Varia — April 23, 2015

1. Ryan Anderson gives an overview of what we need to know about the upcoming oral arguments in the Supreme Court on the marriage cases: http://dailysignal.com/2015/04/21/what-you-need-to-know-about-gay-marriage-and-the-supreme-court/.

2. The moral monster Peter Singer on how "we are already taking steps that quite knowingly and intentionally are ending the lives of severely disabled infants": http://www.wnd.com/2015/04/princeton-prof-kill-severely-disabled-infants-under-obamacare/#leE0qFFP3yY8CqEI.99.

3. A Kenyan Bishop issues a call to action in response to anti-Christian violence: http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/04/22/kenyan-bishop-says-stop-playing-around-on-anti-christian-violence-2/.

4. At some point, the President might wake up and realize that there are horrendous violations of human rights in the Middle East, and actually appoint a special envoy for religious freedom in that region — as required by a law passed last year: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/obama-urged-to-act-as-slaughter-of-christians-escalates/article/2563312.

5. A Congressional committee moves to defend religious freedom in DC: http://dailysignal.com/print/?post_id=183611.

6. The Holy Father reminds us that our vocation is to care for and defend marriage: http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/04/22/pope_our_vocation_is_to_care_for_the_covenant_of_marriage/1138673. And, by the way, happy saint’s day to the Holy Father!

7. Never, never, never, never give up on people. Nobody is beyond turning their life around, with a little help: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cop-and-ex-con-join-forces-in-unlikely-story-of-redemption/.

8. Off the air for a couple of days, getting some R&R with Mrs. Varia.

Varia — April 23, 2015

Varia — April 22, 2015

1. Kathryn Jean Lopez has a detailed and searching interview about the real causes of the persecution of Mideast Christians, and what it portends for us in the West: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417248/possible-preview-their-future-western-christians-should-consider-mideast-nr-interview.

2. The forces of tolerance give a view of the future, and the shunning and ostracism that will be the fate of anyone who defends real marriage: http://www.nationalreview.com/node/417111/print.

3. Dominican Sisters of Mary give witness to the truth about human sexuality by walking out of class (at a Catholic high school!) when a pro-gay event was being promoted: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/deaconsbench/2015/04/dominican-nuns-in-sf-walk-out-of-high-school-to-protest-gay-rights-group/.

4. Another state enacts abortion clinic health and safety regulations: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/22/us-usa-abortion-tennessee-idUSKBN0ND02N20150422.

5. A court in NY will hold a hearing on the status of two chimps, which at least implicitly seems to recognize the animals as having some level of legal "personhood" rights: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/22/nyregion/judge-orders-hearing-for-2-chimps-said-to-be-unlawfully-detained.html?ref=nyregion&_r=1. No comment was available from the 100,000 human babies aborted every year in NY because they have no legal rights that born people are bound to respect.

6. The amazing Simcha Fisher tears out her heart and lays it on the table, writing about what her life was like to be poor and despised: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/simchafisher/2015/04/17/the-day-i-bought-steak-with-my-food-stamps/.

Varia — April 22, 2015

Varia — April 17, 2015

1. Further proof of how assisted suicide corrupts the medical profession — one-third of Dutch general practitioners would help kill mentally ill patients: http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism/416997/13-dutch-gps-would-kill-mentally-ill-wesley-j-smith.

2. Another (temporary) victory by religious organizations against the HHS Mandate: http://religionclause.blogspot.com/2015/04/justice-alito-stays-3rd-circuits-non.html.

3. Jennifer Roback Morse on why religious liberty arguments are losing to sexual license, and how we need to argue directly against the tragedy of the "Sexual Revolution": http://www.crisismagazine.com/2015/religious-liberty-arguments-arent-working. She’s too pessimistic about the success of the religious liberty arguments, but her point is important.

4. The Holy Father once again speaks very clearly and plainly about the failures of gender theory and the central importance of sexual complementarity and communion: http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/2015/04/general-audience-complementarity.html.

5. Meanwhile, dissenting Catholics try to use publicity to force Archbishop Cordileone to back down from his defense of Church teaching: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/archdiocese-anti-cordileone-ad-misrepresents-catholicism-70438/. If they think that will work, they’ve read him (and the Holy Father) very, very badly.

6. A useful (but highly slanted) survey of the history of the movement to re-define marriage: http://www.scotusblog.com/2015/04/commentary-the-supreme-court-and-marriage-for-same-sex-couples-part-i/ and http://www.scotusblog.com/2015/04/commentary-the-supreme-court-and-marriage-for-same-sex-couples-part-ii. How far we’ve come in so little time.

7. Nice work, if you can get it. It appears that the literary giant we are lucky to have as Governor made about $188 per copy sold of his gripping and truly memorable memoirs: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/04/15/andrew-cuomo-appears-to-have-made-more-than-180-on-every-book-he-sold/. Can’t wait for them to greenlight a movie deal.

