Wednesday April 21, 2010
NewsBytes – Life Issues, Religion, US Politics, Homosexuality, Miscellaneous
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Compiled by Steve Jalsevac
Dutch Infanticide: Bioethicists Say It Isn’t the Killing That is Wrong, It is Insufficient Reporting of the Killing – Wesley J. Smith
Poll of Ireland shows overwhelming support for continued abortion ban
Is it offensive to human dignity to display naked corpses posed like shop-window mannequins?
Abortion industry adopts disturbing trend
Operation Rescue has discovered that abortion clinics in some of Iowa’s small towns are providing chemical abortions, or RU-486, using what is known as the “telemed abortion.”
Toyota 52 deaths, Gardasil 49. Toyota recalled.
Update: Man in 23-year coma not communicating
The mother who came back from the dead – ten minutes after her life support machine was turned OFF
Boy, 3, tells how he ‘saw grandmother in Heaven’ before being brought back from the dead after falling into pond
An Open Letter to Hans Küng by George Weigel
Your April 16 open letter to the world’s bishops, which I first read in the Irish Times, set new standards for that distinctive form of hatred known as odium theologicum and for mean-spirited condemnation of an old friend who had, on his rise to the papacy, been generous to you while encouraging aspects of your current work.
What has happened, I suggest, is that you have lost the argument over the meaning and the proper hermeneutics of Vatican II. That explains why you relentlessly pursue your fifty-year quest for a liberal Protestant Catholicism, at precisely the moment when the liberal Protestant project is collapsing from its inherent theological incoherence.
5 Minute, to the Point Video on the Church Sex Abuse Scandal – RealCatholicTV.com
Catholic pharmacy shutters in Virginia
DMC Pharmacy, a pro-life Catholic pharmacy that opened with much fanfare in Chantilly, Va., in October 2008, closed last month because of lack of funds.
What Is ‘Social Justice’? By Glenn Beck
The truth is this: The term “social justice” has been completely perverted and hijacked by progressives. It doesn’t mean simply “help the poor” to them. It does to some people, but not to radical progressives.
Here’s my definition of social justice: Forced redistribution of wealth with a hostility toward individual property rights, under the guise of charity and/or justice.
Theologian Albert Mohler: Glenn Beck Was Reckless, but Has a Point
…the theologian, who daily tackles hot-button issues on his blog, called on “serious-minded” Christians to take a deeper look at what Beck was trying to say when he warned that the words “social justice” or “economic justice” are “code words” for Communism and Nazism.
What Glenn Beck Meant About Social Justice
By Stu Burguiere, executive producer, The Glenn Beck Program. …some simply use the term “social justice” as a substitute for “outreach to the poor.” This is not the kind of “social justice” Glenn was talking about. The fact that this term has been utilized for purposes other than good Christian charity is well documented.
The “Social Justice” Fallacy? Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing
The modern left’s “social justice” strives for economic equality. It endeavors to reduce, if not erase, the gap between rich and poor by redistributing wealth. This is “justice” more akin to Marx and Lenin, not according to Moses and Jesus. It is a counterfeit of real justice, biblical justice. Modern notions of “social justice” are often wolves in sheep’s clothin
UK Bishops’ election guide inadequate and relies on ‘seamless garment’ error
Chicago Cardinal seeks to silence conservative Catholic
Notre Dame absolves pro-gay and anti-military trespassers but supports prosecution of pro-life demonstrators
What’s the difference between Fr. Pfleger and a typical…
… Pentecostal, holy-rolling televangelist? I think it might be that the televangelist is more orthodox than Fr. Pfleger, whose grasp of basic Catholic doctrine is not simply tenuous: it is apparently non-existent. Here is part of Fr. Pfleger’s Easter morning sermon, in which he says things such as, “I got what Mary didn’t have. I got intimacy again with the Father!” and “I don’t need the Pope, I don’t need the Cardinal, I don’t need the patriarchs, I don’t need the prophets, I don’t need nobody…i can go to God for myself.” Good grief!
Fr. Pfleger attempts to turn congregation against Cardinal George
USCCB refuses to answer ‘pie in the sky’ charge from Stupak
After speaking with Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) on March 26, CNA sought a reaction from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) about the representative’s claim that the Conference was being unrealistic about some of its expectations for the health care bill. However, the USCCB refused to provide comment or allow any staff members to comment on three separate occasions.
New Michael O’Brien novel, “Theophilos”, now available
Opinion – New Atheists’ Pathological Pursuit of Pope
The New Atheist campaign to have Pope Benedict XVI arrested when he visits Britain later this year exposes the deeply disturbing, authoritarian and even Inquisitorial side to today’s campaigning secularism, writes Brendan O’Neill in Sp!ked.
Atheist Group Calls on Obama to Endorse ‘National Day of Reason’ Instead of ‘National Day of Prayer’
Speakers at conference hosted by San Francisco archdiocese raise red flags among pro-lifers.
Group Opposes Franklin Graham’s Pentagon Event
A watchdog group objected Tuesday to an evangelist’s invitation to speak at the Pentagon next month, saying his past description of Islam as “evil” offended Muslims who work for the Department of Defense and the appearance should be canceled.
