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Ontario teacher exposes what parents don’t know is happening in Catholic schools

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April 2, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A teacher substituting in numerous Ontario Catholic schools over the last decade says parents have little to no idea about what their children are actually exposed to when they send them packing off to school every day.

“I often see things that aren't appropriate or even remotely reflective of solid Catholic teachings,” the teacher told LifeSiteNews under condition of anonymity. “There are many situations I come into contact with while supplying in 10 different Catholic schools and some of them are pretty anti-Catholic and discouraging.”

The substitute teacher related a few incidents.

One included a grade 10 religion teacher telling students that the Blessed Mother was not a virgin and had other children. “When challenged on this, the teacher claimed that it was right from the Catechism of the Church — he just couldn't put his finger on it — and that he had been teaching this for over 20 years.”

“How sad. How many of our youth had he already led astray? This teacher also informed me that in the past, a couple of other parents had confronted him about this ‘virgin-thing’ but that he had ‘straightened them out,’” the substitute teacher said.

Another incident involved a grade 9 health teacher who supplied a list of "great and helpful websites" for young people with abortion provider Planned Parenthood topping the list.

One disturbing incident had a rather happy ending. The teacher said:

This beautiful little girl from a Kindergarten class where I was supply teaching, came to me in tears to report that her male classmate was calling her bad names that she didn't like and he wouldn't stop. He was repeatedly chanting ‘sexy lady’ to her.

The substitute took the boy aside to explain “this was not a nice thing to say,” but did not ask him where he had picked up the phrase.

Prior to lunch that same day, a teaching assistant entered the room to begin the children’s exercise program, turning on some loud music with a fast dance beat for the children.

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“A few minutes into the music the words ‘you sexy lady’ came through loud and clear,” the substitute said.

The substitute immediately clicked the music off, which upset most of the children. But the substitute soon had the kids laughing as they sang Old MacDonald's Farm imitating animal actions.

When the substitute later asked the assistant about the choice of ‘sexy lady,’ the assistant responded that the classroom teacher had been using it for months and that it was one of the children’s favorites.

About a month later, the substitute was teaching in a Grade 3/4 class in the same school. Extreme cold temperatures kept the children inside during recess. Loud dance music was blasted over the PA system to give the children a beat to exercise to.

“I was so disappointed to hear ‘sexy lady’ resounding through the halls and classrooms and to see some children dancing rather suggestively to it.”   

“After recess, I asked the children if there were any songs which were inappropriate. Both the girls and boys had no problem recognizing what song it was but the comments were: ‘I don't want to say the bad words. ‘I’m too embarrassed to say it because they aren't nice words.’ ‘My parents wouldn't let me listen to that song at home.’ ‘I’m not allowed to use that word.’”

“I asked them what could be done about this. They said that maybe I could talk to the people who chose the music. They expressed that they would feel better if that song was never played again at school.”

“This was a lovely class. The children possessed such innocence and sweetness. ‘Out of the mouth of babes’ was all I could think.”

The substitute decided to bring the children’s request to the principal where the substitute expected to encounter “disinterest or excuses.”

“I was ready for the principal to inform me (as I have been often told before) that ‘we live in the real world and can't hide behind Catholicism, that the Catholic environment of the school is the best place for the children to be exposed to these negative but prevalent evils in our society, etc.’”

The substitute was surprised when the principal agreed that the music was inappropriate and would not be played in the school again.

“It all comes down to people who should know better (parents, teachers, etc.) robbing children of their innocence and exposing them to things that even adults should not be exposed to. What are they thinking? Well, obviously, they are not.... and that’s where a lot of problems begin.”

“Yes, we are ‘in a battle’ not only in our society but, unfortunately, in our Catholic schools. What I find disturbing about the schools, however, is that because they operate under a guise of being ‘Catholic,’ many parents are unsuspecting or just indifferent.”

The teacher said that there are “positive things” in Catholic schools such as a “Rosary Club” and a “Stations of the Cross activity,” but “one has to be vigilant.”

“The heresies I have encountered aren't always blatant.”

In the end, the substitute teacher says, schools will only be as ‘Catholic’ as the Catholics running them.

