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Federal judge declares state sonogram law unconstitutional August 31, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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What a load of garbage.  When Planned Barrenhood can’t win at the ballot box (which is most of the time), they turn to their favorite allies: the judiciary.

A federal judge in Austin on Tuesday ruled that key components of Texas’ abortion-sonogram law are unconstitutional, stopping the state from enforcing it until a court rules on a legal challenge filed on behalf of several obstetrician-gynecologists.

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks[a Bush ’41 appointee, big surprise he’s a squish] said late Tuesday that the law, which was to take effect Thursday, violates the free speech rights of doctors and patients. He ordered that the state cannot impose penalties against doctors who don’t fulfill its requirements. [The law required women seeking an abortion to have a sonogram at least 24 hours before the abortion, that they must view the sonogram, and that doctors must describe parts of the baby’s body to the woman.  All of this was intended to provide ‘informed consent’ for the woman seeking the abortion, so that she would know exactly what she was having killed – a living, growing baby, not a “blob of cells.”]

“The Act’s onerous requirements will surely dissuade or prevent many competent doctors from performing abortions, [there are few if any ‘competent doctors’ performing abortions.  Most are quacks or ideologues]  making it significantly more difficult for pregnant women to obtain abortions,” wrote Sparks, granting the temporary injunction. “Forcing pregnant women to receive medical treatment from less-skilled providers certainly seems to be at odds with ‘protecting the physical and psychological health and well-being of pregnant women,’ one of the Act’s stated purposes.” [This is a ridiculous statement.  Forcing a doctor to describe what the baby looks like is an onerous requirement?  I thought these doctors were competent?  The truth is, a fair number of abortion doctors no speaka de engrish pretty good]

Attorney General Greg Abbott immediately announced he has filed a motion to appeal the ruling.

Planned Barrenhood also got a friendly judge in Kansas to force the state to reinstate payments to the abortion provider, even though the state budget had provisions to replace non-abortion services at other types of facilities.  In Kansas, the judiciary has been a ridiculously stolid ally of PB.

h/t Jill Stanek

Christian persecuted for belief on gay marriage August 31, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in disaster, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society, Virtue.
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A Christian man is being persecuted, repeatedly fired from employers, because he wrote a book defending marriage, and denouncing the enshrinement of gays simulating marriage in law as the equivalent of actual marriage.  Is this happening in multi-culti Britain?  No.  Canada?  Nope.  It’s happening right here, and he was fired by a former employer of mine:

 Yet another major corporation has fired a well-known leadership and teambuilding trainer for writing a book on how same-gender “marriage” causes harm.

Dr. Frank Turek is the author of Correct, Not Politically Correct: How Same-Sex Marriage Hurts Everyone. First, Cisco Systems canceled a training contract with Turek even though the sessions had nothing to do with his views on same-gender marriage. Now, Bank of America has done the same — and in both cases, because one person complained.
 
“And he got a call from the [BOA] vice president for inclusion and diversity — which is funny because the ‘inclusion’ person called to exclude him from the workforce by firing him for simply holding an opinion that’s held by most Americans,” explains Dr. Mike Adams, associate professor of criminology at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.
 
Adams, who is also a conservative columnist for Townhall.com, wonders hypothetically what would happen if a conservative staff member at BOA complained of a man providing a seminar who happens to be homosexual and had written a book defending homosexual marriage

“Would it have been taken seriously? Well, no,” says Adams, answering his own rhetorical question. “I think in the case of Bank of America … it’s more realistic to assume that the person making the complaint under that scenario would have been charged with sexual harassment or excluded from the workplace.”

Isn’t this a violation of the man’s right to free speech guaranteed under the First Amendment?  I know that employers are generally allowed to hire and fire whom they wish (unless one is a member of one of the numerous preferential classes), but firing a man for publicly holding certain views, views that don’t impinge on his job duties, is now a fireable offense?  It is critical to note that the opinion this man holds, the traditional view of marriage, is shared by the large majority of Americans.  This kind of creeping tyranny of a tiny minority (gays making up all of 1% or so of the population), leading to severe economic repercussions for at least one individual, is outrageous.  It’s also indicative of how the ‘progressives’ work.  This is how they try to forcibly win people over to their side – by imposing penalties on certain beliefs, beliefs which happen to be core to the Christian Faith, they are putting people in the position of having to choose their faith, or their standing in the community and economic livelihood.  This is exactly the type of tyranny the First Amendment is supposed to protect a person against.  If I were this man, I would file suit against both Cisco and Bank of America – not for my own renumeration, but to stand up against this kind of persecution.  Because if the oh-so-tolerant “progressives” are successful in bullying a few, they will try to bully far more.  And soon, corporations will start having formal policies that inform employees that failure to bow down to the progressive gods, at least tacitly, will lead to termination of employment.  In today’s culture and economy, that’s a severe threat, and the progressives know it.  That’s why they use it. 

I hate this kind of creeping totalitarianism, and numerous corporations are some of the worst purveyors of these tactics.  I’m done with BoA – they deserve to fail with secular humanist policies like this, and we’ll end our relationship with them forthwith. 

