I am fasting today on bread and water (okay, I had some coffee this morning) in order to give some extra spiritual boost to the pro-life forces engaged in the CBC Facebook wish contest.
Hope you will join me in whatever way you can. Sacrifice something between now and July 1.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. – Eph. 6.12
New York Daily News Promotes Pro-Abortion Language in Writers Guidelines
By Elizabeth O’Brien
NEW YORK, June 14, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The New York Daily News (NYDN), the sixth largest newspaper in the United States, uses a set of writer guidelines that favor abortion through choice of language.
The paper’s writing requirements promote an anti-life mindset by instructing writers to avoid certain words when dealing with the abortion issue. The words “pro-life” and “pro-lifers”, for example, must be replaced with ‘abortion foes”, “abortion opponents” or in the case of constricted title space, “abort foes”. The positive terms “pro-life” and “pro-lifers” may be used only within direct quotations.
On the other hand, when describing someone who supports abortion as a woman’s right, writers must choose positive terms, such as “abortion rights activist”, “pro-abortion rights” or “pro-choice”. The term “pro-abortion” must be avoided.
The biased position is even clearer in the guidelines that council writers how to speak about a pregnant woman. According to NYDN guidelines, a writer must omit “when the life of the mother is at stake”. In such phrases, NYDN writers must replace “mother” with “woman”.
Similarly, the term “unborn child” is not permitted. Rather, it must always be referred to as a “fetus”.
One of the first strategic acts of war is to cut off the lines of communication of your enemies. The pro-abort lobby knows very well that, in order to win this war, they must win the war over semantics and words. In the abortion war, the aim is to depersonalize the unborn children and sterilize the relationship between mother and child.
That is why it is always imperative to use pro-life language, the language of truth and reality, when engaging the culture. We cannot cede this turf.
I hope this email finds you in good health and you are settling well in your new appointment as the Archbishop of Edmonton. I want to offer you my congratulations. May God richly bless your ministry and may the fruit of the Gospel of Life always flourish under your guidance.
The purpose of this email is to inform you of a troubling occurence this past Sunday in the Archdiocese of Edmonton. The details are posted below by a gentleman who confronted the group in question.
As I mentioned to you and Archbishop Gervais two years ago when organizing the March for Marriage, the issue of same-sex “marriage” was never really about marriage at all, but rather providing a means to attack the Church. The account below only further confirms my view that this battle has nothing to do with civil rights but rather with silencing the Church, and eventually desecrating the most Blessed Sacrament.
There are two things desperately needed in the Church today, as I see it. Repentance and Unity. Repentance on the part of the whole church from bishop to lay person and unity between the bishops and the laity.
Unless Catholics resist the tyranny with a greater intensity than our opponents have, the Church will be eventually driven underground.
It is my firm conviction that unless the Church makes a public act of repentance and firmly resolves to resist the imposition of this sexual imperialism, things are going to continue to deteriorate very quickly.
I offer you my assistance in helping to organize against this threat, should you wish to avail yourself of it.
May Our Lady’s mantle of protection always be over you, your Grace.
Regards in the Lord,
Yesterday when I went to mass to my utter horror I found Mayor Mandel and his homosexual buddies were holding a ‘Pride Brunch” directly across from the church sanctuary. I immediately went to my priest who delivered a wonderful homily and touched on sexual purity yesterday morning. I found my priest was very sad the sodo,mites got themselves in to the church hall, but there was nothing he could do to get them out. He encouraged us to pray before the Blessed Sacrament in regards to this blatant attack against our church by the homosexual lobby.
Apparently the sodo,mites used deception to rent the banquet room and they obviously expected confrontation as they posted two Edmonton Police Service plain clothes officers at the door of my church’s banquet room.
I did pray and then I became quite upset at this blatant attack on our church. Really there is more than 100 banquet rooms in Edmonton that would only be too happy to host the Mayor’s homosexual pride brunch. If they really wanted a church I’m sure the Anglicans and United Church would probably give them a banquet for free just to register their approval for homosexual pride. But nope they had to target the most Conservative Catholic Church in the city.