“I believe that a big part of the problem is that many teachers do not know the treasures and teachings of our faith and/or are not practicing Catholics. Catholic education is really only as Catholic as those who are right there with the students teaching them day after day.”



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Please, enough with the cult of pop stars. Our kids need real heroes.

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April 29, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Two things happen each time a significant pop culture figure dies: Christians attempt to dredge up some moderately conservative or traditional thing that figure said at some point during his long career, and mainstream media attempts to convince a society thoroughly bored with such things that the person in question was a ground-breaking radical. The two most recent examples are the androgynous David Bowie—a cringe-worthy and possibly blasphemous video of him dropping to his knees during a rock performance and uttering the Lord’s Prayer circulated just following his death--and the pop star Prince.

I’ve had to suppress my gag reflexes many times as I saw my Facebook newsfeed fill up with memes sporting quotes from Prince about his faith and articles announcing that the musician who “embraced gender fluidity before his time,” according to Slate and “will always be a gay icon” according to The Atlantic, was against gay marriage. Sure, maybe he was. But only a Christian community so shell-shocked by the rapid spread of the rainbow blitzkrieg and the catastrophic erosion of religious liberty would find this remarkable. After all, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton said the same thing barely one election cycle ago. As one obituary celebrating Prince’s paradigm-smashing sexual performances written by Dodai Stewart put it:

Dig, if you will, a picture: The year is 1980. Many states still have sodomy laws. The radio is playing feel-good ear candy like Captain and Tennille and KC and the Sunshine Band. TV hits include the sunny, toothy blond shows Three’s Company and Happy Days. There’s no real word for “gender non-conforming.” But here’s what you see: A man. Clearly a man. Hairy, mostly naked body…a satiny bikini bottom. But those eyes. Rimmed in black, like a fantasy belly dancer. The full, pouty lips of a pin-up girl. Long hair. A tiny, svelte thing. Ethnically ambiguous, radiating lust. What is this? A man. Clearly a man. No. Not just a man. A Prince.

Right. So let’s not get too carried away, shall we? I know Christians are desperate to justify their addictions to the pop culture trash that did so much to sweep away Christian values in the first place and I know that latching on to the occasional stray conservative belief that may manifest itself in pop culture figures makes many feel as if perhaps we are not so weird and countercultural, but this bad habit we have of claiming these figures upon their passing is downright damaging.

After all, parents should be teaching their children about real heroes, titans of the faith who changed the world. Heroes of the early church who stood down tyrants, halted gladiatorial combat, and crusaded against injustice in a world where death was all the rage. These men and women were real rebels who stood for real values. If we want to point our children to people they should emulate, we should be handing them books like Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness by the brilliant writer Eric Metaxas rather than the pop albums Purple Rain or Lovesexy by Prince. If parents spend their time glorifying the predecessors of Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus instead of highlighting heroes like William Wilberforce, they can hardly be surprised when their children choose to emulate the former rather than the latter.

The mainstream media’s adulation of these pop stars is equally irritating. The unspoken truth of these obituaries is that the flamboyant antics of Prince and the rest of the so-called rebellious drag queens populating the rock n’ roll scene have been mainstream for a long time already. Want to see dozens of bizarre body piercings? Weird hairdos? Purple mohawks? Dudes with nail polish? Strange tattoos? Easy. Just go onto any university campus, or any public high school without a dress code. With headphones wedged firmly in their ear canals, they can pump the cleverly commercialized “counterculture” straight into their skulls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

More than that, some of these courageous rebels have actually sued their employers to ensure that they can let their establishment-smashing freak flag fly at work, too. An Edmonton woman with 22 visible body piercings complained that her employer was unfair because apparently she was being discriminated against “based on body modifications.” Yeah! The Man must be told, after all. And if he doesn’t agree, we will lawyer up. I wonder what the shrieking rebels of the early days would think about the snivelling children of the current grievance culture.

So these days, the media’s eulogizing about aging culture warriors who went mainstream a long time ago rings a bit hollow. After all, most rock n’ roll stars these days look tame compared to what shows up in the children’s section at Pride Week. Freaky is normal now. Normal is radical. Welcome to 2016.

