Monday, December 17, 2012

Landfill Harmonic


Landfill Harmonic is an upcoming feature-length documentary about a remarkable musical orchestra in Paraguay, where young musicians play instruments made from trash. For more information about the film, please visit Facebook.com/landfillharmonicmovie

Billboards with a message

This billboard is proudly displayed on Herring Cove Road in Spryfield, just outside Halifax city. It caught my eye last week as I drove past, and I just found it that it is part of a nationwide campaign by the Down Syndrome Society in the first week of November. Billboards will be displayed across the country throughout the year.

What a great sign! Now, how about some signs that are positively pro-life? of course, they would have to be placed in places like Spryfield and Lower Sackville, where they are less likely to be vandalized. Central Halifax is a magnet for anti-life sentiment, and any sign in the city proper wouldn't last one day, no matter what its message.

The Brokenness Revealed in Connecticut

The blog world is full of many posts calling for reform of the US gun laws, in the wake of the massacre last week in Newtown, Connecticut. British bloggers at the Telegraph are saying it is time for gun control in the United States, and praise is being bestowed on President Obama (peace be upon him, to borrow the phrase from Michael Coren) for stating that something must be done about the violence in America while giving his condolences to the bereaved.

Remember Rahm Emmanuel's comment about "never let a crisis go to waste"? I couldn't help but recall that statement when I heard Obama calling for a change in the society, and it is perfectly obvious what change he means. The one that calls into question the right of US citizens to "bear arms", a right written into the Constitution.

It all sounds reasonable enough, and I personally do not see why anyone needs to have firearms in their house, of this kind. A rifle, yes, if you live in the country and/or you are a hunter. But handguns, I have never seen the reason for them. So my initial reaction to these blog posts is to agree with them.

But then I realise with alarm, that the President is also trying to change the American Constitution when it comes to the right of free speech, and he is coercing Catholics to go against their consciences and pay for abortifacient drugs and birth control in their insurance plans.

So he will try to use this recent tragedy to push the Democratic agenda of gun control upon a society that has written in its constitution the "right to bear arms". And it will seem reasonable to the majority of citizens and onlookers from other countries; in fact, it will seem morally correct. And Obama will act as other totalitarian leaders have done, changing the laws of a country; he is just a whole lot more subtle about it than, say, Fidel Castro or Hugo Chavez.

But there is a far bigger issue here than the possession of guns. At issue is the fact that American society, and many other societies as well, are broken. The violence that erupted at the hands of one 20-year-old on Friday in Connecticut is indicative of the violence that is lurking beneath the entire society. The slaughter of 27 innocent people points to the fact that there is an evil that has permeated the fabric of our modern society. The act of violence is simply like the eruption of a volcano; it indicates that there is a whole more to come.

Where did the evil come from in the first place? You can’t blame it on a broken family. There are many kids from broken families who do not go on a killing spree. You can’t blame it on video games. Millions of kids play video games and don’t go out with guns to kill kindergarten children. You can’t blame it on guns. Millions have guns who do not kill babies. You can’t blame it on learning disabilities or being shy. There are many shy people with learning disabilities who are not killers. You can’t blame it on the devil unless there is evidence of demonic activity. We will probably never know what caused that boy to snap and go an such a senseless rampage.

However, I know one thing: our society is broken. Our world is broken. Our families are broken. For the last few decades we have indulged in evil. The evil of broken families. The evil of sexual promiscuity, and the subsequent violence of abortion. The evil of greed, and the subsequent violence of stealing from the poor. The evil of war. The evil of drugs. The evil of crime warfare. The evil of organized crime. The evil of a war mongering, world conquering mentality. The evil of forgetting God. The evil of materialism. The evil of complacency. The evil of forgetting that there is such a thing as evil. The evil of living a superficial selfish and pleasure seeking life and thinking that it is simply a nice, cheerful, “successful” American thing to do.

What I’m getting at is this: our Western society is sick–sick through and through with an insidious cancer. Just beneath the smiling surface of America there is a cancer of sin, and the symptom of this sickness is violence. I am just as horrified as the next person at the senseless murders in Connecticut, and I truly hope I am wrong, but I predict more of the same. The sickness is deep down in our culture, and it will continue to poke out it’s monstrous head (like that incubating beast the Alien movie) and ravage the land whenever it gets the chance.

This violence (and the other recent violence) has burst forth from our collective psyche. The boy who pulled the trigger is our son. He is our offspring. Beneath the surface our society is deeply unhealthy, and unless something is done to correct that sickness, the symptoms will continue to surface.

And it ain't gonna to be pretty.
Where was God in Sandy Hook?

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Slaughter of the Innocents

A terrible tragedy with 20 children under the age of six gunned down in their classroom. Six adults as well, plus the perpetrator.

What makes someone so mad that he shoots his own mother while she is asleep, then goes on a rampage, killing the children his mother teaches?

There will be many experts giving their opinions on all the news shows that will air this coming week. They are even admitting that this act was "evil", something psychologists and psychiatrists don't ordinarily say. Adam Lanza's mental state will be analysed ad nauseum, and there still will not be anything definitive said.

But in a country where 4000 children are ripped from their mothers' wombs every single day, why are we surprised when violence makes its appearance obvious in our society? It has been there all along, we just have not wanted to acknowledge it.

Mother Teresa said before the United Nations, that abortion was the cause of nuclear war. How does one get one's head around that? She went on to say that, if a mother can kill her own child, then what is to stop us from killing anyone.

Indeed, if we could only see the amount of violence that we allow and have even legalized, then we would not be shocked when we see violence show itself in a small quiet town in Connecticut.

Our acceptance of abortion is the line drawn in the sand. When the US and other countries legalized abortion, we gave assent to the fact that people can make the ultimate value decisions about whether someone else's life is worth living. That decision made us into countries that defend the right to kill someone else if we don't want them. So now a young 20-year-old decides that he doesn't want his mother alive, and he doesn't want those young children alive. It is not such a big leap to see how he got there.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Changing the Demographics

An interesting article by an orthodox Jew

Winning the Demographic War and the Culture War - by Daniel Greenfield

If anyone is debating whether or not to homeschool their children, this article should convince you of the value of doing so.

And I think of a young couple, the husband having asked me for advice on a spiritual director. Our conversation wandered over many rabbit trails, but I think the end result was our agreeing that Yes, he does need to move his family to live where they will be supported in raising their children as orthodox Catholics. Which means, these days, turning away from the cultural influences of schools, television, internet, and any other influence that shapes children along the lines of our present culture.

Some excerpts:

Taking back America demographically is a matter of having enough children within a cultural structure that passes down the values of adults to the children, while focusing on limiting immigration as much as possible. This isn't an impossible task.

The Amish population doubles every 20 years and they retain the majority of their children within their communities despite the obvious appeals of the outside world. There are 250,000 Amish in the United States and Canada now. By 2040 there will be over a million of them.

Would the Amish be who they are if in between plow breaks they were watching Reality TV and getting lessons on liberal values? Instead the Amish segregated themselves from the culture and have thrived because of it. And that can be done without completely abandoning technology as a whole.

Orthodox Jews built a cultural infrastructure to convey their values to our children while cutting them off, as much as possible, from the cultural programming of progressives. The largest expense of Orthodox Jewish parents and the community as a whole is on the infrastructure of private schools that teach traditional values to their children. An Orthodox Jewish community is defined by its schools and its best and brightest go into Chinuch or Education.

But schools aren't enough. Orthodox Jews raise their children on their own books and their own music. Everything that children are exposed to from the youngest ages is supposed to come from within their own culture to such an extent that when Oprah visited a Chassidic family they had no idea who she was, or who Mickey Mouse and Beyonce were. Obviously this isn't universal and the degree of exposure varies, but retention rates and birth rates are highest among those with the lowest levels of progressive cultural exposure. So is cultural secession the solution? For traditional Jews it might be, but for traditionalists as a whole, who have the demographic reach to turn the national numbers around, it can be a temporary solution until the numbers and the political power that goes with them are theirs. As with Orthodox Jews, there is a Christian culture industry, but it isn't enough to have positive messages as an alternative, it's equally important to cut out as many negative messages as possible.

Above all else, education is the future. Traditionalists who fail to understand this will allow the educational system and the entertainment industry to transform their children into progressives. Progressives know that control of the educational system means control of the future. Without the educational system and immigration, progressives are doomed to be cafe radicals. With them, they can count the generations until they control everything.

The progressives have few children of their own. Your children are their children. If they can corrupt your children, then they have a future. If they cannot, then they will go off and die in a corner. The progressives have three strengths, class warfare, cultural programming and immigration. America had prosperity that negated class warfare, but it neglected to safeguard its culture from the left and did not consider the consequences of Third World immigration. With their political and culture power, the left destroyed prosperity and now with all three cards in their hand, the progressives are rising high.

