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  • Can the (Catholic) Bishop's Win This Battle?

    11/22/2011 3:03:57 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 22, 2011 | Christopher Manion
    Christopher Manion This past September, Archbishop Timothy Dolan, President of the USCCB, sent President Obama a letter that was long overdue. “I write with a growing sense of urgency about recent actions taken by your Administration that both escalate the threat to marriage and imperil the religious freedom of those who promote and defend marriage,” the archbishop wrote. “The Justice Department’s [attack on the Defense of Marriage Act], in addition to other troubling federal decisions occurring recently, prompts me yet again to register my grave concerns.”Archbishop Dolan’s public overture represents a significant departure from the path of his predecessors. Only...
  • Santorum says Romney to the left of Obama on same-sex marriage

    11/17/2011 11:11:19 AM PST · by Antoninus · 42 replies
    On Top Magazine ^ | November 15, 2011 | Carlos Santoscoy
    Rick Santorum on Monday accused GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney of being more liberal on gay marriage than President Barack Obama. Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, made his remarks during an interview on Laura Ingraham's radio show. When Ingraham asked Romney's stance on a proposed bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Santorum answered: I would argue that Mitt Romney, as governor of Massachusetts, was to the left of Barack Obama on the issue of gay marriage. DOMA is the 1996 law that bars federal agencies and the military from recognizing the legal marriages of gay...
  • Lesbian couple mulls action against Christian wedding cake baker

    11/16/2011 2:07:21 PM PST · by NYer · 70 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 16, 2011 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    Victoria Childress DES MOINES, Iowa, November 15, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - An Iowa baker who politely declined to provide a wedding cake for two lesbians based on her Christian values may face legal action from the couple. Same-sex “marriage” was legalized in Iowa in 2009 by the state Supreme Court, and a 2007 state civil rights act disallows discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation in matters of employment, education, housing, and public accommodation. On Tuesday KCCI 8 Des Moines interviewed Trina Vodraska and Janelle Sievers, who said they were “shocked” when a local wedding cake business owner declined to provide the...
  • Town clerk in NY same-sex marriage flap re-elected

    11/09/2011 11:10:14 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    wxow ^ | November 9, 2011
    LEDYARD, N.Y. (AP) - A town clerk in upstate New York's Finger Lakes region who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of her religious beliefs has won her re-election race.Longtime Ledyard town clerk Rose Marie Belforti defeated Ed Easter, a write-in candidate who said he ran because Belforti's stance on licenses was wrong.New York became the sixth and largest state to sanction gay marriage this summer. Belforti said her Christian beliefs preclude her from issuing licenses to same-sex couples. Her solution was to have her office issue all marriage licenses by appointment so a deputy can...
  • Voters to decide fate of NY town clerk (who has refused to sign gay marriage licenses)

    11/08/2011 1:12:40 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    9wsyr ^ | November 7, 2011
    Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- It’s time to head to the polls Tuesday morning. We’ve been telling you about the heated contest for Ledyard Town Clerk, where the current clerk has refused to sign gay marriage licenses and a write-in candidate is hoping to take her spot. There are also some referendums to consider. In the town of Salina for example, the board wants to buy the Burdick Chevrolet property and convert it into a town hall and highway garage. Plus, the issue of possibly dissolving the village of Camillus is on the table. Stay tuned to NewsChannel 9 for all...
  • Staten Islanders react to Archbishop Dolan's statement banning gay marriage from Catholic churches

    11/05/2011 1:19:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    silive ^ | November 4, 2011 | Maura Grunlund
    Associated Press"The marital union between one man and one woman was universally accepted by civil law as a constitutive element of human society, which is vital to the human family and to the continuation of the human race," Archbishop Dolan said in the decree dated Oct. 18. STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Following the spiritual lead of Pope Benedict, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan has issued an official statement banning gay marriage in Roman Catholic churches.Supporters of the Marriage Equality Act were left to ponder why and whether his statement was politically motivated. Archbishop Dolan issued a decree forbidding any priest or...
  • The Devil Made Me Gay! Or Not. [Catholic Caucus]

