Saturday, March 07, 2009

Devotional: Undaunted radiance...

"Nay, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us." Romans 8:37

The surf that distresses the ordinary swimmer produces in the surf-rider the super-joy of going clean through it. Apply that to our own circumstances, these very things - tribulation, distress, persecution, produce in us the super-joy; they are not things to fight. We are more than conquerors through Him in all these things, not in spite of them, but in the midst of them. The saint never knows the joy of the Lord in spite of tribulation, but because of it - "I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation," says Paul.


Undaunted radiance is not built on anything passing, but on the love of God that nothing can alter. The experiences of life, terrible or monotonous, are impotent to touch the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ...Oswald Chambers image

UK: Parents face prosecution over school gay week protest

Parents who took their children out of school in protest at them being taught about gay, bisexual and transgender history could be prosecuted.
06 Mar 2009

Council bosses said the protest resulted in around 30 primary pupils missing school and had "taken action" against parents who pulled took their children out of George Tomlinson School in Leytonstone, east London, but refused to state what sanctions are being taken.

Pervez Latif, a 41-year-old accountant whose children Saleh, 10, and Abdurrahin, nine, attend the school, said his wife Shaheen, 38, was worried they could be taken to court.

He said: "My wife is very concerned she might be prosecuted.

"As yet we haven't heard anything from the council about whether they are taking action."
He said he knew of about 30 children who had been taken out of classes during the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Week after parents objected to their youngsters being encouraged to "celebrates the lives and achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in the community". the rest

Could St. Louis lose its Catholic hospitals under new federal abortion legislation?

By Tim Townsend
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
03/06/2009

A proposed bill promising major changes in the U.S. abortion landscape has Roman Catholic bishops threatening to close Catholic hospitals if the Democratic Congress and White House make it law.

The Freedom of Choice Act failed to get out of subcommittee in 2004, but its sponsor is poised to refile it now that former Senate co-sponsor Barack Obama occupies the Oval Office.

A spokesman for Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said the legislation "is among the congressman's priorities. We expect to reintroduce it sooner rather than later."

FOCA, as the bill is known, would make federal law out of the abortion protections established in 1973 by the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade ruling. the rest

Save the Embryonic Humans

By Deacon Keith Fournier
3/7/2009
Catholic Online

With the stroke of a Presidential pen human embryos will become property, capable of being “manufactured” like a commodity and available to be used as spare parts.

We must speak for human embryonic Life as we speak for all human life. We must expose and oppose this new form of genetic slavery wherein an entire class of human persons is being labeled as property to be used by those who are more powerful.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - Two years before he would give his “Yes” to the invitation of the Holy Spirit to become the successor of Peter, Karol Cardinal Wotyla, spoke to the U.S. Bishops. His ominous observation was republished in the Wall Street Journal on November 9, 1978:

“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel and the anti-Gospel. This confrontation lies within the plans of divine providence. It is a trial which the whole Church… must take up.” the rest

Friday, March 06, 2009

Devotional: The reason some of us are such poor specimens of Christianity...

The reason some of us are such poor specimens of Christianity is because we have no Almighty Christ. We have Christian attributes and experiences, but there is no abandonment to Jesus Christ. When we get into difficult circumstances, we impoverish His ministry by saying - "Of course He cannot do any thing," and we struggle down to the deeps and try to get the water for ourselves. Beware of the satisfaction of sinking back and saying - "It can't be done"; you know it can be done if you look to Jesus. The well of your incompleteness is deep, but make the effort and look away to Him. ...Oswald Chambers image

NY governor forcing recognition of same-sex 'marriages'

Charlie Butts
OneNewsNow
3/6/2009

New York Governor David Paterson is commanding state agencies to recognize same-gender "marriages" and civil unions that are legal in other states and countries and to revise policies and regulations to accommodate it.

CNN.com reports Paterson sent state agencies a memo on Wednesday alleging that the failure to recognize homosexual marriages violates the state's human rights law. Frank Russo of the American Family Association of New York tells OneNewsNow the governor's decision is disappointing. the rest

National Day of Prayer under Attack from Atheists

3-5-09
by Jennifer Mesko

More than 50 years after it was made official by a joint resolution of Congress, the National Day of Prayer is being threatened by a group of atheists.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit, saying the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional and creates a “hostile environment for nonbelievers.”

The Alliance Defense Fund will defend the National Day of Prayer Task Force. the rest

"Everyone Against Abortion, Please Raise Your Hand!"

First British couple die in Swiss suicide clinic

6 March 2009

An elderly couple have become the first British pair to die together in a Swiss suicide clinic, it was revealed last night.

The retired millionaires, Peter and Penelope Duff, were both suffering from severe forms of cancer when they travelled to the Dignitas centre in Switzerland.

Mr Duff, founder of the Wine Guild of the United Kingdom, had cared for his wife until he was also diagnosed with cancer. The couple moved out of their Georgian mansion in Bath and told friends they were retiring to a second home in Dorset.

They travelled to Switzerland to die together shortly afterwards. the rest

Bishop-elect Explains Buddhist Lay Ordination

March 6, 2009

The Rev. Kevin Thew Forrester, bishop-elect of the Diocese of Northern Michigan, is seeking to clarify his lay ordination as a Buddhist. In a prepared statement, Fr. Forrester said that “lay ordination has a different meaning in Buddhist practice than in the Christian tradition. The essence of my welcoming ceremony, which included no oaths, was a resolve to use the practice of meditation as a path to the truth of the reality of human suffering. Meditation deepens my dwelling in Christ-the-healer.”

In an interview with the Marquette Mining Journal, Fr. Forrester denied that he was a practitioner of two faiths.

“There’s one faith and it’s Christianity,” he said. “The gift is that that faith is deepened by my meditative practice and I’m eternally grateful to Zen Buddhism for teaching me that practice and receiving me as an Episcopal priest.” the rest

Va.'s Departing Episcopal Bishop Peter Lee on Church Changes

Saturday, March 7, 2009

This fall, the Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee will leave Virginia after a quarter-century as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, one of the largest dioceses in the national Episcopal Church, encompassing the northern and central parts of the state and including 80,000 members and 181 congregations.

Lee, 70, is one of the longest-serving bishops in the country. A fan of murder mysteries, blues music and the beach, he will head next, with his wife, to San Francisco, where he will become interim dean for a year at Grace Cathedral, the third-largest Episcopal cathedral in the country.

