Politics

“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 year to donate $26.5 million in all over four years —  in what would have been the largest donation in the school’s 187-year history.

Why So Many Mass Shootings? Ask the Right Questions and You Might Find Out, by Dennis Prager

Given the same ubiquity of guns, wouldn’t the most productive question be what, if anything, has changed since the 1960s and ‘70s? Of course it would. And a great deal has changed. America is much more ethnically diverse, much less religious. Boys have far fewer male role models in their lives. Fewer men marry, and normal boy behavior is largely held in contempt by their feminist teachers, principals and therapists. Do any or all of those factors matter more than the availability of guns?

Susan B. Anthony List President: ‘Abortion Extremists Are Giving Us an Unlikely Gift’

By Melanie Arter, CNSNews – Abortion extremists are giving us an unlikely gift,” Susan B. Anthony List President SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser told the audience at the group’s 2019 Campaign for Life Gala Wednesday night… By pushing for abortion on demand up to and after birth, they have “unleashed a tidal wave of pro-life momentum,” which led to the advancement of pro-life bills in states like Alabama, Missouri, and more, Dannenfelser said… “Going into 2020, abortion extremists are giving us an unlikely gift. They know the Roe regime is rapidly unwinding and coming to an end. They are overreaching,” she said.

Time to Take the Lead, by R.R. Reno

By R.R. Reno, First Things – David French v. Sohrab Ahmari. It’s not a prize fight. It’s a debate about the future of American conservatism. So argues Ross Douthat, and he’s right… will the Right become relevant again in a society fractured by the global economy, demoralized by cultural deregulation, and misruled by a clueless elite? Douthat gives an accurate account of the ambitions of those of us frustrated by the classical-liberal, limited government conservative establishment. His analysis expresses well my own goals and the direction of First Things… Religious and social conservatives, not classical liberals and libertarians, need to lead American conservatism. Our society is driven by identity politics.

Mexico Steps Up Illegal Immigration Enforcement After Trump’s Tariff Threat, by Jason Hopkins

By Jason Hopkins, Daily Caller – The Mexican government is showing signs of increased illegal immigration enforcement and cooperation with their U.S. counterparts following President Donald Trump’s tariff threats… Around 200 Mexican law enforcement officials blocked a U.S.-bound caravan Wednesday. The caravan, made up of about 1,000 Central American migrants, was heading north on a highway near the town of Metapa. Mexican police and immigration agents even went so far as to wrestle some of the migrants to the ground when they refused to comply…

Louisiana Legislature Passes Constitutional Amendment Confirming There’s No Right to Abortion, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Louisiana voters will have the opportunity to amend their state constitution to ensure no activist judges find a “right” to abortion in the state… On Wednesday, the Louisiana legislature passed the Love Life Amendment, a state constitutional amendment that will be on the ballot in November 2020, The Advocate reports… The measure would add language to the Louisiana Constitution stating that there is no right to an abortion or taxpayer funding for abortions. The bill had to pass the state legislature by a two-thirds majority, and voters must approve it before it can be added… Its sponsor is state Rep. Katrina Jackson, a pro-life Democrat…

Why I, As a Black Pastor, Must Speak Out on Abortion, by Nathaniel Thomas

By Nathaniel Thomas, The Stream – In recent months, multiple states like Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana have passed laws to curb access to abortion… The left and the mainstream media are spinning a narrative that a draconian cabal of lawmakers is unjustly trying to take power away from women… Loud is the outrage and sharp is the criticism from women’s groups, college students, and prominent Democratic leaders… But the fact of the matter is that over 61 million babies have been aborted since Roe v. Wade in 1973. Over 19 million of those babies were African-American.

Survivors of the Sexual Revolution the Media Will Ignore During Gay Pride Month, by Jennifer R. Morse

By Jennifer Roback Morse, Daily Signal – June has been declared “Pride Month,” and we’re supposed to celebrate those “coming out” and living a “gay” life… June 12 will mark the third anniversary of the Pulse gay nightclub mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, that left 49 dead. Some will no doubt connect those two things to claim America hates people who have same-sex attraction and to make new demands for affirmation of homosexuality… But that’s not the only lesson one could draw from these events. The media will not tell you this, but in the aftermath of the Pulse massacre, some survivors began to give their lives to Jesus Christ.

Archbishop J. F. Naumann: U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman Strongly Commends Trump Administration for Discontinuing Fetal Tissue Research at NIH

By Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that it will discontinue research conducted within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) involving the use of human fetal tissue from elective abortion and it will ensure that efforts to develop ethical alternatives are funded and accelerated. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, Chairman of the U.S.C.C.B. Committee on Pro-Life Activities issued the following statement strongly commending the Trump Administration for this important pro-life action.

As Last Missouri Abortion Facility Fights to Stay Open, Ex-Workers Cite a Wider Problem, by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, National Catholic Register – A judge in St. Louis is deciding whether to issue an injunction allowing the last abortion facility in the state to remain open, amid the state health department’s refusal to renew its license due to concerns that include patient safety, failed surgical abortions and failure to obtain informed consent… And while Planned Parenthood argues that the state is targeting abortion access, some former abortion clinic workers say that the case is indicative of a larger problem that the organization has with meeting medical standards.

Opinion: Why Pro-life Incrementalism Is Dead, by Ryan Everson

By Ryan Everson, Crisis Magazine – There is a large consensus that despite being Republican appointees, Justices Kavanaugh and Roberts cannot be trusted to overturn Roe. Consequently, there is a risk for the 5-4 conservative Supreme Court majority to turn into a defeat of 4-5 or even 3-6 on abortion policy. However, the likelihood of such defeat depends upon which law is before the court. Roberts and Kavanaugh may be willing to uphold a 14-week Dilation and Evacuation abortion ban, but they are less likely to uphold Alabama’s all-out ban.

Bishop Paprocki: Communion Prohibited to Catholic Lawmakers Who Voted for Illinois Abortion Law

By Matthew E. Bunson, National Catholic Register – This week, Illinois passed the most extreme pro-abortion state legislation in America — with some Catholic lawmakers taking the lead in pushing forward this anti-life bill… In response, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, today issued a public decree communicating to his priests that all Illinois Catholic lawmakers who voted for the state’s new Reproductive Health Act, or for an earlier 2017 bill that legalized taxpayer funding of abortions, should not present themselves to receive Holy Communion in the Diocese of Springfield “without first being reconciled to Christ and the Church.”

OneNewsNow: Democratic Lawmaker: Protecting the Unborn ‘Transcends Politics’

By Chris Woodward, J.M. Phelps, OneNewsNow – Last week, Louisiana’s Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards, signed a ban on abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy – a move The Associated Press points out puts him squarely in line with the leaders of other conservative Southern states while provoking anger from members of his own party. The primary author of that “heartbeat” bill says he and other defenders of the unborn had simply had enough with the radical pro-abortion measures being enacted in other states… “The sight of members of state legislatures cheering the legalization of late-term abortions rocked the moral infrastructure of our nation to the core,” states Louisiana State Senator John Milkovich (D-District 38)

Outnumbered by Abortion Activists, Pro-Life Women Speak Out in Hearing, by Josh Shepherd

By Josh Shepherd, The Stream – On Tuesday morning, a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee hosted a hearing on abortion rights issues that addressed current controversies from multiple angles… Organized by the House Democratic majority, the hearing “Threats to Reproductive Rights in America” was called in response to recent state laws that seek to protect lives in the womb by various legislative means… Nine states have enacted pro-life laws in recent months, notably Alabama, Missouri and Louisiana — the latter led by a Democratic Governor.

President Trump Cancels $2 Million Contract to Purchase Body Parts of Aborted Babies for Research, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – President Donald Trump has canceled another contract to purchase the body parts of aborted babies for research… The Trump administration has heard the concerns of pro-life organizations and pro-life Americans upset by the news that the FDA and NIH had purchased the body parts of aborted babies for research and this is the second time a federal contract has been scrubbed… Details uncovered by CNS News in 2018 shed light on an NIH contract with University of California San Francisco, which provides money for fetal body parts to conduct experiments involving “humanized mice.”

VIDEO: Vatican’s Former Doctrine Chief: Contraception is ‘Intrinsically Bad,’ Church Can Never Allow It, by John-Henry Westen

By John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews – Cardinal Muller has been called by his detractors the “#1 enemy of the Pope” for issuing a “manifesto of Faith” that some say reads as a correction of Pope Francis. The former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has not stopped speaking out in defense of truths of the Catholic faith — now under assault from within — despite being asked to step down from his post by Pope Francis in 2017.

Hypocritical Hollywood to Boycott Georgia Over Fetal Heartbeat Bill, by Rachel Alexander

By Rachel Alexander, The Stream – Netflix was the first company to issue a statement. Other companies that followed include Warner Media, which is the parent company of Warner Bros., HBO, TBS, TNT, Disney, Viacom, CBS, Sony, AMC, the sports network STX and NBCUniversal… Disney CEO Bob Iger said, “I think many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard.”

CNA: Illinois Senate Approves Bill Declaring Abortion a ‘Fundamental Right’

Catholic News Agency – The Illinois Senate has approved an expansive abortion bill that would declare abortion to be a “fundamental right” in the state and would remove regulations on abortion clinics and doctors… Shortly before midnight on the final day of the legislative session, the Senate approved the bill by a vote of 34-20. It had passed the House last week in a 64-50 vote… The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who has indicated that he will sign it.

Contrasting New Laws in Louisiana and Illinois Highlight States’ Abortion Divide

By Lauretta Brown, National Catholic Register – Two Democratic governors, John Bel Edwards and J.B. Pritzker, exemplify the growing divide in the abortion debate as they recently backed measures, one to restrict and the other to expand abortion access… Louisiana Gov. Edwards stands out as a striking exception to the pro-abortion advocacy of his party… As the only pro-life Democratic governor in the South, he signed a heartbeat bill in his state despite immense pressure from his party nationally to do otherwise.

Yes, Conservatism And Abortion Are Mutually Exclusive, by Jeremy Frankel

By Jeremy Frankel, Daily Signal – Over the last few weeks, many states have passed legislation aimed at stopping abortion. Most recently and surprisingly, Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a bill banning abortions throughout the state once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. These heartbeat bills have now been passed in many states across the union, bringing light to the fact that life is sacred and must be protected from its earliest stages onward.

How to Make a Pro-Choice Journalist Think, by Rob Schwarzwalder

By Rob Schwarzwalder, The Stream – “Study Finds that the Press Often Favors Abortion Rights in its Coverage.” Not surprising, right? The liberal media push liberal causes. The mainstream media are well-known for being pro-abortion… That was a headline in the Los Angeles Times… from a story published July 1, 1990. Nearly 30 years ago. How times haven’t changed… The pro-life bills now working their way through various state legislatures have shocked and angered many in the mainstream media. The way the media cover the destruction of unborn lives is one of the few constants in our culture.

Barack Obama Populated the US Government With Communists, by Karin McQuillan

By Karin McQuillan, American Thinker – Joking about support for communism is not all that funny in the Obama administration. Obama’s CIA director, John Brennan, actually did vote for a communist presidential candidate. Brennan and Comey are two of the central players in the Russia Collusion Hoax… Obama chose communists and Marxists for the highest, most powerful positions in our land, including his closest political advisers and his head of the CIA. These facts are not in dispute. Most are openly admitted by the people in question, as necessary damage control. Our press chooses not to report them.

The Statistic That Shames Catholic Politicians, by Matthew Schmitz

By Matthew Schmitz, Catholic Herald – If Catholics were barred from public office, our politics might be greatly improved. Such a harsh assessment would be unthinkable if Catholic politicians had identifiably Catholic voting records, but on the whole they do not… In fact, when it comes to defending unborn life, our purportedly Catholic legislators do more evil than good… But how do these Catholic politicians actually vote? In Evangelium Vitae, St John Paul II states that every person has “the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro-life” and that responsibility for the killing of the unborn falls on “legislators who have promoted and approved abortion laws”…

AG William Barr: Trump Isn’t the One ‘Shredding Our Institutions’, by Susan Jones

By Susan Jones, CNSNews – Attorney General William Barr… said he doesn’t regret taking the job, even though he knew it would make him a target for President Trump’s political opponents… I love the Department of Justice. I love the FBI. I think it’s important that we not, in this period of intense partisan feeling, do not destroy our institutions… I think one of the ironies today is that people are saying it’s President Trump that’s shredding our institutions. I really see no evidence of that….

Bishop Tobin: Catholics Should Not Support Pride Month, by Jack Perry

By Jack Perry, Providence Journal – Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Tobin tweeted Saturday that church members should not show support for Pride Month events… “A reminder that Catholics should not support or attend LGBTQ ‘Pride Month’ events held in June. They promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals. They are especially harmful for children,” tweeted Tobin… Pride Month runs through June and is especially prominent this year, since it marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City, which served as a catalyst for the gay-rights movement.

Roe v. Wade Was Always Constitutionally Suspect, by Royal Alexander

By Royal Alexander, The Hayride – In recent weeks several states, including Alabama, Mississippi, Ohio, Georgia and, likely, soon Louisiana, will have passed new pro-life legislation. In this article I put aside the moral implications of abortion, which are myriad and profound, and focus on the Roe v. Wade decision strictly as a matter of constitutional law. That’s a question which is bound to take a central place in the American discussion as the new abortion laws wind their way through the courts.

Illinois Legislature Passes Bill Legalizing Abortions Up to Birth, Gov Pritzker Expected to Sign Bill, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews -Illinois could follow New York in approving legislation legalizing abortions up to birth. The Illinois state House rushed through a controversial pro-abortion bill that would legalize abortions for basically any reason up to birth… the state Senate passed the bill SB 25 on a 34-20 vote with three abstentions… “The people of Illinois spoke on this issue back in March when 4,000 protesters brought the Capitol to max capacity and 18,000 witness slips were filed in opposition to these bills in committee.”… “But, if there’s anything we’ve learned this week, it’s that Illinois politicians don’t care about what their constituents want – they have made that resoundingly clear”…

A Disturbing Glimpse Into the Manufacturing of Fake News, by Ken Blackwell

By Ken Blackwell, The Stream – President Trump’s enemies provided yet another disturbing glimpse of the bona fide fake news factory into which the mainstream media has morphed… Late last week, Ian Bremmer tweeted a made-up quote from President Trump. Bremmer is one of the most well-known foreign policy experts in America. He didn’t offer any hint that the statement was fake. “President Trump in Tokyo: ‘Kim Jong Un is smarter and would make a better President than Sleepy Joe Biden,’” Bremmer wrote. He provided no further context.

Trump Wants to Save China’s Muslims from Genocide, by Jason Jones

By Jason Jones, The Stream – This week the State Department’s Morgan Ortegas delivered one of the bravest statements you will ever hear from a government official. She pointed to the “victims of China’s massive campaign of repression against Uighurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities.” The statement continued: The United States is alarmed by the arbitrary and unjust detention of more than 1 million people; widespread reports of torture and cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment; ever-present, high-tech surveillance; and coerced practices contrary to people’s faiths.

Mueller’s Statement and the Law of Unintended Consequences

By Dov Fischer, American Spectator – Voters’ monthly mortgages or rent is not paid with impeachment. Nor their home insurance, life insurance, health insurance, car insurance, automobile gasoline, electric, gas, water, phone, or other utility, medical, or educational bills. Impeachment does not pay for food… This President and his party have given America a strong economy, almost full employment, record employment in the Black and Hispanic communities, steadily higher wages, a stronger military defense posture without embroiling the country in new regime-change adventures overseas, and they have made a better country with academically documented less racial bias than existed during the Wasted Obama Decade…

CALL TO PRAYER! Rev. Graham Clarifies: Prayer for Trump ‘Not an Endorsement’, by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – Franklin Graham says his call for a special day of prayer on Sunday for President Trump isn’t a call for endorsement, but instead for God’s will and purpose to be made known through the president… “This Sunday, let’s make this a focus just for him, that God would protect him,” said Graham. “If he makes a good decision, that affects all of us in a positive way; [and] if he makes a bad decision, that hurts all of us. So we need to pray that God would give him wisdom, cover him, and protect him from these enemies who want to destroy him, want to destroy his presidency, and I believe ultimately want to destroy our country.”

WaPost Calls Out Planned Parenthood President for Lie That ‘Thousands’ of Women Died Yearly Pre-Roe, by Lisa Bourne

By Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNews – Upon the Post inquiring with Planned Parenthood about Wen’s claim, the abortion giant referred the newspaper to a 2014 policy statement from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) that contained a similar unsubstantiated claim, and ACOG subsequently referred the news outlet to data that was likewise “fuzzy.”… “Wen is a doctor, and the ACOG is made up of doctors,” the Post’s principal fact checker, Glenn Kessler, wrote. “They should know better than to peddle statistics based on data that predates the advent of antibiotics.”

