Georgetown lecturer criticizes Catholicism
Georgetown University recently hosted feminist writer and activist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to discuss the compatibility of religion and feminism.
As part of the Faith and Culture Lecture Series at the Jesuit university, Adichie maligned Catholicism as well as other religions. “Not just Catholicism, but the religions I am mostly familiar with, in the mainstream way they are practiced are not the most women-friendly institutions,” she said. “Feminism is just that simple idea that women are fully equal and there’s a sense in which religion has been used to justify oppressions based upon the idea that women are not fully equal human beings.”
Adichie, who said she was raised Catholic, told the audience, “I am very uncomfortable saying that I am Catholic. It’s almost a political identity to be Catholic, in America. It’s an identity that says you’re pro-life, conservative. In some ways I feel as though they often go together.”
Yes, we’re quite happy that Catholicism and believing that all human life is sacred go nicely together.
Trump budget includes billions for educational choice
Delivering on campaign promises, President Donald Trump’s first proposed budget includes $1.4 billion federal investment in school choice, including new funds earmarked for private school vouchers and charter schools, as well as directing more than $1 billion that would follow students to the school of their choice.
Georgetown, Loyola Marymount lift restrictions on single-sex restrooms
Following an initiative from several student groups pressing “gender ideology,” Georgetown University is opening several single-stall restrooms throughout the campus to both sexes, according to the student newspaper.
“This is the dream: By the end of the semester, every restroom that can be all-gender will be,” said one student, who is a member of GUPride. “It’s really given agency for the school to take steps to make our trans students feel like they have a home.”
Also, in response to protests on campus, Loyola Marymount University President Timothy Law Snyder ordered that eight individual-use bathrooms throughout the Jesuit campus be open to both genders.
“Rather than following the lead of Pope Francis and urging students to ‘accept the body God gave them,’ President Snyder has decided to institutionally support what the Pontiff calls ‘gender ideology,” reports RenewLMU, a group committed to enhancing the university’s Catholic identity. “For now, however, it remains the case that ‘The University is institutionally committed to Roman Catholicism’ when it comes to appealing to parents of prospective students, asking alumni for donations, and promoting LMU in PR campaigns.”
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Georgetown lecturer criticizes Catholicism
This seems kind of nuts to me. OK. More than kind of nuts. This is some eye-popping crazy right here.
Senator Patrick Leahy is supposedly asking Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch a question but as tends to happen during these things, no question seems to be coming, just a lot of grandstanding.
But Leahy, while trying to warn Gorsuch about the "dark days" before abortion was legal, waxes about not wanting to ever again be forced to prosecute abortionists like the former abortionist for Auschwitz who used to abort babies in the wombs of mothers who'd been raped by Nazis. Leahy tells of a time when he was forced to prosecute an abortionist, who had been trained by Nazis, simply because he was aborting babies in the U.S. and Canada.
Yup. We wouldn't want to return to the "dark days" when Nazi abortionists roamed around America and Canada illegally aborting babies and could be prosecuted, would we? As far as I can make out here, Senator Leahy wants us to sympathize with the Auschwitz abortionist? And what he's arguing here is that what this abortionist was doing in Auschwitz should be legal here. Is that really something he wants to argue?
I can't help but think it's telling that even Leahy links abortion with Auschwitz. Maybe some inkling of grace? Or maybe just a senior moment
I can't help but think it's telling that even Leahy links abortion with Auschwitz. Maybe some inkling of grace? Or maybe just a senior moment. Or maybe just a case of sympathy for the devil.
HT Red State
Posted by matthew archbold at 3/23/2017 10:20:00 PM
An Australian columnist has declared that it should be illegal for women to stay at home with their children. Seriously.
Rather than wail about the supposed liberation in a woman’s right to choose to shun paid employment, we should make it a legal requirement that all parents of children of school-age or older are gainfully employed.That's the thing about the left. They can't just say they don't like moms staying home, it has to be illegal. It is a tyranny of whims.
Rather than everyone being outraged over the OECD report, why don’t we look at constructive ways to help our economy?
The OECD was right to criticise the double standards applied to Australia’s work-search rules regarding welfare benefits. While young people face strict criteria when seeking to access the dole, those aged over 50 can still receive it despite not looking for a job by citing 15 hours volunteer work a week.
The double standards are even greater for stay-at-home mums, with governments of all persuasions traditionally wary to tackle the unfair tax concessions enjoyed by one-income households for fear of inciting voting fury. (No doubt they refer to Abbott’s aforementioned paid parental leave scheme as a cautionary tale).
But it’s time for a serious rethink of this kid-glove approach to women of child-bearing and child-rearing age. Holding us less accountable when it comes to our employment responsibilities is not doing anyone any favours. Not children, not fathers, not bosses — and certainly not women.
Only when the female half of the population is expected to hold down a job and earn money to pay the bills in the same way that men are routinely expected to do will we see things change for the better for either gender.
