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Reflections On Today’s Christian Persecutions

August 17, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES “The violent attacks that are sweeping across northern Iraq cannot but awaken the consciences of all men and women of goodwill to concrete acts of solidarity by protecting those affected or threatened by violence and assuring the necessary and urgent assistance for the many displaced people as well as their safe return to their cities and their homes” — Pope Francis in a recent letter to the United Nations. +    +    + Sing a Little Louder is a story and pamphlet that many of us may already be familiar with. It is a story about an older man recounting a tale about his boyhood in Nazi Germany. In short, he tells about the church he attended being…Continue Reading

Is ISIS “An Existential Threat”?

August 16, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN U.S. air strikes since Friday, August 8 have opened a corridor through which tens of thousands of Yazidis, trapped and starving on a mountain in Iraq, have escaped to safety in Kurdistan. The Kurds, whose peshmerga fighters were sent reeling by the Islamic State the previous week, bolstered now by the arrival of U.S. airpower, recaptured two towns. But the peshmerga have apparently lost the strategically important town of Jalawla, 20 miles from Iran, the furthest east that ISIS forces have penetrated. The gains by the Islamic State caused Republican hawks to flock to the Sunday talk shows. “ISIS is a direct threat to the United States of America,” said Cong. Peter King. John McCain called…Continue Reading

United But Highly Divisible

August 15, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Rabbi Leslie Gutterman of Temple Beth El, in Providence, R.I., no doubt felt that he was not in violation of the U.S. Constitution when he offered a two-minute invocation and benediction to the graduates of Nathan Bishop middle school. For many years it had been the policy of the Providence School Committee and the superintendent of schools to permit principals to invite members of the clergy to give invocations and benedictions at middle-school graduations. Furthermore, Rabbi Gutterman had studied the “Guidelines for Civic Occasions,” prepared by the National Conference of Christians and Jews. According to those guidelines, public prayers at a nonsectarian civic ceremony should be composed with “inclusiveness and sensitivity” in mind.

The Destruction Of Morality

August 14, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JOHN YOUNG We are witnessing today, particularly in the Western world, the wholesale destruction of moral values. It is not just that people have gone astray in the application of true principles, while still accepting the principles. For instance, if I engage in some petty pilfering from my employer this doesn’t necessarily imply that I think stealing is moral. I may be sure that stealing is wrong, but kid myself that I’m not really stealing in this case — perhaps I tell myself the boss is underpaying me, so I’m entitled to make up the difference. What we are confronted with in modern society is a radical rejection of basic moral principles. And these are rejected because the very…Continue Reading

Bishops On Wrong Side Of The Fence?… Polls Show Growing Opposition To Illegal Entry

August 13, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — As Arizona’s August 26 primary election approaches, Republican candidates know the public wants a firm stand against illegal immigration. GOP hopefuls don’t dare send campaign mailers bragging that they support the lax border policies of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). And, regardless of their party, few candidates want to go into November’s general election boasting of favoring massive unauthorized entry. This is increasingly true around the nation, too. One would hope USCCB officials finally sit down seriously and acknowledge they need to back away from their “comprehensive immigration reform” policies that give illegal immigrants false hope, encourage massive border violation that includes violence and death, and immerse the bishops year after year into…Continue Reading

Facing A Bad Fate In November . . . Pro-Abort Democrats Try To Hush Up The Facts

August 12, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a liberal Democrat representing high-rolling Nevada and low-balling Obama, is a downcast sort of politician who gives the image of undertakers a bad name. Funeral directors may speak softly and do the best they can to comfort the unavoidably bereaved. But the sometimes lifeless-seeming, murmuring Sen. Reid takes custody of legislation and either passes it with prettified, rouged-up lies — think of “cost-cutting” Obamacare — or smothers Republican bills in the crib. On occasion, just about literally so. Last year the Republican-led U.S. House passed and sent to Reid’s Senate a bill to restrict horrifying late abortions, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The hollow Reid just set the measure aside,…Continue Reading

Dat’s Nuthin

August 11, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK For most of my married life I was a member of a parish located about 50 miles north of Manhattan. A large percentage of the parishioners were like my late wife and me, émigrés from apartments in the Bronx and northern Manhattan. But there was also a generous sprinkling of people from upstate New York and points further west, many of them employees of one of the IBM facilities in the area. One night while working on a parish committee with a man from the Buffalo area, he said something I had not thought of before: “I like people from New York City, but one thing bugs me. No matter what you say, they always think…Continue Reading

Rebranding Abortion Changes Nothing

August 10, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off
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By REY FLORES One thing I have said time and again is that no matter how hard anyone tries, no one can ever sugarcoat abortion and change the horrible and heinous act that it truly is. Ad Week Magazine recently published an article titled, “How 6 Ad Women Would Rebrand Pro-Choice, Updating a label that’s not resonating with younger women,” and The New York Times also published “Advocates Shun ‘Pro-Choice’ to Expand Message” in late July. The mere fact that the abortion industry is trying its hardest to repackage their product, which is infanticide, is absolute proof that more and more young women are coming to the realization that abortion is nothing more than a euphemism for child murder. The…Continue Reading

Trivializing Bureaucracy, And Other Matters

August 9, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By GEORGE A. KENDALL Almost everyone complains about bureaucracy (though a few deluded souls actually defend it, spouting oxymorons like “bureaucratic rationality”), but at the same time almost everyone seems to see it as something relatively trivial, as an inconvenience, a nuisance attendant on life in the modern world, one to which we need to resign ourselves. That is one of the great lies of our age. In truth, bureaucracy is an abomination, an atrocity, a horror (ask anyone who has tangled with the IRS). It is a form of organization that wages war against the spirit, because it is grounded in a positivist-utilitarian picture of man, one which denies the dignity and goodness of the human person as the…Continue Reading

How To Double The Trouble

August 8, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Fishermen of yore realized that starfish were their chief competitors in harvesting clams and oysters. Their initial strategy, however, proved to be counterproductive. They captured a number of starfish, chopped them in half and threw them back into the water. What they did not realize at the time was that starfish have the capacity to regenerate. By cutting them in half, they were actually doubling their enemies. It goes without saying that doubling one’s enemies is not a wise strategy. It does not place one on the road to victory. Yet, we continue to employ the old starfish technique without realizing that our maladaptive attempt to solve a problem multiplies our difficulties.