Trump pulls U.S. out of pro-abortion, pro-LGBT UN agency

October 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews)

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With Great Sadness, I Did Not Watch the National Football League on Sunday

RUSH: I want to share with you first the way all of this affected me, because in many ways I think that I am fairly typical. I am smack-dab in the middle of the targeted marketing the NFL does to acquire and hold an audience, right smack-dab in the middle of it. And I have to tell you, I was so sad Sunday morning when all of this started falling out.

I was not sad after Friday night when the president made his comments. And I had no doubt afterward what the reaction was going to be and I had no doubt where public opinion was gonna fall. And I had no doubt how people in the NFL from players to the commissioner to media people were gonna get it wrong, and they have, and they did.

But if you’ll permit me first, I was personally saddened. I did not watch the National Football League yesterday, and it was the first time in 45 years that I made an active decision not to watch, including my team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was not a decision made in anger. It was genuine sadness. I realized that I can no longer look at this game and watch this game and study this game and pretend, you know, fantasize, everything a fan does. This whole thing has removed for me the ingredients that are in the recipe that make up a fan.

The mystique is gone. That actually started vanishing a while ago. The larger-than-life aspect of it is gone. The belief, the wish, the desire that the people in the game were the best and brightest and special, and that’s why they were there, that’s gone. And it’s been politicized. It has been politicized and corrupted, and it didn’t start this weekend. It started years ago. And if I wanted to, I could go back and get the transcripts from a few years ago on this program where I first sensed that this was happening and was going to happen.

Of course, years ago I couldn’t predict this specific event, but my sadness actually began years ago when all of the attention focused on the danger and the supposed attempt to hide all of that, not specifically just the concussions. The whole aura that that created. The sports media began to criticize that which they report on. It just became politicized. It simply just became politicized. And the people politicizing it, since we’re talking about politics, the people that politicized it are people on the left. And when that happens, things change. It’s just over.

That kind of corruption, sometimes it’s fast and overnight; sometimes it’s creeping. This has been creeping, but it took a big leap over the weekend. Why did I not watch the Steelers? Well, when I found out that the coach said a word I’m having trouble here relating. He said, “I need to protect my players.”

What? . . . read more here: https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2017/09/25/with-great-sadness-i-did-not-watch-the-national-football-league-on-sunday/

President Trump’s UN Address

I thought the speech was excellent. What do you think?

RORATE CÆLI: Fr. Rutler: In this presidential election, we cannot be indifferent – one side is flawed, but the other is EVIL

 

October 30, 2016

by Fr. George W. Rutler

On the Election
Exactly eight years ago I wrote a column titled “The One We Were Waiting For” in which I referred to a book by Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson, The Lord of the World. That dystopian novel has been cited by Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis said he has read it several times. The protagonist, if one can apply that term to an Anti-Christ, imposed a new world religion with Man himself as god. His one foe was Christianity, which he thwarted in part by using “compromised Catholics and compliant priests to persuade timid Catholics.
Since then, that program has been realized in our time, to an extent beyond the warnings of the most dire pessimists. Our federal government has intimidated religious orders and churches, challenging religious freedom. The institution of the family has been re-defined, and sexual identity has been Gnosticized to the point of mocking biology. Assisted suicide is spreading, abortions since 1973 have reached a total equal to the population of Italy, and sexually transmitted diseases are at a record high. Objective journalism has died, justice has been corrupted, racial bitterness ruins cities, entertainment is degraded, knowledge of the liberal arts spirals downwards, and authentically Catholic universities have all but vanished. A weak and confused foreign policy has encouraged aggressor nations and terrorism, while metastasized immigration is destroying remnant western cultures, and genocide is slaughtering Christian populations. The cynical promise of economic prosperity is mocked by the lowest rate of labor participation in forty years, an unprecedented number of people on food stamps and welfare assistance, and the largest disparity in wealth in over a century.
In his own grim days, Saint Augustine warned against nostalgia: “The past times that you think were good, are good because they are not yours here and now.” The present time, however, might try even his confidence. Sands blow over the ruins of churches he knew in North Africa where the Cross is virtually forbidden. By a blessed irony, a new church is opened every day in formerly Communist Russia, while churches in our own formerly Christian nation are being closed daily. For those who bought into the seductions of politicians’ false hopes, there is the counsel of Walt Kelly’s character Pogo: “It’s always darkest before it goes pitch black.”
It is incorrect to say that the coming election poses a choice between two evils. For ethical and aesthetic reasons, there may be some bad in certain candidates, but badness consists in doing bad things. Evil is different: it is the deliberate destruction of truth, virtue and holiness.
While one may pragmatically vote for a flawed candidate, one may not vote for anyone who advocates and enables unmitigatedly evil acts, and that includes abortion. “In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is therefore never licit to obey it, or to ‘take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law, or vote for it’” (Evangelium Vitae, 73).
At one party’s convention, the name of God was excluded from its platform and a woman who boasted of having aborted her child was applauded. It is a grave sin, requiring sacramental confession and penance, to become an accomplice in objective evil by voting for anyone who encourages it, for that imperils the nation and destroys the soul.
It is also the duty of the clergy to make this clear and not to shrink, under the pretense of charity, from explaining the Church’s censures. Wolves in sheep’s clothing are dangerous, but worse are wolves in shepherd’s clothing. While the evils foreseen eight years ago were realized, worse would come if those affronts to human dignity were endorsed again. In the most adverse prospect, God forbid, there might not be another free election, and soon Catholics would arrive at shuttered churches and vacant altars. The illusion of indifference cannot long be perpetuated by lame jokes and synthetic laughter at banquets, for there is handwriting on the wall.

