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This just in, Pope Francis is still Catholic. He may be all fuzzy and ecumenical in public, but behind the scenes he's 100% in tune with Church doctrine.
We now have confirmation (from The New York Times no less!) that His Holiness did indeed meet secretly with Kim Davis, the embattled Rowan County Kentucky Clerk who was recently jailed for refusing to betray her Christian faith.
Here's how it went down, as originally reported by Liberty Council.
Media is buzzing about the Pope's comments in support of conscientious objection and whether he knows about the Rowan County, Kentucky, Clerk of Court who was jailed for six days for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses. The Pope met privately with Kim Davis and her husband, Joe, at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, September 24, which was the birthday of Kim's father. Pope Francis spoke with Kim and Joe Davis in English.
During the meeting Pope Francis said, "Thank you for your courage." Pope Francis also told Kim Davis, "Stay strong. He held out his hands and asked Kim to pray for him. Kim held his hands and said, "I will. Please pray for me," and the Pope said he would. The two embraced. The Pontiff presented Kim and Joe Davis each with a Rosary that he personally blessed. Kim's mother and father are Catholic, and Kim and Joe will present the Rosaries to her parents. Kim's mother was the elected Clerk of Court for Rowan County for 37 years until her retirement in 2014.
Kim Davis said, "I was humbled to meet Pope Francis. Of all people, why me?" Davis continued, "I never thought I would meet the Pope. Who am I to have this rare opportunity? I am just a County Clerk who loves Jesus and desires with all my heart to serve him." Kim said, "Pope Francis was kind, genuinely caring, and very personable. He even asked me to pray for him. Pope Francis thanked me for my courage and told me to 'stay strong.'"
That sound you hear is liberal catholic (yes, small-c) heads exploding as the gravity of Francis' gesture sinks in. Here's pro-tip folks: you can't be Catholic and support same-sex "marriage." Not today. Not tomorrow. Not ever.
Sadly, this is a newsflash to far too many people.
Still not convinced? Listen to His Holiness, in his own words:
On the flight back to Rome, he was asked if he supported individuals, including government officials, who refuse to abide by some laws, such as issuing marriage licenses to gays.
"Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical structure because it is a right," Francis said.
"I can't have in mind all cases that can exist about conscientious objection but, yes, I can say that conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right," he said, speaking in Italian.
"And if someone does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right," he added.
Francis said conscientious objection had to be respected in legal structures. "Otherwise we would end up in a situation where we select what is a right, saying: 'This right has merit, this one does not.'"
No nuance there folks. And no "spin" is forthcoming to give moral relativists the wiggle room they crave. Just eternal Catholic doctrine as enshrined in the Magisterium, front and center, speaking Truth.
So what are you waiting for? "Stay strong," and go to Confession!
Christian prisoner of conscience Kim Davis is free at last, if by "free" you mean she's no longer behind bars but still enjoined from actually doing the job she was elected to do.
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples to be released from jail -- a development that came as Kim Davis' case also drew the personal attention of Republican presidential candidates.
The order came from U.S. District Judge David Bunning, the same judge who initially jailed the Rowan County clerk last Thursday on a contempt of court charge.
Bunning lifted that order Tuesday, allowing her to be released. He said the court is "satisfied" that since last week, the clerk's office has been issuing marriage licenses "to all legally eligible couples" -- those licenses have been issued by Davis' deputy clerks.
I consider the timimg of her release to be curious.
The deputy clerks started issuing same-sex "marriage" licenses about 15 minutes after Kim Davis was led away in shackles and leg irons. So the only thing her prolonged incarceration "satisfied" is Judge Bunning's gaystapo lust for vengeance.
The order came on the same day two Republican presidential candidates were set to visit Davis, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Ah ha! Photographs and video of those meetings would be inconvenient to the homofascist agenda, because they'd probably be good for at least a million votes come next November. Imagine a video of Ted Cruz patiently explaining the First Amendment's guarantee of religious freedom in front of her spartan cell. Or a photo of pastor Mike Huckabee kneeling with her in prayer behind bars, to really bring home the grievousness of incarcerating a woman for freely exercising her Christian faith.
Can't have that! And so, Kim Davis is "free." Just in the nick of time, too. Unless, of course, you don't believe in coincidences.
But alas, she is still a "defendant" at the mercy of Judge Bunning's whimsy. And as such she may be out of jail, but she's also out of a job.
At the same time, Bunning directed Davis not to "interfere in any way" with the marriage licenses now being issued by her office.
"If Defendant Davis should interfere in any way with their issuance, that will be considered a violation of this Order and appropriate sanctions will be considered," he said in the order. Bunning is the son of former Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning.
In homofascist America, Christians are no longer permitted to hold public office. Or for that matter, earn any kind of living at all. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. The purpose of same-sex "marriage" isn't love, or tolerance, or "equality." It's domination. And subjugation, especially of Christians. The homosexuals must destroy every bastion of moral authority, because only then will there be no one to remind them of their shame and sinfulness.
Fortunately, Kim Davis answers to an authority higher than Judge David Bunning.
One day Judge Bunning, and all who stand with him, will be called to answer as
It's come to this. An Oregon judge, who is not required to officiate at any weddings, is being investigated for "refusing" to perform same-sex marriages.
A Marion County judge has refused to perform same-sex marriages and has asked his clerks to refer couples seeking same-sex marriages to other county judges.
Judge Vance Day, a circuit court judge and former chairman of the Oregon Republican Party, is now facing an ethics investigation over that decision, according to the judge's spokesman.
Spokesman Patrick Korten said Day instructed his staff to tell couples that the judge will not perform same-sex marriages. The staffers were instructed to refer same-sex couples to other Marion County judges willing to issue them a marriage license.
Korten said Day took the action based on his "deeply-held religious beliefs."
Day hasn't performed any same-sex marriages since he joined the bench in 2011, but only stopped doing marriages of any kind this past spring.
In case you forgot, "this past spring" the Supreme Court invented the "right" to same-sex "marriage."
Judges in Marion County are not required to perform marriages.
Got that? He is not required to perform marriages. Any marriages.
And as a courtesy, he refers couples to one of his collegues who does perform the services.
