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  • Catholic bishops should learn from the Mormons (No, he's serious. Ref: "Gay Marriage" & Polygamy)

    04/17/2015 10:05:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | April 17, 2015 | Father Thomas Reese, S.J.
    The U.S. Catholic bishops could take a lesson from Mormon leaders on how to deal with religious liberty and gay rights. The Mormons have been strong allies of the Catholic bishops in the fight against gay marriage and the protection of religious freedom. But when the Mormons saw they were on the losing side in this fight, they were willing to compromise to protect what they considered essential. Like the Catholic church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints respects tradition and does not change teaching easily. But Mormons do have a pragmatic side. With the entire nation aligned...
  • University Recruits Teens to Abort Their Babies in Name of “Scientific Research”

    04/17/2015 6:23:57 AM PDT · by xzins · 30 replies
    Life News ^ | Apr 15, 2015 | Kristan Hawkins
    Oxytocin is that feel good hormone that bonds a child to his or her mother. But never mind that. Researchers in Hawaii are recruiting girls as young as 14 to participate in second trimester abortions, where the preborn baby is 18-24 weeks gestation, in order to test whether or not oxytocin can reduce bleeding in mothers during and after abortion. The study is being conducted by the University of Hawaii and the University of Washington in Seattle – both public universities, which leads to the obvious question: is the government funding this study? A second trimester abortion is at least...
  • Girl Scouts start new troop in ‘gay pride’ center, invite boys living as girls to join

    04/17/2015 6:13:55 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 53 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/17/15 | Kirsten Andersen
    SALT LAKE CITY, UT, April 17, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- The Girl Scouts are once again kicking up controversy with their “progressive” approach to sexuality, this time by starting a brand new troop aimed at gay and lesbian families and boys who consider themselves “transgender” – in other words, boys who believe they are girls trapped in biologically male bodies."As long as a youth identifies as a girl or with girls, even if they are genderfluid on the day that they registered, then they can become a Girl Scout," said Shari Solomon-Klebba, the Utah Girl Scout outreach coordinator responsible for Salt...
  • Grisly girl-bleeding experiments at Univ. of Hawaii and the trail that leads to Planned Parenthood

    04/17/2015 6:07:22 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/16/15 | STOPP
    April 16, 2015 (STOPP.org) -- Girls as young as 14 are being recruited by researchers at the University of Hawaii to see how much they will bleed if deprived of oxytocin during late-term abortions. Hemorrhage is a life-threatening consequence of late-term abortion, and oxytocin is used to make the uterus contract and control bleeding.The lead researcher in the study is Dr. Bliss Kaneshiro, an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii. Research cited on Megyn Kelly’s website reveals that Kaneshiro and the other researchers in the project are part of a program that collaborates with Planned Parenthood in training abortionists. Kaneshiro, Elizabeth Micks, and Kate...
  • Data shows homosexuals hugely overrepresented on the big screen, but GLAAD says it’s not enough

    04/16/2015 10:16:59 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 45 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/16/15 | Kirsten Andersen
    April 16, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- A gay advocacy group has released a report showing that the number of Hollywood films featuring homosexual behavior has risen to an all-time high, with nearly 16 percent of films released in 2014 featuring at least one homosexual, lesbian, or bisexual character.  But the activists said they still aren’t satisfied, citing a lack of leading roles for homosexuals, insufficient racial diversity among gay characters, and occasionally less-than-positive portrayals of the homosexual lifestyle by some filmmakers.To produce its 2015 “Studio Responsibility Index,” homosexual advocacy group GLAAD analyzed the film releases of seven major film studios and...
  • Marco Rubio: I’d attend a gay wedding

    04/16/2015 3:35:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 248 replies
    Fusion ^ | 4/15/15 | Brett LoGiurato
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida), the newest and youngest official Republican candidate for president, has said he believes marriage should be “traditional”—between a man and a woman.So Fusion’s Jorge Ramos asked him: If someone in his family or on his staff were gay and getting married, would he attend the wedding?“If it’s somebody in my life that I care for, of course I would,” Rubio told Ramos in an interview on Wednesday.“I’m not going to hurt them simply because I disagree with a choice they’ve made or because I disagree with a decision they’ve made, or whatever it may be,” he...
  • The birth control pill shrinks women’s brains and increases risk of Crohn’s disease: New studies

