Politics

When Did Ukraine Become a ‘Critical Ally’? by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan, CNSNews – On hearing the State Department’s George Kent and William Taylor describe President Donald Trump’s withholding of military aid to Ukraine, The New York Times summarized and solemnly endorsed their testimony: “What clearly concerned both witnesses wasn’t simply the abuse of power by the President, but the harm it inflicted on Ukraine, a critical ally, under constant assault by Russian forces.”

U.S. Bishops’ Conference Turned Virulently Anti-Trump — and Nobody Objected, by Doug Mainwaring

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – The U.S. bishops conference became overtly political and pitted the pro-life credentials of President Trump against those of Pope Francis when the topic turned to the sustained influx of those seeking asylum at the nation’s southern border… During a presentation to the USCCB’s Fall General Assembly concerning the work of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), executive director Anna Marie Gallagher made unabashed political comments, twice pointing a finger at the Trump administration and also speaking of U.S. border patrol agents in derisive terms…Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, Kentucky seized the moment to not only add his criticism of President Trump but to express his disapproval of the previous day’s vote by the bishops to continue to recognize abortion as the nation’s preeminent life issue.

Rev. Graham: Democrats’ Impeachment Inquiry ‘Is a Day of Shame for America’, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – In the first of two tweets on the subject, Rev. Graham said that he agrees with the liberal media that the impeachment inquiry is “historic” – in the sense that it is “historically shameful”: “It’s a day of shame for America. The media is calling the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry “historic;” and it is—historically shameful. That our politicians would bring this kind of harm to our country with the world watching is unbelievable. ½”

Impeachment Inquiry Finally Sees the Light of Day, by David Catron

By David Catron, American Spectator – Wednesday, seven weeks after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched the “official impeachment inquiry” into alleged misdeeds committed by President Trump, the Democrats leading that probe finally emerged from the bowels of the Capitol building to convene a hearing in the light of day. They made the odd choice to devote their first public hearing to a couple of Foggy Bottom diplomats, William Taylor and George Kent…

Vatican Hosts Pro-Abortion, Pro-LGBT Rockefeller Foundation, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – The Rockefeller Foundation, notorious for promoting abortion and the LGBT agenda, is sponsoring a two-day Vatican conference under the auspices of Pope Francis and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences… The conference, titled “Reduction of Food Loss and Waste,” is being held at the Casina Pio IV on Nov. 11–12 and includes speakers from other pro-abortion bodies including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation… Nestlé, recently criticized for using aborted fetal cell lines to test artificial flavor enhancers in partnership with biotech firm Senomyx, is also a participant at the conference.

We Have a Right to Life, Mr. Biden—Not the Eucharist, by Casey Chalk

By Casey Chalk, Crisis Magazine – PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff in a November 1 interview sympathetically asked Biden if he was “offended” by Fr. Morey’s actions. Biden responded by explaining that while it was “a private matter… it’s not a position that I’ve found anywhere else, including from the Holy Father, who gives me Communion.” In a later statement, Biden further explained: “I practice my faith… but I’ve never let my religious beliefs, which I accept based on Church doctrine… impose that view on other people.”

We Don’t Judge Our Veterans by ‘Just War’ Criteria, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Every Veteran’s Day since I moved to Dallas, I devoutly attend the city’s parade. That was easy, my first few years. I lived downtown on Main Street and it marched right past my building. But things happen, life goes on, and you rescue beagle twins who get you evicted… You know how it goes. Now I live miles away. It will mean a special effort to get down to the parade. But I’m going to make it. And I hope you make it, too, to your local celebration. Just a few thoughts today on what it means.

Video: What Trump Gets That Reagan Could Not, by Patriot Post

Media Editors, Patriot Post – Trump puts on a spectacular display of message dominance while drowning out the mainstream media… Does this consummate entertainer — this pop president — get something that even Ronald Reagan could not? Have Americans changed in the intervening years so that Reagan couldn’t cut it today?… Patriot Post partner Bill Whittle and Scott Ott discuss.

President Donald Trump Has a Wonderful Pro-Life Record on Appointing Judges, by Carol Tobias

For many years, National Right to Life and its state affiliates have labored intensively and diligently to elect pro-life candidates, who then enacted pro-life laws– only to see Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights, or a local abortion facility challenge those laws in court. Far too often, the challenges were successful, because some judges legislate from the bench rather than follow the U.S. Constitution.

Sen. John Kennedy: Dems Are Giving Trump ‘A Fair and Impartial Firing Squad’, by Susan Jones

By Susan Jones, CNSNews – The always-colorful Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana is among the Republicans who say Democrats are being unfair to President Trump by limiting the witnesses they may call and by selectively leaking portions of the testimony they’ve heard privately, before releasing transcripts pertaining to Trump’s Ukraine dealings… “If you try to assess how a trial is going for a defendant, you don’t just listen to the lawyers’ opening statements and you don’t just read the transcript,”… “You sit there and listen to all the testimony, the cross-examination, and the context….

Analysis: USCCB Elections and the Church’s Theological Vision, by JD Flynn

By JD Flynn, CNA – The U.S. bishops’ conference fall meeting is unlikely to offer any surprises to Church observers watching to assembly. In fact, while the meeting will begin Monday, its only real surprise came weeks ago, when the list of candidates for the conference presidency and vice presidency was published… The bishops will elect a new president Monday, almost certain to be Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, the conference vice president. The uncertain question is who they’ll elect as vice president, but Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City and Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the military archdiocese are largely considered the front-runners, and one of them is likely to win.

Opinion: The Warped Catechism of Jorge Bergoglio, By George Neumayr

By George Neumayr, The American Spectator – A measure of this pontificate’s farcical dysfunction is that its leading chronicler is Eugenio Scalfari, a doddering apostate, atheist, and communist to whom Jorge Bergoglio routinely confides his heretical thoughts. Scalfari is the pope’s favorite interviewer… The pope is so fond of their exchanges that he had the Vatican publishing house issue an early batch of their interviews as a book… The fact that the pope continues to grant interview after interview to a journalist whom the Vatican press office has said for years “misquotes” him indicates the pope is perfectly happy with Scalfari’s reconstructions and the confusion that they cause.

ICYMI: Pope Francis Invites Religious, Political Leaders to Sign ‘Global Pact’ for ‘New Humanism’, by Diane Montagna 

By Diane Montagna, LifeSiteNews – In a renewed and enthusiastic endorsement of globalism, Pope Francis has announced he is hosting an initiative for a “Global Pact” to create a “new humanism.”… According to a Vatican statement issued on Thursday, Sept. 12, the Pope is inviting representatives of the main religions, international organizations and various humanitarian institutions, as well as key figures from the world of politics, economics and academia, and prominent athletes, scientists and sociologists to sign a “Global Pact on Education”… “A global educational pact is needed to educate us in universal solidarity and a new humanism,” Francis said in a video message to launch the initiative.

Vatican Hosts Youth Conference With Pro-Abortion UN Activists, by Diane Montagna

By Diane Montagna, LifeSiteNews – With so much attention focused in recent weeks on the violation of the first commandment, further attacks on the fifth and sixth commandments have gone unnoticed in Vatican City… In the middle of the Amazon Synod, a smaller but not insignificant gathering was also organized by the Holy See and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), directed by pro-abortion globalist and sustainable development guru, Jeffrey Sachs… Founded by former U.N. Gen. Sec. Ban Ki-moon in 2012, donors and partners of SDSN include the pro-abortion, pro-gender theory Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. One of Sachs’s biggest supporters over the years has also been far-left financier George Soros, who donated $50 million to his Millennium Villages Project.

The Difference One Racist Made: Margaret Sanger’s World, by Susan Ciancio

By Susan Ciancio, Human Life International – Sanger eventually went to nursing school, then married and had three children. She and her husband became immersed in the bohemian world of Greenwich Village, where they lived. It was at this time that she joined the Women’s Committee of the New York Socialist’s Party and began to advocate for the sexual education of women. Though she never finished nursing school, Margaret began working as a nurse in a poor immigrant section of NYC, where she grew to believe in—and teach—the importance of birth control. She also began to write about these beliefs in a column entitled “What Every Girl Should Know.”

‘Soros Factor’ Revealed in State Attorneys’ Elections, by Chad Groening, Jody Brown

By Chad Groening, Jody Brown, OneNewsNow – According to The Washington Post, the outcomes in three of the DA races “were powered to a significant degree” by George Soros, whose Justice and Public Safety PAC poured nearly $2.1 million into the primary and general election campaigns of those progressive candidates in Fairfax, Arlington, and Loudoun counties. The Post says the winner of the contest in Prince William County didn’t receive in-kind contributions from Soros.

2020 Democratic Front-Runners Downplay Religious Freedom, by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, National Catholic Register – Shortly before he exited the 2020 Democratic presidential field, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke asserted that churches and other faith-based organizations should lose their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex “marriage.”… “There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone, or any institution, any organization in America, that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us,” O’Rourke commented at CNN’s “Equality in America” town hall last month.

Impeaching America’s Future, by R. Emmett Tyrrell

By R. Emmett Tyrrell, Patriot Post – What does the future have in store for us if Congress succeeds in impeaching President Donald Trump, the president who presides over the best economy America has had in the last 50 years? I think you can look to South America for a glimpse of the great republic that will be vouchsafed us by the congress girls from what is called “the Squad” and from the most foulmouthed field of Democratic candidates ever to run for the presidency. Already the Democratic National Committee has asked the candidates to avoid crude back-alley language in their debates…

I Wish the Impeachment Drama Was a Hallmark Christmas Movie, by Al Perrotta

By Al Perrotta, Managing Editor, The Stream – Flipping back and forth I go between coverage of the impeachment drama and whatever Hallmark Christmas movie happens to be running. Impeachment. Hallmark Christmas. Impeachment. Hallmark Christmas. Back and forth like a game of Pong. The two could not be more different. One’s a wholly fictional, entirely predictable, poorly plotted pile drivel loaded with bad actors. The other features lots of snow, Christmas trees and holiday cheer.

The Troubling Rise of Do-It-Yourself Abortions, by Tessa Longbons

By Tessa Longbons, The Stream – Pro-lifers hailed some good news recently: The rate of abortions in the United States has fallen to a record low, according to a recent report from the Guttmacher Institute… But the report also included some bad news. Of the more than 860,000 abortions in the U.S. in 2017, chemical abortions increased 25% from 2014 and now account for nearly 4 in 10 abortions in the U.S… And that doesn’t include self-induced abortions, which the report indicates are going up.

Trump Touts Success in Appointing Conservative Judges, by Fred Lucas

By Fred Lucas, Daily Signal – President Donald Trump reminisced Wednesday about the 2016 campaign, when not every conservative trusted him to name Supreme Court justices and other federal judges… “People knew me very well, but they didn’t know, ‘Is he liberal, conservative? Who are your judges?” Trump recalled in the White House East Room, celebrating his success in appointing judges… Trump so far has appointed 157 judges who have won Senate confirmation, and that is expected to be 161 by the end of the week.

ABC Spiked Epstein Story to Help Clinton, by Nate Jackson

By Nate Jackson, Patriot Post – ABC News isn’t the first network to spike a story for political reasons, but this one’s a doozy. The network admitted sitting on a 2016 interview with Virginia Robert Giuffre, who had accused the late Jeffrey Epstein of sexual assault. But it was the connections to Bill Clinton, Great Britain’s Prince Andrew, and Epstein attorney Alan Dershowitz that sent the interview to the dustbin.

Trump: Putting the Option in Adoption, by Tony Perkins

By Tony Perkins, Patriot Post – The Trump administration couldn’t agree more. And on Friday, the first day of National Adoption Month, HHS kicked off the celebration by announcing a change years in the making. For the first time since Barack Obama, adoption agencies won’t have to violate their faith — or parents’ wishes — in placing kids. Under a new rule proposed by the president’s team, faith-based providers will be able to continue to serve their communities in a manner consistent with their religious beliefs.

Will Trump Be a Two-Term President? by Stephen E. Strang

By Stephen E. Strang, The Stream – As we approach the 2020 election, and with impeachment news daily in the headlines, there are Christian leaders who prophesy that Donald Trump will indeed win. It is an untold story of prophecies and spiritual signs that is off the radar screen of the secular media, which would never cover it except to ridicule. Yet many Christians believe God still actively guides us not only through the Bible, but through the Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: The Hypocrisy of Progressivism

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – Consider the following: Progressives claim to believe in “tolerance” above all else. But it is they who have proved to be the worst offenders when it comes to demonizing and vilifying those who deviate one iota from the shape-shifting progressive orthodoxy. The same progressives who incessantly talk about the value of “dialogue” are those who have spawned so-called cancel culture, in which mobs of their confreres conscientiously strive to drum out of polite society anyone who dares say – or believe – anything that is less than 100% “woke.”

Three Cheers for Refugee Reduction, by Michelle Malkin

By Michelle Malkin, The CNSNews – The Refugee Act of 1980 created the Office of Refugee Resettlement and office of U.S. Coordinator for Refugee Affairs and raised the annual ceiling of admissions to 50,000… Under Obama, that number soared to nearly 100,000 annually. The idea that we’ve abandoned our humanitarian leadership role because of this refugee resettlement reduction is ludicrous. Overall, since 1975, the U.S. has resettled more than 3 million refugees. Under Trump, the U.S. still accepted more refugees than any other country in both 2017 and 2018.

Fr. Jonathan Mitchican: Denying Communion as an Act of Love

By Fr. Jonathan Mitchican, First Things – Since former Vice President Joe Biden was denied Communion at a Catholic church in South Carolina last week, I have heard the same objections that my fellow seminarians and I once raised: Denying Communion is cruel, it is not what Jesus would do, it is not loving. I make no claim for whether or not the denial was appropriate in this instance. The Church leaves it up to individual bishops to set policy for their clergy. But to say that it is always unloving to deny Communion is simply false. In some cases, it is the most loving thing to do.

Pontifical Academy of Sciences Embraces UN’s ‘Sustainable Development’ Agenda, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News – The Pontifical Academy of Sciences, governors from the Pan-Amazon region, and officials from the United Nations were among those who signed a declaration of commitment to sustainable development in the Amazon at the Vatican on Oct. 28… Such meetings are not rare for the pontifical academy, which has held 13 conferences on environmental issues since 2013, often bringing in people with views diametrically opposed to key Church teachings but with concerns about the environment. “The Vatican these days seems more concerned with saving the world than saving souls,” said one source close to the Holy See.

American Life League: The Ninth Circuit Court Violates Religious Freedom

American Life League – American Life League president Judie Brown issued the following statement today regarding the Ninth Circuit Court’s recent decision to uphold the block on birth control exemption for religious employers: The Ninth Circuit has once again trampled on religious freedom. Forcing groups to cover birth control for their employees when these groups have religious objections to such coverage is a violation of the Constitutional protection afforded to those who believe in God and embrace their faith as part of their corporate policy. Even though the Ninth Circuit Court is growing ever colder to the reality that God does exist, we know better.

Bozell Blasts Twitter’s Ban on Political and Issue Ads: ‘Conservatives Should be Very Concerned’, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – “By restricting ads, Twitter can further limit the ability of conservatives to get their message heard,” Media Research Center (MRC) President warned Thursday… In a statement reacting to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s announcement that the social media giant will stop accepting both political ads and “issue ads,” Bozell called Twitter’s rationale “laughable”: “To pretend Twitter is taking the moral high ground in banning political ads is laughable. Twitter sees the backlash Facebook has received for embracing free speech in advertising and with this ban, hopes to force their hand into doing the same.”

Fr. Thomas Petri: Priests, Prudence, Politics: Why Joe Biden Was Refused Holy Communion at a Catholic Mass

Father Thomas Petri, Opinion contributor, USA Today – Former Vice President Joseph Biden was denied Holy Communion at a parish in South Carolina last week due to his public support for abortion. This is apparently the policy of the bishop in South Carolina… This is always distressing to everyone involved. The situation is worsened in the Church’s view when a person is publicly obstinate in grave sin and insists that there’s nothing immoral about what they do. Canon 915 of the Church’s Code of Canon Law requires those “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”

Rep. Scalise: ‘No Guarantee’ Impeach Process Will Be Fair For Trump, by Cathy Burke

By Cathy Burke, NewsMax – Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., says there’s “no guarantee” President Donald Trump will be treated fairly once the impeachment inquiry goes before the House Judiciary Committee… In an interview aired Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week,” the House Minority Whip pointed out that “both sides” were allowed to call witnesses during impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton… But, he insisted, “there’s no guarantee” that Trump’s lawyers will be allowed to ask questions when the matter goes before the judiciary panel.

OneNewsNow: DHS Set to Reverse Obama’s Pro-LGBT Adoption Policy

By OneNewsNow.com Staff – The Trump administration is set to announce plans to protect faith-based adoption agencies and foster care providers from Obama-era rules that sided with homosexual activists over religious beliefs… CBN reporter David Brody broke the story in a Nov. 1 report that quotes an unnamed White House official who said Health and Human Services will announce the rules today, which would allow those religious agencies to apply for federal funds while maintaining their religious beliefs…

‘Valentine’s Card’ Student Wins Free Speech Case, by Bob Kellogg

By Bob Kellogg, OneNewsNow – A student who sued her college after administrators barred her from handing out Valentine’s cards with a Christian message has won her First Amendment case. .. Campus authorities stopped Northwest Wisconsin Technical College student Polly Olsen from handing out her homemade cards on Valentine’s Day last year, Fox News recalled in its recent story, but the paralegal student sued to fight for free speech… She was represented by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty.

The Hayride: Steve Scalise Hammers Away At Nancy Pelosi’s Impeachment Mess (VIDEO)

By MacAoidh, The Hayride – There was a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives today – by a 232-196 margin, with no Republicans crossing the aisle – to move forward with impeachment proceedings. It’s a complete farce, and it exposes the Democrats in charge of the House as the worst kind of thugs; they’re building on a thoroughly illegitimate closed-door proceeding hidden from the American people, with “whistleblowers” who turn out to be Democrat operatives embedded in military and intelligence jobs doing everything they can to sabotage the Trump administration.

When a Canadian Explained to Me the Horrors of Socialized Medicine, by Bonnie Cohen/Howard Sachs

By Bonnie Cohen and Howard Sachs, American Thinker – The woman said (paraphrased), “Even though you’re getting close to complete government control of health care, you American’s don’t know how good you still have it here. If you really want to know, come to Canada, where the state now runs everything. It’s ugly and scary.”… She elaborated. She told me the tragic story of her sister, who had worked as a nurse in a hospital. She experienced some serious symptoms that needed further tests. She was put in a long queue to have an MRI. Her sister worked as a nurse. She could have pulled strings to get ahead of others waiting in the long line. She chose not to take advantage. Finally, seven months later, the scan was performed. The test revealed a cancer that was no longer treatable.

Asked About Denying Pro-Abortion Joe Biden Communion, Cdl Dolan Says, ‘I Wouldn’t Do It’, by Martin M. Barillas

By Martin M. Barillas, LifeSiteNews – Appearing on Fox & Friends on Thursday, Cardinal Dolan was asked for his reaction to news that a priest in South Carolina had denied the Eucharist to Biden, who was accompanying Mrs. Biden to Mass at St. Anthony Parish in Florence during a campaign stop on Sunday… “Did the South Carolina priest do the right thing?” interviewer Steve Doocy asked. At length and after some cross-talk, Dolan finally responded, “I wouldn’t do it.”

GIANT MONEY GRAB? Amazonian States Want $30 Billion in Ecological Reparations from ‘Rich Countries’, by Thomas D. Williams

By Thomas D. Williams, PH.D., Breitbart – Gathered for the Vatican’s Pan-Amazonian Synod, Brazilian governors as well as regional governments of other Amazon countries held a special summit at the Pontifical Academy for Sciences Monday, in which they insisted that the Amazon is a natural carbon sink that releases oxygen for the whole world and they deserve compensation for it… “Science points to a great risk of climate change on the planet and there is a need to address this issue more swiftly,” Mr. Dias said. “Brazil, as a country that captures carbon dioxide and emits oxygen, has an estimated $30 billion in receivables.”… At the end of Monday’s summit, the regional leaders published a declaration, which they also sent to Pope Francis, outlining their proposal for the “sustainable development of the Amazon.”

TX State Rep Vows Action After ‘Transition’ Legal Fight, by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – Following a court case that gained national attention, a state legislator in Texas is vowing to introduce legislation prohibiting the use of puberty blockers for children… The promise from state Rep. Matt Krause comes after a custody battle over 7-year-old James Younger, who reportedly wants to be a girl according to his mother. But his father, however, claims that is not true and blames the mother for pushing the boy to become a girl named “Luna.”

Obama Administration’s Spying on Donald Trump, by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

By R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., Washington Times – It has taken a long time, but finally the Justice Department is training its guns on what heretofore was unthinkable, unless you are a career civil libertarian. For years the civil libertarians have been warning us that the intelligence community posed a threat to democracy, as we know it in these United States. Every so often they would point to some excess of the FBI or the CIA and tell us that the lights were going out in democratic America.

Austin, Texas School District Mandates Teaching 5th Graders How to Have Unnatural Sex, by Todd Starnes

By Todd Starnes, The Stream – The sex and gender revolutionaries have officially taken over the Austin ISD without firing a single shot… In spite of overwhelming opposition from parents and pastors, the district’s trustees voted early Tuesday morning to implement a pornographic sex education policy that includes instruction on unnatural sex acts and condom-applying techniques… The father of a fifth grader demanded to know who gave the school district the right to impose such vulgar lessons on his child… “Who gave you the right, Austin ISD? You have overstepped,” the rightfully frustrated dad said.

Vatican Cardinals Linked to Missing Millions and Financial Scandal, by Ed Condon

By Ed Condon, CNA – Multiple sources in the US and in Rome have confirmed to CNA that then-Archbishop Becciu was responsible for organizing a concerted effort by other Vatican officials and American cardinals – including then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick – to pressure the board of the U.S.-based Papal Foundation to approve a grant of $25 million in 2017… sources in the Administration for the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA) and the Papal Foundation told CNA that the true purpose of the loan was to help remove a 50 million euro debt from APSA’s books.

CNA: Pro-Life Leaders Ask HHS to Separate Abortion Payments in Insurance Plans

By Catholic News Agency – A group of pro-life leaders is calling on the Trump administration to finalize a rule that would require abortion to be billed separately from other services in taxpayer-funded health-insurance plans… The letter asked HHS to further these efforts by implementing a rule removing the ability for insurance companies to create “hidden abortion surcharges,” through which “enrollees … are unknowingly paying into plans that subsidize elective abortion.”

Democrats Want to Impeach President Donald Trump Because He’s a Pro-Life Champion on Abortion, by Dave Andrusko

By Dave Andrusko, LifeNews – If you are wondering why the nation’s largest single-issue pro-life organization is getting involved in this matter, the answer is simple. Our pro-life president has been under attack since he won election in 2016, and the explanation for a large part of that assault is his unswerving pro-life position… Donald Trump has done more for unborn children than most people could have imagined… Let’s review just some his Administration’s actions….

GOP Finally Shows Some Backbone, by Chad Groening

By Chad Groening, OneNewsNow – (I)n the past several days, congressional Republicans have rallied against the closed-door impeachment proceedings conducted by California Congressman Adam Schiff (D) against President Donald Trump… some 30 Republican members “stormed” into one such meeting Wednesday, bringing it to a halt… “I love it. I think it’s long overdue,” comments Richard Viguerie, chairman of Conservative HQ. “There’s a lot of things that people at the grassroots would like, but nothing more so than a backbone. I think it’s just wonderful, exciting that finally, late in the game, the Republicans in Congress are showing some backbone, and I wish more would join them.”

Joe Biden Denied Communion Over Pro-Choice Stance, by Eric Mack

By Eric Mack, Newsmax – Because of his pro-choice abortion stance, Former Vice President Joe Biden was denied Holy Communion on Sunday in Florence, South Carolina, Saint Anthony Catholic Church confirmed… “Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden,” Father Robert E. Morey of Saint Anthony Catholic Church confirmed to the Morning News in an email. “Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other, and the Church. Our actions should reflect that. Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching.”

Kanye West Slams Democrat Party Leaders: They Are “Making Us Abort Our Children”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Kanye West slammed abortion and pro-abortion Democratic politicians last week in an interview promoting his first Christian album, “Jesus is King.”… “Democrats had us voting Democrat for food stamps for years, bro…What you talking about? Guns in the ’80s, taking the fathers out of the home, Plan B, lowering our votes, making us abort our children…. I can’t tell y’all how to feel. But what I can tell you honestly is how I feel.”… It appears West is beginning to realize the truth.

