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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

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McKee: Growing Army of Black Pro-Lifers Targets Abortion

Friday, June 15th, 2012

By Clarence V. McKee

Article originally posted in NEWSMAX on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Clarence V. McKee’s Perspective: There is a major war going on. Not the one in Afghanistan — the one here to stop the number one killer of blacks — abortion.

On one side the well-funded Goliath army of pro-abortion advocates — Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and scores of others. On the other, the small but growing army of black pro-life organizations.

The black pro-life movement is making its voice heard in black communities. For example, the Radiance Foundation’s “Black Children Are an Endangered Species” and TooManyAborted.com campaigns inform black women of the perils of being captured by the “abortion army.”

They have gotten the opposition’s attention. What’s the message?

Black pro-life groups estimate that, since Roe v. Wade, abortion has killed between 13-15 million black infants — more than all other causes of black deaths combined.

Rev. Johnny Hunter of The Life Education and Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N.) said: “We’re losing our people at the rate of 1,452 a day. That’s just pure genocide.” Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has said: “Abortion is genocide . . . black Americans are being exterminated by the genocidal acts of abortion.”

The issue came to a boil during the recent debate on House Bill 3541 the “Prenatal Discrimination Act” (“PRENDA”) sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ). In its final form, the measure would have banned gender-based abortions.

It is not generally known, however, that Franks’ original language also banned abortions based on race or color. It also had a different title: “The Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2011” named after women’s rights and anti-slavery advocate Susan B. Anthony and former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglas.

The abortion lobby launched a massive assault claiming the bill was an attempt to limit abortion access for women of color and their right to privacy in violation of Roe v. Wade; undermined the doctor-patient privilege; and, exacerbated healthcare disparities of women of color.

In typical “Neville Chamberlain” appeasement fashion, Republicans on the Judiciary Committee agreed to delete the Anthony-Douglas reference. Although the bill passed, all 13 Democrats — including the six black Members — still voted against it.

As final action on the bill approached — and notwithstanding Franks’ earlier statement that “nearly half of all black babies are aborted” — Republican leaders caved again and entered into a “Dred Scott” type compromise to remove the racial components, leaving only the gender-based ban.

One could argue that they sold out Franks, the Black pro-life movement and babies of color!

Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters “Americans find abortions based on gender pretty repulsive . . . That’s why it’s being brought to the floor.”

My question for the Speaker: ….?

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Daily Pro-Life Reflections From Priests for Life

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

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Date: June 14, 2012

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STATEN ISLAND, NY — Priests for Life has announced a new tool to help those involved in pro-life work stay focused and energized.

At www.ProLifeReflections.com, a daily reflection will offer a verse from Scripture or Church documents, a pro-life reflection and a prayer for every day of the year.

“Reading these daily will keep you grounded in the pro-life spirituality taught by Priests for Life around the world,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, who drew from his book “Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day” to create the daily devotions.

“You will see how our faith strengthens us to be pro-life and you will gain new vigor to stand up for the unborn!”

The daily reflections also will be available on Father Pavone’s Twitter feed @frfrankpavone, and his Facebook pages, www.Facebook.com/ProLifePage.

To order the book, “Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day,” go to www.prolifereflectionsforeveryday.com or call 1-888-735-3448 x237.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit Priests for Life.

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Priests for Life Team to Walk the Halls of Congress

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Four members of the Priests for Life Pastoral Team will walk the halls of Congress later this month to encourage legislators to advance three pro-life bills.

The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HR 3803) would forbid abortions past 20 weeks in the District of Columbia, except to save the life of the mother. The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (HR 2299) would allow for prosecution of those who help an underage girl who resides in a state with parental notification or consent laws to cross state lines or national borders to obtain an abortion. The Telemedicine Safety Act (HR 5731) seeks to protect taxpayers from subsidizing so-called telemed or webcam abortions and outlaw such procedures when performed on an interstate basis. All three bills await further action in the House of Representatives.

On June 26 and 27, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life; Father Denis Wilde, OSA, associate director of Priests for Life; Father Victor Salomon, director of Hispanic Outreach, and Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach, will visit key members of Congress to discuss and encourage action on the three bills.

