Saturday, July 31, 2010

Be Careful What You Tolerate

Canada passed legislation a few years ago that made same-sex marriage legal. We always seem to be ahead of the game here when it comes to liberal policies. Socialized medicine, abortion, same-sex marriage, we just want to be open to everything even when it can destroy the values our country was founded on: personal freedom and liberty, equality of persons. Tolerance tops them all.

Before you say you favour same-sex marriage, read this article


Open Monogamy by Mary Rice Hasson

A 2010 study from England entitled, "Gay Monogamy: I Love You But I Can't Have Sex With Only You", found that none of the gay couples in the study defined monogamy as sexual exclusivity. In fact, they all engaged in sex with outside partners, even though they professed to be in a monogamous relationship.


Gee, I thought being faithful in sexual relationships was part and parcel of marriage; but apparently not when you are in a same-sex marriage. Emotional bonding is what comes first, sexual fidelity is not required.

When you hear someone say that legalizing same-sex marriage will bring about the redefinition of marriage, pay attention. That is exactly what the homosexual agenda wants: a redefinition of the building block of our society, marriage and the family, in order to gain complete acceptance of their choices.

This kind of tolerance is blind; it destroys the very core of our society and culture, making the family and faithful heterosexual relationships a thing of the past.

Links to Share

I always check out Deborah Gyapong's blog because she posts links to interesting articles, videos, news clips, almost every day. And her interests run parallel to my own, so why not indeed?

Today, I followed the link to Kathy Shaidle's post on a CBC interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali - it is quite long, 40 minutes, but if Islamic news is of interest to you, then you really should give this the time.

CBC interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali

In case you don't know who Ali is (6 months ago, I hadn't a clue), she is a member of parliament in the Netherlands. In 1992, she left Somalia to wed a Somalian man in Toronto, an arranged marriage, but she took the few days she had in Germany to make a run for freedom and escape her father's plan for her life. She did not want to repeat her mother's life - being a Muslim woman living in submission to a Muslim man with all that entails.

She educated herself and became one of radical Islam's chief critics. Theo Van Gogh, a Dutch film maker, had featured Ali in a film entitled Submission, a film that portrayed Islam's oppression of women. Van Gogh was murdered by Mohammed Bouyeri, a Dutch citizen of Moroccan descent. Bouyeri killed Van Gogh with a machete and left a note pinned to his chest; the note was addressed to Hirsi Ali. In the note, he called Hirsi a "soldier of evil" and accused her of "turning her back on the Truth." He also said that she would be destroyed, along with the United States, Europe and Holland. Since then, Ali has to live with armed guards round the clock.

Ali has no love for Islam and she states that, at its heart, is violence and oppression. The interview is conducted by an Iranian, Jian Ghomesh, which provides interest itself. Jian endeavours to defend moderate Muslims, but Ali claims that in the end, they all follow the radical worldview of jihad. Ghomesh's final question to Ali, "is there anything the west can learn from the Qu'ran?", receives the firm response "not much".

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Mary Wagner has been released from jail; she was sent there on March 30, after police arrested her for witnessing to men and women at an abortion clinic in Toronto. Mary was held at the Vanier Centre for Women, the same facility that has been home to pro-life veteran Linda Gibbons since December 2009. Mary's release came when the judge had a "change of heart" according to lawyers.

article at LifeSiteNews

Unfortunately, for Linda, there has been no "change of heart" on the part of any judge or on the part of the Attorney General, who has the power to overturn the temporary injunction that has placed a 60-foot bubble zone outside the Scott clinic on Gerard Street in Toronto.

These cases of arrest of non-violent women trying to advise women that they will regret their abortion make something very clear: prayer and pro-life counseling is prohibited on public sidewalks, while abortion is protected. Our government protects those who work in the culture of death more than it protects those who are trying to protect life.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

4D Ultrasounds Saves Lives

The use of ultrasound equipment has been helping women choose life for their babies for some time now. 4D ultrasound is even more effective, since women can see lifelike images of their babies, as opposed to moving limbs and a pulsating heart. Facial expressions are often quite vivid and bear an uncanny resemblance to the baby once they are born. Seeing these images helps to create a bond between mother and baby, a bond that sometimes is not strong enough to save that baby's life, a bond that can be strengthened by the image from this ultrasound. Women who choose life for their babies are not heard to regret this choice; whereas women who choose abortion very often do "regret their abortion", a regret to which members of Silent No More members attest.

