Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Going "green" with birth control

ProWomanProLife has a post on "green" birth control.

Chemical Contraceptives- When my future husband and I discussed birth control methods and family planning for the first time we found we were on the same page as far as family size was concerned. We were not on the same page about how we would prevent pregnancy though. The most common method it seems for young women, then and now, is oral contraceptives or other chemical-hormonal contraceptives like the IUD, various injections, the patch, and internal rings. My husband assumed I would not have a problem with these methods but he was very wrong.
I wasn’t trying to lead a natural or green life yet but I knew with 100% certainty that I would NOT take hormones or use chemical contraceptives. I wasn’t going to introduce these things into my system and mess with my body in that way.
These contraceptives have many side effects, they increase chances of serious diseases like cancer, and using them supports the corrupt and powerful pharmaceutical industry. All of this makes them a not-so green choice and for me an unacceptable choice.

Jennifer Derwey writes: "Many women I know only use organic beauty products and eat mostly organic food but don’t question swallowing a chemical concoction every morning. Yet going green is everywhere around us, our coffee, our politicians, our lawn mowers. I didn’t agree with everything this woman wrote, but I was happy to see someone acknowledging the internal green (along with acknowledging that having children takes strength!) and brave enough to question the norm."

In a Michael Coren episode last year, Dr. Angela Lanfranchi stated that research had been done on producing a male chemical contraceptive, but when used, two subjects noticed that they experienced a reduction in the size of their testes. Research was suspended. Yet it is estimated that 90% of sexually active women take the birth control pill. Despite what it does to their bodies, despite what it does to the water supply, despite despite.....

Monday, August 29, 2011

US - 80, Canada - 0

I've been wondering about this very thing myself.

Run with Life

I realize that Canada has accomplished nothing to create legal protection for the unborn. We have no laws. We have no successes. None. After more that 20 years.
What are we doing wrong?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Russia's Demographic Crisis

The video speaks for itself. 80 million abortions brings disaster to any nation; the US has had 50 million abortions already. But the beautiful faces of the young Russians are great to see. The future lies with them.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Jack Layton, RIP

Early this morning, Jack Layton died at home surrounded by his wife and family. May he rest in peace.

I have to admit that I am taken by surprise by the outpouring of affection for Mr. Layton. Not that he doesn't deserve it, the man was extremely gutsy in the past year in particular. Battling one cancer, leading his party to their best standing ever in a federal election, all the while knowing that he was terminally ill. And then gracefully and quietly stepping down when he knew that he didn't have the strength to continue as their leader. Not a word of complaint about his illness. You have to admire that.

But what surprises me is the kind of comments I have heard people making. One woman was so upset at aquacise class that she was near tears. Others were saying imagine what he could have accomplished if he had had more time. There seemed to be a consensus of support for Jack Layton and the NDP, more than just grief expressed at someone's passing.

It struck me just how NDP this province of Nova Scotia is. More than any other province in Canada, this little have-not province votes NDP both federally and provincially. And then I realised how this affects the 40 Days for Life vigil here. No wonder we meet with such opposition.

Our presence and our praying for an end to abortion is a rebuke to those who vote NDP, because they are supporting women's choice for abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy, for whatever reason. Say that you are praying for an end to abortion and you are silently questioning the average Joe about where he casts his vote.

Quebec meets virulent opposition to the pro-life vigil there because Quebec has on the whole rejected Catholic values and religion and they have the highest abortion rate in the country. So the vigil there is a direct questioning of the moral values of the Quebecois.

Here, in Nova Scotia, people vote NDP because that is the party that most supports legislation to help the poor, the party that seems to have the little guy's interests most at heart. And Nova Scotia is made up of a lot of "little guys", with the highest unemployment rate in the country - 9.5%.
Of course, the majority vote NDP. They simply think the issue of poverty and the state of the economy are number one. And the right to choose is not at the top of their list.

But the NDP stand firmly behind the right to choose. And they don't let go of that position, no matter what evidence is presented to them. So if you vote NDP because you think they will do the most for the poor and unemployed and disadvantaged, you must also know that you are voting for someone who will keep abortion legal and available at all costs.

