Hillary Lets The Veil Slip: Religion Is A Problem To Be Disposed Of

Hillary said this:

“Laws [about reproductive health care and safe childbirth] have to be backed up with resources and political will,” Clinton said. “And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.” (Source)

Wow. I didn’t think the mask would come off so brutally and quickly. As Matt K. Lewis points out:

this honest appraisal is a reminder that politics are downstream from culture, and that uprooting long-standing religious and cultural beliefs are a prerequisite for utopian progressivism… Regardless of how one feels about gay rights or the abortion debate, it is interesting that liberals are finally getting around to openly confessing something all of us sort of know — yet few will say out loud: Achieving a liberal social agenda will necessarily require first extirpating many “deep-seated” Christian values and tenets. (Source)

Exactly.

I’m curious to see if the USCCB provides a strong, unanimous condemnation of Hillary’s position, or if some folks have their head so deep in the sand that they can’t hear Hillary.

Gay activists threaten Christians, force them into hiding

Another classic from the “how does same-sex ‘marriage’ affect me” files.

Back when we were fighting against the changing of the definition of marriage, we warned that this would happen. Everybody scoffed.

Told you so.

It was never about equality and tolerance. The masks have come off and everyone can now plainly see that the true end game is to destroy anyone who doesn’t assert that same-sex ‘marriage’ is a good thing. Dissent is not tolerated. Welcome to the new witch hunt.

All in the name of “tolerance”. And the media shows their true colours by showing the Christians as the bad guys, even as the gay activists send them death threats and firebombing threats.

The good news for Christians is that all this works for our good. This Easter weekend should serve as a reminder that the persecutions we endure will increase our glory in Heaven and our virtue on earth if we endure them with patience and embrace the Cross. Our enemies think they’re defeating us, but we’re just growing stronger.

Remember that scene from the very first Star Wars movie when Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi have a light sabre duel? Obi-Wan (dressed like a Capuchin, I might add) says: “You can’t win Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”

That’s the basic idea for us too. United with the Cross, our sufferings patiently embraced generate more spiritual horsepower than any lawsuit, blog post or media campaign. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t defend ourselves, but don’t be disconcerted “as those who have no hope”, because even if you fail in this life, your intercession from the next will be overwhelming.

Yes, it can scary. But remember Who you are trusting:

Christ yesterday and today,
the Beginning and the End,
the Alpha and the Omega.
All time belongs to him and all the ages.
To him be glory and power through every age and for ever. Amen.

By his holy and glorious wounds,
may Christ the Lord guard us and protect us. Amen.

May the light of Christ, rising in glory,
dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.

(Opening of the Easter Vigil)

Nothing is outside His sphere of influence. He always has the last word.

Trudeau has no clothes on niqab

Would Trudeau be comfortable with a hooded Klansman taking the oath of citizenship? Or a Nazi wearing a swastika armband? Or an anarchist wearing a balaclava? Even if you defend the niqab on religious lines, you run up against the fact that not all religious beliefs are defensible. Would it be OK for a man — either Muslim or Christian — to bring his four wives to the citizenship ceremony, because his God says plural marriage is a right?

This isn’t about the right to choose a burka over a bikini. This is about upholding the fundamental values of the country in which you wish to make your home. (Source)

Absolutely. The Catholic Church actually recognizes that the right to religious freedom can’t be exercised at the expense of the common good. What other religion or ideology is so lucid? Why don’t you join us?

Weston Lecture Series: Against Critical Thinking [Lecture on our Dummy Culture]

Augustine College is pleased to announce the 17th annual Weston Lecture, a free public lecture given this year by Dr. R.R. Reno titled Against Critical Thinking, Friday, March 6, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Saint Paul University Auditorium, 223 Main St., Ottawa. 

Dr. Reno has served as the editor of First Things, America’s most influential journal of religion in public life, since 2011. He received his PhD in theology from Yale University, and taught theology and ethics at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska for twenty years. He has published in many academic journals, and his opinion essays have appeared in Commentary, the Washington Post, and other popular outlets. His most recent books include Fighting the Noonday Devil, Sanctified Vision and a commentary on the Book of Genesis.

In his talk, Dr. Reno will argue that the life if the mind is based on our capacity to know and affirm truth. Today’s academic culture overemphasizes critical questioning and doubt. This fails to train us how to assent to truth. For that we need a pedagogy of piety, which means an approach to instruction that is ordered toward that affirmation of truth.

Information on the lecture is also available on the attached poster, at News and Events/Latest News on our website, and on our Facebook event page. Dr. Reno’s presentation will be made available on our YouTube Channel in the weeks following the lecture.

The annual Weston Lecture has presented our students and members of the public with a brilliant example of how faith and reason may be united in a mutually strengthening way, a tradition inaugurated through the generous support of George Weston Limited. The Lecture is given by an invited speaker whose field of endeavour is pertinent to the Augustine College academic program.