Cultural secession means cutting away the educational and entertainment culture of the left out of your home. It means creating your own alternative education and entertainment and grouping in communities that act as a support structure for traditional values. Is it easy? No. It involves sacrifice. But groups such as the Amish and Orthodox Jews have done it and have thrived doing it.

Some wars are settled by guns, but cultural wars are settled by the schoolbook and the movie. They are settled by the family.

Take five minutes and read it all, well worth it.

Winning the Demographic War and the Culture War - by Daniel Greenfield

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Canadian Abortion Stats

From an article in the National Post, the thing that caught my attention most was the age at which most abortions are done. The group aged 20-24 came in highest in all provinces - most women this age are at university or in some form of higher education.

Which means it makes perfect sense to bring the GAP project onto campuses across the country. This graphic display of abortion, which compares it to other forms of genocide such as the Holocaust or Rwanda, puts the issue right in front of those who are most affected by it.

If you can support this project, please do so. Click on Unmasking Choice to see more about GAP and other things that the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform is doing.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The right to be inside a uterus

What is the nature and purpose of the kidney versus the nature and purpose of the uterus?

The answer tells us why a woman is not obligated to give her child her kidney but is obligated to “give” her child her uterus.

… The kidneys exist for the health and proper functioning of the body in which they reside. In other words, kidneys exist in a body, for that body.

In contrast, the uterus exists in one body, to be around — and for — another body. The fact that a woman can live without her uterus but a fetus cannot shows that the uterus exists for the unborn child rather than for the mother.

The unborn, as members of the human family then, must not be denied the environment that regularly waits in great expectation for them….

[M]aintaining pregnancy is simply doing for the unborn what parents must do for the born — providing the shelter and nourishment a child needs. It is what is required in the normal course of the reproduction of our species.

Furthermore, when unborn children are aborted, they are directly and intentionally killed in the environment made for them. A kidney patient, in contrast, dies as a result of kidney disease. As a physician friend of mine pointed out, “In the renal [kidney] analogy, if nothing is done, one person dies. In the pregnancy case, if nothing is done, no one dies.”…

A woman’s uterus may be in her body, but every month it gets ready for someone else’s body. It exists not so much for us as women, but for our offspring.

- Stephanie Gray, Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform

h/t Jill Stanek

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Toronto democratic? - not

And what the liberal elites in Toronto couldn’t do during the election campaign, in the court of public opinion, they knew they could do in the court of law.

Ford crushed the liberal elite’s candidate in the last election, by almost 100,000 votes. But one judge overturned that. Ford is an imperfect man. But political punishment for him is up to the voters, not a pack of hard-left lawyers and a lone judge.

Ford must run again — not only to continue his conservative agenda, but to take democracy back from the lawyers, and give it back to the people.
Sun News Network


Monday, November 26, 2012

On Being Catholic

This morning, I read Little Catholic Bubble, the blog of Leila Miller, mother of eight children and a conservative Catholic blogger.

She re-posted her conversion story, or rather her re-conversion story, tracing her path of indifference to the Catholic faith, her consideration of joining an evangelical church, and her way back to an authentic Catholic faith. She is an interesting person, unafraid to engage with anyone on her blog and ready to discuss matters of faith, morality, and politics with those who have similar or completely opposite viewpoints.

While I can't relate to her story (my own path did not entail the same crises), I do share many of her conclusions.

At the time of Vatican II, my family moved from Sudbury, Ontario to Victoria BC - I was fourteen at the time, and struggling with a scrupulous conscience - and the changes that I saw in our church, I put down to differences in location. I was completely unaware of what was going on in Rome, I just experienced the change from Latin Mass to Mass in the vernacular, and I noticed the de-emphasis on the sacrament of Confession. This I took as an immense relief, as I could put my scrupulous conscience to rest and forget about the ordeal of Confession.

However, within a few years, I could see the toll that had been taken upon the Church. The first most noticeable thing was the de-reverencing of the Liturgy. Along with now hearing all the prayers in English, the music became very user-friendly. Guitars appeared and songs such as "Eat My Body, Drink My Flesh" (how I hate that song) emerged and were sung like Kumbaya. This was a stark contrast to the awe-inspiring midnight Mass in Christ the King Church in Sudbury, where dozens of white-robed children processed to the front of the church singing the traditional hymns of Silent Night, Oh Little Town of Bethlehem, Oh Holy Night. The Mass was magical, and not just because I was staying up so late. The flickering candlelight, the procession with one young teen girl carrying baby Jesus to lay in the manger, accompanied by the senior choir dressed in red satin robes. The Mass was even broadcast on the local radio station and the announcer, a convert to Catholicism, narrated what was happening in whispered tones. There was reverence so palpable that every knee would bend and every head would bow for the Lord Jesus was coming.

The post-Vatican liturgy seemed dumbed-down by comparison and, as I think more and more about this, I know that it is because the sense of reverence and awe has been pushed away in favour of making everyone feel comfortable and included. The trouble with that is that the celebration of the Mass doesn't seem one bit extraordinary when compared to other events in one's life. Most people now get more "religious feeling" by going to a movie; in fact, I think the modern theatre has taken over the role of the church in many people's lives. They now go to see uplifting or thrilling films in order to get in touch with their inner selves. The trouble with that is that they are being filled with the beliefs of the movie makers, rather than coming to know who they are vis a vis their Creator.

Unfortunately many of the clergy were swept along with the tide of Vatican reforms. But more serious than the change in the forms of liturgy, is the revamping of belief that underlie those changes. As Leila describes, the sacraments were pushed aside and not given importance, in particular the sacrament of Confession. Traditional forms of prayer, such as novenas and devotions such as Benediction, have been abandoned completely or left on the sidelines. Those who practise them are considered a little weird, "too Catholic", too orthodox, kind of not-with-it.

However, for many of us, it is precisely those moments of awe inside a church when High Mass was sung or when large choirs sang beautiful traditional hymns accompanied by the magnificent crescendos of the pipe organ, that brought us into the place where we felt the presence of God, where we willingly knelt and were moved to tears because we could acknowledge that here indeed was God our Saviour, and we needed Him.

Leila's story is well worth reading and I will reread it, because there are many things in it to think about. But my first strongest impression is the awareness of having the sense of awe stripped away from me, by the changes in the liturgy that have occurred. Even if they are well-intentioned, they do nothing to bring me any closer to God in liturgical worship. Perhaps they do for others, but I have my doubts.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ireland Fighting Pro-Aborts


The death of Savita Halappanavar is being used by pro-aborts to advance the cause for legalizing abortion in Ireland. They don't even wait for the results of a post-mortem, but rush to the conclusion that this woman's life would have been saved had she had an abortion. But the Catholic hospital in Galway, where she was admitted, refused to perform one.

So the chant goes up to legalize abortion. Completely disregard that Ireland, which is abortion-free, has one of the lowest rates of maternal mortality in the world, along with Poland which is also legalalized-abortion free.

What about the deaths of women from abortion? Do the pro-abort feminists not care about them? They don't seem to. Because no hue and cry is raised when abortion doctors make mistakes and their patients are rushed to emergency departments to have the damage done reversed. In some cases, the woman dies, actually in quite a few cases. But no protest goes up about that.

A study from one of the most prestigious medical centers in the world, John Hopkins University, reported: "Occurrence of genital tract infection following elective abortion is a well-known complication." This institution reports rates up to 5.2% for first trimester abortions and up to 18.5% in midtrimester. Burkman et al., "Culture and Treatment Results in Endometritis Following Elective Abortion," Amer. Jour. OB/GYN, vol. 128, no. 5, 1977, pp. 556-559.

Patients with Chlamydia Trachomatous infection of the cervix (13% in this series) who get induced abortion "run a 23% risk of developing PID." E. Quigstad et al., British Jour. of Venereal Disease, June 1982, p. 182

Another study revealed a 17% incidence of post-abortal Chlamydia infection. Barbacci et al., "Post Abortal Endometritis and Chlamydia," OB & GYN, 68:686, 1986.

Yes, and these deaths are never associated directly nor reported as statistics related to abortions. Here is how this works: First, we must know how many women need blood transfusions after getting induced abortions. These figures are hard to come by. The only controlled studies are from university medical enters, which do only a small fraction of all abortions. Over 90% of abortions in the U.S. and varying percentages in other nations are done in free-standing abortion chambers where the medical care is only a faint shadow of the ompetence of those medical centers. Women who hemorrhage from these abortions are sent to "real" hospitals for transfusions and surgery. The percentage who need transfusions then must remain an estimate as these commercial establishments do not report this. How many then? Let’s be conservative and say that one in every hundred needs a blood transfusion. If there are 1,600,000 abortions annually in the United States, this means that 1% or 16,000 women were transfused.