So while 40 Days for Life is not a political movement, it is "political" in the general sense of raising the question of whom do you choose to lead your province and your country? Because it really does matter. And you can't have it both ways. Any vote for the NDP, no matter how well-intentioned, is a vote for abortion.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Babies as Commodities

This article lifts the lid on the horror of surrogacy and the buying and selling of babies. And it all began with abortion, when babies were seen as objects to be dispensed with according to someone else's wishes.

To the Source

The Litmus Test for Christian Churches

In less than a single generation, homosexuality has gone from something almost universally understood to be sinful, to something now declared to be the moral equivalent of heterosexuality—and deserving of both legal protection and public encouragement. Theo Hobson, a British theologian, has argued that this is not just the waning of a taboo. Instead, it is a moral inversion that has left those holding the old morality now accused of nothing less than “moral deficiency.”

The liberal churches and denominations have an easy way out of this predicament. They simply accommodate themselves to the new moral reality. By now the pattern is clear: These churches debate the issue, with conservatives arguing to retain the older morality and liberals arguing that the church must adapt to the new one. Eventually, the liberals win and the conservatives lose. Next, the denomination ordains openly gay candidates or decides to bless same-sex unions.

This is a route that evangelical Christians committed to the full authority of the Bible cannot take. Since we believe that the Bible is God’s revealed word, we cannot accommodate ourselves to this new morality. We cannot pretend as if we do not know that the Bible clearly teaches that all homosexual acts are sinful, as is all human sexual behavior outside the covenant of marriage. We believe that God has revealed a pattern for human sexuality that not only points the way to holiness, but to true happiness.

Albert Mohler

Last week, a priest told me that, if he were to stand up and give the Catholic teaching on homosexuality from the pulpit, and there was a homosexual activist present in the congregation, he could fully expect to be charged with a hate crime the very next day. Hence, we don't hear much about this from the pulpit.

But we are not going to be able to get away with this for much longer. The day is coming and rapidly, when Christians are going to have to face legal action for their beliefs. The sooner we realise this, the better. And the more we build up our spiritual backbone, the better we will be able to withstand the all-out attack that is coming.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Normalizing Pedophilia

Child advocate Dr. Judith Reisman, a visiting professor at Liberty University’s School of Law, said the conference is part of a strategy to condition people into accepting pedophiles.

“The first thing they do is to get the public to divest from thinking of what the offender does criminally, to thinking of the offender’s emotional state, to think of him as thinking of his emotional state, [and] to empathize and sympathize,” Reisman said. “You don’t change the nation in one fell swoop; you have to change it by conditioning. The aim is to get them [pedophiles] out of prison.”
Daily Caller

There have been a few articles lately about pedophilia, in particular the acceptance of this in Hollywood. I can't see this as anything but insidious corruption of childhood innocence.
Feldman lifts lid on Hollywood pedophilia

Children are increasingly being seen and used as sexual objects in a culture that is obsessed with sex. From a ten-year-old on the cover of French Vogue to television shows that groom young teens into little vamps, the wonderful time of childhood is being threatened. It is so crucial to protect those years of innocence, of play, of pure enjoyment as children learn and discover the world around them. They certainly don't need to be made into adults before their time.

Any efforts to normalize adult-child sexual relations need to be fought by all who have any moral values left.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Hiding Behind Language

Yesterday we were handed a follow-up pastoral letter from our archbishop. This is part 2 of the pastoral letter he sent out at Pentecost. It is long, two full pages, small type, and the thrust of the letter is how we are to implement the "new evangelization".

The expected talk about working in parishes to renew the faith of the community. Never mentioned is the central truth of salvation: i.e. man has sinned and needs God's forgiveness. Do they always assume this or do they not understand it? I suspect the latter. There is far too much talk about well-meaning people and projects with fervour but no mention of the basic truth - Jesus Christ came to save us, not to build "engaged" churches. I doubt if he cares a fig about "engagement"; God cares about souls.

Then the expected line with regards to pro-life efforts:
Identify and encourage the living signs of the Gospel of Life in your parish and community. (I can't see any in mine but then the bishop didn't ask me)
Look around and see what is actually going on and celebrate the daily lived commitment of those who make life more valuable, accepted and precious.
Become known for who you are and not for what you are against.
Take care of the isolated, the rejected, the poor and the lonely, thus offering an alternative to non-life options.

