Consider the following hypothetical scenarios:
You have worked at your company for several years; you finished your Masters Degree in your spare time at night school. You come up for promotion, you have it in the bag, and you’ve got experience, education and seniority. You’re called into your boss’ office and he tells you [...]
Throat slashed to her spine…
Wife and mother Randjida Khairi wanted her children to be essentially raised like all the other children in her adopted nation ofCanada.
But for taking a stand contrary to her staunchly Islamic and Afghanistan-born husband, Peer Khairi, Randjida was found by Canadian police with her throat slashed wide-open, as well as her neck muscles, esophagus and voice box slashed open to the spine.
Unable to raise her head or scream for help, the victim slowly suffocate in her own blood.
According to testimony, “a process a pathologist would later determine took between five and 10 minutes.”
The Rest of the article here. Canada: Mother has throat slit to spine for wanting kids raised as Westerners – Wilmington Conservative | Examiner.com.
Article courtesy of WND. http://www.wnd.com/2012/07/christian-pastor-spends-1000th-day-in-prison/
Jailed Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is approaching his 1,000th day in an Iranian jail – where he faces additional charges and possible execution – all because he refused to allow his children to be taught Islam.
Arrested in 2009, Iranian pastor Nadarkhani remains on death row and fighting a battle for his life. Middle East Concern is now reporting that he will face new charges in September.
The group revealed that Pastor Nadarkhani was informed on July 4 that he will stand trial for the vague and unspecific charge of “activities against the state” or “against state security, rather than religious charges.” Continue reading
Prez, Don’t Go Away Mad, Just Go Away
Sung To the tune of Motely Crue’s “Don’t Go Away Mad”
You can sail away
Or catch a freight train
Or a rockship to outer space
Nothin’ left to do
Too many thing were done
To ever make it feel like yesterday did. Continue reading
The politics of gun control break down very easily into two distinct groups. The RKBA (Right to Keep and Bear Arms) advocacy groups, such as the NRA (National Rifle Association), JPFP (Jews for the Preservation of Firearm Ownership), Pink Pistols (Gay RKBA), Second Amendment Foundation, et al. And on the other side of the fence are the victim disarmament advocates, such as the Join Together, International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), Violence Policy Center, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, et all
The primary arguments between both sides was over the meaning of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and the political battle between the two opposing sides was both heated and bitter. With passions on both sides running extremely high. Then leading members and organizations of victim disarmament advocacy started finding themselves under siege for hypocrisy and if not out right lying and then resorting to guttersnipe propaganda tactics.
For example, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D – CA), one of the most vocal victim disarmament advocates in the US Congress, owns or did own a firearm for “her protection”. Even if she doesn’t own one today, she still has armed guards protecting her.
Rosie O’Donnell, who stated on her TV program “that anyone who owns a handgun should go to jail”, while she doesn’t have a firearm herself, she does have “Armed Security” (as is armed with a firearm).
Now, I don’t know about the rest of you, but what these two women are really saying is the rest of us are not important enough to defend ourselves with firearms but they are.
In May of 2000 for example the Million Mom Marchers made the claim that 10 kids are murdered every day in the US, citing the 1999 FBI UCR (Uniform Crime Report). However, according to but according to the FBI’s UCR Table 2.11 for 1999 there were 748 murder victims under the age of 18 (Does not include unknown ages), which works out to 2 per day. Now to get even close to the MMM numbers you had to add the totals of the following age groups:
- Infant (under 1),
- 1 to 4,
- 5 to 8,
- 9 to 12,
- 13 to 16,
- 17 to 19,
- 20 to 24
- Unknown Age
It took all of those categories get a total of 3,559 to get a Per day Ratio of 10. Admittedly, a ratio of 2 children per day, murdered is bad, but it is nowhere near the 10 per day claimed. Then you have the inclusion of Unknown Ages (some jurisdictions do not allow for the reporting of age of homicide victims) and the age group ages 21 to 24 (legal adults) as well as the 18 to 24 year olds to get to the numbers claimed. Then their is the whole issue of the fact that 18 to 20 year olds can legally buy and own rifles and shotguns legally in most states, and 21 to 24 year olds can legally own small arms (pistols & revolvers) in all states. The last issue is the fact you can not really call 18 to 24 year olds “Kids”.
