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Feature, or bug? This is the entirely natural, predictable, and even just outcome to hideously amoral behaviors grounded in an ideology of boundless effrontery towards God and His moral order. God allows the natural (and supernatural) consequences of our actions to be both our rewards and our punishments. These consequences are plainly spelled out in Scripture and the natural law. Conduct your life in a hedonistic, animalistic manner, and this is the natural result: sky-high rates of disease, some of them incurable, and biased amongst the youngest populations.
Of course, the article waits until the umpteenth paragraph to tell us that, surprise!, much of this increase is centered in the growing men who have sex with men population, where rates of infection for very serious and increasingly difficult to treat diseases like syphilis and gonorrhea have exploded. That kind of information is still judged unhelpful to the ongoing re-paganization of the culture and the destruction of the moral order:
More cases of sexually transmitted diseases were reported last year than ever before, federal officials said Wednesday — just as state and local health departments that could help fight them lose funding.
More than 1.5 million people were reported with chlamydia, the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
The CDC recorded nearly 400,000 cases of gonorrhea and nearly 24,000 cases of syphilis.
“The STD epidemic is getting worse in the United States and, in fact, is at its highest levels yet,” said Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.
The CDC reported a record year for STDs in 2014, also, but the trend is worsening, Mermin told NBC News.
“Last year was the first year that we saw increases but those increases are actually continuing and at a higher rate,” Mermin said.
The new numbers translate to a 19 percent increase in syphilis cases, a 13 percent rise in gonorrhea and a 6 percent increase in chlamydia, Mermin said………
…….Gay and bisexual men account for many of the new cases, and the biggest numbers are among young adults, especially those in their late teens and early 20s. “Half of all STDs occur in youth under age 20,” Mermin said……….
………Congenital syphilis cases hit a record high in 2015, CDC said. More than 430 babies were born with syphilis. “Up to 40 percent of babies born to women with untreated syphilis may be stillborn, or die from the infection as a newborn,” the CDC said.
- Belittle and attack Christianity, especially Catholicism, for generations
- At the same time, exalt the idea of fornication, adultery, serial divorce and remarriage, concubinage, etc., as either no big deal, or some wonderful, adventurous “phase” at least everyone, especially while young, should go through, if not the absolute preferred mode of living for all time
- Complete destruction of adherence to religious precepts and the moral law. Force religion from the public square.
- Spread indoctrination in the libertine lifestyle to younger and younger ages – deliberately propagandize schoolchildren into the sexular pagan ethos
- Exalt perversion as superior to traditional morality. Mock traditional morality at all turns.
- Constantly deride recalcitrant adult authority figures who counsel chastity, modesty, and decency, be they parents, grandparents, politicians, religious figures, etc. Make clear that all the cool people are addicted to uninhibited rutting; even more, make clear that in order to be cool you have to do same. Make being perceived as “cool” the height of social existence
- After decades of the above, express shock and dismay when rates of STDs among schoolchildren, the target audience all along, skyrocket. Demand absolutely no changes to the above program but more and more money for it. After all, it’s working like a charm.
Feature. Definitely feature, especially since several of the diseases skyrocketing have the side-“benefit” of rendering the afflicted individual sterile for life. Win-win to the child-hating, Christ-hating sexular pagan left.
Nashville bishop David Choby must be thoroughly pleased.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
What happens when the left seizes all the levers power? Supposedly sacrosanct rights like free speech, not “given” by the Constitution but only recognized there as inalienable because they come from God, suddenly go out the window. California, which over the past 15-20 years has seen a shift from a fairly divided conservative/liberal state to an overwhelmingly leftist one, has declared free speech to be illegal, if it happens to embarrass an important member of the Leftist coalition. In fact, Planned Barrenhood may well be the most important member, the lynch pin that holds the entire sexular pagan ethos together by permitting their hedonist lifestyle through destruction of “unfortunate accidents.” To embarrass Banned Parenthood now through expose videos is a felony offense in the idiot state:
In signing a bill that criminalizes the distribution of a “confidential” video of a “health-care provider,” Gov. Jerry Brown has at least dispensed with the notion that California’s Democratic leadership cares at all about free-speech rights. The new law, which could lead to jail time for violators, is the latest troubling example of how tenuous America’s political rights may be when one political party controls virtually every apparatus of power. [They won’t be tenuous. They’ll be non-existent]
Assembly Bill 1671 is a direct response to an activist group that last year released disturbing undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials who were, according to a July 2015 report in the Washington Post, “discussing in graphic detail how to abort a fetus to preserve its organs for medical research — as well as the costs associated with sharing that tissue with scientists.” [No, how to make a profit on the satanic practice]
Planned Parenthood’s defenders claim the video was “doctored” and deny any illegal profit-seeking, but it’s clear why abortion’s defenders would like to put the kibosh on video recordings that discuss this gruesome business in anything but euphemistic terms. [They were not “doctored,” or edited, in any significant way. All the core claims of CMP were more than amply proven by video after video after video]
…..After the video’s release, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, our likely next U.S. senator, rebuked Republican legislators’ calls to look into Planned Parenthood’s practices. However, she quickly launched an investigation of the Center for Medical Progress to see if the pro-life activists broke any laws in their recordings, after Democratic members of Congress urged her to do so. [This is exactly the kind of behavior one expects in a thugocracy or one party state. Radically different standards of treatment for different people, depending on whether they are perceived allies or enemies. However, the Left never fails to learn that the circle always shrinks, and those on the “inside” today invariably find themselves on the outs tomorrow]
Using a Public Records Act request, the Washington Times recently found that “Officials from… Harris’ office and Planned Parenthood collaborated to draft legislation targeting the pro-life activist whose undercover videos showed officials for the nation’s largest abortion provider discussing the sale of fetal body parts.”…….[Note how Planned Barrenhood also coordinated with the Houston DA’s office to get trumped up charges filed by a corrupt or incompetent grand jury.]
