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Ball-and-stick model of a hydroxychloroquine molecule, C18H26ClN3O, based on the structure of the protonated molecule found in the crystal structure of hydroxychloroquine sulfate


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By Joseph A. Wulfsohn | Fox News |
The Washington Post is the latest news organization to settle a defamation lawsuit launched by Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann over its botched coverage of a viral confrontation with a Native American elder that had portrayed the Kentucky teen as the aggressor.




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By Verdict with Ted Cruz | Episode 29 |

This important information about the riots in America, murder of police officers, Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and the politicization of the Department of Justice is not available on mainstream media. 

The Rubin Report with Brandon Tatum |



By Paul Malvern |


In The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, Abbas Anthony warns that, “A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, ‘You are mad, you are not like us.’” Judging from recent events, we may well be seeing the fulfilment of this prophesy in our own age. For by any measure 2020 is turning out to be an insane year for America and the World generally.

To begin with there was the spectacle of the Trump impeachment. In short order this was followed by a pandemic which crippled the World economy, put tens of millions out of work across the globe, and saw lockdowns across America. Protests and riots then broke out in many U.S. cities, sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody. And just to show that there is no situation that cannot be made worse with a little effort, rioters in the U.S. have begun toppling, decapitating and otherwise defacing statues and monuments dedicated to some of the nation’s greatest historical figures – an action which promises to further widen the already large gulf in the American body politic.

This outbreak of iconoclasm in the United States is particularly noteworthy given the lack of any real pushback by authorities and the odd choices vandals are making in deciding who should be consigned to the rubbish heap of history.

Of course, not all of the choices are odd. For an argument can be made that some monuments do in fact “deserve it’” – such as those dedicated to slave owners, slave traders and those political and military leaders who threw their lot in with the Confederacy. Which no doubt explains why statues dedicated to General Robert E. Lee and Confederate President Jefferson Davis were among the first to go.

Still, trashing monuments is a bit like eating peanuts. One is never enough. So not content with picking the low-hanging fruit of American history, vandals have since moved on to those figures from the past who, while they may have made enormous contributions to their nation, nevertheless have a blot or two on their copy books. Among the more notable individuals in this category are George Washington and Thomas Jefferson - whose otherwise stellar lives were marred by their having owned slaves. These two gentlemen have recently been joined in disgrace by former President Theodore Roosevelt who made negative remarks about Native Americans. That being said, the prize for the roughest treatment received at the hands of an iconoclastic mob must surely go to Christopher Columbus, who is now billed as the arch-villain responsible for the death and destruction accompanying the colonization of the Western Hemisphere.

Left to right: General Ulysses S. Grant, Hans Christian Heg, Matthias Baldwin, Father Junipero Serra 
(all images from Wikimedia, Public Domain)

Even more baffling, however, is the abuse heaped on some historical figures who actually opposed slavery and fought for the rights of oppressed minorities. One good example is General Ulysses S. Grant who led the Union armies to victory in the latter years of the Civil War and received the Confederate surrender at the Appomattox Courthouse. Another recent addition to this supposed Hall of Shame is Wisconsin abolitionist, Hans Christian Heg, who fought for the Union in the Civil War and died fighting to end slavery. (His statue, which stood in front of the State Capitol in Madison Wisconsin, was decapitated and thrown into the lake.) And yet another example is Philadelphia abolitionist Matthias Baldwin, who opposed slavery, argued for the right of African Americans to vote, and founded a school for black children as part of an overall effort aimed at improving the lives of black Americans. And last, but certainly not least, is Father Junipero Serra, who was declared a saint by Pope Francis in 2015 for his work in promoting greater respect for the rights of indigenous people in California. While previously held in fond memory across California, Father Serra now stands accused of being a brutal colonizer guilty of cultural genocide – which has led some activists to deface his statues or demand their removal.

US Government / Public domain
But sad as these cases are, the most shocking example of misplaced idealism involves recent calls for the removal of the Washington DC monument dedicated to the emancipation of the slaves. This monument, begun in 1848, features Abraham Lincoln reaching out his hand to a slave rising up after casting off his chains. Since its completion, it has served as a painful reminder of this dark chapter in American history and a call to do better in the future. But all that is changing apparently - as seen by the call by activists for its removal, claiming that it demeans Black Americans since the figure of the slave appears to be kneeling before Lincoln. Such an accusation is ironic given that the statue’s creation was originally paid for by African Americans, many of whom were either returned Union soldiers or freed slaves.