    04/16/2015 6:38:11 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 34 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/15/15 | Lisa Bourne
    LOS ANGELES, April 15, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Women who use the birth control pill may be shrinking their brains and increasing their chances of developing Crohn's disease, two new studies have found.Neuroscientists from the University of California, Los Angeles found that the two main regions of the brain controlling emotion and decision-making are thinner in women who take the pill.A study published April 2 in the journal Human Brain Mapping reports that the pill’s chemicals block the body’s natural hormones, altering the brain’s structure and function.The study concluded that oral contraceptive use “was associated with significantly lower cortical thickness measurements...
  • Rape Does Not Justify Abortion

    04/16/2015 3:30:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 4/15/15 | Daniel Payne
    Abortion is becoming a losing issue for the Left. The current crop of congressional Democrats are vehemently opposed to regulating abortion while more than half of Americans believe in enacting at least some restrictions on the right to legally kill unborn children. Since the deck is stacked so strongly against pro-abortion legislation, you’d expect Democrats to back down on the issue, at least a bit.Yet this has not been the case, and in their desperation liberals have in recent months begun highlighting one of the most difficult aspects of the debate, stressing the alleged necessity of abortion in the instances...
  • 1 in 3 Dutch MDs Willing to Aid in Assisted Suicide for Mentally Ill (18% for no reason at all)

    04/15/2015 7:02:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Psych Central ^ | 4/15/15 | Jane Collingwood
    A recent survey suggests that a significant proportion of doctors in the Netherlands are prepared to carry out assisted suicide for people with mental illness.The survey was undertaken in 2011-2012 by Dr. Eva Bolt and colleagues at the EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. They sent questionnaires to 2,269 randomly selected general practitioners (family doctors) and specialists in elderly care, cardiology, respiratory medicine, intensive care, neurology, and internal medicine. Of these, 1,456 completed the survey.Respondents were asked if they had ever helped a patient who was suffering with cancer, another physical disease, a mental illness, dementia,...
  • Shouldn't Christians Just Obey the Law?

    04/14/2015 3:49:30 PM PDT · by fwdude · 70 replies
    If there’s one thing today’s secular progressive enjoys, it’s telling Christians how to be Christians. It feels funny when it happens. A bit like getting combat training from Jane Fonda or Cindy Sheehan. But they mean well. And they know a verse. Their favorite verse is Matthew 7:1, which says “judge not lest ye also be judged.” They quote it every time a Christian expresses an opinion because their years of deep theological study have shown them that Matthew 7:1 means it’s wrong to have an opinion. About anything. After all, an opinion is a judgment and you can’t do...
  • Materialism and the Devaluing of Life - Parts 1 & 2

    04/15/2015 8:35:22 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 4/1015 & 4/13/15 | Rick Plasterer
    Part 1 Materialism focuses attention on material security and quality of life in this world, yet the continued consistent application of the ideal of a high quality of life finally results in a devaluing and loss of life. That was the message of speakers at the L'Abri Fellowship conference on Life and Liberty, held Feb. 13-14 in Rochester, Minnesota, in two presentations that focused particularly on euthanasia and the history of the American eugenics movement. Henk Reitsma of the L'Abri Fellowship's Dutch facility discussed the deterioration of respect for life in the Netherlands under the impact of the legalization and...
  • Abortion Supporters Defend Dumping A Live Baby In A Dumpster

    04/15/2015 4:22:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 4/14/15 | Holly Scheer
    The Guardian has a charming set of articles about an Indian-American woman from Indiana who was just convicted of feticide and neglecting a child. This goes along with a White House petition to fully pardon her. There are two sides to this divergent discussion about why Purvi Patel was arrested and convicted. On one side, we have a story of a woman, living in a “very religious” household, worried about consequences, who has a miscarriage, throws the baby in the dumpster, takes herself to the hospital, and then is unduly punished and prosecuted for having a miscarriage. On the other,...
  • Pentagon: Bible and U.S. Founding Documents Promote ‘Sexism’

    04/15/2015 2:50:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Raymond Ibrahim ^ | 4/14/15 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Here again we see why Western “elites,” including the highest echelons of the U.S. military, are clueless and incapable of acknowledging — much less responding to — Islam: Modern sexism is rooted in the Bible, U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, according to a Pentagon-approved seminar.In a presentation prepared by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI), a Department of Defense joint services school based in Florida, the Bible, U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, along with Great Man theory, are to blame for “historical influences that allow sexism to continue,” The Daily Caller reported.“Quotes from the Bible...
  • Analysis: What went wrong in the ‘Religious Freedom’ fight in Indiana and Arkansas?