Social and Political Disintegration Is Accelerating, by E. Jeffrey Ludwig

By E. Jeffrey Ludwig, American Thinker – Contempt for the family is part of the communist program going back to 1848. The voices of hateful anti-America protests continue to promote communism as the answer to our society’s issues. America is now in disintegration mode despite President Donald Trump’s desire to reinstate some respect for our institutions after decades of neglect… How did we arrive at this point of social and political disintegration?.. The voices of socialist potentiality began to move with greater confidence during the New Deal, but they had not wrested total control over the Democratic Party.

Did Trump Trade the Kurds for the ISIS Leader’s Head? by John Zmirak 

By John Zmirak, The Stream – President Trump was right to crow about this accomplishment. And he was right to speak scornfully of Baghdadi even in death, noting that he died like a coward. Remember that this “austere scholar” oversaw rape camps, sex trafficking, and the burning of prisoners alive in metal cages. The group he led, ISIS adopted all the most barbaric practices of early Muslim conquerors in the seventh and eight centuries. They reasoned that this constituted a return to primitive, “pure” Islam.

New Book Reveals Trump Has Watched Christian Television Since the 1980s, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – President Trump’s good friend Paula White told Wead, “He had watched hours of Christian television [since the 1980s]. And not just watched it, but really listened to the messages. He had retained what he had heard. He could bring it back and repeat it to me. He would say what it meant to him.”

Why These 6 Towns Became ‘Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn’ by Jackson Elliott

By Jackson Elliott, Daily Signal – Abortion clinics can change the viewpoint of entire communities, a pastor who is working to outlaw abortion locally says… “It’s a view of life as a whole,” Dickson told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. “If we can say a child is not worth living because they may be born in a poor environment, or a child is not worth living because their mother was raped, that encourages the idea that situations devalue us as human beings.”

Bill Barr Is Right. That’s Why He Terrifies the Left, by Robert R. Reilly

By Robert R. Reilly, Crisis Magazine – Attorney General William Barr was excoriated by the mainstream press and the social media offenderati for his speech at the (Roman Catholic) University of Notre Dame last week. Yet the A.G. was simply spelling out the reality of life in modern America: here is what we have lost, here are the reasons why, and here’s what’s happening as a result. We won the American Revolution, but we lost the sexual revolution—with all its attendant debasement.

Trump Admin Promotes Human Rights Around the World – Including the Right to Life, by Tony Perkins

By Tony Perkins, LifeNews – As Secretary Pompeo observed when appearing with me Wednesday on Washington Watch, “what we’re hoping to do is to take this idea of rights, which sometimes becomes confusing or turns into simply personal or political preferences, and reground it — reground it in the history and tradition of the United States so that we are moored to something more than someone’s fancy of the moment and we come to understand that these incredible cherished, fundamental rights are at the very core of the American experience.”

Planned Parenthood Opens New $7 Million Abortion Biz Today to Kill More Babies in Abortion, by Cheryl Sullenger

By Cheryl Sullenger, LifeNews – The secretly constructed Planned Parenthood facility in Fairview Heights, Illinois, is set to open officially on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a schedule full of abortion appointments… The PP facility, which is not new construction but a $7 million renovation of an old brick structure, was opened in Illinois to take advantage of its newly relaxed abortion safety laws… In June, 2019, the Illinois state legislature passed a law expanding protections for abortion facilities (but not for women) and ensuring that Illinois will remain an abortion state should Roe v. Wade fall…

Will Abortion Sink the Democratic Party in 2020? by Fletch Daniels

By Fletch Daniels, American Thinker – But even as it became increasingly obvious that unborn humans are alive to more and more Americans, Democrats staked out increasingly radical positions… The “safe, legal, and rare” language that Democrats used in the ’90s has given way to the current Democrat platform of abortion on demand up to and even after birth. Abortion is portrayed no longer as a tragic choice, but as something to be celebrated… The only Democrat candidate still running who sanctions any restrictions on abortion is Tulsi Gabbard, who believes that it should be illegal in the third trimester.

Atheist Eco-Globalist Leads Climate Alarmist Brigade at Amazon Synod, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – A leading atheist climate scientist who advocates a one-world government and is asking countries to relinquish national sovereignty in favor of supranational institutions was the keynote speaker at the Amazon Synod on Monday… Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, a significant contributor to Pope Francis’ eco-encyclical Laudato Sí, addressed synod fathers on the alleged climate crisis facing humanity, reporters were told at Monday’s press briefing.

Like Him or Not, Trump is Uniquely Suited for Such a Time as This, by Scott S. Powell

By Scott S. Powell, American Thinker – With a second term, Trump is likely to become a historically consequential political realignment leader — what Andrew Jackson was to the Democrats and Abraham Lincoln was to the Republicans.  He has already broadened the base of the Republican Party, and with a little more political jujitsu he can easily make more inroads and gain support from minorities and other constituencies who feel they’ve been neglected, or worse — have been used as political pawns by the Democrat Party elites, election cycle after election cycle.

Intolerance in Academia, by Walter E. Williams

By Walter E. Williams, CNSNews – If you need an accurate update on some of the madness at the nation’s institutions of higher learning, check out Minding the Campus, a nonprofit independent organization… John Leo, its editor in chief, says that the organization’s prime mission is dedicated to the revival of intellectual pluralism and the best traditions of liberal education at America’s colleges and universities. Leo’s most recent compilation of campus madness leaves one nearly breathless.

Louisiana Could be First Abortion-Free State if SCOTUS Upholds Pro-Life Law, Liberal Media Goes Nuts, by Kyle Drennen

By Kyle Drennen, LifeNews – On Friday, CBS This Morning was fearful of pro-life legislation passed in Louisiana that would require abortion doctors have admitting privileges to hospitals. The coverage sounded the alarm about the move potentially “regulating abortion out of existence” in the state and fretted over the upcoming Supreme Court decision that would determine whether the new law violated Roe v. Wade… “CBS News has learned that Louisiana could become the first state in the country without access to abortion as soon as next year,” co-host Gayle King proclaimed at the top of the segment

Is the State Church Coming? by Jane Clark Scharl

By Jane Clark Scharl, Crisis Magazine – If we have learned anything in the four years since Obergefell v. Hodges made same-sex “marriage” legal across the nation, it’s that identity theory is nothing less than a cult. Identity theory claims that each person’s most basic responsibility—and his only path to happiness—is to explore and live out every element of his “identity,”  his desires, as freely as possible. This claim is not merely a lifestyle choice: it has religious power and scope, and it cannot tolerate the existence of rival cults or creeds.

Militant Secularism and Religious Repression in Latin America, by Eric Patterson

By Eric Patterson, The Catholic Thing – When one thinks of places where public expressions of faith are constrained, the Western Hemisphere does not typically come to mind. The United States has a religiously feisty population. Latin America is adorned with the art and architecture of Catholicism. But, on closer examination, anti-religion trends – and even outright persecution – can be seen in many Latin American cities… There are at least two main types of religious persecution.

CNA: Legal Assisted Suicide Puts People With Disabilities at Risk, Report Finds

Catholic News Agency – Leaders in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops applauded the National Council on Disability for its recent research on the risks of assisted suicide for people with disabilities… “Every suicide is a human tragedy, regardless of the age, incapacity, or social/economic status of the individual,” said Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, and Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida… Naumann is chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Dewane heads the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

Franklin Graham: Christians Must “Vote Against the Godless, Socialist Agenda” of the Abortion Industry

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Evangelical leader Franklin Graham minced no words in a recent interview when it comes to how Christians should vote. The Christian pastor made it very clear that Christians have a Biblical obligation to vote pro-life… He said every Christians needs to vote in 2020 against the “godless, socialist agenda” of the abortion industry… He added that Christians need to defend religious liberty and support “god-fearing judges,” if our nation is to survive… “Obedience to God’s Word brings blessing,”… “Disobedience brings chastisement and ultimately eternal punishment in Hell away from the majesty and presence of God.”

These 3 Countries Tried Socialism. Here’s What Happened, by Lee Edwards

By Lee Edwards, Daily Signal – Socialists are fond of saying that socialism has never failed because it has never been tried. But in truth, socialism has failed in every country in which it has been tried, from the Soviet Union beginning a century ago to three modern countries that tried but ultimately rejected socialism—Israel, India, and the United Kingdom…

Immigration: Winners and Losers? by James E. Hartley

By James E. Hartley, Public Discourse – Attempts to discover the effect of immigration on government budgets are highly susceptible to the decisions economists make about how to measure all those benefits and costs and how to account for the effects on the indigenous population. The quick answer to “What is the effect of immigration on government budgets?” is “It depends on how you measure it.”

Judge Permanently Blocks Obama Mandate Forcing Doctors, Hospitals to Do Abortions, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – A federal judge permanently blocked an Obama administration rule Tuesday that could have forced medical facilities and doctors to abort unborn babies… The rule from President Barack Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) defined “discrimination on the basis of sex” to include abortion in Obamacare. In doing so, it could have forced medical facilities, doctors, nurses and other medical workers to abort unborn babies against their beliefs.

Could This Louisiana Case Lead to an Overturn of Roe vs. Wade? by Stephanie Foley

By Stephanie Foley, Relevant Radio – The U.S. Supreme Court is back in session, and has determined it will hear arguments in a case from Louisiana that could be a bellwether of how the Court will determine abortion cases moving forward… The case, June Medical Services v. Gee, involves a Louisiana law that requires any doctor performing an abortion to have admitting privileges at a hospital nearby. The law is similar to a Texas law that was struck down (Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt) by the Supreme Court three years ago. But both pro-life and pro-choice Americans are watching to see if the outcome will be different with two new justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

Beto’s New Mission: To Church and Destroy, by Tony Perkins

By Tony Perkins, Family Research Council – If getting noticed was Beto O’Rourke’s goal, he succeeded. Getting nominated, on the other hand, remains downright impossible. The Texas politician, who vowed to take Americans’ guns, promised last Thursday to take something else: churches’ tax-exempt status. In what even his own side is calling “the worst idea of the Democratic primary,” O’Rourke stood out all right — for all the wrong reasons.

CNA: Mississippi Pro-Lifers File Suit Against Abortion Clinic Protest Restrictions

By Catholic News Agency – Pro-life advocates in Jackson, Mississippi have filed a lawsuit against a new city ordinance that would restrict protesters’ ability to approach people and demonstrate outside abortion clinics… The appellants, who are volunteers for a national organization called Sidewalk Advocates for Life, often congregate outside the state’s last abortion clinic, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization. That facility performs abortions up to 16 weeks…

Pelosi: ‘No Requirement’ That House Has Impeachment Inquiry Vote, by Sandy Fitzgerald

By Sandy Fitzgerald, Newsmax – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday after meeting with the House Democratic caucus that there will not be a vote at this time to launch formal impeachment proceedings or to formalize the ongoing inquiry against President Donald Trump… “There’s no requirement that we have a vote, and so at this time we will not be having a vote,” Pelosi told reporters… “We’re not here to call bluffs. We’re here to find the truth, to uphold the Constitution of the United States. This is not a game for us. This is deadly serious.”

Bill Barr: ‘In the Framers’ View, Free Government Was Only Suitable and Sustainable for a Religious People’

By CNSNews, Staff – “In a free republic, those restraints could not be handed down from above by philosopher kings,” Barr said. “Instead, social order must flow up from the people themselves, freely obeying the dictates of inwardly possessed and commonly shared moral values… “And to control willful human beings with an infinite capacity to rationalize, those moral values must rest on authority independent of men’s wills,” he said. “They must flow from the transcendent Supreme Being.

Ideology is Moral Blindness, by Donald Demarco

By Donald Demarco, Crisis Magazine – In 2018, the once-popular chain Toys “R” Us closed all of its 735 stores in the United States… Ironically, a chain that was dependent on parents having children was also a long-time donor to Planned Parenthood… In its bankruptcy proceedings, Toys “R” Us cited declining birthrates as one of the reasons for its declining sales… According to one researcher, the fact that “Toys ‘R’ Us executives failed to connect the dots between the number of babies and its bottom line is staggering.” By supporting Planned Parenthood, Toys “R” Us was eliminating its future customer base.

Infanticide Is Not a Crime After Failed Abortion: California AG in Baby Parts Case, by Lianne Laurence

By Lianne Laurence, LifeSiteNews – Closing arguments filed by the California attorney general for the criminal preliminary hearing of pro-life journalists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt signal the state considers that infanticide is not a crime in the context of abortion, says one of Daleiden’s lawyers… “The abortion paradigm is changing,” says Tom Brejcha of the Thomas More Society… For abortion advocates, birth has been “the defining landmark,” he told LifeSiteNews. “One moment the fetus is zero, the next moment it’s a person in the eyes of the law, entitled to due process and constitutional protection. Yet they blur that line here.”

How Abortion Advocates Made Evil Fashionable in Three Steps, by Rita Dunaway

By Rita Dunaway, The Stream – They lobbied to make abortion legal for those rare, tragic situations when a woman seemed to have no other options. This way, they said, we can ensure the safety of that rare, unfortunate woman who must reluctantly undergo an abortion and then face the painful consequences… Maybe that was really what they wanted back then. It is no longer nearly enough. The evolution in abortion activists’ advocacy offers a lesson in how to make evil not merely permissible, but fashionable — in 3 steps.

Trump Stands Between America and Tyranny, by Fletch Daniels

By Fletch Daniels, American Thinker – There comes a point when a nation has raced over the cliff, but it may take years before that reality becomes obvious to everyone… This (Titanic) movie scene was on my mind heading into election night in 2016. All indications were that Hillary Clinton was going to be elected. Based upon the math, America as a nation appeared doomed. Clinton was eyeing the White House like a ravenous wolf and relishing the opportunity to cast misery across America.

Who Needs an Ecological Conversion? – and a Canonization Note, by Robert Royal

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing – So who needs an “ecological conversion”? That’s a major theme of the current Amazon Synod and among the well-intentioned people, but they don’t give the impression of understanding many key details, to say nothing of the big picture, though they talk about how “everything is connected to everything else.”… A banal example: In Rome, where I am temporarily residing and this Synod is taking place, simple garbage collection is a painful process. There are three categories of garbage: organic waste, aluminum and other solids, plastic and glass.

How Our Lady Saved the World from a Nuclear War, by Joseph Pronechen

By Joseph Pronechen, National Catholic Register – Years later, Sr. Lucia wrote: “Everyone knows perfectly well that we went through one of the most critical moments in human history, when the great, mutually hostile powers planned a nuclear war that would have destroyed the world, if not the whole world, then the greater part of it. And what would have remained? What chances of survival? And who could have dissuaded those arrogant people, surrounded by their war plans…? Who, if not God.”

Infanticide: Live Organ Harvesting Commonplace in U.S. Abortion Mills, by Stephen Wynne 

By Stephen Wynne, Church Militant – In the course of (Daleiden’s) research, he came across the book Beyond Abortion: A Chronicle of Fetal Experimentation, which documents experiments performed on unborn babies, as well as the removal of organs from infant abortion survivors… In Beyond Abortion, Daleiden found an article titled “Artificial Placenta,” which described “obtaining live fetuses as old as 24 weeks from unnamed abortionists and keeping them alive in a machine for study but letting them drown in the machine after obtaining data.”… (Also) Daleiden discovered that StemExpress required “tissue procurers to service 48 universities and 8 private entities with fetal organs and tissues.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom Signs Bill Mandating Free Abortions at All Colleges and Universities, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law a radical bill that would force colleges to provide free abortions on campus… The pro-abortion bill, which passed the state legislature in September, mandates that all public colleges and universities provide abortion drugs for free to students up to 10 weeks of pregnancy starting Jan. 1, 2023. The bill promotes abortion instead of providing young women with pregnancy support and options.

‘Gift to Climate Alarmists’ Exposes Global Warming Junk Science in 12 Minutes, by James Stansbury

By James Stansbury, American Thinker – Sadly, the truth contained in Tony’s video will never overcome the emotion-fueled political advantage of having a simple, taxable villain like CO2. No wonder politicians, media, academia, and the green energy industrial complex will protect this lucrative fantasy at all costs. Nevertheless, I recommend watching the video, here or below. Then you decide.

Can Ruth Bader Ginsburg Make a Man Into a Woman? by Terence P. Jeffrey

By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews – Judging by the argument that one lawyer made to Justice Neil Gorsuch, Tuesday must have been an interesting day in the restrooms at the U.S. Supreme Court… “There are transgender lawyers in this courtroom today,” attorney David Cole told Gorsuch… “Of course, there are,” said Gorsuch… Cole was in the court to represent a biological male who decided in 2013 that he “identified” as a female — and who then fought a family-owned Michigan-based funeral home all the way to the Supreme Court because it fired him as a funeral director when he indicated that he intended to start dressing as a female at work.

NeverTrumpers and TrumpLemmings Both Abandon Christian Principles, by Jason Jones

By Jason Jones, The Stream – This week President Trump abruptly announced that he would pull U.S. troops a few convenient miles out of Turkey’s way in Syria. (No, he’s not even bringing them home.) This enables Turkish tyrant Tayyip Erdogan’s thugs to bomb and ethnically cleanse our allies the Kurds, and their Syrian Christian comrades. In fact, that has already started. As Reuters reports…

The Left to America’s Children: Your Past is Terrible, and Your Future is Terrible, by Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager, The Stream – A rule of life is that everything the left touches it ruins: art, music, Christianity, Judaism, race relations, male-female relations, universities, high schools, elementary schools, late-night comedy, sports, liberty, journalism, the Boy Scouts, national economies, language and everything else it influences… The left, not liberalism… To this list, we can now add childhood and children… The left robs children of their innocence and has helped produce an unprecedented number of anxious and depressed young people.

‘Words Matter’ Bishops Say as Supreme Court Hears LGBT Cases

By Matt Hadro, CNA – The bishops of the United States have urged the Supreme Court not to “redefine a fundamental element of humanity” by reinterpreting sex descrimination laws… The bishops’ intervention came as the court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a trio of cases that could decide whether or not federal workplace nondiscrimination law extend to protect sexual orientation or gender identity…

Did China Just Announce the End of U.S. Primacy in the Pacific? by Scott Ritter

By Scott Ritter, The American Conservative – In one fell swoop, China may have nullified America’s strategic nuclear deterrent, the U.S. Pacific Fleet, and U.S. missile defense capability. Through its impressive display of new weapons systems, China has underscored the reality that while the United States has spent the last two decades squandering trillions of dollars fighting insurgents in the Middle East, Beijing was singularly focused on overcoming American military superiority in the Pacific. If the capabilities of these new weapons are taken at face value, China will have succeeded on this front.

On the Road to the Supreme Court, by Matt Hadro

By Matt Hadro, CNA – The Supreme Court will consider an abortion case this term after it announced on Friday that it will hear a challenge to Louisiana’s abortion law… Louisiana’s Unsafe Abortion Protection Act requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, defined as within 30 miles of the abortion clinic; when then-Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) signed the bill into law in 2014, it was promptly challenged in court… “Abortion activists are more than willing to lower the bar on women’s health in order to expand abortion, but stricter clinic regulations are in the best interest of women,” Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, stated on Friday.

What You Need to Know About the Transgender Case at the Supreme Court, by Lauren Evans, Virginia Allen

By Lauren Evans, Virginia Allen, Daily Signal – There’s a case that will be heard by the Supreme Court where a man who identifies as a woman is alleging sex discrimination after being fired from their job at a funeral home. Can you tell us more about this case, Emilie?… Yes. The Harris Funeral Homes case originated when a male employee of a funeral home wanted to start presenting as a woman. He wanted to start dressing as a woman, and the funeral home has a sex-specific dress code, which is legal…. The funeral home owner, Thomas Rost, was very concerned, not only about his employees, his female employees, who might have to share bathrooms with the male employee, but also about the effect on the people whom the funeral homes serve.

Patrick J. Buchanan: Is Trump At Last Ending Our ‘Endless Wars’?

By Patrick J. Buchanan – The backstage struggle between the Bush interventionists and the America-firsters who first backed Donald Trump for president just exploded into open warfare, which could sunder the Republican Party… At issue is Trump’s decision to let the Turkish army enter Northern Syria, to create a corridor between Syrian Kurds and the Turkish Kurds of the PKK, which the U.S. and Turkey regard as a terrorist organization…

Supreme Court Will Rule on Louisiana Pro-Life Law That Could Shut Down Dangerous Abortion Clinics, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The Supreme Court has announced it will take up a case concerning a pro-life law in Louisiana… The Louisiana law requires abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges for patient emergencies. Soon after it became law in 2014, the abortion facility Hope Medical Group for Women and the pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Rights challenged it in court… The case will be a good indication of where Chief Justice John Roberts stands on abortion jurisprudence. Roberts, earlier this year, voted with the four liberal justices to block the enforcement of the Louisiana law in February. A ruling in the Louisiana case is due by the end of June.

Obama Judge Blocks Georgia Law Banning Abortions When Unborn Baby’s Heartbeat Begins, by Steven Ertelt, Micaiah Bilger

By Steven Ertelt, Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – A federal judge nominated by President Barack Obama has blocked a Georgia state law after a legal challenge from the billion-dollar abortion industry… U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones heard a request from the American Civil Liberties Union to block the state from enforcing the pro-life law until the case goes to trial. Today, he granted that request… “By banning pre-viability abortions, H.B. 481 violates the constitutional right to privacy, which, in turn, inflicts per se irreparable harm on Plaintiffs,” US District Judge Steve Jones wrote in his opinion.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Why “Global Climate Strikes” Are Worrying

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – Love for God’s creation is an admirable thing. It is also something at which human beings routinely fail. And thus, there is a need for environmental activism, aimed at promoting a proper respect for the earth, and the responsible use of its resources. But there is something about these recent “Global Climate Strikes” – which have seen millions of students around the world skip school to protest against climate change – that have left me frustrated and deeply worried.

Impeachment: The Only Defense is a Desperate Offense, by Al Perrotta

By Al Perrotta, The Stream – Last week, I said, “Get used to this phrase because you are going to be hearing it constantly from Democrats: ‘Trump is going after/prosecuting ______ to distract attention from the impeachment inquiry.’” It’s already starting. Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame told CNN that in order to protect Trump, Attorney General Barr is preparing to “deliver evidence that perhaps this has all been a Deep State conspiracy.”

Trump Admin Sends $33.6 Million of Planned Parenthood’s Taxpayer Funding to Legitimate Health Care Groups

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Planned Parenthood refuses to follow a new Trump administration rule that requires it to segment out its abortion business from legitimate health care if it wants federal funding under the Title X program. Because the abortion giant is withdrawing from Title X, the $60 million in taxpayer dollars it received annually can be redistributed to groups that engage in legitimate women’s health care… Today, HHS announced $33.6 million in funds for fiscal year 2019 to Title X grantees from the funds made available when Planned Parenthood left the program.

Will Your Child Be Forced to Celebrate Sex Politics 15 Times This School Year? by Cathy Ruse

By Cathy Ruse, Family Research Council – Powerful forces are pushing your child’s public school to celebrate sex politics this year—15 times!… How many of these events have made it onto your school’s calendar? Find out today… For the 2019-2020 School Year: Ally Week (September 23-27, 2019)… Pressures students to declare themselves “allies” of students or teachers who identify as LGBT… Bisexual Awareness Week… LGBTQ History Month.. Labels historical figures as LGBT, even when they never identified as such… National Coming Out Day (October 11, 2019)…

Supreme Court to Decide High-Stakes ‘LGBT’ Cases Amid Partisan Scrutiny, by Joan Frawley Desmond

By Joan Frawley Desmond, National Catholic Register – The U.S. Supreme Court will begin its 2019-2020 term with a thunderclap: a trio of cases that could result in the extension of federal employment protections that now bar discrimination based on “sex” to encompass workers who identify as “gay” or “transgender.”… “When Title VII passed in 1964, there is no question that Congress at that time did not intend to include gender identity or sexual orientation, and most appellate courts have recognized that,” said Eric Kniffin, a Colorado-based attorney who specializes in religious-freedom issues in the workplace.

CNA: Churches Often Have ‘Best Way Forward’ for Helping Inmates, Betsy DeVos Says

By Catholic News Agency – The Secretary of Education said on Monday that churches are among the institutions with the best solutions for using education to reduce incarceration and reoffending… “I’m not one to suggest that government should step in or can step in in an effective way into many situations,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said at the Justice Declaration Symposium, hosted by the group Prison Fellowship, at the National Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 30.

Baptizing the Globalist Agenda, by Christine Niles

By Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D., Church Militant – For the first time in nearly 400 years, a new statue was unveiled in St. Peter’s Square, on the feast of St. Michael the Archangel… But instead of honoring the protector of Rome and vanquisher of Lucifer, the pope chose to honor migrants in a sculpture titled “Angels Unawares”, based on a Scripture verse in Hebrews urging hospitality to strangers “for thereby some have entertained angels unawares”… To match the 140 saints statues atop Bernini’s colonnades the statue depicts 140 migrants.