The Equality Act, by David Carlin

By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing – On May 17, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, by vote of 236 to 173, a bill titled the Equality Act – one of the worst bills (in my humble opinion) ever to pass either house of Congress. All the NO votes came from Republicans. The YES votes came from 228 Democrats, plus five Republicans… The Equality Act, if it becomes law, will amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964. That famous law, promoted by President Lyndon Johnson and endorsed by Martin Luther King Jr., was mainly aimed at preventing discrimination based on race. Incidentally, however, it aimed at preventing discrimination based on sex.

‘Fetal Heartbeat’ Abortion Bill Sent to Louisiana Governor, Who Will Sign It; Court Must Uphold It, by Sam Karlin

By Sam Karlin, The Advocate – Louisiana lawmakers have passed a bill that would ban abortions at about six weeks of pregnancy if upheld by the courts, sending it to the governor’s desk without exceptions for victims of rape and incest… Gov. John Bel Edwards, the only Democratic governor in the Deep South, said he will sign the bill into law… Supporters of the so-called “fetal heartbeat” legislation defeated proposed changes that would have exempted victims of rape and incest from the abortion ban in a lengthy and at times fiery debate in the state House Wednesday. Critics called the ban “unconscionable” without such exceptions.

Louisiana Legislature Passes Bill Banning Abortions When Unborn Baby’s Heartbeat Begins, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The Louisiana legislature today gave its final approval to the heartbeat bill to make it the next state to ban abortions this year – following states like Ohio, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and Missouri. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards says he will sign a bill that bans abortions when a baby’s heartbeat begins… The Louisiana House voted 79-23 to pass the pro-life bill — sending it to the governor for his signature. The House rejected an amendment that would have provided an exception to allow killing unborn babies in cases of rape or incest… The Heartbeat Bill, when it goes into effect, will prohibit abortion when a human heartbeat can be detected. An abdominal ultrasound can detect a heartbeat between eight and twelve weeks.

Bishop Paprocki, Illinois, Condemns ‘Gravely Immoral Action’ of Illinois House Passing ‘Radical’ Pro-Abortion Act

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois issued strong words against the Illinois House passing Senate Bill 25 on May 28, calling it a “gravely immoral action.”… The legislation, titled “The Reproductive Health Act,” would overhaul the state’s abortion statute. The measure passed 64-50 in the House today. Several Democrats voted against it… The act is being called the most liberal reproductive health care measure in the country… The Thomas More Society called the act “the most radical piece of abortion legislation that has ever been introduced in Illinois.”

New Interview, New Revelations Damage Pope’s Credibility, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – Yet even that outlandish suggestion is not enough to bring the Pope’s two claims into a workable alignment. Because if Archbishop Vigano had informed him, then even if the Pope somehow forgot, he could not truthfully say that he knew “nothing” about the McCarrick scandal… Archbishop Vigano, not mincing words, made his own position perfectly clear in responding to the new papal interview: “What the Pope said about not knowing anything is a lie.”

Ambulances Know Route to St. Louis Abortuary, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – The future of a St. Louis-based Planned Parenthood clinic is in the hands of a judge but pro-life activists have already reached a verdict about its reputation… After states such as Alabama and Georgia have made national headlines recently for their restrictive abortion laws, Missouri is getting national attention because the state’s only abortion clinic could be closing its doors any day now… That’s because The Show-Me State follows health and safety standards that must be followed and the clinic’s permit is set to expire Friday… Kathy Forck, a Missouri-based pro-life activist, says the St. Louis clinic has kept EMT teams busy for years, mostly due to women hemorrhaging including some life-threatening 911 calls.

SCOTUS Cases for Next Term: Religious Liberty, Guns and Possibly Abortion, by Rachel Alexander

By Rachel Alexander, The Stream – The Supreme Court is going on its regular summer break, but has already lined up a few cases to hear when it returns in the fall. And as usual, since the Supreme Court became America’s main legislator, the cases mean a lot for the future of our country… America’s founding fathers designed the Court as an umpire. Now it rules… The court will decide whether federal anti-discrimination law that bans discrimination based on sex also bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identification. The lower courts are split on this….

Pope Francis: Chinese Bishops Know They ‘Must be Good Patriots’ to Communist Regime, by Claire Chretien

By Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNews – In his recent marathon interview with a Mexican journalist, Pope Francis said “relations with China are good, very good” and that two Chinese bishops – one Vatican-appointed from the “underground” Church and one appointed by the Communist government – with whom he recently met “know that they must be good patriots.”… Pope Francis’ controversial deal with China allows the government to nominate clerics from its state-run “church,” the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, for the Vatican to make bishops… Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong has repeatedly spoken out about the Vatican-China deal, decrying it as a betrayal of the Catholic faithful in that country.

Justice Clarence Thomas: Abortion and Eugenics

Justice Clarence Thomas, SCOTUS, First Things – This case highlights the fact that abortion is an act rife with the potential for eugenic manipulation. From the beginning, birth control and abortion were promoted as means of effectuating eugenics. Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was particularly open about the fact that birth control could be used for eugenic purposes. These arguments about the eugenic potential for birth control apply with even greater force to abortion, which can be used to target specific children with unwanted characteristics.

Two Cheers for The Washington Post Fact Check on Maternal Mortality Rates, by Michael New

By Michael New, CNS News – On Tuesday, The Washington Post published an informative fact check regarding maternal mortality trends in Texas. At a House Ways and Means Committee hearing May 16th Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) claimed that the reported rate of maternal deaths in Texas doubled after funding cuts to Planned Parenthood.  Unfortunately, as The Washington Post pointed out, Congressman Beyer was relying on incorrect data.

Justice Clarence Thomas Blasts Abortion As A Tool Of Racist Eugenicists, by Madeline Osburn

By Madeline Osburn, The Federalist – The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld part of an Indiana law requiring aborted infants to be cremated or buried after an abortion. However, they sidestepped a larger ruling on abortion by deciding not to weigh in on whether a child can be aborted for their race, sex, or disability… Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a concurring opinion, in which he addressed the pro-abortion movement’s well-known history with eugenics, and how the Court’s decision not to rule on the Indiana statute leaves an open question on whether eugenic abortions are protected by the Constitution… “So long as the Supreme Court forces a policy of unfettered elective abortion on the entire country, it ought to at least allow for states to protect babies from unjust discrimination,” he said.

Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Margaret Sanger Walk Into a Segregated Bar… by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Justice Clarence Thomas made history this week. He used a routine Supreme Court decision not to review an abortion law to force us to face the truth. An ugly truth, which our elites don’t want to face. A stark truth, attested by documents and facts. An inconvenient truth, which belongs in the Memory Hole… Margaret Sanger was a violent, passionate racist. Her whole crusade for birth control was fueled by racist contempt. That’s how it succeeded. That same sick passion drove her successors at Planned Parenthood in their fight for legal abortion.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Recent Pro-Life Laws in Many States are Encouraging – But are There Dangers on the Road Ahead?

By Msgr. Charles Pope – There is a “sorting-out” among the states of our nation on the issue of abortion. It is a kind of a new “Mason-Dixon line.” The historical Mason-Dixon line was drawn to make clear the borders of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware and was finally agreed to in 1779. But when Pennsylvania abolished slavery in 1781, the western part of this line and the Ohio River became a border between slave and free states. In those times it was a divide that was largely north and south. But today the divide is between red and blue states.

Media Curiously Incurious About MLK Story, by Daniel J. Flynn

By Daniel J. Flynn, American Spectator – FBI investigated him under the pretext that his aides included people loyal to the Russian government rather than their own. They used electronic surveillance to spy on him. They pored over salacious material of a sexual nature. The administration that initially authorized the spying denied, denied, denied… The parallels between the peeping-tom state that surveilled Donald Trump in 2016 and Martin Luther King more than a half-century earlier appear uncanny. Those parallels diverge when it comes to the mass media covering the ill-gotten, and surely in some cases false, information.

Missouri Could Soon Become First State to Totally Eliminate Legal Abortion, Tré Goins-Phillips

By Tré Goins-Phillips, Editor, Faithwire – The state of Missouri could soon become the first in the country to totally outlaw legal abortion — a possibility the president of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen, described as “a real public health crisis.”… According to a report from CBS News, an abortion clinic in St. Louis — the last one in Missouri — expects to be shut down by the end of the week. The state’s health department is “refusing to renew” the Planned Parenthood facility’s annual license to provide abortion to Missourians.

Netflix Backs Lawsuit Overturning Georgia Abortion Ban, Will Leave State if Babies are Protected, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The online media giant Netflix may move out of Georgia if the state succeeds in protecting unborn babies from abortions… On Tuesday, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said the company supports a legal challenge against Georgia’s new heartbeat law… If the courts allow Georgia to enforce the law, however, Netflix may stop its protections there, Sarandos said… “We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law”… He said the company is working with the ACLU and other abortion advocacy groups to fight the law.

Through the Darkness: Funding Abortion Against Our Wishes, by Masha Goepel

By Masha Goepel, Catholic Stand – This week, my state passed a bill which would require Medicaid to pay for abortions. Taxpayers in Maine will now be funding Planned Parenthood. We’re not alone; there are fifteen other states which spend public money on abortion but I don’t live in those states. Until Tuesday, my state taxes were, if not clean, at least not drenched in the blood of children… It’s a devastating feeling. According to the Portland Press Herald, there were over 1800 abortions performed in Maine in 2015. Over 1800 children.

The Divine Plan: Did a Holy Alliance Save the World? by Stephen Ryan

By Stephen Ryan, Catholic Exchange – I met Mr. Orlando to discuss his most recent film The Divine Plan. The movie explores the fascinating friendship between President Reagan and Pope John Paul II and how, together, they put in motion the events that led to the end of the cold war…. From the movie’s website: “A president and a pope; an unlikely pair who combine deep faith with political acumen and high-octane star power. A plot that involves two assassination attempts, KGB scheming, CIA intrigue and the final act to topple the Soviet Empire.”

Profile of a Hater: Rep. Ilhan Omar, by Michael Swartz

By Michael Swartz, Patriot Post – Regardless, Omar lets the mask slip when, referring to recent pro-life legislation passed in Alabama and Georgia, she says, “If [the Religious Right] cared about or were concerned about children, they would be concerned about the children that are being detained and those that are dying in camps across our borders, or the children who are languishing in hunger and facing homelessness.”… What Congress now has in Omar is an ardent leftist in a somewhat unique package: the first Somali-American elected to Congress and one of the first two Islamic women to serve….

NPR Editor Gets Candid: ‘Babies Are Not Babies Until They Are Born’

By Julia Duin, Get Religion – Last week, NPR released a memo on coverage of abortion and abortion opponents that sounds like something out of a Planned Parenthood propaganda manual. But this was a style guide to shape news coverage on America’s most influential radio network… It was journalism policy in reaction to recent events involving a “fetal heartbeat” law in Georgia and an abortion ban in Alabama… Question: What sane editor would unveil such insider advice that’s going to enrage people? I know NPR isn’t known as friendly to traditional forms of religion, but this was asking for war.

Abortion Debate Shows How Media Deploys Language Gymnastics to Serve Left-Wing Goals, by Jarrett Stepman

By Jarrett Stepman, The Daily Signal – Few topics, however, draw out media bias like abortion, where the concerns of pro-life Americans are left on the back page or uncovered, and a magnifying glass is put on anyone who challenges pro-abortion orthodoxy… Ultimately, media bias regarding abortion is nothing new. Ross Douthat, a conservative New York Times columnist, wrote in 2012: Conservative complaints about media bias are sometimes overdrawn. But on the abortion issue, the press’s prejudices are often absolute, its biases blatant, and its blinders impenetrable….

Abortion Debate Shows How Media Deploys Language Gymnastics to Serve Left-Wing Goals, by Jarrett Stepman

By Jarrett Stepman, Daily Signal – “Pregnancy Kills. Abortion Saves Lives.”.. That was the headline on an absurd opinion article in The New York Times, deploying Orwellian language to turn the abortion debate on pro-lifers and comfort those who support abortion on demand… While the conversation over Alabama’s new abortion law has drawn out some wild arguments from the left, it’s easy to miss the less obvious ways the media reinforce the pro-abortion side… The media, cleverly and often subtly, use rhetorical adjustments to reinforce left-wing ideas under the guise of objectivity…

Notre Dame’s 2020 Commencement Speaker: Donald J. Trump, by Paul Kengor

By Paul Kengor, Crisis Magazine – I wanted to be the first to hog the honor of announcing it… President Donald Trump will be Notre Dame’s commencement speaker next year, a presidential campaign year no less… No, I’m not privy to any discussions. I have no board or faculty affiliation with Notre Dame. I’m not an alum. I’ve spoken there only twice… I am, however, a mere mortal who tries to operate according to logic. That being the case, I think we all can be certain that President Donald Trump will be the commencement speaker at the University of Notre Dame in 2020. How so?

‘Social Justice is Big Business’ on U.S. Campuses, by Bob Kellogg

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President Trump Issues New Rule to Protect Conscience Rights of People Who Oppose Abortion, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Pro-life groups praised the Trump administration on Friday for proposing changes to an old Obama-era rule that threatened the conscience rights of people who oppose abortions… The new rule applies to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. It clarifies that the federal definition of sex discrimination does not include abortion and makes sure the health care law complies with conscience protection laws… Under the Obama administration in 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a rule that defined sex discrimination to include a “termination of pregnancy,” or abortion….

BREAKING: Missouri Governor Signs Ban on Aborting Babies With Beating Hearts, by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – Missouri’s Republican Gov. Mike Parson signed into law Friday legislation making Missouri the latest state to ban abortion on nearly any preborn baby with a detectable heartbeat… the Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act requires abortionists to test for a fetal heartbeat prior to abortion, and if one can be found the abortion is forbidden except in cases of “medical emergency.” Women would not be punishable, but abortionists who don’t perform the test would face six-month suspensions of their medical licenses and a $1,000 fine. Physicians who do test and abort the child anyway would permanently lose their licenses and be barred from applying for a new one.

Ilhan Omar Attacks Pro-Life Christians: “Religious Fundamentalists” “Imposing Their Beliefs on Society”, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Omar attacked pro-life conservatives and called Christian Americans who support protections for little babies religious radical. She claimed that they are trying to impose their views on the nation even though the pro-life laws would merely protect the human rights of every human being… “I rise today to defy the horrifying attacks happening against women’s reproductive rights all across this country,” Omar began.” Religious fundamentalists are currently trying to manipulate state laws in order to impose their beliefs on an entire society, all with complete disregard for voices and the rights of American women.”

Electoral College Opponents Attempt to Have It Both Ways, by Tara Ross

By Tara Ross, The Daily Signal – Electoral College foes have been trying to get their way in Nevada for a decade. Have they finally succeeded?.. Nevada’s state Senate approved National Popular Vote legislation on Tuesday. The measure is now awaiting approval from Gov. Steve Sisolak, a Democrat… The governor’s signature will add Nevada to a growing movement to ditch the Electoral College. Worse, Maine and Oregon could be close behind: National Popular Vote’s plan has already been approved by both states’ senates.

Don’t Panic, by David Warren

By David Warren, The Catholic Thing – My own secret views, which I will now share with the public, are in opposition to every centralized, bureaucratic organization in the world, except possibly the Catholic Church. And to her, too, when, as recently, she begins to mimic a centralized, bureaucratic organization, soft-pedaling her spiritual mission… I am what is called a subsidiarist, who would prefer that we deal with all our worldly problems from the ground, up, not from the top, down…

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The Culture of Death Isn’t Sustainable. Our Future Depends on a Culture of Life.

By Fr. Dwight Longenecker, The Stream – Everybody likes a good apocalypse. The thought of an imminent end of the world gives a certain pungency and urgency to life… For some Protestants the Lord Jesus is going to return in glory and all the true believers will be raptured. Catholics of a certain type focus on the prophecies of Fatima and apparitions of Mary the mother of Jesus… Secularists have their own apocalyptic stories. At the end of the last century the millennium bug was going to cause a global meltdown.

‘Abortion Saves Lives’? Catholic Doctor Responds to NYT Op-Ed, by Jonah McKeown

By Jonah McKeown, CNA – Following an op-ed in the New York Times claiming that all pregnancies are life-threatening, a Catholic doctor emphasized that pregnancy is a natural and healthy condition, and that complications which may arise can be treated without abortion… “[Pregnancy] is not a serious health risk to the vast majority of women in this country. And unless these women have some underlying medical problems to begin with, most pregnancies are perfectly normal by any means,” said Dr. Mary Jo O’Sullivan, a high-risk obstetrician and Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Miami.