    11/03/2011 3:21:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | November 3, 2011 | Patrick Archbold
    Theological error, they called it. The Pilot, the journal of the Archdiocese of Boston, published a column written by Daniel Avila, policy director for marriage and family at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. This is what Avila had to say about the root of homosexuality. “Whenever natural causes disturb otherwise typical biological development, leading to the personally un-chosen beginnings of same-sex attraction, the ultimate responsibility, on a theological level, is and should be imputed to the evil one, not God.” “Scientific evidence of how same-sex attraction most likely may be created provides a credible basis for a spiritual explanation...
  • Defending the faith: How Archbishop Dolan is redefining the battle over same sex marriage

    11/03/2011 2:22:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Deseret News ^ | October 29, 2011 | McKay Coppins
    NEW YORK — When Timothy Dolan arrived in New York nearly three years ago to take over the state's Catholic Archdiocese, his "brother bishops" had a bleak warning to deliver."We've got a bruising battle coming up over same-sex marriage," he remembers being told in his first meeting with local clergy. "We are not going to relent, we are going to give it everything we've got. But you need to know that the fortune-tellers are telling us that we ain't gonna win."The Roman Catholic Church had long been at the forefront of the fight over defining marriage in the Empire State,...
  • 2,000 Evangelical, Orthodox Chaplains Join Catholics in Opposing Pentagon Directive on SSM

    10/06/2011 1:11:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    CNS ^ | October 5, 2011 | Pete Winn
    Dr. Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. (AP Photo.) (CNSNews.com) A national group representing more than 2,000 military chaplains from evangelical Christian and Orthodox backgrounds said on Wednesday that the Pentagon has launched a direct assault on marriage, and the chaplains they endorse will not be allowed to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies under any circumstances.Dr. Ron Crews, executive director of the newly formed Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, said his 2,000-plus membership is concerned about a Sept. 30 Pentagon memorandum that authorizes chaplains and military chapel facilities to be used for any private ceremony,...
  • New York clerk faces lawsuit for refusing to sign same-sex marriage license

    09/30/2011 2:25:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 30, 2011 | CHRISTINE DHANAGOM
    LEDYARD, NY, September 29, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Another town clerk in New York may lose her job for refusing to sign marriage licenses for same sex couples, the New York Times reports. Fifty-seven-year-old Rose Marie Belforti has been the town clerk in the small rural town of Ledyard, New York for ten years. When the state of New York legalized homosexual marriage this past summer, Belforti decided that she could not reconcile signing same-sex marriage licenses with her Christian faith. Instead, she decided to delegate the task to a deputy, who would issue such licenses by appointment. Now, a lesbian...
  • NOM RELEASES "FLASH" SURVEY IN NY-9 - WEPRIN VOTE FOR GAY MARRIAGE COST HIM SEAT IN CONGRESS

    09/14/2011 10:09:27 PM PDT · by Antoninus · 57 replies · 1+ views
    NOM Blog ^ | September 14, 2011 | National Organization for Marriage
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 14, 2011 Mary Beth Hutchins or Elizabeth Ray at 703-683-5004 WEPRIN VOTE FOR GAY MARRIAGE COST HIM SEAT IN CONGRESS Washington The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today released a flash survey conducted yesterday among voters of New Yorks 9th Congressional District which demonstrates that David Weprins support of same-sex marriage was a major factor in his loss to Republican Bob Turner. This survey demonstrates what many people have been saying for a long time David Weprins vote in favor of same-sex marriage cost him election to the US House, said Brian Brown, president of...
  • NC House approves bill to put gay marriage amendment on May ballot

    09/13/2011 3:10:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    NBC 17 ^ | September 13, 2011
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina state lawmakers moved closer Monday to giving social conservatives their decade-old wish to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot designed to make clear that marriage is between one man and one woman in the state. Ten House Democrats voted with nearly all Republicans in favoring of putting on May's primary ballot a question that would make marriage the only domestic legal union recognized in this state. The bill passed 75-42 - above the 72 needed for any constitutional change - and is now headed for debate Tuesday in the Senate, where a similar...
  • Bert and Ernie: best buddies in an over-sexualized culture

    08/29/2011 2:41:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 47 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 29, 2011 | CHUCK COLSON
    Bert & Ernie from Sesame Street August 29, 2011 (Breakpoint.org) - Sesame Workshop, the company that produces the kids show Sesame Street, announced last week the Bert and Ernie will not be getting married. Bert and Ernie, two of the shows Muppets, are best buddies. They live in the same house and sleep in the same room in separate twin beds. They bicker, they share, they enjoy a bedtime cookie together every night. Theyre such good friends that some assume they must be gay. And one group used an online petition to ask Sesame Street to let the truth...
  • Florida High School removes teacher for criticizing gay marriage on Facebook

