Monday, December 31, 2012

Pro-Life Straight Talk 2: What Were Catholics Thinking?

Fr. Frank Pavone: Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, asks what Catholics were thinking in the 2012 US Presidential Elections. 50% of Catholics voted against the Church teachings and Catholic beliefs on life.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Planned Parenthood video promotes sadomasochism

by Rita Diller, STOPP Report: Is there any perversion Planned Parenthood will not present to young, vulnerable people as “play”? Judging from the home page of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, apparently not. The “healthcare” organization features a video storehouse known as “A Naked Notion with Laci Green,” by sporting a picture of a young lady flagging a condom.

Click the link to watch the videos, and you will be greeted by “Getting Kinky—BDSM 101,” an instructional rave created in partnership with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England that attempts to make sadomasochism sound like a harmless, pleasant romp in the park.

'Don't worry kids, BDSM is just harmless
adventurous fun! Just remember to have
'safe' words for when the torture
becomes too painful!'
Laci states in her perky, lilting voice that October was declared National Kink Month, “and when you think about it, October and kink—they’re kind of a fitting pair,” she says. “Halloween and kink are both about adventure and fun and exploring roles and dynamics that are maybe a little bit different from everyday life.”

The video flashes to a pair of handcuffs, and the query, “What is BDSM?” Laci explains that BDSM stands for bondage and discipline, domination and submission, and sadism and masochism. “It consists of intentionally designed scenarios called a scene where two people play out pleasurable acts that they’ve previously negotiated, called play,” she says.

But the dictionary makes no such distinction about previous negotiation or play when defining sadism. Merriam-Webster defines sadism as: “(1) a sexual perversion in which gratification is obtained by the infliction of physical or mental pain on others; (2)(a) delight in cruelty; (b) excessive cruelty.”

That’s a far cry from negotiated fun, yet Planned Parenthood blatantly promotes it as pleasurable play. And its obvious target is young and otherwise vulnerable people.

“The pain at play with sadomasochism is not like breaking a bone or getting beat up,” Laci explains. “It’s about the strategic use of bodily sensations to elicit pleasure.”

She then sets out to normalize this horrific, dangerous perversion by saying that some people believe that those who participate in BDSM are emotionally scarred or were once abused. She states that this is “not true; it’s a total myth. People across the spectrum with various backgrounds participate in BDSM. The pain as exhilaration concept is not only old as dirt, it’s pretty common, even outside the bedroom.” She then compares sadomasochism to a runner’s high and the “intense euphoria” that results. “Kinda the same thing going on,” she says.

“The idea of using power and control and pain in a set scene understandably sets off alarms in some people’s heads,” she says. “They hear that BDSM involves spanking and pain and torture . . . scary stuff. With no further knowledge it’s easy to conflate BDSM with abuse.”

“But BDSM and abuse are actually very different,” Laci says. She continues,
BDSM is about a consensual power exchange. Abuse is not. BDSM is negotiated and agreed upon before anything happens. Abuse is not. BDSM has rules, limits, and boundaries that are respected by all parties. Abuse does not.

If your head is reeling just imagining how these people who have consented to being bound and tortured are going to be respected by their “non-abusers” who are torturing them—and how respect and pre-negotiation are going to cause the torturer to limit his torture in wake of sexual stimulation—your head may well explode when you hear Laci’s next statement.

“BDSM relies upon and creates trust.” Yes, she really said that. “Abuse destroys trust,” she continued.

Next she sets out “the rules” that will ensure that BDSM remains equivalent to a runner’s high. Of course, in Planned Parenthood style, the first rule is to “negotiate safer sex”—that is, prevent STDs and pregnancies.

Rule 2 is setting boundaries. Using a “yes, no, maybe” chart is suggested as a tool. As we all know, those “maybe” boundaries are really helpful in all dangerous situations.

Laci continues, “Rule 3: Because saying stop, don’t, or no is sometimes part of the scene, partners practicing BDSM must agree on a safe word that’s easy to remember.”
Rule 4 is follow-up after a “scene,” “sometimes called after-care.” It’s all about sharing feelings after doing something really intense that may bring up some difficult feelings. Cuddling is suggested.

Rule 5 is consensual respect. “Safe, sane, and consensual power exchange relies on unyielding respect for each other’s boundaries.” It’s all about following the rules, she says.

And since this is a YouTube video, at its conclusion the viewer is treated to a variety of sadistic video options for his or her personal consumption. . . .  If [students] end up on this Planned Parenthood website, the results could be beyond devastating.  This is Planned Parenthood. This is the organization that gets $1.3 million taxpayer dollars every day of the year to perpetuate its agenda.

This video and the others in the Naked Notion storehouse proudly bear the banner “In partnership with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.” The PP logo appears on the browser tab as the videos are viewed.

What more do we need to know? Planned Parenthood is not a healthcare organization. It is the nation’s largest abortion chain. It is a seminal source of the most unbelievably perverse and dangerous sex promotion in the nation. And it has access to the eyes, ears, minds, and hearts of our children on a daily basis, whether on their smart phones, computers, or in person in their schools. It is time to stop the madness. We must defund Planned Parenthood, and we must do it without delay.

Our Wednesday STOPP Report archives are brimming with information about Planned Parenthood’s horrendous targeting of our children. Visit our website today to learn more and to find out how to stop the blight on our communities that is Planned Parenthood.