Are New Pro-Life Laws Riddled with Loopholes? by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – We’re entitled to feel some hope as a wave of pro-life laws is sweeping American states. These laws will likely force the Supreme Court to re-examine the lawless, incoherent decisions on which our status quo now rests: Roe v. Wade, Doe v. Bolton, and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. We welcome such laws… Those three infamous court decisions I named above left a bleak legacy. Thanks to them, it’s de facto legal to abort any child for any reason at all, at any point in the pregnancy, in each of the 50 states. Whatever incremental pro-life laws our dogged legislative supporters have passed… Those three decisions carve out loopholes you could drive a Mack truck through.

Abortion Wars: In Louisiana, Softer Tone Paves Way for Sharp Restrictions, by Jessica Mendoza

By Jessica Mendoza, The Christian Science Monitor – On those mornings, Ms. Gautreaux joins a group that gathers just outside the property lines of Delta Clinic, a squat brick building off Goodwood Boulevard on the city’s west side. Sometimes she arrives to find the place empty. Other times women have already lined up, waiting for one of the last three abortion clinics in the state to open its doors… Ms. Gautreaux’s job is to talk these women out of going inside. She keeps her voice low, avoiding words like “God” or “hell.”… Ms. Gautreaux tells them there’s a center with those resources right next door.

Louisiana Senate Passes Constitutional Amendment Confirming There’s No Right to Abortion, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Louisiana is moving forward with a bill that would confirm there is no right to an abortion in the state constitution. The state Senate passed the measure Tuesday evening… The bill would add language to the Louisiana Constitution stating that there is no right to an abortion or taxpayer funding for abortions. To be added, the bill must pass the state legislature by a two-thirds majority and then be approved by voters… The Love Life Amendment now heads back to the House for some technical legislative matters before going to the Secretary of State’s office for placement on the October 12 ballot.

Heeding the Words of the Alabama Law, by Charlotte Pence

By Charlotte Pence, The Washington Times – No one can enjoy any of the freedoms in America if they are not first given the right to life. While the law is hotly debated, its very existence — and the language included in it — may lead to a shift in our culture, one that will serve to produce long-term effects rather than fleeting reactions… This law is written with the unborn woman in mind. It ensures that she will one day be able to have freedoms of her own, that a person can have a chance to live the life he or she wants in this great country. The specific language moves the conversation about abortion back to the most affected life in this difficult scenario: that of the child.

Fetal Heartbeat Laws Don’t Take Away a Woman’s Right She Never Had in the First Place, by Alex McFarland

By Alex McFarland, CNS News – Now that Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed her state’s “controversial” heartbeat bill, the spirits of pro-life advocates who want to protect pre-born babies are buoyed, while others are lamenting “lost rights” and protesting with shouts of “My body, my choice!”… In fact, some media outlets report that “anti-abortion activists” are winning across the country, as similar measures are underway in Missouri, Utah and Louisiana.

The Pell Case: Developments Down Under, by George Weigel

By George Weigel, First Things – In three weeks, a panel of senior judges will hear Cardinal George Pell’s appeal of the unjust verdict rendered against him at his retrial in March, when he was convicted of “historical sexual abuse.” That conviction did not come close to meeting the criterion of guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt,” which is fundamental to criminal law in any rightly-ordered society. The prosecution offered no corroborating evidence sustaining the complainant’s charge.

Abortion Propaganda Conquered the World. Alabama Shows It Can Be Stopped

By C C Pecknold, Catholic Herald – As Americans hotly debate the state of Alabama’s abortion ban, as well as infanticide laws in New York and Virginia, it’s worth looking to a country which has “sorted out” all these questions… Last May the Irish people repealed their country’s eighth amendment which gave human beings in the womb the same rights as their mothers and fathers, effectively banning abortion. By a landslide, in one fell swoop, the Irish people reversed their “outdated” 19th century abortion ban. Though the majority would never use these words to describe their “victory,” they won the legal right to stop a fetal heartbeat.

Socialist Promises, by Walter E. Williams

By Walter E. Williams, Patriots Post – Presidential contenders are in a battle to out give one another. Senator Elizabeth Warren proposes a whopping $50,000 per student college loan forgiveness. Senator Bernie Sanders proposes free health care for all Americans plus illegal aliens. Most Democratic presidential candidates promise free stuff that includes free college, universal income, “Medicare for All” and debt forgiveness.

Abortion Bans: Let’s Have the Fight, by Scott McKay

By Scott McKay, American Spectator – Since last week, when Alabama joined several other states — Georgia, Mississippi, and Ohio among them — in passing a bill seeking to greatly restrict legal abortions within its borders, the Left has gone almost completely berserk in protest… This wasn’t a surprise, since to the Left abortion is akin to a religious sacrament and extremism in support of ending the lives of the unborn is no longer a vice (nor moderation a virtue) to them… When Planned Parenthood is exposed as running an underground marketplace for the chopped-up remains of aborted babies and the response is to kill, or at least arrest, the messenger…

Alabama Governor Defends Signing Abortion Ban and Doesn’t Care if Hollywood Boycotts Her State, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – In her statement announcing her decision to sign the bill, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey points to the fact that the bill “was approved by overwhelming majorities in both chambers” of the state’s legislature… “Many Americans, myself included, disagreed when Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973. The sponsors of this bill believe that it is time, once again, for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit this important matter, and they believe this act may bring about the best opportunity for this to occur,” Ivey said in her statement.

The Guardian Newspaper of London Tells Staff: Use ‘Climate Crisis’ … ‘Change’ is ‘Too Gentle’

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – Staff at the Guardian newspaper of London, England, has been directed to address “global warming” more aggressively and use “climate crisis” or “climate emergency” instead of “climate change,” which it considers “too passive and gentle.”… An internal communication at the British daily was obtained by the Washington Examiner, which dubs the paper as “a proud bastion of liberalism” in the United Kingdom… “’Climate change’ [sounds] rather passive and gentle when what scientists are talking about is a catastrophe for humanity”…

There Are No Exceptions, Mr. President, by Judie Brown

By Judie Brown, American Life League – American Life League president, Judie Brown, issued the following statement today regarding President Donald Trump’s stance on abortion exceptions: Sadly, President Donald Trump has now aligned himself with the mainstream less-than-pro-life political movement by Tweeting: “As most people know, and for those who would like to know, I am strongly pro-life, with the three exceptions—rape, incest, and protecting the life of the mother—the same position taken by Ronald Reagan.”

Cardinal Burke: Resisting ‘Large-Scale Muslim Immigration’ Is Patriotic

By Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., Breitbart – “To be opposed to large-scale Muslim immigration is a responsible exercise of one’s patriotism,” the cardinal said. Distinguishing “true refugees” from other migrants, he said that allowing mass migration, especially of those who do not share the foundational beliefs of one’s culture, is irresponsible… “To resist large-scale Muslim immigration in my judgment is to be responsible,” he said, speaking at an annual pro-life, pro-family meeting in Rome last Friday… Those coming from Muslim counties present a particular problem for the West, because Islam “believes it is destined to rule the world,” said Burke, the former head of the Vatican’s highest court.

I’ve Had 2 Abortions. Here’s Why I Support Alabama’s Pro-Life Law. by Leslie Dean

By Leslie Dean, Daily Signal – I’m an unlikely person to be supporting Alabama’s new pro-life law. I was pro-choice for many years, and as a young woman I had not one, but two abortions… Both of my abortions would have been illegal under Alabama’s new law passed last week. The law bans abortion at all stages and allows an exception only to save the life of the mother. Other states like Missouri and Louisiana aren’t far behind Alabama—and I applaud them all… I’ve come a long way to get to this position. As I mentioned, I was once pro-choice.

Vaccines From Abortion – Time to Report the Truth! by Debi Vinnedge

By Debi Vinnedge, Ex. Dir., Children of God for Life – When articles like What does the Catholic Church teach about vaccines, Washington D.C. (CNA) appear in what is supposed to be valid Catholic news, mass confusion abounds and false information becomes viral on social media and worse, in the chanceries of some dioceses. In an email to Catholic News Agency dated May 10, 2009 we asked they correct their errors and publish the truth. Since they have not responded, we will because it is important that the facts are reported.

CA Parents Not Surrendering Kids to Sick Sex-Ed, by Bob Kellogg

By Bob Kellogg, OneNewsNow – Informed Parents of California has announced parents are keeping their children home as part of a sit-out day planned for today, May 17… Their target is the California Healthy Youth Act and in particular the graphic public school lessons that have been likened to child pornography… Informed Parents founder Stephanie Yates tells OneNewsNow that California children are not getting a birds-and-the-bees lesson… “We’re dealing with a radical agenda,” she warns, “and to deal with a radical agenda that they’re pushing, we have to take radical action.”

VP Mike Pence Slams Democrats for Refusing Vote on Anti-Infanticide Bill, This is “Deeply Troubling”, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday issued a statement about abortion and said he is very concerned about Democrats who continue to refuse a vote on a bill to stop infanticide and Congress… Pence slammed Democrats and their leader Nancy Pelosi who “refuses even to vote on a bill that would protect children that are born alive is deeply troubling to millions of Americans.”.. Pelosi and House Democrats continue to refuse a request to allow a vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, legislation that would stop infanticide and provide medical care and treatment for babies who survive abortions.

Louisiana Governor Breaks With Democratic Party on Abortion; Prepared to Sign Fetal ‘Heartbeat’ Ban

By Morgan Gstalter, The Hill – Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) is reportedly prepared to break with the Democratic Party to sign a bill banning abortion after a fetal heartbeat detected if it passes a final vote in the state House, The Associated Press reported… The proposal awaits a final vote before it heads to Edwards’s desk. The legislation would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is around the six-week mark, before many women even know they are pregnant… The procedure would be allowed if the pregnant woman’s health is in “serious risk,” but not for pregnancies caused by rape or incest, AP noted.

The Babies in the ‘Breyer Patch’, by Judie Brown

By Judie Brown. American Life League – It is “dangerous,” (Justice) Breyer concluded, “to overrule a decision only because five members” of the court disagree with it. “Today’s decision can only cause one to wonder which cases the Court will overrule next.” And if there were any doubt which cases Breyer was alluding to in this dark denouement, he cited the portion of Planned Parenthood v. Casey that explained why Roe should be upheld. The justice has hoisted a red flag, alerting the country that the court’s conservative majority is preparing an assault on the right to abortion access.

Trump: “This Was TREASON!” by Susan Jones

By Susan Jones, CNS News – “TREASON!” President Trump tweeted on Friday morning: My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on. Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics. A really bad situation. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON!… Trump apparently was reacting to Bill Hemmer’s interview with Attorney General William Barr, in which Barr said he has been “trying to get answers to questions” about the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, but “I found that a lot of the answers have been inadequate.”

AP: House Democrats Approve Homosexual Rights Bill

Associated Press – Democrats in the House approved sweeping homosexual rights legislation Friday. The protections would extend to employment, housing, loan applications, education, public accommodations and other areas… Called the Equality Act, the bill is a top priority of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The vote was 236-173… The legislation’s chief sponsor, David Cicilline, who is homosexual, said it affirms fairness and equality as core American values… Most Republicans oppose the bill and call it another example of government overreach. Several GOP lawmakers spoke against it Friday on the House floor. President Donald Trump is widely expected to veto the legislation if it reaches his desk.

Forced Birth or a Moral Human Duty, by Jennifer Hartline

By Jennifer Hartline, The Stream – The state of Alabama has done a remarkable and courageous thing by outlawing abortion in the state, with an exception if the mother’s life is in danger. Georgia passed their own law banning abortions after 6 weeks… Abortion-demanders are apoplectic. They left livid behind miles ago and are simply beyond consolation now. Poor devils… We will hear ever-louder cries of “forced birth!” and see the handmaiden costumes employed for dramatic emphasis. So let’s talk about it.

Catholicism and White Guilt, by Richard Storey

By Richard Storey, Crisis Magazine – Are you an ethnically European Catholic? Do you talk about “white guilt” or “white privilege” with other Catholics? Whether you like it or not, this politically motivated conversation is coming your way. Are you ready for it? A far better question is: what is the Church’s teaching on such things?… Over the past several years, various articles have caught my eye in which a Catholic college or university has begun teaching a course on “whiteness” or something similar. “It’s just another Neo-Marxist attack-vector on the supposedly evil, oppressive majority,” I said to myself….

A Christian Gentleman in the Nation’s Capital, by George Weigel

By George Weigel, Denver Catholic – Jim Billington was similarly multi-layered in terms of accomplishments. To the rich array of his talents already described this morning, I would add one from my Wilson Center experience with him in 1984-85: His singular ability to enter any conversation and ask the one, penetrating question that got everyone thinking in a fresh way — no mean accomplishment among high-powered academics, who may doubt the pope’s infallibility, but not their own.

Vatican’s Former Doctrine Chief: Open Letter Accusing Pope of Heresy Deserves ‘Response’, Dr. Maike Hickson

By Dr. Maike Hickson, LifeSiteNews – Cardinal Gerhard Müller, former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said that while he believes Pope Francis is not a heretic, the April 30 Open Letter from prominent clergymen and scholars accusing the Pope of committing heresy, nevertheless, deserves a “response” from Rome… (he) said in an interview with Die Tagespost’s Regina Einig that the authors of the letter are “renowned theologians.” Therefore, he says, “it would be important that the Holy Father makes the Congregation for the Faith issue a response, and not the Secretary of State or any of his friendly journalists or theologians.”

Chinese Catholics to Suffer Worst Persecution World has Ever Seen: Expert Steven Mosher

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews – China expert and social scientist Steven Mosher warned that persecution of Christians, particularly Catholics, in China is currently unfolding in a way the “world has never seen the likes of.”… Mosher, the president of the Population Research Institute who in 1979 was the first American social scientist to visit mainland China, began his talk at the Rome Life Forum on Thursday at the Angelicum by saying he wished he had happier news to tell his audience… Citing Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s video address, Mosher said the bishop had spoken to his heart in talking about the City of God versus the City of Man.

Abortion Lobby Killing Free Speech, Too, by Ken Blackwell

By Ken Blackwell, The Patriot Post – There was a time when there were real liberals on the Left. That is, people who believed in liberty. Their disagreements with conservatives were profound, but they shared a commitment to free speech, religious liberty, and more… Today, however, those traditional liberals are nowhere to be found. The hard, authoritarian Left dominates Democratic politics. That is obvious on a number of issues, especially abortion… Consider the argument of Alabama State Representative John Rogers: “You bring them in the world unwanted, unloved. You send them to the electric chair. So, you kill them now or you kill them later.”

Abortion a Deductible Medical Expense? Who Knew? by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – Self-described “progressives” often use the terms mentioned in the same sentence, but a GOP congressman – and many others – says “abortion” is not “health care.”… Yesterday, Representative Andy Biggs (R-Arizona) introduced the Abortion Is Not Health Care Act, which would end the Internal Revenue Service’s treatment of out-of-pocket abortion costs as a medical expense… “Most people don’t realize that you can claim an abortion as an out-of-pocket medical expense under the IRS code and get a deduction for that”…

USA TODAY: Why the US Birthrate Hitting a 32-Year Low Could Become a Big Problem

By Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY – “We’re clearly in the throes of major social change with regard to women getting married and choosing to have children,” Donna Strobino, a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told NBC News. “There’s no question that part of the explanation for that is economic. It’s very expensive to raise children these days. And in part it’s social – all the changes in women’s roles.”

Brian Sims Promises Democrats Not to Bully and Harass Pro-Lifers Again, So They Won’t Hold Him Accountable, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Pennsylvania Democrats apparently will not take any action against state Rep. Brian Sims after he bullied pro-lifers in his district, including an older woman and three young teenage girls… Rep. Brian Sims’ actions reflect the worst in how people should behave and treat one another in a civil society,” Pennsylvania Republican leaders said in a statement Wednesday. “We expect him to accept full responsibility for his egregious and unacceptable behavior and to pledge that he will meet the high standards that the people of Pennsylvania have for their elected officials.”

The Coming Civil War Over Abortion, by Michael Brown

By Michael Brown, The Stream – A civil war is coming to America. Only this time it will be abortion, rather than slavery, that divides the nation. And while I hope with all my heart that it will not be a physically violent war, the ideological conflict will certainly be intense… We witnessed some of this during the hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, when the opposition to his confirmation was fierce to the point of screaming and pounding at the Senate’s doors… This brought to my mind the famous line, “Hell hath no fury like that of a woman scorned”…

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey Signs Bill Banning Abortion, Would Make Killing Unborn Babies a Felony, by Claire Chretien

By Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNews – Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law today the strongest pro-life bill in the country, making almost all abortions illegal in the Yellowhammer state… The law, the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, makes it a felony for doctors to commit abortions. Abortions are only allowed to “avert (a mother’s) death or serious risk of substantial physical impairment of a major bodily function.” The law makes committing an abortion a Class A felony – punishable by up to 99 years in prison – and attempting to commit an abortion a Class C felony.

