Our Deviant Society

Much of today’s language usage demonstrates a desire to be nonjudgmental. People used to shack up; now they cohabit or are living partners. Few young women of yesteryear would have felt comfortable to publicly declare they slept around. Unmarried women used to give birth to a bastard; later, this was upgraded to an illegitimate birth or a nonmarital birth. In many instances, unwed mothers proudly hold baby showers celebrating their illegitimate offspring, and the man, if known, who sired the baby is referred to as “my baby’s daddy” or sometimes as “my baby daddy.”

Homosexual marriages, which are not a basic human survival trait, were unheard of; today, in some jurisdictions, homosexual marriages have legal sanction. To be judgmental about modern codes of conduct is to risk being labeled a prude, racist, sexist or a homophobe. People ignore the fact that to accept another’s right to engage in certain peaceable, voluntary behavior doesn’t require moral acceptance or sanction.

Read more

Just in time for Pentecost: Physical Manifestations of the Holy Spirit – From Genesis To Revelation.

Bible Study:

Physical Manifestations of the Holy Spirit – From Genesis To Revelation

God has apparently made many more appearances in our realm of existence than most of us can possibly imagine, and even when those events are duly recorded in scripture, they are often missed, or mistaken for something else.

Click the link below to view a 9-page compilation of virtually EVERY appearance God has ever made (at least as recorded in scripture) and be sure to spend a little extra time towards the end … contemplating the events of the first Christian Pentecost, and their direct aftermath.

Click here for more (PDF file format)

The madness that engulfed Robes­pierre’s France, the communist frenzy that shut down religious practice in Russia, China, and Eastern Europe — all of this can indeed be repeated here unless believers link arms in a common cause.

This short history of Catholicism in the United States, during times of great peril, both from within and without, reveals not only the essential goodness of the American people, but the providential hand of Almighty God.

Many of the events you will read about here are both unlikely and implausible, yet all are quite true. Don’t miss a word of it.

May God have mercy on those who fail to learn these essential lessons of history!

A timely article by Frederick W. Marks of the New Oxford Review

Submitted by Bob Stanley

The Timeline of Catholic Church history 1-500 A.D.

It’s easy to forget about all the awesome events that took place in the early days of the Catholic Church. This historical timeline will help put everything into proper perspective. Lots of other good Catholic resources at this site, as well!

View the Timeline

Monday (1/31) is “Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day” (No Kidding!)


Visit the “Bubble Wrap”site

“Let us set aside business and fall on our knees in thanksgiving to God, for he has given our fleet a great victory.”

Battle of Lepanto – 1571

Pro Life leader Randall Terry (in is own, inimitable fashion) has also recently been confronting the Muslim problem, head-on.

In a recent post, Mr. Terry reminds us of the fact that in various moments of history, Christians stood against Islam (such as in the battle of Lepanto, or the battle at the gates of Vienna); others gave illustrations such as St. Boniface chopping down the Oak of Thor, clearly making the point that Christianity, at points, IS (and indeed, must be) confrontational!

Read all of Mr. Terry’s post here, and then please take a few minutes to read about some of the most significant Christian historical events of all time, which may provide you with a fresh understanding of the problems faced today, by our modern, western civilization.

Pro-choice or pro-abortion? What’s the Difference? – Illinois Right To Life

Supporters of Life:   My article below (Pro-choice or pro-abortion?) looks at the latest attempt to suggest there is a difference between the meaning of these terms.  (It can also be accessed at http://www.illinoisrighttolife.org/newsline.htm#2008040101.)  Please note time and location of coming events listed below, including:

  • witness at PP Express in Orland Park — 4/5/08   
  • IRLC/Birthright 38th Annual Benefit Dinner and “Bid for Life” Auction  (4/5/08) — last chance >> hurry!
  • Pro-Life / Pro-Family Coalition Annual Conference — 4/12/08  
  • Aid for Women Auxiliary Spring Luncheon — 4/19/08 

Get the details under “Events“.    We hope that you find this email service helpful.  IRLC does not have a specific schedule for these emails.  Your feedback is welcome.    If you find the work of IRLC helpful, we would very much appreciate your support.  You can make a donation by phone (312-422-9300) using your credit card, or by mail with either check or credit card.    Regards,   Bill Beckman Executive Director Illinois Right to Life Committee 65 E. Wacker Place, Suite 800 Chicago, IL 60601 312-422-9300 312-422-9303 (24 hr newsline) http://www.illinoisrighttolife.org/ http://us.f824.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=beckman@illinoisrighttolife.org      


  Pro-choice or pro-abortion?

Illinois Right to Life News for Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Pro-choice or pro-abortion?