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Pro-Life News, Dec. 29, 2012

Hobby Lobby Will Defy Obama HHS Mandate, Risk Millions in Fines Following a decision by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor denying Hobby Lobby’s request for an exemption from the Obama administration’s HHS mandate, the Christian retail company said it will defy the mandate. As LifeNews reported, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has refused to act favorably on an emergency appeal Hobby Lobby stores filed to stop enforcement of the HHS mandate against it. Read More

St. Louis Planned Parenthood Botches Third Abortion in Weeks The Planned Parenthood abortion business in St. Louis has apparently botched its third abortion in recent weeks, as it was documented sending another woman to a local hospital the day after Christmas. For the third time since Thanksgiving, the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic transported a woman to the hospital for emergency care, making it one of the most dangerous abortion clinics in the nation, according to officials with Operation Rescue, who informed LifeNews of the incident. Read More

Watchdog Sues Obama Admin Over Arranging Abortions for Illegals A watchdog group has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration seeking additional information related to its arranging abortions for illegal immigrants who are detained by customs officials. As LifeNews has reported, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the division of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for enforcing the nation’s immigration laws, is the agency that is paying for some abortions at taxpayer expense and arranging for the abortions for the illegal immigrants. Read More

Michigan Governor Signs Major Pro-Life Bill Stopping Abortions The governor of Michigan has signed a major piece of pro-life legislation that will stop abortions by protecting women and holding abortion facilities accountable for following basic health and safety standards. The bill Gov. Rick Snyder has signed includes measures to license and inspect abortion clinics, prevent coercive abortion, and stop so-called telemed abortions are intended to protect women and unborn children and further drive down the number of abortions in the state. Read More

Employees Paying the Price for Obama Admin’s HHS Mandate The Obama Administration is seeking to impose its moral views on the owners of all businesses in the context of Obamacare’s Free Birth Control Rule. Religious business owners opposing contraception, sterilization, and the morning after pill because of their faith have sued to free themselves from the requirements of the rule, citing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act–passed by Congress to ensure a broad application of religious liberty. Hobby Lobby is a large chain of arts and crafts stores, owned by devout Christian family members, who refuse to be complicit in abortion (not birth control). Federal courts–and now, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor–have refused to protect the company with an injunction against enforcement of the rule, this even though other similarly situated companies and business owners have been so protected pending trials. Read More

Roe v. Wade Could Have Been Reversed If Robert Bork Had Been Approved What might have been? If Robert Bork had been confirmed, perhaps this column would have appeared in this space: Supreme Court Justice Robert Bork passed away on Dec. 19 at the age of 84. President Huckabee is expected to announce his nomination to replace Justice Bork in January. Bork was a key part of the Supreme Court’s conservative majority for over a quarter of a century, known primarily for his opinions limiting the federal government to its enumerated powers. Read More

Roe vs. Wade: The Remarkable Shelf Life of a Lie In just 27 days we will [I hate to use the word but….]commemorate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a decision in which Justice Harry Blackmun channeled the zaniest arguments of the Abortion Lobby to foist upon us the catastrophe that is Roe and its companion case, Doe v. Bolton. For the last few weeks, each day I’ve been offering a least one reflection on Roe’s poisonous legacy. Today, NRL News Today will provide two. Read More

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Priests for Life's Victory Over the HHS Mandate

Priests for Life: Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, talks about the recent victory of Priests for Life over the HHS Mandate.

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Pro-Life News, Dec. 28, 2012

Supreme Court Justice Won’t Block HHS Mandate for Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has refused to act favorably on an emergency appeal Hobby Lobby stores filed to stop enforcement of the HHS mandate against it. After a federal court denied a request to temporarily stop enforcement of the abortion pill mandate against the Christian-operated business Hobby Lobby, it took its HHS mandate lawsuit to the Supreme Court. Late yesterday, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor denied its request to block the mandate and the millions of dollars in fines it will be subjected to starting January 1 for not complying. Read More

NARAL President Quitting, Cites Lack of Young Abortion Activists Nancy Keenan, the president of the pro-abortion group NARAL is quitting her position, saying she needs to be replaced by someone younger. The pro-abortion activist lamented the lack of young pro-abortion stalwarts in the movement. Keenan originally made her decision in May, and the chairs of the boards of directors of NARAL and its legislative arm announced she had chosen not to renew her contract , which expires at the end of December. Keenan, who took the reins of the organization in December 2004, will continue heading up the organization’s political action arm until a replacement is found. Read More

Michigan Abortion Clinic Shut Down, Boarded Up By Fire Marshall The Muskegon Fire Department has posted closure notices on the Women’s Medical Services in Muskegon, Michigan, and boarded up the abortion clinic until further notice. The pro-life group Operation Rescue informed LifeNews of the closure today and said it occurred because of significant health and safety violations. Read More

Candidate Suspended Who OKd Mandatory Abortion of Disabled Children A British candidate for elected office who called for the mandatory abortion of disabled children has been suspended. Geoffrey Clark, who sought a seat on the Kent County Council, set off a firestorm of criticism when he recommended that the National Health Service, the British government-run health care system, mandate that mothers of unborn children diagnosed with disabilities have abortions. he said such abortions would be a big help in reducing the nation’s debt, by supposedly cutting the medical and other costs associated with raising such children. Read More

Pro-Life Youth: You Are Needed to Today to Help End Abortion As you know, we’re at the 40 year mark since the Supreme Court of the United States made the single most destructive decision in human history, Roe vs. Wade, the decision that has led to the slaughter of over 53 million children by abortion. You are leaders in the pro-life movement – not future leaders, but leaders today. You are leaders because you not only know the truth, you speak it to others. You are the voice of our unborn brothers and sisters. Read More

10 Pro-Life Victories Against the Abortion Industry in 2012 The pro-life group Operation Rescue has released a list of 10 pro-life victories against the abortion industry that occurred in 2012 because of its efforts to hold abortion clinics and practitioners accountable for breaking the law. While pro-life advocates were disappointed by the results of the 2012 presidential election, the staff at Operation Rescue show how progress can be made in stopping abortions and shutting down abortion centers by applying legal pressure to the many clinics and abortion “doctors” who don’t operate legitimate medical practices that follow standard health and safety laws. Read More

Former Abortion Clinic Worker Shuts Down Center Where She Worked When we started And Then There Were None, our goal was to convert workers…and eventually shut down abortion facilities. Since June, we have helped support more than FORTY workers as they transitioned out of the abortion industry. Now, our complete vision has finally been revealed. One of our former workers has helped to shut down an abortion facility in Michigan. Read More

Terri Schiavo’s Brother Hopes to Save Patient From Death The brother of Terri Schiavo is seeking to intervene in a case involving another patient who the state may decide is too far gone to warrant even basic care such as food and water. Read More

Pro-Life Advocates Stopped UN From Pushing Abortion in 2012 While most pro-life people focus on battles in their own nations or hometowns, a monumental battle over abortion is taking place at the United Nations almost every year — and 2012 was no different. Read More

Catholic Bishops Spox: Don’t OK Over the Counter Birth Control A pro-life spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic bishops has penned a new opinion column in which she takes on an idea from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which recently supported selling birth control over the counter. Read More