“In a representative government, it is vital for lawmakers to hear directly from their constituents, and all interested Americans, particularly the clergy” said Father Pavone. “In the past we have found these discussions to be a very effective way for us to serve as the voice of the unborn. Everyone can serve as that voice by contacting their legislators and urging action on these bills.”

To learn more about the bills, go to www.priestsforlife.org/legislation.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit Priests for Life.

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Fibromyalgia, Abortion and artificial/invasive birth control chemicals and procedures… Really?

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Psychiatrist and researcher Dr. Philip Ney relates the story of a patient of his who developed fibromyalgia, which causes chronic pain without any apparent cause. He found that she had undergone an abortion just before this pain began, and since then, has developed a theory that in some cases, the pain of fibromyalgia may in fact be caused by chemicals released by the aborted baby’s flesh when it is torn apart. These chemicals cross the placenta, and lodge in the mother’s nervous system. In reality, she is feeling not her own pain, but that of her aborted child. We have not yet begun to understand all the implications of abortion, and of how destroying a child in the womb destroys the rest of us.

Let’s pray that our society may forsake abortion and find healing.

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Failure to Climb the Mountain

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

By Mack Rights

In my preparation to review Life at All Costs – An Anthology of Voices from 21st Century Black Prolife Leaders, contributed to and edited by Dr. Alveda King and Dr. La Verne Tolbert, I want to begin by reviewing one particular essay in this fine and important book. Chapter 22 is called “Traditional Values,” and it is written by Elder Levon Yuille. He is the Pastor of The Bible Church in Ypsilanti, MI and a Founder of The National Black Prolife Congress.

For full disclosure, my editor and the President of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of New York, Chaplain Ayesha Kreutz wrote a chapter of this book.

Regarding Elder Yuille’s essay, these are words I’d like to add to my file labeled “Words I Wish I Had Written.” For that reason, I will be quoting it heavily. I feel that this essay astutely captures the goal of this book, for it is not only a book about abortion, abortion-related diseases and the effects of abortion on society as a whole and on blacks in particular. It is also a book about the effects of society’s secularization and social degradation. It strives to describe how alternatives to evil actually can and do work for those in need of advice. It is a Biblical argument on steroids calling all those with awareness to stand up and draw the line in the sand. Not only must we hold that line against the dark forces but also cross that line, fight those forces and push that line back into the territory we’ve already lost.

And along the way, this book is nobly written by honest and frankly-speaking folks who’ve sinned and fallen themselves. But rather than wallowing in sin and resigning themselves to a stoic acceptance of an eternity in hell, they’re attacking the darkness with the words and lessons from the Bible that will lead to forgiveness and ultimately victory over those dark forces that have tempted them with failure. With that said, here are some of the Elder Yuille’s words:

Because someone fails to climb the mountain, this failure does not diminish the beauty or height of the mountain. The climber must simply do what’s necessary to ultimately climb the mountain.

There is a great and beautiful mountain that many of us in America are trying to recapture. It is the mountain of Traditional Values. Yes, as corny as it may sound, these values made this nation of ours one of the greatest nations of all times. A nation built by individuals who publicly proclaimed faith in God, this nation which has been called the “bread basket of the world” and Champion of Democracy.

There are those who are enemies of the traditional God-centered values that made this nation so great. They have loaded their weapons of anti-traditional values, with ammunition from Darwin’s theories, Marx’s misguided concepts, Freud’s surrender to passion, Wellhausen’s so called modernism and Russell, who told us why he did not believe in God. But in the midst of the anti-traditionalist arsenal, they have the ultimate weapon; the mountain climber that failed to reach the top of the mountain.

