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  • Letter from Archbishop John G. Vlazny on the matter of freedom of conscience and decisions by HHS

    01/29/2012 1:34:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies
    Archdioces of Portland, Oregon ^ | January 25, 2012 | Archbishop John G. Vlazny
    Letter January 25, 2012 from Archbishop John G. Vlazny on the matter of freedom of conscience and decisions by HHSDear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: It is important for you to know that the federal government has just dealt a heavy blow to the Catholic population and to the millions more who are served by the Catholic faithful.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that almost all employers, including Catholic employers, will be forced to offer their employees’ health coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception. Almost all health insurers will be forced to include...
  • Moral Leadership - The Whole Man (1963)

    01/14/2012 7:27:48 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 1 replies
    USAF ^ | 1963 | USAF
    Moral Leadership - The Whole Man (1963) Video
  • Are You Sitting Down? (Shortened Title

    01/11/2012 12:07:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 11, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, ladies and gentlemen, let me find this. This is from TheHill.com. You are not going to like this. Let me just read it to you. It is by an Jonathan Easley (I always like to put the journalist's name to the story), and we're gonna assume that it's true. We don't know if it is or not. It's in the mainstream media. "On the heels of his decisive victory in the New Hampshire primary, Mitt Romney took the attacks on his private sector record used by GOP rivals and turned them against President Obama. Romney's critics have...
  • Belafonte on Obama: He Doesn’t Deserve a Second Term, Lacks ‘Moral Compass’

    01/11/2012 7:57:14 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 1-11-12 | "Hollywoodland"
    If Matt Damon is disillusioned with The One, Harry Belafonte is downright dismayed with President Barack Obama’s first term. The Calypso crooner didn’t hold back during a recent radio chat on “Smiley & West,” co-hosted by Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, even if a rebroadcast of the program snipped out Belafonte’s most punishing comments, according to The Radio Equalizer. My question is, what legacy will he leave, having the opportunity to serve under such hugely dramatic circumstances and had such a huge impact on the universal state of things … how could he have had such a splendid opportunity to...
  • Project Inspired

    01/06/2012 4:49:51 PM PST · by Sola Veritas · 2 replies
    Nicole Weider ^ | Nicole Weider
    What is Project Anti-Cosmo? Cosmopolitan is emblematic of what’s wrong with our culture today. The content of the magazine is predominantly (and often explicitly) about sex. The articles you’ll typically find in its pages advise “hookups” without a hint of emotional connection. Yet, unlike “R” rated movies, there’s no “age limit” for anyone to access it, so young teen girls are reading, absorbing, and acting on its destructive message. Indeed, the increasing focus on sex sex sex encourages the magazine’s impressionable readers to make the most shallow choices imaginable. Because of its popularity (it’s in every supermarket, at the nail...
  • Santorum Surge Brings Ethics Questions

    01/04/2012 2:55:31 PM PST · by Fred · 63 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 010412 | MATTHEW MOSK and BRIAN ROSS
    Rick Santorum's powerful finish in the Iowa caucus is bringing fresh attention to his tenure in Congress, including ethics questions that dogged him about a preferred mortgage he received from a bank run by campaign donors, and federal funds that went to a real estate developer who backed his charity. One of the top donors to Santorum's charity was also the beneficiary of an $8 million Santorum-sponsored federal earmark, according to published reports. Melanie Sloan, a former federal prosecutor who filed an ethics complaint against Santorum in 2006 on behalf of a watchdog group, said her organization's website received a...
  • The Fiscal Crisis Straw Man and Moral Relativism's Consuming Dragon

    12/29/2011 6:48:05 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 10 replies
    IFB ^ | 12/29/11
    What amazes me more than anything today is the ignorance of those who seek to figure out what is at the root of our American decline (socially and fiscally). My friend, unless you have been born again as the Lord Jesus Christ has commanded, you will NEVER be able to understand it let alone see it (John 3:3-7, Rom. 8:5-8, 1 Cor. 2:14, Jude 1:10). When these violations are more numerous against the absolutes of time and space (natural laws and moral absolutes) and are promoted, practiced and deemed natural and normal by the lawless ones of fallen humanity it...
  • Homosexual Coaches

    12/21/2011 9:45:05 PM PST · by Iamchief · 49 replies
    Dec 21, 2011 | Iamchief
    Has the unveiling of perverse homosexual behavior among male college coaches shed light on a deeper systemic problem with America? Are we seeing the tip of an immoral and sick iceberg; which, if it continues to drift, may tear a hole in our ship?
  • Obama's War on Truth and Decency

    12/13/2011 6:41:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2011 | Robert Knight
    Three incidents in recent days tell us all we need to know about the Obama Administration’s "values." On Dec. 1, the story broke that Bethesda, Maryland-based Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where wounded veterans convalesce, apparently had banned visitors from bringing in Bibles or other religious items. Walter Reed Chief of Staff C.W. Callahan issued a memo in September which said: "No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading material, and/or artifacts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit." Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, savaged the Obama Administration on the floor of the House, saying, "The President...
  • Is This Conservatism ?

