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Donate to help conscious patient threatened with murder by Houston area hospital December 9, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, contraception, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, martyrdom, paganism, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Via reader Camper, Bishop Rene Gracida shares the depressing tale of Chris Dunn, a critically injured man (but who is apparently conscious, at least at times) who has been deemed “terminally ill” by Houston Methodist hospital and his doctor, who are seeking to either withdraw all medical support or actively administer drugs which would have the effect of killing him.  His post copies a long post from Kassi Marks, who, along with Texas Right to Life, have been fighting to keep Mr. Dunn alive.

The post is fairly long and involved, I recommend you read it there, but I’ll highlight a few aspects:

  • The threat on Mr. Dunn’s life points back to the grossly problematic Texas Advance Directive Act (TADA) and the near total power it gives physicians to make determinations as to whether to provide or deny care, often on bases of continued availability of funding for care and/or a perceived need to open up hospital space to “more deserving” patients.
  • Reforming TADA has been a significant priority for Texas Right to Life, but most other self-described pro-life groups in this state oppose their efforts.
  • Texas Catholic Conference has also been very weak on this issue, using its resources (which come from OUR parish donations) to oppose TRL and other “pro-life extremists” (imagine Catholic bishops saying that!) and more or less stand with the status quo, or to implement “reforms” which are as problematic or worse than the status quo.  This was a significant issue in the 2014 legislative elections, and I was glad to have played a very small role in helping oust one fake pro-life conservative for another, much more robust pro-life state senator in Bob Hall.
  • Mr. Dunn has been hospitalized for some years.  He is not on life support.  The hospital wants to deny even food and water.  This is always and everywhere gravely evil, tantamount to murder.
  • You can help by commenting on the Houston Methodist hospital page here.  You can also (tastefully, rationally) e-mail the hospital president:  Dr. Marc L. Boom, at mboom@tmhs.org

Other than that, follow TRL’s recommendations for pro-life candidates, who are truly pro-life across the spectrum of issues, and also by praying for a change in heart in the Texas Medical Association, most Texas pro-life groups, the Texas Catholic Conference, and the Texas legislature, which must, at some point, take up the increasingly antiquated and immoral TADA.

 

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Former curial official writes stinging critique of Franciscan pontificate December 9, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, different religion, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, Papa, persecution, scandals, secularism, SOD, the struggle for the Church.
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This was written and apparently submitted about a year ago. It does not seemed to have had any discernible effect.  The critiques presented are pretty standard, but the source is unique.  The critique was presented anonymously to prevent retribution, which, I think, tells us all we need to know about the new “mercy.”  Nice submission by One Pyotr Fiver (I just start off with the critique, without the intro. I do not include each item, you can read that at the linka – my comments):

1. An emotional and anti-intellectual attitude of yours which is often tangible and which has difficulties in dealing with theories and doctrines

The alternative to the Teaching Church is the Arbitrary Church, and not the Merciful Church. [Becoming more and more apparent every day] Among not a few of your own chosen employees and close counselors, there is to be found a true lack of competence, both in teaching and in theology; these men .. think rather all too often in pragmatic and political terms. … [ya think?]

2. Authoritarianism

You are distancing yourself from the wisdom which is preserved in the Church’s traditional discipline, in Canon Law, and also in the historical practices of the Curia. Together with your disdain for (supposedly) theoretical teaching, this propensity leads to an authoritarianism of which even the founder of your Order of Jesuits, St. Ignatius himself, would not approve. … [I think he put this amazingly gently]

3. A populism of change

Today, it is popular to call for change. However, especially the Successor of Peter has to remind himself and others of that which changes only slowly, and even more so of that which does not change at all. Do you really believe that the approval which you receive from the opinion-makers in the realm of politics and of the media is a good sign? … [Honestly?  I think he does. I think that’s the “faithful” he wants to please]

4. Your own conduct is seen as a critique of how your (often canonized) predecessors have lived, talked, and acted

I cannot recognize how this attitude comports with the humility which you have so many times invoked and demanded. … Your conduct implicitly proposes the idea that you intend to re-invent somehow the Petrine Office. … [I think that “somehow” is becoming clearer every day.  This is the pontificate Martini always thought he deserved, if it hadn’t been for that danged long lived Wojtyla.]

