Friday, April 25, 2008

Glenn Beck's Real Story - How the Liberal Media Works

Mexico Pro-Life Advocates Light 7,000 Candles to Mark Abortion Anniversary

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 24, 2008


Mexico City, Mexico (LifeNews.com) -- Pro-life advocates in Mexico lit more than 7,000 candles on Thursday to mark the number of children killed in abortions since the Mexico City legislature legalized abortion there last year. The candles were lit in memory of the children and the women victimized by abortion.

At least one woman has already died from a legal abortion and there could be as many as eight women who have died, Jorge Serrano Limon of the National Pro-Life Committee, says. [
read more]

Russian Duma Bill Bans Abortion Ads in Media to Reduce High Figures

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 24, 2008


Moscow, Russia (LifeNews.com) -- With the number of abortions in Russia remaining so high they outpace births, the Russian legislature has introduced a ban on advertisements for abortion in mainstream media outlets. The ban relegates any ads to medical publications that are not as visible in the general public.

The Duma hopes the abortion ad ban will help change the culture in Russia where women view abortion as a form of birth control. [
read more]

Bush lies about Abbas' affinity for terror

Friday, April 25, 2008 by Staff Writer


Bush lies about Abbas' affinity for terror

US President George W. Bush on Thursday insisted that his guest, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, is unique among Middle East leaders in that he totally rejects the use of violence to achieve political and national goals.

Speaking to reporters following his Oval Office meeting with Abbas, the president firmly stated that Yasser Arafat's long-time right-hand man and successor is "a man of peace. He's a man of vision. He rejects the idea of using violence to achieve objectives, which distinguishes him from other people in the region."

Based on that assertion, Bush demanded that the time has come to work toward the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state with all haste.

Various Israeli media pointed out the errors in Bush's claims by reminding readers that earlier this year, Abbas told a Jordanian newspaper that he still views the use of terrorist violence as an justifiable option for the Palestinians.

Speaking to Jordan's Al-Duster in February, Abbas revealed that while he "does nt support a return to armed struggle at this point in time... at a later date, this could be an option for the Palestinian people [sic]."

In that same interview, Abbas boasted that he was the one to first lead Arab terrorism against Israel in an organized fashion. The PLO co-founder reminisced that it was he and Arafat, during the period that they occupied southern Lebanon, who had taught organized terrorism to other groups throughout the region and the world.

Bush also ignored the fact that just last month, official Palestinian media directly controlled by Abbas' regime publicly praised the Israeli Arab terrorist who murdered eight young Jewish bible students in Jerusalem as a "holy martyr."

Earlier this month, Abbas announced that he would honor five female Palestinian terrorists jailed by Israel with the PLO's highest award.

Article courtesy of Israel Today magazine, www.israeltoday.co.il.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Blogs For Borders Video Blogburst

Catholic League News Release

ACLU OPPOSES CHRISTIAN LICENSE PLATES

Florida lawmakers are now debating whether to adopt a specialty license plate with the inscription “I Believe”; the design includes a Christian cross and a stained-glass window. The ACLU of Florida is opposed to the license plate. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Edward Bullard.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue took on the ACLU:

“This is not a church and state issue—it is a choice issue. No one can obtain an ‘I Believe’ license plate without purchasing it for an additional fee, and no one must buy it. Florida already allows many specialty license plates expressing all kinds of sentiments and beliefs, so to deny Christians the right to adopt a plate which expresses their convictions is to sanction discrimination. Moreover, the ACLU, as usual, is being hypocritical.

“In the 1980s and 1990s, the ACLU chapters in Louisiana and Pennsylvania opposed laws which limited the size of vulgarities on bumper stickers. For example, words that described bodily functions, women’s body parts and sex acts were only allowed if the lettering was in small print; the ACLU objected to this condition. As I pointed out in my book,
Twilight of Liberty: The Legacy of the ACLU
, the head of the Pittsburgh chapter at the time offered the following advice to motorists caught behind a car with a vulgar bumper sticker: ‘You can look at traffic, the trees, the cars around you.’