Viral hepatitis is transmitted in up to 10% of patients transfused. Ten percent of 16,000 is 1,600 women. Amer. Assn. Blood Banks and Amer. Red Cross, Circular Information, 1984, p. 6

Blood clots are one of the causes of death to mothers who deliver babies normally. They are also a cause of death in healthy young women who have abortions performed.

Embolism (floating objects in the blood that go to the lungs) is another problem. Childbirth is a normal process, and the body is well prepared for the birth of the child and the separation and expulsion of the placenta. Surgical abortion is an abnormal process, and slices the unripe placenta from the wall of the uterus into which its roots have grown. This sometimes causes the fluid around the baby, or other pieces of tissue or blood clots, to be forced into the mother’s circulation. These then travel to her lungs, causing damage and occasional death. This is also a major cause of maternal deaths from the salt poisoning method of abortion. For instance, pulmonary thromboembolism (blood clots to the lungs) was the cause of eight mothers dying from abortions, as reported to the U.S. Center for Disease Control. W. Cates et al., Amer. Jour. OB/GYN, vol. 132, p. 169 And this can occur in those as young as 14 years old. Pediatrics, vol. 68, no. 4, Oct. 1971

And has an 80% mortality rate. S. Clark, Amniotic Fluid Embolism, the Female Patient, vol. 14, Aug. ’89, p. 50

- Consider the mother who hemorrhaged, was transfused, got hepatitis, and died months later. Official cause of death, Hepatitis. Actual cause, abortion.

- A perforated uterus leads to pelvic abscess, sepsis (blood poisoning), and death. The official report of the cause of death may list pelvic abscess and septicemia. Abortion will not be listed.

- Abortion causes tubal pathology. She has an ectopic pregnancy years later and dies. The cause listed will be ectopic pregnancy. The actual cause, abortion.

- Deep depression and guilt following an abortion leads to suicide. The cause listed, suicide! Actual cause, abortion.

These figures, often cited by pro-abortionists, are simply false. During the debate on the floor of the U.S. Senate on the Hatch-Eagleton Pro-Life Amendment in 1983, the U.S. Bureau of Vital Statistics provided the data on such deaths. Its reports showed that you must go back to the pre-Penicillin era to find more than 1,000 maternal deaths per year from illegal and legal abortions combined. The precipitous drop in maternal deaths in the 1950s and ‘60s occurred while abortions were still illegal. Before the first state legalized abortions in 1966, the total deaths were down to 120 per year. By 1972, before the Supreme Court legalized abortion in all 50 states, it was down to 39 per year in the entire U.S. Since legalization, the slow decline has continued, so that now the only difference is that more mothers are dying from legal, rather than illegal abortions.
www.abortionfacts.com


The statement that abortion should be "safe, legal, and rare" is a complete myth.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Seeing Peter Singer for what he really is

LifeSiteNews reported that Fordham University disinvited Ann Coulter because she was considered too "hateful" in her comments, but they have invited Peter Singer to speak at a conference. Singer has been called "compassionate" and even been compared to Pope John Paul II by Dr. Charles Carmosy, the moderator of the conference. How blind is such a view, that calls infanticide "compassionate" and is taken in by Singer's tenet that animals have equal rights as humans and that some "great apes are more "persons" than human infants. He is hailed as the founder of the modern animal rights movement and has been called the "greatest living philosopher" by the New York Times.

If you subscribe to Singer's philosophy, the logic does lead to infanticide and all sorts of other evils, such as having children in order to use them for the healing of other children. (brings to mind that deceptively sick book My Sister's Keeper )

Let's call a spade a spade. And Wesley Smith did just that with regards to Peter Singer in this talk at Princeton University in 2007.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Voter Fraud?

Things are just so weird in the US right now, that it is tempting to believe in conspiracy theories, such as the one put forth by Glenn Beck. I watched this video this morning and then googled voter fraud in the US, and found more disturbing details.

In this video, what stood out was the statement that whenever exit polls and election results don't tally, one should suspect that one or other has been tampered with. Certainly all the conservative pundits on Fox News predicted the election wrongly and one has to wonder why.



22 signs that voter fraud is wildly out of control and the election was a sham
There were 59 voting divisions in the city of Philadelphia where Mitt Romney did not receive a single vote. In those voting divisions, the combined vote total was 19,605 for Barack Obama and 0 for Mitt Romney.

There were more than 50 precincts in Cuyahoga County, Ohio where Mitt Romney received 2 votes or less.

There were more than 100 precincts in Cuyahoga County, Ohio where Barack Obama received more than 99 times the votes that Mitt Romney did.

Barack Obama also received more than 99% of the vote in a number of very important precincts down in Broward County, Florida.

Barack Obama did not win in a single state that absolutely requires a photo I.D. in order to vote.

According to U.S. Representative Allen West, there were numerous “voting irregularities” in St. Lucie County, Florida on election day…
“The thing that spurred our curiosity in our race was the fact that at 1 o’clock in the morning on Election Night, all of a sudden there was a 4,000-vote swing that took me from being ahead to put the lead into my opponent’s hands.”


For the very skewed results in Ohio, check out this link. Hard to believe that in 100 precincts, Obama got 99% of all votes.
Election fraud?

But I find it really hard to believe that one candidate would get more than 99% of the vote in more than 100 precincts in one of the most important counties in the most hotly contested swing state of the 2012 election.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Election

The 47% voted for the guy who would give them more stuff. America is facing a bleak future.

Monday, November 5, 2012

What would Mother Teresa Say?

Black Christian Opposes Obama


h/t Jill Stanek
Here are a few key facts that you should know about the sitting U.S. president:

→ Mr. Obama voted three times while a senator in the Illinois senate against a bill that would have protected babies born alive after failed abortions from being abandoned and left to die. The bill was introduced after a nurse at an Illinois hospital witnessed living babies being taken to a utility room in the hospital, and then left on a table to die. Obama expressed concerns that supporting the bill would somehow restrict legal abortion. However, even after an amendment was introduced to the bill, explicitly stating that the bill would in no way affect abortion rights, he still voted against it, effectively voting to protect infanticide. It may sound too horrific to be true, but unfortunately, it is. You can find out more here. A later federal version of the bill was passed with the overwhelming bi-partisan support of Republicans and Democrats – putting President Obama on the extreme fringe even of his officially pro-abortion party.

→ Mr. Obama opposed a federal ban on the so-called “partial-birth abortion” procedure. In a partial-birth abortion, a fully-formed baby is mostly born, with only his head still remaining in his mother’s birth canal. Scissors are then used to puncture a hole in the back of the skull, into which a suction device is inserted, which vacuums out the baby’s brains, killing the baby. The skull is then crushed and the body of the baby is removed and discarded. Even though numerous medical organizations testified that there is no conceivable medical reason for a partial-birth abortion, Obama opposed the legislation, saying it should include “exceptions” for the health of the mother.

→ Mr. Obama has also expressed support for so-called “late-term” abortions, in which fully-formed, living babies into the third trimester of pregnancy are literally ripped apart, limb-by-limb. You can read one former abortionist’s description of this process here. Be warned, the descriptions are gruesome, graphic, and heart-rending.

→ Recently top Obama aides were asked to name any abortion restrictions that the president supports. They could not think of a single one.

→ Earlier this year the Obama administration issued a new rule that requires nearly all employers to provide contraception, sterilizations and drugs that can cause early abortions to their employees free of charge. All of these things violate Catholic moral teaching. Since then, dozens of Catholic employers have sued the Obama administration. The U.S. bishops have strongly spoken out against the rule, calling it an unprecedented attack on freedom of religion in the United States. Despite the massive backlash from Catholics, Obama has continued to defend the rule, and refused to consider allowing those who object on moral grounds to opt out.

→ On his very first day in office, President Obama rescinded a rule called the Mexico City Policy, which forbade U.S. foreign aid money from going to groups that promote or perform abortions. -
LifeSiteNews

In short, there is not one single abortion of which President Obama does not approve.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Catholic wimpiness

When you have media superstar Catholics like Dalton McGuinty and Fr. Rosica openly flaunting dissent, with virtually no correction expressed by the men endowed with the authority to represent what the Church really teaches, what else is a rational human being supposed to conclude except that these dissenters hold positions that are considered legitimate within the “big tent” of Catholicism?
So Con or Bust


And today, on Lone Star Parson, the parson calls for Catholics to petition the Pope to excommunicate Joe Biden. I wish it were that simple.

Until our bishops lead as they should, the Catholic Church will continue to tolerate these Catholics who espouse beliefs that are not Catholic. There are very few clear voices within the Church giving clear direction. And so Catholics by the droves think that Joe Biden and the like are perfectly acceptable as Catholics.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Abortion and Rape

Abortions that are the result of rape amount to fewer than 1 percent of all abortions. Yet the press treats these rare exceptions as central. What goes virtually unreported are the doctrinaire positions of liberal Democrats: They oppose waiting periods, parental notification, limits on sex-selection abortions, restrictions on late-term or “partial birth” abortions, and laws protecting the lives of babies “accidentally” born alive following botched late-term abortions. Has there ever been a political debate in which the pro-choice candidate was challenged about his or her positions on those questions?

