Saturday, July 30, 2016

Planned Parenthood Says Clinton is the “Strongest” Pro-Abortion Nominee “We’ve Ever Seen”

Hillary Clinton could potentially overtake President Barack Obama’s record as the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history if she wins the election, and Planned Parenthood just confirmed it.

In a new letter to supporters, Dawn Laguens, vice president of the abortion giant’s political arm [ Planned Parenthood] , said the 2016 presidential election is critical to the future of abortion in the United States. Laguens said Clinton will be a “champion” for abortion if she is elected. . . .

It quickly became clear that by “women’s health and rights” Laguens meant abortion. Her letter continued:

Donald Trump has promised to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood health centers and pack the Supreme Court with anti-abortion justices, and he’s said that there should be punishment for women who seek abortions and doctors who provide them.

And his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, has the record to back him up. As a congressman, Pence introduced six separate measures to block patients from getting care at Planned Parenthood health centers. As governor, he signed one of the most extreme and invasive anti-abortion laws in the country.

Hillary has spent her life fighting for women’s health and rights . . .  Access to safe, legal abortion? . . .

The abortion giant also know that the next president could have the chance to nominate up to four U.S. Supreme Court justices – and sway the political leanings of the court for decades. Clinton promised to nominate U.S. Supreme Court justices who will ensure that Roe v. Wade and abortion on demand up until birth remain the law of the land . . . .

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Wouldn't You Want to Know if Your Underage Daughter was Having an Abortion?

Alaska Supreme Court
by Marissa Mayer: As a parent, do you care about your child's health and well-being?

In 2010, Alaska voters approved a state law that requires parental notification when their minor daughter requests an abortion (with a bypass option for special circumstances). The goal was to encourage open dialogue between parents and their pregnant daughters.

Sounds like a good idea, right? After all, part of being a parent is offering support and sharing your years of wisdom and experience with your child—especially when it comes to making life-changing decisions. And an abortion definitely qualifies as life-changing decision—both for the mother and for the child who is killed.

But it doesn’t seem like Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest thinks parents should be involved in their daughter’s healthcare.

They sued to overturn the law because they say it violates the pregnant daughter's "right-to-privacy" and equal protection because pregnant girls that decide to keep their child do not have to notify their parents first. Instead, they claim that these minor girls have plenty of time to discuss their decision with other "helpful adults" when deciding to have an abortion.

In case you were wondering, these "helpful adults" are the abortionists who will be killing their unborn baby.

Clearly, a daughter discussing their decision with their mom and/or dad is not the same as them discussing it with the person they are paying to commit the abortion. But unfortunately, the Alaska Supreme Court disagrees.

On Friday, the court decided to strike down Alaska's Parental Involvement Law, which will allow abortionists to perform abortions on minor girls without their parent's knowledge.

“We’re disappointed that the court elevated the demands of abortionists over the rights of parents,” said ADF Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden, co-counsel in the case. “The majority of Alaskans supported the Parental Involvement Law and adopted it through a state ballot initiative because it is entirely reasonable. It is very unfortunate the Alaska Supreme Court chose not to give parents an opportunity to counsel and support their daughters when facing a difficult situation—the very opportunity that the court itself previously said that the state constitution permits.”

Parental involvement in their child's health decisions has long been the norm. And while parents are not always perfect, in most cases, they are best equipped to provide their underage daughter with physical and emotional support she needs when she's pregnant. The Court's decision sadly disregards this fact.

“Parents are the individuals who care most for the physical and emotional well-being of their children. The primary vested interest that an abortion clinic has is its bottom line. We had hoped the Alaska Supreme Court would keep its promise to the people of Alaska to permit a parental notice law designed to protect parental rights and the safety of children,” said ADF Allied Attorney Kevin Clarkson, who argued before the court in defense of the law last year.

Parents have a right and responsibility to be there for their children when they need them most. We as a society must continue to promote parental involvement in their children's lives if we are truly concerned about the best interests of the children.

Does your child know you are there for them when they need you most?
If you're a parent, there's never been a better time to get and stay involved in your children's lives. Not only will you provide them with a model of what quality parenting is, but you will strengthen relationships that last a lifetime. So tell your kids you love them today. Tell them how precious life is and how valuable they are. You have the opportunity to make a difference in their lives.
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Marissa Mayer is an Arizona native who fell in love with the written word at a young age. She writes for the Alliance Defending Freedom.

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The Party of Abortion

Marjorie Dannenfelser, President, Susan B. Anthony List: It is with a very heavy heart that I write to you this morning.

This past week as the Democrats held their national convention in Philadelphia, America got a glimpse at what this party has become. And it is not pretty.

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood was one of the featured speakers. Remember that Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion business in America, killing a third of a million innocent unborn babies every year. And this is the same business that receives $1.26 MILLION of our taxpayer dollars. Every. Single. Day.

Richards proudly exclaimed, “Hillary has always been in Planned Parenthood’s corner.”

It’s hard to even imagine just how much damage the Planned Parenthood-Hillary Clinton alliance would do if Clinton wins in November. We already know that the new Democrat platform (the most pro-abortion in history) calls for pro-life Americans like you and I to be forced to pay for abortions with our hard-earned tax dollars.

But my heart stopped when NARAL president Ilyse Hogue took to the stage and proudly shared that her child was killed by abortion. The crowd erupted in applause - I could hardly believe what I was watching.

How heartless has the Democratic Party become that they would break out in applause at the news that a helpless unborn child’s life had been snuffed out in such a cruel way?

I know that like me, you won’t stand for this radical pro-abortion extremism. This is not who we are as Americans.

So your SBA List team is fighting back.

We’ve been on the ground since October of last year, knocking on over 465,000 doors in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio to inform voters of Clinton’s extremism, and to get out the pro-life vote. Our ambitious goal is to knock on 1,000,000 doors by November – a goal we can reach with you on our side.

Now is the time to take a stand for LIFE. Please make a generous gift today to enable us to continue expanding our critical field program in key swing states and fight Planned Parenthood’s abortion extremism.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Raising Kaine, Despising Christ

by Judie Brown, American Life league: Senator Tim Kaine has been nominated for the position of vice president of the United States. As a nonprofit educational organization, ALL does not comment for or against any political candidate. But, as a Catholic organization, we do comment on any candidate who claims to be a faithful Catholic and publicly acts contrary to the teachings of the Church. This commentary is intended to call on Senator Kaine to obey Canon 916 and on all bishops and priests to obey Canon 915.