    08/19/2011 12:19:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 18, 2011 | John-HENRY WESTEN
    MOUNT DORA, FL, August 18, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Mount Dora High School has removed a veteran social-studies teacher Gerald (Jerry) Buell from his classroom for Facebook comments critical of homosexual ‘marriage’. Christopher Patton, Communications Officer for Lake County Schools told LifeSiteNews that Buell was moved to administrative duties pending the results of an investigation into a suspected code of ethics violation. On his personal Facebook account, outside of school time, Buell posted a reaction to New York’s passage of homosexual ‘marriage’ saying he “almost threw up.” He also referred to homosexual unions as sinful and referred to it as...
  • Same-sex marriage got free ads (on Time Warner Cable)

    08/16/2011 11:58:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Times Union ^ | August 16, 2011 | JIMMY VIELKIND
    ALBANY -- Time Warner Cable gave advocates of same-sex marriage $70,846 of free airtime this spring, lobbying records show.The communications giant aired ads produced by the Human Rights Campaign as part of its "New Yorkers for Marriage Equality" series during March and May, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed for same-sex marriage in a statewide tour.The ads featured actors such as Whoopi Goldberg and Cynthia Nixon, athletes like Sean Avery and Michael Strahan, and politicians including Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Tom DiNapoli and Michael Bloomberg talking about their support of same-sex marriage, and urging viewers to do the same."Join us in...
  • Catholic governor debates archbishop on same-sex marriage

    08/09/2011 3:26:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 9, 2011 | Diogenes
    Maryland Governor Martin OMalley has rejected an appeal from Baltimores Archbishop Edwin OBrien, who urged him not to promote same-sex marriage out of mere political expediency. Responding to a personal letter from the archbishop, OMalleywho is Catholicsaid that he felt a moral obligation to change a law that produces an unjust result. Archbishop OBrien wrote to OMalley in July, warning him not to endorse a measure that so deeply conflicts with your faith, not to mention the best interests of our society. In his reply, the governor said that he has a public obligation to try to change that injustice....
  • Two grandmothers wed in New York's first legal gay marriage

    07/24/2011 4:09:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 67 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | July 24, 2011
    Two women who are grandmothers became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in the state of New York, when they took part in a ceremony just after midnight on Saturday. Kitty Lambert, 54, and Cheryle Rudd, 53, were joined by family, friends, supporters and tourists as they married at a Niagara Falls park near the Canada-US border. Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster officiated and the water cascade was bright with rainbow-coloured lights. The New York Times reported that, following 12 tolls of a bell to ring in the day, Dyster, said, By the power vested in me by the...
  • N.Y. clerks opposed to gay 'marriage' have lawful options, legal group says

    07/20/2011 12:15:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    BP Press ^ | July 20, 2011 | Whitney Jones
    ALBANY, N.Y. (BP)--With gay "marriage" now legal in New York, Christian town clerks across the state have feared that they must either sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples or refuse and lose their job. But those clerks have another option, says the Alliance Defense Fund. That third choice is to delegate signing the licenses to a deputy clerk or other municipal employee. The law goes into effect Sunday. "It is disturbing that public officials have so blithely dismissed New Yorkers' sincerely held beliefs even though millions of New Yorkers believe that marriage is only between a man and a woman,"...
  • Archbishop speaks out as Catholic Maryland Gov. pushes gay marriage

    07/19/2011 4:50:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 19, 2011 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    Baltimore Archbishop Edwin O'Brien BALTIMORE, Maryland, July 19, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The archbishop of Baltimore is warning Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley that he will have a vigorous fight on his hands if he tries to legalize same-sex “marriage.” The governor had announced Friday that he is making gay “marriage” a legislative priority, following the success of gay activists in New York. “Maryland is not New York,” wrote Archbishop Edwin O’Brien of Baltimore in a statement to LifeSiteNews Tuesday.  “During the 2011 session, Maryland lawmakers chose not to redefine marriage because they listened to their Maryland constituents and stood by their...
  • New York marriage officer quits because of gay marriage

