Varia — January 11, 2017

1. An overview of the issues ahead in Albany, including the possible resurrection of the abortion expansion bill: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/The-issues-Debates-to-watch-in-2017-at-the-10848374.php

2. New poll sponsored by the K of C shows that 89% of Americans see protecting religious liberty as a priority: http://www.kofc.org/en/news/releases/supreme-court-nominations.html

3. An obscure case about mandatory swimming lessons demonstrates the routine threats to religious liberty in Europe: https://cruxnow.com/ap/2017/01/10/religious-freedom-crosshairs-european-court/

4. A bizarre and tragic case of attempted self-abortion, where the baby survived: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/11/us/tennessee-abortion-crime.html What’s saddest to me is that this poor woman lived within a short drive of several crisis pregnancy centers.

5. Alan Sears, a great man, steps aside from CEO into a new role at Alliance Defending Freedom: http://www.adfmedia.org/News/PRDetail/10146

6. The Holy Father’s prayer intention video for January, Christian unity: http://thepopevideo.org/

Varia — January 11, 2017

Varia — January 10, 2017

1. Further proof that “male and female he made them”, as illustrated by the futility of “gender-neutral” parenting: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-soh-gender-neutral-parenting-20170106-story.html

2. A documentary has been produced focusing on the experiences of persecuted Christians. Story: https://cruxnow.com/sponsored/2017/01/07/new-documentary-explores-christian-responses-persecution/ Documentary: http://ucs.nd.edu/film/

3. More good things happening in the states: http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/08/us/kentucky-abortion-bills-pass/

4. Det. Steven McDonald has passed into eternal life, a great hero of forgiveness: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/nyregion/steven-mcdonald-dead.html?_r=1

5. Nat Hentoff, civil libertarian, jazz historian, free speech advocate, and pro-life leader, has also left us. A tribute from the Human Life Review: http://www.humanlifereview.com/hentoff-memorial/

Varia — January 10, 2017

Varia — January 6, 2017

1. The House GOP will include defunding the Temple of Moloch in its bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/01/05/planned-parenthood-would-lose-funding-as-part-of-obamacare-repeal-ryan-says/

2. The opioid epidemic is destroying lives and families across the nation: http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/06/us/opioid-crisis-epidemic.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fus&_r=0

3. Yet another powerful debunking of the junk philosophy, science and reasoning behind the mass delusion of gender ideology: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2017/01/18491/

4. A woman who thinks she’s a man is suing a Catholic hospital for refusing to perform a hysterectomy on her: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/01/06/transgender-man-sues-catholic-hospital-for-refusing-surgery/?utm_term=.aaaabf6b4eef

5. Our Christian brethren, living in fear in Turkey: http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2017/01/06/turkish-bishop-says-catholics-are-afraid-of-coming-to-mass-after-terror-attacks/

Varia — January 6, 2017

Varia — January 5, 2017

1. Christians returning to their homes in northern Iraq find devastation, and betrayal by their neighbors: https://cruxnow.com/cna/2017/01/03/christians-finding-return-nineveh-plain/

2. Some of the findings of the House panel that recommended prosecution of the Temple of Moloch: http://dailysignal.com/2017/01/04/6-alarming-findings-from-house-planned-parenthood-probe/. And the panel calls for an end to funding: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/health_care/gop-house-panel-halt-federal-money-for-planned-parenthood/2017/01/04/2588e5ba-d2dd-11e6-9651-54a0154cf5b3_story.html

3. National Geographic is now in the business of indoctrination on gender ideology: http://thefederalist.com/2017/01/03/national-geographic-transgender-cover-champions-child-abuse-junk-science/

4. Probably the saddest thing I’ve read in months – people who deliberately mutilate themselves because they feel they are trapped in a normal body: http://www.nationalpost.com/m/wp/news/canada/blog.html?b=news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/becoming-disabled-by-choice-not-chance-transabled-people-feel-like-impostors-in-their-fully-working-bodies

5. In a narcissistic world, why not marry yourself? https://www.getreligion.org/getreligion/2017/1/3/marrying-yourself-cosmopolitan-gives-us-a-how-to (NB — I refuse to link to Cosmo, the source of the original article)

Varia — January 5, 2017

Varia — January 4, 2017

1. My thoughts on the prospects for pro-life judges: http://www.archny.org/news/pro-life-judges-1

2. I wouldn’t recommend this approach, but whatever it takes: http://globalnews.ca/news/2973423/great-granny-gets-inked-to-avoid-doctor-assisted-death/

3. In this profile of women GOP legislators in NY, an important quote about the Abortion Expansion Bill: http://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2017/01/after-election-senate-republicans-tout-record-number-of-women-108431

4. Survey of the religious composition of the new Congress shows an increased number of Catholics: http://www.pewforum.org/2017/01/03/faith-on-the-hill-115/

5. Interesting story on palliative care in California: www.nytimes.com/2017/01/03/magazine/one-mans-quest-to-change-the-way-we-die.html No mention of assisted suicide, but any positive presentation of palliative care is a good thing.

6. Geez, are people really this credulous? http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2017/01/03/dont-fall-for-fake-pope-quotes-on-islam-says-vatican/

Varia — January 4, 2017

Varia — December 22, 2016

1. The Cult of Moloch is gearing up for a major battle to expand abortion in New York: http://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2016/12/stewart-cousins-to-introduce-more-explicit-abortion-bill-108286

2. The President signs a major new bill on international religious liberty: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/an-opening-for-trump-obama-signs-international-religious-freedom-act Maybe the new guy can do something about it.

3. Prof. Michael New dissects the latest tendentious study of abortion being touted by the media: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/443258/abortion-turnaway-study-flaws-jama-psychiatry

4. Fascinating look at the malign legacy of state involuntary eugenic sterilization programs: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/20/us/california-today-eugenics-sterilization.html

5. A victory for religious freedom in Illinois: http://catholiccitizens.org/news/69234/major-victory-religious-liberty-freedom-conscience/

6. The Holy Father sets out his agenda for Curia reform: http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/12/22/pope_lays_out_guiding_principles_of_roman_curia_reform/1280871 Cue the conspiracy theorists on all sides of the spectrum.

7. And a Blessed Nativity to all!

Varia — December 22, 2016

Varia — December 16, 2016

1. Adherents of the Cult of Thanatos in Canada are already trying to expand assisted suicide, as predicted: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/443052/canadian-govt-eyes-expanding-euthanasia It cannot be contained, and they don’t want it to be contained.

2. Another one of our Black-Robed Platonic Guardian Rulers on the Court has decided that it can determine the extent of a person’s religious faith and morality: http://religionclause.blogspot.com/2016/12/firing-clerk-who-refused-to-process.html

3. Beware, the Brave New World of artificial wombs is getting closer: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2016/12/13/human-reproductive-technology-advances/#.WFFkJvkrK01

4. Congress passes an important bill to strengthen our international religious liberty efforts: http://religionclause.blogspot.com/2016/12/congress-strengthens-international.html

5. This is the one Christmas video that you absolutely positively must see: https://stream.org/one-christmas-video-see/ Keep your hankies handy.

6. Happy Birthday tomorrow, Pope Francis!

Varia — December 16, 2016