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8 Christmas Songs That Have Nothing To Do With Christmas

My kids wanted to hear nothing but Christmas music since the day after Halloween. They didn't have to wait long before the mellifluous warblings of Burl Ives and Karen Carpenter were played 24-7 on the radio.
But I've noticed, as I'm sure that you have, some of these "Christmas" songs have absolutely nothing to do with Christmas. I mean, nothing.

I'm pretty sure you'll all be with me that the classification of "Christmas songs" has been a bit.....uhm, liberally assigned to songs that don't have anything to do with Christmas. I mean, at all. I'm not even being nit-picky. I'll even allow that Frosty and Rudolph and Santa are affiliated with Christmas. They're not in any actual real way. But I'm just showing you how open-minded I am and that's what makes my outrage over the inclusion of the following songs into the Christmas canon a bit more valid.

In no particular order (and this list is by no means exhaustive) here are some of the "Christmas" songs that have absolutely nothing to do with Christmas:

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Christian Videographers Strike Back

The Christian owners of a video production company are suing the Minnesota Department of Human Rights as well as the state's Attorney General to prevent the state from forcing them to produce videos celebrating same-sex marriages which would run counter to their Christian beliefs.

The lawsuit from Carl and Angel Larsen of St. Cloud own the Telescope Media Group states that, “Minnesota law requires business owners, like the Larsens, who produce videos telling the story of marriages between one man and one woman, to also produce videos celebrating marriages between two men or two women, and to contract in a way to celebrate these marriages."

If the Larsens fail to comply with the law they open themselves to fines and even the possibility of being found guilty of a criminal misdemeanor.

The Larsens are asking the court to protect their freedom of speech and free exercise of religion rights.

The chances of this case or a case like it going to the Supreme Court, I think, are pretty high. President Trump can't get some conservative justices on the court fast enough. (Merrick Garland hardest hit. Oh, and Hillary too.) And if any of you liberal judges maybe wanna' retire and relax, you have my complete support in that endeavor.

HT Religion Clause



Hilarious. Vagina Monologues Kicked Off Campus as Too Cisgender!

The right has been trying to stop The Vagina Monologues off college campuses for years. Unsuccessfully for the most part. But now the looney tunes left will succeed in doing what the right couldn't.

Mount Holyoke College, an as looney as you get all-women's college, has banned the play. Why?

Randall Smith tells you at The Catholic Thing:

"It turns out, Mount Holyoke is banning the play because it excludes “women” who – and I’m sorry, but I’m not making this up – don’t have vaginas."
No. He's not making this up.

They argue that the play is just too darn cisgender! This is a case of the left just imploding in on itself. It's kind of fun to watch if there weren't actually young women being twisted by these academorons.

And parents are paying $46,000 per year to have their children twisted into insanity. And make no mistake, that's what it is. They are teaching these young women to deny reality. It's sad.


The Coming Home Network International Experiences Record Membership

Just received this release from The Coming Home Network. I love those guys. One of my favorite shows is "The Journey Home" on EWTN. I read Marcus Grodi's books including his fiction. Like I said, I'm a fan.

It's great to hear they're doing some great work out there.

Nearly two and a half decades after the Coming Home Network International’s founding, the apostolate, created to support converts to the Catholic faith, is approaching the end of 2016 with its largest number of new members in any year since it started keeping records in 1993.

Of these more than 5000 new members, 195 are those whom the CHNetwork refers to internally as “primaries”: “anyone who is sacrificing their vocation and/or occupation to become Catholic,” according to Jim Anderson, CHNetwork’s longtime Manager of Clergy and Ministerial Members.  “This would include non-Catholic clergy, seminary professors, seminarians, missionaries, lay ministers, and even spouses of clergy.”  These primaries contact the CHNetwork for encouragement, fellowship, and practical advice, which often comes from existing members of the CHNetwork with similar ministerial backgrounds.

Also included in the influx of new members are laypersons seeking to enter the Catholic Church, and members who are already Catholic, but have experienced a reversion to their faith and want to assist those seeking greater union with Jesus Christ through His Church.  A recently revamped website, new social media strategies, and more robust member engagement through staff and volunteers have been implemented to handle the increase in inquiries.

“Protestants and other non-Catholics on the journey to Catholicism need to meet Catholics who themselves are faithful Christians, as well as other converts who know the difficulty of the journey into the Church and beyond.  They also need to successfully land after conversion in a local parish, with a pastor, and real-world contacts,” said Director JonMarc Grodi.  “Handling these large numbers is a wonderful challenge, because ours is a very personalist mission.  We work to understand each individual person’s journey and needs, and then help them accordingly.”

For Founder and President Marcus Grodi, hosting The Journey Home program on EWTN has been a great complement to the rest of the CHNetwork’s mission.  “The personal touch of my guests telling their stories has been like the ripple effect from a stone thrown into a pond.  A day doesn’t go by when we don’t receive grateful calls, emails, tweets, and texts from viewers and listeners.  Many of our new members first discover the vast resources of our apostolate through watching The Journey Home.”

As to what those former Protestant clergy are doing in the Church now that they’ve become Catholic? “(They’re serving) in every imaginable way — as bishops, priests, deacons, and religious, but mostly as active, faithful laity,” says Marcus.  “I think, however, that the main reason God is drawing people to the fulness of truth is for the sake of their own spiritual growth, and the graces of the sacraments.”  And as many of those converts to Catholicism have shared, that’s where the most rewarding part of the journey really begins.
If this country will be saved it will be through a massive conversion to the faith. We need groups like CHN to make this happen.


