Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Planned Parenthood Indiana Closes Five Clinics

In announcing the clinic closures, Planned Parenthood claims losing some of its federal grant money, but critics suspect other reasons.

-- From "Planned Parenthood: 5 Ind. clinics will close" Associated Press 9/8/09

The clinics in Anderson, Franklin, Kokomo, Shelbyville and Indianapolis will close over the next six months, Planned Parenthood of Indiana said in a statement provided to The Associated Press . . .

Planned Parenthood expects to lose some of the funding it receives in federal grants administered by the Indiana State Department of Health. The grants were used to help pay some of the costs for patient treatment.

Starting in October, the nonprofit Indiana Family Health Council will take over administering $2 million in grants, some of which previously went to Planned Parenthood. The council will require clinics that receive grants to charge women on a sliding scale depending on their income.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Indiana Planned Parenthood Closes Five Centers After Hiding Abortion-Sex Abuse" by Steven Ertelt, Editor 9/7/09

The centers are closing despite the record amount of money the abortion business received from the federal government in the last fiscal year.

The total government grants and contracts received by PPFA affiliates from government sources including state, local and federal governments, increased from $337 million to $350 million.

Looking at Planned Parenthood data from 1997 to the present, the increase in government funding corresponds with an increase in the number of abortions.

The closings also come after videos showed Planned Parenthood centers in Bloomington and Indianapolis covering up a potential case of sexual abuse and urging a young woman to go out of state for an abortion without her parents knowing.

A prior videotape showing the same thing occurring at a Bloomington, Indiana abortion business led to the firing of the staff member involved.

Such a secret abortion would violate Indiana's parental involvement laws.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Catholic Prof Ostracized for Publicly Opposing Same-sex Marriage

Boston College Law School professor experiences intolerance at Jesuit-affiliated school as vocal Bible-believing Catholic

-- From "Professor opposes same-sex marriage in ad" by Ana Lopez, The Boston College Heights 9/24/09

The appearance of Scott Fitzgibbons, a professor in the Boston College Law School, in an ad campaign in support of the Maine Marriage Initiative, which seeks to overturn Governor John Baldacci's signature of the same-sex marriage bill, has sparked controversy in the BC Law School. Fitzgibbons did not obtain clearance from the BC Law School before appearing in the advertisement, in which he stated his opposition to gay marriage and identified himself as a BC professor.

In the advertisement, Fitzgibbons said that he is concerned by the detrimental legal consequences that would arise from allowing the legalization of gay marriage. "Unless question one [which overturns the movement to legalize gay marriage] passes, there could be real consequences for Mainers," he said in the advertisement. "Legal experts predict a flood of lawsuits against individuals, small business, and religious groups. Church organizations could lose their tax exemption [and] homosexual marriage would be taught in public schools, whether their parents like it or not."

In the wake of the advertisement's release, it became apparent that Fitzgibbon's public stance on gay marriage was a sensitive reality for many members of the Law School community.

In a letter released last week, Law School Dean John Garvey spoke to the emotions expressed by several members of this community. "Professor Fitzgibbon, as a member of our faculty, is free to express his views … we also have faculty members who hold a contrary view, which they too are free to express publicly," Garvey said. "As I think any of our faculty might have done, he stated his views without prior notice to or clearance from the Law School."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Immediately after Dean Garvey issued the above letter, he signed the following statement, along with 76 other "Individual Faculty and Administrators at Boston College Law School:"

"The undersigned members of the faculty and administration at Boston College Law School feel that it is important to reaffirm our belief in the equality of all of our students. We are proud of the fact that Boston College Law School was one of the first law schools in the country to include sexual orientation in its non-discrimination pledge, and we reaffirm our commitment to making our institution a welcome and safe place for all students, including LGBT [a.k.a. homosexual/sexually-deviant/sexually-confused] students."

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Public School Obama Worship now Epidemic

North Carolina school officials are unapologetic of the video showing children chanting Obama campaign slogans.

For background, read New Jersey Investigates School's Obama Indoctrination

-- From "Video from Enka school gets national attention" from Staff Reports, Asheville (North Carolina) Citizen-Times 9/29/09

A brief video clip of a program at Sand Hill-Venable Elementary that shows students chanting “change has come” and “yes, yes we can” is getting national attention and prompting accusations of indoctrination.

The less than one-minute clip was pulled from a 30-minute PTO program about “heroes” performed last February by third-graders for their parents.

“This was not indoctrination. This was a lesson in American history and citizenship taken directly from the section of the N.C. Standard Course of Study entitled Citizenship: People Making a Difference.”

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

American Moms Speak, Liberal Media Ignores

Average mothers across America speak out in this video about what the liberal media just can't understand (or refuse to acknowledge): We're concerned for our children and grandchildren as the government tries to take the place of God.

Prayer: "Hear our cry Obama!"

Video of The Gamaliel Foundation (the community organizing group that helped sponsor Barack Obama's initial work in Chicago) praying regarding health care reform: "Deliver us Obama" and "Hear our cry Obama"

UPDATE 6/25/12: Obama a Christian? No, Say Two-Thirds of Americans

-- From "Community organizers 'pray' to president" © 2009 WorldNetDaily 9/29/09

[According to The Gamaliel Foundation] website, its type of community organizing began in Chicago in 1938.

"Saul Alinsky created the 'Back of the Yards Community Council,'" the site says. "The organization operated in the shadow of Chicago's stock yards. The community was beset with poverty, political corruption, gangs, disease, deteriorating housing and inadequate schools; but most of all it was beset with a sense of powerlessness. The organization successfully engaged people to change the conditions of the community."

The foundation says it was set up in 1968 to support "an African American organization fighting to protect homeowners on Chicago's Westside who had been discriminated against by banks and saving and loan institutions."

It was relaunched in 1986 "as an organizing institute."

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Countering Secularists' Stripping Jesus from History

Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday that all of Europe . . . must acknowledge its Christian heritage as it copes with rising immigration from other cultures and religions.

Texas schoolchildren should know how God and religion greatly influenced the country's Founding Fathers more than 230 years ago, say some of the experts reviewing the state's social studies curriculum.

-- From "What did Founding Fathers believe?" by Gary Scharrer, Austin Bureau, The Houston Chronicle 9/28/09

To characterize the origins of this country as a Christian nation would be wrong, said Steven Schafersman, who routinely attends SBOE meetings as president of Texans Citizens For Science.

He is among several who argue that many of the Founding Fathers actually were deists — they believed in God as creator, who permits the universe to operate according to natural laws rather than continued intervention. As such, they did not believe the Bible or Jesus were divine.

Peter Marshall, one of six “expert reviewers” appointed by the State Board of Education to help write the new standards, argues that children cannot get an accurate portrayal of U.S. history without knowing about the religious motivations and Bible-based world view of the original settlers and Founding Fathers.

“You can't properly tell American history unless you teach the biblical motivations of the people who discovered the country, like Christopher Columbus; the people that settled it, like the Pilgrims and Puritans; the people who formed government, like the Founding Fathers,” said Marshall, a Presbyterian minister and president of the Massachusetts-based Peter Marshall Ministries. “My point in all of this is that children of this nation need to be taught the truth about the biblical world view. The influence of the Bible and the Christian faith is absolutely gigantic in American history.”

State Board of Education member Cynthia Dunbar, R-Richmond, said it is hard to predict the board's involvement in deciding the religious content of the history standards. In her book, One Nation Under God, Dunbar argued that Founding Fathers created “an emphatically Christian government.”

