Tuesday, July 31, 2012

VIDEO: Congressman Denounces Regulation

Advocating for a non-partisan, jobs-centric approach to the Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act, the Pennsylvania Republican Mike Kelly urged Congress to approve the act which limits regulation.

The bill subsequently passed with a 245-172 vote.

Not expected to pass the Democratically-controlled Senate, the bill itself would stop government agencies from taking any significant regulatory action until the unemployment rate is equal to or less than 6 percent.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Playing Games with Our Wars and War with Our Games

Playing Games with Our Wars and War with Our GamesWritten by John Horvat II
The object of war is very simple: victory. The combatants engage in a very physical struggle to resolve a crisis that generally has failed by other more diplomatic means. It is a battle where the stakes are high and the life or death of men and the future of nations is in play.

The means employed to secure this victory are many. Nations make use of big assets such as tanks, aircraft and battleships. They make use of technology which includes all sorts of radars, drones, smart bombs and other devices.

However, when push comes to shove, what really decides the outcome of battle is the man on the field. Modern warfare has yet to find a substitute for the infantry soldier who slugs it out with the enemy and is disposed to make the ultimate sacrifice of his life.

In normal times, everyone recognizes that the task of hand-to-hand combat is best done by fighting men trained in the art of war. It is a biological fact that men have the stamina, strength and mindset needed and, if victory is the goal, men should be employed. That is all there is to it.
Afghanistan War Firefight
The task of hand-to-hand combat is best done by fighting men trained in the art of war.

But these are not normal times, what everyone used to take for granted is now up for grabs. There is a concerted push by liberals who decree in the name of equality that women and men are equal in combat. These same liberals, many of whom will never experienced a bullet fired in anger, are rushing to push women into the line of fire. They are demanding that women be thrust into combat, and anyone who dares oppose such a decree is labeled hopelessly sexist. And if the chances of victory be diminished (and soldiers unnecessarily die), so be it!

While the military is rung through the sexist ringer, there is another game in town that is left unscathed by the left and liberal media. The screams for equality are curiously absent.

That game is sports. The object of sports should be very simple: healthy competition. It is a very physical contest to distract and entertain. There are no high stakes involved beyond mere commercial interest or personal prestige.

And yet, as the Olympics are played, no one dares to point out that these international games enjoying all kinds of prestige and praise are absolutely “sexist.” The whole affair is divided right down the middle into the categories of men and women. No one has suggested that nations field non-sexist teams where men and women compete together in any field.
US Olympic Team 2000 Sydney Australia
The Olympic Games are divided right down the middle into the categories of men and women. Olympians know the biological fact that men and women are physically different.

The reason why is obvious. The biological fact is that men and women are physically different and if the competition were left to all comers, save some exceptional Amazon, men would win all the competitions where stamina and physical strength are needed. Indeed, one can go over the lists of Olympic records and verify that in these categories the men’s records are all well above those of women.

Olympians know this biological reality. They don’t play sexist games with their games. In fact, they employ all the seriousness of war to gain victory. They train unceasingly. They study every possible advantage. Unfortunately, some even resort to steroids and other performance enhancers to gain the victory — and commercial endorsements. These latter athletes have turned what should be a source of entertainment and healthy sportsmanship into a savage and commercial enterprise.

It seems the world is upside down. War is war and sports is sports. Why must the double standard of sexist politics get in-between? Isn’t it time we stopped playing games with our wars and stopped playing war with our games?

Saturday, July 28, 2012

American Exorcist-in-training Shares His Experience :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

.- “I never thought I’d end up doing this, no,” admits the middle-aged priest whose unexpected path to becoming an exorcist began while saying one of his first Masses after he was ordained 15 years ago.

“At the moment of consecration of the precious blood I asked the Lord to shower his blood upon the youth and to help any young men who may have a vocation to the priesthood.”

The instant reaction of one 13-year old boy shocked the young priest, “he fell backwards and started growling. And I thought, ‘I wasn’t expecting this!’”