The resulting law was so awful it warranted opposition from the
“pro-choice” [radically pro-abort] American Civil Liberties Union and the Los Angeles Times’ liberal-leaning editorial board. The latter noted it is already illegal to record people without permission, but this bill “ups the ante by making it illegal for the eavesdropper to disclose or distribute… what that person heard or recorded, if the victim is any type of healthcare provider.” That would outlaw “not just sensitive details about patients, but also private conversations about fees and billing practices, drug marketers, or plans for the weekend. Why a healthcare provider merits special protection… is mystifying.”………
………..California’s governor and legislators clearly want to stop embarrassing reporting on a taxpayer-supported organization that provides “services” that remain a contentious matter of political debate. It’s shocking, actually, given the First Amendment is about protecting political speech. Such efforts have become increasingly common. That’s especially true when it comes to abortion, which at the current rate may be the last “constitutional” right left in California. [Indeed. The actual enumerated rights – which again, only recognizes what each person has from God as free gift and has nothing to do with governmental benefice – are being steadily eroded into nothingness, which made-up rights like abortion are viewed as completely sacrosanct]
Last week, the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeal upheld Assembly Bill 775. Gov. Brown signed the so-called “Reproductive FACT Act” last year. It forces private pro-life counseling centers that help pregnant women carry their unborn children to term to also provide information on how to obtain an abortion. Organizations that exist primarily to help stop abortions now have to provide information that goes against their core principles. [And if Hillary wins, we can be sure this ruling will be upheld. This is what a satanic country looks like]
There’s a lot more at the link. California is making it very plain they have no desire for anyone with unpopular opinions living in that state. It is amazing how far California has fallen from a constested left-right state in the early 90s to an impregnable bastion of hyper-aggressive leftism today. And, it plainly shows how this nation will very rapidly devolve should the demonrats gain a stranglehold on power at the federal level, which they very nearly will have with a Hillary win (because even if the Repubnik’s keep the Congress, they have shown themselves to be utterly ineffectual in opposition. Heck, most of the time, the happily go along with the leftist agenda.
I think commenter PF was right……..we may be lucky to turn out as well as Zimbabwe.
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I’ll take muslim Immigration for $500, Alex. The native birthrate continues to plummet to less than one child per woman. A slight acquaintance of mine who lives near Freiburg was regarded as crazy by her peers for having THREE children. What was she thinking, what with carbon emissions and global warming and starving kids in Africa and Oktoberfest and TV shows and contraception and laziness? But while German woman have one or zero kids each, enough muslims have been invited to occupy the country, and have enough babies, that the overall “German” birth rate has gone up significantly in recent years. Which is pretty much the leftist plan all along – if the electorate you have won’t give you what you want, import a new electorate.
The only silver lining is that muslim birth rates are also collapsing, and second-third generation muslims in Western countries tend to have birth rates only slightly higher than the death wish native populations. Still, cold comfort to a Europe rapidly islamizing:
east one Western European country’s birthrate has shot above replacement level, only it’s not because Germans finally had a newfound appreciation for fertility.
According to Reuters, the wave of Middle Eastern migrants into Deutschland has led the German birthrate to its highest level in 33 years.
The rate was 1.5 births per woman in 2015, up from 1.47 births a year earlier, and the highest figure since 1982 when it was 1.51. It was also the highest rate recorded since the 1990 reunification of east and west Germany.
Years of economic growth and government support have helped raise the birthrate in Germany. But the figure is still below the 2.0 births per woman that demographers define as the minimum fertility rate needed to ensure a population replaces itself.
Western Europe has some of the world’s lowest birthrates, outdone only by Japan with a staggeringly low birthrate of 1.41. In Germany, twenty-eight percent of the German people are aged 60 years or over, with the second largest middle-aged population.
In countries like Italy, the low birthrate of 1.41 has become such a problem that government sponsored PSA’s were launched hoping to entice citizens into having more children. Of course, this move severely angered the country’s child-hating feminists, who began decrying the campaign as a return to Mussolini fascism.