The anti-traditionalist with glee, points to Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Baker and other high profile traditionalists who failed in their climb. And they use these failures as an attempt to diminish the lofty height and beautiful mountain of Traditional Values. They use these fallen climbers as a method to diminish the mountain and to exalt their concepts of relativism, situational ethics and Marxism. (p. 141)

This is a stark reminder that we are all indeed sinners. And just because we occasionally fail to live up to God’s Commandments, this does not mean God is a fool or that trying to hold to these Commandments is folly. The liberals in this country use Satan as a muse, whether they know it or not, and Satan tempts them constantly into violating God’s Commandments. He uses their intellectual pride to convince them that they know better than others do and that they don’t need to hold true to the precepts of the silly traditionalists’ skygod. And with that pride, they become spokesmen for Satan in their active tempting of others into sin by using the government rather than the Bible as the arbiter of what is right and wrong.

With that in mind, Elder Yuille calls for us to buck up and realize this:

We, who believe in traditional values, know that many of us have failed in our climb, but this in no way diminishes the mountain we are trying to climb… It is time for all fallen climbers to rise and take America back up the mountain of Traditional Values. (p. 142)

He calls for us to push the culture back up that slippery slope. It is the path less traveled, and it isn’t the path for an armchair Christian. It is a challenge against passivity in the Culture War. It is a call to leave some of the comforts of life behind in order to serve the Will of God in a Society run over roughshod by the forces of evil. The Elder Yuille continues:

In both of these passages [from Ezekiel] it is noted that the people of God were aiding and abetting individuals who were practicing things contrary to the will of God and these activities were being sorely rebuked by God… It is quite amazing to me how many Christians think their faith has nothing to do with their politics… Matter of fact, it was the Christian faith in the hearts of the Pilgrims and Puritans that brought this nation into being. Along with this, it is interesting to note that there have been, in the past, Supreme Court decisions that said America was indeed a Christian nation (Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States). (p.142-143)

He makes the point, without naming the Democrat Party, that a vote for this party and its agenda is a vote for the reign of evil on earth. Furthermore, he calls out those that want to separate their vote from their values, simply because they’ve been so convinced by the liberal mantra that there is some invisible wall of separation of church and state written into the Constitution. I challenge anyone to read the US Constitution and then try to convince me that it is there. It’s not, unless the words are as invisible as the wall. To make this point even more, the good Elder Yuille writes:

I think many of our founding fathers would be shocked at the idea of a secular America. Especially since the word secular comes from a Latin word which means worldly or pagan. God deliver us from becoming a pagan nation. (p. 141)

If our Founding Fathers were all Christian, and they were successfully able to create a nation that would be obligated to end slavery if it were to live up to its own ideals as written into the Constitution (as Frederick Douglass contends), how is it that we allow our present leading liberal lights to convince so many people that our country is secular and pagan? – Answer: it’s the voice of evil holding out temptation as a justification for the rationalization it takes to become an advocate for this secularization. Pastor Yuille continues:

The Bible also teaches us that Christians should not be in partnership (2 Cor. 7:14) with the works of darkness, such as partial birth abortion, along with such initiatives as the homosexual assimilation movement, which is the effort of the homosexual community to make homosexuality no morally different than heterosexual marriages. Because the Bible has spoken so strongly against these behaviors, for Christians to be in partnership with politicians who promote these causes is distressing because we are strengthening things that are contrary to God’s law.

Some Christians justify voting for causes they don’t believe in because they say they are not a one-issue voter. Regrettably that was the same logic used by the pro-slavery movement advocates… This is most certainly sad because Ezekiel said that means we are betraying God for a handful of barely and pieces of bread. (p. 143)

In other words, he sees the black community’s devotion to the Democrat Party as a consequence of giving into the temptation of benefits doled out by politicians in exchange for votes. However, these votes go to politicians who are actively participating in Margaret Sanger’s Negro Project as it lives on through the choice of placement of abortion mills right smack dab in the middle of the black communities. “Vote for us,” the Satan-inspired liberals say, “We’ll give you barely and pieces of bread, and you can kill your babies here. Oh, and by the way, if you don’t want babies, try homosexuality. It feels good too, it’s socially acceptable, and you won’t have to spend money at the abortion mill simply because those evil Christian Republicans refuse to fund abortion with taxpayer dollars.”

Like I said, Elder Levon Yuille’s words are brilliant, and I’ll end with some of his conlusion:

It is disturbing to note that my community [the black community] which seems to have more churches than any other community in America. It is described as among the most religious, but by their vote the strongest supporters of the most anti-Christian agenda in history of this nation.