But is that good enough for the homofascists?
Of course it isn't.
Judge Day will be forced to do their bidding!
That decision led to an ethics investigation by the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness, Korten said.
He's being investigated for not doing something he's not required to do.
There you have the homosexual agenda. Mandatory compliance.
It's not enough to let them go about their business. Oh no, we will be forced to participate in their debauchery, and we'd better do it with a smile on our face. Or else.
It's tyranny of the sodomites. And like Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in
Kentucky, Judge Vance Day will soon find himself occupying a cell, another
prisoner of conscience in the homofascist states of America.
The Pilgrims came to these shores seeking freedom from religious persecution.
The First Amendment to our Constitution guarantees the "free exercise" of religion. It's a bedrock principle of our republic.
And yet today a federal judge ordered that Rowan County Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis be sent to jail because she refuses to renounce her Christian faith.
A federal judge ordered a defiant county clerk to jail for contempt Thursday after she insisted that it would violate her conscience to follow court orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
Rowan County clerk Kim Davis and her deputy clerks were summoned to appear before U.S. District Judge David Bunning after she repeatedly denied them marriage licenses, cited her religious beliefs and "God's authority."
The judge said his only alternative was to jail her because he did not believe she would comply with his order even if she were fined. She was escorted out of his courtroom by a deputy, although not in handcuffs, to be turned over to the custody of federal marshals.
Excuse me, but when did we become the United States of Saudi Arabia?
And when jail doesn't break her, what will the homofascists do next? Feed her to lions?
These are dark days for Christianity in America. The Obama Administration is determined to force Catholics into paying for contraceptives and abortions. Photographers, florists, innkeepers, and bakers are being persecuted for not enthusiastically participating in same-sex "weddings." And now a woman is in jail for the "crime" of adhering to her Christian faith.
Who will the homofascists incarcerate next? Catholic priests who decline to officiate at a same-sex "wedding?" Bishops who tell Catholic hospitals not to perform abortions? Don't think it won't happen.
As Kim Davis was led away in chains her homosexual tormenters chanted "Love won! Love won!"
Which I'm pretty sure is their way of saying "Crucify her!"
Because it's a pretty demented definition of "love" that celebrates persecution
of a woman for her belief in God.
Pope Obama, and 3 liberal judges, know more about the Catholic religion than any old group of nuns. Or so they say.
Moments ago, in a departure from the U.S. Supreme Court's protection of the Little Sisters of the Poor last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that the Little Sisters must comply with the government's HHS mandate. This mandate forces religious ministries to violate their faith or pay massive IRS penalties …
Today the Tenth Circuit ruled that government can force the Little Sisters to either violate their faith or pay massive IRS penalties. The court held that participating in the government's contraception delivery scheme is "as easy as obtaining a parade permit, filing a simple tax form, or registering to vote" and that although the Sisters sincerely believe that participating in the scheme "make[s] them complicit in the overall delivery scheme," the court "ultimately rejects the merits of this claim," because "the court believes the scheme relieves [the Little Sisters] from complicity."
Beating up on nuns. Obama is a real class act. He couldn't take "no" for any answer from SCOTUS. So he schemed and he schemed and he didn't sleep until he found a loophole he could use to force the sisters into compliance with his evil mandate.
And a religious order is destroyed. Elderly nuns, who only want to care for the sick, old, and forgotten among us, are sacrificed to the false god of Obamacare.
It takes a Big Man to squash a bunch of little old nuns.
What are you gonna do next Chief? Kick a dog? Punch a kid?
I wouldn't put it past him. Because exercising his absolute despotic power is his greatest pleasure. He gets off on pummeling his "enemies." I'm sure he's ecstatic over putting these nuns in their place. He'll probably make them kiss his ring too.
You'll note though that his enemies are not the enemies of America.
Nope. He makes common cause with our real enemies. Which, of course, is why he gave Iran the bomb. With Obamacare, he's at war with Christians, and Catholics in particular. With the bomb, Iran can wipe out the Jews. And maybe a few million Christians for good measure too.
And on that day, Obama will be happier than he's ever been.
The most activist Supreme Court in history just kicked it up a notch.
God help us, but same-sex "marriage" is now the law of the land.
Let me tell you how this is going to play out.
See what the progressive fascists are doing with the Confederate flag? See how they're erasing it from every nook and cranny of America? See the defacement of Confederate monuments? Hear the calls for censorship of classics like Gone With The Wind?
You ain't seen nothin' yet.
Because the rainbow-shirts are coming. And they're coming for us.
I figure the first church burning is only hours away.
Within days it'll be impossible to say the words "homosexual" and "sin" in the same sentence anywhere in America.
So let me say it here:
Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience
an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex.
It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different
cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself
on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,
tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically
disordered." They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act
to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual
complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
— Catechism of the Catholic Church
I guarantee that within the remainder of my lifetime making the above statement in public will be grounds for arrest. Because the homofascists will not stop until every last Christian is beaten into compliance.
The State of New York recently ordered a Christian couple to undergo re-education for the crime of opposing same-sex "marriage." Do you really think the Obama Administration will do anythlng less vile nationwide?
Lest you think me an alarmist, I give you an excerpt from the dissent:
"The majority graciously suggests that religious believers may continue to 'advocate' and 'teach' their views of marriage. The First Amendment guarantees, however, the freedom to 'exercise' religion. Ominously, that is not a word the majority uses."
The free exercise of religion is dead. One can no longer engage in commerce and uphold Christian morality. We must choose — penury, or sin.
Our forefathers came to these shores to escape religious persecution.
Today religious persecution has been enshrined as an official policy of the United States government.
May God have mercy on their souls.
In Obamaville, some religions are more equal than others.
Which is why our
Caliph Dear Leader never misses hosting
a Ramadan shindig. During which, of course,
he lectures us on religious tolerance.
President Obama stressed religious tolerance during an Iftar dinner to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, linking the murders of nine black Christians in South Carolina with the killings of three Muslims in North Carolina earlier this year.
"Our prayers remain with Charleston and Mother Emanuel church," Obama said Monday night, using the nickname of the historically black church in Charleston where nine people were killed Wednesday night after a gunman opened fire in a Bible study.
