Friday, June 27, 2008

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Catholic League News Release

DEMOCRATS REACH OUT TO CATHOLICS

Two evangelical leaders, Rev. Jim Wallis and Rev. Tony Campolo, have pledged to reach out to Catholics and evangelicals by pushing the Democratic Party to change its Party Platform on abortion. Wallis told ABC News that “Abortion reduction should be a central Democratic Party plank in this election.” But he also stressed that no legal restrictions need to be embraced.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue responded as follows:

“Rev. Wallis and Rev. Campolo are to be commended for at least triggering a discussion within the Democratic Party on the subject of abortion. But by explicitly ruling out any legal restrictions, practicing Catholics are not likely to support them.

“After the Democrats lost in 2004, Paul Begala and James Carville wrote a book, Take It Back, admonishing their fellow Democrats to oppose partial-birth abortion and support parental consent laws. Such policy modifications were necessary, they said, because the public wants abortion restrictions. Evidently, Wallis and Campolo disagree.

“Two months after the Democrats lost in 2004, Sen. Hillary Clinton angered a pro-abortion crowd when she said abortion was a ‘sad, even tragic, choice.’ They didn’t want to hear it then, and they don’t want to hear it now. The most they are willing to accept is what Howard Dean told them at the time: no need to change positions, but ‘we can change our vocabulary.’ There’s the rub: This is the politics of deceit.

“Wallis and Campolo have a bigger problem this time around. The presumptive Democratic nominee, Sen. Barack Obama, has voted to legalize selective infanticide. So how can the Democrats amend their Party Platform on abortion and reach out to Catholics when their man—who says he supports universal health care—thinks it is okay for a baby who survives an abortion to be denied medical treatment? Sorry, but it will take more than linguistic acrobatics to persuade the faithful. They should have listened to Begala and Carville.”


Susan A. Fani
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=1454

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Catholic League News Release

SALLY QUINN’S NARCISSISM

The funeral Mass for Tim Russert was held at Trinity Church in Georgetown a week ago today. Attending was Sally Quinn. She is a Washington Post journalist and founder and co-moderator of On Faith, a Washington Post and Newsweek blog

Quinn, who was an atheist most of her life, posted on Monday why she decided to go to Communion: “Last Wednesday I was determined to take it [the Eucharist] for Tim, transubstantiation notwithstanding. I’m so glad I did. It made me feel closer to him. And it was worth it just to imagine how he would have loved it.”

Quinn also admitted the following: “I had only taken communion once in my life, at an evangelical church. It was soon after I had started ‘On Faith’ and I wanted to see what it was like. Oddly I had a slightly nauseated sensation after I took it, knowing that in some way it represented the body and blood of Jesus Christ.”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue had this to say:

“Just reading what Sally Quinn said is enough to give any Christian, especially Catholics, more than a ‘slightly nauseating sensation.’ In her privileged world, life is all about experiences and feelings.


“Moreover, Quinn’s statement not only reeks of narcissism, it shows a profound disrespect for Catholics and the beliefs they hold dear. If she really wanted to get close to Tim Russert, she should have found a way to do so without trampling on Catholic sensibilities. Like praying for him—that’s what Catholics do.”

Susan A. Fani
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=1453

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Illegal Immigration News

Capital Area Groups Unite to Fight Illegal Immigration
Thursday, April 17, 2008

By Ben Meyerson

WASHINGTON — Ten groups from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., announced Thursday they're joining forces to fight illegal immigration in the region surrounding the nation's capital.

The newly-formed Capital Area Alliance Against Illegal Immigration hopes to pool the resources and knowledge of member organizations to end what it calls "political and legislative support for illegal immigration" in the region. [read more]


h/t: The Verdict, Andrew P. Napolitano


RI gov blames Providence mayor after rape
June 24, 2008

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Gov. Don Carcieri pointed a finger Tuesday at Providence Mayor David Cicilline, saying the city's lax attitude toward illegal immigrants is partly to blame for the alleged rape of a woman by an illegal immigrant.

The governor told WPRO-AM that city police had an opportunity to help federal officials deport Marco Riz when he was arrested twice last year while under a federal deportation order. Riz was charged earlier this month with allegedly carjacking a woman in a Warwick parking lot, then driving her to a Providence park and raping her. [
read more]

h/t: Immigration News Daily

Lifest 2008 Is Coming In July

For those living in the great state of Wisconsin who enjoy good Christian music needing a break or a pick me up from the terrible weather that has tore through the state, or for those who come from greater distances to partake in the festivities, Lifest is coming in July.

For those who do not know what Lifest is, it is five days of Christian music concerts, Arts Festival, a talent search, and camping held in July of every year at the Sunnyview Fairgrounds in Oshkosh, WI. There are opportunities to volunteer and you could even earn a free ticket.

Some of the scheduled bands include: Casting Crowns, Delirious, Echelon, Newsboys, Seventh Day Slumber, Skillet, Sonicflood, Steven Curtis Chapman, Switchfoot, and many more.

Join the fun and fellowship or sign up for Email updates.