Stevenson College [A subdvision of UC-Santa Cruz] is apologizing to its students for serving Mexican food during “Intergalactic” night.
In a letter sent out to students, the college apologized for having “a Mexican food buffet,” while also featuring spaceships and aliens. The college received complaints saying the combination was racist because of the association between Mexicans and illegal immigrants.
“We would never want to make a connection between individuals of Latino heritage or undocumented students and “aliens” and I am so sorry that our College Night appeared to do exactly that,” wrote Carolyn Golz who had taken this picture of the activities before the complaints.
After receiving complaints, Dr. Golz said that the event “demonstrated a cultural insensitivity on the part of the program planners and, though it was an unintentional mistake, I recognize that this incident caused harm within our community and negatively impacted students.” [HOW did it negatively impact them?!? That one of the “bad thoughts/words” was allowed to penetrate the bubble in which these glass-doll minds live? And it’s wasn’t even bad. Oh I hate colleges today. They are the font of evil in our culture]
As a result, Dr. Golz “will require cultural competence training for Programs staff, in addition to implementing mechanisms for future program planning that will ensure college programs are culturally sensitive and inclusive.” [WTF?!? That’s all warped leftist enclaves like Stevenson College do all day, and have done for the last 40 years! And they still haven’t gotten it right? That’s because this is a never-ending spiral, where there is never an end goal, because all this grievance-mongering is about the ineffectual and lazy gaining power over others much better than they]
In the letter, Dr. Golz then assures students that she is “an ally for students of color and, in particular, undocumented students.” Further, she is “committed to ensuring that student life staff receive the training necessary to make sure that this type of incident does not happen again at Stevenson.” [Is it bad to hope that this turns into a huge row and this Orwellian toad gets fired over it? Because this self-serving weasel doesn’t deserve to be anywhere near a position of influence over others]
“I am working closing with Donnae Smith, Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion for Colleges, Housing and Educational Services (CHES) to continue to increase the cultural intelligence (CQ) of our staff,” she continues.
Dr. Golz then encourages students to report “hate” to http://reporthate.ucsc.edu/ to cut down on insensitive events like Intergalactic night.
Via CMR, boy this made my blood run cold. You can see exactly how innocent little souls are propagandized by advocates for this perverted lifestyle embedded in the school systems and, in a very real sense, mind raped. They have their innocence taken and will not get it back. In a very real sense, these children are irreparably damaged as a result of this psychological manipulation, and will never be the same again. How many parents explicitly signed onto this teacher’s agenda to remake their children in her perverse image?
A primary grade lesbian teacher from an Ontario public school revealed in a workshop at a homosexual activist conference for teachers earlier this month how she uses her classroom to convince children as young as four to accept homosexual relationships.
“And I started in Kindergarten. What a great place to start. It was where I was teaching. So, I was the most comfortable there,” Pam Strong said at the conference, attended by LifeSiteNews……… [Remember to pray for her conversion]
.…….Strong related that as she was reading “King and King” in the junior kindergarten class as a springboard to discuss her sexuality with the kids, she got to the part where the two princes become ‘married’ when one of the boys suddenly shouted out: “They can’t do that! They can’t get married. They’re two boys.” [So either someone formed this boy right, or he simply knew this innately, which many kids do. Now his parents will either have to deprogram their poor child, something easier said than done, or they may never know why their child suddenly and disastrously changed. Does the teacher cum perverse Svengali ever go back to see how her indoctrination affects her young charges?]
Recounted Strong: “And I said, ‘Oh, yeah, yeah, they can. It’s right here on page 12.
To which the boy replied, according to Strong: “Oh, yeah, I know Mrs. Strong, but that’s just a story. That’s not real life.”
“And I said: ‘It happens in real life too. I am married to a woman. I am gay. And I am in love with my wife.”
Strong said the young children “just all kind of went silent.” [I bet they did. Thus we see public edukayshion as vehicle of radical propaganda] She then told them: “That may seem different to you, how many of you have heard of that before?”
“Not one hand went up,” she related. “And so I said: ‘That may seem different to you, but we’re not that different. Would you like to know about what I do with my family?” [Not really. But, look…..it’s plain these children were completely ignorant of something many parents would consider grossly inappropriate for this age group, and there is this vanguard of the revolution type inflicting confusion and how knows what kind of misery on these poor kids. And the goal, whether admitted or not, is to make converts to the new sexular pagan religion. See below]
“Yeah, tell us,” she recounted the children enthusiastically saying.
“I said, you know, we take our kids to the park. I swing them on swings,” she related, telling conference attendees that she could share things she did with her own children that “mostly likely all of their families did with them.”…….
……Strong said that at that point, the boy who had used the word ‘gay’ looked and her and said: “Well, you’re a family.” [Only when presented in the most glowing light, and with a complete detachment from fundamental truths, like the fact that the couple in itself is inherently sterile and always will be, the fact that someone had to lose or give up a child in order for them to have theirs (perhaps there is a grieving natural parent somewhere, coolly left out of the picture), the fact that rates of sex abuse in these mixed families are vastly higher than in natural families, etc]
“And I said, yeah, we are,” she related. “And off I go to the next classroom.”
[In between quotes above or below, there was a hideous story about how she broke down one recalcitrant student and turned him into an apostle of perversion. But kids are nothing if not malleable, which is why getting their propaganda before children is one of the sodomites highest priorities]
Strong said that she went from “class to class to class and continued with these conversations, and they were very powerful.”….
