"We must never allow freedom of religion to be
hijacked and used as a pretext to discriminate
against gay and lesbian teenagers in schools."
Stephen Desmond, Thames Valley University
From This is London: Academics are calling for teachers to be banned from promoting marriage in the classroom.
They say homosexuality must be given equal status to stop the spread of "bigoted" attitudes in schools and university campuses.
Current Government guidance on sex education says children must be taught "the importance of marriage for family life".
Teachers are also permitted to voice their opposition to homosexuality if it
It is critical that the West understand the fundamental beliefs of Islam and its objectives. To fail to do so could lead to our own demise. Here is a recent question and answer with Mark Steyn the author of America Alone on the topic:
"[W]hat would you say to those who believe that majority Islam is not synonymous with fundamentalist Islam?
Mark Steyn: Fundamentalist is a term we use rather carelessly. Very few people take the trouble to become suicide bombers and that's good news, but the reality is that substantial numbers of Muslims agree with the aims of the Jihadists even if they don't choose to blow themselves up. When Muslims in the West are polled, 40 to 60 percent wish to live under Sharia and wish to reside in the United Kingdom and the United States as opposed to Saudi Arabia. They may disagree with Read More...
"Not everyone who says to me 'Lord, Lord': shall
enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will
of my Father in heaven shall enter the kingdom of
heaven. Many will say to me in that day, 'Lord, Lord
did we not prophesy in thy name, and work many
miracles in thy name?' And then I will declare unto
them, 'I never knew you. Depart from me, you workers
How can a person who
lacks the true faith, or for that matter lacks
essential truths, appear zealous and dutiful in the
practice of their religion? From the muslim who kills
in the name of allah, to the thrice divorced born
again, or the contracepting Catholic--how can they
appear to be religious while failing to follow God's
commands? I recently stumbled upon an excellent
explanation for this in a book called
Letters To A Mother
Emmanuel Marie Andre.
"A religious feeling is...of the natural order. A religious feeling is the natural consequence of being creatures, just as respect for parents is natural to the child."
"The religious feeling, being natural to man, is found in all men, faithful and infidels; for
Swedish authorities have permitted three families to screen embryos in order to create a child that will act as a stem cell donor for a dying sibling.
"Under the procedure, an embryo is tested in vitro for a desired genotype before implantation into the uterus, in what is called pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). That has been allowed for some time in Sweden, in particular to screen for single-gene diseases such as cystic fibrosis as well as chromosomal abnormalities such as Down's Syndrome. But for the first time, authorities will allow the embryos to be screened to find a tissue match for a sick sibling, in a process called human leukocyte antigen testing (HLA)."
"After the child is born, stem cells from its placenta and umbilical cord are transferred to the sick sibling. Once in the bone marrow, the stem cells will start producing blood cells. These are the first cases in Sweden to be granted the procedure following a law on genetic screening that came into force in July last year. The procedure has been criticized by some who consider the screening process unethical.
Call me negative! I can already see the future headline: "Embryo shopping approved for the dying"--after all --why stop at siblings? It is only a matter of time before master embryos are created which would enable us to shop for a biological slave that could save us from suffering and death.
From Spero: Legislation passed the California senate mandating that school children, starting in kindergarten, learn about sexual deviancy. The bill requires postive portrayals of same-sex marriage, and all other aspects of homosexual and bisexual activity.
New radical legislation, mandating that schoolchildren as young as kindergarten learn about transsexuality, bisexuality and homosexuality, has passed the California State Senate.
SB 777 requires textbooks, instructional materials, and school-sponsored activities to positively portray cross-dressing, sex-change operations, same-sex marriages, all aspects of homosexuality and bisexuality, and so-called "gay history." Silence on these sexual lifestyles will not be allowed.
Yesterday’s vote, 23 to 13, was on a party line -- Democrats for, Republicans against. No Republican senator rose to speak against the bill.
SB 777 would teach these sexual subjects without parental Read More...
The poll wielding bullies are at it again.
The Pope believes that Catholic politicians who support abortion rights should be denied communion. Do you agree or disagree?
The arrogance and futility of such a poll borders on hilarity. The topic of the poll is the Body and Blood of the Son of God--the Messiah. It is as if they were asking if the pope's selection of cologne or his choice of sunglasses is proper? The reverence due to the Body and Blood of the Son of God is not subject to public opinion. Nor is anything else that the Church does or does not do.
The issue is authority--which Americans cannot grasp, and which is seen as down-right un-American. The pollsters seek to exert public opinion pressure on the Church in order to make it conform to the world. This has been satan's mission Read More...