    07/18/2011 1:38:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 16, 2011 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    New York marriage officer Rosemary Centi. GUILDERLAND, New York, July 15, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Another New York town clerk has resigned from her position as official marriage officer rather than preside over ceremonies for homosexual couples against her conscience. Rosemary Centi, a Catholic, cited her religious beliefs as the reason for stepping down when the state’s same-sex “marriage” law takes effect on July 24, reported CBS 6 News. But while she will no longer officiate marriages, a task she performed for ten years, Centi will remain a clerk and will issue licenses to both homosexual and heterosexual couples. Her boss...
  • N.Y. Republicans who backed gay marriage see coffers, criticism soar

    07/16/2011 1:49:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Political Ticker ^ | July 15, 2011 | Jeff Stein
    New York (CNN) - Republicans in New York's state Senate who crossed party lines to legalize gay marriage in the state have seen sharp increases in their campaign coffers, leading conservative activists to allege their votes were bought.State Sen. Mark Grisanti of Buffalo, for instance, amassed just $30,000 from May 1 to June 24, the day same-sex marriage was approved. But in the two-and-a-half weeks after his vote, Grisanti reported receiving $73,000 in contributions – including huge donations from high-profile gay rights supporters like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Tim Gill, who is based in Colorado. For State...
  • Guilderland (NY) Town Clerk quits over gay marriage

    07/14/2011 2:27:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    cbs6albany ^ | July 14, 2011
    GUILDERLAND –-The Guilderland Town Clerk, who also serves as the town's official marriage officer, has submitted a letter of resignation saying her religious beliefs prevent her from marrying gay couples.Rosemary Centi advised the town supervisor of her decision earlier this week. Citing her Catholic Faith, Centi will no longer be marrying same-sex couples when the Marriage Equality Law takes effect July 24.Centi will remain on as the town's clerk and continue to issue marriage licenses to all eligible couples. Her resignation only affects her appointed position as marriage officiant.Reached by phone Thursday morning, Town Supervisor Ken Runion told CBS 6...
  • Bloomberg gives maximum (donations) to NY Republicans who voted for gay marriage

    07/14/2011 2:03:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 14, 2011 | Steven Nelson
    The four New York Republican state senators who voted to legalize same-sex marriage in the state are now raking in major campaign donations.New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave the maximum amount possible — $10,300 — to the re-election campaigns of Sens. James Alesi, Mark Grisanti, Roy McDonald and Stephen Saland after the June vote.The four senators provided the margin for victory in a close 33-29 vote in the Republican-led Senate.New York Conservative Party leader Michael Long said after the vote that each had lost the party’s ballot line for re-election. The senators may also face primary challenges.Grisanti, a freshman senator...
  • Gay 'Marriage' and Fidelity (Chuck Colson Alert!)

    07/13/2011 1:09:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Christian Post ^ | July 12, 2011 | Chuck Colson
    No doubt you’ve heard friends – even Christian friends – and you hear them say, “Well, why shouldn’t gays be able to marry like anyone else? What will it hurt? It won’t affect marriage, and it will help them build stable families.”Certainly that’s the line of thinking that won the day in New York, which just legalized so-called gay marriage.But nothing could be further from the truth, as illustrated by a recent New York Times article entitled “Married, With Infidelities.” The writer, Mark Oppenheimer, asked whether “we make unrealistic demands” on marriage. The “unrealistic demands” he's talking about are monogamy.For...
  • New York town clerk quits over gay marriage licenses

    07/13/2011 5:51:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 64 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 12, 2011 | Dan Wiessner
    HUDSON, New York (Reuters) - A town clerk in western New York has resigned to avoid being forced to sign marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples, citing religious objections to same-sex marriage.Laura Fotusky, the town clerk in Barker, New York, said in her resignation letter that she will step down on July 21, three days before New York becomes the sixth and largest state to allow gay nuptials.Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the same sex marriage law last month after the bill narrowly passed the Republican-led state Senate. Its approval in New York is seen as a catalyst for gay...
  • NY state senator gets heat for 'taking the Catholic out' of his marriage vote

    07/12/2011 6:44:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    cna ^ | July 12, 2011 | Benjamin Mann
    New York state Senator Mark Grisanti Denver, Colo., Jul 12, 2011 / 06:05 am (CNA).- New York state Senator Mark Grisanti ran as a Catholic Republican opponent of same-sex marriage in 2010. In June 2011, he became a key vote ensuring its passage, telling alocal newspaper: If I take the Catholic out of me, which is hard to do, then absolutely they should have these rights.Richard E. Barnes, Executive Director of the New York Catholic Conference, said Grisanti showed a lack of integrity as a Catholic by ignoring the teachings he knows full well on the subject of family...
  • NY Senate Rules Changed Mid-Stream to Accommodate Democrats' Desire for Media Publicity (SSM)

