and Phillips himself for defamation. Sandmann’s attorneys previously filed a $250 million lawsuit against the Washington Post, and now they are suing CNN for at least as much, Fox News reports.

“CNN was probably more vicious in its direct attacks on Nicholas than The Washington Post. And CNN goes into millions of individuals' homes,” Sandmann attorney L. Lin Wood told Fox host and conservative commentator Mark Levin Sunday evening.

“They really went after Nicholas with the idea that he was part of a mob that was attacking the Black Hebrew Israelites, yelling racist slurs at the Black Hebrew Israelites. Totally false,” Wood continued. “If you took the time to look at the full context of what happened that day, Nicholas Sandmann did absolutely nothing wrong. He was, as I've said to others, he was the only adult in the room. But you have a situation where CNN couldn't resist the idea that here's a guy with a young boy, that Make America Great Again cap on. So they go after him.”

“The CNN folks were online on Twitter at 7 a.m retweeting the little one-minute propaganda piece that had been put out,” he argued. “They're out there right away going after this young boy. And they maintain it for at least two days. Why didn't they stop and just take an hour and look through the Internet and find the truth and then report it? Maybe do that before you report the lies.”

Conservative media critics have cited multiple examples of hostile coverage and commentary from CNN personalities on the story.

Among them: left-wing actress and former contributor Kathy Griffin tweeting, “Name these kids. I want NAMES. Shame them. If you think these f***ers wouldn’t dox you in a heartbeat, think again”; host Chris Cuomo accusing Sandmann of escalating the situation “into a standoff” that Phillips “apparently wanted to diffuse,” and claiming the students were “victims of their own choices and actions”; and correspondent Sara Sidner claiming after Sandmann issued his explanation of events that he did “not look like someone who is appreciative and considerate of this culture and this chant going on.”

Last week, the Washington Post issued an “editor’s note” acknowledging some inaccuracies in its original coverage, but without a formal retraction or apology. This attempt to “whitewash its wrongdoing” was “too little and too late,” Sandmann’s legal team responded.

On Sunday, Wood told Levin the suit against CNN should be formally issued today or tomorrow, and that he expects to seek higher damages than from the Washington Post.

“The Post was $50 million for the reputational damage … $200 million in punitive damages – punitive damages are designed to punish and to deter,” he explained. “I would think the punitive-damage award against CNN that we’ll seek will be at least the same $200 million as it was against The Washington Post. But the compensatory damage to Nicholas's reputation, that number I expect will be higher.”

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NEW YORK, March 11, 2019 (Irish Pro-Life USA) – The organizers of an event intended to celebrate the pro-life heritage and historical contributions of the Irish Diaspora in America in opposing abortion laws and protecting human life have expressed disappointment and alarm at the New York Irish Consulate’s decision to turn down its application to stage the inaugural event at the Consulate.

The event would have showcased the legacy and extraordinary work in the US of ordinary Irish American citizens and residents—including religious, civil servants, first responders, military and police officers, homemakers, corporate executives, labor leaders, lawmakers and many others—who humbly dedicated their lives to the preservation and dignity of human life, from conception to natural death. Some of these same pro-life champions established homeless shelters, soup kitchens, schools and hospitals, and alternatives to abortion, such as crisis pregnancy intervention programs. 

The event, in the early planning stage, viewed the Irish Consulate as an ideal venue. The Consulate regularly hosts Irish American cultural and business gatherings. But the Consulate shot down the pro-life heritage idea proposed by Irish Pro-Life USA.

“In hindsight, we were not exactly surprised given the sad turn to the ideological left of Ireland’s government under An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar,” said John Aidan Byrne, founder and president of Irish Pro-Life USA, the grassroots group of pro-life friends of Ireland in the US. “Leo Varadkar and his Fine Gael-led government, campaigned for and then shamelessly celebrated the introduction of extreme and cruel abortion services in Ireland, paid for by hard-pressed Irish tax payers, even if these tax payers have a conscientious objection to abortion.”

Another Irish-American pro-life leader was also upset.

“It is a very sad day for the Irish American community when a major consular office of Ireland in a major US city – a satellite of the Irish government abroad– rejects a sensible and worthy petition to host a pro-family event at its offices in Manhattan,” said Chris Slattery, founder and CEO of the pro-life Expectant Mother Care/EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers in New York City. “This event aims to honor individuals, organization and members of the Catholic Church and other faiths who have defended the sanctity and dignity of human life from conception until natural death,” added Slattery. “The Irish Diaspora have been let down by the Irish Consulate in New York by its misguided and ill-judged decision.

