March 11, 2013
The NC legislature is proposing revising the NC public school curriculum to state that a prior induced abortion correlates with a higher incidence of premature birth for subsequent pregnancies.
NARAL NC takes offense at that so I commented – if they don’t “moderate” the comment away:
“despite the reality that trusted physicians and medical experts from the Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and the American Medical Association have found no correlation between abortion care and pre-term deliveries.” State who studied what and published when. Perhaps you’ve done this elsewhere in your website?
Please then comment on this study that makes such a correlation:
if this is insufficient see:
for many others.
Next please give us the credentials that permit Suzanne Buckley to authoritively state that this bill “spread[s] misinformation.” I agree that it does – rightfully – “stigmatiz[e] abortion” though I propose the more accurate “tells the truth about abortion”
Finally please follow your own advice:
“The classroom is no place for political indoctrination. Trust our children with the truth, not unsubstantiated lies.”
Well see if they listen to that last. I do not have much confidence but reasonable people can be and must be informed.
I saw this first at http://www.lifenews.com/2013/03/08/naral-denies-abortion-increases-pre-term-birth-risk-for-women/ who found it at http://blog.secularprolife.org/2013/03/the-truth-about-north-carolinas-new-sex.html
June 21, 2012
The Southern Baptists tell it like it is. Not always and not perfectly but they understand the role of religion in a free society.
Fox News quotes from the Baptists’ findings on same sex “marriage.”
marriage is “the exclusive union of one man and one woman” and that “all sexual behavior outside of marriage is sinful.”
It acknowledges that gays and lesbians sometimes experience “unique struggles” but declares that they lack the “distinguishing features of classes entitled to special protections.”
2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. They do not choose their homosexual condition; for most of them it is a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.
2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.
I’ll say this just so it gets said. God made all people. Some are attracted to people of the same-sex. (and some have disordered attractions to all manner of things). That is not bad or good; only acting on these disordered attractions is wrong. This doesn’t in anyway affect the Church’s – or any decent thinking person’s – love for them as God’s created handiwork. The Church uniformly tells us also to absolutely love these people.
April 30, 2012
We need to know what is legal that is popularly thought to be illegal. (False “Separation” of Church and State.) Here is a wonderful – if troubling – article by the Alliance Defense Fund.
- BY ALAN SEARS POSTED APR 3, 2012
It leads with:
The penalty for opposing the policies of El Paso mayor John Cook are getting stiffer – maybe as stiff as “sign a petition, go to jail.”
and later states:
“El Paso citizens should not live in fear of being arrested and jailed for exercising their constitutionally protected right to free speech,”
I made a reply to a comment by a person stating the (false) opinion that “Church’s (sic) can’t be political”
April 3, 2012
The Baptist Press posts an interesting analysis of the polls of North Carolina voters concerning Amendment 1. The amendment states:
Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.
Several polls last week showed that the amendment is likely to fail. The Baptists however state:
Two new polls that use the exact language citizens will see on the ballot show a proposed North Carolina marriage amendment with a substantial lead.
A survey of 1,191 likely voters by Public Policy Polling has the amendment ahead, 58-38 percent, while a poll of 1,001 by SurveyUSA has the amendment up, 58-36 percent.
I live in perhaps one of the most liberal places in the United States. Jesse Helms once said – when he balked at spending money on a state zoo – to instead “put a fence around Chapel Hill.”
That said, the received wisdom that I hear from everyone on this issue is that Same-Sex Marriage is a “right.” If we oppose it – with this amendment or otherwise – we will be seen as the hateful south – a real boogie-man to many down here.
However it seems that most of North Carolina agrees with me.
Whether this amendment is good business or good politics or good jurisprudence remains to be seen. Arguably it may be a necessary step to prevent the courts from overturning validly enacted laws defining marriage. Where supporters have succeeded in making this a “rights” issue in the press (sometimes by using deliberately distorting the phrasing of poll questions), supporters of traditional marriage are painted as backwards at best and hateful knuckle-draggers and likely KKK members at worst. I’m not; at least I don’t think I am. It appears that most of voting-age North Carolina agrees with me – except in this little island of self-righteous liberalism.
Baptist Press article is at:
April 3, 2012
I cannot help but think that we have become afraid to believe anything. Kudos to the ADF for publishing this.
Constitutional Rights of Students, Teachers, and Public Schools to Seasonal Religious Expression Easter 2012
Also listen to this radio interview of Matt Sharp of the ADF.
March 26, 2012
This is a religious argument in summary but it’s substantial and convincing.
The author says:
Why fight same-sex marriage? Even in America, where the outcome is not yet decided, there appear to be good reasons not to.
Can it really be worth fighting then?
The answer is yes, for reasons that become clear…
October 14, 2011
An included religious exemption clause is so narrow as to not allow most organizations that reasonable people would call “religious” to follow their conscience.
Catholic Bishops in the US call Obamacare regulation an “Unprecedented Attack on Religious Liberty”
In an “urgent” call to action distributed as a bulletin insert at Catholic churches across the country on Sunday, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said that a new federal regulation proposed under President Barack Obama’s health-care law “poses an unprecedented threat to individual and institutional religious freedom.”
The proposed regulation would require all private health-care plans to cover sterilizations and “all FDA-approved contraceptives”–which include “emergency” contraceptives such as ulipristal (or “Ella”) that can cause an abortion both before and after an embryo implants in the mother’s womb.
The bulletin insert asked Catholics to visit a page on the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (U.S.C.C.B.) from which they could send an email message to the Department of Health and Human Services protesting the proposed regulation.
Organizations like Catholic Universities and individual private business owners will not be permitted to opt out of paying for insurance that covers these morally objectionably procedures.
Indeed this article notes that a “layperson” as defined by the regulation doesn’t qualify for the Exemption. Jesus was an non-ordained itinerant preacher; he would not have qualified for the religious exemption.
You can see the NATIONWIDE BULLETIN INSERT here
Conscience Rights Violated by Sweeping HHS Contraceptive Mandate
From this article of August 30, 2009, the President argued that the Administration’s Healthcare plan does not fund Abortion. Cardinal Justin Regali said it would. President Obama is ‘Fabricating’—Not Cardinal Rigali and the Catholic Bishops—About Abortion Funding in Health Care Plan. Turns out the Cardinal was right.
We’ve mentioned this previously here, here, here, here and here.
It’s too late to formally respond to the proposed HHS regulations. I may write directly to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (herself a lapsed-Catholic.) I have written congress via the Catholic Bishops’ site which is in turn a link to the NCHLA the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment. http://www.nchla.org/actiondisplay.asp?ID=292