There are a couple of things about Tim Kaine that apparently a lot of people neither know nor understand.

Democrat Tim Kaine has been defined by the media as a Catholic who is “a Catholic—and personally pro-life,” a man who “says his views on the issue have not changed over his career. But asked if he would characterize himself as ‘pro-life,’ [has] said: ‘I've never embraced labels.’” In addition, he has been described as a man with a “complicated stance on abortion” and a man who “defies the religious stereotype.” These are not ways in which a faithful Catholic should be proud to describe himself.

These definitions of Kaine’s position on abortion are confusing, of course. But that is because the man himself is a dyed-in-the-wool supporter of abortion who has chosen to use his Catholic background as a mantle to misrepresent his true nature. Naturally, the media is all too pleased to collaborate in this charade.

And as surely as night follows day, Planned Parenthood’s words clinch the deal: “He has voted over and over to protect access to care at Planned Parenthood health centers for people who rely on public health programs.”

Apparently Kaine is a self-identified Catholic who has never learned the meaning of the words “intrinsic evil.” If he had, he would do everything in his power to advocate for the total protection of preborn children rather than their killing by barbaric methods that I prefer to define as acts of terrorism perpetrated against the innocent preborn.

What is going on? Why haven’t the bishops done anything about this problem? Where are our heroes?

Well, we did find a couple of them, but we also found a statement from Kaine’s bishop that sort of gets in the way of truth and explains a whole lot. Let’s start with him—Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia. In a statement about Catholics in politics, he said, “We continue to maintain an open communication with public officials who make ongoing decisions impacting critical, moral and social issues. . . . It is the duty of all Catholics, no matter their profession, to decide through an upright and informed conscience as to their worthiness to receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.”

In other words, Mr. Kaine, even though you have publicly advocated for abortion, your bishop will not instruct you on the reasons why, until you repent of your public advocacy of acts of abortion, you should not be allowed to receive the body and blood of Christ. Your bishop would prefer to pussyfoot around, enabling your scandalous public advocacy of abortion and other grave matters to go unnoticed and ignored.

On the other hand, there are those who make no apologies for their public defense of truth, such as Dominican priest Thomas Petri, the vice president and academic dean of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies. He tweeted to Kaine, “Do us both a favor. Don't show up in my communion line. I take Canon 915 seriously. It'd be embarrassing for you & for me.”
In addition, in a July 23 post on Facebook, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin wrote the following:



And therein lies the truth of the matter. As Kaine continues to take actions and make statements that expose his hypocrisy, there are brave men of God in our midst who are willing to call him to account.

Mr. Kaine, you cannot have it both ways. While the media is raising Kaine, we observe that this translates to despising Christ and His truth.

Mr. Kaine, you should be ashamed.
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American Life League (ALL) is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life education organization in the United States.

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They Are Warning You - Now It Is Up To Us To Stop Them

Brian Burch, Catholic Vote: One of the most arresting lines in the Gospel is the shout of the crowd before Pontius Pilate:

“Crucify him!”

An echo of
that chilling moment happened this week at the Democratic convention.

Ilyse Hogue, president of the radical pro-abortion group NARAL, told the convention: “I made the decision that was best for me: to have an abortion…”

And the Democratic delegates roared with approval.

Gone are the days when Democratic candidates spoke softly about the “A” word. Not long ago, their platform aimed to make abortion ‘safe, legal, and rare.’ Today, their radical agenda has been stripped of its euphemisms and phony slogans.

The official Democratic platform now calls for abortion on demand -- paid for by taxpayers like you and me. Even so-called “devout Catholic” Tim Kaine supports this extremist plan.

But it gets worse...

Not only does the party seek to advance a disgusting anti-Catholic agenda, they also plan to force you and me to agree with them and pay for it!

Just yesterday elitist Nancy Pelosi ripped “non-college educated” voters who vote against their own economic interests because of “guns, gays, and God.” Did you get that? You and I are too stupid to vote because we believe in protecting children, building strong families, and placing our faith in God.

And Hillary has warned on abortion: “Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will… And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”

Yes, she said that.

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are now officially running to be our next President and Vice President. The duo is widely celebrated as the most pro-abortion presidential ticket in United States history. Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood can hardly contain her excitement, saying “this is the strongest reproductive rights ticket we’ve ever had.”

But Clinton-Kaine are not just running to protect the abortion industry.

They are warning us now: Catholics will be forced into submission. Our hospitals, schools, charities...our rights of conscience will be given a choice: submit or go to jail.

Unless we stop them. It’s now up to us.

But time is running short.

We have videos, mailers, parish captains, voter registration drives, online digital campaigns, and much more ready to roll -- but we’re still short on funds.

Can a Catholic vote for Clinton-Kaine? No. No way. Never.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Hugh Differences on Abortion Between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

Every presidential election year, National Right to Life publishes a downloadable comparison flyer about the presidential candidates. This year’s downloadable flyer is entitled “Where Do the Candidates Stand on Abortion?

Abortion on Demand:
Donald Trump said, “Let me be clear – I am pro-life,” ...

U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton voted to endorse Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision which allows abortion for any reason. She says, “The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights” . . .she believed this to be true even on the unborn child’s due date.

Partial-Birth Abortion:
The partial-birth abortion procedure – used from the fifth month on – involves pulling a living baby feet-first out of the womb, except for the head, puncturing the skull and suctioning out the brain.

In 2000, in his book The America We Deserve, Donald Trump wrote that after consulting with doctors about the partial-birth abortion procedure he concluded that he would support a ban on that method.

In 2003, Hillary Clinton voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act (voted to allow partial-birth abortions to continue) every chance she got.

Nominations to the U.S. Supreme Court:
Donald Trump released a list of eleven conservative judges whom he would consider for a Supreme Court vacancy, saying, “By the way, these judges are all pro-life.”

Hillary Clinton has said that she would only nominate Supreme Court justices who would uphold the decision that legalized abortion on demand, saying, “I would not appoint someone who didn’t think Roe v. Wade is settled law.”

