Cassie Farrell

Fix that wall

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By Cassie Farrell

I never liked Kool-Aid. I didn’t trust its fluorescent colors, the ridiculous amount of sugar that went into its mix, not to mention that it hurt both my teeth and my stomach. Who likes puking blue mush? Not me. I really wanted to like it, and sometimes even deigned to drink some. This was mostly because other kids loved it and seemed excited about it. The image of the Kool-Aid guy crashing through walls unannounced to the jubilation of whoever happened to be in the room also appealed to my paleolithic sensibilities. Still, many birthday parties and Sky Dancers later (seriously my favorite staple gift of the 90’s. Bring them back!) I couldn’t make myself like it. This dislike only intensified as I learned about its affiliation with the Jim Jones Massacre, and understood the meaning of the phrase “drinking the Kool-Aid.”

It hurts my stomach and my empowered feminine mind to think that we live in a world where people still love Kool-Aid, and drink it by the gallon both figuratively and literally.

I realized this as I watched feminist progressives applaud the alleged rapist, serial sexual harasser, and celebrated liar Bill Clinton appear at the DNC to somehow bestow legitimacy upon Barack Obama as an option for president of the United States.

It reoccurred to me as I watched the embarrassingly melodramatic (and predominantly, Canadian) pro-Obama status updates blow up my newsfeed the night of his re-election. Apparently, hysterical tears and anthropomorphic reproductive organs have taken the continent by storm. I didn’t understand it in 2008, and I don’t understand it now – and that’s despite watching several hours of The View.

The only thing that makes less sense to me than self-respecting women valuing an endorsement from Bill Clinton is self-respecting women supporting Planned Parenthood. Cecile Richards was busy licking her chops and writing commander-in-chief love tweets as Tonya Reaves bled to death for over five hours after being irrevocably maimed during a legal abortion and then discarded by a Chicago-area Planned Parenthood. The Planned Parenthood did not give the local emergency room information regarding what went wrong, which only made the situation worse. The Planned Parenthood also refused to call 911, and eventually had her dropped off at the hospital by a Fire Department’s ambulance. Even an emergency hysterectomy couldn’t save her. She was 24 years old.

This came just a few months after Obama called Sandra Fluke to assure her that she wasn’t a slut. One is supposed to be able to tell from this action that he really cares about women, and unequivocally condemns misogynist, demeaning, and insulting speech. Oh, wait. Interestingly, Reaves’ orphaned son didn’t warrant any phone call, condolences, speaking engagements, or even acknowledgement from Obama or Richards. Obama has since made it clear that he wants his ties with Planned Parenthood to be as intimate as possible, and is still pretending that they actually provide mammograms (they don’t), and that they don’t aid and abet sex-trafficking, sex-selective abortion and statutory rape (they do). In a particularly un-feminist move, Planned Parenthood and its presidential advocate also don’t seem to value informed consent. At least they have time to make informative videos like this, and culturally sensitive videos like this. It seems that Reaves, her aborted child, her orphaned son, and all of the other victims of Planned Parenthood’s anti-woman practices are supposed to suck it up for the sake of Obama, his celebrity cheer squad, and free condoms. 

The fact that women voted for this violent and institutional misogyny in droves is disturbing, but not unsurprising given the identical trend that exists in Canada. Unfortunately, Canada remains the only Western industrialized country without any abortion legislation. This has been the case for decades, and means that the unborn child has no rights and no protections under the law. While Joyce Arthur and her supporters at the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC) gush about their literally non-existent abortion rights, they simultaneously argue that unrestricted abortion access is necessary regardless of the gestational age of the fetus, but that late-term abortions rarely happen in Canada anyway. They are incorrect on both counts.

Meanwhile, another prominent pro-choice hypocrisy and insult to human intelligence is noted by the National Post’s George Jonas:

…the pro-choice crowd usually opposes capital punishment — except for the crime of inconveniencing a woman. Inconveniencing men is okay. Fathers can’t opt out of child-support if the mother decides to keep the baby, no matter how “inconvenient” fatherhood may be for them. Nor could a father save his child’s life even by assuming sole responsibility for its maintenance. Men and women are supposed to be equal… Yet fatherhood is compelled by law, while motherhood is a matter of choice. How do lawmakers get around this hurdle? In the same way they get around any question for which there’s no answer in logic or equity. They ignore it.