UK conference on Islam in Italy boasts of coming Islamic conquest
Clarence Thomas: Supreme Court evading issue of Obama’s birth
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas told a House subcommittee that when it comes to determining whether a person born outside the 50 states can serve as U.S. president, the high court is “evading” the issue.
Obama Orders Hospitals to Honor Homosexuals’ Decisions on Visitiation and Medical Care
George Jonas: Obama Ruining America — coolly, calmly and collectedly
Understanding the Sarah Palin effect by Rex Murphy, National Post
Among the many delightful characteristics of Sarah Palin is her seemingly unfailing capacity to capture Barack Obama’s angry attention. Sarah Palin irritates, agitates, angers and annoys some of the self-appointed finest minds of America to a point long past reason. She, by rights, should be queen of the feminists. Her early critics were not beyond the inane claim that she was somehow not really a woman.
American Capitalism Gone With A Whimper — Pravda
It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American descent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.
The final collapse has come with the election of Barack Obama. His speed in the past three months has been truly impressive. His spending and money printing has been a record setting, not just in America’s short history but in the world. If this keeps up for more then another year, and there is no sign that it will not, America at best will resemble the Wiemar Republic and at worst Zimbabwe.
These past two weeks have been the most breath taking of all. First came the announcement of a planned redesign of the American Byzantine tax system, by the very thieves who used it to bankroll their thefts, loses and swindles of hundreds of billions of dollars.
Tyranny May Be Closer than We Think By Bob Weir, American Thinker
The most potent weapon in a democracy is free speech; if we lose it because we were conned into adopting a morbid fear that our words are tantamount to subliminal racism, then tyranny is closer than we think.
The Scientific Socialism of Today – Gene Schwimmer, American Thinker
For liberals, the solution is a simple as it is obvious: Eliminate all the alternatives. Entice, if possible, and force, if necessary, the American people to cross the bridge, and then burn it behind them. Cut off all paths of retreat and leave no alternative to the old ways of doing things, even if the old ways were better, and, liberals reason, society will have no choice but to go in one direction: theirs.
Some call it socialism, some call it fascism, and some call it Chicago politics. I call it what Marx and Engels called it: Scientific Socialism. And our system of government? No, it’s not a tyranny: The American people who voted these pols into office retain the power to vote them out. But it’s not a democracy, either, when elected representatives ignore and govern diametrically against the will of the people who elected them.
Government Is the Biggest Lawbreaker
Measured just by the number of victims, there is no close second place to government as the biggest lawbreaker. We’re also starting to see more citizens organizing and challenging government
Twenty Democrats Targeted for Defeat in November Based on Their Vote for Health Care Bill
The political arm of the conservative Family Research Council (FRC) has drawn up a list of 20 House Democrats it plans to target for defeat in November.
WaPo’s Kathleen Parker on CBS: Tea Parties ‘Dangerous;’ Internet Journalism ‘Like Terrorism’
Cokie Roberts: Glenn Beck ‘Corrupting’ Democracy, a ‘Traitor’ to American Values
Time’s Klein: Beck, Palin Potentially Committing Sedition against U.S. Government
Ricky Martin: ‘I Am a Fortunate Homosexual Man’
Massachusetts GOP Picks Pro-Gay, Anti-Trans Gubernatorial Candidate with Openly Gay Running Mate
Terse AP Report Avoids Cynical Politics Behind Prop 8 Repeal Failure
“California homosexual activist groups are afraid of the conservative backlash against Barack Obama, and so they didn’t want to go on this year’s ballot,” Thomasson explains. “So the small homosexual activist group that tried to didn’t get the funding that they wanted.”
… Same-sex “marriage” activist organizations are counting on new graduates, mainly those graduating from school by 2012 who have been indoctrinated in their schools to accept the homosexual lifestyle, going to the polls. That is why Thomasson finds it important that parents teach their children the truth about the lifestyle and traditional family values.
Mass. House budget preparing to spend huge taxpayer money for homosexual programs in schools
‘Avatar’ Director Laments That ‘Climate Deniers’ Have the ‘Public Ear’
Academy Award-winning Director James Cameron said the “climate deniers” who have the “public ear” are engaging in “fear mongering” and will have to answer to the next generation for the “very bleak world” they are “essentially creating.”
Confirmed! Global warming is ‘settled’ – as a scam
‘Climategate’ author unveils evidence of ‘every deception imaginable.’ Sussman unveils in his book evidence that the move to restrict carbon dioxide emissions, tax a multitude of energy programs and create a “Big Brother” that would limit household energy use, among other programs is a move to give government unlimited control over people.
Arkansas Kids Lose Their Best Chance at Success
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Christopher Piazza ruled Friday that the Arkansas Adoption and Foster Care Act of 2008, which prohibits cohabiting couples from being foster or adoptive parents, violates the state constitution.
U.N.’s Ballooning $732 Million Haiti Peacekeeping Budget Goes Mostly to Its Own Personnel
Amnesty International suspends women’s rights activist who questioned its partnership with Taliban supporter
The church of Peak Oil By Peter Foster, Financial Post
The problem with Peak Oil the theory isn’t that it’s wrong, it’s that it sees those facts through a moralistically-charged and economically-challenged lens. It also embodies extraordinary faith in Big Government and grass roots activism.