THIS PAGE DETAILS SOME OF THE ATROCITIES THAT HAVE
RED ENVELOPE, ONLINE PETITIONS, USELESS (AND MAYBE DANGEROUS) DIVERSIONS Right after Obama was elected, we all saw a flurry of on-line petition efforts, most of them purporting to be petitions against the FOCA legislation. For a while, I was receiving at least two of these per week in my emails. All of them predicted dire consequences if you didn’t sign their particular petition, even if you might have already signed three of them recently. Of course, they all asked for standard contact information.
I myself have run various petition drives over the past several years; I’ve been part of efforts to petition legislation to referendum and to put third-party candidates on election ballots. Some were successful and others weren’t. All had several key elements in common. The most important one was that a signer really did have to sign the petition – the old-fashioned way! You know, with actual ball-point pen, and real paper, and real hand-writing? While they all asked for address and birth date (for validation against voter registration records), none asked for email addresses. My point is that these online petitions didn’t do diddly-squat in terms of influencing legislation. They couldn’t, since they couldn’t be verified. Now one such drive did go so far as to ask for birth dates. Hello! Do the words “identity theft” have relevance here? Now the originator of this drive was indeed honorable, but I think they were reckless in asking people to transmit that kind of data over the internet, which we all should know by now is by no means secure, unless encryption is being used – and it wasn’t in this drive. I advised the originators of this potential threat to fellow pro-lifers; I received no response.
Then in March and April of 2009, we all were bombarded by the Red Envelope fad. Click on this to read why I think this one was particularly useless.
NARAL’S ATTEMPT TO STYMIE CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTERS GOES DOWN IN FLAMES Several months ago, MD NARAL allegedly did some
“investigation” on several pro-life pregnancy centers in Maryland. NARAL operatives, claiming to be pregnant,
allegedly went to these centers to see what they’d say. They allege misinformation and mistreatment,
although their report gives very little detail (such as date of incident, specific
center, etc). Their legislator-lap-dogs
However, one factor warrants closer examination. Quite some time had elapsed between the NARAL kangaroo-investigation and the introduction of those bills. Did anything else occur that might have added additional impetus for NARAL’s attempt to cripple pro-life activity? Unfortunately, yes. Moreover, it was entirely unnecessary and the fault of “the good guys”. In January, the Maryland Catholic Conference attempted to ask the Maryland Legislature for funding for the crisis pregnancy centers. BIG MISTAKE!!! FOR SEVERAL REASONS!!!!
When an entity – any entity – solicits governmental money, it necessarily invites governmental scrutiny. Face it – when any of us, as individuals, is solicited for money, don’t we take it upon ourselves to investigate whether or not the money will be used according to our principles and standards? Of course we do – else, we’d be sinning against the virtue of prudence. Would we expect the government to do any less – especially when the money in question is our tax dollars? When the MCC put in its request, they gave NARAL the perfect excuse to make its wild allegations and to introduce that onerous legislation. In effect, they might as well have pasted “Kick me!” signs on their own backsides, as well as those of the pregnancy centers. If the pregnancy centers were in cahoots with that funding request, well, we hope they learned their lessons.
If said entity is so unfortunate as to have its funding request granted, and it accepts that funding, then it accepts governmental control. Is that what we want? Do we want the liberal government dictating to Christian organizations the health benefits that they’ll have to pay for shack-up partners, etc? That’s the sort of thing with which we’re flirting! That’s why President Bush’s “Faith-Based Initiative”, while well-intentioned, is the proverbial “snake in the grass”. If any Christian organization attempts to attach itself to a governmental teat, it will be treated like, well, a piglet. What’s worse, it will be behaving like a piglet!
In another section on this site, we discussed the MCC’s flawed philosophy of seeking governmental solutions for everything under the sun. Click on “announcements” to the left of this section and go to the fifth item down to “Marxism at MCC”. What we just dealt with was some dangerous fallout from that philosophy. Granted, the MD NARAL were the main perpetrators here, along with their back-pocket legislative lackeys. Moreover, the MCC and other prolifers did a stellar job in sending them packing with tails between legs. But we believe that imprudent reliance on government left us vulnerable to such an attack. Have we learned our lesson? If not, some nefarious entity is just waiting in the wings to give us more education!