Vice Presidential Candidates:
Donald Trump chose Indiana Governor Mike Pence to be his running mate. Mike Pence had a solid pro-life voting record on abortion during 12 years in the U.S. House, including votes for passage of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. As governor of Indiana, Mike Pence champions pro-life measures.

Hillary Clinton chose U.S. Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate. Tim Kaine voted against the pro-life position in the U.S. Senate every chance he got, even voting against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Tim Kaine co-sponsored a bill (S.217) that would nullify virtually all state limits on abortion, including late abortions.

Party Platforms
The Republican Party Platform affirms “that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life,” opposes using government funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund abortion providers, and supports legislation to assist babies who survive abortion.

The Democratic Party Platform supports abortion on demand, and calls for repeal of the Hyde Amendment (which restricts the use of federal funds for abortion). The platform also supports government funding of abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. . . . Read More @ LifeNews

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100,000 Panamanians March Against UN-style Sex Ed

by Marianna Orlandi, Ph.D, C-Fam: A hundred thousand Panamanians took to their capital city’s streets to oppose a new national bill that would introduce both sexuality education and gender ideology into their schools.

“This law is a colonization attempt. It was written and imposed on Panama by UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and it is not the fruit of our legislature’s will,” Juan Francisco de la Guardia told the Friday Fax. De la Guardia is president of the Panamanian Alliance for Life and Family and one of the march organizers.

Despite the protest, the President of the Panamanian Parliament, Rubén de León Sanchez, said that the law will advance to the health committee and then discussed, once again, by the state’s legislature.

The bill, introduced by deputy of the Democratic Revolutionary Party Crispiano Adames, is modeled after the “Comprehensive Sexuality Education” (CSE) sponsored by UN agencies. The programs, whose biases have already been exposed by several commentators, are based on the recognition of minors’ entitlement to “sexual and reproductive health and rights.”

Panamanians object to the way the programs promote children’s sexualization, endorse their sexual activity, invite children to experiment with homosexual relationships, and denigrate “traditional” social roles as “sexist” stereotypes.

Whereas the CSE advocates see abortion as a “right,” Panama protects unborn children from abortion in its laws except if the mother’s life is endangered, or if she is the victim of rape or incest.

While the law does not criminalize homosexual intercourse, the code of private international law, approved in 2014, prohibits same-sex marriages in the country, and it explicitly excludes the legality of same-sex marriages performed abroad. Panamanians view these laws as a legitimate expression of their sovereignty and a reflection of the most profound values of its people.

Following the march, de la Guardia made an official statement on behalf of all the organizers, including several prolife and pro-family NGOs, joined by the Catholic Church and by other Christian confessions. Speaking before a commission of deputies, he emphasized parental rights, freedom of religion and belief, and the right to conscientious objection and condemned the bill’s “ideological character.” He urged a return to more effective programs of education, such as the “School for Parents” that the state adopted in the past.

The Panamanian Conference of Bishops also asked the Parliament to reconsider its promotion of the law, saying “We cannot accept experiments that failed in other places.”

Recent studies have shown that the UN model of CSE has indeed proven ineffective where adopted. Opponents have pointed out that it did not alleviate problems it was designed to address, such as teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. Recent studies have also shown the comparative effectiveness of programs based on abstinence that have often led to good results.

While rejoicing for the success of the march, the parents of Panama are keeping their eyes wide open. Many fear that the ministerial guidelines that accompanied this bill, because of their executive character, may be applied in the country even if the law is not approved.

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Democrats Brag About Abortion

Bill Donohue, Catholic League: Over the past decade, there has been a raging argument in pro-abortion circles over messaging: Should they be discreet talking about abortion, or should they wear their pride on their sleeves? This week, the latter path has been on display at the Democratic National Convention.

On Tuesday, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards was the first speaker at this event to drop the dreaded "A" word: instead of talking euphemistically about "reproductive rights," she spoke about abortion. Good for her—let's have an honest discussion. Now she needs to tell us what is being aborted.

Last night, NARAL Pro-Choice president Ilyse Hogue told the crowd how she handled a pregnancy years ago. "I wanted a family, but it was the wrong time. I made the decision that was best for me—to have an abortion...." She did not say whether it was best for her baby. But no matter, when she finished her confession, she paused, waiting for applause. There was little of it. My only regret is that her speech was not given during prime time—it really should have been.

These two abortion advocates are not an anomaly. Indeed, they are very much in step with the Democratic Party Platform. The 2016 Platform breaks ranks with all previous party positions on abortion by calling for a repeal of the Hyde Amendment. It now wants to force taxpayers to pay for abortion.

In 1975, atheist Anne Nicol Gaylor published a book titled, Abortion Is A Blessing. It was endorsed by feminists Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem. Friedan previously had close ties to the Communist Party, and Steinem had an abortion when she was 22. In 2009, Rev. Katherine Ragsdale, an Episcopalian priest, also boasted that "Abortion is a blessing." Are the Democrats now ready to join this merry band of abortion enthusiasts?

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

No Matter How Many Priests ISIS Kills, They Can’t Win

Quite simply, God sent Father Hamel to forgive sins, and these satanically inspired agents of ISIS sent themselves to stop him.

by Hans Fiene, The Federalist: “What is a pastor’s job?” When you don’t know the answer to this question, it’s hard to understand why agents of ISIS would want to murder an 84-year-old priest. Sure, ISIS enjoys terrorizing people at random. But why target such a small group of people when larger crowds were available all over Normandy?

Sure, ISIS wants to conquer the world, but how much earthly glory could they possibly gain by taking the life of a frail octogenarian? When you don’t fully understand what God called Father Jacques Hamel to do, the answers to these questions don’t come easily.

Some people grew up in churches with Pastor Dweeb, who walked into the pulpit each week to tell us, golly-gee, how great it was that we are all so nice to each other and, gee-golly-gosh, how happy Jesus would be if we could all try being just a little bit nicer from now on. Every Sunday, Pastor Dweeb gave people the impression that a sermon was nothing but a slightly churchier version of your mom’s annual “I love you all, now please get along” Thanksgiving dinner toast.

Through his words and deeds, Pastor Dweeb taught his parishioners that a pastor’s job was to use a heavy diet of saccharine stories, bad jokes, hugs, and noogies to mold us into better people. For those who believe him, it’s hard to understand why ISIS would bother wasting its time on a man who was no more of a threat to them than a suburban woman in mom jeans and a tacky sweater.

