Archive for August, 2007
Posted on August 29th, 2007 by Paycheck in Pro-Life Activism
Our society, in fact, faces virtually the same temptation that Germany did: the temptation to normalize certain well-scripted death operations in the midst of polite society.
If we look within our own culture and within our own time, we will see that suction machines have replaced smokestacks, and that fertility clinics and women’s health centers have replaced the barbed wire. Unborn humans and embryonic children are now dispatched with the same desensitized ease as camp inhabitants once were, and never a word is mentioned in respectable society.
During the Nazi years, there often were no momentous decisions to be made for or against evil. People were concerned with their daily affairs, and on that level, Nazism seemed good: it seemed to bring prosperity, it made things work, it allowed people to feel good about themselves and their country. The moral issues — the ones that we now see as having been central — were carefully avoided.
When the full horror of Nazism was revealed at the end of the war, the German people responded, “We didn’t know.” When a local townsperson was asked whether he knew what was going on in the camp, he gave a more complete answer. “Yes, we knew something was up, but we didn’t talk about it, we didn’t want to know too much.” Primo Levi, a writer and a survivor of Auschwitz, described the German ethical blind spot this way:
In spite of the varied possibilities for information, most Germans didn’t know because they didn’t want to know. Because, indeed they wanted not to know. … Those who knew did not talk; those who did not know did not ask questions; those who did ask questions received no answers. In this way the typical German citizen won and defended his ignorance, which seemed to him sufficient justification of his adherence to Nazism. Shutting his mouth, his eyes and his ears, he built for himself the illusion of not knowing, hence not being an accomplice to the things taking place in front of his door.
Martin Luther King Jr. used to say that what pained him the most was the silence of the good. Albert Einstein, who fled Germany when Hitler came to power, articulated the same sentiment in an interview for Time magazine on Dec. 23, 1940. He stressed that sometimes it was only the Church and religion that could challenge the status quo as evil made inroads into a society:
Being a lover of freedom, when the revolution came in Germany I looked for the universities to defend it, knowing that they had always boasted of their devotion to the cause of truth; but no, the universities immediately were silenced. Then I looked to the great editors of the newspapers, whose flaming editorials in days gone by had proclaimed their love of freedom. But they, like the universities, were silenced in a few short weeks. Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler’s campaign for suppressing truth. I had never any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom.
The courageous, even daring question we must ask is, “What is our own response to the evil around us?”
There is one thing that holds us back and that is fear. Fear of sacrifice. It’s not just any sacrifice that we fear, but the sacrifice of meaninglessness. In other words, we are afraid that the sacrifice we might put out will mean nothing in the end.
This, in turn, points to our lack of faith and trust in God that – no matter what happens – He will be with us until the end.
We must stand with the unborn and accept the consequences that this culture of death dishes out.
The pro-life movement has long forgotten that we are in a war.
A war means we need to fight.
For too long, we have been into appeasement and understanding. This needs to stop.
For as Christ said,
“I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” (Luke 12:49)
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I’ve not been blogging too much lately because of campaign preparations. Can’t say that will change much until September 10 either. So posting will be sporadic at best. Got this little note from a friend, however:
HPV Vaccine for all Grade 8 Students
Monday, August 27, 2007
The Ottawa Public Health Unit is adding the Human Papillomavirus vaccine to the School Immunization Program this school year. Starting in September, parents of all Grade 8 girls will receive a consent form containing information about HPV and the vaccine. Only Grade 8 female students with signed consent forms will receive the vaccine.
I got a better name for this vaccine. How about the “Floozy Vaccine”? That has a better ring to it. Another reason why public education is going to be history in the near future.
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Posted on August 27th, 2007 by Paycheck in Canadian Politics
To: Chief Electoral Officer, Elections Ontario
My name is John Pacheco. I am the Family Coalition Party candidate in Ottawa West Nepean. The purpose of this communication is to file an official complaint against the current finance laws as they apply to independent candidates.
Although my complaint does not affect me because I am running for a Party, I wish to make my objections known.
As you know, no campaign may incur expenses or accept donations before the writ for an election is dropped. However, candidates who have the benefit of running for political parties can effectively have their parties or constituency associations incur expenses for the benefit of their campaign. Their supporters can, in turn, finance these expenses by donating to the constituency association or Party.
If the candidate is running as an independent, however, he will have to wait until September 10 to incur any costs for his campaign since he has no Party or Constituency Association.
As you can appreciate, this puts the independent candidate at a severe disadvantage in the campaign since the candidates for the political parties have already effectively stocked their inventories with election signs, brochures and other campaign assets before the writ is dropped.
For instance, it can take 5-14 days to order and receive election signs. With a 30 day campaign (Sept.10-Oct.10), this effectively cuts out significant exposure time for an independent candidate’s signs to be available to the public.
In my opinion, this restriction is unfair and needs to be changed for the next election. A very simple solution could be to allow each campaign to collect donations and incur expenses 14 days before the writ date (which is now set by law), while maintaining a blackout on advertising or promotion until the writ date. This way all candidates are playing by the same rules.
Ottawa West Nepean
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Posted on August 24th, 2007 by Paycheck in Canadian Politics
Family Coalition Party Candidate Running to Bring Pro-Life Message to the People
Large Campaign Signs will Feature Photo of Unborn Child
By John-Henry WestenOTTAWA, August 23, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As the October 10 Ontario provincial election approaches, candidates from various parties are readying themselves to embark on their campaigns. One such candidate in the riding of Ottawa West Nepean is John Pacheco, the organizer of the huge Parliament Hill rally for traditional marriage in 2005.Pacheco is running for the Family Coalition Party, the only provincial party which is 100% pro-life and pro-family. A competent professional in the world of finance and happily married father of four children, Pacheco has no illusions of gaining a large number of votes in the riding.
