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/
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/
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/
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!
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!