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  • Nov 03 / 2014
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Annise Parker and the tyranny of the self-proclaimed ‘tolerant’

“Why would anyone oppose same-sex marriage?”

“How is same-sex marriage going to hurt anyone?”

In recent months, anyone publicly defending the time-honored definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman has had to anticipate being buffeted by questions like those above, as though the questions were rhetorical and had no satisfactory answers.

The answers, of course, have long been obvious to thoughtful people, but they’re now becoming apparent even to the glib, the gullible, and the gushingly sentimental, as well: these indoctrinated victims of decades of miseducation and media conditioning.

We can thank Houston Mayor Annise Parker for showing her true colors and giving away the game by initiating an intimidation campaign against local pastors. Abusing her own power and the power of the court, she had subpoenas served on several ministers, demanding that they turn over any sermons they’ve delivered mentioning the subject of homosexuality or her personally.

Never mind that the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects freedom of speech and freedom of religion. That’s freedom of “religion,” not “worship,” as Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and other devious Democrats more narrowly characterize it.

The campaign for same-sex marriage has put that freedom in real peril.

Homosexuals represent roughly 3 percent of the national population, and maybe ten percent of that group profess a desire to marry a same-sex partner (point-three percent). How can anyone seriously and sincerely argue in favor of inflicting further damage on this most important of social institutions simply to placate such a tiny minority?

Such radical change is clearly not for the benefit of children, as some fatuously suggest, nor in the interest of society at large.

Bear in mind that there has never been any legal obstacle to homosexuals getting married. Just like heterosexuals, they always could and still can marry and enjoy the manifold benefits of a unitive and procreative compact with a single person of the opposite sex. That’s what marriage is.

  • Jan 25 / 2012
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Speak Truth to Power!

This latest erosion of our first freedom should make all Americans pause. When the government tampers with a freedom so fundamental to the life of our nation, one shudders to think what lies ahead. – Timothy Dolan

We need to stand up and say confidently and resolutely to Kathleen Sebelius, her thugs at HHS, and her puppet-master in the White House: Your view is false and untrue; it radically violates human good and is destructive of communal integrity. Forcing persons wrongfully to cooperate in actions they judge to be evil is evil. And no president, king, or emperor rightly demands others to do what is evil. We won’t do it. – Christian Brugger

What if we all said no?

  • Jan 20 / 2012
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Obama Declares War on the Church

[I]t is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres. The seriousness of these threats needs to be clearly appreciated at every level of ecclesial life. Of particular concern are certain attempts being made to limit that most cherished of American freedoms, the freedom of religion. – Benedict XVI

In August 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services issued an interim final rule that will require most health insurance plans to cover preventive services for women including recommended contraceptive services without charging a co-pay, co-insurance or a deductible. . . . Today the department is announcing that the final rule on preventive health services will ensure that women with health insurance coverage will have access to the full range of the Institute of Medicine’s recommended preventive services, including all FDA-approved forms of contraception. – Kathleen Sebelius

This is going to be a long year.

  • Oct 22 / 2011
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If You’re Not With Him . . .

Between 2000 and 2010, 160 thousand Christians were being killed each year because of their faith (OCSE figures). In 52 countries across the world (35 of which are Muslim countries), followers of Christ are treated as second rate citizens. In many cases, physically eliminating them is not considered an offence. The OCSE representative for the fight against discrimination put it like this: “A Christian is killed every five minutes because of their religious faith.” The massacre of Coptic Christians took place just a few days ago. Dominique Mamberti, the Holy See’s “foreign affairs minister” took stock of the situation, saying: “Jesus’ followers are the most persecuted religious group on Earth.” – La Stampa

Complex Persecution

  • Mar 19 / 2011
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Why Are Christians Still Here?

The overt and aggressive private and public anti-Christian sentiment so evident in Iraq . . . is not limited to Iraq. It is to be found throughout the lesser and greater Middle East, throughout Asia. It is to be found also in Africa and increasingly it is being found within the once-Christian lands of Western Europe. – Cardinal Seán Brady, archbishop of Armagh, Ireland

Free to Serve

  • Mar 17 / 2011
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The Governor of the Universe

[R]eligious freedom is humanity’s first and most important freedom. Our first governor is God, our Creator, the Governor of the universe. We are created for a religious purpose. We have a religious destiny. Our right to pursue this destiny precedes the state. Any attempt to suppress our right to worship, preach, teach, practice, organize and peacefully engage society because of our belief in God is an attack not only on the cornerstone of human dignity, but also on the identity of the American experiment. – Charles J. Chaput

Witness for the Persecution

  • Nov 26 / 2009
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Show Your Faith!

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The Manhattan Declaration

A Call of Christian Conscience

Christians, when they have lived up to the highest ideals of their faith, have defended the weak and vulnerable and worked tirelessly to protect and strengthen vital institutions of civil society, beginning with the family.

We are Orthodox, Catholic, and evangelical Christians who have united at this hour to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good, and to call upon our fellow citizens, believers and non-believers alike, to join us in defending them. These truths are:

  1. the sanctity of human life
  2. the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife
  3. the rights of conscience and religious liberty.

Inasmuch as these truths are foundational to human dignity and the well-being of society, they are inviolable and non-negotiable. Because they are increasingly under assault from powerful forces in our culture, we are compelled today to speak out forcefully in their defense, and to commit ourselves to honoring them fully no matter what pressures are brought upon us and our institutions to abandon or compromise them. We make this commitment not as partisans of any political group but as followers of Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen Lord, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Sign the declaration!

  • May 04 / 2009
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The Real Hate Crime: Political Correctness

On college campuses, in newsrooms and now in the highest corridors of power, with Barack Obama in the Oval Office, the politically correct left is wielding its weaponry with the confidence that it can take down any group, anyone or anything. The thought police are now officially in charge. — Andrew Breitbart

Discrimination against Christians is the one acceptable bigotry; indeed, it appears it will soon be compulsory. The “tolerant” will not tolerate us.

  • Apr 09 / 2009
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Witness for the Persecution

It’s not a pleasant thought, but we all know that there exists in America today an anti-religious element whose antipathy for our fervor rivals that of foreign tyrants. We can be thankful that the militant atheists and antitheists among us have not yet clutched the power they crave to harness their hostility and direct it against us. But they bide their time, inching ever forward. And we, if we shirk our responsibility to export religious freedom to all the suffering saints across God’s globe, do we not embolden the foes of our faith at home and thus invite the extension of persecution to our own land? — Behind the Headlines, F.R. Duplantier, 1998

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