Archive for February, 2009

Over the last little while, you may have noticed through various media reports and blog comments that the pro-aborts have become somewhat restless with the abortion wars.  They know that time is not on their side. They understand how the social pendulum works.  They want the abortion question to be settled.  In fact, that’s what they’ve been saying for some time now.  Some of their leading propagandists have been informing Canadians not to worry, that indeed the abortion question is settled.   

Even though their Abortion Messiah has come to power in the U.S. and they have an apparent lock up here in the Great Barren North, and despite the political winds blowing their way almost everywhere, they are becoming more and more uptight that the pro-life movement seems to still be gaining ground and carrying the momentum in the culture at large.  Worse still, the tenacity and courage of pro-lifers throughout North America is making them very nervous, especially when basic civil rights are being trampled on by fanatical pro-abort government organs.   They know that once they strap on the State’s Jackboot to squash what is clearly becoming the greatest civil rights movement of all time, their veneer of “rights” and “freedom” is going to go up in smoke, and along with it, their hold on power.  Nobody likes a bully or a boor, but that is what the pro-aborts are being shown to be. In fact, it’s really only exposing what’s really hidden on the inside.

They want us to go away, but they just don’t understand how a cause which appears to be politically dead can still attract substantial support.  And worse than that, the public relations nightmare of squashing freedom of expression in opposing them is something that looks really bad. Really bad.  And really good for us.

As long as unborn children are being ripped apart, and their silent screams go unheard, we’ll be here opposing their barbarity and witnessing to the dignity of every human life.  So let them do what they will.

They can throw us into jail.

They can slapsuit us.

They can drown out free speech.

They can deny us space.

They can viciously attack us.

But whatever they do, they need to understand this very clearly:

It ain’t ova’.

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A doctor in Sweden has asked health authorities for clarification after a woman twice had abortions carried out upon learning her fetuses were girls.

The woman in question was already mother to at least two girls when she once again became pregnant and visited a health clinic in central Sweden.

Initially, the woman requested an amniocentesis in order to allay concerns about possible chromosome abnormalities. At the same time, she also asked to know the fetus’s gender.

While there was no medical reason to go through with the amniocentesis, the procedure was nevertheless carried out.

The test revealed normal chromosome development and that the woman was carrying a girl.

Six days later, the woman requested an abortion which was subsequently carried out.

Pregnant again at a later date, the woman returned to the clinic and once again requested an amniocentesis.

This time, however, her request was denied.

One month later, the expectant mother scheduled an ultrasound screening. During the procedure she asked to be told the gender of the fetus.

The midwife carrying out the examination told the woman the fetus was a girl.

The same day, the woman scheduled an abortion, which was performed four days later.

“The above matter has given rise to strong feelings among those involved who, perhaps justifiably, believe that the patient has gone through two abortions because of [the fetus's] gender,” writes the head of the clinic, Kaj Wedenberg, in a letter to Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).

Wedenberg explains that his staff has asked him to draw up guidelines on how to handle similar requests in the future in which they “feel pressured to examine the fetus’s gender” without having a medically compelling reason to do so.

“In part, I wonder if a caregiver within the public health system has the right to make reference to their own views and the dominant view in our country about gender’s equal value, in preventing a patient, with perhaps a different valuation, from learning the gender of the fetus,” he writes.

Wedenberg adds that he wants the agency to provide additional direction on what his rights are as head doctor at the clinic to overrule other medical professionals which may have different appraisals of what sort of procedures ought to be performed for “medical, social, or psychological” reasons.  (Source)

A woman’s “choice” is supreme, don’t you know — even if the abortion is carried out PRECISELY BECAUSE the fetus was female.

This is what they call “women’s rights” in the twenty first century.