"As Americans, we insist that nobody should be targeted because of who they are, or what they look like, who they love, how they worship. We stand united against these hateful acts."
Alrighty then. So I guess HHS is going to drop their demand that the Little Sisters of the Poor must subsidize birth control and abortion?
And he's not going to force the folks at Mother Emanuel church to perform same-sex "marriages," right?
Wrong again. He's totally going to do that, just as soon as SCOTUS rams the redefinition of marriage down our throats later this month.
Because when it comes to "religious tolerance," feminists and homosexuals don't have to "tolerate" Christians. Christians are The Enemy. And in the gospel according to Alinsky, the enemy must be destroyed.
Obama and his minions will settle for nothing less than evisceration of the Christian faith. He'll begrudgingly (and temporarily) allow us "freedom of worship." But he'll insist on us renouncing our convictions in order to earn a living, go to school, or associate with the public.
Once upon a time the Constitution guaranteed us religious freedom.
Now Obama promulgates tyranny, dressed up as "tolerance," from which he'll
brook no dissent. And all of you who are cheering him on, I hope you'll remember
the words of Martin Niemöller when Obama's Muslim friends come for you.
Some students at Seton Hall University here in NJ are rallying behind a priest who they say was fired for pro-gay-"marriage" postings on Facebook.
A priest at Seton Hall University claims he's being removed from his job over a Facebook post he made in support of a campaign promoting same-sex marriage.
The Rev. Warren Hall, the college's director of campus ministry and an adjunct professor of Catholic studies, posted Friday on Twitter: "I've been fired from SHU for posting a pic on FB supporting LGBT "NO H8". I'm sorry it was met with this response. I'll miss my work here."
He has since deleted the tweet, but confirmed in an email Saturday that he had posted it. After a social media outcry from students, he wrote: "Grateful for all the support. Dont [sic] be angry!! Turn this into an opportunity for open/reasonable discussion on LGBT issues on a Cath Campus."
The online "NOH8" campaign aims to promote marriage, gender and human equality for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, according to its website. Supporters, including many celebrities, typically post pictures of themselves with their mouths taped shut.
What bothers me is that students at a catholic (yes, small-c) university don't understand why.
So I'll spell it out for them.
Homosexual "marriage" is a sin.
You bozos could look it up in the catechism. The relevant teachings aren't hard to find.
Archbishop Myers and Co-Adjudator Archbishop Hebda shouldn't have to explain that to you. Unless your professors have failed in their duty.
Here's a pro-tip. "Open/reasonable discussion on LGBT issues on a Cath Campus" starts with the Magisterium. You will discuss how to uphold Catholic teaching. Anything else is heresy.
You are free to disagree. But please do so from outside Holy Mother Church. I hear the Anglicans are hiring.
Alas, Tom Moran's Gay Gazette didn't get the memo either.
He pretends to be catholic. While enthusiastically editing a newspaper that advocates for same-sex "marriage," abortion, and free contraception, all while endorsing politicians who deviate even further from Church teaching.
Canon 915 Mr. Moran. Read it, and repent.
As an ostensibly Catholic institution, Seton Hall University should hold themselves to a higher standard. They have a duty to uphold Catholic doctrine. All Catholic doctrine.
Alas, it would seem that the administration at Seton Hall is more interested in winning basketball games than they are in promoting Catholic values.
Celibacy is a noble endeavor. And Holy Mother Church can guide him on the path to the straight and narrow. May he help the Pirates win many basketball games. And more importantly, may he aspire to be an inspiration to young men who feel the pull of iniquity.
Yes, until proven otherwise, I'm going to be an optimist here. I'm going to
believe that Seton Hall has recruited this young man in the hope that he will
embrace the Magisterium and live his life in accordance with the catechism.
I'm also going to pray that the students who misguidedly are protesting the
firing of Father Hall will come to realize that Truth is transcendental, and
Fr. Hall needs their prayers much more than he needs petitions at change.org.
Remember Patricia Jannuzzi? She dared to post Catholic teachings on Facebook, and the homofascists went berserk. Initially it was reported that she'd been fired from her teaching job at Immaculata Catholic High School. But happily, that turns out to be incorrect.
Patricia Jannuzzi, the veteran Immaculata High School teacher suspended for her anti-gay Facebook posts, will be reinstated immediately, school principal Jean Kline said in a letter dated Friday.
Jannuzzi, a 33-year theology teacher at Immaculata, was forced by Immaculata to deactivate her Facebook page after several alumni started circulating screen shots of her sharply worded posts against gay marriage and gay rights. Two days later, the school placed her on administrative leave.
Don't you just love how the supposedly impartial media frames her statements? "Anti-gay." "Sharply worded posts against gay marriage and gay rights." As if she were evil. Or worse.
Let's put it into the proper perspective. Her postings were Pro-Catholic. It's no secret that Holy Mother Church opposes same-sex "marriage." It shouldn't be controversial for a teacher in a Catholic school to articulate that opposition. Especially a religion teacher.
If Immaculata isn't teaching Catholic doctrine in their religion classes, what exactly are they teaching?
One is left to wonder. Because the school continues to dance around the tenets of our faith.
Immaculata High School has reached an understanding with Mrs. Patricia Jannuzzi. It is the School's position that a Catholic school teacher must always communicate the faith in a way that is positive and never hurtful. Tone and choice of words matter and I trust Mrs. Jannuzzi's stated promise to strive always to teach in a spirit of truth and charity.
From the beginning this was a personnel and not a theological issue. We are now and always have been united in our understanding and commitment to the teachings of the Catholic Church. By agreement with all parties involved, there will be no further comment on the issue.
Right. It's not "theological." And you can't talk about it.
The letter goes on to say that teachers have been told that if the issue comes up in the classroom, students will be told "this was a personnel issue and not one about theology" and there should be no further discussion about it. Kline encouraged parents to tell students the same thing if the issue comes up at home.
"Gentlemen! You can't fight in here! This is the War Room!"
Since when are parents prohibited from talking about Catholic theology? By a Catholic school no less? That's disgraceful. And wrong.
What we need is more emphasis on morality. Instead we get vaccillation. And appeasement.
So let me introduce some clarity.