Is there anything feminists don’t hate, including themselves? As a tradition-embracing Catholic blogger, I complain a lot – no, it’s true – but sheesh I cannot imagine how miserable these women must be to constantly carp and bitch and whine and scream about every. little. thing. that. comes. along. Without babies, a country’s economy and then its culture will implode. But don’t dare even hint what a woman might do with her private parts, besides sterilizing them and allowing them to be used by any Tom, Dick, Jane, or Harry for 15 minutes of instantly regretted, soul-crushing “fun.” Because that’s “empowering,” which is why so many young ladies today are cutters, doped to high heaven on powerful psychoactives, or have just plain gone nuts.
Ah, yes, the alternative to the patriarchal society God-instituted by design, knowing human nature incomparably better than we ever could. So awesome!
How much do these endlessly obtuse feminists think people are going to care about women’s rights when we’re back at a 17th century level existence (if we’re lucky) following a general societal collapse brought on by death-spiral birth rates? Of course, I give them too much credit, they never think, just emote.
Still screaming at dad for ruining her life because he wouldn’t hand over the car keys.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, contraception, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, paganism, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
Hard to believe the evil creation of the diabolical Margaret Sanger has been around 100 years. It shows how long the several decay in moral standards in our culture goes back. It is also interesting to contemplate where Sanger first got radicalized – the women’s suffrage movement – and the inseparable ties between that movement and attacks on the moral order. There really was then, and remains today (far more so), a desire to destroy the Christian moral order and upend patriarchy. What evil hath been wrought to this end is beyond human comprehension:
As this month marks Planned Parenthood’s 100th anniversary, we should pause and consider its destructive legacy.
Founded by eugenicist Margaret Sanger in 1916, what is now known as the Planned Parenthood Federation of America began as a small birth control clinic in New York City. Sanger was motivated by her belief that artificial birth control and eugenics would “assist the race toward the elimination of the unfit,” including “morons” and “various criminal types” who “populate the slums.”
Today, Planned Parenthood affiliates operate over 650 clinics across the country and the organization is America’s leading abortion provider, performing 324,000 abortions last year, which works out to about one abortion every 98 seconds.
Over 57 million abortions have been performed in the United States in the years leading up to and following the tragic Roe v. Wade decision by an activist Supreme Court. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood has worked tirelessly to make abortion the cornerstone of Sanger’s legacy. What is that legacy?
- Fighting parental notification laws that protect children who seek abortions.
- Advocating for taxpayer-funded abortion in the United States and overseas. [Now the official position of the demonrat party]
- Attacking life-affirming pregnancy resource centers that provide humane abortion alternatives.
- Opposing laws guaranteeing informed consent for women seeking abortions.
- Opposing partial-birth abortion bans.
- Opposing bans on sex-selective abortion.
- Opposing laws that protect children that survive abortions.
- Opposing commonsense health and safety standards for abortion facilities.
- Using its 501(c)(4) advocacy arm to spend $30 million electing pro-abortion politicians to public office. [a few more: covering up child sex abuse, covering up sex trafficking of minors and adults, condoning and covering up sexual slavery, performing abortions on minors without parental notification, etc., etc. This is the locus of demonic sacrifice that gives supernatural impetus to the general attack on the moral order]
Planned Parenthood purports to provide a wide range of health care, but its own data reveals that it is a profit-driven, abortion-centric organization.
……….Despite its leading position in the abortion industry, Planned Parenthood continues to receive hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars through grants and reimbursements every year. Planned Parenthood’s most recent annual report reveals it received over $550 million from taxpayers last year alone.
Hillary desires to increase that to up to nearly $1 billion by the end of her first term. Planned Barrenhood then turns around and uses federal tax dollars – your money, and mine – to attack its opponents and aggressively advocate not only for abortion but for an whole swath of gravely immoral programs, from the indoctrination of children into perversion and degrading practices, to “free” contraception. And all along, they work feverishly with groups like Komen to keep the extremely strong links between chemical birth control/abortion use and various deadly cancers under wraps. Why do you think Banned Parenthood utterly freaked out when Komen tried to cut off funds in 2012? It wasn’t because they were overly afraid it would lead to a stampede of de-funding, but because cutting that tie could have permitted Komen to start to publicize this well known, if deeply memory-holed, link.
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Sorry, I mispoke, I meant to say tweets. Freudian slip, I guess.
First off, it appears the UN has now arrogated to itself the power to cheer for certain outcomes in national elections of member states. Is anyone of consequence seriously advocating getting out of this transnational gabfest of one worlders living high on the hog off the backs of principally American taxpayers while spitting in our eyes every chance they get?
And just to make sure we all know what the UN is advocating, NARAL is there to tell us:
. knows that abortion can’t be a right in name only.
Gee, you think Hillary feels the same about the Second Amendment and access to firearms? No, she only cares about things that she thinks are “rights,” not things actually included in the document that is supposed to be the foundation of all governmental policy in this country, but things that had to be found through BS like “emanations from the penumbras.”
We already knew, of course, that the UN was a locus of evil in the world, and has been since at least the mid-60s when it was invaded by leftists and turned into little else but a vehicle for leftwing agitprop and mass rape. It is an unapologetic, wholehearted endorser of child-murder the world-round, and is so evil as to have developed a collective reprobate sense, literally inverting good and evil, and/or no longer being able to tell what good is.
