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March
04
 

Big Government vs. Little Sisters: a breach too far

tags: birth control delivery, conscience righs, HHS mandate, Little Sisters of the Poor, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, religious liberty, U.S. Supreme Court

With over ninety lawsuits in courts for over two years contesting the government’s violation of the Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, this one may be emblematic.

The Little Sisters of the Poor, and order of nuns founded in the 1800′s to care for the elderly sick and the poor, have to go to court again to fight for the right to continue to do so. As Congressman Jeff Fortenberry told me on radio Monday, “they were already providing affordable care!” And doing so long before the president’s law by that name required compliance in providing drugs and services that violate consciences.

Understand the basics here, because the Little Sisters’ case starkly reveals them.

Under RFRA [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act], the government must establish it has a compelling interest to infringe upon the religious liberty of its citizens. The HHS mandate asserts that the government has a compelling interest… click here to read whole article and make comments



 
March
02
 

Truth matters, in politics, culture, personal beliefs

tags: Benghazi, Cecile Richards, Charles Krauthammer, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Hillary Clinton, Planned Parenthood, truth, when life begins

Some big questions have demonstrably true answers. But when they don’t fit powerful narratives, some powerful people are making the questions irrelevant.

Or coming up with pragmatic answers, you know, whatever works at the moment to dodge the truth.

As the Planned Parenthood president just did this week, saying that when life begins is not really relevant to the abortion debate.

“It is not something that I feel is really part of this conversation,” Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood told Fusion’s Jorge Ramos on Thursday. “I don’t know if it’s really relevant to the conversation.”

When pressed, Richards said that in her view life began for her three children when she delivered them.

She explained that the purpose of her organization is not to answer a question that “will be debated through the centuries,” but to provide options for pregnant women.

People who choose to deny the facts… click here to read whole article and make comments



 
February
21
 

Government watchdogs scrutinize media

tags: editorial content, FCC media oversight, free press, media bias, Obama administration overreach

Wait. Isn’t it supposed to be the other way around?

Why is the federal government studying the plan of putting monitors in media newsrooms?

The Obama Administration’s Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is poised to place government monitors in newsrooms across the country in an absurdly draconian attempt to intimidate and control the media.

Before you dismiss this assertion as utterly preposterous (we all know how that turned out when the Tea Party complained that it was being targeted by the IRS), this bombshell of an accusation comes from an actual FCC Commissioner.

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai reveals a brand new Obama Administration program that he fears could be used in “pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.”

Wait. Elite media have been covering the president very favorably, for a very long time. With no pressure.

As Commissioner Pai explains in the Wall Street Journal:

click here to read whole article and make comments


 
February
21
 

Why are humans spreading anti-humanism?

tags: anti-humanism, environmentalism, human exceptionalism, radical environmentalism, Wesley J. Smith

It’s an ideology that sees humans as the scourge of the earth. How can any human get behind that?

But terribly many are, including people in high places. You can’t get your head around it, if you think straight and with the leveling force of reason. But those qualities aren’t necessarily prerequisites anymore for academics or legal scholars or members of government. And those groups are among the people who believe the world is endangered not by man’s inhumanity to man, but by humanity itself.

One of America’s leading experts in bioethics, Wesley J. Smith, has a new book and companion documentary out about this pernicious ideology, and we talked about it on radio Wednesday.

Wesley spent years that turned into decades fighting assisted suicide and euthanasia that turned his attention to bioethics and (as he said)

the idea that there was such a thing as ‘human non-persons’ and… click here to read whole article and make comments



 
February
18
 

Vatican attacked again by UN committee

tags: Holy See, secular ideology, UN Commission on the Rights of the Child, UN Permanent Observer, United Nations, Vatican human rights concerns

If the Catholic Church is so out of touch and irrelevant, why the concerted efforts at the UN to drive out the Vatican’s influence?

This goes back years. Why now? And what’s behind this latest attack?

As faithful Catholics continue to contend with last week’s incendiary United Nations report attacking the Church for her teachings on contraception, abortion, and homosexuality, it may be time to look closely at the real agenda at the United Nations.

For more than two decades, the UN has dedicated itself to attempting to diminish the influence of the Church on life issues. We need to begin to understand why.

In an October 2013 Crisis article entitled “Kicking the Church out of the UN,” Austin Ruse, the president of Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), suggests that the reason for the hostility directed at the Church is because the Church has obstructed… click here to read whole article and make comments



 
January
31
 

Rolling Stone features Francis

tags: Catholic Church, cult of personality, human flourishing, human freedom, pop culture, Pope Francis, Rolling Stone Magazine

They get rock. But this is way beyond their reach or grasp.