It’s obviously a ghastly thing for a woman to be raped and to find herself pregnant as a consequence. What Mourdock was saying, if inartfully, was that the child so conceived is innocent, and doesn’t deserve to die because of the crime of his or her father. He understands that this is a tough issue. It makes everyone horribly uncomfortable. But the liberal answer — abort the child or else be accused of approving of rape — is a slimy abuse of tragedy and a disgrace to civil discourse.
- Mona Charen, National Review Online

Michael Coren has frequently said that, when people ask pro-lifers "what about rape?", what they are actually trying to do is to make the pro-life person look extreme. And then they can dismiss the pro-life position. Using the exception to make the rule. It never stands up.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Legal, Safe, and Rare - Sure!



Three months ago, 24-year-old Tonya Reaves stepped into a Planned Parenthood clinic in Chicago for an abortion, never realizing her life was in danger. It was. Planned Parenthood's abortionist perforated Tonya's uterus, and she bled to death hours later.

When investigators called the Chicago clinic, posing as a woman with concerns about the health risks of abortion, Planned Parenthood lied to the would-be abortion client and denied anyone had been hurt.

h/t LiveAction.org

The ugly world of "choice"

From Abandoned by Monica Migliorino Miller:

Choice - that hideous choice. What kind of world can be founded on a woman's choice, codified by law, to reject her own child? Only a very ugly world. The world of the dead unborn is your world as long as you believe abortion is a right. But this world has nothing to do with real democracy or tolerance. I think it was Abraham Lincoln who said about slavery, "No law can give the right to do what is wrong. The foundation of a free people rests on the nobility of their moral action..."


This is the world espoused by the likes of Peter Singer. I recall a debate between Stephanie Gray and Professor Mark Mercer at Dalhousie University in 2011. Mercer argued that, if abortion is a woman's right, then the logical conclusion is to follow Peter Singer and claim that infanticide too is justified.

To which Stephanie replied that Dr. Mercer was correct in his logic, but "what kind of world do you want to live in?"

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Honoured and Jailed at the Same Time

Celebrate these Diamond Jubilee jailbirds By Andrea Mrozek
It is hard to drink Champagne in handcuffs. However, this week at least two Canadians are going to try. Linda Gibbons and Mary Wagner recently received Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medals. Each member of Parliament has the opportunity to nominate 30 people and Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott nominated these two, among others.

What makes this unusual is that Mary Wagner is in jail, and it seems quite likely that Linda Gibbons will join her there soon - she is in and out of jail so often. The nomination of these convicted felons slipped by the censors at the Governor General's Chancellery of Honours and so we arrive at an unusually Kafkaesque moment where the state is both persecuting and applauding two individuals at the same time.

Of course, what they are serving time for remains the important question. Murder? Gang violence? Arson?

As it turns out, the two are serial . counsellors of women seeking abortions. Of course, there is no law prohibiting counselling against abortion - it's where they choose to do so that makes the difference.

Ontario and British Columbia both have injunctions that restrict the actions of pro-lifers. No other activist group faces this form of discrimination. The Occupiers in parks across Canada were allowed to trespass for weeks on end. Animal rights activists can throw paint on fur coats and pies at the minister of Fisheries and Oceans (as they did in 2010) with no lasting consequences for their movement.

But the "abortion distortion" as it is known to pro-lifers means that a double standard is applied when abortion is the subject at hand.

In 1994, a "temporary" injunction was set up around some abortion clinics in Ontario at the request of abortion providers, violating freedom of expression and assembly. These protest-free bubble zones, generally with a radius of 60 feet from the actual clinic, included public sidewalk space. Linda Gibbons peacefully and quietly enters those boundaries.

Those asking for the injunctions claimed that abortion protesters were intimidating and harassing clients and staff. They argued women who had already made a decision about abortion needed to be protected from messaging that might offend them.

Pro-lifers, on the other hand, have long argued that women choosing abortions are not getting full information and support.

It is true that the injunctions go back to a time when abortion protest was more heated, in the direct aftermath of the Morgentaler decision of 1988, when Canada's abortion laws were struck down.

Today, however, there is a much different movement of abortion protesters outside clinics. They hand out literature and in some cases, openly pray. Linda Gibbons, who has spent nine years in jail over the past two decades for refusing to stay outside of the bubble zones, has signs that read: "Why mom? When I have so much love to give."

This message may strike you as offensive, ineffective or a combination thereof, but it is certainly not criminal. Karla Homolka, Canada's notorious and violent sexual offender, didn't spend much more time behind bars than Linda Gibbons has.

Mary Wagner's crime is different: She was charged with entering a private Toronto abortion clinic and was released on probation, conditional that she not return. She did, and has been charged with breach of probation. Mary, age 38, is generally armed with pamphlets and roses. Again, whether this is worthwhile or effective is up for grabs. But pamphlets and roses are a far cry from guns and knives.

At the end of the day, it appears Canada has no trouble honouring criminals. The name of Henry Morgentaler will be known to most, as the doctor who performed illegal abortions and served several months in jail in the mid-1970s. He was received into the Order of Canada in October 2008.

Perhaps it's Canada's dedication to equality that now leads to two abortion protesters receiving a Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal. Perhaps it's recognition that the decades-old injunctions are anachronistic and serve only to curtail Canadians' freedom of speech and movement for the dubious principle of not offending someone's sensibilities.

Ironically, in some cases, the road to justice requires jail time. Handcuffs and Champagne, all around.

Andrea Mrozek is the manager of research at the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada (imfcanada.org). She also blogs at prowomanprolife.org.

C Copyright (c) The Ottawa Citizen

Monday, October 22, 2012

Issues that matter to women

Sandra Fluke, former Georgetown law student and now campaigner for President Obama, spoke to a total of ten people on Saturday in Reno, Nevada.

She is the woman who was in the news earlier this year for speaking out for free contraception from the government. I guess she has really hit the issues that matter to women, since her audience was so big.

Fluke takes center stage Reno

Anything about Sandra Fluke is simply not complete without commentary from Mark Steyn:

Sandra Fluke is one of them. She completed her education a few weeks ago — at the age of 31, or Grade 25. Before going to Georgetown, she warmed up with a little light B.S. in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Cornell. She then studied law at one of the most prestigious institutions in the nation, where tuition costs 50 grand a year. The average starting salary for a Georgetown Law graduate is $160,000 per annum — first job, first paycheck.

So this is America’s best and brightest — or, at any rate, most expensively credentialed. Sandra Fluke has been blessed with a quarter-million dollars of elite education, and she has concluded that the most urgent need facing the Brokest Nation in History is for someone else to pay for the contraception of 30-year-old children.
- Mark Steyn

Friday, October 19, 2012

Call Planned Parenthood for a Mammogram


WASHINGTON, D.C., October 18, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The day before hundreds of pro-life activists prepared to flood Planned Parenthood’s offices with requests to schedule a mammogram, the organization issued a statement admitting that they do not offer the cancer screening procedure at any of their facilities.

The calls were placed today as part of “Call Planned Parenthood to Schedule Your Imaginary Mammogram Day” – an event organized by pro-life activists in response to President Obama’s statement during the presidential debate Tuesday that the abortion organization offers mammograms.

“There are millions of women all across the country, who rely on Planned Parenthood for, not just contraceptive care, they rely on it for mammograms, for cervical cancer screenings,” the president had said, repeating a claim he had made earlier this summer in an interview with Glamour magazine. - Rebecca Hamilton, www.patheos.com


Thousands of calls made to Planned Parenthood, how embarrassing for them. And yet, people in key positions, such as President Obama, continue to make the false statements about the abortion giant.

My particular best bit of information was a reporter asking Cecile Richards if she felt justified in taking a $400,000 per year salary, when the organization claims to be needing public funding.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Excerpts from "Abandoned"

Monica Miller arranged for the burial of the bodies of the aborted babies that she had pulled from dumpsters behind abortion clinics in Milwaukee. The ceremonies were carried out in funeral homes, and the bodies were buried in small caskets provided for them. One particular funeral involved three hearses to carry the caskets and they were followed by one hundred cars as they drove to Holy Cross Cemetery. Oncoming traffic had to be halted by police to make way for the procession. Passersby were heard to ask "who is being buried? it must be somebody really important or really rich!" To one passerby who asked this question, the policeman responded "no one".