LifeSite News

So, why are these ulrasounds not being used more in Canada? Here in Halifax, the local crisis pregnancy centre has no access to ultrasound and has no means to get it. If the money spent in pro-life efforts was used for this new technology, perhaps half the battle would be won, as women would see the reality of pregnancy for themselves, something that pro-lifers are struggling to do with many of their initiatives. There is no better witness to the sanctity of life than a woman who has faced an abortion and chosen life. They experience relief and joy in knowing that their choice was the right one.

Friday, July 23, 2010

No Mosque at Ground Zero



Pat Condell, a British comedian, speaks out clearly against the proposed mosque.
As seen on www.jihadwatch.org

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Exposing Lies of Planned Parenthood



Lila Rose and her crew are at it again; this 21-year-old gal is quite amazing. She has been going undercover to Planned Parenthood offices over the past two years, videotaping conversations with the staff, and then posting them on YouTube. You would think that PP would have wanted posters on all their office walls, alerting their staff to Lila and her cohorts, but they just aren't that smart, I guess.

This video shows a Planned Parenthood staff giving blatantly false information to two girls. The sad truth is that most people are this misinformed about abortion; so pass this video along, because the truth really will set people (i.e. women in this case) free.

Monday, July 19, 2010

40 Days for Life - September 22 - October 31



Preparations are underway for the next 40 Days for Life prayer vigil. Here in Halifax, we have already signed up, members of the organizing team are getting ready to make contacts in the city in order to seek out new prayer supporters.
This will be the third vigil held in Halifax, the first was in fall 2008 and the second in fall of 2009.

In the first year, we had approximately 180 people come out to pray at the vigil site on South Park Street in front of the Victoria General Hospital. Last year, the number who signed the attendance book was 218. The hope is that this year, we will double those numbers. Yes, we are setting our hopes high, but why not? I know that there are many pro-life people out there who simply have not heard about this vigil, which is now the largest and longest pro-life campaign in history. We just have to get word of this life-saving vigil to those people.

If you know of anyone in Halifax who should know about 40 Days for Life, please forward this video to them, and tell them about the Facebook page.

40 days for Life Halifax Facebook page

Please sign up on that page, and you can also subscribe to our Halifax newsletter at this link

40 Days for Life Halifax blog

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Quebec - a sad case

Quebec is going to pay for IVF treatment for couples struggling with infertility, up to three times per couple. A tremendously expensive proposition and one that does not guarantee success by any means.

I would like to know how many of those women have an abortion in their past? And could it be that their infertility was caused by a sexually transmitted disease (since many cases of infertility are). If so, why should tax payers be forced to pay for IVF treatments when the woman in question has contributed to her own problem?

The fact is that the Quebec government is trying desperately to increase their birth rate, a province that has the lowest birth rate in the country. The reason? Quebecers don't seem to want to have kids, given their use of contraception and their use of abortion to kill off those that are conceived. Quebec has the highest abortion rate in the country, abortions that are paid for by Canadian tax-payers. And their current birth rate hovers between 1.5 and 1.6 children per woman; it is necessary to have 2.1 births per woman to simply maintain the existing population.

Quebec, as well as other places, can't admit that they have the whole issue upside-down. They can't or won't admit that they have been anti-family for decades, they have been anti-children for decades, but now they realise that they desperately need Quebec-born citizens. Because the truth is that, in two generations, Quebec will have only half of the native-born citizens that it has now since their current birth rate will decimate the population by half, unless it drastically changes. And I guess they don't really want to count the growing Islamic population as real Quebecers. Somehow, I can't feel very sorry for them.

LifeSiteNews

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The core of pro-life - give that baby a chance



Kleenex handy, what a story! I can't help but think of the women who have been advised to abort their babies, and perhaps they wonder "what if I hadn't?"

Abortion is a "serious moral issue"


Since the first century, the Church has addressed the moral evil of abortion and the killing of a defenseless baby in the womb. People who are casual about the sin of abortion and who choose to view it as a political issue rather than the serious moral issue that it is are guilty of violating the Fifth Commandment. You cannot be “pro-choice” (pro-abortion) and remain a Catholic in good standing. That’s why the Church asks those who maintain this position not to receive holy Communion. We are not being mean or judgmental, we are simply acknowledging the fact that such a stance is objectively and seriously sinful and is radically inconsistent with the Christian way of life.


The above quote is from Archbishop Robert Carlson of the diocese of St. Louis, Missouri. Archbishop Carlson replaced Archbishop Raymond Burke, an outspoken advocate for the sanctity of life.