Anyways I decided if they really wanted a brunch there than some good preaching and meal disruption was in order. So I marched in and called on the sodo,mites to repent and get right with Almighty God. I lasted for about 4 seconds and the two cops grabbed me by my arms and physically dragged me out of my church and on to the public sidewalk before they let me go.
They warned me if I set foot on my church’s property again I would be arrested and charged with tresspassing. I told them homosexuality is an abomination and contrary to my church’s moral teachings. I also told them I am a Catholic and this is my church. The police wen’t back to the sodomfest taking place in my church hall. I went to the Sanctuary tried to pray and got more mad. I called a Lutheran pastor friend of mine and told him what happened and said I wanted to go back in to the homo pride brunch and get arrested. The Pastor is very wise. He told me to cool it, pray and use my Mayor’s campaign to hit back strategically. Really getting arrested at the beginning of my election campaign would be more of a hindrance than do anything useful. I took the advice, left the sodo,mite brunch alone, prayed some more and then I needed to take a leak.
When I went to the washroom I guess one of the plainclothes EPS cops saw me go in. Before was done my leak both cops were in the washroom looking at me while I was finishing my usiness. This was rather annoying. At any rate just as I zippered up they decided to lay in to me. One asked “What part of leave didn’t you understand?” I informed the cop the priest never aked me to leave and as far as I know the only place I can’t go is the sodom brunch. I once again told the cop this church is my church as I am a Catholic and he can’t make me leave. I then told him if he wanted the optics of it he could cuff me and drag me out if he wished.
The officer asked if I wanted that. I told him no, I wanted to be left alone so I could go back to the sanctuary and pray for God to either convert or confuse the wicked plans of those sodo,mites in my church banquet room. The officer said so long as I stayed in the sanctuary there was no need to escalate the confrontation. Fine by me. I went back to prayer the police went back to Mandel’s little sodom pride brunch.
St Andrew’s Centre is a “Catholic” seniors centre. It is not under direct control of St Andrew’s church. If it was the priest would have more say about sodo,mites using the facility. It is however under the authority of the Edmonton Catholic diocese. On this level a homosexual function should still never have happened. I was not aware of all these nuances when I tried to disrupt the Mayor’s sodom function. The seniors centre and church indeed share the same property and building. Church parishioners do hold functions in the banquet room. In fact physically speaking the banquet room is closer to the church sanctuary than it is to the seniors centre.
From the Sanctuary you only need to take a mere 20 or so steps across a carpeted floor to be in the banquet room. To get from the seniors centre to the banquet room you have to take a long stroll down a hallway to get there.
According to a recent United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) State of the World Population Report, these practices, combined with neglect, have resulted in at least 60 million “missing” girls in Asia, creating gender imbalances and other serious problems that experts say will have far reaching consequences for years to come.
“Twenty-five million men in China currently can’t find brides because there is a shortage of women,” said Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute in Washington, D.C. “The young men emigrate overseas to find brides.”
The policy encourages late marrying and late childbearing, and it limits the majority of urban couples to having one child and most of those living in rural areas to two. Female infanticide was the result, he said.
“Historically infanticide was something that was practiced in poor places in China,” Mosher said.
“But when the one-child policy came into effect we began to see in the wealthy areas of China, what had never been done before in history — the killing of little girls.”
However, China has pledged to keep its one-child policy in place until the year 2050, a policy which it admits is “related” to the large sex imbalances in the country. “The implications are potentially disastrous,” Mosher said. “The answer is economic development, not restricting the number of people.”
This year, the United States sponsored a resolution at the U.N.’s Commission on the Status of Women that called for eliminating infanticide and gender selection. The resolution was withdrawn due to opposition from several countries, including China and India; however, the issue of prenatal sex selection was included in the final conference document.
Another wonderful fruit of abortion. But, you know, abortion is a human right and if little girls are aborted away to create a very dangerous demographic for international security and foster a robust environment for female slave trafficking, then that’s just fine with the abortion lobby.