Others grew up in churches with Pastor Hip, who bounced around an altar-less stage while singing promises of financial abundance and victorious living. Pastor Hip taught Christ’s sheep that a pastor’s job was to be a prosperity guru, to be the guy who uses Jesus-words to propel us down the path of health, wealth, and happiness.

Still others had their understanding of a pastor’s job formed by Pastor Justice, who would praise Jesus as a social reformer, rattle off a list of contemporary societal ills, and then implore his people to follow Christ’s example and tear down the institutions of oppression—in all of this, teaching his hearers that a pastor’s job is to sic Christian soldiers on the purveyors of modern injustice. For those who believe these teachings, it’s hard to understand why ISIS would look past bigger targets to silence the voice of a man who was simply telling people how they could end their own poverty or the poverty of their neighbors.

Father Hamel Was Murdered Because of His Confession
But despite the false impressions given by Pastors Dweeb, Hip, and Justice, Martin Luther’s Small Catechism offers a far more biblical answer to the question “What is a pastor’s job?” Speaking about the office of the keys, the catechism states, “the Office of the Keys is that special authority which Christ has given to His church on earth to forgive the sins of repentant sinners, but to withhold forgiveness from the unrepentant as long as they do not repent.”

What is a pastor’s job? His job is to exercise the office of the keys. His job is to do what Christ commanded in John 20, to show those who won’t repent their need for forgiveness, and to say to those who fear God’s judgment, “Fear not, because God has now covered you in the sin-killing blood of His Son and judged you to be worthy of eternal life.”

A pastor’s job is to stand before Christ’s bride, the church, and speak the words Christ has put onto his lips: words of pardon, words of mercy, words that cast out fear, because those words cover us in the perfect love Christ made manifest on the cross. Whether his parishioners call him father, reverend, or any other title, forgiving sins is what Christ has called all pastors to do. That’s why Father Jacques Hamel was murdered by apparent agents of ISIS on Tuesday morning.

I didn’t know Father Hamel, the content of his preaching, what he personally believed or taught his congregation. I imagine the men who murdered him didn’t know these things either. But what both his killers and I know about him is that Father Hamel had a job: to speak Christ’s forgiveness. His job was to tell people they were at peace with their Father in heaven because Christ drowned their transgressions in his blood.

Christians, who believe God’s love is a free gift, look in fondness towards those like Father Hamel who occupy the office that administers the gift. But agents of ISIS, who believe that their god’s forgiveness, favor, love, and kingdom must be earned through rigid obedience, see men like Hamel an arrogant thief who has raided the king’s treasury and is handing out for free the bright, shining rubies that can only be earned through a lifetime of service.

So, hoping to win the favor of their god, these men stormed into the thief’s house, slit his throat, and offered his blood as a sacrifice to the king who requires death for anyone who proclaims salvation in the blood of Christ. Quite simply, God sent Father Hamel to forgive sins, and these satanically inspired agents of ISIS sent themselves to stop him.

We Should Expect Murders Like This
Once upon a time, Christians regularly faced threats of murder. But the more the world tried to rip the gospel jewel out of their hands, the more they saw its worth, the more tightly they clung to that jewel, and the more the church grew, eventually wielding so much influence over society that governments began to protect Christians from persecution. “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church,” Tertullian once said.

While this is certainly true, it seems that many western Christians have enjoyed so much comfort in the field the martyrs gave us that we’ve forgotten both what it means to be persecuted for Christ’s name and what it means to belong to him. Because our church-influenced governments kept us safe from those who wanted to kill us, we started viewing persecution the way we view leprosy—as an outdated, nearly extinct affliction from a bygone era.

Because we also lived in a world where no one was trying to pry the shining gospel from our cold, dead fingers, we stopped looking at its luster and became convinced that moralism, prosperity promises, or social justice teachings must have been of equal value. Enter Pastor Dweeb, Pastor Hip, and Pastor Justice, all of whom left us equally unequipped to understand why ISIS would target such a seemingly insignificant man in Father Hamel.

But just as the Israelites shouldn’t have forgotten what God said about his covenant after he delivered them into the Promised Land, so we shouldn’t forget what God has said about persecution even when he blesses us to experience so little of it. So while Father Hamel’s murder is certainly tragic, for Christians it shouldn’t be surprising.

Christ sent him to preach the gospel, and the world responded by doing exactly what Jesus said it would do to preachers of the gospel. Christ sent Father Hamel to tell sinners that the Son had set them free from the power of the devil, and the devil responded by doing what Jesus promised Satan would do, by screaming the opposite amidst violence and bloodshed. Christ sent him to give God’s love, his mercy, his kingdom and power and glory to all who believe, and the devil responded by spilling that priest’s blood to frighten people away from the faith.

They Can’t Take Our Lives No Matter What They Do
But just as Christ has promised that His faithful will experience persecution, he’s also promised that no persecutor of the church can take his sheep out of his hand. So even if we’ve never experienced more than a whiff of persecution, a faithful pastor will always prepare his sheep to stand firm in the face of the most wicked manifestation of persecution imaginable.

When a faithful pastor baptizes, he is telling those clothed in the waters of regeneration, “You are no longer under the power of the devil, his murderers, or his terrorists. You are now under the protection of Christ, and no one can take you away from him.” When a pastor faithfully administers Holy Communion, he says to those who gather at the altar, “Here with his body and blood, Christ covers you in his righteousness, and no knife or bullet can pierce through that armor.”

When a pastor faithfully speaks the word of forgiveness, he is saying to all who hear and believe his words, “Look in your hands and see the bright, shining jewel of the gospel. That treasure is now yours forever and if anyone tries to take it away from you by taking your life, rejoice that they will only succeed at marking you as worthy to suffer dishonor for the name and at delivering you into my arms.”

I don’t know if Father Hamel had the chance to speak any last words to his flock as the terrorists stormed into his sanctuary. But I do know that any faithful pastor wouldn’t need to say much in his final benediction. To fulfill the final task of his job, all he’d need to do was look at the sheep he’d forgiven throughout the years and tell them, “Don’t be afraid. These men have come here to take our lives, but they’re too late. Our lives already belong to Christ.”
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Hans Fiene is a Lutheran pastor in Illinois and the creator of Lutheran Satire, a series of comical videos intended to teach the Lutheran faith. Follow him on Twitter, @HansFiene.

