Friday, July 31, 2009

Sound reasons why we should not go down the path of legalizing euthanasia


In Tasmania a private members bill was recently introduced by the Greens to see euthanasia legalized. There are many sound reasons why we should not go down the path of legalizing euthanasia.


There really can be no safeguards in legalised euthanasia. The Dutch experience is an excellent example of this. Dr John Keown found that in 1990, 52 per cent of the 10,558 cases of a doctor’s intent to hasten death were done with no explicit request from the patient.


Palliative care is one of the great overlooked issues in the whole debate. What the terminally ill want is pain relief, not an end to life. Euthanasia, should never be legalised. Instead, more effort should be put into reducing pain, not killing the sufferer.


Read more at ChristianToday

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Same sex "marriage" is a burden on society


When "disparities" are noticed between both-sex couples and same-sex couples, courts may order government programs to correct those disparities. For example, if a study shows that depression is more common in same-sex couples than bride+groom couples, taxpayers may be obligated to pay for treatment programs targeted towards same-sex couples in an effort to correct this disparity. Any evidence that these disparities are a result of the relationships being inherently different will be rejected.

Same-sex couples may be granted the "right" to taxpayer funding for reproductive technology and programs, including fertility treatments and surrogate mothers, to correct the "inequality" with both-sexes couples who are able to conceive children at no cost.

It will be the official government position that homosexual sodomy is equivalent to coitus and that men and women are not only equal but interchangeable.

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Read more at "The Opine Editorials"

Saturday, July 25, 2009

When same sex "marriage" is legalised, religious people suffer



Orville Nichols, 71, was fined by a human rights tribunal for refusing to "marry" two men based on his Christian religious beliefs.


Nichols, who served as a marriage commissioner from 1983 was approached by the complainant, only identified as M.J., in April 2005 to conduct the ceremony. Nichols informed M.J. that he was available, but when he realized that M.J.'s partner, B.R., was a man, he told them that he could not "marry" them based on his religious beliefs.


Nichols was fined $2,500 by the tribunal in June 2008, which decided that as an official of the government, Nichols was not entitled to have his religious beliefs accommodated.

According to the judge, Nichols' religious views are not relevant in how he conducts his job. "In that capacity [as marriage commissioner], his personal religious beliefs do not matter," she wrote.


As a public official, she said, Nichols is obliged to perform civil marriages according to the statutes in the Marriage Act, which allows same-sex "marriages." "I am sympathetic to the argument that a public official acting as government is at the same time an individual whose religious views demand respect," she wrote. "However, a public official has a far greater duty to ensure that s/he respects the law and the rule of law. A marriage commissioner is, to the public, a representative of the state. She or he is expected by the public to enforce, observe and honour the laws binding his or her actions. If a marriage commissioner cannot do that, she or he cannot hold that position."

Read more at LifeSiteNews

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Tasmanian Archbishop Adrian Doyle has called on parishioners to help lobby against the Dying With Dignity Bill



Archbishop Doyle will make a submission to the parliamentary inquiry examining the bill and he wants other Catholics to do the same. He says any direct intervention to terminate a human life is morally unacceptable and politicians need to realise the importance of the decision they are to make.


The Bill will place Catholic health and aged care institutions at odds with their code of ethical standards, which supports palliative care rather than allowing patients to commit suicide. People who work in hospitals and aged care homes could be placed in difficult positions.


The name of this bill is misleading. There is nothing dignified in killing yourself. Humans have an enormous value, this is why we should never kill them but provide palliative care when they suffer.


Source http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/23/2633997.htm

Monday, July 20, 2009

Over 20,000 people march to support life for the unborn



Over 20,000 people gathered in the southern Cameroon city of Douala last Saturday to stage a peaceful protest march against the country's ratification of the Maputo Protocol, which led to the legalization of abortion throughout much of Africa "in cases of rape, incest or when the pregnancy is determined to put the mother's physical or psychological health in danger."


The marchers, some carrying placards which read "abortion is an abomination," and "do not legalise sin," marched for almost two hours and converged on Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral where a special Mass was said
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Kids do best when raised by a married mother and father


Children do best when raised by a married mother and father. It’s within this environment that children are most likely to be exposed to the emotional and psychological experiences they need in order to thrive.

Men and women bring diversity to parenting; each makes unique contributions to the rearing of children that can’t be replicated by the other. Mothers and fathers simply are not interchangeable. Two women can both be good mothers, but neither can be a good father.