“Personally, while I disagree that many of the Founding Fathers were deists and had no use for Christianity, I think the personal faith of the Founding Fathers is not the right issue,” she said. “The important issue was their prevailing understanding of the framework of law — more specifically, their understanding and agreement with the common law and the underlying basis for civil jurisdiction.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Pope urges Europe to remember Christian heritage" by Victor L. Simpson, The Associated Press 9/27/09

The second day of Benedict's pilgrimage to this highly secular country [Czech Republic] was marked by a joyous open-air Mass that drew tens of thousands of pilgrims and a sober message for the entire continent.

"History has demonstrated the absurdities to which man descends when he excludes God from the horizon of his choices and actions," Benedict said.

The pope warned that technical progress was not enough to "guarantee the moral welfare of society."

"Man needs to be liberated from material oppressions, but more profoundly, he must be saved from the evils that afflict the spirit."

Later Sunday, in talks with leaders of other faiths and branches of Christianity, Benedict broadened his message to all of Europe.

"As Europe listens to the story of Christianity, she hears her own," the pope said during the meeting at Prague's medieval Hradcany Castle. "Her notions of justice, freedom and social responsibility, together with the cultural and legal institutions established to preserve these ideas and hand them on to future generations, are shaped by her Christian inheritance."

Europe's religious roots, he said, "supply the continent with the spiritual and moral sustenance that allows her to enter into meaningful dialogue with people from other cultures and religions."

Under communism, the church was brutally repressed. The regime, which seized power in 1948 in what was then Czechoslovakia, confiscated all church-owned property and persecuted many priests. Churches were then allowed to function only under the state's control and supervision.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

For more about Texas school textbooks, read about the recent decision on the existence of Christmas, and teaching the Bible in schools, and the curriculum battle over Darwinism and evolutionary theory.

Study: Liberal 'Christians' and Conservative Christians Differ in Politics (Dah!)

Study finds faithful can't agree on Bible, government's role, social responsibility

Christians who are engaged in witnessing to the lost American culture are well aware of these study findings, but the vast majority of Americans are being manipulated by anti-christian forces, and so such a study could enlighten Americans.

-- From "Why can't Christians unite to change America's ways?" by Drew Zahn © 2009 WorldNetDaily 9/27/09

According to a new study, the answer is that [self-identified] Christians don't share a common worldview, their morals and values sprayed across the spectrum by differing views in a handful of key areas.

The 2009 Religious Activists Surveys (click to download .PDF) – conducted by Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron in partnership with Public Religion Research – focused on religious activists working on both "conservative" and "progressive" causes, and found that while the majority of both types called themselves Christian, they are driven apart by disagreements over social responsibility, biblical authority and the role of government.

The statistics reflect that Christians who differ in defining these key areas also differ in political and moral convictions.

In the past, said E.J. Dionne, one of the speakers chosen to announce the study, "Social and theological differences between denominations and faith traditions mattered a great deal. Those old divisions have largely passed away. Now conservative Catholics, Protestants and Jews tend to ally together against more liberal Catholics, Protestants and Jews."

The study data included a combined 3,000 survey responses from political activists associated both with the religious left – working for organizations like the Interfaith Alliance and Sojourners – and the religious right – from groups like Concerned Women for America and the National Right to Life Committee.

55 percent of the conservative activists identified themselves as Evangelical Protestants, while only 10 percent of the progressives claimed the same label.

Conversely, among the progressives, 44 percent called themselves mainline Protestant, while only 9 percent of conservatives identified themselves as such.

Roman Catholics were more evenly split, composing 35 percent of conservative activists and 17 percent of progressives.

. . . when asked about the most important issues among a set of eight choices, conservative activists pegged as priorities abortion (83 percent) and same-sex marriage (65 percent). Fewer than 10 percent of their progressive counterparts, however, identified those issues as "most important," choosing instead to focus on poverty (74 percent), health care (67 percent) and the environment (56 percent).

. . . 95 percent of the conservative religious activists responded that abortion should be illegal in all or most cases, while 80 percent of the progressives answered that abortion should be legal in most or all cases.

Similarly, only 13 percent of conservative activists supported additional environmental protection at the cost of raised prices or lost jobs, while 87 percent of progressive activists would rather suffer the price in exchange for increased environmental protections.

The disparity between the two groups was also reflected on the issues of same-sex marriage (82 percent of conservatives opposed, 59 percent of progressives in favor), government health care, the Iraq war, the use of extreme interrogation techniques and so on.

And despite being divided in their voting patterns (93 percent of progressives voted for Obama in 2008, while 90 percent of conservatives report voting for McCain), the majority of both groups affirmed that faith was "an important factor" in their voting decision.

Among conservative activists, 48 percent stated they believe the Bible to be the "literal Word of God" and another 36 percent accepted the same label without the word "literal" – a total of 84 percent affirming the Good Book as the Word of God.

Among progressives, however, only 22 percent of respondents combined to call the Bible the "Word of God." Instead, 36 percent answered that the Bible merely "contains" the Word of God, and 21 percent called the Bible simply "one important source of wisdom."

Among conservative religious activists, 92 percent agreed the main cause of America's problems is moral decay, while only about 1-in-4 progressives agreed and nearly half disagreed.

Instead, 47 percent of progressives look to poverty and discrimination as the primary causes of America's troubles, while only 4 percent of conservatives agree.

When presented with the idea, "If enough people were brought to Christ, social ills would take care of themselves," 67 percent of the conservative activists agreed, and 15 percent disagreed. Among progressives, only 13 percent agreed, while 61 percent disagreed.

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Unlicensed Abortionist Jailed; Accomplices also Convicted

Bertha Bugarin's Chula Vista, Calif. abortion clinic has closed as she serves a 7-year prison sentence. New clinic opens in town with different abortionist, who is on probation.

-- From "Local Abortion Clinic's Troubled History Raises Questions" posted at San Diego 9/25/09

. . . Bertha Bugarin, was sentenced to seven years in state prison for posing as a doctor and performing illegal abortions.

A court recently sentenced her accomplices, Luz Catalina-Gomez and Paloma Rodriguez, to three years probation.

A new clinic has recently opened up under the name Woman's Choice Family Planning Clinic, and it is being run by Dr. Andrew Rutland. Sources told 10News that Rutland has had problems in the past and is on probation.

Rutland was accused by the State Medical Board of negligently treating ten patients, including two infants who died. He surrendered his license, but applied for reinstatement five years later.

"The doctor [Rutland] who is presently here has connections with one of the doctors who used to work for Bugarin who lost his license because of malpractice suits," said pro-life advocate Luis Mendoza.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Abortion Center Workers in California Sentenced for Illegal, Unlicensed Abortions" by Steven Ertelt, Editor 9/25/09

With the abortion practitioners her centers hired having their own legal problems, Bertha Pinedo Bugarin, 48, took it upon herself to do abortions. As reported in April, Bugarin was sentenced on a second set of charges that she did abortions without a medical license.

Bugarin was accused of putting more than a dozen patients at risk by doing abortions on them or giving them the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug without having medical training.

Of Bugarin, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said, "This criminal preyed on women in the Hispanic community and has now been held accountable. By passing herself off as a doctor, she put these women's lives in serious danger."

For years, Operation Rescue exposed wrongdoing at the abortion chain. As a result, numerous abortion practitioners hired by Bugarin suffered license revocation and other severe discipline.

Her chain of six abortion clinics, known as Clinica Medica Para La Mujer De Hoy, has now closed.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Univ. Wisconsin Newspapers' Bias Favors Abortion

Two University of Wisconsin System school newspapers are under fire for rejecting an advertisement offer from Pro-Life Wisconsin on the basis of avoiding controversy.