    06/29/2011 6:47:20 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    NOM ^ | June 27, 2011
    This is how deeply complicit the GOP leadership in NY was in passing gay marriage: they even changed the senate rules several times in a day, and silenced senators who wanted to speak -- in order to vote in time for the 11 p.m. news: Essentially the Senate rules were changed in a backroom agreement before session started and then changed again during the vote to make sure it would be concluded to make the 11 p.m. newscasts.Sen. Kevin Parker, a long time proponent of same-sex marriage was informed by Senate staff that he would not be able to explain...
  • NY State Catholic Conference on SSM Passage

    06/25/2011 9:25:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 67 replies
    NOM ^ | June 24, 2011
    Released immediately after the vote: The passage by the Legislature of a bill to alter radically and forever humanitys historic understanding of marriage leaves us deeply disappointed and troubled.We strongly uphold the Catholic Churchs clear teaching that we always treat our homosexual brothers and sisters with respect, dignity and love. But we just as strongly affirm that marriage is the joining of one man and one woman in a lifelong, loving union that is open to children, ordered for the good of those children and the spouses themselves. This definition cannot change, though we realize that our beliefs about the...
  • Vt. House Passes Same-Sex Marriage

    04/03/2009 7:49:13 AM PDT · by lost in the snow · 9 replies · 959+ views
    WCAX news ^ | April 3, 2009 | Bianca Slota - WCAX News
    Montpelier, Vermont - April 2, 2009 Working late into the night Vermont Representatives debated the most contentious issue of the session-- a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. After hours of debate, the h=House voted 95 to 52 to advance the bill to a third reading. Lawmakers debated the issue for over four hours. Supporters of the bill offered emotional testimony, both about their own lives, and the lives of their constituents. "The conservative course is to encourage same-sex marriage. In fact, we should insist upon it," said Rep. Johannah Leddy Donovan, D-Burlington. "It should be scandalous that two people who...
  • First pictures of stricken IDF Navy, Saar 5 vessel, hit by Iranian missile

    07/15/2006 3:20:15 PM PDT · by Jeff Head · 230 replies · 15,028+ views
    photobucket.com ^ | July 15, 2006 | Jeff Head
    Here are the first pictures I am aware of of the damaghed IDF Naval vessel, the Saar 5. Fron these pictures, it is clear that the ship was hit at an angle that would have allowed the CIWS to engage if it was active. I am now leaning towards the systems not being engaged at the time of attack. IMHO, if true, as some reports have indicated today (buit that I did not want to believe), it would be a fatal and inexcusable mistake in the environment the vessel found itself in...defending other IDF gunboats against air attack during shore...
  • The French Get It Right on Marriage and the Family!

    03/01/2006 5:10:06 PM PST · by Grig · 9 replies · 709+ views
    United Families International ^ | February 22, 2006 | Sharon Slater
    Dear Friend of the Family, A recent French government commission examining possible changes in law necessary to protect children and accommodate changes to the family in France has recommended against legalizing same-sex marriage, permitting same-sex adoption or allowing medically-assisted procreation for same-sex couples. Their report, the Parliamentary Report on the Family and the Rights of Children, released in late January, eloquently stressed that Marriage is not merely the contractual recognition of the love between a couple; it is a framework that imposes rights and duties, and that is designed to provide for the care and harmonious development of the child....
  • Iran secretly tests new surface-to-surface missile

    02/03/2006 6:05:51 PM PST · by humint · 14 replies · 555+ views
    Iran Mania ^ | Saturday, February 04, 2006 | Iran Mania
    LONDON, February 4 (IranMania) - Iran secretly tested a new surface-to-surface missile (SSM) on January 17, seeking to establish the measurements needed for long-range missiles, the German daily Die Welt reported in its issue to appear on Saturday. The test, conducted by members of the Revolutionary Guard led by Yahya Rahim Safavi, was successful, according to Western diplomats cited by the newspaper, which did not indicate the location where the test took place, said AFP. Archived Picture - Iran secretly tested a new surface-to-surface missile (SSM) on January 17, seeking to establish the measurements needed for long-range missiles, the German...
  • Iran Defense Minister explains new defence policies