Rolling Stone magazine followed the trend or path of several other secular, popular press publications and put Pope Francis on its cover, accompanied by a lengthy cover story inside. How did they handle it?

Fr. Steve Grunow, theologian and CEO of Fr. Robert Barron’s Word On Fire media ministry, sees it this way.

Pope Francis is hot right now, by which I mean that his SEO ranking continues to impress and media outlets remain fascinated by this first pope from the global south. Not a bad thing, but also not a new thing. Some decades ago a pope “from a far country” was the preoccupation of the media, namely Blessed (soon to be saint) John Paul II. Benedict XVI received his own share of media attention, there was a kind of fascination with him, but minus the accolades that Pope… click here to read whole article and make comments



 
January
28
 

Prejudice as strong as ever?

tags: age discrimination, anti-Catholicism, Brandon Vogt, Fr. Robert Barron, HHS mandate, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Little Sisters of the Poor, President Obama Roe anniversary, Roe v. Wade

It takes many forms, and it snakes its way through cultural relativism. But it’s alive and very active.

The topic is probably worth a book, certainly a long article or series. For purposes of a manageable blog post for now, let’s look at some recent events in light of other related events and see how the pieces fit together to form a picture.

Fr. Robert Barron is the force and the voice behind the Catholicism Series. So he’s an important voice to listen to when he speaks out about some recent anti-Catholic outbursts, and why they should bother everyone.

Last week two outrageously anti-Catholic outbursts took place in the public forum. The first was an article in U.S. News and World Report by syndicated columnist Jamie Stiehm. Ms. Stiehm argued that the Supreme Court was dangerously packed with Catholics, who have, she averred, a terribly difficult time separating church from state… click here to read whole article and make comments



 
January
22
 

Why Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marched

tags: civil rights movement, Declaration of Independence, Dr. Alveda King, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., human rights, March for Life, pro-life movement

Human dignity and human rights, “for all God’s children.”

How ironic that the day set aside to honor Dr. King is only a few days before the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade anniversary.What would he say?

Alveda King, the niece of MLK and a dedicated pro-life advocate, notes her uncle was strongly pro-life.

“Were he alive today, he would be working to secure peace and justice for those in the womb and healing for a nation that is still pained by over 53 million missing lives,” King says. The toll abortion has taken on the African American community is enough to shock the conscience of every American.

According to the US Census Bureau, African Americans comprise 12.4% of the American population; however, over 30% of the nation’s abortions are done on black women. Recently released data from the New York City Department of… click here to read whole article and make comments



 
January
16
 

Supreme Court hears abortion clinic ‘buffer zone’ arguments

tags: abortion clinic buffer zone, free speech rights, pro-choice language, pro-lifers, Supreme Court abortion law, U.S. Supreme Court

And news reporters heard different things about it, apparently.

They also use agenda driven language to report it, sometimes doing semantic gymnastics to cue readers to feel positive or negative to different groups, as Walter Lippman described in his exceptional little book Public Opinion.

The Hill reports that Justices appear split on clinic buffer zones.

The Supreme Court appeared split Wednesday during arguments over whether buffer zones around abortion clinics in Massachusetts violate free speech rights. The case centers on anti-abortion-rights activists who desire to speak to women as they enter reproductive healthcare clinics in the state. A 2007 law created a buffer zone around clinics in Massachusetts, mandating that protesters and would-be sidewalk counselors remain 35 feet away from entrances.

“The case centers on anti-abortion-rights activists who desire to speak to women as they enter reproductive healthcare clinics in the state.” That sentence alone is worth a post. Along with… click here to read whole article and make comments



 
January
14
 

Little Sisters of the Poor and Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate

tags: freedom of conscience, HHS mandate, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Little Sisters of the Poor, Obamacare contraceptive mandate, religious liberty

Sir Thomas More said he was the king’s good servant, but God’s first.  This modern day version isn’t far off.

They were just minding their business serving the poor, sick and dying when the HHS mandate came down requiring them and other employers to provide healthcare coverage that supplied birth control, the ‘morning-after’ pill (both of which can cause abortion of new human life) and elective sterilization as ‘preventive medicine’ for women, free of charge to those women. Even though birth control is widely available even to women on low incomes or public aid through the Title X federal grant, among other programs.

Before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in HHS mandate lawsuits in March, I’m planning to do a primer here on the basics, which many people still don’t know, based on a lot of uninformed remarks online and throughout the media about the truth and realities of the mandate, its… click here to read whole article and make comments



 

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