Wednesday, December 31, 2014

For Victoria

For Victoria, who passed away on Dec 30 at 1:05 pm. Her life may have been short, but it was full and she lived it joyfully. In her last few months which were painful and marked by suffering, she never once complained.

At the age of nine, she left this world for a better one. Little Victoria, please pray for us here on earth. 

If Black Lives Really Mattered, Al Sharpton would protest outside abortion clinics

He continued, “When I hear these things that Black lives matter, the only people who really believe that statement are American police officers who go into American ghettos every day to keep people from killing each other. Alright, so, yes I did say that and I meant it. Look, the abortions? If Black lives – if they really mattered, that’s where the outrage would be that’s where we’d see protests…”

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke has been on Fox News several times, a voice of reason in the midst of the chaos. And from the quote above, a man who is looking at a much bigger picture than is being shown by the media.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Change of Heart

One of my daily prayer intentions is that a doctor somewhere in Canada will have a change of heart on abortion and come out on the pro-life side.  Surely there is someone somewhere who has realised that he/she can no longer perform abortions and has realised that this discarded "clump of cells" is a fellow human being.

Bruchalski is the founder of the Tepeyac Family Center in Fairfax, Virginia which is one of the only all pro-life OB/GYN health care practices in the nation. Now that he is pro-life, he is a dynamic and engaging speaker whose story and style reaches people on all sides of the culture battle and shows them the value of an evidence-based approach to medicine and the value of treating the whole person.

Bruchalski first began to question his abortion practice during a trip to Mexico City where he visited the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadelupe whose feast was yesterday. This was the very place where Mary appeared to Juan Diego and asked him to build a church. The story continues that Mary gave Juan a proof of her appearance by putting her image on the cape that he had used to wrap up roses to take to the Bishop as a sign from Mary. When he undid the cape to let the roses fall, there was the image on the cloth.

Bruchalski heard a voice asking him "Why are you hurting me?"  His response was to turn from the experience and ignore it. He returned to the US and continued his OB/GYN practice which included abortions.

However another trip to Yugoslavia brought him face to face with the contradiction of his life. In Medjugorje, a woman came up to him with some prophetic words which she told him to write down.
 “In health care, practice excellent medicine, see the poor daily and follow the teachings of my Son’s church,” the woman said. “If you can do those three things, you will help my Son renew the face of the earth.”

He began to weep and he said it was as if scales fell from his eyes. He returned to the US, set up his pro-life clinic and has been speaking against abortion since that time.

My question is why have I not heard of a single doctor in Canada who has had a similar experience?  Surely there is one, at least one. And if there is, why are they so timid to speak up?

In Canada, because of our national health care system, anyone who does not follow the prescribed course of practise, is ostracized and probably finds themselves out of a job. I have heard of nurses who can no longer work in certain hospitals because they will not assist in abortions. Because of the nature of government health care, the freedom of conscience of doctors and nurses is automatically curtailed. Although we are told they are allowed to follow their conscience, I very much doubt that they can in reality. Standing up for one's beliefs will mean loss of work.

If this is not true, tell me. and if it is not true, then there should be a doctor or a nurse who is willing to speak out against the 100,000 abortions that are performed annually in this country. Where are they?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Speaking of wanted babies

Many of us have heard the statistic that 90% of women who receive a pre-natal diagnosis of Down Syndrome for their baby, seek an abortion. But not all women do.

And the slogan "every child should be a wanted child" doesn't ring true, especially when you hear the stories of people who want to adopt disabled children.

The real truth is that every child is a wanted child, by someone. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Wanted and Unwanted - Caution graphic image

A nurse in France has a special bathing technique for newborns. She simulates the womb and you can see them relax in the warm water. How loving her hands are as she caresses the baby.

By contrast, this baby is cast aside. Choice sucks if you're not wanted.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Another African Alert

From comes more disturbing news. A Family Planning Conference is to be held in the capital of Nigeria. Not just one or two rich sponsors, but 11 western organizations are holding this conference, organizations that include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID, along with the support of International Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes.

Hardly a family planning conference, but rather a conference to prod Nigeria towards the direction that has been taken in the west. Advice from western ideologues to the Third World on how to deal with sexuality. Advice from the people who promote gender confusion, premarital sex, extra-marital sex, in fact any kind of sex except the one that is safest: sex within a committed faithful marriage.
The truth is that the listed organizers, sponsors and planners of this conference are very much in tune with the FP2020 target and in step with the highly radicalized agenda of sexual and reproductive rights which is right now sweep through the western world like a hurricane, destroying countless lives,  homes, marriages and families. 

What is it about these organizatons and individuals that make them feel compelled to share their world view with Nigeria for one example? Their own failed track record is one that has brought much grief to the west; now they want to spread that thinking to the Third World.