    12/02/2011 4:25:27 PM PST · by Absolutely Nobama · 49 replies · 1+ views
    My Undying Opposition To Ron Paul's Candidacy | 12/2/11 | Alan Levy
    One of my many, many pet peeves is the following statement, which is often said by some Paultard stoned out of his mind on some drug or another: "Ron Paul is the only Conservative running for President!" To me, this is is like fingernails on a chalkboard or watching the latest offering from the FOX Neocon Channel (FNC). Let's take a look at some of RuPaul's (H/T: Mark Levin) "Conservative" thoughts. Let's put this moronic theory to the test, shall we ? *********************************** "I don't think it's very good sign for civilization to still be invoking the death penalty. ....
  • Gloria Estefan in talks to join 'Glee' (Will play mom who supports her teen's lesbianism)

    12/01/2011 9:52:31 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/1/11
    News already broke this week that Ricky Martin was going to appear on "Glee" this winter as McKinley High's new Spanish teacher. But now EW has even more exciting news for Latin music fans: A source exclusively tells EW that pop superstar Gloria Estefan is currently in negotiations to play [SPOILER ALERT!!!]... Santana's mother!
  • Dr. Richard Land: An Open Letter to Newt Gingrich (Why Evangelical Women Don't Trust You)

    11/30/2011 8:31:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/30/2011 | Richard Land
    Mr. Speaker, Well done! You have risen beyond relevancy to serious competiveness by your grip, erudition and intelligence. You have come back from the political equivalent of Hospice care to become a serious contender for the Republican nomination for president. You’re obviously extremely bright, knowledgeable, experienced on the issues and fully able to go toe-to-toe with the formidable campaigner President Obama has amply demonstrated that he is. By the way, your idea of a series of Lincoln-Douglas style debates between you and the president if you are the nominee is a great idea. Those debates would do much to clarify...
  • Children Are Being Exposed To Shocking Levels Of Sexual Content

    11/26/2011 7:58:50 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    Movieguide ^ | November 26, 2011 | Marsha West
    This probably won’t shock most people because we live in an age where the envelope has been pushed so far it’s disappeared over the horizon.  According to the Daily Mail, pink and leopard-print thong panties with no crotches sized to fit a seven-year-old were being sold at Kids N Teen in Greeley, Colorado.  The panties were yanked after a mortified mother complained. As one writer put it: “It’s a new kind of memory: A daughter’s first pair of crotchless panties.” It’s also a sign of the times when a retailer decides there’s nothing wrong with selling sleazy leopard-print thong panties...
  • Hear Evolutionists/Atheists Themselves on Evil & Ethics (like Rape for Instance)

    11/21/2011 9:46:01 AM PST · by SeanG200 · 89 replies
    Religio-Poltical Talk (RPT) ^ | 11-21-2011 | Papa Giorgio
    A new audio added to my mix of videos in regards to evolutionary ethics and rape. Richard Dawkins in an honest moment.
  • The Right to be Governed

    11/09/2011 6:03:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 5+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | November 9, 2011 | Mike Adams
    There are a number of differences between the college students of the 1960s and the college students of today. Perhaps none is more striking than the desire of the former to be free and the latter to be controlled by the university administration. A recent controversy at UNC-Chapel Hill shows just how upset students become when administrators tell them they are free to associate with whomever they choose. The controversy began like so many controversies begin on college campuses. A homosexual student joined a group that did not share his views on homosexuality. When he was predictably removed from the...
  • Focus on standardized tests may be pushing some teachers to cheat

