Prolifers Crash Two Abortion Christmas Parties; Videos Yanked from YouTube

December 27, 2010

WASHINGTON, (MetroCatholic) — Pro-lifers crashed the “holiday” parties of NARAL and DC Abortion Fund to deliver the message that you cannot murder innocent babies in the womb and celebrate Christmas without making a complete mockery of the Christ Child. These are the very same people who would kill the baby Jesus, given some of Mary’s circumstances.

Christ said: “Whatever you have done to the least of my brothers, you have done to ME.”

Is it YouTube’s policy to prevent free speech? YouTube allows some of the most disgusting videos, but these two videos (www.jillstanek.com/2010/12/video-pro-life-activists-crash-narals-holiday-party-for-young-leaders-in-dc and www.jillstanek.com/2010/12/video-pro-life-activists-crash-abortion-groups-peace-joy-choice-fundraiser/#more-16899) were pulled because “content violated YouTube’s Terms of Service” and because the apparently violated “YouTube’s policy on shocking and disgusting content.”

See both videos:

NARAL Disruption: eyeblast.tv/public/video.aspx?v=hd6U8z8znz

and

DC Abortion Fund Disruption:
eyeblast.tv/public/video.aspx?v=hd6UkU4zVr

Statement of Gary Boisclair, Insurrecta Nex DC Chapter

    “The people at NARAL and DC Abortion Fund have celebrated their selfish, deceptive, wicked ideas and called it a holiday party. We at Insurrecta Nex love them too much to fail to tell them the truth.

    “These enemies of life and of God’s law will have no rest until they repent. We will not cease to publicize the fact that they are murdering babies. People who are determined to support the murder of the most defenseless must listen to the Voice of Truth, the Baby born in Bethlehem.”

Statement of Andrew Beacham, Insurrecta Nex DC Chapter

    “YouTube has consistently discriminated against the Pro-Life message and objective Truth by censoring Pro-Life videos submitted to their website, including three of our recent submissions. YouTube allows obscene, perverse, and graphic videos to remain on their website, but not our videos which are educational, a documentation of history and newsworthy.

    “The D.C. Abortion Fund and LOYL (League Of Young Leaders), NARAL’s young professionals group, both threw ‘holiday parties’ that were fundraisers and were open to the public. Both groups have public pages…and public event pages on Facebook. If anyone wants to see who is supporting, raising money, or attending these events they only need to look the events page up on each groups’ Facebook page.

    “Dear YouTube, There is no violation of privacy when they make their face and views public. Murder is murder and it does not matter if it happens in public or in private. We will all know who you are eventually. Remember Nuremburg?”

Statement of David Lewis, Insurrecta Nex DC Chapter

    “I wanted to let them know that being involved directly or indirectly with the murder of children is a sin against Almighty God and man. What I did was an act of mercy to the people involved financially or otherwise with child killing.

    “I am shocked in the cowardice of YouTube. The fact that they would leave pornography and other garbage untouched and would pull our video down is a mockery of truth and justice.”

Patrick Trueman Named CEO of Morality in Media Former Chief of U.S. Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Prosecution gains new role in the fight against illegal pornography.

December 20, 2010

NEW YORK, (MetroCatholic) — The Board of Directors of Morality in Media has named Patrick A. Trueman as its new chief executive officer and a member of its board of directors. Trueman formerly served as Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. in the presidential administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

For the past year, Trueman has been retained by Morality in Media as director of the War on Illegal Pornography, an ad hoc coalition of more than 50 state and national groups working together to have federal obscenity laws enforced once again by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Trueman is the founder of Pornography Harms, an integrated educational program that warns citizens and legislators alike of the harms of pornography consumption. The effort has three major online outreach arms: PornHarms.com, an academic and research-based educational site that hosts an extensive collection of peer-reviewed research on the harms of pornography; a Facebook page with 15,000 followers; and a YouTube channel on which are posted information, education, and interview videos that have been viewed more than 50,000 times. Pornography Harms has been supported by Morality in Media and now will be fully integrated into the organization.

“It is an honor for me to be part of Morality in Media, the oldest and one of the most effective organizations in the country fighting the scourge of pornography,” said Trueman who will work out of Washington, D.C. “This will strengthen the coalition’s War on Illegal Pornography,” he added. He joins Robert Peters, MIM’s long-time President and newly named General Counsel, on the staff. “Bob Peters and I have collaborated for years on legal briefs in prominent federal court cases and I have the greatest respect for his keen legal mind and exceptional writing abilities.”