-- From "UW schools deny ads" by Whitney Trotta, The Badger Herald 9/24/09

Both the Advance-Titan of UW-Oshkosh and The Pointer of UW-Stevens Point decided not to run a 12-page insert created by the Human Life Alliance because both papers believed the insert would cause an unnecessary controversy while not providing a direct service. The Pointer also chose not to run the advertisement.

Peggy Hamill, director of Pro-Life Wisconsin, said she believes by not placing the advertisement, the two schools are showing a bias.

“They obviously have that right to do so; however, if they consider themselves a non-biased newspaper of integrity, then common sense would tell them they should be accepting an advertising piece of such researched information,” Hamill said.

The insert contains information regarding topics such as abortion’s and its relation to breast cancer, types of abortions and how to cope with an unwanted pregnancy.

Hamill added the newspaper at UW-Stout has refused these inserts in the past and in March 2008 Marquette University debated whether to run the advertisement, only running it once pressure was applied by the university, students and alumni.

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Christians Arrested for Debating Muslim; Nurse Demoted for Wearing Cross

Effect of 'hate crimes' laws:

A Christian couple have been charged with a criminal offence after taking part in what they regarded as a reasonable discussion about religion with guests at their hotel.

Christian nurse, Shirley Chaplin believes The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust Hospital changed her duties because she wouldn't remove her cross necklace, thus preventing her religious expression.

UPDATE 4/8/10: UK government tribunal rules NHS can ban its nurse employees from wearing Christian crosses

-- From "Christian hotel owners hauled before court after defending their beliefs in discussion with Muslim guest" by Jonathan Petre, UK Daily Mail 9/20/09

Ben and Sharon Vogelenzang were arrested after a Muslim woman complained to police that she had been offended by their comments.

They have been charged under public order laws with using ‘threatening, abusive or insulting words’ that were ‘religiously aggravated’.

The couple, whose trial has been set for December, face a fine of up to £5,000 and a criminal record if they are convicted.

Although the facts are disputed, it is thought that during the conversation the couple were challenged over their Christian beliefs.

It is understood that they suggested that Mohammed, the founder of Islam, was a warlord and that traditional Muslim dress for women was a form of bondage.

They deny, however, that their comments were threatening and argue that they had every right to defend and explain their beliefs.

[Vogelenzang] added that the episode had damaged their business and they had been forced to lay off staff and run the nine-bedroom hotel by themselves, leaving them exhausted.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Christian nurse removed from frontline duty for wearing cross necklace" by UK Daily Mail Reporter 9/21/09

[The hospital] said the policy had nothing to do with the crucifix specifically, and was motivated by health and safety concerns about patients grabbing necklaces.

Mrs Chaplin, 54, from Exeter, said: 'For about 30 years I have worked in the NHS and nursed patients day and night and on no occasion has my cross caused me or anyone else any injury - and to my knowledge, no patient has ever complained about me wearing it.

Mrs Chaplin, who is due to retire in eight months, added: 'Everyone I have ever worked with has clearly known I am a Christian: it is what motivates me to care for others.'

She claimed other members of staff have been allowed to wear necklaces.
The Trust said necklaces of all kinds were banned but admitted there may have been 'lapses'.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

People Magazine: Creationists' Arguments are 'Ludicrous'

. . . actor Kirk Cameron isn’t letting the mockery and criticism dissuade him from promoting his controversial project to dispute evolutionary theory.
“Atheism has been on the rise for years now, and the Bible of the atheists is ‘The Origin of Species,’” Cameron tells PEOPLE.

-- From "Kirk Cameron Stands Behind Controversial Darwin Statements" by Oliver Jones, People Magazine 9/24/09

“We have a situation in our country where young people are entering college with a belief in God and exiting with that faith being stripped and shredded. What we want to do is have student make an informed, educated decision before they chuck their faith,” [says Cameron].

So what is the plan that Cameron, 38, has hatched to supposedly save the souls of freshmen around the country?

He and other creationists have created thousands of editions of Charles Darwin’s landmark work explaining evolutionary theory, with a 50-page introduction that picks apart aspects of Darwin’s work and try to link it to everything from Nazi eugenics to the scientist’s alleged “disdain for women.”

On Nov. 19, three days before the 150th anniversary of the original publication of “Origin of Species,” Cameron and other religious activists will distribute their books at “the top 50” universities around the country.

But never has he ruffled so many feathers, especially among academics, as he has this week, slamming evolutionary theory as untrue, inherently un-Christian and the driving force behind some of the most horrendous catastrophes of the 20th century, including Adolf Hitler’s plan to destroy “inferior races.”

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Czech President: Obama Wrong to Lead U.N. 'Church of Global Warming'

[President] Klaus said global warming has turned into a new religion, an ideology that threatens to undermine freedom and the world's economic and social order.

-- From "U.N. climate meeting was propaganda: Czech president" by Louis Charbonneau, Reuters 9/22/09

Czech President Vaclav Klaus sharply criticized a U.N. meeting on climate change on Tuesday at which U.S. President Barack Obama was among the top speakers, describing it as propagandistic and undignified.

Klaus said there were increasing doubts in the scientific community about whether humans are causing changes in the climate or whether the changes are simply naturally occurring phenomena.

But politicians, he said, seem to be moving closer to a consensus on climate change.

"The train can't be stopped and I consider that a huge mistake," Klaus said.

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

New Jersey Investigates School's Obama Indoctrination

An online video that shows school children being led in worship of "Barack Hussein Obama" has prompted a review by the commissioner of New Jersey's Department of Education.

UPDATE 10/14/09: School administration defends this indoctrination

-- From "Review Ordered of Video Showing Students Singing Praises of President Obama" 9/24/09

Education Department spokeswoman Kathryn Forsyth says the commissioner has directed the school superintendent to review what happened. Forsyth says the commissioner wants to ensure that students can celebrate Black History Month without "inappropriate partisan politics in the classroom.

Video of the students at the Burlington, N.J. [B. Bernice Young Elementary] school shows them singing songs seemingly overflowing with campaign slogans and praise for "Barack Hussein Obama," repeatedly chanting the president's name and celebrating his accomplishments, including his "great plans" to "make this country's economy No. 1 again."

One song that the children were taught quotes directly from the spiritual "Jesus Loves the Little Children," though Jesus' name is replaced with Obama's: "He said red, yellow, black or white/All are equal in his sight. Barack Hussein Obama."

[Parrents] were never informed about the lesson, which the superintendent of Burlington Township schools says was held in February as part of Black History Month "to honor the contributions of African Americans to our country."

Superintendent Christopher Manno said in a written statement Thursday that the taping itself was out of order, but failed to address whether the lesson was approved. "The recording and distribution of the class activity were unauthorized," he wrote in a note to parents and the media.

"I felt this was reminiscent of 1930's Germany, and the indoctrination of children to worship their leader," said Robert Bowen, father of two children at Bernice Young Elementary.

. . . the video was first put online by Charisse Carney-Nunes, an activist and author of the children's book "I Am Barack Obama," which her Web site says "allows children to see themselves through the inspirational story of President Obama." Carney-Nunes has been promoting the book during visits to schools on the east coast.

A poster for the book can been seen near the stage of the auditorium in the video of Bernice Young Elementary, but it is unclear whether Carney-Nunes had visited the school or was present during the filming.

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

Lyrics: Songs About President Obama

Song 1:

Mm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama

He said that all must lend a hand
To make this country strong again
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama

He said we must be fair today
Equal work means equal pay
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama

He said that we must take a stand
To make sure everyone gets a chance
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama

He said red, yellow, black or white
All are equal in his sight
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama

Mmm, mmm, mm
Barack Hussein Obama

Song 2:

Hello, Mr. President we honor you today!
For all your great accomplishments, we all doth say "hooray!"

