Thursday, December 18, 2014

Jesus Denialism is a Historical Fraud

If you tried to pass these arguments as a solid case in a history course, you'd fail.

We're expected to believe that all these people passed off a figment of their imagination as a historical figure.

Even if we grant that the Gospels are biased and that miracles are attributed to Jesus, so what?

Miracles are attributed to many saints of history. That doesn't argue against their existence,or against every detail in a document.

The supposed anonymity of the Gospels don't argue against them as sources, either. Anonymity doesn't make a document true or false. We know from evidence outside the Gospels that Christians did exist in the first century. These Christians would have naturally record beliefs about their Messiah. They not only name Jesus, they name people associated with Jesus whose historicity is not in doubt. We're supposed to believe they made up Jesus but they didn't make up Peter, Paul, John, James and others?

We're supposed to believe everyone was in on this fraud, for which they suffered torture?

Notice it's a "religious studies" major making the case. Not an actual historian.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Dog, My Choice!

Deceased woman's will stipulates her loyal dog be put down and cremated.

I don't believe in animal rights.

But I do believe in animal welfare.

This goes against animal welfare. It should be illegal.

Monday, December 15, 2014

SNL: Christmas Mass

Catholics on social media are raving about this clip.

For me, as a Catholic, "Christmas Mass" is on the 24th. So at night.

And I'm Canadian, so there should be snow.

And they didn't mention the one lady in the chorus-- usually in her eighties-- who sings a little louder than the others, and she always sings a few flat notes. The thing is, she sings better than the rest.

Also lacking is the kiddie pageant. And nobody seems to be wearing winter coats and suffocating half to death from the heat.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sorry for the inactivity

I've been fighting the flu for the last few days and have had precious little energy. My kids are now starting to develop it.

So it might take some time for me for get back into the swing of things.

And if I don't get a chance to say it: Merry Christmas.

And please be good in the comments.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Forcing Physicians to Act Against Their Conscience is Immoral

“As part of ensuring access to care for patients, the draft policy requires that physicians, who are unwilling to provide certain elements of care due to their moral or religious beliefs, refer the patient to another health-care provider.”

Of course, nobody asks that the dignity of the physician be upheld.

If you don't want to perform the killing of an unborn child because you are against it, you think it's equally wrong to refer the patient to someone else to have their child killed.

The patient is perfectly able to Google another doctor. There are loads of websites that will help in this endeavour.

Abby Johnson Signs Movie Deal

Based on her book UnPlanned.

Medicalizing the Language to Hide Abortion Realities

This explanation of "abortion terminology" is really an attempt to make medicine the primary definer of our reality.

When in fact, medicine is not the only aspect to abortion or to the concepts related to abortion.

Take for instance the definition of abortion:
Abortion is the removal of a fetus or embryo from the uterus prior to the stage of viability. (1) Definitions vary as to the timing of viability, with some using gestational age and others using fetal weight. In general, independent life outside the uterus becomes possible around 23-24 weeks of gestation at the earliest. (2)

Because of this definition, he calls third-trimester abortion "an oxymoron".

Moses Znaimer in Talks to Buy Sun News

Well, it was nice while it lasted.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Study Examines Outcome of Resuscitated Babies Born at 23 Weeks

The most notable find in this study was that 57% of babies had survived at 2 years (corrected age).

It's a small study. Only 87 babies were involved. And it was over a very long period (1987-2011).

So included in this study were babies who did not benefit from today's technologies.

There was follow up on 44 of 50 survivors at 2 years corrected age.

Sixty-six per cent (29/44) were diagnosed with moderate-to-severe neurological impairment.

Multiples pregnancy and lower birth rate were associated with mortality.

Without reading too much into it, I find this article encouraging. It makes the case for resuscitation for babies at 23 weeks.

Not that every baby should be resuscitated. There are, of course, some babies whose condition is so hopeless they should be allowed to die.

But it suggests that perhaps otherwise healthy babies at 23 weeks should be resuscitated and given a chance to survive.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Abortion Supporter Fears "Abortion Reversal"

I think our main concern here should be for the children we’re supposedly “saving.” Will “reverse abortion” babies be healthy? Will they suffer from side-effects of the treatment? Will they suffer brain damage? Will they develop normally? Those answers should be available already. And they’re not, which is terrifying and unacceptable.

We're "supposedly" saving.

Because wanting them dead is really saving them.

We're concerned that they might have brain damage.

Death? Not so much.

Whatever happened to "my body, my choice"?

If a woman wants to ingest Progesterone to reverse an abortion, who are we to tell her otherwise?

If the baby dies from the progesterone pill in an attempt to save him, then there's no "loss". The abortion would have happened anyway.

If the baby survives, although the baby has damage, who's to say that's not due to the first pill, the abortion pill, to begin with?

But even then, the baby survives, and that's still a plus. It's only abortion supporters who think a disabled baby is a bad thing.