This blind devotion is often justified by the numerous government handouts that have come our way, which is simply saying our loyalty to God is secondary to those with corrupt agendas that give us something. In other words, we have betrayed God for a handful of barely and pieces of bread. (p. 144)

Let me take that back. I’ll end with some of my words. This is a review of just 4 pages of this fine book Life At All Costs. Don’t pretend you didn’t find Elder Levon Yuille’s words profound. If you didn’t, it’s because you’re a Satan-worshipping pagan drenched in the blood of the unborn at a Democrat-Coming-Out-Party Abortion Orgy dancing to Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven played backwards while zooted out on a cocktail of ecstasy, cocaine and heroine. But if that’s the case, you’re probably either a serial killer or a Democrat who doesn’t read much, so these words won’t help you.

The rest of this book is just as profound. Get it. It just might change your life. But if you’re already on the correct path, it will help you stay there. These are the heart-felt words of those on the front lines in the battle between good and evil. These Christian warriors are not at all perfectly sinless now- nor were they before they joined this battle- but they are indeed willing to continue to tackle that “mountain of Traditional Values,” even despite their occasional setbacks. It’s during these setbacks that we need these words the most.

This review was written by Mack Rights and featured in The Frederick Douglass Foundation of New York website HERE.

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Is the Girl Scouts Program Good for Girls? Part 2

Monday, June 11th, 2012

As the U.S. bishops take up an inquiry, parents continue to be concerned about the organization. Boys who ‘identify’ as girls are welcome to join in Colorado.

Quo vadis, Girl Scouts of America?

After years of on-going concerns about the organization’s direction, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has taken up the question of whether its current program is at all good for girls.

The bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, chaired by Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., will address “possible problematic relationships with other organizations, the issue of problematic programmatic materials and resources and other matters of concern.”

Yesterday, we looked at how part of the problem may stem from the fact that councils are free to set their own agenda, rather than strictly follow a national policy.

The bishops’ apprehensions fall into three major groups, accompanied by a host of smaller issues.

There are concerns about Girl Scouts USA’s ties to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), the confederation of international Girl Scout groups that has exhibited pro-abortion and pro-homosexual agendas in many instances.

There is an ongoing question regarding the GSUSA’s connection to and involvement with Planned Parenthood and other groups that provide, promote or condone abortion and contraception.

And there is the issue of how GSUSA handles sexuality, sexual education and homosexuality.

Although the Girl Scouts claim to be neutral on the more political issues related to same-sex attraction, their leadership is larded with supporters of — and activities for — homosexual rights, and some of their educational material shows a clear bias in favor of homosexual issues.

As just one example, the current spokesman for the GSUSA is Joshua Ackley.

Under the name of Joshua Starr, he fronted the “homocore” (hardcore/punk music with homosexual lyrical themes) band the Dead Betties, which was founded in 2002 as part of the “queer punk” movement. The band’s lyrics and music videos are dominated by sexual content, violence and misogyny.
Ackley is in charge of media relations for the GSUSA and writes for the official Girl Scout blog.

In addition to Ackley, other members of the Girl Scouts’ leadership are active in homosexual-rights issues, including Lynn Cothern, the director of administration, and Timothy Higdon, chief of external affairs, who both worked with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Cothern recently resigned from GSUSA and, according to his Facebook page, now works as a “major gifts strategist: for Girl Scouts Cactus-Pine Council in Arizona.

In contrast to the Boy Scouts of America, the GSUSA has no official prohibition on homosexual persons in leadership positions or as members, saying there are “no membership policies on sexual preference.” Its official website links to numerous resources that promote abortion and the homosexual agenda, including same-sex “marriage.”

Same-sex issues are routinely included in Girl Scout materials about “diversity” and “tolerance.” Indeed, when the Boy Scouts were embroiled in a lawsuit about their right to refuse to allow homosexual men to be leaders, the GSUSA was quick to affirm its acceptance of homosexuals, saying, “Your sexuality has absolutely no bearing on your personal character. You can be a role model for a young man or woman regardless of your sexual inclination.”