Still, as painful as this conflict over America’s statues and monuments may be, disputes over such memorials have been with humanity for as long as people have lived in settled communities. Typically this drama has seen those in power use memorials to tell their story and buttress their right to rule – while their opponents smash these monuments and, once in power, create their own memorials to themselves and their accomplishments.

Ultimately, this is little more than an exercise in human folly. For governments and nations come and go – and with them go the monuments they build. And those who replace them build their own monuments, only to disappear in their turn. (For confirmation of this, consider how many monuments to Hitler are still standing in Germany and how many of Stalin’s statues now remain in the countries of formerly Communist Central and Eastern Europe.)

Even so, the anger and violence that sometimes accompanies debates about monuments can be real and powerful. And all too often the result is costly in terms of lives and property.

None of this should be surprising since ultimately this is not about statues and historical figures. Rather it is about power – and who should possess it and wield it.

For whatever the partisans on both sides of the current debate might say, the drama being acted out in America’s streets is not solely about race or policing – though these may have provided the initial spark. And it’s not about the appropriateness of having politically incorrect statues standing in front of City Hall. Rather it is increasingly about a President who is seen by half of his fellow citizens as destructive and divisive – and by the other half as something close to an answer to prayer. It is about a badly divided nation that finds it increasingly difficult to compromise and seek a middle ground. And it is about the refusal of the Democratic Party and its allies in the bureaucracy, academe, the media, and cultural industries to accept the results of the 2016 election. In their minds, Trump is a dangerous and illegitimate usurper who must be removed at all costs. Seen through that lens, the destruction of a few monuments is a small price to pay if it supports the larger effort to remove Trump from office.

How this will play out is hard to predict. It is possible that mass demonstrations, violence and the destruction of a few statues may create a climate favorable to a Democratic win in November. If it does, such an election win will be a Pyrrhic victory. For the violence playing out in America’s streets – including that directed at statues and monuments - is destabilizing the nation and eroding public confidence in key institutions to the point that whoever wins in November may find it next to impossible to govern afterwards.

Photo credit: Christopher Columbus Statue Torn Down at Minnesota State Capitol on June 10, 2020 Tony Webster / CC BY
Par Isabelle et Ward O’Connor | Vivere Canada |


Version française *** The English version follows ***

Depuis le tout premier jour que Jésus de Nazareth a quitté son banc de charpentier pour se lancer dans ses trois années de ministère axé sur l’enseignement et la guérison, le message chrétien est toujours demeuré radical, bouleversant des coutumes jusqu’alors sacrées et plusieurs conceptions bien enracinées du bien et du mal. Il n’est donc pas surprenant que ceux qui proclament cet Évangile radical n’aient pas toujours été accueillis à bras ouverts. Plusieurs ont été évincés de leur famille et de leur collectivité. Plusieurs autres ont vu une carrière prometteuse se terminer abruptement. Et d’autres encore ont payé le prix ultime de leur sang, simplement pour avoir énoncé la vérité. Malgré le terrible prix lié à la proclamation du message, plusieurs aujourd’hui continuent de faire valoir la vérité auprès d’un monde qui hait le message qu’ils apportent.

Mais ils continuent de proclamer. Car comme s’est exclamé le prophète Jérémie, « Mais si je dis que je ne mentionnerai jamais le Seigneur ou que je ne parlerai jamais en son nom, sa parole brûle en mon cœur comme un feu. C’est comme un feu dans mes os! Je suis épuisé à force de tenter de le contenir! J’en suis incapable! »1.

Et donc, comme ce Jérémie des temps anciens, les Chrétiens de chaque génération ont présenté la vérité de Dieu comme ils l’ont comprise, et ils ont, à toutes fins pratiques, renversé le monde.

Nouvelle Évangélisation

Bien sûr, les temps changent, tout comme les coutumes et les façons dont les gens communiquent. Ainsi, chaque nouvelle génération de croyants a affronté des défis bien spécifiques et a dû réinventer cette tâche, adaptant le message et les moyens de communication aux circonstances qui sont les leur. Reconnaissant cette réalité, le pape saint Jean-Paul II, dans son encyclique Redemptoris Missio, a appelé les fidèles à une Nouvelle Évangélisation : « Je sens que le temps est venu de consacrer toute l’énergie de l’Église à une Nouvelle Évangélisation et à la mission ad gentes. Aucun croyant, aucune institution de l’Église ne peut éviter ce devoir suprême de proclamer le Christ à tous les peuples » 2.