Varia — April 17, 2015

Varia — April 15, 2015

1. An excellent summary of why redefining marriage is bad for men, women and children, especially those who are vulnerable and on the margin: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/04/14822/. It is based on a powerful and authoritative brief filed in the Supreme Court by over 100 scholars.

2. Their movement has nothing to do with "compassion", "choices", or any of those other fluff words. It’s a death cult that’s all about promoting suicide: http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism/416909/softening-ground-rational-elder-suicide-wesley-j-smith.

3. The heroic priests and nuns who are witnessing to their faith in Iraq and putting their lives at risk: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/with-iraqi-christians-besieged-these-are-the-priest-and-nuns-who-choose-to-stay-76307/

4. Reflections on the Holy Father’s refreshing honesty about the Armenian genocide: http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/04/pope-francis-on-the-armenian-genocide.

5. Our self-delusional former governor is testing the waters for a ludicrous and hopeless presidential bid, and is suggesting that "social issues" are a "distraction": http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/232241/pataki-warns-gop-against-social-agenda-distractions/. They’re only a distraction if you think they don’t matter.

6. Blogged on the thing I need most in my "moral bucket list" (a response to a recent article by David Brooks in the Times): http://blog.archny.org/steppingout/?p=3503.

7. May I ask you to pray for an urgent special intention? Thanks!

Varia — April 15, 2015

Varia — April 13, 2015

1. The push for assisted suicide in New York is gearing up: http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/04/8565845/advocates-plan-push-assisted-suicide-bills and http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Advocates-promote-physician-assisted-death-in-N-Y-6192909.php.

2. The climate of intimidation over the redefinition of marriage is rampant in the legal profession: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/12/us/the-case-against-gay-marriage-top-law-firms-wont-touch-it.html?ref=us and http://mirrorofjustice.blogs.com/mirrorofjustice/2015/04/law-firms-marriage-and-moral-accountability.html.

3. The looming threat of "transhumanist" ideology, which denies true human nature in search of some vision of perfection: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/can-we-delete-death-transhumanisms-lofty-goal-meets-a-catholic-response-11222/.

4. The papal bull announcing the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_letters/documents/papa-francesco_bolla_20150411_misericordiae-vultus.html.

5. The heroic Lauren Hill shows us what "death with dignity" really looks like: http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/10/us/basketball-lauren-hill-obit/ and http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism/416761/lauren-hill-should-be-extraordinary-person-wesley-j-smith. Requiem aeternam.

Varia — April 13, 2015

Varia — April 10, 2015

1. The ACLU (which believes that unborn children have no rights which born people are bound to respect) sues the government in an effort to force Church agencies to refer immigrant children for abortions: http://www.lifenews.com/2015/04/09/aclu-sues-to-force-catholic-bishops-to-push-abortions-on-children-of-illegal-immigrants/.

2. Meanwhile, state abortion restrictions continue to advance: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/238305-two-states-move-forward-with-new-abortion-restriction.

3. Yet again, proof that no legislative limitations on assisted suicide will satisfy the appetite of the death cult: http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism/416572/why-not-increase-suicide-eligibilty-1-year-wesley-j-smith.

4. Just in case you needed a reminder of which party is the extremist on abortion: http://www.nationalreview.com/node/416721/print.

5. The Psychiatrist in Chief, er, I mean the Parent in Chief, er, I mean the President, ventures to offer his expert opinion on therapy for homosexual youths: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2015/04/08/white-house-condemns-therapy-to-cure-gay-youth/.

6. There’s just something about Andrew — nobody wants to read about him. The latest biography of Governor Abortion tanks even worse than his autobiography: http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2015/04/09/new-cuomo-biography-sells-400-copies-in-first-week/.

7. The Holy Father reminds the world that children are never a mistake, but are a great blessing: http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-francis-at-audience-children-are-greatest-ble.

Varia — April 10, 2015

Varia — April 7, 2015

1. Thanks to the Indiana religious freedom law "fix", religious believers are more likely to be harmed: http://thefederalist.com/2015/04/03/indianas-fix-gives-religious-liberty-haters-a-new-weapon/.

2. Here’s a neat suggestion for Christian businesses who will be forced to cooperate in same-sex "marriages" — donate all the proceeds to a religious liberty organization: http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/04/a-note-from-creator-cakes.

3. Peter Steinfels calls on his fellow liberals to defend religious liberty: https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/blog/any-liberals-religious-freedom.

4. A bill in Ohio would ban abortions in the case of a Down Syndrome diagnosis: http://dailysignal.com/2015/04/03/ohio-bill-would-ban-abortion-based-on-a-fetal-down-syndrome-diagnosis/.

5. Ryan Anderson on the "social scourge" of physician assisted suicide: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/6/ryan-anderson-physician-assisted-suicide-is-social/print/.

6. The full text of the Holy Father’s Urbi et Orbi message: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/urbi/documents/papa-francesco_20150405_urbi-et-orbi-pasqua.html. Sorry, no indulgence for just reading it.

Varia — April 7, 2015