A Robert Novak article published in the March 31st Chicago Sun-Times describes a Pennsylvania campaign event last weelend where Barack Obama answered a question about abortion by stating, “Nobody is pro-abortion.”  Novak points out how Obama, “After quickly explaining why ‘I am pro-choice,’ he adjourned the event.”

Other politicians have tried to use this same cover of “pro-choice” rather than “pro-abortion”.  Even though he did not make the statement on April 1st, it should have no more credibility than an April Fool’s joke because everyone knows that the term “pro-choice” means “pro-abortion”.  Historical evidence shows that pro-abortion strategists coined the term to remove the dreaded “abortion” word from the debate.

But Obama gave absolute evidence last weekend just how pro-abortion he really is.  While explaining his position about education to prevent HIV/AIDS, he stated, “But it should also include — it should also include other, you know, information about contraception because, look, I’ve got two daughters, 9 years old and 6 years old.  I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals.   But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.  I don’t want them punished with an STD at age 16, so it doesn’t make sense to not give them information.”

Is that a pro-abortion statement?  Since Obama views the baby as both a mistake and punishment, he obviously supports aborting it.  How much stronger statement can one make?  I cannot confirm whether this statement occurred earlier at the same event Novak reported on or at another one, but the two statements were both made last weekend. 

Even if one unwisely accepted the concept that someone could actually be pro-choice and not be pro-abortion, Obama has demonstrated that this distinction could not possibly apply to him.  He sees abortion as the solution for a mistake and a means to remove a punishment.  He ignores the humanity of the unborn child and thus devalues all human life by suggesting that abortion be available as just another form of birth control.  He would counsel his own daughter to abort his grandchild! 

Pray for Obama’s daughters that they be enlightened to avoid the serious mistake of abortion, far worse than having an inconvenient pregnancy.   Of course, if their parents were serious about teaching the value of chastity, rather than sending a mixed message of so-called safe sex, maybe the Obama daughters would see the value of respecting their sexuality and saving themselves for their husbands.

 


Events   ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

 

Planned Parenthood Express is NOT welcome in Orland Park, Illinois

 Witness and Prayer Vigil

Saturday, April 5, 2008
10am to Noon  

(then May 3, 2008 10am-Noon)

Teenagers must be protected from
Planned Parenthood*

Please join us if you can, even if only for part of the time.

This prayer vigil will be held along the public sidewalk extending from 14470 LaGrange Road, Orland Park, IL  Parking is available at Orland Chateau, 14500 LaGrange Rd, but please park in back.

For more information, call Bill Beckman at 312-422-9300

* Contrary to their claims, Planned Parenthood’s birth control and sex education programs always lead to more unplanned pregnancies and more abortions, and that means more revenue for Planned Parenthood, already the largest abortion provider in the USA.

Speaking to Children about Abortion

Answering Common Objections to Graphic Pictures

Etiquette Tips for Pro-Aborts  (Dan Gura)


Illinois Right to Life Committee
and Birthright of Chicago

38th Annual Benefit Dinner
and “Bid for Life” Auction

Saturday, April 5, 2008
Cocktails 6:00pm (cash bar), 
Dinner 7:30pm

Drury Lane
100 Drury Lane,
Oak Brook Terrace, IL 

Use this Registration Form

For more information or to register, call  312-422-9300


 

Pro-Life / Pro-Family Coalition
Annual Conference

Saturday, April 12, 2008
Registration 8:30am, Sessions 9:00am, Banquet 12:30pm

to be held at:
Monument of Faith Church
2750 W. Columbus Ave, Chicago

The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Johnny M. Hunter, National Director of Life Education and Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N.) whose topic will be “Good News for Bad Times”.

Dr. Pamela Smith OBGYN, and others, will be making presentations to the adults and youth.  The varied youth program will feature skits and lectures stressing the importance of abstinence.

Adults – Banquet and Conference $35;
Banquet tickets $25; Youth $15

 Information at: 773-734-6777 or DrAlicem@sbcglobal.net

 


Aid for Women Auxiliary
Spring Luncheon

Saturday, April 19, 2008

featuring William V. Blazek, Jr., SJ, MD, MA

at the Mid-America Club
(200 East Randolph – 80th Floor)

The presentation by this Chicago native, graduate of Marquette, decorated veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield, physician, research scholar in Clinical Bioethics and Jesuit in training will offer his unique perspective.  A raffle and silent auction will also take place. 

Luncheon tickets are available for $70.  Advance purchase is required. 

For information, contact Mary at 847/998-0456 or by email at mgeorge519@sbcglobal.net.  All proceeds will benefit the not-for-profit Aid for Women.