Daily Archives: May 26, 2009

Melody Barnes, Obama’s Domestic Policy Director, undercuts his attempt at "moderate" rhetoric.

From LifeSite News:

Ask nearly anyone, “What is Obama’s goal on abortion?” They’ll answer, “Reduce the number of abortions.” A Notre Dame professor and priest insisted this in a television debate after Obama’s speech. The Vatican newspaper reported it. . . .
But that’s not what his top official in charge of finding “common ground” says.
Melody Barnes, the Director of Domestic Policy Council and a former board member of Emily’s List, led the meeting. As the dialogue wound down, she asked for my input. . . .
Melody testily interrupted to state that she had to correct me. “It is not our goal to reduce the number of abortions.”
The room was silent.
The goal, she insisted, is to “reduce the need for abortions.”
. . .
Abortion advocates object to the phrase “reducing abortions.” It connotes that there is something bad or immoral about abortion.
. . .
Howard Dean, then head of the Democratic National Committee, validated my concern. He told NBC’s Tim Russert: “We can change our vocabulary, but I don’t think we ought to change our principles.”

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"Secret Meeting" of "Billionaire’s Club" in Manhattan: setting strategy for "Population Control."

According to LifeSite News, the New York Times, of all publications, reports that, on May 5, there was a “secret meeting” of billionaires. The meeting was chaired by Bill Gates, whose father once ran a local Planned Parenthood. Among the attendees were NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg (who was recently and surreptitiously honored by Fordham University), Oprah Winfrey, Ted Turner, Warren Buffet, George Soros, and David Rockefeller, Jr. (of course, the Conspiracy Theorists all agree that the Rockfellers run “everything”, since, technically, they own the Federal Reserve and thus the US economy).

Of note, The Times reports that at the secret meeting, participants “discussed joining forces to overcome political and religious obstacles to change.” . . .
The Times paraphrased the account given by one attendee of the secret meeting who spoke anonymously, saying, “a consensus emerged that they would back a strategy in which population growth would be tackled as a potentially disastrous environmental, social and industrial threat.”

In some ways, this shouldn’t really be anything new, except that a) we’re in the middle of a worldwide economic collapse which many pro-lifers have predicted would come from depopulation and b) we’re in the first year of a presidential administration that these very individuals engineered. And both conditions have many Ron Paul/John Birch Society/Alex Jones-types saying that the “New World Order” long promised by presidents of both parties is at hand (as a video I posted recently argues).

This has all been pointed to then no less a paranoid conspiracy theorist in a Unabomber cabin than His Holiness Pope John Paul II, in the encyclical Evangelium Vitae. The encyclical popularized the terms “Culture of Life” and “Culture of Death”–which became, like all popular terms, largely stripped of his original meaning–in a modern day reflection of Augustine’s metaphor of the two cities. However, another aspect of the encyclical is the term “conspiracy against life”:

Looking at the situation from this point of view, it is possible to speak in a certain sense of a war of the powerful against the weak: a life which would require greater acceptance, love and care is considered useless, or held to be an intolerable burden, and is therefore rejected in one way or another. A person who, because of illness, handicap or, more simply, just by existing, compromises the well-being or life-style of those who are more favoured tends to be looked upon as an enemy to be resisted or eliminated. In this way a kind of “conspiracy against life” is unleashed. This conspiracy involves not only individuals in their personal, family or group relationships, but goes far beyond, to the point of damaging and distorting, at the international level, relations between peoples and States.
. . .
As I emphatically stated at Denver, on the occasion of the Eighth World Youth Day, “with time the threats against life have not grown weaker. They are taking on vast proportions. They are not only threats coming from the outside, from the forces of nature or the ‘Cains’ who kill the ‘Abels’; no, they are scientifically and systematically programmed threats. The twentieth century will have been an era of massive attacks on life, an endless series of wars and a continual taking of innocent human life. False prophets and false teachers have had the greatest success“.15 Aside from intentions, which can be varied and perhaps can seem convincing at times, especially if presented in the name of solidarity, we are in fact faced by an objective “conspiracy against life”, involving even international Institutions, engaged in encouraging and carrying out actual campaigns to make contraception, sterilization and abortion widely available. Nor can it be denied that the mass media are often implicated in this conspiracy, by lending credit to that culture which presents recourse to contraception, sterilization, abortion and even euthanasia as a mark of progress and a victory of freedom, while depicting as enemies of freedom and progress those positions which are unreservedly pro-life.

And there you have it, folks: the Culture Wars in a Nutshell. It’s the Pope v. Bill Gates. It’s the Church v. the Billionaires Club. Culture of Life v. Culture of Death. The “religious right” versus the richest people in the world–all of whom are registered Democrats.

It’s the “conspiracy against life”. Refer back to the Kissinger Doctrine.

St. Teresa of Avila on "offering it up"

“It seems to me an imperfection, my Sisters, to be always complaining about light illnesses. If you can tolerate them, don’t complain about them. When the sickness is serious, it does the complaining itself” (Way of Perfection, Ch. 11, para 1).

TownHall: "United In Hate": How the Secular Left Apologizes for Muslim Misogyny

This article is a must read, summarizing various offenses against women in Islamic culture, and how Secular Liberals defend those offenses in their desire to ally with Islam against the Christian West:

1. Most women in prisons in Muslim nations are there because they were raped and charged with adultery. In Europe, the majority of rapes are committed by Muslims, and some sociologists argue that women are to blame for not dressing as Islam commands: that, since society is now “multicultural,” non-Muslim women should obey Sharia law.

2. Many Muslims practice so-called “female circumcision,”

Sheikh Muhammed Sayyid Tantawi, “the highest spiritual authority for nearly a billion Sunni Muslims,” according to the BBC, defends FGM, calling it “a laudable practice.”
Women who have been subjected to FGM also confirm its religious roots. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali ex-Muslim and women’s rights activist, said the practice is “justified in the name of Islam.” In 2000, a brave Somali girl named Kadra secretly taped Norwegian Muslim imams encouraging their followers to practice FGM. For this, she was brutally attacked by a group of Muslim men, who broke several of her ribs.

Western Liberals say that this is a case where we should practice “cultural sensitivity” and not impose our “Western morals” on Muslim culture.

The Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences estimates that over 90% of Pakistani women suffer domesic abuse, and a similar study among Palestinians indicates over 57% of Palestinians approve of domestic abuse.

The article mentions

Spanish Muslim cleric Mohamed Kamal Mustafa, whose book Women in Islam gave men specific instructions for hitting their wives

No matter what the evidence, people who tell the truth about radical Muslims’ abuse of women are accused of “racism,” “Islamophobia,” and my personal favorite, “cultural imperialism.” (I know—how dare I think that American culture is superior to cultures that hang rape victims?)