Problematic Learning Material

Over the years, parents have encountered a variety of problematic educational materials and resources created for use by scouts and leaders.

The resource entitled “Your Voice, Your World: The Power of Advocacy” for the Advocate award includes a work page with which girls can complete the activity “Advocacy in My Own Life.” The example given is that of tennis player Martina Navrotilova, who “set a milestone for gay rights with her openness about her sexual orientation. She became an activist for gay rights and, in 1992, sued the state of Colorado over a ballot measure denying gays and lesbians protection from discrimination.”

“GIRLtopia,” for example, is a publication that “invites girls to consider how the world is far from perfect for girls around the globe. As girls take in this reality, they are invited to envision an ideal world — a society that consistently respects their needs, values and interests.”

On the page for “Utopias,” they begin with St. Thomas More (who coined the word) and then recommend Sherri Tepper’s novel, The Gate to Woman’s Country. Tepper’s book describes an “ideal” society in which men are subservient, procreation is managed in a twice yearly “festival,” and eugenics is the chosen path to perfection.

Aside from the thematic material that conflicts with the Catholic faith, there is a high degree of mature language and sexual content, notable even for a book recommended to high-school juniors and seniors.

Even worse is some content recommended for fourth-grade and fifth-grade girls. The book Agent of Change, billed as a book about “power,” has a profile of Marjane Satrapi and her graphic novel Persepolis, which includes page after page of extreme sexual content, drug use, Marxism and foul language. The book is intended for an adult audience, and much of the material is inappropriate for minors.

GSUSA recently made changes that will remove references to Persepolis and Gate to Women’s Country in future printings, as well as to Martina Navrotalova’s gay rights activities. In the meantime, girls can continue to use the materials, or the council will provide “stickers” for them to cover up the offensive content or replacement pages, available online. However, even after recent changes, some materials still refer girls to pro-abortion organizations like the ACLU, Amnesty International, and the National Organization for Women (NOW); role models like Betty Friedan, Margaret Mead, Gloria Steinam, Dolores Huerta (a pro-choice Catholic) and more; and sexually explicit websites like Jezebel.com, MarieClaire.com and others.

The 2011 “World Thinking Day” activity pack, aimed at ages 6-16, includes “sexual and reproductive rights.” The “AIDS Badge Curriculum” created by WAGGGS, and available to Girl Scouts, suggests having girls “role-play” negotiation for use of a condom during sex. One of the activities is to create a display to encourage use of condoms, instruct girls how to acquire them, demonstrate their correct use and distribute them.

Although GSUSA had said that it would not “take a stand on or advocate for or against any issue regarding a girl’s health and sexuality,” there continue to be problems with resources available to members. These are among the issues which the bishops hope to address, and GSUSA has already removed problematic links on its website and is revising some materials.

However, as recently as 2007, former CEO Kathy Cloninger said: “I feel like we cannot be the nation’s expert on girl issues without dealing with how issues of sexuality affect the girls of this nation. We believe parents are part of the discussion, but girl scouting needs to be part of education and discussion as well.”

Do the Girl Scouts no longer believe this?

Boys as Girl Scouts

In addition to these looming issues, the Girl Scouts are also now accepting boys who suffer from gender-identity disorders. The Colorado Council decided to accept 7-year-old boy Bobby Montoya because he “identifies” as a girl.

The Girl Scouts of Colorado said, “Girl Scouts is an inclusive organization, and we accept all girls in kindergarten through 12th grade as members. If a child identifies as a girl, and the child’s family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout. Our requests for support of transgender kids have grown, and Girl Scouts of Colorado is working to best support these children, their families and the volunteers who serve them. … We are accelerating our support systems and training so that we’re better able to serve all girls, families and volunteers.”

This naturally raises the problem of boys being allowed to go on overnights with girls simply by “identifying” as girls. Mixed-gender overnights are normally forbidden.