On one side of the globe we have the FDA approval of yet another contraceptive pill called Lybrel--- an admitted take off on the word "liberty". This new sterility pill is seen as further liberating women by not only preventing pregnancy but also eradicating menstration.
On the other side of the globe we have the Chinese rioting over forced pregnancy testing, forced abortions, forced sterility and the lack of freedom to procreate. One nation sees liberation as sterility, another as fertility. One revels in sterility the other fights to death if necessary for the God given right to procreate.
Lybrel is not synonomous with liberty--despite what its makers and many women may believe. Any Chinese woman of child bearing age could attest to the lack of liberty that has been brought about under the government's forced one-child policy. Rather Lybrel and all other methods of artificial contraception pervert liberty, further enslave the West in sin, and spell demographic doom.
True liberty consists in doing what is in accordance with natural law and God's commands. Dispensing with the natural law and God's commands can never bring about liberty but only fosters license. License is a heedlessness Read More...
Persecution of Christians is intensifying in Pakistan. There seems to be no end to the reports of Muslim on Christian violence. Christians are being driven from their homes, while Islamic legislation that would subject males to a death sentence for conversion to Christianity is gaining acceptance. Pakistan's Christians which comprise only three percent of a population of 160 million may be facing nothing less than elimination and extermination.
I recently received a desperate email from a man who claimed to be a Christian convert in Pakistan. He is desperate to find safety and security from muslims that are aware of his conversion and seek to kill him. He also desires true Christian fellowship. I have decided to publish his emails in the hopes that it will raise our awareness of the dire circumstances that Christians are facing all over the world, and in the hopes that we can assist him. I will let you be the judge as to the authenticity. His emails follow. I have excised his name and address for security Read More...
Villagers and visitors to several counties of Guangxi autonomous region in southwestern China said rioters smashed and burned government offices, overturned official vehicles, and clashed with the riot police in a series of confrontations over the past four days.
They gave varying accounts of injuries and deaths, with some asserting that as many as five people were killed, including three officials responsible for population-control work. A local government official in one of the counties affected confirmed the rioting in an interview by telephone but denied reports of deaths or serious injuries.
The violence appeared to stem from a two-month-long crackdown Read More...
Separation of church and state is the constant cry from secularists. But this will never suffice. What secularists truly seek is the subjection of Church to the State in all things. It won't be long before the denial of sacraments to certain persons will be seen as a violation of civil rights and tantamount to hate.
This scenario is not a false alarm, but is very real and was predicted by Pope St. Pius X in 1907:
"[I]t is not enough for the modernist school that the State should be separated from the Church...the Church must be subject to the State. This, indeed, modernists may not yet say openly but they are forced by the logic of their position to admit it. For granted the principle that in temporal matters the State possesses the sole power, it will follow that when the believer, not satisfied with merely internal acts of religion, proceeds to external acts --such for instance as the reception or administration of the of the Sacraments --these will fall under the control of the State. What will then become of ecclesiastical authority, which can only be exercised by external acts? Obviously it will be completely under the dominion of the State." Pascendi Gregis
The domination of the State over religion has begun and can be seen in the following: Pharmacists and Catholic hospitals in many states no longer have the right to refuse to dispense abortion drugs based upon conscience. Landlords have no right to refuse tenancy to those who live a lifestyle that violates the landlord's beliefs or principles. Religious employers must provide birth control coverage for its employees. Some Western countries are now prosecuting those who interpret the bible in a "hateful" manner so as to offend homosexuals.
All of these laws have in common the aim to protect sin in the name of civil rights--whether Read More...
Behind so much of this animosity is the radical homosexual agenda. Where this agenda is present there is a powerful spirit that is truly anti Jesus Christ. With any degree of proximity to it one can sense the degree of loathing and hatred that led to Christ's death on the cross.
Although these people lack the wisdom of God they do not lack satanic craftiness. This militant atheism has infiltrated the state run public schools. They seek to gain access to the blank slate of children's minds. It is now becoming a standard part of sex education to show children images of homosexual sex. In destroying the innocence of children in the name of tolerance, they are creating a generation that will experiment with homosexuality Read More...
Europe has attempted to halt a demographic crash through socialistic legislation designed to stave off the muslim onslaught and increase its native population. Germany and other countries have begun paying women to have children and also provide nationalized child care. Although well intentioned, wisdom is lacking as to the source and solution. Because these laws are based upon a socialistic agenda, rather than bringing about lasting and necessary changes in the hearts and mind of its people --they will instead deepen the problem.
Paying women to have children is strictly an economic motivator and cannot achieve lasting generational changes that are needed for a society to continue to welcome children. Economic incentives do not make nurturing mothers and committed fathers. A self-giving, sacrificial mindset is required to rear children properly.