Congresswoman Unpacks Damage the Equality Act Would Do to Women, by Cong. Debbie Lesko (Video)

By Debbie Lesko, Daily Signal – The Equality Act—or I call it the Forfeiting Women’s Rights Act—takes away women’s and girls’ rights that we fought for for years… It requires organizations such as schools, churches, university dormitories, or nonprofit organizations to allow biological males in traditionally women’s spaces like women’s bathrooms, women’s locker rooms, women’s showers—even without any type of medical diagnosis or psychological diagnosis.

Leftists Fear SCOTUS Overturning Precedent (Except When They Don’t)

By Louis DeBroux, Patriot Post – In a 5-4 ruling on Monday, the High Court overturned a 40-year-old precedent regarding sovereign immunity for states — one that shields them from private lawsuits initiated in the courts of other states. In writing for the majority, Justice Clarence Thomas, the Court’s conservative anchor, stated that the Court’s finding in the overturned Nevada v. Hall “is contrary to our constitutional design and the understanding of sovereign immunity shared by the States that ratified the Constitution.” Importantly, he concluded, “Stare decisis does not compel continued adherence to this erroneous precedent.”

3 Mistakes Pro-Lifers Can Make That Could Ruin Our Recent Victories, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – The Spirit is moving. You can see it shifting the waters. In state after state, legislators are moving to offer a hand of friendship to our unborn brothers and sisters. They are paring back one, then another, mode of destroying preborn Americans for our sexual convenience. Forty-five long, lethal years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court justices hid like superstitious primitives behind a veil of pretended scientific ignorance.

The Stay-At-Home Mom Wars and the Altar of GDP

Editorial, Washington Examiner – Only one third of all U.S. mothers say they prefer to work full time. Nearly half say they want to work part time, and 20% say they would prefer to be full-time stay-at-home mothers… On the whole, American moms want to stay home more with more kids… So, it’s very unfortunate that commentators, politicians, and economists are looking for ways to get women out of the home more, away from their kids more, and into paid labor more. These experts are elevating GDP over family and their own morality over women’s preferences.

Trump on AG Appointing Durham to Look into Russia Probe Origins: ‘I Didn’t Ask Him to Do That’, by Melanie Arter

By Melanie Arter, CNSNews – Attorney General William Barr appointed U.S. attorney John Durham to look into the origins of the Russia investigation, a decision that was not ordered by President Donald Trump, the president said Tuesday… Speaking to reporters outside the White House before departing for Louisiana, Trump was asked if he asked Barr to launch a probe into the Russia investigation… “No, I didn’t ask him to do that,” Trump said.

MRC: For a Heavy Dose of Liberal News, Use Google, by Steve Jordahl

By Steve Jordahl, OneNewsNow – The stock market tanked on Monday. Many people looking for an explanation will enter something like “Monday stock market” into the Google search engine and click the news tab. An audit by the web analytics firm Parse.ly finds more than 60 percent of the resulting Google links will be to liberal news sites. Google only led searchers to right-leaning news sites 11 percent of the time.

Louisiana Greets President Trump with Warm Welcome: ‘We’re Fired Up to Have President Trump’ Here

By Matthew Boyle, Breitbart – “We’re fired up to have President Trump in Louisiana,” Rainey said. “Just like our country in 2016, Louisiana is suffering because of a failed tax and spend liberal agenda. President Trump has demonstrated how we can turn this state around by lowering taxes, supporting our families, and bringing back quality jobs. Ralph Abraham is fighting every day to make sure that we follow President Trump’s example so that Louisiana can finally start winning again.”

Brian Sims and America’s Abortion Endgame, by Grayson Quay

By Grayson Quay, The American Conservative – There’s no middle road. Very soon, either pro-lifers or pro-choicers will suffer a devastating loss… I’ve written quite a few pieces for TAC bemoaning the transformation of the public square into an irradiated no-man’s-land flanked by a pair of armed camps. Usually, I end with an appeal to shared values and a plea for civil public discourse. But the more the debate surrounding the recent wave of anti-abortion bills heats up, the more convinced I become that, on this issue, compromise is impossible.

The President’s Promises, Made and Kept, by Ken Blackwell

By Ken Blackwell, The Stream – Perhaps the president’s most important accomplishment so far is his restoration of the judicial branch — a big reason many otherwise wary voters supported him in 2016. You probably already know about his two appointees to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. These justices are poised to make sure that the Constitution isn’t a rubber stamp for progressive policy preferences but a document whose meaning endures over time.

No, Socialism Won’t Make Americans’ Lives Better, by Anthony B. Kim

By Anthony B. Kim, Daily Signal – According to a recent survey, a majority of Americans say socialism is incompatible with American values, with only 10% of voters in a new poll expressing a positive view of socialism… That’s welcome news, but it’s rather troubling to see even 10% of those polled with a positive notion of socialism. Regrettably, socialism is trending in America, in part thanks to politicians who once ran from the term, but are now embracing it for short-term political gains.

Alabama Senate Passes Bill Banning Abortion, Would Make Killing Unborn Babies a Felony, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – An Alabama bill that would make aborting unborn babies a felony passed in the state House on Tuesday… State House Bill 314, sponsored by Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, would make an abortion and attempted abortion a felony. Exceptions would be allowed if the mother’s life is at risk. Mothers would not be punished for having an abortion under the legislation, which would make killing a baby in an abortion a Class A felony — punishable by life or 10 to 99 years in prison for abortionists who kill them.

Chinese Officials Announce Demolition of Underground Parish Church, by Thomas D. Williams

By Thomas D. Williams PH.D., Breitbart – Communist party officials have notified a diocese in China’s southeastern Jiangxi province that they will soon demolish the underground church of the Annunciation because of the failure of its pastor to join the state-controlled Catholic Patriotic Association… last August police approached the parish priest of the Annunciation Church and demanded that he register the church with the government and join the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, if he wished to save the church from demolition… Both the priest and his parishioners indicated, however, that they would rather sacrifice the church than join the Patriotic Association.

Meet the Evangelists Saving Souls in Wall Street, by Francis Phillips

By Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald – These missionaries of Wall Street and the surrounding streets follow a tried and tested formula. They ask pedestrians whether they are Catholic; offer them rosaries and holy pictures; give them schedules of the Holy Week services and ask if they would like to light a candle in St Patrick’s – where several priests are waiting in the confessionals. Engaging people in conversation is only the start; the aim is to try to get Catholics who have lapsed from the Faith to go to Confession before Easter – and thus re-engage seriously with the sacramental life of the Church.

Do Pro-Lifers Owe Rep. Brian Sims a Note of Thanks? by Marybeth Hagan

By Marybeth Hagan, Crisis Magazine – Sims, a gay-rights attorney who first ran for office as a Democrat in 2012, cast himself as the star of two videos filmed outside of a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Center City Philadelphia. The first was a live Facebook video on April 18; the second was a Twitter post on May 2. Each contained a continuous monologue… In his first video, the self-professed champion of women approaches a woman and three teenage girls, referring to them as “white people” and “pseudo-Christian protesters.” The mother, her two daughters and their friend, are members of the group Sidewalk Servants.

China’s Worsening Human Rights Abuses Evoke Memories of Mao, by Shane McCrum, Olivia Enos

By Shane McCrum, Olivia Enos, The Daily Signal – In its 2018 regulations on religious affairs, China conflates all religion with extremism and sees religious fasting, praying, and abstaining from alcohol in the same light… To monitor for those behaviors, China uses various forms of surveillance, including internet monitoring, video surveillance, and a “double-linked” household system, in which citizens are encouraged to spy on one another… Beyond the repression of minority and religious groups, draconian surveillance efforts affect all Chinese citizens.

Supreme Court Session Includes Key Cases for Catholics: Abortion and Religious Liberty, by Gerald J. Russello

By Gerald J. Russello, National Catholic Register – The U.S. Supreme Court has a number of cases that Catholic and other believers should keep an eye out for, touching on areas from religious liberty to abortion… Some judiciary watchers are confident that, with the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanagh last year, the court will move in a more decidedly conservative direction. However, much depends on such technical issues as how the cases are presented to the high court and whether a decision on a narrower ground can win the day.

Tariffs: The Taxes That Made America Great, by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan – A tariff may be described as a sales or consumption tax the consumer pays, but tariffs are also a discretionary and an optional tax… If you choose not to purchase Chinese goods and instead buy comparable goods made in other nations or the USA, then you do not pay the tariff… China loses the sale. This is why Beijing, which runs $350 billion to $400 billion in annual trade surpluses at our expense is howling loudest. Should Donald Trump impose that 25% tariff on all $500 billion in Chinese exports to the USA, it would cripple China’s economy.

The Modern Mass Killers’ Five Worldviews, by Peter Wolfgang

By Peter Wolfgang, The Stream – Media bias and political correctness have skewed our ability to see all five motivations clearly…. From Antifa thugs attacking MAGA hat-wearing Trump voters to the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise to the gay activist who attempted to massacre the employees of the Family Research Council, leftist violence and threats of violence have become a regular feature of our political landscape. I have even been a victim of it myself.

Trump Admin. Crackdown on Illegals’ Public Housing, by Michael F. Haverluck

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – The Trump administration is ramping up its war on illegal immigration by cracking down on federally subsidized housing that has been accessible to illegals – whose participation in the program has made it unavailable to needy United States citizens… A new “opportunity zones” program for American citizens has been introduced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and it was devised to boost economic growth in distressed areas by making public housing available to qualified applicants.

Sun May be Causing Global Warming—Seriously? by S. Michael Craven

As we’ve been discussing in this series, there is a great gap between the Christian understanding of creational stewardship and the contemporary emphasis of environmentalism. This latter pseudo-religion finds its Fall of Adam in humanity’s role as a new Prometheus, bringing the fire of ecological destruction to Mother Earth. This focus has led many to zero in on man-made explanations for phenomena instead of more plausible natural causes.

Are All the World’s Problems the Responsibility of America? by Patrick Buchanan 

By Patrick Buchanan, NewsMax – During the uprising in Caracas, Bolton cited the Monroe Doctrine of 1823. But according to President James Monroe, and Mike Pompeo’s predecessor John Quincy Adams, who wrote the message to Congress, under the Doctrine, while European powers were to keep their hands off our hemisphere — we would reciprocate and stay out of Europe’s quarrels and wars… Wise folks, those Founding Fathers.

The Suicidal Equality Act of 2019, by Star Parker

By Star Parker, Guest Columnist, OneNewsNow – The House Judiciary Committee has voted out the Equality Act of 2019 (H.R.5). It now heads for a vote on the House floor with 240 co-sponsors, which means its passage is virtually certain… The legislation amends all major civil rights law, including the 1964 Civil Rights Act, to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” along with race, sex and religion as classes that are protected from discrimination… We now have a majority of members of Congress who are prepared to pass into law that the sex individuals are born with – their chromosomal and physical reality – will take a back seat to how those individuals choose to define their own sexual identity…

Planned Parenthood President: ‘There Is No Such Thing as Abortion Up Until Birth’, by Alex Madajian

By Alex Madajian, CNSNews – Dr. Wen did not mention, however, that more than 8,000 late-term abortions (21 weeks or later) occurred in 2015 — the latest data available — as documented by the CDC. Also, the new abortion law in New York, signed by Gov. Cuomo on Jan. 21, allows abortion up to the moment of birth. On a related note, in 2015, the number of late-term abortions in New York City, 1,485, outnumbered the number of homicides in that city – 352.

Mom of Teens Brian Sims Harassed Files Criminal Complaint, Wants Him to Apologize to Her Daughters, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The mother of teenage girls who Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims offered money to identify earlier this spring said she filed a police report against the Democratic politician… Ashley Garecht told CBS Philadelphia that Sims’ aggressive behavior had her concerned for her daughters’ and their friend’s safety. The girls are ages 13 and 15… “Absent the pro-life issue, this was about an adult interacting with minors in an aggressive manner and an adult infringing on minors’ speech…I don’t need an apology from him. I’m an adult. I’ve already forgiven him.”

Immoralists: The Example of Brian Sims, by Daniel J. Flynn

By Daniel J. Flynn, American Spectator – A man must be something of a moralist if he is to preach,” G.K. Chesterton observed, “even if he is to preach immorality.”… Brian Sims, a Pennsylvania state representative by profession and abortion counterprotester by avocation, embodies Chesterton’s quip… (Sims) aggressively hectored a woman who appeared to be praying the rosary outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in his Pennsylvania district. On the uncomfortable eight-minute clip, Sims calls the silent protester “an old white lady” and announces, “If you know who this woman is and if you can give me her address, we’ll protest in front of her home. Let’s protest out in front of her house.”

Why the Left Mocks the Bible, by Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager, The Stream – At PragerU, we have released about 400 videos on virtually every subject outside of the natural sciences and math. Along with 2 billion views, the videos have garnered tens of thousands of comments. So we have a pretty good handle on what people most love and most hate… But no videos elicit the amount of contempt and mockery that videos defending religion, explaining the Bible or arguing for God do.

Daily Signal: A Pediatrician Explains How ‘Dangerous’ Equality Act Would Force Doctors to ‘Do Harm’

By Katrina Trinko and Daniel Davis, Daily Signal – Doctors who are uncomfortable prescribing hormone treatments or doing gender reassignment surgeries could soon potentially be in violation of federal law, warns Dr. Michelle Cretella, a pediatrician and executive director of the American College of Pediatricians. And they’re not the only ones at risk: Parents, too, could find themselves unable to decide on their own child’s medical treatment.

OneNewsNow: A Face-Off in Philly to Push Back On a Bully

By Chris Woodward, Billy Davis, OneNewsNow – Among those scheduled to gather in front of the clinic are pro-life leader Abby Johnson, pro-life writer Matt Walsh, and Live Action president Lila Rose… Walsh has credited Rose and Live Action for organizing the protest but Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood executive, is calling out Sims… In a Twitter post, Johnson challenged Sims to come with his “little camera and shaky voice” to confront a “young, empowered, pro-life woman who won’t back down from bullies.”… She finished the challenge with, “Bring it, coward.”

Trump Wins Surprise Asylum Ruling From Liberal 9th Circuit, by Chad Groening

By Chad Groening, OneNewsNow – A federal appeals court has handed the Trump administration a victory over the controversial asylum process and an immigration attorney says the ruling could slow the flow of illegal aliens… The notoriously left-wing 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled May 7 that the United States can require asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for a court hearing, a decision that overturned a San Francisco judge that said they could remain in the U.S…

Msgr. Charles Pope: Pete Buttigieg is Wrong — God Still Forbids All Homosexual Acts

By Msgr. Charles Pope, EWTN News – Pete Buttigieg, Democratic presidential candidate and mayor of South Bend, Indiana, remarked that his same-sex “marriage” to Chasten Glezman has brought him closer to God… My marriage to Chasten has made me a better man. And yes, Mr. Vice President, it has moved me closer to God… This raises a question: To what god has he moved closer? Respectfully and sincerely, Mr. Buttigieg, it cannot be the God who has revealed himself in the Scriptures and through the Church. God is not in the habit of speaking out of both sides of his mouth. He does not contradict himself by altering, let alone reversing.. his teachings.

Mom of Pro-Life Teens That Democrat Brian Sims Bullied: “I Was Concerned for My Girls”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The mother of the teen girls who Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims bullied last month told Fox News that she was “concerned” for her daughters during the interaction… Ashley Garecht spoke to Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday about the now-viral exchange between the pro-abortion Democrat and her family… “What we’ve got here is a bunch of … pseudo Christian protesters who’ve been out here shaming young girls for being here. So, here’s the deal, I’ve got $100 to anybody who will identify these three, and I will donate to Planned Parenthood,” Sims said in the video.

Equality Act Is About Civil Tyranny, Not Civil Rights, by Star Parker

By Star Parker, Daily Signal – The House Judiciary Committee has voted out the Equality Act of 2019. It now heads for a vote on the House floor with 240 co-sponsors, which means its passage is virtually certain… The legislation amends all major civil rights law, including the 1964 Civil Rights Act, to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” along with race, sex, and religion as classes that are protected from discrimination.

Should Prisoners Get the Right to Vote? Bernie Sanders Thinks So, by Rachel Alexander

By Rachel Alexander, The Steam – Some Democratic presidential candidates are considering whether to give prisoners the right to vote. Not just felons who have left prison. Some states already allow felons to vote. They want to give people in prison the right to vote… Bernie Sanders is the main proponent. He says voting is “inherent to our democracy — yes, even for terrible people.” Thirty other countries let prisoners vote, he notes, including Canada, South Africa and Finland.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp Signs Bill Banning Abortions When Baby’s Heartbeat Begins, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a law Tuesday to ban abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable… Kemp, a pro-life Republican, signed the pro-life measure… “The Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act … recognizes something that many have known for years. It recognizes that science tells us that children in the womb are living, distinct human beings that are worthy of full legal protection… “Common sense tells us if you look at a child in the womb with a beating heart and a distinct blood type, and you ask a preschooler, a small child, ‘What are you looking at?’ … They would look and say that’s a baby…”…

Dems Claim Election Fears While Undermining Elections, by Louis DeBroux

By Louis DeBroux, Patriot Post – The utter hypocrisy of the Democrat Party is so brazen that one wonders whether they are so addled with Trump Derangement Syndrome that they actually believe their own idiocy, or if they truly think voters are stupid enough to believe them. Possibly realizing they’ve been hurt with the electorate by their championing of infanticide and their relentless efforts to block President Donald Trump from dealing with the border crisis, Democrats have now amped up their claims of stolen elections.