The Washington Post's Michelle Boorstein spoke with him recently about the impact of technology on faith, the roots of current Anglican upheaval and why he wants to leave Virginia. the rest

BabyBlueOnline: Bishop Peter James Lee accepts appointment as interim-dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco for the Diocese of California

Former Episcopal bishop discusses his new life as Catholic priest

Mar-6-2009
By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

ROME (CNS) -- If using dolls to practice the baptismal ritual is a humbling experience for seminarians, one can imagine what it was like for someone who already had baptized hundreds of babies.

Father Jeffrey N. Steenson, the former Episcopal bishop of the Rio Grande, prepared for his ordination to the Catholic priesthood with seminarians from Rome's Pontifical North American College.

The 56-year-old, who spent 24 years as an Episcopal priest and three years as a bishop in New Mexico, laughs about the humbling experience of the doll practice and has nothing but praise for the "graciousness and good humor" of the NAC seminarians and staff with whom he's been working for the past year. the rest

Record 31.8 million on food stamps

Government shows increase of 700,000 food stamp recipients in a single month.
March 5, 2009

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- A record 31.8 million Americans received food stamps at the latest count, an increase of 700,000 people in one month with the United States in recession, government figures showed Thursday.

Food stamps, which help poor people buy groceries, are the major U.S. anti-hunger program, forecast to cost at least $51 billion in this fiscal year ending Sept. 30, up $10 billion from fiscal 2008. the rest

Added:
US Unemployment Rate Jumps to 8.1 Percent

Recession Job Losses Top Four Million

SENATE MOVES TO GIVE FDIC $500B LOAN

TEC bid to authorize same-sex blessings

March 6, 2009
by George Conger

The General Convention of the US Episcopal Church will be asked to authorize rites for the blessing of same-sex unions at their triennial meeting in July. On Jan 31 the Diocese of Newark synod endorsed a resolution asking the General Convention to amend the national church’s canons governing Holy Matrimony, making them gender neutral.

Newark’s Resolution 2009-05 asks the national church to amend Canon 18: Of the Solemnization of Holy Matrimony, substituting the words “two persons” where the words “a man and a woman” now appear, and to amend Canon 19: Of Regulations Respecting Holy Matrimony, to substitute the word “spouse” where the words “husband or wife” appear. the rest

California's Temper Tantrum

How the gay rights movement lost more than Proposition 8.
Mollie Ziegler Hemingway
3/05/2009

Obnoxious mobs that won't tolerate disagreement don't usually win supporters.
A manager at a Los Angeles Mexican restaurant was targeted for her $100 contribution in support of traditional marriage. Protesters hounded her out of her job, and did the same to a Sacramento theater director and the director of the Los Angeles Film Festival. Churches and Mormon temples were vandalized. The mainstream media ran an all-out public relations campaign in support of same-sex marriage. Hollywood quickly put together "Prop. 8: The Musical," an Internet video that mocked Jesus, the Bible, and Christians.

"Want to cause a nice long backlash to gay rights? That's the way to do it," said lesbian social critic Camille Paglia. the rest

Barack Obama bets the farm in $4 trillion poker game


The President believes he can change US politics for a generation. If he's wrong he could bankrupt the whole country
Tim Reid
The Times
March 6, 2009

One of the most seductive elements of Barack Obama's ascent to the White House was his unshakeable conviction that he was being called upon, at a time of epochal peril, to bend the arc of history America's way.

Only a candidate possessed with such boldness and self-belief would have challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination two years after leaving the Illinois state senate, promising in his first campaign speech to “transform a nation and usher in a new birth of freedom on this Earth”.

Only a man who frequently compares himself to America's greatest President, Abraham Lincoln, would declare that when he was elected, “the rise of the oceans will begin to slow”. Only someone who believes that America is on the crest of a dangerous historic wave - and that he “can help guide it” - would have undertaken a glitzy world tour midway through the campaign. the rest

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Pro-Life Groups Left Off Obama's Health Care Summit List, Abortion Advocates OK

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 5, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- President Barack Obama has apparently shut out pro-life groups from attending today's health care summit to dialogue on how health care reform should be implemented. However, the White House had no problem inviting Planned Parenthood and other groups that support abortion.

The summit is an attempt by the Obama administration to focus on reducing and containing costs as well as expanding coverage and Obama sees it as a starting point for tackling the overhaul of health care.

With pro-life advocates worried about the attempt to expand abortion by either making taxpayers fund abortions in a national health care plan or requiring insurance companies to pay for them, pro-life groups have a key interest in the outcome of the debate.

However, Obama appeared to shut them out of the discussion. the rest

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Devotional: He blesseth the habitation of the just...

He blesseth the habitation of the just. Proverbs 3:33

He fears the Lord, and therefore he comes under the divine protection even as to the roof which covers himself and his family. His home is an abode of love, a school of holy training, and a place of heavenly light. In it there is a family attar where the name of the Lord is daily had in reverence. Therefore the Lord blesses his habitation. It may be a humble cottage or a lordly mansion; but the Lord's blessing comes because of the character of the inhabitant and not because of the size of the dwelling.

That house is most blest in which the master and mistress are Godfearing people; but a son or daughter or even a servant may bring a blessing on a whole household. The Lord often preserves, prospers, and provides for a family for the sake of one or two in it, who are "just" persons in His esteem, because His grace has made them so. Beloved, let us have Jesus for our constant guest even as the sisters of Bethany had, and then we shall be blessed indeed.

Let us look to it that in all things we are just—in our trade, in our judgment of others, in our treatment of neighbors, and in our own personal character. A just God cannot bless unjust transactions. ...CH Spurgeon image

Albert Mohler: "Do Not Cast Me Off in the Time of Old Age," Part Two

The Christian Worldview and the Challenge of the Aged, Part Two
Tuesday, January 10, 2006

In the January 2006 edition of Commentary, bioethicists Eric Cohen and Leon R. Kass offer a compelling essay on the challenge represented by millions of the aged among us. In "Cast Me Not Off in Old Age," they warn that we are now witnessing the development of a "mass geriatric society" which will present this country with massive economic, social, medical, political, and ethical challenges.

Recognizing that, many Americans argue that there must be some better way to confront these challenges, and all too many appear willing to redefine human dignity in terms of quality of life, autonomous choice, and the competing interests of generations.