Depuis cette proclamation, les traits de cette Nouvelle Évangélisation se sont éclaircis au fur et à mesure que les croyants des quatre coins du monde ont cherché à la réaliser en fonction de leurs contemporains et de leur contexte social. Ainsi s’est accrue la participation laïque. Et on s’est appliqué à demeurer fidèle au modus operandi original du Nouveau Testament, par un retour à l’approche axée sur la « présentation de l’autre joue », soit le fait de combattre le mal, non en s’y opposant directement, mais plutôt en édifiant le bien opposé, de sorte que les gens puissent plus aisément le choisir.

Le projet « Sexualité Vivante »

C’est dans cet esprit que le projet « Sexualité vivante » a été pensé, afin de faire mieux connaître une idée chrétienne puissante des plus nécessaires dans notre monde moderne, c’est-à-dire l’idéal de l’amour pur et éternel. Le projet a pour but de montrer que Dieu est l’amant ultime de l’humanité, et que Son Amour est l’apothéose de ce qu’un humain puisse expérimenter.

Cet objectif comporte entre autres le fait de démonter à nos contemporains comment cet idéal d’amour pur et éternel s’applique à la sexualité humaine, ce qui n’est pas sans se heurter au climat actuel d’émancipation sexuelle absolue. Car comme plusieurs l’ont découvert, le simple fait de suggérer que la sexualité puisse trouver son plein épanouissement au sein d’une relation engagée qui soit ouverte à la possibilité de la conception suscite, plus souvent qu’autrement, des accusations de rigidité, d’ultra-conservatisme et de pudeur rétrograde. Un rapide survol de la toile permettra de le constater, avec une multitude de sites alléguant que « les Chrétiens pensent que le sexe, et le plaisir sexuel, sont immoraux ». C’est là, bien sûr, une représentation fort inexacte de la conception chrétienne de la sexualité humaine, mais elle n’en demeure pas moins répandue.

Reconnaissant la grande diffusion de cette méconception et de la désinformation qui la sous-tend, le site Web www.sexualitevivante.net a été créé afin de fournir de l’information factuelle sur l’optique chrétienne de la sexualité humaine et de montrer comment le fait de voir ce don précieux du point de vue de Dieu peut mener à la pleine réalisation de soi dans ses relations intimes. On cherche à dissiper la désinformation et les mythes avec sensibilité, empathie et non-jugement.

Bien sûr, certains peuvent rejeter l’idée même d’un « idéal chrétien de la sexualité humaine », puisque qu’il existe plusieurs centaines de dénominations chrétiennes dans le monde. Tout en admettant l’apparente diversité d’opinion au sein de ces différents groupes sur de nombreux points, à toutes fins pratiques, l’approche chrétienne concernant le mariage, la sexualité et la famille est, en fait, demeurée stable et cohérente au cours des deux derniers millénaires. Et toute confusion qui puisse exister en matière de sexualité au sein de certaines dénominations est un phénomène temporaire, jaillissant surtout du chaos sexuel des années 1960. Malgré cela, on peut affirmer sans trop se tromper que la plupart des dénominations chrétiennes dans le monde partagent un ensemble similaire d’idéaux et de valeurs en matière de sexualité, combien difficile leurs membres puissent-ils parfois en trouver l’application. C’est cet ensemble de valeurs et d’idéaux largement embrassé des Chrétiens que le projet « Sexualité Vivante » cherche à faire mieux connaître dans notre culture.

Pour accomplir cette tâche, nous utilisons l’approche de la présentation de l’autre joue, empreinte d’empathie et dénuée de jugement ou de condamnation, tout en affirmant clairement et fermement l’essence de l’enseignement chrétien concernant l’amour, la sexualité et la famille.

Bien sûr que cette quête n’a rien de facile, puisque plusieurs sujets abordés sont des questions polémisantes, comme l’avortement et la contraception. Et l’influence répandue d’idéologies comme le féminisme, les droits des personnes homosexuelles et le mouvement transgenre en rajoutent. Toutefois, c’est la nature controversée de ces questions qui rend impératif de les traiter adéquatement, avec confiance, de sorte que ceux qui nous entourent puissent prendre des décisions éclairées en lien avec des questions qui vont droit au cœur de qui ils sont, comment ils peuvent bien vivre, et comment leur avenir éternel se dessine à l’horizon. Car si nous, on ne leur dit pas, qui le fera ?

