Friday, 9 October 2009

Obamania spreads to Nobel Prize committee

Barack Obama has today been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The official citation for the award says:
"The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen...co-operation between peoples ... Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama...given its people hope for a better future."
This is the same Barack Obama, one of whose first actions as president was to sign an order to abort the world's poor, putting
"hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars into the hands of organizations that aggressively promote abortion as a population-control tool in the developing world"
according to the US National Right to Life Committee (NRLC). As Dr Stephen Karanja, the head of the Kenyan Catholic Doctors Association, said about the result of the US election:
“They have no business electing a person who is going to destroy our countries. And that is what they have done. This is something that a lot of people don’t realise, that what these Americans do affects innocent people thousands and thousands of miles away.”
The late Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, a far worthier recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, said in her acceptance speech:
"[T]he greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion...Because if a mother can kill her own child - what is left for me to kill you and you kill me - there is nothing between."
I am sorely tempted to believe that if she was alive today, Mother Teresa would return her Nobel Prize at today's award to Barack Obama, 'The Abortion President'.

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Thursday, 8 October 2009

Obama was not sent by God

SPUC has criticised the comments of an African bishop who said the election of Barack Obama as American president was a divine sign. Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, archbishop of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, told the Synod for Africa currently meeting in Rome that the election of a black US president was a "sign from the Holy Spirit for the reconciliation of races and ethnic groups, for peaceful human relations." Anthony Ozimic of SPUC told LifeSiteNews.com:
"In their concern for the advancement of black people, church leaders must not omit to condemn President Obama's pro-abortion policies. Black Catholic and Christian pro-life leaders in both America and Africa regard Mr Obama's presidency as a disaster for black unborn children. Abortion is the deepest antithesis of reconciliation and peaceful human relations. If, instead of killing unborn children, Mr Obama's policies killed, for example, Catholic priests, would Archbishop Monsengwo regard Mr Obama's election as a positive, divine sign? Are unborn children any less deserving of the right to life than Catholic priests?"
Was Archbishop Monsengwo perhaps taking his cue from Obama himself, who told supporters the day after the feast of the Epiphany in 2008:
"My job is to be so persuasive that if there's anybody left out there who is still not sure whether they will vote, or is still not clear who they will vote for, that a light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany ... and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote for Obama".
Obamania, a condition linked to Tonyblairmania, the symptoms being much the same: In Obama's case, a person welcomes Obama's election even though Obama is committed to extreme pro-abortion, anti-life policies; Tonyblairmania involves welcoming Tony Blair's reception into the Catholic Church even though Blair refuses to repudiate his political record on pro-life matters whilst he continues to seek high public office.

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Wednesday, 7 October 2009

UN council backs Russian resolution promoting traditional values

Pat Buckley, who lobbies for SPUC at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, has sent me a report on a new, positive, development. He tells me:
"In a rare break from its long term strategy of attempting to dictate newly-conceived so called 'rights' to everyone - such as the manufactured 'right to abortion' - the UN Human Rights Council has approved a resolution tabled by the Russian Federation, entitled 'Promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms through a better understanding of traditional values of humankind'.

"The resolution which cites the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, calls for the holding of a workshop to be held in 2010 for an exchange of views on how a better understanding of traditional values of humankind underpinning international human rights norms and standards can contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms".
Whilst the proposers of the resolution include some strange bedfellows, its approval presents an important opportunity. "As a result of the successful resolution, a workshop on traditional values will now be held in September 2010. Submissions can be made by well-disposed governments and non-governmental organizations promoting fundamental human rights on the basis of natural law", Pat Buckley says.

Needless to say this resolution was strenuously opposed by the countries that are trying to impose their own values on mankind. The European Union, which persistently seeks to promote abortion in international forums, attempted to undermine the resolution. When this attempt failed, the EU declined to enter consensus and the resolution was put to a vote. The resolution was carried by 26 votes to 15 with 6 abstentions. (Just 47 nations out of 193 sovereign nations have a vote at the Human Rights Council.)

"It was no surprise to find the US opposing the resolution, which has renewed under Barack Obama the pro-abortion policies pursued under Bill Clinton", Pat reports.You can read the resolution text in all UN languages.

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Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Ghanaian cardinal should condemn condom use

It is disturbing to read that, once again, Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana has failed conspicuously to condemn the use of condoms. In comments reported at the Synod for Africa, currently taking place in Rome, he speaks mainly about the ineffectiveness and inadvisability of using condoms to prevent the spread of HIV. At no time does he say that condom use is wrong - in fact, he refuses to say publicly one way or the other, repeating a line that couples must make their own decision.

