Daily Archives: January 29, 2009

A neat letter to the editor responding to article about Bishop Vigneron

Government Funds Georgetown’s Rhythm Gimmick

Good news:

A three-year award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Population Affairs to Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health will enable federally supported programs in California and Massachusetts to offer the Standard Days Method®, a highly effective, easy-to-use natural family planning method developed by Institute researchers.
In addition to making scientifically based natural family planning methods developed by the Georgetown researchers available to Title X clients, the $600,000 award will enable the researchers to test strategies to overcome barriers that limit the availability and use of natural family planning methods by individuals who get their heath care through this government-funded program.

Proves that the main objections to NFP from the Establishment are its lack of profitability. They want “cheap and affordable” birth control, but they won’t actually promote NFP unless there’s something they can sell.

Which raises the issue of why they won’t allow ClearPlan’s NFP test into the US.

An abortionist describes a dilation and extraction

From Priests for Life:

The Washington Post: Anti-Christian

Interesting piece from Quin Hillyer in the American Spectator on two articles in a recent Washington Post.

The first was a glowing book review called “Saving C.S. Lewis.” Written by foreign desk editor Elizabeth Ward, also described in the byline as “a longtime reviewer of children’s books,” the review assessed a new literary endeavor by a woman named Laura Miller called The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia.

Basically, Miller’s book discusses how the Narnia books can be enjoyed by a skeptic in spite of their Christian themes. But, more importantly, Ward, the reviewer, glowingly approves of Miller’s anti-Christian view and gives no criticism of it, nor any defense of Lewis.

The second article, in the same issue, is a weird piece written by another Miller, M. Lynn Miller, called “My Mom, the Adulteress,” in which the writer brags about her mother’s serial adultery.

Fantastic article on moral imagination

Now, I’ve grown against the idea of “Santa Claus” for other reasons, but I generally agree with what this guy is saying here. In “OK, Virginia, There’s No Santa Claus. But There Is God,” Tony Woodlief discusses the necessity of a belief in the *possibility* of fairies as an important element to belief in God.

Perhaps a more responsible parent would confess, but I hesitate. For this I blame G.K. Chesterton, whose treatise “Orthodoxy” had its 100th anniversary this year. One of its themes is the violence that rationalistic modernism has worked on the valuable idea of a “mystical condition,” which is to say the mystery inherent in a supernaturally created world. Writing of his path to faith in God, Chesterton says: “I had always believed that the world involved magic: now I thought that perhaps it involved a magician.”

He notes that Christopher Dawkins says that telling children fairy tales–particularly Christian allegories–is a worse form of abuse than sexual molestation.

New research from the Université de Montréal and the University of Ottawa indicates that children aren’t overly troubled upon learning that Santa is a myth. But the researchers remained puzzled because while children eventually abandon Santa, they keep believing in God. Lewis would say this is because God is real, but Mr. Dawkins fears it is the lasting damage of fairy tales.
. . .
That’s all well and good, but it seems to miss a fundamental point illuminated by Chesterton, which is that, ultimately, belief in God is belief in mystery.
As a parent, I believe (with the older apologists) that it’s essential to preserve a small, inviolate space in the heart of a child, a space where he is free to believe impossibilities.

Fantastic article!

CNN is such a joke!

Last week, several pro-life sites pointed out the blatant lack of coverage of the March for Life by pointing out some of the ridiculous headlines on CNN’s news page.

Today, when eugenics was just passed into law yesterday, one of CNN’s headlines is about a puppy abandoned outside on a cold night.

Gag!

People, listen, I love dogs. They’re nice to look at. They’re nice to pet and play with. They serve many useful functions for human beings.

But, read very carefully,

ANIMALS DO NOT HAVE SOULS! PEOPLE DO!

One of the best argument Rush Limbaugh ever rasied is this: show me a dolphin that built a hospital.