The Catholic Church thus teaches: "Basing itself on sacred Scripture, which
presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always
declared that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered. They are contrary
to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not
proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no
circumstances can they be approved."
(Catechism of the Catholic Church 2357).
Catholics who participate in homosexual acts, or who advocate for same-sex "marriage," are wise to heed the stipulations of Canon 915:
Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion.
Make note of these words Principal Kline — "obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin" — and be guided accordingly.
That goes for anyone who persists in promoting the homofascist agenda, too.
There is but one path for those with homosexual tendencies: chastity.
"Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that
teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship,
by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely
approach Christian perfection."
(CCC 2357. 2359).
Immaculata High School, and all Catholics, should have no problem making these
doctrinal points abundantly clear. Perhaps they could ask Mrs. Jannuzzi to
show them the way.
It is a tenet of the Catholic faith that homosexuality is instrinsically disordered.
It is also a tenet of the Catholic faith that same-sex "marriage" is a mirage.
Alas, at Immaculata High School in Somerville, New Jersey, you can be Catholic and believe these truths, but you can't post them on Facebook. Or mention them in a classroom.
Patricia Jannuzzi, the Immaculata High School teacher who was forced to remove her Facebook page by the school after making anti-gay posts, has been put on administrative leave.
"This episode has reflected not only on this teacher but, by extension, on Immaculata High School," the letter states. "We regret deeply any hurt this has caused to any individuals and the negative light in which it has cast our school."
Jannuzzi, a theology teacher with Immaculata for 33 years, was forced to de-activate her Facebook page after an online petition -- which now has more than 900 signatures -- called attention to her posts.
Patricia Jannuzzi was sacked for affirming Catholic doctrine. Her catholic (yes, small c) employer caved to the homofascists. Note their characterization of her statements — "anti-gay" — instead of what they really are, Catholic teaching.
Why? Because noted theologian Susan Sarandon objected! Oh, and some homosexual bozo who had a bit part in a Real Housewives episode got his knickers in a twist too. The part where his tweet libels Rick Santorum? Yeah, that's tolerance! dontcha know.
Because only Catholics are haters. Homosexuals are the epitome of reason and understanding. Their precious feelings must be assuaged, always.
Or they'll call you names.
While I am not Catholic, I am sufficiently acquainted with their doctrines on marriage and the family to conclude that Ms. Januzzi said nothing in her rant with which the Pope would disagree. And having spent the past several months researching radical feminism, I can say with absolute certainty that the "agenda" is exactly what Ms. Januzzi says it is. But the 21st-Century Thought Police can't let the truth be spoken.
Let me quote more of Ms. Januzzi's post. She was reacting emotionally to a story ("Crass: Gay Activist Tweets THIS To Ben Carson Following CNN Interview") that she linked on her Facebook page, and her point was not very clearly made. She said gay activists, after using the "born that way" argument to gain status under the 14th Amendment "equal protection" clause, will then "argue everyone should be able to choose" homosexuality. Anyone familiar with feminist theory knows that radical lesbians have never accepted the "born that way" argument, instead advocating lesbianism as a "challenge to male supremacy and its basic institution of heterosexuality," to quote Professor Sheila Jeffreys. This feminist perspective was celebrated in a 1973 song by Alix Dobkin, "Every Woman Can Be a Lesbian."
The radical "choice" view of sexuality advocated by lesbian feminists is seldom heard from gay males, who usually describe their homosexual desires as an uncontrollable urge. However, one finds across the spectrum of the LGBT rainbow a unanimous consensus on what we might call the Compulsory Approval Doctrine:
No one can ever be permitted to express a personal aversion or moral objection to homosexual behavior.
Disapproval is synonymous with "hate," according to gay activists, and the cultural consequence of the Compulsory Approval Doctrine is to stigmatize heterosexuality as an expression of prejudice. Many gay people have convinced themselves that the "straight" person's rejection of homosexual behavior is implicit proof of homophobia — an irrational fear — so that all heterosexuals are basically viewed as ignorant bigots afflicted with neurotic sexual repression. And if you dare cite religious injunctions against homosexuality, you thereby prove that you are certainly a hater. Quod erat demonstrandum.
Because, apparently, disapproval of homosexual urges is tantamount to imposing a Death Sentence. I'm told that kids who believe they are gay are prone to commit suicide if they aren't immediately celebrated with parades, balloons, confetti, and abject deference to the Inherent Moral Authority of their newfound sexual deviancy. Their feelings trump everything. Including reason.
Look: I'm old enough to remember when a boy could be suspended from public school if his hair was long enough to touch his shirt collar in back. I remember when a girl could get kicked off the cheerleading squad if she engaged in PDA (public display of affection) by holding hands with her boyfriend. There was a time — and not really that long ago, either — when young people could not demand approval from their elders, and in fact teenagers were constantly subjected to lectures of adult disapproval for their adolescent wildness. Yet we did not commit suicide, nor did we organize petitions to get our teachers fired because they disapproved of us, inter alia, smoking dope and listening to Led Zeppelin.
Our parents and teachers told us we were hellbound heathens and, once we grew up and looked back on our misspent youth, most of us agreed they were right. God forbid any of my kids should ever go wild like I went wild in the '70s. America was still a free country back then, and adults weren't expected to tiptoe around lest they bruise the fragile self-esteem of a Special Snowflake. Back then, totalitarianism was a threat posed by the Soviet Union. Now the totalitarians are here among us, organizing to suppress dissent, punishing expression of opinions contrary to those of the progressive elite.
The totalitarian Gay Mafia has punished Patricia Jannuzzi.
But, I suspect they aren't done with her yet.
It's not sufficient for her to lose her current job. She has to become unemployable. Her livelihood must be defenestrated. It's the Godfather paradigm: make an example of one, and the rest will fall in line.
I ask you. What teacher at Immaculata will dare defend Catholic doctrine tomorrow?
The comments at the original news article sadden me. The hatred and vitriol directed at Patricia Jannuzzi, and at Catholics in general, is staggering.