England, Scotland Face 2013 Bids to Legalize Assisted Suicide As 2012 draws to a close, we look back over a busy twelve months, and ahead to the challenges that 2013 holds in store. Read More

Court Claims Costa Rica’s Law Against IVF Violates Human Rights Last week, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights released a lengthy opinion (Murillo et al. v. Costa Rica, dated November 28, 2012) holding that Costa Rica’s law which protects life at its earliest stages by prohibiting in vitro fertilization violates the American Convention on Human Right. Read More

Hassan Rasouli Case: End of Life Really Means Ending Life While going through my emails I came across this excellent article that was written by Tom Koch, a bio-ethicist and gerontologist in Toronto.. Read More

Assisted Suicide’s Dangeorus Illusion of ControlThe daughters are beside themselves. One sat in my office recently, telling me about her father’s trips to the bank that are draining his savings. He gets angry when his daughters challenge him. Read More

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Stopp Report - Nov, 27, 2012

Study claims tele-medicine (webcam) abortions may lower complications - Reproductive Research Audit - The American Journal of Public Health has preliminarily released an electronic version of Changes in Service Delivery Patterns After Introduction of Telemedicine Provision of Medical Abortion in Iowa, a study which examines the effect that offering webcam-advised prescriptions for abortion pills has had on both the number of abortions and the demographics of women seeking abortions in Iowa. Daniel Grossman leads four other authors in this study, which employs a questionable unit of analysis and unsupported conclusions- namely that “Recent legislation to ban telemedicine abortion may adversely affect public health by preventing women from accessing abortion earlier in pregnancy, when it is safer.” Read More

Condoms for free at 22 [Philadelphia] city schools - -
Coming over the holiday break to about a third of Philadelphia high schools: clear plastic dispensers chock-full of free condoms. The dispensers will be placed in the 22 high schools whose students had the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases, and condoms will be available to any student - so long as their parents did not sign a form opting them out of the program. It's a pilot designed to address "an epidemic of sexually transmitted disease in adolescents in Philadelphia," said Donald F. Schwarz, the deputy mayor for health and opportunity. Read More

Can a man die twice? The problem with 'brain death' - Phillip F. Lawler - Boxer Hector Camacho died on [November 24, 2012], his doctor said. “His death was reported by Dr. Ernesto Torres, the director of the Centro Medico trauma center in Puerto Rico, who said Camacho had a heart attack and died a short time later after being taken off life support.” This is confusing, because the same doctor had announced on Thursday that Camacho was “brain dead.” If “brain death” really is death, then the doctor appears to be saying that Camacho died twice, which is absurd. Can a dead man have a heart attack? Would it be medically significant? Read More

Planned Parenthood study figures reveal hundreds of abortion pill complications, including death - Operation Rescue - A “study” released by Planned Parenthood employees and sympathizers has concluded— based on incomplete numbers—that the abortion pill is “safe”, despite admitting to a reported 385 “serious” complications, including at least one abortion pill-related death from 2009-2010. The study group consisted of two Planned Parenthood employees, one member of a Planned Parenthood advisory group, and a fourth member who receives financial compensation from Danco Laboratories, the U.S. distributor for the abortion pill mifepristone, also known as RU486. Read More

Judge: Oklahoma can end Planned Parenthood deals - Times Union - A federal judge on Monday denied a request by Planned Parenthood to temporarily block Oklahoma from terminating a contract with the agency to provide nutritional services to low-income mothers. U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot ruled that although the state's stated reasons don't seem to be sufficient cause for ending agreements with Planned Parenthood's three Tulsa-area clinics that have been in place for 18 years, the group's response to the state's concerns was insufficient enough to warrant ending the relationship. The decision will likely mean that the group will have to close one of the clinics and eliminate six full-time staff positions when the contracts end on Dec. 31, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland's President and CEO Jill June said in a statement. Read More

Abortion waiting period in South Dakota to stand after Planned Parenthood drops appeal - Live Action News - In 2011, South Dakota passed a law enacting a 72-hour waiting period before a woman is allowed to have an abortion. According to the Associated Press, that is the longest waiting period in the United States. Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota filed a lawsuit to stop the implementation of the measure, which also requires women to undergo counseling at a pregnancy help center. However, Planned Parenthood has now dropped its appeal of the 72-hour waiting period. According to Sarah Stoesz, the president of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota, Planned Parenthood was not confident that the court would rule in its favor. Read More

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Federal Judge Blocks Missouri Birth Control Exemption Law

REUTERS — A federal judge on Friday blocked a new Missouri law that requires health insurers to offer plans that exclude contraception coverage if employers or individuals object to birth control on moral or religious grounds.

U.S. District Judge Audrey Fleissig granted a temporary restraining order preventing the enforcement of the law, writing that it appears to conflict with the new federal health care law.
Republican lawmakers in Missouri drafted the law in response to President Barack Obama's policy of requiring insurers to cover birth control for free as part of the new federal health care law, even if they work for a church or other employer that has a moral objection.

. . . .  The Missouri Insurance Coalition, a nonprofit whose members include health insurers that do business in the state, asked the judge to block the state law, arguing that it conflicts with federal law and is therefore invalid.

Fleissig wrote that the coalition is likely to succeed on that claim "given what appears to be an irreconcilable conflict" between the federal and state laws.

At a hearing, the judge wrote, the Missouri Department of Insurance "could offer no response to how there would not be a direct conflict" between the federal and state laws if an insurer offered a health insurance plan "that acquiesced to an employer's decision not to offer contraceptive coverage." . . .  [Read More]

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Pro-Life News, Dec. 26, 2012

Family Cares for Daughter in Coma for 42 Years Before Dying An article written by Wayne Drash for CNN and published on December 23 recounts the love of a mother and family for their daughter and sister who lived in a comatose condition for 42 years. The article that was titled: Comatose since Christmas 1969: A tale of unconditional love and miracles focuses on the life and love of the O’Bara family for Edwarda who went into diabetic shock on January 3, 1970 and became comatose. Edwarda was cared for, around the clock at home, by her mother Kathryn (Kaye) until she died in March 2008 and more recently she was cared for by her younger sister Colleen until Edwarda recently died on November 21, 2012. Read More