The argument for this is that the state has an interest in a healthy work force: If you’re poor and get lung cancer, you’ll fill up hospital rooms at public expense. If that’s true, the state arguably has a greater interest in you continuing to smoke and dying young: The ever-aging population of the Western world will be the biggest single burden on state resources in the coming decades.
More broadly, it might be truer still to say the individual, unlike the state, therefore has an interest in stopping and reversing government annexation of health care — because that argument can be used to justify almost any restraint on freedom. In the end, you may not get the government health care anyway.
Under Britain’s National Health Service, smokers in Manchester have been denied treatment for heart disease, and the obese in Suffolk are refused hip and knee replacement. Patricia Hewitt, the Health Secretary, says it’s appropriate to decline treatment on the basis of “lifestyle choices.” Today, it’s smokers and the obese. But, if a homosexual guy has condom-less sex with multiple partners, why should his “lifestyle choices” get a pass? Health-care costs can be used to justify anything.
(Source: Warming to a depraved new world, Mark Steyn in the Washington Times ~ From the Commentary Pages, A14 )
Because lifestyle choices involving sex are considered untouchable. It’s a human right.
NSW Parliament Threatens Cardinal Pell, Places Him Under Investigation for “Meddling” in Politics
By Peter J. Smith
SYDNEY, June 18, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – New South Wales’ Parliament has ratcheted up the heat on Sydney Archbishop George Pell, placing him under parliamentary investigation for “meddling” in the lower house’s vote on embryonic stem-cell research.
Greens MP Lee Rhiannon requested that the Cardinal’s “outburst of muscular Catholicism” be referred to the privileges committee for allegedly intimidating Catholic parliamentarians by saying there would be “consequences” for their spiritual lives.
“The archbishop has refused to cease his special brand of meddling,” said Ms. Rhiannon, urging the committee to move since Pell was attempting “to exert influence over the democratic process in NSW.”
“Hopefully this referral will act as a warning to Cardinal Pell that he should refrain from launching a fresh assault on upper house MPs who are yet to cast a vote on this important bill.”
Pell now joins Archbishop Hickey of Perth in facing a parliamentary investigation for admonishing Catholics voting for the cloning/embryonic stem-cell bill to re-examine their consciences before lining up for Communion.
Although Rhiannon and other politicians are trying to silence the Cardinal in this week when the upper house debates lifting the ban on embryonic stem-cell research, human cloning, and human-animal hybrids, Pell remains unbowed in his vigourous defence of human life and Catholic teachings and stated he would be happy to appear in person before a committee.
Pell has continued to fight doggedly for his right and the rights of church leaders to participate in “a free society,” pointing out the double-standard when “anti-Christians like the Green, Lee Rhiannon, have every right to express their views.”
In an exclusive June 17 interview, Pell told Australia’s Sunday Profile, “there is a whiff of Stalinism or perhaps only of Henry the 8th in her attempt to use this referral as a ‘warning’ to me.”
Pell stated that his role in Australia’s pluralist society “is to state what is the Catholic position and to explain the rational basis for that position so that people of no religion, or a lot of religion, or a little religion can at least understand what I’m saying and potentially agree with me.”
“I set out the classic Catholic position, which is that if you violate Catholic moral principles, it has consequences for your relationship with God and the church,” stated Pell, who pointed out that his statements made no definite threats to Catholic parliamentarians about denying Communion except that it remains a “hypothetical possibility.” What he did do was remind them to “think twice” before receiving Communion and make sure they were right with God.
“If [Catholics] deny enough substantial teachings in faith and morals, the question must eventually arise as to well, what’s the benefit of calling myself Catholic if, for example, I don’t believe Christ is divine, I don’t accept the claims of the church for this or that and if, on the whole range of moral issues, such as abortion, euthanasia, I don’t accept those, well what remains?” asked Pell. “The Catholic tag.”
The furor over Communion however, Pell believes, has actually drawn Australians’ attention to the fraud involved with investing in embryonic stem-cell research and human cloning, which have yielded no cures.