…..Strong called it “key” to develop a “positive classroom culture” — and she mentioned it often takes months — before getting into what she called “difficult conversations” with students about convincing students of the normality of her sexual preference for women. [What she is actually doing is months of careful groundwork to make sure the young minds she has been given the awesome responsibility of forming are going to be receptive to her message of perversion. Goodness, I have to ask what besides the propaganda of perversion this teacher has time to teach?!?]
She mentioned how she spends time “building a common vocabulary” in her classroom of words like “stereotype, prejudice, discrimination” so her students will be able to more readily conform to her pro-LGBTQ message.
“Sometimes with these big ideas there are also very big words that are very hard to understand. I find that whether it’s kindergarten, right up to grade six, visuals help a lot,” she said…….
[And now to the point of it all……..]
……“I am here to tell you: All that time I said I wasn’t indoctrinating anyone with my beliefs about gay and lesbian and bi and trans and queer people? That was a lie,” wrote Canadian gay activist Sason Bear Bergman, a woman who identifies as a transgender man, in a March 2015 piece titled “I Have Come to Indoctrinate Your Children Into My LGBTQ Agenda (And I’m Not a Bit Sorry).” Bergman holds nothing back, stating she wants to make children “like us” even if that “goes against the way you have interpreted the teachings of your religion.” [Don’t you just love how they act like some of us just “made up” some interpretation of highly questionable quotes from Scripture of a sudden out of thin air, rather than representing complete and total continuity with what thousands of years of belief and practice have constantly maintained? It is for arguments like this that the left has spent literally centuries assaulting the past, assailing tradition, besmirching honored memory, and always pointing to a bright new future (which will be paved with blood and reek of death) – so that we would feel like we were on some strange island of belief, isolated and alone, while it is in reality the queers, as they call themselves, who are the distant outliers from moral human behavior, the literal deviants, if you will]
In 2011 U.S. gay activist Daniel Villarreal penned a column for Queerty.com stating that the time had come for the homosexual lobby to admit to “indoctrinating” schoolchildren to accept homosexuality.
“We want educators to teach future generations of children to accept queer sexuality. In fact, our very future depends on it. Recruiting children? You bet we are,” he added…….
Homosexual activist Michael Swift wrote in 1987 in the Gay Community News that school children would become explicit targets for homosexual indoctrination. “We shall seduce them in your schools…They will be recast in our image. They will come to crave and adore us,” he wrote at the time.
Almost incredible to believe, but mission accomplished. My God, how far we have sunk. When I was a kid, not that long ago, someone trying to indoctrinate
school kids kindergartners! in this filth would have in all likelihood been brought up on charges. No, we haven’t suddenly gained an extra special moral compass that now causes us to divine that sodomy and its ilk are just fine and dandy in spite of thousands of years of contrary evidence. What we have done is experienced one of the greatest, swiftest moral collapses in history!, into the most total corruption of public morality imaginable, all the while being told by our “betters” that we are wrong to hold on to what literally everyone knew to be rock-solid incontrovertible TRUTH just a second ago, in comparison to the grand sweep of time.
Almost funnily, there have been voices warning us that what we see above now as reality was coming for us for many years, and many of us, myself included until a few years ago, laughed to scorn those who said that things like divorce on demand, fornication, self-abuse, pornography, and especially gradual acceptance of sodomy (by repealing laws against its practice, by affording special rights and protections, by allowing “gays” in the military, etc), would lead, inexorably, to exactly this point where now people turn their children over to be indoctrinated into this lifestyle built around sin that cries out to Heaven for vengeance. Oh, that would never happen, they said! Slippery slope arguments are false! Well…….look where we are at now, when before very long even writing what I’m writing now will get me fired, or worse. And don’t think they don’t want to force the Church to “marry” them……that’s the ultimate affirmation, the greatest forcegasm ever! (forcegasm – that thrill some people get by exercising power over others). It is coming as surely as the dawn.
I’ve often wondered what it must have been like to be alive in central Europe in the mid 30s, watching the darkness descend, trying to resist, but knowing such efforts were doomed to failure. I don’t have to wonder anymore. We have brought this on ourselves. God will not be mocked. And this nation, this society, this former Christian culture -and yes, this Church – is going to pay a dear price, a price beyond contemplation, for what it is doing. Romans 12:19.
A week in the “Religion of Peace” April 20, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, martyrdom, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Just a small sampling below of some of the more egregious evils committed by the trademarked Religion of Peace against Christians:
In Uganda, five Muslims gang-raped the daughter of a Christian minister who refused their demands that he close his church:
….“The five Muslims took hold of me, and they raped me there,” the church source quoted the daughter as saying. “I tried to scream, but they threatened to kill me. One of them said, ‘Your father should stop this prayer meeting of trying to change Muslims to become Christians and close the church building — we have warned him several times.’”
In Libya, ISIS has released a video of Ethiopian Christians being beheaded next to the ocean:
The video starts with what it called a history of Christian-Muslim relations, followed by scenes of militants destroying churches, graves and icons. A masked fighter brandishing a pistol delivers a long statement, saying Christians must convert to Islam or pay a special tax prescribed by the Quran…… [Islam requires much more than just that. Christians are not allowed any even remotely public practice or demonstration of their faith. Christians must put up with very aggressive, in your face muslim proselytizing but can not respond in any way. Muslims are even allowed to tack on the door of churches statements against Christianity and its “falsity,” while extolling Christians to convert. Christians are gravely limited in their economic, political, and social options. Yes, implementation varies, but under strict sharia, Christians are only allowed a groveling, “at thy bidding” type of existence, and can be subject to attack with little or no recourse to the law at any time. So, it’s more than just a 2.5% tax on all income, it is a very repressive existence]
……… The video then switches between footage of the captives in the south being shot dead and the captives in the east being beheaded on a beach. [And our government is heavily responsible for Libya’s collapse into crazed islamist anarchy, ousting the admittedly despicable Qaddafi without having a clue what might emerge in his stead]
In Australia, five Muslim teenagers have been arrested for plotting a terrorist attack to take place on ANZAC Day.