Byrne said the staff and leaders at the Consulate have always been unfailingly polite and professional.  Last year, the Consulate hosted a delegation of Irish-American pro-life activists opposed to the repeal of Ireland’s pro-life Eighth Amendment. Sadly, Irish voters ultimately repealed the Amendment. Byrne, a dual US and Irish citizen who grew up in Ireland, led the Consulate delegation, which included Slattery; Dr. Patrick McSharry of Co. Sligo, Ireland, then at the Harvard School of Public Health; Marcella Taggart, a nurse from Dublin, Ireland working in the New York metro area; and Steven Aden of Americans United for Life. The Consulate was warm and welcoming, Byrne recalled.

“Today, it seems that recognizing, promoting and celebrating pro-life values is anathema to the Irish Consulate in New York, which is now a tax-payer-funded, pro-abortion, increasingly secular PC outpost of the Irish government that snubs the Irish Diaspora’s and Ireland’s traditional values and Christian faith,” Byrne said. “It is now firmly under the thumb of a government in Dublin [which is] hostile to life-affirming values – and our strong Christian and Catholic heritage  – that have served the Irish nation and its exiles very well for generations.”

The Consulate initially rejected the petition by Irish Pro-Life USA to host the event either this March or April, citing “our calendar commitments for the month of March and April,” presumably a reference to the heavy schedule of events before and after surrounding the feast day of St. Patrick on March 17.  Indeed, it was this special celebration that inspired the Irish pro-life group to consider March and April. When the pro-life group said it was prepared to host the event at later dates, the Consulate also shot down that proposal. “The Consulate cannot host political events,” noted the Irish Consulate in New York, in an e-mail response to Byrne that surprised him.

In reply, Byrne e-mailed the Consulate to remind this Irish government agency in New York City that the non-profit, US-based pro-life group, Irish Pro-Life USA, is not a political party and the proposed Consulate event was “non-political.” The group said it would be delighted if the Consulate has a change of heart.

“We have certainly supported and promoted – and will continue to do so – pro-life lawmakers and politicians affiliated with different political parties in Ireland, in the US and worldwide, but we are not a political party,” Byrne said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Ireland’s diplomatic mission in New York, the Irish Consulate, would now appear to be taking direct orders with blind obedience from a morally bankrupt government in Ireland.”

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The faithful must stand and fight the secularists’ war on religion

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OLYMPIA, Washington, March 11, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — A new religious war has started in America and Washington state, declared by the “Nones.”

The “Nones” (people with No Religious Affiliation), having grown in size and passion the past two decades, and after recently conquering and radicalizing the Democratic Party, news media, Hollywood, governments, and academia, have decided to openly battle and defeat their longtime enemies — faithful Christians, Orthodox Jews, and Muslims.

Also targeted is the Republican Party and those remaining groups, businesses, politicians, and other organizations who publicly support life, marriage, children, family, and public religious believers.

Danny Westneat, an influential Seattle Times writer and self-declared None, is not shy about sharing his hostility for Christians and their supporters, like the Republican Party. Brazenly, Westneat recently advised the GOP that they needed to “dump God” if they ever wanted success. Danny’s friendly advice is one thing, but the real bullying, intimidation, and economic or political terrorism being practiced by the Nones, the Democrat Party, and the libertine, LGBT, abortion, feminist, and socialist movements are real.

The Nones now automatically attack or silence all religious believers, their businesses and organizations, and public supporters until they are either co-opted or destroyed. It is not enough for a person or government or leader to be neutral or silent. One now must openly support these issues or beliefs, or you will be marginalized or ruined.

Trust me on this, I was a 24-year Democratic Party member and seven-term legislator, and I saw up close how the Nones and their “take no prisoners” allies took over the Democrat Party, the shrinking left-leaning Christian denominations, and related groups in the last 40 years. Now, they’re coming for everyone else!

Today, the great majority of religions still believe, and science agrees, that lifelong, monogamous, heterosexual marriage — lived within a faith tradition that promotes marriage, family, and children — better ensures prosperity and true happiness for a person, their children, family, and community.