“We have an untreated pandemic of harm from pornography in America today,” Trueman said. “Addiction, violence against women, and an increase divorce, sexual molestation, and sexual trafficking are all byproducts of pornography’s saturation within society.” “The failure of the U.S. Department of Justice to vigorously enforce federal obscenity laws has given a green light to the porn crime syndicates and harmed nearly every family in America,” Trueman noted. Federal laws prohibit distribution of hardcore, obscene pornography on the Internet, on cable/satellite and hotel/motel TV, through the mails, and in retail shops.

The American Legion Opposes Last-minute DADT Repeal

December 17, 2010

WASHINGTON, (MetroCatholic) — The American Legion remains strongly opposed to a renewed and intensified Congressional effort to hastily repeal the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law during Congress’s rapidly expiring lame duck session. The House is expecting to begin debate today on a stand-alone repeal of the military’s ban on gay servicemembers revealing their orientation. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD) and Rep. Patrick Murphy (PA) have been working on the issue, and their language tracks with a bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate last week. The Senate may consider a similar bill later this week.

The leader of the nation’s largest veterans’ service organization expressed alarm over this latest effort to swiftly overturn the controversial law. “One must ask, what’s the rush?” said Jimmie L. Foster, national commander of The American Legion, “and why should this matter of social policy take precedence over the far more critical matter of national security?”

Foster was referring to repeated failure within Congress to pass the overarching National Defense Authorization Act which authorizes appropriations for military activities of the Department of Defense, military construction, equipment acquisition, and military personnel strengths for the 2011 fiscal year. The bill has been set aside in the Senate due to a number of controversial provisions including Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal language.

“While our combat troops continue to focus on their mission on the war-front throughout the world, Congress can’t focus on funding those very service members,” said Tim Tetz, director of the Legion’s legislative division. “Congress should rush to pass the Defense Authorization Act and take whatever time is necessary to understand the nuances a repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell would have on our nation’s fighting forces.”

The American Legion has repeatedly asserted that now — in the midst of war — is simply not the time for social experimentation. This cautionary message was the same offered by Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos and the leadership of the Army and Air Force. They all agreed in testimony last week before the Senate Armed Services Committee that repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell would be a distraction upon those in combat roles today.

Robert W. Spanogle, a past national commander of The American Legion, is critical of the rush to repeal DADT . “Count me in with the Commandant and those soldiers and Marines in the mud on the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq, the tip of the spear,” said Spanogle. “Nearly 60 percent of those surveyed said they believed there would be a negative impact on their unit’s effectiveness (with a repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell).”

While the House and Senate remain committed to passage of a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, critics join The American Legion in questioning the need to rush this issue to a vote. More than 13 hearings were held when the original law was enacted and the House hasn’t held hearings on the findings of the Department of Defense survey of service members.

“The American Legion remains convinced a repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ cannot be easily implemented and could compromise the effectiveness of crucially needed fighting forces. Political expediency should not take precedence over providing adequate time for debate. There is no reason this must be decided in the next two weeks when it has been in place for seventeen years,” concluded Foster.

Teen Defenders International Walk for Life

November 22, 2010

WASHINGTON (MetroCatholic) — Teen Defenders, a Pro-Life Unity project, is inviting teens from all over the world to walk for the unborn this January 24th in Virginia. The walk will end at the site of the annual March for Life in Washington D.C. at 11:30 am.

Event Details—

What: Teen Defenders International Walk for Life

When: January 24th, 2011

Where: Virginia - Washington D.C.

Jake Dagel, International Youth Director for Pro-Life Unity and Teen Defenders, stated: “Teens are the ones who will help end what was started by so many good leaders in the movement. For almost 38 years, strong and determined pro-life leaders and organizations have carried the torch to end abortion around the world. We are ready to accept that torch and bring an end to the intentional killing of children in the womb.”

Peter Shinn, President of Pro-Life Unity added, “I’m glad to see the determined spirit of defending the unborn rising out of the young population. For too long, pro-abortion people have claimed that the pro-life movement is made up of angry old men who have no feelings for women who are struggling with pregnancy. The youth of the world will help those people understand that a woman will suffer more by killing her child, and that abortion is not compassion.”

The exact time and location of the 1st Annual International Teen Defenders Walk for Life are to be announced, but teenagers should seek reservations for flights and hotels immediately, as the March for Life and other events of the week bring many thousands of good pro-life people to the Washington D.C. area.

Teens who cannot make it to Washington D.C. are encouraged to start their own Teen Defenders Walk for Life in their town or city. People who wish to do so can contact Teen Defenders at [email protected] or by calling 703-953-2134. All Teen Walks for Life and other walks/marches will be posted on the website. Go to TeenDefenders.com for more information.

