Monday, May 02, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Defenders of the Unborn: The Pro-Life Movement Before Roe v. Wade

In Defenders of the Unborn, historian Daniel  K. Williams asks: why did the pro-life movement last so long, even as other social conservative movements faded away?

The answer lies in the fact that pro-lifers see themselves as leading a human rights campaign. This may be blindingly obvious to those inside the movement. But many on the outside still see the fight against abortion as a crusade against sexual immorality. Williams go through the history of the pro-life cause decade by decade to show that it had its origins in liberal values of defending the weak and not conservative sexual morality. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Links: Pro-life, Environment,Pot, Catholic Priests etc

Earth Day predictions of 1970. The reason you shouldn’t believe Earth Day predictions of 2009. This post is from 2009, but it's still relevant and illustrates why I can't take serious any kind of environmental alarmism. The best predictor of future results is past results.

Non-Judgmental Shepherds. It bothers me that people over the age of 18 must have things this obvious explained to them. It's not rocket science:

But below the surface of a so-called “non-judgmental” person are indulgence and apathy, an inability to see evil, personal narcissism, the pathological desire to be liked, going along to get along, as long as everyone is comfortable. This is why there are so many “non-judgmental” priests, despite the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent by the People of God on each of them during their seminary education, an education that should have included solid courses on logic and Catholic moral theology. To describe Jesus Himself as “non-judgmental” is not only inaccurate, it is exceedingly shallow and insulting.
Similarly, to label a priest “non-judgmental” is damning. It means he is incapable of thinking clearly, affirms his people in their moral errors, and doesn’t take stands opposing the new morality of polite secular opinion. It means he doesn’t have the courage to warn his people against the danger of mortal sin and the fires of Hell.
“Non-judgmental” clergymen do not concern themselves with lost sheep. “Non-judgmental” clerics have made their peace with evil and are comfortable with the adulation of their sheep. They are hirelings, evil shepherds and anti-Christs. (I hope I’m not missing nuances.)

'We don't play God': Indigenous communities concerned about doctor-assisted suicide:

"The worst thing we can do is start to implement a program that is designed in the city and just assume that is going to work in our Indigenous communities," he said.
Legalize euthanasia! What could wrong, what with all these suicidal aboriginals who live hundreds of miles from a hospital? I mean their body, their choice, right? It would sure solve a lot of people's problem.

Top Twenty-Five Stories Proving Target’s Pro-Transgender Bathroom Policy Is Dangerous to Women and Children. If men are allowed into women's bathroom/changerooms, it creates greater vulnerability to women. If it's already happening now, it will be easier for perverts to exploit their victims when there are effectively no gender boundaries.  

And if that's not creepy one Target store north of LA, they put urinals in a women's bathroom.

Couple Sues Abortionist Warren Hern for Malpractice in Late-Term Nightmare, He left part of the baby's skill inside the woman. UGH!!!

That'll learn us!


Here's the video:

Rallies against Bill C-14 at your local MP's office (April 27) and on parliament hill (June 1).

​When disaster relief brings anything but relief. Just send money. No one wants your old crap. Or your new crap. They don't need it.

Organized crime ‘may infiltrate’ new pot regime, internal federal paper warns. Legalize pot! What could go wrong!

"As the experiences of other jurisdictions and of the regulation of alcohol and tobacco in Canada have shown, regulating a substance does not automatically remove it from illicit markets as evidenced by importation and sales of contraband tobacco," the paper says.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Development and Peace Gives Money to Pro-Abort Organisations in Canada

It seems that there are still issues of concern with regard to Development and Peace. Medias-Presse-Info, a French-language alternative news source has dug up some information that indicates a continuing pattern of disregard for Church teaching.

MPI examined Development and Peace's contributions to other organisations by looking up its page on the Canada Revenue Agency website.

One troubling donation was directed to The Steelworkers Humanity Fund. In 2015,  D & P gave $5000. (See Donation #3).

Now that, in itself, may not too concerning, although labour unions tend to be strongly pro-abortion. But this Steelworkers Humanity Fund stands out because its vice-president  is notorious pro-abortion Carolyn Egan. For those of you who may not know, she is the head of the Ontario Coalition of Abortion Clinics and she has been a spokesperson for the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada. She is also the head of the Toronto local of the Steelworkers Union, and President of the Canadian chapter of International Socialists.

And as if that wasn't troubling enough, Revenue Canada says that $5000 donation was ear-marked for political activity.

It makes you wonder what that political activity was.

Development and Peace also donated $36 000 to Entraide Missionnaire. (Donation #9.)

Sounds pretty innocuous, right? A Catholic organisation giving to a Catholic organisation.

Except that Entraide Missionaire was a host of a convention in September 2015 entitled "Women's Rights, Continuing Struggles" (Droits des femmes : des luttes toujours actuelles. )

One of the speakers at this conference was Michèle Asselin, who outlined feminist history in the last fifty years and spoke of access to contraception as a means of women's emancipation.

