Brazilian president signs law permitting abortion after papal visit :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 2, 2013 / 03:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).-

Four days after Pope Francis left Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff signed into a law a measure that opens the door to the distribution of abortion-causing drugs in the country’s public health care system.

Upon its publication in the government’s official journal, the August 1 law requires health care centers in Brazil to administer the “morning-after pill” to women who say they have been raped up to 72 hours after the crime.

The head of Brazil’s Special Secretariat for Women’s Policies, Eleonora Menicucci, an avid abortion proponent, defended Rousseff saying the decision to sign the law was out of “respect for Congress and for women.”

The new norm, she said, will have “a positive impact in preventing abortion in women who have been the victims of rape,” although she acknowledged that it allows for abortifacient “emergency contraception.”

The law will also “mitigate the harm caused to the victims of sexual violence,” Menicucci said.

Gilberto Carvalho, an advisor to President Rousseff, said the new law offers women “humanitarian support.”

At the end of July, more than 20 pro-life organizations in Latin America issued

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Chaplain in Alaska ordered to remove a religious column

By Todd Starnes

A chaplain at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska was ordered to remove a religious column he had written titled, “No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave all in World War II,” because it allegedly offended atheists serving on the Air Force base.

Col. Brian Duffy, the base commander told Fox News the column was removed “out of respect for those who considered its title offensive.”

“The 673d Air Base Wing does not advocate any particular religion or belief set over another and upon learning of the complaints from some readers, the article was promptly removed,” he said. “We regret any undue attention this article may have brought to any particular group or individuals.”

Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes confirmed to Fox News that he wrote the original essay that appeared in his “Chaplain’s Corner” column on the base website.

Reyes recounted the origin of the phrase “There is no such thing as an atheist in a foxhole.” Father William Cummings has largely been credited with uttering the phrase in Bataan during World War II.

President Eisenhower referenced the phrase during a speech to the American Legion in 1954, noting “I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they learned a great truth that there are no atheists in the foxholes.”

Reyes ended his essay with a reflection on faith.

“Everyone expresses some form of faith every day, whether it is religious or secular,” he wrote. “Some express faith by believing when they get up in the morning they will arrive at work in one piece, thankful they have been given another opportunity to enjoy the majesty of the day, or express relief the doctor’s results were negative.”

Reyes did not attack or insult atheists or non-believers in his column.

However, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation accused Reyes of going on an “anti-secular diatribe” and publicly denigrating “those without religion.”

They fired off a letter to the Air Force base allegedly on behalf of 42 anonymous airmen who allegedly complained.

“In the civilian world, such anti-secular diatribe is protected free speech,” wrote MRFF’s Blake Page in a letter to Col. Duffy. “Beyond his most obvious failure in upholding regulations through redundant use of the bigoted, religious supremacist phrase, ‘no atheists in foxholes,’ he defiles the dignity of service members by telling them that regardless of their personally held philosophical beliefs they must have faith.”

The Air Force agreed and approximately five hours after the MRFF complained, they removed the chaplain’s essay.

“While certainly not intended to offend, the article has been removed from our website,” Col. Duffy wrote in an email to the MRFF. “We remain mindful of the governing instructions on this matter and will work to avoid recurrence.”

But that’s not good enough for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. They want the chaplain punished for what he wrote.

“Faith based hate, is hate all the same,” Page wrote. “Lt. Col. Reyes must be appropriately reprimanded.”

Ironically, the Air Force left six complaints about the essay on their website.

Ron Crews, the executive director of Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, told Fox News the chaplain was well within his duties to write an article about faith.

“To say ‘everyone has faith’ is correct,” Crews said. “For Weinstein to say, ‘I do not have faith’ must mean he has never flown because to step in an airplane is to have faith in a pilot’s ability and faith that mechanics have properly maintained the plane.”

Crews said the incident is yet another example of chaplains facing attacks for expressing their religious beliefs.

“Chaplains have religious liberty as well to speak to issues,” he told Fox News. “Mr. Weinstein appears to want to silence any speech of faith in the military. It is a sad day for the Air Force and for our country when officers obey every command from Weinstein to silence even chaplains from talking about their faith.”