“Tens of millions of dollars are being put into embryonic stem cell research and there has not been one established cure so far,” pointed out the Cardinal. “When are the economic rationalists, the hard heads, going to do a little bit of cost benefit analysis on this?” ____________
More “democratic fascism” being displayed here. When it suits them, the Church, the Politicians demand, must “stay out of politics”, but for some strange reason, they want to discipline a Cardinal when he seeks to correct one of his flock on his conduct.
We should stop all of this bullkaka and simply cut them off once and for all.
All of this song and dance with these politicians is useless.
The time for talk is over. The time for action is here.
BOSTON, June 15, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Phil Lawler, the editor and founder of Catholic World News, the first online Catholic news service, has placed the chief blame for the loss of the battle to protect traditional marriage in Massachusetts, and beyond, on the Catholic hierarchy’s failure to discipline Catholic politicians.
Social Conservatives United News & Action Notice ________________________________ Greetings everyone,
Praised be Jesus Christ and Blessed Be His Mother for all generations!
As many of you might already know, a few weeks back, the CBC launched a little contest on Facebook called “The Great Canadian Wish List”. Much to the consternation of the CBC and the rest of their overwhelmingly pro-abort audience, the wish garnering the most support was the “ban abortion in Canada” wish.
After a few weeks, it’s still number one, having received 4369 votes at the time of this notice. But the pro-aborts are starting to gain ground, in part, we suspect, from calling in their American collaborators. They stand at 3542 to keep Canada “pro-choice”.
The purpose of this email is to ask you, if you are a Canadian citizen, to register your support, if you have not already done so. My good friend, Suzanne Fortin, is helping lead the charge and the instructions for registering and adding support can be accessed on her blog (just to the right):
This contest is very important for the pro-life movement in Canada for a few reasons.
First, it will strike down the myth that abortion is a settled issue in this country. In fact, even if we were to lose this contest, we would still show that this issue is far from over. Indeed, it will never ever be over until we have won. And we will win. Count on it.
Second, we need to show the CBC that their days of biased anti-Christian, anti-life bigotry and lame duck liberalism are over. If they want to stay relevant to a new breed of young Canadians (the ones who are the backbone of the pro-life wish), they’d better get with the program fast and start opening up opportunities for pro-lifers and other social conservatives to contribute their views on the nation’s public airwaves, both in news coverage and programming. If they don’t do it, we’ll push for the privatization of the CBC next or we’ll work to completely marginalize and pigeon hole the CBC as a stump for liberal propagandists, thereby completely obliterating any shred of credibility they have left. And that’s not much admittedly.
Third, it will help ignite the pro-life movement like few events have in this country. It will be perhaps the biggest media and public relations victory we have ever had. And that accomplishment cannot be underestimated in a media culture such as ours. It is tantamount to the first significant pro-life victory ever in this country. Want to light a flame? Sign up and add your support.
Fourth, the networks that are being established among the prolife communities across this country both as organizations and individuals is substantial. This bodes very well for future activism for the unborn.
I am asking that our American friends in the U.S. not to participate officially since this is a battle on the ground for Canadians only. However, I am asking our American brothers and sisters to keep us in your prayers as we seek to win this battle for a once great nation.
Would it not be a wonderful thing that, once the contest ends on July 1, we deliver Canada’s wish as ending abortion? Now that would be a Canada Day to remember! It would be the first time in a long time that I could stomach to fly the Canadian flag again. We would have a victory for life and a sign of encouragement for the battles that lie ahead.
One more thing before I sign off. Prayer is required. We need to storm heaven and plead for God’s help and the assistance of his holy Angels as we look to break the back of abortion in this country. So I offer this prayer composed by Fr. Frank Pavone from Priests for Life. Please pray it every day until July 1.
Prayer to End Abortion
Lord God, I thank You today for the gift of my life and for the lives of all my brothers and sisters. I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion, yet I rejoice that You have conquered death by the resurrection of Your Son. I am ready to do my part in ending abortion. Today I commit myself never to be silent, never to be passive, never to be forgetful of the unborn. I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement, and never to stop defending life until all my brothers and sisters are protected, and our nation once again becomes a nation with liberty and justice not just for some, but for all, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
One of the wishes over at the CBC’ Great Canadian Wish Contest is this one.
