September 21, 2015

Why is abortion ignored by genocide studies?

Recognizing abortion as a modern genocide.
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum surely qualifies as one of the world's best resources on genocide studies. The museum concerns itself not only with the Holocaust of World War II, but also with other modern genocides, such as those in Bosnia, Cambodia and elsewhere. Currently, the museum website presents a big feature on "The World's Refugee Crisis" involving Syrian refugees.  

How can it be then, that I search the museum website in vain for even a single reference to the worst mass killing of all time: the continuing loss of human life through abortion? How is it possible that the museum website provides the audio of lectures such as "How Might Another Holocaust Be Prevented?", paradoxically in complete ignorance of the holocaust of unborn children that is happening at this very moment?

This strange omission is not unique to the Holocaust Museum. Indeed, abortion is the shocking blind spot of the entire international community of justice seekers, truth defenders and human rights activists, which includes innumerable organizations including Amnesty International and other human rights groups. 

How can it be explained that this very community, filled as they are with zeal for preventing and ending genocides and mass atrocities around the world, has not noticed the ongoing murder of over 57 million unborn human beings in the United States alone (since Roe v. Wade)? 

This incredible and catastrophic ignorance surely begs for some kind of explanation. One day, answers will also be demanded by incredulous future generations.

September 19, 2015

End of tolerance in Ontario: Schools can force kids to learn gender ideology

Ontario sex education curriculum harms democracy

New immigrants to Ontario may have thought they were coming to the land of milk, honey, multiculturalism and tolerance. But they are experiencing a great disillusionment. They may have escaped tyranny in their home countries, but they have only jumped from the frying pan into a growing new fire.

Here in Ontario, we are witnessing the end of real tolerance. Earlier this month, Ontario Education Minister Liz Sandals made it clear that the Ontario government will allow school boards to mandate that children attend portions of the new sex-ed curriculum.

Gotta give it to Sandals, this is a smart PR decision. It makes the province look benevolent - they wash their hands of the dirty work. It will be the local school boards, not the Wynne government, who forces kids to sit through the gender ideology propaganda. Wynne can claim innocence when the election rolls around, and even blame the parents - "if you don't like what your school board is doing, take it up with your trustees".

Meanwhile, the bureaucratic juggernaut of the school boards is already rolling forward the hardline. In Mississauga, the Peel District School Board  Director of Education recently gave a speech where he put it this way:
CTV screenshot of Tony Pontes, Peel District Education Director"If they ask for an accommodation, in other words to be exempted from a discussion around same-sex families, we would not provide that accommodation."

September 8, 2015

Scandalous Sabotage: Canadian Bishops vs. the Pro-Life Movement, Part 2

Infographic with walking bishops

In my original post on August 31, I discussed the letter that Canadian pro-life veteran Steve Jalsevac of LifeSiteNews wrote to blogger Vox Cantoris, which contained serious and disturbing allegations about the decades-long intentional sabotage of the pro-life movement by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).

It has come to my attention that Jalsevac has now written a second letter which has also been published by Vox Cantoris. This second letter is just as important as the first. It provides further shocking information, especially about more recent events, and deserves to be widely read by Canadian Catholics who seek to better understand the pro-life struggle in Canada and why so little has been achieved over the years.

Lesbian sues for being impregnated with black sperm

Infographic with black baby and half price sale sign
This kind of thing is no longer shocking. A white lesbian sued her sperm bank for $50,000 after being accidentally impregnated with the sperm of an African American man.

The lesbian gave birth to a healthy daughter (now 3 years old), but apparently the mixed race of this little child causes her mother untold stresses and suffering, such as having to travel for a decent haircut "to a black neighborhood, far from where she lives, where she is obviously different in appearance, and not overtly welcome.”

Notice that the lesbian sought damages for "breach of warranty." Surprising? Hardly. In the brave new world of human reproduction, unborn human beings have the status of mere commodities. They have become just another product to be assembled to specifications at your local fertility clinic or online sperm/egg retailer. Babies are now sold as lifestyle accessories.

September 1, 2015

Catholic bishops complicit in scandalous sabotage of the pro-life cause in Canada

Image of infant baptism
How much did we do to protect your unborn life?
Has the Catholic Church in Canada been knowingly sabotaging the efforts of the pro-life movement and cozying up to political leaders who support abortion? According to Steve Jalsevac's brief history of the Canadian pro-life movement, as posted by blogger Vox Cantoris last week, the shocking answer is yes.

Steve Jalsevac knows what he is talking about. One of the founders of North America's most widely read pro-life news source LifeSiteNews, he spent decades in leadership positions within the Canadian pro-life movement. As historic events unfolded, his vantage point was often the epicentre.

Last week, Jalsevac sent a private email to Vox Cantoris which was later made public upon his consent. His email makes for disturbing reading. Jalsevac accuses individual bishops and the whole Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), of "deliberate undermining" of the work of Canadian pro-lifers. Jalsevac calls this "one of the great scandals in the Church in Canada."