“The ACLU should take some of its own medicine: Those motorists who are offended by the Christian cross and an ‘I Believe’ specialty license plate should stare at the trees. As for Rep. Kelly Skidmore, a Catholic who opposes the license plate because ‘I don’t want to see the Star of David next. I don’t want to see a Torah next,’ she needs to get over it. Censorship of the public expression of religion is un-American.”


We are contacting every member of the Florida House.

Please contact
Edward.Bullard@myfloridahouse.gov and Kelly.Skidmore@myfloridahouse.gov

Kiera M. McCaffrey
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1427

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Gives Birth to Down Baby Despite Abortion Pressure

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 22, 2008


Juneau, AK (LifeNews.com) -- As many as 80 percent of unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome become victims of abortion, but Alaska Gov, Sarah Palin didn't let her child become a statistic. Palin, who has deeply-felt pro-life views, gave birth to her fifth child this week and the baby was diagnosed with the condition.

On Tuesday, Palin confirmed her baby, named Trig Paxson, has Down syndrome.

"Trig is beautiful and already adored by us," Palin said in a statement LifeNews.com obtained.
[read more]

Italy Sees Abortion Drop Three Percent as More Doctors Refuse to Do Them

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 22, 2008



Rome, Italy (LifeNews.com) -- Italy is seeing abortions drop as more physicians decline to do abortions and prefer to see women keep their baby and carry the pregnancy to term. A new report indicates as many as 70 percent of all doctors in Italy won't do abortions, which has helped the abortion figures drop three percent.

The new report from the nation's ministry of health finds about 59 percent of doctors refused to do abortions in 2003 and, as of last year, the figure rose to just over 69 percent. [
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Founding Fathers Quote

Every man who loves peace, every man who loves his country, every man who loves liberty ought to have it ever before his eyes that he may cherish in his heart a due attachment to the Union of America and be able to set a due value on the means of preserving it.

James Madison

NEWS ALERT!

On Thursday, April 24, Catholic League president Bill Donohue will appear

on Lou Dobbs' radio show to discuss the pope.

Syndicated. Check local listings for time and channel.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Glenn Beck: Food vs Fuel

Catholic League News Release

DOBBS PRAISES POPE

On his CNN show last night, Lou Dobbs hosted a discussion about Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to the U.S. Unlike previous nights, his panelists showed nothing but respect for the pope; Robert Zimmerman and Ed Rollins were particularly fair. But the biggest surprise came from Dobbs. Here is an excerpt from the discussion:

Rollins: “I thought the pope saying illegals should be treated in a humane way is not saying that they should stay here. I think he’s basically saying you shouldn’t mistreat them when they are here. Send them home, but don’t mistreat them.”

Dobbs: “You know, I could sign on with that….We’re going to have to take all this in. I like Pope Benedict XVI, is what [the conversation] just taught me here….By the way, I can close this out with one thing. He [the pope] changed the minds of a lot of priests around the country I believe.”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue was pleased with this outcome:

“To his credit, last night Lou Dobbs pivoted away from his previous remarks about the pope and conducted himself in a most professional manner. What cannot be picked up from the transcript was the sincerity of his comments. In doing so, he put to rest any concerns we may have had. This case is closed.”


Kiera M. McCaffrey
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1426

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Bucks name Scott Skiles head coach

April 21, 2008

MILWAUKEE -- General Manager John Hammond announced today that Scott Skiles has agreed to a multi-year contract to become the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. Skiles becomes the 11th head coach in the history of the franchise and comes to Milwaukee with eight seasons of NBA head coaching experience.

“Scott is a proven NBA head coach who has shown an ability to win,” said Hammond. “He was a passionate player at all levels of the game and that thirst for success has served him well as a coach. We look forward to what he will bring to this franchise and we welcome him and his family to Milwaukee.”

Skiles, 44, has amassed an overall record of 281-251 (.528) as an NBA head coach, which includes stints with the Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns. He was hired as head coach of the Bulls on November 28, 2003, and inherited a 4-12 team. Following that season, he went on to guide the team to three consecutive seasons of better than 40 wins (45.7 average) and three postseason appearances, which followed a six-year playoff drought for Chicago. The Bulls won 49 games in 2006-07, their most since they went 62-20 in ’97-98, and swept the defending NBA champion Miami Heat 4-0 in the first round of the 2007 NBA playoffs.