And most chilling of all, muslims attacked and killed 12 Christians fleeing the insanity in Libya on a boat with 105 other souls. The poor Christians were thrown in the sea and left to drown, all because they had the temerity to invoke the Sacred Name in prayer for their safe arrival:
Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat this week threw 12 fellow passengers overboard — killing them — because the 12 were Christians, Italian police said Thursday.
Italian authorities have arrested 15 people on suspicion of murdering the Christians at sea, police in Palermo, Sicily, said…. [It will be interesting to see what develops of these arrests.]
The original group of 105 people left Libya on Tuesday in a rubber boat. Sometime during the trip north across the Mediterranean Sea, the alleged assailants — Muslims from the Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal — threw the 12 overboard, police said……. [Mali, Ivory Coast, and Senegal are far from Libya and not enduring total civil chaos. So I have to ask what percentage of this mass emigration is really poor afflicted souls fleeing Libya, and opportunists seeing the collapse of Libyan authority as their chance to emigrate to the European welfare state, where they can live in relative comfort and ease all the while trying to turn Europe into another part of the “ummah” of islam?]
…….The confrontation happened in the middle of the night, when the rubber boat, with 105 persons aboard, began to deflate. Two groups were formed. On one side the Muslim immigrants, making a majority on the boat which left April 12 from the Libyan coast; the other side, the Christians accused of praying to another god. “After making threats, a dozen Muslims moved to make good on their threats and began to throw some of us into the water,” said to the Italian police Yeboah, one of the survivors of this latest tragedy in the sea-route of immigration.
Other people on the voyage told police that they themselves were spared “because they strongly opposed the drowning attempt and formed a human chain,” Palermo police said.
So did the large number of muslims not involved in the murders do anything to stop their
fellow death cultists co-religionists?
Yes, there have been a huge number of tragedies in this mass exodus of souls attempting to emigrate from Africa to Italy since the collapse of the Libyan regime of Qaddafi, and his subsequent murder. Just recently 400 souls perished when their makeshift craft sank. And there have been a number of other reports of robberies and murders occurring in other attempts to cross the Mediterranean, but not one that was so directly religiously inspired, nor one that was a case of mass murder.
On the broader point of muslim persecution (is there a word stronger than that?) of Christians, yes, certainly, there have been times and places when the roles have been reversed. But over the past several decades, and the past 10-15 years in particular, we have seen a steady rise in what certainly appears to be a deliberate, systematic effort on the part of at least a very large subset of muslims to exterminate the few remaining Christians in their ancient ancestral home. Not only that, but more and more evidence seems to indicate that islam is attempting to export this effort to Europe as their numbers steadily increase there (due to amoral leftist policies).
I know this is largely preaching to the converted, but my goodness how willfully blind does the left have to be (including our forlorn President) to continue to pretend that islam is not a radical threat to peace loving souls, either Christian or secular pagans? All the above attacks occurred in the past few days, and that doesn’t include ongoing atrocities in places like Iraq, Pakistan, and Syria. More Christians are being martyred right now than at any time in the history of the Church! And yet still we hear “just a radical fringe,” “religion of peace,” “Crusades – don’t get on your high horse,” and all the rest of the apologias. How long will we have to continue to ignore the massively mounting evidence around us?!?
I know……we’ve been over all this before. Most of the committed sexular pagans will happily submit to islam before they will convert to Christianity, because their religion is built on opposition to Jesus Christ and His Church before anything else. And yet it is only a strong, vibrant Christianity that has ever been able to stand, anywhere, against the depredations of islam. There is none so blind, as he who will not see.
There is a really good sermon that touches on this subject I just heard, but it’s not online, yet. I hope to post it as soon as it is (romans10seventeen.org seriously needs updating! It’s been almost 4 months!)
Good scoop by Church Militant TV and Michael Hitchborn. As if the dozens of scandals surrounding CRS and its willingness to accommodate itself to the demands of the amoral, contraception-spewing, abortion-promoting US government were not enough, as well as its alliances with numerous pro-contracept and pro-abort organizations, now we find they have an out n’ proud “married” executive VP:
Church Militant has learned that an open homosexual is one of the TOP employees at Catholic Relief Services—and he’s married to his longtime male partner.
Rick Estridge is Vice President of Overseas Finance at Catholic Relief Services, the United States Bishops’ beleaguered anti-poverty program. And according to official marriage records, he is also civilly married to his long-time gay partner William Daniel Goretsas, Jr.
Their wedding license is dated April 4, 2013, issued by the city of Baltimore over two years ago and during the same year Maryland legalized sodomite marriage.
Church Militant was contacted by anonymous sources and combined forces with Michael Hichborn of the Lepanto Institute to track down details of the story. According to our Church Militant sources, Estridge’s homosexuality is well known at CRS headquarters. [Of course it is]
That’s not hard to believe when you concede that Estridge’s social media profile is about as out and proud as it could be.
In this screen capture of his Facebook page, you can see he supports numerous gay advocacy groups like the Matthew Shepherd Foundation, Gay Rights, the No Hate Campaign, the Human Rights Campaign, and Freedom to Marry. He’s also left public comments on social media in support of so-called gay marriage……..