Bozell Applauds Growth of Free Speech Alliance: ‘Critical for Survival of Conservative Movement’, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – More than 60 members have now joined The Free Speech Alliance (FSA), a coalition of conservative organizations and conservative leaders committed to protecting free speech online led by the Media Research Center (MRC), FSA announced on Monday: “Recent members to the FSA include: PragerU, Susan B. Anthony List, Americas PAC, and Independent Women’s Forum. As big tech companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter continue to de-platform conservatives, it is more important than ever for conservatives to band together in the fight to protect free speech online. That is why the FSA was formed.

Pampering or Truth? What Makes for a Worthy Life, by R.J. Snell

By R.J. Snell, Contributing Editor of Public Discourse – “It’s an interesting claim: when regimes made utopian promises, they lied to cover over the facts that might reveal their inadequacy; but when regimes make no moral claims, they need not pretend to truth―they aim only for power. Put more simply, regimes that make truth claims lie all the time, while regimes that lack big ideologies tell unvarnished truth about their goals.” 

Congress Should Pass the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act, by Wesley Smith

By Wesley Smith, National Review – After a few months, as my mother continued to decline, she was deemed to be dying and prescribed hospice care. Palliative care and hospice care are not the same thing. Palliative interventions broadly describe symptom alleviation across the medical spectrum, while hospice focuses narrowly on caring for the dying and generally provides greater services, such as chaplaincy, social work, and in-home volunteers.

State Can’t Close Catholic Adoption Agency That Wants to Place Kids With Mother and Father, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The state of Michigan has lost its attempt to close a Catholic adoption agency that wants to operate according to its religious beliefs… Catholic Charities West Michigan asked a court to stop officials from illegally targeting it and forcing it to close because of its religious beliefs. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services tried to enforce a new policy that targets the ministry’s policy prioritizing the placement of children in homes with a mother and father.

The Democrats Punish America for Voting Wrong. Bad Proles, BAD! by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – In the minds of our ruling classes, when Barack Obama got elected, that overturned everything. It was meant to be a permanent regime change in America, like the one the Democrats imposed on Libya… Recall how Obama promised that his job was “fundamentally transforming” the country? He wasn’t kidding, and his promise set expectations high. Remember the messianic fervor among the mainstream media and academia that greeted his win? And the prolonged, irrational hysteria that greeted Trump’s? Those two phenomena go together.

Amazon Synod Preparatory Document Steeped in Liberation Theology, by Stephen Wynne (Includes Video)

By Stephen Wynne, Church Militant – The impact of liberation theology on the upcoming Amazon Synod is coming into sharper view… Concerns over the Amazon Synod’s Instrumentum Laboris are being compounded by an earlier preparatory document “Towards the Pan-Amazonian Synod: Challenges and Contributions from Latin America and the Caribbean.”… Rife with heretical statements, the Bogotá document hails ex-priest Leonardo Boff, a leading advocate of liberation theology censured by the Vatican for his attacks on Catholic doctrine… The document scorns the salvific mission of the Catholic Church, asserting that there is no one, true faith — that all religions are capable of bringing salvation to their followers.

Climate Rhetoric Begets Child Abuse … and Suicide, by Jordan Candler

By Jordan Candler, Patriot Post – Then, at this week’s United Nations Climate Action Summit, she intoned, “You all come to us young people for hope. How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, and yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is the money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth.”… Ricochet editor-in-chief Jon Gabriel observes, “None of this is healthy, neither for Ms. Thunberg nor for anyone else. Especially other kids.” Indeed it’s not.

Catastrophic Thinking Without Solutions, by Ben Shapiro

By Ben Shapiro, OneNewsNow – It turns out that complaining without solutions isn’t actually useful – at least if you’re interested in solving problems. It’s political pandering, designed to make solutions more difficult by adding moral condemnation to political infeasibility. That merely frustrates people with the “system,” since such pandering falsely suggests that at the heart of the problem lies cruel apathy – and apathy directed at crying children – rather than serious political gridlock. It’s divisive, rather than unifying, and polarizing, rather than practical.

Cardinal Zen: ‘Rome No Longer Dares to Criticize the Chinese Government’, by Michael W. Chapman,

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – Cardinal Joseph Zen, the Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, said that neither the Vatican nor Pope Francis has said a word, and added that the church in China has been sold out to the government… “No word has come out of the Holy See since the beginning of this mobilization..”… “Rome no longer dares to criticize the Chinese government, whom I consider to have sold [out] the Chinese Church.”… As for the Catholic Church in China in general, “everything passes by Cardinal Parolin, the Secretary of State of the Holy See…”…

Donald Trump’s Finest Hour, by Rob Schwarzwalder

By Rob Schwarzwalder, The Stream – “That’s very sad, in many ways.” That’s the President speaking to world leaders at the United Nations’ first ever summit on international religious liberty. He was shocked to learn it was the UN’s first-ever such event… “The United States,” he explained, “is founded on the principle that our rights do not come from government; they come from God. This immortal truth is proclaimed in our Declaration of Independence. … Our Founders understood that no right is more fundamental to a peaceful, prosperous, and virtuous society than the right to follow one’s religious convictions.”

VIDEO: Who Did Pope Francis Invite to Amazon Synod? (Dr Taylor Marshall #307)

By Dr. Taylor Marshall – Pope Francis has invited the likes of Jeffrey Sachs, Cardinal Marx, Cardinal O’Malley, and Bishop McElroy, et al to the Amazon Synod. Why these details are important. #TnT discusses.

Pope Francis: Clericalism Linked to Fixation on Sexual Morality, by Courtney Mares

By Courtney Mares, CNA – Pope Francis said that clericalism is a direct result of rigidity and linked to a fixation on sexual morality… “One dimension of clericalism is the exclusive moral fixation on the Sixth Commandment”… “We focus on sex and then we do not give weight to social injustice, slander, gossip and lies. The Church today needs a profound conversion in this area,” the Pope said… “Clericalism has a direct consequence in rigidity. Have you never seen young priests all stiff in black cassocks and hats in the shape of the planet Saturn on their heads? Behind all the rigid clericalism there are serious problems.”

Brazilian Liberation Theologian: ‘Seize’ the Amazon Synod, It’s ‘Of the Greatest Importance’, by Dorothy Cummings McLean

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews – A liberation theologian told an audience that they must “seize” the Pan-Amazonian Synod… “There is one issue that can be a gateway for the mobilization of many people: let’s not start by speaking of liberation theology straight away; this scares people,” he said, speaking in Portuguese… “Let’s start by talking about social-environmental issues.”… He added: “We need to mobilize and seize the Pan-Amazonian Synod, which is a synod of the greatest importance.”

George Soros Gave Radical Environmentalists Behind “Global Climate Strike” More Than $24 Million, by Joseph Vazquez

By Joseph Vazquez, Newsbusters – At least 22 of those partners have been funded by liberal billionaire George Soros who spends nearly $1 billion a year on groups pushing a variety of left-wing causes. Together, 22 organizations listed as international or North American partners of the Global Climate Strike received at least $24,854,592 from Soros’ Open Society Network between 2000-2017… The liberal media celebrated Thunberg’s arrival in New York and the global protests held Sept. 20, and will likely to do the same for the second round. ABC’s Maggi Rulli shrieked, “Now, look at what her movement has become!”

The U.N. Has Never Had a Pro-Life Champion Like Trump, by Austin Ruse

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – By their own admission, the United Nations plan to impose abortion—which it calls “reproductive health”—on the whole world. It’s a project 25 years in the making, beginning no later than 1994 at the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo. (It was here that Catholics and Evangelicals were awakened by Pope St. John Paul II.)… This week, the United States officially joined the pro-life resistance.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Will Radical Environmentalism Infect the Amazon Synod?

By Msgr. Charles Pope, National Catholic Register – I have written two previous articles here at the National Catholic Register expressing my serious concerns about the working document (instrumentum laboris) of the Amazon Synod… At this point I am laying aside my original plan for more articles… But finally, it seems clearer to me that I should share a new concern that the near panic over “global climate change” is sure to interact with the Synod, already noted for its heavy environmental focus. It seems quite certain to me that the Synod will add to and be affected by what many regard as an excessive fervor — even an invented crisis.

Cultural Marxism is at the Heart of Our Moral Disintegration, by Austin Ruse (Nov. 20, 2015)

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – The Cultural Marxists of the Frankfurt School believed economic Marxism would fail because of the resistance of the working classes. They believed Marxism could only ever be achieved by undermining the institutions, all of them… Walsh understands that the US may have defeated an empire, but we did not defeat the idea. Marxism is alive and well, hale and hearty, and practically everywhere; down at the community college, the town hall, even at the Elks’ Club. It is in the air we breathe.

Pope Francis Doesn’t Understand Islam, by William Kilpatrick

By William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine – A good example is the Abu Dhabi Declaration on “Human Fraternity” signed by Pope Francis and Amhad Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, in February… Of particular concern is the statement that “the pluralism and the diversity of religions… are willed by God.” That’s quite a concession for Francis to make, as it contradicts Christ’s claim that “I am the way and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but by me.” (Jn. 14:6). As Swiss bishop Marian Eleganti puts it, “the unique and universal mediation of Jesus Christ is eclipsed in the Abu Dhabi Declaration.”

Trump to UN: No Global Right to Abortion, by David Nussman

By David Nussman, Church Militant – (Pres. Trump) spoke at one point about the right to life, condemning forces at the United Nations that promote a radical pro-abortion agenda… “Americans will also never tire of defending innocent life,” Trump told international leaders. “We are aware that many United Nations projects have attempted to assert a global right to taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand, right up until the moment of delivery.”… He continued, “Global bureaucrats have absolutely no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that wish to protect innocent life. Like many nations here today, we in America believe that every child, born and unborn, is a sacred gift from God.”

CNA: Does Vatican’s Decision on Jesuit Prep School Undermine Indianapolis’ Archbishop?

By J.D. Flynn, CNA – In June, Archbishop Thompson announced that Brebeuf could no longer call itself Catholic after two years of talks between the school and the archdiocese broke down. The issue began when the archdiocese became aware that a teacher had entered into a same-sex “marriage,” and requested that the school not renew the teacher’s contract.

The Real Threat of the Demos’ ‘Universal Background Checks’, by Mark Alexander

By Mark Alexander, Patriot Post – Predictably, Democrats are using those rare but high-profile attacks as a pretext for new gun-control laws. In response, Trump declared he would work with Democrats to see if there was common ground on Demo legislation for background checks, which might have an incremental impact on accessibility to firearms by those who will either harm themselves or others. However, upon studying the Demos’ other more symbolic and sinister proposals — “red flag” laws and “assault weapon” bans — the administration declared them DOA.

Sixth Texas City Bans Abortion, Declares Itself a “Sanctuary for the Unborn”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – A sixth Texas city jumped on board with the growing movement to protect unborn babies from abortion at the local government level this week… On Tuesday, the Gilmer City Council voted 4-1 in favor of an ordinance declaring their city to be a sanctuary for unborn babies, CBS 19 reports. The ordinance prohibits abortions and bans abortion facilities from opening within city limits… The other cities are Tenaha, Waskom, Omaha, Naples and Joaquin, all in Texas. Gilmer is the largest one yet, with a population of about 5,000, according to Texas Right to Life.

Trump at the U.N. Rejected Globalism and Socialism. Pope Francis, However … by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – This time Trump stuck to the text he’d approved. He spoke of high principles in the tone of a seasoned leader. And the vision he laid ought to inspire us. He grounded it in the broad, deep Western tradition of patriotism, prudence, and Christian concern for human dignity. Trump spoke wisely and solemnly of the threats to all those virtues. And of attacks on the freedom that makes them even possible. He singled out threats to innocent human life in the womb, and to basic religious liberty.

If You Can’t Sell Your Hysteria to Adults, Try Kids, by Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager, The Stream – The entire American left — the mainstream media, the environmentalist movement and Democratic politicians in particular — are celebrating the involvement of teenagers and even younger children in protesting the world’s “inaction” with regard to global warming… And not just the American left, of course. The left throughout the world is celebrating. A 16-year-old Swedish girl whose contempt for adults is breathtaking is an international hero. Congressional Democrats invited her to testify in Congress, and the United Nations has likewise invited her.

Trump Administration Tells UN: There is No International Right to Abortion, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The Trump administration is encouraging countries across the world to stand up for the rights of unborn babies by opposing radical pro-abortion policies at the United Nations… In a letter leaked to the Guardian and reportedly signed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, the United States urged countries to join a “growing coalition” in opposing the “harmful” pro-abortion agenda… The Guardian, a pro-abortion news outlet, described the letter as an attempt to “rollback women’s rights.” But abortion appears to be the real issue of concern.

President Trump Defends Religious Freedom at UN, Announces Campaign to Protect Churches, by Micaiah Bilger (Video)

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – President Donald Trump urged nations across the world to protect religious freedom Monday in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly… “Today, with one clear voice, the United States of America calls upon the nations of the world to end religious persecution. Stop the crimes against people of faith,” Trump said. “Release prisoners of conscience. Repeal laws restricting freedom of religion and belief. Protect the vulnerable, the defenseless and the oppressed.”

Pope Invites Pro-Abortion UN Leaders to Amazon Synod, by Dorothy Cummings McLean

Two famous names associated with both the United Nations and abortion are on the guest list for the upcoming Synod on the Amazon… American economist Jeffrey Sachs, 64, and Korean former Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, 75, are among the 185 people invited to the synod, which will take place in Rome between October 6 and 27… Sachs is a special advisor to the current UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the UN’s “Sustainable Development Goals,” a role he played for Ki-Moon when he was Secretary-General.

Fr. Gerald E. Murray: Papal Standards – and Questions

By Fr. Gerald E. Murray, The Catholic Thing – Holy Father, it is three years since four cardinals sent you the Dubia concerning certain statements in Amoris Laetitia [AL]. Their request to meet with you and to receive a response has gone unanswered.  Why? The Dubia cardinals simply brought to your attention the concerns and critiques of a significant number of perplexed Catholics who do not see how various statements in AL do not constitute a rejection of Catholic doctrine, especially in contested matters authoritatively dealt with by your two immediate predecessors… You tell reporters that you want to hear criticisms, and then ignore those criticisms from your closest collaborators? You tell bishops not to close their ears and doors to priests who want to discuss matters with them, when you have turned away for three years cardinals who exercised the Gospel frankness (parrhesia) you so often call for.

Vatican Office Suspends Indy Archdiocese’s Brebeuf Decision, by Bob Blake/Daniel Bradley

By Bob Blake and Daniel Bradley, RTV6 – A Vatican office has temporarily suspended the decision of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to no longer recognize Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School as a Catholic institution over the school’s refusal to fire a teacher in a same-sex marriage… The decision of the archdiocese to cut ties with Brebeuf was announced in June in a decree from Archbishop Charles C. Thompson… The school reached out to the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education in Rome to consider “the issues at hand and, hopefully, rescind and permanently set aside the Archbishop’s decree.”

Trump’s Focus on Religious Freedom at UN Should Lead the Way, by Emilie Kao/Joel Griffith

By Emilie Kao and Joel Griffith, The Stream – The U. N. will host its annual gathering in New York this week. But amid all the hubbub, President Donald Trump is setting aside time to speak on a pressing issue: religious freedom and persecution around the world… The president will keynote an event Monday called the Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom. This is exactly the right issue to focus on at the U.N… Today, more than 80% of the world’s population lives under serious restrictions of religious freedom, according to the Pew Research Center. In places like Iran, Burma, and the Chinese province of Xinjiang, religious minorities like Christians, Rohingya Muslims, and Uighur Muslims face threats to their very existence.

Video: Over 40 Years of Climate Doomsday Predictions

Patriot Post, Media Editors – Video: Over 40 Years of Climate Doomsday Predictions: There have been a lot of interesting predictions of the end times for man over the years.

This Constitution Week, Let’s Appreciate the Constitution for What It Is, by Rita Dunaway

By Rita Dunaway, The Stream – This week marks the 232nd anniversary of our Constitution. By joint resolution in 1955, Congress proclaimed the week of September 17-23 of each year to be “Constitution Week.” But to the extent that we observe Constitution Week at all, what is it, exactly, that we are celebrating?… According to the Daughters of the American Revolution, the group that urged Congress to create Constitution Week, the observance has three goals: To emphasize citizens’ duty to protect and defend the Constitution….

Surrogacy, Same-Sex ‘Marriage,’ and the Thirteenth Amendment, by Robert G. Marshall

By Robert G. Marshall, American Life League – While social elites have embraced the Court’s Obergefell decision, Mother Nature still exhibits a complete indifference to providing for procreation by same-sex couples… Even though commercial surrogacy advocates claim they are merely reimbursing women for their “services” as gestational mothers, surrogacy contracts which are enforceable in state courts require the actual delivery, not simply the carrying, of a child to the “Intended Parents.” In other words, the payment is finally to obtain the child.

Catholic Hospital Can Be Sued for Refusing Transgender Hysterectomy, by Wesley J. Smith

By Wesley J. Smith, National Review – I wrote the other day about the intention within bioethics to destroy Catholic healthcare. Today, a court ruling from California proves my point… A Catholic hospital known as Dignity Health refused to perform a hysterectomy on a transgendered male, as against Catholic moral teaching. The patient sued for discrimination, but the case was dismissed on the basis that the hospital was legally following its faith principles. Alas, a Court of Appeals reversed, reinstating the case to the active docket. Why am I not surprised?

Pete Buttigieg Hopes 2,246 Aborted Babies Won’t Stop Abortions: “Women Need” to Kill Their Babies, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg finally spoke out about the abortionist from his hometown who hoarded 2,246 aborted babies and kept them as trophies. He said he hoped the shocking discovery of the 2,246 human souvenirs would not stop women from getting abortions, which kill unborn babies, that they supposedly need… Attorneys General in the states of Illinois and Indiana say they will investigate the gruesome discovery of over 2,200 preserved aborted babies found in the home of abortionist Ulrich Klopfer after he died earlier this month.

Does the Religious Left Know What Lenin Said About Christians and Socialism? by Dr. Paul Kengor

By Dr. Paul Kengor, The Stream – Socialism is, in Marxist theory, the final transitionary step to communism… Here today, I’ll offer merely a snapshot from Vladimir Lenin himself — who, for the record, was a Social Democrat… And what did Lenin say about religion? “Religion is opium for the people,” wrote Lenin in December 1905, echoing his hero, Karl Marx. “Religion is a sort of spiritual booze.”… Sticking to this 1905 statement, Lenin saw socialism as incompatible with religious belief: “Everyone must be absolutely free to … be an atheist, which every socialist is, as a rule.” He declared: “Complete separation of Church and State is what the socialist proletariat demands of the modern state and the modern church.”

CNA: Massachusetts Bishops Say Action is Urgently Needed on Climate Change

By Catholic News Agency, Sept. 17, 2019 – Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, Bishop Robert McManus of Worcester, Bishop Edgar da Cunha of Fall River, and Bishop Mitchell Rozanski of Springfield released a pastoral letter this week… “Families should discuss their concerns about the environment and how their lifestyle and consumption is contributing to the climate changes and other environmental degradation. Parishes should integrate Catholic social teaching on the environment in their liturgy and in their religious education program,” they continued. “Action is needed at all levels of government to encourage replacement of fossil fuels with renewable sources of energy while ensuring that the most vulnerable in society are protected from harm during this transition.”

VP Mike Pence: Abortionist Keeping 2,246 Babies as Souvenirs Should “Shock the Nation’s Conscience”, by Andrea Trudden

By Andrea Trudden, LifeNews – Vice President Mike Pence took to Twitter yesterday to denounce the abhorrent discovery of more than 2,200 aborted babies in a late abortionist’s home… The horrific discovery of 2,246 fetal remains in abortionist Dr. Klopfer’s Illinois home is appalling & should shock the conscience of every American. While I was Governor of Indiana we took his medical license away & passed a law requiring fetal remains be treated with dignity.

Should We Fight for al Qaeda’s Breeding Ground, Saudi Arabia? Tulsi Gabbard Says No., by Zmirak and Jones

By Jason Jones & John Zmirak, The Stream – President Trump won the nomination in part because of his pledge to avoid more “stupid wars.” Americans knew that they’d been lied to, fleeced and bled by interventionists who lured us into Iraq… The promise? For those who’ve forgotten: We’d make Iraq into a modern democracy with religious freedom, whose oil would more than pay for the cost of the war. Instead we got a quagmire, the genocide of 750,000 Christians, thousands of dead Americans, and trillions of dollars poured into the sand.

Ousted Planned Parenthood Chief Accuses Abortion Giant of ‘Ransoming’ Pay to Keep Her Quiet, by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – On Saturday, the Times reported that it has obtained a “barbed 1,400-word letter” Wen wrote to the abortion giant’s board of directors this past week concerning the contentious negotiations over her severance package. Wen accuses Planned Parenthood of pressuring her to sign a confidentiality agreement “in exchange for my contractually-guaranteed severance and continued health insurance coverage,” which she says amounts to a “ransom” and “permanent gag on my voice.”

Daily Signal: What You Need to Know About the Attack on Saudi Arabia (Interview)

By Katrina Trinko, Daniel Davis, Daily Signal – Davis: So, initial reports out of Saudi Arabia were that a drone attacked the oil facilities over there, but more recently we’ve heard that it was actually a missile strike combined with drones… Most recently we’ve heard that these actually came directly from Iran. I want to get to that in a minute, but first, what do we know for sure about what happened?… Brookes: That a huge Saudi Arabian oil facility was attacked. Right now, that’s what we know… This is the world’s largest oil facility. It decreased their production by 25%, affecting probably 5% of global oil production.

A Judicial Victory Over Radical Secularism, by Stephen M. Krason

By Stephen M. Krason, Crisis Magazine – In early August, the Freedom from Religion Foundation—secularist bullies who go around the country seeking especially to pressure local governments to eliminate anything that even remotely suggests a favorable official view of religion—suffered an unaccustomed defeat in the courts. They usually get cash-strapped local governments to do what they want by threatening legal action, whose costs the municipal authorities can’t handle.

Why Does Pope Francis Reject Prosperity for Developing Nations? by Daniel Mitchell

By Daniel Mitchell, CNSNews – Yahoo reported, “Pope Francis on Monday urged Mauritius, a prosperous magnet for tourists and a global tax haven, to shun an ‘idolatrous economic model’ that excludes the youth and the poor … While the island is a beacon of stability and relative prosperity, Pope Francis honed in on the struggles of the youth … Since independence in 1968, Mauritius has developed from a poor, agriculture-based economy, to one of Africa’s wealthiest nations and financial services hub. …

The Right Values to Unite America, by Rita Dunaway

By Rita Dunaway, The Stream – Candidates for national office are preaching their sweet-sounding message of “unity” to the American people. Each one believes him- or herself to be the man or woman for the job of healing our toxic politics and bringing us all together. Statements like this recent one from Senator Amy Klobuchar are typical: “Every single day where Donald Trump’s trying to divide our country, we should be one America.”… The question we need to be asking ourselves is: What are the values underlying the “one America” we’re being sold?

Pope Francis Invites Religious, Political Leaders to Sign ‘Global Pact’ for ‘New Humanism’, by Diane Montagna

By Diane Montagna, LifeSiteNews – In a renewed and enthusiastic endorsement of globalism, Pope Francis has announced he is hosting an initiative for a “Global Pact” to create a “new humanism.”… at the Vatican on May 14, 2020, is themed Reinventing the Global Educational Alliance… “A global educational pact is needed to educate us in universal solidarity and a new humanism,” Francis said in a video message to launch the initiative.

Australian Justice in the Dock, by George Weigel

By George Weigel, First Things – March 2013: Prior to any credible reports of misbehavior being made against Cardinal George Pell, police in Australia’s state of Victoria launch “Operation Tethering,” a sting aimed at the former archbishop of Melbourne (who by this time is prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the economy). “Tethering” includes newspaper ads seeking information on previously unreported, untoward goings-on at the Melbourne cathedral in the past.

Austin, Texas Becomes First City to Pay Women to Kill Their Babies in Abortions, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – While some Texas cities are voting to protect unborn babies’ lives, another is providing money to help destroy them… On Tuesday, the Austin City Council voted to spend $150,000 taxpayer dollars to help Austin women get abortions, KADN News reports. It is believed to be the first city to fund abortions indirectly by giving pro-abortion groups money to provide transportation, child care, lodging and other services to low-income women seeking abortions… The council members who claim to be “pro-choice” did not talk about providing choices and support to pregnant women in need. They emphasized more abortions – more destruction of unborn babies’ lives.

