Big Gay Al on the Boy Scouts and Homosexuality – UPDATES

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"Look, I appreciate what you kids did. I really do. But this isn't what I wanted. I'm proud to be gay. And I'm proud to be in a country where I'm free to express myself. But freedom is a two-way street. If I'm free to express myself, then the scouts have to be free to express themselves too. I know these [scout leaders]. They are good men. They are kind men. They do what they think is best for the kids. No matter how wrong we think they might be, it isn't right for us to force them to think our … [Read more...]

Chick-fil-A: if you’re not sure, this is how fascism works – UPDATED AGAIN

Over at Facebook, I noticed a picture of Kermit and Miss Piggy marrying, with a caption about Chick-fil-A*. I can't seem to find it, now -- perhaps the person who posted it deleted it.I confess, haven't been following this story at all. But after the Muppets picture, I saw someone ranting about Chick-fil-A being denied business licenses because they were "against gay marriage."At that point, I posted to Facebook,"Whether these Chick-fil-A people support gay marriage or not, are … [Read more...]

Feeling Optimistic on the Roberts Ruling on Obamacare

Well! That was an invigorating and enjoyable 24-hour news cycle, wasn't it? The hysterics; the swearing and f'bombing; the renewed exposure of "real media" as ranting and incompetent drama queens; Nancy Pelosi's predictable incoherence; the wholesale giving over of Americans to their emotions! "We won!", "We lost"; "America is over!" "America is getting a second chance!"; "It's a tax!", "It's a penalty!"; "She's my daughter and my sister!"Oops. That's Chinatown, Jake.Yesterday many in … [Read more...]

St. Thomas More and a Letter

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Kathy Schiffer is using the Fortnight for Freedom to bring out some of the church's well-and-lesser-known freedom fighters. Today she is serving up Saint Thomas More:From prison, More spoke out strongly against Henry VIII’s marriage, calling the King’s Act of Supremacy “contrary to the laws of God and his holy Church.” More explained that no temporal prince could take away the prerogatives that belonged to St. Peter and his successors, according to the words of Christ. Although most of the … [Read more...]

NY Daily News: Can’t we put aside politics to help people?

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(Photosource)Would have missed this editorial in the New York Daily News, if not for the invaluable New Advent:Modern-day slaves, hostage to abortion: Set aside politics to help Catholic groups that fight human traffickingSome problems are more important than politics. Human trafficking should be one of them. As Secretary of State Clinton has said, “If this issue doesn’t demand zealous advocacy, it’s hard to figure out what does.”In fact, just this week, a new State Department rep … [Read more...]

Breaking: OSV, Notre Dame, Others File Lawsuit -UPDATED

Our Sunday Visitor announced this minutes ago:At 11 a.m. Eastern time today, 43 Catholic dioceses and organizations — including Our Sunday Visitor and the University of Notre Dame — filed religious liberty lawsuits against the federal government in a dozen different jurisdictions around the country.At issue are regulations that require Catholic organizations, employers and insurers to provide or facilitate abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception — in violation of their co … [Read more...]

When Marriage is an “Office” Not a “Right”

Over at First Things, I'm wondering if perhaps we have been thinking about marriage, and about all of our roles as human beings, in the wrong way. What if we thought about life in terms of Office; can we comprehend equality -- all quite natural and unforced -- then?While all offices are equal, the Office of Marriage is one of especial humility and sacrifice. The essentials of procreation residing within us are so powerful that unless one ardently works to prevent it, new life will come (a … [Read more...]

Sebelius, Gowdy, Nuance and the HHS Mandate – UPDATED

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I am inclined to want to see the actual transcripts of this exchange between HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Representative Trey Gowdy (R–SC) at a hearing this past Thursday. It's not that I don't "believe" CNA in its coverage, but, I guess I just need to verify its completeness and accuracy for myself.Why? Because it is staggering to comprehend that the vast and discretionary powers conferred upon "the secretary" by the Affordable Care Act are to be wielded by a woman displaying so l … [Read more...]

Douthat talks with Moyers on Bad Religion – UPDATED

I've been recommending Ross Douthat's book, Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, both here and elsewhere. Here he sits with Bill Moyers and they get right into it, with Douthat quickly making an argument for robust institutional religion participation in the national dialogue -- a religion that is "not separate from politics, that's involved in politics, deeply influences politics but isn't captive to a partisan cause of the left or right."An excellent discussion -- check it … [Read more...]

You want to really talk about Christian Persecution?

We talk about it, and it's a serious issue, but how much do we really know about the reality of Christian persecution, and how we folks in the pews need to be prepared to help each other as people are "paying blood for their fidelity to the Gospel"?Watch this masterful, balanced, stunningly-well done presentation by the great and knowledgeable journalist John Allen, delivered to the 2012 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. Mark Shea has linked to it and so has Thomas L. McDonald -- … [Read more...]


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