…….According to Estridge’s profile description, he leads the development and implementation of all overseas financial management. He also acts as the lead finance representative of CRS to all donors, partners, and stakeholders related to overseas finances. He’s been working for CRS for at least fourteen years, and was promoted to his position as Vice President in 2013—in the same month he contracted his same-sex “marriage.” [Bear in mind – CRS is the US bishops overseas/international charity. So this man has a huge responsibility in overseeing all this, ahem, charitable activity, which mostly involves disbursing funds received by the federal gov’t to various other charities and CRS own projects]
Our sources also confirm for us other employees at CRS headquarters are fully aware of his marriage to his gay partner, and obviously his public support of all things homosexual is also well known…… [So we have a key player at CRS publicly at odds with the Doctrine of the Faith. And he is just one of many, folks. CRS, Catholic Charities, et. al., are just eat up with this kind of staff]
…….Various US government grants and funding in Third World nations are tied to those countries’ acceptance of the homosexual agenda. So the connection between a VP who is in a same-sex “marriage” and who oversees all overseas financial management is beyond questionable—questions that the US bishops are finally going to have to stand up and answer, instead of simply sidestepping while siding with their own staffers.
I’m glad CMTV made that point, because it is enormous. Here we have an individual committed to fighting against sacred, timeless Church belief, and he’s placed in the position of overseeing the funding of CRS’ financial activities in its international work – the very work CRS was created to serve?!? This is more than insane, it’s like naming a Nazi to handle Jewish “outreach,” or electing a committed Peronist to the papacy. Ummm……..
Not only that, but from the outside it certainly looks like this appointment was made to signal to the increasingly amoral US government that CRS is fully on board with their pressuring foreign governments, especially those in Africa, to sign on to the acceptance of sodomy as natural and normal, and making future aid contingent on that support. Short of raising the diabolical rainbow flag over their headquarters, they could hardly make a stronger statement of where their real loyalties lie – with the Church and the Sacred Truth she alone represents, or the federal agencies that provide the lion’s share of CRS’ funding. Scandal……..thy name is CRS.
And odds are CMTV is right, we will shortly hear a vociferous response from the USCCB attacking those who have made this revelation and once again dismissing its significance and its bearing on CRS activities. All the while, more and more faithful Catholics will come to the conclusion that CRS is a charity they cannot, in conscience, support. Those faithful souls might consider pressuring their pastors and bishops not to take the CRS collections anymore. The scandals surrounding CRS are reaching CCHD proportions, and there are pastors and bishops who have refused to take that latter group.
Meet the real abortion extremists April 20, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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In Colorado some time back, a woman was brutally attacked by another woman. The assaulted woman was 27 weeks pregnant. The obviously sick soul who attacked her cut her child out of her womb. The child died. But because Colorado has been taken over by West Coast leftists, it remains a state without a law declaring that an attack on a pregnant mom which results in the death of the child will be treated as murder. Texas and many other states do have such laws. As a result of this very widely publicized attack, a bill was proposed in the legislature to pass just such a law. But the abortion extremists who make up a majority of the the legislature shot it down, because they could not countenance any bill that would legally establish the humanity and personage of a human still in utero. Doing so would have been to gravely undermine the “logic” of their pro-abort position, and they can’t have that:
In Colorado this week, Republicans introduced a fetal homicide bill that would enable prosecutors to file murder charges when an unborn baby is killed against the mother’s wishes…….
….The bill, which Senate Democrats oppose, was drafted in reaction to a grisly case in Longmont, Colorado, where a
seveneight-month pregnant Michelle Wilkins was attacked and left for dead after her baby was cut out of her womb by an attacker. The mother survived; her baby – who the family says was named “Aurora” – did not. The district attorney was unable to charge the perpetrator with murder because the coroner concluded the baby was not alive outside the womb, even though, without any violent interference, more than 90 percent of babies born after 27 weeks survive.
The truth is that pro-choice advocates don’t want district attorneys prosecuting people for killing fetuses because it sets up two dangerous debates.
First, the act of humanizing unborn babies that women want to keep means humanizing unborn babies others do not want to keep. Aurora got a name, but the other third-trimester babies disposed of aren’t as fortunate.
Secondly, any admission by liberals that life in the womb is human life worthy of protections sets up a host of uncomfortable philosophical questions and legal precedents. For starters, how can the act of killing a fetus – granted, for different purposes and with very different levels of violence – end a human life in one instance and not the other?……..
………Contemporary Democrats are willing to kill a human trafficking billbecause it features decades-old language from the Hyde Amendment – which bans taxpayer-funded abortions other than cases of rape, incest, and life-threatening danger to the mother. [Which cases make up about 1% of all abortions performed]
The article goes on to mention that demonrat national committee spokesghoul Debbie Wasserman-Schultz exclaimed, when asked whether she was OK with killing a seven pound baby at full term, responded by stating that she supported baby murder up to delivery with no exceptions and no limit. That is the abortion maximalist position that led to decades of partial-birth abortion in this country, where fully developed babies were 3/4 birthed and then killed by stabbing scissors at the base of their skull. My calling democrats demonrats may seem childish, but it was years of covering evils like this that convinced me of its veracity.
But Wasserman-Schultz’ response proves a very important point. It’s certainly not just in Colorado that such extremism exists. It is the foundational principle of today’s leftist-dominated demonrat party: abortion on demand at taxpayer expense without exception or apology. Basically, a baby murder free-for-all, with you and I paying for it, because if the sexular pagan left knows one thing, they know that abortion is that absolutely vital, non-negotiable backstop for their entire agenda. The sexular pagan left is built on contraception making immoral, illicit relations possible and frequent. But since contraception has an inevitable (and quite high) failure rate, there must be abortion to deal with the “accidents” that result. Without abortion, the entire sexular pagan agenda to turn this country (and the whole world) into a dystopia blending equal parts Brave New World, 1984, and Idiocracy would be impossible. That is why it is their number 1, non-negotiable, most sacred belief.