“I’m not going to win this election that’s for sure,” he told LifeSiteNews.com in an interview today. However, he stated, “if elected I will certainly take my responsibilities seriously but I am under no illusions. We have to take the means legally available to us to get out the pro-life message.”
For him, the main purpose of running is to raise the pro-life issue in the public sphere while he campaigns as a legitimate political candidate. An “educational campaign for life,” is how he characterizes it.
That campaign will be very clear and visible come September 10, the official launch of campaigning in Ontario. Pacheco has developed signs he plans to use for the election which are basically large pro-life ads. Those signs will blanket the riding if Pacheco can raise the funds he needs and secure the volunteers required to put up the signs.
“We’ve got to take advantage of every opportunity that we can to promote the pro-life cause,” Pacheco told LifeSiteNews.com. He explained that political contributions up to the first $336 are 75% tax refundable. Thus, he says its “government funded advertising for the pro-life cause”, just as the other parties use their funds to promote their very specific main agenda items.Donations cannot be made to individual candidates until September 10, however donations to the Party may be made anytime.To contact John Pacheco about supporting his campaign: firstname.lastname@example.org
Regarding the above “I’m not going to win that’s for sure” comment above, I was a tad hasty in my interview on that point. It was a misstatement on my part, and I apologize for making it. What I did communicate in the interview was that I had to be realistic about my chances, and that, failing to win the seat does not mean it will be a wasted effort on my part or a wasted vote by any resident of Ottawa West Nepean. The pro-life, pro-family vote is important to cast to send a message to the political establishment. It is also an investment for the future in the conservative movement in this province and in this country.
Rest assured, I will do everything within my means and capability to run a legitimate campaign. I’m working on my webpage (which will be featured on this blog) to provide voters of Ottawa West Nepean with a comprehensive look at my policy positions on a whole range of issues from the sanctity of the family to education to health care to crime. I already have pledges rolling in; I’m putting together the signs, radio ads, YouTube presentations, brochures, and the kitchen sink.
If the voters of Ottawa West Nepean decide on October 10 to elect yours truly as their next MPP, I will graciously accept their judgement and do my best to represent them to the best of my abilities.
Let’s get it on.
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Posted on August 23rd, 2007 by Paycheck in Canadian Politics
Check out this little impressive write up about the FCP Candidate in Sault Ste Marie:
Bill Murphy wants to be your MPP come the October 10 provincial election.Murphy, general manager of a Sault-based wholesale electronics distributor, has been nominated as the Family Coalition Party (FCP) candidate for Sault Ste. Marie.“I want to provide real choice to the average family,” says Murphy, who as a husband of 21 years and a father of four knows a thing or two about family.
He played the role of Maurice, the father of Belle, in last year’s local production of Beauty and the Beast, and regularly promotes family-orientated events as the Grand Knight of a local Knights of Columbus council.
“Joint-income tax returns between couples will allow one parent to stay home or work part-time without penalizing the family income,” says Murphy.
“This broadens their options and it recognizes both the contribution of parents’ work in raising their children.”
Murphy rejects the stereotype of the FCP as a one-issue party existing solely to oppose abortion.
“We need to support real options for women who find themselves pregnant during difficult times in their lives,” Murphy says.
“Being pro-life and pro-family is not just about being against abortion; it’s about providing real choice to women.”
Noting that his daughters are of high school and college age, and that some of their friends have found themselves pregnant, Murphy sympathizes with the situation that leads them to contemplate abortion.
“They’re worrying about finances, their education, how their parents will react, and the stresses of becoming a single parent,” he says.
“The FCP will provide women in this situation with the support they need to finish their education, learn good parenting skills, and overcome the obstacles presented by society.”
Which leads Murphy to support policies that encourage a broader range of choice in childcare, “whether it be public, private, or through friends and family.”
Finally, Murphy would like to see more funding for hospices within the healthcare system.
“Nobody wants to die alone in a hospital bed,” Murphy says. “Hospice care provides a compassionate and realistic alternative.”
“It acknowledges that death is about to happen, while drawing upon specialized medical knowledge to control pain and provide emotional, psychological and spiritual support.”
“And it isn’t just the patient that needs this support – it’s the patient’s family.”
“Bill Murphy has a passion for healthy families – I mean not just in terms of physical health, but emotional, economic and spiritual values that have made our province great in the past,” says former Reform Party candidate and Conservative Party campaign manager Paul Mathewson.
For more information on the Family Coalition Party, you can contact Bill Murphy by phone at (705) 542-7606 or by email.
This is an excellent article and paints a great picture of a grassroots, family man who has entered politics.
Positive. Moderate. Calm.
All the things that my campaign won’t be. :) My objectives will be different.
Hey, it takes all kinds.
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Posted on August 23rd, 2007 by Paycheck in Liberalism
Depopulation and Abortion Advocates Top People “Screwing up Canada” Says Blogspot
Top most harmful: abortionist Henry Morgentaler, followed by de-populationists David Suzuki and Maurice Strong
By Elizabeth O’BrienNEW BRUNSWICK, August 23, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The blogspot “101 people who are screwing up Canada,” which has been gaining public attention over the past year, announced that the top most harmful Canadians are notorious abortionist Henry Morgentaler, followed by de-populationists David Suzuki and Maurice Strong.
In August of last year Tony Spinks launched his blog “101 people who are screwing up Canada.” Basing his idea on a book by American journalist Bernard Goldberg called “100 people who are screwing up America,” he asked people to send in suggested names and provide arguments to back up their choices. Selecting from these and his own ideas, Spinks has been putting up a new name roughly every other day since December 2 of last year.
The list, which finally counted down yesterday, announced the number one winner to be Henry Morgentaler. Supporting his choice, Spinks refers to those who think they can decide who has the right to live. He stated, “That’s the problem when you start playing god and believe you have that type of impact on society. The stakes are too high and the risk is that you do more harm than good. How much harm has Henry Morgentaler done to Canada? It’s enormous and will continue long after he’s gone. Number one? There was never even a contest.”