5. Pastoralism

Only recently, you said that you especially like those parts of the papacy where you can act like a pastor. Of course, neither a pope nor a pastor should raise any doubts as to whether the Church is following the teaching of Christ … [Mee-ow.  Spank.]

6. Exaggerated display of the simplicity of your own way of life

7. A particularism which often subjugates the goals and purposes of the Universal Church under the viewpoints of only a part of the Church

This attitude appears nearly comical with regard to a pope. …[An unserious man, for an unserious Church, in an unserious time?  But I err, he is most serious, about those things for which he has a strong motivation.  Like the legacy of Martini]

 

9. Lack of clarity about the interconnectedness of religious, political, and economic freedom

Many of your statements indicate that the state should rule more, control more, and be responsible for more areas, … history has proven wrong the idea that the state can take care of everything. … The welfare state can also become too powerful, and with it, too paternalistic, authoritarian, and illiberal. [Leftist gonna do what a leftist gonna do]

10. Meta-Clericalism

On the one hand, you show very little interest in the clergy, on the other hand, you criticize a clericalism which is more of a phantom than something that is real. [Yes and no.  The kind of clericalism Pope Francis envisions, which comes across like some lingering phantasm from his youth, of the strict and severe authoritarian conservative cleric literally no longer exists.  But there is a real clericalism among the progressive set in the Church, and it is thoroughly entrenched in many a bureaucracy] …. Like me, many others have difficulties with the way you sometimes talk and act. But that can be fixed, if it becomes clear that you listen to what others have to tell you. Unfortunately, I know that you are not yet capable of dealing well with such criticism – that is why I do not put my name on this letter. I want to protect my superiors against your wrath, especially the priests and bishops with whom I have worked for many years in Rome and from whom I have learned so much. You might want to work on taking away such fears – from me and from others – or, even better, to make such letters as this one superfluous, namely, by learning something from others. [Once again, ouch.  This letter cuts like a knife.  This priest knows this Pope very well.  Such a calamity.  But maybe now is the time to go ahead and name names, regardless of the consequences?]

———-End Quote———-

So are we seeing the beginning of a broad based backlash against this pontificate? Or too little, too late?

Beats me.  We’ve heard a lot of talk regarding a potential schism.  I don’t see one, yet.  But perhaps the making of one.

What a catastrophe.

So how do you see this playing out? Will it just continue with a growing chorus of criticism, and with an increasing portion of the Church getting to the point where they just ignore – or maybe just mock – the increasing insanity from Rome?  And what kind of impact will even that have on the Church?  Or do you really think it will come to a hard schism?  For myself, I’m skeptical, because schisms aren’t made by laity, they’re made by leaders, and I don’t see any with the cajones to take such an “extreme” course of action, no matter the cost.  We’ll probably just muddle along with growing practical schism, with individual nations and even dioceses being increasingly liberal and anti-liberal.

 

And things continue to spin out of control in FrancisChurch with quickening pace December 9, 2015

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Burqas on the Vatican.  Cardinal Turkson calling for birth control.  Already planning for the next sin-nod, which will focus on married priests.  The program of the arch-heretic Cardinal Martini continues to be implemented at a quickening pace.

First, Cardinal Turkson says the earth has too many people.  Time to prevent a few billion more souls from ever existing and thus being denied knowing God and basking in His Presence for all eternity:

One of the Catholic Church’s most senior prelates has said that birth control could “offer a solution” to the impacts of climate change.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, the Pope’s leading adviser on climate issues, told the BBC that the Church had never been against natural family planning. [true, but its use must be reserved to grave personal situations, not supposed global crises]

