John Jalsevac

Is wearing a condom the ‘ultimate sign of LOVE’? According to Planned Parenthood, yes

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February 15, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – One of my favorite quotes from P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster books occurs in the episode where Wooster gets mixed up, to typically hilarious effect, with a bunch of Marxist radicals.

At one point Wooster’s all-knowing butler Jeeves displays a surprisingly exhaustive knowledge of the writings of Marx.  Upon being queried by Wooster where he learned so much about “the social revolution,” Jeeves responds: “It is as well to know exactly what tune the devil is playing.” 

Good advice that.

I think of Jeeves often as I wander about the seedier districts of the internet as part of my job keeping tabs on the goings on of groups like Planned Parenthood, NARAL, Abortion Funds, Jezebel, and RH Reality Check.

It is, to say the least, instructive to read the tweets and blogs and posts of the radical leftist organizations, some of which (Planned Parenthood especially) have somehow managed to gain a reputation for respectability despite espousing views that are, quite simply, horrifying. (Don’t believe me? Watch this video from American Life League. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.)

Today, for instance, I happened upon this gem, tweeted by Planned Parenthood of the Greater Memphis Region:

Forget flowers and chocolate…using condoms is the ultimate sign of LOVE.

Which seems a rather odd thing to say. I believe that the standard quotation in reference to “ultimate love” goes like this: “No greater love has any man than this, than to lay down his life for his friends.”  Apparently, however, that’s all bosh. What Jesus really should have said was, “No greater love has a man than to wear a condom.” 

I had to scratch my head over that tweet for a few minutes. But I think I’ve figured it out. You see, in Planned Parenthood’s world, if you’re having sex, you’re most likely not having sex with your spouse; you probably have no plans of staying faithful to your partner; you almost certainly don’t want to have children; and either you or your partner is likely infected with any number of STDs.

Nor are they necessarily wrong in their suppositions. The latest numbers from the CDC show that upwards of one-third of Americans have an STD, with the hardest hit group being those between the ages of 15 and 24. Meanwhile, fewer and fewer Americans are bothering to get married, instead shacking up with whom they please, and moving on whenever the going gets tough. And all the time the birth rate keeps dropping, as children become increasingly viewed as an optional accessory, rather than the natural and desirable outcome of marriage and sexual intercourse. 

Given all this, if you’re planning on having a Valentine’s Day romp with whoever happens to be available for casual sex at the time, the most loving thing you do that evening might very well be strap on a rubber to make sure you don’t infect your partner with a communicable disease, or impregnate them with a baby that you have no intention of sticking around to raise. 

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I suppose it's perfectly in character then that Planned Parenthood also tweeted approvingly about the entrepreneurial student who recently grabbed national headlines after beginning a business delivering “emergency condoms” to college dorm rooms, for a fee. “That’s serious dedication to #safersex,” cooed Planned Parenthood. And then, just to drive home the point, on Valentines’ Day the organization sent out a tweet saying, “Be my Valentine,” accompanied by a photo of a Planned Parenthood chocolate surrounded by condoms. And finally, just a few minutes ago, they alerted us to the fact that it's apparently National Condom Week, and helpfully sent along instructions on how to put one on.

Maybe this all doesn’t seem as odd to you as it does to me. But when I read Planned Parenthood’s twitter feed I sometimes feel like I’m in the twilight zone, and I wonder if I have anything at all in common with them. 

You see, I have been very fortunate to live amongst people where Valentine’s Day has as much to do with casual sex and condoms as it does with…I don’t know…golf, I guess. The vast majority of my friends waited until getting married to live with each other or to have sex. Most of them have happily welcomed children into their lives within the first few years of marriage. And almost none of them have ever used any form of birth control, instead relying upon self-control and the extremely effective natural family planning methods to space their children, if necessary. And the abortion rate? Non-existent.  

It’s a different way of thinking and living than the norm, I grant you. But from what I’ve seen, these friends have far more stable and happy marriages than just about anybody who has bought into the Planned Parenthood lie. Nor is this surprising. After all, if you view condom-wearing as the “ultimate sign of love,” what are the chances that you’ll be able to muster the strength of character to stick by your spouse when things like personality differences, sickness, financial misfortune and children come along? Slim to none.

What I believe my experience shows, however, is that Planned Parenthood’s vision of love and romance, in which the condom plays a central role (and inevitably, abortion, when the condom fails), doesn’t have to win out.

Yes, the propaganda of Planned Parenthood and their ilk is powerful, and, with the help of the always-eager media, ubiquitous. But we have the freedom to reject it, and to choose something better: to choose, that is, a world in which the laying down of one's life is the ideal against which love is measured, and not the wearing of a piece of latex in bed with a stranger. Is that too much to ask?

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‘You can’t have’ marriage equality ‘without polygamy’

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July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Motivated by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing homosexual “marriage,” a Montana polygamist has filed for a second marriage license, so he can be legally wed to two women at once.

"It's about marriage equality," said Nathan Collier, using homosexual advocates’ term to support marriage redefinition. "You can't have this without polygamy."

Collier, who has has appeared on the TLC reality show Sister Wives with his legal wife Victoria, and his second wife Christine, said he was inspired by the dissent in the Supreme Court decision.

The minority Supreme Court justices said in Friday’s ruling it would open the door to both polygamy and religious persecution.

“It is striking how much of the majority’s reasoning would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts.

Collier and his wives applied for a second marriage license earlier this week at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings, a report from the Salt Lake Tribune said.

Collier, who was excommunicated from the Mormon Church for polygamy, married Victoria in 2000 and had a religious wedding ceremony with Christine in 2007. The three have seven children between them and from previous relationships.

"My second wife Christine, who I'm not legally married to, she's put up with my crap for a lot of years. She deserves legitimacy," Collier said.