    11/07/2011 5:40:59 PM PST · by 68skylark · 8 replies · 9+ views
    LA Times ^ | Nov 6, 2011 | Howard Blume
    The stress was overwhelming. For years, this veteran teacher had received exemplary evaluations but now was feeling pressured to raise her students' test scores. Her principal criticized her teaching and would show up to take notes on her class. She knew the material would be used against her one day. "My principal told me right to my face that she — she was feeling sorry for me because I don't know how to teach," the instructor said. The Los Angeles educator, who did not want to be identified, is one of about three dozen in the state accused this year...
  • China's Morally Hollow Economy

    10/28/2011 1:48:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies · 14+ views
    American Specator ^ | 10/28/2011 | Samuel Gregg
    In recent weeks, China has been consumed by an unprecedented internal debate concerning a subject bound to make its Communist rulers nervous. At issue is the moral health of Chinese society. Widespread Chinese discussion of this most un-politically correct subject was triggered by the October 21 death of a two-year old girl in the city of Foshan in Guangdong province. She died of internal injuries sustained after being run-over not once, but twice in a local market. Accidents happen. But what made little Wang Yue's death a matter for intense public discussion was the fact that nearly 20 people simply...
  • Sexual Politics at the Movies

    10/28/2011 7:30:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 18+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 28, 2011 | Suzanne Fields
    "The Ides of March," the slick new movie with George Clooney as an unethical presidential candidate, is a morality tale for our time. It lacks tragic dimensions, it's melodramatic without complexity of character, and it has a neatly constructed plot that has no emotional depth, sliding over the surfaces of the political world as we have come to know it, up close and personal. But it entertains as an engaging tale about the dirty tricks of politics. Entertainment, after all, is what politics has become. The title, if it means anything, is simplistically ironic, since there is no Caesar to...
  • Are Evangelicals or University Professors More Irrational?

    10/25/2011 4:25:57 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies · 31+ views
    National Review ^ | 10-25-11 | Dennis Prager
    Last week, the New York Times published an opinion piece by Karl W. Giberson and Randall J. Stephens — a physics professor and a history professor at Eastern Nazarene College — that takes evangelicals to task for being anti-intellectual, anti-reason, and anti-science. Their evidence: Evangelicals doubt man-made global warming. Evangelicals believe that gays can “pray away” their homosexuality. Evangelicals believe the earth is only thousands of years old and that men lived alongside dinosaurs. Evangelicals oppose same-sex marriage. It is worth analyzing these charges, given how often they are made. With regard to man-made global warming, the charge that all...
  • Jobs and Deficits: The Moral Equation

    10/04/2011 8:14:33 PM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 1 replies
    The Acton Institute ^ | September 28, 2011 | FATHER ROBERT A. SIRICO
    As reform of federal spending is undertaken, all cuts must be made with an eye to freeing citizens of every class to pursue their economic potential... The Genesis account of creation tells us that from the beginning, humanity was created to work. God puts Adam in the garden to "work and watch over it." The Scripture provides an insight into our nature: We are all, man and woman, called into this life to find our vocation, the work that is uniquely ours and contributes to the flourishing of the wider community. This explains why we are naturally so troubled about...
  • Is America Ready for a Christian President?

    09/24/2011 2:18:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies · 10+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | September 24, 2011 | Christopher Chantrill
    Leave it to a RINO. Now Gov. Mitt Romney is doing the Democrats' work for them by worrying that Rick Perry is too extreme to be electable. That's not the way that Democrats talk about their candidates. They go straight for the guilt trip, and worry out loud, e.g., about whether America is ready for a black president. ......Given the power liberals have to define the cultural horizon, it is easy to miss the importance of today's enthusiastic Christianity. Liberals are taught in their secularist seminaries that God Is Dead, and so the usual journalistic trend-spotters don't write breathless articles...
  • Raising "Right and Wrong" Kids in a "Whatever" World

    09/23/2011 2:41:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    NC Register ^ | September 23, 2011 | Matthew Archbold
    A sociologist from the University of Notre Dame published a study gauging the moral thinking of 18-23 year olds. The results are depressing and for this father of five, they’re scary. David Brooks of the New York Times summarized the study, saying that moral thinking to a large extent was considered a relative matter or not considered at all, even regarding issues such as cheating on a partner or drunken driving. Brooks writes that “when asked to describe a moral dilemma they had faced, two-thirds of the young people either couldn’t answer the question or described problems that are not...
  • The Dog or the Stranger?

