Thursday, July 02, 2015

ProLifer Attacked Outside Australian Abortion Clinic



Suffers fractured jaw.

There will be no victory without martyrdom. Just remember that.

Pro-Abortion Blogger Calls Down Syndrome Children "Defective"

Anonymous blogger  and abortion activist Fern Hill calls Down Syndrome Children "defective".






Isn't interesting. In one breath she says "why would anyone want a defective, costly, sick child?" (Love maybe?) 

In the next she says individuals with Down Syndrome can be lovely. (see http://tinyurl.com/o68lbah).

And yet she sees no contradiction!

Completely un-self aware of how disdainful she is of people with Down Syndrome, reducing their worth to their "fitness". 

Yes, those people are lovely. But defective.

The eugenic mentality does that. It makes you measure a human being's worth by their physical qualities. But don't tell Fern Hill she shares that mentality with the Nazis. That's "going Godwin." No analogy to be made whatsoever! 

Hashtag Love Wins.


Catholic? Don't Label Yourself "Gay" Says Former Homosexual



Joseph Sciambra:


We saw being “gay” as the answer – the promise of happiness embodied in the rainbow flag; once we know Christ – to claim to still be gay is hold onto that false ideology and all it stands for; because we must be made anewand leave behind all those old ways of thinking and those old “labels.” ~ “And no man putteth new wine into old bottle: otherwise the new wine will break the bottles, and it will be spilled, and the bottles will be lost. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.”

I was having this very conversation with some younger Catholics. They all objected to this idea.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Why There Won't Be a Backlash Against Gay Marriage: Lessons from Canada

The lady is right in that abortion provoked a backlash because human beings are the victims.

Whereas nobody dies from gay marriage.

Gay marriage has been legal in Canada for ten years now. And there has been no real effort to re-define marriage again.

Canadian social conservatives are far too focused on fetal rights. There are too many issues to battle, so you have to pick the most important ones.

Plus I think social conservatives come to terms with the situation by simply keeping to the traditional definition of marriage in their minds. They tell themselves: What the state proposes isn't real marriage; it's sham marriage.

If people want to take part in this sham, that's their business. The relevant injustice in the eyes of social conservatives is being forced to act against their faith.

I think this issue draws more attention than the abortion issue. There are a lot of lazy self-identified pro-lifers who lift a finger for the unborn, but people tend to act more when their personal interests-- in this case religious freedom-- are at stake.


In Which I Commit the Heresy of Disagreeing with Mark Steyn



Mark Steyn wrote:


Even if one takes the somewhat reductive position that Canada as a sovereign entity dates only from the 1867 British North America Act or the 1931 Statute of Westminster, that would still make us one of the oldest nations in the world.

I agree with the premise that Liberals manipulate history.

But the basic premise that Canada is a young country is correct.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

From the "How Will Gay Marriage Affect You" File

Mexican activists target Catholic cardinal with criminal complaints for opposing gay ‘marriage’.

In other words, they want to criminalize the preaching of the Catholic faith on homosexuality and gay marriage.

Gee, we didn't see that coming at all.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Liberal and Conservative Approaches to Morality




Lots of good nuggets from  The Theology of Dad:

The obsession with not wanting to appear judgmental (the chief sin in our Post-Modern world) is because we know that our lives cannot stand up to scrutiny. I call it the "American Beauty effect."
Now, I hate bashing conservatives, but they do tend to believe their lives can stand up to scrutiny, and that is why they are more inclined to adhere to objective morality. Both approaches are wrong. As Tolstoy said, I love the truth so much that I teach it even when I fail to live up to it, or something to that effect. I agree. Conservatives love rules, because they have managed to abide by them. Liberals hate rules and love compassion because they recognize their own incompetence.

Niceness Doesn't Curry Favour with the World


A message to my young Catholic friends.

I was on a facebook group with you the other day. Many of you felt distress at the division that the gay “marriage’ ruling had caused. Your friends who supported SSM were upset by your opposition. Some unfriended you. You wanted them to know that you still loved your gay friends in spite of the disagreement.