Euthanasia Activist Importing Nitrogen Canisters for Suicides Recently, (Tuesday 18th December) the ABC’s National Current Affairs program, The 7:30 Report, ran a story on Dr. Nitschke and his promotion of nitrogen for suicide. For the first time, he admitted that he imports the nitrogen canisters from China and the report said that he did so through the company, Max Dog Brewing which is wholly owned by Dr. Nitschke through another company, Northern Analytics P/L. Read More

Planned Parenthood Gives Up Stopping 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period The Planned Parenthood abortion business has given up trying to stop a 72-hours abortion waiting period in the South Dakota, in what is the longest abortion waiting period on abortion in the country. The law in question, which has been embroiled in a legal battle since passage, would require women considering an abortion to visit a crisis pregnancy center before going to an abortion business to get counseling on abortion’s alternatives as well as the risks associated with having one. The idea behind the bill — which goes further than legislation in other states — is to get women tangible pregnancy help and support that they won’t normally find at an abortion center. The counseling would not require any out of pocket expense on behalf of the women considering an abortion. Read More

Welcome the Little Children With Adoption, Like Joseph Did Jesus Recently, Dr. Russell Moore visited FRC to present a lecture on adoption. He reminded us of a very important adoption story we often fail to consider – the adoption of Jesus by his earthly father, Joseph. He recounted the verse in James that tells us that true religion is caring for orphans and widows in their distress (James 1:27). Joseph made a choice to put that true religion into practice when he decided to care for and protect Mary and her son, Jesus. The Bible records two lineages of Jesus, one from Mary and one from Joseph. Thus, Jesus became Joseph’s actual son, just like every child who is adopted today becomes the true child of the parents who adopt him. As Dr. Moore stated, adoption creates a real relationship. Read More

Judge Confirms Oklahoma Can Cut Planned Parenthood Funding A federal judge ruled on Monday that the state of Oklahoma has the right to cut taxpayer funding to the Planned Parenthood abortion business. The abortion giant sued the state of Oklahoma after state officials yanked taxpayer funds it received through a taxpayer-funded program that provides food for low income women and children. In October, Oklahoma officials dropped the abortion giant so it could steer tax dollars to legitimate agencies helping women and children in need. Read More

Judge Stops Georgia Fetal Pain-Based Abortion Ban After ACLU Suit A judge has temporarily stopped a new pro-life law in Georgia from being enforced while a lawsuit from the ACLU continues against it. The ACLU is trying to take down the Georgia law that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the scientific evidence showing unborn children feel pain at least at that point in development, if not sooner. Read More

Ethics Debate: Does Human Exceptionalism Rely on God? I have long argued that human exceptionalism–the unique and intrinsic moral importance and value of us–does not depend on the existence of the soul or reliance on God. Many of the differences between humans and all other known life are moral in nature, not merely biological. Hence, hawks have exceptional eyesight, but that is merely biological, as is our bipedalism. On the other hand, we (as just one example), are–whether due to random evolution, creation, of intelligent design–the only known moral agents. It is in our very natures to so be, and those of us who aren’t are either too immature for the moral natures to have fully expressed, or are injured or disabled in some capacity. That is a distinction with a moral difference. Read More

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Being a Christian Can Cost You - Consider Tim Tebow

Dr. Bill Smith, Editor: Yesterday, Christians celebrated Christmas the birth of Christ. Christians will then in a few months focus attention on remembering the end of His life when Christ was crucified both because of mankind's sin -- which includes our sin. We glorify in the fact that we accepted God's gift when we repented of our sin and accepted God's gift atonement for our sin through the death of his Son.

However, the lost world does not see it as we do. And some people pay a more prominent price for their Christian walk because God has lifted these people up as examples. The truth is that all Christians are hated by the World. However, we often think we are escaping this hatred by hiding our "light under a bushel" and not rocking the boat or not upholding Christian principles. Modern American Christians often believe they can go to Church, pray and avoid controversy by leaving the Church, our Christian family, behind us and compromising our principles and beliefs to get along in the rugged world and thus hide having the "mark of the Lion" -- Jesus Christ -- on our life.

The below article is an example of persecution of one individual written by a fellow Christian noting a bias against the person. And, being a Christian is not even the focus of the article. But for those of us who are Christians and listening to the Holy Spirit, we can garner the truth of what is happening to this individual. My questions for you are: What are Christians willing to do about this? Do they seek to hide and join with the pack in tearing down this individual in the name of sports or their favorite team? Or, are they willing to pray and lift this person up as God uses him to reflect glory of God even in the world of sports -- the modern arena of our times? Consider these questions as you read the following article.

What have they got against Tim Tebow now?
Christian quarterback faces sudden firestorm of scathing comments
Tim Tebow

By Drew Zahn, WorldNet Daily: He’s become an upstanding hero to millions of young football fans, a fierce competitor on the field and a celebrated philanthropist off the field – just the kind of public figure analysts love to … hate?

New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow’s feats and foibles on the gridiron have been an endless source of debate for football fans since he was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round three years ago – as has his public commitment to both Christianity and abstinence before marriage.

But the debates and the criticism reached new heights this week after reports leaked out that the man portrayed as a consummate teammate got into an argument with his coach over being passed over in the lineup for a third-string quarterback.

Tebow has spent most of his first season with the Jets on the bench, backing up starting QB Mark Sanchez, while seeing only a few plays per game in the team’s gimmick “Wildcat” package and – oddly enough – on the punt team. In interviews, Tebow has repeatedly said he’d do whatever the team needed to win.

But when the poorly performing Sanchez – who has suffered a miserable year and a losing record – was finally benched 16 weeks into the season, Jets Coach Rex Ryan passed over Tebow to name the third-string quarterback the starter instead.

According to reports and rumors, the typically unflappable Tebow got into an argument with Ryan and told his coach he didn’t want to be just a gimmick-play player, but taken seriously as a quarterback.

Analysts long critical of Tebow pounced.

CBS New York analyst Peter Schwartz penned a ferocious column called “Tebow Turned out to Be a Phony.”

“Tebow’s ‘I’ll do whatever I can to help the team’ pledge from the day that the Jets acquired him turned out to be nothing but utter nonsense,” Schwartz opined. “Tebow is not the good teammate that we all thought he was, and now it seems as if reports about him being a bad apple in the locker room are true. What does it say about someone, who has captivated the world with his religious faith, doesn’t want to be a part of the game plan to help his team win?”