    09/21/2011 12:12:19 PM PDT · by MNDude · 56 replies
    I just read an Dennis Prager column where he says "I began asking students if they would save their dog or a stranger first if both were drowning. The majority always voted against the stranger — because, they explained, they loved their dog and they didn’t love the stranger." I wasn't sure if I cold believe this statement so I did a search on the Internet and found the question posted several times. Many people do say they would save the stranger, however here are how many people answer the question: Wow, I really don't understand how somebody could save...
  • Why Young Americans Can’t Think Morally (Moral standards have been replaced by feelings)

    09/21/2011 9:20:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/20/2011 | Dennis Prager
    Last week, David Brooks of the New York Times wrote a column on an academic study concerning the nearly complete lack of a moral vocabulary among most American young people. Here are excerpts from Brooks’s summary of the study of Americans aged 18 to 23. It was led by “the eminent Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith”: ● “Smith and company asked about the young people’s moral lives, and the results are depressing.” ● “When asked to describe a moral dilemma they had faced, two-thirds of the young people either couldn’t answer the question or described problems that are not moral...
  • Why Young Americans Can't Think Morally

    09/20/2011 9:08:44 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 131 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | Sept. 20, 2011 | Dennis Prager
    Last week, David Brooks of The New York Times wrote a column on an academic study concerning the nearly complete lack of a moral vocabulary among most American young people. Below are some excerpts from Brooks' summary of the study of Americans aged 18 to 23. (It was led by "the eminent Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith.") "Smith and company asked about the young people's moral lives, and the results are depressing … "When asked to describe a moral dilemma they had faced, two-thirds of the young people either couldn't answer the question or described problems that are not moral...
  • Are Tax Havens Moral or Immoral?

    09/20/2011 8:44:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | 09/05/2011 | Daniel Mitchell
    Being the world’s self-appointed defender of so-called tax havens has led to some rather bizarre episodes.For instance, the bureaucrats at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development threatened to have me thrown in a Mexican jail for the horrible crime of standing in the public lobby of a hotel and giving advice to low-tax jurisdictions.On a more amusing note, my efforts to defend tax havens made me the beneficiary of grade inflation and I was listed as the 244th most important person in the world of global finance — even higher than George Soros and Paul Krugman.But if that makes...
  • The Moral High Ground: The Left’s “morally superior” policies kill millions and impoverish billions

    09/08/2011 7:05:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/08/2011 | Jim Lacey
    Soon after I published an article questioning the global-warming orthodoxy, the world’s foremost hypocrite, Al Gore, informed anyone who still listens to him that my position is akin to racism. The wise course of action would be to ignore the rants of a man who desperately needs the world to remain fearful of carbon, the element on which all life on earth is based. If that fear were to vanish, how would he continue to rake in the millions needed for the purchase of his next beach house? But enough is enough. Why should I sit quietly and let...
  • This is What the National Council of Churches Wants YOU to Hear on Sunday, 9/11/11 - VANITY

    09/07/2011 4:50:31 AM PDT · by piperpilot · 63 replies
    National Council of Churches | 9/7/11 | Piperpilot
    I am scheduled to be a reader at my church this Sunday on the Tenth anniversary of 9/11. Yesterday, the minister sent me the special 9/11 reading that was prepared by the National Council of Churches for parishioners to hear. While most of it was fine, there are some prayers that are appalling to any right-thinking Christian and deserve to be publicized for their stunning example of moral relativism and anti-Biblical message. "We stand together in penitence, recognizing that we have not done enough to address the sources of anger, hate, dehumanization, rage and indignation that lead to acts of...
  • French priests hit out at bikini-wearing visitors

    09/05/2011 9:34:30 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 38 replies
    The Local (France) ^ | 19 Aug 2011 10:35 GMT+1
    Churches across France have become overrun by tourists in skimpy beachwear, showing off bare stomachs and wearing baseball caps, according to priests who have spoken out about the drop in standards. A report in regional newspaper Midi Libre claims that religious leaders have tired of the increasingly disrespectful dress codes of some visitors. “Our church is right by the beach,” said Father Martin Gabet of the Notre Dame des Anges de Collioure church, close to the Spanish border. “As a result, lots of people come in wearing their swimwear. There have even been people who come in just to change...
  • S.C. Pastor Preaches 'Sex in the Church'

    09/03/2011 5:48:18 PM PDT · by Morgana · 44 replies
    A South Carolina megachurch pastor has chosen to press through the awkwardness and talk about what an increasing number of churches have been addressing from the pulpit – sex. Pastor Perry Noble of NewSpring Church made it clear to his congregation that when it comes to sex, the church has a lot to learn. "Let's just be honest. Sexual immorality is in the house," he told his congregation, adding that he has seen sexual immorality at each of the three churches he has served. "We can't get mad at people that aren't Christians because they act like they're not Christians....
  • Sources of Morality [Ecumenical]