Major Canadian blogs, new services and public faces have drawn attention to the countdown. According to the blog, comments include, “A compelling title, building up to the #1 person who is screwing up this country” from CBC Radio One, and “I can’t wait to see who’s #1″ in New Brunswick Politics. Major political blog The Calgary Grit also published many comments about it (see: http://calgarygrit.blogspot.com/2007/08/100-down.html).
The blog noted that additional comments came from CBC’s Rick Mercer, who said, “Did I break the top 50?” Similarly, gay-promoting folk-rock musician Ashley MacIsaac commented, “I am very disappointed that I only made the 70′s-I was hoping when I came on to this site I would be at least up around the top 20.”
Finally, the site notes that Craig Lauzon from the Royal Canadian Air Farce stated, “While I agree with you that Alan Park is ruining Canada I can’t buy that he ranks so high! 36? Come on you have him ahead of #$%^& Brian Mulroney!” The results are similar to other grassroots public opinion reports that have shown that many Canadian see the negative influence of abortion on the country. The Great Canadian Wishlist, for example, a joint effort between the CBC and Facebook, drew thousands of Canadian votes regarding what was the top wish in Canada. “Abolish Abortion in Canada” was announced the winner on Canada day with a total of 9,543 votes (See http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/jul/07070305.html).Similarly, less than a month ago “The Beaver”, Canada’s History Magazine released an open vote on who was the Worst Canadian. After receiving just under 15,000 votes, the magazine announced the top winner to be Pierre Trudeau, the political lever for introducing abortion into Canada. Number three was Dr. Henry Morgentaler, the top provider and activist for legal abortion on demand in Canada (http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/jul/07073101.html).
Visit the “101 people who are screwing up Canada” blog:
I’m telling you: There is a shift in Canada. Yesterday’s invincible gods are today’s dead goats.
You watch over the next few years. The political atmosphere is going to be very interesting.
If I was a pro-abort, I would be soiling myself.
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Posted on August 23rd, 2007 by Paycheck in LifeStyle Choices
This year, pride is not only forever, it’s everywhere.
Pride is Forever: Capital Pride 007 is branching out in more venues and with more groups than ever before, said Marion Steele, a director for Capital Pride.
The past weekend marked several firsts for Capital Pride, said Steele. Capital Pride participated in Caribe Expo and SuperEx here Saturday and yesterday, and worked in partnership with the Israeli Embassy to produce a play called Timekeepers at the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama. The Israeli Embassy isn’t normally a group Capital Pride would approach, Steele said, noting the embassy’s acceptance shows the inroads the event has made in 21 years.
A 10-day event that started Friday, Capital Pride will host 35,000 people in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual (GLBT) community, and their friends and allies, during the celebration which will include a Miss Capital Pride 007 pageant, a drag show to be held at the Mercury Lounge this Friday, and a Rainbow Party, a community dance at the Capital Music Hall on Saturday. But the week’s biggest event will be the 21st annual Capital Pride Parade, next Sunday. More than 2,300 people are expected to attend. There is a serious side as well, said Steele. The new GLBT human rights vigil, for example, will be held at the Human Rights Monument at 6 p.m. today.
“The vigil is one of the most important events,” said Steele. “It’s important to remember that not everyone in the country has the same rights as the GLBT community has here.”
Yeah, you got that right. Let’s start with Christians and their right to free speech without being harrassed by the “human rights” commissions which are in the back pocket of the gay lobby.
And as for the Superex catering to sexual special interest groups, the Superex won’t be seeing my family or my money again. Good luck to them attracting the vast majorities of families who are not that hip with the propagation of homoerotic behaviour to their own kids. The event will simply turn into another venue for sexual propaganda. Sadly, families will have to look elsewhere for some wholesome entertainment.
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Posted on August 21st, 2007 by Paycheck in Catholicism
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BRITAIN is facing a mass exodus of people looking to escape the crime and grime of modern living.The country’s biggest foreign visa consultancy firm has revealed that applications have soared in the last seven months by 80 per cent to almost 4,000 a week. Ten years ago the figure was just 300 a week.Most people are relocating within the Commonwealth – in Australia, Canada and South Africa. They are almost all young professionals and skilled workers aged 20-40.
And many cite their reason for wanting to quit as immigration to these shores – and the burden it is placing on their communities and local authorities. The dearth of good schools, spiralling house prices, rising crime and tax increases are also driving people away.
Obtaining a visa to live abroad can cost as little as £1,500 for the right candidates. Plumbers, electricians, construction workers and doctors are famously in demand. The only obstruction to emigration from the UK is a criminal record, poor health, advancing age and being a “third country national”.
Liam Clifford, a former immigration control officer, set up globalvisas.com as a one-man band 12 years ago. He now employs 60 people and is in the process of opening new offices in both South Africa and Australia. Mr Clifford said: “It’s absolutely phenomenal. People are trying to get away to wherever they can, and most are successful.
It’s quite clear to anyone why liberals need excessive immigration. When you are not producing children, you need a workforce to keep the economy moving along and the big government apparatus employed. Yet everybody knows that, sooner or later, the piper needs to be paid. Immigration, while solving immediate needs, is simply a mortgage on the future. The price in terms of western freedom, crime, cultural upheaval, higher taxes, etc. etc. is much too high.
But, hey, who cares right? As long as we have free sex and abortion on demand, the hell with the future…that is until King Muhammed II takes over. Oh well, let us learn what this is going to mean for the West.