“Scott Skiles is at the very top of the coaching profession,” said Bucks President Herb Kohl. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the decision and I know our fans will join me in welcoming Scott as our new head coach.” [
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Monday, April 21, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI Closes U.S. Visit With Strong Pro-Life Message on Abortion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 20, 2008


New York, NY (LifeNews.com) -- Pope Benedict XVI closed out his visit to the United States over the weekend with a strong pro-life message on the topic of abortion. The homily came after sharing his pro-life views with President Bush and a White House crowd and then urging Catholic Colleges not to give a platform to abortion advocates.

During the sermon at Yankee Stadium in New York, the pope proclaimed the "inalienable dignity and rights" of "the most defenseless of all human beings, the unborn child in the mother's womb." [
read more]

Colorado Pro-Life Senate Candidate Defends Against Abortion Attacks

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 21, 2008


Denver, CO (LifeNews.com) -- A pro-life Congressman who is a leading candidate for a Senate seat in Colorado is coming under fire from an unusual source -- a pro-life group. Members of Colorado Right to Life are attacking Bob Schaffer even though he has a 100 percent pro-life voting record and is taking on a strong abortion advocate.

During his tenure in Congress representing a Denver-area Congressional district, Schaffer compiled a sterling pro-life voting record.

He voted repeatedly to stop taxpayer funding of abortion, supported parental notification laws, voted to ban partial-birth abortions and voted to ban both forms of human cloning.
[read more]

Catholic League News Release

DOBBS BASHES POPE AGAIN

Over the weekend, CNN host Lou Dobbs lashed out at Pope Benedict XVI again; his first rant was on April 17. Here is a selection of what Dobbs said over the weekend:

· “Well, he’s [the pope] mixing religion and politics on his first trip to this country. We’ll tell you how the pope is blasting our society, our immigration policy and a little more, as well.”
· “Here he is, I guess, in many ways insulting our country, talking about the need to be welcoming, taking up the issue of illegal immigration without any comparison to the rest of the world.”
· “Well, he’s in America, partner. And you know what, when we’re in Rome, we’ll do as Rome does. But when Rome comes to America, how about a little salute and stay out of our politics.”
· “I don’t care if he listens or not, but I’m going to send him the message [of staying out of politics] because I really don’t appreciate the bad manners of a guest telling me in this country and my fellow citizens what to do.”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue responded as follows:

“If the pope is so accusatory of the United States, how can Dobbs explain the cover story in Time magazine (which is the flagship publication of Time Warner—the parent company of CNN as well)? It reads, ‘Why the Pope Loves America.’ And if Dobbs is right about the pope blasting America, how come no one else agrees with him?

“Someone needs to give Dobbs a copy of the First Amendment: it guarantees freedom of religion and freedom of speech, two rights that apply to the clergy as well as the laity. Was Rev. Martin Luther King sticking his nose into the political affairs of the U.S. as well? Or does Dobbs just hyperventilate when bishops address immigration issues?

“Dobbs needs a reality check. I’d be glad to give him one if he would like.”


Contact Jim McGinnis, the show’s executive producer, at
jim.mcginnis@turner.com

Kiera M. McCaffrey
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1425

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Congratulations To Governor Palin And Her Family

Governor Palin gave birth to a their baby boy. May God bless the new baby and their entire family. Here is the email I received from Draft Sarah Palin For Vice President.

Trig Paxson Van Palin
Born 6:30 AM, April 18th, 2008
6 pounds, 2 ounces


Trig was not slated to arrive until May 18th, which makes him exactly one month early. Gov. Palin actually went into labor while in Texas for yesterdays Governors Forum, but flew back to Alaksa to give birth at the Mat-Su Valley Regional Medical Center. The Palin family issued the following statement:

"Trig is beautiful and already adored by us. We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives.