    08/22/2011 3:32:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    CatholicCity.com ^ | not given | Catechism of the Catholic Church, Simplified
    Sources of Morality From the Catechism of the Catholic Church, SimplifiedThree Sources (1750) The three sources of morality: The object chosen The person's purpose The circumstances of the act The Object Chosen (1751) The object directly chosen by the will determines the basic morality (good or bad). The person's intellect sees this as according to moral standards (good) or not according to moral standards (evil).The Intention (1752-1753) The person also has an intention which determines the act's morality. An intention can guide many acts or even a whole lifetime (as loving God). One act can have a multiplicity of intentions...
  • Democrats use science as a weapon

    For the better part of a century, socialists (Democrats) have been using science as a weapon to destroy the very fabric of American society. Today they propagate the global warming myth, forty years ago they were sounding the global cooling alarm, and they’ve used junk science to teach evolution in our nation’s schools. To the socialist it is somehow easier to believe that aliens put us here or that we emerged from some primordial sludge than it is to believe in God. Socialist leadership, under the guise of “organizing”, use the environment, gay rights, immigration, or any number of causes...
  • Vatican Cardinal Burke: In today’s society ‘morality has ceased to exist’

    08/04/2011 3:37:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 4, 2011 | JOHN-HENRY WESTEN
    DENVER, August 4, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the Vatican’s highest court, delivered a dire yet hopeful message about the current state of society in an address at the 129th Knights of Columbus Convention Tuesday.  “We are witnesses of a society in which, in many respects, morality has ceased to exist,” said Burke. “We are called ever more urgently to the new evangelization of our culture.” Cardinal Burke pinpointed the problem as “moral relativism,” which he said “has even entered into the thinking of some theologians in the Church and which has provided an ideological foundation...
  • Liberals Outsourcing Morality

    06/21/2011 2:07:40 AM PDT · by OwenKellogg · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 21, 2011 | Frank Ryan
    Liberals Outsourcing Morality By Frank Ryan In the Book of Matthew in the New Testament, Pontius Pilate symbolically washes his hands of the responsibility for the crucifixion of Jesus. This symbolism has carried on through the centuries as the mark of someone who is complicit in something yet wishes to distance himself from the appearance of responsibility. The person effectively "washes" away the guilt. In much the same way, 21st-century liberalism uses the tax code to absolve itself of the moral responsibility to truly care for the very citizens they claim to be protecting. The tax code has become the...
  • Economy of Sex: It's Cheap These Days

    06/15/2011 8:15:36 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 34 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 15 June 2011 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    Think you haven’t heard of sexual economics? Listen to the pop culture. “Money can’t buy me love,” crooned the Beatles. “My love don’t cost a thing,” pledged Jennifer Lopez. MTV artists got “money for nothing and the chicks for free,” groused Dire Straits. Even Adele, in her current No. 1 hit, “Rolling in the Deep,” warns an ex-lover, “Go ahead and sell me out, and I’ll lay your ship bare.” Evidence of sexual economics — a mashup of Adam Smith and Dr. Ruth that seeks to explain how the “sexual market” works — is everywhere, said University of Texas sociology...
  • The virtual world's mandatory morality

    06/08/2011 12:35:16 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/8/11 | Phil Bronstein
    Next time you've got mail, you better check it carefully. And not just if you're one of Anthony Weiner's sexting partners. Could someone with access to your private account consider its contents obscene? Lewd? Too sexually descriptive? And decide to take it down? Yes. The digital taste police are on patrol and armed with your permission. I once had a friend send me a copy of Playboy when I was living in El Salvador. It was for the articles. No, really. I'd done an interview in that edition. But when some state security bureaucrat opened my mail and found a...
  • N.J. Teen Seeks Dress Refund to Pay for Boyfriend's Funeral

    05/22/2011 10:27:50 AM PDT · by rawhide · 129 replies · 2+ views
    myfoxny.com ^ | 5-22-11 | DIANA ROCCO
    MYFOXNY.COM - Sophomore Jackie Genovese, 16, of New Jersey, had the perfect prom dress and date. But tragedy struck last week when her boyfriend of two years was killed in a car accident. Jackie's boyfriend, James, died on the way home from a baseball team dinner. He was a popular Jackson High School senior only weeks from graduation. She bought her $1,200 dress at Freehold's Diane and Co., also known for their popular Oxygen show "Dress Coutoure." She wanted a refund for her dress so she could help pay for her boyfriend's funeral. Jackie's mom asked the owners of the...
  • America, Stop Clowning Around !!!