Cardinal Turkson's equivocation on the issue is in stark contrast with Pope Benedict's comments on the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae (Pope Paul VI's encyclical which condemned the use of contraception as intrinsically wrong):
“The truth expressed in Humanae Vitae does not change; rather, in light of the new scientific findings, its teaching becomes even more up to date and induces reflection upon its intrinsical value.”
After 36 years of working in the pro-life movement, I am convinced that the teaching of Humanae Vitae on the inseparable connection between the unitive significance and the procreative significance of the marriage act is of fundamental importance for the future of the family and for the sanctity of human life throughout the world. Furthermore, I believe that what is happening today to the family and to the sanctity of human life in Europe provides overwhelming evidence of the prophetic importance of Pope Paul VI’s words:
“The Church, nevertheless, in urging men to the observance of the precepts of the natural law, which it interprets by its constant doctrine, teaches that each and every marital act must of necessity retain its intrinsic relationship to the procreation of human life." Humanae Vitae, 11
I have explained previously why, to my mind, it’s quite clear that countless human lives have been destroyed as a result of the rejection of Humanae Vitae and its teaching on the wrongfulness of the separation of the unitive significance and procreative significance of the conjugal act, not least through birth control and IVF practices.
 
Cardinal Turkson must come off the fence and condemn all use of condoms.

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Monday, 5 October 2009

If we want a culture of death to continue to be imposed in Europe, let's back Tony Blair as EU president

It appears that a majority of the British public, as well as Tory party leaders, are opposed to Tony Blair becoming European Union (EU) president.

Whatever their reasons for opposing Tony Blair, it's important for we Europeans to understand, that if we want a culture of death to continue to be imposed in our countries, then Tony Blair is the man to appoint as EU president.

History shows that, as a British member of parliament and prime minister, Tony Blair has been one of the world's major architects of the culture of death. Since becoming a Catholic, he has refused to repudiate the anti-life policies and legislation he pursued, and succeeded in enacting, throughout his political career. These include:
  • voting for abortion up to birth three times;
  • personally endorsing his government's policy of supplying abortion and abortifacient birth control drugs and devices to schoolgirls as young as 11 without parental knowledge or consent; 
  • his government’s commitment to the promotion of abortion on demand as a universal fundamental human right;
  • personally championing destructive experiments on human embryos; and 
  • his government's legislation which allows, and in certain circumstances requires, doctors to starve and dehydrate to death vulnerable patients.
I must add that, when so much is at stake for Europe, it really was indefensible of L'Osservatore Romano to have published such an effusive double-page interview with Tony Blair. Countless human lives continue to be destroyed as a direct result of the policies he has championed - and refuses to repudiate. Countless parents in Britain are robbed of their inalienable rights and responsibilities by the secret abortion policy for schoolchildren he championed as prime minister - and refuses to repudiate. Unlike St. Paul, Tony Blair has had no road to Damascus conversion. Surely it's not appropriate for the Vatican's semi-official newspaper to risk giving an impression of carrying out public relations for a committed anti-life politician who is well known to be seeking high office?

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Sunday, 4 October 2009

European Humanist Federation launches attack on parents' "power" to protect their children

The European Humanist Federation has launched an attack on the right of parents to protect their children from state-run sex and relationships education.

David Pollock (pictured), the President of the European Humanist Federation, speaking last week at a human rights meeting organized by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), complained that parents were going far beyond the "narrow range" of cases of conscientious objection allowed by OSCE guidelines.

Referring to parents' objections to sex and relationships education, he said: " ... children must be protected from damage to their education or health: there must be limits to their parents' power over them ... ".

Tragically, severe limits on parents' inalienable right and duty to protect their children from state sponsored sex and relationship education are widely imposed in Britain - including the provision of abortion and contraception without parental knowledge or authority. What's even worse is that Catholic Church authorities in England and Wales are complicit in their imposition.

This is not a conspiracy against parents. A conspiracy involves an evil plan formulated in secret. Those attacking or undermining the right and duty of parents to protect their children are doing so quite openly - whether they are members of the European Humanist Federation, such as David Pollock, government officials, or church officials, such as the Catholic Education Service. The evil that they do must be resisted quite openly by parents. Supportive groups - such as SPUC's Safe at School - are there to help parents every step of the way.


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