Dear Archbishop Chaput: Trump is Clearly Better than Hillary

STEPHEN HERREID ON AUGUST 22, 2016

Archbishop Charles Chaput of the Diocese of Philadelphia has written an eloquent column about the current presidential election. His article seems intended more to comfort than to prescribe, and serves mostly as a kindly exhortation to prayer and careful deliberation during a dark time. I recommend readers click through and read it here—it is full of very good advice.

But I respectfully disagree with one point the good archbishop makes: He writes that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both “so problematic” that “neither is clearly better than the other.”

In fact, the candidates differ immensely. Consider how they differ on just the issues of marriage, religious liberty, and abortion.

Marriage and Religious Liberty

Hillary Clinton:

Last year, in a speech to the Human Rights Campaign (the most moneyed and powerful LGBT lobbying group in the nation), Clinton proposed a “Lengthy Agenda for LGBT Equality,” according to the gay rights magazine The Advocate:

In her speech, Clinton promised that as president she will sign the Equality Act, which amends the 1964 Civil Rights Act and other parts of federal law to outlaw discrimination in housing, employment and everywhere in everyday life where LGBT people are still vulnerable.

Translation: The bill she promises to push through would be the last nail in the religious liberty coffin of Obergefell, criminalizing the rights of religious employers to, say, refuse to hire gay rights operatives as Catechism teachers.

Donald Trump:

While Hillary is promising to restrict religious liberty more, Trump has pledged to repeal one of the major restrictions that already exist: The Johnson Amendment. For an excellent analysis of the Johnson Amendment and what it would mean to repeal it, I recommend the article “Trump’s biggest religious freedom proposal is about 20 years late,” by Nate Madden at the Conservative Review.

“The Johnson Amendment is a change to the federal tax code in 1954 … that prohibits all nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations from engaging in political campaigns or even endorsing candidates,” Madden explains. To many of us this sounds familiar and harmless, but since the Amendment was passed “the government has muzzled houses of worship and stands to ruin them financially if they step outside the state’s prescribed bounds.”

Given the fact that the government has lately shown itself capable of overt hostility to Christian morality, the repeal of the Amendment would be more than timely: it would be, as Madden argues, “late.”

The Unborn

Hillary Clinton:

The first speech Clinton delivered as the official Democratic Nominee was to a roomful of Planned Parenthood staffers and supporters. Abortion magnate Cecile Richards stood at the podium to introduce the presidential candidate, and praised Clinton as “our friend” and “our leader” in her opening remarks.

NPR later reported that the “love was mutual — Clinton addressed the organization as ‘family.’” As Lifesitenews’s Ben Johnson reports, Clinton even went so far as to say her campaign “belongs to” Planned Parenthood: “It belongs to the staff, the donors, and to the providers,” she said:

[Clinton] specifically mentioned Dr. Amna Dermish, an abortionist in Texas who was caught on video laughing as she said that removing a baby’s skull and brain intact is a goal she would “strive for.”

Finally, the platform of the party Hillary will represent is universally hailed (or decried) as more radically pro-abortion than ever, written in unblushing language which is echoed in the Washington Post’s horrifying recent puff-piece on Cecile Richards:

Gone is the vaguely conciliatory mantra of the past, the ideal of keeping abortion “safe, legal and rare” once advocated by Bill and Hillary Clinton. Today’s activists are bringing the passionately debated procedure into the light, encouraging women to talk openly about their abortions and giving the movement an unapologetic human face.

And they aren’t stopping there. Heading into a high-stakes presidential election, Planned Parenthood’s political arm and its supporters are rolling up their sleeves to help elect Hillary Clinton — who has done an about-face on the issue with a party platform that is pushing, for the first time, for full Medicaid funding for abortions. [Emphasis added]

Donald Trump:

In contrast, the Republican platform is arguably the most uncompromisingly pro-life it has ever been—as indeed it should be in the year following the Center for Medical Progress’s historic video exposé of the abortion industry’s gruesome side-business of baby parts trafficking. As for the candidate himself, Mr. Trump has promised to appoint pro-life judges to the Supreme Court if he wins the presidency.

