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One Size Doesn’t Fit All… Common Core Opponent Wins Surprise Statewide Victory

September 11, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Last winter a woman with a low public profile was turning up at local conservative meetings around here, hoping to stir some interest in her identity and her candidacy. Was the task hopeless, like trying to sell snow shovels in Phoenix? Her message? I’m Diane Douglas, I’m against Common Core, and I’m asking for your vote to be Arizona’s next superintendent of public instruction. Her snowstorm came in on August 26 when the mild-seeming Republican candidate buried the GOP incumbent under a blizzard of ballots in Arizona’s primary election. It wasn’t even close. Douglas beat State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal, 57.99 percent to 41.27 percent. There also was less than one percent of…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “Origins Of Pro-Abortion Slogans In The Birth Control Review”

September 10, 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 900 of the best quotes from The Birth Control Review, which is organized by topic, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + Most of us have heard all of the tired old pro-abortion slogans many times. When we hear people start to chant them again, we usually roll our eyes and think, “I’d sure give a lot to hear something original!” It turns out that these pro-abortion slogans are even more unoriginal and unimaginative than we thought. Reformed abortionist Bernard Nathanson recounts how he spent his time plotting the future course of the pro-abortion movement…Continue Reading

Birth Statistics Show Collapse Of The Family

September 9, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate provided this column; all rights reserved.) + + + If you count a generation as spanning 20 years, then approximately 36 percent of the American generation born from 1993 through 2012 — which has begun turning 21 this year and will continue turning 21 through 2033 — was born to unmarried mothers. That does not count the 40.6 percent of babies born in 2013 who were also born to unmarried mothers. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 40 percent of the babies born in each of the last six years — 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,…Continue Reading

To Spank Or Not To Spank

September 8, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK My guess is that there will be a difference of opinion among readers of this column about an article by Christine Sisto on the July 24 edition of National Review Online. Sisto’s topic was whether parents should have the right to spank their children. Notice I did not say “beat.” We are talking about a smack on the hand or the backside — and only by a parent. I’m confident that there would be little support in the country for a proposal to go back to the days when parents and teachers would routinely paddle or use a belt on children as a form of discipline. But what about that smack on the hand or the…Continue Reading

Cardinal Parolin . . . Church “Urgently Needs” The Teaching Of Pope Pius X

September 6, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By HILARY WHITE ROME (LifeSiteNews) — The teaching of the Pope many consider the 20th century’s greatest defender of Catholic orthodoxy and opponent of materialist secularism is “urgently needed in today’s Church,” the second highest ranking official at the Vatican said in mid-August. Speaking in the late Pope’s birthplace, the northeastern Italian town of Riese, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, said that the teaching of Pope St. Pius X — with his insistence on the “sanctity of life,” as “an indispensable condition for the credibility of the sacred ministry” — is of “utmost urgency for the Church today.” During the pontificate of St. Pius X “could be glimpsed the start of the phenomenon of secularization of society,…Continue Reading

To Defeat The Islamic State

September 5, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN The decisions that determined the fate of the great nations and empires that failed to survive the 20th century are well known. For the Kaiser’s Germany, it was the “blank cheque” to Austria after Sarajevo. For Great Britain, the 1939 war guarantee to Poland. For the Third Reich, it was the June 1941 invasion of Russia. For the Empire of the Sun, the decision to attack Pearl Harbor. And for the Soviet Empire, it was the invasion of Afghanistan. As for the United States, historians may one day concur with the late Gen. Bill Odom. For the lone superpower to survive that century, the decision to invade and occupy Iraq was the most disastrous blunder in…Continue Reading

A Movie Review… A Rock And Roll Film For The Whole Family

September 4, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES Every once in a while, there is a film that you may watch and for some reason or another, the story, its images, and soundtrack stick with you for days afterward. The Identical is one of those movies. If you’re a fan of movies with good tunes like the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line or rock and roll movies like the Ritchie Valens story in La Bamba, you’re in for a treat. Loosely based on the life of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley, this movie borrows some of the Presley’s life for its plot, but adds some unusual and unexpected twists and turns that deal with the topics of poverty, miscarriage, adoption, and faith in…Continue Reading

Archbishop Tomasi . . . Dialogue, Solidarity Needed In Response To Global Explosion Of Violence

September 4, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEBORAH CASTELLANO LUBOV VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Saying that the upsurge of violence in Iraq has awakened the world, the Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, has urged the international community to defend and protect the fundamental human rights of all those affected. In an August 26 interview with ZENIT, the archbishop not only addressed his view on whether the escalating violence in the Middle East is, as Pope Francis has said, a kind of Third World War, but also spoke on what is being and what ought to be done to address the atrocities. He also discussed speculation that President Obama will meet Eastern patriarchs and U.S. bishops in Washington D.C.,…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “The Racism In Margaret Sanger’s Birth Control Review”

September 3, 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 900 of the most extreme quotes from The Birth Control Review, organized by topic, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +     +     + Contributors to The Birth Control Review loathed the Catholic Church, but they had plenty of hatred left over for minorities. When these eugenicists started talking about “race suicide” and “human stock,” they could not help but rank various racial, ethnic, and national groups according to their utility, thereby revealing their naked racism. To begin with, what did these eugenicists consider to be the “master race”? H.J. Muller wrote “I do not think it would…Continue Reading

The Apparition At Knock, Ireland, August 1879

September 2, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Part 2 (Editor’s Note: Part 1 of this article appeared in the August 28, 2014 issue of The Wanderer, p. 8B.) +    +    + The previous article looked at what happened during the apparition of Our Lady at Knock in Ireland, in August 1879, and this article will look at subsequent events. For the rest of his life, Archdeacon Cavanagh, the parish priest, regretted that he had not seen the apparition, but consoled himself with the thought that it was undoubtedly God’s will that only the ordinary poor people should have had that privilege. The news spread rapidly, despite the fact that the local and national papers accepted a request not to publicize the events at…Continue Reading