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, Feb. 12 — Nine college-age members of the Survivors Campus Life Tour were arrested on a public sidewalk at Parker High School in Birmingham, Alabama, while distributing literature to students at the campus today.This afternoon, the group of pro-life youth activists quietly held signs, distributed literature and peacefully dialogued with students on the public sidewalk. After being threatened with arrest if they did not leave the area, the group contacted their attorney, who then assured them that their location on the public sidewalk and their free speech activity was legal according to local and state laws. After the Campus Life Tour team members finished handing out literature to passing students and were in the process of loading their van to leave the school area, the police then handcuffed and arrested all nine Survivors without warning. One of the team members who did not assist in the distribution of literature was also arrested and handcuffed so tightly that it caused her to cry in pain.Kortney Blythe, Director of Survivors Campus Life Tours, repeatedly asked Officer Cooley, one of the arresting officers, the reason for the arrests. He kept assuring the team that they were not arrested, they were only being detained, and he did not know what the charges were. The entire group was never informed of the reason for their arrest as they were being handcuffed, and one of the officers was heard to question his superiors, “What are we arresting them for again?” The police confiscated the team’s video cameras and personal belongings, and impounded and searched the Campus Life Tour van. The police also asked the team members where they were staying so they could conduct a search in their hotel as well.They are now being held in Birmingham City Jail, the jail from which Martin Luther King, Jr. issued his famous letter condemning apathy and injustice. All nine members of the Campus Life Tour team have “willingly [gone] to jail for their conscience’ sake” in the same city where Dr. King was jailed for his convictions. In January, the Campus Life Tour participated in the Birmingham Letter Project in Washington, DC, a series of events dedicated to speaking against the injustice of abortion in the spirit of Dr. King. They now find themselves jailed for First Amendment activity in Birmingham, demonstrating that prejudice is alive and well in America, particularly when advocating for the civil rights of the pre-born.

The group is scheduled for an early Friday morning hearing, and have been informed the pending charge is “criminal trespass”.

“I am in shock and disbelief that a person can be arrested for simply standing on a public sidewalk and handing out literature. If there is any principle that is so deeply rooted in this nation’s history it is the right of free speech, and it is shameful that those charged with upholding the law are in fact the ones that violated the Highest Law of the land today.

Regrettably, nine innocent young people are sitting in jail for peacefully exercising their constitutional rights, the very jail that imprisoned Martin Luther King for doing the exact same thing. We will fight to defend these brave young people. We will not give in to the tyranny of men, in this case officers, who have placed themselves above the law. We look forward to our day in court.”
— Allison Aranda, Staff Counsel for Life Legal Defense Foundation

“The police officers of Birmingham have demonstrated a total disregard for both local laws and the Constitution. It is ironic that young people participating in a project named after Dr. King’s letter sit in the very jail he penned it from. Ironic and sad. Those are some great young people and I am proud of them as they stand against today’s civil rights abuses, unwilling to be silenced as a voice for the pre-born. Throughout their entire ordeal, these youths’ first and foremost concern was to draw attention to the ultimate civil rights abuse – the murder of pre-born children.” — Rev. Jeff White, Founder of Survivors

“A generation ago, young civil rights workers were thrown in Birmingham Jail as they stood to speak out against the injustice of segregation. Today young pro-life activists are walking the same paths of justice as they are jailed in Birmingham for speaking out against the violence and injustice of abortion. As civil rights workers a generation ago sacrificed, were brutalized, attacked by dogs and yet prevailed by ending the bigotry of segregation, so these heroic young pro-life activists are taking a sacrificial stand to see that the tragedy of abortion comes to an end. As they sit in that jail cell we pray the church is challenged to rise out of their indifference and stand for the innocent children across the nation.’”
— Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Christian Defense Coalition and Sponsor of the Birmingham Letter Project

“What an ironic situation. The actions by the Birmingham Police Department are not only deplorable and shameful but are in direct conflict with the spirit and passion of Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr., who stated that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. These young people who have correctly included unborn children as persons deserving of civil rights should be commended, not condemned.”
— Fr. Terry Gensemer, Rector of the Church of the Reconciler Charismatic Episcopal Church, Fairfield, Alabama.

Update: Half the group has been released, but several Survivors remain in jail. Another press release is forthcoming, and will be posted when available. Please feel free to contact the Birmingham Police on behalf of the young people. See the website for contact information. (Source)

How appropriate that these young and courageous kids should share the same jail as Martin Luther King Jr.  It’s the same civil rights struggle, after all:  trying to humanize what the State has dehumanized.  In King’s time it was the Blacks. In our time, it’s the unborn.