As if that was supposed to matter.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Trudeau Presented Bush with Stupidity Award in 2004

Public Domain pic from 2009


From Daily Kos:

Bush took the Stupidest Man of the Year Award and for the second time in the history of the two-year-old awards won the Stupidity Award for Reckless Endangerment of the Planet.
That award was presented by Justin Trudeau, son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau. He got the biggest reaction of the night from females in the packed house, who hooted, whistled and yelled "yum" at him while he was on stage.
Bush didn't take the category alone, however, and tied with British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

I'm just going to leave that sink in.

I don't want Justin Trudeau to be PM, but wouldn't it be a little awkward if he were, and then Jeb Bush was elected president? Just kinda funny, wouldn't you think?

A Call to Disunity in the ProLife Movement




But as free human beings with independent wills, they choose a hundred different ways to further this goal. Some of them might sound goofy to us, or even repellant. But as long as they stay within our nation’s legitimate laws, we should welcome them, and accept that diversity is our strength. Working differently, even separately, is not the same as working at cross-purposes. We need unity in charity, in gratitude, and in mutual respect — but the false idea that we need unity in strategy, tactics and institutions leads to most of the ill-will and infighting in pro-life circles.

Exactly.

I rarely engage in pro-life infighting.

Because we need all kinds of people in the pro-life movement and contradictory strategies.

We need people calling for incremental laws, and people calling for abolition. We need people making religious-based arguments, and those making purely secular arguments. We need prayer, we need lobbying, we need care for pregnant women, etc.

We need it all.
 
People who believe in fetal rights are not the enemy. They are allies. Sometimes they are allies that promote things we believe to be immoral, and thereby annoy the hell out of us. But they are still allies. If we wait for people to agree with us on every individual point before they can act in the name of fetal rights, nobody will ever join.

Stay focused on the goal: fetal rights and protection of the unborn. The rest is details.



Abortion Drones in The Future of Prolife Activism

Photo: ALAMY


Abortion Drones bringing drugs to a woman's house. What could go wrong?

There's no doctor administering the drugs, nobody to contact if there's a complication.

The drone will fly from Frankfurt in Germany – where abortion is legal - to Slubice in Poland.

So now we will be fighting underground abortion exports.

Who's the doctor obtaining these drugs for illegal activity in another country? Wouldn't that be against some kind of professional code of conduct?



NDP MP Introduces Bill to Recognize Perinatal Bereavement Day

MP Christine Moore from Abitibi—Témiscamingue introduced Bill C-700, An Act to Establish National Perinatal Bereavement Awareness Day, which would be October 15th.

Ms. Moore is the NDP Health Critic.

Of perinatal loss, she said:

This kind of loss is considered one of the hardest things anyone could ever go through in their adult life, and it can cause physical and psychological suffering for the parents and the extended family. These parents often isolate themselves, since it is such a difficult experience to go through.

Why don't you tweet her and thank her for presenting this Bill?

Here's her Wikipedia Bio.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

VIDEO: The Clericalism of Cardinal Kasper

Cardinal Kasper's solution of divorce and remarriage is actually a clericalist solution.



Saturday, June 20, 2015

Rex Murphy: Trudeau's Democratic Reform Not Credible



Rex Murphy:

What do voters know of Mr. Trudeau, actually know, that would rationally lead them to believe that he would be different from so many other opposition politicians before him, who promised the world and all its delights, while on the campaign trail – and if and once successful – shuddered into being just like every other politician, who promised and reneged.
The one reform over which, indeed, he has had control, and which he did commit himself to, was that of open nominations for his party now — while still in opposition. That has gone the way of all political flesh. Liberal nominations are still as much within the gift and whim of the leader as ever they were. So, why trust him on the bigger scheme?

Managing the Electoral Politics of Fetal Rights

Photo Credit


I recently blogged about this article by Rick McGinnis, and I'm going to do it again, because he brings up a number of salient points.