These also believe that parents, local communities, and governments should discourage deadly vices like drugs, abortions, child sexual activities, and improper sexual promiscuity such as adultery and LGBT activities. They are sinful to God and harmful to children, marriages, families, and society. They also believe that children must listen, honor and obey their parents and “God.” These are the “facts” of most religious organizations in America and across the globe.

Our country was founded on these principles, and they are the foundations for Western Civilization and American culture. These values and truths were so successful, that the vast majority of countries and cultures on every continent have embraced them.

Unfortunately, things have changed here in Washington and the state capital. The Nones, now owning the Democrat Party and recently having elected large majorities in both the House and Senate, have unleashed a wave of legislation that will reverse the progress of 3,000 years of western Judeo-Christian culture and civilization. This legislation is directly aimed at harming children and religious believers.

The worst of these bills is SB5395, The Child Sexual Indoctrination Bill moving ahead in the legislature. The “Nones” and their Democrat allies will soon teach all school children that their parents and their religious beliefs and communities are sexist, bigoted, homophobic, and hateful because they reject the secular libertine culture that the Nones want to force into our culture and country.

Even worse, with SB5395, even the words and the reality of “men” and “women” have been replaced by the never-ending number of gender categories. Soon, just calling men and women what they are and using the related pronouns will be considered a firing offense or hate crime in Washington.

The advocates say this bill is “inclusive” and is just presenting sexuality information the students want “discussed.” That teachers will just present “facts” and is concerned about “school safety.”

Hogwash! They will only teach and indoctrinate the “facts” that support their libertine culture. The “facts” that most religions accept will never be “inclusively” taught by the “Nones” running our public schools and government agencies!  With SB5395, they will usurp local control to indoctrinate children starting in Kindergarten on their destructive beliefs about sex, gender, abortion, family, religion, and morality. Gender Disorder, historically a serious delusion and mental illnesses until seven years ago, is now considered normal behavior where school children will be encouraged to undergo irreversible genital mutilation.

The Nones’ radical agenda attacking religious believers will also be advanced with 10 other bills moving in Olympia. To highlight two bills, under the guise of helping children avoid punishment or shame, with HB 1775, children under age 18 would be able to legally engage in prostitution, and by HB 1742 they will be allowed to possess freely, distribute, print and display child pornography of themselves without consequences.  

How soon before we can expect child pornography and prostitution to be “factually” taught in the school’s sex-eEd, business, or photography programs because the students want it “discussed” or for “school safety?” How soon until “safe child prostitution sites” are collocated with the safe heroin injection sites currently being set up in King County under the guise of “public health safety?”

These destructive bills will encourage and teach children to hate, disobey, and rebel from parental and faith community authority. Instead of bringing children closer to moms and dads and extended family, they will bring division and separation. They will end up destroying the two most critical relationships a child needs as they transit the turbulent and dangerous teen years into mature, stable adulthood — their relationship with their mother and father.

These bills will accelerate the growing nihilism, narcissism, despair, broken relationships, drug use, and suicide, which are not just harming our educational and human service systems but also children, families and our wider society.

What a horrible legislative agenda! Promoting child pornography and prostitution, encouraging child abortions and infanticide, advancing sexual libertinism and gender confusion and self-mutilation, increasing throwaway parents/families/marriages, endorsing anti-religious bigotry and parental hatred, boosting drug use and hiding runaway children from parents and foster care — no wonder our society is sick!

I am reminded of the scary fable about the Pied Piper from Hamelin from my childhood. “Eat, drink, and be merry kids, dump God and parents, and come follow me!” cried the Pied Piper of None as he leads our children away, “Government, not mother and father, knows best!”

This ideological war the Nones are fighting is not new but is part of a longer 3,000-year-old culture fight that began with the early Jewish prophets. It was thought won over a millennium ago with the rise of the Judeo-Christian Western Civilization, but now they are back.

How can faithful Christians and faith believers win this fight?

We must unite and let our light shine!

Recently in England, hundreds of Muslim parents stormed a school meeting and demanded the anti-Muslim LGBT sexual agenda not be taught to their children or they would take their children out of school. It took weeks, and the parents did take their children out, but now it looks like the school has temporarily backed down. The Nones can be beaten!

We must do the same!  