Please forward this information to others who may be interested. If you live in the Ottawa area, we would be grateful if you would print the poster (copies are available upon request) and post it in a suitable location and also have the lecture announced in your church or community bulletin or newsletter.

Augustine College 2 Monk Street, Ottawa | 613-237-9870 | fax 613-237-3934 mail 163 Fifth Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 2M8, Canada augustinecollege.org | amfriendsaugustine.org

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In addition to the Weston Lecture next Friday evening with R.R. Reno of First Things (see below), you are also invited to attend a conversation the following afternoon between Dr. Reno, Fr. Raymond de Souza, editor of Convivium magazine, and Randy Boyagoda, who has just completed a biography of Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, former editor of First Things.

Please see Convivium Magazine, Dominican University College, both co-sponsors of the event with Augustine College, and the attached poster for more information. Please forward this information to others who may be interested.

 

 

 

 

 

Pope: Martyrdom happening right now

Tragic, but true.

“First, I think of our martyrs, the martyrs of our times, men, women, children who are being persecuted, hated, driven out of their homes, tortured, massacred. And this is not a thing of the past: this is happening right now. Our martyrs, who are meeting their end under the authority of corrupt people who hate Jesus Christ. It would do us good to think of our martyrs. Today we remember Paolo Miki but that happened in 1600. Think of our present-day ones!  Of 2015 “. (Source)

The thought of the martyrs, past and present, should give us strength to bear our comparatively minor sufferings with patience and courage.

Egypt’s new government allows Christians to build new churches, ending years of opposition

Praise the Lord. Some reprieve for our brethren in Egypt.

Egyptian Christians have seen notable gains under the government of President Abd al-Sisi, the spokesman for the country’s bishops tells the AsiaNews service.
Father Rafic Greiche pointed to three new building permits for Catholic churches. He reported that permits for Christian churches were never granted during the rule of former President Hosni Mubarak, nor under the government that followed him, which was dominated by Islamic fundamentalists. (Source)

Last chance to save Ontario’s pro-life doctors

Unless you want to see all pro-life doctors forbidden from practising in Ontario, you’d better move now. See the message below.

 

Dear Friends,

I have received an urgent request from our pro-life doctors.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) has made it clear that if Catholic doctors do not wish to comply with a patient’s request for assisted suicide or for an abortion, they should get out of family practice. [Note: this will also apply to non-Catholic pro-life doctors]

People become doctors because they are called to a vocation of healing. They are in the business of healing not hurting, of respecting and enhancing a person’s quality of life; Catholic physicians believe in the sanctity of human life. They are not in the business of ending a life, rather they are dedicated to the healing process. With this current ruling, their conscience is of no avail. They are being told to leave their careers behind if they don’t conform with the regulations of the CPSO.

This is an urgent call to prayer. Pray for our Catholic doctors. [And non-Catholic pro-life doctors too. But don’t stop at prayer. See the next line.]

You can also respond by contacting the CPSO. We have until February 20.

The draft policy has been posted to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario web site (cpso.on.ca). Comments are invited up to February 20.

The CPSO policy committee will review the input and then bring a final policy to the full council of the college in May or June.

Please pass this information along.

 

Copied below from the CPSO website:

College Launches Consultations on Policies and Transparency By-lawsConsultation Includes Human Rights, End-of-Life Care and Consent to Treatment Policies

Dec 11, 2014

Toronto – The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario today launched a series of consultations on important issues affecting physicians and patients.  The issues include draft policies on Human Rights, End-of-Life Care and Consent to Treatment, as well as a number of by-law changes that could make more information about physicians available to the public.

“The consultations are an opportunity for the public and others to provide the College with insight and feedback to ensure the policies reflect current standards and are consistent with our mandate to protect the public,” said College President Dr. Carol Leet.

Starting today, the public can provide input around proposed new policies in a number of areas, including:

·  Professional Obligations and Human Rights – Sets expectations to provide health services without discrimination, and to accommodate individuals who may face barriers to accessing care. Under the proposed policy, physicians would be required to refer patients to other doctors for services they object to on moral or religious grounds.

. Planning for and Providing Quality End-of-Life Care – Updates the College’s professional expectations of physicians and provides guidance on a range of issues relating to quality end-of-life care. Under the proposed policy, there are new communications guidelines for end-of-life care.

· The updated Consent to Treatment policy sets our expectations of physicians and provides guidance regarding their obligations to obtain consent prior to providing treatment.

Increasing the amount of physician-specific information that is available to the public has been a College priority for more than two years. As part of that initiative, the College is seeking public input on new transparency by-laws that would see additional information posted on the public register, such as information resulting from the investigative process that is not currently public.  The proposal also includes adding information which may be obtained elsewhere, but is not always easy to access, such as criminal charges against physicians and whether they have licences in other jurisdictions.

“While the College has always been a leader with respect to our transparency practices, we believe that providing access to additional physician-specific information may help patients make informed choices and enhance our accountability to the public,” said Dr. Leet.