I think Planned Parenthood should offer abortion reversal. It's a "choice" after all.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Pope Francis: Why Can't Divorced and Remarried Be Godparents?

Pope Francis gives another interview, this time to La Nacion, an Argentinian publication.

The interview was divided into four parts.

I just got through a couple of them.

Crux, the liberal Catholic news site, reports regarding the divorced and remarried:

He said the goal must be “integration,” and said the current prohibitions treat the divorced and remarried as excommunicated.

“Thus, let us open the doors a bit more. Why can’t they be godfathers and godmothers?” the pope asked, citing one example. “Things need to change, our standards need to change.”

Well, he said a little more than that.

They have not been excommunicated, true. But they cannot be godfathers to any child being baptized, mass readings are not for divorcees, they cannot give communion, they cannot teach Sunday school, there are about seven things that they cannot do, I have the list over there. Come on! If I disclose any of this it will seem that they have been excommunicated in fact! Thus, let us open the doors a bit more. Why cant they be godfathers and godmothers? "No, no, no, what testimony will they be giving their godson?". The testimony of a man and a woman saying "my dear, I made a mistake, I was wrong here, but I believe our Lord loves me, I want to follow God, I was not defeated by sin, I want to move on". Anything more Christian than that? And what if one of the political crooks among us, corrupt people, ate [sic] chosen to be somebody´s godfather. If they are properly wedded by the Church, would we accept them? What kind of testimony will they give to their godson? A testimony of corruption? Things need to change, our standards need to change.

The pope made a good point about double standards.A divorced-remarried person can't be a godfather, but a politically corrupt person could.

Perhaps the problem is that we only focus on grave sins when it comes to sexuality.

I have no problem excluding other kinds of grave sinners from exercising functions in the Church.

The English mistakes in the translation makes me wonder if what is written is what is actually said. The style of language is a bit awkward.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

FEMEN are the Westboro Baptists of Feminism

For their ridiculous protests.

In a bizarre and disjointed post about the incident, Femen wrote: “Europe, wake up, you have to be an idiot to take seriously these sermons parody inquisitors (sic). Everything smells of rot should be buried immediately (sic)! Long live woman! Long live the science! My pussy my rules! I AM GOD!”

And about as mindless, too.

Friday, December 05, 2014

A Primer on the Canadian Abortion Debate in the 1960s

This is an article by Fr. Alphonse de Valk that covers the Canadian Abortion debate leading up to de-criminalization in 1969. The title is: "The Abortion Issue in Contemporary Canadian History: The Unfinished Debate".

It was published in the CCHA's journal Study Sessions, in 1974. (Now known as Historical Studies.)

I find that the debate was largely one-sided, and that there was very little consideration given to the unborn child.

Much like today.

The Umpteenth Reason Why I Can't Stand Feminism

From a column on Pope Francis and women:

It would take some political bravery on his part, but the ordination of women would go a long way toward showing that women aren’t just some weird, biological necessity with no other value.
Feminists can be so blind to people who do not share their worldview.

Do they really think that Catholics view women as some "weird, biological necessity with no other value"?

Do they really believe that devout Catholic women reduce their whole selves to their ability to pop out kids?

There are so many faithful Catholic women out there in the world, doing all kinds of tasks that don't have to do with child-bearing.

What are you, blind?

The other thing that bugs me is the flipside of the coin.

Feminists diminish child-rearing.

There are women in the world who absorb themselves in having kids and raising them.

And what's wrong with that?

Is a woman who immerses herself in her role as a mother less of a human being? Is she less worthy of consideration?

Feminists sure make it sound like the only way a woman can have dignity is to reject that role.

And besides that, feminists never bother to understand how Catholicism works.

The issue of women's ordination is closed. It's not happening ladies. It won't happen.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

A Documentary on The Outcomes of Preemie Babies

This 24-minute documentary, Preemie Voices, features ten adults who were born premature in the 1970s.

The adults in this documentary run the gamut of abilities, from mentally retarded and autistic to very slight problems but highly functional.

And yes, I was thinking about how children are aborted at the age these people were born.

The Number of Abortions Done in Ontario Should Not Be a State Secret

Run with Life's Pat Maloney reports that in 2010, approximately 18 300 surgical abortions were performed in doctor's offices in Ontario.

This statistic is based on a Freedom of Information request. Before Ontario decided to exclude abortion numbers from public scrutiny.

That number of astonishing. It would be a significant percentage of all abortions.

These abortions were not counted by CIHI because they only count abortions done in clinics and hospitals, and those numbers are only provided at the provincial health ministry's discretion.

My next question would be: how many doctors are performing these abortions, and what is the average number of abortions they perform?

Because perhaps some doctor's offices may be operating as de facto abortion clinics, tucked away in private office space.

But we can't know this information, can we?

Because the Government of Ontario doesn't think  you have the right to know what your tax money is paying for.