    05/22/2011 10:20:36 AM PDT · by BillKneer · 1 replies
    The Patriot Statesman ^ | 5-22-2011 | Paul Waldmiller
    Man Oh Man! I just am so tired of America’s “clowns.” Seems as if the clowns have taken over America-really! I can hear ol’ Mr. Carlson’s words from the 1970′s and 1980′s television sit-com; WKRP In Cincinnati echoing in my mind even as I write this article. One of his famous questions to his subordinates was “Did I say send in the clowns!?!? “ I can so relate to Mr. Carlson’s sense of frustration from that particular episode. Here he was, a man trying to run a radio station while his own mother wanted to supersede and overrule just about...
  • Proposed bill gets strict on privacy, gives parents access to kids' Facebooks (California)

    05/16/2011 7:07:43 PM PDT · by decimon · 33 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | May 16, 2011 | Molly McHugh
    A recent Consumer Reports survey found that roughly 7.5 million Facebook accounts belong to users younger’ than 13 and that as many as 20 million are under 18. While that might seem like a relatively low number given Facebook’s 500+ million users, being a minor with a Facebook account is increasingly becoming a scary thing: Cyber-bullying on the site has reached frightening proportions and child predators are a well known concern associated with the site. Considering Facebook’s apparent reach with children and the risks associated with having an account, it’s surprising it took this long for a bill giving parents...
  • They Say Marriage is a Dying Institution: What's Really Dying is Love

    05/10/2011 7:59:51 AM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 53 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/10/2011 | Jennifer Hartline
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - The pronouncement came from actress Cameron Diaz and psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow last week: marriage is a dying institution. It is an old tradition that has now overstayed its welcome and should be thrown out the back door. It doesn't suit us or our world any longer. So they say.
  • The moralist ( Must Read )

    04/23/2011 5:27:45 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 18 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | DAVID HOROVITZ
    For those of you who have not seen it, the lengthy (10,000 word) interview conducted by the editor, David Horovitz, with Professor Asa Kasher is absolutely compulsory reading for anyone seeking an understanding of the standard of morality under which the IDF operates. Kasher, who teaches philosophy at Tel Aviv University, co-authored the first IDF Code of Ethics. The interviewer, David Horovitz, assumes the role of the devil’s advocate and skillfully leads Kasher to respond to questions impinging on the blood libels and condemnations of alleged IDF behavior during the Gaza war upon which the Goldstone Report was based, which...
  • One False Move...

    04/13/2011 8:56:09 AM PDT · by MintyHippo1980 · 2 replies
    The Joyful Nonconformist Blog ^ | 04/13/11 | Joyful Nonconformist
    Before we return to our regularly-scheduled blog posts (poor Sam...bringing up the rear as usual!), I would like to invite you to join me in yet another celebration! This could become habit-forming! Did you bring cake? Perhaps you will recall from my very first post that I have been struggling recently with a little problem. Maybe this will ring a bell: Oh, yeah...it's all coming back to you now, isn't it? Broken foot! (Not the best move I ever made.) I've had plenty of time in the last nine weeks to keep a running list of all the things that...
  • Survey: Voters Most Interested in Issues Concerning Security and Comfort, Least in Moral Issues

    04/06/2011 8:27:54 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 14 replies
    Barna Research ^ | April 5, 2011 | Barna Research
    A new national survey of registered voters conducted by the Barna Group reveals that the issues that will most affect the candidate people support for President in the 2012 election are most likely to be those affecting their personal security and comfort. The matters that are likely to have the least impact on their choice of candidate are moral issues. The issues most likely to influence which candidate voters embrace in the 2012 presidential election are health care (which 64% said will have “a lot of influence” on the candidate they choose), tax policies (60%), terrorism (50%) and employment policies...
  • An Appeal to Morality

    04/02/2011 3:17:44 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 5 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-02-11 | Gary Kukis
    One of the things which we seem to be losing in America is a sense of morality, and morality is necessary for the function of any republic. Recently, a Stephen Learner has been out speaking to radical groups, with the proposition that, we need to double the number of foreclosures in order to bring down the system. Now, he teaches that, this will restore the wealth to its rightful owners by bringing down the banks. The idea is, you cannot simply tell someone, “You need to perform this very immoral act.” You need to present it to them so...
  • A Catholic funeral for Geraldine Ferraro?