Infanticide Hearing Witness Says Hospital Created ‘Comfort Room’ Where Aborted Babies Die, by Mary Margaret Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, Daily Caller – Comfort care, Stanek said, is to wrap the baby in a blanket and keep the baby warm until the baby dies. Parents at Christ Hospital were given the option to hold the baby as well… “If staff did not have the time or desire to hold the baby, she was taken to Christ Hospital’s Comfort Room, which was complete with a First Photo machine if parents wanted professional pictures of their aborted baby, baptismal supplies, gowns and certificates, foot printing equipment and baby bracelets for mementos, and a rocking chair,” Stanek explained in a testimony…

Report: Married Deacons Offering Mass in the Amazon, by Stephen Wynne

By Stephen Wynne, Church Militant – A prominent Italian priest is claiming that married deacons are — with Pope Francis’ blessing — celebrating “Mass” in the Amazon… On Tuesday, Vatican expert Sandro Magister reported on a newly released video in which “esteemed” Bologna archdiocesan priest Fr. Giovanni Nicolini calls for the repeal of the clerical celibacy rule. The clip, published Aug. 29 on YouTube, was recorded as part of a “lesson” Fr. Nicolini gave last month to followers of La Rosa Bianca, a Catholic “political-cultural” association.

NM Abortuary at Odds With FDA Requirements, Says Group, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – The Food and Drug Administration requires that abortion clinics offering abortion chemicals be able to diagnose ectopic pregnancies, the reason being that the woman could find herself hospitalized with dangerous consequences or she could die… According to federal data, at least 24 American women have died from consequences of chemical abortions – and two of those were ectopic pregnancies. There are over 4,000 reports of serious side effects requiring hospitalization… Abortion Free New Mexico this week filed a complaint with the FDA against the abortionist, Franz Theard, who allegedly is violating the agency’s requirements for diagnosing ectopic pregnancies.

President Trump Was Right: Democrats Support Infanticide and Abortions Up to Birth, by Tim Graham

By Tim Graham, LifeNews –

David Daleiden with Tucker Carlson on Kamala Harris Assault on First Amendment Civil Rights (Watch Video)

The Center for Medical Progress – David DaleidenWatch my interview with @TuckerCarlson on FoxNews about Kamala Harris attack on First Amendment civil rights that made AG […]

The LGBT Endgame is to Destroy Christianity, by Fletch Daniels

By Fletch Daniels, American Thinker – Quarterback Drew Brees came under brutal attack recently for having the audacity to appear in a video encouraging Christian students to bring Bibles to school… But his guilt was twofold: it is the guilt of association liberals love to use to attack what they hate and the even greater guilt of asking children to read the Bible, a book that many in this community despise. In his critics’ view, arguing against bullying LGBT members is good, but so is actually bullying Christians.

CNA: Thousands of Irish Pro-Lifers Rally in Dublin, Say Abortion Law Must Go

By Catholic News Agency – An estimated 10,000 Irish pro-life advocates attended the first major pro-life rally and march in Ireland since the country implemented permissive abortion legislation, with speakers emphasizing their determination to continue working to restore legal protections for unborn children… “The theme of the Rally was a call to ‘Stand For Life,’ because no vote, no piece of legislation, no referendum can ever make abortion right,” the rally organizing committee said July 6. “We were delighted to see people of all ages and all walks of life respond to that call.”

Jesuit Agency Funding Illegal-Alien Caravans, by Martina Moyski 

By Martina Moyski, Church Militant – A highly organized — and well-funded — Jesuit agency is mentoring and escorting thousands of Central American migrants to the doorstep of the United States… The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), founded by Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. in 1980 and officially registered as a foundation in the Vatican in 2000, records activities in over 50 countries. JRC self-describes its mission as seeking “to accompany, serve, and advocate the cause of refugees and other forcibly displaced people, that they may heal, learn, and determine their own future.”… An especially well-traveled path for JRS extends from Central America, through Mexico, to the U.S. border.

The Church and Socialism: The Fallacy that Will Not Go Away, by Hadley Arkes

By Hadley Arkes, The Catholic Thing – Another report in the unfolding story of this pontificate:  The redoubtable Daniel Mahoney, who reads and sees everything, brought me the account of Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, who has been serving since 1998, and now under this pope, as the head Pontifical Academy of the Social Sciences.   Just last year he told a reporter that, “at this moment, those who best realize the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese.”  He focused his praise on the Communist regime for “defending the human person” – this in a regime that has taken compulsory abortion as one of its defining policies.

Opinion: ‘This Pontificate Is Worse Than the Falklands War’: What One Hears in Buenos Aires, by George Neumayr

By George Neumayr, American Spectator – Far from reviving Catholicism in Buenos Aires, this pontificate has deflated it. “Immediately after his election church attendance seemed to go up a little bit,” said one Argentine Catholic. “But now it has gone down. Parishes which once had perpetual Eucharistic adoration no longer have it. The situation in Buenos Aires has gone from bad to worse.” Another Argentine Catholic tells me, “I stopped going to daily Mass because the quality of it has become such a joke.”

Exclusive Excerpt — Michelle Malkin: ‘Open Borders, Inc: Who’s Funding America’s Destruction?’

By Michelle Malkin, Breitbart – To fully appreciate the manufacturing of the 2018–2019 invasions of our southern border, you must first understand this: Pueblo Sin Fronteras is just one cog in the well-oiled, illegal-alien caravan-generating machine. Let’s start with what open-borders advocates themselves call their “Underground Railroad” of migrant safe houses that extend across Central America, through Mexico, and up and into the U.S… This sprawling network of aid stations has been in place for years, bolstered by global interests, left-wing activists, and religious institutions that advocate for illegal aliens…

Citizens: You Do Have the Power to Reform Government, by Rita Dunaway

By Rita Dunaway, The Stream – How many times have you complained about our government? If you’re like me, you’ve done plenty of complaining. But have you ever done the work to identify a solution and commit to being part of it? … I recently took part in an event called “The Convention of States Leadership Summit.” Nearly 400 grassroots volunteers from nearly every state gathered in Williamsburg, Virginia. The goal? To learn more about our Constitution and the tools it provides for We the People to retake the reins of our government.

Christine Blasey Ford’s Lies, and the Father of Lies, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Christine Blasey Ford lied. She’d played a coy game behind the scenes, advised by Soros lawyer Debra Katz. They worked with Senator Feinstein hoping to force Brett Kavanaugh or President Trump to back down and withdraw Kavanaugh’s name in disgrace, his good name destroyed based on anonymous whispers of an unproven sex assault… When that failed, Ford sat down for days of rigorous coaching like a presidential contender before a debate. Or an actor before a Broadway debut. Then went before the U.S. Senate and the world and on cue lied under oath.

Planned Parenthood Engages in Dirty Tricks During Bogus Trial of David Daleiden, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Planned Parenthood and its political supporters appeared to be playing dirty tricks Wednesday in the preliminary hearing for undercover journalist David Daleiden… During the second day of the hearing, the Center for Medical Progress reported that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office switched the order of witnesses in an apparent attempt to interfere with the defense, who had been preparing for a different witness. He switched the order at the request of the abortion giant.

Report: Razor-Maker Repents, Refocuses, by Bill Bumpas

By Bill Bumpas, OneNewsNow – Gillette, owned by Procter & Gamble, had been airing a commercial featuring “toxic masculinity” as well as an ad that showed a father helping his daughter – who was trying to transition to a boy – to shave (pictured). After a public backlash and a financial downturn, the company has changed its tune, according to Monica Cole, director of OneMillionMoms.

Even Good Popes Make Bad Politicians, by Charles A. Coulombe

By Charles A. Coulombe, Crisis Magazine – Against public opposition and catcalls in parliament, Salvini brandishes the Rosary and invokes the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In response, Pope Francis has darkly warned that Salvini’s speeches and those of other immigration restrictionists remind him of Nazi diatribes circa 1934… For many Italians, the Holy Father’s evocation of long-dead dictatorships rings hollow in the face of his Secretariat of State’s tacit (and perhaps witless) collaboration with the communist Chinese government in further oppressing the Underground Church in that country, which has already suffered so much for its fidelity to the Holy See.

Court Dismisses More Charges Against Planned Parenthood Investigators, But Trial Still Set, by Cassy Fiano-Chesser

By Cassy Fiano-Chesser, LiveAction – The court battle against the Center for Medical Progress and its undercover journalists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt continues, this time with some slightly more positive news. The mixed ruling dropped some — but not all — of the charges against Daleiden and Merritt, who are being dragged through the courts after uncovering Planned Parenthood’s involvement with the alleged sale of aborted baby body parts. The case will go before a jury this fall.

Cdl. Sarah: Amazon Synod Would ‘Definitively Break’ With Tradition in Allowing Married Priests, Female Ministries

By Jeanne Smits, LifeSiteNews – African Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, wrote in his most recent book that if the upcoming Amazon synod allowed priestly ordination of married men and fabricated “ministries for women and other such incongruities,” the situation would be “extremely serious” on account of the synod fathers breaking with Catholic teaching and tradition… “If by a lack of faith in God and by an effect of pastoral short-sightedness the Synod for the Amazon were to decide on the ordination of viri probati, the fabrication of ministries for women and other such incongruities, the situation would be extremely serious,” he wrote.

33 Tough Questions for Pro-Immigration Christians

By John Zmirak, The Stream – I’ve written here before that the immigration issue decides all the others. I wish this weren’t true. The GOP in the 90s and 00s decided to pretend that it wasn’t. They bet that the “pro-family values” of Third World immigrants from Mexico and Somalia, Guatemala and Syria, would lead them naturally to the party that seemed (fitfully) to care about unborn life, traditional marriage and religious freedom… That was a huge mistake… They tend to vote for a bigger welfare state, and even more immigration.

ARCHIVES: The Secret Roots of Liberation Theology, by Ion Mihai Pacepa

By Ion Mihai Pacepa, National Review, April 23, 2015 – Liberation theology, of which not much has been heard for two decades, is back in the news. But what is not being mentioned is its origins. It was not invented by Latin American Catholics. It was developed by the KGB. The man who is now the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, secretly worked for the KGB under the code name “Mikhailov” and spent four decades promoting liberation theology, which we at the top of the Eastern European intelligence community nicknamed Christianized Marxism.

When Joseph Stalin’s Daughter Became Catholic, by Matthew Archbold

By Matthew Archbold, National Catholic Register – Joseph Stalin himself was raised in the Orthodox Church. His parents actually wanted him to be a priest. Unfortunately, his father abused the young Joseph mercilessly. Stalin once described his childhood as having been “raised in a poor priest-ridden household.” He came to renounce Christianity altogether, reportedly saying, “You know, they are fooling us, there is no God… all this talk about God is sheer nonsense.”

Democrat Party Passes Resolution Celebrating Pro-Abortion, Non-Christian Voters, by Peter Hasson

By Peter Hasson, LifeNews – The Democratic National Committee (DNC) passed a resolution at its summer meeting championing “religiously unaffiliated” voters, who the resolution noted are the “largest religious group” within the party… The DNC’s “Resolution Regarding the Religiously Unaffiliated Demographic” stated that “religiously unaffiliated Americans overwhelmingly share the Democratic Party’s values,” and “have often been subjected to unfair bias and exclusion in American society.”

U.S. in Danger of Chinese-Style Social Credit System, by Rodney Pelletier

By Rodney Pelletier, Church Militant – But the rise of what’s called “giant tech” is making China’s system an American reality… Well, I think we’re just at a really important point in human history. I think for a while we had tech that was politically neutral. Now we have tech that really, first of all is taking sides in a political contest, which I think, you know, anytime you have big corporate power merging with political parties can be dangerous.

47-Year-Old Photo Shows Future Pope Francis With Dissident Priest Who Helped Engineer Amazon Synod, by Maike Hickson

By Maike Hickson, LifeSiteNews – “In an exchange of letters, Pope Francis recalled our meeting in San Miguel-AR [Argentina] from 23-29/02/1972 and sent me this photo,” Boff writes. …. This incident suggests that Pope Francis and Leonardo Boff have had a friendly relationship long before Bergoglio became pope in 2013. As a matter of fact, Boff claimed in 2016 – in an interview with the Kölner Stadt-Anzeigr – that Pope Francis is “one of us. He has turned Liberation Theology into a common property of the Church. And he has widened it.”

Planned Parenthood ‘Grooms’ Girls for Abortions Using Sex Ed, Former Sex Educator Says, by Mary Margaret Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, The Daily Caller – Planned Parenthood teaches students risk reduction rather than teaching children how to have healthy relationships and to date in groups, Cline said… “Risk reduction is simply telling them how to make the high risk safer by using lubrication and condoms,” she explained. “The next step is to make them understand they need to be tested for STD’s every couple months.”.. Planned Parenthood’s sex education grooms students for promiscuity, Cline believes, and this promiscuity leads them to abortion. “The sex education grooms them for promiscuity. Grooms them for STD treatment, and grooms them for abortion,” she said.

Trump Is Right On the China Threat, by Ben Shapiro

By Ben Shapiro, OneNewsNow – Trump is the only president of recent vintage to understand this simple truth. The Chinese regime is strengthening its totalitarianism; market forces have not opened up China’s politics. China’s attempts to strengthen its grip on Hong Kong, its forays into the complexities of Indian-Pakistani politics, its threats of sanctions against American firms over the sale of jets to Taiwan – all of this bespeaks the intent of the Xi Jinping regime, which has a philosophy of political revanchism.

Liberals Don’t ‘Invest’; They Spend Other People’s Money, by Terence P. Jeffrey

By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews – Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a self-avowed socialist, sometimes sounds like a multibillionaire entrepreneur when promoting his political agenda… He intends, you see, to “invest” a great deal of money… Of course, unlike a billionaire entrepreneur, Sanders won’t be investing his own money. He will be “investing” yours… Nor does Sanders intend to be a mere retailer. He is promising to make “massive investments” in a “Green New Deal” that will result in “a wholesale transformation of our society.”

Dear Leftists: Don’t Start a Civil War You Can’t Finish, by Jason Scott Jones

By Jason Scott Jones, The Stream – No, I’m thinking that the left’s national freak-out over Trump has deeper roots. Maybe they really believed that Barack Obama had “fundamentally transformed” America, which meant they didn’t have to win elections anymore. A new, permanent government was in force, and these every-four-year events where the Red State rubes get to show up and have a say were just for show. Like plebiscites in Venezuela or East Germany.

The Catholic Case Against Open Borders, by James Kalb

By James Kalb, Crisis Magazine – But is all this a good idea? The demand for a radical reduction of controls on immigration is very recent, and no one seems to have thought it through, even though it is (like most political issues) a matter of prudential judgement… For starters, the Catechism states that more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner … [but] political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions.

CNN Calls President Trump “Evil,” More Destructive Than Hitler and Stalin, by Nicholas Fondacaro

By Nicholas Fondacaro, LifeNews – Crazy might be the best term for describing the first segment of CNN’s so-called Reliable Sources on Sunday. Media janitor Brian Stelter invited on two far-left psychiatrists to debate how the media should cover President Trump alleged mental illness. While one was busy advocating to throw out professional ethics, the other one was declaring Trump had been worse than some of the last century’s most evil people. 

Catholic Congressman Sean Duffy Standing Down to Put Family First

By Catholic News Agency – Rep. Sean Duffy, R-WI, a practicing Catholic who has served in Congress since 2011, will be stepping down from his seat on September 23. He made the announcement in a post on his personal Facebook page… Rep. Duffy made the announcement Aug. 26, citing a desire to be with his family ahead of the imminent arrival of his ninth child as the reason he will leave Congress before the end of his term… “With much prayer, I have decided that this is the right time for me to take a break from public service in order to be the support my wife, baby and family need right now,” he said.

In 2012 They Called for After-Birth Abortion. Today, Democrats are Defending Infanticide, by Cong. Chris Smith

By Congressman Chris Smith, LifeNews – Mr. Speaker, in 2012, two bioethicists—Dr. Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva—published an outrageous paper in the Journal of Medical Ethics, justifying the deliberate, premeditated murder of newborn babies during the first hours, days and even weeks after birth… The ethicists said: “When circumstances occur after birth that would have justified an abortion, what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible.” In other words, the same conditions that would justify the killing of a baby in utero justifies the killing of that baby even when she is born.

God or Government: What an Economy of “Nones” May Mean for Our Future

By Kelly Hanlon, Public Discourse – What happens when a growing percentage of the population no longer identifies with any religion? What happens when the “nones” outnumber the religious? Public Discourse has explored this question in a week-long series about how the rise of the nones affects religion itself, marriage and family, politics, education, and, the topic of this essay, economics. Of course, these five pillars do not stand alone—they are intimately bound up with one another. Economic concerns don’t simply rest on matters of production and consumption.

Activist: California’s Homeless Problem Can Be Laid at Dems’ Feet, by Chad Groening

By Chad Groening, OneNewsNow – Pastor Jesse Lee Peterson, founder and president of the Los Angeles-based Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, says the Golden State is literally looking like a Third World country… “They are now running businesses out of California because [business owners] can no longer deal with it,” he laments. “I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had to run homeless people away from my business. They sleep in the doorways, they don’t care about using the bathroom, and [they] are dumping their waste material on the ground.

Facebook Nixes ‘Women for Trump’ 2020 Ads, by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – Facebook has confirmed it pulled a seemingly-innocuous campaign ad asking women to support President Donald Trump, even as the social media giant released an audit report pledging to crack down on partisan bias… On August 16, the Women for Trump coalition began running the following graphic as a Facebook ad, with the simple message, “The Women for Trump Coalition needs the support of strong women like you!”

Whitewash Investigation, by Michael Voris

By Michael Voris, The Vortex – All eyes in the Catholic investigative world are on the case of the rector of the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., Msgr. Walter Rossi… Rossi is a priest from the diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania, but in a deal worked out between his home diocese of Scranton and the archdiocese of Washington, D.C., he is rector of the high profile basilica in the nation’s capital… The basilica is one of the most important in the Catholic world, but because of the corrupt gay mafia’s almost constant involvement, it has become tainted.

Can’t We All Just Get Along? Searching for Common Ground in Today’s America, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – We all know what happens to those labeled right-wing extremists. They get kicked off social media and silenced. They can lose their jobs and be unable to find a new one. If the Southern Poverty Leadership Center singles them out? Some social justice warrior might show up at their office and shoot the place up. That happened to the Family Research Center a few years ago. And to Rep. Steve Scalise and other GOP leaders more recently.

The Glendon Commission, by David Carlin

By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing – In July, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo created something called the “Commission on Unalienable Rights,” the purpose of which is to “provide the Secretary of State advice and recommendations concerning international human rights matters” along with “fresh thinking about human rights discourse where such discourse has departed from our nation’s founding principles of natural law and natural rights.”… The chair of the commission is Mary Ann Glendon, one of America’s leading Catholic intellectuals.

President Trump Was Right: Planned Parenthood is a $2 Billion Abortion Biz That Doesn’t Need Our Money, by Brad Mattes

By Brad Mattes, LifeNews – This week, Planned Parenthood (PP) forfeited $60 million in Title X tax funding instead of getting out of the abortion business. That was their share of a total $286 hundred million earmarked for family planning services… Title X dollars are fungible when it comes to abortion. For example, PP abortion facilities use it as a slush fund, spending the money on advertising, staffing, utilities, rent, office supplies or computers. These assets are used to facilitate both family planning services and abortion. The Protect Life Rule draws a bright line between family planning and the abortion industry by excluding entities that refer for or provide abortion.

Socialism is Theft — Why Are Candidates Espousing It? by Jerry Newcombe

By Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., The Stream – Socialism is a form of governmental theft. The government has no money of its own. It simply forcibly takes from Citizen A and gives to Citizen B. But, of course, the one who benefits the most from this socialistic scheme is Citizen C, the government bureaucrat who administers the welfare state… The Bible teaches us to help the needy. That is all voluntary. That is the church’s job. When the government gets involved in the “charity business,” it is not only wasteful, it undermines the family, human dignity, and self-reliance.

Patriot Post: Democrats Are Failing America’s Big Cities

Political Editors, Patriot Post – America’s major cities are showing increasing signs that decades of leftist Democrat policies are leading to greater dysfunction, growing crime rates, and lower standards of living. The Democrats who run these cities seek to shift the blame for the sad state of their communities onto the boogiemen of “racism” or Republicans, when in fact they are the ones responsible for enacting the policies that led to these cities’ current conditions… In short, the Democrats who have long run America’s largest cities are failing the very ones who voted for them.

Ohio Court Decision May Allow Health Department to Close Abortion Biz That Kills 3,000 Babies a Year, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The Ohio Supreme Court handed down a victory for women and unborn babies Wednesday when it refused to hear a case involving the license of a late-term abortion facility… Back in 2016, the Ohio Department of Health revoked the license of the Women’s Med Center, near Dayton, for failing to meet the state health and safety standards. However, the abortion facility challenged the action in court and has been operating without a license since that time.

Planned Parenthood Still Receives over $500 Million in Taxpayer Funding Annually, by Dr. Susan Berry

By Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart – Planned Parenthood’s decision to opt out of the Title X program – rather than end referrals for abortions to women and girls – is not stopping its federal taxpayer funding stream from the Medicaid program via Congress… Planned Parenthood’s most recent annual report shows it received over $500 million from the Medicaid program through reimbursements. The group’s combined Medicaid reimbursements and family planning grants amounted to $563.8 million in year 2017-2018 – $20 million more than the $543.7 million it took in from taxpayers in 2016-2017.

The Climate is Always Changing, by Warren Cole Smith

By Warren Cole Smith, The Stream – The North American Inland Sea, sometimes called the Western Interior Seaway, once covered a huge portion of North America. It was 2500 feet deep in places, and 600 miles wide. Louisiana and Oklahoma were underwater. So was Texas, except for a few islands we now call the Texas Hill Country. Much of Canada, too. Most of the states of the Intermountain West — Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and others — were a vast mountainous island.

Italian PM Resigns in Bid to Block Salvini, by Stephen Wynne

By Stephen Wynne, Church Militant – Facing a parliamentary vote of no confidence, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is stepping down… Conte announced his resignation on Tuesday, less than two weeks after Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini’s call for fresh elections. Speaking to members of the Italian Senate, he blasted Salvini as a “reckless” political opportunist whose maneuverings will have “major consequences on the country and its economy.”… “[Salvini] has shown that he is following his own interests and those of his party,” Conte added. “His decisions pose serious risks for this country.”

Pro-Abortion & Pro-LGBTQ – Your Tax Dollars Hard at Work, by Bob Kellogg

By Bob Kellogg, OneNewsNow – Two groups prominent in America’s public education community are being taken to task for strategically indoctrinating children in liberal thought and “progressive” political activism.Every summer, the National Education Association assembles thousands of delegates to consider and vote on “new business items” for the teachers’ union. Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute reports one of those items adopted at the NEA convention last month in Houston states unequivocally that the organization supports abortion.

Seven Things You Should Know About Global Population Trends, Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – Population growth is hard to predict because it is often affected by unpredictable factors. For example, after about two thousand years of relative population stability in Europe, dramatic improvements in the field of medicine, including increasing life-spans and a rapid drop in infant morality, ushered in rapid increases in population beginning in the eighteenth century. This led to fears of mass starvation arising from a catastrophic “population explosion”, fears which were proven groundless by rapid improvements in agricultural techniques.

America Has Fewer Conservatives Than It Used To, But Just as Many Liberals, by Rob Schwarzwalder

By Rob Schwarzwalder, The Stream – Conservatives have gained some real political ground over the past two and one-half years. But are we changing minds? We don’t seem to be. And that’s a big problem… According to a January 2019 report by the Gallup polling organization, 35 percent of us identify as conservative. The same percent say they are moderate. Only 26 percent claim to be liberal.

Trump Defunds Planned Parenthood, Abortion Biz Loses $60 Million in Taxpayer Dollars, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The Planned Parenthood abortion business announced today it will officially withdraw from the Title X program — costing it $60 million in taxpayer funds because it refuses to follow a new Trump administration rule that requires it to segment out its abortion business from legitimate health care if it wants federal funding under the program… Because the abortion giant is withdrawing from Title X, the $60 million in taxpayer dollars received annually can be redistributed to groups that engage in legitimate women’s health care.

Undaunted, Justice Thomas Seeks the Court’s Atonement on Abortion, Tim Busch/Kevin Stidham

By Tim Busch and Kevin Stidham, Washington Examiner – one justice is unafraid of the abortion debate. Undismayed by the court’s inaction, Justice Clarence Thomas has masterfully sown together a compelling judicial case for overturning the central holding of Roe. As his nearly three-decade body of work shows, Thomas fights for the integrity of the judiciary, reasoning carefully and speaking powerfully. He knows that the court’s pattern of avoidance is unsustainable, and so he labors for the awaited day… To understand Thomas’s legal reasoning, we must look to the foundations of America’s unique system of the rule of law.

