Liaugmina, Sheila
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Abortion extremism triggers major backlash across America

Politicians are helping Planned Parenthood advance a more radical abortion agenda. The abortion industry has been powerful and successful in rolling out long-term strategies for nearly five decades to advance access to, and reduce or eliminate restrictions on, abortion. But since January alone, we've seen a stunning tactical rollout of the most extreme measures plausibly saved for the time when the Supreme Court could soon overturn Roe v. Wade.

Date posted: 2019-04-11

Suicide epidemic finally gets attention, critical care

Sociologists have documented the close connection between the retreat from marriage and declining religious participation, especially among the working class. As a consequence of these changes, many Americans have "lost the narratives of their lives" as Deaton puts it. This leads to a loss of meaning and hope. We are witnessing a rising plague of melancholy.

Date posted: 2018-06-19

Students demonstrate to change a violent culture

They don't know how right they are.

Date posted: 2018-04-16

Dating 101

Who knew the ability to form a relationship was nearly a lost art?

Date posted: 2018-04-16

Women breaking silence on abuse start a movement

And end some abusers' careers

Date posted: 2017-12-18

America's abortion extremism

Hard to be the shining beacon of human rights and dignity with this record.

Date posted: 2017-10-30

Don't use the flag and national anthem to protest

How this all started and how it escalated is less important than the weekend blowup that engulfed America, when average folks count on taking a break from tensions of the week at work and in the news and enjoy the diversion of sports events. Now it's all blurring together and social tensions have invaded the sporting arena.

Date posted: 2017-09-30

Toxic identity politics 'in these tribal times'

Where and how America is divided is far more evident these days than where and how we're united, given the still growing public tensions over symbols, words, gestures and fundamental identities. And media coverage amplifying the worst of it all.

Date posted: 2017-09-02

'Freedom of choice' implies optio

The abortion movement offers only one. Some choice!

Date posted: 2017-06-21

When will shocking violence be the tipping point?

Congressmen play baseball when a gunman shows up.

Date posted: 2017-06-21

Ivy League school sent gender neutral acceptance letter to female applicant

Then the student rejected the school.

Date posted: 2017-05-23

Kate O'Beirne was an originalist

She knew that what constituted the authentic,complete modern woman is what always did.

Date posted: 2017-05-05

'A day without a woman' is a slogan

It can never happen in the real world.

Date posted: 2017-03-20

Refugees already 'extremely vetted' should be welcome

New policy must take care to avoid humanitarian crises.

Date posted: 2017-03-17

What can language do against the truth of abortion?

After 44 years of abortion on demand since Roe v. Wade, and tens of millions of human lives never lived and children never known or given a chance to be held, known or loved by their parents or at least one of them, or any family member, or couples eager to adopt, the cost of this violence and the cumulative ravages and drastic loss it left has been realized and mourned.

Date posted: 2017-02-15

President Trump makes good on abortion defunding

This is a ritual that the past several presidents gave pritioty to on Day One, in deciding the order of business requiring immediate attention when sworn into office. It's called the Mexico City Policy. Democratic presidents have tended to overturn it, while Republican presidents have reinstated it. President Trump did that, and then some.

Date posted: 2017-02-05

New Congress quick to focus on abortion

Last Wednesday, a Select Investigative Panel in the U.S. House of Representatives released a report accusing Planned Parenthood of serious abuses and possible criminal violations in transactions between abortion businesses and fetal tissue harvesters.

Date posted: 2017-01-18

Trump and Clinton are after Catholics

He pledged reform. Her campaign planned revolt.

Date posted: 2016-10-30

Transitioning of children 'too risky' say Obama's own experts ...

Lawyers with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed a lawsuit on behalf of faith based hospital and medical networks, and five states, against a federal regulation that would force doctors to ignore science and their medical judgment and perform gender transition procedures on children.

Date posted: 2016-08-28

Politicians, abortion, religion and rhetoric

Unfortunately, Tim Kaine's political career is marked by a conscious disregard for the most vulnerable human beings.

Date posted: 2016-08-10

Presidential politics: party platforms, conventions, candidates and veeps

Who are they, and where do they stand?

Date posted: 2016-08-02

Community policing in America

Do we have race problems? Police problems? Both? What can be done?

Date posted: 2016-07-25

Clearing a lowered bar in politics

It's what you can get away with that matters now.