I recall years ago, a talk by a priest who had been a missionary in Africa for many years. He held up a picture of an African family with their many children standing in front of their small African house, chickens running around, the children barefoot, and showed it to a western audience. The African faces were all smiles. But the audience didn't get it. They did not see the happiness that these Africans found in their family life. Then he held up a picture of a typical western family with a mom and dad and just two children, posed in front of a large house. The western faces did not show the same happiness that was evident in the faces of the Africans. Then the audience got it.

It would seem that materialism upends true thinking. When one has too much of material wealth, the real value of family, children, simple tasks and experiences are not seen to have great value. Instead the possession of a pampered lifestyle replaces the values that are inherent to relationships. Stuff replaces people. And this is what the Third World peoples can show us: that stuff does not bring happiness, but the bonds of a loving family life do.

As one of my children said, after spending a year on the National Evangelization Team: "the families we stayed with, the ones that were the happiest, were always the ones with lots of kids."
I appeal passionately to my people, do not fall for the lies of misguided western ideologues. Instead, let us together as a people reconsider carefully and reflect deeply on the true meaning, purpose and implications of " Family Planning".  For this, we do not need wealthy sponsors, donors, partners and planners who have emerged from a broken world where the sanctity of human life is denied, where the law allows for the killing of the unborn, where sex outside of marriage has been normalized, where the divorce rates are staggering and the suicide rates are incredibly high. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Bill and Melinda Gates - Catholics?

Apparently, Bill and Melinda Gates attend the Catholic Church.

Yet, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a philanthropic foundation that counts as one of its key priorities the spreading of cheap contraception in the Third World. Their most recent endeavour is the sale of a very inexpensive self-injectable contraceptive called "Sayana Press". 
This easy-to-administer form of an old drug by Pfizer Incorporated is being hailed by many as the magic wand to reduce poverty and emancipate poor women in over 69 countries around the world especially in Sub Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America.

This is not the first time the Gates have been involved with pushing contraception in Africa. Previously Melinda Gates collaborated with David Cameron, Britain's prime minister, to advance contraceptive use in Africa. In 2013, she was a key player in the Women Deliver Conference in Malaysia:
 This year , they have moved many steps further as was evident at the Women Deliver Conference  that was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in June, where they featured the biggest and the brightest stars of the pro-contraception and pro-abortion movement .

In response to Melinda Gates' misdirected charity, Obianuju  Ekeocha wrote an open letter to Ms Gates. Ekeocha is not to be dismissed. She is a Catholic Nigerian woman with a BSc in microbiology from the University of Nigeria and an MSc in Biomedical Science from the University of East London. Here is a link to her letter to Melinda Gates:

In this letter, Ekeocha outlines the African attitude to babies which is one of joy; in fact her village in Nigeria, has a special song that is sung on the day a new baby is born. Where Melinda Gates wishes to bring "safe sex" and child-proof sexuality to African women, Ekeocha lists where those 4.6 billion dollars could be better spent:  in good healthcare, in food programs for young children, better educational opportunities, chastity programs, micro-business opportunities for women, increased aid to existing NGOs that work to protect women from sex-trafficking, prostitution, child labour and other ills that befall the poor of the world.

My question is, if the Gates are indeed practising Catholics, why doesn't their priest or bishop speak to them about their involvement in activities that are clearly banned by the Catholic Church?  Why are they given the respect they are, when they are in direct conflict with the teachings of the Church? Why are they not told clearly that they should obey the teachings of the Church or leave? You can't have it both ways.

This couple seems driven to give back from their great wealth to the world. And it is entirely possible that they are completely altruistic in their endeavours. But they have the basic principles all wrong. I think the confusion they suffer from is expressed by Bill Gates himself in this line from an interview in the Christian Post, linked above.

When asked if he believed in God, he responded, "I think it makes sense to believe in God, but exactly what decision in your life you make differently because of it, I don't know."

It seems there is a lot that both Bill and Melinda Gates don't know.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

From Halifax at Christmas

A friend sent me this link today. I had no idea that Paul Moore could sing, let alone write a song! 
What a lovely voice he has.  I just wanted to share it with others.

Do Black Lives Really Matter?

Two contrasting news items this week.

Black lives, brown lives matter says NYC mayor Bill de Blasio. And the streets of NYC, Washington DC, Ferguson Missouri have been filled with protestors carrying signs with those words.