First, “a house divided cannot stand.” It is time for Christians, Muslims, and Orthodox Jews to wake up to the common threat, put aside our differences, and unite to defend our common values against the Nones. All religious believers desire a state and community that allows God and faith to flourish without fear of persecution, so we must unite, and we must work together!

Next, we must recognize that we have failed our God by placing our light under a basket. We fight not just against the Nones and the Democrats this session, but against forces we can’t comprehend.

So join this fight to save our children and family, and fight for our God, and the kingdom of Jesus Christ here on earth!

Let us go forth two by two, into every town and place, into the town halls, school board meetings, legislative committee hearings, social media sites, letters to editors, parades, and rallies and demonstrations.

Let us meet our enemies with prayers, kindness, and love, and loudly and boldly proclaim the “Good News” to the Nones and our neighbors, and let our light shine brightly in the public squares of our communities!

Let us make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that Jesus has commanded.

“If God is for us, who can be against us!”  

Mark Miloscia is executive director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington.

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By Phil Lawler

March 11, 2019 (CatholicCulture.org) — The Catholic bishops of Tennessee recommended against support for a "Heartbeat Bill," on prudential grounds. The bishops may be right in their political judgment. But even if they are, they had no business issuing their statement.

In that statement, the bishops made it quite clear that they are in sympathy with the sponsors of the legislation: that they "wholeheartedly support" the intention of the "Heartbeat Bill." Their concern was based purely on political tactics. In other states, the bishops noted, "Heartbeat" legislation has been passed, enacted, and then overturned by the courts, leaving the pro-life cause worse off than before the bill was introduced. Therefore, they reasoned:

Given the field of legal realities that we must consider, we believe it would not be prudent to support the "Heartbeat Bill" knowing the certainty of its overturning when challenged, in addition to the court ordered fees that would be paid to the pro-abortion plaintiffs. Instances like these remind us that we must be prudent and support other pro-life pieces of pro-life legislation that stand a better chance of being upheld in the courts and, possibly, become the vehicle that forces the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe once and for all.

In putting forward this argument, the Tennessee bishops were obviously not making a point based on fundamental Catholic doctrine or Church moral teaching. They were making a purely political argument. And bishops — how many times do we have to remind them? — have no special authority to make prudential political judgments.

Again, the bishops' political judgment might be right. Then again, your political judgment might be right, or my political judgment might be right. Or maybe all of us — you and I and the bishops — will be proven wrong. Everyone is entitled to his own opinion. In Tennessee and every other American state, there are lay Catholics with both experience and expertise in politics. It would behoove pro-life activists — and Catholic bishops — to listen to their advice. But no one has the right to claim — or even to imply — that his political prognostications carry the weight of Church authority.

Bishops speak with authority when they speak on matters of faith and morals. Questions of political tactics fall within the proper sphere of the laity. When bishops trespass in that territory, they generally make mistakes — as the Tennessee bishops did in this case.

It may be true that the Tennessee "Heartbeat Bill" would be overturned in court. But isn't it possible that this bill would be better crafted, that it could survive a constitutional challenge, that it might even furnish the case that finally undermines the disastrous legal precedents set in the Roe and Doe decisions? We cannot be certain. Neither can the bishops.

But we can be certain that as the debate continues in Tennessee, supporters of legal abortion will draw comfort from the bishops' public statement, using it to suggest that that legislation is "so extreme that even the bishops oppose it." We can be equally certain that Catholics involved in the pro-life movement feel betrayed by the bishops' public recommendation against their favored bill, and non-Catholics in the pro-life movement will question whether they can count on Catholics as reliable allies. The bishops fear that the passage of the "Heartbeat Bill" could ultimately harm the pro-life movement. Maybe so. But the bishops' opposition has already caused some serious harm.

Please, bishops, do the work that is set out for you: ensuring that the faithful have access to the sacraments and to sound Catholic teaching. Don't try to set yourselves up as political analysts. It's not your role; it's not your charism; it's not your strong suit. We need your pastoral leadership. We don't need your political advice.

Published with permission from CatholicCulture.org.

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Opinion,

How did socialism become okay in America? Through the schools

Andrew Cunningham
By Andrew Cunningham

March 11, 2019 (American Thinker) — How did socialism become mainstream? Look no farther than modern-day socialism's roots: Marxism. When one observes the modern political scene occupied by the likes of Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris, one observes nothing but modern-day Marxism. When one observes the modern-day college campus, one observes nothing but the Marxist-leftist indoctrination of America's youth.

