Free the Pastors

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Pull quote from this story about an effort called Pulpit Freedom Sunday:

“These are not political issues,” Hice said. “There are moral issues.”

The group of pastors behind the national campaign want their freedom of speech back.

[Rev. Ron ] Johnson also said abortion is the key issue in the campaign for Christian voters and highlighted the division between Obama and McCain.

“If a candidate supports something that is evil and wicked from a biblical perspective,” Johnson said, “then I have the right to call out the wickedness, and I have the right to say this is what this person stands for — this is wrong.”

Liberal watchdog groups listen to sermons from the pulpit - and programming on talk radio on the non-profits, for that matter - to pounce on anything they can claim as biased toward a particular candidate (always the ones who stand… click here to read whole article and make comments



Unbelievable news about Sarah Palin

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Unbelievable, because the majority of mainstream media reporting on Palin lacks credibility and even the most basic fact-checking. You know this just by watching, reading and listening (unless you’re distinctly anti-Palin and enjoy this attack campaign), and one of the surest signs is how frequently accusations are picked up from one critic and re-run over and over, by big-name journalists, using the exact same language.

Two professors did just a bit of actual research and turned up the clearest revelation yet. 

The Left’s nastiness toward Gov. Sarah Palin is quite appalling, even given the usual ugly character assassination we have come to expect from liberals. That has been especially true regarding Palin’s family, particularly her choice to bring to term a baby with Down Syndrome.

Within that, there is a particularly nasty tack. The Left, including its mainstream-news sources, are alleging that Palin, as governor of Alaska, “slashed” funding for Special Olympics —… click here to read whole article and make comments



How did that first debate go?

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Everyone is asking that, especially the question “Who won?” “What do you think?” There is such uncertainty. Which confirms what I thought.

Both candidates did equally well. Nobody won. Or…..both won, by not losing. Everybody thinks their candidate won, which means it was a draw.

WaPo’s Dana Milbank called it ‘Lukewarm’.

At one wooden lectern stood the Republican nominee, tempestuous and tightly wound. A few steps across the red carpet stood his Democratic opponent, cerebral and condescending. “Is John McCain too hot?” Chris Matthews of “Hardball” broadcast from the Ole Miss campus before Friday night’s first general-election debate. “Is Barack Obama too cold?”

But when they opened their mouths, what came out was neither hot nor cold, but a tepid gruel.

McCain was controlled. Obama was succinct. And both were so mild that moderator Jim Lehrer didn’t know what to do. “Talk to each other,” he… click here to read whole article and make comments



The gravity of South Dakota

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That would be the center of gravity right now in the abortion battle in America, for two reasons.

One is the decision out of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in June that upheld the South Dakota “informed consent” law. It’s the most thorough and advanced law in the country, requiring an abortionist to inform a woman that (being pregnant) she is carrying an already-existing, complete, separate and unique human being, and that abortion may cause harmful psychological effects, among other disclosures. Planned Parenthood, which fought the “informed consent” law in court time and again, contends that’s an ideological statement. The full 8th Circuit found that the disclosure is biological fact.

Which puts that major court in direct conflict with the New Jersey Supreme Court which decided the opposite, in the Acuna v. Turkish case. Because two major courts clash so directly over their reading of Roe, the Supreme Court has been asked to decide which… click here to read whole article and make comments



Attention American feminists

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Put all fuming and angst aside for a moment and listen to how other liberals - usually of like-mind - regard Sarah Palin….outside the United States…in a most unlikely place, no less. 

It’s a very interesting story, a sort of backhanded compliment that raises .

The Hindu online edition of India’s National Newspaper has this opinion piece saying that the British love Sarah Palin, and telling why.

Strangely enough, a country which is not known to warm easily to outsiders with raving right-wing views seems to have fallen in love with Ms Palin after her gritty performance at the Republican Party convention last month as the running-mate of John McCain, the party’s presidential nominee.

Since that “electrifying” and “barnstorming” speech, she has been the only show in town with self-styled experts showering praise on her for everything from her finger-jabbing rhetoric and media-baiting one-liners to the choice of her dress that evening… click here to read whole article and make comments



Now that attention is finally on the ‘Born Alive Infants Act’...

