Monday, April 27, 2009

Another Confessing Catholic Speaks Out

This is good news. Harvard Law professor Mary Ann Glendon, a devout Roman Catholic author and public intellectual, has refused the Laetare Medal - and along with it the privilege of speaking at the very same Notre Dame commencement ceremony that President Obama is scheduled to speak. This medal is apparently the highest honor given to a Roman Catholic:

'The Laetare Medal is an annual award given by the University of Notre Dame in recognition of outstanding service to the Roman Catholic church and society. The award is given to an American Catholic layperson "whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the church and enriched the heritage of humanity."'

Why is she doing this? Principle. There is such a thing. President Barack Obama's stated views of the sanctity of life runs counter to the policy of the U.S. Catholic Bishops. Here's a choice quote from her letter to First Things magazine:

First, as a longtime consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, I could not help but be dismayed by the news that Notre Dame also planned to award the president an honorary degree. This, as you must know, was in disregard of the U.S. bishops’ express request of 2004 that Catholic institutions “should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles” and that such persons “should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.” That request, which in no way seeks to control or interfere with an institution’s freedom to invite and engage in serious debate with whomever it wishes, seems to me so reasonable that I am at a loss to understand why a Catholic university should disrespect it.

These days there's not a lot for social conservatives to cheer about, so when we get two such highly publicized incidents, (Miss California & Traditional Marriage being the other) it is cause to lift one's countenance in hope there is still salt and light in this dark period in America.

Luke 18:7-8
And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night to him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man comes, shall he find faith on the earth?

Maranatha & Baruch Hashem!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Waterboarding = Torture; D&E Abortion Procedure = Not Torture

The President says with near-impossible hypocrisy that as a nation America is at risk of "losing our moral bearings" - on the issue of the CIA's use of alleged torture techniques, like waterboarding, during intense interrogation sessions.

Perhaps from now on we'll just not place sweets on their pillows during their hotel stays.

But the larger picture is this: who is he to judge about American morality? Isn't this kind of judgment way over-the-top from a "when life begins is above my paygrade" President who was and still is famously pro-abortion from the Senate to the White House? The nerve! The effrontery! President Obama is poised to make Executive decisions regarding U.S. taxpayer funding of ANY kind of abortion as law - and he has the nerve to lecture the American people on moral bearings?

The President supports the abortion of innocent life at every possible stage and in every possible way, but we pour water on a suspected terrorist's head to make him confess to mass murder and we receive actionable intelligence, but somehow - by his twisted morality - we are at risk of losing our moral bearings?

This is how he said it after meeting with a foreign digitary:

"...And we rely on some very courageous people, not just in our military but also in the Central Intelligence Agency, to help protect the American people. And they have to make some very difficult decisions because, as I mentioned yesterday, they are confronted with an enemy that doesn't have scruples, that isn't constrained by constitutions, aren't constrained by legal niceties. Having said that, the OLC memos that were released reflected, in my view, us losing our moral bearings. That's why I've discontinued those enhanced interrogation programs..."

When the President of the United States can make these kinds of statements and no one bats an eye - Good Lord, help us!

Maranatha and Baruch Hashem!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Hallelujah...out of the mouth of Beauty Queens

Yessiree. California - again - steps up. Miss California 2009, you are beautiful in spirit, in truth, in word and deed! What a surprising and unexpected rebuke of so-called 'Gay Marriage". Her simple, courageous, and sincere, opinion on a public platform so rattled the pageant directors that they felt compelled to offer afterwards a confused diclaimer invoking freedom of religion! Wow.

For those of you who are not so spiritually discerning - this is the equivalent of an "ouch!"

Even the demons believe - and tremble!

Matt. 19:4-6
And he answered and said to them, Have you not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall join to his wife: and they two shall be one flesh? Why they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.

Baruch Hashem and Maranatha!

Friday, April 17, 2009

What manner of this?

Can anybody tell me what quality this President possesses that even universities - reputed to be strong in their worldviews - will abandon even the symbols of what they believe in, award him an honorary degree, just for the opportunity to hear him speak? My goodness!

Word has it that Georgetown Universtiy was compelled to hide the "IHS", the symbol for Iesus Hemeteros Soter - Jesus Our Savior, even though it was not done for former First Lady Laura Bush who'd spoken at the same Georgetown lectern three years earlier.

And what about Notre Dame, by reputation a staunchly pro-life, Catholic institution electing to grant a public pulpit and an honorary degree to a man who'd only weeks earlier signed an executive order lifting all public funding restriction to abortion access in U.S. overseas programs (We wrote about this in an earlier post) even though they know President Obama is disingeuous about having a "dialogue" with pro-lifers.

This is too wild.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Geert Wilders and the decline of Free Speech in Europe

An excellent speech by Dutch filmmaker Geert Wilders regarding both the decline of free speech in Europe and its cause: the rise of European Islam. Hits the nail on the head, I think.