Once again, if you judge a man by his enemies, Trump has most if not all of the right ones. Not that I will ever be an enthusiastic supporter of his, at least until he’s governed a few years and proven himself.
Of course, we’re a very far way from that. He’s going to need some help, like some more Hillary medical issues or more evidence of scandal (as if we needed any!) in order to win.
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What tangled webs we weave, when first we practice to deceive – apparently, the motto of the Bishop of San Diego, widely known liberal Robert McElroy.
McElroy recently published some electoral guidance for his flock. The core of it, the conclusion, it’s raison d’ etre, is that intrinsic evil – as he defines it – is a poor standard by which to make electoral decisions, because ALL candidates support one intrinsic evil or another, and thus Catholics have to make “complex moral calculations.” If it sounds like shades of grey, the return of the discredited seamless garment, and not much more than an elaborate attempt to justify that H! sticker on his car, you’re not wrong at all. I will lay it all out, providing my own analysis of where the wolf in sheep’s clothing errs:
Many widely circulated independent Catholic voter guides propose that the concept of intrinsic evil provides an automatic process for prioritizing the elements of the political common good in the United States.
The church teaches that certain acts are incapable of being ordered to God since in their very structure they contradict the good of the person made in God’s likeness. Such actions are termed “intrinsically evil” and are morally illicit no matter what the intention or circumstances surrounding them. Those who focus primarily on intrinsic evil make two distinct but related claims: 1) that the action of voting for candidates who seek to advance an intrinsic evil in society automatically involves the voter morally in that intrinsic evil in an illicit way; and 2) Catholic teaching demands that political opposition to intrinsically evil acts, like abortion, euthanasia and embryonic experimentation, must be given automatic priority over all other issues for the purposes of voting. [Well what other moral issues, bishop, rise to the level of the murder of over a million innocents a year? You bring us “starting a major war,” below, apparently still reeling from an offhand remark Trump made 6 or 9 months ago, but there hasn’t been a war anywhere in the world in the past 20 years that has killed as many people in its totality as are killed by abortion in this country in a single year. THERE IS NO MORAL EQUIVALENT TO ABORTION ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD AT THIS TIME!!!!! So if you want to use elaborate moral calculus to make your electoral choice, abortion gets a value of infinity, and everything else, some finite value which doesn’t matter, because infinity trumps all. That is what Bishops Farrell and Vann said in 2008, that there is simply no issue that compares with abortion in this country at this time, and it is an issue of such overwhelming moral import that it is impossible for Catholics to support an openly pro-abort candidate for any reason at any time whatsoever. And now we have democrat candidate and party platform calling for repeal of all limits on abortion and federal funding for it, which funding would surely cause a MASSIVE EXPANSION in the number of abortions in this country. There is no other comparable evil being endorsed, or even fleetingly addressed, by any major candidate. You cannot draw a false equivalence between limiting numbers of immigrants, or reducing welfare expenditure, or ]
The recent statement of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” shows why this argument is simplistic and thus misleading. The bishops’ statement clearly asserts the absoluteness of the prohibitions against concrete intrinsically evil acts, emphasizing that no circumstances or intentions can justify performing or illicitly cooperating with such acts. At the same time, “Faithful Citizenship” recognizes that voting for a candidate whose policies may advance a particular intrinsic evil is not in itself an intrinsically evil act. Voting for candidates is a complex moral action in which the voter must confront an entire array of competing candidates’ positions in a single act of voting. It is crucial that in voting for a candidate who supports the advancement of an intrinsic evil, Catholic voters not have the intention of supporting that specific evil, since such an intention would involve them directly in the evil itself. But voters will often find themselves in situations where one candidate supports an intrinsically evil position, yet the alternative realistic candidates all support even graver evils in the totality of their positions. [“Forming Consciences” is an extremely dubious and problematic document that Bishops Farrell and Vann more or less repudiated in 2008. This kind of false moral equivalence is oriented towards doing little but giving false “moral cover” to those who endorse candidates supporting the most evil acts imaginable. And I think many moral theologians would disagree that there is no culpability in supporting such a candidate, that saying “voting for” but not supporting this or that evil is a very weak moral defense]
This is particularly true in the United States today. The list of intrinsic evils specified by Catholic teaching includes not only abortion, physician-assisted suicide and embryonic experimentation but also actions that exploit workers, create or perpetuate inhuman living conditions or advance racism. It is extremely difficult, and often completely impossible, to find candidates whose policies will not advance several of these evils in American life. [THERE IS NO MORAL EQUIVALENCE BETWEEN “ADVANCING RACISM” AND THE MURDER TO 1-2 MILLION BABIES (IF NOT MORE, IF WE FACTOR IN CHEMICAL CONTRACEPTIVE ABORTION!!!!!! This is really clever and insidious. He’s trying to say “Oh, all these things are evil, and thus equal,” when that is not at all the case. When we look at the Left today, which defines racism not by some real prejudice or hostile acts directed at members of a certain race, but some invisible “privilege,” can the bishop not see that what he is advocating is basically an endlessly false moral equality that can be made to justify everything and nothing?!? This is naught but a most sorry exercise at self-justification and provision of the flimsiest of moral covers. And since this is all really about giving cover to Hillary supporters, does the bishop really think that allowing millions of illegal immigrants to come here is a way to prevent exploitation of workers?!? The entire reason for allowing them here is to drive down wages and to give seedy employers the ability to pay people pennies on the dollar. I would say that controlling and limiting immigration is the best way to prevent exploitation of workers in this country]