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American exorcist-in-training shares his experience :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Friday, July 27, 2012

Sen. Inhofe Demands Panetta Explain Why He Allowed Military to March in Uniform in Gay Pride Parade | CNSNews.com

CNSNews.com) – Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, demanded that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta explain why the Pentagon allowed uniformed service members to participate in this past weekend’s "gay pride" parade in San Diego.
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Sen. Inhofe Demands Panetta Explain Why He Allowed Military to March in Uniform in Gay Pride Parade | CNSNews.com

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Children: The Ultimate Stimulus Package

Written by Gary Isbell

  According to the reasoning, if it can be called that, of the likes of Margret Sanger and company, we would all be better off if we reduced the world’s population. “The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it,” the famous feminist once said. Margaret Sanger, Women And The New Race.

Steven Mosher, head of the Virginia-based Population Research Institute [PRI], happens to see things from a different perspective. That is, we need larger families to address the current financial crisis among other benefits. Higher birth rates and a revised tax code favoring children would do a lot to stimulate depressed economies.

Mosher clearly admits that low fertility rates are not solely responsible for our current economic woes, however they do play a significant role. Every child is born with a mind capable of being educated and myriad talents that can be developed. This combination of qualities can easily be put to use to solve problems and boost productivity. Creating an entitlement mentality generation does not.

The Social Trends Institute published an article titled “The Sustainable Demographic Divide,” exposing the myth that low fertility rates equal sustainable economic prosperity. [1] It is true that a nation can realize this benefit in the short term, however it is the long term ill effects that we are now realizing in many countries.

An example of this demographic liability is the economic “miracle” of East Asia where the fertility rate plummeted from six children per woman and is now below two. Of course, such a low fertility rate allows for more human and financial capital to be devoted to the market economy rather than to child rearing, thus permitting a country to enjoy higher levels of economic growth in the short term. However, it is now apparent that what once was a demographic asset is rapidly becoming a liability. In over seventy-five countries where the fertility rate is substantially below the replacement level of 2.1 children per woman, there will be an insufficient young work force available that is needed to sustain the aging population and maintain economic stability.

Traditional marriage influences economies more than one might think. Recent studies clearly indicate that children raised outside of a family comprised of mother and father are significantly less likely to acquire the human and social capital needed to become productive and well-adjusted in the work-force. Those reared in traditionally married families enjoy a greater likelihood of success in grade school, graduate from college and generally are well compensated in employment as adults.

Traditional marriage, coupled with a healthy fertility rate, comprises the ultimate stimulus package. Spending increases “in the United States, [as] married parents (age 18-50) spend markedly more money—on a household and a per-capita basis—on child care, food at home, healthcare, home maintenance, household products and services, life/personal insurance, and pets and toys, compared to single, childless adults of the same age.” Marriage And The Baby Carriage.[2]

If corporations want to increase sales, they should target a healthy demographic that has proven to be a tried and true workhorse. Investing in a fertile future makes more sense than a sterile one. The rainbow crowd will not do anything to perpetuate the healthy profits companies now enjoy in the long term if fertility rates continue to decline and the traditional nuclear family is destroyed.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Breaking video: Man attacks TFP Volunteers, Assaults American Flag

Free speech is less free in Arkansas.  In fact, volunteers with Tradition Family and Property (TFP—Louisiana) were recently attacked in Little Rock during a peaceful rally against Obamacare and its HHS mandate.  The incident occurred on July 17.

Man Targets American flag

At the McCain Mall in North Little Rock, a middle-aged man came up from behind the group as they calmly prayed the rosary. First he said, “Praise be Mary,” giving the impression he was friendly.  Next he shouted, “Get the hell out of here!” and rushed our American flag bearer Elias Bartel, knocking him off his feet with a violent blow.  Old Glory fell over, but not completely because the 19-foot flag pole caught a power line on the way down and was quickly recovered and set upright again.

“I was pretty shocked…  The first thing he did was target the American flag.  He wanted to throw it on the ground,” said Bartel. “What he did was beyond disrespect.”

Second attack

The attacker did not stop there.  Without pause, he immediately assaulted our second volunteer, Jesus Guerra, who was holding the TFP banner which displays a rampant lion and the motto:  “Tradition, Family, and Property.”  As the video clearly shows, our young volunteer was pushed with such violence that he fell backward onto a fire hydrant.  The banner also fell.

“I’m bruised, but not about to give up,” Guerra remarked.  “The attacker’s behavior reflects the socialist mindset:  if they can’t win the debate, they bully you. If they can’t silence the Church on moral values, they use mandates and intimidation.”