To be honest, in my not so humble opinion, where things started to go wrong politically for the victim disarmament group actually started when Second Amendment got a second look. In 1983, a San Francisco lawyer named Don Kates published an article in the University of Michigan Law Review arguing that, instead of the current general wisdom of the judiciary and law schools, that the Constitution upheld the individual right to keep and bear arms. Spurred to examine the record, numerous legal scholars reached the same conclusion.
Then in 1987, Florida gained national attention when it passed a law allowing citizens to get permits to carry concealed handguns. Opponents predicted a wave of carnage by pistol-packing hotheads, but it didn’t happen. In fact, murders and other violent crimes subsided. It seems the CCW holders proved to be sober and restrained. And, according to the NRA, currently there are 40 states that have “right-to-carry” laws. As those laws have spread, the homicide rate has fallen sharply from the peak reached in 1991.
The majority opinion last week, written by Justice Antonin Scalia, drew heavily on this stack of scholarship starting with Kate’s paper and many others who argued the framers did not limit the right to the context of service in a state militia. Without the stimulus provided by these Right to Keep and Bear Arms thinkers, the decision would never have come to pass. And, now, the right to keep and bear arms has finally taken its rightful place with our other fundamental liberties.
But the political battle does not end here. On June 26, 2008, Senator Feinstein spoke about the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning the DC Handgun Ban at a Business Meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee. She stated that “70 years of precedents were thrown out.” There is just one small problem with that statement, the United States Supreme Court has, never once in the last 70+ years come down on one side or the other on whether or not the Right to Keep and Bear Arms was an individual right or not. They have danced around the subject a number of times, but never actually once until recently said one way or the other.
So for the victim disarmament advocates, they have been brought back to square one. So the victim disarmament advocacy groups are now working to convince the public that to kill someone in self-defense is murder. It is going to be a long road.
Victim Disarmament is the more accurate name for what some call “Gun Control”. It is a government policy that attempts to deny the most basic of human rights, that of self-defense and defense of loved ones.
Victim Disarmament is when a mugger, murderer, torturer or rapist knows, thanks to government policy, that his victim is very unlikely to have a (legal) weapon to deter him (or her.)
Victim Disarmament is when people must fear death or violence to themselves or their families, based on their race, religion or political beliefs, and know they have no practical means or legal right to resist.
Victim Disarmament is an enabler for murder, torture, rape, mutilation, political terror, and other crimes. Is it moral, or admirable, to support laws and politicians that create situations like those above, or allow them to persist? Continue reading
Album: The Way of the Cross
Artist: Donna Cori Gibson
From Donna’s Web site
Not just Lenten music but perfect for anyone who loves Jesus or anyone who wants to love him more, this album is a tremendous aid for meditation on the passion of Christ. Considered Donna’s “magnum opus,” the “experience” of these songs transports you directly to the heart of Jesus as you share this very intimate and emotional walk with him to his death on a cross. Inviting you to respond with the heart, the words to each song/station are taken from scripture and inspired by St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Jose Maria Escriva, Mother Angelica and other approved devotionals. The lush arrangements and words draw you into the depth, meaning and emotion of the passion of Christ, helped by a full band and over 40 string players. Continue reading
Holy Thursday is more than just the lead-in to Good Friday; it is, in fact, the oldest of the celebrations of Holy Week. And with good reason: Holy Thursday is the day on which Catholics commemorate the institution of three pillars of the Catholic Faith: the Sacrament of Holy Communion, the priesthood, and the Mass. During the Last Supper, Christ blessed the bread and wine with the very words that Catholic and Orthodox priests use today to consecrate the Body and Blood of Christ during the Mass and the Divine Liturgy. In telling His disciples to “Do this in remembrance of Me,” He instituted the Mass and made them the first priests.
Near the end of the Last Supper, after Judas had departed, Christ said to His disciples, “A new commandment I give unto you: That you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” The Latin word for “commandment,” mandatum became the source for another name for Holy Thursday: Maundy Thursday.
On Holy Thursday, the priests of each diocese gather with their bishop to consecrate holy oils, which are used throughout the year for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick. This ancient practice, which goes back to the fifth century, is known as the Chrism Mass (“chrism” is a mixture of oil and balsam used for the holy oils) and stresses the role of the bishop as a successor to the apostles.