A month after the Milwaukee burial, we stopped by the babies' grave to say some prayers....
Ironically, it was here among children who were loved, wanted and named that the aborted babies found a final home. Their grave was larger than the others and not yet covered with sod...
Many of the other children's graves had small toys and I was glad to see that someone left such a toy for the aborted babies. It was a stuffed toy rabbit wrapped in plastic to protect it from the rain. Through the plastic we saw a folded piece of paper fastened to the paw of the bunny with a rubber band.... A message was written in a swirling, feminine hand:

Please forgive me and maybe someday I can forgive myself ... I'll always wonder what you would have been, what you would have become. I can't stop hating myself right now, regretting the hardest decision I've ever made in my life, wishing I could do it differently now. But I can't. I will always remember this. It was a tough lesson to have to learn ... I pray to God and to you to forgive me so I can go on with my life and I swear to both you and the Lord that I will never ever do it again. Please forgive me so I can let go and go on!

The woman's note seemed to indicate she believed her child was buried in this grave. Her note expressed an intense feeling that she had abandoned her baby, something she sensed deep within her being. By burying the baby we had returned the child to his mother. The burial gave the baby a human place in the world. The awful tearing of human bonds caused by abortion knew a more perfect healing. On a lonely day, one woman had come to this site, and her act of love banished her isolation. In her sorrow the order of the world, rooted in human bonds, was affirmed. From out of all the nameless, faceless children buried there, the mother claimed back to herself the one who was her own.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Voice of John



How do we get these movies to Canada?

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Abortion and Breast Cancer

I have immense respect for this woman and, by golly, I am going to see if we can get her to come to Halifax. She came once before and spoke to a small pro-life conference. But this information should be heard by medical students at the university and by doctors who will be brave enough to listen.

There goes my life



Sometimes a song catches it all.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Excerpts from Abandoned

From Abandoned,The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars, by Monica Migliorino Miller

To be pro-life is to be enveloped by a desperate, agonizing moment in history. As awareness of injustice grips you, you cannot free yourself and it is a suffering. Here was terrible loneliness. I felt alienated from the world, from my culture, my society. I even felt alienated from my country. Words like "liberty and justice for all" didn't seem real to me. I had a sense of painful separation. I had thrown in my lot with an unwanted people - and felt rejected with them. The unborn and I were one in the night of their abandonment. I felt the burden of being aware that a whole segment of the human family was denied their right to live.


As "clinically objective" as the term "fetus" may be, it is also a term that distances the unborn from the rest of humanity. It is depersonalizing, and when applied to the unborn, helps facilitate their deaths. It is far easier to kill something that is not in relation to you; the advocates of legal abortion deliberately utilize the term to cast the unborn out of relation to the rest of the human family. The language facilitates an alienation of the woman to her unborn child. It places the child in isolation from her and from all other members of the human family.
Abortion is about empowering women. In order for this to happen they must become autonomous in a deadly kind of way. Instead of drawing others into human communion, the abortion ethic demands that the woman first be alienated from those over whom she seeks to have power. Once the unborn are cast out of relation to her, they are cast out of relation to the entire human community. Once cast out of relation to us, members of this now-subhuman class may be annihilated iwth impunity.

Those who are inclined to acknowledge the humanity of the fetus, even if unconsciously, refer to the fetus as an ``unborn baby```or `child.`This language of recognition is not a pro-life contrivance; it flows from the inherent human bond between ourselves and the intrauterine person. The language discloses this bond and affirms it. Language that `humanizes`fetuses reveals the truth about them and us. They, along with us, are members of the human family. When we want to reject the unborn, we first reject them from the human family by naming them as something less than, or other than, human.

Abortion ad

Friday, October 12, 2012

Free Lecture on Abortion Law

Today at noon, I attended a free lecture at Weldon Law School. The speaker was Dr. Rebecca Cook from the University of Toronto law school. She was introduced as an expert in the field of reproductive law, having six degrees to her credit.

The half hour lecture was an exercise in psycho-talk. So many ways to talk about people's feelings - no such simple thing as saying the word "guilt" or "remorse". Everything was cloaked in the language of prejudices and stereotypes.

Dr. Cook began by saying that one in three women will have an abortion during her lifetime. So therefore we can assume that many of the women sitting around us have likely had an abortion. It seems that, because abortion is so common, therefore we have to deal with it and destigmatize it. At one point in the question period, one student remarked that women who have had abortions need to have their "coming out of the closet" moment and thus free all women, much like the LBGT community has done with their gender issues.

I jotted down a few remarks that struck me as particularly indicative of the speaker's ideology:

Criminal law determines the sexual moral order.

A woman should be treated with dignity, not as an instrument for the reproduction of the human race.

Risk of regret is inherent with every medical procedure.


Stereotypes are deeply imbedded, so we must really root them out.

We must be serious about dismantling prejudice and stigma.

Lack of access to abortion discriminates against the poor, and this is usually exhibited in racial discrimination.

* Canada is in company with only Cuba in having a progressive abortion law.

Teens are particularly vulnerable to stigmatization over abortion.

Women who have abortions are often "internally blemished" and need support.

Dr. Cook had a voice that was like chocolate. I was struck by the soothing tone and the odd melodic quality of her speech. It was sort of like a mantra. I suspect that this is a learned technique when speaking to groups whose psyches might need massaging.

Compared to the talk given last night by Stephen Woodworth on the definition of human life and Parliament's running from the abortion issue, like no other issue, this talk was the other side of the coin. Here we had declared the stand of the modern pro-choice woman. And you know what, it is all about me!

Absolutely no mention of the fetus, it gets no recognition. I wished that I had a video to jam into this session, the one that Stephanie Gray uses - the one that shows an actual abortion. You know, the one where you see the abortionist remove the little arm and then the little leg from the woman's vagina. Yes, it is gross but these women need to see what they are talking about.

Instead, all they have is words and psycho-speak. Words that hide the reality from their minds. They are running scared, these people. Any mention of abortion in Canada and these talks crop up, in an attempt to legitimize something that is horrific.

At one point, the speaker mentioned a case in Argentina where an 18 year old girl who was mentally deficient was trying to get an abortion (actually the authorities were trying to get the abortion for her) and two hospitals turned her down. Abortion to a certain point is legal in Argentina, but the speaker mentioned that the people involved in preventing the abortion were all Catholic.

Then she said that she had tried to write this chapter in her book without giving in to her anti-Catholic prejudices. The entire room laughed. To which she said "and I certainly do have anti-Catholic prejudices. I was not prepared to take on the Catholic Church, so I took on the Anglican Church of England instead."

Well, that might be a good choice since the Anglican Church is imploding rapidly over the issues of sexuality.

I wanted to ask this woman about the problem of guilt. The word was never once mentioned. Regret, shame were mentioned but never guilt. It seems that guilt has been eradicated from the vocabulary and the idea of stereotypes has been put in its place. If you feel guilty about something, it is because you have fallen prey to a stereotype. If you feel shame, it is because you have been discriminated into this position by society and we must work diligently to get rid of such prejudices.

I was sitting with an evangelical Protestant who remarked to me, when the lecture was over, that they were trying to deal with the psychological damage of abortion but they were completely neglecting the spiritual damage. It would seem that they have absolutely no belief in anything spiritual. Hence the intense desire to take on the Catholic Church, which may be the last institutional church proclaiming that we live for something beyond this life.

As I looked around the room, I counted 70 people present, one-fifth of which were men. I remembered the words of Angelina Steenstra when she walked in the March for Life last January in Washington, DC. She said the women's faces told her everything: she saw women mouthing thank you to her, she saw women with tears running down their faces, and she said she realised that she was looking at a completely post-abortive culture.

No amount of lecturing and papers and books on the stigma of abortion is going to help. Women will only come to peace on this issue when they can admit that they have done wrong and they seek forgiveness. The law is written on our hearts not to kill our brother, and we are trying to cover up the gruesome fact that we have and are killing our youngest brothers and sisters, our own children.

* How things are reversed depending on your position on abortion. In pro-life circles, it is called a shame that Canada keeps company with China and North Korea in having no protection for the unborn. Here in the law school, it is considered an honour to be in that league with Cuba of all nations.

There's a pro-life doctor in Halifax

Last night, a friend told me of a conversation she overheard this week. A woman revealed that she was pregnant, that she had two children already, that she had also previously had two abortions. When she went to her doctor, the doctor (a woman which is interesting in itself) said to her that she didn't want her to abort, but to carry this baby to term and give it up for adoption.

Wow, I don't know who this woman is or who this doctor is. But I am so encouraged that a doctor did what was right. I sincerely hope more doctors behave in similar ways with their patients.

Personally pro-life but ......

"I wouldn’t personally shoot a Mexican crossing the border into the United States, but it’s not my place to tell a Texas landowner what to do.

I wouldn’t personally drink and drive, but it’s not my job to tell you what to do.

I wouldn’t personally rape anyone, but hey, it’s not my business what you do in your own private life.

I wouldn’t personally hold up a bank at gunpoint for a joke, but I’m not going to tell you what’s ok and what’s not.

I wouldn’t personally leave my kid with an abusive babysitter, but I won’t tell you what you should do with your kid.