    04/14/2015 6:04:22 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 31 replies
    LifeSiteNews/MassResistance ^ | 4/13/15 | Brian Camenker & Amy Contrada
    April 13, 2015 (MassResistance.org) - The mainstream pro-family movement continues to be its own worst enemy. Back in October we wrote an article, “How the pro-family movement helped spread “gay marriage” across America.” It turns out there were more failures to come.The recent surrender on the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA) bills by the Governors of Indiana and Arkansas can be directly tied to the myriad bad decisions and compromises by well-meaning pro-family groups and individuals, who are sorely overmatched by the homosexual lobby in strategy, tactics, and funding.RFRA Recap: Arizona, Indiana, Arkansas Last month the Indiana legislature passed a rather bland RFRA...
  • 65-Year-Old Mom Pregnant With Quadruplets: Amazingly Beautiful Or Extremely Egotistical?

    04/12/2015 8:03:17 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 47 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-12-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    A 65 year old German lady has told German newspaper Bild that she’s expecting quadruplets. This news story is the talk of the day in Europe. There are those who believe it’s a reason to celebrate, while others have a slightly different opinion. See for instance this tweet from a Dutch Twitter-user: Translation: “A women of 65 years old pregnant with quadruplets. This is loathsome. Incredibly egotistical.” Her argument is that the mother is a) too old to take care of one new baby let alone four, and b) that she’s basically nearing the end of her life thereby making...
  • Christians to Gays: We'll Accept Your Business and Donate Your Money to 'Traditional Pro-Family Lobb

    04/12/2015 7:41:10 AM PDT · by kanawa · 266 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | April 10, 2015 | Michael W. Chapman
    Christians to Gays: We'll Accept Your Business and Donate Your Money to 'Traditional Pro-Family Lobby' While gay activists are attacking Christian bakeries and wedding planners and filing lawsuits to put them out of business because of their religious beliefs, a Catholic priest has come up with a simple solution that, if adopted nationally, likely could end much of the gay and left-wing offensive in this realm. Simply, accept all business from gays and tell them that the money will be donated to a traditional pro-family lobby or organization. And if your business is catering, for instance, show up at the...
  • Assisted Suicide -- It's Civil Rights for the Affluent

    04/12/2015 6:24:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 12, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    The assisted-suicide movement is the rare self-proclaimed civil rights movement that exists to cater to the wishes of affluent Americans. On Tuesday, the California Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on SB 128, a bill to legalize assisted suicide in the state. (Proponents don't like the word suicide, so they call the measure the "End of Life Option Act.") Supporters talk of their fear of medical personnel's prolonging their lives, of pain and lack of autonomy; opponents fear that the bill's passage would represent a callous act of cultural abandonment of the sick and disabled. I don't mean to suggest...
  • Obama and the Left Coast force taxpayers to underwrite transgender ‘transition’ costs

    04/11/2015 3:07:29 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 29 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/9/15 | Dustin Siggins
    April 9, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – California, Oregon, and the Obama administration are increasingly forcing taxpayers to pay the price for transgender people to transition from one sex to another – even underwriting drugs that would stop the natural course of puberty.Oregon is the first state in the nation to fund "puberty suppression" shots through Medicaid. The shots prevent puberty from naturally developing various physical characteristics of either sex, thus allowing a child to decide if he or she wants to develop normally at a later date – or attempt to change his or her gender.The drug used to suppress puberty,...
  • How schools are training our kids to reject moral truth

    04/11/2015 2:58:22 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 40 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/10/15 | John Stonestreet
    April 10, 2015 (BreakPoint.org) -- Already this year, we’ve seen a lot of evil: suicide bombings, the attacks in Paris, religious persecution, Boko Haram and ISIS. These have all outraged the world—and rightly so. But here’s a question worth pondering: will our kids be able to recognize evil when they see it? Do they even believe in moral facts?Well, that’s the question one educator asked recently in The New York Times after making a surprising discovery about what his child was learning in school.Justin McBrayer, an associate professor of ethics at Fort Lewis College, says he couldn’t figure out why...
  • This evangelist asked a gay bakery to make a traditional marriage cake. Now he may face charges.