But it's par for the course in Homosexualville, where the least tolerant and most judgmental people you'll ever meet conspire to stamp out any vestiges of disagreement with their chosen lifestyle. They constantly seek affirmation of their debauchery, even as their consciences nag them from behind the brick wall they've erected to compartmentalize their sins. Because even the tiniest spark of righteousness shakes the very foundation of their licentiousness. Such is the fragility of their zeitgeist, censure is anathema.
Shame on Immaculata High School for abandoning Catholic doctrine, and for throwing one of their own into the lion's den.
There are Christians in Iraq and Africa who refuse to renounce their faith even as they face certain death. Yet the administration at Immaculata cowers in fear at the mere thought of "anti-gay" publicity, as if their eternal souls would be tarnished by the approbrium of fornicating sodomites.
Shame on them, I say again. Now is not the time to go weak.
Homosexuality is wrong. It is contrary to nature, and to nature's God.
Pray for the presecutors of Patricia Jannuzzi. Pray that their hearts may be
opened, and that their sins might be forgiven. Pray for strength to
resist the hordes of secularization. Pray that Almighty God has mercy on us all.
Imagine a world where 57,762,169 unborn children weren't sacrificed on the altar of feminism. Imagine a world where the charnal houses of Planned Parenthood stood as silent as the ovens of Auschwitz, grim reminders of depravity, defanged. Imagine a world where the life of an unborn child is as precious as the life of a pig or a bird.
Imagine a world where our representatives had the guts to protect the unborn.
House Republican leadership tonight abruptly dropped a bill that would ban elective abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.
According to news reports, female GOP lawmakers raised concerns on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, prompting party leaders to realize they did not have the votes to pass the bill.
Prominent Republican members who rallied against the plan to limit late-term abortions include Reps. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, Renee Ellmers of North Carolina and Jackie Walorski of Indiana.
I'll defer comments on their cowardice to my wife, who posted this on Facebook earlier today:
I am so saddened by this news. 18,000 preemies are murdered each year, 18,000. How can such a wonderful nation support these murderers. We act so compassionate for mental health, those bullied, beheading across the world, shootings of innocents, mia, kia, and wounded warriors. But those who passed this 'right' to allow such atrocities be damned. My heart is broken for those 18,000 preemies housed in a warm womb for 6 months, only to be brutally killed and disposed of like garbage. What are those who opposed this bill and those 18,000 mothers each year thinking. Moreso, what are those doctors, nurses, and caregivers, and insurance companies think they are doing for society at large. I am just so sad.
What can I add to that? Somewhere, Satan is smiling. And Jesus is weeping.
Pray with Pope Francis, pray that the hearts of our leaders will be opened.
60 percent of Americans support enacting a 20 week abortion ban. It's inconceivable that anyone could be so callous as to not feel the suffering of these innocent babies.
And yet, abortion is the holy sacrament of feminism. A woman isn't really liberated until she's had one, or so I'm told.
I'll leave you with the wisdom of President Reagan: "I've noticed that
everyone who is for abortion has already been born."
Remember when Jesus said "turn the other cheek?"
Pope Francis must've been absent from CCD that day.
Pope Francis said Thursday there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone's faith.
Francis spoke about the Paris terror attacks while en route to the Philippines, defending free speech as not only a fundamental human right but a duty to speak one's mind for the sake of the common good.
But he said there were limits.
By way of example, he referred to Alberto Gasparri, who organizes papal trips and was standing by his side aboard the papal plane.
"If my good friend Dr. Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch," Francis said, throwing a pretend punch his way. "It's normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others."
Violence as a first resort is "normal?" You insult my mother and I can punch you in the nose? You satirize my religion and I can kill you and 16 of your friends?
Did the Pope really just say that?
I would very much like to believe that His Holiness was misquoted.
Because the way I learned the catechism, the proper response to someone who insults your mother is to pray for their soul to be healed.
Sticks and stones, and all that.
By the same token, violence is the proper response, indeed the just response, to protracted, willful, systematic violence. Like, say, to the massacre of Christians by ISIS and Boko Haram. Or to the jihad waged by Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria, and Iran.
So I await Pope Francis' reconstitution of the Knights Templar. And if we're
gonna start bustin' heads, we sure could use a man like
Charles Martel again.
The city of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, said a for-profit wedding chapel owned by two ministers doesn't have to perform same-sex marriages.
The city has been embroiled in controversy ever since the owners of the Hitching Post sued the city. They say a city anti-discrimination law threatened to force them to marry same-sex couples now that gay marriage is legal in Idaho.
The story lit up conservative and gay-rights blogs. Wedding chapel owners Donald and Evelyn Knapp said they feared jail time or fines if they declined marriage services to a same-sex couple.
Initially, the city said its anti-discrimination law did apply to the Hitching Post, since it is a commercial business. Earlier this week, Coeur d'Alene city attorney Mike Gridley sent a letter to the Knapps' attorneys at the Alliance Defending Freedom saying the Hitching Post would have to become a not-for-profit to be exempt.
But Gridley said after further review, he determined the ordinance doesn't specify non-profit or for-profit.
"After we've looked at this some more, we have come to the conclusion they would be exempt from our ordinance because they are a religious corporation," Gridley explained.
Naturally, the LGBT folks reacted with tolerance and understanding. After all, everybody deserves to live freely as they see fit, right?
Just kidding, they went into full-tilt homofascist apoplexy. The vitriol spewed by the denizens of "equality" is breathtaking to behold.
Here's some choice remarks from the gang at a site called LGBTQ Nation.
"The Christian Taliban need to stop breathing through their mouths, their breath stinks."
"Not gonna lie, I'm very surprised at this. And while I still think it's BS that a government-realized, for-profit business is given a religious exemption, I'm just going to sit on ACLU's coattails and see where this goes. Hitching Post has put itself on the line. They are now a RELIGIOUS organization in public light. So the moment that they screw up and perform a non-religious business transaction, the ACLU and the Coeur d'Alene Attorney General will be on them in an instant."
"Come on down to The Bigot Post!"
Classy. But no better than the associates of a fellow who pretentiously calls himself Joe. My. God.
"As always, anyone who uses the words 'deeply held religious beliefs' needs to be punches in their fucking face."
"Fine. Assholes are assholes. Let's just move on, and be glad that ADF does not get its test case. May their Religious Business die a quick death due to lack of Religious clientele."