Despite these issues, and that polls show that most Canadians believe that there should be abortion restrictions, Canadians are still obligated to pay for these abortions through the public healthcare system, and do so without complaining. While there is a strong and growing youth movement to defund abortion in Canada, that Canadians have been complacent and comfortable with such an unjust situation for so long is troublesome.

It seems that blindly drinking “Kool-Aid” has a healthy history in both Canada and the United States, and the practice isn’t going away any time soon.  What is the solution to this problem?  It’s simple: spit that Kool-Aid out and think twice before taking another sip. It’s never too late to inform the Kool-Aid guy that somebody’s going to have to fix that wall. There is no reason to be satisfied with and accept something that is unsatisfactory and unacceptable. That includes blood-soaked misogyny dressed in a pink ribbon and peddled by direct beneficiaries in smart pantsuits, and generic ARCC rhetoric, logical inconsistencies, and general disdain for human life. Don’t forget about women, like Tonya Reaves, who are sacrificed on the altar of pro-choice politics and don’t receive even a sliver of the attention that Sandra Fluke received.

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Indiana faces backlash as it becomes 20th state to protect religious liberty

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN, March 27, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Thursday, Indiana became the 20th state to prevent the government from forcing people of faith to violate their religious beliefs in business or the public square.

Gov. Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (SB 101) into law, saying the freedom of religion is a preeminent American value.

“The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion, but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action,” Pence said.

Gov. Pence, a possible dark horse candidate for president in 2016, cited court cases brought by religious organizations and employers, including Catholic universities, against the HHS mandate. “One need look no further than the recent litigation concerning the Affordable Care Act. A private business and our own University of Notre Dame had to file lawsuits challenging provisions that required them to offer insurance coverage in violation of their religious views.”

The new law could also prevent Christian business owners from being compelled to bake a cake or take photographs of a same-sex "marriage" ceremony, if doing so violates their faith. In recent years, business owners have seen an increased level of prosecution for denying such services, despite their religious and moral beliefs.

The state's pro-life organization applauded Pence for his stance. "Indiana's pro-life community is grateful to Gov. Mike Pence for signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law,” said Indiana Right to Life's president and CEO Mike Fichter. “This bill will give pro-lifers a necessary legal recourse if they are pressured to support abortion against their deeply-held religious beliefs.”

“RFRA is an important bill to protect the religious freedom of Hoosiers who believe the right to life comes from God, not government,” he said.

The state RFRA is based on the federal bill introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993. The Supreme Court cited the federal law when it ruled that Hobby Lobby had the right to refuse to fund abortion-inducing drugs, if doing so violated its owners' sincerely held religious beliefs.

In signing the measure – similar to the one Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed – Pence and the state of Indiana have faced a torrent of venom from opponents of the bill, who claim it grants a “right to discriminate” and raises the spectre of segregation.

"They've basically said, as long as your religion tells you to, it's OK to discriminate against people," said Sarah Warbelow, legal director of the Human Rights Campaign, a national homosexual pressure group.

The Disciples of Christ, a liberal Protestant denomination based in the state capital, has said it will move its 2017 annual convention if the RFRA became state law. The NCAA warned the bill's adoption “might affect future events” in the Hoosier state.

Pence denied such concerns, saying, "This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination in any way I would've vetoed it."

The bill's supporters say that, under the Obama administration, it is Christians who are most likely to suffer discrimination.

"Originally RFRA laws were intended to protect small religious groups from undue burdens on practicing their faith in public life,” said Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy. “It was not imagined there would come a day when laws might seek to jail or financially destroy nuns, rabbis or Christian camp counselors who prefer to abstain from the next wave of sexual and gender experimentation. And there's always a next wave.”

The bill's supporters note that it does not end the government's right to coerce people of faith into violating their conscience in every situation. However, it requires that doing so has to serve a compelling government interest and the government must use the least restrictive means possible. “There will be times when a state or federal government can show it has a compelling reason for burdening religious expression – to ensure public safety, for instance,” said Sarah Torre, an expert at the Heritage Foundation. “But Religious Freedom Restoration Acts set a high bar for the government to meet in order to restrict religious freedom.”