Another speaker, Marie-Andrée Roy, criticizes religious fundamentalism in the Church. She denounced the fact that women's are regulated with regard to contraception and abortion.

Did any Development and Peace money end up funding this non-sense? You wonder....

And by the way, $23 500 of that donation was ear-marked for political activities.

The Centre Justice et Foi, a dissident organisation associated with the Jesuits, received $20 000, $6000 of which was ear-marked for political activity.

Again, sounds innocuous enough, until you learn that at its head is one Elizabeth Garant, who was a strong critic of Cardinal Ouellet when he denounced abortion before leaving for Rome in 2010.

How is it that any organisation that discriminates against unborn children is still allowed to have any part of the Church?

I mean I would bother to go into detail about D &P $50 000 donation to the pro-abort United  Church of Canada ($20 000 of which was ear-marked for political activity) but it seems kinda like small potatoes -- I'm not really sure how that money was spent, although you can guess.

Development and Peace was placed under the tutelage of the Canadian Catholic Bishop, but this non-sense continues. Catholic money is used to fund organisations who undermine the right to life and Catholic teaching. How is this allowed to happen? It could be that the money was actually spent on legitimate activities (although I doubt it). But it's all a question of fungibility, isn't it? When you give money to organisations that undermine Catholic teaching-- even when the expense is legit-- they have more money to spend on those activities that oppose our faith.

And Development and Peace doesn't seem to mind too much.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Links: Fetal Rights Debate, Michael Voris, Same-Sex Marriage, Transgender, Pot

So many links to comment, so little time.

Bring on Canada's new abortion debate says two pro-abortion researchers.

While the abortion debate in Canada remains far from the tumultuous boil of the late 1980s, its temperature has been increasing. The closure of New Brunswick’s only abortion clinic, Justin Trudeau’s decision that new Liberal candidates must support a pro-choice position and the intensified political efforts of the anti-abortion movement are just a few of the signs suggesting that abortion may remerge as a mainstream political issue.

So mission accomplished, pro-lifers have managed to keep the debate alive, in spite of predictions to the contrary.

What I recommend to my fellow pro-lifers is to start calling it "the fetal rights debate". The question we should raise is: are fetuses human beings and do they have rights. Note the researchers don't address that point. They want to have an abortion debate framed on their own terms. They simply can't win so long as the issue is actually debated.

Michael Voris reveals his past homosexual lifestyle. He says that people in the Archdiocese of New York were ready to out him, so he had to speak up. I don't know if that's true. I think the prudent thing would have been to tell the story without mention of a conspiracy. I think his testimony is powerful, notwithstanding my issues with Church Militant. It shows the transformative power of God.

Norway’s Church to seek Vatican permission to stop officiating at civil weddings. One of my Catholic friends was happy about this. I'm not so sure. I feel like Norway's Catholic Church caved into politicians without even trying. True, they are a very small minority. On the other hand, it does send something of a message that the State's version of marriage isn't real marriage.I just wonder if this means Catholics no longer have to get married by the State. Normally laws exist to protect spouses. But if the law isn't even real marriage, does that mean Catholics have to abide by it. I wonder....

Drop The T From LGBT. Provocative essay from ex-trans Walt Heyer. Also interesting in light of this essay is this blogpost from a lesbian feminist:  White man who identifies as a Hindu woman is a university women’s centre coordinator. She writes:

I couldn’t make this  [stuff] up even if I tried. A white man named “Daphne Shaed,” who identifies as a “tranny cyborg Hindu woman” is on staff at the University of Victoria Women’s Centre.

It’s completely unbelievable that university women’s centres have become safe spaces for narcissistic MRAs and unsafe spaces for feminists. My only hope is that this guy brings more women to peak trans.

I am so heartened that at least someone in the gay/feminist community gets it. I feel like there's hope to the end of this insanity.

City of Vancouver moving ahead to close more than 150 pot shops. Pot legalization sounds like a big cash grab for politicans.

17-year-old dad: ‘My life fell apart’ after my girlfriend had an abortion without my knowledge. This is a sad story. But until the unborn child has legal existence, there is no 'dad' in the story, at least not from a Canadian perspective.

The wisdom of Camille Paglia: Navel-Gazing While the World Burns. Sometimes I wonder why she isn't a practicing Catholic. She has so much potential.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

VIDEO: Psychiatrist Talks to Steve Crowder on the Harms of Marijuana

This is a fascinating interview between Steve Crowder and Dr. Phyllis Boniface, a neuro-psychiatrist who treats marijuana users. She is also a libertarian who doesn't think marijuana should be legalized. She discusses the harms associated with marijuana and how it could affect society. A bit of a long video, but worthwhile.