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Activist Brags About Her Abortion at Democrat Convention . . .

NARAL president Ilyse Hogue spoke to the Democratic national convention on Wednesday and bragged about the abortion she had. She claims the abortion was the “best decision” for her — ignoring whether it was int he best interests of her unborn child to take his or her life. Hogue eventually called the decision a “compassionate” one. . . .

During her speech, the abortion activists attacked Donald Trump’s pro-life views and his pro-life running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence — saying they are women haters and making up false claims. . . . Hogue went on to say that she feels abortion is “the very foundation of our freedom.” . . . Read More

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Hillary Clinton and Planned Parenthood Want Free Abortions on Babies

During the past eight years, President Barack Obama’s pro-abortion position has been devastating to unborn babies and the Americans who fight to protect their rights. But the abortion climate in America could get even worse if Hillary Clinton wins the White House, National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru predicted. . . . “If she is elected, her administration is likely to reach a new extreme in the depth of its commitment to keeping abortion legal, expanding subsidies for it, and insulating these policies from democratic review.” . . .

She has said in various interviews that an unborn child just hours before birth should have no Constitutional rights. In February, Clinton defended the gruesome partial-birth abortion procedure. Clinton also said she wants to overturn the Hyde Amendment and force taxpayers to pay for abortions. . . .

The Democratic platform has not said since 2004 that abortion should be rare. The 2016 platform says its availability is a matter of “justice.” The platform had for years said that abortion should be available regardless of ability to pay; now it includes an explicit call to repeal the Hyde amendment, a budget provision in place since the late 1970s that keeps federal Medicaid funds from paying for abortions except in the cases of rape, incest, and threats to the mother’s life. . . . read more

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

How Democrats Came to Embrace Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

President Barack Obama signed an executive order in 2010 applying the Hyde Amendment, which bans taxpayer funding of most abortions, to Obamacare.

Five years later, the White House referred to the Hyde Amendment while defending taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.

Now, the Democrats’ party platform is calling for repeal of the measure.

According to a new poll, Americans are solidly opposed to public funding of abortion, including nearly half of voters who support abortion rights, and at least four out of 10 Democrats.

The Hyde Amendment, in effect since 1976 and named for the late Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill., prohibits the use of federal money for abortion, except in cases when the mother’s life is at stake, or in cases of rape or incest. The appropriations rule generally has been a consistent rider to funding bills with bipartisan support, including lawmakers who support abortion.

But now Democrats are shifting their stance. The party’s 2016 platform states:
We believe unequivocally, like the majority of Americans, that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion—regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes, or how she is insured. We believe that reproductive health is core to women’s, men’s, and young people’s health and wellbeing. We will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers, which provide critical health services to millions of people. We will continue to oppose—and seek to overturn—federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment.That’s in the face of 62 percent of Americans who say they oppose taxpayer funding of abortion, according to a poll of 1,009 adults by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, released Monday. . . . .Read Moreat The Daily Signal

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Two Miles from DNC 2016, Kermit Gosnell’s Clinic Brings Abortion Industry Horrors to Forefront

Currently serving a life sentence,
Kermit Gosnell was interviewed
in prison for the film
Hailed by media commentators including Jake Tapper and Anderson Cooper on CNN, award-winning documentary 3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy will release on iTunes and Amazon Video on August 2.

The hour-long film chronicles the true story of Kermit Gosnell—the convicted doctor whose shuttered abortion clinic still stands in Philadelphia, only two miles from the bustling city center hosting the Democratic National Convention this week.

Film director and citizen journalist David Altrogge cannot help but express outrage after careful research of the facts. “Real women and babies lost their lives—because the Pennsylvania Department of State and the Department of Health chose to look the other way,” he said in a recent interview. “Whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice, can’t we at least agree that women deserve better?”

Interviewing Gosnell over seven months, Altrogge developed a relationship of sorts with the notorious abortion doctor—who is currently serving three life sentences in a Pennsylvania prison for involuntary manslaughter of a woman seeking an abortion at his clinic and first-degree murder of three infants born alive (among other criminal charges). Gosnell himself narrates many scenes in the 3801 Lancaster documentary. . . . Read More NRTL News

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D.A. Dismisses All Bogus Charges Against David Daleiden for Exposing Planned Parenthood

On the night the head of the Planned Parenthood abortion company is slated to speak to the Democratic National Convention, the man behind the undercover videos has been vindicated. Again.

As LifeNews reported last month, a Harris County, Texas judge dismissed the bogus misdemeanor charge against David Daleiden for allegedly trying to buy body parts from the Planned Parenthood abortion business he was exposing for selling them as a part of the Center for Medical Progress’ undercover investigation.

Today, Harris County District Attorney’s office on Tuesday dismissed all charges against Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, the pro-life advocate who worked with him on the groundbreaking videos. . . .

Daleiden has maintained from the beginning that he and the Center for Medical Progress followed all applicable laws in the course of its investigative journalism and that the indictments were politically motivated.

In an email to LifeNews, Daleien had the following response:

“The dismissal of the bogus, politically motivated charges … is a resounding vindication of the First Amendment rights of all citizen journalists, and also a clear warning to any of Planned Parenthood’s political cronies who would attack whistleblowers to protect Planned Parenthood from scrutiny. Planned Parenthood tried to collude with public officials to manipulate the legal process to their own benefit, and they failed. A year after the release of the undercover videos, the ongoing nationwide investigation of Planned Parenthood by the House Select Investigative Panel makes clear that Planned Parenthood is the guilty party in the harvesting and trafficking of baby body parts for profit.” . . . Read More @ LifeNews

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Planned Parenthood CEO to Speak at Democrat Convention Despite Selling Baby Parts

The president of the nation’s biggest abortion business will be a featured speaker at the Democratic convention this week that will nominate abortion activist Hillary Clinton for president.

In 2008, the Democratic National Committee allowed Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business to speak from the stage. Then, in 2012, the DNC allowed Richards to speak again from the state.