Basically, it’s wrong to kill innocent human beings. It doesn’t matter who they are or what position in life they have or what race or gender they are or what environment they came from. It doesn’t matter how old or young or developed or not developed they are. It doesn’t matter if we love them or hate them. It doesn’t matter if they’re convenient or expensive or hard to deal with. All that matters is that they’re human and we do not have the right to kill them. Civilized society agrees with this.

Except. Except in the cases of the unborn humans in our midst. The only differences they have from us are 1) their environment, 2) their level of dependency, 3) their development, and 4) their size and physical appearance. Since when are those qualifiers for the right to life?

Kristi Burton Brown in LiveActionNews

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Pro-Choice - Yes!


Protesters from the 40 Days for Life vigil in Halifax spray-painted a billboard on Gottingen Street after their sit-in at the vigil.

365 Days of Choice
40 days of fundamentalist bullsh*t

And so here is Terry's story:

I just want to tell the world why I think abortion is WRONG!

I was faced with that "CHOICE" 27 years ago, and I will tell you that I am "pro-choice" ... I chose the CHOICE that led to LIFE! And I am happy to say that eight years ago, I got to meet my "choice", and plan to see him later this week!

It's one thing to say how inconvenient a pregnancy would be, or how it's not even a human being, but rather a clump of cells; rationalize it all you want ... deep down in your heart, you know it's your baby. I HAVE BEEN WHERE YOU ARE. I know the shame. I've had all the fears. I weighed the options, and thankfully, I chose LIFE! And I know at least four other people who are very happy because of it ... Kyle (my son), Chris & Lowell (his parents), and Joe (his younger (and adopted)) brother! But the happiest of all is ME!

Kyle is indeed the reason I participate in the 40 Days for Life Vigil, but this weekend I was also reminded of another reason. I have an elderly, mentally challenged. retarded, developmentally delayed .... you pick the label ... aunt who is dying. I am very grateful that I got to share my 49 years of her 81 with her! Imagine if abortion were as prevalent and selective as it is today back then ... I may never have met my Aunt Stella, who has had an enormous impact on my life! She is another reason I am faithful to the vigil, ALL LIFE IS PRECIOUS! - Terry

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Personhood doesn't matter

I am reading Abandoned by Monica Migliorino Miller. She is a pro-life activist who has been working in the pro-life movement since Roe versus Wade was made law in the US. Dinesh D'Souza says this is "the beat book ever written on abortion."

I can't say the same since I haven't finished reading it, but I am struck by some paragraphs that are echoing in my brain, long after having read them. Miller used to do sidewalk counselling outside an abortion clinic in Chicago with another woman and one Saturday, they were approached by a woman who came out of the clinic. She was working there, welcoming clients who were coming in for abortions or for birth control, etc. She told Miller and her friend that she was a nun and that she did this work because she felt it was important to support women in their choices. It didn't matter which choice they made, it was more important to be there to support them. She was not moved by Miller's statements that the women were choosing to kill their children or by her the question "doesn't that matter to you?", since she had claimed that life was to be held sacred. No, it didn't matter. Here is her reasoning, scary as it is:

When Sister Mary declared,"We have to preserve the freedom to choose," this was not solely political or even feminist jargon. Sister Mary did not mean simply the freedom of a woman to choose abortion. She was referring to freedom in a much broader sense - the freedom to choose what to do for oneself, unconstrained by others or society at large. According to this ethic, the greatest human good is freedom of choice, and the greatest evil is the force that keeps someone from acting upon his or her choice. Thus, when choices are restricted, freedom is compromised. All that matters is the exercise of sheer human will. Human dignity and autonomy cannot be had without it. It seemed the sister was better acquainted with Jean Paul Sartre than St. Francis of Assisi.

This nun, this ex-nun, this run-a-way from the novitiate - whatever she was - had taught me a bitter lesson about abortion. She opened up a philosophy of choice and an argument for abortion that I had not imagined. I had come to believe that the controversy about abortion hinged on whether or not the unborn child was a person. Even the Roe v Wade decision itself had acknowledged that if it could be shown that the fetus was a person according to the meaning of the 14th Amendment then "the appellant's case, of course, collapses, for the fetus' right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the Amendment." Perhaps for many, maybe even the majority of those involved in the abortion war, this continues to be the central issue. But I suddenly felt overwhelmed. Abortion was, after all, about something even bigger than "simply" the right to life. Sr. Mary had revealed to me a whole new dimension to the abortion debate, born perhaps from a Nietzschian world - a world with no God of any kind and no moral standard. The prime value was human liberty and its exercise without restraint, and so, for Sister Mary abortion was a sacrament - Albany her shrine. (Albany was the abortion clinic where 'Sister Mary' worked)

- Abandoned, The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars, by Monica Migliorino Miller

This means that the abortion debate really centers on the division between those who believe and those who don't. Religious faith is what gives most people their moral code; without it, moral relativism decides what is right and wrong. Although there are some atheists and agnostics who act in moral ways, most people who abandon religious faith give in to the belief that anything is alright as long as it doesn't hurt someone else. And, in a world without belief, the "someone else" in the womb simply doesn't matter, even if they are proven to be members of the human race.

I have often thought that what is really needed in our society is religious revival. Those who defend abortion are essentially defending their right to behave in any way they wish. And in order to indulge one's sexual desires, it is necessary to dispense with the Judaeo-Christian moral code, because then one is free from any constraints.

This was certainly evident on Sunday when 8 pro-choice protesters came to our prayer vigil for 40 Days. Queers for choice, LGBT supporters, young adults with shaved heads, multiple body piercings, threatening to engage in sex just to offend us - this is what it has come down to. Christian teaching holds that people abandon God in one of three ways: the world, the flesh, or the devil. And it seems that the flesh is the way to which most people succumb.

Fighting Ignorance

A pro-choice protester was overheard to say "For us, it's abortion; for chickens, it's an omelette." The remark drew laughter from one young man who was standing with pro-lifers at a 40 Days for Life vigil.

Basic biology - chickens produce one egg per day. Those eggs are only fertilized if a rooster comes around. Otherwise, the chicken lays an unfertilized egg daily. This is what we scramble or break to make omelettes. If a chicken has met up with a rooster, she will become broody and want to sit on those eggs. Those are the ones that hatch into little chicks.

As for women, the vast majority ovulate once per month. This egg is not seen externally as the eggs of chickens are. And once fertilized, which involves sexual intercourse, the egg becomes something very different from the unfertilized egg. It immediately begins cell division, has DNA completely different from its mother and father, and if left to develop naturally, will grow and exit the womb 40 weeks later as an infant.

That is very different from chicken's eggs and comparing the two, and then making a stupid joke, displays the kind of ignorance that many pro-choicers suffer from. And they hold signs that claim pro-lifers are ignorant.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Obama's second debate

I couldn't stop laughing when I saw this.


h/t Lone Star Parson

Friday, October 5, 2012

Black pastors on gay marriage


Coalition of African American Pastors Hold Press Conference Opposing Obama on Gay Marriage

"I am shamed that the first black president chose this road. Mr. President, I'm not going to stand with you and there are thousands of others across this country who are not going to stand for this foolishness."|

Thursday, October 4, 2012

One Crucial Difference between Obama and Romney

I never see anyone pointing out this obvious difference between Obama and Romney. Perhaps they don't see it, or perhaps they think it is irrelevant. But surely I am not alone in noticing how unconnected Obama is. This was glaringly evident to me last night after the debate.


Obama is embraced by his wife Michelle. Note there are no other family members present. And I am not talking about his daughters, who were probably at home in bed. But where are other family members?


Note the number of people surrounding Romney, his wife and sons, and grandchildren.

I think it makes a very big difference in the lack of family between this two men. Obama has only his nuclear family: Michelle and two daughters. Romney is connected with many people who are blood-related to him. One man understands the importance of family and how our society affects that family; the other man, Obama, seems to operate as a loner, not shaped by strong family ties.

Not that a lack of family means someone can't make wise decisions in the public sphere. But certainly a past of broken relationships (Obama was abandoned by both his biological father and his mother) will take its toll on one's personal and professional life.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

A great homily

I was privileged to get to know Fr. Gerry Gauvreau when he was here in Halifax with the Companions of the Cross. Father Gerry used to come out to our first 40 Days vigil here in Halifax and I loved to see him down there at the vigil site. I recall one evening, a car passed and a young man yelled out something obscene at the people praying. Father Gerry didn't miss a beat; he turned and made the sign of the Cross and called out loudly "God bless you too".

This is a priest whom I can admire with no hesitation. May there be more priests with his courage and transparent approach to all people.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Joyce Arthur's Extreme Position

Joyce Arthur has called for the resignation of Rona Ambrose, Minister for the Status of Women, because she voted in favour of motion 312. A motion to study the science about the unborn and when does someone become a human being? Arthur says that Ambrose has thrown women under the bus. Gee, who is extreme here?

