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Here’s The Answer To . . . “How Does My Same-Sex Marriage Hurt You?”

April 17, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — The U.S. Supreme Court may have thrown another blistering ingredient into the stew for this fall’s elections across the nation when it refused to review the case of a New Mexico wedding photographer being coerced by government to violate her conscience. New Mexico is known around the Southwest for its tangy chile harvest as summer wanes. However, the burn of the chile peppers may be nothing to match the flare of voter anger in November with another element added to public resentment against an elite that contemptuously has imposed Obamacare and other arrogance on an unwilling populace. Elane Photography in Albuquerque had been hauled through legal persecution after Elaine Huguenin, due to her religious beliefs,…Continue Reading

Whose Side Is God On Now?

April 16, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In his Kremlin defense of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Vladimir Putin, even before he began listing the battles where Russian blood had been shed on Crimean soil, spoke of an older deeper bond. Crimea, said Putin, “is the location of ancient Khersones, where Prince Vladimir was baptized. His spiritual feat of adopting Orthodoxy predetermined the overall basis of the culture, civilization, and human values that unite the peoples of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus.” Russia is a Christian country, Putin was saying. This speech recalls last December’s address where the former KGB chief spoke of Russia as standing against a decadent West:

This England?

April 15, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By ROBERT MORRISON (Editor’s Note: Robert Morrison is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council. This essay is reprinted with permission; all rights reserved.) +    +    + I was a last-minute substitute for an international conference on euthanasia, in London! The year was 1998 and I had never been to Britain before. I was so excited I could not sleep. What to see? Where to go? The conference obviously took first priority. But I wanted to spend every spare moment taking in the sights. “When a man is tired of London,” said the great Samuel Johnson, “he is tired of life.” I planned to walk everywhere. Under my own feet, I wanted to feel the streets where history happened.…Continue Reading

The Emerging Pro-Life Challenge

April 14, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON There is a feeling of hope among pro-life advocates that after 41 years of battling legalized abortion, their efforts are bearing results. The Guttmacher Institute recently reported that the number of abortions in the United States decreased from 1.21 million in 2008 to 1.06 million in 2011, a dramatic 13 percent decline, while the number of abortions per 1,000 women fell to 16.9, a historic low. In addition, 87 abortion clinics closed or stopped offering surgical abortions in 2013, reducing the total number of such facilities in the United States to 582, which is 73 percent below a high of 2,176 clinics in 1991. A number of pro-life organizations think that abortion is a failing business.

“Self-Identifying” Catholics

April 13, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES “Lord, please break the laws of the universe for my convenience, Amen” — Emo Philips. That quotation from comedian Emo Philips from the 1985 Cinemax Comedy Experiment broadcast just about sums it up for many in the modern-day Catholic Church. In that same monologue, Philips told another joke about how when he was a little boy, he used to pray to God for a new bicycle, but then he realized that the Lord did not operate that way. So Philips instead stole a bicycle and asked for forgiveness. Nevertheless, he got his bicycle.

Arizona Border Fence . . . Speaks Volumes About Violations That Cardinal Overlooks

April 12, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

    By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — There wasn’t too much to disagree with in the words of the homily that Boston’s Sean Cardinal O’Malley, OFM Cap., delivered April 1 during a Mass at the high border fence in Nogales, Ariz. But what remained unsaid? Many people are suffering and deserve Christian compassion, he said, giving examples of people seeking better lives. The cardinal did condemn some people harshly twice in his prepared remarks, though. Drawing his displeasure were “the xenophobic ranting of a segment of the population” and “the bigotry and xenophobia of the Know-Nothings.” He wasn’t referring to illegal aliens.

The United Nations As False Religion

April 11, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO The 1945 Charter of the United Nations proclaimed its intention “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war . . . to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person . . . to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom . . . to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors.” All these aims are most commendable and one could put forward a strong case that they are consistent with the aims of the Catholic Church. The fact that it is only too clear that the UN and the Church do not see eye-to-eye on many other important…Continue Reading

As Abortion Movement Dodders . . . Fifth Circuit Upholds Texas Requirements

April 10, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN The aging of the pro-abortion revolution was noted in passing in the unanimous ruling by the Fifth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals that upheld two challenged provisions of the Texas abortion law passed last year. An owner of the Whole Woman’s Health clinics “testified that 11 of the 14 physicians at her clinics are over the age of 60, and six are over the age of 70,” the opinion by Judge Edith Jones noted. The misplaced bright hopes of pro-abortionists from the 1970s have declined into decrepitude as their revolution has been exposed as a dismal failure and betrayal of women. Legions of eager new abortionists just aren’t materializing. The Fifth Circuit’s 3-0 ruling on…Continue Reading

Turning Up The Heat On De Blasio

April 9, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It is not yet clear whether New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will get away with his campaign to close down the city’s charter schools. What is clear is that he will not do it easily. He is in a fight. Commentators of all political persuasions are turning up the heat. What de Blasio is doing is being seen by more and more New Yorkers as an affront to fairness, decency, and common sense. He is closing down schools that help the city’s minority children, forcing them into failing neighborhood public schools. Thomas Sowell, as one would expect, is in the vanguard against de Blasio. He asked in a recent column: “Why would anybody who…Continue Reading

Operation Rice Bowl . . . Helping Or Hurting The Poor?

April 8, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES At one time or another, we have been asked to help the poor, whether it was through the Church or being asked directly by a beggar. Once I approached a woman and her children at the corner of State and Lake Streets in downtown Chicago as mom was rummaging through a trash can looking for something to eat for her children. I gave her the last 20 dollars I had and prayed for them. Another time recently at Santa Monica pier in Los Angeles, I saw a man also digging through a trash can looking for anything he could eat. I had just gotten my cheeseburger and fries from the Pier Burger when I saw him and…Continue Reading