Gen. Jerry Boykin (Ret.) told Fox News the action taken by the Air Force is “discrimination against Christians.”

He said the “climate of intimidation within the Air Force has worsened to such an extend that even chaplains now fear carrying out the most basic duties of their job.”

“In this case, a chaplain has been censored for expressing his beliefs about the role of faith in the lives of service members,” said Boykin, executive vice president of the Family Research Council. “There has to be a recognition that this is discrimination against Christians.  Chaplains are placed there for a purpose.  Why do we have chaplains if they aren’t allowed to fulfill that purpose?  When anti-Christian activists like Mikey Weinstein are dictating the rules for what chaplains are allowed to do, then why we must ask the question why we have chaplains?”

Following is the column that the Air Force censored:

“Chaplain’s Corner: No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II”

By Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes

Many have heard the familiar phrase, “There is no such thing as an atheist in a fox hole.”

Where did this come from?

Research I verified in an interview with former World War II prisoner of war Roy Bodine (my friend) indicates the phrase has been credited to Father William Cummings.

As the story goes, Father Cummings was a civilian missionary Catholic priest in the Philippines.

The phrase was coined during the Japanese attack at Corregidor.

During the siege, Cummings had noticed non-Catholics were attending his services.

Some he knew were not Catholic, some were not religious and some were even known atheists.

Life-and-death experiences prompt a reality check.

Even the strongest of beliefs can change, and, I may add, can go both ways – people can be drawn to or away from “faith.”

With the pending surrender of allied forces to the Japanese, Cummings uttered the famous phrase “There is no such thing as an atheist in a fox hole.”

In one of my many discussions with Roy, he distinctly remembered a period on the “Hell Ships” – these were ships the Japanese used to bring POWs from the Philippines back to Japan.

They were unmarked and thus ‘fair game’ for attacks from the allies from the air and sea.

Of the 3,000-plus POWs listed on the ships, only 180 survived the journey.

“When our own planes were attacking us,” Roy said, “I remember Father Cummings calming us down by reciting the Lord’s Prayer and offering up prayers on our behalf.

For a brief moment I did not hear the yells and screams of dying men as our boat was attacked by our own men.”

He went on to say, “There was a peaceful quiet during the attack that I cannot explain nor have experienced since.”

Later on during the trip to Japan, Cummings, after giving his food to others who needed it more, succumbed to his own need and died of starvation.

Everyone expresses some form of faith every day, whether it is religious or secular.

Some express faith by believing when they get up in the morning they will arrive at work in one piece, thankful they have been given another opportunity to enjoy the majesty of the day; or express relief the doctor’s results were negative.

The real question is, “Is it important to have faith in ‘faith’ itself or is it more important to ask, ‘What is the object of my faith?’”

Roy never affirmed or expressed whether his faith was rooted in religion or not, but for a moment in time on the “Hell Ships,” he believed in Cummings’ faith.

What is the root or object of your faith?

Is it something you can count on in times of plenty or loss; peace or chaos; joy or sorrow; success or failure?

Is it something you can count on in times of plenty or loss; peace or chaos; joy or sorrow; success or failure?

What is ‘faith’ to you?

‘We Live In A Lawless, Post-Constitutional Period’

The Camp Of The Saints

As we get word of another instance where the Obama Regime has flaunted another law [Obamacare, again], Jeff Goldstein is inspired to succinctly sum-up the current state of The United States:

…we live in a lawless, post-constitutional period where imperial fiat — be it declaring who must obey the law and who is exempt, or who must be subsidized and who must pay for those subsidies — is the effective law, regardless of the text of the law as written and passed.

Regular Protein Wisdom commentator Sdferr remarks:

Once the sovereignty of the people has been mooted (and it has been, fully, with no need that another single act should have to take place), with it goes the contract obliging any such payment to servants who are in point of fact no longer servants, but masters. As this situation dawns on the slower among us, look for more frequent tax strikes…

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Texas Heralds the Inevitable Abolition of Late-Term Abortion

Abortion advocates and their various political arms like Planned Parenthood sent troops from all around the country to the frontlines in Austin, Texas, where Wendy Davis rallied the pro-abortion base to once again defend their sacred institution.