The children that are a product of these economic incentives are bought by the state, and then handed back over to the state at six weeks old. This is so mommy and daddy can Read More...
Europe continues down the road of secularization and de-christianization. This from Deutsche Welle: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she has "given up hope" of having a reference to Europe's Judeo-Christian heritage enshrined in the new version of the European Union constitution.
Speaking in Brussels on Tuesday at a meeting with religious leaders of the Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths, Merkel said she "would like to have such a reference in the treaty ... but there are not many chances left."
Merkel, the daughter of a Protestant pastor and the leader of Germany's strongly Catholic CDU party, has been pushing strongly for a reference to Christianity in the new charter. However, any attempt to mention Christianity or God in the treaty has been strictly opposed by secular France, liberal countries such as Sweden and Denmark and by Britain. During the 2004 negotiations on the bloc's original constitution, there were concerns that any religious reference could anger Europe's Muslims and Jews.
Pope Benedict XVI has made it his mission to guard the Christian inheritance that the EU now squanders by deliberate ommission. Cardinal Bertone delivered a message from the Pope at "Together for Europe 2007" --a conference of 250 christian organizations that was held in Stuttgart Germany. Cardinal Bertone stated: 'I would like to mention in a particular way the loss of Europe's Christian memory and heritage, accompanied by a kind of practical agnosticism and religious indifference whereby many Read More...
“Guide our aim to strike at the center. Protect
us from the enemies of love, justice and liberty.”
Despite liberals wimpy view of Christ and Christianity, we are called to be soldiers for Christ and defend the innocent against evil. St Gabriel Possenti shows us that holiness is not opposed to bravery, manhood, and even handguns. He came to the defense of a young girl who was being attacked and drove a gang of mercenaries out of town at gunpoint.
To honor his deeds the St. Gabriel Possenti Society, Inc. was established and each year a person is chosen who lives according to the principles which St Gabriel Possenti exemplified. This year Charl van Wyk of Cape Town, South Africa was chosen for his bravery in fighting off Marxist-Lenninists who attacked a church:
From News Release Wire: "In July 1993, Charl, relying on his faith and a .38 caliber special revolver, caused a gang of terrorists to flee a church in Cape Town in what became known as the St. James Massacre. The terrorists were part of the Azanian People’s Liberation Army, the military wing of the Pan African
More self loathing of our Christian heritage in the U.K.-- A secondary school in West Sussex has banned purity or chastity rings because they violate a ban on jewelry in school. But the school allows Muslim students to wear headscarves and Sikh students kara bracelets as a means of religious expression. The ban is the latest in a series of episodes where organizations are banning Christian jewellery.
From The Guardian: A Christian teenager will go to the high court this summer to challenge the decision of her school to ban her from wearing a celibacy ring on the grounds that it is her basic human right to express her religious beliefs.
Lydia Playfoot, 16, will argue that the school is being discriminatory because it allows pupils from other faiths to wear religious adornments. Muslim and Sikh pupils at her all-girls secondary school in West Sussex are allowed to wear headscarves, trousers and kara bracelets.
The case of the teenager, who attends Millais school in Horsham, has the support of the Lawyers Christian Fellowship - an organisation that represents 2,000 Christian lawyers from Read More...
The courageous leadership in Poland makes me wish I was Polish--but at least my children are. Poland seems to have found the recipe to avoid the Death of the West.
From Worldnet Daily: WARSAW – Nearly 70 years after the invasion of Poland marked the beginning of a major global cataclysm, the Central European nation once again finds itself confronting a foe it sees as a threat to Western civilization.
While the rest of Europe largely accommodates a rising tide of secularism, many Polish leaders are prepared to fight back with a bold, traditional social agenda they envision not only for their own country but for the continent and the world.
Poland's vice premier and minister of education, Roman Giertych told the World Congress of Families here his multi-pronged plan – including a proposal issued last month to ban "homosexual propaganda" in schools – is "something I have to do."
"The family is the hope for Poland, the hope for Europe, the hope for the entire world," the 36-year-old leader told the global gathering of more than 3,200 from 75 nations. "... Without the family, there is no nation, there is no continent, there is no civilization, there is Read More...
From Gulf Daily News PESHAWAR: Christians in northwest Pakistan have received threatening letters warning them to shut their churches and convert to Islam, officials said yesterday.
Copies of the handwritten letter were delivered to two churches and several Christians' homes in Charsadda, a northwestern Pakistan town where the federal interior minister last month escaped a suicide attack that killed 28 people.
Christians have alerted police to the letters and security has been stepped up at churches, said police.