How We Reelect Trump in 2020, by Lloyd Marcus

By Lloyd Marcus, Renew America – Democrats, fake news media and Hollywood are desperate to block Trump’s reelection in 2020. Their problem is Trump has been awesome for America… Trump’s swiftly growing long list of achievements towards making America great again is extraordinary… Democrats hope to win the presidency with their usual lies, addicting voters to government dependency and convincing everyone that they are victims. Therefore, the Democrats’ presidential campaign is built upon falsely branding Trump a racist white supremacist, promising free everything to everyone without anyone having to work and criminalizing speaking the truth.

Amazon Synod Theologian Pushes Leftist Ideology, by Stephen Wynne

By Stephen Wynne, Church Militant – Two months after the release of the Amazon Synod’s working document, the neo-pagan views of one of its chief architects are coming into focus… Brazilian ex-priest Leonardo Boff has been identified as the theologian of reference for the synod’s Instrumentum Laboris…. We have exceeded Earth’s limits; it no longer has the bio-capacity nor the strength to produce and produce life as it used to. … In 1992, Boff left the priesthood and married a Marxist activist after being silenced by Joseph Ratzinger for promoting liberation theology. …But he continues to push his radical vision forward across the world.

Identity Politics Shouldn’t Come Before Faith or Unborn Kids, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Identity Politics Kills Babies… In other words, Catholic Latino immigrants don’t just realize that abortion is wrong. A majority of them wish it were illegal. But they don’t vote on that issue… As Latinos get stronger in America, shouldn’t they discard identity politics and embrace more principled voting habits?… In the wake of the Duke election, Louisiana’s Catholic bishops embarked on a furious campaign to educate people on the evils of racism. That was probably warranted. Surely it’s time for America’s Catholic bishops to do the same for Latinos.

President Trump: “Virtually Every Top Democrat Supports Late-Term Abortion Right Up to Birth” by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – During a massive rally with supporters last night, President Donald Trump slammed abortion and Democrats’ extremism on abortion. Before a rousing crowd of 20,000 in the arena… Trump rebuked Democrats for supporting abortion up to birth and planning on forcing Americans to fund abortions…. “Virtually every top Democrat also now supports taxpayer-funded abortion right up to the moment of birth – ripping babies straight from the mothers’ womb. Leading Democrats have even opposed measures to prevent the execution of children after birth. You saw that in Virginia”…

Whistleblower: Google Lied to Congress Under Oath, is Tampering With Elections to ‘Overthrow’ US, by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – “I gave the documents to Project Veritas. I had been collecting the documents for over a year,” Vorhies explained. “And the reason why I collected these documents was because I saw something dark and nefarious going on with the company and I realized that they were going to not only tamper with the elections, but use that tampering with the elections to essentially overthrow the United States.”

President Trump Nominates Pro-Life Attorney Sarah Pitlyk to Become a Federal Judge, by Micaih Bilger

By Micaih Bilger, LifeNews – His choice, Sarah E. Pitlyk, would replace U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry in St. Louis, if confirmed by the U.S. Senate, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Perry was appointed by pro-abortion President Bill Clinton and plans to step down in December… Pitlyk is a strong human rights advocate and defender of religious freedom… she worked on cases involving the custody of a human embryo and the unconstitutional St. Louis ordinance that declared the city to be an “abortion sanctuary.” She also has been involved in the defense of David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress….

Pro-Life Rep. Steve King Defends the Most Vulnerable Americans, Children of Rape, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Last time, the New York Times seemed to twist King’s defense of Western civilization into an embrace of white nationalist hate. This time, multiple media, including CNN, want to make him sound like a rape apologist… King tried to personalize the issue. Instead of thinking of children of rape as some vague, amorphous “them,” he asked his listeners to consider an unsettling possibility. Namely, that some of them might be the descendants of children of rape. Even he, Steve King, might be.

America’s Biggest Issue: Welfare (Video )

By Media Editors, Patriot Post – Genevieve Wood explains why more than five decades, several welfare programs, and $25 trillion later, the welfare system has largely failed the poor. ‘Welfare is anti-work and anti-marriage’.

A Rough Summer in the Empire State, by Stephen P. White

By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing – The eight Catholic dioceses of New York are bracing themselves against a flood of lawsuits over clerical sexual abuse. A new law, known as the Child Victims Act, was passed early this year and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in February. Among the provisions of the new law is a one-year “look-back window,” during which civil cases that had passed the statute of limitations can be revived… That window opened yesterday, August 14.

Google Staffer Releases Documents Exposing Massive Censorship of Pro-Life, Conservative Web Sites, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – “I gave the documents to Project Veritas, I had been collecting the documents for over a year. And the reason why I collected these documents was because I saw something dark and nefarious going on with the company and I realized that they were going to not only tamper with the elections, but use that tampering with the elections to essentially overthrow the United States,” he said.

Why Trump’s Tough Trade Dealings With China Hinges on Venezuela, by Ken Blackwell

By Ken Blackwell, The Stream – But the President might be eroding his own, hard fought progress with China if he allows the Chinese government direct control of the world’s largest oil reserves which are located in Venezuela. The President can prevent these vast oil supplies from falling under Chinese control if he allows American energy companies to continue operating in partnership with Venezuela, as they have done for decades.   

Civil Conversation, Your Time Has Come, by Ericka Andersen

By Ericka Andersen, The American Conservative – And really, a cup of coffee is all it takes to begin a conversation with someone across the aisle, pew, or tax bracket. The Prayer Breakfast is symbolic of various national and local efforts to promote bipartisan respect, civility, and understanding. You wouldn’t know it from watching the news, but there is a growing movement of civility-centered groups, organizations, websites, and social circles sprouting up on every corner.

Every Single Democrat Seeking the Presidency Supports Abortions Up to Birth

By Texas Right to Life, LifeNews – The second debate was promoted as a means of discovering the real differences between the candidates.  Given this premise, there was little need to mention abortion at all, because abortion appears to be the one issue on which all of the candidates agree.  Every single Democratic candidate for president supports no restrictions on elective abortion up until the moment of birth, sometimes even after birth, and they all think that American taxpayers should be the ones providing the funding.

LA Mayor Garcetti and Pope Francis Talk Climate Change and Immigration in Vatican Meeting, by Alene Tchekmedyian

By Alene Tchekmedyian, Los Angeles Times – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti met with Pope Francis on Friday in a private meeting at the Vatican, where they discussed climate change, youth, poverty and immigration… Garcetti shared photographs of the visit on social media, saying in a statement he was moved by the Roman Catholic Church leader’s “inspired words about matters that will shape the future of our world, and to have the chance to speak to him about our mutual work to save this planet and serve our fellow human beings.”

The Pedophile Project: Your 7-Year-Old Is Next On The Sexual Revolution’s Hit Parade, by Stella Morabito

By Stella Morabito, The Federalist – Activists for normalizing pedophilia are on the move. Public acceptance of adult sex with children is the next domino poised to fall in identity politics. It’s being sustained, among other things, by the rapid sexualization of children in the media and in K-12 education… We cannot dismiss the campaign to legalize pedophilia as fringy stuff that will get nowhere. It’s real and it’s here and it’s gaining strength. It’s a very logical outgrowth of the nihilism inherent in the sexual revolution.

9 Things Jesus Might Do About Immigration, by John Zmirak/Kelly Kullberg

By John Zmirak and Kelly Kullberg, The Stream – Because Jesus loves all people, and wants all nations to thrive, we believe that he would do each of nine important things… 1. Stand and Lead.. Jesus wouldn’t teach people to run from their homelands. He would empower them to stand their ground, to lead, and to overcome challenges with creative love. He wouldn’t want the strong to abandon and break up their families. Jesus wouldn’t send people to any “savior” nation. He is the savior and his gospel is for the flourishing of every person, and every nation.

Yes, China is the Greater Menace, by Patrick J. Buchanan 

By Patrick J. Buchanan, American Conservative – China steals our intellectual property via cybertheft, forces U.S. companies in China to transfer technology, hacks our computers, dumps into our markets to put U.S. companies out of business, subsidizes state-owned enterprises to compete with U.S. firms, manipulates its currency, and, despite our protests, ships to the USA the fentanyl drug that has become a major killer of Americans.

Are Catholic Bishops Stoking Civil War? by Dr. Christopher Manion

By Dr. Christopher Manion, Church Militant – For the past 50 years, our shepherds have ignored teaching that vital magisterial truth, as well as others — prime example: Humanae Vitae… Instead, they have supplanted the hard truths of the Magisterium with the sappy, flaccid sentimentalism of social justice. For years they have allied politically with pro-abortion Democrats and mindlessly supplied them with moralistic palaver to stoke their hatred of the Church, Her teaching and Her faithful… The radical Left mounts that dead horse of white racism and drags it through our streets, fomenting violence and revolution.

Joe Biden’s Adventures in the Natural Law, by Hadley Arkes

By Hadley Arkes, The Catholic Thing – But by the end of the 19th century, the natural law had become an object of derision among lawyers. In our own time, conservatives sharpened the reaction against natural law as they recoiled from liberal judges, moving outside the text of the Constitution, inventing new rights to contraception and abortion. They were false constructions of natural right, but they had to be met by showing what was false in the reasoning… The conservatives, however, were losing their confidence in moral reasoning, and so their ingenious strategy was to avoid any hint of moral reasoning altogether.

Kap’s Still Not Working – and Neither Are His Tactics (“Denied work for 889 days”), by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – Colin Kaepernick claims he is “still ready” for a return to the NFL – but does he really believe a comeback will happen?… The former NFL quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers recently posted a video of himself working out in a gym. It begins with a counter and the words “denied work for 889 days.”… Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in October 2017 claiming owners colluded against him signing to a contract because of his kneeling during the national anthem as a means of protesting what Kaepernick calls racitacal injustice and police brutality.

‘Where Are Our Voices?’ Ministry Leader Pleads With Christian Parents and Churches to Stand Against LGBT Agenda, by Nancy Flory

By Nancy Flory, The Stream – “It breaks my heart. Do you know we have more ex-Christians or Christians leaving the lifestyle going into the homosexual life than there are those coming out? That’s kind of our fault.”… Janet Boynes has a ministry to help people who want to leave the homosexual life. Janet Boynes Ministries “exists to help people get spiritual guidance and be set free from homosexuality and other sexual sins through the power of Jesus Christ.” The ministry also works with pastors so that they can help those in their congregation who struggle with the issue.

Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke: Pro-Abortion Politicians “May Not Present Themselves to Receive Holy Communion”

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke warned pro-abortion Catholic politicians Thursday not to show up for Holy Communion because they are not following Christ… In an interview with Fox News, Burke said he is not trying to punish pro-abortion politicians; he is trying to help them by urging them to repent… “They may not present themselves to receive Holy Communion, because they’re not in communion with Christ,”… “It’s not a punishment,” Burke insisted. “It’s actually a favor to these people to tell them, ‘Don’t approach.’ Because if they approach, they commit sacrilege.”

Catholic and Democrat? Not Possible. by Michael Voris (Video and Transcript)

By Michael Voris, Church Militant – One very important fact that has largely gone under the radar so far is the importance of Texas, once considered impenetrable by Democrats, a virtual lock for the GOP… If the Party of Death could capture the Lone Star State in 2020, that would almost completely guarantee a defeat for Trump… Texas has 38 Electoral College votes, absolutely critical to the Trump campaign. If Texas went blue, even by a whisker, the Democrats would seize the White House… So how possible is it that Texas could turn?

America Rejects the Democrats’ Abortion Extremism, by Jane Clark Scharl

By Jane Clark Scharl, Crisis Magazine – Nearly 50 years after Roe v. Wade, support for abortion is much more reserved than it might seem from the news. Three-quarters of Americans, including 60% of Democrats, believe there should be significant restrictions on abortions, such as limiting it to the first three months of pregnancy. Even among Americans who self-identify as pro-choice, more than six out of 10 support restricting abortion to the first trimester.

Cardinal Pell: ‘Amazon or No Amazon, the Church Cannot Allow any Confusion’, by Ed Condon

By Ed Condon, CNA – Cardinal George Pell has written a letter thanking supporters for their prayers and saying he is “disturbed” by the preparations for the forthcoming synod on the Amazon… “One point is fundamental, the Apostolic Tradition, the teaching of Jesus and the Apostles, taken from the New Testament and taught by Popes and Councils, by the Magisterium, is the only criterion doctrinally for all teaching on doctrine and practice.”… “Amazon or no Amazon, in every land, the Church cannot allow any confusion, much less any contrary teaching, to damage the Apostolic Tradition,” he said.

The Reichstag is Burning … DO Something! Anything! by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – The left’s dream scenario is close to coming true… Whether the left is targeting the First Amendment or the Second, count on any public Trump supporter, pro-life activist, or vocal traditional Christian to be quickly singled out. Groups like Media Matters, and rooms full of Soros-funded interns, would be recruiting 24/7 for leftists across the country. “Would you like make America safer and stop white supremacist terrorism? Then report your annoying MAGA neighbors.”

Catholic Bishop: Fighting Abortion is the “Most Important Human Rights Issue of Our Time”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Catholic Archbishop Joseph Naumann praised pro-life advocates for fighting for the “most important human rights issue of our time” Monday during the national Diocesan Pro-Life Leadership Conference… The Catholic Herald reports Naumann encouraged pro-life church leaders not to give up, despite their struggles against an aggressive and emboldened pro-abortion movement… “This is a moment of great opportunity as well as a moment of great peril for our culture and society,” Naumann said.

Why Can’t America Unify in the Face of Evil? by Ben Shapiro

By Ben Shapiro, CNSNews – Instead, we’re fighting one another… We’re fighting one another for one simple reason: Too many on the political left have become accustomed to castigating the character of those who disagree with the left on policy. Favor tougher border controls? This puts you on the side of the white supremacist terrorist. Believe in Second Amendment rights? You’re a vicious, violent cretin covering for those who commit acts of evil.

Pro-Lifers Ready for Post-Roe Fight, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – Students for Life, Live Action, The Heritage Foundation, and Alliance Defending Freedom are working together to plan a 2020 conference the day after the annual March for Life, which is January 24… Kristi Hamrick of Students for Life says the purpose is to prepare for a landmark decision… “We know that Rove v Wade is going to fall,” she tells OneNewsNow. “We know that the day after Roe we’re going to need to be ready with policy, with programs that are going to help women and children.”

Virginia’s Governor Wants to Lock Teens in Transgenderism. Stop Him. by Cathy Ruse

By Cathy Ruse, Family Research Council – Disgraced Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has directed his Board of Counseling to punish any counselor who responds to a teen’s cry for help to accept her own physical biology… That’s called putting politics in front of people… You have heard of these bans. They’re sometimes called bans on “conversion therapy.” LGBT activists describe nightmarish scenarios of cruel methods used on “gay” people to make them “straight,” without any real evidence, to get what they really want: sweeping bans to outlaw not only cruel methods, but all therapy. Even talk therapy.

Obama-Era Rule Penalizes Those Who Refuse to Participate in Abortion, by Anita Carey

By Anita Carey, Church Militant – Pro-lifers have until Aug. 13 to show their support for a revision to an Obamacare provision that threatened to punish doctors who refuse to refer or perform abortions… In 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) redefined discrimination “on the basis of sex” to include termination of pregnancy and gender identity. This allowed any medical professional who refused to perform or refer a patient for an abortion to be charged and punished for civil rights violations.

Trump Admin Stands Up for Unborn Babies at the UN, Abortion Activists Come Unhinged, by Marie Smith

By Marie Smith LifeNews – Pro-abortion NGOs, along with pro-abortion activists serving in key UN positions, have been following a ‘battle cry’ to “push back” against what they describe as ‘regression’ in support and funding for abortion. The main source for their ire is the Trump administration’s pro-life belief in the sanctity of life from the moment of conception and its commitment to advancing life-affirming policies through its foreign aid during negotiations at the United Nations (UN).

Red Flag Laws Deserve a Hammer and Sickle, Too, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – …in Dayton and El Paso, President Trump denounced an ideology he never held nor sympathized with in any way, white nationalism. Trump called for national calm. He spoke up for national unity… But Trump also made a very serious error, in offering support for “Red Flag” laws aimed at legal gunowners… Under Red Flag laws, the burden of proof is not on the government or your accuser. It’s on you, the gun-owner. You don’t get a free lawyer, as criminal defendants do. You must pay to fight this seizure of your property. The person who lodged a false accusation against you? He can sit back and relax. The state does his job for him, and there’s no effective penalty he faces for lying.

Hollywood Film Depicts Trump Supporters Being Hunted for Sport by Liberals, by Matt Margolis

By Matt Margolis, PJ Media – Hollywood clearly still likes the idea of promoting violence against people who aren’t good and obedient leftists, because Universal Pictures is set to release a thriller called The Hunt on September 27, which features left-wing “elites” hunting Trump supporters for sport… In the past few days we’ve been hearing a lot about how Donald Trump’s rhetoric is apparently to blame for the El Paso shooting, yet Hollywood apparently lacked the foresight to think that a movie promoting violence against “deplorables” might be in bad taste…

You Kick God Out of the Culture, This is What You Get, by Chris Woodward, Jody Brown

By Chris Woodward, Jody Brown, OneNewsNow – In the aftermath of the massacres in El Paso and Dayton that left 31 dead and dozens wounded and injured, politicians and pundits across the U.S. are stating their opinions about the reasons the shootings took place. President Donald Trump, for example, blamed mental illness, violent video games, and insufficient background checks. But many of his political opponents are blaming the president’s political rhetoric, saying it has fostered an “anti-immigrant” and “racist” culture… In the midst of the debate, Christian apologist, author, and speaker Dr. Frank Turek argues that the Church needs to be more counter-culture.

After the Shootings — Look to Culture, Not Politics, by Star Parker

By Star Parker, The Patriot Post – The nation must now endure another gut-wrenching tragedy, with 31 having been senselessly gunned downed in Texas and Ohio over a weekend… My appeal is to consider these tragedies a crisis of culture and not to turn them into politics… There is a sickness in the soul of our nation, and that sickness plays its way through and winds up expressed in deadly, pathological acts of lonely, lost, confused individuals – disproportionately, young males… We must try to grasp the nature of this pathology and consider how it may be addressed.

Rev. Dr. Andrew Bennett: Quebec’s Totalitarian Moment and Loss of Catholic Culture

By Rev. Dr. Andrew Bennett, The Catholic Thing – In 1981, while ushering in Canada’s new Charter of Rights and Freedoms, then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau remarked that “The Golden Thread of Faith is woven throughout the history of Canada from its earliest beginnings up to the present time.” Now, in Trudeau’s home province of Quebec, we are witnessing the unraveling of that thread and the prospect of its complete sundering.

Amazon Just Banned My Dad’s Therapy Books, Caving to LGBT Activists, by Joseph Nicolosi, Jr.

By Joseph Nicolosi, Jr., Church Militant – On Amazon, you can buy almost any book written throughout human history — from the Bible to Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, or even a book glorifying pedophilia… As of last week, however, you cannot get any of Dr. Joseph Nicolosi Sr.’s books about leaving homosexuality — because Amazon just banned them all… From 1981 until his death in 2017, my father was the driving force behind reparative therapy. He invented, refined and used this innovative counseling method to help thousands of men overcome the effects of sexual abuse and other deep-seated childhood traumas.

Understanding An Ideological Purge At the Vatican, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – The purge at the John Paul II Institute has eliminated the faculty members most closely associated with the thought of the Pope— and canonized saint— after whom the Institute is named. But if Msgr. Melina’s charge is accurate, something even more shocking is taking place. If it is “intolerable” to say that Pope Francis is teaching in continuity with prior Church teachings, then it seems quite clear that the John Paul II Institute is now dedicated to the proposition that previous Church teachings should be discarded.

AP: In His Own Words: Ex-Cardinal’s Letters to Abuse Victims, by Nicole Winfield

By Nicole Winfield, AP – At first glance, the handwritten postcards and letters look innocuous, even warm, sometimes signed off by “Uncle T.” or “Your uncle, Father Ted.”… But taken in context, the correspondence penned by disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick to the young men he is accused of sexually abusing or harassing is a window into the way a predator grooms his prey, according to two abuse prevention experts who reviewed it for The AP… Full of flattery, familiarity and boasts about his own power, the letters provide visceral evidence of how a globe-trotting bishop made young, vulnerable men feel special — and then allegedly took advantage of them.

A Calculated Media Campaign is Gaslighting the World On Transgender Insanity, by Jonathon Van Maren

By Jonathon Van Maren, LifeSiteNews – What the media is doing while shrieking about our vanishing standards of normalcy is waging an all-out war on the idea of the male-female gender binary itself. While they are highlighting the abnormal nature of a president who tweets out spur-of-the-moment policy, they are pushing child drag queens and transgender children …..

ICYMI: Trump Condemns White Supremacy and Addresses Nation on Dayton, El Paso Shootings

By The Stream – “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul.”… So said President Donald Trump in a national address Monday morning discussing this weekend’s mass shootings. “These barbaric slaughters are an assault on our communities, an attack on our nation and a crime against all humanity.”

Was Trump Right About Baltimore? by Walter E. Williams

By Walter E. Williams, Patriot Post – Here’s what President Donald Trump tweeted about Baltimore’s congressman and his city: “Rep. Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is far worse and more dangerous. His district is considered the worst in the USA.”… “As proven last week during a congressional tour, the border is clean, efficient and well run, just very crowded,” Trump added. Cumming’s “district is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.

Don’t Blame the Gun, Your Eminence, by Patrick Novecosky

By Patrick Novecosky, Crisis Magazine – Sure, we must pray for the victims and their families. That’s essential. But we also need to pray for the disturbed individuals who may contemplate violence in the future. As Christians, we know that our prayers are efficacious. We must beg God’s grace for these men. They’re out there, and their numbers are growing… These are young, lonely, disaffected young men often had abusive, distant or absent fathers. The breakdown of the family and the isolation exacerbated by technology is affecting the mental health of thousands (if not millions) of Americans.

Is America Too Sick to Recover? by Michael Brown

By Michael Brown, The Stream – As the host of a daily talk radio show, on Monday-Friday I receive an email from a Christian news service highlighting the top 7-8 stories of the day. Today, the first three stories were: 1) White Supremacist Kills 20 at Walmart; 2) Socialist Shoots 9 in Dayton; 3) 25 Shot and Killed in Chicago in 4 Hours. How do we respond to news like this?

Remembering the Day When the ‘Politics of Personal Destruction’ Began, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – The problem that I see with Archbishop Gregory’s message lies in the fact that our bishops have (as usual) arrived late on the scene. The “politics of personal destruction” had become a regular feature of our nation’s political discourse long before Donald Trump—and his vociferous critics—arrived on the scene… When did it all begin? That’s a question worthy of a doctoral dissertation by some aspiring historian (if one hasn’t already been written). But for a quick answer, I’d point to July 31, 1987, after President Reagan nominated Robert Bork for a seat on the Supreme Court.

LifeNews: Democrats Say Everyone Needs Health Care, Except for Babies Who Survive Abortions

By Rep. Steve Scalise, Marjorie Dannenfelser, LifeNews – Every single baby born in America deserves proper medical care and attention. That’s just common sense… Yet we continue to learn of cases — far too many — where babies are born alive during an attempted abortion, denied that crucial medical care, and left to die. Liberals in Washington aren’t just ignoring this horrific problem — Speaker Nancy Pelosi is actively preventing a House vote on protections for born-alive abortion survivors… This is an outrage.

Fr. Richard Heilman: This Is a Battle for the Soul of America (Including Video)

By Fr. Richard Heilman – There is no doubt we are living in troubled times. This, while Godless leaders in our nation have usurped the phrase, “This is a battle for the soul of America,” as they seek to enact laws for unrestricted abortion up to birth; as they refuse to protect life even at birth; as they seek the expansion of euthanasia; as they espouse a complete denial of God’s creation of male and female as based upon biological fact and natural law; as they seek the indoctrination of our children in our schools and libraries; as they seek to remove all of our religious freedoms.

Bishop Calls Assisted Suicide ‘Affront to the Dignity of Life’ on Eve of Legalization, by Chad Pecknold

By Chad Pecknold, Catholic News Agency – A New Jersey bishop has issued a renewed condemnation of assisted suicide as a new law making it legal in the state comes in to force this week. Bishop James E. Checchio of Metuchen described assisted suicide as “a grievous affront to the dignity of human life” that “can never be morally justified” in a letter to his diocese on July 30… “Passage of this law points to the utter failure of government, and indeed all society, to care truly, authentically and humanely for the suffering and vulnerable in our midst…” said Checchio.

