The Delaware Demise

The educational system in the state of Delaware is offering up the soup of social chaos with new regulations aimed at the family under the pretense of preventing discrimination. It is not the anti-discrimination of your mother’s generation but one made of whole new cloth—without foundation—and as an affront to parental rights. Here is the proposed Rule.

Not only does the new regulation prohibit classic causes of discrimination of race, sex, national origin, ethnicity or religion, but it invents new classes: gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, among others, called “Protected Characteristics.”

The ‘Meddlesome Award’ for direct interference in the peace, safety, and well-being of the family goes to the state of Delaware. Here is how it works. In addition to the standard anti-discrimination classes, the new law gives the students, regardless of age, the right to choose a “preferred name” based on a Protected Characteristic; or to choose a “self-identified gender or race.”The mind-bender is that the school, according to the law, “may request permission from the parents” provided first, unless otherwise the school learns that the parent is not supportive of the student; and the school—NOT THE PARENT—takes into consideration the safety, health and well-being of the student in ”deciding whether to request permission from the parent.” Why suggest the school ask anything of the parent? Especially when the school official knows a conscientious parent will say ‘no.’

Who decides what is best for the safety, health and well-being of the child? Parent? NO. Teacher? YES. Counselor? YES. Yet, the U.S. Supreme Court says parental rights are fundamental rights. Then again, the Court also have said that about abortion.

This is the kind of social carving that a Marxist authors—or Satan itself.

William of Ockham is alive and well in the 21st Century.



Columbine Victim’s Father

Is this message true today?
Since the dawn of creation there has been both good and evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.
The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain’s heart.
In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA.

I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA — because I don’t believe that they are responsible for my daughter’s death. Therefore I do not believe they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel’s murder I would be their strongest opponent.

I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy — it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies!

Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves.

I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best. This was written way before I knew I would be speaking here today:

Your laws ignore our deepest needs
Your words are empty air
You’ve stripped away our heritage
You’ve outlawed simple prayer

Now gunshots fill our classrooms
And precious children die
You seek for answers everywhere
And ask the question “Why”?

You regulate restrictive laws
Through legislative creed
And yet you fail to understand
That God is what we need

Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, soul, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc.

Spiritual influences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation’s history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence.

And when something as terrible as Columbine’s tragedy occurs — politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties.

We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre.

The real villain lies within our own hearts.

Political posturing and restrictive legislation are not the answers.

The young people of our nation hold the key. There is a spiritual awakening taking place that will not be squelched!

We do not need more religion. We do not need more gaudy television evangelists spewing out verbal religious garbage. We do not need more million dollar church buildings built while people with basic needs are being ignored.

We do need a change of heart and a humble acknowledgment that this nation was founded on the principle of simple trust in God!

As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes — He did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right!

I challenge every young person in America, and around the world, to realize that on April 20,1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain.

Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him.

To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA I give to you a sincere challenge. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone!

My daughter’s death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!

Sadly, many of the young people a generation later are not only letting it happen, they are demanding it happen.  May God help us!





A subject for Critical Thinking

Use reason to analyze the following statement written by Fr. Eguiguren, based on the Catholic Faith.

Jesus and Personal and Social Transformation

by Fr. Antonio Eguiguren, Rector, St. John’s Catholic Cathedral, Boise, Idaho 

Many scholars have written important works to try to define precisely where the “essence of Christianity” is to be found. However, to know the center of the Christian faith, we do not need to go to any theological theory. First thing is to understand what was for Jesus his most important goal, the center of his life, the absolute, the cause to which he devoted himself to in body and soul.

No one doubts today that Mark’s gospel has sharply summarized that goal in these words: “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the Good News.” The aim of Jesus was to introduce in the world what he called “the kingdom of God (Malkuta Yahweh):” a community of brothers and sisters structured in a fair and dignified manner for all, just as God wants it.

When God reigns in the world, humanity progresses in justice, solidarity, compassion, fraternity and peace. To this goal Jesus gave passionately all his energies. For believing in this dream, or utopia, and for putting all his energies into its accomplishment, he was persecuted, tortured and executed. “The kingdom of God” was the absolute value for him.

The conclusion is obvious: the strength, the energy, the sense of purpose, the reason and the ultimate meaning of Christianity is “the kingdom of God,” and nothing else. The only criteria to measure the Christian identity, the truth of any spirituality or the value of what the Church is, is always subject and at the service of the “kingdom of God.” In a nutshell, the only way to look at life as Jesus did, the only way to feel things as Jesus felt, the only way to act as Jesus did, is to guide all our lives toward building a more humane world.