Hooray, Mr. President! You're number one!
The first black American to lead this great nation!

Hooray, Mr. President we honor your great plans
To make this country's economy number one again!

Hooray Mr. President, we're really proud of you!
And we stand for all Americans under the great Red, White, and Blue!

So continue ---- Mr. President we know you'll do the trick
So here's a hearty hip-hooray ----

Hip, hip hooray!
Hip, hip hooray!
Hip, hip hooray!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Iowa Rep. Exposes Congressional Socialist Gay Agenda

Same sex marriage is part of a socialist agenda to undermine "the foundations of individual rights and liberties," Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Wednesday.

-- From "Congressman: Same sex marriage part of push for socialism" by Michael O'Brien, The Hill 9/23/09

The conservative Iowan condemned his own state's Supreme Court for legalizing gay and lesbian weddings, and expressed concern that the U.S. Congress might repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which gives states the ability to refuse to recognize same sex marriages or civil unions in other states.

King told a conservative news radio program:

"If there's a push for a socialist society where the foundations of individual rights and liberties are undermined and everybody is thrown together living collectively off one pot of resources earned by everyone, this is one of the goals they have to go to, same sex marriage, because it has to plow through marriage in order to get to their goal. They want public affirmation, they want access to public funds and resources."

King also said that former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) was right to say that legal same sex marriages would open the door to legal polygamy or bestiality.

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

Part 2: Obama Appoints 'Fox' to Guard School 'Henhouse'

President Obama's "safe schools czar" (see Part 1 from June) is a former schoolteacher who has advocated promoting homosexuality in schools, written about his past drug abuse, expressed his contempt for religion and detailed an incident in which he did not report an underage student who told him he was having sex with older men.

"Kids are being aggressively recruited to become heterosexual in this country," said Kevin Jennings at a GLSEN event in Iowa in 2000.

UPDATE 10/2/09: National Education Association Defends Jennings

-- From "Critics Assail Obama's 'Safe Schools' Czar, Say He's Wrong Man for the Job" by Maxim Lott, 9/23/09

Conservatives are up in arms about the appointment of Kevin Jennings, Obama's director of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, saying he is too radical for the job.

Jennings was appointed to the position largely because of his longtime record of working to end bullying and discrimination in schools. In 1990, as a teacher in Massachusetts, he founded the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), which now has over 40 chapters at schools nationwide. He has also published six books on gay rights and education, including one that describes his own experiences as a closeted gay student.

"Jennings was obviously chosen for this job because of the safe schools aspect... defining 'safe schools' narrowly in terms of 'safe for homosexuality'," Peter Sprigg, a senior fellow at the Family Research Council, told

"But at least half of the job involves creating drug-free schools, and we've not been offered any evidence about what qualifications Jennings has for promoting drug-free schools."

Jennings' detractors note that he made four references to his personal drug abuse in his 2007 autobiography, "Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son: A Memoir."

In 1997, according to a transcript put together by Brian J. Burt, managing editor of the student-run Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Jennings said he hoped that promoting homosexuality in schools would be considered fine in the future.

The group Jennings founded has also been accused of promoting homosexuality in schools. At a GLSEN conference in 2000, co-sponsored with the Massachusetts Department of Education, the group landed in hot water when it was revealed that it had included an educational seminar for kids that graphically described some unorthodox sex techniques.

The religious right is also alarmed by Jennings' personal views about religion. In his memoir, he wrote of his views while he was in high school:

"What had [God] done for me, other than make me feel shame and guilt? Squat. Screw you, buddy -- I don't need you around anymore, I decided.

"The Baptist Church had left me only a legacy of self-hatred, shame, and disappointment, and I wanted no more of it or its Father. The long erosion of my faith was now complete, and I, for many years, reacted violently to anyone who professed any kind of religion. Decades passed before I opened a Bible again."

To read the entire very lengthy article, CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

ENDA: Congress Advances Gay Agenda in Workplace

Hearings in the house began today on H.R. 3017 (Employment Non-discrimination Act) with nearly 200 co-sponsors (six Republicans -- including Illinois Reps. Judy Biggert and Mark Kirk).

The liberals want to sneak this past the public, and so compliantly, the mainstream media is remaining silent.

UPDATE 9/28/09: Video of the House hearings (click to view playlist)

-- From "Homosexual Rights Supporters Seek Anti-Bias Bill" by Sam Hananel, Associated Press 9/23/09

Two openly gay members of Congress on Wednesday urged their colleagues to pass a sweeping job discrimination bill that would - for the first time - protect gays and transsexuals from workplace bias.

The testimony from Reps. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., comes as supporters of the measure believe Congress is closer than ever to banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Opponents complain some of the bill's language is too murky. It offers protection based on "perceived" sexual orientation and for workers who have "undergone" or are "undergoing" gender transition without defining those terms.

The House passed a similar bill two years ago - without protections for transgender workers - but it stalled in the Senate and faced the possibility of a veto from President George W. Bush. This time, President Barack Obama supports the bill.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "House Committee Hears Arguments for Special Rights" by Stuart Shepard, Digital Media Director (Focus on the Family) 9/23/09

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would bar employers from making decisions based on the "actual or perceived" sexual orientation or gender identity of employees or job applicants.

Stuart Ishimaru, acting chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, testified before the House Education and Labor Committee today.

Only one conservative voice was allowed on the panel: Craig Parshall, senior vice president and general counsel of National Religious Broadcasters.

"ENDA, if passed into law would impose a substantial and crippling burden on religious organizations," he said. "In the cases I reviewed recently where there's a clash between homosexual rights -- sexual orientation being protected under discrimination laws on one hand and Christian religious liberties on the other -- Christian liberties lose and the homosexual rights win."

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Obama White House Advises 'Green' Abortions

President Obama's science czar, John Holdren: "Compulsory control of family size is an unpalatable idea, but the alternatives may be much more horrifying."

UPDATE 1/23/14: President Obama Praises Abortion on Roe 41st Anniversary

UPDATE 1/28/14: Secret ObamaCare Abortion Fees Make President Obama a Liar

UPDATE 4/27/13: President Obama Asks God to Bless Planned Parenthood

UPDATE 4/2/12: President Obama Makes New Promise to Fund Killing Babies

UPDATE 3/3/12: To Cut Costs, Lower Birth Rate, Says White House

-- From "Obama science chief: Abortion can save planet" by Jerome R. Corsi © 2009 WorldNetDaily 9/21/09

Despite the claims of some media watchdogs, President Obama's science czar contended in a textbook he co-authored that involuntary birth-control measures, including forced sterilization, may be necessary and morally acceptable under certain conditions, such as widespread famine brought about by "climate change."

[Holdren's textbook "Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment"], last revised in a 1977 edition, was co-authored with Malthusian population alarmist Paul R. Ehrlich and Ehrlich's wife, Anne.

The authors also advocated abortion as an acceptable form of population control and proposed that the best survival strategy for a pregnant woman is to abort her baby.

"When performed today under appropriate medical circumstances by a qualified physician … abortion is much safer than a full-term pregnancy," Holdren and the Ehrlichs wrote.

Instead of publishing a new edition now that Holdren has risen to the position of White House science czar, Holdren and his White House supporters have tried to distance him from the views expressed in the book, arguing it is now more than three decades old.

