You Might Talk Openly About the Family in Moscow, But Not in the Dirksen Senate Office Building
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 12:52 PM

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.



Dept. of Labor’s Greatest Hits
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 12:53 PM

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?



Gov’t Subsidized Sexual Promiscuity: Obamacare?
Monday, November 18, 2013, 9:46 AM

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?



C. S. Lewis in Halifax
Monday, November 4, 2013, 2:50 PM

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….)

 



Today’s Best Quote from A Tiny Scottish Island
Monday, October 21, 2013, 12:47 PM

“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!”



Richard Dawkins: Sexual Abuse Less Dangerous Than Catechism?
Thursday, September 12, 2013, 2:36 PM

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.



Another Moral Disconnect in the Making?
Monday, September 9, 2013, 2:33 PM

In an August 30 post, I noted the incongruity of banning professional help from a teenage boy seeking to deal with unwanted same-sex attractions with the legality of a 16-year-old girls have a double mastectomy because she really think she is a boy.

Here’s a story about Washington DC considering a 24-hour waiting period for tattoos–because it’s such a serious hard-to-change alteration to the body–while the same city has absolutely no waiting period for an abortion. Really? There are no consequences to an abortion that are at least as significant as those attending a tattoo?

Until this nation repents, such examples of moral confusion will only multiply.



St. Catherine’s Sinai Monastery Closed
Friday, September 6, 2013, 10:48 AM

According to Al-Monitor, a Middle Eastern news website “Taking the Pulse of the Middle East,”

In the Sinai city of St. Catherine, a few thousand people and around 800 camels have been left struggling since the first week of July, when Egyptian security authorities ordered the total shutdown of the town’s 1,500-year-old monastery. Bedouin residents of the mountainous area were forced to sell their camels, which they cannot feed, to feed their families.

Full story may be read here.



Castro, the Wages of Porn & Nordic Hotels
Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 2:22 PM

The kidnaper-rapist-murderer Ariel Castro hanged himself in prison yesterday. When asked earlier this summer by a judge after pleading guilty how good his English was, Castro replied that his comprehension was bad because “my addiction to pornography has really taken a toll on my mind.” I am not surprised. Lt. Detective Darrell Pope, commanding officer of the Michigan State Police Sex Crime Unit testified in 1987 before Congress that in 1977 he completed a study of 38,000 case histories of sex crimes and “found that 41 percent of those reports indicated that, in fact, pornographic materials were used just prior to or during the actual act” (source, p. 144-145). If you factor in the number of sex criminals who possess porn even if they didn’t use it prior or during the crime, the percentage approaches 100. The effects of porn should by now be obvious, resulting in enforcement of firm laws.

Meanwhile, the U.S. might follow the good example of a man in care-free socialist leftist Sweden:

Petter Stordalen, owner of Nordic Hotels, one of Scandinavia’s largest chains… after becoming involved in international efforts to fight the horrific practice of trafficking women and girls into sexual slavery, announced that pornography would no longer be offered to his customers.

Robert George reports on the Swedish story at Public Discourse, and reprises his joint-letter from last year calling for all hotel chains to stop selling porn. The CEOs of hotel corporations that sell porn should be forced to put a picture of their face on posters in hotel lobbies with a message: “Welcome to XYZ Hotel–I am proud to sell porn here if want it. Pleasant dreams.” Maybe once upon a time, “Ariel Castro slept here.” May God have mercy on all.



Russell Moore on Military Chaplains: Why We Must Pray for Them!
Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 3:02 PM

In this short video, Russell Moore explains why it is so important to pray for all of our military chaplains.


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