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…it has shifted from the critical ‘Freedom of Choice Act’, which was little-known to begin with. They are both vitally important to understand, while there’s still a choice.

The head of pro-life outreach for the nation’s Catholic bishops has sent a letter to members of Congress warning them about a bill that could be the most extreme measure on abortion ever introduced. The so-called Freedom of Choice Act would make unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy the national law.

But, the measure would go further and undo the abortion limits put in place in all 50 states since Roe v. Wade that have helped reduce abortions to record lows.

It would invalidate laws ranging from bans on partial-birth abortions to implementing parental involvement for teenagers to prohibiting taxpayer funding of abortions.

As the article states, the deceptively named act is the first thing Barack Obama promised to… click here to read whole article and make comments



The Bishops, Pelosi and Biden…cont’d

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Weeks ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi went on Meet the Press and astoundingly misstated Catholic Church teaching on the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception. Today, some news outlets continued to report on the controversy that keeps brewing, especially because Sen. Joe Biden did a repeat performance on the following week’s Meet the Press.

The bishops have came out in force.

Many bishops expressed surprise that Biden would make such comments so soon after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had made a similar mistake on the NBC show two weeks earlier. Having described herself as an “ardent Catholic,” she falsely claimed that the church’s teaching on abortion has existed for only 50 years and drew on dubious science of the first centuries after Christ to give weight to her opinion.

Nearly 30 bishops criticised her. Cardinal Edward Egan of New York issued the strongest statement, saying that Pelosi was misinformed and describing… click here to read whole article and make comments



She was there. She knows. Obama still denies it.

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Actually, nurse Jill Stanek was there when babies who survive abortion attempts were left to die in a side room. Her testimony was powerful enough to produce the ‘Born Alive Infants Protection Act’. And she was there when Illinois Sen. Barack Obama refused to vote for that act, and thus refused to provide protection for these babies.

No matter how politicians or activists spin it, here’s the truth.

To recap, then-state Sen. Barack Obama voted against the Illinois Born Alive Infants Protection Act four times in three years, from 2001 to 2003, and was the sole senator to speak against it on the Senate floor twice.

Remaining on Obama’s campaign website to this day, in a section boasting of his pro-abortion bona fides, is an ABC News story quoting the Illinois Planned Parenthood CEO during that time: “[Pam] Sutherland said Obama approached her … and worked with her and others… click here to read whole article and make comments



Understand who Catholic Americans are

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And first understand, as Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, editor of First Things magazine clarifies, that there is a difference between being ‘American Catholics’ and ‘Catholic Americans.’

His magazine has a new piece by Fran Maier with multiple and bracing clarifications about what being a Catholic American means in this confusing election year. Which is why so many bishops have come out in recent weeks with statements and letters and articles addressing Catholic teachings so misrepresented in the media, and sometimes by other Catholics.

Which is why Maier did this piece.

This just in: It turns out that the problem with America’s Catholic bishops is that they’re not Protestants.

That’s not stating the obvious. It’s addressing the voices of dissent over all these bishops taking their moral voices into the public square. And what particularly set him off was a recent Time/CNN commentary by Amy Sullivan over Sen. Joe Biden’s… click here to read whole article and make comments



The fall and the fallout…both could be worse

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The good news in all the bad news lately for U.S. citizens, is that the financial crisis hasn’t seriously hurt the economy yet. Which is amazing. And the other good news for voters is that the two presidential candidates haven’t launched an offensive blaming it all on the other’s party.

That’s because there’s enough responsibility all around. There were a few good and concise articles explaining this in the sea of more unintelligible texts in the media, like this Wall Street Journal online rundown. And this New York Time’s piece.

To make the bailout palatable to the public, it is being described as far better than inaction, which administration officials and members of Congress say could imperil the retirement savings and other investments of Americans who are anything but rich.

But it is a good bet that the negotiations between the administration and Capitol Hill will include ideas about ways… click here to read whole article and make comments


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