    04/10/2015 12:33:57 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 71 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/9/15 | Kirsten Andersen
    April 9, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Joshua Feuerstein was just trying to make a point. Now, he may face legal action, as a bakery that refused to provide him with a cake opposing same-sex “marriage” threatens to sue him for taking their conversation public. The bakery owner is also threatening to press charges related to the recording of the phone call. In the wake of heated national debate over whether business owners should have the right to refuse to participate in same-sex “weddings” that violate their religious beliefs, Feuerstein, an internet evangelist, decided to see if pro-gay business owners would give...
  • The Latest War on Christianity: Sex Weeks

    04/09/2015 5:29:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/9/15 | Jennifer Kabbany
    That universities host “Sex Weeks” and give students all manner of carnal advice is, at this point, verging on old news. Made famous by former College Fix editor Nathan Harden in his 2012 book “Sex and God at Yale,” the Ivy League school that launched the movement in 2002, subsequent Sex Weeks have been reported on by dozens of conservative news outlets over the years. Many now understand these kink-filled annual events are a reality of college life, wherein students are treated to panels of porn stars and graphic sex tips and given condoms and other bedroom sundries to try...
  • Biological father, 49, and daughter, 25, in incestuous relationship lose custody of second baby...

    04/09/2015 3:21:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 61 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/9/15 | Jill Reilly
    A biological father and daughter in an incestuous relationship have lost custody of their second baby after the first son, plagued with genetic problems, was also taken away. The baby boy was removed from their care four days after he was born in Oregon last year, Eric Lee Gates and his adult daughter, Chalena Mae Moody, had asked the appeals court to overturn a decision for the baby to be put in foster care, but their case was rejected, reports the Register Guard.
  • Sex ed courses must make ‘positive’ portrayal of gay sex ‘compulsory’: Teachers Union (UK)

    04/08/2015 12:02:16 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 38 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/7/15 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    LONDON, April 7, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The British government must “make it compulsory that all schools’ sex education policies include a positive portrayal of same-sex relationships," the UK's National Union of Teachers (NUT) decided at its annual conference on Sunday.Christine Blower, General Secretary of the union, said that “NUT is at the forefront in the campaign for equality of opportunity and fair treatment for all students and staff, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation,” and that all political parties contending in the May election should adopt the union's motion."The NUT calls for all parties standing in the 2015 General...
  • ‘A Bonhoeffer moment’: Evangelical leaders vow civil disobedience if SCOTUS redefines marriage

    04/08/2015 11:52:51 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 54 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/7/15 | Ben Johnson
    April 7, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Dozens of Christian leaders have vowed they will not remain silent, as they did following the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, promising to take nonviolent direct action if the High Court votes to redefine marriage.The Supreme Court is deciding two separate issues: Whether the 14th Amendment guarantees same-sex “marriage” as a constitutional right, and whether states must honor same-sex “marriages” contracted in states that have voted – or, more likely, where an unelected judge has forcibly determined – to redefine marriage.“We believe that the majority of the Court will rule in favor of elevating...
  • Equal in Dignity and Responsibility: Ministering to Those With Same-Sex Attraction

    04/08/2015 7:42:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-07-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Equal in Dignity and Responsibility: Ministering to Those With Same-Sex Attraction By: Msgr. Charles PopeA conference is being planned in August to ponder an authentic pastoral response in ministering to those with same-sex attraction. Dr. Janet Smith is the organizer; Courage International and the Archdiocese of Detroit are the sponsors. It looks to be a  fine gathering of solid speakers. Though I am clearly a “back-bencher” among the fine speakers being lined up, I was asked to submit a paper for possible inclusion in the book that will likely be published by Ignatius Press just prior to the conference.As a...
  • Kansas Becomes First to Ban Second-Trimester Abortion Procedure