Only when it becomes the norm for all families to have both parents in paid employment, and sharing the stress of the work-home juggle, will we finally have a serious conversation about how to achieve a more balanced modern workplace.
Only when the tiresome and completely unfounded claim that “feminism is about choice” is dead and buried (it’s not about choice, it’s about equality) will we consign restrictive gender stereotypes to history.
So long as we as a nation cling to the lie that only a stay-at-home mum is best placed to assume the responsibilities of caregiver then working fathers will continue to feel insecure about stepping off the corporate treadmill to spend more time with their children.
HT National Review
Posted by matthew archbold at 3/23/2017 09:13:00 PM
You know how Democrats despise the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) which is now cited to protect companies like Hobby Lobby from the HHS Mandate?
Well, get this, the bill was introduced in 1993 by Chuck Schumer to protect two peyote smoking Native-Americans from being cut off from unemployment benefits. #loveirony
The ACLU, which championed the bill in 1993, has now turned their backs and said they no longer support it. So, you see, religious liberty is great as long as its for peyote smoking but not for Christians who don't want to support the killing of innocent life.
Posted by matthew archbold at 3/23/2017 12:41:00 PM
Quick! To the memory hole!
This news will promptly be ignored by the mainstream media. But you know all those "anti-Semitic hate crimes" that were bomb threats against Jewish community centers that inspired handwringing among Democrats and the media about Donald Trump and his eeeeeevil supporters.
Well, guess who got arrested for it. Not a Donald Trump supporter.
Israeli authorities have arrested a 19-year-old suspect in connection with dozens of hoax bomb threats to Jewish community centers in the United States and around the world. ABC News reports that the unnamed suspect is a dual U.S.-Israel citizen.Who could've possibly have seen this coming? Oh yeah, anyone who's been paying attention.
Other reports indicate that the suspect is Jewish.
The arrest was “part of an ongoing international investigation that has been taking place for several months with other police and security agencies in America and Europe,” Arutz Sheva reports.
Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said the suspect was “the guy who was behind the [Jewish Community Center] threats,” according to CBS News’ New York affiliate. The threats were also made in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as the U.S.
The suspect allegedly used technology in an attempt to hide his location. No motive for the hoax threats has yet been reported. The Jerusalem Post reports that the suspect is thought to be responsible for “most” of the threats.
The threats, causing panic at Jewish schools, synagogues, and community centers, were often blamed by Democrats and the some journalists on supporters of President Donald Trump.
You will not be seeing this on the 6 o'clock news. But please just imagine for a moment how much publicity this arrest would get if it were a white American dude with a pickup truck.
Posted by matthew archbold at 3/23/2017 10:47:00 AM
White House adviser Kellyanne Conway was recently profiled in New York Magazine and said something troubling. The thing is, I'm not sure I believe she said it or if she did say it, what was the context. The media is...well, the media.
One story of Conway's in particular struck a nerve with some. Conway identifies as pro-life, but told New York Magazine she's "sympathetic" to women who undergo the procedure.Unsettling, right?
"Do I know anybody who ever got an abortion? Well, of course I do. I've driven them there. I've helped pay," she told New York Magazine.
"You know, when you're young, you're thinking about the person, not the issue. We were younger, and I was focused on her, not on the larger public policy."
The piece doesn't elaborate on whether she was pro-life at that time or changed later or what. But the thought that abortion is, at its heart, a public policy issue is disturbing as well. As if paying for an abortion isn't all that bad because she's pro-life on public policy.
And what she may or may not have said is disturbing because it seems to buy into the myth that pro-lifers are more concerned with their ideology, rather than the women involved. So what, now she's not focused on "her" but only the public policy.
Who knows if she even said it? Who knows if there's context to it. That's the problem with the media being so corrupt. You can't even argue about quotes attributed to people because you can't actually know what they said or meant. And even if the reporter doesn't think they're misrepresenting Conway, it's likely they don't actually understand pro-life views well enough tp report on them accurately.
Clearly, there's some regret because she refers to it by saying, "You know when you're young..." But to be clear, killing the unborn isn't just bad public policy, it's a moral calamity.
Posted by matthew archbold at 3/22/2017 11:29:00 PM
If you played a drinking game yesterday where you had to take a shot every time the Democrats owned Neil Gorsuch you would not be hungover today. At all.
These questions are ridiculous. And, oddly enough, it's never about The Constitution but it's "are you for the little guy" and "Muslim immigration" and "hiring women." And then you get Franken talking about people freezing to death or something. These folks are beclowning themselves. Gorsuch looks like the only sane person in the room.
Posted by matthew archbold at 3/22/2017 09:58:00 AM
Philadelphia's District Attorney Seth Williams, who viciously pursued Monsignor William Lynn to a conviction which was later overturned, is now under indictment for corruption and bribery charges.