Harvard Scientist: Say, Humans Might Not Be Insignificant Specks on a Forgotten Rock

Howard A. Smith, a senior astrophysicist at the Harvard‐Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and a lecturer at Harvard University, wonders whether humans might not be as insignificant as scientists think.

People today, if asked about humanity’s place in the cosmos, would probably echo the sentiment of Carl Sagan: “We live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star, lost in a galaxy, tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe.” That is to say, humanity is ordinary, cosmically speaking, just one of countless examples of extraterrestrial intelligence spread across the universe. This view reflects an appreciation of the remarkable successes of science that show that the universe is vast and about the same everywhere. But there was a time when astronomers placed the Earth at the center of the universe and humanity, too, was seen as being cosmically central. Once Copernicus showed that the Earth was not the center of the universe, we demoted ourselves to being ordinary. The idea today that we are commonplace is sometimes called the notion of Copernican mediocrity.

As a research astrophysicist, I can say without exaggeration that a day never goes by when I am not impressed by the amazing explanatory power of modern science. But I am also trained to be open to the world as it presents itself, not just as I would like it to be. So it is worth calling attention to two recent discoveries that suggest our place in the cosmos needs reconsideration. We might not be ordinary at all.
Definitely worth a read.

Imagine that, huh?


Two Women in Love. Except They're Mother and Daughter. Insert Faux Empathy Here.


I'm not going to link it because...clickbait asshattery. But the lede to this piece is so 21st century America. And the rest of the piece goes on to lament that maybe we're being a little too uptight about this whole incest thing.

When Melissa, an administrative assistant in a law firm who’s in her 20s, met an older woman named Lisa a few years ago, it was love at first sight. The two have been in a relationship ever since but know that marriage is out of the picture. And it’s not because they are lesbian. It’s because they are mother and daughter.
Hey, remember when Rick Santorum predicted that if we approved of gay marriage we'd soon have approval of incest. And we all laughed. Oh, how we laughed.


Satanists Object to Texas Rule About Burying Aborted Remains

Satanists are objecting to a new rule in Texas which requires that fetal remains from abortion must be buried or cremated -and paid for by the providers.

Ironically, the Satanic Temple is appealing to be exempt from the rule under religious freedom laws.

Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves called the new rules, “a direct violation” of the group’s religious beliefs.

And just as an aside, what exactly are those beliefs? I understand what you don't believe. That's not the same as a belief fyi.

“Texas health officials are baldly imposing the view that the fetal tissue is elevated to personhood—a religious opinion that conflicts with our own,” Greaves is quoted as saying. “If Texas is going to treat the disposal of fetal tissue differently from the disposal of any other biological material, in contradiction to our own religious beliefs, they need to present a compelling state interest for doing so. Of course, there is no such state interest, and it’s perfectly clear the demand for fetal tissue burial is a punitive measure imposed by sadistic theocrats. It’s clear these officials deem harassment an acceptable form of pushing their misguided religious agendas.”

Who exactly is being harassed here? If the baby is nothing but a blob of tissue that can be killed, what do they care what happens to the blob afterwards?

The thing is, anything that affords respect for the unborn must be stopped.


Nuns Release Christmas Carols CD

The community of Benedictine nuns based in Missouri have released an album full of Christmas carols. It sounds pretty awesome if you listen to the video below.

“Our greatest hope is that these songs will truly 'lift up our hearts' to the Infant King, so that we will always be mindful of His humility and mercy,” Mother Cecilia, prioress of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, told CNA.

It can be purchased from the nuns' website at: https://music.benedictinesofmary.org/.

Take a listen. It'll put you in a nice Christmasy mood, unlike "Baby it's Cold Outside."

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Study on Same-Sex Parenting Promptly Ignored

Here's the chart that tells you all you need to know about why this study is being completely ignored:

I know it's a shock to you but same sex parenting has some negative effects on children. I know, right? I mean, who saw that coming?

Askthebigot.com has tons of info about this study. But the takeaway in a nutshell can be summed up this way:

Let me be clear.  This is not a commentary on whether or not gay and lesbians are capable parents. One’s sexual attractions do not determine their capacity for child-rearing. A lesbian can be an exceptional mother, she just cannot be a father. A gay man can be a fantastic father and I know several men who fit this description. However, a gay man cannot, no matter how nurturing, be a mother. Children require and desire both.
I'm sure you'll see this study talked about everywhere on the morning shows because you know how the folks in media love science. And no matter where the science takes them, they'll follow.


Cardinal Pell: How Can You Disagree with a Question?

We're always told to not be afraid to ask a question. I guess it's different if you're a Cardinal.


Australian Cardinal George Pell called the four cardinals' letter to Pope Francis asking for moral clarification on Amoris Laetitia "significant" in an interview suggesting he isn't bothered by it.

“How can you disagree with a question?” Pell said in reply to an inquiry about whether he agreed with the cardinals' questions.
Pell was speaking at St. Patrick’s Church in London, where he addressed the current state of Catholicism and a proper understanding of conscience. 

“A number of regularly worshipping Catholics” are “unnerved by the turn of events” within the Church, Pell said, like the notion that individual conscience can trump moral law.

This question about the role of conscience is one of the many concerns theologians, bishops, and others have expressed in the wake of the papal exhortation Amoris Laetitia, which critics say contains passages that undermine or can be interpreted to undermine Catholic moral teaching. Four cardinals sent Pope Francis a dubia, or formal request, asking him to clarify whether parts of Amoris Laetitia are at odds with Catholic moral teaching. The pope has not yet responded.
What happened to the importance of dialogue?

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