"We have faith that every baby is created for good purpose and has potential to make this world a better place. We are truly blessed" [read more]

BLESSING OF A CHILD

Heavenly Father, lover of all,
we praise you for giving us Jesus as our Saviour:
He blessed the children who came to Him,
and welcomes those who come to Him now.


Look with love upon Trig Paxon Van Palin.
and protect him with Your love.
May he grow in wisdom and age and strength
in Your presence and in the sight of all.


We ask this blessing, Father,
through Your beloved Son, Christ our Lord.


Amen.

13 Year Old Singing Pie Jesu And A Powerful Post

Esther from A Catholic Mom In Hawaii sent us this beautiful YouTube video that she saw on the blog In God's Company:



While I was checking out the blog, In God's Company, I came across this powerful post; Be Proud That You are Catholic.

Catholic League News Release

MAHER APOLOGIZES

On his HBO show last night, Bill Maher apologized for accusing the pope of being a Nazi; he acknowledged that the Catholic League was right when we said that Joseph Ratzinger was forced to join a German youth organization (from which he fled at the first instance). Maher then said that if a CEO were in charge of an institution that housed molesters, he would be fired.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented as follows:

“We accept Maher’s apology for accusing the pope of being a Nazi. Too bad he didn’t stop there. For him to suggest that Pope Benedict XVI was in charge of policing molesters, and failed in doing so, is patently absurd.

“As Pope John Paul II’s right-hand man, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger’s principal job was to make sure that theologians were faithfully presenting the teachings of the Catholic Church. He was, to some extent, the Church’s Academic Dean, someone who was charged with enforcing academic standards. He was not the Church’s Dean of Students, i.e., he was not discharged with enforcing codes of conduct. Indeed, it wasn’t until after the scandal hit the newspapers in 2002 that he was put in charge of dealing with predatory priests, and by all accounts did so effectively.

“Maher has to understand that no one person, including the pope, could possibly be held accountable for the behavior of its employees in a global institution. There are priests from Boston to Bosnia, and it is simply preposterous for any one person to know exactly what is going on everywhere at any given time. Maher would have been better advised to focus on those bishops who proved to be enablers—it is the bishop’s job to know what is going on in his diocese, not the pope’s.

“The larger issue remains. It would be great if Maher gave up his Catholic-bashing obsession once and for all.”

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1424

Kiera M. McCaffrey
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

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Catholic League News Release

DONOHUE TO DOBBS:
APOLOGIZE OR DEBATE ME


Yesterday, after first addressing the Catholic Church’s failure to act responsibly in handling the sex abuse scandal, Pope Benedict XVI addressed the social context in which the scandal took place, asking, “What does it mean to speak of child protection when pornography and violence can be viewed in so many homes through media widely available today?” On his CNN show last night, Lou Dobbs made the following comments about the pope:

“I don’t want to put you [addressing a guest] in jeopardy of either perdition or Hell itself. But, so I will gamble this, may I? The idea that the pope would come here and criticize the United States this way is, I think, first of all bad manners. I don’t care if you’re
infallible
[sarcastically] or not. So it’s bad manners. Number two, it is absolutely out of all proportion with the world scale. This is the most welcoming nation, the most generous nation on the face of the earth. And for this pope to have this attitude and to make these comments is, in my opinion, absolutely repugnant…. I’m on my way to Hell…. It seems to me that if one is going to reach to the level that he did, you have to have some moral standing for it. And what has been happening to this church…for the last decade, seems to leave open his standing, cleaning up his own house. I don’t know if there is a scriptural reference there, but it seems to me that, glass houses, stones. Whatever it may be, it’s just bad manners.”

Responding is Catholic League president Bill Donohue:

“What the transcript doesn’t reveal is the tone of Dobbs’ remarks. He was sarcastic and insulting throughout. Dobbs can either apologize for his offensive remarks, or he can invite me on his show to debate him. Enough is enough—this guy has crossed the line big time.”

Contact Jim McGinnis, the show’s executive producer, at
jim.mcginnis@turner.com

Kiera M. McCaffrey
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1423