Before we go into what D.A. Seth Williams did, here's a recap of his pretty disgraceful attacks on Monsignor Lynn.
The Catholic League wrote:
Bill Donohue comments on the Philadelphia District Attorney’s ongoing vendetta against Monsignor William Lynn:This guy wanted to make a name for himself and at the time the Catholic Church was the press' favorite piñata. So he zealously went after Msgr. Lynn. The case had nothing to do with justice, it had everything to do with picking an enemy to make yourself popular.
For the third time, the Pennsylvania court system has tossed out the unjust conviction of Msgr. William Lynn over his handling of sexual abuse allegations against other priests. And for the third time, the Philadelphia District Attorney vows to pursue the discredited case. Today, a judge has set a date—May 1, 2017—for yet another trial, even though Msgr. Lynn has now served all but two months of his minimum three year sentence for a conviction that has been repeatedly reversed.
Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the trial court “abused its discretion” in allowing evidence unrelated to this case. But D.A. Seth Williams, in a clear abuse of his prosecutorial discretion, “is just hell-bent on trying this case,” as Msgr. Lynn’s attorney, Thomas Bergstrom, noted. Msgr. Lynn has “done 33 months along with 18 months house arrest for something the Superior Court has now ruled was an unfair trial,” Bergstrom points out. Yet, “for some reason” Williams “continues to want to beat up on this guy.”
From the start, this case has been a flagrant anti-Catholic witch-hunt, perpetrated by Williams, his predecessor Lynne Abraham, and others. (Click here to read the shocking details.) One would think they would by now be satisfied that they have extracted their pound of flesh from this innocent man. But such is their maniacal hatred for him and the Catholic Church he serves, that they will not give up—no matter how many times the courts tell them what should have been obvious from the start: that they have no legitimate case, and never did.
He ruined a man's life for political gain.
So what did Williams do, according to the indictment? He sold his influence. For money, he would attempt to resolve cases in their favor. Oh, and get this, this crumb stole thousands of dollars from his mother to pay his own bills. That's right, he stole from his mother's pension to pay for his own lavish lifestyle. But you see, it's not his fault because he's complained many times of how hard it is to pay alimony to his ex-wife and for the kids private education. So he was pretty much forced to steal from his mother, right?
Posted by matthew archbold at 3/22/2017 12:01:00 AM
Posted by Patrick Archbold at 3/21/2017 01:25:00 PM
Men ruin everything. And liberals ruin everything. So, if you do the math, you'll see that liberal men ruin everything like twicely or something. (Math was never really my subject. Or Grammar.)
But it seems now that liberals and men are hell bent on destroying women's sports. Just a few decades after the liberal agenda gave us Title IX which demanded that educational institutions offer just as many scholarships for women's sport as they do men's sports, now liberals are demanding that men can call themselves women and that will effectively eradicate women's sports.
You see, the first thing took scholarships away from men and now the second thing gives it back to men pretending to be women. That's the thing, it was never actual women they were trying to help. It was just advancement of the agenda. They don't care who it rolls over or who it helps, it's all about the agenda, stupid.
You see, a transgender weightlifter just won an international women’s competition for powerlifting and set a record. You know, all the actual women in the competition are like "What the what?!"
And do we really want to make women powerlifters angry?
New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has won an international powerlifting competition, raising questions about her participation and the new International Olympic Committee policy on transgender athletes.It's not going away soon. And let's face it, unless the international competition judges say that unless you get your lower extremities lobbed off you don't qualify then this is going to happen a lot more.
Hubbard won the over-90kg division at the Australian International in Melbourne, lifting a combined total of 268kg, according to the New Zealand Herald. In doing so she set new national records “in the snatch and clean and jerk,” according to 1 News Now.
Before her transition, Hubbard competed in powerlifting as a man. Now a woman, she wants to continue to compete as her gender.
All of this has riled up some folks who see it as uneven playing fields. Garry Marshall, the president of Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand, said his governing body is simply applying the rules set forth by the IOC. Those rules allow Hubbard to compete as a woman after undergoing certain transitional steps.
With Hubbard’s eyes on bigger prizes, and the next Summer Olympic Games now three years away, this issue isn’t going away anytime soon.
Look at colleges right now. They cost hundreds of thousands to earn a diploma. So why wouldn't some dude say he now feels like a woman in order to save mad cash and earn a diploma? But once they start bringing out the shiny sharp things and ask him to drop his drawers he'll just say he was kidding and walk quickly out of there.
This is an absurd situation brought to its logical extreme. Now, most normal people will say that obviously we've gone off the rails and maybe we need to reassess where we are. But we won't. Because we've ceased to be normal.
It'll actually be interesting. I wonder if the Olympics committee doesn't recognize men pretending to be women as women will ESPN boycott the Olympics like they're doing with states that say men have to use men's bathrooms?
Posted by matthew archbold at 3/21/2017 12:48:00 PM