Read more at MercatorNet

Saturday, July 11, 2009

ACL reports that the move to legalise adoption by same sex couples is ideologically driven by gay activists


The Australian Christian Lobby has told a NSW parliamentary inquiry that the move to legalise adoption by same sex couples was ideologically driven.


ACL spokesman Lyle Shelton said...

"The move to legalise adoption by same-sex couples was ideologically driven by gay activists. Not content with having discrimination removed, (they) are now pursuing symbolic gains and holding up children as trophies for their own agenda."


The parliamentary inquiry follows a request from Community Services Minister Linda Burney to look at altering the NSW Adoption Act to allow same sex couples to adopt.


The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) told the Standing Committee of Law and Justice's inquiry into adoption by same sex couples that children should ideally be raised by a mother and father and that homosexual relationships did not provide a stable environment for a child.



"Research shows that the most stable relationship is a married heterosexual relationship and that's where there is the least promiscuity."

http://livenews.com.au/news/gay-couples-using-kids-as-trophies-christian-lobby/2009/2/25/187405

Friday, July 10, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI...Openness to life is at the centre of true development



Some excerpts from Chapter II of Pope Benedict XVI’s new encyclical letter, “On Integral Human Development in Charity and Truth”


Not only does the situation of poverty still provoke high rates of infant mortality in many regions, but some parts of the world still experience practices of demographic control, on the part of governments that often promote contraception and even go so far as to impose abortion. In economically developed countries, legislation contrary to life is very widespread, and it has already shaped moral attitudes and praxis, contributing to the spread of an anti-birth mentality; frequent attempts are made to export this mentality to other States as if it were a form of cultural progress.


Openness to life is at the centre of true development. When a society moves towards the denial or suppression of life, it ends up no longer finding the necessary motivation and energy to strive for man's true good. If personal and social sensitivity towards the acceptance of a new life is lost, then other forms of acceptance that are valuable for society also wither away. The acceptance of life strengthens moral fibre and makes people capable of mutual help. By cultivating openness to life, wealthy peoples can better understand the needs of poor ones, they can avoid employing huge economic and intellectual resources to satisfy the selfish desires of their own citizens, and instead, they can promote virtuous action within the perspective of production that is morally sound and marked by solidarity, respecting the fundamental right to life of every people and every individual.


Morally responsible openness to life represents a rich social and economic resource... Formerly prosperous nations are presently passing through a phase of uncertainty and in some cases decline, precisely because of their falling birth rates; this has become a crucial problem for highly affluent societies. The decline in births, falling at times beneath the so-called “replacement level”, also puts a strain on social welfare systems, increases their cost, eats into savings and hence the financial resources needed for investment, reduces the availability of qualified labourers, and narrows the “brain pool” upon which nations can draw for their needs......It is thus becoming a social and even economic necessity once more to hold up to future generations the beauty of marriage and the family, and the fact that these institutions correspond to the deepest needs and dignity of the person. In view of this, States are called to enact policies promoting the centrality and the integrity of the family founded on marriage between a man and a woman, the primary vital cell of society, and to assume responsibility for its economic and fiscal needs, while respecting its essentially relational character.


Read more at MercatorNet

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A fetus is a person too


A little while after my baby stopped moving they gave me an intravenous injection to help stimulate labor. I was in hard labor for 12 hours, all through the night. When finally I delivered, the nurses didn’t make it to my room in time. I delivered my daughter myself at 5:30 the next morning, October 31st. After I delivered her, I held her in my hands. I looked her over from top to bottom. She had a head of hair, and her eyes were opening. I looked at her little tiny feet and hands. Her fingers and toes even had little fingernails and swirls of fingerprints.


Everything was perfect. She was not a “fetus.” She was not a “product of conception.” She was a tiny human being. The pathology report listed her as more than seven inches from head to rump. With her legs extended, she was over a foot long. She weighed a pound-and-a-half, more than many of the premature babies being saved in incubators in every hospital in the country. But these vital statistics did not mention her most striking trait: She was my daughter. Twisted with agony. Silent and still. Dead.


It seemed like I held her for ten minutes or more, but it was probably only 30 seconds because as soon as the nurses came rushing in, they grabbed her from my hands and threw her–literally threw her–into a bedpan and carried her away.


This testimony was originally published in 1987 in the book "Aborted Women, Silent No More".