A CBC employee is crying that the name of the wish “For a Spiritual Revival in Our Nation” is misleading.
The name of the wish, unfortunately, misrepresents the true goal of this group: to increase the levels of active participation in Christianity in Canada.
Now, if it were truly a wish to revive spirituality in Canada, that would be different. Unfortunately, close-mindedness limits the current discussion to Christianity = Spirituality. The name of this group should really be changed to “For a Christian revival in our nation”.
Sadly, this is another reason I’ll never understand or respect organized religion: the “it’s us or nothing” type of debate. ____________
And I respond…
I got a better idea. Why doesn’t the CBC stop pretending to be the nation’s public broadcaster and admit that it is really only a shill for anti-Christian bigots in this country? Everyone else already knows it, except the management of the CBC who still thinks its fooling everyone. Being honest would go along way in restoring any shred of credibility the CBC has left with the general public.
Not that, of course, the CBC cares about representing views of people it deems “certain religious types” aka faithful Christians.
It is far more of an outrage that the Christian Bashing Corporation pretends to be neutral and to represent all Canadians, then it is for Christians to post a wish for a spiritual revival for our nation. Any intelligent person reading the wish will soon discover it was written by Christians.
But, then again, we are not surprised at the policing of language by the CBC’s employees or representatives. It’s so very typical of its modus operandi.
Spent an absolutely wonderful Father’s Day with my family this past Sunday. Was spoiled rotten by breakfast in bed and some nice gifts, then we went to the beach.
I realized yesterday how much I value fatherhood, and how maligned fathers are in our culture today. They are reduced to mere sperm donors by the wider culture. Same-sex “marriage” says they are not necessary (or that mother’s aren’t necessary – take your pick).
My daughters tell me quite a different story. They come running to me every day to give me a hug and a kiss when I get home from work. I have to come to yearn for that love and attention, and I treasure it more and more with every passing day.
I am so proud to have four beautiful daughters. Daughters who have been entrusted to me to father, love, guide, and protect.
I hope to have more daughters.
Fathers, love your children and spend every moment you can with them. Don’t turn down a chance to play a board game or a piggy-pack or a dance. Don’t turn down a chance to go swimming with them. Don’t forget to pray with them – everyday if possible – and show them what a real man is like so they don’t settle for mediocrity in a future spouse. Protect your children’s purity and innocence. That is your No. 1 job today.
When you’re old and gray, they won’t forget you. They will visit often, love and care for you. They will bless you with many grandchildren. When you die, your life will mean something and you will pass on your life and your faith to them.
God Bless all Canadian fathers and families this day.
Bill C-250, the so-called “hate crime” bill against homosexuals, has provided the gay political agenda the necessary foundation to further their assault on the Canadian family and the Christian faith in Canada. After Bill C-250, they re-defined marriage in law. Next up on the plate, a challenge to civil and religious liberties.
Back in 2004, we tried to stop this Bill, but few people understood the ramifications of it. In the future, we will experience the heavy price for not standing firm against the sexual imperialism from the left.
My speech above on April 17, 2004 certainly expresses the urgency of resisting the liberal propaganda that is choking Canada.
OTTAWA, Ontario, June 14, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In October of 2003 Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty visited a Catholic school only several weeks after publicly contradicting Catholic teaching on a serious matter of faith and morals by coming out in support of homosexual “marriage.”
Now, only several weeks after publicly contradicting Pope Benedict on a similarly serious matter of the Catholic faith, Dalton McGuinty has again made an appearance at a Catholic school.
Last month McGuinty joined the furor of dissident North-American Catholic politicians in criticizing Pope Benedict for supporting the decision of the Catholic Bishops in Mexico, who had told Catholic politicians who vote to legalize abortion that they are excommunicating themselves from the Church.
Reacting to the Pope’s matter-of-fact comments on Catholic teaching, Premier McGuinty told reporters, “There are very few political leaders who would allow all of their actions to be informed exclusively by dictates of the church.”