Even more important, a fatal shortcoming of the category of intrinsic evil as a foundation for prioritizing the major elements of the political common good lies in the fact that while the criterion of intrinsic evil identifies specific human acts that can never be justified, it is not a measure of the relative gravity of evil in human or political acts. Some intrinsically evil acts are less gravely evil than other intrinsically evil actions. Intrinsically evil action can also be less gravely evil than other actions that do not fall under the category of intrinsic evil. For example, telling any lie is intrinsically evil, while launching a major war is not. But it would be morally obtuse to propose that telling a minor lie to constituents should count more in the calculus of voting than a candidate’s policy to go to war. [Excuse me, but did he just say that? Am I the only one who takes this as a most pathetic attempt to explain away Hillary’s manifest perjuries and constant recourse to public lies? Man he has really gotten twisted off by some PuffHost articles on Trump and supposed warmongering. Clutch that woobie tight, Bishop McElroy. It’ll protect you from the mean, awful monster Trump] It is the gravity of evil or good present in electoral choices that is primarily determinative of their objective moral character and their contribution to or detraction from the common good. Moreover, because voting is a complex moral action involving mitigating circumstances, a vote for a candidate who supports intrinsic evils often does not involve illicit cooperation in those acts. For these reasons the category of intrinsic evil cannot provide a comprehensive moral roadmap for prioritizing the elements of the common good for voting
With “shepherds” such as these, there is no wonder at all that the Church is in the state she’s in. It is almost a diabolical mixture of truth and falsehood. Notice how he switches subjects there at the end, when he does mix in some truth (that there are different grades of intrinsic evil), from a ludicrous example of a small lie vs. starting a major war, as opposed to addressing the single most pressing issue facing the country (and most of the world) today, which is the mass slaughter of innocents in the womb. Why suddenly make this switch (of which evils he is highlighting, having brung up abortion previously), unless to press a dubious comparison between the two primary candidates? “Hillary may be a pathological liar, but Trump’s going to start wars all around the world!” Please.
Who was Secretary of State that was on watch, and may even have caused, the Mideast to erupt in flames? Which administration helped precipitate (if it was not the direct cause of, as many think) the most grievous ongoing war in the world right now, one that has caused even more deaths than our disastrous adventure in Iraq? Which administration has caused the worse relations with Russia in nearly 30 years?
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So says Leon H. Wolf in a piece at RedState, which, it must be said, tries to tie what I agree is a general trend towards failure by the institutionalized pro-life movement into an anti-Trump screed. I’ve read few sites that have been more reliably Never Trump, so keep that in mind.
I’ll cut and paste a bit of the article below, but while I think the author has a major point, I think he also errs substantially in 1) trying to parlay the “Republicans have always abused you” argument into “You’re a sucker if you vote for Trump” and 2) his general bashing of the pro-life movement for being steadfast Republican homers. For instance, was the same author just as exercised against pro-life orgs support for Mitt Romney, who had just as inconsistent record on abortion as Trump? If not, why not? Secondly, where else were pro-lifers supposed to go over the past 40 years, even as the Repubniks did, admittedly, repeatedly screw them over?
Ergo, I think this piece is a lot more about hating on Trump than really having something to say regarding the pro-life movement. YMMV.
Having said that, if you want to bash the in$$titutionalized pro-life movement for being ineffective and probably more concerned with keeping fundraising going than really ending abortion, you’ll get little argument from me. As for the rest, see what you think:
Personally, I have reached the point that I am fed up with these organizations. They have been, by and large, total failures in holding politicians accountable. When is the last time you can recall that a pro-life group claimed the scalp of any of the dozens if not hundreds of Republicans who have betrayed the pro-life cause over the years? It has not happened and it does not happen. [Well, is that the point of being a pro-life group, to claim Republican scalps? They’ve claimed a number of democrats, which is not unimportant. I agree most pro-life groups far too slavishly tote the mainstream Republican line, but what mainstream conservative commentators have ever called for a mass pro-life turning against Republican politicians who have somehow betrayed the cause? That is, until the Republican nominee somehow threatened the interests of these same mainstream commentators. I follow pro-life events quite closely, and I can’t remember more than a handful of such calls, all at the state or local level, never national.Why now?]