“It’s pretty clear from the past decade of polling that a majority of Canadians don’t identify with the fanaticism espoused by Ms. Arthur. On one hand they claim to stand up for a woman’s right to choose and then on the other they demand the resignation of Ms. Ambrose when she exercises her freedom to choose.” - WeNeedaLaw.ca

Rona Ambrose

Please join me in sending a brief note of thanks to Rona Ambrose, an MP who voted for Motion 312 yesterday. As Minister of State for the Status of Women, she is receiving a lot of hate mail today for her stand on this issue of re-opening the discussion of when does the unborn become a human being.

Women think that she has betrayed them, and the emails are on the whole very negative. Please join me in sending her a positive note of thanks. Her email address is:

rona.ambrose.c1a@parl.gc.ca

Monday, September 24, 2012

Joyce Arthur and Abortion



from the website Unmasking Choice

Why doesn't anyone challenge Arthur on this "competing rights" thing? If rights are to compete, they should be equal rights. What is being juxtaposed here is the right of a woman not to be pregnant against a fetus' right to be born, in other words, a right to life. They are not equal by any stretch of the imagination. The woman only has to be pregnant for 9 months, then it is over for her. Her life does not end, it has some inconvenient changes in it, but the life of the fetus is simply ended. That is a huge difference.

Pro-Choicers are an aging lot

KELOWNA, British Columbia, September 21, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) - As the city of Kelowna prepares to celebrate Protect Human Life Week beginning on September 22, the executive director of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada has said the abortion advocacy group will stage a pro-abortion protest at city hall every day of the week.

ARCC Executive Director Joyce Arthur lamented that “the city is undermining women’s equality rights and encouraging and endorsing a view that is contrary to Canadian and international law,” according to a report from Kelowna Capital News.

Although Kelowna city council had backed away from flying the Protect Human Life Week pro-life flag, Kelowna Right to Life’s Executive Director Marlon Bartram issued an invitation to local schools to fly the pro-life flag during the week.

“In fact,” Bartram pointed out, “according the BC Teacher’s Union, 197 schools have closed in BC in the past ten years, and there are nearly 20,000 fewer students overall than there were just five years ago. Certainly, the aborting of 15,000 unborn future students each and every year in BC is having a devastating impact.” - LifeSiteNews


Led by the aging Joyce Arthur, always with the flower in her hair. I always think of that sad song about going to San Francisco and wearing flowers in one's hair, thank goodness those hippy days are gone. Does anyone really want to be identified with her?

You know those other rallies, I'm sure - the ones full of grim ladies well past aborting age, marching with coat hangers as their emblems, yelling about their "right" to end the pregnancies they'll never have again. - Mary Eberstadt, The Loser Letters

Pro-Choice Churches



This reminds me of the United Church minister here in Halifax who called our 40 Days for Life vigil "evil" and she suggested that pro-choice people should hold a vigil called 40 Days for Choice. Well, they never did. Funny how that doesn't quite work out.

The second fellow interviewed in this video should get his facts straight. When he says this is the birthplace of Roe v Wade, he neglects to mention that the defendant Norma McCorvey never even had an abortion but was used by two lawyers who were seeking their own fame. McCorvey carried her baby to term, and has since converted to the Roman Catholic Church. In fact, she was arrested at Notre Dame when she protested the appearance of President Obama at that Catholic college and his being conferred an honorary doctorate of law by the university. I am sure she would have something to say about this "false" church.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Should women wear bikinis?



My daughter sent me a link to this video and I think it is worth posting. Women need to rethink what they wear, because of what it does to men. Most women don't appreciate the fact that men react differently to these things than women do. The attitude is that men should not see women as objects; however the science shows that they can't help but do just that when clothing is sparse.

The Loser Letters

Just finished reading The Loser Letters by Mary Eberstadt. A great read, I highly recommend it. It is funny, satirical, biting, full of hip slang (Mary has 4 children in the teen years, with lots of teen culture going on in her house).



The author is a young woman, raised as a Christian, who loses her faith at university, becomes sexually active, lives with a druggy boyfriend, becomes pregnant, and has an abortion against her wishes. The boyfriend leaves her. Out of guilt and remorse, she overdoses and ends up in a rehab.

Each chapter is a letter to prominent atheists, furthering their cause, by pointing out to them the flaws in their position. She advises them to stay away from certain topics, because their logic is flawed and because the other side, the Loser side as she calls believers, have so much more going for them. Areas such as music, art, literature, architecture, all the really great stuff was done by believers.

In conclusion, she wishes them well but she chooses to go back to believing, because God or Loser, is the only reality that explains her guilt, shame and remorse. And because Loser is the only one who might love her unconditionally just as she found she loved her aborted baby.

This is a great read. I want to give it to every young university student who mocks religion and then ask them to rebut it. Eberstadt is extremely well-read (her references to authors is very long, she is familiar with all of her opponents) and she knows the believing counterparts - Augustine, Aquinas, Sheen, and on and on. She would be a formidable opponent in a debate.

The book is quick, an easy read, I am going to read it again right away as there is so much packed into such a short book. And I highly recommend it.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Motion 312 has MPs running scared

Motion 312 proposes to re-examine section 223 of Canada’s Criminal Code, which stipulates that a child only becomes a human being once he or she has fully proceeded from the womb. The committee would be charged with examining the medical evidence with a view to assessing the humanity of the unborn child.

It is opposed by all of the party leaders, including Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who has repeatedly pledged that he will oppose and vote against any effort to re-open debate on abortion.

....

CLC joins Woodworth in finding it ironic that opponents of his motion criticize him for wanting to return to the dark ages when they themselves are defending an outdated 400-year-old law.
LifeSiteNews


Abortion is the sacred cow of our society. People are afraid to discuss it, for fear that they just might have been wrong on the issue. And if they are, how will they face up to the holocaust that they have sanctioned?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Stephen Woodworth in Canadian Parliament

Andrea Mrozek has covered this so well, that I will simply link to her blog. Be sure to read through all the posts. This is a historice moment, as Andrea says.

ProWomanProLife

Stephen Woodworth will be the guest speaker at a fundraising dinner in Halifax.
Thursday, October 11
6:30 - 9:00 pm
Westin Hotel, Halifax NS

For tickets, please contact Ellen Chesal at ellenchesal@accesscable.net

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Family Planning gets an extreme makeover

A good article by Celeste McGovern. I read this in the recent LifeCanada Journal. McGovern is a Canadian journalist living in the UK. A Google search brings up other interesting articles by this journalist and I will be sure to post more from her.

... the wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates is no slacker to sit back at the lake and watch the sunset. What she wants to do with her fortune is to help the poorest women in the world have what the rest of us take for granted: birth control.

So she and her friends at the U.K.’s State Department organized the London Summit on Family Planning on Wednesday, dedicated to bringing contraceptive services to an additional 120 million women and girls by the year 2020.

Then Melinda graciously announced that she and Bill had talked, and they decided to increase their spending on family planning to over $1 billion. They tallied the day’s take and, guess what, they announced jubilantly they had exceeded their $4 billion goal.

But wasn’t this a little surreal? No one disagreed. Everyone was breathless with success and brimming with enthusiasm. Family planning was cool again, and it was driving a BMW. Where were the usual right-wing zealots who bog these meetings down, fretting about the “the full range of reproductive health services,” including abortion?

Was there not a single evangelical in London? No dour Catholic to throw cold theology on this? No cranky American politician to protest taxpayers’ money being spent abroad when people at home are struggling? .....

.... And there was the little slip up by Korea’s ambassador to Britain. When Korea was introduced as a “model for the world,” because it brought its “contraceptive prevalence rate” to 100 per cent from something dismal 50 years ago, he said they were actually now struggling with a low birth rate and “perhaps we overdid it.”

Yikes. But then he gave his money and it was forgotten.

...... The media was kind, highlighting how Melinda was valiantly pitching herself against the patriarchal Catholic Church. She even looked like she was defending it when she said she is a practising Catholic and only dislikes some of its teaching.

“This is not about abortion. This is not about population control,” she said. It might all be funded by the super wealthy white, like it used to be, but this has nothing to do with those rotten old plans of forcing vasectomies on railway platforms in the 1970s. So no one mentioned that by chance, on the very same day as the summit, the government of Jaipur, the largest city in Rajasthan, launched its drive to sterilize 100,000 women in just two weeks.

And certainly there was no mention of the complaint to the Supreme Court today, of Indian women being maimed and killed, bleeding to death on straw mats following “sterilization camps” throughout India that receive U.K. and U.S. family planning funding.

China was not even whispered. Nothing about the black market for babies or female infanticide and sex selective abortion that has skewed the births of boys to girls to 137:100 in some places.

It was politely ignored that most of the civil society organizations attending were also the biggest abortion providers (International Planned Parenthood Federation, Population Services International and Marie Stopes International).