August 11, 2015

Looking To September and a Rwandan Survival Story

This blog has been silent for nearly a month. Not for shortage of things to say, but for shortage of time to say them! The summer is a busy time for our family, with fewer windows of opportunity for a blogging mom. Stay tuned for renewed activity in September.

In the meanwhile, here is a book review that I wrote some time ago. This year I have found myself drawn to books about the Rwandan genocide and the Holocaust, and this was the first personal account that I read about the events in Rwanda.

Image of Book Cover Left to Tell
I just finished reading Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by ImmaculĂ©e Ilibagiza (Hay House, 2014) This book was first published in 2006 and became a New York Times best seller; it is now in its' third edition, having sold nearly two million copies in seventeen languages around the world.

Left to Tell sparked an international movement for forgiveness and reconciliation. It is still widely read, has received a number of awards and has been incorporated into school curriculums even at the university level.  This is a remarkable feat, since Ilibagiza is a very faithful Catholic and frequently talks about her love of the rosary and the Virgin Mary, among other things.

Ilibagiza has also since written a number of other books, notably Led by Faith: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide, which is essentially a sequel to Left to Tell, and deals more specifically with her own faith journey through the genocide and afterwards, as she learned to forgive and love those who murdered her family and friends.

July 15, 2015

After Obergefell, can Christians withstand the pressure to change their teachings?

Crown of thorns on open Bible
That crown of thorns sure looks uncomfortable.
What if the time is coming when we will have to wear it?
Post-Obergefell, the war for the heart and soul of Christianity has begun in earnest. Less than a week after Emperor Anthony Kennedy issued his fiat of 'love conquers the Constitution', the Episcopal Church rushed to rescue their dinner party invitations. They quickly voted themselves into the new era, approving same-sex weddings and replacing the outdated and homophobic words "man and woman" with "couple" in their marriage canons.

Whew, that was close, but Episcopalians now appear to be safe from the presumption of hatred, intolerance and bigotry that will plague the rest of the followers of Christ.

Meanwhile, other Christians are waking up to the reality that they might as well wear T-shirts emblazoned with "Ku Klux Klan", because that is precisely how they are perceived - and how they will be treated - by America's new masters of the universe.

July 10, 2015

The Problem of Conservative Catholic Motherhood

Image of Mary statue with baby Jesus
This month, the Canadian Opus Dei website features an interview with a woman who graduated from Harvard University. Sounds intriguing. But if you are curious about the sparkling career path of this obviously talented conservative Catholic woman, then here are two other pieces of information: she is married and has children.

That is all you need to know, and the rest of the story is predictable: Emily Marcucci has never worked outside the home. She got engaged while still at Harvard and went on to start a family straight away after getting married. She now has eight children. Her Harvard credentials serve mainly to say that "look, even a Harvard grad can choose to stay home"!

June 30, 2015

"I felt totally abandoned this weekend as everyone was 'rainbowing' on Facebook"

Image of many staring eyes
Facebook is watching. Who will dare to refuse
to "Celebrate Pride"?
Let me share with you a reaction that I received after I published my post about Facebook's rainbow conformity campaign (which has since been republished on LifeSite News) on my personal Facebook page.

The reaction, which came from one of my Facebook friends, strikes me as representative of what many people went through this past weekend. My friend wrote:
"This is exactly how I felt. I felt totally abandoned this weekend as many of my friends and my children started "rainbowing" their photo. It's very creepy and I felt the pressure to conform...I have to admit I'm even afraid to repost this even though I normally would. I have been afraid all weekend to discuss this or put very much on Facebook because I am lost on how to battle this."
Notice that even her children rainbowed their photos. Notice the social isolation that she felt as a result of all these rainbowed profiles. That is propaganda in action. Another way to describe it: a cloaked form of bullying. It aims to isolate us, to make us feel like "nonpersons".

When we feel alone, we feel powerless. We become silent, and the bully wins.

June 29, 2015

Facebook pressures people to show their colours: Choose or refuse the rainbow flag?

Image of Lenin and rainbow flag
If Lenin had a Facebook account, I bet it would look like this.
Facebook has launched a new "Celebrate Pride" tool which lets users blend their Facebook profile photo with the rainbow flag. The tool came out soon after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage was announced last Friday, and it has become become a massive movement. Within hours of the tool's launch, over a million people had changed their profile photo. It now likely reaches into almost everyone's Friend list, including mine.

I was startled at first when I logged into Facebook and saw that a few of my friends had giant rainbows painted across their faces in their profile pics. My first surprise was that some of these people were conservatives, whom I had believed supported the conjugal definition of marriage. I guess I learned something about my friends this weekend.

But Facebook's new tool also got me thinking. What else is this, but a massive conformity campaign? I look at my list of friends and breathe a sigh of relief. Only a few have done it, no big deal. But I click and look at some of their friends. There are people out there with friend lists where rainbows cover almost every face. If that was my friend list, how would I feel?

The pressure to conform is real. Back in New York, I worked in a large law firm where the majority of the lawyers were liberal. What if I were still a lawyer there, and what if I were friends with my colleagues on Facebook (as many are)? How would I feel if I were the only one who did not have a rainbow over my profile shot?