 

‘Rosaries of the unborn’ – what do you think? August 31, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, North Deanery, Our Lady, scandals, sickness, Society.
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Countless Rosaries are prayed every day in this country for the end to the barbaric practice of abortion on demand.  Now, there is an organization called ‘rosary of the unborn’ selling Rosaries that have little tiny babies inside each of the beads:

The proceeds for these rosaries apparently go back mainly to help make more rosaries, and also to help a charity that aids women contemplating abortion financially.  They’re pretty expensive, as Rosaries go  – about $25.  There are also many private revelations ostensibly associated with these Rosaries, including a promise from Our Lady, again apparently communicated privately, that each Hail Mary said devoutly with these Rosaries will lead to an unborn child being saved from abortion.  The details of these revelations are pretty sketchy on the website.  There is no context given, just bald assertions of statements from Our Lady.

Anyone know anything about these?  I kind of like the idea, but the price is high, and I have a Rosary given to me by my wife which has been blessed and to which I have quite an attachment.  The site also sells other pro-life related merchandise, as well as books whose authorship is unclear.  

Opinions?  The Rosaries look nice, but they are pricey.

Young, highly orthodox Catholics the future of the Church? August 31, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, North Deanery, Virtue.
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Well, the children are our future, after all (sorry, Simpson’s humor, older reference lost on younger readers).  But I believe Voris has a good point, there is a growing cadre of young, highly orthodox Catholics who may work great changes in the Church.  They (we? – I just turned 40!) may be quite small in numbers at present, but growing.  Who knows how God’s Will may develop?

Study – 1/3 of all episcopal parishes to close? August 31, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, Ecumenism, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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VirtueOnline, a website that posts on faith matters from a fairly traditional episcopal point of view, is reporting that declining attendance at numerous episcopal parishes means that a large number will close.  The reason for the decline?  The heterodox, non-traditional views adopted by the Episcopal Church USA, especially the acceptance of homosexual bishop Gene Robinson:

A new study of the state of the 2.3 million Episcopal Church in America has found that a third of the 6,825 parishes in the U.S. have an average Sunday attendance of 40 or less and one of the main reasons cited for the decline is the consecration of an openly homosexual bishop in 2003.

Virtueonline (VOL) is reporting that their study of the state of the Episcopal Church in the U.S. reveals a church in steep decline. In addition to low attendance at a third of all parishes, more than 2,000 consist of congregations of aging parishioners in their mid-60′s where little or no chance of a turnaround is seen for the foreseeable future.  The church is experiencing a dearth of young people and those being trained in the church’s liberal seminaries will “have no message that is discernibly different from the prevailing culture,” VOL reports.

“VOL believes that the figure of 2.3 million Episcopalians, regularly stated by TEC [The Episcopal Church] leaders and officials, does not reveal the true state of church attendance. More than two-thirds of this figure have either died, left the church, or attend twice a year, along with tens of thousands still on church rolls who have never been (and should be) removed.”

What this means is that within the next three to five years, more than 2,000 churches will be forced to close or merge, regardless of their financial health, simply because there are not enough people to keep the doors open.

As a result, hundreds of clergy will be forced into early retirement or to take up a second job just to keep their doors open for the few parishioners they have left. [Or, they could leave behind their heterodox ways, submit to Authority, and come home to Rome – if they can make a genuine conversion.  I would be very leary, however, before accepting any of the more “culturally attuned” episcopal ministers]

As VOL states: “The consecration of the openly homosexual Bishop of New Hampshire, V. Gene Robinson, has proven to be the single greatest cause of conflict in The Episcopal Church. That action has resulted in rapidly declining and permanently lost members and financial decline with little hope of recovery. The metaphor most often used in the report was that ‘we failed to acknowledge the elephant in the room,’ referring to what many view as the momentous decision by the 74th General Convention (2003) to consent to Robinson’s consecration.”

Other than a plan to attract more young people into the Episcopal Church in the U.S., little hope is seen of reversing this trend because most disgruntled members are simply leaving the Episcopal church for other denominations that are more faithful to the Gospel. 

I have family who attend a more faithful branch of the Anglican Church, which does not accept the idea of openly homosexual clergy and bishops.  They are surely very attached to their church, which is quite painful for me.  I don’t know where their church is headed. Was this seeming end inevitable?  There is constant conflict in all Christian faiths between those who wish to serve the cult of man, and those who wish to serve the Cult of God.  In the episcopal church, starting several decades ago, a firm and seeming irrevocable decision was made to serve the cult of man.  But the very inception of the church was ordered towards the service of man, and not God, when Henry VIII refused to live a virtuous life and bend his neck to the y0ke of Truth Christ offers through His Church.  So the Anglican/episcopal church was always, from an orthodox Catholic perspective, founded on a seeming orientation more towards the cult of man.  As such, the apparent rapid decline in the episcopal church may have been foreordained from its inception. 

Extra ecclesiam nulla salus.