Thursday, February 8, 2018

"Mankind" does not exclude women

About a week ago, Canada's Senate passed a bill making the country's national anthem gender-neutral. The original line in question of “O Canada” read: O Canada! / Our home and native land! / True patriot love in all thy sons command.”
The bill changes the phrase "in all thy sons command" to "in all of us command." It must now receive "royal assent" from the governor general before it becomes law.
Heaven forbid someone might be offended that they are supposedly not included in an anthem meant to include all by its nature. But Justin Trudeau, Canada’s feminist Prime Minister, is fully on board with the gender neutralizing changes. Recall that just a few days ago he criticized a woman at a press conference for using the word “mankind” instead of “peoplekind.”
But don’t these worshipers of all things politically correct know that “mankind” and male pronouns overall simply refer to humanity in general, not just males of the human race?
But the speech police don’t care. It’s happening even in places like the Catholic Church. In song, for instance, some parishes I’ve attended for Mass change the word in “Let There Be Peace on Earth” from “brothers all are we” to “family all are we”, and in one prayer that has the words “for us men and for our salvation,” many I’ve visited simply omit the word “men.” I've even seen some people advocate changing the prayer "Our Father" to "Our Creator" (never mind that the words to that prayer come directly from Christ). Of course the women who may be offended by these “offensive” words are probably not attending Mass in the first place, and if they are, the priests allowing this nonsense are missing out on a key teaching opportunity to explain the true meaning behind certain words, and the true dignity of all humans.

In fact, any leader, just not clergy, who buys into the notion that differentiating by gender is somehow wrong overlook the fact that such differences lend to our dignity as human beings - they don't detract from it. Besides, the same people who demand all differences between genders be erased also are the ones who call for diversity. How can they claim to celebrate differences when they want to obliterate the things that make us truly unique?
Since Canadians elected their regressive alt-left Prime Minister, they’ve been getting a lot of these unfortunate things. No jobs, just lots of laws restricting speech and religion, government-controlled thought, and unrestricted spending on liberal fantasies.
But there is hope. We elected Obama twice before we deplorables stepped up to elect a common sense president not interested in hogwash. Maybe Canadians will eventually do the same. In the meantime, let’s hope our own country stands its ground in keeping someone like President Trump at the helm. Otherwise our country, in addition to our neighbors to the north should they not turn things around, are at risk for the political correctness, “tolerance,” and endless government control that are the death knell for any country.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Democrats' hatred for America on full display

In a solid State of the Union address last night, President Donald Trump summarized his numerous victories from the past year, the accomplishments that have benefited everyday Americans, corporations, and our nation in general. He pointed out the 2.4 million new jobs, rising wages, record low unemployment, especially for black and Hispanic communities, major tax cuts, the end of the Obamacare mandate, and the like. He encouraged us to all work together and underscored our common ties as Americans. Between Trump and the crowd, you could just sense the feeling of goodness, integrity and hope for the future. Then there were the Democrats.

The same people who accuse Trump of being a rude, boorish bully were acting like two-year olds being withheld a coveted cookie. Based on the scowls of the Democratic members of Congress, apparently things like America, God and the Flag are all seen as hate speech now. The Democrats sat like stumps, or some kind of angry garden gnomes refusing to applaud even the issues that most Americans would applaud - like respect for our military, more jobs and lower taxes. Maybe that's the problem. The Democrats claim they are pro-America, while Trump is actually demonstrating it.

But when you're driven by nothing but blind hatred, and your idea of "progress" is keeping constituents economically enslaved, under-educated and dependent, of course you would fume at a president who is touting all the ways he is achieving real freedom and prosperity for Americans.

Unfortunately, in their petulant pouting and disrespect, the Democrats revealed their true hatred for America and succeeded only in looking like spoiled children. They should be embarrassed, but that would require the kind of character that at least desires to appear mature. The Democrats displayed nothing of the sort last night. 

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Monday, January 29, 2018

The truth hurts, but silence is worse

Save the date: On January 31, 2018, the Catholic LGBT ministry, Out at St. Paul, located at the Paulist Fathers motherhouse of St. Paul the Apostle Parish in New York City, will host their Winter Social at the Rise gay bar in Hell’s Kitchen. The Rise bar is a well-known gay bar in Manhattan that, as reported in LifeSite News, is "best known for its weekly drag shows and the bartenders who wear nothing but a jock-strap."

Another Catholic "LGBT outreach" ministry in the Archdiocese of New York, from St. Francis of Assisi Church, also hosted their annual “Mardi Gras” party at Rise bar last year.

There are actually several gay-affirmative LGBT ministries in New York City, including St. Francis de Sales, St. Francis Xavier, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Ignatius of Loyola, and the Church of the Blessed Sacrament.