As TFP—Louisiana member Cesar Franco dialed 911, the assailant smacked the phone out of his hand.  Finally, the police arrived and a report was made.

A woman who witnessed the attack approached and asked for a flyer, Confronting Religious Persecution in America.  She told Zechariah Long how great she thought TFP volunteers responded to the aggressor.

The 14-member team is currently touring other Southern cities where the reception has been excellent.  Their message alerts the public about the persecution being brought against the Catholic Church by the Health and Human Services mandate and points to the root problem: socialism.

Following the example set by Bishop Jenky of Peoria, Illinois, who called upon Saint Michael the Archangel in the fight for the rights of the Church, TFP—Louisiana volunteers have placed their tour under his powerful patronage.  The attack did not hinder the progress of the TFP caravan. However, it does follow a troubling pattern documented in the video Attacked by “Tolerance.”

If you are an attorney in the Little Rock, and are willing to represent the TFP volunteers who were attacked, please contact Cesar Franco at cfranco@tfp.org

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Surprise? Notre Dame Grad Students Petition in Favor of HHS Mandate

A group of philosophy graduate students at the University of Notre Dame recently created a petition opposing the university’s lawsuit against the HHS mandate. They even go so far as to say that by accepting the mandate – i.e., giving up Notre Dame’s right to act according to its Catholic mission – the university could better fulfill its Catholic mission.
We the undersigned members of the Notre Dame community wish to express our disagreement with the university’s decision to file a lawsuit contesting the Health and Human Services mandate that requires employee health insurance plans to provide no cost birth control coverage to employees. We understand that the university administration believes this lawsuit will advance its Catholic mission and promote freedom of conscience. We too are fully committed to freedom of conscience. However, we believe the philosophical and legal arguments strongly favor compliance with the law. Further we believe Notre Dame would better serve its Catholic mission by focusing on improving campus services for families rather than embroiling itself in a legal challenge.
Although we recognize concerns regarding religious freedom ought to be taken seriously, it remains unclear whether providing access to artificial contraceptives actually would conflict with Catholic belief.
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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Priest Could Be Ordered to Break Seal of Confession in Australia

A legislative committee in Australia’s state of Victoria is questioning whether the government should honor the confessional seal with new laws to toughen requirements for reporting abuse of children.
The prospect of government forcing priests to report what was said in confession is the sign of a "police state mentality", says one Australian priest and law professor.

Hundreds of years of Catholic tradition in the confessional could be overturned by Victoria's inquiry into child sex abuse. Priests would be ordered to reveal crimes told to them in private confessions under one proposal before the inquiry.

But priests say they will resist being forced to reveal secrets of the confessional.

Priest and law professor Father Frank Brennan said the move would be a restriction on religious freedom.
“If a parliamentary inquiry were to recommend a law by parliament saying that priests were forced to disclose anything revealed to them in the sacrament of confession I think that would be a serious interference with the right of religious freedom,” Father Brennan said today.

“Indeed it would be a very sad day if we moved to a police state mentality, it’s almost of Russian dimensions to suggest Catholic priests would have to reveal to state authorities what went on under the seal of the confessional.

“I am one of the priests who, if such a law were enacted, would disobey it and if need be I would go to jail.”

Father Brennan said disclosures to priests in the confessional were different to those made to doctors or counsellors, or even when a priest was acting in a counsellor role.

“If it were in the sacred realm of the sacrament of confession which in Catholic theology is akin to the penitent being in conversation with God, where the priest is simply an agent, then definitely the state has no role of interference in that.”

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Prince of Liechtenstein Risks His Crown – and Defeats the Abortion Lobby

Prince Hans Adam II. and his son, Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein

In a previous post we reported about the attempts of the anti-life lobby to leganize abortion in Liechtenstein, a small principality in Central Europe that, as one of the last European countries, maintains a legal ban on abortion.

When in 2011 a popular initiative was held to legalize abortion, Hereditary Prince Aloys of Liechtenstein (who exercises regency on behalf of his father, Prince Hans Adam II.) announced that, irrespective of the result of the initiative or of any parliamentary vote, he would exercise his veto against any bill that would legalize abortion. The initiative was then rejected by a majority of the population.