Also reassuring is Trump’s hire of Kellyanne Conway as his campaign manager. During the Republican primary, Conway actually worked to defeat the shifty Trump and ensure the nomination of the solidly pro-life Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Conway is a longtime friend of the pro-life movement. Of Trump’s simultaneous hire of Conway and Breitbart’s Steven Bannon, Pro-life leader and Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser remarked, “I have known and trusted Kellyanne Conway my entire professional life,” and “No two could be better positioned to help Donald Trump to take on and expose Hillary Clinton’s extremism in this general election.”

Even staunch “#NeverTrump” commentator Ben Shapiro, who has nothing but harsh words for the “sinister” Steven Bannon, seems impressed with the direction of the campaign in the last week, sharing several of Conway’s insights with his followers on social media. Washington Examiner’s Jim Antle went so far as to comment that, while everyone is “focused on Bannon,” the last two “Trump speeches feel more influenced by Kellyanne Conway.” Shapiro retweeted the remark.

Read more here: Dear Archbishop Chaput: Trump is Clearly Better than Hillary

Trump and Blacks – Thomas Sowell

 

By Thomas Sowell

Published August 19, 2016

Who would have thought that Donald Trump, of all people, would be addressing the fact that the black community suffers the most from a breakdown of law and order? But sanity on racial issues is sufficiently rare that it must be welcomed, from whatever source it comes.

When establishment Republicans have addressed the problems of blacks at all, it has too often been in terms of what earmarked benefits can be offered in exchange for their votes. And there was very little that Republicans could offer to compete with the Democrats’ whole universe of welfare state earmarks.

Law and order, however, is not an earmarked benefit for any special group. It is a policy for all that is especially needed by law-abiding blacks, who are the principal victims of those who are not law-abiding.

Education is another area where something that is needed by all segments of the population is especially needed by blacks and other low-income minorities. In other words, here again there is no need for a divisive policy of earmarked benefits, in order to attract new voters into a “big tent.”

No matter what policy Republicans follow, they are not going to win a majority of the black votes this year, nor perhaps even this decade.

Trump Voter Shot After Political Debate Spurs Shooting « CBS Pittsburgh

August 8, 2016 9:51 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) – An Ohio man accused of shooting another man in the leg during a fight over presidential politics last month has turned himself into police.

Cleveland.com reports 45-year-old Darnell Hall has been charged with felonious assault.

He appeared Saturday in Cleveland Municipal Court, where his bond was set at $15,000.

The July 25 shooting at Winston’s Bar in Cleveland came after the two men started arguing about the presidential election. Police say Hall left the bar, returned and opened fire, striking the 60-year-old man once in the leg.

Read more: Trump Voter Shot After Political Debate Spurs Shooting « CBS Pittsburgh

Mitt Romney Thinks Donald Trump Could Win The Election – BuzzFeed News

“You can’t forget that Hillary Clinton is a player as well, and she’s an awful candidate.”

posted on Jul. 29, 2016, at 7:15 p.m. Andrew Kaczynski BuzzFeed News Reporter

Republican nominee Mitt Romney said earlier this month he thought Donald Trump could win the presidency, citing Hillary Clinton’s high unfavorable numbers and the unpredictability of the race.

Source: Mitt Romney Thinks Donald Trump Could Win The Election – BuzzFeed News

Trump’s Acceptance Speech

Trump to Pick Mike Pence, Says Source

Formal announcement expected Friday

Posted Jul 14, 2016 11:46 AM

Patricia [email protected] Murphy

Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Trump is planning to announce that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is his choice for his vice presidential running mate, according to a Republican with direct knowledge of the decision.

As Trump narrowed in on his choice of Pence, the two men spent time at both Trump’s golf resort in New Jersey in early July and at the Indiana governor’s mansion this week.

[ Who is Mike Pence and Why Would Trump Pick Him? ]  

In addition to testing the men’s chemistry together, Trump was reportedly impressed with Pence’s calm demeanor, his experience on Capitol Hill and as a governor, and Pence’s potential to assist Trump in governing, should the ticket win in November.

[ Who’s Speaking at the Republican Convention ]  

Pence served 12 years in Congress, rising to the No. 3 post in the House Republican leadership, before leaving to run for Indiana governor in 2012. There he faced criticism for his handling of a religious liberties law that many said would discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity. When he backpedaled in the face of boycotts, he angered some conservatives, as well.

Read more here: Trump to Pick Mike Pence, Says Source