Oh, those pesky Michigan Democrats!

Rebecca Kiessling knows what it’s like to be targeted by abortion. She is one of the rare people to escape an abortion after her birth mother became pregnant following a sexual assault.

But Kiessling was targeted more directly today when she testified before local lawmakers in support of a pro-life resolution. Laughing at her story of how she survived an abortion that too frequently claims the lives of unborn children conceived in rape, they passed a resolution supporting abortions in cases of rape or incest as an “in your face” gesture.

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Ann Coulter to Michigan Rep. Lisa Brown: Do what you want with your vagina. Pro-lifers just want to stop babies from being killed.

For making inappropriate remarks during a legislative session, Brown was prohibited from making floor speeches for one day. Being a hysterical drama queen who believes the Michigan Legislature was thinking about her and her vagina, Rep. Brown responded to the sanction by claiming she had been “silenced.” A vulgarian gets a one-day penalty, and suddenly she’s Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Rep. Brown was not being silenced. She was being admonished for a crazy display of narcissism utterly irrelevant to the bill under discussion. I would never in a million years silence a woman because of her views on abortion, but I’d vote for a month of silence from this self-dramatizing freak.

The media are in full smirk mode, not at Rep. Brown’s perversely self-referential speech positing that Republican legislators wanted to date-rape her, but at Republican bluenoses, whom they seem to think are shocked by the word “vagina.”

Hey, does anyone else remember way back into the distant past three months ago when liberals were ablaze with indignation because Rush Limbaugh used the “s-word” to describe Sandra Fluke, another drama queen, who was demanding taxpayers pay for her contraception? That word had liberals fainting like Victorian virgins.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan Mayor can’t tell light from darkness. He must be blind!

In talking about funding the group (Planned Parenthood), Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell used a derogatory term to refer to pro-life people.

“Yet, every year, the forces of darkness seek to deprive women of the health and education they need by choking off the funding to Planned Parenthood,” said Heartwell.

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Editor’s note: As Bugs Bunny used to say. “What a mar-o-o-o-n!”

Marquette Bishop: “I was more prayerful than many of my peers. That opened me up to the action of the Holy Spirit.”

…Although a young bishop, Bishop Sample has been outspoken in his defense of Church teaching. In 2009, for example, he asked Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, retired auxiliary bishop of Detroit, not to speak in the Marquette diocese because of his dissenting views on such issues as homosexuality and the ordination of women. He also condemned the University of Notre Dame’s decision to honor President Barack Obama, calling the move “unconscionable” and “completely out of step with the Catholic Church’s teaching.”

…My generation was the first in the wake of Vatican II. While I certainly don’t blame the Council, much upheaval occurred in the Church in its aftermath. Culturally, society was experiencing the sexual revolution, the women’s liberation movement, and the anti-war movement, among others. There was an anti-authoritarian spirit.

In this time of great confusion, catechesis suffered. We booted the Baltimore Catechism out the door, but there wasn’t anything to replace it. I was taught the faith in Catholic schools using materials that were weak and insubstantial. I wasn’t being taught my faith. The liturgy suffered from experimentation as well.

…We need a renewal in catechesis. I feel passionately about this. In my Diocese of Marquette, I directed the development of a diocesan curriculum for faith formation for grades K-8. It is a solid, substantive, systematic, and sequential curriculum, which builds from one year to the next. It is topical, based on the pillars of the catechism. Every parish is expected to follow this curriculum.

Now I’m turning my attention toward adult faith formation. If we can get catechesis and the liturgy right, we’ll be well on our way to the renewal and growth of the Church for which we hope.

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Editor’s note: Isolated in the wilderness that still constitutes much of the upper peninsula of Michigan, Bishop Sample might just succeed. Let’s all pray that he does!

Big trouble in Dearborn-i-stan (Dearborn, Michigan)

The violent intimidation of anti-jihadists that I just saw in Stuttgart is coming to America.

Authorities should act quickly and decisively to defend the freedom of speech, or it will most assuredly soon be gone.

As Pamela Geller notes, these stories involve “two Christian groups, both under attack in a no-go zone zone in Dearborn, Michigan, in an increasingly sharia compliant America.

Dearborn, the same city that refused to run my bus ads offering help to apostates (despite our win in the courts). On Friday, two separate groups were threatened and attacked because they came to Dearborn to stand for their beliefs.

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Knew it all along: Eucharistic miracle reported in Michigan.

Out of the mouths of babes; also, into their eyes.

At least, that was the case, it seems, last February 4 at St. John the Evangelist School in Jackson, Michigan.

That was a First Friday, and as per custom, the children — from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade — file into the chapel of the middle school for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

It was right off the bat that the children, in the first class, began expressing to staff that they “saw” Jesus in the Host.

“This was relayed to the principal, Mrs. Kathy Tarnacki, and her response was, ‘Oh, that’s nice,'” recounts Sister Margaret Mary Schissler in the Voice of Providence, which is the publication of the Servants of Charity. “When it came time for the principal to make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, she entered the chapel, gave Jesus her reverence, and as she looked up at the monstrance her breath was taken away; she was shocked! The principal actually saw what her children were referring to, an image that resembled a pencil sketch of the face and Hair of Jesus.”

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Submitted by Alice H.

Victory for free speech in Dearborn-istan, Michigan

The U. S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that Sudanese Christian Pastor George Saieg has a free speech right to distribute religious literature on public sidewalks and evangelize Muslims during the Annual Arab International Festival held each year in Dearborn, Michigan.

For five years Saieg, who specifically ministers to Muslims, had been discussing his Christian faith and passing out literature on Dearborn’s sidewalks during the Festival without encountering any problems. Nevertheless, in 2009 police officials informed him he had to remain in a booth, prohibiting him from distributing his literature on the nearby sidewalks and public streets.

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