Now, we have a duty to be responsible stewards of God’s creation. God gave us this whole world to use for our benefit, but we are not abuse. As I tell my kids, “Animals are God’s toys, and we don’t want to break God’s toys, do we?”

However, dogs are not people. People are not animals. There is a huge difference, and I am sick of that difference being blurred. A puppy left out in the cold gets national headlines?

Dogs have been bred to a variety of purposes, many of which involve enduring extreme temperatures and staying outside. They’re *animals*.

Today, 4,000 babies will be aborted.
Thousands of babies will be created and destroyed (or “frozen”) for In Vitro Fertilization.
Unknown thousands of babies will be conceived by women using contraceptives and then prevented from implanting in their mothers’ wombs, doomed to be flushed downt he toilet.

And CNN is concerned about a puppy?

Virginia House of Delegates takes on pro-life pharmacy

Divine Mercy Care (DMC) Pharmacies, the pro-life, anti-contraception pharmacy that opened last year, has been the target of a tabled bill in the Virginia House of Delegates.
The bill has been tabled and cannot be brought up again this year. But this is what it says:

“Any pharmacist who refuses to fill a prescription for contraception shall
ensure that the patient seeking such contraception is treated in a nonjudgmental
manner and is not subjected to indignity, humiliation, or breeches in
confidentiality. The pharmacist shall not confiscate a prescription for
contraception that he refuses to fill.”

“Indignity”? Contraception is an indignity.
As for nonjudgemental? Why not? As always, will they make a law saying that doctors are required to treat patients who practice NFP with a nonjudgemental and non-humiliating attitude?

This is so Orwellian.

Daschle’s health care rationing: Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER)

A few days ago, I reported that ex-Catholic Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Daschle supports health care rationing. Turns out, that is *part* of the ‘economic stimulus’ bill that passed the House of Misrepresentatives yesterday. Thanks to the Intellectual Redneck for sharing this info!

Why is the Pope being criticized for what some priest says?

OK, so there’s some priest named Father Floriano Abrahamowicz who lives in Italy, and, like Bishop Williamson, he’s a holocaust doubter/denier.

Jewish leaders are criticizing the Holy Father for this. What does Pope Benedict XVI have to do with the personal opinions of one priest?

Government Funds Georgetown’s Rhythm Gimmick

Good news:

A three-year award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Population Affairs to Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health will enable federally supported programs in California and Massachusetts to offer the Standard Days Method®, a highly effective, easy-to-use natural family planning method developed by Institute researchers.
In addition to making scientifically based natural family planning methods developed by the Georgetown researchers available to Title X clients, the $600,000 award will enable the researchers to test strategies to overcome barriers that limit the availability and use of natural family planning methods by individuals who get their heath care through this government-funded program.

Proves that the main objections to NFP from the Establishment are its lack of profitability. They want “cheap and affordable” birth control, but they won’t actually promote NFP unless there’s something they can sell.

Which raises the issue of why they won’t allow ClearPlan’s NFP test into the US.

An abortionist describes a dilation and extraction

From Priests for Life:

The Washington Post: Anti-Christian

Interesting piece from Quin Hillyer in the American Spectator on two articles in a recent Washington Post.

The first was a glowing book review called “Saving C.S. Lewis.” Written by foreign desk editor Elizabeth Ward, also described in the byline as “a longtime reviewer of children’s books,” the review assessed a new literary endeavor by a woman named Laura Miller called The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia.

Basically, Miller’s book discusses how the Narnia books can be enjoyed by a skeptic in spite of their Christian themes. But, more importantly, Ward, the reviewer, glowingly approves of Miller’s anti-Christian view and gives no criticism of it, nor any defense of Lewis.

The second article, in the same issue, is a weird piece written by another Miller, M. Lynn Miller, called “My Mom, the Adulteress,” in which the writer brags about her mother’s serial adultery.