The underlined sentence is the one we always get thrown at visible pro-lifers. In fact, they even say don't use the word pro-life, people don't like it. No, honey, you don't like it because it will make you stand out and then you will feel uncomfortable and perhaps, even persecuted.

When anyone takes the pro-life movement and states "let's be for something, not against something", they are conveniently forgetting the tragedy and extent of abortion. We are for life, and we show that precisely by being against abortion.

When the culture of death has encroached on the pregnancy and birth of every child in our culture (all moms are now offered genetic testing which means abort if there is something you don't think you can handle), and euthanasia is making inroads into the care of the elderly and the sick, how is being for something going to make a bit of difference? It would mean that you simply turn a blind eye to what is actually happening.

And that is what the clergy here is doing, turning a blind eye to abortion because it is just too difficult for them to stand up for the child in the womb. I wish they would just admit it and stop castigating those of us who do.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Nurses objecting to abortion successfully defended in England

Equality Legislation used to defend conscientious objection to abortion

Two nurses who did not wish to work in the weekly abortion clinic of their hospital in England have been defended by the Thomas More Society and the hospital has backed down. Without this legal intervention, the two nurses would have been forced to assist women undergoing medical abortions in a clinic within the hospital.

When threatened with legal action against the hospital, the administration decided it best to simply relocate the two nurses to other clinics within the facility.

I met a nurse who was in the very same position here in Halifax, NS. She was being made to tend to women undergoing abortions at the IWK Children's Hospital and it was completely against her principles. For twenty years, she had worked as a special-care nurse in the neo-natal unit there. When I met her, she was looking for another job, not an easy thing to find in a city where specialized nurses have nowhere to go other than the one medical system. I wonder if we have a Thomas More lawyer here in eastern Canada. Definitely worth finding out.

The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy

In a society where women can terminate a single pregnancy for any reason - financial, social, emotional - if we have a way to reduce a twin pregnancy with very little risk, isn't it legitimate to offer that service to women with twins who want to reduce to a singleton?

New York Times

A long article, well worth the read, written by a woman who did have twins. One is left with the horrible realisation that our demand for choice results in playing God in the end.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Bert and Ernie to Marry?

Unbelievable: a group has mounted a petition with the question "do you think Bert and Ernie of Sesame Street should get married?"

900 people signed the petition as of this afternoon and said yes, as reported by Huffington Post. Thank goodness, the creators of Sesame Street have stated that there will be no marriage between these two characters, that Bert and Ernie are puppets and that they are friends. So get over it, crazy people, trying to sexualize everything in sight.

Huffington Post

As soon as Sun News Media posts the item from Brian Lilley's show tonight, I will put the video here. Brian had a great line that should be written in stone: "The trouble with socialism is that you never get a free night. You've always got to be taking over everything." (Actually Brian was quoting Oscar Wilde) Because they, the left, are trying to inveigle their agenda into every aspect of our lives. Enough says Lilley and so does everyone else in their right mind.

Here is the link to Brian's segment
Sun News - Brian Lilley on Bert and Ernie

Business Venture

For anyone looking for a business venture to begin, I would suggest tattoo removal. I think this is going to be a hot business in about ten years time.
Just imagine as people age and gain some weight, what are these tattoos going to look like?
That discreet rose on the breast is going to appear like an inflated peony. The dragon on the shoulder will look like some gigantic monster. And the ones we see are only the tip of the iceberg. Apparently there are many more hidden beneath the clothing and on body parts that never see the sun.
I'm sorry but it is just gross. And I hope people realise that sooner rather than later. I even read on a blog of a 58-year-old woman that she is considering getting one. Sounds like mid-life crisis to me. Sort of like the mother who wears a mini-skirt and spike heels when out shopping with her 28-year-old daughter. Some things just shouldn't be seen.

Off my soap box now.

Morgentaler's Protections

LifeSiteNews has posted a correction to their account of Linda Gibbons' recent arrest in Toronto. Since Linda was at a different clinic than she usually pickets at, she was not charged as previously, but with a different charge.

LifeSite has discovered that this abortion clinic has a 500 foot "bubble zone" and Morgentaler was given the site rent free for ten years!!! by the provincial government. They also provided him with half a million dollars worth of security. This was in response to the fire-bombing of his other clinic on Harbord Street, an act that was found later to have been done by a man whose child was aborted there, not by any pro-life group.