ESPN analyst Merril Hoge was equally critical, calling Tebow “as phony as a three-dollar bill.”

He then took his comments to criticism of Tebow’s play: “Here’s what happened in New York. They didn’t realize how bad Tim Tebow was. Once he came in there and they got to see the sampling, they’re like, ‘Oh, my gosh.’ Not only can he not play quarterback, he’s not really a good football player.”

Video of an ESPN segment featuring both recap of the situation and Hoge’s comments can be seen below:
Tebow has faced similar criticism throughout his NFL career, even though the former Heisman Trophy winner enjoyed one of the most successful college football careers in history, topped off with leading his Florida Gators to two national championships.

Peyton Manning, the quarterback who replaced Tebow with the Broncos, called Tebow “the greatest college football player ever.”

Yet Tebow’s career as a professional player has been constantly dogged by criticism.

Tebow’s success in college and immediate splash in the NFL – his jersey sales, as a rookie, immediately topped all veteran players in the league – quickly painted a target on his back for critics who sneered at his popularity.

The formerly homeschooled son of missionaries also became a media sensation for his devotion to – and public displays of – his faith, which frequently becomes fodder for critics’ more biting comments.

Few, however, fail to acknowledge Tebow’s frequent acts of philanthropy and kindness. From befriending ill children and bringing them to his games to founding a hospital for orphans in the Philippines, Tebow has been a paragon of professional athletes giving back to the community.

Schwartz concluded his diatribe with praising Tebow’s charity before getting in one, final jab.

“Let’s not discount how charitable Tebow has been, especially with children, and how important he has been for those who also follow in his faith,” Schwartz wrote, “but we’re talking about a football player here.

“He’s a football player with a huge national following and someone who has been a winner in high school, college and one magical year in the NFL with the Broncos,” Schwartz concluded. “But now, it’s very apparent that since coming to the Jets, all he’s been is a loser and a phony.”

Former Reagan Cabinet member William Bennett, however, penned a column for CNN last year in which he claimed many critics – and he singled out Hoge by name – are only “pretending” to criticize the football player, when their real problem with Tebow is the man himself.

“Tebow is a role model for sports fans everywhere. But instead of lifting him up, too many commentators, critics and even fellow athletes mock and deride him and hope that he fails,” Bennett wrote. “There is always room for healthy criticism in sports, especially at the quarterback position, but Tebow is subject to something uglier. Sportscasters love to take extra shots at Tebow; take Merril Hoge, who at one point tweeted, ‘It’s embarrassing to think the Broncos could win with Tebow!’

“Critics have a problem with who Tebow is as a man,” Bennett said. “They are bothered by his faith, character and conviction. Jake Plummer, former Broncos quarterback, said in a recent interview, ‘I wish he’d just shut up.’ They tell him to take his ‘holier than thou’ faith off the field.

“Too many in our culture deride good men such as Tebow because they make them feel uncomfortable,” Bennett wrote. “These same critics believe the Aha! theory of human behavior. This theory assumes that the real character of a person is always base and hidden from the eye and that all good actions are a front for ulterior and bad or low motives. Aha! Tim Tebow, you say you’re Christian, but we know it’s a facade for sympathy and attention. You’re just like the rest of us.”

Bennett concluded the world needs more men like Tewbow, “the type of men many fathers would want their daughters to marry and many mothers would want their sons to grow up to be.”

Regardless of why the critics are so quick to sneer, Tebow’s time in New York is reportedly coming to an end. Whispers around the NFL from various reporters indicate the Jets are likely to release or trade Tebow, offering him to opportunity to play for his third team in four years in the league.
Drew Zahn is a former pastor who cut his editing teeth as a member of the award-winning staff of Leadership, Christianity Today's professional journal for church leaders. He is the editor of seven books.

Dr. Bill Smith is a former pastor, an ordained elder and a pro-life activist who edits Greater Fitchburg for Life and several other sites including the ARRA News Service.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas 2012

Remembering the Reason For The Season.
Christ's Birth!
Merry Christmas!

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Have A Wonderful Christmas Eve 2012

Wishing you a very joyous Christmas Eve.

Please enjoy the following video with a beautiful version of "Holy Night" by Celtic Woman [As of this post over [9,141, 323 views]:

"O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night, O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night, O night divine!

Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
O night, O Holy Night, O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night, O night divine!"

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Pro-Life News, Dec 24, 2012

Pro-Life Catholic Group Wins HHS Mandate Exemption in Court In another victory for pro-life advocates challenging the pro-abortion HHS mandate in Obamacare, a pro-life Catholic group has won a legal battle in court to get an exemption from having to comply with the mandate. The new mandate compels religious employers to pay for and refer employees for birth control, abortion-causing drugs and contraception in violation of employers’ religious beliefs. Read More

Heart Surgery Before Birth Saves Unborn Baby’s Life Here is a heartwarming story that is sure to lift your spirits this Christmas time. The baby’s mother discovered during earlier stages of pregnancy that the baby’s heart was not properly developing. Doctors at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia wanted to perform an operation on the unborn baby’s heart — which was just the size of a grape. Read More

Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Pitches Donations on Christmas Eve While the rest of the nation eagerly awaits the celebration of the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ, the Planned Parenthood abortion business took the occasion of Christmas Eve to send out a fundraising donation. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America sent the email fundraising pitch under the headline “What really matters.” Apparently the birth of Christ pales in comparison to making sure the nation’s biggest abortion business has enough money to keep its clinics operating and it abortion advocacy lobbying going full steam. Read More

A Baby vs. the World: God’s Strategy for Overcoming Evil A Christmas message came to my mind a few years ago as I stood shivering in the autumn chill at the grave side of Father Jerzy Popieluszko. Jerzy was a young pastor who once delivered the dynamic messages that stirred the Polish people to overthrow their Communist oppressors. His theme was always the same: The Christian is called to defend the truth and overcome evil with good. Read More