For a start, we need to examine why we insist on throwing our default political support behind a political party whose leader has explicitly said that no challenge to the status quo on abortion will be made by his government. The relationship between Stephen Harper’s Conservatives and the pro-life movement is one where we get nothing while they blithely assume that they’ll still get our votes, as they’re the only major party that will allow an MP to be personally pro-life and remain in the caucus, even if they can never rely on their party to support any attempt at changing legislation. As pandering goes, it’s nakedly cynical, and to our shame it works.

There's some truth to that.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Don't Fall Prey to The Echo Chamber



Rick McGinnis makes some vital points in The Interim.

We on the pro-life – or anti-abortion, as Richard insists – side of the battle need to examine some of the articles of faith on which our cause is built, and imagine that some of them might be part of the reason why, after all these years and so much effort, we’re making such scant progress. -

There's a reason I have an open door policy on my comments section.

It's quiet now, but I've always allowed people of divergent views to post their thoughts.

Hearing from people who do not share our views makes us better activists.

From having spoken to people in real life, and in other contexts, I get the feeling that some pro-lifers hate my comments policy.

They seem to be asking: Why do you let those people troll your blog?

There are a variety of reasons, but a big one is by being able to debate and answer our opponents, and by listening to what they have to say, we improve.

Now I understand not every comments section is going to be open to pro-lifers. There are some advantages for "safe spaces".

But to completely insulate oneself from those we disagree with, especially when they have power and we do not, that is a mistake. Big, big mistake.

I would add that the reason we make scant progress has, to some degree, have to do with the scale of the problem we are confronting, and the fact that the pro-life philosophy is right now concentrated in activism. Our ideas have very little currency in the wider society: in academia, in entertainment, in day to day life. I plan to write an article on this in the future. But suffice it to say that as long as pro-lifers are only activists or only politicians, the fetal rights philosophy will not go far.



Thursday, June 18, 2015

Laudato Si Risks Being Exploited


So I read Laudato Si.

Warning: It's the Russian novel of encyclicals. It just goes on and on.

I felt like I was reading social science texts back in Cegep.

There were quite a few good pro-life passages. I knew he wouldn't let us down on that front.

On the whole, I'm fairly "meh" on the whole thing.

I can't buy into the encyclical's alarmism. The idea that we're on the brink of disaster doesn't ring true to me. Yes, I think there are problems. But no, we're not on the verge of collapse. Mostly because: if we were on the verge of collapse, scientists and the markets would do something about it.

I was not really keen on the call to eliminate use of fossil fuels.

My problem with this encyclical is not what the Pope said (although I disagreed with some of it.) Intelligent Catholics know that Catholics may disagree with the pope on any doctrine that is not  rooted in the Divine Deposit of Faith, aka Divine Revelation. An analysis of the current situation, and suggestions for the solutions to current problem are not part of the Divine Deposit of Faith.

My problem is that there are many people in the world who do not understand how Catholic doctrine works and will exploit this encyclical to advance and agenda that is ultimately harmful. They will use the accusation of hypocrisy to silent Catholics who insist on fidelity to the teaching on contraception, but do not adhere to the Pope's ideas on fossil fuels.

I just hope that whoever does the accusing remembers that the Pope never meant for his encyclical to be an excuse to abandon the pro-life cause.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

VIDEO: New poll shows Liberal support keeps dropping



VIDEO: Trudeau Wants to Be The Abortion PM



Quebec Law Could Endanger Conscience Rights of Pro-Life Physicians



Bill 62, which has created a lot of buzz in Quebec, seeks to establish religious neutrality in government services.

The media has given it coverage mostly because it seeks to ban face-coverings for those who give and receive government services.

However, there is a clause which forces physicians to exercise "religious neutrality" and not prevent people from accessing "medical services."

Which, of course, means, abortion.

It effectively means that a physician has no religious rights at work.

If you are never allowed to act on your religious beliefs, if the rights of others away take precdence over your religious rights, you effectively have no religious rights.