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Culture Of Life 101 . . . Eugenics: Prelude To World War

March 29, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101 . . . Eugenics: Prelude To World War

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 more than a thousand pro-eugenics quotations, including those by Margaret Sanger, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “Everything must be examined from this [utilitarian] point of view and used or rejected according to its utility” — Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf. + + + Even as the Nazi nightmare gathered strength across the Atlantic during the 1930s, the elite in the United States had already been busy for some time drawing their grand plan for humanity. This strategy culminated in a vision for the world that paralleled that of the Germans — a world without…Continue Reading

Discriminating Tolerance

March 28, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Discriminating Tolerance

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It has become routine for commentators on the right to criticize the hypocrisy of campus leftists who shout down conservative speakers. The charge is that leftists were in favor of freedom of expression when they were a minority on campus, but now, after gaining control of the administrations and faculties at our colleges, demand conformity to their politically correct views. It is a valid point, and one that deserves to be made. But we should not forget that there is a difference between students shouting down speakers such as Charles Murray (as happened at Middlebury College in early March) and left-wing professors at those schools urging the students on. The former may be caught up in…Continue Reading

Russia Is The New West

March 27, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Russia Is The New West

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Iben Thranholm is little known in the United States. A media host and journalist in Denmark, she is also a theologian and a recognized authority on the work of Soren Kierkegaard. Alarmed by the demonization of Vladimir Putin and by the West’s increasingly belligerent attitude toward Russia, an attitude that contradicts everything she knows to be true, she has tried to get to the bottom of the conflict. She speaks from her native experience in Denmark and neighboring countries, but also from time spent in Italy, the United States, and Russia. After spending some months in Russia, Thranholm has come to the conclusion that Russia has recovered its Christian character, with its native people embracing the Orthodox…Continue Reading

A Nation Divided

March 26, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Nation Divided

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” said Abraham Lincoln in June 1858, less than three years before the Civil War began. “It will become all one thing or all the other,” he continued. “Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it…or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become lawful in all the States.” Today, the social compact of the United States is again being severed, not by the issue of slavery, but by race, sex, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender expression, and other lines of fragmentation that can be exploited by wedge politics. As intense as the controversies arising from these matters are,…Continue Reading

Finally Fitting In

March 25, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Finally Fitting In

By DONALD DeMARCO MWhen he was lecturing at the University of Chicago, Mortimer Adler identified himself as a Jew teaching Catholic philosophy at a Protestant school to a class of atheists. The image of not quite fitting in was characteristic of Adler’s life, though he was never one to complain about it. The absence of any rough edges has never been a formula for the development of personal authenticity. The unobstructed life, a modern Socrates might say, is not worth living perhaps even less than the unexamined life. Mortimer Jerome Adler was born in New York City in the year 1902 to Jewish immigrants. His early ambition was to become a journalist which led him to drop out of school…Continue Reading

Sheriff And Judge… Arpaio’s Criminal-Contempt Trial Brings Familiar Faces To The Courtroom

March 24, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Sheriff And Judge… Arpaio’s Criminal-Contempt Trial Brings Familiar Faces To The Courtroom

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Joe Arpaio and Susan Bolton were companions in the news here in 2010. Arpaio, the longtime elected Republican sheriff of Phoenix’s Maricopa County, and Bolton, a federal judge here nominated by President Bill Clinton, both were prominent figures as Arizona legislators tried to discourage illegal immigration, but open-borders street mobs threatened retaliation over the bill signed into law that April, SB 1070. The sheriff was a strong supporter of the law, but the judge prevented it from taking effect in 2010. The U.S. Supreme Court subsequently threw out the majority of the law. Arpaio and Bolton should be facing each other next month, in April, as the former sheriff faces a verdict delivered by the…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… The Early History Of The Eugenics Movement

March 23, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101… The Early History Of The Eugenics Movement

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 more than a thousand pro-eugenics quotes, including those by Margaret Sanger, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “The eugenic movement, therefore, cannot be a short campaign like many political or social movements. It is, rather, like the founding and development of Christianity, something to be handed on from age to age” — Report of the President of the American Eugenics Society, Inc., 1926. + + + The Pioneers Make Their Case. In 1798, the Rev. Thomas Robert Malthus published An Essay on the Principle of Population as It Affects the Future Improvement of Society.…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred The High Drama Of Palm Sunday

March 22, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Restoring The Sacred The High Drama Of Palm Sunday

By JAMES MONTI As we advance through the later days of Lent, it is certainly not too soon to begin turning our attention to the days for which we are preparing, beginning with Palm Sunday, the great portal to Holy Week. Palm Sunday is one of the solemnities of highest drama in the liturgical year. For it is upon this day that our Lord undertakes in earnest His battle to the death with the Prince of Darkness and the Father of Lies. Armed with both His omnipotent divinity and the humility of His humanity, He does not hesitate to ride into battle on the lowly back of a donkey. It is a day for which God had been preparing the…Continue Reading

The Pelosi Principle

March 21, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Pelosi Principle

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: This column was released March 15, one day before the House Budget Committee narrowly approved the Republican health-care bill.) + + + Suppose the federal government confiscated 90 percent of the income of every private sector worker who earned more than the poverty level. Then suppose the government used some of that confiscated money to pay government workers and the rest to provide benefits to people who do not work or earn less than the poverty level. Would that be a transfer of wealth? If so, would that transfer of wealth go from those whose money the government confiscated to those who received it? Or from those who received it to those forced to…Continue Reading

Jacques Maritain . . . On The Person Of The Church And Her Personnel

March 20, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Jacques Maritain . . . On The Person Of The Church And Her Personnel

By JUDE DOUGHERTY At a time of when strong ecclesiastical leadership is warranted as the West drifts further from its historical anchorage, the voice of Church seems to be muted or confused. With reason, Pope Francis has been accused of deliberate ambiguity, given that he has not responded to repeated calls for clarification of his teaching in Amoris Laetitia, and now as reported in the pages of this newspaper [see story by LifeSiteNews, The Wanderer, March 2, 2017, p. 1], the new head of the Jesuit Order, Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal, seems to call into question the literal meaning of Christ’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage (Matt. 19:3-6). “The words of Jesus must be contextualized,” he has said in…Continue Reading