Masonic Mexico, by Michael Durnan

By Michael Durnan, Regina Magazine  – By the time Pope Leo XIII issued his encyclical Humanus Genus in 1884, in which he condemned Freemasonry, eight of his predecessors had already done so… Why, then, did he do this? Pope Leo XIII had been stirred into action by Freemasons who claimed the Church’s condemnation of their organisation had been based on false and erroneous information and was excessively severe… In his encyclical, the pope dismissed such claims and classed Freemasonry as a grouping of secret societies in the ‘kingdom of Satan and wished to bring back, after eighteen centuries, the manners and customs of the pagans’.

Republican Party Slams Democrat Brian Sims After He Harasses Pro-Life Women: His Behavior is “Despicable”

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – “State Rep. Brian Sims’ harassment of a woman’s peaceful and religious exercise of her First Amendment rights is yet another example of a troubling trend of growing extremism and hypocrisy among Democrats,” the party said in a statement… Many also are calling for Sims, a pro-abortion Democrat, to resign for bullying the woman outside a Planned Parenthood abortion facility, and then proudly posting his actions online for the public to see. A second video shows him appearing to call for the doxxing of several pro-life teenage girls.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Pro-Abortion Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Sims Is a Thug. Is He Also a Racist? (Watch Video)

By Fr. Dwight Longenecker, The Stream – …most folks aren’t going around consciously using racist epithets, baiting people and harassing old folks of color… For almost nine minutes Sims paced back and forth harassing the old white woman. She wasn’t being ugly or violent. She wasn’t yelling or screaming at anybody. She was exercising her constitutional rights to public protest. She was doing so not with a noisy and obnoxious campaign. She was praying. Quietly.

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Praised for Taking on ‘Traitor’ in Congress, by Chad Groening

By Chad Groening, OneNewsNow – U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar was a guest on the far-left program “Democracy Now!” where she blamed Venezuela’s current crisis on the United States… “A lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela,” she claimed, “and we sort of set the stage for where we are arriving today.”… That comment didn’t sit well with Nikki Haley (pictured at right), the former UN ambassador, who used Twitter to point out that Venezuelan adults have lost 24 pounds on average because they are starving, and babies there have no milk, all because of the “corrupt” regime under dictator Nicolas Maduro.

How Tocqueville Identified Socialism’s Folly and Capitalism’s Challenge, by Samuel Gregg

By Samuel Gregg, Public Discourse – In mid-2018, a Gallup poll indicated that 57 percent of self-identified Democrats viewed socialism favorably. Americans aged eighteen to twenty-nine were marginally more positive about socialism (51 percent) than capitalism (45 percent). Overall, capitalism received a positive rating of 56 percent from Americans. That was its lowest rating since 2010, just after the Great Recession… At a time of prosperity in America, why has backing for socialism surged and support for capitalism faltered?

Iowa Governor Signs Budget Cutting Planned Parenthood From Sex Ed, Sex Changes From Medicaid, by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds gave her signature Friday to a state budget containing two measures denying taxpayer funds to two left-wing social priorities: gender-reassignment surgery and the abortion lobby’s influence over sex education… Among (the almost $2 billion budget) provisions are language to exclude any organization involved in abortions from receiving state sex education grants (which stands to deprive Planned Parenthood of the Heartland of just over $260,000), and to state that the Iowa Civil Rights Act does not require state or local governments to fund gender-reassignment surgery.

Democrat Lawmaker Verbally Assaults, Bullies Elderly Catholic Pro-Lifer, by Todd Starnes

By  Todd Starnes – Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims, a Democrat and LGBT activist, verbally harassed and bullied an elderly pro-life woman who was quietly standing outside a Planned Parenthood abortion mill… Sims record his eight-minute tirade against the pro-lifer he called an “old white lady” and posted it on social media… “Push back against Planned Parenthood protestors, PLEASE!” Sims wrote on Twitter Thursday. “They prey on young women, they use white privilege, & shame. They’re racist, classist, bigots who NEED & DESERVE our righteous opposition. Push back, please!”

When a Black Democrat Starts to Sound Like Margaret Sanger, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, a Sr. Editor, The Stream – On May 3, Rev. William Owens, President of the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP), offered ironic thanks to Alabama State Legislator John Rogers. What had the Democrat accomplished? He’d exposed how extreme the Democratic Party’s abortion stance has become… Commenting on a bill to ban abortion except when the mother’s health is at risk, Rep. John Rogers set out his opposition by claiming that unwanted children inevitably become death-row murderers.

Louisiana Senate Passes Bill Banning Abortions When Unborn Baby’s Heartbeat Begins, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life,told LifeNews: “We commend the Senate for voting overwhelmingly in a bipartisan fashion to approve SB 184 to protect the unborn baby once the heartbeat can be detected. Louisiana Right to Life supports protecting all unborn babies, including those with a heartbeat that begins only 18 days after conception. This is even before most women know they are pregnant. Abortion stops the beating heart of a precious unborn child, and our nation must bring an end to this injustice.”… Pro-Life Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards is likely to sign it into law.

Fr Richard Heilman: Pray (Pres.) Ronald Reagan’s Personhood Proclamation Become a Constitutional Amendment

By Fr. Richard Heilman, Roman Catholic Man – Because of the limitations of the proclamation, and because it depended on a Union military victory, President Lincoln recognized that the Emancipation Proclamation would have to be followed by a constitutional amendment in order to abolish slavery… Let’s pray that President Ronald Reagan’s Personhood Proclamation will soon be followed by a constitutional amendment in order to abolish pre-born child murder.

Border Mayor Meets Trump, Seeks Help for Overwhelmed City, by Fred Lucas

By Fred Lucas, The Daily Signal – During a visit to Washington this week, Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls met with President Donald Trump, acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, and members of Arizona’s congressional delegation… “We talked about what needs to be done in the long term and in the short term. In the long term, we’ll need congressional action,” Nicholls, a Republican, told The Daily Signal. “But in the short term, we need [the] Border Patrol to provide more transportation out of Yuma soon.”

Pride on Full Display in ‘Hesburgh’ Documentary

By Patrick J. Reilly, EWTN News – From beginning to end, the film makes the obvious point that Father Hesburgh was important and accomplished much on a human scale… But the documentary largely glosses over important questions about Father Hesburgh’s thinking and impact and his conflicts with Church leaders, doctrine and the mission of Catholic education. It simply reports — without any real analysis and in a decidedly favorable way — his leadership in crafting the Land O’ Lakes Statement that declared the independence of Catholic colleges from the bishops and magisterium of the Church…

Hijab Jihad, by William Kilpatrick

By William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine – After all the years that have passed since 9/11, many American still misunderstand the nature of the Islamic threat. The main way that Islamic power advances in the West is not through terror attacks, but through stealth-jihad—the slow-motion co-option of our cultural and political institutions… The battle against cultural jihad won’t be decided by rural militias and the National Guard. It will be decided in the courts, in schools, in churches, in newspapers and on TV, and in state and federal legislatures… Cultural battles are won—or lost—by cultural institutions.

More Love, Not Less, by Kathryn Lopez

By Kathryn Lopez, Townhall – “Some kids are unwanted, so you either kill them now or kill them later.”.. That quote is from an Alabama state Democratic representative, John Rogers, speaking a few days ago during debate about an abortion bill… He went on to say, “You bring them into the world unwanted, unloved, then send them to the electric chair.”.. He said this during the same week in which all of Israel had a period of silence to remember the millions who were exterminated during the Holocaust.

Trump: America Believes in ‘Power of Prayer…Most Powerful Thing There Is’

By Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNews – There is nothing more powerful than prayer, President Donald Trump told a gathering of roughly 100 religious leaders and Trump Administration officials Wednesday night… Gathered in the White House’s State Dining Room on the eve of the National Day of Prayer, Trump said the United States as a country would believe in prayer forever… “America will be a nation that believes forever, and we certainly believe – more than anyone – the power of prayer,” Trump stated. “It’s the most powerful thing there is.”

Pope Francis Calls for New ‘Supranational’ Authorities to Enforce UN Goals, by Diane Montagna

By Diane Montagna, LifeSiteNews – Pope Francis made a strong push for globalism on Thursday, calling for a “supranational, legally constituted body” to enforce United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and implement “climate change” policies… Speaking to members of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, the Pope said: “When a supranational common good is clearly identified, there is need for a special legally constituted authority capable of facilitating its implementation.”… “Think of the great contemporary challenges of climate change, new slavery and peace,” he told members of the Pontifical Academy, who are meeting this week at the Vatican for a May 1-3 plenary session themed: “Nation, State, Nation-State.”

Enter Joe Biden, Stage Left, by David Carlin

By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing – Joe Biden, a Democrat who happens to be a Catholic, is now officially running for President of the United States. And he’s doing so in an effort to save what he calls the “soul” of America… If Biden is to be the Democratic candidate, he will, of course, have to embrace and endorse the beliefs and values that currently prevail in the Democratic Party, and these beliefs and values include the following: Abortion is a fundamental human right… Homosexual behavior is a fine thing for people who are born that way; and anybody who disagrees is a homophobic bigot… Same-sex marriage is a fundamental human right…….

Sexual Liberty Over Religious Liberty? That’s Not ‘Equality’, by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – A prominent pro-family organization is warning that legislation currently being pushed by congressional Democrats would “nationalize” Target’s dangerous bathroom/changing room policy… Target is on record as supporting The Equality Act (H.R.5), something the American Family Association (AFA) says is nothing more than a repackaged version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)… “This legislation has been driven for years by rabid homosexual activist groups like Human Rights Campaign and is specifically designed to place sexual liberty above religious liberty and the First Amendment,” AFA says in an Action Alert sent out Thursday.

Reversing the Baby Bust, by Charles F. Lehman

By Charles Fain Lehman, The American Conservative – Why is it so hard to raise kids in America today? We keep choosing to have fewer and fewer [1] of them—less than 1.8 per woman, down from 2.5 or so in the 1970s. Studies persistently find [2] that parents are less happy than non-parents. The costs can’t help—raising a kid to age 18 will now run you more than $230,000… Indeed, in a world after Donald Trump’s brand of blue-collar populism shook the nation, conservatives are now beginning to ask themselves: how might we build a more pro-family state?

Trump Condemns ‘Evil and Hate-Filled Attacks’ on Religious Communities in U.S., Worldwide, by Melanie Arter

By Melanie Arter, CNSNews – President Donald Trump used his speech at the National Day of Prayer service at the White House on Thursday to condemn attacks on people of faith domestically and worldwide… “As we unite on this day of prayer, we renew our resolve to protect communities of faith and to ensure that all people and all of our people can live and pray and worship in peace. In recent months, it’s been pretty tough. We’ve seen evil and hate-filled attacks on religious communities in the United States and all around the world,” he said during the Rose Garden ceremony… “One month ago, three historically black churches were burned tragically in Louisiana….

President Trump Issues New Pro-Life Rules Protecting Doctors and Nurses From Having to Do Abortions, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Today, on the National Day of Prayer, 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.

What “Deep Christian Convictions” of “Democratic Socialism”? by Paul Kengor

By Paul Kengor, Crisis Magazine – But what really got me about Hart’s piece, particularly given his affiliation with Notre Dame, was this passage: Democratic socialism is, briefly put, a noble tradition of civic conscientiousness that was historically—to a far greater degree than either its champions or detractors today often care to acknowledge—grounded in deep Christian convictions. I, for instance, am a proud son of the European Christian socialist tradition, especially in its rich British variant … but also in its continental expressions….

Evangelical Support for Trump Is Pragmatism, Not Blind Worship, by Louis DeBroux

By Louis DeBroux, The Patriot Post – Donald Trump, on the other hand, is a fighter. He is a street brawler who matches blow for blow, and then some. He responds to every attack. He epitomizes the Sean Connery line in “The Untouchables”3 about how to take down Chicago gangster Al Capone: “He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue!”.. The Christian faith and conservative values have been under relentless assault for years, and the choirboys that Republicans keep running for office don’t seem up to the task of defending them, offering platitudes and lip service as the lives of Christians are destroyed under attacks from the Rainbow Mafia and left-wing judges.

When Splintered Conservatives Unite, Victory Can Be Had, by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – Americans don’t always pay attention to things happening in Canada, but conservatives seeking office next year might want to take a closer look at recent events in Alberta… “The left-wing New Democratic Party, which has governed Alberta since 2015, was recently replaced quite decisively by a united conservative party,” explains Kelly Sloan, a public affairs consultant and fellow at Denver-based Centennial Institute… “There’s a political lesson [here], which is all about unity,” says Sloan, who happens to be a native of Calgary. “We on the right are kind of notorious for not getting along with each other.”

POLITICS: PragerU: Do You Understand the Electoral College? (Video)

By Tara Ross, Prager U – Do you understand what the Electoral College is? Or how it works? Or why America uses it to elect its presidents instead of just using a straight popular vote? Author, lawyer and Electoral College expert Tara Ross does, and she explains that to understand the Electoral College is to understand American democracy.

Rep. Omar: ‘This Is Not Going To Be The Country of White People’, by Alex Madajian

By Alex Madajian, CNSNews – At a Capitol Hill press conference held to demand that President Donald Trump be censured for tweeting about the well-documented anti-Semitism of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), left-wing activists joined with Omar to denounce the president, and the representative declared that America was founded on “the history of Native American genocide.”… Omar added that Trump’s “demented views” are not welcome and that America “is not going to be the country of white people.”… “We are collectively saying [to Trump], your vile attacks [and] your demented views are not welcome here… This is not going to be the country of the xenophobics. This is not going to be the country of white people.”

LIFENEWS: Louisiana House Passes Constitutional Amendment Confirming There’s No Right to Abortion

By Steven Ertelt, Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The Louisiana House late Tuesday passed HB 425, the Love Life Constitutional Amendment… The bill would add language to the Louisiana Constitution stating that there is no right to an abortion or taxpayer funding for abortions. To be added, the bill must pass the state legislature by a two-thirds majority and then be approved by voters… Its sponsor is state Rep. Katrina Jackson, a pro-life Democrat who spoke at the March for Life in January… “By passing this we can rest assured that, together with our state law, we will never become like New York, which recently legalized abortion up to the very moment before birth.”

Border Patrol Official: Central Americans Entering U.S. With Contagious Health Conditions

By Susan Jones, CNSNews – “You know, yesterday when we were talking with some of the migrants, I asked one woman, I said, why are you here? She said ‘asylum, asylum.’ She spoke Spanish, and I said ‘Oh, well what’s happening there? Did they try to hurt you?’ She said, well actually, I just want to get opportunity for my daughter. So they are seeing America as just an opportunity for their families. It’s not necessarily that they’re fleeing.

What Is Wrong With Socialism? by Donald DeMarco

By Donald DeMarco, EWTN News – “What is wrong with socialism?” After all, does not socialism embrace the virtues of equality, justice and the fair distribution of wealth?… For the informed Catholic, this question is not difficult to answer since it has been adequately answered in three great encyclicals: Pope Leo XIII’s 1891 Rerum Novarum… Pope Pius XI’s 1931 Quadragesimo Anno… John Paul II’s 1991 Centesimus Annus… All three pontiffs agree that socialism, in general, carries at least a strong impetus toward extreme governmental control, including the confiscation of private property, a disregard for the true nature of the human being……

Liberalism is a Mental Disorder, by Harry Stevens

By Harry Stevens, Regina Magazine – Just think what kind of America we would have now if the woman who will remain nameless was elected president. It did not happen. The MSM is furious, the movie stars are furious. The left is furious. They cannot let it go. What have we seen: resistance from election day onward. The democrats calling for impeachment every chance they get. It is a disorder, they hate, and spread their hate… Look at abortion. This is the lifeblood of the Democrats. Abortion, so-called women’s rights, and liberal democrats go hand in hand. The Covington affair happened after the pro-life march. There was a nexus of events that happened that brought all this together. Just think about it… What does this sound like?

Latino Vote Expected to Be Major Factor for Trump, by J.M. Phelps

By J.M. Phelps, OneNewsNow – A national immigration analyst says President Donald Trump’s popularity is continuing to grow among Hispanic Americans – a segment of the American population that’s projected to become the largest voting minority in the 2020 presidential election… “Latinos are paying attention to what President Trump is doing,” says Maria Espinoza, national director of The Remembrance Project… Trump’s approval among Hispanics is certainly seen in the polls, Espinoza continues. “Forty-five to 51 percent of Latinos support this president,” she tells OneNewsNow – and she expects those numbers will only increase in the next two years. She is convinced Trump’s work is “impacting every average American family” – despite the color of their skin.