Indeed, some are ready to argue for a "duty to die" that assumes a responsibility for the elderly to get out of the way. Far more are ready to assume that the death of the elderly is at least preferable to long-term debility and decline. Both of these assumptions run into direct conflict with the Christian worldview and the Bible's teachings regarding reverence for life and respect for the aged. Confronting these assumptions will require Christian courage as well as keen Christian thinking. This challenge will not wait. the rest

Click here for Part One.

Ottawa: Discernment to Include Same-Sex Blessings

March 5, 2009

The time for discernment on same-gender blessings has moved beyond the discussion stage, according to the Rt. Rev. John H. Chapman, Bishop of Ottawa in the Anglican Church of Canada. Bishop Chapman recently announced plans “to explore experientially, the blessing of duly solemnized and registered civil marriages.”

If enacted, Ottawa would become the second Canadian diocese whose bishop has openly authorized same-sex blessings to be performed. The Diocese of New Westminster enacted its same-sex blessing policy in 2002, before the Windsor Report urged dioceses and provinces to demonstrate restraint and before a vote by the Canadian Church’s General Synod denied dioceses permission to enact same-sex blessings. The prohibition has not been enforced, however.

Under terms of the plan announced by the Bishop in the March issue of Crosstalk, the monthly diocesan newsletter, a doctrine and worship committee will be appointed to create a liturgy, appropriate protocols and procedures as well as an evaluative process. Assuming that the committee returns with a favorable recommendation, one parish, St. John the Evangelist, Ottawa, will be permitted to use the liturgy at a time to be determined. the rest

Stand Firm and TitusOneNine: Major Move This Weekend

The two sites will be offline this Fri/Sat
posted Wednesday, March 4, 2009

"What this means for the Stand Firm and TitusOneNine communities... and let me stop and note with a little pride that I don't think of them as "blogs" or "sites" any more, but bona fide communities... what this means is that I anticipate we'll probably spend the better part of a day offline, beginning some time between Friday evening and Saturday evening. User commentary is the pulse of these two communities, and because the server change will not occur for all users at the exact same time, at the beginning of the move we're going to shut off comments here at the current server in order to ensure that none of the conversation is lost. Here at SF we'll be posting a stack of videos, some new and some familiar, to keep anyone who wanders by entertained, so if that's what you see, you'll know you're still at the old server. When the site is back up and running as normal, you'll know you've been switched over to the new server."

Further details

Smoke and Mirrors: The Magic of Barack Obama

March 05, 2009
By Monte Kuligowski

Every good magician can alter one's perception of reality by use of deception. In context of a magic show, trickery is a good thing; when it comes to a political show, it's not so good. President Obama has come to be known as one of the most eloquent politicians in American history. But it was not eloquence alone that got him into the White House; it was eloquence coupled with pretense. And with those twin characteristics Obama is almost effortlessly imposing his extreme-left agenda on the country. the rest

Karl Rove Says President Barack Obama's Policies Break Campaign Promises

David Brooks: A Moderate Manifesto

"Going Galt": America's Wealth Producers vs. Wealth Redistributors

by Michelle Malkin
March 4, 2009

Enough. In a word, that is the message of disgusted taxpayers fed up with the confiscatory policies of both parties in Washington. George Bush pre-socialized the economy with billion-dollar bailouts of the financial and auto industries. Barack Obama is pouring billions more down those sinkholes. It isn't just the camel's back that's broken. His neck and four legs have all snapped, too.

Enough. Last Friday, thousands of Americans turned out to protest reckless government spending in the pork-laden stimulus package, the earmark-clogged budget bill, the massive mortgage-entitlement program and taxpayer-funded corporate rescues. Contrary to false left-wing blog smears that the hastily planned impromptu events were "Astro-turfed," the crowds were packed with first-time grassroots activists. They were people with families and day jobs whose usual definition of "community organizing" involves neighborhood yard sales or their kids' soccer matches. They were members of the silent majority who decided to be silent no more. the rest

WSJ: 'Atlas Shrugged': From Fiction to Fact in 52 Years

Going John Galt
Do I want Obama to fail? Aren’t I, as a Christian, required to pray for our president? I do pray for him. But I don’t pray for his success, where his success means implementing policies which harm the country’s security, kill babies, increase poverty, and decrease freedom. The Alinskyite game playing is pathetic, trying to divide us with “have you beat your wife lately?” questions designed to “catch” conservatives in being “disloyal” to the President. Are you now, or have you ever been, a fan of Rush Limbaugh? Grow up! I’m not hoping for economic failure. I’m experiencing economic failure, and I’m hoping to return to economic success.

Speechless: Silencing the Christians

Watch the video that TV stations are refusing to show because of gay intimidation!

Movie here-pass the link along!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Devotional: Character is the product of daily, hourly actions...

Character is the product of daily, hourly actions, and words and thoughts; daily forgivenesses, unselfishness, kindnesses, sympathies, charities, sacrifices for the good of others, struggles against temptation, submissiveness under trial. Oh, it is these, like the blending colors in a picture or the blending notes of music which constitute the man.
...JR Macduff image

Killing without Consequences

'The Last Goodnights'
By Chuck Colson
3/4/2009

In his new book, The Last Goodnights: Assisting My Parents with Their Suicides, lawyer and author John West publicly tells a story that most people would have kept silent. He does it so that one day others may be able to kill openly and without fear. That’s not how West puts it, of course, but I’m afraid that’s what it boils down to.

West’s parents were prestigious psychiatrists. As West wrote, “Neither was at all religious, but both had deep insight into the human condition. . . . And they knew what they wanted.”

What they wanted was to die “on [their] own terms.” When West’s father was diagnosed with cancer, he asked his son for help in taking his own life. In West’s mother’s case, “advancing cognitive decline” led her to fear that she would “turn into a bowl of Jell-O in her head.” A couple of weeks after West assisted his father’s suicide, his mother made the same request. the rest

Recife denies Archbishop of Canterbury’s mediation claim

Wednesday, 4th March 2009
By George Conger

Church leaders in Brazil have questioned the Archbishop of Canterbury’s assertion that an informal mediation process is underway between the Provinces of the Southern Cone and Brazil over the Diocese of Recife.

In his Feb 5 press conference held at the close of the Primates’ Meeting in Alexandria, Dr Williams gave an overview of the recommendations made by the Windsor Continuation Group to the primates for responding to the divisions within the communion.