    04/07/2015 10:45:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    NBC News / Reuters ^ | April 7, 2015
    Kansas became the first state to ban a common second trimester abortion procedure when Governor Sam Brownback, a Republican, on Tuesday signed into a law an act to halt what lawmakers said are "dismemberment abortions." The law that goes into effect on July 1 prohibits the use of dilation and evacuation. The bill says the procedure can result in the fetus being extracted in pieces. Supporters in Kansas have called the procedure horrifying while women's healthcare groups have said it is considered the safest way to terminate a pregnancy in the second trimester. The law allows for the procedure to...
  • Frank Bruni Commands Christians to Cave on Homosexuality

    04/07/2015 9:50:01 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 52 replies
    Patheos ^ | April 4, 2015 | Owen Strachan
    e New York Times just published one of the more rough-handed pieces we’ve yet seen regarding “gay Christianity.” In “Bigotry, the Bible and the Lessons of Indiana,” opinion writer Frank Bruni takes the gloves off and seeks to bully Christians into caving on homosexuality. The column is frank, direct, and brutalizing.Let’s consider five takeaways from this striking article.1. Here’s what Bruni believes opposition to “gay Christianity” is based in: raw prejudice. He says as much: But in the end, the continued view of gays, lesbians and bisexuals as sinners is a decision. It’s a choice. It prioritizes scattered passages of ancient texts over all...
  • Why Do People Continue Applauding Peter Singer’s Views Supporting Infanticide?

    04/07/2015 10:10:16 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 20 replies
    Life News ^ | 4/6/15 | Wesley J. Smith
    In a world in which someone who makes a politically incorrect utterance can be ruined, Peter Singer should be anathema, given his truly awful beliefs. Instead, he is looked to as a respected ethicist, for example, an article in the Wall Street Journal about his book urging that we give 1/3 of our incomes to charity.But the writer left out so much about what makes Singer’s utilitarian values so rotten–and often anti-human. Consider:• Singer supports personhood theory and infanticide: Singer claims that personhood should replace humanhood as the measure of highest value. In this view, individuals who are not self-aware...
  • Families, lawsuits, raise questions about NuvaRing (Killer Contraceptive)

    04/07/2015 7:49:34 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | April 7, 2015 | Randi Kaye and Shawna Shepherd
    [big snip] ...By the time Rick and Karen arrived at the Virginia Hospital Center, Erika was in a coma, in the ICU. "...they basically told us that she was brain dead and that's it," Rick Langhart said, fighting back tears. Hospital records cited the NuvaRing as a risk factor for Erika's multiple pulmonary embolisms. Records confirm what Erika's parents told CNN: that a blood clot started in an artery/vein in her right thigh and traveled to her lungs, causing "massive" pulmonary embolisms and "multiple episodes of cardiac arrest" on the way to the hospital and overnight. The Langharts never heard...
  • After same-sex ‘marriage,’ then what?

    04/01/2015 10:37:28 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 74 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/31/15 | Michael Cook
    March 31, 2015 (MercatorNet.com) -- March 29 marked the first anniversary of legal same-sex marriage in England and Wales. Look around, say the twitterati – no plagues of locusts and frogs have blighted the land; no fire and brimstone have rained down upon Westminster; no earthquake has swallowed up Sir Elton. All is well.Well, actually not.In an article in The Conversation, an academic at the University of Kent, Dr Mike Thomas, reported on how happy gay couples in the UK, the United States and Canada feel after tying the knot. He found that most of them welcomed the benefits that legal...
  • Arkansas House passes its own "religious freedom" bill

    03/31/2015 3:16:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 67 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 31, 2015 | By MADISON GRAY
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas House of Representatives passed a "religious freedom" bill similar to the controversial measure in Indiana. The bill now heads to Gov. Asa Hutchinson's desk for signing into law. Hutchinson said that he would approve the measure if it made it to his office, CBS News affiliate KTVH in Little Rock reported. The Arkansas version of the bill -- HB 1228 -- would prevent state and local governments from infringement on someone's religious beliefs unless there were a "compelling" reason. Like the Indiana law, opponents say it would foster discrimination against the gay and lesbian...
  • Gay Marriage Isn’t About Justice, It’s About Selma Envy