For more information, and to participate in the consultation, please consult the CPSO website at http://www.cpso.on.ca/Policies-and-Publications/Consultations.

 

Media Inquiries 
Kathryn Clarke
416-967-2600, extension 378

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College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario,

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The “right to blasphemy” and fear-driven self-censorship

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, some secularists have been pressing Christians, Jews and Muslims to sign a joint declaration defining blasphemy as a right, and to post that declaration outside their places of worship.

This is silly on two fronts. First, it’s sad that in their apparent attempt to assert their courage and defiance against the intimidation of jihadists, the secular media feel the need to seek support from theists. There’s an oxymoron here that raises legitimate questions about the relative spines and intestinal fortitude of theists vs. secularists. It’s more than curious that the secular media seeks support and strength from those they love to ridicule. Perhaps their sub-consciences sense the genuine deficiency and lack of firm foundation of their secularist position. Their search for affirmation reveals a profound fear and insecurity in that they want others to approve of their drive-by-smearing. Maybe they don’t want their heads to be the only ones on the ISIS chopping block. Misery loves company.

But more fundamentally, there’s no such thing as a “right to blasphemy”. Rights are defined towards the good, not evil. There are no rights to commit evil. At most we sometimes tolerate evil for the sake of a greater good.

For example, there’s no “right” to gratuitously insult someone. Society tolerates insults (within limits, e.g. defamation lawsuits) for the sake of preserving a greater good called freedom of speech. But there’s no “right” to go around insulting people for the heck of it. Few sane ethical human beings would condone or applaud gratuitous insults. Even from a purely human point of view, that’s not good for social cohesion. Calling it a “right” would give it a legitimacy it doesn’t have. Advocating for such a right betrays a very shallow moral fabric and misunderstanding of true freedom. That doesn’t mean that we put people in jail or hand out fines over insults, but they shouldn’t be normalized, nor be the source of livelihood as it seems to be for some trashy publications like Charlie Hebdo.

In pushing for the “right to blasphemy”, the secular media has revealed that their fear of jihadists is leading them to take the easy way out over the challenges posed by radical Islam. Yes, there are risks to publishing derogatory cartoons of Mohamed. But that’s much less risky than the alternative, i.e. undertaking a mature societal debate about competing ideologies and religions. Publishing offensive cartoons earns you a tiny probably of being killed, but starting a societal debate is 100% guaranteed to earn you many powerful enemies. That’s why the mainstream media, despite the barbarity displayed before their eyes, still doesn’t have the stomach to start a conversation about the fact that not all religions are equally conducive to social harmony; that some foster respect, tolerance and economic development, while others are more conducive to violence, instability and economic stagnation; that our current immigration policies need to be revisited due to the obvious failure of forcing radically divergent worldviews to coexist; ultimately, that the current version of multiculturalism has failed. These are complex questions that require a carefully crafted policy response lest we fall into dumb and unjust oversimplifications like stigmatizing all Muslims.

Only the genuinely brave would dare tackle these questions. The mainstream media won’t go there, for two reasons. First, they don’t want to know the answers to those questions. They don’t want to admit that despite all their claims about Christians being intolerant bigots, Christianity provided the tolerant space for such virulent anti-Christians to express themselves. In a Muslim country like Saudi Arabia, that would never have happened.

Second, most people in the media and the elite are genuinely afraid of the jihadists. That’s why they self-censure and avoid any negative stories about Islam. Remember the terrorist killings in Canada on October 21-22 and how some MPs and media were afraid to even call them acts of terrorism? Remember how so many acts of terror are blamed on the West for failing to “engage” with jihadists? Rex Murphy summarized a few examples, in case you’ve forgotten. Other attacks are blamed on things like unemployment. What a joke. The media is afraid and has adopted the strategy of appeasement: If you don’t offend jihadists, they hopefully won’t hurt you. Christians and Jews, on the other hand, can be insulted any time because they’re much too civilized to go on killing sprees.

The only ruse the media has found to protest against the Charlie Hebdo massacre while avoiding the difficult societal questions is to reprint a Charlie Hebdo caricature on their cover page for one day and pound their chest about how audacious and effective this will be in combating the problem. If anyone accuses them of being “intolerant”, they can easily say that it’s “just a joke” and “they don’t mean any harm”. World leaders, for their part, could do no better than staging a photo opp on a closed side street and pretend that they were leading the million-strong march towards a solution. It’s all show and no substance. With this approach, they manage to save face before immediately returning to their strategy of appeasement and self-censure.

Unfortunately, that won’t make the real problems go away. The demographic trends in Europe are advancing relentlessly. Radicalization is showing no signs of abating. Several European cities experience frequent riots, intimidation and other social tensions. The real problem won’t go away with a cartoon and self-censorship. It’s time to act like mature adults and face these challenges before they undermine our way of life.