“Armed men burst in the monastery of St Thecla in Maaloula [Syria] this afternoon. From there, they forcibly took 12 women religious,” Mgr Zenari said, citing a statement from Patriarchate.” Please pray for these dear Sisters in Christ, friends.
by Janice Shaw Crouse
Putting behind us the sad melee that Black Friday has become and the stress of looking for the right gifts for loved ones, the days between Thanksgiving and Christmas –– two of our nation’s most family-saturated holidays –– are a good time to ponder the special meaning of marriage and family. Exactly why is it that the visit to grandmother’s house for holiday celebrations is such a treasured tradition and such an enduring, iconic image? Why are we so drawn to it, whether or not it has been a part of our own personal experience? What makes it tug so at our hearts?
Undoubtedly it’s because the event –– whether in wistful imagination or actual reality, whether smooth and warm or rough and gritty –– represents the embodiment of some of our deepest needs, hopes and dreams, a particular fulfillment of a vital part of our very humanity. It is difficult not to conclude that the need for such family connections is as hardwired in us as our need for a mate.
For one thing, family gatherings embody a connection to our history, to something larger than ourselves, of belonging to a whole which includes those no longer present but who, by their own marriages, created new branches from which we have grown and to which we are still linked.
Those who have been blessed first hand by joyful reunions with loved ones not seen for a while know well the joy of celebrating our place in the family tree. We have abundant reason to give thanks that our ancestors embraced the bonds of matrimony and commenced to build something that enriched their lives along with all who were touched –– directly and indirectly –– by the tapestry of the family unit. (more…)
It this the real reason for the Mosaic prohibition of pork? Although Eugene M. McCarthy (PhD, Genetics) doesn’t come out and say it. He think he has just found good evidence that human beings arose from a hybridization process, one which got started with a pig mating with a chimpanzee. The rest is pseudo-history.
TO mark the 50th Anniversary of the death of C. S. Lewis, Regent Audio is offering a series of FREE audio downloads in memory of Clive Staples Lewis–”Remembering Jack.”
The series includes J. I. Packer, Alister McGrath, Alan Jacobs, Ralph Woods, Douglas Gresham and James Houston. But the FREE offer expires at midnight, Tuesday, November 26–tomorrow. I just downloaded the lot, one at a time into the shopping cart, adding the code at the end of the order. It’s free after you set up an “account” which means simply your e-mail and a password. Pretty straightforward.
So much for free speech, open exchange of ideas in the U.S.? Well, to be clear, obviously no one has an absolute right to hold a meeting in the US Senate Office Buildings, but the World Congress of Families had received sponsorship from Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) to hold a conference on the family. The Human Rights Campaign, it is reported, pressured Kirk to cancel the meeting, which he did. He is my US Senator, so I called his Washington office, and a staffer told me they were aware of the story but had “no comment” to make about it. So here is the World Congress of Families’ press release (disclosure: FSJ is a sponsoring organization of the WCF)–
World Congress of Families Managing Director Larry Jacobs said he was appalled that U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R, Il.) bowed to the demands of radical sexual extremists and cancelled the use of the Dirksen Senate Office Building for a pro-family symposium.
Kirk’s office had reserved a room at Dirksen for a Family in America symposium titled “Family Policy Lessons From Other Lands: What Should America Learn?” The Senator caved in to pressure from the Human Rights Campaign – which promotes the redefinition of marriage for same-sex couples and special rights for so-called “LGBTQI” individuals including transgenders – and withdrew his sponsorship of the room at Dirksen.
Thanks to the timely intervention of House Speaker John Boehner, a room was secured in the Longworth House Office Building and the symposium went ahead as planned on November 15th.
Speakers included Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., Senior Fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute, and Austin Ruse, President of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute. The moderator was Dr. Allan C. Carlson, Ph.D., President of The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society (which publishes The Family in America quarterly) and International Secretary of the World Congress of Families.
Jacobs commented: “HRC acted as if the forum was intended solely to support Russia’s widely misunderstood 2010 child protection law which bans heterosexual indecency and pornography and whose amendments to add non-traditional sexual relations were enacted overwhelmingly by the Duma in June. Actually, the presentations and the journal discussed covered a broad range of family policy initiatives from all over the world to help the natural family, including the promotion of marriage and large families, parent’s rights, the promotion of home-schooling, the encouragement of family-owned businesses, the benefits of religious faith, the protection of women and children from human trafficking, and the legal protection of life from conception to natural death – such as the Russian anti-abortion law passed in 2011 that bans abortion for babies older than 12 weeks and requires that 10% of advertising be used to warn women of the health risks of abortion, including infertility, cancer, and death.”