The Doctor Monopoly is Killing American Patients, by Jonathan Tepper

By Jonathan Tepper, The American Conservative – Today, already more than 66 million Americans live in Health Professional Shortage Areas, or areas where the ratio of population to general care providers is deemed insufficient by federal standards. Sadly, the U.S. is far below the average for developed countries when it comes to doctors per capita… The situation will only get worse when one considers the tsunami of medical care that the Baby Boomers will soon require. In its 2018 report, the American Association of Medical Colleges projects a shortage of between up to 121,300 physicians by 2030.

POLITICS: George Soros Will Spend More Than $20 Million to Defeat President Trump, Elect Pro-Abortion Democrats

By Joseph Vazquez, LifeNews – Federal Election Commission filings revealed Soros put $5.1 million into the new Democracy PAC, according to Politico. The July 31 article interpreted Soros’ move as an indication he “may be poised to spend heavily in the 2020 elections.”… “The $5.1 million that Soros put in the PAC more than doubles the $2.1 million he had donated to political causes at this point in the 2016 elections. He would eventually give more than $20 million to Democratic politics during the 2016 race, making him one of the party’s biggest individual donors,” Politico said.

Baltimore Ravings: The Remedy for America’s Cities, by Tony Perkins

By Tony Perkins, Family Research Council – Nobody goes to the playgrounds anymore. They’re abandoned — except for the gangs. “You saw them selling drugs, right there,” reporter Lawrence Jones said, fuming. “Nobody came to break it up.” To the longtime residents of Baltimore, the changes have been staggering. “I’ve lived here 58 years,” one man explained, “and it was such an honor and pleasure to live here. And what I see now — sometimes I just drive through, and I’m almost in tears.” It may not be popular, but what the president said, one African-American woman told Lawrence, “it’s true.”

Report: Woman Needs Hysterectomy Following Botched Abortion at Delta Clinic in Baton Rouge, La.

By Louisiana Right to Life – Emergency services were called to the outpatient abortion facility Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge on March 15, 2019, because an abortion patient was bleeding profusely and the facility did not have adequate emergency supplies on hand, such as IV fluids, to stabilize their patient, according to a report obtained through an Open Records Request from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH). This incident led to LDH placing the facility under Immediate Jeopardy and fining the facility a number of Class B and Class C violations, resulting in $2,600 in fines.

Report: Green New Deal Would Cost More Than $70,000 Per U.S. Household in First Year

By Ilona Schumicky CNS News – A new study by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) shows that the Green New Deal, a federal plan to allegedly combat global warming, would cost American families – in the five states studied — more than $70,000 for electricity, upgrades in vehicles, housing, and shipping in the first year of the plan’s operation… (it) is a massive stimulus program to implement green initiatives across the board in the United States. It is based upon the national New Deal programs of the Roosevelt administration in the 1930s….

Planned Parenthood Upset Democrats Didn’t Use Debate to Promote Killing More Babies in Abortions, by Gabriel Hays

By Gabriel Hays, LifeNews – The second round of Democratic presidential debates featured another helping of radical leftwing ideas, including $500 billion in slavery reparations, and repealing or altering the Second Amendment. But curiously, one major progressive issue, abortion, was left out in the cold – which sparked the public ire of abortion giant Planned Parenthood and other “reproductive healthcare” disciples.

BREAKING: Apple News Bans LifeSite Without Warning: Says It ‘Shows Intolerance’

LifeSiteNews – A little over one week ago, Apple approved LifeSiteNews’ application to publish our news on their Apple News platform… Today, without warning, Apple News abruptly reversed course, telling LifeSite that they had deleted our channel and all of our content from their platform… Apple claimed that LifeSite’s channel “didn’t comply with our Apple News guidelines.” Specifically, they stated that LifeSite’s “[c]hannel content shows intolerance towards a specific group.”

Mr. President, Is Baltimore That Bad? by Willie Richardson

By Willie Richardson, Patriot Post – Baltimore was named “The most dangerous big city” due to its high volume of murder. There are twice as many shootings in Baltimore than Chicago and Detroit combined per capita. Murders have increased during the first half of 2019… President Trump’s comments actually didn’t do justice to what Baltimore has succumbed to. His comments had nothing to do with race and everything to do with a state-of-emergency wake-up call for Baltimore. Save the fake outcry for another tweet by the president.

The Daily Signal: Why the Carbon Tax Would Backfire on America

By Laura Williamson, Nicolas Loris, The Daily Signal – (M)arginal bipartisan support for enacting a new tax on American families and businesses doesn’t make it good policy… Different models and prices have been proposed, but they all tax activities that emit carbon dioxide on the premise that emissions are responsible for global warming, a cost to society which otherwise isn’t accounted for. They propose to address this “market failure” with a policy that could well lead to economic failure.

Ascol: Social Justice Movement ‘Greatest Threat to Gospel’ I’ve Ever Seen (Southern Baptist Conv.)

By Steve Jordahl, OneNewsNow – Ascol, in an interview with OneNewsNow, says the social justice movement is a danger to the evangelical community because it’s based on perpetual guilt or victimhood, which is antithetical to a biblical understanding of the born-again Christian – forgiven and on an equal footing with every other believer… “Once you start telling people to think about themselves that way or to see the world that way, you can kiss the gospel goodbye,” warns the senior pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida.

How the Sexual Revolution Has Corrupted the Professions (and What You Can Do About It!) by Jennifer Roback Morse

By Jennifer Roback Morse, EWTN News – People sometimes ask me, “Dr. Morse, how in the world do these crazy ideologies and policies keep coming at us? Why are we seeing demands for gender neutral bathrooms in public places, drag queen story hours in our libraries, and a “non-binary” option on birth certificates and driver’s licenses?”… these things didn’t spring up overnight out of nowhere… Many professional societies have become corrupted by Sexual Revolutionary ideology and captured by committed ideologues. These people have been plowing this ground for a long time.

Doc Group Gets Cozy With ‘Aid in Dying’ Push, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – A euthanasia expert is concerned about formation of a new doctor group’s involvement in assisted suicide… Doctors already participating in terminating people have formed the National Clinicians Conference on Medical Aid in Dying with a plan to teach more doctors and other medical professionals how to kill. It may also be used to recruit people to perform the task because of the shortage of doctors willing to do so… Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition points to Washington, D.C. which could only find two doctors willing to perform the work.

Judges Seated by Trump Begin to Transform ‘9th Circus’, by Fred Lucas

By Fred Lucas, The Daily Signal – The Trump administration gained a rare victory this summer in the most unlikely of venues—the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is widely viewed as the most liberal federal appeals court… One big reason: President Donald Trump’s appointments to the 9th Circuit have moved it closer to ideological balance… The court, long known for being both liberal and among the most overturned circuits, has been a thorn in Trump’s side, ruling against the president multiple times, mostly on immigration policies.

Abortion Groups Release ‘Blueprint’ Calling for Unrestricted Abortion, by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, National Catholic Register – A coalition of nearly 80 pro-abortion groups, including Planned Parenthood and NARAL, recently released a “Blueprint for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice” that outlines their vision for the future of abortion: no restrictions, no religious exemptions, and funded by the government… The groups described the document as a “proactive policy agenda to advance sexual and reproductive health in the United States and around the world.”… The blueprint called for legislation to “end the Hyde Amendment and related restrictions and ensure that everyone has abortion coverage, regardless of their income or source of insurance.”

A Warning to Church Over ‘Reckoning’ That is Coming, by Steve Jordahl

By Steve Jordahl, OneNewsNow – At the same time a secular culture is pushing Christian beliefs out of the public square in the name of “tolerance,” a longtime theologian is warning the Church that many houses of worship have already given up the fight… When the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly ruled last year in favor of business owner Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop, most conservatives realized it was a temporary victory in a long and desperate culture war… Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Seminary, said as much in June at the annual Western Conservative Summit that was held in Denver.

Senate Pro-Lifers Caution Trump Against Abortion Funding in Spending Negotiations, by Matt Hadro

By Matt Hadro, CNA – The leader of the Senate Pro-Life Caucus is asking President Trump to refuse any attempts to undermine or strip pro-life measures from future spending bills… “As you work with Congress on a deal to set discretionary spending caps for the next two fiscal years, we wish to express our support for your efforts to secure a commitment from Democratic Leaders to reject anti-life poison pill riders in the House-passed appropriations bills,” states a letter currently being circulated by Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), for signatures by fellow members.

Trump Admin Praised for Withholding UN Funds, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – A controversial United Nations organization isn’t getting any American dollars after the Trump administration stuck to a funding policy… For the third year in a row the administration has eliminated funds for the United Nations Population Fund, a family planning organization… Rebecca Oas of C-FAM says there is a good reason: the UN group has a history of cooperating with the communist Chinese government and its coercive one-child policy, a population control program that included forced abortions and contraceptives.

In the Hate of the Moment, by Tony Perkins

By Tony Perkins, Washington Update – While the State Department was trying to stop religious hostility, one congresswoman was down the street trying to fuel it. In an eerie backdrop to the Trump administration’s ministerial, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) seemed determined to highlight the threat that exists right here at home — radical Democrats… she’s doubled down on her obvious disdain for Israel with a resolution that would support the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Angel Mom Slams Dems Protecting Illegals, Twitter Silences, by Michael F. Haverluck

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – After Angel Mom Mary Ann Mendoza posted a series of tweets calling out Democrats and pro-immigration activists for protecting illegal aliens over American citizens, Twitter promptly suspended her account, demanding she remove her tweets in order to be reinstated… Mendoza – the mother of 32-year police officer Brandon Mendoza, who was killed by a drunk illegal alien driving the wrong way on a highway in Mesa, Arizona, in May 2014 – has devoted her life to raising awareness about the harms of sanctuary city policies on American citizens, and now Twitter is silencing that voice. ….

Google is Censoring the 10 Commandments (Watch Video)

Media Editors, Patriot Post – Google VP says PragerU’s video is restricted because it contains the word “murder.”

Action Packed Interview With Dr. John Zmirak (Interview)

By Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D., Church Militant – The Catholic author weighs in on Franciscan U, Cdl. Cupich and the U.S. bishops. … Writer and political commentator Dr. John Zmirak sits down with Christine Niles to discuss the latest news on Franciscan University, Cdl. Blase Cupich, the U.S. bishops, immigration and more.

Socialism 101: Myths and Realities, by Rob Bluey, Virginia Allen

By Rob Bluey, Virginia Allen, The Daily Signal – Young people across America are increasingly embracing socialism. A cloud of misinformation has led many Americans to think socialism is something it is not—a good system of government… The Daily Signal recently interviewed Chris Wright, founder and president of the Anticommunism Action Team, to debunk the myths about socialism. The full audio is below along with a lightly edited transcript.

“Do No Harm”: Not As Simple As It Sounds, Stephanie Barclay

By Stephanie Barclay, Public Discourse – The “Do No Harm” Act would gut the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by removing religious liberty protections that result in “harm” to others. That would be a mistake. Protection of any First Amendment rights inherently involves balancing competing harms on both sides of the ledger… This spring, members of Congress introduced a bill called the “Do No Harm Act,” which would remove statutory religious liberty protections for actions that result in “harm to others.”

Health Care Is a Right, But That Gets Sanders Only So Far, by James C. Capretta

By James C. Capretta, The Catholic Thing – The right to medical care is not found in the Constitution, but that’s true of other rights. Sanders veers off course, however, when he says that his preferred solution – “Medicare for All” – is the only way to ensure that all citizens and residents have ready access to needed care… That’s certainly not the position of the Catholic Church. The Church has no expertise in how the particulars of a health system should operate. And there are many ways the state can carry out this responsibility….

FOX NEWS: House Chaplain Prays to Exorcise ‘All Spirits of Darkness … At Play In the People’s House’

By Gregg Re, Chad Pergram, Fox News – After several chaotic and historic days on Capitol Hill, the chaplain of the House of Representatives opened the legislative day Thursday with a prayer to cast out “all spirits of darkness from this chamber.”.. “This has been a difficult and contentious week in which darker spirits seem to have been at play in the people’s House,” the Reverend Pat Conroy began… Then, in a dramatic moment, Conroy raised both hands and said, “In Your most holy name, I cast out all spirits of darkness from this chamber. Spirits not from You. I cast out the spirit of discouragement which deadens the hope of those who are of goodwill.

Wall Street Journal: A Coup at Planned Parenthood (‘Insufficiently Political’)

By The Editorial Board, The Wall Street Journal – Progressives are hurtling to the left so fast that even liberals in good standing are casualties of the tornado. Witness the coup this week at Planned Parenthood, which is a tacit reminder that the group is less a health-care outfit than a political lobby… The Planned Parenthood board defenestrated president Leana Wen, a physician who had been on the job for less than a year. What happened? By Dr. Wen’s account she was pushed out because she wasn’t radical enough on abortion.

US Secretary of State: Religious Freedom Matter to Billions of World’s People, by Jim Fair

By Jim Fair, Zenit – “The astounding growth proves a simple matter,” according to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “It proves that religious freedom matters to literally billions of people all around the world. Look around you. Religious freedom isn’t just a Christian concern, a Jewish concern, a Muslim concern, a Buddhist concern, a Hindu concern, or a humanist concern. It’s all of our concern; it is everyone’s concern.”

Omar Poses More Problems for Dems With BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) Push

By Chad Groening, OneNewsNow – “It is very sad,” Gary Bauer says of Omar, the freshman Minnesota congresswoman whose remarks about American Jews, Israel, and the 9/11 attacks have created headaches for Democratic leaders in recent months… Omar is drawing new attention this week after introducing a resolution supporting the BDS — Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions — movement against Israel and comparing BDS to other boycotted countries such as Nazi Germany, South Africa, and the Soviet Union.

Isn’t Abortion Protected by the Constitution? by Brian Clowes

By Brian Clowes, Ph.D., Human Life International – In the 1960s, revolution ― especially of the sexual variety ― permeated the air, wafting even into the hallowed chambers of the Supreme Court of the United States.  The justices set about finding a means by which they could enact a far-reaching liberal agenda, and concluded that extending the right to privacy beyond its natural and legitimate dimensions would be the ideal means for accomplishing this objective.

‘The Squad’ Deserves Trump’s Ire, by Nate Jackson

By Nate Jackson, Patriot Post – After Trump’s weekend tweets, we argued — contrary to the prevailing Beltway political “wisdom” — that Trump was deliberately uniting Democrats behind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley (collectively known as “The Squad”) for the simple reason that they are anti-American radical leftists who are unattractive to most voters.

Judge Upholds David Daleiden’s 1st Amendment Right to Expose Planned Parenthood Aborted Baby Part Sales, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – David Daleiden, CMP founder and project lead, told LifeNews: “Now that all the facts, evidence, and testimony are in, even Planned Parenthood’s favorite judge refuses to buy into the abortion giant’s fake news and lies about the honest motives and protected speech of pro-life citizen journalists. Planned Parenthood is a government-sponsored crime syndicate selling baby body parts like widgets on an assembly line and should only appear in federal court as a criminal defendant.”

‘Racism’: A Cliché Fastened to a Dying Animal, by David Catron

By David Catron, American Spectator – It’s increasingly obvious that the Democratic Party is moribund and that its members know it. In a desperate attempt to survive, they have declared war on a chimera called “racism,” which they insist is endemic to American culture. Left-wing Democrats call centrist members of their own caucus racist for voting their conscience. Freshman Democrats accuse the Speaker of the House of racism for requesting that they behave with decorum. All Democrats insist that all Republicans are racists….

Wake Up, Parents, to Left Stealing Your Kids, by Charlie Butts, Billy Davis

By Charlie Butts, Billy Davis, OneNewsNow – Democratic lawmakers in Illinois want to help girls sneak into abortion clinics and keep their parents in the dark, but a pro-life activist says the issue is about more than one controversial law… A 1995 law bars minors from getting an abortion without parental notification but now a proposal in the General Assembly would drop the old law entirely despite a “judicial bypass” option that is also on the books… “This is going to be for every girl,” she warns. “And actually, since we already are the abortion Mecca of the Midwest, this would allow sex traffickers [and] predators to bring young minor girls into the state to have abortions.”

A ‘Wealth’ of Resources Available to St. Louis Women With Unexpected Pregnancies, by Mary Farrow

By Mary Farrow, CNA – With a law banning abortions after roughly eight weeks of pregnancy and one remaining abortion clinic whose licensure is being debated in court, Missouri has been described as a state “hostile” to abortion… While the state may be increasingly restricting abortions, it has numerous programs that provide a wealth of resources and support to thousands of women in need… “Our aim is for those moms who want to give life to their baby, we provide them with all sorts of alternatives (to abortion),” Michael Meehan, Executive Director of Good Shepherd Children and Family Services in St. Louis, told CNA.

A CNN ‘Hero’ Tries Blowing Up Federal Agents, Democrats are Silent … and You Want to Talk About Tweets?

By Al Perrotta, The Stream – Today’s news feeds are still filled with outrage over President Trump’s tweets suggesting the America-loathing congresswomen “go home.” (And “then come back” … a crucial line conveniently edited out of the coverage.) “The President’s a racist!” the Democrats and their media allies scream in unison… when you pay attention what “The Squad” or “Quartet of Contempt” actually says — and what they don’t say — and what their like-minded followers do there’s but one conclusion: This isn’t about race. It’s about revolution. This weekend was proof. And God help us.

Planned Parenthood Firing Leana Wen is a Reminder That It’s Just an Abortion Business, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Planned Parenthood is, first and foremost, an abortion business. And the firing of its new CEO less than a year after she was hired provides even more proof… Apparently, Wen, a doctor, was not aggressive enough in pushing Planned Parenthood’s pro-abortion agenda. Wen basically admitted as much in a public statement after her firing… “For me, as a doctor and a public health leader … providing essential primary and preventive care to millions of under-served women and families should always be the driving force of Planned Parenthood’s work,”. …

Nancy Pelosi Seeks to Nullify All Immigration Law, Urging Deportees to Thwart Court Deportation Orders

By Monica Showalter, American Thinker – Worse still, (Pelosi) says she’s using the churches to push this message out. A couple weeks ago at my Catholic church in San Diego, the priest played a strange video totally irrelevant to the Gospel read after the homily, showing the pope speaking about the importance of welcoming migrants with no cognizance of rule of law or justice. It was strange, not just for its moral blindness to any balance or justice, but also because of the pope’s role in supporting Venezuela’s dictator, Nicolás Maduro, the foremost creator of millions of refugees in the world today.

Google Shuts Down Anti-Porn Presentation by Catholic, by Bruce Walker  

By Bruce Walker, Church Militant – Catholic apologist Matt Fradd is calling Google’s recent cancellation of a talk he was scheduled to deliver an effective ban because of his outspoken adherence to Catholic beliefs… A self-described Roman Catholic apologist with more than 17,000 YouTube subscribers, Fradd told his viewers he waived his speaking fee to talk to a group of Google employees on the topic of the harmful effects of pornography…

Things Haven’t Always Been This Way, by Walter E. Williams

By Walter E. Williams, The Daily Signal – Here’s a suggestion. How about setting up some high school rifle clubs? Students would bring their own rifles to school, store them with the team coach and, after classes, collect them for practice… You say: “Williams, you must be crazy! To prevent gun violence, we must do all we can to keep guns out of the hands of kids.”.. There’s a problem with this reasoning. Prior to the 1960s, many public high schools had shooting clubs.

Texas Port of Entry Shut Down Over Threatened Migrant Rush

Breitbart Texas – Federal authorities shut down one of the international ports of entry… The incident took place at the Ciudad Acuna-Del Rio Port of Entry when over 50 officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection applied a series of security protocols to temporarily shut down vehicular traffic into Texas. According to the local radio station Rancherita Del Aire, CBP officers used heavy machinery to set up a series of concrete and metal barricades as well as barbed wire in an attempt to dissuade any migrants from rushing the border.

Parenthood Parenthood Fires CEO Leana Wen After 10 Months, Wants More Aggressive Pro-Abortion Leader, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Planned Parenthood abortion business CEO Leanna Wen has been fired after just 10 months on the job. The abortion corporation wants a more aggressively pro-abortion activist as its leader as it heads into the crucial 2020 presidential election… According to the New York Times, the Planned Parenthood board engaged in “hours of negotiations” and ultimately canned Wen, citing the need for a “more aggressive political leader.”

The Daily Signal: Red States Could Lose Big Because of the Census, Rep. Mo Brooks Explains

By Daniel Davis and Katrina Trinko, The Daily Signal – Is it fair to distribute Electoral College votes and congressional seats by counting all people, not just citizens? Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., is suing the federal government because he thinks Alabama will be hurt because of the current methodology of the census. Read his interview, posted below, or listen on the podcast…

When Politics Reshapes the Culture, by Hadley Arkes

By Hadley Arkes, The Catholic Thing – The scene: Outside the Supreme Court of the U.S. in March 2014. I was on my way to the Court to take in the oral argument in the Hobby Lobby case… The question was whether the Green family, owners of the Hobby Lobby stores – and providing already generous medical coverage to their employees – would be obliged, under Obamacare, to provide coverage for contraception and abortion. The family bore serious moral objections to abortion, reinforced by their religious convictions. Eventually, a closely divided Court would come down on the side of the Greens.

Media Bury Story of Radicalized Antifa Terrorist Killed Trying to Firebomb ICE Facility

By Tom Elliott, News Grabien – After Democrats spent weeks calling on Americans to up the pressure against agents and facilities enforcing U.S. border policy, one man attempted to firebomb an Immigration and Customs and Enforcement facility on Saturday… The man, a self-described member of Antifa, 69-year-old Willem Van Spronsen, was killed in an ensuing shootout with police… The activist was armed with a rifle, satchel, Molotov Cocktails, and flares, attempted to detonate a propane bomb to ignite nearby ICE detainment facilities.

I Went to a Socialism Conference. Here are My 6 Observations. by Jarrett Stepman

By Jarrett Stepman, The Stream – Since there’s often confusion as to what socialism really is, I decided to attend the Socialism 2019 conference at the Hyatt Hotel in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend… The conference, which had the tag line “No Borders, No Bosses, No Binaries,” contained a cross-section of the most pertinent hard-left thought in America… The walls of the various conference rooms were adorned with posters of Karl Marx and various depictions of socialist thinkers and causes.

Pelosi’s Got the Upper Hand, by Chad Groening

By Chad Groening, OneNewsNow – A conservative pundit and former Republican leader says the feud between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and upstart freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will continue to grow… Pelosi (D) recently went on the warpath against President Trump, claiming his aim is to “make America white again.” But Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is accusing Pelosi of singling out newly-elected women of color. (Pelosi’s) feud intensified with Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) following the four leftists’ opposition to the border funding bill.

Abby Johnson: I Went to Border to Help People. Members of Congress Were Shocked When I Asked Them to Help, Too

By Abby Johnson, Fox News – National media were covering their field trip, which reached its lowest point when aides to the Congressmen and women gave them cheap toys, which they, in turn, gave to the little kids at the respite center in front of all the cameras for the ideal photo op… They were dressed in starched suits and pressed dresses, pants, high heels, and polished shoes… I introduced myself and said we had an 18-wheeler arriving at the respite center in the next 20 minutes full of supplies for these poor people, who had nothing and needed help unloading it. I told them their cheap toys and photo op wasn’t helping these people… If they truly wanted to help, they could lend a hand in unloading the semi-truck in the 102-degree heat with all of us women who came from all over Texas to help.

Politics: Trump Fuels a Tribal War in Nancy’s House, by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan – The four — AOC, Tlaib, Pressley, Omar — have no clout in the Democratic caucus. But because of the confrontations they have caused and the controversy they have created, they have a massive media following… Paradoxically, their interests in winning cheers as the fighting arm of the Democratic Party coincide with the interests of Donald Trump. He entertains and energizes his base by answering in kind their attacks on… He is now assuming the old “America! Love it or Leave it!” stance in going after the four women as anti-American ingrates.

The ‘Justice Democrats’ Have Stormed the Bastille, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – So now San Francisco liberal Rep. Nancy Pelosi is fighting off reckless charges of “racism” from her fellow Democrats. Like Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responds to the slightest criticism of her policies by smearing critics as bigots… First the left finds a poster girl who belongs to a designated “victim” group. Then it treats her policies and person as suddenly sacrosanct. That is, literally sacred, by the tenets of the new religion of Intersectionalism.