"So I guess the next time I go into a commercial business and discover it decorated in crosses with a prayer bench and its menu of services and/or products printed inside a Bible, I should realize I've entered the Twilight Zone, oh, my bad, I mean a 'religious corporation' that probably doesn't want my gay dollars, right? I dunno, folks, but at some point I think there's going to be a test IRS case or a lawsuit or both. You can legally stretch your deeply held effort to discriminate as a 'for profit' business only so much, if at all."
"Look at what is happening in Houston. The attorneys are drawing back the subpoenas, but teabagistan is still claiming persecution and will soon be having a huge hate rally there."
"If they want to play martyr, they should have kept it a business and suffered the slings and arrows of their homosexual overlords. Sounds like the Unruhs took the easiest possible way out. (I'm guessing they are tax-exempt now, too. Yippee!!)"
"Homosexual overlords" pretty much sums up what this is all about. Them, inposing their depravity on us. And making sure we can't earn a living without genuflecting to their tyranny.
The homofascists will be back. They're not going to stop until Cardinal Dolan is forced at gunpoint to don rainbow plumage for Adam and Steve's Big Gay Saint Patrick's Cathedral "wedding."
Watch out for their next move, a better "test case."
I spoke to Leo, the exec director of the Idaho ACLU. He is no happier than anyone else. They are constrained by the law, and I found them to be sincere and mournful over this.
We are going to work on bringing this to the courts, Idaho has several new laws working through the system that would bring this 'Hitching Post' issue back into focus.
When I spoke to them I was also very upset, but they were gracious and empathetic and they are not willing to accept this ...they just need the right legal framework, one where it is not just a fight against this couples' First Amendment rights.
Clearly the First Amendment means nothing to the homofascists. The "free exercise" of religion is anathema to their licentiousness, because it holds up a standard to which they cannot adhere. And so religious beliefs must be ridiculed, and ultimately eradicated, lest some hypothetical gay couple feel uncomfortable walking past a church.
The Hitching Post is hardly the only wedding venue in Coeur d'Alene, let alone the state of Idaho, or these United States of America. Homosexuals could ignore it, and go about their business freely and unobtrusively. Just imagine, the Knapps live in peace, and homosexuals exercise their misguided, but alas Constitutional right to "marry" surrounded by like-minded people who want their business. Everybody wins!
That's what I call "tolerance."
And, for one last thought, I'll say again what I always say when the
homofascists start screaming about "discrimination." Pull your
cater-to-me-or-else crap with a Muslim cleric or Islamic business. Let us
know how that works out for you. That is, if you manage to leave with
your head still attached.
Feminism's holy sacrament of abortion will not be denied.
The California Department of Managed Health Care hath decreed that all employers, including churches, must pay for elective abortions in their health insurance plans.
A coalition of pro-life groups is challenging the mandate.
A campaign against the state of California mandating abortion coverage in insurance plans is intensifying. Several complaints have been filed with the federal government to keep it from violating what Christian legal groups consider American's fundamental rights and go against their religiously held beliefs and conscience.
The Department of Managed Health Care has ordered all employers, including churches and other religious organizations such as colleges and universities, to pay for elective abortions in their plans.
Alliance Defending Freedom and Life Legal Defense Foundation are representing seven California churches who object to the coverage, alleging the mandate violates federal law. One of the churches being represented is Dr. Jim Garlow's Skyline Church in San Diego, which does not want be forced into funding the practice of abortion through its health care coverage.
Casey Mattox, an attorney with the Christian legal group, Alliance Defending Freedom, argues that the Golden State has gone too far by trouncing the liberties that they hold dear.
"Forcing a church to be party to elective abortion is one of the most unimaginable assaults on our most fundamental American freedoms," Mattox asserts.
Mattox argues that there is no way California should be allowed to bypass federal law and end up getting away with forcing churches to fund a practice that the Bible specifically teaches against.
Christianity is under attack by a tyranny more insidious than anything George III could have dreamed of. Homofascists now demand church-sanctioned "weddings." HHS mandates coverage for contraceptives, abortifascients, and sterlizations. And here the State of California goes one better, requiring their 30 pieces of silver for infanticide.
Appealing to Obama's HHS is pointless. They're obviously delighted with California's regulations, and their only question is how to extend mandatory elective abortion coverage to all 57 states.
Religious liberty's only hope lies with the U.S. Supreme Court.
Alas, given SCOTUS' recent abominable 6-3 decision against Texas abortion law in Whole Woman's Health v Lakey, it appears that both Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Kennedy have gone over to the Dark Side. They're apparently reluctant to place any "undo burden" on a woman's "right" to murder her unborn child.
I can easily see them agreeing that paying for her own abortion is indeed an "undo burden."
America has lost her moral compass. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.
First, the California abortion mandate is a law of general applicability. This means no violation of the First Amendment: Under U.S. Supreme Court precedent, religious freedom doesn't matter.
But Hobby Lobby! Nope. HL is a limited cased based on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The RFRA only applies to federal law, not state.
Since California could care less about religious freedom, we don't have an RFRA-type law.
But Obamacare forbids states from discriminating against policies that don't provide abortion coverage. True. Alliance Defending Freedom and Life Legal Defense Foundation are on the case.
Go get them, guys, but as the story says, good luck with that.
The Obama Administration is pro-abortion. More, it has amply demonstrated it won't enforce laws or regulations with which it disagrees. Thus, I would be very surprised if Obamacarians brought its fellow ideological travelers in California to heel.
So sue! Sure. But I have two words for you: "Ninth Circuit."
Bottom line: California has crossed the post-Christian bridge into the anti-Christian era.
The Obama Administration has too.
So have most courts, particularly the Ninth Circuit.
I don't expect these churches to find legal relief short of the Supreme Court. And that will take years.
So I say, "disobey." Refuse to offer abortion coverage.
Dare California to put ministers and priests in jail.
We are all martyrs for Christ. Let us be martyrs for the unborn too.
Two Christian ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and up to $1,000 in fines, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court.
Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Donald and Evelyn Knapp, two ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d'Alene.
