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Obama’s Dream World

July 9, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off
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By DONALD DeMARCO President Obama on June 14 delivered a commencement address to some 8,000 members of the graduating class of the University of California at Irvine. During his presentation, although his principal topic was the environment, he wanted to impress upon the graduates how much “progress” has taken place under his administration and since they graduated from high school. To this end, he including the statistic that “the number of states where you’re free to marry who [sic] you love has more than doubled.” While setting aside any concern for good grammar and common sense, he urged the members of his audience to fight climate change. The president’s reduction of marriage to the alleged love one person has for…Continue Reading

Frederick Douglass’ Example… Book Tells How To Remove “Racist” Label From Conservative GOP

July 8, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN The cynical national Republican establishment helped boost its candidate to a narrow victory in Mississippi’s U.S. Senate GOP runoff by campaigning, in part, with a pitch to black Democrats that the other guy in the contest, a Tea Party conservative, wanted to prevent blacks from voting. The establishment’s “moderate” Thad Cochran snatched a victory in the June 24 runoff election over challenger Chris McDaniel after Tea Partier McDaniel impressively won the June 3 primary but lacked the necessary margin to avoid the runoff. The June 3 result was impressive because McDaniel successfully had taken on Cochran, a powerful, porkmeister, longtime Senate incumbent whom the establishment was desperate to keep in his Washington job. The black Democrats, who…Continue Reading

Immigration Crisis

July 7, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Is there a way to be both rational and compassionate when dealing with the flood of immigrant children pouring across our southern borders? I would assume that even the most tough-minded advocates for tightening our borders would be unwilling to live with scenes of United States border guards dumping Hispanic toddlers into the Mexican desert to fend for themselves. Where is the intelligent middle ground in this matter? I wrestled with that question one night in mid-June after listening to Bill O’Reilly call for a strong military presence to “secure our southern border.” It sounded good. Every other country in the world polices its borders; it is central to what makes a sovereign country sovereign. But…Continue Reading

Bioethics Expert . . . Notes Social Results Of Making Good Or Bad Choices

July 6, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the right of conscience for religiously sincere business owners as June and the court’s session concluded, a national legal expert in bioethics told some leading graduate students in Arizona that when he was in law school, he couldn’t have foreseen the sorts of issues being grappled with today. Speaking to the students here earlier in June, Nikolas Nikas, president, CEO and general counsel of the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Bioethics Defense Fund (BDF), said a key question is whether the law is tied to morality or to the assertion of will. Listeners could discern that a moral standard for the law provides some reference point outside one’s own desires and…Continue Reading

Priestly Celibacy: Unnatural? Or…Supernatural? The Levitical Priesthood

July 5, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 2 The second type of priesthood in the Old Testament was the Levitical priesthood. It was established by God on Mount Sinai — whereto Moses took the people to offer sacrifice to God. There is one aspect of the Levitical priesthood that is often overlooked by those who read the Bible through anti-celibacy eyes: God our Lord imposed three conditions for the people to receive the priesthood, to become a priestly kingdom, a holy nation (Exodus 19:3-6). They were to a) be sanctified, symbolized by the washing of their garments (verse 10); b) keep themselves away from the holy mountain, and not even touch it, under penalty of death — it was God’s sanctuary,…Continue Reading

Tell The Imperial President: No More Wars!

July 4, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Barack Obama has asked Congress for $500 million to train and arm rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) who seek to overthrow the government. Before Congress takes up his proposal, both houses should demand that Obama explain exactly where he gets the constitutional authority to plunge us into what the president himself calls “somebody else’s civil war.” Syria has not attacked us. Syria does not threaten us. Why are we joining a jihad to overthrow the Syrian government? President Bashar Assad is fighting against the al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front and the even more extreme and vicious Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. In training and arming the FSA, we are enlisting in a cause where…Continue Reading

The “Triggers”

July 3, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I suspect that readers of this column have been reading about the “trigger warnings” that are being established in American colleges. George Will describes them as the “the newest campus idea for preventing victimizations.” They would be placed, he writes, “on assigned readings or announced before lectures, to provide students with a safe, supportive, and unthreatening environment.” Great news, no? This will mean that Christian students with traditional values will now be warned before they encounter nude classmates offering them condoms at their college’s “Sex Week”; also before The Vagina Monologues or a “gay” coming-out novel is assigned by their literature professors. From now on, professors who make a habit of mocking Christianity and traditional values…Continue Reading

Covering Catholicism… Fr. John Wauck Reflects On Teaching Communicators To Communicate

July 2, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By TOM HOOPES (Editor’s Note: ZENIT News Agency reprinted this with permission from the Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College in Kansas. (ZENIT made the text available; all rights reserved.) +    +    + ROME (ZENIT) — Last fall, Fr. John Wauck spoke to the Gregorian Fellows at Benedictine College about Pope Francis, the communicator. Now he will be offering a weeklong seminar in Rome for journalists, “The Church Up Close: Covering Catholicism in the Age of Francis,” organized by the School of Church Communications at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, September 8-14. I first met Fr. John in Washington, D.C., when he was a speechwriter for U.S. Attorney General William Barr and have followed his career ever since. A…Continue Reading

Blackstone Fellowship . . . Prepares Law Students To Reform Lawless System

July 1, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — “Blackstone is not a think tank, it’s a do tank,” speaker Jeffery Ventrella, Ph.D., told Christian law students at an afternoon session of the Blackstone Legal Fellowship here, which has grown steadily in scope and participation since it began in 2000. The students’ goal is to impact and restore the legal system to sound, clearly understood moral principles instead of arbitrary declarations from legal activists who impose decisions based on their personal preferences. Attorney Ventrella is senior counsel and senior vice president of student training and development at the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which advocates for religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and the family. Blackstone is an ADF ministry.

Supreme Court sides with Hobby Lobby on HHS mandate in 5-4 decision

June 30, 2014 Frontpage, World News Comments Off

Ben Johnson Mon Jun 30, 2014 – 10:01 am ESTUpdated on June 20 at 1:34 p.m. EST.WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning the U.S. Supreme Court decided closely held corporations with religious objections cannot be compelled to furnish potentially abortion-inducing drugs to their employees by a 5-4 decision. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) allows for closely-held corporations like Hobby Lobby to maintain their religious outlook and still do business, the majority ruled in a 49-page opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito. The law holds that government may only impose a mandate that burdens religious business owners’ consciences if the government has a compelling interest in doing so and uses the least invasive means possible. “We must next ask…Continue Reading