Why did I drive nearly a thousand miles to march in the freezing rain

I didn’t have to drive nearly a thousand miles to get to Washington D.C. Nope, I could have driven about 750 miles to get here, but I made an unexpected (and unnecessary) detour when I took I-75 instead of I-40 outside of Knoxville. (Sigh.) But that was a minor problem and one solved by backtracking (and a little fuming and venting). The problem of the trampling of the right to life is not so easily solved. But without this basic and foundational right, no other right is possible or even exists. Without the right to life, you have no rights whatsoever. And if we deny that right to anyone now, we are putting nails in our own coffins in the not-so-distant future. Nails in coffins for ourselves and our children and our parents and our friends. Continue reading “Why did I drive nearly a thousand miles to march in the freezing rain”

The Right to Life is The Civil Rights Issue of Our Day

Dr. Alveda King is the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and works closely with Priests for Life in the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. I hope I get to see her while I’m in Washington D.C. this weekend. That’s right, I just booked my room and I’m planning the rest of my trip now. I’ll be heading up there either tomorrow or early Wednesday. I can’t tell you how excited I am. I was just a little kid when Dr. ML King was marching for the civil rights of black Americans. I am greatly looking forward to marching in solidarity with his niece in the civil rights movement of today: the right to life of every human being from conception (preferably natural, though once a life has begun, that life is sacred, no matter the circumstances of his or her beginning) to natural death. Join us in Washington to tell Congress: NO abortion in health care! (See video below from Stop the Abortion Mandate on YouTube.)

Come to Washington to tell Congress: NO abortion in health care!

Saul Alinsky On Means and Ends, and the end of ethics

It’s been a while since I’ve written about Saul Alinsky and his book, Rules for Radicals, the apparent playbook for our brave new administration with its motto, “Change We Can Deceive In”. And I have to tell you, I’m forcing myself to do this. I’m forcing myself to open this book again and read from it because I promised you I would share with you what I had found and I’m keeping that promise. But I don’t want to. I don’t want to read any more of it. But it’s important that you know what it says. Because it’s important that you know what is going on in Washington. In our states, our cities and towns. In our colleges and universities. You have organizers in your community? Do you think that’s a good thing? Do you know that “organizer” is a code word and does not mean what you think it means? Do you know that “Change We Can Believe In” is a slogan that could have come right out the pages of Alinsky’s book?

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Bioethicists lodge complaint about Obama’s policies and get fired next day

Human Life International‘s Fr. Tom Euteneuer calls on the pro-life majority of Americans to keep an eye on the new Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues created by President Barack Obama. “We saw what the president thinks of bioethicists who disagree with him when he fired the previous presidential bioethics commission the day after they lodged a complaint about his policies.” Continue reading “Bioethicists lodge complaint about Obama’s policies and get fired next day”

Netherlands and bioethics, or lack thereof

I was told recently that the Netherlands could actually be used as a model for healthcare in this country. Obama suggested the Netherlands as a model for the U.S. to emulate a few months ago in Colorado. People who knew something of the true state of healthcare and bioethics (or lack thereof) in that country were appalled. Want to know why? Read these articles: Killing Babies Compassionately: The Netherlands Follow In Germany’s Footsteps (from 2006; yes, it’s been going on that long, and longer), and The Netherlands?! A Good Bad Example (from this past August 2009), written by Wesley J. Smith. Smith is a bioethics attorney, author and speaker, writer of the blog Secondhand Smoke at First Things, and writer/speaker of the podcast What It Means To Be Human, and a senior fellow of the Discovery Institute. Continue reading “Netherlands and bioethics, or lack thereof”

The Catholic Bishops views on healthcare

We’ve all heard people around us who claim to be Catholic and yet express views that are absolutely at odds with the teachings of Christ and His Church. If this confuses you, you’re not alone. But the true Catholic view can be known. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website contains a section devoted specifically to the issue of healthcare and healthcare reform. The full statement of the position of the bishops is available for all to read* and print out if they like (less than 5 pages in my print preview). Continue reading “The Catholic Bishops views on healthcare”

Banning an activity by legalizing it

Yeah, I know it sounds crazy. But that is exactly what the Hatch-Feinstein “ban on cloning bill” did: it legalized cloning. And not just cloning, but the buying of embryos for cloning and harvesting. Read the article about it at Discovery Institute. Continue reading “Banning an activity by legalizing it”

A chilling notion, re-defining personhood

Imagine a government re-defining personhood so that people can be used in scientific research or for organ cloning and/or harvesting. Sounds like science fiction, huh? Well, think again. And listen to this Brave New Bioethics’ podcast, What It Means to Be Human. Continue reading “A chilling notion, re-defining personhood”