The pastors of these parishes support these LGBT ministries' outings, but are they doing any favors to their congregation members who struggle with same-sex attraction? While the saying, “hate the sin, love the sinner” triggers eye-rolls by those who don’t want to hear it in the first place, it is, nonetheless, true, and to support actions clearly condemned in the Bible and Church teachings is a dereliction of duty on the part of clergy charged with shepherding their flocks.

In his book, “Homosexuality and the Catholic Church,” Fr. John Harvey, the founder of Courage, wrote, “A person with same-sex attraction must avoid gay bars, magazines, and Internet websites, just as a heterosexual person should not go to movies and night clubs which hold chastity in contempt.”

Does anyone think Jesus would initiate a meeting in a sordid gay bar, or suggest people go to a place where the bartenders are half naked and where debauchery is obviously taking place everywhere? I don’t think so.

We do know, however, that Jesus encountered people dealing with sins of the flesh. But He encountered them right where they were, instructing them to go and sin no more. He did not say go to a vile bar where you can be exposed to and tempted by more sin.  He led them out of, not into, their "sordid places".

As the head of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship, Cardinal Robert Sarah, has said, "To omit the ‘hard sayings’ of Christ and His Church is not charity" - because, simply put, such silence endangers the salvation of souls. Will the clergy embracing these “outings” at gay bars be professing any of the Bible passages that clearly condemn homosexual activity, or will they be led by the mistaken idea that silence is the more loving path? Somehow, I don’t feel very hopeful that those who need to hear the truth the most will be hearing any part of it.

Monday, January 22, 2018

The latest Trump threat to women: Declaring life is sacred

President Donald Trump has declared today National Sanctity of Human Life Day (fittingly, it is, of course, also the anniversary of Roe v. Wade).

The White House proclamation says in part, “Today, we focus our attention on the love and protection each person, born and unborn, deserves regardless of disability, gender, appearance, or ethnicity. Much of the greatest suffering in our Nation’s history — and, indeed, our planet’s history — has been the result of disgracefully misguided attempts to dehumanize whole classes of people based on these immutable characteristics. We cannot let this shameful history repeat itself in new forms, and we must be particularly vigilant to safeguard the most vulnerable lives among us. This is why we observe National Sanctity of Human Life Day: to affirm the truth that all life is sacred, that every person has inherent dignity and worth, and that no class of people should ever be discarded as ‘non-human.’”

The President announced this proclamation this past Friday, the same day the annual March for Life took place to protest the Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion legal in all 50 states. While the proclamation was largely well received by the pro-life march participants, the other “Women’s March”, which took place the next day, did not lavish so much praise on Trump’s declaration of a National Sanctity of Human Life Day. 

While the women in this protest were busy hollering for rights that they already have, they showed little interest in the president’s insistence that all human lives have dignity. After all, to make that claim is an unspoken acknowledgement that even lives in the womb matter, and angry women who are protesting about –actually I’m still not sure what they’re protesting - don’t want to hear the president they despise say all lives matter. It makes their demand for the right to abortion on demand an inconvenient contradiction to the president’s claim that all lives have value. In other words, it gives them one more bit of fodder for despising the president, because, clearly, to them, not all lives do matter as long as some women promote the false premise that women are the sole determiners of which lives do matter, e.g. the ones they choose to give birth to.

To them, the president asserting that all lives matter is just another proof of the misogyny that women despise him for – while they turn a blind eye to the real louses – the Harvey Weinsteins and Al Frankens of the world – who actually do devalue women. But to the "Women's March" protesters, protecting human life is a catastrophic threat to their well-being which simply must be stopped.

As one woman at the “Women’s March” this past Saturday put it when asked about Trump’s declaring Jan. 22 National Sanctity of Human Life Day, “it’s just more proof that we have to fight for equality!”

What a pitiable state we’re in when declaring the worth of every human life is seen as somehow inequitable and threatening. I think the pink “feline” hats (and the stupid "Handmaid's Tale" bonnets that are a nod to the equally stupid book) have been pulled over their eyes. These women aren’t seeing a thing except the darkness that a lying culture of death has wrought upon them. 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Bailing on climate change in the face of reality

Despite bashing the President Donald Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from consideration of the Paris accord on climate change, none of the industrialized countries that have aligned themselves with the accord is on schedule to meet their respective targets for carbon emissions reduction. Now Germany, who was particularly vocal about its disapproval of Trump's decision, has announced it is altogether preparing to abandon its 2020 climate targets.