Date posted: 2016-07-11

Abortion video changes minds of pro-choice women

Former abortionist, Dr. Anthony Levatino, explains the most prevalent second trimester abortion procedure, a dilation and evacuation (D&E) At least a third of women turned against abortion.

Date posted: 2016-06-05

Help Asia Bibi and Fr. Tom

It is unimaginabke that a Christian mother of five has spent seven years in prison in Pakistan on a blasphemy charge for taking water from a well on a hot day of field labor. As a Christian and therefore considered an 'infidel' unworthy of taking that water.

Date posted: 2016-06-05

Hillary rejects 'safe, legal and rare' abortion goals

It's hard to overstate how extreme Mrs. Clinton's new position is

Date posted: 2016-02-28

No longer out of sight, out of mind

No longer out of sight, out of mind

Date posted: 2016-02-05

Violence at an abortion clinic

A shooter with a gun thrust Planned Parenthood into the spotlight. Human lives are ended every day in abortion clinics. Millions of them every year. Whole populations of human beings have been deprived of life every year for decades because of abortion, various types of procedures that did some sort of violence to the most vulnerable young lives in the womb. Silently and out of sight.

Date posted: 2015-12-11

Planned Parenthood's reckoning

A one year funding ban was a start, as investigations continue into the abortion industry giant being held to account for how Planned Parenthood conducts business, and just what kind of business the organization conducts.

Date posted: 2015-11-18

Planned Parenthood, Congress, more video, and presidential candidates

There's no going back to 'plausible deniability' for the abortion giant, or its defenders. People in media and government can't not know what's been going on.

Date posted: 2015-09-25

Ninth Planned Parenthood video reveals "tissue collection" business tactics

First the kill the small human life, then they market his or her body parts, counting profits, but missing the true cost. This is so sick, so devoid of any sense of human life in the abortion business. The industry already profits hugely from doing abortions, taking the human life from the womb of his or her mother by any number of gruesome and barbaric procedures.

Date posted: 2015-09-07

Planned Parenthood video revelations, shock and aftershock

Like an earthquake, they keep coming, and keep fraying nerves and alerting people to pay attention.

Date posted: 2015-09-05

The bottom line of what those videos reveal

The simpler, clearer version of what's going on in the abortion industry all this time.

Date posted: 2015-08-29

Abortion clinic toll includes the living.

What happened to Planned Parenthood workers to deaden their sensibilities about human life? Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass wrote this piece after the first of now four videos, some terribly graphic, that reveal the abortion industry giant's business practice of marketing baby body parts.

Date posted: 2015-08-11

Supreme Court marriage ruling is 'a constitutionally illegitimate fiat'

The court didn't interpret a law. It invented a right.

Date posted: 2015-07-12

'Gay marriage doesn't just redefine marriage, but also parenting

Same-sex marriage and parenting withholds either a mother or father from a child while telling him or her that it doesn't matter.

Date posted: 2015-07-12

'Assisted suicide' is still killing

The former Hemlock Society changed its name to Compassion and Choices. Sounds nice and fuzzy. So does Death With Dignity, though less so Aid In Dying although that still softens the fact that someone is ending someone else's life. At least Mercy Killing uses the word, though softened with the spiritual concept of charity.

Date posted: 2015-06-14

Human rights begin in the womb

But to its own ethical and political detriment, the pro-choice movement has relinquished the moral frame around the issue of abortion. It has ceded the language of right and wrong to abortion foes. The movement's abandonment of what Americans have always, and rightly, demanded of their movements - an ethical core - and its reliance instead on a political rhetoric in which the foetus means nothing are proving fatal.

Date posted: 2015-05-27

Indiana religious freedom legislation sparks firestorm

Someone ask the flamethrowers if they've read the law. It's nothing new. So much has erupted in big media and social media since Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law the other day, sanity is another thing we need to restore.

Date posted: 2015-04-05

Surrogacy, making babies, 'synthetic humans', and the rising cost

"Motherhood itself is now on trial." A leading constitutional lawyer, and one of the leading attorneys (if not the leading one) involved in high profile surrogate parenting cases in the US, made that claim, and not lightly nor without deep knowledge of the issues involved.