You know it is the beginning of the end for the pro-abortion forces when they refuse to allow peaceful protest on public property.  It amazes me how dull and slow the pro-abort forces are.  That they cannot see that their jackboot tactics are going to backfire on them and propel the pro-life movement to a  quicker and more decisive victory than would ever have been possible otherwise.  They are losing ground and must resort to muzzling tactics to silence the truth.

But the truth will not be silenced.

Though there will be pain and much suffering for us, the end result will be sweet indeed.

We shall overcome!

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Abortion: The Great Anti-Sacrifice, The Great Anti-Eucharist of our times…

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This year on May 14, 2009, Canada will mark 40 years to the day Canadian Parliament passed the infamous Omnibus Bill,  C-150, the legislation decriminalizing contraception, abortion, and homosexuality, (Votes: 149-55).  For the next 40 years, the moral and social fibre of our country has been steadily eroded as millions of unborn children have been mercilessly slaughtered in their mothers’ wombs.  In Canada today, there is no law restricting abortion – even up to the moment before birth.

The polls have consistently showed that Canadians do not approve of the status quo on abortion on demand in this country.  They have consistently showed through the years that two-thirds of Canadians want some restrictions on abortion.  (See Environics Poll – October, 2005, Environics Poll – October, 2006, Environics Poll – October, 2007, Environics Poll – October, 2008).  But still, the government won’t touch this issue with a 10-foot pole.  And year after year, our country dies a little more.

In fact, whenever pro-abort forces faces off against concerned Canadians, they are resoundly defeated both in informal competitions and even ones hosted by the liberal media itself.

Abortion clinics in Canada flaunt their late term abortion services (up to 23 weeks), all the while refusing to acknowledge the humanity of a child even at 20 weeks.  And if the pregnancy is over 24 weeks, we ship our sisters and daughters to Wichita, Kansas for the “procedure”, on the taxpayer’s dime no less.

While our politicians and judges either mouth platitudes of opposition, or work actively to ensure this deadly sacrifice continues year after year and decade after decade, the cry of the innocents goes unheard.  It’s the silent scream that we would rather not hear.  Natural justice is denied to the most defenseless human being in the most dangerous place to be in Canada: a mother’s womb. Every societal indicator of a healthy society has shown that Canada is a social disaster zone.  Abortion rates continue to skyrocket, as does family breakdown, drug abuse, violence, addiction to pornography, and every sort of social malady imaginable.

And while Canada continues to disintegrate, the media pundits and the politicians promote foolish and idiotic solutions to the nation’s problems while willfully ignoring the real reason why Canada is destroying itself. Do we not have eyes to see what is happening to Canada today?  Are we so blinded by our decadence and selfishness that we will let ourselves descend into the basest depravity before we are thoroughly destroyed as a country; where even now our basic civil rights and freedoms are being threatened because we refuse to rear our own children and pass down our traditions? 

Without a genuine respect for human life and the natural family, and the concomitant reflection of that respect in law, the Canadian social fabric, like an unborn child’s flesh during an abortion, will continue to tear and bleed until there is nothing left. It is a fallacy to believe a nation can willfully and legally destroy its own children without also destroying itself.  To be sure, it does not happen over night. It decades for the consequences to come bearing down, but they do come.  Once the effects are conceded among the elites and the chattering classes, no one will ever again try to argue that abortion does not have adverse consequences in every strata of our society.

Canada has become a barren desert of murderous self-indulgence.  We’ve been on a suicide trip for the past 40 years, but we all know that it cannot go on indefinitely.  It can only go on so long before some serious and rather irreversible consequences happen.

Is it too late?  Perhaps.  But May 14, 2009 may be a new beginning for this country.  40 years in the desert can come to an end — or at least the beginning of the end — if we really want to enter the promised land.

The March for Life has been taking place on Parliament Hill since 1998. The March has been steadily growing in numbers ever since its inception, reaching its high last year of 8,000 people.

40 Days for Life wants to encourage everyone participating this year to make an extra effort to attend the March on Thursday May 14, and encourage your friends and family to participate too.   This year’s March is entitled “Exodus 2009″ in remembrance of the last 40 years of abortion in this country.  With your prayers and participation, this year’s March can be the most dramatic ever.

Please make every effort to attend, and be part of the greatest civil and human rights movement of all time!

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Sick.

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The abortion business must be really hurting.