The Catholic Church has recently adopted a more active role on the issue, encouraging churchgoers to join global climate marches before the start of COP21. The Church has also increased its engagement with the UN climate negotiation process itself, here in Le Bourget.
In a wide-ranging interview with the BBC, Cardinal Turkson suggested that birth control could help alleviate some of the impacts of climate change, particularly the lack of food in a warmer world.
 “This has been talked about, and the Holy Father on his trip back from the Philippines also invited people to some form of birth control, because the church has never been against birth control and people spacing out births and all of that. So yes, it can offer a solution,” he said.
“Having more mouths to feed is a challenge for us to be productive also, which is one of the key issues being treated over here, the cultivation and production of food, and its distribution. [Where is your faith?  The world does not suffer from a global food shortage. Local shortages occur, but in fewer and fewer places.  There are massive amounts of aid available.  This is a typically emotional argument with little substance behind it.]
“So yes it engages us in food security management, so we ensure that everybody is fed and all of that. The amount of population that is critical for the realisation of this is still something we need to discover, yet the Holy Father has also called for a certain amount of control of birth.” [Did he?  He said something about not breeding like rabbits.  So the meaning behind that statement was more birth control?  That’s what many suspected at the time, including me.  Thanks for the confirmation.  Now we know the smokescreens regarding Francis’ disastrous statements are just that.]

The issue is especially controversial in relation to climate change. The global population of 7 billion people is expected to grow to 9.7bn by the middle of the century according to the UN…….[They never finish that sentence. Yes, population growth will continue to about 10 billion at mid-century – and then will begin a rapid and terminal decline, the first in all history on a global scale.  By the end of this century human population will be back down to 6-7 billion, about present levels, with likely unprecedented economic calamities resulting from lack of young people sufficient to work enough to provide for the old.]

Why does Cardinal Turkson hate babies so much?  Why does he hate God so much, and desire to keep souls from ever knowing Him?

Next up, Sandro Magister on the next Synod.  The sin-nodal process is ideal for the progressive, not as difficult to pull off as a general council, but perfectly suited to the perpetual revolution they desire:

In mid-February Pope Francis will go to Chiapas, where hundreds of deacons with their wives are pushing to be ordained as priests. [so the wives want to be priestesseseseses?  Chiapas is the most reliably leftist region of Mexico]  And in the Amazon as well the turning point seems to be near. It was all written down in the agenda of Cardinal Martini

While waiting for Pope Francis to rule on communion for the divorced and remarried, which two synods discussed and split over, there is already a glimpse of the theme of the next synodal session: married priests.

The selection of the theme is up to the pope, as happened with the past synods and will take place with the next, independently of what will be proposed by the fourteen cardinals and bishops of the council that acts as a bridge between one assembly and the next.

And that married priests will be the next topic of synodal discussion can be gathered from various indications.

The first indication is the evident intention of Pope Francis to implement the agenda dictated in 1999 by Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, in a memorable statement at the synod of that year.

The archbishop of Milan at the time, a Jesuit and the undisputed leader of the “liberal” wing of the hierarchy, said that he “had a dream”: that of a Church capable of getting into a permanent synodal state, with a “collegial and authoritative exchange among all the bishops on some key issues.” [See what happens when you don’t excommunicate heretics?  Their heretical ideas come back in a new generation to become the agenda of the day]

And here are the “key issues” that he listed:

“The shortage of ordained ministers, the role of woman in society and in the Church, the discipline of marriage, the Catholic vision of sexuality, penitential practice, relations with the sister Churches of Orthodoxy and more in general the need to revive ecumenical hopes, the relationship between democracy and values and between civil laws and the moral law.”

Magister then provides a number of other indicators that Francis will next look to married priests.

As to the burqafication of St. Peter’s, one I missed yesterday, via Edward Pentin:

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So this display managed references to repressive islam and its subjugation of women but none to Jesus Christ, the Church, or His Mother.

I’ve prayed enough.  I’m signing.

 

The muslim world is overcome with hate and radicalism December 9, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, catachesis, Ecumenism, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, persecution, scandals, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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David French provides hard data to dispel the silly myth, accepted by not just progressives but virtually all of government (both parties), media, and industry in this country, that radicalism in islam affects only a tiny percentage of believers.  Wrong. Islam is founded on hate and envy, in spite of some of the Koran’s prettier surahs, and has always – and only – been spread by the sword.  It’s good to start to see some data to back up the truth of the matter.  I pray our Western leaders stop deluding themselves regarding the nature of islam, and cease their attempts to persecute those who reveal the truth:

It is simply false to declare that jihadists represent the “tiny few extremists” who sully the reputation of an otherwise peace-loving and tolerant Muslim faith. In reality, the truth is far more troubling — that jihadists represent the natural and inevitable outgrowth of a faith that is given over to hate on a massive scale, with hundreds of millions of believers holding views that Americans would rightly find revolting. Not all Muslims are hateful, of course, but so many are that it’s not remotely surprising that the world is wracked by wave after wave of jihadist violence. [And which truism makes a powerful argument for the kind of colonial regimes, or at least cooperation with mostly secular local despots, that used to exist to try to keep a lid on islam]

To understand the Muslim edifice of hate, imagine it as a pyramid — with broadly-shared bigotry at the bottom, followed by stair steps of escalating radicalism — culminating in jihadist armies that in some instances represent a greater share of their respective populations than does the active-duty military in the United States. The base of the pyramid, the most broadly held hatred in the Islamic world, is anti-Semitism, with staggering numbers of Muslims expressing anti-Jewish views.

In 2014, the Anti-Defamation League released the results of polling 53,100 people in 102 countries for evidence of anti-Semitic attitudes and beliefs. The numbers from the majority-Muslim world are difficult to believe for those steeped in politically correct rhetoric about Islam. A full 74 percent of North African and Middle Eastern residents registered anti-Semitic beliefs, including 92 percent of Iraqis, a whopping 69 percent of relatively secular Turks, and 74 percent of Saudis.

The next level of the pyramid is Muslim commitment to deadly Islamic supremacy. In multiple Muslim nations, overwhelming majorities of Muslims support the death penalty for apostasy or blasphemy. Collectively, this means that hundreds of millions of men and women support capital punishment for the exercise of the basic human rights of freedom of expression and free exercise of religion……

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[Quick comment: can you imagine the endless hue and cry, the endless condemnations, were the shoe on the other foot, and it were Christians who held, en masse, that heretics and blasphemers should be put to death?!?  In point of fact we Christians have probably gone much too far the other way, but the difference in progressive/elite response to extremism in the two religions reveals a whole bunch of things – their innate racism, their bigotry of low expectations for exotic “others,” but most of all their massive double standard against Christianity and really the fundamental hostility of leftism to our Faith.  Or, one could posit that leftists – who by and large are the driving force behind turning a blind eye to islam’s radical, hateful nature – simply try to disguise that radicalism, even though they are quite aware of it, because they view it as yet another weapon against their real enemy, Christianity and especially the Church. But I digress…..]

…….But what about ISIS — the world’s most savage and deadly terror organization? The latest polling data show that while a majority of Muslims reject ISIS, extrapolating from the populations of polled countries alone shows that roughly 50 million people express sympathy for a terrorist army that burns prisoners alive, throws gay men from buildings, and beheads political opponents. In Pakistan a horrifying 72 percent couldn’t bring themselves to express an unfavorable view of ISIS…….[And Pakistan has, what, the 3rd largest muslim population in the world?  Or is it 2nd?  I know Indonesia is first.]

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……anti-Israel terrorism is so popular in Saudi Arabia that a telethon once raised $100 million to support the 2002 intifada. Shows of support included this charming scene……..

This is the killer predicament Catholics find themselves in.  We’re squeezed between the irresistible force of radical islam and the immovable object of sexular paganism. Add to that a third force, crushing us from the top, incredible hostility from most of the Church hierarchy, which might be called the establishment Church.  Many of are going to need heroic virtue to remain faithful.  We had better stay prayed up.

And doesn’t the above make the ecumaniacs fawning deference to islam all the more absurd?

Christianity in the Middle East on the Verge of Extinction December 9, 2015

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Not a major surprise to those who have been following events, but it seems the steady extinction of ancient Christian communities in the Mideast continues apace.  This nation bears direct responsibility for this persecution, because it was we who stirred the hornet’s nest, tore down the established regimes (which, if admittedly hideous, at least kept a lid on internecine warfare), and then precipitously abandoned the region after finding the going too difficult for our taste.  I feel very strongly it is a moral imperative for this nation to provide a venue of escape for all these persecuted Christians, but federal policy still insists on favoring muslims (a factor that reaches all the back to Teddy Kennedy’s framing of the 1965 immigration law to favor non-Christians/non-Westerners).