    09/16/2005 3:07:19 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 3 replies · 292+ views
    IRIBNEWS ^ | 2005/09/15
    Tehran, Sept 15 - The Islamic Republic of Iran's Defence Minister said the country will invest in producing Ballistic and surface to surface missiles, electronic war equipments, unmanned planes and asymmetrical war installations against possible threats. Mostafa Mohammad Najar the Defence Ministry has planned to increase defence devices exports, mounting production capacities and decreasing expenses of military exports. He underlined intraction with Islamic and impartial states to meet our needs.
  • Family's feud with a fascist future - ("for better or for worse" is now "FOR WORSE"-socialism!)

    07/01/2005 1:39:30 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 9 replies · 540+ views
    JEWISH WORLD REVIEW.COM ^ | JULY 1, 2005 | KATHLEEN PARKER
    If you were a Big Picture sort gazing at America through a wide-angle lens, you might begin to wonder: Why the big rush to fascism? For a nation that prides itself on freedom, even seeking to infect other countries, we're terribly busy undermining our own. How? Specifically, by destroying the family. Sanctity aside, the traditional family is the front-line defense of liberty, the Maginot Line against creeping totalitarianism. Without the primary, autonomous unit of mother and father whose duty is to protect and nurture their offspring government inevitably intercedes. Indeed, it is a goal of totalitarian governments to...
  • For the sake of the Children (stop SSM)

    06/27/2005 3:18:04 PM PDT · by Capt. Canuck · 5 replies · 238+ views
    ProudToBeCanadian.ca ^ | 27 June 2005 | Paul Albers
    For several years it has been common for politicians for claim that some intrusive nanny-state rule should be made law for the sake of the children. An anonymous email rant talk of how the adults today made it though childhood alive in a time when bicycle helmets were unheard of, dodge ball was allowed at recess and using seatbelts was optional. Although it certainly is possible to go too far in trying to shelter children from the bumps and scrapes of life, society does have a duty to protect the next generation and foster their development into productive members of...
  • [Barf!] MSM-Wannabees Attack Priest for Doing His Job

    03/10/2005 8:05:31 PM PST · by GratianGasparri · 1 replies · 290+ views
    Angus priest out of line The Daily Press Editorial - Thursday, March 10, 2005 @ 07:00 Charlie Angus has found himself in the centre of a storm pitting himself against his small-town parish priest and his conscience as a politician and a Catholic. The MP (NDP Timmins-James Bay) was recently told in a private, confidential letter from Rev. John Lemire of St. Patricks Catholic Church in Cobalt he would be refused communion unless he withdrew his support for same-sex marriage. Lemire said: I told him his decision was incompatible with the Catholic faith. Its not possible to be a practising...
  • C-38 Civil Marriage Act ( Canadian Government And Opposition Leaders' Speeches On SSM Alert)

    02/17/2005 10:06:01 AM PST · by goldstategop · 8 replies · 884+ views
    House Of Commons Hansard 02/16/05 1520-1649 ^ | 02/16/05 | Paul Martin/Stephen Harper
    Right Hon. Paul Martin (Prime Minister, Lib.) (for the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada) moved that Bill C-38, an act respecting certain aspects of legal capacity for marriage for civil purposes, be read the second time and referred to a committee. He said: Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of Bill C-38, the Civil Marriage Act. I rise in support of a Canada in which liberties are safeguarded, rights are protected and the people of this land are treated as equals under the law. [English] This is an important day. The attention of our nation is...
  • Does a "Gay Gene" Really Exist?

    02/17/2005 8:36:30 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 82 replies · 1,909+ views
    CFP ^ | February 17, 2005 | Nathan Tabor
    "Wonderful Husband. Loving Father. Former Homosexual. Jesus Christ Changes Lives." So read the billboards sponsored by Stephen Bennett, the head of a Christian family advocacy group based in Huntingdon, Connecticut. The ad, part of a nationwide campaign last year opposed to same-sex marriage, features a large photo of Bennett with his lovely wife and two children. Some advertising companies refused to accept Bennetts ads because of their "controversial content." Wherever the ads were posted, gay rights activists rose up in anger to protest the very idea that homosexuals can change, or even should want to. But Bennett is one of...
  • In Grits We Distrust (SSM, Canada and religious freedom)