A “pastoral forum” to hear disputes and “pastoral visitors” who “can act as consultants in situations of stress and conflict” were proposed, Dr Williams said, adding that “in case that sounds too abstract, I might mention that we have tried this out informally as between the province of Brazil and the Southern Cone over the question of Recife.” the rest

Details of ACNA Provincial Assembly Announced

March 4, 2009
press release
link

Editor's Note: Bishop Robert Duncan has written to the Common Cause Partnership outlining details of the first Provincial Assembly of the Anglican Church in North America. The meeting will be held June 22 - 25 at St. Vincent's Cathedral in Bedford, Texas.

TO ALL COMMON CAUSE PARTNERS:
Beloved in the Lord,

The purpose of this letter is to give formal notice of the Provincial Assembly to be gathered from noon, Monday, June 22nd, to noon, Thursday, June 25th, 2009. This meeting is being convened under the Provisional Constitution of the Anglican Church in North America. The place of gathering is St. Vincent’s Cathedral, Bedford, Texas.

The agenda of the Provincial Assembly will include:

1) Worship;
2) Presentations in support of the mission of the Province;
3) Scripture teaching;
4) Addresses by international leaders;
5) Consideration for ratification of the (Provisional) Constitution;
6) Consideration for ratification of a Code of Canons;
7) Reports from committees and task forces.

Each diocese, cluster or network will have representation as provided for in the provisional constitution and initial canons set out by the Common Cause Leadership Council (acting as Provincial Council) on December 3rd, 2008. The actual apportionment cannot be accomplished until the April meeting of the Council, so this notice is being distributed widely for initial planning purposes. The actual selection and certification of voting members of the Assembly are to be done diocese by diocese. Most will be represented by their bishop(s), two clergy and two lay persons. Representation is, however, proportional; linked to each additional thousand Average Sunday Attendance.

The hope for the Provincial Assembly is that it be “more like AMiA’s Winter Conference than TEC’s General Convention.” Consideration of matters to be voted will, of course, be limited to the certified representatives. But the gathering as a whole will be open to all.

The expectation is that many more will be present in Bedford than are actually members of the Provincial Assembly. We welcome this and several hundred hotel rooms have been blocked for observer-participants. The Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) airport is a short distance from the meeting site. A list of area hotels accompanies this announcement (pdf file here).

I covet your prayers for this Inaugural Provincial Assembly, and for all that surrounds its preparation. These are momentous days.

Faithfully in Christ,

Bob Pittsburgh
Moderator

NY’s Broome Community College shuts door on everyone to keep church out

School opts to close facilities on weekends so church can’t meet
Hearing Friday on temporary restraining order against NY’s Broome Community College

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Just two days after attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund filed a lawsuit so that churches can rent facilities at Broome Community College in the same way that other groups are allowed to, the college’s executive council has voted to prevent anyone from renting the school’s facilities on weekends.

“Churches shouldn’t be discriminated against for their beliefs. Rather than protect this basic constitutional principle, the council chose to make the entire community suffer by denying everyone access to the school’s facilities,” said ADF Litigation Counsel Daniel Blomberg. “Such a disappointing move does not reflect well upon Broome’s desire to serve the community.”

North Pointe Church had been regularly holding meetings in a rented facility on the Broome Community College campus for several months. But college officials invoked a ban on “religious services” and barred the church from continuing to rent space there after a few members of the public complained to the college about a church meeting in a public facility.

ADF attorneys, along with local counsel Raymond Dague of Syracuse, filed a lawsuit shortly thereafter, seeking a temporary restraining order that would have allowed the church to continue meeting at the campus. ADF attorneys argued that churches have equal access to public facilities under the law and cannot be discriminated against because of the religious nature of their meetings--especially as paying customers.

The lawsuit, North Pointe Church v. Moppert, was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York on Feb. 24. link

Guilty consciences

March 3, 2009
By Cal Thomas

For social liberals, what is it about abortion that makes some of them consider it a sacrificial rite through which only the killing of an unborn child can truly liberate a woman from the clutches of paternalism?

A rule approved in the waning days of the Bush administration established broad protections for health-care workers whose religious faith, conscience or moral misgivings forbid them from participating in an abortion. Last Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services, which is still without a confirmed secretary, announced its intention to rescind the regulation. There will be a 30-day period of public comment before the rule is overturned. Here is mine.

No politician can be found who admits to favoring abortion. To acknowledge moral misgivings means that you are at least acknowledging that the beating heart and brain waves extinguished during an abortion are of greater significance than, say, the removal of an appendix or a tumor. Infected appendices can burst, killing the individual. A tumor can grow, become malignant and cause death. A growing unborn child can be born and contribute not only to the betterment of the country, but if you're utilitarian about it, increase the tax base. Abortion kills a potential taxpayer, which ought to override every other consideration for liberal politicians who are constantly looking for new sources of revenue. the rest

Albert Mohler: "Do Not Cast Me Off in the Time of Old Age"

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

"Do not cast me off in the time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength fails." This is the prayer of the Psalmist in Psalm 71:9. Like so many before and after him, the Psalmist fears being forsaken when he is old. In our own times, this concern takes on an entirely new magnitude, as the ranks of the elderly and aged grow at an unprecedented rate.

This is the concern raised by Eric Cohen and Leon R. Kass in their essay, "Cast Me Not Off in Old Age," published in the January 2006 edition of Commentary. Cohen, director of the program in biotechnology and American democracy at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and Kass, the former chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics, have combined to write a most compelling essay on the challenge represented by millions of the aged among us. the rest image

Obama: The Great Divider?

March 04, 2009
By Victor Davis Hanson

I confess I did not believe Barack Obama entirely during the campaign when he bragged on working across the aisle and championing bipartisanship.

You see, as in the case of any other politician, one must look to what he does--and has done--not what he says for election advantage.

And in the case of Sen. Obama, in his nascent career in the Senate, he had already compiled the most partisan record of any Democratic Senator. He had attended religiously one of the most racially divisive and extremist churches in the country. His Chicago friends were not moderates. His campaigns for state legislature, the House and the Senate were hard-ball, no-prisoner affairs of personal destruction, even by Chicago standards. Campaign references to reparations, gun- and bible-clingers, and Rev. Wright's wisdom were not words of healing.