"Right now they are at risk of being prosecuted," attorney Jeremy Tedesco told me. "The threat of enforcement is more than just credible."
The wedding chapel is registered as a "religious corporation" limited to performing "one-man-one-woman marriages as defined by the Holy Bible."
However, the chapel is also a for-profit business and city officials said that means the owners must comply with the local nondiscrimination ordinance.
That ordinance, passed in 2013, prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and it applies to housing, employment and public accommodation.
City Attorney Warren Wilson told The Spokesman-Review in May that the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel likely would be required to follow the ordinance.
"I would think that the Hitching Post would probably be considered a place of public accommodation that would be subject to the ordinance," he said.
He also told television station KXLY that any wedding chapel that turns away a gay couple would in theory be a violation of the law "and you're looking at a potential misdemeanor citation."
Wilson confirmed to Knapp in a telephone conversation that even ordained ministers would be required to perform same-sex weddings, the lawsuit alleges.
"Wilson also responded that Mr. Knapp was not exempt from the ordinance because the Hitching Post was a business and not a church," the lawsuit states.
And if he refused to perform the ceremonies, Wilson reportedly told the minister that he could be fined up to $1,000 and serve up to 180 days in jail.
Remember when Liberty meant something?
Liberals love to harp on the "separation of church and state" when it suits their (often nefarious) purposes. No religion in the public square! Unless it's a Christian minister ordered at gunpoint to perform a same-sex "wedding." Then, party on dudes!
The state will compel you to sin. The state will compel you to celebrate sin.
And they'll subpoena your sermons if they think you're complaining about that.
This is not America. We were a nation founded by people seeking religious freedom, people who fled government oppression of their beliefs and rites. They came to these shores to be left alone, to be free from persecution.
Now the government they created to guarantee their freedom has become the
oppressor, cloaking its thuggery in the guise of "equality." The homofascists
use that word, but it does not mean what they think it means. This new tyranny
is the antithesis of the Founders vision. And its goal is to ensure that every
last vestige of religious liberty is eradicated, because homosexuals believe
they are "more equal" than anyone else.
Finding a cure for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) is an admirable goal. And many well-intentioned American Catholics have taken the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness of ALS.
But the cure cannot come at the expense of other innocent life.
The ALS Association, recipient of donations associated with the Ice Bucket Challenge, uses embryonic stem cells in their research. And now, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers is speaking up to warn us of the moral conflict associated with sacrificing one life to save another.
The Newark Archdiocese has told North Jersey pastors and Catholic school officials that holding Ice Bucket Challenges, a wildly popular fad that has raised millions of dollars to combat a crippling illness, conflicts with church teachings by funding embryonic stem-cell research.
The warning was issued Thursday in a letter from a church official and with the blessing of Archbishop John J. Myers. It said some of the research funded by the ALS Association, which receives much of the money from the Ice Bucket Challenge, involves embryonic stem-cell research, which is opposed by the Catholic Church because of conflicts with its antiabortion mission.
The challenge involves dumping ice water on participants' heads and donating money for research into ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The Rev. Lawrence Fama, director of the archdiocesan Office of Respect Life, called the challenge "a stunt" that can be "fun and engaging," but questioned whether the practice conflicts with "Catholic moral teaching."
The archdiocese sent the letter Thursday to principals at all 94 Catholic schools in the archdiocese, and to pastors and religious education staff at 218 parishes. It suggested sending donations to organizations that don't use embryonic stem-cell research.
The knee-jerk reaction, of course, is to condemn Catholics for not wanting to find a cure for ALS. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
The Pope John Paul II Medical Research Institute funds morally acceptible ALS research. And they gladly accept donations associated with the Ice Bucket Challenge.
We are receiving increasing financial support from donors asking whether their donations will go directly to support ALS research. We want to assure people that any donation specifically directed towards finding a cure for ALS will be used to support medical research for that cause.
Catholics can indeed raise awareness of ALS. Archbishop Myers leads by
example. Together, we will find a cure.
New HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell, late of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's population control efforts, has again "revised" Obamacare's anti-Catholic abortifascient and and birth control mandate. But her new regulations still firmly place the burden of providing life-destroying drugs and procedures on the employer.
Meet the new form, it's functionally equivalent to the old form.
The new arrangement as a more complicated accounting gimmick, no different in effect than its predecessors.
Arina Grossu, Director for the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council, said the amendment "is simply another clerical layer because the employer still remains the legal gateway by which these drugs and services will be provided to their employees. It's very disappointing that the Obama administration is doubling down on its plans to punish charities and non-profits that assist the poor and homeless, who in some cases have nowhere else to turn for assistance."
Although the Obama administration is still seeking comments for its final implementation of the new rule, the nation's religious leaders concur that the latest change still fails to observe all Americans' First Amendment freedom of religion.
"On initial review of the government's summary of the regulations, we note with disappointment that the regulations would not broaden the 'religious employer' exemption to encompass all employers with sincerely held religious objections to the mandate," Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), said on Friday. "Instead, the regulations would only modify the 'accommodation,' under which the mandate still applies and still requires provision of the objectionable coverage."
"Also, by proposing to extend the 'accommodation' to the closely held for-profit employers that were wholly exempted by the Supreme Court's recent decision in Hobby Lobby, the proposed regulations would effectively reduce, rather than expand, the scope of religious freedom," he added.
Who gets the "opt-out" form is irrelevant. Forcing a religious organization to ask for the objectionable coverage is the real problem. Morally, Catholics cannot participate in any aspect of provisioning life-destroying drugs and procedures.
Instead of working with the USCCB, the Obama administration went back to the Kermit Gosnell Fan Club at Planned Parenthood for input on their "revised" mandate rules. And of course they baked in onerous penalties for anyone who follows his faith.
"Effective immediately, this latest rule still orders charities like the Little Sisters of the Poor, non-profit Christian colleges like Wheaton College, and religious broadcasters like EWTN to violate their consciences simply because they legally contract for health coverage," Grossu continued. "The government uses their contract as the basis to force their insurers to provide their employees with free contraception and drugs that can kill human embryos, against their sincere conscientious beliefs."
"If these charities and non-profits follow their conscience and decline to participate in the meaningless accounting gimmick, the administration will make them pay huge penalties accruable on a daily basis — one hundred dollars per employee per day," she said.