This angered the abortion lobby, who launched yet another citizen’s initiative: this time with the purpose of limiting the prince’s veto right. According to the initiative, the Prince should be able to veto only decisions adopted by the Landtag (i.e., the country’s Parliament) but not decisions adopted under a popular referendum.Under the new Constitution of the Principality, which Prince Hans Adam II. had drafted himself several years ago, the monarchy can be abolished at any time by a popular referendum – but as long as monarchy exists, the Prince has a veto on all legislative matters.

As a reaction to this, the Hereditary Prince announced in an unprecedented step that, rather than accepting an obligation to promulgate laws that would violate his conscience as well as fundamental human rights, he and his family would renounce to the throne and leave the country if the new initiative were to be successful.

The outcome of the vote, which took place on the 1st July, is a resounding victory not only for the Principal Family, but also for the Right to Life: 76 percent rejected the proposal, the Prince stays in the country, and abortion remains illegal. The inhabitants of the Principality know too well that, to maintain their status as an independent nation and one of the most prosperous countries in the world, they need the Prince more than he needs them.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

VIDEO: TFP--Louisiana Call to Chivalry Camp for Catholic Boys

As author Paul Claudel aptly put it, “youth was made not for pleasure, but for heroism.”

With this spirit, dozens of young men attended the eleventh annual Call to Chivalry Camp in Louisiana sponsored by TFP—Louisiana. Each year a specific historic theme is woven into the event, providing real life examples of virtue to follow. The valiant Saints and crusaders of Poland and Lithuania offered ample inspiration this time.

Get more information about future camps here

Monday, July 16, 2012

Tears, a Miraculous Warning

On July 21, 1972, the newspaper Folha de S.Paulo published a photograph from New Orleans showing a statue of Our Lady of Fatima shedding tears. The report sparked keen interest in the Brazilian public and I think many readers will welcome more information on the topic.
Statue of the International Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima weeps tears in New Orleans, Louisiana, 1972
Statue of the International Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima photographed in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1972 miraculously weeping real human tears.

The best source of information on the matter is found in an article with a typical American title: “The Tears of Our Lady Wet my Finger” by Fr. Elmo Romagosa. It was published on July 20 in the Clarion Herald, a New Orleans weekly, distributed in eleven Louisiana parishes or counties.

The background to this event is universally known. In 1917, Lucy, Jacinta and Francisco had visions of Our Lady at Fatima. The authenticity of these visions was confirmed by the miracle of the sun, witnessed by a whole multitude even as the Virgin spoke to the three children.

In general terms, Our Lady charged the little shepherds to tell the world that she was deeply upset by the wickedness and corruption of men. She warned that if men did not amend, a terrible chastisement would come that would annihilate many nations. Russia would spread its errors throughout the world. The Holy Father would have much to suffer.

The punishment could only be avoided if men converted, Russia and the world were consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and men did the communion of reparation on the first Saturday of each month.

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In view of the above, a question naturally comes to mind: Were Our Lady’s requests heeded?

In 1942, Pius XI consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Sister Lucy said the consecration lacked some characteristics Our Lady had requested. I do not intend to analyze this complex subject here. I simply mention, in passing, that whether Our Lady’s request for the consecration of Russia was heeded is open to debate.

As for Our Lady’s second request for an amendment of life, it has so obviously been neglected that no further comment is necessary.

Our Lady stated that obedience to her requests was a condition to avoid the apocalyptic punishments that she predicted. Therefore, it is logical that God’s vengeful and purifying wrath should fall upon mankind before it converts and the Reign of Mary is established.

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Of the three Fatima children, only Lucy survived beyond her childhood. She was a Carmelite nun in Coimbra. Under her supervision, a sculptor carved two statues that reproduced as closely as possible the facial expression of the Most Holy Virgin as she appeared at Fatima. Both of them were called “pilgrim statues” and have been taken around the world by priests and laity. One was in New Orleans, where it shed tears.

Father Romagosa, author of the abovementioned report, was told of the statue’s tears by Fr. Joseph Breault, M. P., the statue’s custodian. However, he was reluctant to admit the miracle and thus asked Father Breault to call him if any further weeping occurred.

Father Breault noticed moisture in the eyes of the Pilgrim Virgin statue on July 17 and immediately called Father Romagosa, who reached the statue at 9:30 p.m., bringing along photographers and reporters. In fact, they all noticed the moisture in the eyes of the statue, which was soon photographed. Father Romagosa then touched his finger on the moist surface and collected a drop, which was also photographed. According to Father Breault, this was the thirteenth weeping he had witnessed.