When Christians are posting nostalgic tributes to the rebels who helped inoculate their children against the radical views of Christianity in the first place, you know that the victories of the counterculture are complete and Stockholm syndrome has set in.



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April 29, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Over 1 million people have signed a pledge to boycott Target over its new policy allowing men to access women’s bathrooms. 

The American Family Association’s Boycott Target petition gained traction immediately, reaching the one million mark in only nine days.

“Corporate America must stop bullying people who disagree with the radical left agenda to remake society into their progressive image,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “#BoycottTarget has resonated with Americans.  Target’s harmful policy poses a danger to women and children; nearly everyone has a mother, wife, daughter or friend who is put in jeopardy by this policy.  Predators and voyeurs would take advantage of the policy to prey on those who are vulnerable.  And it’s clear now that over one million customers agree.”

Target defended its policy in a statement saying that it believes everyone “deserves to be protected from discrimination, and treated equally” and earlier this week, a Target spokeswoman defended the policy as “inclusive.” 

The AFA said that unisex bathrooms are a common-sense alternative to allowing men unfettered access to women’s bathrooms.

“Target should keep separate facilities for men and women, but for the trans community and for those who simply like using the bathroom alone, a single occupancy unisex option should be provided,” the petition says. 

The AFA warned that Target’s new policy benefits sexual predators and poses a danger to women and children. 

“With Target publicly boasting that men can enter women's bathrooms, where do you think predators are going to go?” the petition asked. 

There have been numerous instances of predatory men accessing women’s bathrooms and intimate facilities in the wake of “transgender” bathroom policies allowing them to do so. 

“We want to make it very clear that AFA does not believe the transgender community poses this danger to the wider public,” said Wildmon. “Rather, this misguided and reckless policy provides a possible gateway for predators who are out there.”



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Amazing new video captures the flash of light the moment life begins

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CHICAGO, April 29, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Life begins with a spark – literally.

Researchers at Northwestern University have documented the striking event in a new video that accompanies a study published this week.

At the moment of conception, the egg releases massive amounts of zinc, which creates a spark that can be seen with the aid of a microscope.

“It was remarkable,” said Teresa Woodruff, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University's medical school. “To see the zinc radiate out in a burst from each human egg was breathtaking.”

The research team had noted the zinc sparks before in mice eggs but had never observed the process in human beings.

“All of biology starts at the time of fertilization,” Woodruff said, “yet we know next to nothing about the events that occur in the human.”

One of the researchers, Northwestern chemistry professor Thomas O'Halloran, explained the science behind the process in 2014.

“The egg first has to stockpile zinc and then must release some of the zinc to successfully navigate maturation, fertilization and the start of embryogenesis,” he said. “On cue, at the time of fertilization, we see the egg release thousands of packages, each dumping a million zinc atoms, and then it's quiet.”

“Each egg has four or five of these periodic sparks,” O'Halloran said. “It is beautiful to see, orchestrated much like a symphony.”

Since the amount of zinc in an egg correlates with successful implantation and birth, the Northwestern researchers are highlighting that their research may be used to assist in vitro fertilization.

But that raises concerns given the grave moral issues with IVF, which involves creating numerous embryos that are either killed or frozen. Moral theologians also emphasize that IVF is an injustice even for the children who are born as a result, as they are created in a lab rather than in the union of man and woman.

The study may have far-reaching consequences the research team did not intend, such as strengthening public belief in the longstanding scientific consensus that life begins at the moment of conception/fertilization.

Many of those who saw the Northwestern video said it testifies to the beauty of life and the shallow lies that buttress the argument of abortion-on-demand.

“I saw this, and I was blown away by it,” said Rush Limbaugh on his nationally syndicated radio program Thursday afternoon. “For anybody in the mainstream media to openly admit that life begins at conception” defies arguments that an unborn child is only “tissue mass.”

Researchers released a separate video of the zinc spark taking place in a mammalian egg more than a year ago:

The paper, which is entitled “The Zinc Spark is an Inorganic Signature of Human Egg Activation,” was published by Scientific Reports on April 26.



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