I particularly like the way he distinguishes between the "political issue" of abortion and the "serious moral issue" of abortion. For many Catholics and other Christians as well (I speak of Catholics primarily because that is what I am familiar with), abortion is an abstract issue and they sit on the fence, not wishing to offend women by denying them "choice". They have been taught well that one must give others their freedom, even when it includes killing one's offspring. But to say that the life of the unborn must be left to the mother's choice, is to deny the most basic human right - the right to life.

And, so Archbishop Carlson hits the target when he states clearly that this violates the fifth commandment. Now, if only we could get the rest of the clergy to understand that as well.

h/t American Papist

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Dr. Tony Levatino - "what am I doing?"



The video above features Dr. Tony Levatino who was once an abortionist and then changed to the pro-life position. Tony says that, when he tells people what exactly is involved in an abortion, he can see that most people really do not know what abortion is. And, as he says:

But if you are going to promote the idea, if you are a pro-choice physician, a pro-choice congressperson, a pro-choice voter, doesn't it make sense that you know what you promote?


So, if you are pro-choice, please know what it is that you are promoting. And by that, I mean - really look at what an abortion does, watch the videos that show what a D & E abortion does, read what dismemberment and suction procedures are, look at the pictures of the aftermath of abortion - as Levatino says, look at the pile of goo left after an abortion, and ask yourself "is this what I support?"

Because if you don't really know what an abortion is, but you say that you are pro-choice, then you are guilty of being ignorant. And when it comes to life and death, ignorance is no excuse.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

"Quebec's Loss is Rome's Gain"


With Tuesday’s announcement that Pope Benedict has named Cardinal Ouellet to the third most senior post in the Vatican, he becomes the highest-ranking Canadian in the history of the Roman Catholic Church.... Cardinal Ouellet is now the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, meaning that he will head up the Vatican department that makes recommendations to the Pope for the appointment of bishops worldwide....

It was in March 2001 that then Father Ouellet, a gifted professor of theology whose work was known to then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, received a call summoning him to appear at the Apostolic Palace the next day....His path most resembles the rise of another gifted theologian — Joseph Ratzinger....
Leave the future for the future, though. The appointment is significant for Canada in the present....

For some 40 years now, Quebec’s bishops have more or less accommodated themselves to the secularization of Quebec, co-operating even in the elimination of Christianity in the schools. When Cardinal Ouellet challenged the secular fundamentalism of the Quebec consensus, he often stood alone, his brother bishops opting to remain silent — most recently in the debates about abortion. His first task in his new job will be to find his replacement and it will not be easy to do....

Second, for Canada as a whole, it means that the appointment of bishops here will receive special attention at the highest level of the Church. Cardinal Ouellet’s move to Quebec in 2002 was itself part of a trend toward more confident, evangelical and publicly courageous bishops in Canada. One can expect that he will continue to look for the same in recommending bishops, not just for Canada but worldwide....

Third, Canada has often had three cardinal electors (those under 80 who are eligible to vote in a conclave). With Cardinal Ouellet’s departure for Rome, there is now only one — Cardinal Turcotte in Montreal. Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto will likely be made a cardinal this fall. Given that Cardinal Ouellet’s successor in Quebec may not be made a cardinal — Cardinal Ouellet’s predecessor was not — it opens the possibility of a second cardinal outside of Quebec, where the Canadian Church’s current vitality and future potential lies. It is now plausible that Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa, who has been given important global assignments in recent years, may join Archbishop Collins in being admitted to the sacred college. - Father Raymond de Souza, National Post


Read the entire article here or
here

Friday, July 2, 2010

Arrogance at the Root of the Oil Crisis

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is now into its 73rd day. While BP is being blamed, and rightly so, there is also evidence that President Obama has stalled on solutions that have been placed before him. Why? It is hard not to think that it is arrogance on his part, indifference to the real crisis, and a suspicion that he is using this crisis for some political gain.

The Right Scoop

Listen to the 10-minute interview of Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana. Keep in mind that Jindal declined to run as a presidential candidate in the last election; he said that he was committed to Louisiana and that is why he didn't run. Well, he just may be the man to face off against Obama the next time. How about Jindal as President and Palin as VP? Two state governors who know how to get things done - that would be a formidable team.

Is this the face of arrogance?

And, if there is any embarrassment at having been a supporter of BO, then you might as well have a laugh here
Electile Dysfunction

except that it's really not that funny.

h/t Deborah Gyapong
Rightly Concerned