………These orgs are all carrot, no stick. They are happy to go out and encourage people to elect more Republicans, elect more Republicans, vote Republican for President in particular. Meanwhile, 7 of the 9 judges who decided Roe v. Wade were appointed by Republicans. Roe v. Wade would not have survived throughout all these years without Justices O’Connor, Kennedy, and Souter – all nominated by Republicans and confirmed with the unanimous consent of Senate Republicans. At no point has anyone ever paid a political price for this. So pro-life orgs set their sights on a series of incremental legislative changes to the abortion regime at the state level, which have systematically been thrown out by judges who were appointed and confirmed by Republicans – and again, no one has paid a political price for any of this. You could hardly ask for a more useful set of stooges for the RNC. [Again, who has been advocating for this? I think it’s a good idea, and if this is to be a start of a movement to get the pro-life movement to hold Republicans far more accountable for their lack of support for pro-life matters, I’m all for it, but as an argument simply to not support Trump, because now’s the time to start punishing R’s for lack of pro-life commitment? I don’t get it. Why not start with some of the most egregious House and Senate members, and go from there? How about we try to get a turncoat like Lindsay Graham driven from office, rather than start at the highest office? Or was this all just about self-justification? Which, if so, fine, but say so, don’t try to cloak it in some supposed larger-than-self virtue]
………I don’t know what it is about these groups that makes them totally unable to state the obvious: that pro-lifers are being played for suckers by the GOP, which has no intention of ever allowing Roe v. Wade to be overturned. [I thought Trump was an insurrection against the establishment GOP and largely despised by people like the author? So how does supporting him make people suckers for the GOPe?] After all, if it were, how would they scare the evangelicals into voting for the Donald Trumps of the future? [Well, I do wonder if there still isn’t some massive play going on, where, just as conservative were lured to vote for the non-conservative Romney in 2012 (after which many said never again), they are somehow being lured to vote for the non-conservative Trump in 2016. That all depends, I suppose, on how much sincerity one think Trump has.] The professional pro-life orgs are too scared to say this, and to admit that everything they have done for the last 40 years to this point has been an abject failure, because doing so might cause their donor money to dry up. So they continue to play the willing sucker again and again and at no point has it been more evident than their embrace of Trump this year. [I think this guy is getting a bit carried away in fervor to make his point. I don’t think the pro-life movement has been an abject, meaning total, failure over the past 40 years. Successes have been small, and too rare, but they have occurred. What awesome, unique cultural forces has the pro-life movement faced, that, say, someone supporting tighter immigration controls hasn’t faced, like, virtually all Americans defining their lives around the use of contraception? Have those had an effect?]
………If you believe that Trump has actual pro-life principles or that he will honor any sort of pledge to only appoint pro-life justices, then you have to be one of the most monumental suckers who has ever lived…… [Again, this is really inconsistent. Somehow he is tarring Trump the outsider as being part of the GOPe that has so failed pro-lifers. But Trump could actually be perceived as the very reaction this guy seeks, though not in the way he seeks it, agreeing with his preferences. That is to say, many pro-lifers, agreeing that the GOPe has used and abused them for decades, are now willing to take a flyer on the extremely dubious Trump, who is at least better than the same old same old that has betrayed them over and over. Again, did this guy advocate the pro-lifers finally punish the GOPe who gave us the pro-abort Romney in 2012? If not, then it’s not serious, it’s more NeverTrumpism]
………..Will there ever come a point – and I do mean, literally ever, where the professional pro-life orgs throw up their hands and say, “You know what? We are sick of being played for fools by the Republican Party. They must be actually opposed until they change their ways.” And if that day is ever supposed to come, why not now? If the Trump Farce isn’t enough to make them say “no mas,” then what will be?
The more I read this piece, the more unnerved I became. At the end, I no longer took it seriously as cri d’couer to the pro-life movement, but just another NeverTrumper seeking to justify his refusal to vote for Trump, and using some pretty ugly psychology on pro-lifers to try to sway them away from Trump, basically ending with calling pro-lifers stupid inbred mouth-breathing flyover dolts who don’t know what’s good for them when we tell them!
Which kind of smug superiority explains at least half of Trump’s support among conservatives in a nutshell. They are sick of being betrayed, they are sick of being lied to, they feel they have nothing to lose at this point, and so, why not give a total outsider, even one like Trump, a shot? At least he kneecaps cultural marxism on an almost daily basis, and seems to have a near Reaganesque quality to deflect all the media’s attempts to destroy him. Historically, how would the pro-life movement been better off if it had abandoned Republicans for…..what? What alternative was there? Even the examples he cites in his piece for successful “punishments” of Republican politicians who fell afoul of this special interest in the conservative base or that were only individual House members, never the presidential candidate, let alone an abandonment of an entire party! I think the author may have tipped his hand as to what he plans to do should Trump win……..
Telling these folks what stupid idiots they are for supporting Trump smells a lot more like sour grapes and deep fear of diminishing influence than it does anything else.
Look, I never have liked Trump. But I have no alternative but to vote for him at this point, because he is the best of a damnably weak field (at least in my state). I see no point in attacking him. He’s the nominee, he’s not going to give us an out by dropping out of the race (it was never going to happen), and it looks like he’s going to be quite competitive. I cannot understand, then, what purpose attacking him or those who support him serves, at this point, at least outside individual self-interest.
Which is a shame, because I think the original point of the piece, that the institutional pro-life movement, especially at the national level, has sold out, is dead on.