Now, Richards gets the national spotlight from the Democratic Party shone on her abortion company again. . . . Read More

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Catholic Bishop to Tim Kaine: You Can’t be Catholic and Pro-Abortion

PRO-ABORTION TICKET!
LifeNews.com has extensively profiled the pro-abortion position of Hillary Clinton’s vice-presidential running mate Tim Kaine. Now, a Catholic bishops is going after the pro-abortion Democrat, saying that he can’t reconcile his Catholic faith with abortion.

Bishops Thomas Tobin of the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, posted a message on Facebook that was so popular it received over 1,000 shares:

VP Pick, Tim Kaine, a Catholic?

Democratic VP choice, Tim Kaine, has been widely identified as a Roman Catholic. It is also reported that he publicly supports “freedom of choice” for abortion, same-sex marriage, gay adoptions, and the ordination of women as priests. All of these positions are clearly contrary to well-established Catholic teachings; all of them have been opposed by Pope Francis as well.

Senator Kaine has said, “My faith is central to everything I do.” But apparently, and unfortunately, his faith isn’t central to his public, political life.

The Virginia politician is on record as trying to have it both ways — saying he is both a “traditional Catholic” and a strong supporter of abortion. . . . Kaine said he is a “strong supporter of Roe v. Wade” despite supposedly being a “traditional Catholic.”. . . “I’m a strong supporter of Roe v. Wade and women being able to make these decisions. In government, we have enough things to worry about. We don’t need to make people’s reproductive decisions for them.” . . . Read More

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Democrats Adopt National Platform Forcing Americans to Pay for Free Abortions

While Republican adopted what has been described as the most pro-life platform ever, Democrats today approved a national platform that calls for forcing Americans to pay for free abortions for women.

The proposed Democratic Party platform this year is more extreme than it has ever been, calling for taxpayer funding of abortion and a repeal of the Hyde Amendment. The Democratic Party platform already supports legalized abortion on demand for any reason up until birth. . . . The Hyde Amendment prohibits direct taxpayer funding of most abortions and has done so since the late 1970s. Upheld by the Supreme Court, the Hyde Amendment is now a target of abortion advocates who have moved from pro-choice to pro-abortion — forcing Americans not only to accept unlimited abortions up to birth but also to pay for them.

... Adoption of the platform comes on the same day as a new poll conducted by Maris University finds Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion.

“The majority of Americans in favor of abortion restrictions has been consistently around 8 in 10 for the better part of a decade,” said Barbara Carvalho, director of the Marist Poll. “Though self-identification as pro-life or pro-choice can vary substantially from year to year, the support for restrictions is quite stable.”

Taxpayer funding for abortion is opposed by 62 percent of Americans. This includes 65 percent of African-Americans, 61 percent of Latinos, and 45 percent of those who say they are pro-choice, as well as 84 percent of Republicans, 61 percent of Independents and 44 percent of Democrats. Read More

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Walls Are Talking

by Pete Baklinski, LifeSiteNews: They are the abortion industry’s worst nightmare. They are feared and despised because they, more than anyone else, know what really happens on the inside of an abortion clinic. All of them were once abortion clinic workers and all of them left after experiencing a change of heart. And now, all of them have gripping stories to tell about what they actually did at their former jobs.

And the stories that they’ve recently revealed in a new book titled The Walls are Talking — published by Ignatius Press — has enough evidence to sink the entire abortion industry forever.

LifeSiteNews caught up with the book’s lead author, former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson, to ask her what she hoped to accomplish by spearheading this project.

“Society is long overdue to hear what is really taking place inside the abortion industry,” she said.

“We have been given a false narrative by our secular media that tells us that the abortion industry is ‘safe, sanitary and provides high-quality healthcare for women.’ The only way to effectively combat that myth is by revealing the true stories and the real horror that is taking place behind those clinic walls. This book helps detail that truth and is an important read, no matter what side of the aisle you fall on regarding the abortion debate.”

The book’s title is a spin on HBO’s 1996 “If These Walls Could Talk,” a show that promised viewers an honest look into the issue of abortion but amounted to what pro-lifers called a propaganda piece that presented abortion as the only sensible answer to unwanted pregnancies.

Now, 20 years later, Johnson decided that the time had come to reveal what abortion does to men, women, and babies through the stories of the people who once were the industry’s biggest defenders and advocates.

Johnson said the stories destroy the industry’s biggest talking points.

“I hope that people's eyes will be opened to the reality of what's taking place inside the abortion industry. All we hear are scripted talking points from the abortion movement. It's time to move past the talking points and move into honest conversation about the reality of abortion,” she told LifeSiteNews.

There are a total of 17 stories in the 155 page book.

One is about the “hush money” that was used to buy a patient’s silence after a botched abortion. Another exposes the lie behind the abortion industry’s slogan “trust women,” revealing that it is the industry itself that is scared about giving women accurate information. Another story reveals the sick gallows humour that takes place in abortion clinic, for instance calling the freezer where aborted babies were stored until disposal the “nursery.”

Johnson said that each story was selected to reveal the “real horrors inside the abortion industry.”

“While the stories are difficult to read, they are necessary. It is necessary for pro-lifers to know what is truly happening inside these facilities. And it is also necessary for abortion supporters to read and know exactly what they are supporting.”

“No one will be able to read this book and then say they ‘didn't know,’ she said.

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Hillary Clinton Names Pro-Abortion Tim Kaine VP, Says He’s “Catholic” Who “Supports Abortion”

Pro-Abortion Ticket
Abortion activist Hillary Clinton today tapped pro-abortion Virginia Senator Tim Kaine has her vice-presidential running mate.

The Virginia politician is on record as trying to have it both ways — saying he is both a “traditional Catholic” and a strong supporter of abortion. Kaine has a pro-abortion record and the potential Clinton running mate is not following anyone. As LifeNews previously reported, Kaine said he is a “strong supporter of Roe v. Wade” despite supposedly being a “traditional Catholic.” . . .

As a U.S. senator, Kaine has voted against the pro-life position every chance he got. Sen. Kaine voted to allow government funding of abortion providers, and he voted against legislation to require an abortionist to notify at least one parent before performing an abortion on a minor girl from another state.