    02/09/2005 11:29:05 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 15 replies · 751+ views
    CFP ^ | February 9, 2005 | Paul Albers
    How can anyone believe Justice Minister Irwin Cotler when he claims the governments same-sex legislation will not affect religious freedoms? Over and over again the Liberals have proven that they either don't understand what freedom of religion is, or they don't really care about protecting it. I would rather trust Don Cherry to run a charm school than trust the Liberals to protect the free exercise of religion. Not that long ago, amendments to hate crime legislation designed to protect religious expression were voted down by the Liberals, and church leaders were threatened with the loss of their tax-exempt status...
  • Grits flip, flop ... and why? (Our very own John Kerry)

    01/28/2005 7:26:24 AM PST · by UpHereEh · 4 replies · 384+ views
    The Toronto Sun ^ | January 28, 2005
    The thing about Liberals is that if you don't like their principles, all you have to do is wait a bit and they'll have some new ones. This is exactly what Prime Minister Paul Martin and his party have done on same-sex marriage. On June 8, 1999, Martin, then Jean Chretien's finance minister, along with most Liberal MPs, voted in favour of the following resolution, moved by the Reform party and passed by the House of Commons: "That, in the opinion of this House, it is necessary, in light of public debate around recent court decisions, to state that marriage...
  • Canadian Prime Minister to Force Through Gay Marriage Law

    01/22/2005 1:52:59 PM PST · by MikeEdwards · 21 replies · 641+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | January 22, 2005 | Jim Bradford
  • CityTV (Canada), Not CTV Poll On Same-Sex 'Marriage' No Joke But Was for Only 20 Minutes

    12/22/2004 5:38:56 PM PST · by NorthOf45 · 5 replies · 390+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | December 21, 2004 | Staff Writer
    CityTV, Not CTV Poll On Same-Sex 'Marriage' No Joke But Was for Only 20 Minutes Daily CityTv poll no longer functioning because of on-going marriage question response LifSiteNews.com December 21, 2004 TORONTO, December 20, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Last Thursday, LifeSiteNews.com reported that the flurry of emails being passed around the Canadian Internet about a CTV television telephone poll on same-sex 'marriage' was a hoax, according to readers who checked with CTV and were told the network was not conducting any such poll. More readers have since contacted us and, lo and behold, informed LifeSiteNews.com that there actually was an early...
  • Same Sex Marriage is the Battle, not the War

    05/03/2004 1:17:06 PM PDT · by Grig · 22 replies · 293+ views
    Grig
    Same Sex Marriage is the Battle, not the War Advocates of same sex marriage have been preparing their arguments for years. The public ignored the issue as a fringe movement that would never make significant headway, so many religious and political leaders were caught off guard when a series of court rulings rapidly made it a hot public issue. It is no surprise then that much of the reasoning used in the political arena to oppose gay marriage has been disappointing and less effective than desired. Secular Citizens Caught between the staunch advocates for and against same sex marriage are...
  • How same-sex marriage threatens liberty

    04/24/2004 10:37:03 PM PDT · by scripter · 105 replies · 262+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 24, 2004
    We are engaged in the hottest political debate of our time; that is, whether marriage should be redefined to include same-sex couples or other alternatives. Everything from morality, legal benefits, the impact on children, public schools, government and private businesses have been discussed in the media. Incredibly, almost no attention has been focused on the very real threats to our civil and religious liberties. Specifically, the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status given to thousands of churches, nursing homes, schools, ministries, universities and radio stations may be at risk if an organization "discriminates" against a legally protected status, such as same-sex marriage. What...
  • Goodbye, Barry Goldwater

    01/19/2004 5:32:19 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 82 replies · 276+ views
    WND.com ^ | 01-19-04 | Buchanan, Patrick J.
    Goodbye, Barry Goldwater Posted: January 19, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern 2004 Creators Syndicate, Inc. "Bush Plans $1.5 Billion Drive for Promotion of Marriage" ran the headline in the New York Times. The story told of how Bush aides were "planning an extensive election-year initiative to promote marriage" and debating whether to float the idea in the State of the Union. "For months," the Times reported, "administration officials have worked with conservative groups on the proposal, which would provide at least $1.5 billion for training to help couples develop interpersonal skills that sustain 'healthy marriages.'" Then came this kicker: "'This...