Leading Cause of Death Worldwide in 2018, Killing 42 Million People: ABORTION, by Bethany Blankley

By Bethany Blankley, The Hayride – According to a new report produced by Worldometers.info, the leading cause of death worldwide of human beings in 2018 was abortion– killing 42 million people… The independent site collects data from governments and other reputable organizations, reports data with estimates and projections… Breitbart News compared the number of deaths from abortion to leading causes of death, including cancer, HIV/AIDS, traffic accidents and suicide, and found that abortions far outnumber them all.

The Political Left is Ruining Sports, by Kevin Clark

By Kevin Clark, Crisis Magazine – As expected, the U.S. Women’s National Team won the Women’s World Cup. As also expected, members of the women’s team, led by chief spokeswoman Megan Rapinoe, were known as much for their politics as for their play. Rapinoe got it going with her comment that she wasn’t going to visit the “f–ing” White House if she was invited….

Court Rules President Trump Can Defund Planned Parenthood, Will Cut Almost $60 Million in Taxpayer Funding, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The abortion chain receives about $50 million to $60 million in Title X funds annually, but that could change now that the new rules are being implemented. The administration’s changes to Title X family planning grants have angered the abortion chain Planned Parenthood, prompting a lawsuit, but they provide hope for life-affirming pregnancy centers, which can now compete with the abortion giant for the federal funds

Msgr. Charles Pope: On The Sinful Census Conducted by King David

By Msgr. Charles Pope – We tend to rely too heavily on numbers, thinking that something is good, or right, or successful if a lot of people support it. Of this tendency we must be very careful. Is our power or rectitude rooted in numbers, in popularity, in profit, or in God? In calling for a count of his people, David seems to be seeking confidence in numbers rather than in God; this is a sin.

I’m Black and I Think US Flag Stands for Freedom, Not Racism by Star Parker

By Star Parker, Daily Signal – Gallup asked, “How proud are you to be an American?”.. Seventy-six percent of Republicans said “extremely proud,” compared with 22% of Democrats… Broken down by age, 63% of those over 65 said “extremely proud,” and only 24% of those 18 to 29… This tells us something about Nike’s recent move to pull its Betsy Ross flag sneakers from the marketplace, having taken guidance from its ex-football star anti-hero, now-Nike corporate spokesman, Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick claims that America’s first flag is associated with the era of slavery.

Trump’s Fight for Moral Freedom, by Bradley Eli

By Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th., Church Militant – President Donald Trump is defending the rights of all Americans to live a moral life and highlighted his fight at the recent Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC) in Washington, D.C… “We’re cherishing our nation’s religious heritage once again,” said Trump. “My administration has taken historic action to protect religious liberty. We are protecting the conscience rights of doctors, and nurses, and teachers, and groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor. We’re with them.”

How Socialism Violates All Ten Commandments, by Robert Knight

By Robert Knight, OneNewsNow – With a couple dozen Democratic presidential hopefuls vying to see who’s pinker, perhaps it’s time to contrast socialism with something more helpful and permanent: The Ten Commandments… Socialism teaches that wealth should be held in common ownership, controlled by the state. Hence, the Democrats’ constant push to have government confiscate ever more income and power… By contrast, the Bible teaches that God owns all things and that we’re merely stewards of His creation. When we look at each of the Ten Commandments, we see that they’re directly at odds with socialism.

Big Government Is Not the Answer to Climate Change, by Nicolas Loris

By Nicolas Loris, The Daily Signal – In the 1970s, Americans were told we were in a global cooling crisis and if something wasn’t done, we’d enter a new ice age… When that didn’t happen, a few decades later we were told that entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend was not reversed by the year 2000… Despite the consistent failure of these apocalyptic warnings, that hasn’t stopped climate change alarmism.

National Pro-Life Group Endorses President Trump for Re-Election: He’s “Dedicated to Advancing” Life, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNew – “As our nation celebrates Independence Day, we are proud to endorse the only presidential candidate who stands for the unalienable right to life,” said Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee told LifeNews. “From his first day in office, President Trump and his Administration have been dedicated to advancing policies that protect the fundamental right to life for the unborn, the elderly, and the medically dependent and disabled.”

“Dubia” by Card Zen on the Pastoral Guidelines of the Holy See Concerning the Civil Registration of the Clergy in China

By Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, AsiaNews – The problem is that the government has reneged on its promises to respect Catholic doctrine. In the civil registration of the clergy, it almost always requires the clergy to accept the principle of self-governance, self-support, and self-propagation of the Church in China (this could be completed with what the letter from Pope Benedict XVI says in point 7.8: “to adopt attitudes, make gestures and undertake commitments that are contrary to the dictates of their conscience as Catholics.”

Democrats Have Become the Party of Abortion and Euthanasia, by Steve McCann

By Steve McCann, American Thinker – After watching the first two Democratic Party presidential debates last week, it has become crystal-clear that there are embedded in this nation’s body politic prospective oligarchs who are overwhelming threats to the future of the nation. The Democratic Party and its puppetmasters are unquestionably a clear and present danger to the United States… The primary threat to this nation is not Donald Trump nor his supporters but an evolving autocratic oligarchy made up of the hierarchy of American Left, which includes elements of…

Self-Government Requires Self-Discipline, by Mike Huckabee

By Mike Huckabee, The Stream – One of the most common pieces of false conventional wisdom is that “the government can’t legislate morality!”… But of course, they do it all the time. We have millions of laws, just to enforce society’s consensus of what’s morally right or wrong. Liberals used to protest this, and now they’re the chief generators of morality laws, usually bans on everything they find morally offensive, including smoking, using racist words (or the “wrong” pronoun), giving someone a plastic straw, etc. etc. etc. Each law comes with loopholes that someone will try to exploit, so government adds more laws.

Trump Drops Citizenship Question After Roberts Rules — Or Does He? by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, Patriot Post – President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday, “The News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to state it differently, FAKE! We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question.”

Pastor Says Democrats Worship an “Imaginary God:” Abortion, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress slammed Democratic Party leaders for worshiping the “imaginary god” of abortion Saturday during the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference… The Democratic Party platform supports unrestricted, unregulated abortions up to birth and taxpayer-funded abortions. Despite the unpopularity of these position among voters, every major Democratic presidential candidate supports them, too… Their devotion to abortion – in defiance of most Americans’ beliefs on the issue – is almost religious in nature…

Justice Thomas: ‘SCOTUS Must Face Abortion Decisions’, by Mat Staver

By Mat Staver, Christian Newswire – Justice Clarence Thomas challenged the justices to confront the realities of what the Supreme Court “has wrought” through abortion rulings after it declined Friday to revive Alabama’s ban prohibiting dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortion… Justice Thomas joined his colleagues in deciding not to hear West Alabama Women’s Center v. Thomas Miller, but he said the Court eventually must face the consequences from its past abortion decisions. The justice said that it is “implausible” that the Constitution would protect the dismemberment of a living child.

‘Keep the Seal’: Archbishop Cordileone Urges Opposition to California Legislation Affecting Confession 

Archdiocese of San Francisco – Archbishop Cordileone asks all the faithful of the Archdiocese to contact their state Assembly representative to voice their opposition to SB360, proposed legislation that threatens the confidentiality of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. The state Senate has already approved the bill, which would take away from priests and from everyone who works with priests in parishes and Church agencies across the state the full right to confess their sins with the assurance of confidentiality.

Vatican OKs Chinese Clergy ‘Registering’ With Communist Government 

By Martin M. Barillas, LifeSiteNews – The Holy See today released “Pastoral Guidelines” to help bishops and priests decide whether registering with the Chinese government is a betrayal of their faith… According to the guidelines, Catholic clergy may comply with the communist government’s demands without betraying Catholic doctrine. The document recognizes the “complex” reality of the relations between the Vatican and China and invites laypeople not to judge their pastors’ decisions, whatever they may be. Calling on the government to refrain from intimidating faithful Catholics, the document calls for “discernment,” “patience” and “humility” in a spirit of “faith and unity.”

BBC Report Shows Disturbing Nature of China’s ‘Thought Transformation’ Camps, by Olivia Enos (Video)

By Olivia Enos Published, The Daily Signal – One interchange in the video is especially telling. The BBC reporter asks one of the men whether it was his choice to be in a political reeducation facility. “Yes,” he replies. “A policeman at my village told me to get enrolled in the school and transform my thoughts.”… The reporter also speaks to Chinese officials. Nearly every one alludes to the notion that the roughly 800,000 to 1 million people interned in Xinjiang are affected by religious extremism and in need of reeducation so that their thinking aligns with the Chinese Communist Party.

How to Restore America, by Daniel Davis and Katrina Trinko

By Daniel Davis and Katrina Trinko, The Daily Signal – For us to be present more than ever in the public square. To be involved in schools, public schools, and private schools. To be involved in government. To be in the media. To be in the culture, shaping professions. To be in the law and legal societies. To be in the permanent bureaucracy. To be a presence in the state capitals and in Washington, D.C… There’s never been a time where we have needed men and women of faith to step up and to be more involved than now.

Ben Carson Slams Abortion: It Has “Perverted the Bond Between Mother and Child Into Something Evil” by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a neurosurgeon and pro-life advocate, encouraged pro-lifers as he denounced the radical pro-abortion agenda of the left, according to the Christian Post… “They have perverted that bond [between mother and child] into something that has become evil, something that is horrible, something that is harming me and something that I have a right to kill,” Carson said… “How in the world did we as a society get to that point?” he continued. “We have to be willing to talk about these things. It is our willingness to talk about them and to stand up for people’s rights that has resulted in this becoming the nation that this has become.”

REALITY CHECK! These 8 Graphics Explain How Bad the Illegal Immigration Crisis Really Is, by Kelsey Bolar

By Kelsey Bolar, The Daily Signal – For months, Democrats denied the illegal immigration crisis at the southern border, with Sen. Chuck Schumer, flanked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, going so far as to accuse President Donald Trump of working to “manufacture a crisis, stoke fear and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration.”… The president, on the other hand, has made the situation on the southern border a top priority, in January declaring it both a “humanitarian and security crisis…”… So how bad is it?

Outrage Spurs City in Omar’s District to Reconsider Dropping Pledge (of Allegiance)

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – After a city council in Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) district unanimously voted to dump the Pledge of Allegiance from public meetings, a major backlash is spurring them to reconsider… Public outrage was triggered following the 5–0 board vote to amend proceedings on June 17, which only took a few minutes with no further discussion in the meeting room at St. Louis Park, Minnesota, located in the district of Omar – the congresswoman who was granted asylum as a Somali refugee and is notorious for her pro-Islam, anti-Semitic and anti-American rants.

Graham: Border Crisis Compromise Should Return Aid to Central America, by Cathy Burke

By Cathy Burke, Newsmax – In an interview aired Sunday on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Graham, in Turkey, said he hammered out the compromise with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif… “I spent about an hour with Speaker Pelosi and here’s the compromise,” he said. “We’ll start turning the aid back on to Central America… “It is in our national security interest to help the northern triangle nations with their economy, with their rule of law problems,” he continued. “But if you don’t turn off the magnets that attract people, which is our asylum laws, if you don’t reform them, they’ll keep coming.”

Gallup: Americans Radically Overestimate LGBT Population, LGBT Only 4.5%

By Michael W. Chapman , CNSNews – In its survey, Gallup asked, “Just your best guess, what percent of Americans today would you say are gay or lesbian?”… From the respondents’ answers, the average was 23.6%. In other words, American adults think LGBT people make up nearly 24% of the population, which is more than 5 times the real percentage of 4.5%… “Americans’ estimate of the proportion of gay people in the U.S. is more than five times Gallup’s more encompassing 2017 estimate that 4.5% of Americans are LGBT, based on respondents’ self-identification as being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender,” reported the survey firm.

Rep. Gohmert: Trump ‘Absolutely’ Has a Constitutional Duty to Enforce Immigration Laws, by Cody Leach

By Cody Leach, CNSNews – At the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, CNSNews.com asked Rep. Gohmert, “Article 2, Section 3 of the Constitution says the president ‘shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.’ Does the president have a constitutional duty to enforce the immigration laws?”… The congressman said, “Of course he does, absolutely he does. And he’s doing everything he can to try to do that. We just need a little help from the Democrats to make that happen as fully as it should. He’s doing everything he can.”

Supreme Court Lets Dismemberment Abortions Continue, Won’t Hear Alabama Case, by Claire Chretien

By Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNews – “Once again the Supreme Court has punted on abortion, this time refusing to take up Alabama’s humane law protecting unborn children from gruesome dismemberment abortions in which a child is torn apart, piece by piece,” the Susan B. Anthony List said in a statement… Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a concurring opinion in which he agreed the court shouldn’t take up the case, However, he called it a “stark reminder that our abortion jurisprudence has spiraled out of control.”

Roberts Helps Dems Rig Elections, by Michael Swartz,

By Michael Swartz, Patriot Post – With the amount of information the U.S. Census gathers every decade, it seems logical that one of the questions asked would be simply, “Are you a citizen of the United States?” Yet the very idea of asking this simple “yes” or “no” question outraged the Left — which is in a headlong rush to offer free stuff to anyone who arrives. And leftists found a judge and a Supreme Court willing to stop the Trump administration from adding this longstanding question back into the 2020 census… As speculated here earlier this month, the ever-capricious Chief Justice John Roberts was the one handed Democrats a victory with another of his weirdly contorted decisions.

University Refuses to Teach Its Students Foundation of Their Country, by Bob Kellogg, Billy Davis

By Bob Kellogg, Billy Davis, OneNewsNow – South Carolina has required students to learn about the U.S. Constitution and other important documents since 1924, but the University of South Carolina has knowingly ignored the requirement and is criticizing an updated law introduced by state Sen. Lawrence Grooms… Education watchdog Campus Reform reports a USC spokesman admitted to state legislators the university has never complied with the law and complained in particular about the required exam required for the course.

Clarity About Nationalism, Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager, The Stream – In order to make arguments for nationalism, we have to define it… The first definition in Merriam-Webster is “loyalty and devotion to a nation.” But in a second paragraph, it adds, “especially: a sense of national consciousness exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations or supranational groups.”… Let’s be clear: If the second paragraph is the only definition of nationalism, nationalism is always a bad thing…

Ohio Removes Planned Parenthood Funding From Budget, Will Fund Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers Instead, by Micaiah Bilger,

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Ohio lawmakers are nearing final passage of a budget that defunds the nation’s largest abortion provider and increases support for pregnant and parenting moms in the state… Fox News reports the Ohio Senate passed the two-year, $69 billion budget bill last week with a $1.5 million cut in funding to Planned Parenthood annually. The budget also includes $5 million for pregnancy resource centers – five times what the nonprofits have received in the past, according to the report.

Amid Abortion Referendum, Zuckerberg Asked Ireland’s Government if He Should Block American Pro-Life Ads, by Tiana Lowe

By Tiana Lowe, Washington Examiner – In a last-minute addition to the annual Aspen Ideas Festival hosted by the Aspen Institute, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage to defend his company’s decision to leave a controversial altered video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the site. He also defended his calls for the government to regulate social media… He also revealed, possibly for the first time, that during Ireland’s recent referendum on abortion he consulted with Ireland’s government (which supported legalizing abortion) about whether Facebook should block pro-life ads originating outside the tiny island nation.

Pelosi Rips Trump for What Obama Did to Kids in 2014, by Michael F. Haverluck

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hypocritically blamed President Donald Trump over conditions in the border crisis, claiming Democrats would never “put children in cages” – even though former President Barack Obama did exactly that in 2014, when it was his policies that separated illegal immigrant youth from their parents … and he built the quarters to do so.

DEM DEBATE: Democratic Candidates on Greatest Geopolitical Threat: China, Climate Change–and Trump

By Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews – Asked during Wednesday night’s debate to name the “greatest geopolitical threat to the United States right now,” ten Democrats running for the presidency offered a range of replies including China, Russia, nuclear war, climate change – and President Trump… The candidate who named Trump as the biggest threat, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, won the most enthusiastic audience reaction, although climate change and Russia were also applause lines.

The ‘Amazon Synod’: The Latest Outrage for Faithful Catholics, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – The latest of Francis’ accomplishments? The Synod on the Amazon. Historians will spill millions of words on this subject, but it boils down simply to this. Rich, corrupt German bishops with empty churches want to tell the rest of the Church how to reform itself… Since no one’s inspired by their epic, Teutonic failure, these Germans have found a strategy. Locate a bunch of quaint primitives who live “in harmony” with nature. Then hold up their hunter-gatherer lifestyle as a model of Christian life. And use the pretext of honoring their pagan culture as a stalking horse for dismantling Catholic doctrines and practices that go back to the Apostles….

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Ideological Attacks on 2 Christian Pastors, by Star Parker

By Star Parker, Daily Signal – Omar is blinded by hate for the nation to which she had the privilege of immigrating. She is blinded by the distortions of the statist ideology that, despite years of experience and tens of trillions in government expenditures to the contrary, she chooses to believe will improve impoverished lives… Two courageous Christian pastors presented themselves before the House Budget Committee as living examples that the faith and freedom that made America great is still the formula that works—even in the most difficult and challenging circumstances… We’re now entering election season. Democrats are betting they can still drown out the truth and continue to sell the same failed big-government lies to blacks.

Kennedy Combined ‘Loneliness’ and 14th Amendment, by Chad Groening, Billy Davis

By Chad Groening, Billy Davis, OneNewsNow – A pro-family activist predicts the Obergefell decision that imposed homosexual marriage on the United States will eventually receive the same legal and moral scrutiny as Roe v. Wade… June 26 marks the fourth anniversary of the Obergefell v. Hodges decision, a 5-4 ruling that found same-sex couples are guaranteed the legal right to marry by the 14th Amendment, the Equal Protection Clause in the U.S. Constitution… The ruling was predictably hailed as a historic moment for homosexuals and lesbians, who had successfully sued in numerous courts to roll back state-level efforts to defend normal, man-woman marriage.

Archbishop Viganò Confirms Allegations About Monsignor Rossi, by George Neumayer

By George Neumayer, American Spectator – “Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò is confirming that, as papal nuncio, he received complaints of homosexual predation and harassment by Msgr. Walter Rossi, rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.,” reports Christine Niles of Church Militant… Speaking to the Italian journalist Marco Tosatti recently, Viganò said, ”Monsignor Rossi is, without a doubt, a member of the ‘gay mafia.’ You can read about him online on The American Spectator website.”

The Seamless Garment of Socialism Will Always Mean Forced Abortion, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, a Senior Editor, The Stream – I suspect that British elites realized that they’d overplayed their hand. It was just a little too early to impose this sort of thing. Enough people still live who flew RAF planes in the Blitz to defeat a regime built openly on eugenics and euthanasia… But insofar as Britain or any other country accepts socialism, it will sooner or later take control over birth and death. Any other policy is fiscally unsound. The heirs of Margaret Sanger will revive her idea of restricting reproduction by the “unfit.”… If the State takes responsibility for all, it also will claim control.

Sunday’s Peter’s Pence Collection Supports Illegal Immigration, Lay Group Urges Boycott, by Lisa Bourne

By Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNews – A lay Catholic website is calling for a boycott of an annual collection to be held this weekend in most U.S. parishes benefitting the pope’s designated charities… Complicit Clergy is urging the boycott of the Peter’s Pence collection, which is set for June 29-30 weekend Masses, stemming from Pope Francis’ controversial use earlier this year of half a million dollars from the collection to benefit Central American migrants in Mexico who are trying to enter the U.S. illegally… “The Vatican wires half a million dollars from Peter’s Pence to aid the illegal immigrant caravan marching over the southern border of the United States,” the boycott call states.

Fr. Brian Mullady: How to Understand the Death Penalty and Development of Doctrine

By Father Brian Mullady, OP, EWTN News – So today, members of the CDF maintain that the change wrought in the Catechism concerning capital punishment is a genuine development of doctrine caused by a better grasp of the dignity of the human person in modern society. If the Pope and the CDF wish to pursue the abolition of the death penalty on circumstantial grounds, that is fine. However, one may legitimately disagree with them as to the prudential nature of this pursuit. Cardinal Ratzinger expressed this fact when he was head of the CDF in a letter to the U.S. bishops’ conference…

Trump Signs Executive Order to Help Americans Find Low-Cost Health Care: “The Opposite of Obamacare” by Evie Fordham

By Evie Fordham, LifeNews – Pres. Trump signed an executive order he called “the opposite of Obamacare” that directs the DHHS to create rules increasing transparency in health care pricing Monday… “We will empower patients with the information they need to search for the lowest cost and highest quality care,” Trump said at the White House Monday afternoon, adding the executive order’s goal is to “put American patients first.”.. “People have no idea how big it is. Some people say bigger than health care itself. … For too long it’s been virtually impossible for Americans to know the real price and quality of health care services and the services they receive,” Trump continued.

Report: Google Doing All It Can to ‘Prevent’ A Trump Repeat in 2020, by Jody Brown

By Jody Brown, OneNewsNow – An undercover video just released as part of a report on one of the largest technology companies in the world indicates the corporate Goliath is bent on never letting somebody like Donald Trump come to power again… “We all got screwed over in 2016, again it wasn’t just us, it was, the people got screwed over, the news media got screwed over, like, everybody got screwed over so we’re rapidly been like, what happened there and how do we prevent it from happening again.”

Russian Warship Docks in Havana as Moscow Warns the US That the Build-Up of Weapons in Europe Could Spark a Repeat of the Cuban Missile Crisis

By Chris Dyer for DailyMail.com and Reuters – Washington’s deployment of land-based missile systems near Russia’s borders could lead to a standoff comparable to the Cuban missile crisis, an official warned… Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov threatened an escalation ‘to the hilt’ if the weapons systems remain in place… The Kremlin has been fiercely critical of US plans to deploy missile systems in eastern Europe, and of Washington’s withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) arms control treaty… Ryabkov said: ‘If it really comes to deploying such systems on land, the situation will not just become complicated, it will escalate up to the hilt.’.. US activity in Eastern Europe has increased in recent months, with the threat of military bases springing up in the region.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: How the Gates Foundation Harms, Not Helps Human Development

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – In 2017, the Gates Foundation pledged $375 million for “family planning,” with the goal of providing contraception to 120 million women around the world, particularly in developing countries. This was merely the latest of the many hundreds of millions that the Gates Foundation has previously spent on promoting contraception. Melinda defends her foundation’s emphasis on contraception by claiming that there are hundreds of millions of women with an “unmet need” for contraception.

True the Vote Took on the IRS and Won. Its Founder Explains Why It Matters (with Podcast)

By Rob Bluey and Virginia Allen, Daily Signal – On today’s episode of The Daily Signal Podcast, we feature an interview with Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True the Vote. She explains how her organization took on the IRS and won an important victory in court.“There is power in speaking out,” says Engelbrecht. “There’s power in telling the truth boldly … even if it means that you have to say some uncomfortable things to agencies, institutes, or individuals that wield extreme power. And that was the case with the IRS.”

Why California Pastors Must Stand Up to Government Tyranny, by Michael Brown

By Michael Brown, The Stream – In the latest and most egregious example of attempted government overreach, California legislators have proposed a bill that would dictate what pastors preach from the pulpit. Specifically, “Assembly Concurrent Resolution 99 calls on ‘counselors, pastors, religious workers, educators’ and institutions with ‘great moral influence’ to stop perpetuating the idea that something is wrong with LGBT identities or sexual behavior.

SCOTUS Gives Limited Victory to Christian Bakers in Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case, by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, National Catholic Register – The U.S. Supreme Court granted a victory Monday for Aaron and Melissa Klein, bakers who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple due to their religious beliefs… The Supreme Court ordered the Oregon Court of Appeals to revisit its prior ruling against the couple in light of the high court’s ruling in favor of Christian baker Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, who had similarly declined to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

UN Poised to Launch Global Ban On All Criticism of Islam, by Michael F. Haverluck

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – Nations belonging to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and other governments adhering to Shariah law across the world are ramping up their new campaign with the United Nations to prohibit all speech that Muslims consider offensive… “Islamist nations … long have sought a determination from the United Nations that any criticism of Islam or Muslims is ‘Islamophobia’ and banned globally,’” WND reported, noting that with 57 members, the OIC represents the largest voting bloc in the U.N…

What About Reparations for Roe and 62 Million Aborted Babies? by Ryan Bomberger

By Ryan Bomberger, LifeNews – Reparations. Like every other issue for the Socialist—whoops—Democrat Party, it’s one steeped in massive pandering, misinformation, class warfare, racism, and lunacy… I’m black. And white. So would the white side of me have to pay the black side of me?… Everyone is a victim… Remember when LeBron complained about NFL owners having a “slave mentality?” Yes. Please. Sign me up for that plantation. Last time I checked, slaves weren’t paid a dime, let alone millions, for playing with a ball… But some people cannot leave the ideological plantation.