When Marxism is considered, it is often viewed through an economic lens. Karl Marx's ideas of historical materialism, the exploitation of the proletariat by the bourgeoisie, and class-based division are staples of American collegiate academia. Any second-year university student, no matter his degree path, has already been taught from the enlightened minds of Marx and Engels. However, what if these ideas of Marxism go much deeper than mere economics? What if Marxist philosophy has extended to every facet of the American college campus?

To some, this idea might seem preposterous and a manufactured right-wing conspiracy. To any politically moderate or conservative student, it's a living reality.

While socialist and Marxist-influenced ideas have spread throughout the corridors of America and thus led to the election of such prominent democratic socialists as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, many Americans don't realize how deep an impact Marxist ideas have made culturally — namely, on college campuses.

The Frankfurt School was a movement of far-left European philosophers who sought (among many other things) to apply the ideas of Marx in a social context. What developed from this school was Critical Theory, which is ultimately a re-envisioning of the way the world is seen. The Frankfurt School rejected objective truth and the historical records of humanity and objected to any form of objective knowledge. According to Claudio Corradetti of the University of Rome, this can be said of the Frankfurt School: "on the basis of Habermasian [a Frankfurt School philosophy] premises, indeed, there can be no objective knowledge[.] ... Since knowledge is strictly embedded in serving human interests, it follows that it cannot be considered value-neutral and objectively independent." With this statement comes the basis of the identity politics–centered culture. There is no longer objectivity in the sciences or arts, and everything becomes an element of interpretation. Knowledge, according to Marxist thought, can be manipulated to serve a purpose, and that is what the left is actively doing. While this idea that objective knowledge is no longer accepted might seem like nonsense, these ideas are prominent in far-ranging academic subjects from the arts to the sciences. In turn, these ideas are captivating campuses and infecting students everywhere. 

Throughout Western history, society has been rooted in the principles of objective truth. The great philosophers like Plato, Aristotle, and Locke all believed in some form of objective truth that guided society and established principles to be followed.

Much of the modern Western world is based on the ideas produced by Judeo-Christian thought. Judeo-Christian thought is based deeply in objective truth and objective reality. However, objective truth or reality of any kind is no longer the fad. One has to look no farther than Boston University to find courses with titles such as "Dismantling White Privilege, Power, and Supremacy." Any course that attempts to induce guilt for one's ethnicity is undeniably subjective in nature. Consider the debates on sex, sexuality, and human physiology. There is arguably mainstream societal acceptance that there are more than two "genders" and that sex and sexuality are in no way linked. Furthermore, if one even questions the eligibility of male athletes in female-only sports, he will often be labeled a bigot, or at the very least old-fashioned. No empirical research is needed to realize that much of American history is now scrutinized rather than honored. American military involvement is commonly preached as oppression rather than liberation. Everything from the nuclear family to supporting ICE is under scrutiny. There is a systematic dismantling of American values that were once accepted as objectively good and now maligned as evil. When objective truth and reality no longer exist, the Left can rewrite the rules to society — and it has.

Where do all of these ideas come from? Primarily college campuses. The Frankfurt School's rejection of objective truth has led to the creation of leftist ideologies that demonize all forms of conservatism while praising intersectionality. Once an idea is preached into impressionable minds, reiterated throughout the echo chambers of social media, and proselytized to the masses, these ideas became mainstays of mainstream culture. If objectivity continues to be rejected on college campuses and throughout much of our society, it will be a lonely world for conservatives and free-thinkers. There's no telling where the promulgators of Marxism and the Frankfurt School will go from here.

Andrew Cunningham is a published author and a sophomore at the University of Illinois, Springfield majoring in political science.

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Opinion,

Transgender madness must be fought, even when conservatives support it

Sally Zelikovsky
By Sally Zelikovsky

March 11, 2019 (American Thinker) — Has anyone rationally analyzed the direction we are heading along the gender-fluid turnpike? If we don't set some guidelines soon, we'll be cruising headlong into a nasty multi-car pile-up. It might already be too late.