In short, while the rhetoric was often inspirational, I found no real reason then--or now--to believe that Barack Obama wishes to be a uniter. And nothing in his first five weeks of governance has disabused me of that first tough impression. the rest

President Barack Obama just plain rude to Britain. Don't call us in future. and No Colgate Moment, Indeed

'Mother' uses eclectic past for church's innovation

By Devon Lash
STAFF WRITER
03/04/2009

STAMFORD -- With closed eyes, 12 men and women sat in a circle of mismatched high-backed couches and chairs, listening as the soft musical voice of Mother Julia Anne Fritts led them in meditation.

"Now, actually breathe -- something we adults often forget to do," Fritts, the newly ordained priest at St. John's Episcopal Church, said just loud enough over the recorded sounds of Gregorian chants.

She pushed her long, straight, silver hair off her shoulders as she looked around the quiet circle.
Pleased by the attendance, the church opened the Tuesday night meetings, called "Got Peace?" to people outside the parish. the rest

For prayer: Nigeria: Anambra - Anglican Priest Kidnapped

Alphonsus Nweze
4 March 2009

Onitsha — An Anglican priest, Venerable Emmanuel Ejianya, has been abducted by unknown gunmen in Anambra State.

A police source told Daily Champion that the clergyman was kidnapped last Sunday when his abductors trailed him from Eziowelle in Idemili North Council area to his official residence at Anglican Church, Ogidi in Idemili North Area Council of the state.

The incident is coming barely two weeks after his brother, Mr. Mike Ejianya, slumped and died while preaching on the pulpit. Mike is yet to be buried. It was gathered that Venerable Ejianya was returning from a one-day crusade organized by members of the Anglican community at Eziowelle late in the night when the unidentified hoodlums trailed him to his official residence and abducted him. the rest

Anglican diocese to defy ban, perform same-sex blessings

Charles Lewis
National Post
Tuesday, March 03, 2009

The Diocese of Ottawa has said it will perform same-sex blessings, becoming the first Canadian Anglican diocese to make such a move since a ban was imposed on the practice by the international church.

The diocese said it is developing a liturgy and protocol for the rite and once they are created it will start performing the ceremonies for gay couples on a limited basis. But critics of same-sex blessings say those steps will widen the schism in the Canadian church.

In 2004, the worldwide church called for a moratorium on the rite after the Diocese of New Westminster in British Columbia struck out on its own and began performing same-sex blessings. That move was considered a seminal event that led to the Canadian split. the rest

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Devotional: Christ's triumph was in His humiliation...

Christ's triumph was in His humiliation. And perhaps our triumph will also be revealed through what others see as humiliation. ...Margaret Bottome image

Denominational Departure: The Story of Truro Church

03/02/2009
by Jim Oakes

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending a “thanksgiving dinner” to give thanks and honor to God and to recognize the efforts of the men and women who guided us on a challenging journey. Several Anglican congregations in Virginia voted to separate from the Episcopal Church of the United States and affiliate with other branches of the worldwide Anglican Communion, a process that was trying on many of us from a legal, communal and faith perspective. The dinner brought back wonderful memories of the adventure we had been through the past few years.

I was particularly struck by a comment made by my good friend Martyn Minns, missionary bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) and former rector of Truro Church. He said, “As Christians, we are a people of stories, and we must not forget the story of how we came to this place.” Indeed, we must not forget. So, let me tell you a story.

I will not forget the first meeting I attended of a group of lay leaders (“wardens”) and clergy (“rectors”) of orthodox Episcopal churches shortly after I was elected senior warden of Truro Church in the spring of 2005. There were more than 50 people at the meeting representing about 20 congregations in the Diocese of Virginia. There was much emotion in the room, as leaders of these churches grappled with a way to handle the backlash from the latest public scrutiny of the Episcopal Church – in this case, the organization’s decision to consent to the ordination of Gene Robinson, an openly gay man living in a same-sex relationship, as bishop of New Hampshire. the rest

Controversial Bishop-Elect Composes Own Eucharistic Texts

March 3, 2009

The congregation led by the Diocese of Northern Michigan’s bishop-elect often uses locally written eucharistic rites rather than those of the Book of Common Prayer or the supplemental liturgical texts authorized by General Convention.

St. Paul’s Church, Marquette, also regularly uses The Inclusive Hebrew Scriptures and The Inclusive New Testament, which are published by a liberal Roman Catholic organization, Priests for Equality.

Those lectionary texts are not among the several Bibles authorized by Title II, Canon 2, including the gender-inclusive New Revised Standard Version. That canon allows for “other versions of the Bible, including those in languages other than English, which shall be authorized by diocesan bishops for specific use in congregations or ministries within their dioceses.”

The Rev. Kevin Thew Forrester, interim ministry developer and rector of St. Paul’s, was the sole candidate on the ballot for the special electing convention on Feb. 21. He received 88 percent of delegate votes.

Fr. Thew Forrester’s parish draws some of its prayers from Enriching Our Worship, which is authorized by General Convention. Many of the eucharistic texts gathered from the congregation’s website were composed or adapted by the bishop-elect or by his wife, the Rev. Rise Thew Forrester. the rest

A model of biblical proportions

Man spends 30 years creating a model of Herod's Temple

Photo essay

Denver Archbishop: "Very Bad Period of Catechesis" in Church "Bearing Bad Fruit in Our Time"

EXCLUSIVE: LifeSiteNews interview with Archbishop Charles Chaput
By Steve Jalsevac
TORONTO, Canada

March 2, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - During a LifeSiteNews interview last week, Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput stressed that "not nearly enough" US Catholic bishops have been speaking out strongly on the current state of the culture. He also noted that the poor instruction of Catholics over the past 40 years has to a large degree been responsible for many of today's serious problems within US Catholicism, especially the lack of "understanding of the horror of abortion."

Chaput, a prominent US bishop and recent author of "Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life.", was interviewed following his breakfast lecture to Toronto businessmen on February 24. The archbishop, who is usually upbeat and gentle mannered, nevertheless, and true to his frankness in Render Unto Caesar, did not beat around the bush on the abortion issue and the responsibilities of Catholics and Catholic leaders in the culture wars. the rest

New anti-conversion law planned in India

Tuesday, 3rd March 2009
By Judy West

The Compass Direct News agency is reporting that the Hindu nationalist government in the southern state of Karnataka, which recorded the second highest number of attacks on Christians last year, is planning to introduce the kind of “anti-conversion” law that has provided the pretext for anti-Christian violence in other states.