At 6:15 a.m. the next morning, Father Breault called Father Romagosa saying that the statue had been crying since 4 a.m. Father Romagosa arrived shortly afterwards. In his words: “I saw much liquid in the statue’s eyes, and a large drop hanging from the tip of her nose.” This drop, so graciously hanging, was captured in the famous photograph that came out in the press.

Father Romagosa adds that he saw “a tear move as it slowly formed on the lower eyelid.”

However, he wanted to eliminate all doubt. He noticed that the statue had a crown fixed on its head by a small metal connecting rod and thought:

Can it be that water was poured into the hole where the crown is fixed on the statue, and this water drains into the eyes?

Once the weeping ceased, Father Romagosa removed the crown from the statue: the metallic connecting rod was entirely dry. He then inserted into the hole a wire wrapped in a special paper which would absorb any liquid that might be there. The paper remained absolutely dry.

Still not satisfied with his efforts, he poured some water into the hole. Yet the eyes remained absolutely dry. Father Romagosa then turned the statue upside down. The water he had poured into the hole drained normally. He was finally convinced that no water could come through the hole in the statue’s head into her eyes, and there simply was no other hole.

Father Romagosa knelt. At last, he believed.

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These mysterious tears show Our Lady of Fatima crying over the modern world, as Our Lord once cried over Jerusalem. Tears of most tender affection, tears of deep pain for the punishment that will come.

It will come to the men of the twentieth century, if they do not reject immorality and corruption. It will come if they do not fight especially against the self-destruction of the Church, the cursed smoke of Satan that according to Paul VI has penetrated even into the sacred places.

Reader, there is still time, therefore, to stop the punishment!

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But, some will say, these thoughts are not those for a pleasant Sunday afternoon. I answer: Is it not better to read this article now under the tender manifestation of our Mother’s prophetic sadness than to live through the days of tragic bitterness that will come if we do not amend?

If they come, I am convinced a special mercy will be shown to those who, in their personal lives, have taken the miraculous warning of Mary seriously.

I offer my readers this article so they may benefit from that mercy.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Alone in the Coliseum

Alone in the ColiseumWritten by John Horvat II

Throughout Her long and glorious history, the Catholic Church has endured persecution as well as moments of triumph. The Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations mandating Catholics and Catholic organizations to offer contraceptive, abortifacient and sterilization coverage in their insurance plans is just the latest chapter in this persecution. It is not the first time, the Church has faced persecution nor will it be the last time. She has often found Herself alone in the coliseum.

In the case of the HHS mandate, there is something different. A strange thing is happening on the way to the coliseum. Normally, we expect to hear cries of: Down with the Christians! amid the roars of lions. Usually, there is the classic and unanimous exhibition of hostility to the Faith that turns the arena into a horrific spectacle.

But this time around, as we Catholics look up into the stands, we hear scattered cries of Freedom of Conscience! Let there be freedom! or even We are all Catholics now!

The unexpected support from these spectators is undoubtedly welcome even if it comes from the safety of the stands. It does, however, lead us to ask why we are alone in the coliseum and why the others are still sitting in the stands and not joining us in the arena with the lions and wild beasts.

The answer to that question lies not only in the fact that our religious beliefs are at odds with government regulations. Rather, we are in the arena because we uphold a higher and unchangeable natural law that is the same everywhere and binds all men in all times. The mere existence of those who affirm an unchangeable moral law is intolerable to those who wish to transgress this law with impunity.

Thus, the early Christians, who posed no physical threat to the might of Rome, represented a censure to the decadent Romans whose response was to throw the Christians to the lions to appease their heavy consciences. In the same way, the Catholic resistance to birth control, abortion and sterilization represents that same censure to our own decadent society. The wild beasts are merely replaced by nameless bureaucrats.
Statue of Saint Peter holding the Keys, Vatican City
The Church’s fidelity to its Magisterium will not allow it to change regarding the moral law. The Church must speak out and oppose all that is contrary to this law.