To wit, Josh Rogin's October 2018 article in the Washington Post, "Giselle Donnelly Can Finally Be Herself," came and went with barely a whimper in the conservative world, even though it recounts the transition of AEI's national security expert, Thomas Donnelly, to "transwoman" Giselle Donnelly.

Formerly a married man who fathered two children, this conservative scholar led a clandestine life as a woman wannabe. After his divorce and five years of gender probing, Donnelly found his peace sharing "national security, wine, gender fluidity, and BDSM" with his new wife, Elizabeth Taylor, a former naval nuclear instructor turned trans beauty consultant.

A few years ago, this would have been fodder for a skit on SNL. Today, it's serious stuff.

Rogin seems downright giddy about the transition and rebukes conservatives writ large, except for AEI chieftains Arthur Brooks and Danielle Pletka, who supported Donnelly and seamlessly facilitated changes to the site as if nothing monumental happened. His picture was quietly replaced with "hers"; we were expected to accept this as so normal that only one line at the website gave it away: "Thomas Donnelly transitioned in October 2018. Please go to Giselle Donnelly's current bio page for more recent work." While articles are still attributed to Thomas Donnelly, only Giselle is listed as a scholar. His bio is now "hers" and states: "Formerly Thomas Donnelly, Giselle Donnelly's previous work can be found here." In time, evidence that Thomas Donnelly walked this earth (except for his children) will go down the Memory Hole and be wiped from history. 

I understand there is a human being here who has been in emotional pain and decided that this is how to fix it. While this might have been an exciting journey of gender exploration for Donnelly, Rogin indicates that it has been a struggle for his family. Giselle can tell his children that Dad in a dress and wig is the same rock guitar–playing conservative national security expert he was in a suit, but my guess is that even grown children see clearly that the emperor is stark-raving naked.

While we all go about our daily lives, transgender advocacy organizations have pushed changes in the military, sports, our schools, even the pageantry world. As a society, we haven't been accorded the opportunity to have an honest, comprehensive national conversation about transgender issues and whether individuals should be free to transition absent scientific proof. Debate has been carefully stifled by the proponents of all things transgender; issues are presented not as questions, but as foregone conclusions; and any credible opposition is "transphobia" and "hate" punishable by public humiliation. People lose their jobs, credibility, and memberships in organizations. They're excommunicated from social media, harassed, labeled, and doxxed if they dare question the trans-orthodoxy of the Democrat-Media Complex and LGBTQ Mafia. 

Ironically, there is no deference to science on these issues unless radical academics can contort the science to fit the cause. 

It's almost as if Rogin wants us to take a deep breath and relax now that Thomas is Giselle, but it's not that straightforward. He is a dude who "became" a chick in a relationship with a dude who "became" a chick. Is he gay or lesbian? Are they pansexual? Are they both non-binary and can switch as they choose? The array of possibilities here is dizzying. 

Silly backwards heterosexuals! It's a spectrum, a gold mine of sexualities to be prospected! It doesn't matter what Giselle and Liz are — only what they want to be in that moment! Antiquated scientific realties cum social constructs of "male" and "female" must not impinge on or limit their desires! 

Now, some might call this hedonism, confusion, dysphoria, or mental illness. But you publicly articulate that at your own risk. Even with conclusive scientific evidence and ironclad statistics, you will be thought-lynched in the public square.

While young people seem unfazed, refuse to assign their offspring a sex, and themselves navigate the Chinese menu of gender choices, such upheavals in society are not healthy when they have been thrust upon us by powerful political forces backed by big donors with transformative agendas. 

Those of us who aren't convinced, pretend it doesn't matter, but it does. At my gym, there is a man "transitioning" to a woman. The heterosexuals struggle not to gawk, are courteous and respectful, yet there is an undeniable tension: the men hope he won't change and shower in the men's locker room, while the women hope he will. 

Heterosexuals aren't the only ones concerned. Many gay couples with transitioning children struggle. Lesbian tennis icon Martina Navratilova spoke out against transgenders competing in sports, did some research after being attacked, and now opposes it even more vigorously.

Here's the rub. Just because you want to be a girl, that doesn't mean society should permit you to be injected with hormones, mutilate your genitals, undergo numerous surgeries, use the girls' locker room, compete on a women's sports team, and be accorded advantages in your education and career based on being a woman. Would it be acceptable if white people, who always felt black inside or identified with black culture and history, chemically darkened their skin?