And they act like it. Would that our Repubniks would act like defending life and overturning abortion was anything like a similar priority for them.
Or, I might add, for our collective bishops (a few notable exceptions aside).
Major pro life groups: HB 3074 unsupportable, does not improve very poor Texas end of life care law April 20, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society.
Last year about this time there was a quite public row between various pro-life groups in the State of Texas and the Texas Catholic Conference (TCC), the bureaucratic and lobbying arm of the state’s bishops. Texas Right to Life and other groups were vehemently opposed to a major effort to reform end of life care law in Texas, the present law being viewed by many as horribly outdated and antithetical to patient’s and their families best interests. At that time, Texas Right to Life (TRL), Bishop Emeritus Rene Gracida, friend of the blog Kassi Marks, and others found themselves at odds with other Texas pro-life groups and the Texas Catholic Conference on a bill then pending in the Texas Senate, which proposed purported reforms that TRL, Bishop Gracida, and many others feared would actually worsen the present situation, and not improve it. Thank God, these opponents of that SB303 managed to get it stopped in the legislature. That’s both good and bad – a bill that may have made the disastrous end of life statutes in this state even worse was avoided, but the present really poor status quo was maintained. I covered this matter in a post last year.
Several weeks ago, I saw an article in the Texas Tribune that proclaimed, hurrah!, there is finally a bill that will insure that Texans in end of life situations will receive at least minimal artificially administered nutrition and hydration (AANH). The article raised my doubting antenna, however, when it went on to proclaim that no one could possibly oppose this bill and that the pro-life groups that were recalcitrant last year better get on board, if they knew what was good for them. I thought about writing on the matter at that time, and actually contacted TRL to get their opinion on the matter (never heard back), but thought I’d wait to see until there was a response from the much more solidly pro-life side before covering the matter. Well, Bishop Gracida and Kassi Marks have now responded quite formally (including testimony before the Texas legislature), and they are quite forward in their opposition to this new bill (HB 3074).
The basic problem with last year’s SB 303 and this year’s HB 3074 is that neither does what it purports to do: provide real, viable safeguards for patients in long term comas or other persistent maladies, where doctors basically want to clear the bed out and stop spending money and just put the patient down. In Texas at present, horses and dogs are given much better legal safeguards for the provision of minimal care up until natural death than are the people of this state. SB 303 was very poorly written and it would have made the present very bad situation worse. HB 3074 is more narrowly written but is really just more of the same and, basically, leaves all decision-making regarding end-of-life care in the hands of doctors and hospitals, and gives very little recourse to the patient’s family.
Before moving to Kassi’s coverage, I should explain what I mean by “more solidly pro-life.” There are many pro-life groups in Texas. Two of the major ones are Texas Right to Life and Texas Alliance for Life. The former is generally much more solid in seeking to defend life from conception to natural death than the latter, which takes a much more accommodating viewpoint with the powers that be and has backed some legislation (like last year’s SB 303) that many pro-lifers found gravely morally objectionable. Likewise for the Texas Catholic Conference, we had the sad spectacle last year of the TCC excoriating the more solidly pro-life organizations for blocking the legislation they backed.
As for what is wrong with HB 3074 and why pro-lifers should not support it, please read all of Kassi Mark’s post. I provide some excerpts below that will hopefully convey the major objections:
HB 3074 is basically a narrower version of SB 303 from last session, if you will. (And, there are the same moral problems with it as well. I have already written about that a great deal in prior posts.) HB 3074’s proponents, among them certain “pro-life organizations” and the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, say that it would prohibit doctors and hospitals (who can affirm a doctor’s decision to terminate this life-sustaining care) from withholding artificially administered nutrition and hydration. The problem is that the exceptions where AANH can be withdrawn are so broad, that the bill immediately takes away any alleged protection that its proponents says it offers. In short, it is a net ZERO gain for the patient.
What it would do is codify into law what doctors and hospitals are already doing, that is, basing their withdrawal of care, including AANH on “quality of life decisions.” That is, the doctor and hospital will decide that their opinion is that the patient has no quality of life and that he’s basically, “better off dead.” That is the net result of what they do. Don’t believe me? Read on……..
……But know this – just passing anything will not do. The chairman of this committee made it abundantly clear that the he just wants to get it over with and not have to return to this issue each session. (For the record, this particular individual is not the only person addressing this issue. Each session the committee make-up changes. Each session these bills are assigned to different committees. But his statement was telling and we should take heed.) There was much talk about “incrementalism” and isn’t this just a little better than the status quo? No, it’s not. But at least this committee chairman wants to “just do something” to say that it’s been done and not deal with it again. That tells me that just passing something that is inherently flawed and “fixing it later” is not politically feasible. [That has been something put forth by supporters of this bill, including some affiliated with TCC, that, OK, this bill may not be great, but it’s a start and we can improve it later. Not if the matter is assigned to this committee, apparently] The legislature will just tell us later that “the matter has been dealt with.” Remember, TADA has been a deeply flawed law for about 15 years. It has not yet been amended to address these flaws yet, although efforts are made each session. A poor effort is a wasted effort – especially when the poor effort changes nothing.
…….For those wondering, yes, there are good bills introduced that would amend TADA in substantive ways.
- HB 2949 by Representative Stephanie Klick & SB 1546 by Senator Charles Perry is a DNR Consent Bill – that is, you would have to give your consent prior to a “Do Not Resuscitate” Order being put in your file. That is not the law currently. DNRs are slipped into patients’ files without their knowledge or consent. This allows the hospital to NOT resuscitate a patient. How about that?
