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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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Pressure mounts as Catholic Relief Services fails to act on VP in gay ‘marriage’

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Rick Estridge, Catholic Relief Services' Vice President of Overseas Finance, is in a same-sex "marriage," public records show. Twitter

BALTIMORE, MD, April 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Nearly a week after news broke that a Catholic Relief Services vice president had contracted a homosexual “marriage” while also publicly promoting homosexuality on social media in conflict with Church teaching, the US Bishops international relief agency has taken no apparent steps to address the matter and is also not talking.

CRS Vice President of Overseas Finance Rick Estridge entered into a homosexual “marriage” in Maryland the same month in 2013 that he was promoted by CRS to vice president, public records show.

Despite repeated efforts at a response, CRS has not acknowledged LifeSiteNews’ inquiries during the week. And the agency told ChurchMilitant.com Thursday that no action had been taken beyond discussion of the situation and CRS would have no further comment.

"Nothing has changed,” CRS Senior Manager for Communications Tom said. “No further statement will be made."

LifeSiteNews first contacted CRS for a response prior to the April 20 release of the report and did not receive a reply, however Estridge’s Facebook and LinkeIn profiles were then removed just prior to the report’s release.

CRS also did not acknowledge LifeSiteNews’ follow-up inquiry later in the week.

“Having an executive who publicly celebrates a moral abomination shows the ineffectiveness of CRS' Catholic identity training,” Lepanto Institute President Michael Hichborn told LifeSiteNews. “How many others who hate Catholic moral teaching work at CRS?”

CRS did admit it was aware Estridge was in a “same-sex civil marriage” to Catholic News Agency (CNA) Monday afternoon, and confirmed he was VP of Overseas Finance and had been with CRS for 16 years.

“At this point we are in deliberations on this matter,” Price told CNA that day.

ChurchMilitant.com also reported that according to its sources, it was a well-known fact at CRS headquarters in Baltimore that Estridge was in a homosexual “marriage.” 

“There is no way CRS didn't know one of its executives entered into a mock-marriage until we broke the story,” Hichborn said. “The implication is clear; CRS top brass had no problem with having an executive so deliberately flouting Catholic moral teaching.”

“The big question is,” Hichborn continued, “what other morally repugnant matters is CRS comfortable with?”

While the wait continues for the Bishops’ relief organization to address the matter, those behind the report and other critics of prior instances of CRS involvement in programs and groups that violate Church principles continue to call for a thorough and independent review of the agency programs and personnel.

“How long should it take to call an employee into your office, tell him that his behavior is incompatible with the mission of the organization, and ask for his resignation?” asked Population Research Institute President Steven Mosher. “About thirty minutes, I would say.”

“The Catholic identity of CRS is at stake,” Hichborn stated. “If CRS does nothing, then there is no way faithful Catholics can trust the integrity of CRS's programs or desire to make its Catholicity preeminent.” 

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Hillary Clinton: ‘Religious beliefs’ against abortion ‘have to be changed’

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NEW YORK CITY, April 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Speaking to an influential gathering in New York City on Thursday, Hillary Clinton declared that “religious beliefs” that condemn "reproductive rights," “have to be changed.”

“Yes, we've cut the maternal mortality rate in half, but far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health,” Hillary told the Women in the World Summit yesterday.

Liberal politicians use “reproductive health” as a blanket term that includes abortion. However, Hillary's reference echoes National Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O’Neill's op-ed from last May that called abortion “an essential measure to prevent the heartbreak of infant mortality.”

The Democratic presidential hopeful added that governments should throw the power of state coercion behind the effort to redefine traditional religious dogmas.

“Rights have to exist in practice, not just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources, and political will,” she said. “Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed.”

The line received rousing applause at the feminist conference, hosted in Manhattan's Lincoln Center by Tina Brown.

She also cited religious-based objections to the HHS mandate, funding Planned Parenthood, and the homosexual and transgender agenda as obstacles that the government must defeat.

“America moves ahead when all women are guaranteed the right to make their own health care choices, not when those choices are taken away by an employer like Hobby Lobby,” she said. The Supreme Court ruled last year that closely held corporations had the right to opt out of the provision of ObamaCare requiring them to provide abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization to employees with no co-pay – a mandate that violates the teachings of the Catholic Church and other Christian bodies.

Clinton lamented that “there are those who offer themselves as leaders...who would defund the country's leading provider of family planning,” Planned Parenthood, “and want to let health insurance companies once again charge women just because of our gender.”

“We move forward when gay and transgender women are embraced...not fired from good jobs because of who they love or who they are,” she added.

It is not the first time the former first lady had said that liberal social policies should displace religious views. In a December 2011 speech in Geneva, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said perhaps the “most challenging issue arises when people cite religious or cultural values as a reason to violate or not to protect the human rights of LGBT citizens.” These objections, she said, are “not unlike the justification offered for violent practices towards women like honor killings, widow burning, or female genital mutilation.”

While opinions on homosexuality are “still evolving,” in time “we came to learn that no [religious] practice or tradition trumps the human rights that belong to all of us.”

Her views, if outside the American political mainstream, have been supported by the United Nations. The UN Population Fund stated in its 2012 annual report that religious objections to abortion-inducing drugs had to be overcome. According to the UNFPA report, “‘duty-bearers’ (governments and others)” have a responsibility to assure that all forms of contraception – including sterilization and abortion-inducing ‘emergency contraception’ – are viewed as acceptable – “But if they are not acceptable for cultural, religious or other reasons, they will not be used.”

Two years later, the United Nations' Committee on the Rights of the Child instructed the Vatican last February that the Catholic Church should amend canon law “relating to abortion with a view to identifying circumstances under which access to abortion services may be permitted.”

At Thursday's speech, Hillary called the legal, state-enforced implementation of feminist politics “the great unfinished business of the 21st century,” which must be accomplished “not just for women but for everyone — and not just in far away countries but right here in the United States.”

“These are not just women's fights. These have to be America's fights and the world's fights,” she said. “There's still much to be done in our own country, much more to be done around the world, but I'm confident and optimistic that if we get to work, we will get it done together.”

American critics called Clinton's suggestion that a nation founded upon freedom of religion begin using state force to change religious practices unprecedented.

“Never before have we seen a presidential candidate be this bold about directly confronting the Catholic Church's teachings on abortion,” said Bill Donohue of the Catholic League.

“In one sense, this shows just how extreme the pro-abortion caucus actually is,” Ed Morrissey writes at HotAir.com. “Running for president on the basis of promising to use the power of government to change 'deep seated cultural codes [and] religious beliefs' might be the most honest progressive slogan in history.”

He hoped that, now that she had called for governments to change religious doctrines, “voters will now see the real Hillary Clinton, the one who dismisses their faith just the same as Obama did, and this time publicly rather than in a private fundraiser.”

Donohue asked Hillary “to take the next step and tell us exactly what she plans to do about delivering on her pledge. Not only would practicing Catholics like to know, so would Evangelicals, Orthodox Jews, Muslims, and all those who value life from conception to natural death.”

You may watch Hillary's speech below.

Her comments on religion begin at approximately 9:00. 

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