McGuinty added, “There’s one particular aspect of myself that is in common with the Pope and (that is) I happen to be Catholic.”
The premier visited St. Bernard Catholic School in Ottawa ostensibly to congratulate the school for improving health, fitness and nutrition.
“Building healthy schools means building a healthy future for all our kids,” said McGuinty. “I want to congratulate the students and staff at St. Bernard’s for working together to make their school community a place where everyone can contribute, where everyone feels welcome and where everyone learns to live an active, healthy life.”
Some, however, are wondering why McGuinty was allowed to make a public appearance at a Catholic school when Catholic teaching forbids dissident Catholics from being given a positive public forum at Catholic institutions.
According to a document released by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in the summer of 2004, called “Catholics in Political Life”, “The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.” (see the document: http://www.usccb.org/bishops/catholicsinpoliticallife.shtml )
I really think there is a problem of coherence here. On the one hand, Dalton claims that he is Catholic and attends mass regularly with his family. On the other hand, he sees no problem in distancing himself from his Catholic faith when it rubs the liberal establishment and the powerful gay clique at Queen’s Park the wrong way.
Well, you can’t have it both ways, Dalton. That is why the Church canonized St. Thomas More, and excommunicated King Henry VIII. One guy was a model of how a Catholic politician should conduct himself while the other guy was…not. One died as the King’s good servant but God’s first. The other died of syphilis.
Suffice it say that over 450 years later, we’re still talking about the same thing: sex and how politicians deal with the consequences of it. There are those politicians who observe God’s laws on sexual activity and those who prefer the Sodom and Gomorah plan.
On July 11, 1533, Pope Clement VII excommunicated Henry VIII. The Church lost England because of it – a whole nation lost to the Catholic faith for centuries. But, with the ongoing auto-demolition of the Anglican Communion over — you guessed it! — (homo) sex, many Anglicans are abandoning the sexual heresy that their religion was founded upon, and returning back into the bosom of the Catholic Church who alone has stood up for two millenia and defended both the marriage bond and the integrity of the sexual act in toto.
Not only do we need to lift up and extol the merits of St. Thomas More as a model of Christian perservence in our day, we also need to appreciate how the Catholic hierarchy back then reacted. There was of course, St. John Fisher, the Bishop of Rochester. And, of course, there was…well…er…that was it. The rest of the English hierarchy folded like a cheap deck of cards and towed King Henry’s adultery and new religion. It’s not exactly the same today, of course. The situation is rather different, but not totally unfamiliar. We have one or two lay leaders sticking their necks out and one or two bishops. The rest are like quiet sheep.
But before Henry died of syphilis, he was officially cut off from the Church – a Church that was not afraid to cut off the cancer before the whole body was infected. We should be commemorating every July 11 as a day the Church stood up and recognized that a sexual despot would not make a mockery of marriage and the church’s teaching on sex.
Dalton McGuinty and the rest of the so-called Catholic politicians are like kids without any boundaries and without any discipline being exacted upon them whatsoever. They are allowed to malign and ignore – with total impunity – all Catholic teaching without one scintilla of discipline being applied from our bishops. It is a scandal of epic proportions, and one in which a heavy accounting will one day have to be made.
Where are our spiritual fathers in the faith? No where to be seen. What are they afraid of? Losing charitable tax status? Being hauled before our human rights star chambers?
The cross, perhaps?
This is scandalous and wrong. The bishops need to step up and start to lead, instead of going stone silent when justice calls out for swift and severe action – action that is consumerate with the scandal that our holy faith is continually subject to on a daily basis. If this was not actually happening in our Church today, one would otherwise think that this was an act from Monty Python it is so patently absurd.
Four years ago, I lambasted McGuinty for his two-faced show of religiousity. You can hear it here.
That was my contribution to waking up Dalton and the rest of the Catholic political dolts out there.
While we Catholic laymen must do our part in this culture war, the Bishops need to do their part and take their roles as fathers seriously. In light of the spiritual crisis and lack of spiritual leadership in the episocpacy across the western world today, “a fatherless society” is an appropriate description.