To say the least, the protesters didn’t exactly paint the pro-abortion crowd in an appealing light.  Honestly, just how many Americans are you endearing to your cause by having young girls hold signs saying “If I wanted the government in my womb, I’d f*** a Senator,” or chanting “Hail Satan!” over a group of people singing Amazing Grace?  Even the UK Church of Satan took offense to the latter, denouncing invocations of their Dark Lord’s name for such “diabolical” purposes.

These protesters did, however, serve the intended purpose– for a brief moment.

Their attendance outwardly presented widespread opposition to restrictive abortion laws for the news cameras, but more importantly, the spectacle deterred focus from what abortion advocates were…

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The historical significance of hoodies

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”–MLK


Do you suppose the great Martin Luther King Jr. ever imagined civil wrongs leaders of today would concern themselves with wondering what will become of a hoodie?

Do you further believe he would be OK with a museum built to honor and remember a segment of the American population solely because of the color of their skin?

Hard for me to speculate on what Dr. King would say about what is going on today but I don’t think he would be entirely pleased we haven’t made much progress on the racial front in the past 50 years and black America is a big part of the reason why.

Anyway, more on the museum later but…

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NSA Spying Paves the Way for Digital McCarthyism

Frank Niceley said, What?

The price too is a knowledge, based on human experience and held by all but fools and children, that the gleanings of the surveillance state will eventually be used by the mischievous, the malicious and the ignorant in ways the creators of the system did not intend.  Peggy Noonan; Privacy Isn’t All We are Losing; WSJ; June 15, 2013

It will start not in the glare of the national spotlight, but in a hushed, modern courtroom when a government prosecutor leans forward and asks the witness, “Are you now or have you ever been an enemy of the United States?”  Even before the sound of the witness’s “no” fades completely, someone on the prosecutor’s side will have hit the “play” button on a computer screen.  So begins Digital McCarthyism.

The coupling of an omnipotent government with omnipresence hitches the Republic’s wagon for a journey to tyranny. For decades our innocence…

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the ,”You’ve got to be kidding” entry

My husband and i don’t normally tune into msnbc tv-we rarely watch any tv much less watch it together. We did sit and watch MSNBC’s caught on camera the other night. Two young boys took off in the parents car. I mean young…couldn’t be more than 6,7 maybe 8 yrs old. A police officer spots the car going erratically and to make a long story short follows the 2 kids right into their parents driveway.(ALL caught on camera of course).The two boys jump out of the car and run like mad to their house. I don’t think they knew they did anything wrong but it sure looked like they figured if the police were coming up behind them they were in trouble.

The parents reaction? Take away their Ipads and some games. The same week the kids were on tv.

Husband and i looked at each other and i KNOW the same thought crossed our minds. Take those 2 boys in the house and give them a paddling they wouldn’t forget anytime soon.NOT black and blue or abuse but a paddling we’d have gotten as kids. They could have been killed,both of them.They could have killed someone else.

We saw the video today of the 3 young Florida boys beating the daylights out of another kid on their school bus. Unbelievable!

Kids are not being disciplined these days.We’re not talking about punching their lights out or being abusive-most of us understand there is a line you cannot cross but letting kids get away with everything they do these days. And THEN making some of the celebrities. REALLY?

Speaking of which; Jay Z talking about some kind of violent uprising by the Have Nots on a talk show this week. Here’s a newsflash.My husband and i are 2 of the have nots.We’re not going to rise up and raise heck because we have less than the next person.

For one,they’ve worked hard for it.We’re not ENTITLED to what they earn. For another, envy is the other side of greed. We are grateful to live in a country that cares for its poor.There are countries where they wouldn’t know what a piece of bread is let alone a food stamp. They live in shacks and would consider clean running water and an indoor toilet a luxury.

However, his comments fit right in with Obama’s class warfare rhetoric. Speaking of the President; instead of taking the tough questions about the current CRISES our country faces he’s going on Jay Leno. I bet that’s going to be a tough interview but this is our celebrity President.

Besides,he probably won’t get any questions about the FELONIES he’s committed.You can call them scandals.They’re felonies but for the sake of not having a huge argument I will be glad to settle for calling them scandals.As long as we’re aware of what’s going on.