In addition to the full financing of his abortion business, Morgentaler also gained a new permanent injunction against any pro-life protesting at the location. The injunction includes an unusually large 500-foot bubble zone within which all pro-life activity is prohibited. This legal straightjacket against free speech appears to have been facilitated in some way by the original lawsuit against the five pro-life activists launched in 1989.

LifeSiteNews is attempting to discover more details regarding the Hilldale Ave. injunction and will report them as they become available. Gibbons’s defense lawyer, Daniel Santoro, currently also has very little information about this injunction and is seeking full details in order to be able to defend his client.

It is clear that this baby-killer has been protected by Canadian law for decades, not just protected, but subsidized. It leaves me wondering if there is blackmail involved.

Even Melanie Notices Church Silence

Repairing this terrible damage also means, dare I say it, a return to the energetic transmission of Biblical morality.

Anyone heard from the Archbishop of Canterbury about the riots? Anyone care to guess what he will eventually say about them? Quite.

When church leaders stop prattling like soft-headed social workers and start preaching, once again, the moral concepts that underlie our civilisation, and when our political leaders decide to oppose the culture war that has been waged against that civilisation rather than supinely acquiescing in its destruction, then — and only then — will we start to get to grips with this terrible problem.

Melanie Phillips

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Melanie Phillips on Fatherlessness

Goodbye to the Enlightenment

The parents are the problem; as are, almost certainly, their parents and their parents too. Not that any of them necessarily even know who their parents, in the plural, are. For the single most crucial factor behind all this mayhem, behind the total breakdown of any control or self-control amongst the rampaging gangs of children and teenagers who are rioting, burning, robbing, stealing, attacking and murdering, is the willed removal of the most important thing that socialises children and turns them from feral savages into civilised citizens: a fully committed, hands-on, there-every-day father.

As I have been writing for more than twenty years, a society that embraces mass fatherlessness is a society that is going off the edge of a cliff. There are whole areas of Britain (white as well as black) where committed fathers are a wholly unknown phenomenon; where serial generations are being brought up only by mothers, through whose houses pass transitory males by whom these girls and women have yet more children, and whose own daughters inevitably repeat the pattern of lone and utterly dysfunctional parenting.

The result is fatherless boys who are suffused by an existential rage and desperate psychic need, who take out the damage done to them by lashing out from infancy at the world around them. And all this is effectively condoned, rewarded and encouraged by the welfare state which conceives of need solely in terms of absence of money, and which accordingly subsidises lone parenthood and the destructive behaviour that welfare fatherlessness brings in its train.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Riots in Britain

From Melanie Phillips:

I have written for more than two decades on the various elements that have contributed to this collapse of order: family breakdown and mass fatherlessness; the toleration and even encouragement of grossly inadequate parenting; educational collapse which damages most those at the bottom of the social heap; welfare dependency; political correctness and the vicious injustices and moral inversion of victim culture; the grossly irresponsible toleration of soft drug-taking; the shuddering distaste at the notion of punishment and the consequent collapse of authority in the entire criminal justice system; the implosion of the policing ethic and the police retreat from the streets; the increasing organisation and boldness of anarchist and left-wing subversive activity; and the growth of irrationality, narcissistic self-centredness and mob rule and the near-certainty of a fundamental breakdown of morality and order.

To every one of these arguments that I have made over the years, the left has responded with jeers and smears. Now, as terrified citizens see their homes and businesses torched, looters queue up in order more efficiently to steal from shattered shops and passing motor-cyclists are dragged off their machines and beaten up and robbed --all with near-total impunity -- we can see all these chickens coming so frighteningly home to roost.

Kind of reminds me of the video of Ann Coulter facing off an angry audience of single moms as she declared that the facts show fatherless kids have the highest rates of criminal behaviour, drug abuse, etc. etc. She gets "jeers and smears" too - the truth hurts.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Banned from the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Montreal

If you ever wondered how antagonistic Quebec is to pro-life, this story says it all. The Crossroads walkers were banned from entering the basilica because of the t-shirts they were wearing which said Pro-Vie (Pro-Life). They were eventually allowed to enter the adoration chapel by an inconspicuous door so that visitors to the basilica would not see them. The basilica charges visitors $10 each to enter, unless they are coming to Mass or to pray. This takes the cake!