Urgences grossesses

Nos efforts ciblent également les femmes aux prises avec une urgence grossesse, en favorisant l’accès aux ressources communautaires qui puissent leur permettre de mener à terme leur grossesse et peut-être même de garder leur enfant, si tel est leur désir, au lieu de succomber à l’impression que l’avortement soit la seule option possible. C’est dans cet esprit que le site « Sexualité Vivante » offre un lien au site www.soutiengrossesse.site.

Sensibiliser à l’adoption ouverte ou semi-ouverte

Nous fournissons également de l’information concernant l’adoption ouverte et semi-ouverte, pour les femmes qui sont dans l’impossibilité de garder leur enfant et qui ne sauraient envisager l’adoption fermée. Car, même si l’adoption ouverte et l’adoption semi-ouverte se pratiquent depuis des décennies partout en Amérique du Nord, ces options demeurent méconnues. Pour plus d’information sur ce programme, consulter le www.vivereadoptionfr.site.

Combler les besoins spirituels

Enfin, pour ceux qui pourraient désirer explorer les aspects spirituels du sujet, le projet « Sexualité Vivante » fournit des liens à des ressources pratiques qui les assisteront dans leur cheminement spirituel.

En résumé

Contrairement à ce qu’enseigne notre culture, l’idéal chrétien de la sexualité humaine est une option extrêmement attrayante pour ceux qui vivent dans notre société de plus en plus séculière, empreinte de cynisme et de négativité.

C’est une option pratique qui offre une voie de sortie à ceux qui sont las du chaos sexuel et relationnel qui se joue autour d’eux chaque jour. Il ne s’agit pas d’une quelconque utopie mais plutôt d’un itinéraire pratique montrant comment les gens peuvent enfin trouver l’amour et la réalisation de soi qu’ils désirent si ardemment. Et ça nous montre comment nous pouvons tous, à partir du fondement solide que constitue une famille aimante, approfondir notre marche avec ce Dieu qui nous aime plus que quiconque ne pourra jamais pleinement saisir sur cette terre.

Pour commencer, visitez-nous au www.sexualitevivante.net.



1. La Bible. Nouvelle traduction vivante. Jérémie 20 :9.

2. Redemptoris Missio. Extrait de : http://www.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/fr/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_07121990_redemptoris-missio.html


English version *** La version française precedes ***

By Isabelle and Ward O’Connor | Vivere Canada |

The Living Sexuality Project - The Christian Ideal of Human Sexuality

From the very first day Jesus of Nazareth left his carpenter’s bench and set out on his three year teaching and healing ministry, the Christian message has been a radical one, challenging heretofore sacred customs and overturning many long-held conceptions of right and wrong. Not surprisingly, those proclaiming this radical Gospel have not always been welcomed with open arms by those hearing it. Many have been cast out by their families and communities. Many others have had promising careers ended abruptly. And yet others have paid the ultimate price with their blood – for simply speaking the truth. In spite of the terrible price proclaiming this message carries with it, many today continue to speak the truth to a world that hates the message they bring.

But bring it they continue to do. For as the Prophet Jeremiah put it, “But if I say I’ll never mention the Lord or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it!”1

And so like Jeremiah of old, Christian believers in every generation have proclaimed God’s Truth as they have understood it – and they have quite literally turned the world upside down.

The New Evangelization

Of course, times change – as do customs and the way people communicate. And so each new generation of believers has faced its own special challenges and has had to undertake this task anew, tailoring its message and means of communication to the circumstances in which it finds itself. Recognizing this reality, Pope John Paul II called for a New Evangelization in his encyclical, Redemptoris Missio, where he said: “I sense that the moment has come to commit all of the Church’s energies to a new evangelization and to the mission ad gentes. No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples.”2

Since this proclamation, the outlines of this New Evangelization have become clearer as believers around the world have sought to make it a reality in their own time and societal setting. This has led to greater involvement by the laity. And strong efforts have been made to stay true to the original modus operandi of the New Testament – which has led to a new emphasis on turning the other cheek and fighting evil by building up good, so that people may more easily choose to live the right way.

The Living Sexuality Project

It was in fidelity to this spirit that the “Living Sexuality” project was established to make better known a powerful Christian idea badly needed in our modern world – namely, the ideal of pure and eternal love. The goal of this project is to show that God is the ultimate lover of humanity – and His love is the greatest form of love that humans can experience.