This is the account by Saverio de Marco in the “Compendiosa istoria degli ottocento martiri otrantini [A brief history of the eight hundred martyrs of Otranto]” published in 1905:
“About one hundred men were presented to the pasha, who had at his side a miserable priest named Giovanni from Calabria, an apostate from the faith. He employed his satanic eloquence for the goal of persuading the Christians that they should abandon Christ and embrace Mohammedanism, sure of the good graces of Ahmed, who would grant them their lives, possessions, and all the benefits they enjoyed in their homeland: otherwise they would all be massacred. Among those heroes was a man named Antonio Primaldo, a tailor, advanced in age but full of religion and fervor. In the name of all, he replied: ‘Would that all believed in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and were ready to die a thousand times for him’.”
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…The report is a 2007 updated version of the 2002 “World Population Aging” report that was published during the Second World Assembly on Aging. Following the demographic trends from 1950 to 2005, the report notes that the population aging is “unprecedented, a process without parallel in the history of humanity.” The report indicates that people above 60 years old are starting to outnumber children, those under age 15. By 2047 old people will outnumber children on a global scale, the report states, although developed countries already reached this mark in 1998…. This “unprecedented change, which started in the developed world in the nineteenth century and is more recent in developing countries” is right now “transforming many societies.” The report blames the skewed population ratios on the rapid switch from high to low fertility levels and increased life expectancy. … Nevertheless, once again a major population report fails characteristically to mention any connection between these alarming population rates and the rapid spread of abortion, contraception and sterilization in the past century.
Like this is a surprise? This whole “culture of me” is going to collapse in due time. They will sit around and wonder why there are so many old people and very few young people.
But that could neevvvvvvvvver be my responsibility at all. And remember, sex is a private affair. It has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with the future of civilization.
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Posted on August 16th, 2007 by Paycheck in Abortion
Well, you know the pro-aborts are getting nervous when they have to actually start advertising to save their precious abortion mills.
This is good news for us. When the establishment starts to sweat, there’s usually a pretty good reason for it.
Abortion is on the way out.
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Posted on August 15th, 2007 by Paycheck in Abortion, Canadian Politics
I would like to announce that I will be once again running in the upcoming Ontario provincial election which is scheduled to take place this October 10.
Unfortunately due to family and work committments, my involvement in the election might be more limited than past efforts. At the very least, however, voters of Ottawa West Nepean will have a socially conservative candidate to vote for. I will be running for the Family Coalition Party of Ontario (FCP) for the third time.
20 weeks unborn child.
Courtesy of Life Issues Institute. Images used with permission.
I will be focusing my campaign on the the unborn child. While the FCP has developed many novel and solid policies for its platform, my campaign will be an educational endeavour to raise the plight of the voiceless unborn child and the suicidal consequences that abortion has had on our society. And the great thing about it is that I will be using government money to do it via the generous tax kick-back credits available.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
1) Prayer: Needless to say, standing up for unpopular moral issues in this culture takes its toll on socially conservative candidates. During the election period, please remember to keep us and our families in your prayers. We’re doing this for the unborn child, and to a lesser extent, for your right to vote for a candidate that reflects traditional family values.
2) Money: To run a successful campaign, we need money. If you are pro-life and want to see some progress in the abortion battle in this country, then please use the very generous tax credit system offered by the politicians. You receive a 75% tax refund on the first $336 contributed to a candidate. For more information on political contributions, visit Elections Ontario.
3) Nomination Registration Signatures: If you are a resident of Ottawa West Nepean, you are eligible to sign the nomination form that will allow my name to appear on the ballot. If you are willing to sign the form and know others who can do so as well, please e-mail me to make arrangements.
4) Election Strategy: Since my time is limited, I will be focusing on the internet, local radio, and election lawn signs to get the message out. Volunteers for lawn sign delivery and larger sign installation are needed.
SEIZING THE MOMENT
Across North America, pro-life forces are seeing glimmers of hope on the abortion front. Although we have yet to see any political break through in Canada, there are signs of hope at the grassroots level. Canadian pro-lifers are accustomed to reading about victories in the U.S. over the last several years in the culture at large, in the courts, and in the political arena. And now even in this country, we are beginning to see a thaw in the abortion iceberg.
This past June, pro-life activists were able to soundly defeat pro-abort forces in the first ever head-to-head contest. Despite the attempts by the main stream media and the abortion industry and their lackies to bury abortion as a contentious issue, Canada’s Greatest Wish was to see abortion end in this country. Although the victory was somewhat token, it showed that there is a groundswell of young, pro-life Canadians across this country who are willing to engage the culture at large on this issue.
Likewise, there are other bold (and controversial) initiatives by courageous social conservatives all across the country to bring this debate to the forefont and force the truth to come out about abortion. We all know that once abortion is exposed for what it is, Canadians will begin to turn against it, and that is the moment when the political winds will change course.
So the time for action is now. We need to build on the momentum that has been generated and seek to educate the public about the need to protect unborn children.
It is my prayer that you will help me.
God Bless you. God Bless our country.
Yours very truly,
Family Coalition Party Nominee
Ottawa West Nepean
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Posted on August 15th, 2007 by Paycheck in Gutter Morality, Violent Crime
In the 2003 Ontario Provincial Election, at the All-Candidate’s debate in Ottawa South, I predicted that the social situation in Ottawa would deteriorate considerably unless politicians started getting serious about preserving the traditional family instead of attacking it all the time.
In fact, what I said to Dalton McGuinty and the audience assembled was that things would be 10 times worse in 10 years. This neat little website shows that my prediction is well on track to becoming a reality. Sad. Very sad.
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Posted on August 15th, 2007 by Paycheck in Pro-Life Activism
The following short exchange occurred between myself and a prominent Catholic priest on the subject of showing explicit pictures of aborted babies, which has been precipitated by the Unmaskingchoice.ca campaign. The priest’s remarks are in red.
Needless to say, this is not an easy issue to deal with. There are legitimate points on both sides, and I am not totally comfortable with showing the images in this manner. However, I believe that, on the whole, there is a stronger argument for supporting the campaign than rejecting it.
The obligation is to speak the truth in love.
