Thursday 21st August 2014

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Blackstone Meeting . . . International Students Hear Call To Become Great Leaders

August 20, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Although many people began noticing moral degeneracy being thrust on society aggressively at the direction of Barack Obama in the White House, he was only continuing an elite strategy already well under way. Permissive abortion, homosexual disorientation, and other ills didn’t start with the Chicago messiah and weren’t confined to the United States. To take one example from ten years ago, The Family Reporter, newsletter of United Families International, in 2004 told of efforts to impose distorted morality in Latin America. Under the headline “Invasion of Latin America,” an article told of a meeting in Puerto Rico by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) that brought up abortion and “reproductive rights.”…Continue Reading

Did Obama Ask Himself . . . What Right Does The U.S. Have To Take Other Countries’ Children?

August 19, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off
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By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — When conservative filmmaker and activist James O’Keefe released a dramatic video on August 11 of a rubber-faced terrorist easily wading across the Rio Grande River into Texas, there was another touch he could have added but didn’t. O’Keefe could have floated some little rubber ducks on the river separating the U.S. and Mexico and labeled them “fierce alligators.” Remember when Barack Obama pledged in 2011 that the border already was secure, but, the president said, some picky critics wouldn’t be satisfied until there were alligators on patrol? Some little duckies on the Rio would have had all the bite of Obama’s toothless border security.

Chicago’s Gang Murders … Letting A Crisis Go To Waste?

August 18, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been associated with the phrase “Never let a crisis go to waste” since his days as President Obama’s chief of staff. Emanuel explained, “What I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you could not do before.” Which means expanding the size of government and increasing taxes. That’s not an accusation. It is what modern liberals do, whenever they get the chance, because they are convinced the state is the primary vehicle for achieving a just society. OK. But why, then, is Emanuel not doing more to solve the major problem facing his city? Night after night, weekend after weekend, we are hit with the stories of children being…Continue Reading

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