GSUSA spokeswoman Michelle Tompkins says that “Girl Scouts of the USA is an inclusive organization focused on delivering a leadership experience for all girls in kindergarten through 12th grade. In situations involving transgender children, we handle each situation on a case-by-case basis so we can best handle the individual circumstances needed to address each issue. Of paramount importance to the Girl Scouts is the well-being of the child in question and the children in the troop (or the activity in question). We will take the steps we feel are necessary to ensure that all of the children involved have a safe environment in order to enjoy our programming.”

What the Church ius Doing

There are more than 3 million Girl Scouts in America. Some estimates suggest that perhaps 25% of them are Catholic or are in troops sponsored through a Catholic organization.

As concerns arose about the Girl Scouts, the U.S. bishops’ conference deferred to the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), which defends the Scouts. Its initial response was to debunk, rather than address, claims made against the GSUSA.

In its most recent position statement released in February 2012, NFCYM acknowledged that, beginning in 2010, parents began to raise concerns “that GSUSA had taken an intentional position contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church on marriage, abortion, contraception and sexuality. In 2011 and 2012, the accusations continued. Our practice as an organization is to investigate, understand and then, if necessary, challenge such matters by going directly to the sources involved. As a result, NFCYM has been in direct contact with GSUSA leadership and has engaged in substantial conversation characterized by mutual respect and shared goals.”

NFCYM met with GSUSA and its new CEO, Anna Maria Chavez, “who has committed to continued dialogue.”

The GSUSA affirmed its “commitment to strengthening their relationship with faith communities and honoring the religious principles in their program resource material. Therefore, changes have recently been made to GSUSA’s print and Web program content as a result of the issues of concern raised by NFCYM and others. In addition, a thorough review of all GSUSA program resources is in process by GSUSA.”

Indeed, the GSUSA has been responsive to complaints in the past, removing some problematic links from its website and some offending material from learning resources.

Additionally, GSUSA and NFCYM will continue to work together to “more quickly and successfully address accusations and communicate factual information.”

Chavez, a Catholic, told Catholic News Service, “For nearly 100 years, we have partnered with the Catholic Church to support the growth and development of millions of girls. It is a wonderful legacy, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to participate in the process that will only enhance our partnership.”

Following this meeting, Bishop Rhoades met with his Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and consulted with Robert McCarty and Kathleen Carver of the NFCYM. Bishop Rhoades reaffirmed “the good service that so many of our Catholic Girl Scout troops have provided and continue to provide at the local level, both to the Church and to the community at large. In the spirit of Blessed John Paul II’s apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem (1988), the Church ever seeks to hold up activity that promotes and fosters the dignity and vocation of girls and of young women. Catholic Girl Scout troops have served girls and young women for many years, and the committee is grateful for this service.”

However, “important questions still remain and need to be examined” at both a local and national level. Bishop Rhoades has requested that the committee “provide a resource(s) for local-level use that bishops can share with priests, youth and young-adult ministry directors, pro-life directors, educational and catechetical leaders and others. Such a resource(s) may include considerations related to the identity of Catholic troops and considerations that may be helpful for parents.”

He has requested that USCCB staff work directly with GSUSA and NFCYM to “identify and address remaining questions and concerns,” and has also invited his brother bishops “to communicate questions or concerns with me or the USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.”

Tess Volanski, one of the co-founders of SpeakNowGirlScouts.com, which tracks problems with the organization from a Catholic perspective, remains concerned.

“Catholic parents and families need to understand that GSUSA is not just an organization that has made a few mistakes with questionable material,” she said. “The group has shown repeatedly, through their curriculum, media use, staff and other sources, that they possess a set of values in direct conflict with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

“In my opinion, Girl Scouts changing appears highly improbable. The general mindset of the organization has shifted, and for it to shift back to a wholesome scouting group, free from any sort of political agenda, would be verging on a miracle.”

Taken from an article that originally appeared on the National Catholic Register.

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Video: Alveda on Glenn Beck

Friday, June 8th, 2012

On June 4, 2012 I was on the Glenn Back show where we discusses the role of commitment and responsibility in my Uncle Martin’s movement.