Date posted: 2015-03-30

Vatican wants global attention on abuse and dehumanization

This has been a hallmark of Francis' papacy, this deep distress for victims of 'the throwaway culture' the widespread abuse of humans in so many terrible ways, met by (he warned) the 'globalization of indifference,' where people live 'in bubbles.'

Date posted: 2015-02-23

Rally and march against radical ideology that dehumanizes

Are we talking about the Charlie Hebdo unity rally and demonstration? Or the March for Life?

Date posted: 2015-02-01

Can the Paris rally launch unified action against terror?

That's what Nigerian Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama virtually cried out for after the latest breathtaking wave of crimes against humanity there.

Date posted: 2015-02-01

"Paris was worth a march"

America's president was conspicuously absent. Why? "Mr Obama is wholly out of sync with U.S. thinking and sentiment."

Date posted: 2015-02-01

What comes after the marches for unity against terrorism?

The massive rally in France drew European leaders together with a defiant and determined population in response to last week's lethal attacks there by Islamic radicals. As big as it was, it was still little and late. It was trending, live in Paris and on social media, the thing to do at the moment.

Date posted: 2015-01-20

Free Asia Bibi

Whoever originally uttered the much misattributed statement that the death of one is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic, it's been often cited and reapplied for good reason. It fits the Twentieth Century and first decade of the Twenty-First.

Date posted: 2014-12-24

Indonesia's deadly landslide

How much of the world is aware this happened? With so much else going on everywhere, in the US and globally, and so many news stories to get to and post here, all piling up, I came across this. And want to point it out.

Date posted: 2014-12-24

Vatican marriage conference hears top scholars, global clergy

This extremely diverse group was unified by their profound, fundamental belief in the definition of marriage, and its importance.

Date posted: 2014-12-11

Brittany Maynard ends her life

Prayer vigils and outreach efforts did not fail her. The assisted suicide movement did.

Date posted: 2014-12-11

Brittany Maynard as a cause and a person

One side wants to advance her advocacy for assisted suicide. The other wants to save her life.

Date posted: 2014-12-01

"We are saying poverty is not about money"

One can be poor in spirituality, poor in ideas, poor in education, and in many other ways.

Date posted: 2014-10-25

Saints, cynics, and striving souls in apocalyptic times

The world is in turmoil, the grip of darkness, and it seems things are spiraling out of control. What can we do?

Date posted: 2014-10-07

Stopping the atrocities of ISIS

We have to know the enemy we're confronting. How close are we to that task?

Date posted: 2014-09-14

How to help Christians, minorities in crisis

Pope, patriarchs and prelates are crying out for intervention. Where are the presidents and prime ministers?

Date posted: 2014-09-14

Why the silence on Christian elimination?

Pope, patriarchs and prelates are crying out for intervention. Where are the presidents and prime ministers?

Date posted: 2014-09-14

ISIS intended to send a personal message to the US

It worked, though maybe not as that murderous gang expected. They wanted to cower the US into backing off the already limited air strikes, humanitarian relief drops and rescue missions of refugees from their brutality. Did the horror of beheading a captive American journalist intimidate the US into backing off those strikes, as intended? Did the president end his vacation and return to the White House to monitor all operations going forward? No. No to both questions.

Date posted: 2014-08-31

'A return to the Middle Ages'

Barbarism has returned in a supposedly civilized world. What can we do?

Date posted: 2014-08-25

Supreme Court, HHS mandate, politics, contraception and the 'war on women'

How you connect the dots determines the picture that emerges. The recent chronology of events provides a startling snapshot of abortion extremism in this country.

Date posted: 2014-07-28

Francis and the global crisis of human trafficking

Ever since he's been pope, Francis has talked about this problem often and called for specific action. His sense of urgency is clear.

Date posted: 2014-06-09

Pope Francis, the Holocaust, and abortion

When Pope Francis visited each stop on his Holy Land pilgrimage last weekend, he delivered short but poignant messages, keeping with the way Francis addresses everything he sees and sums up concerning problems for global humanity.

Date posted: 2014-06-09

Pope Francis and Middle East peace

On this journey, Pope Francis took two notable friends from Argentina: Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Sheikh Omar Abboud. What did that mean, and what did it accomplish?

Date posted: 2014-06-09

ACOG and when human life begins

ACOG, as in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the doctors who care for women through pregnancy and deliver their babies. If anybody knows the origin and development of human life, they should. Or did.