There is yet one more element that assures our lonely place in the arena. While others may believe in a natural law and hold positions similar to those of Catholics, only the Church has a Magisterium, which is a body of doctrine based on Scriptures and tradition that consistently interprets Church teaching and morals over the ages. Others outside the Church have often changed their teachings to accommodate the ways of the world. The Church’s fidelity to its Magisterium will not allow it to change regarding the moral law. The Church must speak out and oppose all that is contrary to this law. The adversaries of the Church realize this intransigence and have always targeted us as a result.

We must, of course, legally and peacefully fight back in this Cultural War. And this we have done over the decades in a fight that has even been crowned with certain victories. However, when the time of outright persecution comes, we can have no illusions. As long as we defend a higher law and hold true to the traditional Magisterium of the Church, we will more often than not be alone in the coliseum.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Harm of Same-sex Marriage in a Nutshell | Crisis Magazine

The Harm of Same-sex Marriage in a Nutshell | Crisis Magazine

Same-sex marriage and related claims, such as adoption of children, are fast becoming flavor of the month among western politicians. Irish pollies are among the latest, so the family-oriented Iona Institute has prepared an excellent, short, briefing paper on the subject.

Iona’s director, David Quinn, introduces the brief, noting that “even people who are instinctively uneasy about the matter ask themselves, ‘what harm would it do?’” He continues:

This is to imply that unless a change to the institution of marriage directly harms yourmarriage, there is nothing to worry about. Of course, it could equally be asked what direct harm it would do your marriage if your Muslim neighbour (say) could have more than one wife?

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The Harm of Same-sex Marriage in a Nutshell | Crisis Magazine

Monday, July 9, 2012

Romania’s 20-Year Nightmare: Unraveling Socialized Health Care

By Ion Mihai Pacepa

In my other life in Communist Romania, I managed a large intelligence organization that, among other tasks, was charged with keeping alive a nationalized health care system which in the end bankrupted the country and generated popular contempt. That system, very similar to the Affordable Health Care for America Act, was a bureaucratic nightmare. And it still is a nightmare in the former Soviet empire.

A European Union report on post-Communist Romania’s “Health Care System in Transition” stated that this system “devastated the country,” whose infant mortality rate (20.2 per 1,000) was among the highest in Europe and whose death rate was 70% higher that the EU average.[i] The world’s leading general medical journal, The Lancet, reported that even twenty years after the Soviet Union collapsed, “life expectancy at birth is 66 years for Russians; 16 years less than for people in Japan and 14 less than the European Union average.”[ii]

My past experience gave me reason to believe that the recent decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to keep the Affordable Health Care for America Act alive constituted a much needed wake-up call for our conservative movement. Since 2009, when the Democratic Party began surreptitiously nationalizing the U.S. health care system, our conservative movement has done nothing but weep and wail and wait for God in heaven and the Supreme Court on earth to save America from such a calamity.

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Finally An Email to Congratulate not Protest

Over 80% MAJORITY Of ExxonMobil Shareholders Vote To Defy Homosexual Activist Pressure To Broaden Company’s EEO Policy To Include “Sexual Orientation” And “Gender Identity”

Encourage The Management With Your Instant

     When it comes to the homosexual activist agenda, you know that we have a lot to resist. However, today, we have encouraging news about one of our nation’s largest employers and the brave stance their shareholders have taken…

     According to press reports, on May 30, a resolution to shareholders to broaden ExxonMobil’s equal employment opportunity policy to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” at the 2012 annual shareholders meeting in Dallas, Texas, ….
     …was defeated “after 80 percent of its shareholders voted against” the resolution.


     This is the 13th consecutive year in which the shareholders of the nation’s largest oil corporation have voted to uphold their current policy and not broaden it in order to appease the homosexual agenda.
     Despite that, homosexual advocacy groups are still calling on ExxonMobil to approve the resolution that was voted down by the landslide 80% of its shareholders.

Send your message of encouragement now.

To contact them directly (please be polite and congratulatory):
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(within the U.S. and Canada)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

‘Business as Usual’ at Mississippi’s Last Abortion Clinic After Judge Blocks Law at 11th Hour

by John Jalsevac

Jackson, MS, July 3, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – It’s “business as usual” for Mississippi’s last remaining abortion facility, after a judge issued a temporary restraining order Sunday night barring the state from enforcing a new law that mandates stricter safety standards for abortion clinics.
The law requires abortionists to have local hospital privileges and be at least eligible for ObGyn board certification.