Restricting the ability of government to interfere in people's private decisions, especially their religious decisions, is the very purpose of the Constitution, its supporters say.

"Religious freedom is the cornerstone of all liberty for all people,” Tooley said. “Deny or reduce it, and there are no ultimate limits on the state's power to coerce."

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Porn is transforming our men from protectors into predators. Fight back.

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Since I’ve gotten involved in anti-pornography work, I’ve met countless men who struggle, fight, or have beaten pornography. Each person seems to deal with the guilt and shame that accompanies porn use in a different way—some deny that it’s “all that bad,” others pretend that they could “stop whenever they want,” many insist that “everyone is doing it,” and most, when pressed, admit to a deep sense of self-loathing.

One worry surfaces often in conversation: What do my past or current struggles with pornography say about me as a man? Can I ever move past this and have a meaningful and fulfilling relationship?

I want to address this question just briefly, since I’ve encountered it so many times.

First, however, I’ve written before how I at times dislike the language of “struggling” with pornography or pornography “addiction,” not because they aren’t accurate but because too often they are used as an excuse rather than an explanation. It is true, many do in fact “struggle” with what can legitimately be considered an addiction, but when this language is used to describe an interminable battle with no end (and I’ve met dozens of men for whom this is the case), then I prefer we use terminology like “fighting my porn habit.” A semantic debate, certainly, but one I think is important. We need to stop struggling with porn and start fighting it.

Secondly, pornography does do devastating things to one’s sense of masculinity. We know this. Pornography enslaves men by the millions, perverting their role as protector and defender of the more vulnerable and turning them into sexual cannibals, consuming those they see on-screen to satisfy their sexual appetites.

What often starts as mere curiosity or an accidental encounter can turn into something that invades the mind and twists even the most basic attractions. I’ve met porn users who can’t believe the types of things they want to watch. They haven’t simply been using porn. Porn has actively reshaped them into something they don’t recognize and don’t like. 

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Porn is this generation’s great assault on masculinity and the role of men in society. It is essential that we win this battle for the sake of society’s survival. Contrary to what the gender-bending and family-morphing progressive elites claim, good husbands and good fathers and good church leaders are necessary for a healthy society. But pornography is destroying marriages, creating distant and disconnected fathers, and, metaphoricaclly castrating men, hindering their ability and desire to make a positive difference in the society around us.

So, with this sobering set of facts in mind let’s return to the question: what do pornography struggles, past and present, say about a man?

The proper way to respond is with everything that is good about masculinity. We have to fight pornography as men have fought countless evils throughout the ages. We need to fight pornography to protect women, and wives, and children, and our society at large. This is how pornography threatens society, by castrating men, and turning them from protectors into predators. Rooting out the evil in our own lives allows us to better fulfill the role we are called to perform in the lives of others. Battling our own demons enables us to battle the wider cultural demons. Every day without porn is another bit of virtue built. Virtue is not something you’re born with. Virtues are habits that you build. And one day without porn is the first step towards the virtue of being porn-free.

Many men ask me if men who have had past porn addictions are cut out for being in a relationship or working in the pro-life movement or in other areas where we are called to protect and defend the weak and vulnerable. And the answer to that is an unequivocal yes. Our society needs men who know what it means to fight battles and win. Our society needs men who can say that they fought porn and they beat porn, because their families and their friends were too important to risk. Our society needs men who rose to the challenge that the evils of their generation threw at them, and became better men as the result. And our society needs men who can help their friends and their sons and those around them fight the plague of pornography and free themselves from it, too—and who can understand better and offer encouragement more relevant than someone who has fought and been freed themselves?

So the answer to men is yes. Fight pornography. Beat pornography. And join the ranks of those who support their fellow men and women still fighting. Lend them support and encouragement. We cannot change the fact that porn has left an enormous path of destruction in its wake. But we can change the fact that too many people aren’t fighting it. We can change our own involvement. And we can rise to the challenge and face this threat to masculinity with all that is good about masculinity.

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I don’t like having to do this, but we have always found it best to be totally upfront with our readers: our Spring fundraising campaign is now worrying us! 

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Every year, LifeSite readership continues to grow by leaps and bounds. This year, we are again experiencing record-breaking interest, with over 6 million people visiting our website last month alone!

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