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Saving The Fourth

May 29, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO The Patriot Act has a bad pedigree and an evil history. In the fearful days immediately following 9/11, the Department of Justice quickly sent draft legislation to Congress that, if enacted, would have permitted federal agents to violate their oaths to uphold the Constitution by writing their own search warrants. The draft subsequently was revealed to have been written before 9/11, but that’s another story. The House Judiciary Committee reviewed the legislation and revised it so that it would meet Fourth Amendment norms. The revised version permitted federal agents to write their own search warrants for business records, but the warrants could be challenged by the custodian of the records or by the person whose records…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “How Many People Are Homosexuals?”

May 28, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995.) + + + “Homosexuality is one in 10. It’s one in 10 on the football team. It’s one in 10 on the baseball team. It’s one in 10 on the softball team. It’s one in 10 on the basketball team. Those are facts” — homosexual activist Pat Griffin. + + + One of the most persuasive arguments that homosexual activists use to support their agenda is the assertion that ten percent of all people are “gay.” If homosexuals can convince people that they make up a much larger portion of the population than they actually represent, they are much more…Continue Reading

It Is A Christian Country: At Least It Used To Be

May 27, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I realize that there are intelligent commentators on the right who are convinced that homosexual activists are pushing for the day when Christian churches will be compelled by law to perform same-sex marriages. I may be wrong, but I do not think that we will see that dictate anytime soon. It is not that I think the activists are too fair-minded to make such a demand. It is just that I think they realize pushing too far could lead to a backlash. I do agree, however, that the push for same-sex marriage is part of the larger agenda of marginalizing Christianity; that homosexual activists are — as we speak — maneuvering to convince the American people…Continue Reading

Sharper Than A Serpent’s Tooth

May 26, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Commutative justice demands that we repay what we owe. If I owe my brother $10, I should pay him $10. Justice in this sense is a proportion between the debt and the repayment. It is morally and often legally binding. There is a similar proportion on a higher level though it does not carry a strict obligation. It invites a person to give freely in response to something he has been freely given. A gift should be repaid with gratitude, whereas a debt must be repaid in according to a predetermined amount. The word “should” indicates that the receiver ought to be grateful, but is under no compelling or legal obligation to express this virtue. Nonetheless, the…Continue Reading

Intense Conflicts . . . Is The Catholic Church In Germany In Danger Of Apostasy?

May 25, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MAIKE HICKSON For several weeks now, the German Catholics — bishops and laymen alike — have been in debate and disagreement over Catholic moral teaching and its continuing validity for Catholics today. After the German Bishops’ Conference came out on April 16 with its report to be sent to Rome for the upcoming October 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family, the prominent lay organization Central Committee of German Catholics (Zentralkomitee der deutschen Katholiken — ZDK) also published a statement about their proposals for the upcoming Synod of Bishops. Let us now consider both reports. In their own report of April 16, the German Bishops’ Conference sums up the opinion of those who responded to the questionnaire about marriage…Continue Reading

The Obama-Boehner-McConnell “Fast Track” To A Poorer America

May 24, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of Creators Syndicate provided this column. All rights reserved.) + + + President Barack Obama is negotiating a multilateral trade agreement with the governments of 11 nations. These include Malaysia and Vietnam — as well as Japan, Brunei, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile, and Peru. This so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership would govern most of the commercial relations between the nations that sign it. “With over 20 chapters under negotiation,” explains a Congressional Research Service report published in March, “the TPP partners envision the agreement to be ‘comprehensive and high-standard,’ in that they seek to eliminate tariffs and non-tariff barriers to trade in goods, services, and agriculture,…Continue Reading

What If We Didn’t Have A Constitution?

May 23, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO What if we didn’t have a Constitution? What if the government were elected by custom and tradition, but not by law? What if election procedures and official titles and government responsibilities merely followed those that preceded them, and not because any of this was compelled by law, but because that’s what folks came to expect? What if those elected to office, and those appointed to it, as well, took oaths to uphold the Constitution? What if those who took the oaths promised fidelity to the Constitution? What if the Constitution declares itself to be the supreme law of the land? What if the supreme law of the land means what it says? What if all in…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Aren’t Homosexuals Born That Way?”

May 21, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995.) + + + The most powerful weapon in the homosexual special rights arsenal is the victim status. A close second is the allegation that homosexuals are “born that way.” If scientists can show that homosexuality is a genetic trait, then homosexuals may have a legitimate claim to being protected as a minority class under federal and state civil rights laws. Whatever the outcome of scientific studies, the most important point that we can make is that the question over the genetic nature of homosexuality is completely irrelevant to the debate. Nobody is perfect. God created all of us with physical,…Continue Reading

The Passing Of The Word “God”

May 20, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO The Word of God will never pass away. But the word “God” continues to pass into oblivion. In some quarters the word is said to be discriminatory and offensive. Therefore, it must be removed. Atheists can be very touchy these days. Take the case of Alain Simoneau of Saguenay, Quebec. This nonbeliever was obliged to endure a prayer that opened a city council meeting that included, but once, the word “God.” In the prayer, God was called upon to “Guide us in our deliberations as City Council members and help us to be aware of our duties and responsibilities.” This was too much for Monsieur Simoneau to bear. He filed a lawsuit claiming that the prayer made…Continue Reading

Vietnam Today . . . Forty Years After The Fall Of Saigon

May 19, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By LEE NGUYEN HO CHI MINH CITY (AsiaNews) — Forty years after the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, the Communist Party marked its anniversary by the largest ever military parade in the South. The parade commemorated the day when Communist troops from the North captured the city and ended the Vietnam War and America’s military involvement in a devastating conflict that left more than 3 million Vietnamese of both sides and roughly 60,000 American soldiers dead — with rifts remaining deep and unresolved. Speaking at the event in Ho Chi Minh City, which was then called Saigon and was the capital of South Vietnam, the prime minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Tan Dung, condemned the “countless barbarous crimes” committed…Continue Reading