Christmas: Jesus Christ is a Light in the Dark Times Every year the week before Christmas, St. Peter’s Church in Purcellville, VA hosts a “Blue Christmas” service. The aim is to offer a message of hope and comfort to those who might not be feeling so holly jolly during the holidays. Heaven knows, there are many reasons to feel blue this Christmas. From the senseless, tragic loss of innocent life in New Town, CT, to the seemingly intractable political divide paralyzing our nation’s capital, to the escalating tensions in the Middle East. It would be easy to give in to feelings of hopelessness, to let the long and dark December nights lull us into a mood of depression and despair. Read More

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day: God is Not Dead, He’s Alive As I celebrate Christmas together with my family this year, I remember the words of the 19th century poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow whose song, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” begins: “I heard the bells on Christmas Day." God is Not Dead, He’s Alive! As I celebrate Christmas together with my family this year, I remember the words of the 19th century poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow whose song, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” begins: “I heard the bells on Christmas Day." Read More

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Atheist Attacks on Christmas

Phyllis Schlafly
by Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum: Bill O’Reilly asked this question on his Fox News program last week: “Why do I have to be the leader defending Christmas against its attackers?” O’Reilly was criticizing Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee’s renaming his state’s Christmas tree a “holiday tree.”

Good question. It’s time for Christians to realize that their religion is under attack and they had better start fighting to win the war for religious liberty in public opinion, in the courts, and in the schools.

The war against Christianity has been waged by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and similar groups. Their tactics use the threat of litigation, with the hope that supremacist judges will accept their reinterpretation of the First Amendment as Americans have understood it for over two centuries.

The reelection of Barack Obama has made this issue even more pressing. Throughout his first term, he waged a persistent campaign to secularize America, to push all religion behind church doors, and to ban all mention of religion from every public place, park, building, military facility, school, and speech.

The public schools have become the front line in this battle to banish Christmas from celebrations, songs, and events, and anti-Christmas public school rulings have been accelerating. Here are a few examples.

Pennsylvania fourth graders were prohibited from handing out religious Christmas cards to classmates, Massachusetts ninth graders were told they could not create Christmas cards that depict a nativity scene, a Georgia school board deleted the word “Christmas” from the school calendar, Minnesota middle school kids were disciplined for wearing red and green scarves in a Christmas skit and for ending the skit with wishing all a Merry Christmas, and dozens of schools banned Christmas carols in favor of songs such as Frosty the Snowman and Winter Wonderland.

A New Jersey second-grader was prohibited from singing the pop song “Awesome God” at an evening talent show, and a Colorado school counselor changed the words of the Pledge of Allegiance on the public-address system from “one nation under God” to “one nation under your belief system” (that was, fortunately, overturned). A Massachusetts elementary school censored God from Lee Greenwood’s famous song, changing the line “God bless the U.S.A.” to “We love the U.S.A.”

A first-grade girl in North Carolina wrote a poem for her school’s Veterans Day assembly honoring her two grandfathers who had served in the Vietnam War that included the sentences, “He prayed to God for peace. He prayed to God for strength.” The school censored the word God out of the poem before the kid read it. A Texas high school ordered the football coach not to bow his head or kneel when the team said a prayer before a game.

Cranston High School West in Rhode Island banned a prayer banner that had hung on the auditorium wall for 38 years without complaint. The banner read in part: “Our Heavenly Father, Grant us each day the desire to do our best. … Help us to be good sports and smile when we lose as well as when we win. Teach us the value of true friendship. Help us always to conduct ourselves so as to bring credit to Cranston High West. Amen.”

A Plano, Texas school banned an 8-year-old from handing out candy canes with Jesus’ name on them to classmates at a school holiday party, confiscated a girl’s pencils because they mentioned “God,” and banned an entire classroom from writing “Merry Christmas” on cards to be sent to our troops serving in the Middle East. Litigation followed the action of a Texas high school that tried to forbid cheerleaders from displaying a banner at a football game with the Bible verse: “And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”

President Obama is a major part of the campaign to secularize America. For the fourth straight year, Obama again deleted God from his Thanksgiving Day address as he personally read it from the teleprompter into a camera.

Of course, there is nothing in the U.S. Constitution that requires this anti-Christmas nonsense. The purpose of all these actions is to mandate a religion of secularism, which is completely contrary to American history, heritage, and constitutional law.

Christians had better wake up and realize the threat of the secularists to the First Amendment. Our answer to the ACLU and atheist lawyers who are trying to change America should be the favorite words of Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ story, “A Christmas Carol”: “Bah, humbug!”

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Pope says future of mankind at stake over gay marriage

Pope Benedict XVI has weighed in on a heated debate over gay marriage, criticising new concepts of the traditional family and warning that mankind itself was at stake.

The Telegraph: "In the fight for the family, the very notion of being – of what being human really means – is being called into question," the Pope said in Italian during an end-of-year speech.

"The question of the family ... is the question of what it means to be a man, and what it is necessary to do to be true men," he said.

The Pope spoke of the "falseness" of gender theories and cited at length France's chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim, who has spoken out against gay marriage.

"Bernheim has shown in a very detailed and profoundly moving study that the attack we are currently experiencing on the true structure of the family, made up of father, mother, and child, goes much deeper," he said.

He cited feminist gender theorist Simone de Beauvoir's view to the effect that one is not born a woman, but one becomes so – that sex was no longer an element of nature but a social role people chose for themselves.

"The profound falsehood of this theory and of the anthropological revolution contained within it is obvious," he said.

The defence of the family, the Pope said, "is about man himself. And it becomes clear that when God is denied, human dignity also disappears."

On Monday, the Vatican's newspaper described laws on gay marriage as an attempt at a communist-like "utopia", a day after tens of thousands of demonstrators turned out in France to support legalizing both marriages and adoption for gay couples.

France's parliament is to debate the government-backed "marriage for all" bill early next year.

With President Francois Hollande's Socialists enjoying a strong majority, the bill is expected to pass despite vehement opposition from the right and religious groups.

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Actions vs Prayers

A good friend of mine, Dr. Shane Knight, co-hosts a morning radio show here in Arkansas. On the Monday after the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, Shane had this interesting question for his listeners: “Why do people vote against their prayers?”

by Curtis Coleman with Nancy Carlton: Think about it. We pray for protection for our children, and then we elect politicians who enact policies that put our kids at risk. Some of the very people who wonder how God could allow a madman to come into a “gun-free zone” and murder 26 people, mostly children, are the same folks who make our schools “helpless victim zones” by refusing to allow armed guards with legal weapons inside schools to provide protection for our children.