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Linda Arrested Again


For some reason I can't embed the YouTube video of Linda's arrest on this blog, so you must click on the link above to view it.

The Lord looked and was displeased that there was no justice. He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm worked salvation for him, and his own righteousness sustained him. - Isaiah 59: 15-16

There was one, Lord, there was one.


Friday, August 5, 2011

Linda Gibbons Alone Again

Linda Gibbons was arrested yesterday, once again, as she protested silently outside the Morgentaler clinic on Hillsdale Avenue in Toronto.

20 Show the Truth supporters stood outside the restricted "bubble zone" in support of Linda. 

Linda was arrested alone, by six police officers.

If those 20, better yet if 100, people had stood with Linda inside the bubble zone, perhaps something would really happen. I know, I know, most of us are not free to give up our time to go to jail as Linda does. And I know that I personally don't have the chutzpah to join her in her actions which result in incarceration.

But as she said in an interview :

“When we begin to suffer for the unborn, our identification with them, that’s when we’re going to impact society, when they see that,” she added. “The Church is not hurting enough for the unborn. When we start feeling their hurt in a real concrete way, then things are going to change, because then we’re saying very clearly that this cannot go on.”

I predict that Linda will simply go back to jail and she will be on the back burner once again. Yes, there is a trial date coming up in the fall and something might happen at that, but is it likely? 
Major change does not come in a society until many people join the cause and risk the consequences to themselves. The civil rights movement did not win in the US until people were willing to face police and attack dogs to express their rights as human beings. The same applies to the unborn: until lots of us are prepared to suffer for them, they will be ignored.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Do we take abortion seriously?

This video with Father Frank Pavone shows what abortion really does - totally disregards the life of a child and treats that child like garbage. 
I heard a very good priest today talk about people getting things out of perspective. He spoke of people dwelling on one aspect of their life or concentrating on one virtue to the exclusion of others, with the result being that they end up doing wrong. He gave the example of pro-lifers who end up putting bombs outside abortion clinics. 
Needless to say, my hackles were raised, but I have gained sufficient maturity  not to blow a gasket   anymore. Or perhaps I should. Perhaps that is not maturity at all, but complacence and apathy taking over where once there was fervour.

Thirty-five plus babies are aborted in my city each and every week. If thirty-five children in a daycare centre were gunned down, even once, let alone every single week, what do you think the reaction would be?
Yes, people would be demanding justice, parents would be demonstrating outside every daycare centre, citizens would be picketing the police station and the legislature demanding that better protection be put in place to protect these children who were being made victims of attack.

But what do we do for those who are gunned down in the womb? Our almost complete disregard for their lives reveals that we do not think of them as real people at all. Because if we did, there would be people in front of the Victoria General Hospital every single day that abortions are being committed and people would be boycotting the doctors who are doing these abortions.

Bad example, Father, but I forgive you because I don't think you really know better. In fact, there are relatively few violent pro-life people out there doing violence against abortionists. Far more violence is done by pro-choice people to pro-lifers.

If you don't believe me, check this site

Almost everyone thinks that serious pro-life supporters are "too radical", that we have things out of perspective. I think they are wrong. If doctors really are killing 35 babies each week in this city alone, then my attending a Rosary Walk once a week, my blogging several times a week about this, my trying to get people to come out to 40 Days for Life, is not radical at all. It is simply a small effort to try and respond to an injustice and evil that is immense.

When will people recognize that this baby in the womb is a human being with a right to life? when it is theirs?

Michael Coren On Sun TV

I can't wait until Michael Coren is a regular on SunTV. He is absolutely brilliant at being a right-wing conservative who can speak to people on both sides of an issue. Unafraid, frank, give us more.

Paying Off Student Debt

Saddled with piles of student debt and a job-scarce, lackluster economy, current college students and recent graduates are selling themselves to pursue a diploma or pay down their loans. An increasing number, according to the the owners of websites that broker such hook-ups, have taken to the web in search of online suitors or wealthy benefactors who, in exchange for sex, companionship, or both, might help with the bills.

Not exactly the most tempting job choice, in my opinion.