Except in very rare circumstances, there is only one Mass other than the Chrism Mass celebrated on Holy Thursday in each church: the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, which is celebrated after sundown. It commemorates the institution of the Sacrament of Holy Communion, and it ends with the removal of the Body of Christ from the tabernacle in the main body of the church. The Eucharist is carried in procession to another place where it is kept overnight, to be distributed during the commemoration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday. After the procession, the altar is stripped bare, and all bells in the church are silent until the Gloria at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday.
When Jesus and his disciples drew near to Jerusalem,
to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives,
he sent two of his disciples and said to them,
“Go into the village opposite you,
and immediately on entering it,
you will find a colt tethered on which no one has ever sat.
Untie it and bring it here.
If anyone should say to you,
‘Why are you doing this?’ reply,
‘The Master has need of it
and will send it back here at once.’”
So they went off
and found a colt tethered at a gate outside on the street,
and they untied it.
Some of the bystanders said to them,
“What are you doing, untying the colt?”
They answered them just as Jesus had told them to,
and they permitted them to do it.
So they brought the colt to Jesus
and put their cloaks over it.
And he sat on it.
Many people spread their cloaks on the road,
and others spread leafy branches
that they had cut from the fields.
Those preceding him as well as those following kept crying out:
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come!
Hosanna in the highest!”
–Mark 11:1-10, New American Bible
Irondale, AL (EWTN) – EWTN Global Catholic Network filed a lawsuit February 9 in U.S. District Court in Birmingham, Alabama against the Department of Health & Human Services, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and other government agencies seeking to stop the imposition of the contraception mandate as well as asking the court for a declaratory judgment that the mandate is unconstitutional. EWTN is the first Catholic organization to file suit since the final HHS rules were published by the Obama administration on January 20, 2012.
“We had no other option but to take this to the courts,” says EWTN President and CEO Michael P. Warsaw. “Under the HHS mandate, EWTN is being forced by the government to make a choice: either we provide employees coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs and violate our conscience or offer our employees and their families no health insurance coverage at all. Neither of those choices is acceptable.”
The lawsuit was filed on EWTN’s behalf by Mark Rienzi, Kyle Duncan, and Erik Kniffin from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
“We are taking this action to defend not only ourselves but also to protect other institutions – Catholic and non-Catholic, religious and secular – from having this mandate imposed upon them,” Warsaw continued. “The government is forcing EWTN, first, to inform its employees about how to get contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs, a concept known as forced speech. To make the matter worse, the government then will force EWTN to use its donors’ funds to pay for these same morally objectionable procedures or to pay for the huge fines it will levy against us if we fail to provide health care insurance. There is no question that this mandate violates our First Amendment rights. This is a moment when EWTN, as a Catholic organization, has to s! tep up and say that enough is enough. Our hope is that our lawsuit does just that.”
The Becket Fund previously filed similar lawsuits on behalf of Belmont Abbey College, a small Catholic liberal arts college in Belmont, N.C., and Colorado Christian University, an interdenominational Christian liberal arts university near Denver, which demonstrates that this is not just a Catholic issue. Both suits were filed prior to the HHS rules being finalized in January.
“When the government recently mandated that all private group health plans cover certain abortion drugs (namely, Plan B and ella), as well as related education and counseling, [our clients] knew that they could not obey both the government’s mandate and their own religious convictions,” said Rienzi, who focuses his practice at the Becket Fund on violations of the Fourteenth Amendment, free speech, and the free exercise of religion. “The mandate has been sharply criticized from across the political spectrum, and from religious leaders of a variety of faiths.”
Duncan, a former Louisiana Solicitor General and General Counsel of the Becket Fund, said that without a change in the rules, EWTN could be forced to pay more than $600,000 for the “privilege” of not underwriting these services.
“This mandate is particularly hard on Catholics because Catholic organizations, such as hospitals, schools, social service agencies, media outlets and others, serve people regardless of their religious beliefs,” Warsaw said. “We serve others not because they are Catholic, but because we are Catholic. ”
EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 30th year, is available in over 200 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website www.ewtn.com , electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a non-profit, public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions. The Becket Fund has a 17-year history of defending religious liberty for people of all faiths. Its attorneys are recognized as experts in the field of church-state law, and they recently won a 9-0 victory against the federal government at the U.S. Supreme Court in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC.
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has an online petition which asks the Administration to stop the contraception mandate. Please join with us in fighting for religious freedom. To sign the petition, please go to http://www.becketfund.org/hhs/