Fantastic article on moral imagination

Now, I’ve grown against the idea of “Santa Claus” for other reasons, but I generally agree with what this guy is saying here. In “OK, Virginia, There’s No Santa Claus. But There Is God,” Tony Woodlief discusses the necessity of a belief in the *possibility* of fairies as an important element to belief in God.

Perhaps a more responsible parent would confess, but I hesitate. For this I blame G.K. Chesterton, whose treatise “Orthodoxy” had its 100th anniversary this year. One of its themes is the violence that rationalistic modernism has worked on the valuable idea of a “mystical condition,” which is to say the mystery inherent in a supernaturally created world. Writing of his path to faith in God, Chesterton says: “I had always believed that the world involved magic: now I thought that perhaps it involved a magician.”

He notes that Christopher Dawkins says that telling children fairy tales–particularly Christian allegories–is a worse form of abuse than sexual molestation.

New research from the Université de Montréal and the University of Ottawa indicates that children aren’t overly troubled upon learning that Santa is a myth. But the researchers remained puzzled because while children eventually abandon Santa, they keep believing in God. Lewis would say this is because God is real, but Mr. Dawkins fears it is the lasting damage of fairy tales.
. . .
That’s all well and good, but it seems to miss a fundamental point illuminated by Chesterton, which is that, ultimately, belief in God is belief in mystery.
As a parent, I believe (with the older apologists) that it’s essential to preserve a small, inviolate space in the heart of a child, a space where he is free to believe impossibilities.

Fantastic article!

Sarah Palin is running for president!

“Methinks the lady doth protest too much.”

How do I know? For 7 years, we heard that Hillary Clinton was not running for president.

CNN is such a joke!

Last week, several pro-life sites pointed out the blatant lack of coverage of the March for Life by pointing out some of the ridiculous headlines on CNN’s news page.

Today, when eugenics was just passed into law yesterday, one of CNN’s headlines is about a puppy abandoned outside on a cold night.

Gag!

People, listen, I love dogs. They’re nice to look at. They’re nice to pet and play with. They serve many useful functions for human beings.

But, read very carefully,

ANIMALS DO NOT HAVE SOULS! PEOPLE DO!

One of the best argument Rush Limbaugh ever rasied is this: show me a dolphin that built a hospital.

Now, we have a duty to be responsible stewards of God’s creation. God gave us this whole world to use for our benefit, but we are not abuse. As I tell my kids, “Animals are God’s toys, and we don’t want to break God’s toys, do we?”

However, dogs are not people. People are not animals. There is a huge difference, and I am sick of that difference being blurred. A puppy left out in the cold gets national headlines?

Dogs have been bred to a variety of purposes, many of which involve enduring extreme temperatures and staying outside. They’re *animals*.

Today, 4,000 babies will be aborted.
Thousands of babies will be created and destroyed (or “frozen”) for In Vitro Fertilization.
Unknown thousands of babies will be conceived by women using contraceptives and then prevented from implanting in their mothers’ wombs, doomed to be flushed downt he toilet.

And CNN is concerned about a puppy?

"Localism" doctrine threatens Catholic Radio

Like with FOCA (threatened but not yet proposed) and the Prevention First Act (more dangerous than FOCA and actually on the horizon), there are two prongs to Democrats’ efforts to suppress opposition voices.

First, there is the re-instatement of “Fairness Doctrine,” an old FCC rule (the mere existence of the FCC should be unconstitutional) which says that “different viewpoints” need to be given “equal time.” Of course, the immediate problem is “how many opposing viewpoints”? Do we merely accept the false dichotomy of Republican and Democrat (with the diverse sub-groups that constitute both parties)? Do we include Communists? Monarchists? Anarchists? Fascists? How fair is Fair?

The argument on the Right goes this way: right-wing talk radio is popular. Left Wing talk radio is unpopular. Nevermind that the Left has CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, MSNBC and (I would contend) FOX News. Nevermind that the Left has every major newspaper in the country.
Nevermind that the Left has most of FM radio. No, they want the one medium that is predominantly conservative, AM radio, a medium which, by their own admission, gets relatively small numbers of listeners compared to other media.

