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Media repeatedly ignores violent attacks against pro-lifers, but lots of Tom Cruise divorce coverage

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August 13, 2012 (MRC.org) - Lila Rose the 24-year-old founder and CEO of LiveAction told liberal website Jezebel she would sacrifice her own life to stop abortion. “I’d die to protect another life. I’m all in for this cause,” she stated in an interview with Katie Baker.

Oozing condescension, Baker confessed herself a “little taken aback because this is the first fanatical statement I’ve heard from Rose since I hopped into her Hyundai an hour before,” and “I was prepared for extremism.”

“Fanatical.” “Extremism.” They’re the kind of words often applied to abortion opponents, and indeed, over the last year there’s been a drastic increase in violent attacks over the abortion issue.

The problem is that fanatical extremism is taking the form of violence against pro-lifers. Peaceful protestors exercising their First Amendment rights have been repeatedly physically attacked.

Just in July there have been five attacks against pro-lifers without any mention in major media outlets. But what was news? What were the major news outlets – say, ABC, CBS and NBC – covering instead?

The divorce of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. 

ABC covered the Cruise divorce 59 times in July, and reporters mused obsessively over the couple’s scientology background. NBC devoted 39 stories to the Cruise divorce. While CBS reported on the Cruises just three times, it, like ABC and NBC, made no effort to cover the increasing attacks on pro-life conservatives. 

NBC’s Lester Holt gushed on a July 8 episode of Dateline, “In a summer of blockbusters, it’s Hollywood’s biggest cliffhanger, the real-life split of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise. Friends say there’s a lot more at stake than a movie star breakup. A child’s fate hangs in the balance.”

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While the media was busy slobbering over a failed celebrity marriage, vandals attacked Personhood USA leaders Keith and Jennifer Mason’s home while the family was asleep. Pro-abortion fanatics heaved a rock through the Mason’s double-paned front door which shattered glass across their home.

The criminals then spray painted vulgarities in large letters, and crude depictions of coat hangers on the front and sides of the Mason’s house. The Masons have three small children, and Jennifer was pregnant with their fourth child at the time of the attack.

The vile attack on the Masons followed a Newsweek profile about Personhood’s mission to pass state amendments certifying that life begins at conception.

The Masons are the latest casualties of what is becoming an increasingly savage abortion debate, one of many that the media refuses to acknowledge.

Kate Bryan, Communications Director for LiveAction, told CMI, “You never see these attacks against pro-lifers covered in the media. The journalist from The Daily Caller who kept interrupting Obama – that’s what the media treats as a violent attack, but these violent assaults against peaceful pro-life activists are never reported.” 

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Bryan was at the Supreme Court during the Obamacare ruling, and said she felt extremely nervous around the pro-choice activists. “Although one of my friends has a broken leg, an abortion activist approached her and threatened to step on her broken foot and kick it,” Bryan said. “The activist told my friend that by injuring her he would show her how great Obamacare really was.”

“This is the difference between pro-life and pro-choice, Bryan told CMI. Pro-life is always willing to dialogue, but the left is prone to vicious and violent attacks. This is their strategy,” she said. 

Days after the attack on the Masons, 69-year-old Personhood volunteer Everett Stadig was brutally attacked while collecting petition signatures outside a grocery store. The pro-choice offender repeatedly cursed and yelled at Stadig before throwing him to the ground, fracturing the elderly man’s hip.

Once again, the media shunned coverage of the attack on Stadig.

Violence against the elderly and disabled is becoming a regular pro-choice tactic. On June 30 pro-choicers shoved and injured disabled veteran, Steve Kinn. The attack on Kinn also went unnoticed by the media.

Kinn walked with a cane due to injuries sustained to both of his knees. He and other pro-lifers were passing out fliers at a concert when they were told to leave. They did, but Kinn’s handicap did not allow him to exit the event fast enough for the venue’s owner, who pushed him roughly. Kinn was taken to the hospital immediately following the assault with injuries to one of his reconstructed knees.

The group 40 Days for Life is regularly targeted for their peaceful gatherings. South Carolina abortionist Gary Boyle pointed a loaded gun at peaceful 40 Days for Life participants outside his clinic in June. Boyle was only charged with a misdemeanor and fined $100 for his threats.

In Montana an abortion-backer tossed a homemade firebomb at 40 Days for Life participants last March. Their offense? Praying outside an abortion clinic.

“There is a lot of violence against those who don’t choose abortion,” Kristi Hamrick, spokesperson for Americans United for Life, told CMI. “The pro-choice movement will go to extreme lengths if you don’t make their choice. It’s time we acknowledge this openly,” she said.

Despite the escalating violence against pro-life activists the Department of Homeland Security has lumped pro-life groups in with terrorists, according to a new report.

“Two years after incensing pro-life conservatives and believers in limited government, the Department of Homeland Security has funded another report fingering anti-abortion groups, “fundamentalists,” and those “suspicious of centralized federal authority” as sources of potential terrorism,” wrote Ben Johnson of LifeSiteNews.com.

Got that? Anti-abortion groups, fundamentalists and small government proponents are powder kegs that could go off at any time. Unlike this peace-loving liberal who respectfully disagreed with lawfully assembled religious opponents of ObamaCare by screaming “Get the hell outta here!” and shoving one of them to the ground.

Reprinted with permission from MRC.org

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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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