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LOS ANGELES — Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund Center for Academic Freedom filed a lawsuit against officials of the Los Angeles Community College District on Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The lawsuit comes after a professor censored and threatened to expel a student following a speech about marriage and his Christian faith during an open-ended assignment in a public speaking class.“Christian students shouldn’t be penalized or discriminated against for speaking about their beliefs,” said ADF senior counsel David French. “Public institutions of higher learning cannot selectively censor Christian speech. This student was speaking well within the confines of his professor’s assignment when he was censored and ultimately threatened with expulsion.”On Nov. 24, 2008, Los Angeles City College speech professor John Matteson interrupted and ended Jonathan Lopez’s presentation mid-speech, calling him a “fascist bastard” in front of the class for speaking about his faith, which included reading the dictionary definition of marriage and reciting two Bible verses. Instead of allowing Lopez to finish, Matteson told the other students they could leave if they were offended. When no one left, Matteson dismissed the class. Refusing to grade the assigned speech, Matteson wrote on Lopez’s evaluation, “Ask God what your grade is.”

One week later, after seeing Lopez talking to the college’s dean of academic affairs, Matteson told Lopez that he would make sure he’d be expelled from school. Matteson’s treatment of Lopez during his speech follows an earlier incident in which Matteson told his entire class after the November election, “If you voted yes on Proposition 8, you are a fascist bastard.”

“Professor Matteson clearly violated Mr. Lopez’s free speech rights by engaging in viewpoint discrimination and retaliation because he disagreed with the student’s religious beliefs,” said French. “When students are given open-ended assignments in a public speaking class, the First Amendment protects their ability to express their views. Moreover, the district has a speech code that has created a culture of censorship on campus. America’s public universities and colleges are supposed to be a ‘marketplace of ideas,’ not a hotbed of intolerance.”

ADF-allied attorney Sam Kim and attorney Michael Parker of the Buena Park firm Sam Kim and Associates APC, are serving as local counsel in the case. (Source)

Why are we pretending that we can live with the Left? I’m afraid that dark and violent times are ahead.

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Geert Wilders arrested at UK, then banned.

The Dutch MP Geert Wilders had been invited to the United Kingdom by a member of the House of Lords.

“I still believed and hoped that they would change their tune,” he told CNN by telephone, saying he was speaking from a detention room at London’s Heathrow Airport.

He said he was met by customs officers as soon as he left the plane.

“They took me to a detention center,” Wilders said, and there he was interviewed “for 45 seconds” before they took his passport and left.

He called it a “very sad day” for “freedom of speech in the European Union.”

Wilders had been invited to screen his film, “Fitna,” at the House of Lords on Thursday evening. The 15-minute film features disturbing images of terrorist acts superimposed over verses from Islam’s holy book, the Quran, to paint Islam as a threat to Western society.

The British ambassador to the Netherlands told him Wednesday that he would be refused entry into Britain because the beliefs expressed in the film would threaten public security.

The 45-year-old lawmaker said he was bewildered by the ban.

“Threat to society? I’m an elected member of Parliament; I have done nothing wrong,” he told Dutch radio. “I’m a normal, law-abiding democrat. You might agree or disagree with my political point of view, but I’m no threat to anyone.”

The state of Jordan has requested his extradition to face charges of blasphemy, and at home he is being prosecuted for hate speech — a charge he is appealing to his country’s Supreme Court. (Source)

Wilders’ “arrest” is the proverbial canary in a coal mine. Here’s another comparison: you know about the frog and the boiling water analogy, don’t you? It goes something like this: If you throw a frog into a pot of boiling water, he’ll jump out quickly. But if you throw a frog into a pot of water and slowly turn up the heat until it boils, the frog won’t know the difference from one moment to the next and when the boiling point hits, he’ll be dead. That’s kind of what’s happening in the West right now.  Little by little, our freedoms are being stripped away. The fact that Wilders is a democratically elected politician is even more significant. It’s one thing to deny access to some insignificant Joe; it’s quite another to do so to someone who actually represents a geographic region of a democratic state.

I’m sure all the Leftists out there will cheer.  I’m not sure why, of course. I doubt Wilders is a social conservative. He’s probably a social libertarian, and so the attack on him really is attacking a lot more than just his rejection of Islamism. Rather it is attacking much of what the “Sexual Left” stands for.  I guess there is a silver lining in every cloud.  

