Thursday, July 31, 2008

Sarah Steelman On Glenn Beck Last Night

Glenn had Sarah Steelman, who is running for Governor of Missouri, on his show last night. I was glad to see that Glenn was supporting a true conservative by having her on his show. I thought the interview went well. She was obviously nervous being on a national show, but I think that makes her more appealing as a candidate. I personally am sick and tired of arrogant politicians, like Gov. Doyle and Sen. Obama. It is nice to have someone who comes across as an every day American who actually believes in the Constitution.



This next video, I had to include because I think it is hilarious. When you get done watching it please consider supporting her campaign and, if you live in Missouri, voting for her in the upcoming Primary.

NEWS ALERT

On Friday, August 1, Catholic League President Bill Donohue will appear on EWTN’s

“The World Over” to discuss the recent attacks on the Eucharist.

The show airs at 8 pm ET.

The show will re-air Saturday at 1:30 am ET, Sunday 4 pm ET and Monday 10 am ET and 11 pm ET.

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)

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Catholic League News Release

UNIV. OF MINN. CHANCELLOR ON MYERS:
HE’S IN THE CLEAR

On July 25, the University of Minnesota (UMN) at Morris issued a statement by its chancellor, Jacqueline Johnson, which began with the following paragraph: “I believe that behaviors that discriminate against or harass individuals or groups on the basis of their religious beliefs are reprehensible. The University of Minnesota Board of Regents Policy: [sic] Code of Conduct prohibits such behavior in the workplace—of course this includes the classroom—and I expect those who work and study here to comply with that policy.” She then proceeded to say that Professor Paul Z. Myers, who intentionally (and with malice) desecrated the Eucharist, was expressing his own views and not those of UMN.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue issued a news release the same day, saying, “This is classic: Johnson admits Myers has violated the UMN’s Code of Conduct and then proceeds to tell us why he is being allowed to do so with impunity—it’s a matter of academic freedom.”
Johnson faxed a letter to Donohue today saying she needed to address his “misunderstanding” of her statement. She makes it plain that because Myers posted his comments on his personal blog, he did not violate UMN’s Code of Conduct.

Donohue sent Johnson the following letter today:

“I am sorry for my generosity: I took it that the reason you began your statement of July 25 with a citation of UMN’s Code of Conduct as it applies to religious intolerance was your way of acknowledging Myers’ delinquency. I now stand corrected: Your comment was simply a ploy—a cute way of acknowledging that something was wrong, but certainly not anything that would demand your attention. And just so you don’t misunderstand me: You could have issued a statement saying that while UMN has no authority over what Myers says in his blog, it is morally indefensible for anyone to intentionally desecrate the Eucharist. But, no, you couldn’t even say that. Instead, you hide behind legalisms. We will let the Catholic community know of your decision.”

Contact Chancellor Johnson at
jrjohnso@morris.umn.edu


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=1469
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McCain's Celeb Ad

This is a great ad. It hits Obama with the truth. No wonder he hates the ad.

Catholic League News Release

EUCHARIST MOCKED IN R.I. PLAY

“You’re Eating God” is a one-woman play by Rachel Caris that opened July 23 at the Brown University/Trinity Repertory Consortium in Providence, Rhode Island. The play, which ends August 1, is about a family living in a backyard bomb shelter in the 1960s. “The title of the piece comes from one of its lines,” says Bryan Rourke of the
Providence Journal
, “which one character delivers after seeing another character ravenously eat a pile of Eucharistic hosts.” He says that the play “satirically questions the conventions of Catholicism.”

The play’s webpage flags the following: “Warning! ‘Eating’ is an outrageous farce. It contains graphic language, sexual situations, and religious satire. Not for the faint of heart. Inappropriate for children and young teens.” On the same page is a picture of Caris drinking a soda in a diner booth with a statue of the Virgin Mary.

The Trinity Repertory Consortium receives funding from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities and the City of Providence.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented as follows:

“Catholic schoolboy traditions are fair game for a play that pokes gentle fun at Catholicism. But that is not what this play is about: There is nothing gentle about mocking the Eucharist. This should be known even to those who are not Catholic.

“This play would be objectionable if it were paid for with private donations, but when it is funded by the taxpayers—most of whom are Catholic in Rhode Island—it is a total rip off. And it again demonstrates that the so-called church and state issue cuts just one way: while it is illegal for public institutions to promote Catholicism, they apparently can bash Catholicism with impunity.”

Contact the R.I. House and Senate Finance Chairmen:
rep-costantino@rilin.stateri.us and sen-alves@rilin.state.ri.us

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=1468

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Blogger Round Up

Here is a round up of some of our favorite bloggers and what they are talking about.

The New Conservative is covering the recent bail out and how our government has forgotten the Constitution: Housing Bail-out? Time to Pledge Allegiance to a Different Flag!

Homeland Security Group is covering President Bush's signing H.R. 802 and why it does matter: A Maritime Security Gap – The Water

Right Wing Wiz Kid talks about his moving experience at the Wall: What You DON'T Know About The Vietnam War Memorial Wall

A Catholic Mom in Hawaii posted a moving tribute to our often under appreciated Catholic Priests: Catholic Priests

One Mom blogged about Michigan's upcoming Primary and her thoughts on Michigan's Senate race: Michigan Primary - Tuesday, August 5th

American Elephant Blog is covering Republican attempts to get a vote on offshore drilling: Republicans Force Offshore Drilling Debate

That is this week's Round Up.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Coast Guard Tribute

I have gotten behind on my tributes to our armed forces. Here is a good Coast Guard video I found on YouTube.



