PP on Komen Debacle: “A learning opportunity”

Charlotte Hays writes at the Register that the Komen decision was about a Planned Parenthood shakedown:“What happened this week was nothing short of a mafia shakedown by Planned Parenthood of the Komen Foundation,” said Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, a New York and Washington, D.C.-based research association that works exclusively on international social policy. “Planned Parenthood’s message was: ‘Give us money or we will shut down your organizat … [Read more...]

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Komen and HHS: The Day of the Bully Dawns – UPDATED

In just about 24 hours the "non-political" billion-dollar entity known as Planned Parenthood -- which does not itself do mammograms, despite how ABC News frames it -- managed to leak the news that the Susan G. Komen Foundation would no longer be contributing $700,000 dollars to its coffers, get the two stupidest women in the US Senate to go into public hysterics, bring out the heavy guns of the mainstream media and apparently win Komen's surrender!We want to apologize to the American public … [Read more...]

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Pro-Lifers and the Truth-Phobic Press

Photosource: telecareKatrina Fernandez has pictures from yesterday's March for Life, and she promises that more are coming.Watching yesterday on EWTN, I heard estimates of nearly half-million people marching peacefully and cheerfully, in the freezing rain, in support of life, which is -- at its core, as Tim Muldoon writes -- a march in support of love:In our experience, the metanoia of loving has meant seeing orphans not as problems to be solved, but as beloved children who will … [Read more...]

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Our Daughters Dreams Arise from this Glad Slaughter!

The president, whose administration last Friday declared that religiously-founded institutions -- schools, hospitals and charities -- have no right to their own consciences when it comes to paying for contraception, abortifacients and sterilization -- dropped these pearls for us on the occasion of the anniversary of Roe v Wade, a law passed some 40 million abortions ago:As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a … [Read more...]

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The Vanishing: Can Faith Fuel the Future?

Last year I mused over at First Things about Vienna, and how it had seemed, when I visited, to be vasishing before my eyes:A few years ago I had occasion to spend a few days in Vienna. The beautiful city of museums and music remains a favorite but a forlorn one; its charming avenues and architecture and nightly concerts could not fully distract from the sleepy sense of diminishment that hung over the city, like the acquiescence of a cancer patient who has decided to forgo the next round of … [Read more...]

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The Towers in Korea: What Humanity? – UPDATED

I saw this yesterday and wondered if it was a hoax:The designers of the towers, Dutch architectural firm MVRDV, have responded to the controversy by quickly publishing an apology in English. “It was not our intention to create an image resembling the attacks,” the designers insist, “nor did we see the resemblance during the design process.”They did not see the resemblance during the design process? The problem with this assertion – apart from its inherent implausibility – is that they hav … [Read more...]

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Assessing People as “Units” is Evil – UPDATED

As regular readers know, I rarely listen to talk radio -- the reception is lousy in the house and when I'm driving I like to listen to my cd's. But I was monitoring traffic on the all-news station and something annoyed me so I started flipping around. I hit the Mark Levin show and was stopped in my tracks by a conversation between Levin and a caller who identified himself as a neurosurgeon. Now I need to confirm if this is real.The caller said that he had recently gone to Washington to … [Read more...]

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“Catholics have this ‘conscience’ thing!”

This obnoxious woman is never going to get off the stage; she's going to be with us for another decade, at least, spouting this kind of brainless, willfully obtuse stuff:“I’m a devout Catholic and I honor my faith and love it . . . but they have this conscience thing [that puts women at risk.]’’And thank God for it, says I. This "conscience thing" is one of the last centering poles still propping up the once-understood notion that people are more than automatons with utilitarian lives. It … [Read more...]

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Religious Persecution in the USA? – UPDATED

(Photo: Saturday Evening Post)Yesterday I linked to several stories that outlined the growing tension between our government and our churches.Today at Patheos, two more perspectives:Russell Shaw declares The Persecution of Religion has Begun and explains: "Don't think I'm making the wild-eyed claim that this new persecution either is or ever is likely to become a bloody one resembling the purges of the French and Mexican Revolutions or the Communist war on religion—eruptions of v … [Read more...]

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2009: Banner Year for Abortions

I remember having sex-ed in junior high school, 1971.So, now we've had 4 decades -- forty years -- of sex education in the public schools, which was supposed to teach kids, among other things, about contraception and "responsible, safe" sex. Sex education was supposed to "prevent unplanned pregnancies" and in that sense was supposed to help create a world where abortion was "legal, safe and rare."And abortion clinics -- especially Planned parenthood -- they're a "service" to women, and … [Read more...]

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