Moreover, a statement released by the White House argued that while the textbook discussed compulsory methods of population control, including forced abortion and sterilization, the Ehrlichs and Holdren never advocated involuntary birth control but preferred milder, voluntary population control measures.

A close reading of "Ecoscience," however, shows the authors clearly stated their acceptance of abortion as an effective population-control technique.

"An abortion is clearly preferable to adding one more child to an overburdened family or an overburdened society, where the chances that it will realize its potential are slight," Holdren and the Erhlichs argued on page 760 of the 1977 edition of "Ecoscience."

"There is little question that legalized abortion can contribute to a reduction in birth rates," the authors wrote on page 761. "Liberalization of abortion policies in those countries where it is still largely or entirely illegal is therefore justifiable both on humanitarian and health grounds and as an aid to population control."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "GOP Congressmen Say Science ‘Czar’ Should Explain His Views" by Christopher Neefus, 9/21/09
White House science adviser John Holdren should return to Congress to explain his views, including his notion that a baby that has already been born might “ultimately” become a human being if given the proper resources.

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) told that the “science czar” should “absolutely” come back to explain his views, and more than a dozen other GOP congressmen nodded in agreement.

Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), co-authored the books “Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions” (1973) and “Ecoscience” (1977) with Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich, renowned population control advocates.

In the former, published by W.H. Freeman Company, Holdren and his coauthors said a born baby might “ultimately develop into a human being.”

In Chapter 8 of the book, called “Population Limitation,” the three argued for legalized abortion as a means of keeping the global population in check. In that context, they wrote: “The fetus, given the opportunity to develop properly before birth, and given the essential early socializing experiences and sufficient nourishing food during the crucial early years after birth, will ultimately develop into a human being.”

The Senate confirmed Holdren for his position in April, but no senators questioned him about his views on when a baby becomes a person.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

The following is an excerpt from many interesting comments by John Holdren -- click here for more from Holdren.

“Individual rights must be balanced against the power of the government to control human reproduction. . . . neither the Declaration of Independence nor the Constitution mentions a right to reproduce. Where the society has a 'compelling, subordinating interest' in regulating population size, the right of the individual may be curtailed. Why should the law not be able to prevent a person from having more than two children?”

Take note of the world-wide chorus: Click here and follow the trail of embedded links.

Secularists Revel in Aspirations of an Atheist America

Profile of the No Religion Population, to be released today by Trinity College (sic), finds this faith-free group already includes nearly 19% of U.S. men and 12% of women. Of these, 35% say they were Catholic at age 12.

-- From "People with 'no religion' gaining on major denominations" by Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA TODAY 9/22/09

Americans who don't identify with any religion are now 15% of the USA, but trends in a new study shows they could one day surpass the nation's largest denominations — including Catholics, now 24% of the nation.

But if Nones [those claiming no religion], now 22% of all adults ages 18 to 29, continue to gain among young adults, to draw more people "switching out" from denominations and to replace more religious older people, researchers forecast one in five Americans will be Nones in 20 years.

[Lead researcher Barry] Kosmin and Ariela Keysar of Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., directed three editions of the American Religious Identification Survey over 18 years.

"There are so many misconceptions about who the Nones are. They're not New Age searchers or spiritual or even hardened atheists," says Kosmin.

"They're a stew of agnostics, deists and rationalists. They sound more like Thomas Jefferson and Tom Paine. Their very interesting enlightenment approach is like the Founding Fathers' kind: Skeptical about organized religion and clerics while still holding to an idea of God."

"Nones are not a fringe group anymore and are now part of Middle America. They're present in every socio-demographic group, Keysar concludes in their report.

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

Note the above deception -- claiming that America's founders were not Christian, and that non-christian-ness continues today as "Middle America."

Monday, September 21, 2009

Homosexual Training Videos Infiltrate Schools

Hundreds of public schools will show LGBT anti-christian videos -- Homosexual advocacy organization advises schools how to skirt parental consent laws

Update 10/1/09 from Fox News

-- From "'Gay' curriculum challenges students' faith" by Drew Zahn © 2009 WorldNetDaily 9/19/09

A homosexual advocacy initiative claims that over 250 California schools have registered to show their students a curriculum of films that encourages teens to rethink their sexuality, society and even religion.

The curriculum includes videos made by a San Francisco group calling itself "the best in LGBT media," and includes a clip in which a boy "comes out" by wearing his mother's bikini and another that uses Native American spirituality to depict bisexual individuals as "two-spirit" people.

The accompanying discussion guides also encourage students to evaluate their religious traditions based on whether they encourage "choice" in sexuality or "reinforce gender expectations."

The program, called "Youth in Motion: Empowering students through LGBTQ film," is a joint effort between the Gay-Straight Alliance Network and Frameline, which describes itself as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media arts.

"School districts in California cannot require parental consent for films that include mention of LGBT people or issues," the curriculum's website boasts, "only instruction or materials that explicitly mentions human reproductive organs and their functions fall under consent laws for sex education."

To read entire article, CLICK HERE.

New 12-year-old Girl in School WAS a Boy

"Sex swap"... lad arrived at school after summer holidays in a dress with long hair in pigtails -- Fellow students tearful, parents OK with sex change, but angry over absence of advance notice

-- From "Boy, 12, turns into girl" by Brian Flynn and Virginia Wheeler, The Sun (UK) 9/18/09

Teachers called an emergency assembly to order fellow pupils to treat him as female.

The lad, whose parents have changed his name to a girl's by deed poll, arrived in a dress with long hair in ribboned pigtails. He is preparing for sex-swap surgery.

[Parents] said the head teacher should have informed them in advance of the "sex change" so they could prepare their sons and daughters and inform them about gender issues.

They added that the school's failure to do so had left the boy to suffer cruel taunts and bullying.

It is understood he hoped his transformation would go unnoticed as he was starting secondary education and children stepping up from other primary schools would not recognise him.

But his former classmates at primary level DID spot the difference - and quickly
spread the word.

The 1,000-pupil school, in southern England, has given the lad a separate toilet and changing room in the sports hall.

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Texas Educators: Christmas Still Exists

Citizens complained after 'experts' recommended replacing Christmas with teaching of Diwali (Hindu/Buddhist), so the Texas State Board of Education announced that social studies textbooks will continue to include mention of Christmas.

-- From "Board decides to keep Christmas in textbooks" by Gary Scharrer, Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau 9/18/09

The board will not approve the new curriculum standards for public schools until next year, but wanted to assure constituents they will not accept a recommendation to yank Christmas.

The board met with consultants and educators appointed to develop new curriculum standards for textbooks covering history, government, sociology, economics and geography for the next decade.

Board members also signaled their intent to restore Rosh Hashanah as an example of a Jewish observance, in addition to Yom Kippur.

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

World Health Organization: Earth's Enemy is Too Many Babies

Despite declining populations around the world, environmental globalists continue the drumbeat for birth control claiming that additional humans harm the planet Earth.

-- From "Birth control 'could combat climate change'" by Kate Kelland in London for Reuters 9/19/09

Contraception advice is crucial to poor countries' battle with climate change, and policy makers are failing their people if they continue to shy away from the issue, a leading family planning expert said.

Leo Bryant, a lead researcher on a World Health Organisation study on population growth and climate change, said the stigma attached to birth control in both developing and developed countries was hindering vital progress.

"We are certainly not advocating that governments should start telling people how many children they can have," said Mr Bryant, an advocacy manager at the family planning group Marie Stopes International, who wrote a commentary in the Lancet medical journal.

In most countries with good access to birth control, average family sizes shrink dramatically within a generation, he said.

"The ability to choose your family a fundamental human right. But lack of access to family planning means millions of people in developing countries don't have that right," Mr Bryant said.