I’m a social conservative. When the mullahs take over, I’ll grow my beard a little fuller, get a couple of extra wives, and keep my head down. It’s the feminists and gays who’ll have a tougher time. If, say, three of the five judges on the Massachusetts Supreme Court are Muslim, what are the chances of them approving “gay marriage”? (Mark Steyn, America Alone, p. xxvii )

Appeasement is a vote to live in the present tense, to hold the comforts of the moment. To fight for king and country is to fight for the future. But a barren society has no future, and so what’s to fight for?” (Mark Steyn, America Alone, p.37)

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It’s all about now. Not about tomorrow.

How typically liberal.

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Media Release

For Immediate Release

February 9, 2009

University statement regarding Jose Ruba presentation

The University remains committed to academic freedom, diversity of opinion, and supports open debate in a forum that does not put the personal safety and rights of our community at risk. There is a balance that must be maintained among all of these.

Last Thursday, Feb. 5, protesters tried unsuccessfully to silence guest speaker, Jose Ruba, who had been invited by Saint Mary’s University students to make a presentation.

Protesters were asked to stop disrupting the event, but after more than an hour and a half, the presentation was relocated to a nearby location. Protesters were given the opportunity to ask questions and debate the speaker’s points, but they chose instead to shout slogans and prevented him from fully presenting.

Relocating the event, though regrettable, allowed the speaker to complete his presentation.

The University is currently reviewing the matter.

Saint Mary's University

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For More Information:

Blake Patterson
Public Affairs Officer
Saint Mary’s University, Public Affairs
(902) 420.5514
E-mail: blake.patterson@smu.ca
www.smu.ca

Dear Mr. Patterson,

I wish to communicate in the strongest possible way my concern and disgust at the display of intolerant behaviour by the pro-abortion students.  While the university cannot control the immaturity and totalitarian tendencies of those it seeks to educate, it most certainly does have the authority and ability to ensure a forum for open inquiry and debate on controversial topics.

Failure of the university to act swiftly against those students with appropriate disciplinary measures will send a strong message to the pro-life and Christian constituencies of your university and the country as a whole.

I trust the University understands that its very credibility as a place of inquiry and higher learning hangs in the balance.  I doubt very much that SMU would want to be known as a shill for the pro-abortion and pro-censorship forces in the country.

Yours very truly,

John Pacheco
Social Conservatives United

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An anti-abortion group has had its status as a University of Calgary club revoked by the students’ union.

After a hearing that lasted less than 10 minutes Tuesday, the U of C’s clubs committee decided to de-sanction the Campus Pro-Life club because its Genocide Awareness Project violated policy in November…

Outside the hearing, students’ union president Dalmy Baez said a letter sent to the club by the U ofC administrationrequiring it to turn displays of images of aborted fetuses inward constituted a policy. The display juxtaposed the photos with images of murdered victims of the Holocaust and Rwandan genocide.

Baez admitted the enforcement appears to be narrowly applied.

“We have not seen that policy implemented for any other group,” said Baez….

(Source)

 Of course not.  Other groups don’t prick the consciences of the Jackboots who have had abortions, pressured their girlfriends to have them, or are brainwashed into ensuring that only their position is accepted on University campuses.

Pathetic.

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Crazy banchies. This is what our “universities” are churning out.

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As an alumnus of St. Mary’s, I wish I could say this was a surprise. However, given my own experiences at that school I must admit it was completely predictable.

About 5 years ago I was attending St. Mary’s. One afternoon the school had some “visitors” from the “National Action Committee for the Status of Women” The two representatives were your stereotypical feminists of today. They both had crew cuts, no makeup, dirty clothes and very strident voices. Their arguments were predictable as well, and consisted mainly of these two “womyn” describing how 90% of women were going to be sexually assaulted before they were 30, that marriage is society’s way of legalizing the rape of women, and that the only true love a woman could find in today’s world was from…you guessed it…other women.
I started to ask some questions (aka heckling) “Where did you get those numbers from?” What constitutes sexual assault” “How much money do you get from the sexual-assaulters…in the form of taxes?” (you get the idea)