Read the whole article at Domestic Divapalooza

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Australia needs a new strategy to combat AIDS......and here it is.



The Department of Health and Ageing warns that previous marketing campaigns and preventative programs have failed to slow HIV infection.


The national HIV strategy expired a year ago and there are warnings new infections could climb by nearly 75 per cent. The government is under pressure to come up with a strategy as effective as the Grim Reaper ads of the 1980s.


Stancombe Research and Planning studied sexually active young Australians (aged 16-29) and found homosexual men and bisexuals had the greatest number of recent sexual partners and range of sexual activities experienced.

Only 3 per cent of heterosexual and homosexual women had six or more partners, compared with 8 per cent of heterosexual men, 16 per cent of bisexuals and 42 per cent of homosexual men.

Yes that's right 42 percent of homosexual men have had 6 or more recent sexual partners! Shocking isn't it!!

The strategy Australia is looking for lies in the comments put forward by Pope Benedict XVI on his recent trip to Africa. The Pope said that condoms are not the solution to the problem of AIDS in Africa. Instead he praised fidelity and abstinence as the only true way to combat AIDS.


Dr Edward C. Green, told MercatorNet that...

The not-enough-condoms explanation of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic is driven "not by evidence, but by ideology, stereotypes, and false assumptions," Dr Green wrote last year in the journal First Things. And myths kill: "they result in efforts that are at best ineffective and at worst harmful, while the AIDS epidemic continues to spread and exact a devastating toll in human lives".


http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25725468-23289,00.html


Links to similar articles

MythBusters...Safe sex, condoms, AIDS prevention and other 21st century myths
Condoms as AIDS protection is just Russian Roulette...Pope Benedict XVI accused of distorting scientific evidence
Jonathan Clayton from “The Australian” has accused John Paul II of worsening the African AIDS crisis through the church's ban on the use of condoms
Prominent Ugandan AIDS activist Martin Ssempa thanked Pope Benedict for saying that condoms can exacerbate the problem of HIV/AIDS

Saturday, July 4, 2009

“The Purity Myth” by Jessica Valenti gets the thumbs down




Ms. Valenti presents many skewed facts in her publication regarding abstinence education, abstinence programs, and people in the abstinence movement. She doesn’t seem to get the fact that abstinence programs help young women (and men) build self-esteem, by having them take an inward look at how valuable they are as a person. It’s also learning to care about their bodies. By remaining abstinent, they are more likely to be healthy physically and emotionally when they enter a marital relationship.


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Unfortunately, for any female that would have the misfortune to take her teachings to heart she draws all the wrong conclusions from some of the harmful social propensities she observes. She too easily shrugs off the over sexualization of our nation's children and wrongly denies the danger it presents -- one of which is the growing rates of STDs in girls that I mentioned above. And forget about gender roles. She doesn't imagine there is such a thing.


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Thursday, July 2, 2009

A controversial women's group is calling on the Queensland Government to amend the criminal code to repeal abortion laws

Carla Gorton from the Cairns Women's Network says....

"By taking it out of the Crimes Act, it means that abortion can just be considered under normal health regulations, and be offered in a safe environment within the health system," she said.
Safe environment? Not very safe if your mother thinks she has the right to kill you in the womb. A mother's womb is one of the most dangerous places a child can be.


http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/06/11/2595081.htm

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Popular Roman Catholic Priest Fr. John Corapi has criticized the Canadian bishops for their rejection of Pope Paul VI's 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae



Humanae Vitae denounced the use of artificial contraception.

The "infamous Winnipeg Statement was released shortly after Pope Paul VI's 1968 encyclical which undercut Paul VI's denunciation of all use of artificial contraception, indicating that Catholic couples might be able to use contraception in good conscience.


The long-term effects of rejecting the papal encyclical are "profound," says Fr. Corapi.

"The argument can be strongly made that the proliferation of abortion can pretty much be traced to artificial contraception. It's almost a cause-and-effect kind of thing, and Paul VI warned about that. But large numbers [of] Church leaders rejected it and were so bold as to even reject it in writing, and that's not without consequences."



Corapi says he blames the leadership of the Church, namely the bishops, priests, and theologians, for the large numbers of Catholics currently not attending Mass.

"You have to ask yourself why people have drifted away. We have control over the reasons inside the Church. You can start with the top."



Read more at LifeSiteNews