Tom and Jerry: Defenders of All Things Right and Good

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Pro-choice means choice only for some

I am beginning to discorver that most "family planning" organizations (i.e. abortion advocates) are not really "pro-choice."  They howl and yell if someone dares to call them "pro-abortion," but their actions often justify that label.  

An article in today's Washington Post exposed our President's plan to eliminate legal protection for health care workers who opt out of providing medical treatments they find morally objectionable.  Under the Bush Administration, health care facilities that receive federal funding could not punish or sanction health care workers for following their conscience.   Obama reveresed that policy.

"Faminily planning" groups jumped for joy in support of the President.  They argued that allowing health care workers to opt out of performing abortion could reduce women's access to abortion.  No kidding.  My answer is, so what?  Should a medical professional not have the freedom to follow his or her conscience when it comes to a procedure as controversial as abortion?  Aparently, a woman's choice to abort her child is more important than a medical professional's right to refuse to abort her child.  The latter is enshrinded in the "free exercise" clause of the First Amendment.  The former was imposed on this country by seven unelected judges in the worst U.S. Supreme Court decision in history.  When "abortion rights" trump our First Amendment rights, something has gone seriously wrong.

"Pro-choice" advocates cry, "how dare you interfere with a woman's right to choose!"  However, they have no problem interferring with a woman's right to choose if that woman is a medical professional who refuses to provide abortion. 

The hypocrisy is astounding.

There is some hope.  The Administration agreed to take thirty days to review the new regulation.  Hopefully, they will do the right thing.  I'm not holding my breath.

Jerry, can we bring a collection of ND football highlights on the ark?  

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My Weekly Inspiration For Ark-Building

Yes, this is a real website:

( Click on picture to view enlarged image )

There's being tempted into sin and falling into sin, and then there's posting an online profile hoping to attract sin, meet it at a hotel room, and have it ruin your marriage. I wonder if the site includes ads for divorce lawyers.

On the other hand, I received word today that University of Notre Dame will not be holding a 2009 edition of "The Queer Film Festival", which could hold off the deluge a little longer. Gay activists are upset, as they insist that Catholic education on Our Lady's campus can not go on in the total absence of shouts of "Fabulous!".

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Quote of the Day

"Hooking up is like masturbation with a human sex toy."

One has to admire their frankness and honesty.  Unfortunately, the producers of the Midwest  Teen Sex Show (MTSS) do not see hooking up as a bad thing as long as:
  1. You use a condom
  2. You are not emotionally involved (good luck)
  3. You don't make a baby
MTSS, which is aimed at teen, was brought to my attention by my lovely wife.  She heard about it at a Pediatrics lecture about how the media influences kids.  The speaker recommended the site as a positive influence.

When using another human being as "a human sex toy" is seen as something positive, our culture has moved far away from Christ's call to love.  I've heard it said by Christopher West (I think) that the opposite of love is not hate, but use.

The medical community refuses to make moral judgements about the sacredness of sex.  In their view, as long as nobody gets hurt, there is no problem with using human being for pleasure.  Unfortunately, far too often, people do get hurt.

For the parents who are reading this, you may want to check out MTSS to see what the Internet media is feeding your kids.

For the teens who may be reading, when you encounter media like the MTSS realize that you are getting an empty view of sex.  The Church proposes a far richer view of sex as a sacred gift of complete, fruitful and faithful love between a married man and woman.  The Church believe that you were not created to be used, rather you were created to be truly loved.  The MTSS is offering you a Twinkie, while Christ has prepared a five course gourmet banquet for you.  Don't be duped.

Jerry, do you still have room on the ark?


Friday, February 06, 2009

He Sure Can Pick 'Em

For those of you who have found Obama's cabinet appointments 'interesting', you're going to love his choice for Deputy Attorney General, David Ogden. A brief review of his career:

* In Hartigan v. Zbaraz, Ogden co-authored a brief for the American Psychological Association arguing that parental notification was an unconstitutional burden on 14-year old adolescent girls seeking an abortion. Excerpt: "There is no question that the right to secure an abortion is fundamental." (p. 10).

* In Rust v. Sullivan, Ogden served as counsel to People for the American Way, the National Education Association, and others supporting petitioner's claim that abortion is a method of family planning that should be eligible for federal funding.

* In United States v. American Library Association, Ogden fought the use of Internet filters used to screen pornographic sites in public libraries.

* In American Library Association v. Thornburgh, Ogden successfully defended the right of pornographers to produce material with underage children.

* In American Council for the Blind v. Boorstin, Ogden sued the federal government in an attempt to force taxpayers to finance a Braille version of Playboy.**

**-Since I don't think it possible to convert airbrushed pictures of naked women into Braille, I guess this would produce a group of people who would purchase Playboy "for the articles".

* Ogden has represented Playboy, Penthouse, and P.H.E. (a mail-order pornography distributor with a nation-wide business) in numerous cases: Playboy Enterprises, Inc. v. Meese, P.H.E., Inc., v. United States Department of Justice, United States v. P.H.E., Inc., Knox v. United States, Fort Wayne Books, Inc. v. Indiana, Virginia v. American Booksellers Association, Pope v. Illinois, Meese v. Keene.

* In Lawrence v. Texas, Ogden, serving as counsel of record for the American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, and the National Association of Social Workers filing an amicus brief in support of the defendants, urged the court "to treat traditional definitions of marriage as a social prejudice".

Change we can believe in, indeed.