We pray for prosperity. Then we elect leaders who overtax us and squander our tax dollars on ill-advised programs that do little good.

We pray for peace. Then we elect a President who antagonizes our allies and coddles our enemies, all while throwing billions of American dollars away on foreign aid to countries that despise us.

We pray for blessings on our nation. Then we let our representatives and judges keep sanctioning the slaughter of millions of innocent unborn children.

We pray for wisdom for our elected officials. Then we stand by and let the unqualified, untrustworthy and sometimes ungodly among us just keep right on winning our most powerful offices.

Does this make sense to you? Would you pray for God to keep your home safe, while you were setting fire to the house?

Well, that’s what we do every time we vote directly in opposition to what we pray. What a difference it would make if our actions lined up with our prayers.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Pro-Life News, Dec. 20, 2012

Appeals Court: Obama Admin Can Force Hobby Lobby to Obey HHS Mandate A federal appeals court ruled today that the Obama administration can force the Christian-owned-and-operated business to obey the HHS mandate that compels it to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions for its employees. Earlier this week, a different federal appeals court reinstated two of the top legal challenges to the mandate. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals handed Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey College a major victory in their challenges to the HHS mandate. Previously, two lower courts had dismissed their lawsuits as premature because the Obama administration is expected to revise the mandate next year. However, the appellate court reinstated those cases. Read More

Obama Names Lobbyist for Plan B Drug as Top HHS Lawyer President Barack Obama, in what appears to be a significant conflict of interest, has named a lobbyist for the maker of the Plan B morning after pill as the top attorney for the Health and Human Services Department. Obama nominated William Schultz to become the leading attorney for the Department of Health and Human Services at a time when it faces dozens of lawsuits from pro-life and religious groups over the HHS mandate requiring religious employers to pay for drugs that may cause abortions. Read More

Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Prez a Texan of the Year Finalist The head of the nation’s biggest abortion giant has been named a finalist for the Texan of the Year by the Dallas Morning News, a newspaper in this large north Texas city. The newspaper describes the award this way: “A Texan (or Texans) who has had uncommon impact — either positive or negative — over the past year.” Richards’ impact is clearly negative — killing children and injuring women — but the newspaper doesn’t see it that way. Read More

Planned Parenthood Study Claims Abortion Drug Killing Women is “Safe” A new study conducted by researcher James Trussell from Princeton University claims the abortion pill RU 486, mifepristone, is safe. The study also claims the Planned Parenthood abortion business is dispensing it safely to women. These claims come even as the FDA itself has released information showing 14 women have died from using the dangerous abortion drug and thousands have been injured — some of them with life-threatening injuries. Moreover, the Planned Parenthood abortion business put women at risk by failing to follow FDA guidelines for the proper dispensing of mifepristone. Read More

Why Aren’t Unborn Children the People of the Year? Now They Are Time magazine decided to make pro-abortion President Barack Obama its Person of the Year, which prompts the question: Why aren’t unborn children ever the people of the year? No one faces more persecution in the United States and around the world like unborn children — who are victimized by abortions 1.2 million times a year in the United States alone. Worldwide as many as 40 million or more abortions take place annually. Read More

40 Christmases of 55 Million Abortions: We Must End It No one wants to think about bad things at Christmas; we want to be happy, merry and full of good tidings and cheer. No one wants to think about what evils are lurking in this world, the horrible things that humanity has unleashed on each other. I love Christmas time; I love spending the day with my family and just having fun with my children. However I also do a lot of reflecting at Christmas time because it leads into the anniversary of one of the most horrific and evil days in the history of this nation: the day we declared war on this generation. Read More

Planned Parenthood Celebrates Christmas With Chocolate Birth Control What do you get your special someone for Christmas when they have a sweet tooth? Forget candy canes, cookies, cakes, or pies. Planned Parenthood has an option for you: chocolate birth control. The nation’s biggest abortion business has made chocolate “treats” shaped like a packet of birth control with its logo printed prominently on the bottom. The chocolate has the same layout as a birth control packet along with the days of the week each “pill” should be taken. Read More

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

STOPP Report - Nov .19, 2012

Planned Parenthood video promotes sadomasochism Is there any perversion Planned Parenthood will not present to young, vulnerable people as “play”? Judging from the home page of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, apparently not. The “healthcare” organization features a video storehouse known as “A Naked Notion with Laci Green,” by sporting a picture of a young lady flagging a condom. Click the link to watch the videos, and you will be greeted by “Getting Kinky—BDSM 101,” an instructional rave created in partnership with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England that attempts to make sadomasochism sound like a harmless, pleasant romp in the park. Read More

Planned Parenthood in Houston hiding sex ed involvement--again Parents and other concerned citizens in the Cy-Fair School District of Houston, Texas, launched a website, recently to expose the graphic It’s Your Game sex ed curriculum developed by the University of Texas Prevention Research Center (UTPRC). According to Jennifer Fleck, our contact in Houston, Planned Parenthood subsequently rewrote the information on its website that tied the abortion giant to the curriculum and took down the It’s Your Game videos from the Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast website in an apparent attempt to hide its involvement in the UTPRC curriculum. As of December 17, Planned Parenthood had eliminated the It’s Your Game videos that were previously on the Planned Parenthood website. Read More

Expert testimony before school board points out folly of PP sex ed The road to victory is paved with many battles. When articulate community members come forward to speak out against Planned Parenthood at every corner, it is a victory in the making.  That was the case in Portland, Oregon, on December 3 when the school board entertained comments on the topic of Planned Parenthood’s Teen Outreach Program (TOP) in the public schools. The abortion giant is using taxpayer dollars to train the teachers and provide the curriculum, which includes after-school excursions with the Planned Parenthood teachers. Read More

Christmas Blessings! Wednesday STOPP Report will return January 9 This is the final issue of the Wednesday STOPP Report for 2012. We want to wish you and those dear to you a most blessed Christmas and a New Year full of hope in Christ Our Lord, who came to us through Mary—as a baby—to save a sinful world. Come, Lord Jesus, come! Continue reading this article Read More

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Pro-Life News, Nov. 18, 2012

