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Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Who Was Marie Stopes?”

January 14, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Who Was Marie Stopes?”

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of the booklet “Marie Stopes International Exposed,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + Marie Carmichael Stopes was the United Kingdom’s answer to America’s Margaret Sanger. Both women lived during the same era. Both were vocal eugenicists and birth control pioneers in their respective nations during the 1920s and 1930s, and their writings show that their views on eugenics and racial purity were identical. Most important, Stopes’ legacy has done just as much to spread birth control and abortion across the globe as has Sanger’s International Planned Parenthood Federation. Marie Stopes was born in 1880 to…Continue Reading

Spiritual But Not Religious

January 13, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Spiritual But Not Religious

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I am not sure why I have been hearing the term “spiritual but not religious” more than I used to. It is not that I am moving in “bad circles” lately. But if that is not the explanation, what is? Let’s use Occam’s razor: The simplest explanation is the best. If I had to guess, I would say that there are more people these days who use the term to describe themselves. It strikes me that there are different types of individuals who describe themselves as “SBNR.” One group seems motivated by an understandable, even commendable, reason; another seems drawn to the label for shallow and trendy reasons. And there are also those who use the…Continue Reading

Is America Going To Pot?

January 12, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Is America Going To Pot?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Smoking Marlboros is now forbidden in Irish bars in New York City. But buying, selling, and smoking marijuana is legal in Colorado. It doesn’t take a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing. But where are we going? One certain result of the legalization of marijuana is that there are going to be more potheads, more dropouts, and more deaths on highways from those high or stoned — and more rehab centers. Scores of thousands of Coloradans may relish the freedom they have voted for themselves. But the costs will be borne by society and the families of future victims of potheads behind the wheel. So it has been with alcohol. All of us…Continue Reading

Thinker On Issue Says… “Immigration Reform” Won’t Pass In 2014, Either

January 11, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Thinker On Issue Says… “Immigration Reform” Won’t Pass In 2014, Either

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — This new year will be when “comprehensive immigration reform” passes, its champions say. They said that in 2013, too. And in 2007. They were wrong. Waves of illegal immigrants keep slipping across the border to await the legalized citizenship that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and other organizations say they should receive. However, the illegal immigrants are still waiting. What would be the answer to all their problems, they were told, is still coming up empty. They might have been able to work things out better back home if they hadn’t bought the bottle of magic elixir they were told would slake their thirst in the desert and solve their problems as soon…Continue Reading

Archbishop Kurtz . . . Asks Obama For Temporary Relief From HHS Mandate

January 10, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Archbishop Kurtz . . . Asks Obama For Temporary Relief From HHS Mandate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has asked President Obama to temporarily exempt religious institutions from crippling fines if their insurance plans exclude sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraceptives. Archbishop Kurtz also asked the president to consider that the U.S. Supreme Court already has agreed to hear two cases related to the mandate created by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). At least 90 cases have been brought to federal courts by individuals and institutions objecting to the imposition of the HHS mandate. Most of the decisions to date have favored those bringing suit. Archbishop Kurtz’s request comes as the administration has offered exemptions to numerous…Continue Reading

Escape Poverty . . . Graduate, Work, Get Married, Have Kids

January 9, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Escape Poverty . . . Graduate, Work, Get Married, Have Kids

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY Fifty years ago today, in his State of the Union Address, President Lyndon Johnson declared an “unconditional war on poverty in America.” Over the next two years, he massively expanded the federal government, creating Medicaid, Medicare, and the food stamp program, and increased federal involvement in public education. What impact did this have on poverty? In the mid-1960s, as measured by the Census Bureau, the percentage of Americans living in poverty was on its way down, dropping from 22.4 percent in 1959 to 14.7 percent by 1966. Yet, since Johnson declared his war on poverty in 1964, the poverty rate has never dropped below 11.1 percent (the level it hit in 1973) and there has been…Continue Reading

Reconciling Acceptance With Transformation

January 8, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Reconciling Acceptance With Transformation

By DONALD DeMARCO A common complaint directed at Blessed John Paul was that his sentences were too long. In defense of the former Pontiff, his mind was philosophical and he wanted to express complete thoughts that were not subject to misinterpretation. The common complaint directed now at Pope Francis is that his sentences are too short and very much open to misinterpretation. In defense of the reigning Pontiff, he wants to speak to the common man and make his point sharply and succinctly.

No Need To Be Morally Disarmed: Say What You Think

January 7, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on No Need To Be Morally Disarmed: Say What You Think

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK You can see the reaction in politicians and clergymen, parents and educators, even in white students talking about their minority classmates: Whenever the difference in performance between blacks and whites and Asians on standardized tests comes up for discussion, middle-class whites tend to fidget a bit and look for a way to change the topic. It is not hard to understand why. There is a pattern: People are labeled as racists if they take note of the low scores of blacks and Hispanics on these tests as part of the explanation for the underperformance of these groups in class rankings and graduation rates. The black writer Thomas Sowell has come to the rescue of the browbeaten…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Lay Apostolate Defined

January 6, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review… The Lay Apostolate Defined

By REY FLORES The Layperson’s Distinctive Role by Francis Cardinal Arinze. Ignatius Press: 2013, 118 pages. Available at ignatius.com or by calling 1-800-651-1531 as either a paperback or an electronic book download. Witness to Honest Living — “In many countries, corruption is becoming widespread in fields like high finance, politics, civil service, trade and commerce and even sports. This is a big challenge to harmonious living, mutual trust and steady economic development. Christians cannot remain indifferent in front of this virus. And it is the lay faithful who are in the front line to give witness to honest living. They can achieve much individually and in organized groups” — Francis Cardinal Arinze. +    +    + The above is an excerpt…Continue Reading

Inequality — Crisis Or Scam

January 5, 2014 Frontpage 1 Comment

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN When President Richard Nixon arrived in Beijing in 1972, Chairman Mao Zedong — with his Marxist revolution, Great Leap Forward and Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution — had achieved an equality unrivaled anywhere. That is, until Pol Pot came along. There seemed to be no private cars on Beijing’s streets. In the stores, there was next to nothing on the shelves. The Chinese all seemed dressed in the same blue Mao jackets. Today there are billionaires and millionaires in China, booming cities, a huge growing middle class and, yes, hundreds of millions of peasants still living on a few dollars a day. Hence, there is far greater inequality in China today than in 1972. Yet, is not…Continue Reading