FRC: Even After Voters Reject His Agenda, President Obama Still Doesn’t Get It

November 3, 2010

WASHINGTON, (MetroCatholic) — Family Research Council President Tony Perkins reacts to comments President Barack Obama made at a press conference today calling for revoking the current policy on homosexuals serving openly in the military, commonly referred to as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

“Last night millions of Americans went to the polls to express their strong disagreement with the change President Obama has brought to Washington . Out of control spending, government takeovers of health care and other private enterprise and an allegiance to a pro-abortion/anti-family coalition are all issues the American people said ‘Enough!’ to last night.

“When it comes to the homosexual agenda, the American people could not be clearer. The flipping of at least six state legislatures, the defeat of three justices in Iowa who imposed same-sex ‘marriage’ and the defeat of the House Member leading the charge to overturn the current military policy are all examples of how the American people have grown tired of the Democratic Party’s adherence to an anti-family coalition.

“I agree with the President that Congress should wait for the coming report from the military on changing the current policy. However, that does not mean Congress should rubber stamp any study. The study itself is likely to have problems, and the next natural step would be to have the new 112th Congress hold hearings on the issue.

“The arrogance of the President and his allies in Congress, many of whom will not return in the new Congress, to force such a drastic change on our military in the middle of fighting two wars is disrespectful of our troops, and should not be tolerated.”

Sestak Voted Against Amendment to Prevent Federal Funding of Abortion — But Now He Brazenly Misrepresents his Record

October 26, 2010

WASHINGTON (MetroCatholic) — The clearest, most important vote to occur in years in the U.S. House of Representatives on the issue of federal funding of abortion was conducted on November 7, 2009, when the House voted on the Stupak-Pitts Amendment to the pending health care restructuring bill (H.R. 3962). The amendment passed the House 240 to 194. No Republican opposed it, and it was also supported by 64 Democrats - fully one-quarter of all of the Democrats in the House. Of the 19 House members from Pennsylvania, 14 voted for the Stupak-Pitts Amendment - including seven of the 12 Democrats.

But Congressman Joe Sestak was not among them. Sestak voted against the Stupak-Pitts Amendment. [House roll call no. 884, Nov. 7, 2009.] He thereby voted to leave untouched multiple pro-abortion provisions in the bill, including language that would have explicitly authorized a proposed new insurance program, operated directly by the federal government (the so-called “public option”) to pay for all elective abortions.

Now, Sestak is trying to rewrite history. In a debate on October 20, 2010, Sestak asserted “I voted against taxpayers funding it [abortion].” When his opponent challenged this statement, Sestak insisted, “Congressman Toomey, I voted against it.”

Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), commented, “Sestak has voted pro-abortion 100 percent throughout his time in Congress, so his vote for government funding of abortion on demand last November was not surprising - what is remarkable is the brazenness of his attempt to mislead voters. Under the legislation Sestak supported, the Secretary of Health and Human Services would have been sending checks to abortionists from the U.S. Treasury to pay for elective abortions.”

Pro-abortion groups have long recognized Sestak as a lock-step ally for their legislative agenda. Ted Miller, director of communications for NARAL was quoted in Womensenews as saying, “voters can count on Joe Sestak to be consistently pro-choice.” [5/18/10]

Although the Stupak-Pitts Amendment passed the House (despite Sestak’s opposition), no similar provision was contained in the different health care bill (H.R. 3590) that passed the Senate in December. A group of House Democrats led by Rep. Bart Stupak refused to support H.R. 3590 for months because of its pro-abortion provisions, as they insisted that the Stupak-Pitts language must be restored - but on March 21, 2010, some of them flip-flopped and voted for the bill anyway, including Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D-Pa.). Of course, Sestak also voted to pass the bill, but he was not part of the group that for months withheld support because of the lack of an effective prohibition on federal subsidies for abortion — the very type of prohibition that he had voted against on November 7, 2009.

NRLC is the federation of state right-to-life organizations, including the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation. The political arm of NRLC, the National Right to Life PAC, is the nation’s largest pro-life political action committee. NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson and other experts on congressional legislation pertaining to abortion are available for interviews and broadcast debates on federal funding of abortion and related issues. In addition, NRLC has available a wealth of documentation regarding the pro-abortion components of the health care law, including a sworn affidavit and supporting documents recently submitted to the Ohio Elections Commission.

To arrange an interview with or appearance by an NRLC spokesperson, call 202-626-8825 or send email to [email protected].

The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life groups and more than 3,000 local chapters nationwide, is the nation’s largest pro-life group. National Right to Life works through legislation and education to protect those threatened by abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Catholic Charities USA Presents Centennial Medal to America’s Promise Alliance

October 6, 2010

WASHINGTON (MetroCatholic) — Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the 100-year-old social service network working to reduce poverty in America, yesterday presented its Centennial Medal to the America’s Promise Alliance recognizing the organization for its work protecting the common good and ensuring investment in our nation’s young people. The award was presented by Candy Hill, Catholic Charities USA’s Sr. Vice President for Social Policy and Government Affairs, at the America’s Promise Alliance Trustees meeting in Washington, DC.  CCUSA is presenting 100 specially-commissioned Centennial Medals in honor of its 100th anniversary, marking a century of human services for the least among us.