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Calif. Teachers Pull Down Over $100K Pensions

The recession is exposing excessive government programs throughout the U.S. at federal, state and local levels.

Teachers in metro areas across the nation receive salaries and pensions that dwarf most every profession -- not the story in many of America's rural schools.

-- From "3,000 retired educators take home 6-figure pensions" by Tony Saavedra and Jennifer Muir, The Orange County Register 9/18/09

Retired Capistrano Unified School District Superintendent James A. Fleming collects $141,331 a year in California state teacher retirement funds, on top of the $64,068 pension he collects from working 27 years in Florida.

Fleming is one of 3,090 educators in the California State Teachers' Retirement System who make at least $100,000 a year in taxpayer-guaranteed public pensions, according to a CalSTRS database obtained under the state Public Records Act. Most of the highly paid pensioners are superintendents and other district administrators. And some are pulling salaries from other jobs or pensions in other states.

In contrast, the average STRS pension is just $36,252, according to June 2008 figures, the most recent available. Of the 196,000 retirees, only 1.6 percent receive $100,000 or more, but they account for 5 percent of the $8 billion yearly payout. The average retiree in 2008 had 29 years of service.

Large public pensions have come under fire in recent months as state and local governments sag under the weight of runaway spending and a tanking economy. Like the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the teachers’ retirement system is running into trouble as workers retire to larger pensions that are increasingly difficult to fund.

While the average state teachers’ system pensioner collects $36,252, educators retiring last year did so to an average pension of $51,948. Officials calculate that the system will face a $23 billion funding gap by 2039.

Consider James C. Enochs, the highest paid pensioner in the STRS system, at $285,460.

Another member of the "100,000-plus" club, former Orange Unified School District Superintendent Thomas Godley collects $210,211 a year.

To read the lengthy list of stats, CLICK HERE.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Acceptance of Bestiality Visible on the Horizon

Being a "zoophile" in modern American society . . . is "like being gay in the 1950s. You feel like you have to hide, that if you say it out loud, people will look at you like a freak."
"This is not a fetish . . . It's an orientation, a lifestyle."
"God is more concerned with how we treat others than what sex we have."
UPDATE 6/11/16: Supreme Court Legalizes Sex With Animals in Canada

UPDATE 10/16/13: Arizona School OKs Teacher -- Pedophilia, Bestiality

UPDATE 10/12/11: Federal Health Official Arrested for Bestiality

UPDATE 12/1/11: Democrat Senate Legalizes Bestiality in Military

UPDATE 8/3/12: Wrigley Sells Candy to Kids Using Bestiality

UPDATE 2/7/10: Socialist Government Schools Teach Bestiality

UPDATE 3/19/11: Bestiality -- Tolerance for This Also?

-- From "Zoophiles love and have sex with animals. Will the world ever accept them?" by Thomas Francis, Miami New Times 8/20/09

Cody Beck . . . an 18-year-old from Arizona who graduated from high school this past year . . . believes he and other members of this minority sexual orientation, who often call themselves "zoos," can follow the same path as the gay rights movement. Most researchers believe 2 to 8 percent of the population harbors forbidden desires toward animals, and Beck hopes this minority group can begin appealing to the open-minded for acceptance.

But if those like Beck are to make the same gains as gays, it's apparent they will have to do so without the help of gay rights groups, which so far want nothing to do with a zoophile movement. What's more, they will have to wage battle with well-funded and politically connected animal-protection activists.

As cave drawings will attest, there's a carnal desire in some humans to lie with beasts. And though many civilizations have tried, none has been able to eradicate it, much to the frustration of organizations such as the Humane Society.

Cody Beck, the Arizona zoophile who came out to his friends, was 12 then and had only just come to realize he was a zoophile. In the years since, he's been thrilled by how activists' efforts have broadened minds about what qualifies as moral, socially acceptable sex. He recognizes the exciting implications it might have for zoophiles like him. But he's crushed by the gay rights movement's rejection of zoophilia as a similarly legitimate orientation.

Beck believes these are expressions of fear that are natural in the early moments of revolution. "That's the story throughout history," he says. "People don't want to stand up for anything, because they don't want to get hurt." He draws some of his own strength from the recent movie Milk, in which Sean Penn plays the nation's first openly gay elected official, San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk. "If we all stand up at once, we'll share the load. What's the point of living if we have to hide who we are?"

. . . zoophiles might yet prove the new frontier in the battle for sexual civil rights.

To read all of this extremely lengthy article, CLICK HERE.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Abortion Funding: Democrat Appears to Say Obama is Lying

Congressman Bart Stupek, a pro-life Democrat from Michigan, in a TV interview said that President Obama's assurances that no federal funding of abortion is part of health care legislation "is just not true" and that he is "disappointed" that the President continues to make the claim.

Abortion is not health care. It is always and everywhere wrong to intentionally kill our innocent neighbors in the womb.

-- From "Setting the record straight on health care" by Congressman Joe Pitts (R-Penn 16th) writing in the Pottstown Mercury 9/17/09

In his address last week, President Obama laid out his case for health care reform. I firmly believe that we need reform, but I do not support the House Democrats' plan. The President made his case before Congress with passion, but I believe there are some issues that he was not perfectly clear on.

During his speech, the president asserted that no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions. When the Energy and Commerce Committee considered H.R. 3200, I worked together with my Democratic colleague, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), to offer amendments that would have continued the current policy of prohibiting federal dollars from funding abortion or plans that include abortion.

Committee Chairman Waxman worked to defeat these amendments and the current bill contains only accounting gimmicks that do nothing to prevent government-funded abortion. In regard to the current bill, Rep. Stupak maintains, "You're funding the public option; it will be part of the public option; and the Treasury will write checks to plans for abortion."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Congressman Bart Stupak, Democrat, Defending the Right to Life in Heath Care" by Deacon Keith Fournier, Catholic Online 9/17/09

On September 16, 2009, Congressman Stupak gave an interview to Megyn Kelly of Fox news in which he strongly contended that President Obama's assurances that funding abortion is simply not going to happen are not reliable. In fact, he said it "is just not true" and that he is "disappointed" that the President continues to make the claim.

Yet the President has sent Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius out to ride point on the issue after making just such an explicit claim in his recent address to both Houses of Congress. In an interview with the Washington Post on September 15, 2009, the Secretary could not have been clearer in underscoring the claim, responding to a direct question with this assertion: "Well, the President has made it pretty clear that Congress and the new health insurance plan will not provide federal funds for abortions".

However, this Pro-Life Congressman, from the President's own Party, is not buying these assurances. He is from Michigan but his behavior reminds me of the old adage "I'm from Missouri". In other words, "Show Me." In this, he gives us all a great example of how we must respond to such assurances. Congressman Stupak is ready to act to make sure that not one Federal dollar is spent to shed the innocent blood of our youngest neighbors.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Mother Sues Public School for Defamation

After Chicago suburban resident Lora Sue Hauser exposed the Gay Agenda of her high school district, the openly homosexual Superintendent and other school faculty/employees spread hateful lies about her to the community.

UPDATE 5/13/10: Superintendent embroiled again -- Girls Basketball

-- From "Lawsuit: District 113 employees defamed woman" Sun-Times News Group 9/14/09

Lora Sue Hauser filed a defamation lawsuit Monday in Cook County Circuit Court against George V. Fornero, Andy Zakszeski, and other unknown persons, who allegedly worked in or near north suburban Highland Park [School District 113]. The lawsuit seeks in excess of $50,000 in damages.

