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Georgia College Sued For Censoring Student Speech

December 23, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Georgia College Sued For Censoring Student Speech

ATLANTA — Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys on December 19, representing a student at Georgia Gwinnett College, filed suit in federal court to challenge the college’s speech policies. Those policies forbid any expression “which disturbs the peace and/or comfort of person(s)” and restrict speech to two tiny speech zones that make up less than 0.0015 percent of campus and are open only 18 hours per week. School officials used the policies to censor a student from speaking about his Christian faith. “The First Amendment guarantees every student’s freedom of speech and religion. Every public school — and especially a state college that is supposed to be the ‘marketplace of ideas’ — has the duty to protect and promote those freedoms,” said…Continue Reading

Catholic League Comments… FFRF Wants To Censor Christmas

December 23, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Catholic League Comments… FFRF Wants To Censor Christmas

NEW YORK — Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, on December 1 commented on the anti-Christmas efforts of the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF). Following is the text of his remarks: Secularists are not necessarily anti-Christmas, but the radicals in their ranks are. At the top of the list is FFRF. Its tactics are twofold: If religious Christmas symbols and events cannot be banned, secular symbols and events must compete with them. Consider the following. For many years, the northern Michigan town of Menominee has displayed a Nativity scene on public property. It was taken down this year after a complaint by FFRF. Chicago’s Daley Square has long been host to a life-size Nativity scene, and in recent years…Continue Reading

Pope Names New Bishop Of Dallas

December 22, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Pope Names New Bishop Of Dallas

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pope Francis has named Bishop Edward Burns of Juneau, Alaska, as bishop of Dallas. The appointment was publicized in Washington, December 13, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Bishop Burns was born October 7, 1957, in Pittsburgh. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, and holds a master of divinity degree and a master of arts degree in theology from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1983 and ordained as a bishop in 2009, when Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as bishop of Juneau. During 2016, Bishop Burns has been a member of the U.S. Conference of…Continue Reading

“Why Euthanasia Is Wrong — From A Secular Viewpoint”

December 21, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on “Why Euthanasia Is Wrong — From A Secular Viewpoint”

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 chapter 23 of The Facts of Life, “Euthanasia,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + Conclusion We have seen that there are several reasons why physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia are wrong — from a secular viewpoint. To begin with, a very high percentage of people recover from allegedly permanent comatose states. Euthanasia also sets a terrible example for younger people, is a lazy and shortsighted way of dealing with problems, and is the greatest example of succumbing to ultimate despair. However, perhaps the most important reason that self-murder is wrong from a practical standpoint is…Continue Reading

Li’l Evergreen

December 20, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Li’l Evergreen

By DEREK BECHER Li’l evergreen, you sparkle bright, Enlightening dark winter’s night; Your shadows shed upon the walls, And stretch among the house’s halls. For years I’ve set you in your stand At Christmas, with a caring hand, So you could fill my heart with cheer, Making dark midwinter clear. The tiny lights and balls you hold, Glimmer green, red, blue and gold. Your shiny needles — stretching long Wish to dance with Christmas songs. Your branches, some are crooked so, But still, on you, the garland flows. In my eyes, you’re the finest tree To place o’er my nativity. For many days above the gifts Your joy is spread, like snowy drifts; Visitors throughout the season Find your beauty…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Charlemagne: A Medievalist’s Interpretation Of His Life

December 19, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Charlemagne: A Medievalist’s Interpretation Of His Life

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY Fried, Johannes. Charlemagne. Translated by Peter Lewis. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2016. xi +673 pp. Charlemagne was born in 748 on an estate somewhere between Paris and Compiègne. The son of Pepin the Short, he ruled from 768 until his death in 814. Johannes Fried is a distinguished historian and medievalist, who until his recent retirement was professor of medieval history at the University of Frankfurt am Main. The present work follows on his authoritative volume, The Middle Ages. Charlemagne is not a biography in the usual sense. Fried calls it a work of fiction, because he has amplified and interpreted what is known of Charlemagne’s life. Although his profile is always warranted by data…Continue Reading

The Second-Greatest Gift

December 18, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on The Second-Greatest Gift

By DEREK BECHER “She’s gone, Thomas. I’m sorry.” With a hug, the words fell softly from Lisa’s lips as she walked out of the operating room, her own eyes reddening from the moisture of salty tears. Yet, despite the enduring empathy that she showed and offered through these past few months, the words still sounded like an alarm to Thomas, and certainly, they felt like tiny daggers, tearing his heart apart. His beloved Annabella, who just a year ago was overflowing with a love for life, and energy, had ultimately breathed her last, succumbing to the disease that she had valiantly fought, despite the pain it caused her. And now, mere days before Christmas, Thomas sat crumpled over in his…Continue Reading

The Importance Of Holidays

December 17, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on The Importance Of Holidays

By DONALD DeMARCO Bishop Fulton J. Sheen fully appreciated the value of humor. He would invariably open his TV show, Life Is Worth Living, which was watched back in the 1950s by an estimated 30 million viewers, with a joke or a funny story. He knew that humor was double-edged. It could make a point as well as make people laugh, appealing both to the mind and to the funny bone. One of my favorite of his one-liners is his reference to the man who was an atheist for a year, but had to give it up because there were no holidays. Sheen’s witticism actually compliments atheists for it implies that they have a sense of the holy and long…Continue Reading

Garlands In The Sky

December 16, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Garlands In The Sky

By DEREK BECHER The winter winds blew early that year, bringing a record snowfall to Jubilee County. By November, the country roads were impassable, as frosty drifts gathered and grew along the roadsides, especially where the woods crept toward their shoulders. A week later, country residents had already assembled their horse-drawn wagons and sleighs for the first trips into town, which became less frequent because of the duration of the roundtrip excursion to Merry Vale. Winter had indeed arrived early, and with the thick blanket of snow that it had brought, it was there to stay. For Marie and her brother, Matthew, that first snowfall brought dreams of Christmas, as always. Before long, their town would be decorated with the…Continue Reading

Reflections Of A Magus

December 15, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Reflections Of A Magus

By JOHN YOUNG It is now some weeks since my companions and I returned from Bethlehem, and we still don’t understand fully the wonderful events that we experienced. No doubt the meaning will become clearer with the passing of the years and the fulfilling of the prophecies. It all started with the appearance of the miraculous star. Clearly this portended some major event in the history of the world, and we received a revelation from God that the star marked the birth of a great King of the Jews who, in some mysterious way, would save the world. We were not surprised that we were inspired to bring Him gifts of gold and frankincense: gold for a king and frankincense…Continue Reading