Anyway, the current situation is bleak and growing dimmer by the day:

About 1.3 million Iraqi Christians have been displaced, murdered or taken prisoner since 2003. A centuries-old civilization now faces permanent extinction while the rest of the world, including the U.S. government, looks on.

As Christians across the world begin to celebrate Christmas, the 300,000 remaining Christians displaced in Iraq and Syria are preparing for a harsh winter that will almost certainly dwindle their numbers further. ISIS has been assaulting Christianity in the Middle East for well over a year and a half, and now the few remaining will be forced to brave the elements in the face of a genocide.

“Assyrian culture is melting,” says Juliana Taimoorazy, head of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council, a group dedicated to aiding Christians being persecuted in the Middle East in an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation. Taimoorazy is making a desperate push to try and raise money to save Assyrian Christians in Iraq before winter settles in…….

The Iraqi Christian minority, also known as Assyrian Christians, has a history in the Nineveh Plains region of Iraq going back 6,700 years. Assyrians were one of the first major groups in the region to convert to Christianity and are one of the last groups to speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus Christ.

Prior to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Assyrians numbered 1.6 million in Iraq. With the rise of al-Qaida in Iraq and the Iraqi insurgency, their numbers began to dwindle. In 2014, less than 500,000 remained. In just over a year since its rise, ISIS has slaughtered and displaced the Assyrian Christians with brutal efficiency, cutting their numbers nearly in half to 300,000……. [My God.  Some sources list the number of Iraqi Catholics at 2.5 million prior to the 2003 invasion. So, within a few years at most, mission accomplished for the jihadis, no more Christians in Iraq. They’re working to drive them out of Syria, too, where there were far more prior to Obama giving the signal to rise up against Assad]

…….Assyrian Christianity is facing “a form of soft genocide” in addition to eradication, says Taimoorazy. Even the groups fighting ISIS, like the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi military, are loathe to aid the Christians. When the first ISIS onslaught hit the Nineveh Plains in the summer of 2014 “the U.S.-backed Iraqi army, wilted before the onslaught, with many soldiers reportedly abandoning their posts and stripping off their uniforms to avoid detection,” says an Al Jazeera report. Taimoorazy claims continued abuse of Christians results when the Kurdish Peshmerga and various Iraqi militias retake towns from ISIS.

[The really maddening part…..[ Despite witnessing the eradication of Assyrians for over a year, Taimoorazy claims the United States has brought in few of them. She explains that before the ISIS uprising, 45-50 percent of Iraqi refugees coming into the U.S. were Christian, today that number is a remarkable 6 percent, with 89.6 percent of the remaining total being Muslim. When asked why there was such a dramatic drop, Taimoorazy pointed out that while the numbers under Bush were poor, the “[Obama] administration is not friendly to the Christian cause.”…… [As if we needed more confirmation that Obama is an anti-Christian musloid bigot.  Go figure.]

……Taimoorazy sees the solution to the Assyrian problem as two-fold. In the short term, better settlement policies will be needed so that Assyrians in the diaspora can continue their traditions and culture abroad. In the long term, she sees the solution as a province dedicated to the Assyrian Christians somewhere in the Nineveh Plains. Taimoorazy and her colleagues see the goal of establishing an Assyrian homeland as a “repackaging of Zionism,” and they already have the support of notable Middle Eastern leader King Abdullah of Jordan. No matter what happens in the future, Taimoorazy makes it evidently clear that if current policy does not change, Christianity in the Middle East could soon be lost to history.

And don’t think that likelihood disturbs our muslim in chief in the slightest.  It’s a feature, not a bug, of his policy.  I find it absolutely no accident that under his administration, vast swaths of the Mideast have fallen from hard-line but still secular control to being ruled by radical jihadists.  Only Egypt bucked that trend in the slightest, where the military was powerful enough to oust the Obama-supported government of the muslim brotherhood and instill a very repressive but much more secular regime.  This has been deliberate policy.  If it wouldn’t cause such a domestic political explosion, I would half expect Obama to out his true religious affiliation once he leaves office.  I’m sure he’d like to.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis and the vast majority of bishops continue to make far more statements in favor of continued muslim immigration to the West than they do either against the genocide ongoing against Christians in the Mideast, or in favor of their immigration to more conciliatory environs.  Yet another abdication of duty.