Pro-Life Groups Keep Fighting Democratic Bid to Kill Filibuster Leading pro-life organizations are continuing efforts to get pro-life people to lobby members of the Senate against ending the filibuster. They are worried about a move by pro-abortion Democrats in the Senate to kill the filibuster. If Harry Reid and his colleagues are successful, it would pave the way for President Barack Obama’s abortion agenda. Read More

Miracle Accident Saves Preemie Baby Doctors Would Have Let Die A pair of scissors literally saved the life of Maddalena Douse, a British baby who is one of the smallest premature babies ever to survive in England. In Great Britain, doctors consider one pound the minimum weight for a baby to be considered viable and worth heroic extra efforts to save his or her life. When doctors weighed Maddalena, she came in at exactly one pound, so physicians made the decision to try to save her. Read More

Planned Parenthood’s Mandate: Obsessed With Income From Abortions In late December of 2010, news was announced regarding Planned Parenthood’s decision to require all affiliates to have at least one abortion center. LifeNews covered the announcement, after it was confirmed by Planned Parenthood in an interview. The article also referred to a dispute with a Texas affiliate with Planned Parenthood. I will admit I was not aware of the news at the time. And besides, at the end of 2010, the start of this mandate, 2013, seemed far off, even if still troubling. Now, however, we have almost approached that time. And as we approach 2013, the mandate is again being picked up by news sources. Read More

Abortion Activists Attack Pro-Life Group’s Office, Destroy Cameras Two pro-abortion activists attacked the office of the pro-life group Operation Rescue and destroyed a security camera at the organization’s central Kansas headquarters. Troy Newman, the head of the pro-life group, informed LifeNews of what happened. He said: “My heart sunk – no, stopped – when the Wichita Police investigator asked me: “Mr. Newman, do you have any enemies? Anyone who really doesn’t like you and wants to hurt you? You know the answer to that question” Read More

Report: 1 in 6 Babies in Denmark Survive Failed Abortions A report out of Denmark says that 1 in 6 aborted late term babies there show signs of life after temporarily escaping death and being born. (Once a baby is born, he or she should no longer be considered a fetus.) From the Politiken DK story: For the first time ever in Denmark, a survey has shown how many foetuses show signs of life following a late term termination, according to Kristeligt Dagblad. Previously, conventional wisdom has suggested that 10 per cent of foetuses gasped or showed other signs of life following a late term abortion between the 12th and 22nd week of pregnancy. Read More

Obama, Democrats Are “Pro-Choice” on Abortion But Nothing Else Americans’ affirmation of the “right to choose” is a feature of our national identity. No matter where you go or what you’re doing, chances are you are confronted with a plethora of choices. Go to the supermarket and you are confronted with a dizzying array of options for each and every product you wish to buy. Seventeen brands of Greek style yogurt. Forty-five flavors of coffee creamer. Thirty-seven different kinds of peanut butter. The same may be said of cell phone carriers, automobiles, clothing brands… you name it.Read More

Colorado County Cuts Thousands in Funding for Planned Parenthood County commissioners in Garfield County, Colorado voted 2-1 yesterday to cut $5,000 in funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business. “This is one that I just have to take a stand on,” Commission Chairman John Martin said in calling into question a continued Planned Parenthood grant that was recommended by the county’s Human Services Commission. Read More

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Jindal's Witches' Brew: Deconstructing Catholic Teaching

By Judie Brown, American Life League:  It is reported that Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal is a Catholic. Further, it has been said that he is a conservative Republican.

But recently we learned that Jindal is actually a counterfeit Catholic with progressive leanings on the subjects of contraception, women’s rights, and common sense.

In fact, in his latest Wall Street Journal op-ed, which supports the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ call for over-the-counter birth control, Jindal writes without apology:As a conservative Republican, I believe that we have been stupid to let the Democrats demagogue the contraceptives issue and pretend, during debates about healthcare insurance, that Republicans are somehow against birth control. It’s a disingenuous political argument they make.

As an unapologetic pro-life Republican, I also believe that every adult (18 years old and over) who wants contraception should be able to purchase it. But anyone who has a religious objection to contraception should not be forced by government healthcare edicts to purchase it for others. And parents who believe, as I do, that their teenage children shouldn’t be involved with sex at all do not deserve ridicule.
In other words, as a “pro-life” Republican, Jindal supports chemical abortion. How? It is a scientific fact that one of the proven modes of action of the birth control pill is early abortion. Further, the governor supports the freedom of anyone over the age of 18—apparently married or single—who wishes to use contraception to do so as long as those who have religious objections do not have to subsidize it.

But wait a minute. Something is terribly wrong with this picture.

First, let me be clear. No law is ever going to ban genuine contraception—contraception that does not act to abort or have the possibility of aborting. Such a definition does not include the pill, for the pill can cause an early abortion. Thus, at the very least, Jindal should either get his facts straight or stop describing himself as pro-life.

Second, as a Catholic, Jindal should be using his bully pulpit to help Americans understand the truth about these matters rather than attempting to placate his fellow squishes by doing all he can to obliterate facts and evidence from the public debate. Politics aside, the pill harms women; in fact many have even died. His argument, though music to the ears of the culture of death, merely sows more seeds of disinformation where honesty is so badly needed.

Third and most important, the politics of contraception have become the endgame for those quasi-Catholics in political life who do not wish to “mess up” their careers by being consistently Catholic when they address public policy questions dealing with reproductive health—including in vitro fertilization, contraception, and abortion. This is why Jindal’s latest comments received rave reviews from Planned Parenthood.

The Archdiocese of New Orleans, on the other hand, questioned the governor’s statements saying, “We disagree with the governor’s opinion because, as the Catholic Church teaches, contraception is always wrong.”

And that’s the rub. There are facts and there is opinion; there is truth and there is falsehood; there is right and there is wrong. But none of this applies when Catholics in public life defy Catholic teaching as the Catholics bishops look on. The governor is misguided and the archdiocese should have been blunt in its criticism. The archdiocese could have used the Jindal incident as a teaching moment, but instead it stopped short.

As long as Catholics in public life are creating confusion with the apparent permission of the bishops, we are going to see a continuing de-escalation of respect for all that the Church teaches. And while it is clear that many in the Church strive to deconstruct her teaching and water down her truth, there are an equal number of us who will go to our death before we will keep quiet in our defense of Christ and His truth.

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