On Nov. 12, 2008, the defendants allegedly sent out an e-mail stating Hauser had a picture of Hitler in her residence, despite Hauser being Jewish and not having a photo of the dictator in her home, the lawsuit stated. Hauser was and remains “deeply troubled” by the e-mail because she is a Jewish woman, the suit stated.

In subsequent e-mails sent by the defendants, Hauser was accused of being a member of a hate group, being a “crazy” person, having her home foreclosed upon and of being engaged in unusual sexual acts. All the e-mails sent about her were false, the suit stated.

The three-count defamation lawsuit claims the e-mails damaged Hauser's good reputation, and injured her in a personal capacity.

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Same-sex 'Marriage' Renegades Defy Congressional Leadership

Scores of liberal congressmen join Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introducing legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), in defiance of homosexual Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, who both prefer subtle legislative maneuvers to destroy marriage with less public notice.

UPDATE 9/19/09: Obama favors repeal of DOMA as well

-- From "Legislators seek repeal of federal marriage law" by Carolyn Lochhead, San Francisco Chronicle Washington Bureau 9/16/09

The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act denies federal marriage benefits to [homosexual] couples, including Social Security, estate and other tax laws and spousal immigration rights.

The repeal, called the Respect for Marriage Act [H.R.3567], would affect 18,000 same-sex couples married in California last year before voters approved Proposition 8, which overrode a state Supreme Court decision granting them marriage rights.

The Respect for Marriage Act would allow all legally married same-sex couples access to what advocates say are more than 1,000 marital benefits under federal law.

The law was passed during an election year when Clinton and many Democrats in Congress feared a voter backlash. Clinton issued a statement Tuesday saying, "the fabric of our country has changed, and so should this policy."

President Obama has said he would sign a law repealing the act, but many activists have been disappointed that he has not moved to revoke the "don't ask, don't tell" ban on gays in the military, allowing gays and lesbians to be dismissed on his watch.

Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa and Vermont now marry same-sex couples, and New Hampshire will begin doing so in January. Voters in Maine will decide in November whether to allow same-sex marriage there.

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

Obama Nominates Lesbian Opposing Religious Liberty

In advocating pro-homosexual legislation, Chai R. Feldblum writes in Moral Conflict and Liberty: Gay Rights and Religion:
". . . we are in a zero-sum game: a gain for one side necessarily entails a corresponding loss for the other side."

UPDATE 10/6/12: Chai Feldblum says Homosexual Sex is Morally Good & Wonderful

-- From "Disability, Gay Rights Expert Picked for EEOC" by Garance Franke-Ruta, Washington Post 9/15/09

President Obama announced Monday his intent to nominate Chai R. Feldblum for Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Feldblum, a law professor at Georgetown University Law Center, previously served as legislative counsel to the AIDS Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she played a role in the drafting of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

"She has also worked on advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights" and "been a leading expert on the Employment Nondiscrimination Act," according to a biography released by the White House.

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

Excerpts from "Gay is Good: The Moral Case for Marriage Equality and More" by Chai R. Feldblum:
Moreover, to the extent that the struggle for marriage equality focuses solely on achieving the right to marry because that is what a pure equality discourse calls for, the movement will also miss the chance to make a moral case for supporting the range of other creative ways in which we currently construct our intimate relations outside of marriage. And that would be as much of a missed opportunity as would be the lost opportunity of convincing the general public of the moral equivalence of gay and heterosexual sex . . .

Direct engagement with the issues of morality surrounding either gay sex or gender identity is thus not at the forefront of either our political or legal advocacy for LGBT people. Nor is it highlighted in our theoretical understandings of LGBT rights. This is both unfortunate and short-sighted. As a practical matter, changing the public’s perception of the morality of gay sex and of changing one’s gender may ultimately be necessary to achieve true equality for LGBT people . . .

There is a conversation that is happening regarding visions of normative good in the struggle for marriage equality—but it is largely an “internal movement” debate about whether marriage is a good institution and whether it is one into which gay couples should seek entry. Radical feminists, queer theorists, and others argue that marriage, as historically and currently constructed, constitutes a normative harm that should be dismantled by society overall rather than embraced by gay couples. On the opposite end of the spectrum, socially conservative gay rights advocates argue that extending a traditional expectation of marriage to gay couples will help solidify an appropriate social norm of sexual restraint and care-giving within the family. In these discussions, the moral merits of fitting (or condensing) gay coupling into the marital institution are interrogated, while the moral good of gay sexual coupling is at least implicitly uncontested or assumed by all discussants.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Study: Propensity for Pre-marital Sex is Hereditary

Whereas the Bible teaches that sin has origins in the 'fallen man,' American researchers believe that some children should be genetically excused from responsible sexual behavior.

Simon Blake, Brook Advisory Centre: “All young people need access to confidential sexual health services as well as high quality education about sex and relationships from a young age”

-- From "Genes blamed for early first sex" posted at BBC News 9/14/09

The fact that children raised in homes without a dad have sex earlier is down to their genes, say US researchers.

The study tested for genetic influences as well as factors such as poverty, educational opportunities and religion.

The more genes the children shared, the more similar their ages of first intercourse regardless of whether they had an absent father or not.

The study published in the journal, Child Development, says several theories have been advanced about the environmental factors which influence this association between absent fathers and early sex.

But this study shows these factors are not as important as genes in determining early sexual behaviour.

Jane Mendle, professor of psychology at the University of Oregon, who led the study said: "The association between father's absence and children's sexuality is best explained by genetic influences, rather than by environmental theories alone.

"While there is clearly no such thing as a 'father absence gene', there are genetic contributions to traits in both mums and dads that increase the likelihood of earlier sexual behaviour in their children.

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

Harvard to Train Indoctrination Commandants

The Harvard Graduate School of Education launches a new doctoral degree in education leadership as "a 'catalyst to drive change' . . . to alter education policy debates . . ."

-- From "Harvard to offer a doctorate in education leadership" by Tracy Jan, Boston Globe Staff 9/15/09

School officials liken the Doctor of Education Leadership Program to the education equivalent of a law or medical degree. It will be taught by faculty from the education school, Harvard Business School, and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

The program aims to train graduates for senior leadership roles in school systems, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, school officials said.

It is designed to give students a deep understanding of teaching and learning, as well as the management and leadership skills required to help transform the American education sector.

Students in the third year of the program will participate in a yearlong residency with partner organizations such as urban public school systems in New York City, Atlanta, and Denver, as well as national organizations focused on changing K-12 education, including Teach for America, New Leaders for New Schools, and the National Center of Education and the Economy.

The new program is supported in part by The Wallace Foundation, which has given Harvard a $10 million grant.

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Thousands Fall Ill from Cervical Cancer Vaccine

British government-required immunizations of young girls with Cervarix is hazardous, causing consternation among sexual revolutionaries, just as Gardasil is a disappointment in the U.S.

UPDATE 9/29/09: FDA delays decision on GlaxoSmithKline's vaccine after teen death

UPDATE 9/29/09: Schoolgirl dies after cervical cancer vaccination

-- From "Two thousand schoolgirls suffer suspected ill-effects from cervical cancer vaccine" by Laura Donnelly, Health Correspondent, The London Telegraph 9/12/09

Doctors' reports show that girls of 12 and 13 have experienced convulsions, fever and paralysis after being given the vaccine, which is now administered in schools as part of efforts to prevent women developing cancer.

Others suffered nausea, muscle weakness, dizziness and blurred vision, according to a special report drawn up by drug safety watchdogs.

A support group says it has received dozens of calls from parents who believe their daughters have been damaged by the vaccine.