Kaine took his most extreme pro-abortion action yet with his recent co-sponsorship of the so-called “Women’s Health Protection Act” (S.217), known to pro-lifers as the “Abortion Without Limits Until Birth Act.” This bill would nullify nearly all existing state and federal limitations on regulation of abortion, and prohibit states from enacting meaningful pro-life laws in the future. This revamped version of the long-stalled “Freedom of Choice Act” is a priority of the pro-abortion forces in Washington, D.C. . . .

Kaine is a longtime abortion advocate who has sought to appear moderate on abortion. But he was pro-abortion enough for Democrats for Life to yank its endorsement of him. His spokesman and website are now identifying him as a pro-choice Democrat.

Kaine says on his own web site that he doesn’t want to put any limits on the Roe v. Wade decision that allowed virtually unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy for any reason and has resulted in 55 million abortions. . . . Read More

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Compelling Pro-Life Commercial Makes it Clear How Pro-Life Voters Should Vote This Election

LifeNews.com: On Tuesday, the Right to Life of Michigan released a compelling new video asking voters to support pro-life candidates in the coming election. The two-minute video urging citizens to “vote for life” is airing across the state of Michigan.

The video begins by articulating the importance of preserving the values our nation was founded on. While scenes of daily life flash across the screen, the narrator describes America’s core principles.
It is in politics that the battle for life can have its greatest repercussions,” the female narrator says. “Our government is founded on the premise that every human being is endowed with certain unalienable rights. In the battle for life this means that the government, which is strong, would protect the rights of the individual, which by comparison, are weak.”

She continues: “The political candidates we vote for either uphold this principle, or undermine it.”

Next, the ad reminds viewers of the value and worth of every life. Protecting the lives of all, particularly the oppressed and disadvantaged, are among the fundamental tenants of the pro-life movement.

“Whether born or unborn, the life of a woman is equal to the life of a man. A person of one race is equal to a person of any other race. A person with disadvantages is equal to a person with many advantages,” the narrator states.

This coming election is critical for those involved in the abortion debate. Republican nominee Donald Trump just named Mike Pence, the Indiana governor who has spent his political career working tirelessly in defense of the unborn, as his choice for vice president. Meanwhile, the likely Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton consistently reveals her extreme pro-abortion stance.

Right to Life of Michigan shows its endorsements on its website, so pro-life voters can know which candidates will work to pass pro-life legislation. To effectively defend the lives of the disabled, elderly, and unborn, the pro-life group is urging voters to vote pro-life.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

At the UN, Obama's Ambassador Ramps Up Global LGBT Activism

by Stefano Gennarini, J.D., CFAM: The Obama administration is telling countries to be loud and proud about LGBT issues, especially countries that want to avoid international tension on this subject.

Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power
“Governments do not have to choose between advancing LGBTI rights within their own countries and around the world. We can and must do both,” US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power told some 30 countries belonging to a newly formed “Equal Rights Coalition” gathered in Montevideo for a conference.

Power urged agitation at a four-day strategy session last week even though some countries and organizations in the coalition fear international tension over this subject. Some LGBTI groups even say it puts their constituents in danger. The conclave in Uruguay included UN agencies UNESCO, UNFPA, and the World Bank, along with a who’s who of international LGBT advocates.

Power extolled efforts of the Obama administration to “integrate LGBTI rights into the DNA of multilateral bodies like the UN,” even though the UN Charter prohibits the UN system from taking directives from individual states or groups of states. The unipolar nature of the UN system on social issues is increasingly a source of tension in international circles.

As when addressing the Human Rights Campaign earlier this year, Power boasted of the diligence of US diplomats in promoting LGBT issues and emphasized the importance of “firsts”—most recently the creation of a new UN post for an “independent expert” on LGBT rights.

With each small advance “we weave another thread of LGBTI rights into the fabric of universal human rights,” Power said.

But she insisted above all that countries “must be willing to use all the tools in our toolkit” to pressure countries into changing their laws and social attitudes, even when it causes international tension. . . . Read More

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Donald Trump: “I Will Appoint Supreme Court Judges Who Will Uphold the Constitution”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, in accepting the nomination of the party today, drove home the number one concern for pro-life voters this election — what will happen to the Supreme Court and its control over the fate of abortion.

The most basic duty of government is to defend the lives of its own citizens. Any government that fails to do so is a government unworthy to lead,” Trump said.

“We are also going to appoint justices to the United States Supreme Court who will uphold our laws and our Constitution,” Trump said. “The replacement for Justice Scalia will be a person of similar views and principles. This will be one of the most important issues decided by this election. The politicians have talked about it, I’m going to do it.

Trump also specifically reached out to evangelicals and pro-life voters with a message about religious liberty and allowing pastors and priests the opportunity to preach pro-life political values from the pulpit.

“At this moment, I would like to thank the evangelical community who have been so good to me and so supportive. You have so much to contribute to our politics, yet our laws prevent you from speaking your minds from your own pulpits,” Trump said. “An amendment, pushed by Lyndon Johnson, many years ago, threatens religious institutions with a loss of their tax-exempt status if they openly advocate their political views. I am going to work very hard to repeal that language and protect free speech for all Americans.”

Trump also went after pro-abortion presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, saying, if elected, she would leave a “legacy” of “death, destruction and weakness.” “But Hillary Clinton’s legacy does not have to be America’s legacy,” he said. . . . Read More

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Looking at the Principles of Christ: You Have to Conclude Abortion “is Evil”

Dr. Ben Carson has a reputation for making strong, candid statements about some of the most controversial issues in the nation. This week, he angered abortion activists when he called abortion “evil” and linked pro-abortion candidate Hillary Clinton to Satan.

Carson, a former Republican presidential contender, is back in the spotlight this week after his speech at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday drew heavy criticism from the liberal news media.

On Wednesday, he responded to the criticism on CNN’s New Day by speaking up for the rights of unborn babies, among other issues.

“When you look at the principles that are espoused by Christ, by Christianity, then look at what is espoused by evil, and then you look at things like killing babies … I think there’s pretty good consistency there,” Carson said. . . . Read More

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Mike Pence: “I’m a Christian, a Conservative and a Republican. In That Order”

Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence last night gave Americans a very clear picture of who he is and has been as a pro-life governor and Congressman and who he would be as a leader of the country.

“I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican,” Pence said. “In that order.”