Sen. Bernie Sanders: ‘Every Person Has a Right to Vote,’ Including Convicted Terrorist, by Susan Jones

By Susan Jones, CNSNews – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told a CNN town hall Monday night that “every person has a right to vote,” even if they’re in jail for heinous crimes such as the Boston Marathon bombing… He said his response to the question will probably end up as a 30-second political ad paid for by his opposition. But he refused to back down… “Look — this is what I believe. Do you believe in democracy? Do you believe that every single American 18 years of age or older who is an American citizen has the right to vote?” Sanders asked.

Social Conservatives Need to Get to Work, Not Give Up, by Jennifer Roback Morse

By Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., The Stream – Peter Wolfgang’s cry from the heart got to me, I have to admit. His recent Stream piece “George Weigel, John Paul II, and What We Need Now” moved me… The Conservative-Christian-Catholic hopefulness, even triumphalism, expressed by George Weigel and the late Michael Novak and Richard John Neuhaus, in the 1990’s has evaporated. Couched as a critique of these famous “neo-cons,” Wolfgang’s real point was “Man, we’ve got a mess on our hands. None of our Smart Guys has a clue what to do.”.. I sympathize. I’ve been thinking about it too. I do have a plan. It goes like this.

The Sri Lanka Terrorists: Martyrs or Murderers? by William Kilpatrick

By William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine – More than 290 are dead and 500 wounded in an Easter Sunday jihad massacre in Sri Lanka. The terrorists targeted three Catholic Churches and three luxury hotels frequented by foreigners. Government officials blame the attack on “religious extremists,” though no group has claimed responsibility… The term “religious extremists” implies that the vast majority of Muslim would disapprove of what the extremists did. Yet, while the vast majority won’t resort to terror themselves, they highly honor those who do.

California Supreme Court Stops Hearing Against David Daleiden Over “Political Bias and Selective Prosecution”

By Micaiah Bilger LifeNews – Undercover journalist David Daleiden received some good news Friday when the California Supreme Court suspended his preliminary hearing until further notice… Daleiden’s attorneys with the Thomas More Society told LifeNews that the court based its decision on “political bias and selective prosecution.”.. California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye released the decision Friday, his attorneys said. Daleiden’s preliminary hearing was slated to begin Monday and continue for approximately two weeks. Now, it is not clear if it will happen at all.

After Legalizing Abortions Up to Birth, New York Democrats Ban Pro-Life Group From Using State Capitol, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Pro-abortion Democrats in control of the New York legislature tried to stop a pro-life group from conducting its annual Lobby for Life day this spring… The New York Post reports New York State Right to Life reserved space at the state Capitol in Albany more than a year ago, but Democratic lawmakers revoked the reservation in February… The move came shortly after state lawmakers passed one of the most radical pro-abortion laws in the country. The so-called Reproductive Health Act allows unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo celebrated……

Pro-Life Catholic Medical Group’s Title X Application Included Contraceptive Promise

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews – Controversy continues to swirl around pro-life medical group Obria as its application for government funding in Texas comes to light… Obria’s pro-life critics believe that the medical organization has compromised its original Catholic mission to provide pro-life medical services by agreeing to partner with groups that dispense contraceptives… A reporter for the Houston Chronicle has published a copy of the application Obria made this year to receive Title X funding for its affiliates in Texas. Obria’s proposal, written on Obria letterhead, clearly states that it will “ensure” several forms of contraceptives.

Democrat Party Socialists Are a Threat to Freedom, by Cong. Mark Green

By Mark Green, Patriot Post – On a December night in 2003, as the emergency medicine physician assigned to an elite special operations team, I had the unique opportunity to interview Saddam Hussein on the night of his capture… Over the course of almost six hours with the reviled dictator, I was reminded of Lord Acton’s old adage, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” It’s hard to imagine what has to happen in a man’s heart to blacken it to the extent of Saddam Hussein’s. However, a clear contributor was the lack of accountability, or as our Founders put it, checks and balances. Without that system, freedom was only a dream in Saddam’s Iraq.

Alabama Committee Passes Bill Banning Abortion, Would Make Killing Unborn Babies a Felony, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – State House Bill 314, sponsored by Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, now moves to the full Alabama House for consideration, according to the Montgomery Advertiser… The legislation would make an abortion and attempted abortion a felony. Exceptions would be allowed if the mother’s life is at risk. Mothers would not be punished for having an abortion under the legislation… Collins said the U.S. Supreme Court was wrong in Roe v. Wade, and unborn babies deserve a right to life.

POLITICS: Liberal Media: Obama Immigration Policy ‘Cruel,’ Secretive, Encouraged ‘Sanctuary Cities to Abandon Stance’

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – “President Obama Needs to Stop Repeating FDR’s Worst Mistake and End Family Detention Now,” a July 2015 headline by The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) declares, deeming Obama’s detention and family separation policies an inhumane disaster. The article claims the Obama Administration’s “cruel” detention and no-bond policies were bred of “an atmosphere xenophobia and hysteria”

Medicare for All Means Private Insurance for None

By Hunt Lawrence and Daniel J. Flynn, American Spectator – Democrats won on the issue of healthcare in 2018 because they campaigned on protecting the coverage Americans possessed. For the 2020 presidential primaries, several Democrats run on taking away that coverage… “Let’s eliminate all of that,” Kamala Harris says of private insurance. “Let’s move on.” Kirsten Gillibrand calls abolishing private insurance “an urgent goal.” “Under Medicare for all we cover all basic healthcare needs, so they’re not going to be there to do that,” Bernie Sanders says of existing insurance companies…

Trump Sends Millions of Planned Parenthood Tax Funding to Pro-Life Women’s Clinic, by Patrina Mosley

By Patrina Mosley, LifeNews – News that Planned Parenthood lost a few million dollars to a pro-life healthcare company has sent a shockwave through an abortion industry that, up to now, had a virtual monopoly in Title X family planning money… a $1.7 million annual grant that could have gone to Planned Parenthood has instead been awarded to the Obria Group, a chain of pregnancy care centers that provide comprehensive and life-affirming care to low-income women and men across the country… This demonstrates two things: first, that there are already better options to meet the healthcare needs of women than abortion clinics, and second, that having a pro-life administration from the top down can make a difference.

ADF: Abortion Mandate ‘Blatantly Unconstitutional’, by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – “It’s blatantly unconstitutional,” says attorney Jeremiah Galus of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the organization representing the churches. “It’s rather uncontroversial that churches should be free to operate according to their faith without being threatened by the government, and it’s also not very controversial to say that it’s wrong to force a church, or anyone else for that matter, to participate in the funding of abortion, especially when their religious beliefs teach that that is the taking of an innocent human life.”

CNA: North Dakota Bans Common Abortion Procedure

Catholic News Agency – North Dakota’s governor signed into law Wednesday a bill that outlaws the common abortion procedure known as “dilation and evacuation.” Mississippi and West Virginia also outlaw the procedure… Tammi Kromenaker, director of the Red River Women’s Clinic, the sole abortion facility in North Dakota, told reporters that before deciding whether to file suit against the law’s constitutionality, she will wait until the verdict of an appeal of a similar 2017 law passed in Arkansas is reached.

New Jersey Gov Signs Bill Making It 7th State to Legalize Assisted Suicide, Will Force Taxpayers to Fund Suicides, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law today a bill targeting elderly and disabled people that legalizes assisted suicide statewide… Six states (California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and Vermont) and Washington D.C. permit the dangerous practice of allowing physicians to write lethal prescriptions to certain groups of persons to kill themselves… New Jersey works on a system where a bill must achieve 41 votes in the Assembly to pass and 21 votes in the Senate to pass, regardless of how many votes are cast against it. Advocates of the assisted suicide measure received the bare minimum in each chamber to pass it.

Illegal Migrants to ‘Sanctuary Cities’? by Mike Huckabee

By Mike Huckabee, The Stream – (Pres. Trump suggested) that he might load up buses with illegal migrants and drop them off in “sanctuary cities.”  After all, the border facilities are overflowing, largely because word is out that if you make to America, you can go to a liberal sanctuary city and be shielded from the law and federal deportation facilities.  And since the liberals who promote those policies love to climb on their high horses and lecture the rest of us about all the positive things that illegal immigrants contribute to their communities, then they should be more than happy to take all Trump wants to send.

White House Goes on Offense Against Abortion by Screening ‘Gosnell’ Movie, by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, EWTN News – White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said in a statement to the Register that the movie provides a “startling reminder” of the gruesome true story of Gosnell’s practices… “Kermit Gosnell was convicted on three counts of first-degree murder for killing babies by cutting their spines after he botched the abortions, and this film is a startling reminder of these horrific atrocities,” Deere said… He also linked Gosnell’s murder of infants born alive to the recent defense of late-term abortion from Democrats.

POLITICS: The Day of Reckoning Is at Hand

By George Parry, American Spectator:

SEN. JEANNE SHAHEEN (D., NH): So you’re not suggesting, though, that spying occurred?

BARR: Well, I guess — I think spying did occur, yes. I think spying did occur.

SEN. JEANNE SHAHEEN (D., NH): Well —

Texas Committee Hears Bill That Would Outlaw Abortion From Conception (HB 896 Abolition of Abortion Act)

By Nancy Flory, The Stream – A Texas bill that would outlaw abortion from conception was heard Monday in the state’s capitol. The bill is now pending in the House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee… Texas H.B. 896, also called the Abolition of Abortion Act, would make it illegal to get an abortion or to kill a baby by abortion at any stage of pregnancy. It would also be illegal to fail to treat an infant born alive after an abortion. Doctors who failed to treat a baby born alive after an abortion would be fined no less than $100,000….

‘Catholic’ Notre Dame Ignores Student Pleas to Filter Porn From Campus WiFi

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – Although Notre Dame University is a “Catholic” school headed by a priest, Rev. John Jenkins, it has dismissed the request of many students, faculty members, and an anti-pornography/anti-sex trafficking group to install a mandatory filter on its public WiFi to block online pornography… Enough is Enough, a non-profit organization led by Donna Rice Hughes, is committed to making the Internet safe for families and children, and was selected to be among the groups in the Vatican-led “World Congress on Child Dignity in the Digital World.”

Ohio Governor Signs Heartbeat Abortion Ban Into Law, by Michael Gryboski

By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Reporter – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed a bill into law that would prohibit abortions for unborn babies that have a detectable heartbeat, which can be found as early as six weeks into a pregnancy… “The essential function of government is to protect the most vulnerable among us — those who do not have a voice,” DeWine said just before signing Senate Bill 23, or the Ohio Human Rights and Heartbeat Protection Act, into law on Thursday afternoon… “Government’s role should be to protect life from the beginning to the end, to protect those who cannot protect themselves, such as the elderly, the unborn, those who are sick, those who have a disability, those who have a mental illness, or an addiction.”

Twitter Exec Spars with Senators Over ‘Unplanned’ Social Media Blackout, by Josh Shepherd

By Josh Shepherd, The Stream – In a U.S. Senate subcommittee Wednesday, filmmakers behind the Abby Johnson biopic Unplanned presented “evidence of one-sided discrimination” on Twitter and Google… “The subject of abortion has been targeted on these platforms,” Unplanned director Chuck Konzelman told The Stream. “If you mention it from the conservative side, you’re done.”… Within days, Senator Ted Cruz, R.-Tex, called a hearing on the apparent incident of censorship… Committee members grilled executives from social media platforms Twitter and Facebook. They questioned the Unplanned Twitter blackout as well as suppression of pro-life content from Susan B. Anthony List.

WATCH: Twitter Official Can’t Answer Why It Deemed Pro-Life Quote From Mother Teresa “Hate Speech”

By Corinne Weaver, LifeNews – At the Senate Judiciary hearing on April 10, , especially of conservative and pro-life content during the Senate Judiciary hearing on April 10.He announced that in previous hearings, Facebook refused to answer questions that CEO Mark Zuckerberg had promised would be answered in hearings in April of 2018. As he grilled the two representatives for Facebook and Twitter, Neil Potts and Carlos Monje, it seemed that both the witnesses found it difficult to directly answer the Chairman.

Conservatives in Senate Propose Real Solution to U.S. Immigration Crisis

By Al Perrotta and John Zmirak, The Stream – Some Republicans actually get it. The problems with U.S. immigration don’t boil down to just one word: “illegal.” In fact, we’d do much better to plug in another word which says much more. “Unskilled.” That is the crucial word. For decades, the U.S. has been outsourcing its manufacturing base. But we are still bringing a million or so mostly unskilled workers. Why? To chase those vanishing jobs. Whether those million people come legally or illegally. …

What Progressives Should Know About Trump Voters, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, CNN – Trump does not exist in a vacuum. Many supporters turned off by some of his antics are still far more appalled by an emerging radical neo-socialist Democratic agenda. If the alternative to Trump is a disturbing tolerance among some Democrats for anti-Semitism, the Green New Deal, reparations, a permissive approach to abortion even very late in pregnancy, a wealth tax, a 70-90% top income tax rate, the abolition of ICE, open borders, and Medicare for all, Trump’s record between 2017-20 will seem moderate and preferable.

Abortion Takes Center Stage in State Legislatures, by Kevin Jones

By Kevin Jones, CNA – With 2019 well underway, states across the country have seen an increase in bills related to abortion, as pro-life advocates seek more success and abortion rights backers fear Supreme Court decisions.“There is likely more activity this spring than there has been in many years. Perhaps ever. Each year in the past several years we thought the wave had crested. But it hasn’t,” Steven H. Aden, general counsel at Americans United for Life, told CNA April 8.

Rigging Electoral Demo-Graphics to Guarantee Leftist Rule, by Mark Alexander

By Mark Alexander, Patriot Post – Additionally, the Demos’ “Hate Trump” platform has emboldened new socialist cadres and boosted socialist protagonist Bernie Sanders to the front of the 2020 pack. But they are deeply concerned about their 2020 presidential prospects under the current “antiquated constitutional system” that only allows U.S. citizens to vote and requires a majority of electoral votes state-by-state to determine a presidential victory.

POLITICS: Candace Owens to Congress: Left Uses Terms Like White Nationalism For Power, To Scare Brown People, by Ian Schwartz

By Ian Schwartz, RealClearPolitics – Conservative activist Candace Owens addressed a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Hate Crimes and White Nationalism on Tuesday and said the left uses such terms for “fear mongering, power and control.”… “There isn’t a single adult today that in good conscience would make the argument that America is a more racist, more white nationalist society than it was when my grandfather was growing up and yet we are hearing these terms center around today because what they want to say is that brown people need to be scared which seems to be the narrative that we hear every four years right ahead of a presidential election,” Owens said in her opening statement.

When a Homosexual Episcopalian Calls Trump’s Christianity ‘Hypocritical’, by Dr. Michael Brown

By Dr. Michael Brown, The Stream – If ever there was a glaring instance of the pot calling the kettle black it was when South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a professing Christian and practicing homosexual, called President Trump a hypocritical Christian. Seriously?… To be clear, I have no problem with someone questioning whether President Trump is a true Christian. An evangelical friend of mine who has met with Trump on several occasions recently told me that he does not believe the president has had a true conversion experience but that he does truly fear God.

Pres. Trump: Federal Judge’s Immigration Ruling ‘So Unfair to the U.S.’

By Susan Jones, CNSNews – “A 9th Circuit Judge just ruled that Mexico is too dangerous for migrants. So unfair to the U.S. OUT OF CONTROL!” President Donald Trump tweeted Monday night… Federal District Judge Richard Seeborg, an Obama appointee, on Monday blocked the Trump administration’s policy of holding Central Americans in Mexico until their asylum claims can be heard… Under the so-called “Migrant Protection Protocols” (MPP), announced in January, the Homeland Security Department aimed to “end the exploitation of our generous immigration laws.”

Bitter Easter in China. In the Game With Rome, a Blowout for Beijing, by di Sandro Magister

By di Sandro Magister, L’Espresso – The Chinese regime is also applying its agreement with the Holy See this way. With the bulldozer that under police escort – see photo – razes to the ground on April 4 the building of a parish in Qianyang, which had on its top floor a room for the Mass and on the ground floor a free clinic for the poor, run by nuns… The fault of the pastor and of the two thousand faithful of this “clandestine” parish is the same as that of the diocese of which it is part, that of Fengxiang, in Shaanxi, the only diocese in all of China in which none of the baptized, from the bishop to the last of the faithful, has yet agreed to enroll in the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association…

How Gender Identity Extremism at UN Threatens Rights of Real Women and Girls, by Grace Melton

By Grace Melton, Daily Signal – Rather than just reducing women’s needs and priorities to issues pertaining to their biological and reproductive capabilities (as though women care solely about sexual and reproductive health), this radical ideology now threatens to erase biological women from the discussion altogether… The rapidly changing and ever-expanding ideology of so-called gender identity threatens to undermine women’s economic, social, and political progress in unprecedented ways.