Of course. But the obligation of speaking the truth sometimes carries the obligation of showing the truth in its full entirety. There is no easy way of exposing the holocaust of abortion. Under the rubric that you are proposing, we should not be allowed to describe what an abortion does either since, by your own pedagogy, that too would not be speaking the truth “in love”.
Is it licit to tell someone that, during a late term abortion of the unborn child experiences so much pain that he begins to bite through his own tongue as his head is removed from his neck?
Sometimes speaking the truth in love means exposing the entire barbarity of the act. Our Blessed Lord certainly did not hesitate to publicly and severely condemn the hypocrisy of the Pharisees of His day. He used very harsh language on them. The money changers too felt His righteous anger. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure that we have a correct understanding of love. Sometimes speaking the truth in love requires pain for those who hear it or see it. I cannot understand how it could be otherwise. The Gospels certainly underline this lesson very well.
This is not the pedagogy of love. It offends the dignity of the unborn and assaults all kinds of other people.
It does not offend the dignity of the unborn. The act of abortion itself offends the dignity of the unborn. Exposing the darkness and shining the light on what abortion actually is not only does not offend the dignity of the unborn but draws attention to that which has been offended: the sanctity of human life. What does offend the dignity of the unborn, however, is allowing the darkness to keep people blinded to the truth of what abortion is. That is the far greater scandal. Those pictures scream out: “I am a person who has been murdered” more than any other method could possibly accomplish. As for “assaulting all other kinds of people”, I find that claim hard to understand. Abortion is an assault on all of us, not the least of which are those unborn children who are personally assaulted. The consequences of showing the truth of that assault, however, is an infinitely lesser evil than the perpetuation of the greatest sacrilege known to mankind.
The end does not justify the means.
Father, that is not the issue here. I dispute that the means are immoral in the first place. That is the salient point in this whole discussion. Those who seek to reject this campaign must show how precisely the means are evil. The means are not evil at all since the means are grounded in communicating the truth of an evil. Some of the consequences may indeed be evil but that, of course, has to be weighed against tolerating the evil itself. Unless you are prepared to say that you reject the rationale behind the Church’s teaching on a “just war”, I cannot understand how you can still maintain your position.
The obligation is to speak the truth in love.
THIS IS A BIT TOO QUICK. YOU HAVEN’T THOUGHT THROUGH WHAT THE DEMANDS OF LOVE ENTAIL. E.G. CONTEXT, PERSONS ADDRESSED, HOW TO PRESENT THE TRUTH SO THAT IT WILL BE HEARD. I THINK THAT YOUR APPROACH IS HARD HEARTED, INSENSITIVE AND WILL NOT BE HEARD. IT IS PROCLAIMED SELF-RIGHTEOUSLY LIKE A PHARISEE.
You are entitled to your opinion, of course. Obviously, I do not share your assessment on the approach. The Catholic Church’s opponents make the same claims when the Church’s teachings on homosexuals is discussed. It would be one thing if this campaign was specifically targetting post-abortive women or children with these images. Obviously that is not the intent. Presenting the facts is no more insensitive and hard-hearted than telling a homosexual what the health consequences of his behaviour will entail. Or are we now to start suppressing the truth of such an unfathomable sin in order to completely eliminate the chance of possible evil occuring? Furthermore, there are many of us on this side of the fence (including, may I add, Fr. Frank Pavone, the head of Priests for Life) who, despite your claim, are not intererested in proclaiming the truth like “a pharisee”. We simply want the truth – ALL OF IT – to come out. Because, for 40 years, nothing else has worked. And there is a reason for that. Most Canadians are woefully ignorant of not only that abortion can be committed right up to the moment before birth, but also what an abortion is. This campaign, and the ensuing dialogue, will correct that deficiency very quickly. But the obligation of speaking the truth sometimes carries the obligation of showing the truth in its full entirety. There is no easy way of exposing the holocaust.
THIS IS AN INAPPROPRIATE EMOTIVELY DESCRIPTIVE WORD.
Why? Holocaust is exactly the word that should be used. The term holocaust originally derived from the Greek word holókauston, meaning a “completely (holos) burnt (kaustos)” sacrificial offering to a god. It perfectly describes what happens to unborn babies after they are aborted since many of them go to the incinerator. Also, they are sacrificed on the altar of the false gods of our age. In fact, it is a perfect term to describe what is going on in our culture today. It is not like the Aztec Empire which was an empire drenched with human blood. The Aztecs sacrificed 20,000 human victims a year in an effort to appease the gods of their religion, especially Quetzalcoatl, the feathered stone serpent god. Our Lady of Guadalupe put an end to that. Hitler went after 6 million Jews. This culture of death goes after 6 million unborn babies in less than six years. We have had 40 years of this barbarism. If anything, Father, the word is insufficient to describe the evil.
THE MOVIE “BELLA” HAS GOT IT RIGHT, BE SURE AND SEE IT WHEN IT COMES OUT – THE EMPHASIS IS ON LIFE NOT DEATH.
Thank you for the recommendation. I will be sure to see it. However, and this point bears recognition, “Bella” will not reach the people that these images will. Furthermore, why is looking at a picture of an aborted unborn child a scandal while gazing on a crucified man is not? Why is it necessary for us to show the very graphic sacrifice of Jesus on a crucifix? Wouldn’t a simple cross be sufficient?Sometimes speaking the truth in love means exposing the entire barbarity of the act.
WHAT’S THE POINT IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BE HEARD?
If your objection to this campaign is merely because we are not going to be heard, then the whole prolife movement in Canada should close up shop right now. For 40 years, we have not been heard. Shall we therefore ask “what is the point”? No, clearly not. We keep on preaching and exhorting, hoping that people will come to their senses. Likewise here. Except that we both know very well that these images cannot be denied and they will stay firmly planted in the minds of Canadians when this issue is brought up again in debate. They cannot deny the truth.
YOU ARE PREACHING DEATH IN THE NAME OF LIFE.