What do you think?
h/t reader good ‘ol MFG, who sends so many thought-provoking pieces
PS – At this point, I find any “pro-lifer” who isn’t also completely, totally anti-contraception to be unworthy of the name.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, catachesis, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
This actually dates from a few years ago, but the practice has only grown and spread since then. At least two countries routinely kill people and then harvest their organs, supposedly according to advance directives but who really knows in many cases? This is shades of the really bad movie The Island (2005), and the much better movie Soylent Green. In both cases, societal elites start harvesting other humans to prolong and enhance their own lives. Given how rapidly this nation has descended into a moral dumpster fire, how long before this becomes openly accepted practice here (because it’s already occurring on a mass scale but rather secretly and under the table):
The idea of coupling euthanasia with organ harvesting and medical experimentation was promoted years ago by the late Jack Kevorkian, but it is now becoming mainstream. Last year, the Oxford bioethicist Julian Savulescu coauthored a paper in Bioethics arguing that some could be euthanized, “at least partly to ensure that their organs could be donated.” Belgian doctors, in particular, are openly discussing the nexus between euthanasia and organ harvesting. A June 10 press release from Pabst Science Publishers cited four lung transplants in Leuven from donors who died by euthanasia……..
……..Coupling organ donation with euthanasia turns a new and dangerous corner by giving the larger society an explicit stake in the deaths of people with seriously disabling or terminal conditions. Moreover, since such patients are often the most expensive for whom to care, and given the acute medical resource shortages we face, one need not be a prophet to see the potential such advocacy has for creating a perfect utilitarian storm.
Some might ask, if these patients want euthanasia, why not get some good out of their deaths? After all, they are going to die anyway.
But coupling organ harvesting with mercy killing creates a strong emotional inducement to suicide, particularly for people who are culturally devalued and depressed and, indeed, who might worry that they are a burden on loved ones and society. People in such an anguished mental state could easily come to believe (or be persuaded) that asking for euthanasia and organ donation would give a meaning to their deaths that their lives could never have……. [And there is evidence this is already happening, where rates of euthanasia coupled with organ harvesting have skyrocketed in nations where such is legal. There are a lot of people around who would have no compunction killing to extend their own life. Coupled with a societal movement towards using human beings as replacement parts for other human beings, and this can, and almost certainly will, lead to horrific abuses and people being killed simply because someone else wants/needs their organs.]
……….People with serious disabilities should be alarmed. The message that is being broadcast with increasing brazenness out of Belgium is that their deaths are worth more than their lives.
Ummm, culture of death? What else would one expect from a culture that slaughters millions of babies a year, and thinks nothing of it? If their parts were bigger/more suitable, why not put all those murdered babies to productive use?
None of this is surprising. It’s just what happens when a people, nation, society, whatever, decide to forget about God and elevate themselves to the role. It’s the oldest temptation of them all, the original temptation. But hell has always followed in its wake. The Nazis thought some people simply didn’t have the right to live, and could be experimented on and harvested for whatever they saw fit.
But we’re so much different and better than them.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, contraception, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, It's all about the $$$, pr stunts, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church.
Oh dear, there must be a presidential election coming up, because the pro-abort pretend Catholics have surfaced again, flush with George Soros’ money, to try to justify their heresy and suck others into the diabolical cult of baby-murder. Seriously, we almost never hear from these people save for a few months prior to a presidential election.
At any rate, they’ve spent a bundle of Soros’ cash to buy ads in newspapers across the country. In San Antonio, I will say the archdiocese reacted with unusual, if welcome, vigor to this direct assault on the integrity of the Faith:
The Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio strongly and swiftly condemned a full-page Catholics for Choice advertisement in the San Antonio Express-News that claimed “public funding for abortion is a Catholic social justice value.” [A perfectly diabolical inversion of the Truth. One thing that is rather happy to see is the steady aging of this cohort that pretends one can hold heretical views on all manner of subjects and still claim to be “Catholic. This perverse generation that holds that Doctrine is totally unimportant and one can believe in whatever moral atrocity they choose is simply not replacing itself. The few children they’ve had simply don’t even bother with a religion their parents so firmly claim believes nothing, and many others have been convinced of this dread error besides. The future will be a much smaller, but a much more faithful Church, if we can get past the terror of the present pontificate]
Catholics for Choice’s ad contained “inaccurate information which must be corrected, since it misrepresents the truth and what the Catholic Church believes and teaches,” the Archdiocese of San Antonio posted on its website the same day the ad appeared.
“This misrepresentation is demonstrated by their statement that ‘Public funding for abortion is a Catholic social justice value,’” the statement continued. “Nothing could be further from the truth.”
The Archdiocese stressed that the dissident group, which is funded by leftist billionaire George Soros, “does not speak for the Catholic Church.” When it undertook a similar media campaign in Colorado two years ago, the state’s bishops opposed it.
“For more than 2,000 years, the Church has steadfastly proclaimed that respect for all human life at every stage is foundational to the Catholic faith,” the Archdiocese explained. “Abortion from the earliest tradition of the Church has been considered immoral.” The statement pointed to the magisterial document Donum Vitae (“The Gift of Life”) as one example of this.