“Since your inception in 1997, you have served as a beacon for children in this country.  We value your leadership, your partnership and your vision for America’s future-our young people,” said Candy Hill. “You have been a significant partner in our work to serve and advocate on behalf of the poor. I thank you for your commitment to this endeavor, and most importantly for your willingness to stand with the poor and disenfranchised as we advocate for services and solutions that reflect dignity and respect for all people.”

CCUSA was founded in 1910 “to bring about a sense of solidarity” among those in charitable ministries. Since 1910, CCUSA has encouraged professional social work practice, provided opportunities for training and networking, and served as a national voice and expert on poverty issues.

During Centennial recognition and celebration ceremonies last week, CCUSA-with sponsorship from Sen. Robert Casey (D. Pennsylvania) and Rep. Jim McGovern (D. Massachusetts)-introduced S. 3845/H.R. 6222 to address the issue of poverty nationwide and institute new ways of reducing and eliminating poverty.

For more information about Catholic Charities USA visit http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/.

Catholic Charities USA’s members provide help and create hope for more than 9 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. For almost 300 years, Catholic Charities agencies have worked to reduce poverty by providing a myriad of vital services in their communities, ranging from health care and job training to food and housing. In 2010, Catholic Charities USA celebrates its centennial anniversary.

Catholic Charities USA Leadership Meets President Obama

September 22, 2010

WASHINGTON, (MetroCatholic) — Rev. Larry Snyder, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, accompanied by executive leadership, members of the board of trustees, and representatives from the Council of Diocesan Directors, joined President Obama yesterday for a private meeting in the Oval Office. President Obama recognized the social service organization for their 100 years of service, discussed with them their bipartisan legislative initiative related to poverty relief and congratulated them on their upcoming Centennial celebrations.

From September 25-28, 2010, in Washington, DC, Catholic Charities USA will celebrate 100 years of service, advocacy and convening with its historic Centennial Gathering. As it moves into its second century of service, Catholic Charities USA advocates for innovative strategies that promote real, sustainable change to effectively reduce poverty in America.

Catholic Charities USA was founded in 1910 “to bring about a sense of solidarity” among those in charitable ministries. Since 1910, Catholic Charities USA has encouraged professional social work practice, provided opportunities for training and networking, and served as a national voice and expert on poverty issues. For more information, visit http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/centennial.

Catholic Charities USA’s members provide help and create hope for more than 9 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. For almost 300 years, Catholic Charities agencies have worked to reduce poverty by providing a myriad of vital services in their communities, ranging from health care and job training to food and housing. In 2010, Catholic Charities USA celebrates its centennial anniversary.

False ‘Promises’ of Destructive Embryonic Stem Cell Research Discussed in Senate Hearing

September 17, 2010

WASHINGTON (MetroCatholic) — This morning, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Promise of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research.”

Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America, said, “The problem with the ‘promise’ of destructive embryonic stem cell research is that it is simply a dead end street, especially when compared to the successes seen with adult stem cell research. Clinical trials using adult stem cells have proven far more successful and have made significant strides in treating Leukemia, brain tumors, breast cancer, anemia, and especially autoimmune diseases.

“To harvest embryos and destroy life as part of a research process that has little hope of living up to promised success is wrong.

“The Obama administration has already said they are exploring all possible avenues to make sure that they can continue funding this destructive research. President Barack Obama and Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada) are determined now more than ever to push for the destruction of innocent human life for the sake of scientific study that, in fact, has very little ‘promise.’”

Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization.

Christian Coalition of America Announces Release of 2010 Congressional Scorecards

August 30, 2010

WASHINGTON (MetroCatholic) — Christian Coalition of America announces the release of its 2010 Congressional Scorecards, rating members of Congress on their votes over the past year.

In announcing the scorecards, Coalition President Roberta Combs stated that, “When it comes to how members of Congress actually vote on critical issues, too many Americans are not aware of how their elected officials vote on bills that affect their everyday lives.”

“Our scorecards rate members of Congress on some of the most important issues that we face today. These issues are important to our families and to the conservative movement,” Combs said.

The scorecards cover a range of congressional votes, including: the debate over health care reform, taxpayer funding of abortion, spending bills, traditional marriage, free speech and the illegal immigration issue.

Members of Congress are then rated on a scale of 0 to 100, based on their votes.

The scorecards can be accessed at: www.cc.org/webform/congressional_scorecards

Christian Coalition of America is a non-partisan political organization that works to identify, educate and mobilize Christians for effective political action.

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