Father, please. This is not fair. We are not “preaching death”. We are exposing it. That’s a big difference. If I we are preaching death by these images, you are doing the very same thing by merely stating what these picture do. Are you “preaching death” by merely stating that “Abortion ends the life of a human person”? If not, then we are doing nothing less than you are, except by visual imagery. It’s the same thing.>>Our Blessed Lord certainly did not hesitate to publicly and severely condemn the hypocrisy of the Pharisees of His day.
AGAIN I WOULD CHALLENGE THE COMPARISON.
I can’t see how. Jesus did not fear in offending people. In fact, causing offense landed him on the cross. He upset too many people because He would not bend the truth to the itching ears of his listeners.
BUT WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO THE MOTHER WHO IS CARRYING THE CHILD? DON’T ADD TO HER PAIN BUT TAKE IT AWAY
But by your own standard that you are suggesting, we should not talk about abortion AT ALL for fear of offending or causing pain to women who have had abortions. Many of our opponents maintain that we should not talk about abortion because of the pain it causes to so many women. Is that the route you want to go?
IT IS BETTER STILL NOT TO DO EVIL BUT TO DO GOOD. There is no evil in proclaiming the truth. There is no evil in merely showing evil. However, there is evil in hiding the truth or, worse still, refusing to talk about it or show it for fear of offense being caused. That is why St. Paul says,
Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, (1 Corinthians 1:22-24)
THIS IS NOT THE ONLY WAY THE TRUTH CAN BE PROCLAIMED AND LIVED
Agreed. But that does not answer the question. It only side steps it. The truth is the truth is the truth. Communicating the truth therefore is not evil. The only thing that remains is simply this question:Does the potential harm caused by these images outweigh the potential benefits in exposing the horror of abortion?
I say no. Not even close.
THE PRINCIPLES OF THE JUST WAR “THEORY” ARE STILL DEBATED BY THEOLOGIANS AND THE APPLICATION IS EVEN MORE DIFFICULT.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church does not suggest that the teaching on “just war” is merely a theory:
2308 All citizens and all governments are obliged to work for the avoidance of war. However, “as long as the danger of war persists and there is no international authority with the necessary competence and power, governments cannot be denied the right of lawful self-defense, once all peace efforts have failed.”
The reference in the Catechism above simply recites Gaudium et Spes, 79.4 from the Second Vatican Council.
The Just War teaching is hardly a “theory” but has been well established since Augustine, and since therefore the rationale behind it is valid, then it forms the foundation of defense for this campaign.
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Posted on August 14th, 2007 by Paycheck in Eco-Frauds
Well, I guess the jig is up on the whole global warming hysteria.
Back in the 1990 Ontario Provincial election when I was helping out with the local FCP candidate in Kingston & the Islands, all of the candidates were all so eco-friendly that none of them printed any lawn signs. I found that quite humorous. Our campaign printed a few hundred lawn signs and started pounding them into lawns all across the city. Boy that was lots of fun.
Needless to say, all of the parties had lawn signs for the next election and the environment was no longer on the radar screen thanks to Bob Rae’s disastrous economic policies.
It’s the same thing here. Once people’s wallets get pinched or there is some other area of discomfort, the eco-hysteria will fade from green to black.
This little exposure on the false stats doesn’t hurt the cause of sanity, either. Those eco-worshippers are looking pretty damn stupid right now. I guess David Suzuki and the other demi-gods aren’t all they are cracked up to be, huh?
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Posted on August 10th, 2007 by Paycheck in Pro-Life Activism
Graphic Abortion Billboard Trucks Break Through Canada’s Media Blackout
By Hilary White
CALGARY, August 9, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In contrast with the media blackout that pro-life Canadians are used to expecting at their demonstrations, media coverage of the Reproductive Choice Campaign trucks rolling on Calgary streets this week has been lively. The trucks feature three-metre high photos of aborted children and an email address for more information.
Local papers and radio stations were joined by CBC and Global News who took video footage, while CTV News Calgary has run a two-minute television news spot three times in the last two days and included the sponsoring group’s website address. This coverage constitutes a frenzy compared to the nearly total media blackout that is traditional at pro-life events such as the annual March for Life event in Ottawa.
The Calgary Sun headlined today’s article, “Graphic abortion images shock Calgarians” and carried the CTV story verbatim in print form. A smaller local paper, Fast Forward Weekly, ran the headline “Little truck of horrors” and quoted Stephanie Gray, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform, the truck’s sponsoring group, responding to the accusations of shocking onlookers. “If there is nothing wrong with abortion, the images shouldn’t bother them,” she said.
A talk radio station, CHQR 770, has been broadcasting their report on the trucks every half hour from noon yesterday to five pm today. 630 CHED radio in Edmonton will carry a live 30-minute interview with Gray and she will be on 940 Montreal at 10:35 am EST for ten minutes.
CTV’s video spot, which is available online, clearly shows close-ups of the photos and reporter Najuma Yagzan says, “You can clearly distinguish a body, hands and feet.”
Jose Ruba, a cofounder and staffer of CCBR who today drove the support car accompanying the trucks, told LifeSiteNews.com that this was likely the first time the GAP pictures had been seen on English-language Canadian television.
“We had the GAP photos in Ottawa in 2004 when Planned Parenthood was giving Henry Morgentaler a lifetime achievement award and the national French-language TV used the images. But even when the CBC covered the controversy over the GAP display at UBC [in 2000], they only filmed the GAP images from 30 or 40 feet away.”
“The whole story at UBC then was about the signs, but they didn’t even show them. So today’s coverage from so many sources was a big win for us in that they showed the signs,” Ruba said.
Onlookers interviewed by CTV agreed that the images are “shocking” but also that they depict something true. “I’ve had nothing to do with it personally, so you don’t think seriously about it, but looking at that, you can see the murder aspect of it all,” one man said.