The fact is, our society has not been allowed to draw any lines with regard to transgenders — be it in sports, bathrooms, single-sex schools, the military, or the workplace. Here's a suggestion based on science and reason: if you undergo testing and your chromosomal gender does not match up with your secondary sex characteristics, if you have ambiguous genitalia and the "wrong" sex was selected at birth, if you are a hermaphrodite, then I doubt anyone would have any issues with corrective surgery. What you then become — male or female — will be who you are and you will be treated just like anyone born of that gender.

These conditions are referred to as "intersex," and they are not common. In "How Common is Intersex," Dr. Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D., defines intersex as "those conditions in which (a) the phenotype is not classifiable as either male or female, or (b) chromosomal sex is inconsistent with phenotypic sex." Simply put, if your chromosomal sex matches your genitalia, you are not intersex. 

He directly refutes Brown University professor Anne Fausto-Sterling (hereinafter "Fausto")'s claim that 1.7% of births are intersex, representing five million individuals in the U.S. Cited extensively in schools and by the media, Fausto's work is "a counterpoint to the view that the role division between men and women is largely predetermined by human evolutionary history[.] ... [H]uman sexual development is not always dichotomous and ... gender differences fall on a continuum, not into two separate buckets."

Dr. Sax explains in painstaking scientific detail how Fausto inflated her numbers by including non-intersex conditions — i.e., 88% of the patients included in the 1.7% have Late-Onset Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, where "[t]he genitalia of these babies are normal at birth, and consonant with their chromosomes." It develops later in life, sometimes not at all, with the most common symptoms being baldness for men and "oligomenorrhea, hirsutism, infertility, or acne" for women, with rare cases of mild clitoral enlargement. Dr. Sax clarifies that the actual rate of U.S. intersex births is 0.018%, or about 50,000 intersexuals! That's a significant difference.

It is transitions like Tom Donnelly's or the more visible Bruce Jenner's that appear problematic. Unless they can scientifically prove otherwise, they are males, with functioning secondary male sex characteristics, who successfully reproduced in long-term marriages. They look like men, sound like men, and have the plumbing and genetic make-up of men. If it is not anatomical or genetic, then it must be mental, emotional, or psychological and should be treated differently. Drastic "sex reassignment" surgery and hormone therapy should be used only for limited intersex conditions and not for intersex children until the technology advances. 

Decent non-haters are tired of being told gender is fluid, heteronormism is a chimera, and we must accept scientific truths about global warming but dismiss scientific truths about gender. 

We should not indulge brown-shirts silencing doctors and scientists who speak out, like Dr. Paul McHugh, the noted John Hopkins psychiatrist who closed the gender identity clinic in 1979 because it was ineffective in treating gender dysphoria and who continues to be a punching bag of progressive activists and media, or Dr. Kenneth Zucker, who for decades managed Toronto's Child Youth and Family Gender Identity Clinic and was eventually pushed out because of the cautious approach he took with children. We are all held at gunpoint to applaud the emperor parading around in ladies' garb.

The line should be simple: if an individual wants surgery and hormone therapy, the threshold should be genetic testing to determine if he is truly intersexual. If he is, and the procedures are successful, he should be treated as the man or woman he becomes, entitled to legally change his birth certificate, check the appropriate "male" or "female" box, use the appropriate bathroom or locker room, compete in sports and the military per his sex, and be addressed with the appropriate pronouns and titles.

If they do not pass that threshold, they should be free to undergo sex reassignment surgery and hormone therapy as they wish — this is, after all, America — but not on the taxpayer's dime or through private insurance, driving up the cost of insurance. They also should not be able to sue to compel admittance to opposite-sex bathrooms, locker rooms, sports, certain jobs, or the military.

Strong voices on the side of science must speak out, especially as technology advances. Activists and scientists with agendas like Dr. Fausto-Sterling will continue to push the notion that gender is fluid. It won't be long before perfections in CRSPR technology allow us to manipulate genes in utero, even in adults, to select and change anything, including our sex; nanobots could be programmed to de-feminize or de-masculinize; as with ears, genitalia could be lab-cultivated or 3D-printed; and the technology that allowed same-sex mice to procreate could be applied to humans. With these astounding technological achievements close by, a brave new culture will be thrust upon us before we have had the chance to examine if that is really the best course for our society, in particular, and humanity, in general.

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