And then this article from Live Action:

"78% of abortions in New York City were black and hispanic babies."
Lest you feel these claims are an exaggeration, consider the numbers. According to 2010 census data, African Americans make up 12.6% of the U.S. population2 but the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that black women accounted for 35.4% of all abortions in 2009.3 The Guttmacher Institute (AGI) puts the percentage of black abortions at 30% of the U.S. total.4 Their most recent numbers are from 2008. Similarly, AGI tells us that Hispanic women5 accounted for 25% of all U.S. abortions in 2008,6 though Hispanics make up just 16.3% of the U.S. population.7 The CDC lists the percentage of Hispanic abortions at 20.6%.8 Compare those numbers to non-Hispanic whites, who make up 63.7% of America's population,9 but account for only 36% of all U.S. abortions10 (37.7% according to the CDC11).
 In 2009, a total of 286,623 blacks died in the U.S.14 That same year, an estimated 1.21 million abortions took place in the United States.15 If 35.4% were performed on black women, that means almost twice as many blacks were killed by abortion as by all other causes. In 2010, the black population in the U.S. stood just shy of at 39 million.16 The CDC reports that during the 1970's, roughly 24% of all U.S. abortions were perfumed on black women.17 That percentage rose to 30% in the 1980's, 34% in the 1990's and 36% in the 2000's.18 That means that about 31% of all U.S. abortions since 1973 have been performed on African American women. Based on the January 2013 estimate that there have been 55.7 million abortions in the United States since 1973,19 we can deduce that approximately 17 million of the aborted babies were black. Despite an overall black population growth of 12% between 2000 and 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that the black population "grew at a slower rate than most other major race and ethnic groups in the country."20 CBS News reported in 2009 that "Hispanics have surpassed blacks as the nation's largest minority group."21 Can there be any question about the role abortion has played in this demographic shift? Despite similar population numbers, Hispanic women currently account for about 20% of all U.S. abortions,22 whereas African-American women account for 35%. From 1973 to 2012, abortion reduced the black population by 30%, and that doesn't even factor in all the children that would have been born to those aborted a generation ago. To put it bluntly, abortion has thinned the black community in ways the Ku Klux Klan could have only dreamed of.

Do black people even know that their numbers are being decimated by abortion?  There is a reason why Planned Parenthood locates their abortion clinics in poor neighbourhoods where the majority of people are people of colour. They know who to target for their clients.

Do black lives really matter?  Mayor de Blasio may think so, yet he is a strong proponent of abortion and supporter of Planned Parenthood.  Why is this discrepancy not being pointed out? If the statistics are there for someone like me to find and read, surely those who have the voice to speak out can find them too.

The truth is that black (and Hispanic) lives do not really matter, not when it comes to the unfettered right to abortion.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Why don't moderate Muslims condemn extremism?

Have you ever asked yourself this question?  I know I have many times.
In the face of unbelievable atrocities, there is silence from the majority of Muslims. Do they wish to be associated with ISIS, or Jihad John (, or the two recent acts of violence in Canada?

Why the silence? Apart from a few brave voices, there are not many who speak out against this violence.

Perhaps this article will shed some light on the issue.

The question is, however: Can Muslim leaders (whoever might qualify as a Muslim “leader” in a religion with no central authority) really make this condemnation without endangering both their own lives and the integrity of the Qur’an itself? Many writers have pointed out that the relative silence of Muslim leaders before such scenes of persecution and terror is not primarily because they too are not sometimes horrified. The reason is theological. They know that the Qur’an does not condemn violence in the pursuit of its religion. It sometimes approves it; it sometimes disapproves it.
Let us suppose, for the sake of argument, that Muslim leaders did “condemn” such violence. On what grounds would they do so? This question involves the integrity of the Qur’an, the bedrock of the religion. A Pakistani Christian couple was recently murdered for supposedly burning two of its pages. If the leaders condemned religiously motivated violence on the grounds of reason, however, that itself would imply the existence of some authority higher than the Qur’an. That would undermine all those many passages in the Qur’an that contradict each other and make the book seem incoherent. That concern is why Muslim philosophers devised a system that could maintain that both sides of a contradictory can be true. Generally, when one passage in the Qur’an is contradicted by another, the one later in time takes precedence. But both passages are retained. 
It is only when Muslims examine the Koran with reason that they will discover it doesn`t stand up to the test of truth. Unfortunately the majority of Muslims don`t read the Koran in such a way and they continue to uphold these contradictions.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Global Warming Fear-Mongering

Last night, Sun News aired a documentary by Ann McElhinney and Phalim McAleer called Not Evil, Just Wrong - The True Cost of Global Warming Hysteria.

Well worth watching. It shows how the film by Al Gore has been used to form the minds of young children, something that will be difficult to undo. My husband, a geologist, does not deny the possibility of global warming, but what he does see as dangerous is the politicization of science. Never before have the findings of science been used to activate a whole group of people in a political way. As the film shows, this began with the Rachel Carson book "The Silent Spring" and has been fanned into a religion with the Al Gore film An Inconvenient Truth.

What I found particularly disturbing is the segment on malaria in Africa and how the banning of DDT use (which was a direct consequence of Carson's book) has led to the death of 30 million African children.

You can watch the film in its entirety here.