‘As a Bishop, It Is My Duty to Warn the West’: An Interview With Cardinal Sarah

By Cardinal Robert Sarah, Catholic Herald – The spiritual crisis involves the entire world. But its source is in Europe. People in the West are guilty of rejecting God… The spiritual collapse thus has a very Western character. In particular, I would like to emphasize the rejection of fatherhood. Our contemporaries are convinced that, in order to be free, one must not depend on anybody. There is a tragic error in this. Western people are convinced that receiving is contrary to the dignity of human persons. But civilized man is fundamentally an heir, he receives a history, a culture, a language, a name, a family…

How Socialists Will Usher In a New Hell on Earth, by John Horvat II

By John Horvat II,  Crisis Magazine – “I don’t believe in charities,” he said gruffly, adding that he did not “believe in the fundamental concepts on which charities are based and contend that government, rather than charity organizations, should take over responsibility for charity programs.”… The outspoken figure was the then-Mayor Bernie Sanders, an avowed socialist. The comment was quoted in a 1981 New York Times article that recently surfaced. As the ranks of socialist politicians are increasing, ideas like this one now blanket the nation and are gaining some traction.

“There is Something in Abby Johnson’s Story That Speaks to the Soul” by Maria V. Gallagher

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation – I have labored for a long time to seek an end to the tragedy of abortion. I believe that the movie “Unplanned” is a pivotal moment in not only the history of cinema, but in our history as a nation. For the veil is coming off the abortion industry, and people are seeing it—perhaps for the first time—for the tragic enterprise it is… But, like the people who call our office wanting to lend a helping hand, I feel as if I now need to do more…. Abby’s story will not only touch your heart, it can rock your world!

Historian: Trump’s Record, Authenticity Will Carry Him to Victory, by J.M. Phelps

By J.M. Phelps, OneNewsNow – The radical leftist agenda simply doesn’t connect with the heart of America – but that, says a New York Times best-selling author, is just one of the reasons why President Donald Trump will be reelected next year, hands down… In the 2020 presidential election, says award-winning historian Dr. Victor Davis Hanson, “we are not going to be examining any unknown qualities [about Trump].” Voters, he points out, will have available for consideration the president’s achievements while in office…

What About All Those Stories Democrats Ignored Because They Were ‘Distractions’ From Russian Collusion?

By Rachel Alexander, The Stream – How many times in the past two years did you hear the phrase Trump or the Republicans did or said something “to distract from the Russia investigation?” Trump calls out some fake news story, it’s “to distract from the Russia probe.” The GOP uncovers a sleazy act by someone like James Comey and it’s “to distract from the Special Counsel.”

Cardinal Sarah: Mass Migration Not Part of Catholic Faith, by David Nussman

By David Nussman, ChurchMilitant – Cardinal Robert Sarah criticized Catholic leaders who use their authority to throw weight behind secular political causes. He told the magazine, “Today, many priests and bishops are literally bewitched by political or social issues.”… Cardinal Sarah, the Vatican’s chief liturgist, brought up the example of “men leaving their own country” — a reference to migration…. “All migrants who arrive in Europe are penniless, without work, without dignity. … This is what the Church wants? The Church cannot cooperate with this new form of slavery that has become mass migration.”

Democrats Want Reparations? They Should Look First in the Mirror, by Al Perrotta

By Al Perrotta, The Stream – Why are Democratic candidates suddenly talking about reparations? Pretty simple. Donald Trump’s making inroads among black voters. They see their most reliable voting bloc starting to defect. To the Republicans. To Trump. Democrats may like denial, but they can read the headlines: Historic lows in black unemployment… Candace Owens and Blexit… The Walk Away movement… The president delivering on prison reform.

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is Punished for the Wrong Crimes, by Austin Ruse

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – The specialty of SPLC is the made-up hate crime. They spy hate groups where none exist, so they can shake down gullible liberals in the north. And this was plenty remunerative until it became evident that racist groups were on the terminal decline. So, they booted up to con rich gays into believing that Christians were about to take away all their hard-fought rights. Which ones? Gays could certainly vote, and assemble, and worship, and possessed all the other rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

2020: Socialist America or Trump’s America? by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan – Yet, as of today, the unannounced front-runner Joe Biden, who is taking fire from many quarters, appears to be the last man standing between Sanders Socialism and the Democratic nomination… Should Joe falter and fall, Trump would be the nation’s last line of defense against the coming of a Socialist America. For never-Trump conservatives, the day of reckoning may be just ahead.

Leftist Outrage: Louisiana Public School to Teach Bible Course, by Ken Webster, Jr.

By Ken Webster, Jr., KPRC – The First Amendment of the Constitution clearly states we have a right to “freedom of religion” with, in this case, an emphasis on the word “of”… It does not say you have freedom “from religion”. The difference is notable. Our Founding Fathers created our country based off Judeo-Christian values and they never had a problem with people displaying religious images in public places… Even still, a Louisiana public high school plans to bring back a course next year called, “Bible as Literature” and some people are furious.

LifeSiteNews: Pope Appoints Pro-LGBT Wilton Gregory to Archdiocese of Washington. Catholic Laity Protest

LifeSiteNews staff – The Vatican announced today that Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta will be the successor of embattled Cardinal Donald Wuerl to lead the Archdiocese of Washington D.C., one of the most prominent sees in the United States… Numerous faithful Catholic laity are outraged over the appointment of Gregory. The Archbishop has a history of showing support for homosexuality, contrary to Catholic teaching, along with other unorthodox positions… The group “Catholic Laity for Orthodox Bishops and Reform” had urged the Holy See to “seek out a worthy candidate who is without ties to Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, Mr. Theodore McCarrick, or Donald Cardinal Wuerl.”

Immigration or Invasion — What’s the Difference?

By Dr. Alan Keyes, ChurchMilitant – Moral factors hidden in the word “morale” make all the difference. People entering our territory with arms are invaders if they mean to use those arms to enforce their will upon us. But what if unarmed entrants are organized with a view to using moral force, instead of arms, to achieve the same coercion? Are they not also invaders when they do so without regard to the standing will we have expressed by law; and the avenues, terms and procedures we have established for in-migration?

House Democrats Block Bill to Stop Infanticide For 26th Time, Refuse Care for Aborted Babies Born Alive, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats continue to refuse a request to allow a vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, legislation that would stop infanticide and provide medical care and treatment for babies who survive abortions.

President Trump Will Nominate Amy Barrett When Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Seat Opens Up, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Top pro-abortion Democrat Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin also aggressively questioned Barrett about her faith during her nomination hearing to the Seventh Circuit in 2017. The two made it appear that people with sincere, pro-life Catholic beliefs are somehow not qualified to serve as federal judges… “When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for, for years in this country,” Feinstein said.

Nielsen Orders ‘Emergency Surge Operations’ on Southwest Border, by Patrick Goodenough

By Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews – The Trump administration is speeding up the temporary deployment of another 750 Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel – and possibly more – to parts of the Southwest border most affected by the influx of migrants…. The administration also has directed CBP to return to Mexico hundreds of migrants more each day than are currently being sent back… Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen issued the directives in a memorandum to CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan on Monday, telling him to initiate “emergency surge operations.”

The Abortion Industry is Having One of Its Worst Years Ever…Thanks to Pro-Life Efforts, by Jonathan Van Maren

By Jonathan Van Maren, LifeSiteNews – No wonder American abortion activists have been panicking: According to a recent report from Planned Parenthood and the Guttmacher Institute, more than 250 bills restricting abortion have been filed in 41 states since the beginning of 2019. More than 400 pro-life laws have passed in state legislatures since 2011, but the avalanche of pro-life legislation seems to have increased and picked up speed over the past two years, especially with an uptick in “heartbeat bills”….

41 States Have Introduced Over 250 Pro-Life Laws Since January, Planned Parenthood Complains, by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – Planned Parenthood and its former research arm released a new report this week intended to warn their followers about rising threats to so-called “reproductive rights,” but the numbers will just as likely hearten pro-lifers by putting the scope of 2019’s pro-life legislative progress in perspective.

EXCLUSIVE: HHS Makes $5.1 Million Grant to Pro-Life Community Clinics, by Rachel del Guidice

By Rachel del Guidice, The Daily Signal – The founder of an organization of community care clinics that cater to women praises the Trump administration for deciding to give her group $5.1 million over three years for use in California, a grant that once might have gone to Planned Parenthood… “With this grant, the administration has opened up a new avenue of health care choices for low-income and underserved women and their families in California,” Kathleen Eaton Bravo, CEO and founder of The Obria Group Inc. and Obria Medical Clinics….

NY Times: Georgia Is Latest State to Pass Fetal Heartbeat Bill as Part of Growing Trend, by Sarah Mervosh

By Sarah Mervosh, New York Times – Tensions over a growing movement to ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected intensified this week as lawmakers in Georgia passed a bill that stands to become one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country… The bill, which narrowly passed in the Republican-controlled legislature on Friday, is expected to be signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican. The measure generally prohibits the procedure after doctors can discern a fetal heartbeat, a milestone that happens around six weeks of pregnancy — before some women know they are pregnant.

Sen. Mike Lee: Yes, Babies Are a Better Solution to Climate Change Than the Green New Deal

By Sen. Mike Lee, Daily Signal – But what was surprising about the reaction to my speech on the Green New Deal is which chart garnered the most vehement anger. It wasn’t Reagan riding a dinosaur or Utah Gov. Gary Herbert battling tornado-propelled sharks or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asserting that the resolution’s own supporters don’t know what’s in it… No, the most controversial poster of the 14-minute speech turned out to be a simple image of six smiling babies… Why such an aggrieved reaction to such a heart-warming image?

The Media Have Done Tremendous Damage to the Country and Themselves

By David Harsanyi, Daily Signal – For the past two years, a large swath of the media engaged in a mass act of self-deception and partisan group think. Perhaps it was Watergate envy, or bitterness over Donald Trump’s victory, or antagonism toward Republicans in general—or, most likely, a little bit of all the above…. But now that special counsel Robert Mueller has delivered his report on Russian collusion, it’s clear that political journalists did the bidding of those who wanted to de-legitimatize and overturn Trump’s election….

Collusion, by David Warren

By David Warren, The Catholic Thing – Well, if the Trump administration was not in collusion with Russia, with whom WERE they in collusion? My own guess is the voters in the Red States, but I’ve already heard other theories…. It has been more fun following politics (in a desultory, Lenten way) in your country than in mine. Up here in the freezer-section north, we have a Liberal government that was caught by a naïve and apparently principled young member of its own cabinet, doing something criminally corrupt on a huge scale…..

Google, Amazon And Other Corporate Giants Target Texas Religious Protection Bills, by Joshua Gill

By Joshua Gill, The Stream -Google, Amazon, IBM and Texas businesses banded together to oppose several Texas bills offering religious exemptions to businesses and state license holders… The group of businesses, along with several local Texas chambers of commerce, sent a letter to the Texas state legislature Wednesday declaring that they will oppose any legislation that affords protections to business owners who refuse service to individuals based on deeply held religious beliefs.

The Coup, Phase Two: Taking Trump Down, by Mark Alexander

By Mark Alexander, Patriot Post – According to Barr, “The Special Counsel issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search warrants, obtained more than 230 orders for communication records, issued almost 50 orders authorizing use of pen registers, made 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence, and interviewed approximately 500 witnesses.” All that notwithstanding, Barr says Mueller “did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.”

Trump Says Republicans Will Become ‘Party of Great Health Care’, by Fred Lucas

By Fred Lucas, The Daily Signal – President Donald Trump on Wednesday predicted the demise of Obamacare and that Republicans would become “the party of great health care.”… Trump spoke to reporters in the Oval Office two days after his Justice Department opted not to defend the Affordable Care Act—better known as Obamacare—with an appeal after a federal judge in Texas ruled it unconstitutional in December.

U. S. Rep. Lois Frankel to Pompeo: ‘Your Administration Is Abortion Obsessed’, by Melanie Arter

By Melanie Arter, CNSNews – Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) on Wednesday accused the Trump administration of being “obsessed” with abortion… At a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the State Department’s 2020 budget proposal, Frankel cited Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement Tuesday that the administration is expanding enforcement of the Mexico City policy, blocking non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that promote or perform abortions from receiving federal funds.

Africa and the Blood of Christians, by Doug Bandow

By Doug Bandow, The American Conservative – Africa needs reform. Politics needs to incorporate democracy and tolerance. Governments need to become more competent, honest, and responsive. Economies need to better deliver growth and opportunity. People need to reject extremism and cooperate. Although Christians bear the brunt of the persecution, in most African countries, only a handful benefit from the current strife. An end to religious persecution would be a gain for the vast majority.

Nancy Pelosi: We Have a “Moral Responsibility to Protect God’s Creation,” Just Not Babies From Abortion, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi believes Americans need to protect “God’s creation” for future generations, but not future generations from abortion… On Wednesday, the pro-abortion Democratic leader touted her Catholic faith as she introduced a new bill to control climate change. She called protecting the environment a “moral issue” and “the existential threat of our time,” USA Today reports… “If you believe, as I do, that this is God’s creation, this planet, we have a moral responsibility to be good stewards of it,” Pelosi said. “But even if you don’t subscribe to that, you know we have a moral responsibility to future generations.”

The Opiate of the Masses, by Randall Smith

Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing – I had the privilege of visiting Havana, Cuba, recently.  I probably won’t be allowed back anytime soon for reasons that will shortly become clear.  While I was there, someone emailed to say, “You have a ‘Catholic Thing’ article up today on clericalism.”  When I finally got Internet access, I found that The Catholic Thing is blocked by the government in Cuba.  You cannot read it there.

Confessions of a Hater, by Rob Schwarzwalder

By Rob Schwarzwalder, The Stream – The overwhelming majority of the sexual abuse known to have occurred within Scouting over the past decades has been homosexual in nature. I reviewed each of the 1,932 case files released by the BSA and published in the Los Angeles Times. All but about 15 deal with cases of man-on-boy or older boy-on-younger boy sexual assault… But to the SPLC, none of this mattered. Not the facts, not what I actually said. They found a quote that fit their agenda, pulled it out of context, and used it to make their dishonest case.

US Secretary of State Expands Mexico City Policy, by Christine Rousselle

By Christine Rousselle, CNA – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Tuesday an expansion of the pro-life Mexico City Policy and the slashing of funds to the Organization of American States in response to its abortion advocacy… These new policies are designed to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortion or the promotion of abortion abroad… “The American people should rest assured that this administration – and this State Department, and our USAID – will do all we can to safeguard U.S. taxpayer dollars and protect and respect the sanctity of life for people all around the globe,” Pompeo said March 26.

Dems Overplaying Their Hand, by Chad Groening

By Chad Groening, OneNewsNow – “The tables have been completely turned, and I believe that we will now see a comprehensive investigation,” comments Matt Barber, co-founder and chief counsel of Christian Civil Rights Watch. “I am calling for, and I know a number of people are now calling for, a second legitimate special counsel investigation and appointment to look into the players behind the scenes that planned, orchestrated, and facilitated this witch hunt.” 

The End of the Collusion Fantasy, by L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham

By L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNSNews – The psychedelic balloon of liberal hope in Robert Mueller is no more. It started to leak helium months ago, and some liberals worried that his final conclusions might be … “disappointing.”… They wanted the special counsel to deliver the goods, the evidence of collusion. This would not make Donald Trump an ordinary run-of -the-mill felon. This would make him complicit in an effort to subvert the federal government. Donald Trump would be a traitor.

How Leftist Ideology Ruins College Students, by Walter E. Williams

By Walter E. Williams, The Daily Signal – Philip Carl Salzman… explains that cancer in a Minding the Campus article, titled “What Your Sons and Daughters Will Learn at University.”… Salzman argues that for most of the 20th century, universities were dedicated to the advancement of knowledge. There was open exchange and competition in the marketplace of ideas. Different opinions were argued and respected…. Most notably in the social sciences, social work, the humanities, education and law, this is no longer the case. Leftist political ideology has emerged.

Assume the Left Lies and You Will Discover the Truth: Reflections on the Trump-Russia Collusion Lie, by Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager, The Stream – From the beginning, I repeatedly said the charge that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government to defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election was a lie. The president’s description of it as a “witch hunt” was accurate… I regularly acknowledged that I was putting my credibility on the line by stating that it was all a hoax. But how did I know that? After all, I wasn’t privy to any confidential intelligence.

