This week: The 2013 Fortnight for Freedom is in full swing. Kathleen Sibelius says abortion laws get between a woman and her priest. The lasting impact of abortion on the mother. We are now getting into the Syrian war. 100,000 killed because of who they are (Christians, not gays so it is OK). Episcopalian cousins across the pond and the Sacrament of Matrimony. The IRS “refunds” over $46 million to a single Atlanta address.
We are in the midst of the 2013 Fortnight for Freedom. Begun on June 21st, it ends on July 4th. It is an excellent opportunity for us to study the issues and learn how new federal policies suppress Catholicism and the serious future dangers we face. See the special USCCB web page at Fortnight4Freedom.org.
Among the “also-rans” for most non-Catholic Catholics is Kathleen Sibelius (ex-governor of Kansas and Obama’s head honcho for devising and forcing the HHS mandate upon us). It is hard to top Nancy Pelosi calling abortion sacred ground, so Sibelius has another angle in her bid to sow confusion and scandal: abortion laws get between a woman and her priest. You can’t make this stuff up:
Pelosi may think abortion is sacred and Sibelius may suggest it gets between a woman and her priest, but abortion obviously does real harm. Not just to the baby it kills, but to their mothers. Women talk honestly and openly about their abortion experience in this video from Life After Abortion. It is not graphic, but it may raise painful memories if you have had an abortion.
The administration is apparently not so much against regime change after all. We are now getting entangled into a new war — the civil war within Syria. This is not defensive nor a strategic battle we must fight. Our initial (public) involvement will be weapons to the Muslim rebels, already heavily supported by radical elements. This will force more support from Russia and China for the legitimate government, thus insuring the conflict lasts longer and the death toll rises higher than it would have been. Moreover, should the US backed rebels win, it will spell disaster for the minority Christians (reference: the Copts in Egypt). Pat Buchanan looks at this here.
Update: the rebels have attacked a Catholic monastery, killing Fr. Francois Mourad.
Update: apparently I am not alone in my read of this deadly administration blunder: Catholic Leaders Decry U.S. Arms to Syrian Rebels.
Speaking of bad outcomes for Christians, are you aware that over 100,000 are killed every year for their faith. ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND. EVERY YEAR. One person is killed every 4 minutes simply because they are Christian. Who cares? That is the question Pat Archbold asks in: Where Is My Awareness Concert?. If only we could convince the government / Hollywood / media that they were gay Christians, then there would be outrage.
Episcopalianism (and their Church of England cousins) demonstrates how separation from the successor of Peter and the Magisterium leads to all manner of evolution away from timeless truth. I previously wrote about this and their diminishing flock. Here is one example in a celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony:
You might presume that the misguided couple talked the good reverend into this, but the text accompanying the video notes: “when our incredibly accommodating and inspiring Vicar, Reverend Kate Bottley of St. Mary and St. Martin’s, Blyth, suggested a ‘flash mob’, we were sold!”
With so many Obama administration scandals, the public simply loses track. For that matter, with so many IRS scandals alone, the public loses track. Did you know that the IRS sent $46,378,040 to a single Atlanta address in 2011. No red flags. Don’t you wish you got a refund like that! Unfortunately, that is your money they are throwing away. On the plus side, it didn’t go to just 1 person but to 23,994 people living at that address. That is one big house! No red flags. Oh, the beneficiaries were “unauthorized” alien workers. Still, no red flags. CNSNews.com has the story.
Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was started by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary to address this blogging need. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Jen for hosting this project!