For detailed analysis and research of many family policy issues in America and around the world, read the summer issue of The Family In America: A Journal of Public Policy, online at www.familyinamerica.org.
Jacobs continued: “It is shocking that a United States Senator would bow to pressure from these militants and refuse to facilitate the discussion of vital issues affecting children, family, life, and the economy. Groups like HRC have set themselves up as arbiters of what may or may not be discussed at public forums. Instead of meeting us in the marketplace of ideas, they take the low road of smears and intimidation, seeking to foreclose the healthy debate that’s vital to a democracy.”
“The Congress is part of the United States government, and – as such – should be open to all points of view. What other groups would HRC like to keep from exercising their First Amendment rights in this regard – the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention, most African-American churches, all of which disagree with the sexual radicals on one or more family issues?”
World Congress of Families urges its constituents and other concerned Americans to contact Senator Mark Kirk’s office – 524 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510, Phone: 202-224-2854, Fax: 202-228-4611 – to protest his actions.
World Congress of Families VIII with the theme “Every Child A Gift: Large Families, the Future of Humanity” will be held in Moscow, September 10-12, 2014. The opening session of WCF VIII will be in the Congress Hall of the Kremlin Palace. A special WCF parliamentary session will also be held in the Russian Duma and special scientific forum at Lomonosov Moscow State University. The closing ceremony will be held at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral. For more information visit the Russian websites at www.worldcongress.ru.
I am slightly puzzled at the effort to spend Federal taxpayer money to put together the list and the website for Books That Shaped Work in America by the U.S. Department of Labor to celebrate its centennial. Included is Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Are they serious? But where’s Karl Marx’s Das Kapital or Communist Manifesto? Or Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals? Or Curious George Rides a Bike?
Of course, if you are annoyed by this and want to put government DOL workers to work promoting books you think should be on the list, you are invited to do so right here. You are asked to give a “brief description of why you think the book shaped work in America or influenced the work you do.” This could get pretty broad quickly–How about Physician’s Desk Reference? Or various editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders? Both have surely influenced workplace practices, insurance claims, disabilities, treatments, and so on. Or Chilton’s Auto Repair Manual? But The Handmaid’s Tale? Should I nominate Friedrick Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom?
At first I thought maybe, just maybe, someone was running this as a FAKE AD to make a point, but according to Annica Benning at the College Fix this AD IS REAL, supported by tax dollars and promoting Obamacare to Millennials. Apparently, health insurance in the eyes of the Administration and Federal Gov’t equals guaranteed sex-on-demand without babies. In case the Pill doesn’t work or was forgotten, Planned Parenthood is there to kill the little bastards. Even Charles Darwin would be appalled: this is not the natural behavior of any species, except the one that is also capable of two, not one, World Wars in the space of 30 years, possible nuclear annihilation, concentration camps, death squads, suicide bombers, and so on. Q: Name another species that deliberately kills a quarter, a third, a half of its own offspring? Anyone?
A symposium on C. S. Lewis will be held in at the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Saturday, November 23, 2013. It is called:
Both Sides of the Wardrobe:
C. S. Lewis, Theological Imagination, and Everyday Discipleship
Program details for the all-day-and-evening symposium may be found here. (I might go if it weren’t so far away….)
“A lot of rabbit pie is being eaten but you cannot keep up with them.”
This comes from a story at Breitbart about the planned (“culling”–is that Scots for “killing”?(!)) of thousands of rabbits on the tiny Scottish Island of Canna in the Inner Hebrides. (Is Scotland the only place that has tiny islands? I rarely read about a “tiny” Greek island. Or is it just me?)
Things got out of hand when the burrowing rabbits caused a landslide on the island, blocking a road for days. The rodent saboteurs behind the landslide have yet to be caught, but when they are, their fate will be determined by the local constabulary’s criminal justice unit. Greenpeas protesters have been spotted off the coast in a bright green “peace” dinghy, the SS Fudd, with a hoisted protest banner, “O Ye Canna Cull Canna’s Wabbits!”
Here Dawkins talks about ‘mild’ pedophilia as not so bad.
Here, however, he says: ”What a child should never be taught is that you are a Catholic or Muslim child, therefore that is what you believe. That’s child abuse.”
Similarly, in some circles exposing young children to the very concept of sodomy is deemed more healthy than exposing them to the idea that God created the world and us who live in it.