Such laws are designed to thwart forcible or fraudulent conversion, but they are popularly misunderstood as criminalizing conversion in general. India’s majority Hindu population has shown hostility to other religions in recent years, in particular to Christians, who they see as proselytizing Hindus. the rest

What the Obama Revolution Means for Religion in America

March 03, 2009
By Bradford Wilcox

Excerpt:
I do not doubt the sincerity of Obama’s religious intentions. But while many social conservatives have pointed a spotlight on Obama’s socially liberal policies ( repealing the Mexico City Policy, for example) few have paid attention to the likely impact his stimulus, bailout, and economic welfare programs will have. One unremarked and unintended consequence of Barack Obama’s audacious plans for the expansion of government—especially in health care, education, and the environment—is that the nanny state he is seeking to build will likely crowd out religious institutions in America. In other words, if he succeeds in passing his ambitious agenda, the Obama revolution is likely to lead the United States down the secular path already trod by Europe.

To fund his bold efforts to revive the American economy and expand the welfare state, Obama is proposing to spend a staggering $3.6 trillion in the 2010 fiscal year. Obama’s revolutionary agenda would push federal, state, and local spending to approximately 40 percent of Gross Domestic Product, up from about 33 percent in 2000. It would also put the size of government in the United States within reach of Europe, where government spending currently makes up 46 percent of GDP.

Why is this significant for the vitality of religion in America? A recent study of 33 countries around the world by Anthony Gill and Erik Lundsgaarde, political scientists at the University of Washington, indicates that there is an inverse relationship between state welfare spending and religiosity. Specifically, they found that countries with larger welfare states had markedly lower levels of religious attendance, had higher rates of citizens indicating no religious affiliation whatsoever, and their people took less comfort in religion in general. In their words, “Countries with higher levels of per capita welfare have a proclivity for less religious participation and tend to have higher percentages of non-religious individuals.” the rest

WSJ: The Obama Economy: As the Dow keeps dropping, the President is running out of people to blame.


Obama Has No Mandate For Radicalism

Group launches health care offensive

By JONATHAN MARTIN
3/3/09

Firing some of the first shots in the coming showdown over health care, a conservative group led by the former owner of the Hospital Corporation of America is beginning a multimillion-dollar campaign Tuesday in opposition to government-run coverage.

Conservatives for Patients Rights is going on TV, radio and the Web in the same week President Barack Obama hosts a health care summit at the White House. The group’s leader, Richard Scott, is hoping a pro-free-market message will rally the right to join the fray on what may be the most hard-fought policy battle in the first year of the new administration. the rest

The Jerry Garcia of Canterbury

Rowan Williams, the bumbling archbishop beloved by the press
by Mark Tooley
03/03/2009

The March issue of the Atlantic features a lengthy and largely glowing review of Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, comparing his nuclear freeze activism of the 1980s to his campaign for conciliation over homosexuality among the world's 80 million Anglicans.

"As it was for the arms race in the age of Reagan and Thatcher, so it has been for the standoff over gay bishops in our own day," approvingly surmised Paul Elie in his Atlantic piece. "As 650 bishops converged on Canterbury [last Summer for their once a decade meeting] and two hundred or more [conservative, mostly African bishops stayed away], Williams's goal was a truce of God."

Elie waxes on for over 7,000 words in tribute to Williams's wisdom, erudition, patience, and longsuffering against the contentiousness and bigotries of conservative Episcopalians in America and even more conservative (and numerous) Anglicans in Africa. Only Rowan's reticence about his supposed sympathy for homosexual priests, so as to maintain the cohesion of the global Anglican communion, is cited as a potential character flaw. the rest

B.C. Anglican group may leave parish over same-sex marriage debate

Sandra McCulloch
Victoria Times Colonist
Monday, March 02, 2009

VICTORIA - A rogue Anglican group will hold a vote Sunday on whether to split from its Victoria-area parish over its views on same-sex marriage, a church leader confirmed Monday.
Bruce Bryant-Scott, the archdeacon of the Vancouver Island Diocese of the Anglican Church of Canada, said St. Matthias parishioners will decide whether to join the breakaway Anglican Network in Canada, which opposes same-sex unions.

The vote announcement comes after the resignation of four clergy members Thursday over the contentious issue.

About 90 per cent of the 200-member congregation said they wanted to hold a vote, said Ronald Corcoran, the former parish priest.

Bryant-Scott said Monday he first heard rumours about the vote to leave the church a few months ago. the rest

Diocese of PA: Court asked to remove renegade Episcopal priest

Tue, Mar. 3, 2009
By David O'Reilly
Inquirer Staff Writer

After biding its time for years, the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania has asked a civil court to remove the Rev. David Moyer as rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Rosemont, and to declare the diocese as owner of the renegade parish's property.

Moyer, a vocal critic of liberal trends in the Episcopal Church, has served as the parish's rector and lived in its rectory since 1989, even though he was deposed as a priest nearly seven years ago.

Last week, the diocese informed him and Good Shepherd's vestry that it had petitioned Montgomery County Orphans Court to order the parish to transfer the title to its buildings, as well as all other assets, to the diocese. the rest

Monday, March 02, 2009

Devotional: O how desirable, how profitable to the Christian life...

O how desirable, how profitable to the Christian life is a spirit of holy watchfulness and godly jealousy over myself when my soul is afraid of nothing except grieving and offending Thee, the blessed God, my Father and friend, whom I then love and long to please, rather than be happy in myself! Knowing, as I do, that this is the pious temper, worthy of the highest ambition, and closest pursuit of intelligent creatures and holy Christians, may my joy derive from glorifying and delighting Thee. I long to fill all my time for Thee, whether at home or in the way; to place all my concerns in Thy hands; to be entirely at Thy disposal, having no will or interest of my own. Help me to live to Thee for ever, to make Thee my last and only end, so that I may never more in one instance love my sinful self. ...Puritan prayer image

U.S. Senator Says He Would Practice Civil Disobedience If Obama Repeals Abortion 'Conscience Clause'

Monday, March 02, 2009
By Josiah Ryan, Staff Writer

(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who is also an OB/GYN, told CNSNews.com on Friday that many medical practitioners, including himself, will go to prison before agreeing to engage in medical practices they morally oppose, such as abortion.