Yellowstone County officials initially denied the application before saying they would consult with the County Attorney and get him a final answer.

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Bigamy, the holding of multiple marriage licenses, is illegal all 50 states, but Collier plans to sue if his application is denied. Officials expect to have an answer for him next week.

While homosexual “marriage” supporters have long insisted legalization of same-sex unions would not lead to polygamy, pro-life and family advocates have warned all along it would be inevitable with the redefinition of marriage.

“The next court cases coming will push for polygamy, as Chief Justice John Roberts acknowledged in his dissent,” said Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, after the Supreme Court ruling. “The chief justice said “the argument for polygamy is actually stronger than that for ‘gay marriage.’ It’s only a matter of time.”

In a piece from the Washington Times, LifeSiteNews Editor-in-Chief and the co-founder of Voice of the Family John-Henry Westen stated the move toward legal polygamy is “just the next step in unraveling how Americans view marriage.”

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Chris Christie: Clerks must perform same-sex ‘marriages’ regardless of their religious beliefs

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TRENTON, NJ, July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Chris Christie is not known for nuance. This time, he has turned his fiery personality loose on county clerks and other officials who have religious objections to performing same-sex “marriages.”

In a tone usually reserved for busting teachers' unions, Christie told clerks who hold traditional values, “You took the job, and you took the oath.” He would offer no exemption for an individual whose conscience would not allow him to participate in a union the vast majority of the world's religions deem sinful.

“When you go back and re-read the oath it doesn’t give you an out. You have to do it,” he said.

He told a reporter that there “might” be “individual circumstances” that “merit some examination, but none that come immediately to mind for me.”

“I think for folks who are in the government world, they kind of have to do their job, whether you agree with the law or you don’t,” the pugnacious governor said.

Since the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to legalize homosexual “marriage” last Friday, elected officials have grappled with how to safeguard the rights of those who have deeply held religious beliefs that would not allow them to participate in such a ceremony.

Christie's response differs markedly from other GOP hopefuls' responses to the Supreme Court ruling. Mike Huckabee, for instance, has specifically said that clerks should have conscience rights. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed an executive order granting such rights and ordered clerks to wait until a pending court case was fully adjudicated before any clerk issues a marriage license to a homosexual couple.

Christie gave up a legal appeal after a superior court judge struck down his state's voter-approved constitutional marriage protection amendment. New Jersey is the only state where such a low court overturned the will of the voters.

The decision to ignore conscience rights adds to the growing number of Christie's positions that give conservatives pause.

The natural locus of support for a Christie 2016 presidential run is the Republican's socially liberal donor class, for personal as well as political reasons. His wife works on Wall Street, and some of the GOP's high-dollar donors – including Paul Singer – have courted Christie for years.

However, this year Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and to a lesser degree Scott Walker have eclipsed Christie as the preferred candidates of the boardroom donors – who sometimes prefer Democrats to Republicans.

Christie also used language during a speech before the Republican Jewish Coalition last year, which concerned some major GOP donors.

Christie is reportedly spending this weekend with Mitt Romney and his family at Romney's New Hampshire home. Romney declined to enter the 2016 race himself and may be able to open his donor list to Christie's struggling campaign.

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After having a girl with Down syndrome, this couple adopted two more

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LINO LAKE, MN, July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – For most people, having five biological children would have been enough. In fact, for many Americans, large families are treated as a scandal or a burden.

But one family made the decision, not just to have a large family, but to give a home to some of the most vulnerable children in the world: Girls born overseas with Down syndrome.

Lee and Karen Shervheim love all seven of their children, biological or otherwise. Undeterred by having twin boys – Daniel and Andrew, 18 – they had Sam four years later.

They now have three daughters who are all 11 years old. All three have Down syndrome.

And two of them are adopted.

About the time their eight-year-old son, David, was born, Lee and Karen decided to adopt a child with Down syndrome to be a companion to their daughter, Annie.

They made the further unexpected choice to adopt a child from Eastern Europe with the help of Reece's Rainbow, which helps parents adopt children with Down syndrome.

“Between my wife and I, we couldn’t get it out of our heads,” Lee told the Quad City Press. “So many children need families and we knew we could potentially do something about it.”

After originally deciding to adopt Katie, they spent six weeks in Kiev, visiting an orphanage in nearby Kharkov. While there, they decided they may have room in their heart, and their home, for another child.

When they saw a picture of Emie striking the same pose as their biological daughter in one of their photographs, they knew they would come home with two children.

Both girls were the same age as their Annie. She would not lack for companionship, as they worried.

Lee said after the Ukrainian government – finally – completed the paperwork, they returned to the United States, when the real challenges began.

“The unvarnished truth,” Lee told the Press, is that adopting the Russian-speaking special needs children “was really disruptive to our family. They came with so many issues that we had not anticipated.”

After teaching them sign language and appropriate behavior, they moved to Lino Lake, Minnesota and found a new support group in Eagle Brook Church. There they found personal assistance and spiritual solace.

Every year in the past seven years has been better and better, they say.

“I think my girls can do almost anything they want to do,” he said, “and that’s what I want to help them become.”

The family's devotion is fueled by their faith, and it informs the sense of humor Lee showed in a tweet during the 2014 midterm elections:

It takes a special person to believe in the potential of the “mentally retarded,” as they were once labeled. Today, 90 percent of all babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in the womb will be aborted. The percentage is higher in some countries. Some have even spoken of "a world without people with Down syndrome."

Their God, and their experience, tell them that every child has infinite worth and potential, Lee told local media, and he would encourage anyone to follow his footsteps and adopt a Down syndrome child – or two.

“The message is that it really doesn’t matter where you started or where you came from,” Lee said. “There are endless opportunities for everyone, whether they have disabilities or not. They deserve a shot.”

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