The ruling by Federal Court Judge Daniel P. Jordan III will allow the Jackson Women’s Health Organization (JWHO) to stay open, even though two of its three abortionists have not received hospital privileges.
In his decision, Judge Jordan took issue with the fact that advocates of the bill have publicly suggested that the purpose of the bill is “to eliminate abortions in Mississippi.” He also said that the plaintiffs have offered evidence, “that no safety or health concerns motivated [the bill’s] passage.”

“This evidence has not yet been rebutted,” he wrote.

A preliminary injunction hearing is set for July 11, 2012. Meanwhile, a planned Health Department compliance inspection scheduled for Monday, that likely would have resulted in the facility’s closure, has been postponed.

Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation, who was partly responsible for the creation of the legislation, lambasted the decision Monday, saying that Judge Jordan ignored the injuries and other violations committed by JWHO abortionist Bruce Norman.

“In doing so, the judge has disregarded the health and safety of women who unwittingly submit to abortion by Norman under the false belief that his abortions are safe,” said Newman.
Newman alleged that Operation Rescue has evidence that JWHO “intentionally concealed the fact that Norman sent three abortion patients to the hospital on January 21, 2012 at an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Alabama.”

“That incident, which was reported by pro-life activists, led to the discovery of 76 pages of violations,” said Newman, “including the intentional falsification of medical records and logs, which led to the state order closure of the clinic and the order that owner Diane Derzis be banned from any affiliation with a new abortion business there.”

Derzis, who is also the owner of JWHO, celebrated the blocking of the law Monday. “Mississippi is still part of this country and still does have to abide by the Constitution,” she told reporters at her facility.
She also boasted that since assuming control of the abortion facility in 2010, no client had been sent “directly” from the clinic to the hospital, according to the Associated Press.
The clinic now sports a hand-made sign outside its entrance, saying, “Happy Independence Day. We are open.”

Derzis has said that she does not expect that the two abortionists at her facility who currently lack hospital admitting privileges will be able to obtain them. 

Meanwhile, Reuters reports that legal analysts anticipate the court battle over the law may extend for months, or even years.

Pro-life advocates expressed confidence that they would eventually prevail. “Every pro-life law that has been passed in Mississippi has been challenged and followed by an injunction to stop enforcement,” said Terri Herring, national director of the Pro Life America Network. “All of our laws, though, have eventually been upheld as constitutional.”

The Center for Reproducitve Rights, which is representing JWHO, expressed its intent to continue to fight the Mississippi law to ensure “that the women of Mississippi are not relegated to a second class of U.S. citizens, denied the constitutionally-protected rights that other women nationwide are guaranteed.”

“The opponents of reproductive rights in the Mississippi legislature have made no secret of their intent to make legal abortion virtually disappear in the state of Mississippi,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO at the Center for Reproductive Rights. “Their hostility toward women, reproductive health care providers, and the rights of both would unquestionably put the lives and health of countless women at risk of grave harm.”

When signing the bill into law on April 16, Governor Bryant said, “Today you see the first step in a movement, I believe, to do what we campaigned on – to say we’re going to try to end abortion in Mississippi.”

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court Clears Way for Removal of Large Cross

The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a ruling that a large Christian cross as part of a war memorial in California violated the constitutional ban on government endorsement of religion. This action may lead to the taking down of the cross.

The justices rejected an appeal arguing the government should not be forced to take down the memorial cross that stood atop Mount Soledad in San Diego since 1954 to honor veterans.

The case involved whether a religious symbol can be prominently displayed on public land and whether the cross violated the U.S. Constitution’s requirement on church-state separation.

The Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that a federal judge erred by ordering the removal of a large Christian cross as part of a war memorial in a remote part of the California desert. However, that ruling did not decide the constitutionality of the cross.

The 43-foot high San Diego cross is located between the Pacific Ocean and an interstate highway, it can be seen for miles.
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Monday, July 2, 2012

Betty Crocker Faces Boycott, NOM Marriage News

14,714 Americans!

That's the number of Americans who, as I write this morning, have already signed our new petition at DumpGeneralMills.com!

Speaking of morning, what in the world is the nation's leading manufacturer of breakfast cereals thinking?!

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"Betty Crocker Faces Boycott," NOM Marriage News : http://www.nomblog.com/24912/