After ignoring my questions for a short time, one of the “ladies” directed her attack at me. She explained that ANYTHING a male said that was deemed offensive or derogatory could be considered sexual assault. Hmmm. I guess telling a blonde joke is just as offensive to these “womyn” as rape. I started to dispute her points and they both tried to shout me down. Several of the female students present told the two reps to let me speak, but many more were giving me dirty looks. Finally, after realizing I wasn’t going anywhere, the more mannish of the two finally asked me what my opinion was with regards to women. I told the truth. I said I loved women. As often as the opportunity presented itself. (they had NO sense of humour….though many of the students got a chuckle out of it)
They finally tired of my interuptions and asked me point blank if I knew anything about the NAC on the status of Women. I told them that as far as I was concerned, the National Action Committee for the Status of Women was nothing more than a government funded recruiting drive for Lesbians.

Oh boy….that got them going. Needless to say, I barely made it out of there intact. By the way…the Lesbian wearing the “wife beater”…looked like she had two midgets in a headlock. Gaia doesn’t approve of shaving one’s pits it seems.

On another point, with regards to the safety of various presenters, you can be sure that the violence would have come from the anti-semites that infest that University. I still remember the students from a certain religiouss background who wore shirts or had decals celebrating such glorious moments such as 9-11, or the bombing of the Cole.

The University Administration isn’t looking out for free speech or their students. They’re trying to avoid the FATWA. Oh…and foreign students bring so much more money in.

Pity.

(Source)

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OTTAWA, February 10, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The annual Canadian National March for Life, to be held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on May 14, has for the first time in 11 years received the full support of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).A proposal by St. Catharine’s Bishop James Wingle at the bishops’ annual plenary last September for a mass mobilization of the clergy to attend the March for Life received strong support from Quebec Cardinal Marc Ouellet and Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast. CCCB president Archbishop James Weisgerber of Winnipeg also observed that well over 50 bishops and hundreds of priests attend the National March for Life every January in Washington, DC.

Archbishop Weisgerber said “We want to support it because it is a good thing,” and indicated that he will encourage his brother bishops and the clergy to become involved, “especially people from the region so that the march becomes quite a lot larger.”

Jim Hughes, president of Campaign Life Coalition, which organizes the annual March for Life, was delighted with the news of the bishops’ support.

“That’s powerful,” Hughes said. “That’s probably the best news I’ve heard in 2009. It’s always wonderful to have the spiritual leadership and support of the bishops of Canada and we welcome this initiative on their part and we look forward to a long and growing relationship with them.”

Archbishop Weisgerber designated Archbishop Prendergast, who was the first Canadian bishop to attend the March for Life last year, as the coordinator for the bishops’ initiative.

The 2009 March for Life, given the sobriquet “Exodus 2009,” in recollection of the 40 years Israel spent wandering in the desert before reaching the Promised Land, will mark 40 years since the omnibus bill of Pierre Trudeau which decriminalized abortion in Canada and allowed the destruction of over 3 million lives since the bill came into effect in May 1969.

Mary Ellen Douglas, national coordinator for Campaign Life Coalition, said she was very pleased to hear of the initiative of the bishops.

“I’m delighted that the Bishops are taking a proactive stand to ensure that as many people as possible attend the 2009 March for Life on Parliament Hill,” Douglas told LifeSiteNews. “We hope and pray that this 40th year will mark the end of the killing. We’ve been in the desert of the culture of death for forty years and its time to come to the promised land of the culture of life.”

Neil McCarthy, communications director for the Toronto archdiocese, said his diocese will have a strong presence at the March.

“The March for Life provides an ideal opportunity for the Catholic community to come together in support of life,” McCarthy told the Catholic Register. “Archbishop (Thomas) Collins will be attending this year’s march and the Office of Catholic Youth will be organizing buses to Ottawa.” 