Police are investigating who sent the unsigned notes, which gave the Christians 10 days Read More...
Protestantism has bred the radical secular relativism that we are confronted with today. The breakdown of belief in a central moral authority has ripened into militant relativism. Ultimately the rejection of a central moral and religious authority will bring about the demise of the West and America in particular.
So many today will agree that multiculturalism is a horrid failure but what of pluralism?
America is protestant and was founded upon pluralism. Pluralism is the notion that all religious belief systems and philosophies are equally valid. For both pluralists and multiculturalists absolute truth does not exist.
This rejection of absolute truth and authority by protestantism has slowly brought about the wholesale rejection of truth and morality by modern man. As one man became his own pope with the creation of sola scriptura, today the secular man rejects the entire notion of objective truth and creates his own version of reality. The heresy of protestantism has as its ultimate fruit the creation and growth of relativism.
We often hear: "No one has the right to tell me what is right and wrong." An equivalent statement is said by protestants about authority and hierarchy: "Who is the Read More...
Do you recall the story of the Christian prison chaplain who distributed truthful literature about Islam and was fired by a New York jail? Well the story does not end there. Political correctness has overtaken, and now an imam will be hired by the jail for its inmates and religiously sensitive food will also be provided. The extent of political correctness, and cultural self loathing knows no limits. Islam's growth in prisons is a very real problem in America, but instead of halting its spread we are promoting its growth, and in turn, creating future terrorists. Here is the story from Fox News:
NEW CITY, N.Y. — The county jail where a Christian minister handed out anti-Islamic cartoons announced it will hire an imam for its Muslim inmates.
The Rockland County Jail also said it will provide religiously appropriate food.
Rockland Undersheriff Thomas Guthrie said Tuesday that the imam will work one day a week, joining the jail's priest and rabbi.
The Christian chaplain, the Rev. Teresa Darden Clapp, was suspended Read More...
We look with horror on the attempts by Nazi Germany to create a perfect race by "improving" the Aryan gene pool. Recently a rare collection of documents held by the Red Cross, in the small German town of Bad Arolsen revealed the methods that were used to create the Master race. Some 250 "racially desirable" toddlers and young children were seized from Polish homes and adopted out to German families. Another Nazi command decrees: "All Polish orphans need to be checked for their potential for Germanization". The Nazis also ran "birthing homes" where racially acceptable, unwed mothers would bear children for adoption by Nazi families. An estimated 20,000 were born in these homes. From Taipei Times:
"With their neatly bobbed blonde hair and wide blue eyes, Alodia and her sister, Daria, qualified. "They told me that I have nice features -- like German features," Alodia Witaszek recalls today, at 69, sitting in her living room in the Polish city of Poznan, where she was born. "I was a `gift for the Fuehrer' -- that's what they called us," she said.
Now a British clinic will start screening and weeding out embryos for cosmetic defects From Telegraph.co.uk :
Embryos are to be screened for a cosmetic defect for the first time in a British clinic.
Doctors have been given permission to create a baby free from a Read More...
From Spero: Dr. Francis Beckwith, the president of the Evangelical Theological Society, tendered his resignation yesterday as a result of his coming back into communion with the Catholic Church. The potential for a backlash within the Society led him to his decision to resign from his post as president.
According to Beckwith’s blog, “I no longer think that it is possible for ETS to conduct its business and its meetings in a fashion that advances the Gospel of Christ as long as I remain as its president.” “For this reason, effective May 5, 2007, I resign as both President of the Evangelical Theological Society and a member of its executive committee.”
Dr. Beckwith’s journey back to the Church (Beckwith was raised Catholic) was sparked by his reading of some the bishops and theologians of the early Church. “In January, at the suggestion of a dear friend, I began reading the Early Church Fathers as well Read More...
This technology will no doubt push the West into the diabolical realm of sex selection. Any limitation on the right to abort --even for sex selection --will be seen as an infringement on the woman's right to choose. The irony is that a woman's right to choose will ultimately kill women. The death and destruction of feminism has come full circle.
From The London Paper: "Women in Britain can now discover the gender of their unborn baby just six weeks into their pregnancy with special DNA testing kits being sold over the internet.
International company DNA Worldwide is selling testing kits allowing parents in the UK to find out the sex of their baby a month and a half after conception, according to its website.
The kit is likely to fuel the controversy about the ethics of abortions as it could allow couples to "play God" and abort children if they are not of the gender they want.
Couples can pay just £189.95 over the internet for the kit, which will then be sent through the post complete with a prepaid return envelope.
It provides everything needed to take a prick of blood Read More...