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“How to Keep the Fire Burning” – a new E-booklet from Priests for Life

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

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JUNE 7, 2012

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Fighting for the right to life is the most important work a person can engage in, but it can be difficult to maintain passion and commitment when the culture of death seems so pervasive.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, shares his own strategies for maintaining that passion in a new e-booklet, “How to Keep the Fire Burning.” The booklet is the first in a series that will be called “Toolkit for the Pro-life Soul.” In this series, Fr. Frank will share his personal secrets on how to engage the pro-life battle.

Father Pavone, who has been engaged full-time in the battle against abortion for 20 years, turns his anger at the slaughter of thousands of innocents every day into energy for battle.

“Anger is energy,” Father Pavone writes. “If you turn it in on yourself, it becomes depression. If you let it out in an uncontrolled way, it becomes destructive. Instead, you must channel it, harness it, under God’s guidance, and direct it towards your work for life. The guidance of God in channeling your anger will assure that the activity it leads to is always non-violent and a life-giving blessing to others.”

Father Pavone also gives advice on how to draw energy from others engaged in the battle, how to use the outrageous claims and tactics of the pro-aborts to turn the tables and how to learn from the example of others throughout history who have dedicated themselves to fighting grave injustice.
“Read about the struggles and triumphs of St. Paul in the Acts of the Apostles. Read about William Wilberforce and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and numerous others. Read not only their words, but study their actions and their strategies and the movements they led. You will be encouraged and energized.”

“How to Keep the Fires Burning” is designed as a helpful tool that people waging the battle for life can turn to whenever they need encouragement or advice.

The e-booklet can be downloaded at a small fee on our Priests for Life store at http://www.priestsforlife.org/store/p-316-how-to-keep-the-fire-burning.aspx. Also, for a limited time, those who connect with us on Facebook can download it free of charge. Go to http://www.priestsforlife.org/facebook/fbcall.aspx.

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Stand Up for Freedom at NYC site where Bill of Rights was adopted

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

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Date: June 7, 2012

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NEW YORK, NY — Students of American history know that on April 30, 1789, at the site of what is now the Federal Hall National Memorial, George Washington was sworn in as the first president of the United States. But this Wall Street monument to liberty is famous for much more.

In 1735, newspaper editor John Peter Zenger was tried and acquitted there on charges of sedition after exposing government corruption in his paper, the New York Weekly Journal.

In 1765, the Stamp Act Congress was assembled there to protest taxation without representation.

And on Sept. 25, 1789, the First Congress met there to adopt the Bill of Rights, the first Ten Amendments to the Constitution of the United States.

On Friday, June 8, a cross-section of Americans who cherish their First Amendment rights will gather at noon outside Federal Hall to protest a blatant attempt by the Obama administration to curtail religious liberty.

The Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally will be one of 150 such rallies to take place simultaneously across the country in protest of a Health and Human Services mandate that would force employers to include coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs in the health insurance plans they offer. The mandate is in direct violation of the moral law.

“This is an assault on the freedom of religion and the freedom of speech granted to all Americans by the First Amendment,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. The Staten Island-based ministry is organizing the New York City event.

“The Administration is offering some groups a year to ‘adapt’ to the rule. But you don’t ‘adapt’ to injustice. You oppose it. We are opposing it in the courts, because Priests for Life launched the fourth lawsuit against this mandate back in February,” Father Pavone said. “This Friday, we will oppose it also in the streets, as we help to organize and promote these rallies nationwide.”

Friday’s NY City rally is the second one at the site. More than 1,200 people attended the first Stand up Rally on March 23.

Speakers on Friday will include Dr. Alveda King, full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and the niece of Martin Luther King Jr.; Father Agustino Torres of the Franciscan Friars; Chris Bell, founder of Good Counsel Homes, and Dr. Anne Nolte of the St. Gianna Center for Women’s Health.

“Anyone who cares about the rights that my Uncle Martin died for should make time to come to this rally,” Dr. King said. “What’s at stake here goes way beyond contraception.”

Federal Hall National Memorial is at 26 Wall St. To find a rally elsewhere in the country, please send an email to rally@priestsforlife.org or call 347-286-7250.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit Priests for Life.

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