So they’re following a two pronged strategy. “Fairness Doctrine” would say that a station has to broadcast equal time to different viewpoints. So, if they show Rush Limbaugh for 3 hours, then they need to find some liberal host to put on for 3 hours. This would limit time currently being given to other conservative shows. *More importantly*, if they can’t find a liberal host, or if the free market does its job and that host doesn’t get any ratings, then the radio station would be forced to cancel *both* the poorly-rated liberal show *and* Rush Limbaugh.

So, not only would it cut time off from Glenn Beck (good riddance, but at least he’s openly in apostasy compared to others who claim to be Catholic), Sean Hannity (again, good riddance), Laura Ingraham or Dr. Laura (is she still around?) in favor of liberal broadcasters, but it means that if the libreal shows fail, the conservative shows would go away with them.

However, while Liberals are crowing about Fairness Doctrine, they haven’t done anything yet (that I’m aware of). However, they *are* trying to enforce the doctrine of “localism” which says that preference should be given to local broadcasters.

This is the ideology that was at the root of the now-obsolete debate about “local stations” over satellite services.

So, for example, Rush Limbaugh is a nationally broadcast show from a central place. This act would say that AM-1230 in Fredericksburg, VA, would have to give time to *local* hosts. Out with Rush Limbaugh; in with Shaun Kenney?

Here’s how it effects Catholic and other Christian stations: most Catholic and Protestant stations operate as non-profits. For example, our local “Christian” FM station 89.7 WMHK, gets most of its feed from pre-recorded or syndicated services. Most of the programming on local Catholic Radio stations comes from EWN Radio and a few other syndicators.

If localism is enforced, Catholic Radio stations would have to find local “talent” to put on the air (I’m all for it! I’m here if you need me, Mediatrix Radio!)

They would also, of course, need the money to *produce* such local programming, even if the hosts are volunteers.

For 8 years, we heard about what a tyrant Bush was. And , yes, he passed some horrible stuff, like the Patriot Act. However, when Republicans had solid control of both Houses for 2-4 years under Bush, they didn’t do stuff like this. We regret deeply that they didn’t push for stronger laws against abortion, etc.

But they certainly didn’t do stuff like this, that was aimed solely at solidifying their own power. The Democrats are only concerned about their own power, suppressing opposition voices and eradicating the poor, the disabled and the minorities.

Our own Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), previously praised here for being one of the lone voices in opposition to the Obamanation, has co-sponsered a bill to ban the localism doctrine.

Virginia House of Delegates takes on pro-life pharmacy

Divine Mercy Care (DMC) Pharmacies, the pro-life, anti-contraception pharmacy that opened last year, has been the target of a tabled bill in the Virginia House of Delegates.
The bill has been tabled and cannot be brought up again this year. But this is what it says:

“Any pharmacist who refuses to fill a prescription for contraception shall
ensure that the patient seeking such contraception is treated in a nonjudgmental
manner and is not subjected to indignity, humiliation, or breeches in
confidentiality. The pharmacist shall not confiscate a prescription for
contraception that he refuses to fill.”

“Indignity”? Contraception is an indignity.
As for nonjudgemental? Why not? As always, will they make a law saying that doctors are required to treat patients who practice NFP with a nonjudgemental and non-humiliating attitude?

This is so Orwellian.

Daschle’s health care rationing: Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER)

A few days ago, I reported that ex-Catholic Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Daschle supports health care rationing. Turns out, that is *part* of the ‘economic stimulus’ bill that passed the House of Misrepresentatives yesterday. Thanks to the Intellectual Redneck for sharing this info!

"Obama is more famous than Jesus"

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) says that Obama’s bipartisanship is a lie

Yeah, he uses a nice friendly “tone,” but when it comes to actual dialogue, Obama and the Congressional leadership “have locked the door to negotiations.”