It's also unfortunate because without these statistics, it paints a misleading picture of what's going on with respect to abortion in Ontario. People of all perspectives should support the publication of aggregate abortion numbers for the sake of the truth.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Finnish Study Says New Guidelines Reduced Suicide Risk After Abortion BUT...

From an abstract (formatted for easier reading:)

Aim: Women with a recent induced abortion have a 3-fold risk for suicide, compared to non-pregnant women. The increased risk was recognised in unofficial guidelines (1996) and Current Care Guidelines (2001) on abortion treatment, highlighting the importance of a check-up 2 – 3 weeks after the termination, to monitor for mental health disorders. We studied the suicide trends after induced abortion in 1987 – 2012 in Finland.
Methods: We linked the Register on Induced Abortions (N = 284,751) and Cause-of-Death Register (N = 3798 suicides) to identify women who had committed suicide within 1 year after an induced abortion (N = 79). The abortion rates per 100,000 person-years were calculated for 1987 – 1996 (period with no guidelines), 1997 – 2001 (with unofficial guidelines) and 2002 – 2012 (with Current Care Guidelines). 
Results: The suicide rate after induced abortion declined by 24%, from 32.4/100,000 in 1987 – 1996 to 24.3/100,000 in 1997 – 2001 and then 24.8/100,000 in 2002 – 2012. The age-adjusted suicide rate among women aged 15 – 49 decreased by 13%; from 11.4/100,000 to 10.4/100,000 and 9.9/100,000, respectively. After induced abortions, the suicide rate increased by 30% among teenagers (to 25/100,000), stagnated for women aged 20 – 24 (at 32/100,000), but decreased by 43% (to 21/100,000) for women aged 25 – 49. 
Conclusions: The excess risk for suicide after induced abortion decreased, but the change was not statistically significant. Women with a recent induced abortion still have a 2-fold suicide risk. A mandatory check-up may decrease this risk. The causes for the increased suicide risk, including mental health prior to pregnancy and the social circumstances, should be investigated further.

I really wish we had better stats in Canada so that we could properly study this phenomenon.

I wonder if there's a difference between the use of surgical abortion and chemical abortion, whether the experience of abortion contributes to mental health issues, or the abortion itself (i.e. the existential fact that you killed your baby/ended a pregnancy) contributes to it.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Perversion Rife in Irish Priesthood: Author

Dr Weafer said he did not think that the Irish hierarchy would be shocked by the revelations in the book as the interviews showed that the "hierarchy are aware" of what is going on.

"As long as priests don't go public and don't flaunt those actions that don't correspond with being a celibate priest" they turn a blind eye, he claimed.

This will shock many as the official church's attitude on homosexuality deems it as intrinsically disordered.

According to Dr Weafer: "If a priest was to say in the morning 'I am gay', he would be fired. Priests have learned to keep their heads down".

But addendum:

The researcher, who was the first lay director of the Irish Bishops' Council for Research and Development in Maynooth, said that while most of the priests he interviewed lived celibate lives, and some are enthusiastic about their priesthood, others have become disillusioned.

I don't have a problem with the odd sin. People should be forgiven. Anybody can sin.

It's when you make a lifestyle out of that sin, it's time you're removed from ministry.

Bishops should not turn a blind eye. They should be actively repressing it.

But I wouldn't be surprised if they were part of the problem...

Abortion Supporter Admits: Pro-Life Does Not Equal Misogynist


Here's another reason why pro-life individuals are not inherently sexist. It's seemingly obvious but is almost completely ignored in the abortion debate. Tens of millions of women are pro-life. According to Gallup polling, as many as 41 percent of women identify as pro-life. That's almost half! 
Did Anthony Brown and Mark Udall intend to convince voters that almost half of all American women are self-hating sexists, Hell-bent on waging war on... themselves? Regardless of their intentions, women saw through their illogical and downright dishonest allegations. Both candidates lost easily winnable races.

The dumb thing about that meme is that it's easily refutable.

Link Dump: Liberal Candidate, Preemies, Capital Punishment, IVF

I'm coming back to this story again:

Trudeau says pro-life Hamilton Liberal Tassi will vote pro-choice

Anti-fetal-rights female Catholic was chaplain of a Catholic high school, huh?

Mum of a baby left to die after being born at just 22 weeks raises petition calling for rule change

Babies of that weight have survived. If you never treat babies that young, you will never learn to how to help them survive. Survival is linked more to weight than gestational age; besides, gestational age can be wrong.

Texas execution of a severely mentally ill man would be an outrage

This case depresses me. Sign the petition.

Quebec's IVF program is being discontinued, due to austerity measures.

Hey, it's a victory for pro-lifers! Shouldn't we be cheering? (Article in French). Celebrity Julie Snyder, the province's biggest defender of the program says it will have an effect on Quebec's birthrate. Somehow I doubt it. Notice, nobody uses that argument to restrict abortion.