“It is our hope that one day Catholics for Choice will take the time to acquaint themselves with basic Catholic teachings, and acknowledge the truth of the Catholic faith, and not choose to misrepresent her teachings with false and inaccurate information and ads that only work to confuse and mislead the public,” the statement concluded…….[No kidding. No matter the attempts to resurrect the discredited “seamless garment,” anyone who not only finds nothing morally offensive in abortion, but feels that everyone should have to pay for it through their taxes, is simply outside the Faith. Period, end of sentence.]
Gustavo García-Siller, M.Sp.S., is the Archbishop of San Antonio.
Houston-based Bishop Steven J. Lopes of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, a group of Anglicans who were brought into full Communion with the Catholic Church while being allowed to retain some of their customs, said, “The biggest falsehood in these advertisements is the statement that ‘as a Catholic’ a person can respect and support a decision to kill an unborn person. The insinuation that Catholic faith can lead a person to sanction something which is always and everywhere a moral evil is fraudulent, deceitful, and simply wrong.” [Agreed. But why not call a spade a spade and let them know they are at least manifest, if not formal (because, c’mon, who really wonders if child murder might be OK with God?) heretics?]
……. For the first time in history, the 2016 Democratic party platform supports repealing the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits public funding of abortions. Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Senator Tim Kaine, who claims to be a “devout Catholic” yet has a 100 percent voting record in the senate and supports same-sex “marriage,” and the Clinton campaign have made conflicting statements about whether Kaine supports repealing the Hyde Amendment.
As good as the above is, until the Church starts to really severely condemn contraception as it still, at least for the most part, in this country, does abortion, we’ll never even begin to be rid of it. Contraception is the fuel that keeps the natural and supernatural conflagration of abortion burning.
The party of death is rapidly transitioning into a party of naked leftist evil. As they are wont to do. And yet the powers that be in the culture, like the NFL and NCAA, which are really infuriating me, are pretending as if things like killing cops and allowing sexual predators into little girls’ bathrooms is not only acceptable, but such a moral imperative that they will go to great lengths to punish anyone who disagrees, like the state of North Carolina. Even two years ago allowing men to use women’s restrooms in public wasn’t even on the radar of national debate and now it’s a moral imperative, a “settled issue” like supposed climate change?!? Who is pulling the NCAA’s (and Atlantic Coast Conference, and NBA, and……..) strings on this?!?
We are witnessing a revolution in end game, and people like Catholics for Choice are just willing dupes to political puppet masters like George Soros.
h/t reader TT
Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, different religion, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
This kind of thing will not end well. If scienticians, playing god, keep messing around with this kind of fundamental stuff, they are going to someday unleash some nightmare upon the world which could lead to a crisis of biblical proportions. Many feel they already have released far too much, but I’m talking about something on another level that could lead to a massive pandemic or worse. When you start to try to grow part human, part animal beings, even at a cellular level, in a petri dish, the practical consequences – let alone the offense against God and the dignity of man – could be well-nigh unimaginable. And while I’m sure every precaution will be taken, accidents happen, containment gets broken, and then…….people die.
Pestilence was which horse of the Apocalypse, again?
The NIH is still accepting public comments through today. You can submit a comment here. A sample comment is at the bottom of this post. A bit more on the situation:
The National Institute of Health is going to end its moratorium against funding for the creation and development of chimeras (part human, part animal beings).
This means that, for the first time, the Federal government will begin spending taxpayer dollars on the destruction of human life to create a part human, part animal being that destroys the distinctions God created between humans and nonhumans.
However, there is still a brief window of time to voice your opposition to this egregious offense against God.
Your immediate action is needed to send the NIH your written opposition. Public comments are being accepted for two more days and comments will close Tuesday, September 6th.
That means we only have one more day to ask the NIH to desist. Please don’t wait, it takes only a minute and we have only one day left.
Use the form at the following link and copy and paste the message below. Then, forward this alert to as many people as you can. Finally, PRAY.
The Catholic bishops of North Carolina have issued a statement condemning this research and encouraging Catholics to protest. The Diocese of Raleigh seems to be taking the lead in this.
The sample message:
I object strongly to the NIH’s proposal to rescind its moratorium on funding of research involving human-animal chimeras. I do not want my tax dollars being used for grossly unethical research involving the creation and manipulation of part-human, part-animal beings whose very existence blurs the line between humans and non-human animals. This proposed research raises all the ethical problems of human embryonic stem cell research in general and serious additional problems related to the creation of human-animal beings with partly or substantially human brains.
I strongly urge you to maintain the current moratorium on funding research involving the creation and manipulation of human-animal chimeras.
I’m a bit more agnostic about GMO than many readers, but I see very little good that will come of this compared to the enormous downside, especially since it will involve the intentional destruction of human life to create these monstrosities.
Regarding modern sciencism’s war on God, read The Last Superstition by Edward Feser. Many, many scientists seem to display a serious god-complex, seeking to usurp the real One while they arrogate to themselves works only proper to the Almighty. That’s a subject for a different post, but most definitely closely related to this one.