Back in March 2008, The Rosarium sent a letter to all of the country’s bishops asking them to 1) issue a clear affirmation of Humanae Vitae 2) formally retract the Winnipeg Statement and 3) participate in the March for Life rallies in 2009.  (In our meeting with Archbishop Prendergast in November 2007, we actually asked him to invite the country’s bishops to Ottawa for the March for Life in remembrance of the 40th year of legalized abortion in Canada.)  It appears therefore that our prayers and efforts might have been blessed to receive 2.5 of the 3 requests we asked for. The above story addresses the third request while the first was answered a day short of the 40th anniversary of the Winnipeg Statement.  Like the song says, “2 out of 3 ain’t bad”, but we’re not stopping there. We’re going to be gunning for #2 in the near future.Here is the relevant excerpt from the letter:

The next couple of years will see Canada approach 40 years of tragic milestones in our nation’s history concerning contraception and abortion. Therefore, we believe it is fitting that Canada’s bishops remember the great holocaust of abortion and its enabler, contraception, by leading our nation to repentance. We therefore propose to you and the bishops of Canada the following actions:

1. July 25, 2008– In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the publication of Humanae Vitae, a full and unqualified endorsement of the encyclical by the Canadian bishops, and a clear and unambiguous condemnation of contraception, similar to the one released by the American Bishops.

2. September 27, 2008 – In repentance of the issuance of the Winnipeg Statement 40 years previously, a full, complete, and genuine retraction of the Winnipeg Statement, and a sincere apology to all Catholics and Canadians for the confusion caused.

3. May 14, 2009 – In response to the 40th year of legalized of abortion in Canada, a visible act of opposition by the Church in Canada by calling all Catholics to participate in March for Life rallies in every province in this country, preceded or followed by a Eucharistic procession and Solemn Mass presided over by all of the provinces’ bishops for the conversion of Canada to the Gospel of Life.

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STATE OF OKLAHOMA

1st Session of the 52nd Legislature (2009)

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 1003 By: Key

AS INTRODUCED A Joint Resolution claiming sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over certain powers; serving notice to the federal government to cease and desist certain mandates; providing that certain federal legislation be prohibited or repealed; and directing distribution.

WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads as follows:

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”; and

WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being that specifically granted by the Constitution of the United States and no more; and

WHEREAS, the scope of power defined by the Tenth Amendment means that the federal government was created by the states specifically to be an agent of the states; and

WHEREAS, today, in 2009, the states are demonstrably treated as agents of the federal government; and

WHEREAS, many federal laws are directly in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment assures that we, the people of the United States of America and each sovereign state in the Union of States, now have, and have always had, rights the federal government may not usurp; and

WHEREAS, Article IV, Section 4 says, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government”, and the Ninth Amendment states that ”The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people”; and

WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court has ruled in New York v. United States, 112 S. Ct. 2408 (1992), that Congress may not simply commandeer the legislative and regulatory processes of the states; and

WHEREAS, a number of proposals from previous administrations and some now pending from the present administration and from Congress may further violate the Constitution of the United States.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE OF THE 1ST SESSION OF THE 52ND OKLAHOMA LEGISLATURE:

THAT the State of Oklahoma hereby claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States.

THAT this serve as Notice and Demand to the federal government, as our agent, to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers.

THAT all compulsory federal legislation which directs states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties or sanctions or requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding be prohibited or repealed.

THAT a copy of this resolution be distributed to the President of the United States, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate of each state’s legislature of the United States of America, and each member of the Oklahoma Congressional Delegation.

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In 2003 when we lost a confidence motion on marriage in Canadian Parliament, I predicted that civil war might ensue down the road.

I hope that my prediction was way off base, but at the very least, we are heading towards massive civil unrest, if not total civil disintegration.

You cannot build a civilization on diametrically opposed moralities and religions - and that’s exactly what we are facing.

On one level, it involves two parties: conservatives vs. liberals.  On another level: three parties:  Christians vs. Secularists vs. Jihadists. 

The West is disintegrating at an exponential rate and the new world order is not going to bring, to coin a Canadian phrase,  “peace, order, or good government.”

Here’s another frightening example:

 Geert Wilders is denied access to Britain by the British government. Wilders was invited by a British parliamentarian to show the film Fitna.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Maxime Verhagen has expressed his displeasure with his British colleague Miliband. “Whether this is possible, is a decision of the House of Lords, but for another EU country to deny access to a Dutch parliamentarian is very unfortunate,” said Verhagen.

Verhagen made the news known via the Twitter micro blog service. On Twitter one could read that Verhagen had “called Mr. Miliband to express his dissatisfaction with the decision by London to deny Wilders access to the United Kingdom.”