I live in a maritime town and I can tell you without a doubt our Coast Guard is the most under appreciated service today. So next time you see a Coast Guard crew take the time to say thank you.

Gov. Jindal On His Catholic Faith

There was a great piece in the Wall Street Journal the other day on Gov. Jindal's Catholic Faith. I especial liked the last couple of sentences. I, for one, am happy to have a Catholic who is a true conservative in public office. For too long, us Catholics have been compared to liberal politicians like Nancy Pelosi and John Kerry who do not follow Catholic teaching on the life issue and many others. If Gov. Jindal sticks to his conservative beliefs I believe he has a great future ahead of him in the Party and in service to the country.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Time To End The Minimum Markup Law

Wisconsin Institute for Leadership has released this video to repeal the Wisconsin Minimum Markup Law. I am going to make my call tomorrow to the Governor and I hope y'all will join me.



h/t: Badger Blogger, the best blog in Wisconsin.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Catholic Prayers

For all You have given,
Thank You God.
For all You have withheld,
Thank You God.
For all You have withdrawn,
Thank You God.
For all You have permitted,
Thank You God.
For all You have prevented,
Thank You God.
For all You have forgiven me,
Thank You God.
For all You have prepared for me,
Thank You God.
For the death You have chosen for me,
Thank you God.
For the place you are keeping for me in heaven,
Thank You God.
For having created me to love You for eternity,
Thank You God.

Troops

This is a great video. I am glad to see McCain standing up for our armed forces. I am a veteran and I am sick and tired of seeing the Democrats claim they support the troops while attacking them and undermining them at every turn. Now Barack Obama can't even be bothered to visit our wounded heroes in person unless he has his entourage of media to witness it. This man is not qualified to be Commander in Chief. McCain's campaign is finally starting to fight back and it is good to see.

Catholic League News Release

UNIV. OF MINN. REFUSES TO PENALIZE MYERS

The Chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Morris (UMN) released a statement today regarding the intentional desecration of the Eucharist by Professor Paul Z. Myers. “I believe that behaviors that discriminate against or harass individuals or groups on the basis of their religious beliefs are reprehensible,” said Jacqueline Johnson. Importantly, she added that the school’s Code of Conduct prohibits such behavior. However, she also stressed that academic freedom allows faculty members “to speak or write as a public citizen without institutional discipline or restraint….” Nowhere did she say Myers would be disciplined.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue responded as follows:

“This is classic: Johnson admits that Myers has violated the UMN’s Code of Conduct and then proceeds to tell us why he is being allowed to do so with impunity—it’s a matter of academic freedom.

“Academic freedom is not the issue: academic malpractice is. For example, Section 10.21 (b) of UMN’s Tenure Code explicitly says that a tenured faculty member can be terminated or suspended for ‘unprofessional conduct which severely impairs a faculty member’s fitness in a professional capacity.’

“In 2001, this part of the Tenure Code was invoked against a professor at UMN because he had images of child porn on his computer. It should now be invoked against Myers, and that is why we will appeal to UMN’s Board of Regents to do just that. It strains credulity to maintain that Christian students can expect fair treatment by a faculty member who has publicly shown nothing but contempt for their religion.

“It is a sure bet that UMN would not tolerate a white professor who worked a comedy club on weekends trashing blacks. Indeed, it would say that such behavior disqualifies his ability to be objective. In many respects Myers is worse, and that is why sanctions are warranted.”

Contact Myers at
myersp@morris.umn.edu

Contact President Robert Bruininks at
bruin001@umn.edu

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=1467

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Catholic League News Release

DISSIDENT GROUPS ATTACK VATICAN;
FOUNDATIONS UNDERWRITE AD


An ad criticizing the Catholic Church for its teaching on contraception was placed today in Italy’s largest newspaper, Corriere della Sera. The “Open Letter to the Pope” is the work of Catholics for Choice and was signed by many dissident Catholic organizations.

Here’s what Catholic League president Bill Donohue had to say about it:

“There are several anomalies here. First, the alleged subject matter of the ad, namely contraception, is a ruse. Second, the mission of some of the groups who signed it has absolutely nothing to do with contraception. Third, the group which promoted it has no members.

“To be specific, contraception is not what motivates these groups—their real interest is in getting the Catholic Church to change its teachings on every aspect of human sexuality. For instance, Catholics for Choice was not founded as an anti-contraception organization, rather it was established as a pro-abortion group. It is also decidedly anti-Catholic and has twice been cited as a fraud by the Catholic Bishops.

“Among the groups which signed the ad are Dignity, New Ways Ministry (NWM), Pax Christi (Maine), Voice of the Faithful (New Jersey), and Women’s Ordination Conference (WOC). Dignity and NWM are gay groups which reject the Church’s teachings on homosexuality. Pax Christi is an organization which claims to be interested in peace, Voice was founded to address the sexual abuse scandal, and WOC advocates women’s ordination. For obvious reasons, contraception is not exactly a pressing issue in the gay community, and issues like peace, sexual abuse, and women’s ordination are clearly removed from matters like birth control. What all these groups have in common, however, is a general loathing of the Church’s teachings on sexuality.

“Were it not for the Ford Foundation and other anti-Catholic members of the foundation establishment, there would have been no ad. In other words, deceit marks every aspect of this campaign. But at least it pulls the mask off of these phony dissident groups.”

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=1466

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Obama Love (V3)