    03/31/2015 1:09:00 PM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 31, 2015 | Hane Fiene
    Why do so many young adults paint absurd caricatures of Christians who request government protection of their religious freedoms, arguing their true goal is to ban gay men from sitting at the local lunch counter? Why do they spread falsehoods about legislation, insisting that bills like the one recently signed by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will unleash a Republican-led Jim Crow revival aimed at the LGBT community? Why do so many people, Gen Xers and younger, invent a monster of anti-gay bigotry and keep screaming the monster is real despite a mountain of contrary facts standing before them? The answer...
  • Ten Years Ago Today, Terri Schiavo Lived Her Last Day. Then She Was Starved to Death

    03/31/2015 1:51:41 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 83 replies
    Life News ^ | 3/31/15 | Steven Ertelt
    On March 30, 2005, Terri Schiavo had her last full day of life on this earth and both her family and Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life will never forget the last moments they shared with the woman whose former husband won a court order to take her life.Terri was killed on March 31, 2005 when her former husband won a protracted legal battle against the Schindler family for the right to disconnect her feeding tube. Doctors who examined Terri say she was not in a persistent vegetative state and that her condition could have been improved has she...
  • When ‘alleviating suffering’ turns into killing the most vulnerable

    03/31/2015 9:05:39 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 24 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/30/15 | Eric Metaxas
    March 30, 2015 (BreakPoint.org) -- In 1997, the Supreme Court ruled in Vacco v. Quill that there was no constitutional right to physician-assisted suicide. Those of us here at BreakPoint recall how Chuck Colson and others breathed a sigh of relief.But a lot has changed in 18 years. What was legally unthinkable then is oh so thinkable today. And even if the Court doesn’t reverse itself, at least eighteen states and the District of Columbia are contemplating following the lead of Oregon and several European countries, most notably the Netherlands and Belgium.That’s why a vitally important Heritage Foundation paper by Ryan T....
  • Disney ABC embraces X-rated anti-Christian bigot Dan Savage in new prime time show

    03/31/2015 6:19:52 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 31 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/30/15 | Newsbusters
    March 30, 2015 (NewsBusters.org) -- Media Research Center (MRC) and Family Research Council (FRC) are launching a joint national campaign to educate the public about a Disney ABC sitcom pilot based on the life of bigoted activist Dan Savage. MRC and FRC contacted Ben Sherwood, president of Disney/ABC Television Group, more than two weeks ago urging him to put a stop to this atrocity but received no response. [Read the full letter]A perusal of Dan Savage’s work reveals a career built on advocating violence — even murder — and spewing hatred against people of faith. Savage has spared no one with whom he disagrees from his vitriolic...
  • I Will Never Forget the Look of Horror on My Sister Terri Schiavo’s Face the Day She Died

    03/30/2015 7:32:01 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 71 replies
    http://www.lifenews.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | Bobby Schindler
    On March 18, 2005, my sister, Terri Schiavo, began her thirteen day agonizing death after the feeding tube – supplying her food and water – was removed. Terri was cognitively disabled and had difficulty swallowing and therefore needed a feeding tube. Terri was not on any “life support”, nor was she sick or dying. Nonetheless, she received her death sentence ordered by Circuit Court Judge, George W. Greer of Pinellas County Florida. Greer’s order to remove Terri’s feeding tube was in response to her estranged husband and guardian, Michael Schiavo, requesting permission from the court to kill his disabled wife....
  • Washington Post Touts 'Spa-Like' Abortion Mill's 'Unabashed Approach'

    03/30/2015 2:10:26 PM PDT · by drewh · 15 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | March 30, 2015 | 4:11 PM EDT | By Matthew Balan
    On Monday, the Washington Post's Sandhya Somashekhar zeroed in on the "unabashed approach" of Carafem, Washington, DC's latest abortion center, which, in her words, "reflects a new push to destigmatize the nation's most controversial medical procedure by talking about it openly and unapologetically." Somashekhar, the liberal newspaper's "social change" reporter, spotlighted how the upstart "aims to feel more like a spa than a medical clinic." The journalist led her item, "New spa-like abortion clinic is part of a trend to 'destigmatize' the procedure," with the spa comparison and noted its "natural wood floors and plush upholstery." She then pointed out...
  • For millennials, homosexuality more acceptable than casual sex