As reported in The Daily Signal, Germany had an aggressive plan to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2020. But last November, a leaked document from the country’s Environmental Ministry projected the country would miss the mark by 8 percent without additional action. It's speculated that, in other words, even with generous subsidies for renewable power, the Germans would have had to implement some form of economy-restricting policy to curtail emissions, and the country just doesn't want to have to do that.

No matter. Even if the United States and the rest of the developed world were to meet their intended targets, it wouldn’t make any meaningful impact on global temperatures. The temperatures will change on their own. They always have. They'll go up and they'll go down. But the desire to use this normal fluctuation as justification for higher taxes and control of human behavior is just too good to pass up by those who love money and power.

But to state this plain truth about the real motives will get you slapped with the "denier" label. That in itself is insulting because it's the type of language that attempts to conflate those who question the "settled science" on climate change as a bad thing with those who would deny things like the Holocaust. Deny one bit of nonsense and it must mean you're willing to deny real evil - and that, of course, is evil of you. So the voices of the sane who refuse to fall for man-made climate change and man-made mass hysteria are marginalized and targeted for silencing.

This rhetorical trick against "deniers" reveals all you need to know about the desperate manipulation the climate planners are willing to engage in to realize their plot regardless of popular and justified skepticism concerning their regulatory and redistributionist policies.

It'll be interesting to see how it all plays out. Countries like Germany can talk a good game about their eagerness to embrace policies for a "sustainable planet," but when it comes down to it, they realize the strangling conditions placed upon them in the name of "climate change" are anything but sustainable. It's more than most can take. 

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

What's $1000 to an uber-wealthy "public servant"?

When asked what she thought about the fact that many companies have announced wage hikes or $1000 holiday bonuses for their employees as a result of the President Donald Trump tax cut, wealthy, leftist Democrat Nancy Pelosi basically scoffed at the actions, calling them “crumbs”.

Forget the fact that Pelosi lavished praise on Barack Obama for his $40 payroll tax cut back in the day. She called it a “victory for all Americans” and attributed the accomplishment to “Obama’s leadership.”

But tax cuts in addition to wage hikes and bonuses? Nothing to see here, according to Pelosi. Then again, I imagine being a multi-millionaire who has never held a job outside of taxpayer-funded political positions qualifies Pelosi to think of these actions as nothing. After all, what’s $1000 to someone who never has to worry about making it to the next paycheck just to pay the electric bill? One thousand dollars wouldn’t pay for one of Pelosi’s shoes (though I bet one of her many maids could use a crumb like that), so what's the big deal about a measly grand? While Pelosi tells us pathetic masses that we can just eat our cake, she mocks real money that real people may really need, while maintaining the republicans are the greedy and uncaring ones.

Speaking of leftist hypocrisy, they’re going apes over Trump’s alleged “s-hole” comment about nearly demolished places like Haiti. (Which, if he really said it, is so harsh and unfair, because we all know how pleasant and delightful the conditions of third-world countries are). This has a few people asking if the left would have been less offended if Trump had used the word “deplorable.” Apparently so, since we never heard a peep from the left when their golden child Hillary described Trump supporters as such.

Somehow, though, they still expect us to see them as the party of love. Sure, okay. As my high school French teacher would say, donnez-moi a break.

Friday, January 5, 2018

An insane president? Okay, fine...

Just a year into President Donald Trump's administration, we have major tax reform, reduced regulations, lower illegal immigration, fewer criminal aliens, GDP growth of more than 3 percent (which President Barack Obama was unable to achieve in eight years in office), ISIS severely hampered (another thing Obama, who said ISIS was basically a reality we had to live with, could not achieve), confirmation of a Constitution-supporting Supreme Court justice and several federal judges, record stock market highs, expansion of the pro-life Mexico City policy, obliteration of the freedom-strangling HHS mandate, less crime, more jobs, less unemployment, removal from the disastrous Paris Accord, reduced wasteful money to the UN, the removal of the ObamaCare individual mandate/tax penalties, and a better standing for America on the global stage. And, in response to the threat by North Korean President Kim Jong-un that he would destroy us with his nuclear capabilities, our president promised him we would strike back bigger and better than Kim Jong-un could ever possibly imagine.

And what does President Trump get for these accomplishments and willingness to stand up to global bullies? The declaration by leftist intellectuals and establishment RINOs that he is insane and unfit for the presidency.

I assume that means higher taxes and unemployment, reduced national security, bowing in fear to global bullies, overtaking 1/6 of the national economy through government takeover of healthcare, unlimited and unabashed support for Planned Parenthood and late-term abortion, adoption of bogus and economically absurd 'climate change' policies, and an open border policy are all signs of the "sanity" that Obama possessed. 

If that's so, I'll take the "unfit, insane" president we have now, any time, every time. Keep up the good work, Mr. President, and thank you.

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