- HB 3414 by Representative James Frank & SB 1163 by Senator Kelly Hancock. This reform to current law (Chapter 166.046 of the Health & Safety Code) would limit the statutory ethics committee process to only be used to withdraw treatment that is physiologically futile. This bill would also clarify that treatment decisions cannot be based on discriminatory judgments against persons with disabilities, the elderly, and terminally ill patients.
However, these bills have not been set for a hearing at this time and time is running short in the session. Only the powers that be in the Texas Legislature can set the bills for hearing. [And the powers that be have proven amazingly proficient and blocking the will of the overwhelming majority of Texans to see this and other pro-life laws passed, and have also managed to keep the pro-life majority in the Legislature fairly well contained and limited to nibbling around the margins, HB 2 from last year excepted]
This post has gotten quite long, so go to Kassi Mark’s site to read her specific objections to the bill. As she says, the present exceptions written into the law (exceptions which would allow doctors to depart from the default setting of providing artificial nutrition) are very broad and would result in little, if any, practical change to the status quo.
Non sequitur – Tim McGraw poised to “Dixie Chick” himself over gun control endorsement? April 17, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, asshatery, error, foolishness, non squitur, silliness, Society, the enemy.
EDIT: So, I wrote this yesterday, then decided I wasn’t sure I wanted to post it. But since I’m running short of time today, and haven’t got much else queued up, I’ll just throw it out, with the preface that this is just sort of random ephemera, and not something I feel very passionate about.
I’ll be honest…..I’ve never liked Tim McGraw. I really don’t like anything Nashville has produced in at least 20 years, and if you exclude some early George Strait, a lot longer than that. The only time I thought McGraw was half decent was in the Friday Night Lights movie. As for his music and his whole shtick……..it’s about as “country” as New York City. And I’m tired of that spray painted black straw hat.
Anyway, McGraw has come out recently pretty passionately in favor of severe gun control, and he’s agreed to do a benefit concert for some gun control group that instills fear of children dying from firearms to try to advance their cause. This is apparently a group that uses some pretty ugly tactics. So a pro gun-rights blogger is wondering if this will turn off his (diminishing) fan base:
In 2003, the country music trio Dixie Chicks were near the top of the charts and starting a world tour in England when leader singer Natalie Maines criticized President George Bush in the run up to the Iraq War. The statement led to a harsh backlash from country music fans who viewed the act of lashing out against a President on foreign soil prior to conflict as inappropriate. While the group produced albums since then, they were never accepted back into the country music fold, and have faded from prominence.
Country music superstar Tim McGraw seems poised to make a similar, potentially career-ending move, as he has announced plans to play a concert benefiting gun prohibitionist group Sandy Hook Promise:…..
……This decision is not going to be received well by McGraw’s country music fan base, which overwhelmingly supports gun rights, and views a concert benefiting Sandy Hook Promise as being a betrayal.
Sandy Hook Promise claims to “promote mental wellness, combat social isolation, and prevent gun violence,” but by far their strongest emphasis is on turning the public against the Second Amendment rights of Americans by subtly equating the support of gun rights with the murder of children, as their social media accounts clearlyshow.
A major push right now for the group is forcing the adoption of so-called “universal background checks,” which would prevent the private transfer or sale of firearms between friends and family members without a federal background check. The goal of such a system is to serve as de facto gun registry, and which serves no legitimate crime prevention purpose.
Meh. Whatever. As one commenter at the link said, even more reason not to know who he is. I know who he is, but I pretend not to.
This is so much better, anyway:
Can’t get enough of Ralph Mooney’s steel guitar.
Tim McGraw can’t even a hold a candle to Waylon.
Should I even bother? It seems there has been raised a generation of spoiled, pampered, helpless crybabies…. April 17, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, rank stupidity, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
……..who use “being offended” as a weapon to get what they want.
But then again, this is UC Santa Cruz, one of the most radically leftist colleges on the planet, so…….no, I’m sorry, this is just too stupid. Someone tried to make a nice night for the apparent 4 year olds who populate this campus, using a them of “intergalactic” and aliens and all that. And they decided to serve a Mexican food buffet to go with it. That was the poor planner’s fatal mistake……..to the thin-skinned children trained to be perpetually aggrieved by 12 years of leftist indoctrination in the public schools, you cannot even put the words “Mexican” and “alien” in the same building together, because…….well because they say so, I guess. There is absolutely no logical reasoning for any of the below:
These fools are aggrieved because they love to be that way. And they love to be that way, because they have been taught for years that claiming victimhood and offense over pathetic nothings like this is the only way these failures can exercise power and control over others. But it is a very good method, as the constantly aggrieved have been taught all too well. See how the college administrator jumps when they yell “I’m offended.” In all likelihood, the complainant wasn’t even Hispanic.
We can also see in this most absurd, stupid example how the left comes to dominate language, and, thus, discourse. The term “illegal alien” has been around for decades, but we can see its on its way out for a way to describe those who come to this country illegally. Even much more innocuous, much more general and imprecise terms like “undocumented worker” and “migrant laborer” are also being pooh-poohed out of existence by the left. Basically, they want to make this uncomfortable subject where their extremism is definitely at odds with the vast majority of the public go away, and to do that, they are basically declaring all the language on the subject out of bounds.
A neat trick, if they are allowed to succeed. After all, virtually every decent person in this country is paralyzed at the thought of being called “racist,” “sexist,” or whatever.
Uff da. It’s hard to know how to even begin when we are surrounded by so many creatures like this.