Earlier that same day, the Obama administration had announced it was “reviewing” a Bush administration regulation known as the “conscience clause.” That Health and Human Services regulation protects health-care workers at federally funded institutions from having to engage in practices that violate their moral or religious beliefs. These practices include performing or referring abortions, performing sterilizations, or giving or receiving training in these practices. the rest image

Wright State University Bans Christian Group from Campus

March 2, 2009
FIRE Press Release
DAYTON, Ohio, March 2, 2009

Wright State University has banned a Christian group from meeting on campus because of its requirement that voting members be Christian and its refusal to accept "nondiscrimination" language that would eliminate faith-based standards for its voting members. In response, the Campus Bible Fellowship has turned to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help.

"A Christian group has the right to be Christian, a Jewish group has the right to be Jewish, and a Muslim group has the right to be Muslim," said FIRE President Greg Lukianoff. "Courts have affirmed this principle time and time again. It is shocking that in a free society, public universities like Wright State still don't seem to understand or respect this crucial component of religious liberty." the rest

NH: Home schoolers swarm to defend education

Pete Chagnon
OneNewsNow
3/2/2009

A home school defense attorney is warning New Hampshire home schoolers about a piece of legislation being debated in The Granite State.

Mike Donnelly of the Home School Legal Defense Association is warning New Hampshire homeschoolers of HB 367. If passed, the bill would require home schoolers to double the amount of reporting currently required and would allow a school superintendant or principal to determine if the home school program should continue or be terminated.

The legislation has angered many home schoolers who showed up in record numbers when the bill was being debated in Concord. "There were about a thousand home schoolers there. It was a record-breaking crowd, never been that many home schoolers," Donnelly notes. "In fact some of the people at the state house said that they've never seen such a large crowd inside ever." the rest

Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom

Jonathan Adler
March 2, 2009

New Hampshire's state motto is "Live Free or Die." But is New Hampshire the most free place to live in the United States? Apparently it is, according to a new study, Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom, just released by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

For this study, the authors analyzed state policy measures ranging from tax rates and business regulations to drug laws and social policy to determine the relative degree of freedom allowed under state law. The winners? New Hampshire topped the list as the most free state in the nation, followed by Colorado and South Dakota. The least free? New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. the rest

pdf file here (NY-see p. 37 of the file)

TABLE V: Overall Freedom Ranking
1. New Hampshire 0.432
2. Colorado 0.421
3. South Dakota 0.392
4. Idaho 0.356
5. Texas 0.346
6. Missouri 0.320
7. Tennessee 0.284
8. Arizona 0.279
9. Virginia 0.275
10. North Dakota 0.268
11. Utah 0.250
12. Kansas 0.210
13. Indiana 0.208
14. Michigan 0.206
15. Wyoming 0.193
16. Iowa 0.183
17. Georgia 0.146
18. Oklahoma 0.143
19. Montana 0.125
20. Pennsylvania 0.102
21. Alabama 0.092
22. Florida 0.068
23. North Carolina 0.019
24. Nevada 0.013
25. Mississippi -0.004
26. Delaware -0.008
27. Oregon -0.009
28. Nebraska -0.018
29. Arkansas -0.023
30. South Carolina -0.040
31. Alaska -0.071
32. Kentucky -0.082
33. West Virginia -0.097
34. Louisiana -0.110
35. Minnesota -0.111
36. New Mexico -0.150
37. Wisconsin -0.199
38. Ohio -0.205
39. Maine -0.214
40. Vermont -0.217
41. Connecticut -0.225
42. Illinois -0.238
43. Massachusetts -0.242
44. Washington -0.275
45. Hawaii -0.304
46. Maryland -0.405
47. California -0.413
48. Rhode Island -0.430
49. New Jersey -0.457
50. New York -0.784

Tea time in the U.S.


March 02, 2009

When you're boiling water to make some tea, the water doesn't immediately hit a rolling boil. It all starts with one bubble. That's what the "tea parties" last Friday were – that first bubble leading to a full boil.

On Friday, I drove to the capitol building in Lansing, Mich., which is only about 30 miles from where I live, to attend one of the "tea party" protests that sprouted up as the result of Rick Santelli's terrific rant on the floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange.

At the Lansing event, I snapped a few photos and talked to some of the protesters, many of whom seemed unaware that they were in direct defiance of the new rules following the coronation of Jan. 20 that suddenly rendered dissent unpatriotic. the rest

Why the Islamic World Isn't Listening to Obama

Chuck Colson
BreakPoint
February 26, 2009

In his first post-inauguration interview, with an Arabic language television channel, President Obama said he wanted to “initiate a new partnership based on mutual respect and mutual interest” between America and the Muslim world.

On the On Faith website run by the Washington Post and Newsweek, I applauded the President’s comments. What I wanted to add, but didn’t, was the fact that the Christian West has been treating Islam with great respect and sensitivity for decades.

Americans, for example, have gone to war to free Muslim nations like Bosnia, whose people were being persecuted by tyrants. And in Western democracies, Muslim citizens do not face persecution. the rest

ENS: Pastoral visitors appointed by Archbishop of Canterbury

By Matthew Davies
March 02, 2009

[Episcopal News Service] An initial group of pastoral visitors has been named by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to assist in healing and reconciliation given the current tensions in the Anglican Communion.

Those appointed by Williams to the pastoral visitors team are:

the Rt. Rev. Santosh Marray, bishop of Seychelles (Indian Ocean);
the Rt. Rev. Colin Bennetts, retired bishop of Coventry (England);
the Rt. Rev. Simon Chiwanga, retired bishop of Mpwapwa (Tanzania) and former chairman of the Anglican Consultative Council;
Major General Tim Cross, a retired British soldier who was the U.K.'s senior-most officer involved in the Pentagon's post-war planning in Iraq;
Canon Chad Gandiya, Africa desk officer for the U.K.-based mission organization USPG; and
the Very Rev. Justin Welby, dean of Liverpool Cathedral (England). the rest

Stand Firm

Archbishop of Canterbury warns recession could fan race attacks

Monday, 2nd March 2009
By Matt Cresswell

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, warned this week that the current financial climate could pave the way for increased xenophobia in the UK.

Speaking at the Christian-Muslim Forum at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, in an event discussing the current financial crisis, the Archbishop said that we needed to learn important lessons from history. In responding to a question he said: “I think we do ignore, at our peril, the very high risk which history should have taught us.”