The parents of Holy Cross were sent this email. Thus, the students were going to hear about “earth our healer” and “qigong”. Parents and alumni voiced their concerns and displeasure at this blatant departure from duty on the part of the Campus Ministry of Holy Cross. A few days later, the Holy Cross administration sent out another email and attempted to sanitize their agenda a bit; it didn’t fly. Some concerned individuals circulated this alert to let parents know of the drivel that was to be presented to their daughters during the April 5th retreat. Additionally, this email went to the Campus Ministry and Theology Department of Holy Cross.
I understand that the retreat, with original agenda, did occur. I also understand that there were many student absences that day. I’d like to remind Sister Katherine that the duty of religious education does lie primarily with the parents; the parents, not other educators, are, by natural law and the Magisterium, are the first teachers of their children. Their prerogatives are not to be overridden or sabotaged in any fashion. I certainly also hope that future offerings are tempered with the sure knowledge that they will be carefully scrutinized by the parents and other concerned Catholics.
And now for some “tongue-in-cheek” humor. I know that the Holy Cross administration and
Campus Ministry may not take too kindly to the aforementioned remarks. They may not find them “positive”. Lest we be accused of not “being
constructive”, we’ll contribute to their “ecospirituality” theme. You see, it
seems that they neglected to select a theme song. And we all know that a theme is no good
unless you have a touchy-feely theme song to go with it. Perhaps a fit of “qigong” inspired me to
compose the following little jingle, that can be sung to the tune of “This Old
I am dirt!
You are dirt!
With new-age pagan idols we flirt.
And the Magisterium we’re going to subvert,
As we treat our God Himself like dirt!
Tartans, sing it with pride!
GOVERNOR MICHAEL STEELE WAFFLES ON EMBRYONIC STEM CELL POSITION Firstly, we of Faithful Catholics of MD/DC, Inc.
state that we are NOT organized as a charity under IRS Code Section 501c. That means, among other things, that we are
completely at liberty to make statements about elected officials and
politicians, including our opinion about their suitability (or lack thereof)
for elected office. Michael Steele, a
Catholic Republican, has his eyes set on the Senate seat that will be vacant
once Paul Sarbanes retires. Would an
election victory by Mr. Steele restore sanity to that Senate seat? We have reason to doubt that, as explained by
this flyer. An earlier version of it was distributed at
RUDULPH GIULIANI PICKETED AT LOYOLA COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS On Friday, May 20,
2005, former New York City mayor Giuliani delivered the commencement address to
Loyola’s graduating students at the 1st Mariner Arena, located at 201 W.
Baltimore. Moreover, Giuliani was
awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at that time. Both these actions constitute a direct
violation of the USCCB’s statement “Catholics in Political Life” , which states
“The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who
act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or
platforms which would suggest support for their actions.” Once again we must ask why was a proponent of
legalized child murder celebrated in a Catholic institution in
PRO-ABORTION SENATOR JOE LIEBERMAN PICKETED AT
NEW WAYS SEMINAR
BISHOPS’ MEETING PICKET – On Monday, November 15th, 2004, 5-7 PM
at the Hyatt Regency,
AFTER THEIR DUBIOUS MEETING… The USCCB has joined the politically-correct pundits in bashing Mel Gibson’s excellent movie The Passion of the Christ. The group Roman Catholic Faithful put out an excellent press release in response to this obvious pandering on the part of USCCB. We concur with the RCF!
IN HIS OWN WORDS! On December 8th, 2004, (Feast of the Immaculate Conception), Cardinal McCarrick was interviewed by National Public Radio. The topic was his stance regarding the distribution of Holy Communion to pro-abortion Catholic politicians. Click here to hear him in his own words (you’ll need to have either RealAudio or Windows Media players, but they’re downloadable). Regarding such distribution, note his own words, “The Holy See has made clear that bishops are not obliged to deny Communion..” However, contrast that with Cardinal Ratzinger’s letter!