This following article from Slate is entitled "Can the Latin Mass Make a Comeback?". It seems like asking if water or air can make a comeback. It is as if the return to the Tridentine Latin Mass is a mere trend, when in reality all of creation awaits the return of its mystery, reverence and grace.
"When word began to spread last year that Pope Benedict XVI might release a document that would allow some changes in the ways Catholic worship on Sunday mornings, the reaction in some quarters approached giddy enthusiasm. "It's coming … it's coming!" wrote one blogger of the imminent release of the papal decree. (As it turned out, its release was not so imminent. Catholics who were waiting are still waiting, though reports now suggest the announcement could come in a few weeks.)
Most Vatican documents, it's probably safe to say, are not designed to provoke such fits of anticipatory glee. So, how to explain the excitement?
The long-rumored document—said to take the form of a motu proprio, a personal initiative of the pope—would allow for broader use of the Tridentine, or, as it's commonly known, Latin Mass, by permitting Read More...
How tragic it is to lack the fullness of faith and to seek deliverance and release from sin, to no avail. How many of our modern day psychological ailments are due to unconfessed and unforgiven sin? So many in the emotional hype of being "born again", presume upon the mercy of God, without the assurance of forgiveness of sin that can only come from Christ through His Church. Sacramental confession is no mere human tradition or invention, as is online confession, rather it is the merciful creation of Christ which cleanses the sinner and absolves the conscience. Anything less is a cruel abuse of a sincere desire to be loosed from sin.
"The Catholic religion does not compel indiscriminate confession of sins; it allows us to remain hidden from the sight of all other men, save one to whom she bids us reveal the depths of our heart, and show ourselves as we are. There is only this one man in the world, whom she bids us undeceive, and him she binds to inviolable secrecy, so that this knowledge remains with him as if it were not. Can anything be imagined more charitable, more tender. Pascal: Pensees.
From Indian Catholic:
MIAMI (CNA): Evangelical Christians seem to be finding the value of confession. But they’re not lining up for the confessional or for a minister — they’ve headed online.
Confession websites are not new — they’ve been around for at least a few years — but they continue to increase in number Read More...
Shall we label this a convenient conversion?
From the Washington Times:
Former New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey, who resigned and divorced his second wife after announcing he was "a gay American" in 2004, has begun the process of becoming an Episcopal priest.
Mr. McGreevey, who was raised Roman Catholic and often described himself as devout during his political campaigns, became an Episcopalian on Sunday at St. Bartholomew's Church in Manhattan, said the Rev. Kevin Bean, the church's vicar. Mr. Bean told the Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., that Mr. McGreevey has entered the "discernment" phase, which involves examining whether one has a calling to the ministry and usually precedes seminary work.
"This process that he's in right now is not going to be some Read More...
FROM THE CALIFORNIA CATHOLIC DAILY: Millions of women in the United States ingest excess estrogen every day in the form of birth control pills. Within 24 hours, the effluent from those 12 million doses ends up in our sewage systems. And then?
The April 17 Scientific American reported results of a study warning that “many streams, rivers and lakes already bear warning signs that the fish caught within them may also be carrying enough chemicals that mimic the female hormone estrogen to cause breast cancer cells to grow.”
“Fish are really a sentinel, just like canaries in the coal mine 100 years ago,” says Conrad Volz, co-director of exposure assessment at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute's Center for Environmental Ecology. “We need to pay attention to chemicals that are estrogenic in nature, because they find their way back into the water we all use.”
According to the Freshwater Institute’s Fisheries and Oceans section, “The potent synthetic Read More...
"CATHOLICISM ALONE" - THE LAST BEST HOPE TO COUNTER THE CULTURE OF DEATH AND PREVENT THE DEATH OF THE WEST
Contrary to Mark Steyn’s America Alone, the last best hope for the survival of the West is not America, rather the world’s only hope lies in the return to the Catholic faith. The Catholic Church is the only church that condemns the sins that have led to the demographic crisis that faces the West. Thus it is “Catholicism Alone” that is the last best hope for America and the West.
America Alone by Mark Steyn is an excellent book that warns of the demise of the West due to a “self-extinction” by the Western world which fails to have children while it “outsources its breeding” to Islam. Since Europe is fast becoming Eurabia, Mark Steyn concludes that America --if it has the “will” is destined to be the lone defender against Islam.
“But America can survive, prosper and defend its freedom only if it continues to believe in itself, in the sturdier virtues of self-reliance (not governement), in the centrality of family, and in the conviction that our country really is the world’s last best hope.” America Alone
No amount of self confidence or self-reliance in our nation or our people will prevent the the death of the West. The West’s potential demise is not about a lack of self confidence-- it is about sin. Sin’s cancer Read More...