Pence would later explain in his address: “For those of you who don’t know me, which is most of you, I grew up on the front row of the American dream. My grandfather immigrated to this country, and I was raised in a small town in Southern Indiana in a big family with a cornfield in the backyard. Although we weren’t really a political family, the heroes of my youth were President John F. Kennedy and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”

Pence understood well the biggest issue at stake for pro-life voters — whether another four decades of abortion are yet to come.

“As this election approaches, every American should know that while we’re filling the presidency for the next four years, this election will define the Supreme Court for the next 40,” he added. “”For the sake of the sanctity of life… We must ensure the next president is Donald Trump.”

Pence was also quick yo point out the contrast with Hillary Clinton, who supports unlimited abortions at taxpayer expense.

“This won’t be America’s first glimpse of the Clinton machine in action, as Bernie Sanders can tell you. And this time around, she’ll have the press doing half her work for her. The good news is, it won’t be nearly enough — not against a candidate who has captured the attention of this country the way Donald Trump has,” he said. . . .Read More

Watch Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence's full speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Macy’s Fires Catholic For His Beliefs

by Bill Donohue, Catholic League: Macy’s has fired an employee because he is a practicing Catholic. The case is now before the New York State Division of Human Rights.

In May, Javier Chavez, Senior Store Detective at the Macy’s store in Flushing, New York, received a phone call stating that a male had entered the ladies room with a female companion. A female customer, and her daughter, were afraid to enter because of the male’s presence. A security employee who reports to Chavez advised the man to leave and use the men’s room. He left claiming to be a female. He then complained to store officials that he was asked to leave.

Chavez was subsequently told by an Assistant Store Manager that certain males can use the ladies restroom. This was news to him. A few days later, an Assistant Security Manager told him that transgender persons can use the bathroom of their choice. He said he had just become aware of this policy, stating that it was contrary to his religion and the Bible. But he hastened to say that he would nonetheless enforce Macy’s policy.

Macy’s would not leave this alone, and this is where it crossed the line. Chavez was then summoned to meet with the Human Resources Manager, who suspended him. He was later terminated.

“After my employer learned that I was a practicing Catholic, with religious concerns about this policy,” Chavez says in his formal complaint, “I was terminated because of my religion, in violation of the New York State Human Rights Law.”

The most basic religious right is the right to believe; if conscience rights can be vitiated, the First Amendment means nothing. Macy’s has no legal, or moral, grounds to stand on. For merely holding beliefs that are contrary to the store’s policy, Chavez was fired. This is what totalitarian regimes do, not American commercial establishments.

Contact Macy’s Media Events chief, Holly Thomas: holly.thomas@macys.com

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Abortion Rate in Indiana Continues to Decline Under the Pence Administration

. . . 161 fewer unborn babies killed in 2015 than in 2014

Pro-life Indiana Gov. Mike Pence
GOP Vice President Candidate
NRTL News: A new report by the Indiana State Department of Health shows that the abortion rate continues to decline in Indiana.

In 2015, there were 7,957 abortions, compared to 8,118 in 2014. Abortions have declined in Indiana for seven consecutive years.

Indiana’s all-time high number of abortions was 16,505 in 1980.

The report shows that chemical abortions, a drug combination of Mifepristone and Misoprostol, continues to increase. In 2015, chemical abortions accounted for 27.9 percent of abortion procedures. Other procedures used in Indiana in 2015 were dilation and evacuation (19 abortions) and suction curettage (5,713 abortions).

“If John Gregg [the Democrats’ 2016 gubernatorial candidate]was governor today, we would be looking at a much different trend over the last three years,” said Sue Swayze, Indiana Right to Life Vice President for Public Affairs. “The fact is, Gov. Pence’s pro-life administration has promoted life over abortion, leading to another year of declining abortion numbers in Indiana. Gov. Pence’s Real Alternatives program offers compassionate care at pregnancy resource centers to women in challenging situations. Indiana is a decidedly pro-life state because we have leaders willing to fight for alternatives to abortion.”

Swayze continued, “We will keep fighting for the right to life until no more babies lose their lives through abortion. The new state report indicates that 7,957 children never took their first breath and 7,957 women were sold the lie of the abortion industry. We mourn for both the lives lost and the women whose lives will never be the same. Abortion hurts both women and children.”

The full state report is available here.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Thousands of Christians Flood the U.S. Capital to Pray for Our Nation

In the sweltering summer heat, thousands of Christians gathered near the Washington Monument on Saturday to pray for a “broken” America.

Nick Hall, a young evangelical Christian and leader of the Pulse ministry, organized the event to encourage young Christians to unite in prayer for the problems in the world and then take action . . . .

“We believe #JesusChangesEverything,” the organizers said. The hashtag became a trending topic on Twitter during the event. “We believe there’s power in coming together. Jesus promised whenever two or more come together in His name, He is present. It’s emboldening to join with others, to know we’re not alone, to realize we can do more together than apart.”

“God, we don’t need to hear from some man or some woman,” Hall said in an opening prayer on Saturday morning. “God we don’t need to hear from some band. We need to hear from heaven today. That’s why we’ve come.”

Speakers at the event avoided talking too much about politics. Instead, they focused on praying for an end to violence and suffering, and restored protections for the vulnerable all across the world. . . . .Read More

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Father Frank Pavone: We Will Eventually See Victory Over the Evil of Abortion

The Rev. Frank Pavone’s commitment to defending all life is evident in the gentle yet ardent manner in which he speaks. Through his work as national director of Priests for Life and his many other roles, his tireless efforts to protect all life continue to inspire pro-lifers across the world. . . .

LifeNews: As someone who has had an influential role in the movement for quite a while, what do you think is the future for the pro-life movement?

Pavone: Victory is the future. As we said in the civil rights movement, no lie can live forever. The truth about abortion is coming out. Even if we sat back and did nothing, the truth would eventually come out. We have to do something, because we have to speed up that process and assure that there are as few victims as possible. We definitely will see victory over this evil. America has always resolved questions of the exclusion of groups of people from the law, in favor of inclusion. We excluded blacks and slaves, eventually included them. We excluded women from many basic rights in society, we eventually included them. It’s always a story of more and more inclusion, so that will apply to the unborn as well. As far as the future of the movement, it will be one victory after another until we see the full protection of the unborn. . . . Read More

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