CNA: Michigan AG: No Funds for Catholic Adoption Agencies if LGBT Non-Compliant

Catholic News Agency – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has barred state funds from adoption agencies that won’t place children with same-sex couples, after reaching a settlement with the ACLU and same-sex couples who approached a Catholic agency and another Christian agency… The settlement is despite a state law protecting the religious freedom and funding of adoption agencies… “This settlement does nothing to protect the thousands of children in foster care looking for loving homes,” the Michigan Catholic Conference objected in a March 22 Facebook post…

They Are Real: Meet Born-Alive Abortion Survivors

By Chloe Kilano, Human Defense – On Monday, February 25, 2019, the Senate failed to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in a 53-44 vote. The bill would have provided protection for babies born alive after abortions, and every single Democratic candidate for 2020 voted against it. Thor Benson even went on to tweet that there is no such thing as an abortion survivor. This is void of anything truthful, and the testimonies of abortion survivors below prove it to be so.

And Now It’s Trump’s Turn, by Al Perrotta

By Al Perrotta, The Stream – Around the same time Robert Mueller delivered the Special Counsel report to Attorney General William Barr Friday afternoon, a sudden hailstorm slammed the Nation’s Capital… One minute it was sunny, the next all wind, hail and fury.
For two years, the media has been saying Mueller would be the storm that blows this White House down…

Cardinals Violating Their Vows: A Ho-Hum Story? by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – How is this possible? During a conclave the only people present— the cardinals and a very few other officials— are sworn to secrecy. The oath that they take, set forth by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012, is both clear and solemn: I, N.N., promise and swear that, unless I should receive a special faculty given expressly by the newly-elected Pontiff or by his successors, I will observe absolute and perpetual secrecy with all who are not part of the College of Cardinal electors concerning all matters directly or indirectly related to the ballots cast …..

Every Democrat Who Voted Against the Born Alive Bill Received Money From Planned Parenthood, by Jimmy Lewis

By Jimmy Lewis, LifeNews – The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act was introduced to the Senate on Jan. 31 by Republican Sen. Ben Sasse. The legislation came after a Virginia delegate faced backlash for stating that an abortion bill under consideration in the state would allow abortions up until the moment of birth… The Senate bill would “prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion,” according to the bill summary.

Civil Disobedience is a Fundamental Right, Says Venezuelan Cardinal

By Catholic News Agency – “State security agencies exist not to take care of the government but to take care of the citizens,” said Cardinal Baltazar Porras, at a press conference this week… “Therefore every order that is given that goes against the lives of the citizenry is an order to kill, it is an order which there is no duty to carry out nor heed, because civil disobedience is also a fundamental right,” the cardinal stressed.

Science is Never Settled, by Regis Nicoll

By Regis Nicoll, Crisis Magazine – In his 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore promotes the view that anthropogenic (man-made) global warming (AGW) is fact and has caused nearly every malady in recent history from hurricane Katrina to the spread of malaria. What’s more, things are going to get worse; it’s not a question of if, but when and how much.

Family Leave and the Federal Government, by Brian Mark Weber

By Brian Mark Weber, The Patriot Post – For decades, conservative politicians have talked a good game about limiting the scope and power of the federal government, reducing entitlements, and fostering a sense of self-reliance. Yet they’ve offered little to back up the political rhetoric and, consequently, the Left has run the table on a range of issues by giving the people feel-good government programs.

5 Reasons Christians are Silent While the Innocent Suffer, by Dr. Michael Brown

By Dr. Michael Brown, The Stream – (W)hen faced with injustice in our own day, including the slaughter of the innocent, so many of us are silent. Why?… One reason is that the suffering is often out of sight and therefore out of mind. How many of us even know where an abortion clinic is located in our city? How many of us interact on a regular basis with those affected by abortion?

In Letter To Congress, Attorney General Confirms Mueller Found No Evidence Of Collusion By Trump, by Sean Davis

By Sean Davis, The Federalist – In a four-page letter provided to Congress on Sunday, Attorney General William Barr officially revealed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller did not find any evidence that President Donald Trump or members of his campaign treasonously colluded with the Russian government to steal the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton.

Rep. Louie Gohmert: ‘There is a Brazen Invasion Occurring at Our Border’

By CNSNews.com Staff – Rep. Louie Gohmert (R.-Texas), a former Texas state judge who serves on the House Judiciary Committee, said in a question-and-answer exchange with CNSNews.com that “there is a brazen invasion occurring at our border.”
“This is a serious humanitarian and national security crisis, and as immigration enforcement professionals have repeatedly affirmed, there is no effective solution to that crisis that doesn’t include a physical barrier along at least part of our southern border,” Gohmert told CNSNews.com.

So Many Illinois Pro-Lifers Flooded the Capitol Opposing Abortions Up to Birth They Had to Shut It Down, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Pro-lifers flooded the Illinois Capitol on Wednesday in opposition to several radical pro-abortion bills that would allow unborn babies to be aborted up to birth… The Illinois News Network reports so many people showed up for the peaceful pro-life rally that police temporarily closed access to the capitol due to “overcrowding.”… Photos on Illinois Right to Life’s Facebook page show pro-lifers packed in the capitol rotunda. The pro-life group said more people stood outside the building because they could not get inside.

Against the Dead Consensus

By Various, First Things – We give credit where it is due: Consensus conservatism played a heroic role in defeating Communism in the last century, by promoting prosperity at home and the expansion of a rules-based international order. At its best, the old consensus defended the natural rights of Americans and the “transcendent dignity of the human person, as the visible image of the invisible God” (Pope John Paul II, Centesimus Annus) against the depredations of totalitarian regimes.

Close the Door to Socialism, by Rita Dunaway

By Rita Dunaway, The Stream – The topic of socialism is hot, and that’s alarming. Students of history know socialist experiments end in a hot mess. How could socialist policies even be possible in our Republic, with our Constitution?… Because the brilliant system set forth in our Constitution has been undermined. Conservatives fuss about federal officials ignoring the Constitution. The real problem is that they reinterpret it. How can they do that? Because they’re relativists.

Why Democrats Fear the Electoral College, by David Harsanyi

By David Harsanyi, The Daily Signal – Today we see why the left has worked to convince Americans that majoritarianism is a profound moral good. And it’s not just that the political class is going through another silly debate about the suddenly inconvenient Electoral College. It’s that Democrats are increasingly comfortable attacking foundational ideas of American governance.

CNA: ‘We’re In a Very Different Time Now’: Montreal Officials Oust Crucifix From City Hall

Catholic News Agency – A crucifix that has hung on the wall of Montreal’s City Hall since 1937, reminding city officials to let God guide their decisions, will be taken down for a renovation project, never to be put back, local sources have reported… City councilor Laurence Lavigne-Lalonde (said) “The crucifix was installed during an era that was completely different than the one we live in today”… “We now live in a society that has evolved and is represented by democratic institutions that must be secular, neutral and open to all citizens,” Lavigne-Lalonde added.

No Wonder Trump’s Judicial Nominations Are Important

By Nate Jackson, Patriot Post – Having judges who will interpret the law as written instead of what they would prefer laws to be is paramount for the preservation of our republic. Thus, it’s no wonder that Democrats, who advocate for activist judges to turn the judiciary into what their party’s founder, Thomas Jefferson, called the “despotic branch”… The Heritage Foundation’s Thomas Jipping reports, “Trump’s 91 judges have received more negative confirmation votes than the 2,653 judges confirmed to the same courts during the entire 20th century combined.”

Socialism Produces Greater Levels of Economic Misery, by Daniel Mitchell

Daniel Mitchell – I relentlessly mock socialism, in part because it’s such a target-rich environment. But I’m also hoping that humor is a way of debunking this wretched ideology. I’m worried, after all, that socialism may triumphthanks to a combination of “public choice” and diminishing societal capital.

Mississippi Gov. Bryant Signs ‘Heartbeat Bill’ Banning Abortion After Fetal Heartbeat

By Henry Rogers, The Stream – Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed a “heartbeat bill” Thursday, which will make abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected illegal in the state… “I am very pro-life, always have been,” Bryant said after signing the legislation. “I think obviously we’ll have some legal challenges on it. We have legal challenges with every pro-life bill that we have ever passed. We anticipate that. We hope that it will get to the Supreme Court and they will uphold it.”

Evangelical Approval of Trump Remains High, but Other Religious Groups are Less Supportive

By Philip Schwadel, Gregory A. Smith, Pew Research Center – More than two years into Donald Trump’s presidency, white evangelical Protestants in the United States continue to overwhelmingly support him, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data. Other religious groups, however, are more divided in their views of the president… Roughly seven-in-ten white evangelical Protestants (69%) say they approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president, according to the Center’s latest polling in January 2019.

Planned Parenthood CEO Lies: Claims Late-Term Abortions “Rare,” But They Kill 13,000 Babies Every Year

By Brittany Hughes, LifeNews – Let’s break down Wen’s claim using actual facts: firstly, the claim that late-term abortions are “rare.”
While not nearly as common as early abortions performed in the first trimester, abortions performed at or after 24 weeks are hardly “rare.” In fact, the CDC estimates that roughly 13,000 of these late-term abortions are performed in the United States every single year. That’s enough unborn babies to fill up about half the L.A. Chargers football stadium.

Media Touts ‘Clear Sign of Human-Caused Climate Change.’ Here Are the Facts, by Marc Morano

By Marc Morano, Daily Signal – Most climate change activists cite the greenhouse gas theory—that man-made gases are causing changes to the Earth’s temperature. Christy noted that this theory predicts an increase in frequency of record-breaking temperatures. Yet the exact opposite is happening in the U.S.—the frequency of those temps is declining.

ADF: Nothing About the Equality Act is Equal, by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – Attorney Greg Baylor of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) says everyone agrees that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect… “Our laws must respect the constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms that we have, and this Equality Act is a coercive sexual orientation and gender identity law,” Baylor continues. “It really undermines fairness and freedom.”

House Democrats Block 19 Times Vote on Bill to Protect Babies Who Survive Abortion, by Rachel del Guidice

By Rachel del Guidice, The Daily Signal – Nineteen times House Democrats have blocked a vote on a bill that would protect babies who survive an abortion… “It is a shocking reality that the majority party in the people’s House refuses to allow a vote to protect the lives of newborn babies,” Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., chairman of the Republican Study Committee, said in a statement… This bill simply affords infants born alive during a failed abortion attempt the same care any other newborn would receive.

State-Level Abortion Battles Continue Across the U.S.

By Catholic News Agency – A judge blocked a Kentucky law that would prohibit abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, in the latest setback in efforts to expand abortion restrictions in the United States… Federal Judge David J. Hale of the Western District of Kentucky ruled on March 16 that Kentucky’s newly-signed law to ban abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy may be unconstitutional, and delayed its enforcement for the next two weeks.

Assisted Suicide Battle Plays Out Across Several States, by Stephen Beale

By Stephen Beale, EWTN News – Key battleground states include Maryland, New Jersey, New York and New Mexico, where the leading advocate for the bills, Compassion and Choices, is focusing its efforts, according to Sean Crowley, a spokesman for the organization. Other states include: Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Rhode Island, Utah and Virginia.

Christian Refuses to Pay Taxes Because They Fund Abortions, Wins Court Battle Against IRS, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – An Oregon man won an initial victory against the IRS last year in his determination not to pay taxes because they fund abortions… Michael Bowman, a pro-life Christian, has refused to pay income taxes or file tax returns for more than two decades, National Review reports. He repeatedly has made it very clear why: He believes unborn babies are valuable human beings, and killing them is wrong.

Socialism’s Bloody History Shows Millennials Should Think Twice Before Supporting It, by Stella Morabito

By Stella Morabito, The Federalist – Millennials for Bernie Sanders, Be Careful What You Wish For… So why should we meditate on the gruesome anniversary of Bukharin’s execution 78 years after the fact? Because Stalin’s purges and the reign of terror he invoked throughout Soviet society are actually pretty natural outgrowths of a system that puts too much power in the hands of too few people. That’s why… The current professed yearning for socialism—a system so conducive to corruption, cronyism, censorship, and coercion—just keeps rearing its ugly head.

Ben Shapiro: ‘Hilarious’ That The New York Times Is Complaining ‘About China’s Declining Birthrate’

By Michael Morris., CNSNews – The New York Times is complaining “about China’s declining birthrate.”… “Now, there’s something hilarious about The New York Times complaining about China’s declining birthrate,” stated Ben Shapiro. “The real reason they’re worried about the declining birthrate in China, of course, is because they have a massive social welfare state infrastructure – it’s a communist country. If you don’t have young people, nobody’s paying the bills. And they used a one child policy to completely destroy the future of their country.”

New Mexico Defeats Radical Bill to Legalize Abortions Up to Birth, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The New Mexico Senate rejected a radical pro-abortion bill Thursday that would have kept abortions legal for any reason up to birth in the state… The vote was 18-24. It was a tough fight for pro-life advocates after the bill passed the House in February and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who claims to be Catholic, said she would support it… Pro-life advocates celebrated the victory and praised the Republican and Democratic lawmakers who helped to defeat the bill.

New Open Society Foundations Leader Co-Founded Controversial ‘Catholic Spring’ Groups, by Kevin Jones

By Kevin Jones, CNA – The deeply influential Open Society Foundations has announced that Tom Perriello – a former congressman, pro-abortion rights gubernatorial candidate and co-founder of controversial Catholic political groups linked to John Podesta amid speculation of a “Catholic Spring” revolution against the bishops – will oversee grantmaking and advocacy for the U.S. programs branch of financier George Soros’ philanthropy network.

Fr. John A. Perricone: What in the World Is a “Worship Space”?

By Fr. John A. Perricone, Crisis Magazine – Euphemisms are de rigeur for revolutionaries. Communist states call themselves “people’s republics.” When they instigate conflicts, they are called “wars of liberation.” Abortionists call their abattoirs “pregnancy centers” and their executions “terminations.” Most currently, surgeons call sexual mutilation “gender reassignment.” All of this a clever strategy to stave off natural human revulsion so that after a sufficient passage of time the moral sense is deadened.

Patrick J. Buchanan: Is Diversity a Root Cause of Dual Loyalty?

By Patrick J. Buchanan – Yet, allegations of dual loyalty against ethnic groups, even from statesmen, have a long history in American politics… In 1915, ex-President Theodore Roosevelt, at a convention of the Catholic Knights of Columbus, bellowed: “There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism … German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans, or Italian-Americans… “There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is a man who is an American and nothing else.”

Does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in Fact, Exist? Does Rev. Thomas Rosica? by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Is the Vatican an SNL Skit?.. I’m waiting for God to do something like that for all of us. Because the past few years in Church and State really have felt like some kind of weird reality show. Or at best, the worst kind of improv…. Catholic conservative activist Elizabeth Yore came to the latter conclusion recently. She wrote on Twitter: Vatican is an SNL skit. Bishop under investigation for sexual misconduct is on spiritual retreat with Pope Francis….

The Danger of Liberal, Progressive Socialism

By James Robison, Founder and Publisher of The Stream – The once subtle but now radical move toward Socialism in America will prove to be an all-out assault on freedom itself. It replaces trust in Nature’s God and Nature’s Law with idolatrous trust in a source other than God; an idol requiring more slavish devotion than Pharaoh, Caesar, or any wicked king, dictator or emperor. Already we see those who do not honor this freedom-diminishing trend secular deity are demonized in every possible way.

Caxit: Catholics Exiting the Democratic Party, by David Nussman

By David Nussman, Church Militant – Now, there is a website called “Caxit” that calls for Catholics to abandon the Democratic Party… Church Militant reached out to Dori Belmonte, the person behind Caxit, and asked about the purpose of the site. She said that, in addition to encouraging Catholics to leave the Democratic Party, she also has intentions to “give a voice to conservative Catholic parishioners and priests who experience prejudice from the liberal Church hierarchy” and to “shed light on how liberal ideologies have poisoned the Catholic Church from within.”

Immigrants Use Twice the Welfare of U.S.-Born Citizens, by Michael F. Haverluck

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately half of noncitizens living in America are in the country illegally, and researchers from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) explained that even though the Trump administration has taken many measures to reduce immigrants’ reliance on the U.S. welfare system, they still receive a great majority of free benefits dished out by federal and state governments – at taxpayers’ expense… “Sixty-three (63) percent of non-citizen households access welfare programs – compared to 35 percent of native households”…

Few Abuse Scandals Involve Francis as Directly as That of Argentine Bishop

By Inés San Martín, CRUX – Though Pope Francis has faced questions and even criticism for his overall handling of the clerical sexual abuse scandals in Catholicism, few cases touch the pontiff quite as directly as that of Argentine Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, who was brought to Rome at the pope’s personal initiative and who now stands accused of abuse… Appointed by Francis to the northern Argentine diocese of Oran, when the bishop resigned at the age of 53 in 2017 he said the move was for “health reasons.” A few months later, Francis named him Assessor to the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See….