Part of this goal involves showing people in our generation how this ideal of pure love relates to human sexuality – no easy task given the current climate of free and easy sexual relations. For, as many have discovered to their dismay, the mere suggestion that sexuality is best experienced within a committed relationship that is open to the birth of children all too frequently opens you up to accusations of being harsh, bigoted and prudish. A brief perusal of the Internet confirms this as seen by the many websites that proclaim that “Christians think that sex, and sexual pleasure, are immoral”.  This is of course a complete misrepresentation of Christianity’s view of human sexuality - but it is widespread nevertheless.

Recognizing the widespread nature of this misunderstanding and the misinformation that fosters it, the website - www.livingsexuality.net - was created in the hopes of providing factual information on the Christian view of human sexuality and showing how seeing this wonderful gift from God’s point of view can result in greater fulfillment in intimate relationships. The idea is to dispel the misinformation and myths surrounding Christianity’s view of sexuality by providing accurate information that is delivered in a way that is sensitive, empathetic, and non-judgmental.

Of course, some may reject the idea that there is such a thing as a “Christian ideal of human sexuality”, given the many different Christian denominations out there. While acknowledging the seeming diversity of opinion seen among many denominations on a host of issues, the reality is that the Christian view of marriage, sex and family has in fact been remarkably stable and consistent over the last two thousand years. And any confusion concerning sexuality which currently may exist in a few denominations is a temporary phenomenon, stemming largely from the sexual chaos of the 1960s. Even so it is safe to say that most denominations around the world share a similar set of ideals and values on the issue of sexuality, no matter how difficult their members may find it at times to live them out perfectly. It is this widely shared set of values and ideals held by Christians that the “Living Sexuality” project seeks to make better known in our culture.

To achieve this task, we employ a “turn the other cheek” approach that is empathetic and devoid of judgement or condemnation, while at the same time stating clearly and unapologetically the essence of Christian teachings on love, sex and family life.

Of course doing so is far from easy, given that many of the topics covered are ‘hot button’ issues, such as abortion and contraception. And the widespread influence of ideologies such as feminism, gay rights and the transgender movement make it even trickier. However, it is the controversial nature of these issues that makes it imperative that we address them properly without apology so that those around us can make better informed decisions about matters that go to the heart of who they are, how they can live well, and what their eternal future is likely to be. For if we don’t tell them, who will?

Addressing Crisis Pregnancies

Another focus of our efforts involves helping women facing a crisis pregnancy access the community resources available to them that will allow them to keep their baby, or at least bring their pregnancy to term, rather than succumb to the impression that abortion is the only option available to them. In support of this, the Living Sexuality website provides a link to the www.pregnancysupport.site website.

Raising Awareness of Open and Semi-Open Adoption

We also provide information on open and semi-open adoption for those women who are unable to unable to raise a child themselves and who find it difficult to entertain the idea of closed adoption. For, even though open and semi-open adoptions have been practiced successfully for decades all over North America, much remains to be done to raise public awareness concerning these important options. For information on this program, please consult www.vivereadoptionen.site.

Meeting Spiritual Needs Finally, recognizing that many people may wish to explore spiritual issues in greater depth, Living Sexuality provides links to practical resources that will assist them in their spiritual journey. Summing Up

Contrary to what our culture teaches, the Christian ideal of human sexuality is an extremely attractive option for those living in our increasingly secular society, where cynicism and negativity seem to be all around us.

It is a practical option that offers a way out for those tired of the sexual and relational chaos we see around us every day. It is not some utopian fantasy but rather a practical road map that shows people how they can finally find the love and fulfillment they desperately desire. And it shows us how all of us, working from a firm foundation of loving families, can deepen our walk with the God who loves us more than any of us can ever fully comprehend.

To get started, check us out at www.livingsexuality.net.



1. The Bible. New Living Translation. Jeremiah 20:9. Retrieved from: https://biblehub.com/jeremiah/20-9.htm

2. Redemptoris missio, Retrieved from: http://www.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_07121990_redemptoris-missio.html
Par Isabelle et Ward O’Connor | Vivere Canada |

By Rutger Bregman,
theguardian.com |

When a group of schoolboys were marooned on an island in 1965, it turned out very differently from William Golding’s bestseller, writes Rutger Bregman
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/may/09/the-real-lord-of-the-flies-what-happened-when-six-boys-were-shipwrecked-for-15-months