CTV offered a counter argument from a spokesman of Sexual Health Access Alberta (SHAA), but declined to mention that the group is an abortion advocating organization that until September 2006 was called Planned Parenthood Alberta. SHAA’s Executive Director, Laura Wershler, criticised the tactic saying, “In those circumstances there’s no opportunity for meaningful discussion or debate.”
But Stephanie Gray told LifeSiteNews.com that she and her group were still waiting to hear back from Wershler on their offer of a public debate. Gray said, “I contacted Laura requesting a debate partner and I’m waiting to hear back from her and this is months ago.”
CCBR said they contacted Wershler on November 16, 2006 on behalf of the pro-life club at the University of Calgary. “I emailed her a sample debate format and agreed that the debate should be a civil one with a neutral moderator.”
“I’m still waiting to hear back from her,” Gray said.
Wershler did not return calls from LifeSiteNews.com by deadline.
Onlookers interviewed by CTV, however, showed no signs of psychological trauma from seeing the photos. In one street interview, a young woman appeared unsettled but admitted that the images were depicting the reality of abortion, “To me, that’s really harsh, but that’s reality I guess. It’s what happens when you have an abortion. But, wow, that is graphic, yeah.”
There’s been a lot of debate around the question in pro-life circles on whether the strategy of showing aborted babies is effective and moral. In regards to the morality of this question, let us examine the facts.
First of all, it must be admitted that, in its substance, showing the truth can never be evil. This seems to be a rather obvious point, but it bears repeating here in this debate. Whether it is prudent is another matter entirely, but insofar as the morality of the issue goes, the truth of something can never be considered an evil means, since the truth is, by its very nature, a good, and indeed the highest good. Therefore, showing the holocaust of abortion can never be considered an evil means since an evil means necessarily draws on immoral or false foundations. For instance, someone may work hard to get rich. This is, at least, morally neutral. However, stealing to get rich is a different matter entirely since it involves an act which is contrary to the natural moral law. Yet, one cannot say that merely showing a sign of the brutality of abortion is an evil act. How could it be since it is grounded on the truth of what an abortion is?
St. Paul exhorts us to, “have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11). But how precisely are we to expose abortion? For forty years, abortion has not been exposed for what it is. There have been theoretical, intellectual debates which have been useful, but their impact has been neglible. A full and entire exposition requires the sacramental presence of visual imagery. We are visual culture which is influenced heavily on what we see. No other culture in the history of mankind has been so impacted by the visual sense. Therefore, to effectively combat abortion, especially in a dumbed down culture such as ours, visual imagery is a necessary tool for communicating the truth.
Furthermore, if we examine the Christian (and Catholic) view of a “just war”, the Church clearly understands that there are indeed circumstances that necessitate tolerating one evil to counter a much graver one. The Catholic Church, for all its emphasis on peace, has not buried its head on the question of a nation’s right to defend itself against aggression. It allows for the moral alternative for one person to kill another – not because killing is a good thing, but because defending one’s country and killing aggressors is a better outcome than being overcome by the aggressor and having greater evils imposed on it.
And yet if it is justifiable to kill in a “just war” for the preservation of a nation’s liberty and even survival, it is no less justifiable to peacefully show the truth of abortion so that mass human genocide may end once and for all. It is not a matter therefore of choosing an immoral means at all, but rather choosing a significantly lesser evil (harmful consequences on some constituencies) over a much more heinous one.
In regards to this question of showing the effects of abortion on unborn children, we understand and appreciate that there are painful and harmful consequences to various individuals in society who will see these images. Women who have had abortions and young children may be adversely affected. And while these are legitimate concerns and will indeed cause great pain to women who have undergone abortions, one must always bear in mind that the evil in NOT acting to expose abortion in this way merely subjects millions of more unborn children to this barbarity every single year around the world.
“But there are other ways of defeating abortion“, our opponents will say. Really? Which ways are those? We have been in the desert these past 40 years and we have not gained in any significant way. In fact, it’s just gotten worse. We need to change the public’s perception of abortion on a massive scale and the message needs to be communicated effectively and efficiently for victory. There is only one way to do that, and that is to show the culture what their choices have wrought.
Abortion cannot be defeated without extraordinary sacrifice and pain. There will be no easy victory over abortion but one which will require us as a culture to face the brutal reality of what abortion is in order to ultimately reject it. Having theoretical arguments on the question of abortion around a water cooler at work is a waste of time. It doesn’t work. We have 40 years experience as proof that it does not work.
Today in this culture, we have a false sense of freedom. It is a “freedom” completely detached from objective moral truth. In times past, it would be called out for what it was: not freedom, but license. License is a much more accurate word for what we have in our culture today since license does not require any moral contraints at all. This is where the whole abortion debate – indeed all moral debates – is situated in. In order to break the hold that license has on our culture, we must show the consequence of license in real and stark terms. No one can suggest that viewing those images will not radically impact the perception of what an abortion is. At the very least, it will weaken the resolve of those who wish to keep it legal. It has to. If it doesn’t, let me respectfully submit that no other strategy has a hope in ever overcoming abortion.
But the real issue in this whole thing, and the one that seems to be completely forgotten, is not the adverse affects these pictures will have but rather why abortion is allowed to happen in the first place. Because the outrage expressed by pro-abort fanatics at this method of communication is really the outrage of what abortion really is.
The real outrage is not the offense. It is that the truth of abortion and its ugly consequences is finally getting out.
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Posted on August 10th, 2007 by Paycheck in Site Admin
OK. So it looks like I am not going away, but only restructuring my time a bit. If Gilles Duceppe can survive for his bone-headed move into Quebec provincial politics, I figure people can cut me some slack too. I appreciate all the e-mails of support that I have received over the last few days.
By the way, I am in the process of moving over my blog to this location. Since Blogger does not have an effective backup mechanism, then I figured it was time for me to skeedaddle. I have uploaded some old articles that I have written to the new site (note the posting dates).