    03/28/2011 3:56:31 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 42 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | March 27, 2011 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    A commenter raised the issue, citing the former congresswoman’s support for abortion rights, and declared: “Geraldine Ferraro should be denied a Catholic Mass with Catholic sacraments and yes, may God have mercy upon her soul.” Details about Ferraro’s funeral haven’t yet been released. I presume it will be Catholic. (To those who have asked: no, I don’t think it will be held at my parish. As of Sunday afternoon, no one had contacted the rectory about it.) But this sort of controversy is not without precedent. Two years ago, when Ted Kennedy’s Catholic funeral (shown above, featuring the Cardinal Archbishop...
  • Still waiting for moral leadership in Britain: Queen’s cousin speaks to LSN

    03/22/2011 6:12:07 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 21, 2011 | HILARY WHITE
    Lord Nicholas Windsor (right) with Joseph Meaney (left), head of the HLI Rome office. Hilary White, LifeSiteNews.com ROME, March 21, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Lord Nicholas Windsor, the youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Kent and first cousin to Queen Elizabeth II, told LifeSiteNews.com earlier this month that patience is required from those waiting for true moral and spiritual leadership to turn the anti-human, anti-life tide in Britain. Lord Windsor sat down with LSN at the annual plenary meeting of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life on February 25th. He spoke at length of his conversion to Catholicism, through...
  • SEX AND THE SILLY

    03/09/2011 9:03:19 AM PST · by JLS · 19 replies
    Steynonline ^ | 9 March 2011 | Mark Steyn
    Ross Douthat, the token conservative at The New York Times, is, tonally, the very soul of moderation. For those of us of a more foamingly right-wing bent, he can, indeed, be excessively mindful of his readers' sensitivities - and a fat lot of good it does him. So this week he writes about some of the consequences of the sexual revolution - all very sober, very measured. At the Times website, the commenters immediately retreated to the most cobwebbed tropes: bozack of dc thinks "nonmarital sex is an unalloyed good thing, a part of personal fulfillment", and that any suggestion...
  • Evolutionist Warns: Natural Selection Will Destroy Us

    03/08/2011 10:13:26 AM PST · by topcat54 · 22 replies · 1+ views
    American Vision ^ | March 8, 2011 | Gary DeMar
    Nobel Prize winning Biochemist Christian de Duve, a professor emeritus at New York City’s Rockefeller University and 1974 winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, warns that “natural selection has resulted in traits such as group selfishness being coded in our genes. These were useful to our ancestors under the conditions in which they lived, but have become noxious to us today.” Rape and killing the weak were also useful, and with no God, perfectly “moral.” ... It’s humorous to watch atheists try to build a case for a moral universe without God. The latest popular attempt is...
  • Morality Is Not Hate

    02/28/2011 9:44:25 AM PST · by ezfindit · 12 replies
    OrthodoxNet ^ | 2/26/2011 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    This week, U.S. Attorney General Holder announced Obama’s decision not to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was passed by a bipartisan overwhelming majority and signed by Bill Clinton in 1996. Significantly, the Attorney General described anti-sodomy beliefs as “animus,” which means “vehement emnity,” “hatred” or “ill will.” This echoes Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s anti-Christian view, stated in a Supreme Court decision upholding the ejection a Christian legal group for not allowing open homosexuals in leadership positions, that “Condemnation of same-sex intimacy is, in fact, a condemnation of gay people,” and “Our (Supreme Court) decisions decline to distinguish...
  • Pope: The Church is not Merely the Dispenser of Social Services

    02/03/2011 8:37:13 AM PST · by 0beron · 6 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 02/03/11 | Tancred
    Editor: While remaining ambivalent to the nature of the Church and the State, the Holy Father restates the importance of the State in maintaining the moral order. Religion may not be merely limited as the participant in culture. Rom (kath.net/as) This Thursday morning Pope Benedict invited the new ambassador of the Republic of Austria to the Holy See, Alfons M. Kloss, for the handing over of qualifications, with which this extraordinary and appointed emissary was accredited. In his address Benedict XVI. called Austria the "Land of Cathedrals", that in its culture, its history and not least in everyday life, the...