    03/30/2015 10:32:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/29/2015 | Aaron Blake
    Acceptance of gay marriage has long been a matter of when, rather than if -- in large part thanks to younger generations being overwhelmingly in favor.But just how quickly are views of homosexuality changing from generation to generation? A new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute has some insights.The poll tested how millennials (ages 18 to 34) view various sexual behaviors, including homosexuality. And about equal numbers say homosexuality is morally wrong (38 percent) and morally acceptable (42 percent). Another 13 percent say it depends on the situation, while 7 percent declined to answer.What's most interesting, though, is when...
  • Supreme Court Won’t Hear Lawsuit Challenging Death Panels in Obamacare

    03/30/2015 8:25:53 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 31 replies
    Life News ^ | 3/30/15 | Steven Ertelt
    The Supreme Court today decided it will not hear a lawsuit challenging the death panels in Obamacare that pro-life groups strongly opposed because they involve rationing health care and potentially denying lifesaving medical treatment — putting patients’ right to life at risk.Previously, one of the leading national pro-life groups called for legislation to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board established by the controversial Obamacare legislation because of pro-life concerns about it.“Repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) is critical to prevent the rationing of life-saving medical treatment,” said Burke Balch, J.D., director of National Right to Life’s Robert Powell...
  • Prosecutor Who Won’t Charge Woman for Killing Unborn Baby Had Planned Parenthood Backing

    03/27/2015 11:25:28 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 24 replies
    Life News ^ | 3/27/15 | Steven Ertelt
    As LifeNews has reported, the Colorado woman who cut out a 7-month-old unborn baby from a mother’s abdomen, resulting in the death of the infant, will not be charged with murder. That’s because the state lacks an unborn victims law to hold criminals accountable when they kill or injure unborn children in such criminal attacks.However, new information reveals the prosecutor in the case is an abortion advocate who has the endorsement of prominent pro-abortion groups in a previous campaign for state Attorney General and who endorsed legislation to not regard unborn children as victims of such crimes, which would allow...
  • Surprise: High school students return after weekend to find male teacher now living as a woman

    03/27/2015 11:16:47 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 103 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/27/15 | Kirsten Andersen
    CHINO, CA, March 27, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Southern California’s Chino High School is facing outrage from parents and students alike after school administrators decided to keep secret a teacher’s plan to undergo a sex change in the middle of the school year.The teacher in question, 32-year-old Michael Swager, showed up at work dressed and made up as a woman the morning of March 16, after eight years of teaching chemistry at the school as a man.  The teacher informed students that the 6’6”, 300 lb. man they once knew as “Michael” was now a woman, and told them they should...
  • Arkansas state Senate approves religious protection bill cast by critics as anti-LGBT

    03/27/2015 10:51:32 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 25 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 27, 2015 | AP
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas inched closer Friday toward becoming the second state this year to adopt a law that critics say would sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians, with the state Senate approving a religious protection bill. The bill, approved by the Senate 24-7, prevents state and local government from taking any action that substantially burdens someone's religious beliefs unless a "compelling" interest is proven. The measure heads for a final vote next week in the House, which has already approved an initial version. The proposal faces an easy path forward, because Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said he'll...
  • Why euthanasia is partially blind to love

    03/27/2015 7:59:33 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 21 replies
    Scottish Catholic Observer ^ | 3/27/1 | Fr. Ronald Rolheiser
    Raissa Maritain, the philosopher and spiritual writer, died some months after suffering a stroke. During those months she lay in a hospital bed, unable to speak. After her death, her husband, the renowned philosopher, Jacques Maritain, in preparing her journals for publication, wrote these words: “At a moment when everything collapsed for both of us, and which as followed by four agonising months, Raissa was walled in herself by a sudden attack of aphasia. Whatever progress she made during several weeks by sheer force of intelligence and will, all deep communication remained cut off. And subsequently, after a relapse, she...
  • Can Christianity Survive the Sexual Revolution?