Another excerpt from Dom Prosper Gueranger, and this one is most interesting. It is from the Greek Menaea for Pope St. Leo the Great, written, according to Dom Gueranger, many centuries before the Great Schism of 1054. The words from this hymn certainly do seem to establish a strong
belief in Papal primacy. They also highlight how the early Church viewed doctrinal orthodoxy/purity/correctness as one of the most vital characteristics of a bishop, especially the Sovereign Pontiff. No bonus points for saying Catholic things 99% of the time……they are demanded 100% of the time. See what you think below:
O happy Pontiff! Glorious Leo, thou hast been made companion of the faithful priests and martyrs; for thou was t most invincible in battle, and immovable as a tower and fortress of religion. Thou dist proclaim, with most prefect orthodoxy and wisdom, the unspeakable generation of Christ.
O ruler of orthodoxy, teacher of religion and holiness, light of the whole earth, divinely inspired glory of true believers, wise Leo! Thou enlightenest all men by thy teachings, O harp of the Holy Ghost!
Heir of the See of Peter, the Prince of the Apostles, thou didst preside over the Church: thou hadst his spirit and wast inflamed with zeal for the Faith.
Resplendent with the knowledge of divine truths, thou didst scatter on all sides the brightness of orthodoxy, and dispel the darkness of heresy. Departing this life, thou, O blessed one! now dwellest in the light that knows no setting.
O inspired minister of God’s mysteries, thou didst admirably preach that Christ is the Only Son and Lord, begotten of the Father before all ages, born for us of the Virgin, and dwelling on earth like unto us.
Seated with glory upon the throne of the pontificate, thou didst stop the mouths of lions, and madest to shine upon they flock the light of the knowledge of God, by proclaiming the divine dogma of the adorable Trinity. Therefore hast thou been glorified as a holy Pontiff initiated in the Grace of God.
Thou, as a dazzling sun, didst rise in the West and wisely dispel the error of Eutyches, who mingled and confused the two natures, and that of Nestorius, who divided tehm as though they were tow Persons. Thou taughtest us to adore one Christ in two natures, inseparably, unchangeably, unconfusedly, united.
Inspired of God, thou didst appear to the people of God as another Moses, showing them the Commandments of religion written, as it were, on tables…….
It goes on for some time with such effusive praise. I’d say several of the bits highlighted above, if not conclusive, argue very strongly for an acceptance of the Papal primacy by the Greek Church, and on terms that are pretty close to what the Church believes. As such, it seems pretty damning evidence that, as Dom Gueranger claimed, it was not the Latin Church, but the Greek Church which changed its belief regarding the Primacy of the See of Peter.
“Presiding over the Church” could be a statement open to some interpretation, but it would seem difficult to conflate that with the mere “first among equals” approach the Eastern Orthodox have argued for the past 1000 years. Presiding seems to imply more than a mere “first in honors” position that would leave the Sovereign Pontiff an equal with the other ancient sees, at least, if not the thousands of bishops around the world. Presiding strongly implies governing, but, perhaps the translation is debatable.
What of the claim that he was inspired of God? Is that significant? I guess any Saint or holy bishop could be inspired of God, but again, there is a reference to such a universal teaching and governing office (that of Moses, the clear leader of the Jewish nation and religion) that this seems a pretty strong endorsement of Papal primacy. Moses was the leader of his Church, and claiming that Leo was “another Moses” suggests powerfully to me that he was viewed as the sole leader of the Universal Church, heir to the office Moses first undertook.
What say you?
100 “prominent” Crisco Catholics call of Pope Francis to remove Archbishop Cordileone April 16, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, General Catholic, foolishness, disaster, horror, episcopate, persecution, error, unadulterated evil, sexual depravity, true leadership, secularism, self-serving, paganism, rank stupidity, the struggle for the Church.
Back in the 60s, US troops returning from Vietnam called the SF Bay area “Crisco Bay.” I’m sure if you use your imagination you can understand why.
That silliness aside, several dozen people I’ve never heard of, but who the left-wing SF area paper is calling “prominent,” took out an ad in the local paper calling for Archbishop Cordileone’s removal by Pope Francis, for having the temerity to try to reinstate just a tiny shade of doctrinal certainty into the disastrously heterodox Catholic schools there. The vehicle for accomplishing this is the insertion of “morality clauses” into teacher’s contracts, requiring them to sign an oath assenting to the Doctrine of the Faith. Hardly surprising for a Catholic school to require of ostensibly Catholic teachers, but, as we know all too well, things have gotten to the point in the Church today that a bishop daring to ask his teachers to assent to the Faith they purport to profess is now such an affront that he should be removed over it. There are not words to describe the lunacy that has afflicted the Church in the past several decades:
In an unprecedented move, more than 100 prominent Roman Catholic donors and church members signed a full-page ad running Thursday in The Chronicle that calls on Pope Francis to replace San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for fostering “an atmosphere of division and intolerance.”
The plea follows months of dissent within the archdiocese over Cordileone’s emphasis on traditional, conservative church doctrine — including asking high school teachers and staffers at Catholic schools to sign a morality clause that characterizes sex outside of marriage and homosexual relations as “gravely evil.” [Ummm……because they are! But not in Sodom on the Bay, apparently]
In their open letter to the pope, Cordileone’s critics say his morality-clause push is mean-spirited and “sets a pastoral tone that is closer to persecution than evangelization.”
The ad drew swift condemnation from the archdiocese, which said those who signed it don’t speak for San Francisco’s Catholic community.