Date posted: 2014-05-25

Motherhood and abortion

There has been an explosion recently of women sharing their personal abortion experiences as part of a new self-described "pro-VOICE" movement. The stated goal of this campaign is to shift the focus from debating the legality of abortion or discussing whether abortion is right or wrong, to sharing stories from individuals who offer an intimate look at life after abortion.

Date posted: 2014-05-20

Evil will not have the last word

Have we been changed? Do we want to be? For believers, the Resurrection is the ultimate 're-set'. Love finds a way.

Date posted: 2014-05-08

We know China has a one-child policy

Who believes media accounts that the Chinese government has eased it?

Date posted: 2014-03-22

Truth matters, in politics, culture, personal beliefs

Some big questions have demonstrably true answers. But when they don't fit powerful narratives, some powerful people are making the questions irrelevant.

Date posted: 2014-03-22

Why are humans spreading anti-humanism?

Why is the federal government studying the plan of putting monitors in media newsrooms?

Date posted: 2014-03-01

Government watchdogs scrutinize media

Why is the federal government studying the plan of putting monitors in media newsrooms?

Date posted: 2014-03-01

Vatican attacked again by UN committee

If the Catholic Church is so out of touch and irrelevant, why the concerted efforts at the UN to drive out the Vatican's influence?

Date posted: 2014-03-01

Why Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marched

How ironic that the day set aside to honor Dr. King is only a few days before the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade anniversary. What would he say?

Date posted: 2014-02-21

Supreme Court hears abortion clinic 'buffer zone' arguments

The Supreme Court appeared split Wednesday during arguments over whether buffer zones around abortion clinics in Massachusetts violate free speech rights. The case centers on anti-abortion-rights activists who desire to speak to women as they enter reproductive healthcare clinics in the state. A 2007 law created a buffer zone around clinics in Massachusetts, mandating that protesters and would-be sidewalk counselors remain 35 feet away from entrances.

Date posted: 2014-01-18

Little Sisters of the Poor and Obamacare's contraceptive mandate

They were just minding their business serving the poor, sick and dying when the HHS mandate came down requiring them and other employers to provide healthcare coverage that supplied birth control, the 'morning-after' pill (both of which can cause abortion of new human life) and elective sterilization as 'preventive medicine' for women, free of charge to those women. Even though birth control is widely available even to women on low incomes or public aid through the Title X federal grant, among other programs.

Date posted: 2014-01-18

Little Sisters vs. big government

The Little Sisters of the Poor run a nonprofit Colorado nursing home and hospice and therefore ought to be exempt under what the White House calls its "accommodation" for religiously affiliated institutions like parochial schools, hospitals and charities.

Date posted: 2014-01-18

Pope Francis: 'Can you hear me now?'

Though he didn't say exactly that, he said that in so many words. Pope Francis has been provoking and jabbing people on all sides of the political and ideological spectrum since he was elected...

Date posted: 2013-12-21

Pope Francis provokes in Evangelii Gaudium

He's done it again. Comforted the afflicted and afflicted the comfortable.

Date posted: 2013-12-11

Thanksgiving: Acknowledging God, benefiting from gratitude

Some people take this day for granted. Some never will. What's the dividing line?

Date posted: 2013-12-11

Obama, Gettysburg and God

How did God get removed from Gettysburg? Why does this matter? President Obama figures into both answers.

Date posted: 2013-12-11

U.S. Vatican Ambassador forced to move?

Is the U.S. downgrading its Vatican ties

Date posted: 2013-12-11

U.S. Supreme Court upholds late term abortion ban

Most press just call it 'the controversial abortion law'. Why is it controversial?

Date posted: 2013-12-11

HHS mandate, the other Obamacare problem

To recap what many people probably forgot, the infamous HHS mandate was announced in January 2012, a throwdown to faith based institutions and employers requiring them to either violate their consciences or pay a prohibitive penalty. It signaled the government's disregard for Constitutional and federal law protecting religious freedom rights. And it triggered an almost immediate response of legal challenges to the administrations' audacious breach of those rights.

Date posted: 2013-12-11

Father's importance

He's supposed to be the rock, the head of the family, the protector, in the right order of things. But classic family identity roles are under tremendous cultural pressure and social commentators won't dare talk in those terms anymore. That doesn't change the truth.

Date posted: 2013-11-09