And no one asked why Merck, Pfizer and other pharmaceutical giants at the summit, whose contraceptive profits will soar to an estimated $17 billion by 2015 because of the expanding market, need governments subsidizing their drugs.

Or if their testing of new injectable contraceptives on Senegalese and Ugandan women isn’t just a tad exploitative.

Melinda, the First Lady of Family Planning, has launched an upgraded version of family planning that is rolling out across the globe, and who, but the most raving lunatic, will oppose it?

Calgary Herald

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Abortion Healing



An eight-week Bible study to bring women to healing from past abortions - what a marvellous offer of hope for women. Called Surrendering the Secret and isn't that at the core of the problem? Sin that is kept hidden might be forgiven but the woman does not experience the freedom of healing until she can let go of that painful secret. As Pope John Paul II said, when women who have had abortions speak up and defend life, they are the most eloquent witnesses that we can find.

For more information, visit the website
Surrendering the Secret

Monday, September 10, 2012

Pulled from Fox on Sunday Night

Is Obama a Muslim?

Having just finished Dinesh D'Souza's book America after Obama, I find this difficult to believe. I don't think Obama has any religious faith. He considers himself above all religions, a man who is convinced he is called to lead the world to a place of equanimity. All countries are equal and he is setting about to make America equal to the rest of the world. That is D'Souza's hypothesis and it is pretty convincing.

However, this video is unsettling at the very least. And the fact that it was pulled from Fox News is even more unsettling.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Helping to die

Suicide may be a right -- but no-one has the right to expect someone else to help them kill themself. Suicide is not dying. It is killing yourself. Assisted suicide is not 'helping someone to die.' It is assisting self-killing.

For sure, who is not terrified of being trapped inside a useless body, or of suffering from a horrible terminal disease? But assisted suicide is deeply problematic. It turns the helper into an accomplice to killing.

It would turn doctors from healers into the facilitators of death - a monstrous prospect which would destroy trust in the medical profession. Death can never be a therapeutic procedure. It can never be in society's interests that medicine should be turned into a death service.

Assisted suicide is also a slippery slope. The boundary between assisted suicide and euthanasia, which Ms Soubry says she opposes, would soon be swept away. Just look at the Netherlands to see how apparently good intentions about using killing to relieve suffering have paved the way to a chilling cult of death.

Melanie Phillips, The minister for death arrives at the health department

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Two Canadian Bishops Speak Out

At long last, some leadership from our bishops.

It’s about time our Bishops started talking about this kind of stuff. It’s the direction and spiritual support that can make or break us, and they can provide a central point of unity that the Pro Life Movement can rally around. They are supposed to lead not follow. We’ve been crying for leadership for decades and finally we get some rock solid, and practical advice about a very important and critical strategic issue. Let us pray that we move forward in unity.
SoCon or Bust

It is worth reading the two bishops' statements (click on the link to SoCon above) on the morality of working towards gestational limits on abortion. This has been an issue of contention between Campaign Life Coalition and other pro-life groups, and division does not help the pro-life cause. I have not been able to agree with CLC's stand that reducing abortions by putting gestational limits on them is denying the humanity of those who fall under those limits. As the Holy Father states, and Archbishop Miller and Cardinal Collins concur, "to support legislation which prohibits abortion after a certain number of weeks or point of fetal development does not in any way mean that one supports abortion before that point in time (unless, of course, the legislation was worded in such a way)." (John Pacheco's words)

It would be a crying shame if Campaign Life decides they have to stand firm on this issue and not move at all, while other groups are willing to go forward. The goal is to save lives, not to refuse to compromise.

"I have this image of many of the Campaign Life people appearing before St. Peter at the Pearly Gates. Peter says to them, "So you good people were pro-lifers. Tell me, how many abortions did you prevent?" And they reply, "Well, actually, none. But, damn it, we never once compromised."'
- Catholics Against the Church, by Michael W. Cuneo

Friday, September 7, 2012

Democrats become extreme

The sheer strangeness of all the talk about abortion, abortion, contraception, contraception. I am old enough to know a wedge issue when I see one, but I've never seen a great party build its entire public persona around one. Big speeches from the heads of Planned Parenthood and NARAL, HHS Secretary and abortion enthusiast Kathleen Sebelius and, of course, Sandra Fluke.

What a fabulously confident and ingenuous-seeming political narcissist Ms. Fluke is. She really does think—and her party apparently thinks—that in a spending crisis with trillions in debt and many in need, in a nation in existential doubt as to its standing and purpose, in a time when parents struggle to buy the good sneakers for the kids so they're not embarrassed at school . . . that in that nation the great issue of the day, and the appropriate focus of our concern, is making other people pay for her birth-control pills. That's not a stand, it's a non sequitur. She is not, as Rush Limbaugh oafishly, bullyingly said, a slut. She is a ninny, a narcissist and a fool.

And she was one of the great faces of the party in Charlotte. That is extreme. Childish, too.

Something else, and it had to do with tone. I remember the Republicans in Tampa bashing the president, hard, but not the entire Democratic Party. In Charlotte they bashed Mitt Romney, but they bashed the Republican Party harder. If this doesn't strike you as somewhat unsettling, then you must want another four years of all war all the time between the parties. I don't think the American people want that. Because, actually, they're not extreme.
Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal


Particularly upsetting to me, and to Bill O'Reilly, was the speech by Caroline Kennnedy in which she proclaimed her Catholic faith and, at the same time, declared her support for abortion. To end the evening, Cardinal Dolan had invited himself to the convention to say a closing prayer. I have had enough of this hypocrisy; it is time for the Catholic leaders to stand behind what they say. When Cardinal Dolan says that abortion is wrong, then he needs to act as if he believes what he says. Trying to work both sides of the divide lacks integrity. And believing Catholics are tired of the lack of integrity in their leaders.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Ironic lineup of Democrats

Sandra Fluke, the now-graduated law student from George Brown University, who wanted her contraception covered by health care, preceded Bill Clinton last night at the Democratic convention.

Does no one see the irony in this, except for Michelle Malkin? Sandra, a single woman with no plans to have a child, wants her contraception paid for ($9 per month by the way), becomes a featured speaker at the convention. Just before Bill Clinton, the man who can't keep his hands off women, comes right after her.

And the Democrats have the gall to say that Republicans are waging a war on women. Well, who would you rather be stuck alone with in an elevator - Mitt Romney who has no speck of scandal in his past, or Bill Clinton who has been accused of rape and gets a woman to give him a blow job in the Oval Office? At least Sandra Fluke will be prepared for Clinton's pass.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Women dressed as..... and where are the men?

Talk about women being treated as objects - these women are treating themselves as such.

..... women dressed as vaginas.
The rally was opened by “Pillamina,” a woman dressed as a giant box of birth control pills, who has stalked Mitt Romney at campaign appearances in recent months. “We’re all here because our awesome president made me available at no co-pay,” she said, hyping the HHS mandate in President Obama’s health care reform. - Planned Parenthood hands out condoms
So where are the guys? Isn't it odd that these women are always by themselves, dressed up as vaginas, and there are no guys around? Can they not see they are completely unattractive to men when they do this? Guess it doesn't matter. Reproductive choice is everything to them. Perhaps they don't need any condoms, the costumes might be all the protection they need.

The Math of Democrats

Having watched the Republican convention last week, I tuned in to the Democratic convention last night. It is amazing how people on two sides can take the same numbers and see them as completely different. Democrat after Democrat claimed that there are more jobs since Obama took office, that things are looking up.

When Sean Hannity gave them the real numbers of unemployed, they countered by twisting those stats to make it look as if Americans are actually better off. And then concluded by saying we gave George Bush 8 years to get us into this mess, we have to give Obama 8 years to get us out. No dealing with the actual debt this President has racked up; he has borrowed more money in three and a half years than Bush did in eight.

Fortunately, some of the mainstream press is beginning to smell a rat here.

The number Castro cites is an accurate description of the growth of private-sector jobs since January 2010, when the long, steep slide in employment finally hit bottom. But while a total of 4.5 million jobs sounds great, it's not the whole picture.

While that is indeed a gain of 4.5 million, it's only a net gain of 300,000 over the course of the Obama administration to date. The private jobs figure stood at 111 million in January 2009, the month Obama took office.

According to a study released last week by the liberal-leaning National Employment Law Project, low-wage fields such as retail sales and food service are adding jobs nearly three times as fast as higher-paid occupations.

The figure of 4.5 million jobs is accurate if you look at the most favorable period and category for the administration. But overall, there are still fewer people working now than when Obama took office at the height of the recession.
CNN Fact Check: About those 4.5 million jobs


Is it any wonder that Hannity says "why is it when I talk to you Democrats, you seem to be in a trance?" Perhaps Obama will have met his nemesis in Paul Ryan, the walking-talking numbers guy.