US Bishops Give $750,000 Grant to Group Pushing Homosexuality, LGBT Propaganda, by Michael Hichborn

By Michael Hichborn, Lepanto Institute – The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), an anti-poverty agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), is providing a $750,000 grant to the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) over the next three years. Announcing the grant on its website, ISN president Christopher Kerr said, “The Ignatian Solidarity Network staff and board are grateful for the support of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.”

The Supreme Court Has a Chance to Uphold School Choice and Religious Liberty

By Jamie Gass and Ben Degrow, The Hill – The Supreme Court of the United States is expected to decide whether to hear Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, a case that reveals the harm a state constitutional amendment marked by religious bias can do to families… Kendra Espinoza, who suddenly became a single mom, sought a better education for her daughters. In their public schools, one daughter was bullied and the other struggled academically. Both later would thrive in parochial school… After the Montana Supreme Court struck down her state’s education tax credit program, Espinoza was denied access to scholarships her children badly needed…

Sex-Ed Guidelines Designed to ‘Severely Desensitize’ Pre-Teens, by Bob Kellogg

By Bob Kellogg, OneNewsNow – Linda Harvey of Mission: America contends that games such as this are meant to create anarchy in America. “Getting 10-year-olds to handle condoms [and] put condoms on male, anatomical models is just one way to severely desensitize them and normalize sex in all kinds of directions…”… According to Harvey, the school may send in a Planned Parenthood representative to take over if a teacher chooses not to teach the curriculum. She says the children “will be lied to” if that happens… “And then there’s also, of course, the money issue,” Harvey continues. “There’s a lot of money coming into these promoters of sexually explicit sex-education lessons.”

Missouri Abortion Clinic Licensing Fight Due Back in Court, by Rachel del Guidice

By Rachel del Guidice, The Daily Signal – Planned Parenthood and the state of Missouri are still at odds over whether or not the state’s only remaining abortion clinic will be allowed to stay open… The state of Missouri says that it won’t renew the license of the St. Louis abortion clinic after three failed abortions that resulted in “additional surgeries and another led to life-threatening complications for the mother, according to a now-sealed court filing that Planned Parenthood alleges state officials made public in violation of patient-privacy laws”

U.S. Holds All the Cards in Showdown With Iran, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, Patriot Post – In May 2018, the Donald Trump administration withdrew the U.S. from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, popularly known as the Iran nuclear deal… The U.S. then ramped up sanctions on the Iranian theocracy to try to ensure that it stopped nuclear enrichment. The Trump administration also hoped a strapped Iran would become less capable of funding terrorist operations in the Middle East and beyond, proxy wars in the Persian Gulf, and the opportune harassment of ships transiting the Strait of Hormuz… The sanctions are clearly destroying an already weak Iranian economy. Iran is now suffering from negative economic growth, massive unemployment and record inflation.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Pres. Trump Can Defund PP, Will Cut Almost $60 Million in Taxpayer Funding, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – A federal appeals court today ruled President Donald Trump can partially defund planned Parenthood while the abortion business’ lawsuit against his administration’s new rules moves forward.As LifeNews reported in March, the Trump administration finalized an administrative rule that would partially defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business and deprive it of as much as $60 million in taxpayer dollars. This action adds to President Trump’s record of defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion company.

WATCH: NFL Legend Burgess Owens Says Democrats Should Pay Reparations, by Dylan Gwinn

By Dylan Gwinn, Breitbart – NFL legend and Super Bowl Champion Burgess Owens, does not agree with the Democrats about much. However, he does agree with them about reparations, except he believes the Democrats should be the only ones who have to pay them… During stirring testimony in front of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Reparations, Owens blasted the Democratic Party “for all the misery” they’ve brought to blacks; citing everything from the party’s support of slavery, the KKK, Jim Crow laws, and abortion.

University of California Attacks Trump Administration’s Restriction on Fetal Tissue Research, Tom Ciccotta

By Tom Ciccotta, Breitbart – University of California System President Janet Napolitano released a statement condemning the Trump administration over new restrictions on fetal tissue research. UCSF, which lost a $2 million federal contract for fetal tissue research, says the decision is not based on “sound science.”… The New York Times reported earlier this month that the Trump administration had adopted a restriction on fetal tissue research. The restrictions also marked the end of a $2 million annual contract with the University of California San Francisco for fetal tissue research…

Iran Understands Power and Trump Understands Iran, by Chad Groening

By Chad Groening, OneNewsNow – A longtime conservative activist is praising President Donald Trump for staking out a tough stance against the Islamic Republican of Iran… “Countries with governments like Iran only understand one thing and that’s strength,” Gary Bauer.. Bauer, a former Reagan official who leads American Values, was reacting to the drone attacks on container ships in the Persian Gulf… That incident is just the latest example of escalating tension in the region after the Pentagon warned U.S. armed forces of credible threats linked to Iran in recent weeks.

The Pursuit of Happiness Rightly Understood, by Justin Dyer

By Justin Dyer, Public Discourse – C.S. Lewis did concede that the idea of a right to the pursuit of happiness is “cherished by all civilized men, but especially by Americans.” However, the authors of the American Declaration of Independence, according to Lewis, could only have meant that we have a right “‘to pursue happiness by all lawful means’: that is, by all means which the Law of Nature eternally sanctions and which the laws of the nation shall sanction.”

Is the White House Plotting an End-Run Around Congress Into Iran? by Heather Brandon-Smith

By Heather Brandon-Smith, The American Conservative – After an earlier closed-door briefing on May 21 by interim defense secretary Patrick Shanahan, Congressman Ruben Gallego told reporters [2], “What I heard in there makes it clear that this administration feels that they do not have to come back and talk to Congress in regards to any action they do in Iran.”… This makes what’s been happening on Capitol Hill today all the more urgent. This month could mark the first time a chamber of the U.S. Congress has moved to repeal the 2001 AUMF, which has been used by three presidents to keep the U.S. in a state of war for nearly 18 years.

Trump on The Democratic Party: ‘More Radical, More Dangerous, And More Unhinged’, by Patrick Goodenough

By Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews – The Democratic Party “has become more radical, more dangerous, and more unhinged than at any point in the modern history of our country,” President Trump said on Tuesday night… In a no-holds-barred speech in Orlando, Florida kicking off his re-election campaign, Trump lashed out at the Democratic Party, hitting it particularly hard on the issue of border security… “No matter what label they use, a vote for any Democrat in 2020 is a vote for the rise of radical socialism and the destruction of the American dream”…

33 States Have Passed 479 Pro-Life Laws in the Last 10 Years Protecting Babies From Abortion

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – A new report from the Guttmacher Institute shows how pro-life advocates can make a difference when they elect pro-life leaders to office… Since 2011, state lawmakers have passed a record 479 abortion restrictions in 33 states, according to Guttmacher, the former research arm of Planned Parenthood. To put that number into perspective, states have passed 1,271 pro-life laws since 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade, the report states. This means more than one third of all pro-life laws in the U.S. have been approved in the past decade.

Did Your Child Return From College a Better Person? by Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager, The Stream – When assessing America’s or any of the Western world’s universities — wondering whether you should send your child to one; whether you should pay for a child to attend one; whether you should go into great debt to attend one; whether you should donate money to one; and related questions — it would seem that the single most important question to be answered is: What type of person does the university produce?

Archbishop Viganò Confirms Allegations About Monsignor Rossi, by George Neumayr

By George Neumayr, The American Spectator – “Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò is confirming that, as papal nuncio, he received complaints of homosexual predation and harassment by Msgr. Walter Rossi, rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.,” reports Christine Niles of Church Militant… Speaking to the Italian journalist Marco Tosatti recently, Viganò said, ”Monsignor Rossi is, without a doubt, a member of the ‘gay mafia.’ You can read about him online on The American Spectator website.”

These Abortion Survivors Have a Message for Planned Parenthood’s Leana Wen

By Mary Margaret Olohan, Daily Caller – Several states have enacted abortion legislation in the past year hoping the Supreme Court will revisit its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and other pro-choice advocates have spoken against restrictive abortion laws… Leana Wen became president of Planned Parenthood of America in November 2018. Since then, she has advocated strongly for unrestricted access to abortion and fought back against new abortion regulations… But these adults whose lives have been impacted by the abortion industry want Wen to know that their lives, and the lives of their unborn children, are of value.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Extreme Elites Vs. Real Pro-Life Middle America

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – Poll after poll has found that most Americans are deeply divided over abortion. One recent poll, for instance, found that a solid 50% of Americans say that, in general, abortion is “morally wrong,” whereas only 42% said that it is “morally acceptable.” Another recent poll found that almost 80% of Americans oppose abortion in the third trimester. Yet another poll this year found that 75% of Americans favor restricting abortion to – at the very most – the first three months of pregnancy…

Infiltration: Real or Imagined? by William Kilpatrick

By William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine – Was there an actual penetration of the Church by agents of communism and/or Freemasonry? Marshall does name some names, and he does offer evidence, but although his evidence is not always conclusive, it is suggestive. Earlier popes were certainly worried about the influence of Masons and Modernists. Pope Leo XIII published four encyclicals against Freemasonry, and Pope Pius X was convinced that Modernists had infiltrated the clergy and the seminaries.

After HHS Decision on Aborted Fetal Tissue, Will Ethical Vaccines Get a Boost? by Peter Jesserer Smith

By Peter Jesserer Smith, WorldProNews – As part of its push to eliminate or greatly restrict federal funds involved with fetal-tissue research, the Trump administration canceled a medical research contract with the University of California, where fetal cells were infused with mouse immune systems… “Promoting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death is one of the very top priorities of President Trump’s administration,”… The announcement may give hope for Catholics that the time has come to push for the development or distribution of ethical vaccines whose source cells did not involve the taking of a human life by abortion.

Pope Francis on Global Warming: ‘Time is Running Out!’, by CNSNews Staff

By CNSNews.com Staff – the pope explained … “This second Dialogue is taking place at a critical moment. Today’s ecological crisis, especially climate change, threatens the very future of the human family. This is no exaggeration. For too long we have collectively failed to listen to the fruits of scientific analysis and “doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony or disdain” (Laudato Si’, 161). Any discussion of climate change and the energy transition must be rooted, then, in “the results of the best scientific research available today, letting them touch us deeply”…

Bishop Paprocki Calls on Catholic Politicians to Take Sides, by John M. Grondelski (Watch interview)

By John M. Grondelski, Crisis Magazine – Thomas Paprocki, the bishop of Springfield (the state capital of Illinois), has issued a decree barring the Illinois State Senate President and House Speaker—both ostensibly Catholics—from receiving Communion in the diocese.  The June 2 decision took place in response to enactment of abortion legislation codifying in state law an unlimited abortion liberty through birth, in the event that Roe et al. v. Wade was judicially modified.  Paprocki’s decree also states that Illinois Catholic legislators who voted for the bill should also not receive Communion until they first are “reconciled to Christ and the Church.”

Cdl. Cupich Defends Giving Holy Communion to Pro-Abortion Politicians, by Martin M. Barillas

By Martin M. Barillas, LifeSiteNews – Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago defended giving Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians, saying, “I think it would be counterproductive to impose sanctions, simply because they don’t change anybody’s minds.”… Cardinal Cupich expressed his position in the wake of Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois barring pro-abortion legislators from receiving the sacrament of Holy Communion.

EPIC FAIL: Bishops Policing Bishops, Washington Post

The Washington Post – “The bishops are the ones making the conclusions,” said Anne Burke, an Illinois Supreme Court justice who chaired the church’s National Review Board when the sexual abuse crisis first erupted in 2002. She called the new system enacted on Thursday “a fallacy.”“There should be no intermediary — call the police,” she said. “There should be one interview, by professionals.”

Pope Francis Urges Carbon Penalties to Avert Climate ‘Catastrophe’, by Thomas D. Williams

By Thomas D. Williams, PH. D., Breitbart – Pope Francis warned of disastrous consequences if humanity does not immediately react to the threat of climate change, since the world has reached a “critical moment” and there is no time to waste… “Dear friends, time is running out!” the pope told a group of participants in a Vatican-sponsored conference on energy transition Friday. “We cannot afford the luxury of waiting for others to come forward or of prioritizing short-term economic benefits. The climate crisis requires decisive action from us, here and now.”

Texas Town 1st in Nation to Ban Abortion, Declares Itself ‘Sanctuary City for the Unborn’, by Dr. Susan Berry

By Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart – The law, which takes effect September 1, bars local governments from contracting in any way with abortion providers, and blocks cities from advocating for them… The resolution declaring Waskom a “sanctuary city for the unborn” was modeled after one passed in Roswell, New Mexico, though Waskom’s ordinance makes it the first city in the nation to actually ban abortions… Mark Lee Dickson, Right to Life East Texas director, told Fox News he became frustrated when lawmakers in Austin failed to pass “meaningful legislation that protects human life.”

Cdl. Cupich’s Rationales for Not Taking Canonical Action Against Prominent Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicos Are as Unconvincing as Ever

By Edward Peters – No one thought that Chicago’s Blase Cdl. Cupich would follow Springfield’s Bp. Thomas Paprocki’s example in calling upon Catholic state legislators, who had supported Illinois’ express attack on the basic rights of pre-born babies, to refrain from holy Communion until they repented of their evil deed (Canon 916), further directing that his ministers withhold holy Communion from two specific legislators based on their protracted and public support of such measures (Canon 915), so no one was surprised when Cupich didn’t…

Accommodating Injustice, by Darel E. Paul

By Darel E. Paul, First Things – In his advice to princes, Niccolò Machiavelli observed, “there are two kinds of fighting: the one with laws, the other with force.” The travails of long-suffering Colorado baker Jack Phillips prove Machiavelli’s maxim correct. In Colorado, public accommodations law has little to do with justice and a lot to do with fighting… Last week a private legal suit was filed in Colorado District Court against Jack Phillips, proprietor of the Denver-area bakery Masterpiece Cakeshop. This is the third suit in seven years charging Phillips with discriminatory business practices.

Russiagate Is No Watergate, by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan – “History is repeating itself, and with a vengeance,” John Dean told the judiciary committee, drawing a parallel between Watergate, which brought down Richard Nixon, and “Russiagate” which has bedeviled Donald Trump… But what strikes this veteran of Nixon’s White House is not the similarities but the stark differences… Watergate began with an actual crime, a midnight break-in at the offices of the DNC in June 1972 to wiretap phones and filch files, followed by a cover-up that spread into the inner circles of the White House.

Democrats Vote to Force Doctors and Nurse to Participate in Abortions, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – As LifeNews reported in May, President Donald Trump issued new rules that further protect doctors, nurses and medical professionals who don’t want to be forced to do abortions or refer for them. Trump announced new regulations through the Department of Health and Human Services that will more effectively enforce existing federal laws that protect the conscience rights of healthcare providers… While the Trump Administration released new rules last month designed to protect them from being forced to violate their conscience, Democrats in Congress think otherwise.

Don’t Subsidize the Taking of Innocent Life, Archbishop Says of Attempts to Repeal Hyde Amendment, by Matt Hadro

By Matt Hadro, CNA – The Hyde Amendment is named for the late Rep. Henry Hyde (D-IL), who sponsored the amendment that was first enacted in 1976, and which prevents taxpayer funding of abortions except in cases of rape or incest. The amendment has passed every year since 1976 as an attachment to spending bills, with bipartisan support… A 2016 study by the pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research arm of the Susan B. Anthony List, estimated that the amendment has saved over two million lives – or more than 60,000 people per year.

Sanders’s Socialist Snake Oil, by Nate Jackson

By Nate Jackson, Patriot Post – Bernie Sanders gave what he billed as a big speech Wednesday extolling the “virtues” of democratic socialism. As Mark Alexander wrote on the centennial of the Bolshevik takeover of Russia in 2017, “Between 1917 and 1991, there were almost 150 million civilian casualties of communist dictatorships.” But not to worry; Bernie says they’ve all just been doing it wrong and we should trust him to get socialism right.

LifeNews: 9 States Now Allow Killing Babies Up to Birth After Illinois Legalized All Abortions

By Steven Ertelt, Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Illinois’s new pro-abortion law has drawn outrage from all across the country. It strips away all legal protections for unborn babies and allows them to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth… But Illinois is not alone… Eight other states also allow unborn babies to be aborted through all nine months of pregnancy and some have done so for years… The states are Alaska, Colorado, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Vermont, along with Washington, D.C. This fact is confirmed by the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research group and former arm of Planned Parenthood.

Making Abortion Unsafe and Legal, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – Just days ago the head of Planned Parenthood was saying that before Roe v. Wade, thousands of women died each year because of substandard abortions. (There is zero evidence to support that claim, but it was dutifully relayed by the compliant mainstream media.) How is it, then, that a bid to reduce medical standards for the procedure is classified as a measure to protect women’s health?

Texas City Bans Abortion Clinics, Declares Itself a “Sanctuary for the Unborn”, A Preventive Measure

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Members of a Texas city council declared their home a “sanctuary city for the unborn” Tuesday in a unanimous vote… KETK News reports leaders of Waskom, an eastern Texas city, said their pro-life ordinance is a preventive measure that they hope will keep abortion businesses out of their area… Waskom is not far from the border of Louisiana, which recently passed a law banning abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable. City leaders said they do not want abortion businesses to try to open in their city to attract women from across the border.

Woke Capitalism: Big Business Pushing Social Justice Issues, by Rachel Alexander

By Rachel Alexander, The Stream – Some of the top brands are now pushing social justice themes as part of their products and advertising. Not content with selling their products to a wide variety of people, big businesses now try to sell something else: Social justice. They want you to get woke when you pull out your wallet… The businesses apparently don’t care about upsetting a large portion of their customers.

Review Board Chairman Rues US Bishops’ Failure to Prod Holy See on McCarrick, Calls for Rejection of ‘Metropolitan Option’, posted by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – Addressing the June 2019 USCCB general assembly, Francesco Cesareo, chairman of the national Review Board, urged the bishops to adopt truly independent audits of diocesan anti-abuse efforts, to hold bishops to the same accountability standards as other clerics, and to have lay review boards, rather than metropolitan archbishops, investigate abuse allegations against bishops. He lamented the bishops’ failure to pass a resolution at their November meeting that would have called on the Holy See to release its documentation on Theodore McCarrick.

We’re Facing Civil War, Because We Don’t Agree on What America Is About, by Michael Liccione

By Michael Liccione, Ph.D., The Stream – We’re facing civil war. The mutual enmity grows daily. Read the news. Listen to party leaders. Just look at your Facebook feed. Where does this come from? Red and blue America no longer agree on what America is about. There’s no consensus about the philosophical and moral premises of the Union… If that’s true, we can’t just muddle through. We must now ask: What kind of polity are we going to be? What kind of nation? What kind of people? Because if we don’t ask, and answer it well, we may find ourselves fighting each other.

As Bishops Gather in Baltimore, Prosecutors (in 20 States) Step Up Scrutiny of Church

AP, By Juliet Linderman, Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza – Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Michigan to New Mexico this month, attorneys general are sifting through files on clergy sex abuse, seized through search warrants and subpoenas at dozens of archdioceses… They’re looking to prosecute, and not just priests. If the boxes lining the hallways of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s offices contain enough evidence, she said, she is considering using state racketeering laws usually reserved for organized crime… For decades, leaders of the Roman Catholic Church were largely left to police their own. But now, as American bishops gather for a conference to confront the reignited sex-abuse crisis this week, they’re facing the most scrutiny ever from secular law enforcement.

Fr. George W. Rutler: The Strange Case of Dr. Biden and Mr. Hyde

By Fr. George W. Rutler, Crisis Magazine – On June 5, Biden had a campaign spokesman reiterate his longstanding support of the Hyde Amendment which, passed by Congress in 1977, prevented federal funding for abortions save for pregnancies caused by rape, incest, and considerations of risk to the life of the mother… A day after affirming the Hyde Amendment, Biden gave a speech in Atlanta in which he repudiated the Hyde Amendment, while simultaneously insisting that he was not rejecting his previous position on abortion funding, and adding that he would make “no apologies for the last position.”

Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott Signs Bill Legalizing Abortions Up to Birth, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed a radical pro-abortion bill into law Monday, allowing unborn babies to be aborted for any reason up to birth… The Republican governor said the new law simply affirms legalized abortions in Vermont — “protecting reproductive rights and ensuring those decisions remain between a woman and her health care provider.”… pro-life leaders said the law really protects the abortion industry, not women… “By putting his signature on H. 57, Governor Phil Scott endorses unlimited, unregulated abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy,” said Mary Hahn Beerworth, Ex. Dir. of Vermont Right to Life. “His signature signals his preference for protecting the business of abortion over other life-affirming options in Vermont statute.

Texas Prohibits Cities From Doing Business With Abortion Providers Like Planned Parenthood, by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has signed legislation that forbids localities from doing business with Planned Parenthood or any other abortion business, enacting what is said to have been one of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s top legislative priorities… Senate Bill 22 forbids city and county governments from “enter[ing] into a taxpayer resource transaction with an abortion provider or an affiliate of an abortion provider,” such as reduced tax or lease agreements, except as specifically required by federal law. It also bars localities from engaging in “advocacy or lobbying on behalf of the interests of an abortion provider or affiliate.”

Patrick J. Buchanan: Are Abortion & Gay Rights American Values?

What are these “values” of which politicians incessantly talk? Are they immutable? Or do they change with the changing times?… “My religion defines who I am. And I’ve been a practicing Catholic my whole life,” said Vice President Joe Biden in 2012. “I accept my church’s position on abortion as … doctrine. Life begins at conception. … I just refuse to impose that on others.”… For four decades, Biden backed the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of the tax dollars of Joe’s fellow Catholics to pay for what they view as the killing of the innocent unborn… Last week, Joe flipped…

CNA: Archbishop Chaput: Abortion a Perverse ‘Sacrament’ for Democratic Party Leaders

Catholic News Agency – In his June 10 column, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia slammed Biden, a Catholic, for kowtowing to party politics rather than defending his religious beliefs… “The unborn child means exactly zero in the calculus of power for Democratic Party leaders, and the right to an abortion, once described as a tragic necessity, is now a perverse kind of ‘sacrament most holy,’” Chaput said. “It will have a candidate’s allegiance and full-throated reverence…or else.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Pro-Life Bill Banning Planned Parenthood Funding

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed a pro-life bill that would ban local governments from funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business, which kills over 330,000 unborn babies in abortions every year… Abbott signed SB 22, the No Taxpayer Dollars to Abortion Providers Act. which protects taxpayers from subsidizing abortion companies and their affiliates through state and local tax dollars. Officials with Texas Right to Life, which supported the legislation, say the new law marks “the next step in removing all public funds from the abortion industry.”

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: A New Kind Of Sacrament

Archbishop Chaput, CatholicPhilly – Speaking at the University of Notre Dame in October 2016, just a few weeks before a national election that seemed sure to put a second Clinton in the White House, I noted that… [Q]uite a few of us American Catholics have worked our way into a leadership class that the rest of the country both envies and resents. And the price of our entry has been the transfer of our real loyalties and convictions from the old Church of our baptism to the new “Church” of our ambitions and appetites. People like Nancy Pelosi, Anthony Kennedy, Joe Biden and Tim Kaine are not anomalies…

NIH Fetal Experimentation Funding Sponsors Infanticide, by David Daleiden

By David Daleiden, Washington Examiner – President Trump’s pro-life administration showed transformative leadership this week, prohibiting government laboratories from trafficking in aborted baby parts and intensifying the protection of human subjects for any remaining outside “research” authorized by statute. This new, exacting oversight is crucial… National Institutes of Health… grantee Dr. Jörg C. Gerlach, an “experimental surgeon” at the taxpayer-funded University of Pittsburgh, has developed and published on a grotesque technique to harvest fresh, pristine livers from intact babies delivered alive in late-term abortions “at a gestational age of 18 to 22 weeks.”

Don’t Shoot the Bishop, by Peter Wolfgang

By Peter Wolfgang, The Stream – As my friend Jennifer Roback Morse said in an excellent Facebook post, The bishop of Providence “is one of the few bishops in the US who has said anything at all to push back against the LGBT juggernaut. Attacking him is simply not a good idea.”… Friends who’ve criticized Bishop Tobin: The role of a layman is not to relate every single issue to our disappointment with the state of the Church. Especially when a high-ranking Churchman is trying to do the right thing. Support him in his attempt to warn the Catholic faithful away from “Pride” events.

FOX News: University of Alabama Gives Back $21.5M From Donor Who Urged Alabama Boycott Over Abortion Law

By Louis Casiano, Fox News – The University of Alabama board of trustees voted Friday to give back $21.5 million from a philanthropist who urged students to boycott the school over the state’s controversial abortion law, and then promptly removed his name from the campus’ law school named in his honor.Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. said the school was punishing him for urging students to consider other educational options in the state. He pledged last