You can help the Iraqi Christians here.

Ohio legislator proposes law regarding background check for all parents December 9, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, disconcerting, Domestic Church, error, family, General Catholic, persecution, rank stupidity, scandals, Society.
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Or essentially all. This is the same legislator (do I even need to mention of which party?) that proposed legislation in late 2013 requiring all homeschool parents to undergo criminal and other background checks, and to be subject to on the spot CPS investigations at any time.  A huge backlash caused her to back down and revoke the proposal, but she’s back again now with a proposal for virtually all parents to have to undergo background checks in order to have their kids in public or private schools in the state.

A state lawmaker who once proposed legislation that HSLDA called the “worst ever” has introduced a new bill that raises concerns even though it doesn’t directly target homeschoolers.

In December 2013, Ohio State Senator Capri Cafaro introduced a bill that would have required homeschooling parents to undergo background checks and would have given discretion to social workers over a family’s decision to homeschool……..[We are fortunate in Texas at this time to have a quite liberal homeschooling regime.  No registration is required.  You don’t have to submit to formal assessments.  You just homeschool your kids, and that’s it.  But most states are not so friendly, and it was a battle getting Texas to this state of affairs]

…….Senator Cafaro’s new bill is quite different and does not directly affect those under the homeschooling regulations. This new bill would require that school officials conduct a background check on every family enrolling in a private or public school to determine if there was an open social services investigation. If the school discovers that there is or was an investigation, it would be required to report that information to the local CPS office who would be obligated to continue the investigation or open a new one. [This seems manifestly unfair.  Many CPS investigations are without basis.  They can even be used as instruments of spite, by an aggrieved family member or annoyed neighbor.  It’s certainly happened before. This legislation establishes a wicked precedent – once under investigation, always under investigation, even if previously cleared.  That is asinine.]

The bill specifically excludes families who are educating under the homeschool regulation, but not families who are privately educating their children at home pursuant to Ohio’s -08 regulation (Ohio Administrative Code 3301-35-08). [Not sure just what that means] The bill also delegates rule-making authority to the state board of education.

HSLDA opposes this bill for several reasons. First, the bill would affect families who homeschool under the -08 rule, since non-public and non-chartered schools would be required to conduct background checks and to report findings made. Second, HSLDA has concerns about expanding access to sensitive state databases.

Do we really need schools conducting background checks?  Schools have already taken a heavily totalitarian turn, this would only add to that growing phenomenon.

Even more, this is the kind of heavy-handed, one size fits all, emotionally charged, over-reacting kind of legislation that is really the bane of the democratic process.  Yes there have been some horrific abuse cases of late, particularly in Ohio.  But in every case, the plentiful existing laws were either poorly enforced or simply ignored.  CPS failed to do its duty, failed to pick up on what should have been obvious signs of abuse and neglect.  I am wondering if the race of the parent(s) involved played a role in that failure of duty, for fear of being seen as persecuting an officially favored group?

Democrats over the past 30-40 years seem to have grown more and more constitutionally averse to subtlety and thoughtfulness.  Virtually every measure they impose is as clumsy and abusive as it is dumb.  This is another case in point.  I am fully on board with measures to reduce child abuse, but in reality, such matters have already been legislated to death.  The problem, as always, is getting a frequently lazy and inept bureaucracy to do its job properly, with prudence (and no ideological ax-grinding, of which we see quite a lot, especially against homeschoolers).

Quite reminiscent of the “debate” over gun control legislation, is it not?  There are already hundreds if not thousands of laws on the books, but those laws are almost never enforced.  That’s because they’re not intended to be enforced against criminals, they are intended to deny the law-abiding access to self-defense, and to eventually result in total confiscation.  Likewise, progressives increasingly demand that children be raised by the state, with parents at best appendages that provide the funding. I’m not saying that’s the clear intent behind this particular proposal, but it’s the general intent behind the progressive view of how children should be raised.

IOW, constant vigilance, and all that.