The list of signatories includes Brian Cahill, the retired executive director of Catholic Charities, former city commissioner and Boudin Bakery executiveLou Giraudo, retired Swinerton Builders Chairman David Grubb, businessman and former political consultant Clint Reilly and his wife,Janet, San Francisco attorney Michael Kelly, and Charles Geschke,chairman of Adobe Systems and former head of the University of San Francisco Board of Trustees. Also on the list is Tom Brady Sr., father of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. [These are the people who will jeer us all the way to the gallows, for being what they are not: faithful Catholics. A fair number of these folks are former deep Church insiders who have been given posh assignments within the Archdiocese for decades. They are as upset to now be on the outside of the circle of power (see below) as they are about Cordileone’s orthodoxy. In fact, there is a huge amount of inside baseball going on here, a power struggle between a newer generation of more orthodox priests and the rapidly aging (and dying) progressive old guard]
Among their complaints, they say Cordileone:
•Picked a pastor for Star of the Sea parish in the Richmond District “who marginalizes women’s participation in the church by banning girls from altar service” and who provided elementary-school children with a pamphlet about sexuality that asked whether they had masturbated, engaged in sodomy or undergone an abortion.[It’s a quite orthodox parish. So we can see this is not just about this silly “morality clause” issue, but it’s about re-instilling a modicum of orthodoxy to the Diocese overall, which these progressives – whose (by and large) real religion is leftism, not Catholicism – cannot abide.]
•Disregards the advice of his own priests and retired priests in favor of “a tiny group of advisers recruited from outside (the) diocese and estranged from their own religious orders.” [As I said, this is the former insider elite being more than piqued at their exclusion from influence. To which I say, viewing the Archdiocese of SF for the past 10 years – good riddance]
•Threatens the long-term health of the archdiocese by adopting a “single-issue agenda” against same-sex marriage. [Really…….that’s the best they’ve got.]
[I like the response by the Archdiocese……] A statement by the archdiocese provided to us Wednesday called the ad “a misrepresentation of Catholic teaching, a misrepresentation of the nature of the teacher contract, and a misrepresentation of the spirit of the archbishop. The greatest misrepresentation of all is that the signers presume to speak for ‘the Catholic Community of San Francisco.’
“They do not.” [Can you see the kind of Church these ranting progressives would like to have? A Church that is pointless and almost useless when it comes to the one thing that matters – salvation. They want just another NGO that confirms their sacred left-wing shibboleths and never, ever challenges them. A Church that will be as dead as the Episcopalians or the Unitarians in a few short years. Really, for all the sodomite fury, I fear these rotten Catholics far more than I do the other. We can also see just how much universal salvation has infected the Church – that is one of the key errors that underlie the broader Katholyc heresy]
Keep praying for Archbishop Cordileone. He is revealing himself to be a rare prelate. The vast majority would have caved at the first sign of criticism from the left. Very few would continue to wage this kind of battle over months. Good for him. I am not saying he’s perfect, but he has shown he’s got some stones in this matter. We need many, many more bishops like him – which those who took out this full-page temper tantrum know only too well. Even if they can’t get rid of Cordileone, they will try to make such a ruckus there won’t be many more like him.
Am I the only one who sees the hand (or the prayers) of the Traditional Carmelites across the Bay in Oakland in much of this strength Cordileone is displaying? He is quite close to that community. Having a holy group of nuns at your back is a source of enormous spiritual power. May they keep praying for him, as well.
h/t reader skeinster!
The 6 years of the Obama administration, so far, have seen the most disastrous undermining of morale through misuse of the military as a test tube for every radical sexular pagan social experiment possible. Fine officers and senior NCOs are cashiered for falling afoul some social justice warrior in uniform who makes a complaint, typically completely unsubstantiated and often singularly vicious in motive. But no matter, the career officer who falls into the sights of such a creature is doomed from the start.
But that’s only a small part of the ongoing emasculation of the military. PC and radical left-wing shibboleths are being imposed on service members in a propaganda campaign of Stalinist proportions. This campaign includes attacking the very documents these servicemembers are sworn to protect, including the Constitution.
According to a Defense Department-approved “sexism course,” the Bible, the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence all contribute to modern sexism.
Those three cherished texts all count as “historical influences that allow sexism to continue,” according to a presentation prepared by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, whose mission is to give a ”world-class human relations education.”
According to the course, the Bible has “quotes” which can be interpreted as sexist by readers.
The Declaration of Independence is also an historical cause of sexism, as the document refers only to ”all men” — not “men and women.”
And the Constitution, the Pentagon argues, is an historical source of sexism because “slaves and women were not included until later in history.”
Of course, members of the Armed Forces take an oath to defend the Constitution — which is, according to the DEOMI course, an “historical influence that allows sexism to continue.”…….
……But following TheDC’s request for comment, the sexism course — as well as two other courses listed on DEOMI’s website, entitled “Prejudice & Discrimination” and “Racism” — were taken offline. [Of course they were]
It’s a sexular pagan free-for-all, with leftist consultants getting rich off of destroying the military. Which, maybe with the government and people of the US revealing themselves to be so perverse (50.1%, or more), the military should be broken, so it won’t be used for immoral purposes as I’m sure some would argue it has in the past.
What I take away from all this is just the immense loathing these people have for the Bible……and those who believe it contains the Divine Revelation. We’re just inbred cracker hicks to be stamped out if we won’t get with the times. A friend and reader at lunch today said we need a law to give faithful Christians at least some rights back from the advancing sexular pagan agenda, but I countered that that was exactly what the Indiana RFRA was about, and that got crushed. There won’t be any laws favoring Christians and our rights outside a few conservative states for a looong time, I’m afraid, and those will likely be struck down by federal court decisions.
So we better keep our powder dry and get prayed up.