"Additionally, the government is also soliciting comment on new ways to force family businesses to violate their deeply held moral and religious convictions due to the HHS mandate in an attempt to address and skirt the recent Supreme Court ruling. However, the government's actions here still force family businesses to be complicit in what they view as morally wrong," Grossu added.
Obama and his henchmen are being purposefully obtuse, thumbing their noses at the Supreme Court, and at religious Americans too. They are beholden to a cabal of radical feminists hell-bent on overthrowing all vestiges of traditional morality. They only respect the Progressive hegemony of the State, and all other forms of authority must be eradicated lest they instill doubt in the minds of the citizenry.
So everyone has to conform, or the invalidity of the State's coercion will become all too apparent.
Fortunately, the Supreme Court has already told HHS they can't do this. Alas,
the price of Liberty is eternal vigilance.
The homosexualization of our society is accelerating. The Progressives' 11th Commandment is, Thou Shalt Celebrate Deviancy, Or Else.
So it comes as no surprise that our president has decreed religious organizations with federal contracts cannot actively live the tenets of their faith. And nevermind that SCOTUS already rejected the same sort of anti-Christian discrimination in Obamacare. The homofascists must be obeyed!
President Obama signed an executive order Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity — ignoring the pleas of Christian and other faith leaders to include an exemption for religious organizations.
The executive order would prevent Christian and other religious organizations with federal contracts from requiring workers to adhere to the tenets of their religious beliefs. Christianity Today reports the order could impact religious non-profits such as World Vision, World Relief and Catholic Charities.
"If religious organizations cannot require that their employees conduct themselves in ways consistent with the teachings of their faith — then, essentially, those organizations are unable to operate in accordance with their faith," Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council, told me.
He said the president's order forces employers to put aside their principles in the name of political correctness. "This level of coercion is nothing less than viewpoint blackmail that bullies into silence every contractor and subcontractor who has moral objections to homosexual behavior," Sprigg said.
"The mask is coming off of the homosexual movement's agenda. They really do not believe in religious liberty. They want forced affirmation of homosexual and transgender conduct to trump every other consideration in the workplace — including religious liberty."
Bullying and shutuppery, part and parcel of the homosexual agenda.
And if they force religious organizations to relinquish their mission of community service, so much the better. Because the only acceptable preaching is that of reliance on The State. Silence those pesky Christers and all that's left are the Socialists.
Listen to Joe Biden wave the rainbow flag:
"I don't care what your culture is," he said in remarks covered by Associated Press. "Inhumanity is inhumanity. Prejudice is prejudice is prejudice."
Unless, of course, it's prejudice against Christians. That's de rigeur.
The Obama administration and its militant cronies want to tell Christians whom to hire, how to run their business and how to think.
And now the president has decreed that any religious group that holds viewpoints divergent from the LGBT agenda is not worthy of federal tax dollars.
Soon we won't be worthy of our tax exemption either. Then perhaps religious broadcasters will see their licenses revoked by Obama's FCC. His pen and his phone will write a new Bible, and it shall be the only Bible authorized by his almighty government.
Their ultimate goal? Cumpulsory homosexuality, with penalties for
non-participation. Because boning you up the ass is how government lets you
know it loves you.
Well whaddaya know, the First Amendment's "Establishment Clause" cuts both ways. For those of you who are unfamiliar with its heretofore deprecated second half, allow me to refresh your memory:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…
Which means that closely held corporations can freely exercise their owners' religion.
The Supreme Court ruled today that the Christian-run Hobby Lobby doesn't have to obey the HHS mandate that is a part of Obamacare that requires businesses to pay for abortion causing drugs in their employee health care plans.
The Obama administration was attempting to make Hobby Lobby and thousands of pro-life businesses and organizations comply with the HHS mandate that compels religious companies to pay for birth control and abortion-causing drugs for their employees. However, the U.S. Supreme Court today issued a favorable ruling in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a landmark case addressing the Constitutionally guaranteed rights of business owners to operate their family companies without violating their deeply held religious convictions.
Writing for the 5-4 majority, Justice Samuel Alito handed down the decision for the high court, saying, "The Supreme Court holds government can't require closely held corporations with religious owners to provide contraception coverage."
HHS's contraception mandate substantially burdens the exercise of religion," the decision reads, adding that "the decision concerns only the contraceptive mandate and should not be understood to mean that all insurance mandates." The opinion said the "plain terms of Religious Freedom Restoration Act" are "perfectly clear."
Poor Sandra Fluke. Now she has to pay for her own contraceptives. Someone
ought to take up a collection before she accidentally reproduces.
While all the right-thinking people are giddy over the Presbyterians' embrace of unnatural, same-sex "marriage," a far more sinister policy was also approved at the church's General Assembly.
Sadly, it's something our intelligensia also emphatically endorses — the "divestment" pogrom against Israel.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Friday became the most prominent religious group in the United States to endorse divestment as a protest against Israeli policies toward Palestinians, voting to sell church stock in three companies whose products Israel uses in the occupied territories.
The General Assembly voted by a razor-thin margin -- 310-303 -- to sell stock in Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions. Two years ago, the General Assembly rejected a similar divestment proposal by two votes.
The American Jewish Committee, a policy and advocacy group based in New York, said the vote was "driven by hatred of Israel." But Heath Rada, moderator for the church meeting, said immediately after the vote that "in no way is this a reflection of our lack of love for our Jewish brothers and sisters."
The decision is expected to reverberate well beyond the church. It comes amid discouragement over failed peace talks that have left activists desperate for some way to affect change and as the broader movement known as BDS -- or boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel -- has gained some momentum in the U.S., Israel's closest and most important ally.
Oh those pesky Jews. If they'd only roll over and die! Then the peaceful Palestinians could live forever in harmony with nature and their equally peaceful Arab brothers.
In a separate vote, the assembly also voted to re-examine its historic support for a two-state solution.
And there you have it. It is now the official policy of a purportedly Christian
sect that Israel should cease to exist. And with it, presumably,
Yad Vashem as well. Because in the
Presbyterian church, the promise of "never again" has expired after a mere