    03/26/2015 2:33:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 46 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 26, 2015 | STEPHEN BASKERVILLE
    When was the last time anyone heard a sermon that condemned the evils of fornication, or adultery, or cohabitation, or divorce, or bearing children outside wedlock (let alone homosexuality)? Controlling these sins is a core Christian value. At one time a preacher could be expected to devote extended attention to these sins. And he could be expected to condemn them unequivocally. Yet today, even as the social and economic fallout from precisely these practices becomes ever more glaring and serious, pastors and priests seem ever more determined to avoid discussing them.Of course, the dowdy old parson long ago became the...
  • Children’s Book about Abortion: My ‘Sister Is a Happy Ghost!’

    03/26/2015 2:09:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 54 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | March 26, 2015 | Matthew Archbold
    This is disgusting. I've seen some pro-aborts become enamored with all sorts of pagan oddities such as reincarnation to justify their support of killing the unborn. Thanks to Newsbusters for exposing this icky crazy story:A three-year-old named Lee defends the abortion of his sister in a new children’s book – by an author with her own “ghost sister.” “Sister Apple, Sister Pig” by Mary Walling Blackburn focuses on an adult topic: abortion. The story follows Lee as he (or “she,” as the author stressed) searches for his sister – who might be an apple, a pig, or somewhere in a...
  • Fathers and Daughters – Is This a Missing Key to Modesty Today?

    03/26/2015 8:25:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 68 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Fathers and Daughters – Is This a Missing Key to Modesty Today? By: Msgr. Charles PopeWe often speak today of the terrible toll that fatherless homes have on young boys. And this is true. Without a reasonably good (even though not sinless) model of manhood and responsibility, many boys lose their way. Fathers also play a large role in disciplining boys, especially as they grow older and become  stronger than their mothers.But missing fathers also bring forth terrible effects on many girls. Women, even young girls, certainly do seek and desire the love and appreciation of men and have...
  • The Atlantic pushes killing for organs

    03/25/2015 8:28:58 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 35 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/24/15 | Wesley J. Smith
    March 24, 2015 (NationalReview.com) -- I have repeatedly warned about articles published in medical and bioethics journals advocating killing the profoundly disabled or dying for their organs.The assault on the “dead donor rule” has now filtered down to the popular media. The Atlantic has an article advocating that dying patients be killed for their organs rather than having to actually, you know, die first. From, “As They Lay Dying:” A more useful ethical standard could involve the idea of “imminent death.” Once a person with a terminal disease reaches a point when only extraordinary measures will delay death; when use (or...
  • Mother of seven faces being removed from life support on Tuesday against family’s wishes

    03/24/2015 6:46:54 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 28 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/23/15 | Dustin Siggins
    March 23, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The fight for life for the family of Lisa Avila, a mother of seven, continues.Avila, who has been in a coma for nearly six weeks, has been surrounded by family and friends who do not want Anaheim Regional Medical Center to remove the medical care that is keeping her alive.The hospital had planned to withdraw care on Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. local time, but chose to extend the deadline until Tuesday at noon.According to Avila's family, however, that's not enough time for their wife and mother to recover. They are insisting that she...
  • Attack on prayer vigil - Austin TX

    03/24/2015 6:05:46 AM PDT · by don-o · 12 replies
    Central Texas Coalition for Life | March 24, 2015 | via Abby Johnson
    RELEASE 3/24/2014: Last night at an Austin Planned Parenthood abortion facility, a woman threw a Molotov cocktail (a type of homemade bomb) at group of Central Texas Coalition for Life prayer volunteers. One of the volunteers was able to quickly stomp out the flame and save the group from any danger. The group was able to record the woman's license plate number and turn that information over to the police. Police DID arrest the woman who threw the bomb directly at the prayer volunteers. Central Texas Coalition for Life Executive Director, Heather Gardner responded last night. "We are so thankful...
  • Presbyterians And Homosexuals Together: The Crisis Of Christ And Culture

    03/23/2015 8:46:15 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 9 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 3/23/15 | R. Scott Clark
    From its inception Christianity was a marginalized not a culturally powerful or influential religion. With the death of the mainlines we’re witnessing the last gasp of the informal Constantinianism in America, the gathering of cultural elites in the narthex of tall-steeple PCUSA congregations. The informal coalition of cultural and political power brokers in and with the mainline is dead. The WWII generation was probably the last to care to identify with the mainline or to seek the approval of the mainline. Now that the culture has got what it wanted, capitulation, even the NYT will ignore it. There is no...