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Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Profile: Religious Coalition For Reproductive Choice”

March 11, 2014 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. For an electronic copy of chapter 8 of The Facts of Life, “Christian Teachings on Abortion,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + The mission of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) is nearly identical to its member organization Catholics for [a Free] Choice, but it is carried out on a wider scale. RCRC’s mission has three elements. The first component is to create confusion among the public as to what Christians actually believe about abortion. RCRC intends to cause doubt in people’s minds by claiming that the Church did not always oppose baby-killing. So, when the Church does…Continue Reading

A Potpourri… Biting The Bullet, And Other Matters

March 10, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By GEORGE A. KENDALL The Church has made some moves in recent years toward a restoration of Catholic tradition and orthodox teaching, but it strikes me that there is a bullet she has yet to bite — namely, open and uncompromising teaching in areas where Catholic teaching is widely rejected and hated, especially sexual ethics — contraception, abortion, and homosexuality in particular. These issues are regarded as matters not to be touched with the proverbial ten-foot pole. Even generally quite orthodox bishops are afraid to tell their priests to preach against these things. That is understandable, since a lot of the priests would refuse to obey and many might even leave the Church. And where these matters were preached on,…Continue Reading

Leftist Zombie Alert

March 9, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Our readers have responded to a variety of recent topics addressed in this space in recent months. They offer much food for thought. N.H., for example, points out that we should not assume that groups organizing against Common Core are doing so for the same reason as ourselves. He issues what he calls an LZA, a “leftist zombie alert.” He compares his LZA to an APB, an all points bulletin about left-wing maneuvering in the country. He writes of a “nascent teachers’ organization positioning itself to use the disenchantment over Common Core. This organization is still in the incubation phase, but it may prove to be a potentially viral movement soon.” Those on the right who…Continue Reading

Why I Support Religious Liberty In Arizona

March 7, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By STATE SEN. AL MELVIN (Editor’s Note: Al Melvin is a Republican Arizona state senator and candidate for governor. He was the only Republican candidate to publicly support SB 1062, the religious freedom measure that the Arizona legislature sent to Gov. Jan Brewer for consideration in late February. Gov. Brewer vetoed it. Below is State Sen. Melvin’s commentary on why he supported SB 1062.) +    +    + Arizona’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) has been law since 1999. SB 1062’s sole purpose was to update two sections of it. First, to clarify the definition of “person” to include all types of businesses and legal entities. Arizona laws largely conform to that, but more clarity was best. Second, to address the…Continue Reading

Erwin Jöris… A German With Many Years In Hitler’s And Stalin’s Prisons

March 7, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By MAIKE HICKSON Part 2 (Editor’s Note: In this three-part article, Dr. Hickson details the life of the late Erwin Jöris, a prisoner of totalitarian regimes, and explains how his life offers lessons for us today. In the conclusion, part three, she comments on how his experiences show the need to resist gradual violations of our privacy and freedom of thought and speech, before they are further eroded or effectively destroyed. (Maike Hickson holds a doctorate in French literature from the University of Hannover.) +    +    + Erwin Jöris stayed with his parents, even though they lived in the Eastern Zone of Berlin which was, of course, taken over by the Soviets. This was a great threat to him, and…Continue Reading

How Freedom Dies

March 6, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “Religious Right Cheers a Bill Allowing Refusal to Serve Gays.” Thus did The New York Times’ headline, leaving no doubt as to who the black hats are, describe the proposed Arizona law to permit businesses, on religious grounds, to deny service to same-sex couples. Examples of intolerance provided by the Times: “In New Mexico, a photographer declined to take pictures of a lesbian couples’ commitment ceremony. In Washington state, a florist would not provide flowers for a same-sex wedding. And in Colorado, a baker refused to make a cake for a party celebrating the wedding of two men.” At the time this was written, February 24, the question that Gov. Jan Brewer was facing? Should Christians,…Continue Reading

What Seems To Be . . . A Morally Mandated Public Policy Position May Not Be

March 5, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s “Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic” column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. He is the author of several books including The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic [Transaction Publishers: 2012], and most recently published an edited volume entitled Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System [Scarecrow Press: 2013]. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com. All rights reserved.) +    +    + Two recent newspaper articles — one in the Catholic and the…Continue Reading

Solving The Church’s Internal Warfare

March 4, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES There is a war going on internally within our own Church. It is a war with no winners; only losers. Is this really what we want to do? Is this really what many of our priests, bishops, and many of our Catholic brethren want for us? Why on earth then do we have a parish in Washington state whose pastor hosts annual political fairs where he allows Democratic Party political parasites to invite ardent pro-abortion, pro-homosexual “marriage” politicians? Why are the leaders of the Milwaukee Archdiocese failing to stop the implementation of the Common Core curriculum in archdiocesan schools? Why did a Catholic radio station pull back from allowing ads that — rightfully — criticize the Common…Continue Reading

How Freedom Dies

March 3, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “Religious Right Cheers a Bill Allowing Refusal to Serve Gays.” Thus did The New York Times’ headline, leaving no doubt as to who the black hats are, describe the proposed Arizona law to permit businesses, on religious grounds, to deny service to same-sex couples. Examples of intolerance provided by the Times: “In New Mexico, a photographer declined to take pictures of a lesbian couples’ commitment ceremony. In Washington state, a florist would not provide flowers for a same-sex wedding. And in Colorado, a baker refused to make a cake for a party celebrating the wedding of two men.” At the time this was written, February 24, the question that Gov. Jan Brewer was facing? Should Christians,…Continue Reading

Keep An Open Mind On ADHD

March 2, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK In the January 23 edition of this column, we featured a discussion of the increased tendency to label students with the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). We quoted from a column by National Review editor Rich Lowry, who argued that there has been an over-diagnosis of ADHD “concocted to justify the giving out of medication at unprecedented and unjustifiable levels,” that has become “a national disaster of dangerous proportions.” Lowry calls it a situation that “has run wildly out of control on the promise of an easy pharmaceutical fix to the natural rambunctiousness of childhood.” Lowry placed much of the blame on pharmaceutical companies seeking to protect a “$9 billion-a-year business with alluring ads…Continue Reading