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Not Just “A Personal Matter”… Ethics Panel Says Judges To Perform “Same-Sex Marriages”

April 7, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — The judicial march toward imposing controversial “same-sex marriage” on the United States involves more than one aspect of the issue. It’s not only inventing how to allow two members of the same sex to be recognized as a married couple, but also forcefully denying the right of anyone else to dissent from this legal fabrication. The First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty is simply ground into dust while the jackboots of mandatory immorality stomp on people. The Associated Press reported March 16 that Arizona’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee issued an opinion saying that judges who perform wedding ceremonies must also perform “same-sex” weddings, even if judges have a sincere religious objection. The judge isn’t allowed…Continue Reading

Thoughts On Indiana’s Religious Liberty Law

April 6, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES St. Bernardine of Siena wrote that deviance “disturbs the intellect, destroys elevation and generosity of soul, brings the mind down from great thoughts to the lowliest, makes the person slothful, irascible, obstinate and obdurate, servile and soft and incapable of anything; furthermore, agitated by an insatiable craving for pleasure, the person follows not reason but frenzy.” Just trying to wrap my mind around what is happening to our society gets harder and harder each day. It’s not so much madness as it is evil that is permeating every aspect of our society. Homosexuality may be a topic that you may be tired of hearing or reading about — but you’re not nearly as sick and tired of…Continue Reading

When Social Liberals Take Controls . . . No One Is Safe From Being Smashed Against Rocky Law

April 5, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN Exactly ten years before the dominant media’s enmity exploded against Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act as Holy Week arrived at the end of March, there had been another media storm carrying over into Holy Week at the end of March 2005. A disabled Florida woman, Terri Schiavo, was being agonizingly starved and dehydrated to death as her estranged husband wanted, and the dominant media judged this to be wonderfully fine. She was an unwanted burden to his future. Any other consideration was irrelevant in these media’s calculus in 2005, including the fact that the faithless husband, though still married to her, fathered two children while living with another woman. Crucially missing was any verification that Terri…Continue Reading

Stand Up For Indiana!

April 4, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN (Editor’s Note: This editorial by Patrick J. Buchanan was released shortly before Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana said at a March 31 press conference that he stands by his state’s religious freedom law and that there was never any intent to create a “license to discriminate.” Given the uproar over the policy, however, he said: “We’ll clarify that in the days ahead, and we’ll fix this and move forward.” Pence called for additional legislation that would stipulate that the law does not allow businesses to deny anyone services. (Creators Syndicate provided this commentary. All rights reserved.) + + + In what has been called the “Catholic moment” in America, in the late 1940s and 1950s, Catholics…Continue Reading

Fired Chief’s Career Up In Smoke . . . Sounding The Alarm About Imposing Invented Values On People

April 3, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN A 20th-century novel whose title was only a number, 1984, written by George Orwell, warned of a future where people themselves were reduced only to numbers, little digits under the oppression of an utterly arbitrary ruler who claimed to know what was best. Another cautionary 20th-century novel with a number, Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, pictured a future where books were considered so dangerous that people designated as “firemen” were assigned not to extinguish fires but to burn the books, sparing potential readers from having to consider uncomfortable thoughts. Now that the 21st century has arrived, it appears that the forecasted oppressive future has begun to be realized, too. Ironically, in reality in one such case, a…Continue Reading

Is This Why Liberals Are Liberal?

April 2, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I realize that it is naive to think that a single author could have the power to change the thinking of American liberals. Still, I went through a time in my life when I thought Charles Murray’s books Losing Ground and Coming Apart might do just that. Murray presented empirical evidence that things have become worse for the poor and minorities since the welfare state and the panoply of Great Society programs were put into place. Specifically, that the more the government has tried to solve the economic dislocations of the lower classes, the more it destroys self-reliance and the inner disciplines necessary for those on the lower rungs of society to thrive as free men…Continue Reading

A Potpourri . . . In Defense Of Heraclitus, And Other Matters

April 1, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By GEORGE A. KENDALL Perhaps the greatest joy that has come to me in the last 73 years, the thing for which I feel the deepest gratitude, is the gradual emergence, over those years, of a clearer and clearer consciousness of the order of all things, the consciousness of the universal community of beings, an ordered whole, which has beauty, unity (in multiplicity), goodness, and truth — in short, what we call being. The knowledge reflects many years of analysis and struggle to find clarity but in the end is something I know, intuitively, as a presence. Along with that has grown the appreciation of the goodness of human community to the extent that is achieved in this world, as…Continue Reading

The Armenian Genocide: Not An Isolated Episode

March 31, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN (Editor’s Note: April 15 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. Dr. Kalpakgian is a professor emeritus of humanities. His father was a survivor of the genocide of Armenians.) + + + During World War I, when the world’s superpowers were engaged in the main arena of battle in Europe, the Ottoman Turks exploited the crisis of the war to pursue their own personal agenda of jihad in eliminating the Christian (Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant) Armenians from their land as they pursued their ideology of Pan-Turkism. Recognized internationally as the Armenian massacres or the first genocide of the 20th century, these unspeakable atrocities annihilated an estimated 1.5 to 2.0 million Armenians — men, women, and children…Continue Reading

Catholic Students As Leaven In Public Schools

March 30, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK An article in the Mach 6 issue of The American Conservative brought back memories of a question I haven’t thought about in decades: whether it would be a noble undertaking for Catholic parents to “save” their local public schools by enrolling their children in those schools, rather than in Catholic schools. The article by Rod Dreher was entitled “The Missionary Approach to School.” Dreher used his article to respond to a seminarian who wrote on his Facebook page that he disagreed with Christian parents “who try to mandate and/or justify sending their kids or others’ kids to public school so that their children can ‘be a witness’ in an otherwise hostile environment.” The seminarian argues that…Continue Reading

The Culture Wars Invade The Church

March 29, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES The bully pulpit of the radical homosexual left has absolutely jumped the proverbial shark. Spokesperson Dan Savage reduced his argument to the level of a schoolyard taunt by challenging the well-educated and normally well-respected Dr. Ben Carson to perform a sex act on him as a way to disprove that homosexuality is not a choice, as Carson contends. Carson was interviewed earlier in March on CNN and when asked about homosexuality, Carson stated that he thinks that “a lot of people who go into prison, go into prison straight, and when they come out they’re gay.” Carson’s slightly strange answer gave Savage the opportunity to lambaste Carson in a very public and very ugly manner in his…Continue Reading