He went on to say: “The very high risk of financial stringency could lead to political extremism. Anger finding its expression in xenophobia, prejudice, rivalry -- all the tactics that both sociologists and psychologists remark on as the displacement of unease and fear.” the rest

Christians Turn to God Over Moral Crisis in UK

By Maria Mackay
Christian Today Reporter
Mon, Mar. 02 2009

LONDON – “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done” was the prayer of hundreds of Christians who gathered at a central London church on Saturday to cry out to God over the moral and spiritual crisis in the United Kingdom.

The State of the Nation gathering also focused on repentance over the church’s silence in the face of immoral legislation passed over the decades, particularly in the areas of the unborn child and marriage.

All mainstream denominations were represented at Saturday’s gathering at the Emmanuel Center, near the Houses of Parliament. Prayer gatherings were also held in Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh and in countries around the world, including the United States, Germany and Australia, in an expression of solidarity with the London meeting. the rest

Paul Harvey, Good Night

By Christopher Orlet
3.2.09

I don't know about the rest of the nation, but here in Central time we could get Paul Harvey's News and Comment in the morning and again at noon, most likely on some crackly AM country music station. If I were out of town or on the road, I would surf the AM dial hoping to find a hint of that unmistakable voice: The Voice. Like a true news junkie, I needed my Paul Harvey fix.

Paul Harvey, born Paul Harvey Aurandt in Tulsa on Sept. 4, 1918, had a voice like a cannon at Gettysburg, like Teddy Roosevelt charging up San Juan Hill or General Anthony Clement McAuliffe answering the German surrender ultimatum with the expletive "Nuts!" His distinctive baritone was soothing and comforting, the optimistic, can-do voice of Middle America, the voice of hope decades before Barack Obama knew the meaning of the word. the rest

UK: Catholic Church slams new code of conduct forcing teachers to promote Islam and gay rights

By Simon Caldwell
02nd March 2009

The Roman Catholic Church has severely criticised a proposed new code of conduct for teachers which it says will force Christian schools to actively promote Islam and gay rights.

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has warned the General Teaching Council, by the professional regulatory body, that many teachers will quit the profession because they will not be able to accept the revised code of conduct in good conscience.

Their advisers say the code would also seriously undermine the religious character of church schools by imposing on them a hostile form of secular morality. the rest

Designer baby row over US clinic

Monday, 2 March 2009

US clinic has sparked controversy by offering would-be parents the chance to select traits like the eye and hair colour of their offspring.

The LA Fertility Institutes run by Dr Jeff Steinberg, a pioneer of IVF in the 1970s, expects a trait-selected baby to be born next year.

His clinic also offers sex selection.

UK fertility experts are angered that the service will distract attention from how the same technology can protect against inherited disease. the rest

Nigerian Anglicans embrace ‘signs and wonders’

Monday, 2nd March 2009
By George Conger

“Signs and wonders” should become the mark of the Anglican Church in Africa, the Archbishop of Lagos, Dr Ephraim Ademowo said last month at service marking the collation of two archdeacons.

He urged a “return to apostolic tradition practiced in the early church characterized by miracles, signs and wonders;” saying it should become “the new direction of the Anglican Church today.”

The Anglican Communion’s largest church with an estimated 18,000,000 active members, the Church of Nigeria has been challenged by the equally fast-growing Pentecostal churches of West Africa. In recent decades it has taken on board many of the elements of the charismatic renewal movement as well embarking on a programme of African enculturation, drawing upon African resources for liturgical renewal.

One of the pillars of the Gafcon movement for the reform and renewal of the Anglican Communion, the Church of Nigeria’s cultivation of charismatic gifts, critics charge, will lead to splits with Gafcon’s Anglo-Catholic and conservative evangelical wings. the rest

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Devotional: God has a course mapped out for your life...

God has a course mapped out for your life, and all the inadequacies in the world will not change His mind. He will be with you every step of the way. And though it may take time, He has a celebration planned for when you cross over the Red Seas of your life. ...Charles Stanley image

President Barack Obama Names Pro-Abortion Kathleen Sebelius Health Secretary

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 28, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Strongly pro-abortion Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has accepted President Barack Obama's request to serve as the Health Secretary. Sebelius has one of the most radical pro-abortion record of any elected official and a longstanding relationship with a late-term abortion practitioner.

White House officials told the New York Times as late as February 18 that Sebelius had emerged as Obama's leading choice for the position. Then, this week, they acknowledged that her pro-abortion record could cause problems for her nomination.

Obama's decision to allow word of his selection to lead ot the media first on a Saturday is designed to play down news coverage of his selection of a hardcore abortion advocate to lead his health care reform efforts and to implement his pro-abortion agenda. the rest

N.Y. Catholics: Dems Trying to Bankrupt Church

Saturday, February 28, 2009
By Richard Lawrence Poe

Democrats have declared war on the Catholic Church, with new laws that threaten to bankrupt Catholic schools, hospitals, charities and parishes. Thus far, the worst attacks have come in New York.

“We’ve taken a lot of hits this year,” Dennis Poust, spokesman for the New York State Catholic Conference, the policy arm of the state’s Catholic bishops, tells Newsmax. “Outside the government, the Catholic Church is the largest provider of health, human services and education in [New York]. But some legislators are so driven by malice that they’re willing to see our charities and schools go under.”

The Empire State’s Democrats are attacking on three fronts.

-A proposal to require all hospitals to perform abortions, or lose their state license would put Catholic hospitals out of business.

-Major funding cuts for Catholic schools by Gov. David Paterson, who continues to force the parochial schools to run state-mandated programs at their own expense.

-An effort by Democratic lawmakers to abolish the statute of limitations on sex abuse lawsuits against the Church, allowing people to sue over decades-old cases in which the alleged perpetrators are dead. the rest

Paul Harvey dies at 90


by Robert Smith
March 1, 2009

Radio newscaster Paul Harvey, one of America's most familiar voices, has died. The AM legend was 90 years old, and up until recently was still heard by millions of listeners on his ABC radio broadcasts.

His trademark greeting, "Stand by for news," was instantly recognizable. At the height of his fame, more than 22 million people would stand by, waiting for his mix of the serious and absurd.

Delivered in his unique Midwestern staccato, he was famous for the anecdotes he'd tell about the lives of famous people. "And now," he would announce, "the rest of the story." The gimmick was that he wouldn't reveal the person's name until the final words of the broadcast. the rest

TIME: Paul Harvey: The End of the Story