Next step will be to import my postings on this account to my new account. I am having problems, however. Anyone who has done something similar with WordPress recently and has experienced this error: “Connection refused (111)”, I would greatly appreciate some assistance.
I will post a notice on this blog account when the move is finalized.
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Posted on August 9th, 2007 by Paycheck in Site Admin
This is the future URL of SoCon or Bust. Currently, we are under construction.
Please visit our current blog location for latest commentary.
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Posted on August 8th, 2007 by Paycheck in Pro-Life Activism
Billboard-Size Abortion Photos to be Shown throughout Canada as Trucks Take the Message to the Streets
A national pro-life group launches the “Reproductive ‘Choice’ Campaign,” re-igniting Canada’s abortion debate
CALGARY, AB, August 8, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Wednesday, August 8, the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR) is driving home its message—literally. Starting today in Calgary, CCBR will cruise city streets with an 11-meter long box-bodied truck with billboards showing aborted human beings.
“Abortion advocates like to talk about abortion in terms of ‘reproductive freedom’ and ‘a woman’s right to choose,’” said Stephanie Gray, executive director of CCBR. “This language covers up what abortion is, namely, an act of violence that kills a baby. We call this project the ‘Reproductive “Choice” Campaign’ precisely because we want people to see what this ‘choice’ actually looks like.” Statistics Canada reports that there are over 100,000 abortions annually in Canada.
Gray acknowledged that many may not like the images: “We don’t like the images either. But what is more disturbing—born people seeing abortion or unborn people being killed by abortion?”
“Society understands the ability of graphic images to educate and inform on critical issues such as health and justice,” added Gray. “Whether it’s the images of diseased lungs, teeth, and gums on cigarette packages or movies like Schindler’s List and Hotel Rwanda, people accept uncomfortable imagery when they recognize that the images convey an even more uncomfortable truth.” Source
Wait, wait, wait. I know what you are thinking…cause I’m thinking it too.
The poor choicers are gonna say “they’re oughta be a law against this sort of thing.”
I am afraid that we are starting to get serious about this little abortion war. And it’s just going to get nastier and nastier.
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Posted on August 8th, 2007 by Paycheck in Contraception
Medical Consequences of Contraception
Online Video: Noted Endocrinologist Dispels the Myth of Health Benefits of the Pill – Part 2
By Elizabeth O’Brien
OTTAWA, August 9, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The lecture of noted endocrinologist Dr. Maria Kraw, speaking at the Humanae Vitae Conference “A New Beginning” last year, described the serious medical risks involved in taking hormonal birth control. It also debunked the common myths of the so-called “health benefits” of the pill.
She began by noting that one of the major risks of taking hormonal contraceptives is an increased risk of cancer. Looking at 54 studies of the pill, she observed that researchers found that it caused a 24% increased risk of breast cancer. The real tragedy, however, Kraw noted, is that the greatest risk occurs right after early puberty when the breasts are still developing. Taken before a woman’s first pregnancy, the hormonal contraceptive has the most negative side-effects.
Secondly, she said, 1 in every 200 Canadian women has the genetic mutation BRCA1, a disease that increases their risk of developing breast cancer by 50-80%. Women with this condition who take the pill make themselves especially vulnerable to cancer, increasing their risk by an additional 33%.
Thirdly, hormonal birth control makes the cervix more susceptible to the more dangerous strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted infection, and increases cervical cancer in women already carrying HPV.
As an endocrinologist, Kraw has spent a lot of time treating people with diabetes, an insulin-imbalance that makes metabolism more difficult. The progestin-only pill was found to cause a three-fold increase in the development of diabetes, while depo-provera causes a 60% increase. This in turn increases the risk of vascular disease, including high blood pressure and heart attack, even when the pill is taken at the low-dose currently being used.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases such as HIV, HPV, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Chancroid and Syphilis also appear more commonly in users of birth control, particularly hormonal birth control, said Kraw. Recent studies, especially in Africa, show that the reproductive tract becomes more susceptible to the HIV virus when women are on hormonal birth control. In fact, the condition of those who were already HIV positive got worse after taking the pill.
A decline in bone density (osteoperosis) and lactation are yet two more side-effects of the hormonal birth control. A World Health Organization trial found that the average milk volumes of women who took oral contraceptives after having a baby declined by 42% (vs.12%) over 24 weeks.
Kraw commented, “We may think, ‘Oh well, we’ll just pull out the bottle here’, but the majority of the developing world doesn’t have that option and will either look towards formula feeds with the risk of sterilization and gut infections or look at childhood malnourishment.”
Kraw concluded by debunking several of the major so-called health “benefits” of taking birth control, in particular the controlling of an irregular menstrual cycle or especially heavy menstrual bleeding. As Kraw explained, however, a woman’s cycle is “a highly sensitive marker of her underlying hormonal health.” Often the bleeding points to other problems such as insulin resistance that have “very marked medical consequences that go beyond the reproductive system.”
By taking the pill, a woman only delays solving the problem, oftentimes causing the underlying problem to get worse over the passing years. This can create other serious problems later on when a woman finally wants to have a child.
“So it’s like I’ve got here a huge ulcerating sore,” Kraw said, “but you can’t see it because I’m wearing a shirt. And so basically, I’m going to put a sweater on top so you can’t see it? Does that take away my underlying cancerous ulcer? By overriding and covering up either irregular menstrual bleeding or excessively heavy bleeding, are we curing the underlying reproductive or hormonal unhealthiness? No. Is that good medicine? No.”
Ironically, the information that comes with the product always lists irregular bleeding as a potential side effect. Kraw states, “In fact you are causing more trouble than you are helping erase.”
As in the case of menstrual difficulties, the claim that the pill helps acne ignores the underlying problem. Excessive acne is a symptom that must by solved rather than masked. There are “effective alternative therapies,” states Kraw.
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