Wilders will go to London anyway

PVV leader Geert Wilders is planning this Thursday to just go to Great Britain. He finds it “unimaginable” that the country refuses him access. “This is a sort of cowardice that exceeds all,” Wilders said Tuesday.

“I think I will go. We will see whether they will arrest me. I still have to think about it, but this is about freedom of expression. I’m actually invited by a Member of Parliament. This is really incredible and disproportionate,” said the Parliamentary member.
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Actually, this is a fairly honest assessment of would happen should Fitna be shown at the House of Lords.

It’s just a bit surprising to read an admission in black and white that Her Majesty’s government regards a peaceful citizen of the EU — who is also a member of the Dutch parliament — as more of a threat to British “community harmony” than the millions of seething and violent Muslims that they absentmindedly invited to live in their midst.  (Source)

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This is great.

Many thanks for the thugs at St. Mary’s for the free marketing and advertising.

You go, Jo.

Kick some academic ass.

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… Mr. Ruba was invited to speak at Saint Mary’s by members of a new university pro-life group that booked a room through the school’s chaplain.

Demonstrators from the Coalition for Choice arrived just as the lecture started and began chanting over Mr. Ruba’s words and eventually blocked his visual presentation on an overhead projector.

The protesters stayed for over 35 minutes until campus security and Halifax Regional Police arrived and the event was shut down.

Lesley-Anne Steeleworthy, who is chairwoman of the board at the women’s centre at the university, said the lecture topic was “anti-choice” and offensive on “a number of levels.”

“It is shocking,” Ms. Steeleworthy said Sunday. “It’s comparing women who want the right to choose to being as evil as Hitler.”

As a result, her group is considering a human rights complaint against the university chaplain for participating in the event. The chaplain is in his first year in the position.

“The chaplain is supposed to be there for all students on campus, and yet he’s advocating anti-choice,” Ms. Steeleworthy said.

“Organizing something so offensive, I think, is pretty rough coming from the chaplain’s office.”

Her group plans to hold an emergency meeting today to discuss the issue.

And there was more fallout from the lecture.

The head of the university’s pro-life society said he is also thinking about lodging a complaint against the school administrator who shut the lecture down.

Joseph Westin, a second-year commerce student, said he was shocked that such action was taken.

In an interview Sunday night, he said the protesters should have been escorted out, instead of the other way around.

“It’s sort of a censorship-freedom of speech battle that only really happens when the issue of abortion comes up,” Mr. Westin said. (Source)

Like, there’s a surprise, eh?  When in doubt, call in the HRC thugs to shut down the debate.  This is becoming a cosmic joke.

And where this woman got her idea that a Catholic chaplain is supposed to represent “all students” shows you the level of coherency the other side has, especially with an issue like abortion. 

Why don’t they just come out and say that Catholics and other Christians are not allowed on campus?

That would be far more honest and to the point.

Just. Say. It.

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But in 2008, the University of Calgary wholly abandoned its commitment to free speech as a means of pursuing truth, and demanded the pro-life students erect their signs “facing inwards” — so that passers-by could not see the signs. While the university described its demand as a “reasonable compromise,” the practical effect was akin to total censorship.

Students ignored the university’s threats of arrest, and even expulsion for “non-academic misconduct,” and erected their controversial display again this past November. Under the watchful eye of numerous media cameras, the university did not arrest the students. But two months later, the university instructed Calgary police to deliver summons to these same students — privately at their homes, with no media present.

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Moreover, the university has expressed no qualms about other controversial large colour displays, including ones showing the effects of torture on political dissidents in China, the cruelty of animal testing and the consequences of spousal abuse. It seems gory and disturbing displays on campus are fine–as long as they do not convey a politically incorrect view on abortion.

The University of Calgary receives over $500-million from taxpayers each year. If it does not reacquaint itself with the ideals of tolerance, it may find taxpayers becoming less tolerant of footing such a hefty bill to support an institution which so blatantly disregards its own mission.  (Source)

Right on.

I hope the University of Calgary cuts off its long nose to spite its face. I hope this “University” prolongs this embarrasment for a good long time so that even when they do pull back, it will be too little too late for the people who will be bailing on the university.

With any luck, they’ll have to cut some gender diversity or women’s courses.

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