Thou Shall Not Censure

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In my last post, I talked about the “Lost Books of the Bible“. I briefly mentioned that there were many theories regarding why these books were left out of the accepted Bible. Most of these theories seem to point out to a specific agenda of the early Christians to make the bible say what they want it to say. This may or may not be the case, but some of those same critics are doing the same thing today. More

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Two Ways to Fight Planned Parenthood

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I know I have been writing a lot about the latest Planned Parenthood butchery, but I feel it is important. I have been thinking a lot about abortion lately and how wrong it is. I admit at one time I considered myself Pro-Choice, although I never thought abortion was right, but I felt that a woman had the right to do it if she so chose. I don’t feel that way any longer.

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Time to Stop the Killing

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As much as I don’t like labels, I consider myself a devout Catholic (maybe not as devout as I should be), a Conservative and neither a Republican or a Democrat, since both these parties have been corrupted by money and special interests. I am one of those who believes in fiscal conservatism and believe that any agency that receives government money needs to be held accountable for how they use it. And that leads us right to Planned Parenthood. More

All Living Things are Created Equal

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I can’t make this stuff up. What’s wrong with this picture? We have two separate polls. One shows that 1/3 of Americans feel that animals should have the same rights as humans. Another poll shows that 47% of Americans consider themselves Pro-choice a.k.a unborn children aren’t humans and have no rights.  So I guess that means my dog Buttons has more rights than that unborn baby in the belly of the woman down the street?

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Only God Should Play God

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While I don’t have a problem with donating my organs after I am done with them, although if anyone would like my prostrate now they are welcome to it, I want to be the one to decide if I will or not, not the state. As those who know me from my political side already can attest, I am not one who likes the government interfering with my life, contrary to what they might believe, they do not know better than I do.

But it seems that the legislature up there in Vermont has decided that they have the right to tell you what you can do with any of the pieces that are left after you die. They are assuming you want to donate them unless you tell them you don’t, unlike the other 49 states who assume you don’t want to donate your organs unless you explicitly say you do. Do we really want to go there?

Again I don’t have a problem with organ donation, but what I am afraid of is this: Who decides on the value of your organs? Is a potential recipient’s life more valuable than the donor’s? This tags on quite nicely with Vermont’s assisted suicide law doesn’t it?

There is a definite morality problem here. Let me give you an example. Recently my sister died. She was 60 years old. As far as we know most of her organs were healthy, but for all intents and purposes she was disabled due to mental illness. We could argue whether or not she was capable of making informed decisions or not, but for this discussion, let’s assume she wasn’t. Let’s say someone found out she had a healthy heart that matched a 15 year old who desperately needed a new one. Whose life is worth more? My sister, who some would say was not contributing to society, in fact, some would say was actually a drain on society, or the 15 year old who hasn’t even begun living their life? Would it have been wrong to trade one life for the other? This isn’t as far fetched as it might sound.

Similar decisions are made every day by those who work for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. How many women do they persuade to abort their babies because there might be a chance the baby might be unproductive due to autism or some other birth defect? How many women do they convince to get rid of their babies because they won’t be able to afford them and therefore their quality of life just won’t be any good?

We can no longer allow people to think they are God and make decisions only God can make. Eugenics is alive in well.

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We Have to Protect the Children

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My favorite movie/musical is “The Music Man”, the story about a travelling salesman in 1912 who sells bands. In order to get the get the local townspeople fired up, he has pointed out the evil of having a pool table in town. At a subsequent meeting in the schoolhouse he fires them up even more and as he changes into his bandleader uniform, he calls out reasons for why the town needs this band. One line is “We’ve got to protect the children!”

It is hard to argue that there is a lack of family values in the world today, especially here in the United States. What has happened in the past forty or fifty years? Without getting too political it is certainly my opinion the government is responsible for a good part of this.  Taking control of various social programs away from local organizations, most notably our churches, legalizing abortion and promoting fatherless families has created a culture where there are fewer and fewer families. Fewer families mean less family values.

We have also created a “culture of death” through abortion, contraception and euthanasia which has destroyed at least one generation, more likely several (more on the “culture of death” soon). These are the things I was thinking about as I listened to this morning’s readings at mass, and once again I think about how the New Testament which was written somewhere around 1,700 years ago, or more, and the Old Testament even further back than that, are still so relevant to today’s society.

The Gospel reading today was Mt 2:13-15, 19-23, which talks about Joseph being told by God in a dream to leave Bethlehem and head to Egypt because Herod wanted to find Jesus and kill him. Since Herod didn’t know where Jesus was he killed all the children two years old and under. Accounts vary on how many this may have been but it was probably around twenty. Why did Herod do this? Because he was angry and afraid that Jesus would someday take over his throne and rule the kingdom.

This is what is happening today. Someone is afraid the good will take over the kingdom. Who are the good? The children. When a child is born they have no preconceived ideas about anything, they get their ideas, their morals, their sense of what is right and wrong from their family. When there is no family, they don’t learn these things. When morality is removed from society it becomes a free for all where those with no moral authority rule. We aren’t far from this now. Who would benefit from this? Satan.

Satan doesn’t like children because he knows that it is through the children he can rule. As those who have been raised with family and family values fade into the distance, it is the  corrupt and immoral who take over. Satan has taken over our art, our music, all that is good and replaced it with evil.

It’s funny,  right wing conservatives always claim any time something bad happens, the liberals want to take more of money claiming “It’s for the children” and “we’ve got to protect the children.” Little do they know how right they just might be.

Also from today:

“Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.  Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.  Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing the Lord.  Whatever your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord and not men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you are serving the Lord Christ.  For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.” – Col 3:12-21

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Can We Live Without God

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In today’s homily from Catholic Online, Deacon Keith Fournier talks about how we as a society have turned away from God and rejected His commandments, which, by doing so we have also rejected His moral law.  More

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