WASHINGTON – There is no "war on women" as the Democratic Party has argued, said liberal columnist Kirsten Powers, in a debate about "Mad Women" and "the battle of the sexes." While the other liberal panelist disagreed, the conservatives argued that there is an under-reported "war on men."
"I will concede there is no war on women as presented by the Democratic Party," Powers, a columnist for the Daily Beast and a contributor for Fox News, admitted, at a Washington, D.C. event hosted by the Independent Women's Forum and National Review. Groups like Planned Parenthood are "abortion rights groups, not women's groups," she said.
Her remarks refer to the "War on Women" theme used by Democrats against Republicans in the 2012 elections. Raising issues such as contraception and abortion, Democrats accused Republicans of attacking women's rights over their own body. Powers said this attack proved more of a smokescreen to push a pro-abortion agenda. more >>
Mainstream media has misinterpreted Pope Francis' recent remarks on abortion and homosexual behavior to mean the Catholic Church is changing its stance on the issues, say experts on Roman Catholicism.
In response to a recently published in-depth interview the Jesuit Pontiff gave, several new organizations may have missed the main points of his remarks, Michael J. Sheeran, S.J., president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, told The Christian Post.
"Some mass media articles make it sound as if Pope Francis is saying abortion, homosexual behavior, etc. are okay. When they make that sort of claim, they really miss Francis' point," said Sheeran. "Before anything else, the Church, and every Christian, must take as their model the loving, forgiving, Jesus. We must preach the love of Christ in season and out. That's the Good News." more >>
The United States government has filed an appeal to the Supreme Court in a case regarding a Christian business that refuses on religious grounds to comply with the Department of Health and Human Services' preventive services mandate.
Filed Thursday, the appeal regards the retail giant Hobby Lobby and its owners' refusal to comply with the HHS mandate.
"The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA), 42 U.S.C. 2000bb et seq., provides that the government "shall not substantially burden a person's exercise of religion" unless that burden is the least restrictive means to further a compelling governmental interest," reads the appeal in part. more >>
If you have been paying attention over the past few years, you have probably noticed that it has become fashionable among certain self-appointed elites to sneer at people of faith. Atheists like Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens, and even Stephen Hawking have written best sellers in which belief in God is derided as being anti-scientific, a vestigial and bothersome throwback; an unnecessary superstition.
But there should be no inherent conflict between science and faith in a creator-God. Science at its core is the pursuit of truth. If God is truth and the Source of truth, then the study of astronomy, or quantum physics, or microbiology can be a glimpse – however minuscule – of the God who set in motion the magnificent reality that science reveals.
That position would not be much of a revelation to so many of the world's greatest scientists who have believed in God. But can we go further, and argue that there should also therefore be a connection between morality that is legitimately grounded in God's Word, and science? more >>
Secular Pro-Life has launched a campaign this week to reach out to atheists and agnostics who are against abortion.
"Every week, we get an email from someone to the effect of 'I thought I was the only pro-life atheist!'" said Kelsey Hazzard, the president of Secular Pro-Life said on the organization's blog. "It gets lonely out there. Non-religious pro-lifers are not often acknowledged in the mainstream media. This creates a vicious cycle; people think they're alone, which makes them less likely to speak out for life, which makes others more likely to think they're alone."
The successful campaigning efforts of pro-life groups in Albuquerque, New Mexico have forced the city council to put a 20-week abortion ban up for a vote on the upcoming November ballot. If passed, the ballot measure would be the first municipal abortion ban in the country.
Albuquerque city council members voted by a slim margin of 5-4 Monday to have the "Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance" put on the ballot for voters in a special November 19 election. The five-page ordinance illegalizes abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy within city limits, allowing exceptions only for the mother's health. The measure asserts that unborn fetuses can feel pain throughout their entire bodies at 20 weeks of gestation.
The city council's vote on Monday comes after intensive campaigning efforts by various pro-life groups in Albuquerque, led by Tara Shaver of the Catholic pro-life group Project Defending Life. Earlier in the summer, Shaver led a petition for the 20-week abortion ban that managed to gather an overwhelming 27,000 signatures from Albuquerque voters in a mere 20 days. This number is double the required amount of 12,000 signatures needed to force city council to either approve the law immediately or put it on a ballot for voters. None of the city council members at Monday's meeting were willing to approve the ordinance outright, so they were therefore forced to put it to voters. more >>