Blind to the obvious

In this provocative op-ed for the NYT, John Miller, former State Department ambassador, goes after the Justice Department for its apparent failure to back up the President's agenda to combat sex trafficking both in the US and internationally.The whole piece is worth reading, but one section in particular stands out:A culture clash, I suspect, is the real reason for the Justice Department’s opposition. This isn’t the usual culture clash of right and left, religious and secular. In this case, t … [Read more...]

Humanae Vitae – Still Truckin: 40 Years Later

Humanae Vitae, the encyclical of the Catholic Church known more for it's opposition to contraception than for it's overall message, has just turned 40. Despite the naysayers, the Church still teaches the contraception is contrary to the reality of true love. No matter how "unpopular" the teaching, more and more people have come to embrace it. I've even met someone who converted to Catholicism after hearing Prof. Janet Smith's talk, "Contraception, why not."In honor of the 40th anniversary, … [Read more...]

Push – to gift or not?

Recently I was interviewed for this piece in the Washington Times on the topic of push presents. My original comment is posted here. In a nutshell, I think they're a lovely tradition that has been hi-jacked.' … [Read more...]

I owe somebody some Botox…

'I got married not so long ago, but it seems like I missed out on the latest trend: Botox for your bridesmaids.Just when you thought that wedding hype and the accompanying multi billion dollar industry couldn't get any did. For a laugh, check out the latest spin for selling Botox and assorted cosmetic procedures.I say laugh because you'll cry otherwise.(Thank goodness I only had one witness/matron of honor. Can't imagine owing botox to a whole troop of bridesmaids.) … [Read more...]

Challenging the NAACP

'Blacks make up about 13 percent of the US population, but they account for about a third of all abortions. Clearly, there are some discrepancies here.','Bill McGurn of the Wall Street Journal puts these numbers in the context of efforts that the NAACP could support in order to help the black community, especially women. Read the whole piece , but this part puts the case pretty clearly:On the other side, of course, are the maternity homes and Crisis Pregnancy Centers. Planned Parenthood and … [Read more...]

Moving back toward the fold

This recent article by Paul Kengor suggests that the Methodist Church might be coming back, closer to the fold.While Kengor is commenting on Hillary Clinton's relationship to the Methodist Church, I find it interesting that there are some very substantial shifts in the platform that the United Methodist Church has embraced for many years. Take a look:Among the steps taken was a statement encouraging the church to “assist the ministry of crisis pregnancy centers and pregnancy resource c … [Read more...]