Baby boomers have brought us the Beatles, women in the work force and sustained prosperity. As they ease into retirement, they may soon be responsible for lower levels of economic growth, and higher interest rates too.
Bank of Canada Governor David Dodge…cautioned that Canada needs a productivity miracle to avoid a demographic topedo to the economy…
Other countries’ stars – notably Germany and France – will sink much faster because of their work forces are aging more quickly than Canada’s, he added. The importance, as we know it today, of the G8, which still accounts for more than 40 percent of the world economy, could decline to one-third by 2025, and to only one-quarter by 2050…” (Globe and Mail, B1 & B8, Thurs. June 14)
Trust me. The liberal fools who run the show in this country will skate around the real issue until we have taken on too much water to salvage HMS Sinking Fast . You’ll read a lot of crap like “restructuring” and “reorganizing” and other soothing nonsense from our so-called leaders who refuse to call a spade a spade.
The problem here is that Canada (as if it needs to be said again and again), like much of the Western world, is not having any children – at least not enough to sustain ourselves and our “way of life”.
No amount of reorganization and workforce manipulation is going to be able to plug a hole this size. When your way of life is seriously dictated to you by rubbers and vascetomies or when your best friend is Henry Morgentaller, maybe your “way of life” has to change.
There would be no problem with our labour pools (which I have long predicted by the way, but, hell, who listens to social conservatives anyway?) or an aging population if we had a young and vibrant work force to sustain it. Problem is that the boomers were all bust and no boom. They were all in it for the sterile orgasm and that is the legacy that they have passed on to this generation.
You can dress it up and dish out the typical leftist propaganda, but eventually we all have to face reality. We live in a cultural “Enron” where we all believe the lies and everyone goes along until it’s time to really pay the piper. When a whistleblower finally blew the whistle on Enron and yelled out the “Emperor has no clothes”, people finally listened. I wonder if that starts to happen with any sense of urgency surrounding this issue, what people will do? Probably not much. For forty years, we’ve come quite accustomed to the empereror having no clothes anyhow.
Her Majesty’s chilly Dominion is the land where straights live in common-law partnerships and the gays get maried. And the upshot is: America’s fertility rate is 2.11; Canada’s is 1.48.
And where does that lead? Canucks are aging faster than the Yanks. In 2000, oldsters formed 16.3% of America’s population and 17% of Canada’s-close enough. In 2040, they’ll form 26% of America’s population and 33.3% of Canada’s. (Mark Steyn, America Alone, p.55)
Where does it lead? Death, of course.
I was driving to work this morning and there was some road work being done on my usual route. As I drove slowly passed the construction, I started to think of the consequences of not doing the road work now. Sure, we might get another year or so out of the road, but then it would start to be a real hazzard to motorists. Eventually, if there were no repairs to it, I’m sure there would be accidents and deaths.
That’s kind of the situation we have today in Canada. The so-called “adult” population in this country is either deferring children or having none at all. In other words, they are refusing to get the road fixed because, as I discussed in my previous blog entry, it’s too much of a drag. And just like the consequences of not fixing the road, there’s going to be some real consequences in opposing the natural law, except instead of a crummy road, a whole nation is being silently flushed down the toilet.
And no one really cares. They just keep going. It is becoming more and more obvious that the truly patriotic Canadians – the one’s that actually care about Queen and country – are social conservatives. Why? Because it is we social conservatives who care about the future because, unlike our liberal opponents, we acknowledge that there should be a future!
Speaking of the candidates, he offered these observations: “They had a private faith, but few public policies to correspond to it. They had Christian social principles, but no Christian policies to achieve them. Their ends were admirable, but their liberal means to accomplish them were pitiful.”
The forum, he continued, demonstrated the shallowness of the liberal candidates’ professed Christian beliefs.
“It seems to me that as I listened carefully, they claimed they wanted to make abortion more rare,” said Geisler; “but I noted that they rarely voted to do anything to make it more rare. In fact, they kind of chided us [conservative evangelicals] for wearing our faith on our sleeves, while most of them had their faith in their pockets.”