The immunisation programme for teenage girls is controversial because it protects them from the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus which causes 70 per cent of cervical tumours.

. . . the report prepared by the [government] earlier this month also discloses cases in which teens have suffered convulsions, eye rolling, muscle spasms, seizures and hyperventilation soon after being given the jab.

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Obama Addresses Murder of Michigan Pro-lifer

Here is the entirety of President Obama's written statement, issued today: “The shooting last week in Michigan was deplorable. Whichever side of a public debate you’re on, violence is never the right answer.”

-- From "Obama says fatal shooting of Mich. anti-abortion activist 'deplorable,' supporters hold vigil" by Tim Martin, Associated Press Writer 9/13/09

Police say [James] Pouillon, 63, was killed Friday morning while protesting across the street from a high school in Owosso, about 70 miles northwest of Detroit. Pouillon was in his usual spot holding a sign that pictured a chubby-cheeked baby with the word "LIFE" on one side and an image of an aborted fetus with the word "ABORTION" on the other.

Authorities allege Harlan Drake, 33, of Owosso pulled up to Pouillon in a truck and opened fire. Prosecutors say Pouillon's methods irritated Drake, particularly when used near the high school. Drake also is accused of killing a local business owner earlier that day.

Multicolored flowers, balloons and candles during Sunday's vigil marked the spot where Pouillon was shot. More than 200 people attended the vigil, standing in a circle as many carried the same sort of graphic signs he used.

The retired autoworker was a well-known and polarizing personality in Owosso, a town of about 15,000 residents. His protests — often staged outside the school, library, at car dealerships and even football games for several years — rubbed some residents the wrong way and led to frequent court battles.

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

ACLU Sues over Abstinence Education in Mississippi

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Mississippi on Wednesday asked a federal court in Mississippi to end government funding of what they called religion in the state’s abstinence-only-until-marriage program.

-- From "ACLU Files Federal Lawsuit Over DHS Abstinence Rally" posted at WAPT-TV (ABC) Jackson, Miss. 9/9/09

The case was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District on behalf of a teen and two community members who attended a state-sponsored abstinence summit in May of this year.

The ACLU said the Department of Human Services crossed the line of separating church and state with the number of religious speakers and faith-based groups who performed at the summit.

In July, DHS officials said the program works. The department reported a drop in the number of teenage births between 2006 and 2008, though Mississippi still leads the nation in the category.

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Congress to Abdicate Responsibility on D.C. Same-sex 'Marriage'

The Washington D.C. city council is expected to vote to legalize homosexual 'marriage' and although Congress is the ultimate authority in the city, if it takes no action, the council decision will stand.

The Washington Post writes, "the city's politically active gay community has spent decades working to elect like-minded officials."

UPDATE 10/6/09: GOP Congressman will attempt to stop D.C. "gay marriage"

UPDATE 9/18/09: Congressmen question their involvement in D.C. affairs

-- From "D.C. Says Votes Aligned for Gay Marriage Bill" by Tim Craig, Washington Post Staff Writer 9/11/09

After months of buildup and behind-the-scenes lobbying, a bill by David A. Catania, one of two openly gay members of the [D.C.] council, has been drafted and is ready to be introduced in the coming weeks. Catania (I-At Large) expects a final vote before the end of the year. On Thursday, Catania said he had 10 co-sponsors, all but assuring that the measure will be approved by the council. The bill would have to survive congressional review before it could become law.

Peter Rosenstein, a longtime gay rights activist, said he and other advocates are banking on Democrats in Congress to fend off the [Christian] opposition. "Our hope is a Democratic Congress will be able to keep any bills or actions off the floor," Rosenstein said. "Do we have a guarantee? No. But we are fairly confident at this point."

The bill, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post, would change the law to say that "marriage is the legally recognized union of two people" and that "any person who otherwise meets the eligibility requirements . . . may marry any other eligible person regardless of gender."

If Congress fails to intervene, the District will become the only jurisdiction south of the Mason-Dixon line where same-sex couples can marry. Gays and lesbians from across the country would probably flock to the city to take their vows, as they did in California before voters passed a referendum banning same-sex marriages. Gay rights activists in Maryland said the sight of gay couples getting married in the District would boost the chance that the General Assembly would approve a gay marriage bill within a few years.

There are signs that the bill will probably generate heated opposition from members of the city's religious community, and some are concerned that the issue could split the city along racial lines. It is also sparking a debate about whether voters, as opposed to council members, should have the final say over the issue.

Same-sex marriages are performed in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa and Vermont. They will be legal in New Hampshire in January. The Maine legislature has approved same-sex marriage, but a referendum will be held on the measure in November.

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Abortion Funding: America Not Buying White House Claims

No matter what the president has said, if he gets the [health care] bill he wants, taxpayer dollars will end up paying for abortions.

Most of the proposals for expanding coverage include a provision for people who can't afford private health insurance. . . . if a private plan offers abortion coverage and a federal subsidy is used to purchase it, this would mean taxpayers are subsidizing abortion.

UPDATE 9/11/09: Politico essentially agrees with Joe Wilson that Obama lies

-- From "Abortion foes aren't buying Obama's assurances" by Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times 9/11/09

President Obama, a supporter of reproductive rights, forcefully reiterated in his speech to Congress this week that his healthcare plan would not lead to government funding of abortion.

The trouble is, abortion foes don't believe him.

[Proposed legislation] seeks to distinguish between public and private money. Under any insurance purchased with federal help, individuals would pay the portion of premiums used for abortion services. Federal money, in theory, would not pay for the procedure.

How? Separate accounts would be created to keep federal dollars from co-mingling with an individual's contributions. So, in essence, federal dollars would not support abortions, even if they pay for other health coverage.

Abortion foes call this "an accounting scheme" . . .

Added Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life: "There is never going to be a bill that has 'abortion' written in capital letters with red arrows saying 'abortion here!' It's a technical issue that will come down to how the courts interpret it once it passes."

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From "Pro-Life Congressmen and Planned Parenthood Agree: Health Care Bill Funds Abortion" by Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer 9/11/09

In his address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, President Barack Obama said the health care plan he is pushing will not provide federal money for abortions. But pro-life congressmen and Planned Parenthood agree that abortion would be covered under the plan under an amendment sponsored by Rep. Lois Capps (D.-Calif.).

“There has been some recent confusion surrounding the inclusion of abortion coverage in HR 3200, but the issue is really quite clear,” [Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-Pa..)] said at the press conference. “The Capps Amendment, which some have argued is neutral on abortion, explicitly authorizes the federal government to directly fund elective abortions using federal funds drawn on a federal treasury account.

“Some have argued that HR 3200 will maintain the status quo on the issue of abortion,” Pitts said. “Let me be clear. This bill, in all of its forms, will radically expand federal policy with respect to abortion.”

“This legislation will not only expand the government funding, it will also provide additional venues,” Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said at the press conference. “The language is very clear about having a private insurance provider--government subsidized through these affordability credits--that will provide abortions.”

“The reality is that the Obama-backed House bill would explicitly authorize the federal government insurance plan to pay for elective abortions and would explicitly authorize subsidies for private abortion insurance--and all with federal dollars, which are the only kind of dollars the federal government can spend,” [said Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Campaign.]

Pro-life advocates aren’t alone in their conclusion that the House bill will allow federally funded abortions.

The non-partisan Web site, agreed in its own analysis of the bill.

“Despite what Obama said, the House bill would allow abortions to be covered by a federal plan and by federally subsidized private plans,” the analysis said.

Planned Parenthood, which was assured by Obama during his presidential campaign that his health plan “will provide essential services, including reproductive services,” has expressed its support for the House bill.

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