Good job, Norm. That’s a keeper: “faith in their pockets.”
These leftists are so disingenuous. They like to create these false and moronic distinctions between “religious” and “secular”, all the while refusing to acknowledge they practice their own state-man worship religion devoutly. Hypocrites.
And they have their own sacraments too.
Baptism – Contraception
Eucharist – Abortion
Confirmation – Leftist Degrees from Leftist Universities
Confession – Vicious Gossip through a Liberal Media
Marriage – Unionized Sodomy & Porn
Holy Orders – Secular Judges with their judicial impositions
The universal and generally received truth is that the main stream media cannot be trusted. They can’t be trusted to provide a credible and truthful account of reality, even more so when that reality concerns religion. They are, as if it needs to be said, the official enemies of Christianity in general, and Catholicism in particular. We can see their uncritical examination and euphoric promotion of the Da Vinci Code and their orgasmic endorsement of The Lost Tomb of Jesus.
Anything to take down the claims of Christianity – no matter how far-fetched, weak, and absurd the “evidence” is – the MSM is there with bells and whistles and tambourines. After all, if Tom Hanks or James Cameron is involved, we all know it reaches the very heights of scholarly credibility, and everyone should just bow their heads and whisper a pious “Amen”. The converse of their wholesale propaganda against Christianity is also certainly well known. They simply ignore, minimize, distort, or manipulate the real and authentic evidence that exists for the veracity of the Christian faith. The Shroud of Turinwas written off twenty years ago by the gods of science and their carbon dating. Providentially, the carbon dating claims didn’t stick as the other gods of science informed us. We heard a lot about the first gods, but not a heck of a lot about their ousters. Oh well, c’est la vie. First impressions, after all, must not be disturbed.
Then there is the case of The Shroud of Manoppello. Never heard of it, you say? Come now. That’s not surprising, given the political and moral sensibilities of those who are responsible for suppressing these little proofs of Christianity’s claims. I shouldn’t be so critical, however. I suppose that when the evidence started to mount that “Veronica’s Veil” (as it is sometimes called) was indeed THE image of Christ, the main stream media placed this astounding news in the back pages of obscurity and amusement. This happened over twenty years ago.
I came to know about the “veil” in reading a little known magazine called Love One Another Catholic Magazine(Issue No. 7). This magazine which is published first in Polish and then translated into many different languages is well known for its high quality articles, and although it is focused on the youth, its devotional and scholarly articles have been a wealth of inspiration for me personally. I highly recommend this magazine to anyone wanting to receive the occasional “shot in the arm” and encouragement. It does not shy away from tackling some of the most controversial issues of our time like homosexuality and abortion, and also the taboo issues like demonic possession. It did a remarkable article on the real Emily Rose, for instance. It is a first-rate publication for Catholic families, and I cannot give it a higher endorsement. It’s superb.
A few days ago, I requested and received permission from Love One Another Magazine to publish the three articles on the Shroud of Manoppello they featured in their last publication of the magazine. The first two articles are featured above. The third will follow in late July.
This is why countries that fall into this model don’t care about defense and care even less about having children. National Defense means losing comforts. It means sacrificing part of the huge social programs they have come to expect, to be entitled to. And children? Too expensive. Too much of a drag. (Mark Steyn, America Alone, ~p45-55)
That last sentence really hits the spot, doesn’t it? If we could sum up the culture’s disposition toward children from abortion, to contraception, to daycare, to child abuse, to child neglect, to fatherless households, to etc. etc, this would be it: Children: too much of a drag.
Too much of a drag to sacrifice for another. Too much of a drag to sustain our culture from complete collapse. Too much of a drag to care. Just too much of drag, man.
Is it any wonder that euthanasia is so popular today? Old people and their health problems: too much of drag, man.
If America wants to rid itself of this putrid socialism that is eating away at the Western world, it should pull its defenses out of Europe and get them to start paying their own way. The welfare state and all of its destructive philosophies would disappear within 10 years.