However, many Christians have not yet heard what is the “kingdom of God.” One of the most serious heresies which we, with the passing of time, have introduced in our Christian rationale, is to make of the Church an absolute principle; worst still, to identify our Church with the “Kingdom of God.” It is a serious error to think that the Church is the center to which everything else must be subordinated. It is a serious mistake to make of the Church the “replacement” of the kingdom of God. This is what Pope Francis calls a self-referential church. This error and mistake has led us to worry more for the organization and the strengthening of the juridical, liturgical aspects of a triumphal Church, rather than taking care of the suffering in the world and fighting for the building of a more equitable and just society. Often the official church has looked at the other side in front of flagrant social injustices, in order to maintain her privileges.

It is not easy to maintain our Christian convictions oriented toward serving the values of the kingdom of God, but when we do try working in that direction, then faith becomes more creative and, above all, more evangelical and Christian.


A noble and honorable woman among us has died.

This past weekend, an elderly woman I worked with passed away.  Her name was Joan.  She was in her seventies.  My work commenced at the Idaho Department of Insurance over six years ago.  I met Joan in a meeting.  She was a bright and tenacious researcher and public policy analyst.  Her forte was health care policy.  She knew more about health insurance than anyone in the state!  For the years I knew her, until her husband’s death in 2911, Joan had cared for her bed-ridden husband.  Never a word of complaint, pity, or remorse was heard from Joan about her husband’s health and how it impacted her own and her family life.  After he died, she ended up in the hospital for a week or so; and upon her return to work; there was no word of complaint or looking back at her problems.  She was ever helpful, ever even-headed and non-complaining.  She was an example to me.  I am not sure of her faith.  I knew this: that she was a Christian.  Despite all of her obvious talents, persistence, obstacles, and troubles, she never complained.  There was not a hint of arrogance and there was always time for me when I had a question or wanted to review an issue with her.  I would see her in the hallway at my office, and I always said, “Hi Joan, how are you doing?”  She would answer, “doing okay.”  It took me awhile to decipher that answer, but in speaking the truth about her situation, you could tell she struggled every day to make it to work, to accomplish the care required by her husband, and to fulfill her job as a public policy analyst.  She was as full of answers about the law as she was full of questions.  I enjoyed working with this honorable and noble woman unknown in this modern world.  Joan was a light, a type of Christ in our midst..  She will be sorely missed.  She brought peace with her everywhere she went by living a well-ordered life in Christ.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Protecting Minorities (Christian) in Iraq.

From Sr. Stella Goodpasture, OP

Dear Supporter,

On June 20, people across the globe observed World Refugee Day.   Two days earlier, the UN Refugee Agency announced that over 100,000 Iraqi refugees have been referred for resettlement since 2007.  Of those, a little over 50 percent have actually been resettled in a new country.

Minority rights in Iraq must be protected.

For Iraqi asylum seekers, the news is not so good. Over the past month, several European countries have deported or forcibly returned asylum seekers to Iraq, raising concerns for their safety once they return. Because of the threat returned asylum seekers face, this practice goes against established UN guidelines for the protection and treatment of asylum seekers.

Minorities are particularly vulnerable if they are forcibly returned to Iraq, as they are still threatened with targeted violence every day. In the three months between July and September 2009, Amnesty International documented the deaths of 155 minorities in attacks targeted at minorities.

Turkmen, Yazidis, Shabak, Iraqi Christians of various denominations, and other religious and ethnic minorities have a long history in Iraq.   Today, they are disproportionately driven from their homes due to violence.   In fact, while significant security gains have been made throughout Iraq since 2008, in the disputed northern territories and cities like Mosul, violence against minorities is still a daily occurrence.   Minorities have been forced to flee their homes at gunpoint.  

In attacks against the Chaldo-Assyrian Christian community in 2008 that killed 40 people, Human Rights Watch reported “graffiti in Christian neighborhoods with messages such as ‘get out or die,’ and anti-Christian messages disseminated by loudspeakers mounted on cars, threatening Christians if they did not leave.”  

Read the Human Rights Watch report on beseiged minorities under attack


The Brookings Institution estimates that only 500,000 Iraqi Christians remain in Iraq of the 1 to 1.4 million that lived there prior to 2003.   The rest have fled and now live as refugees or asylum seekers.   For the religious and ethnic minorities who cannot return to Iraq, they must be resettled in new countries without fear of deportation.    In Iraq, steps must be taken to ensure minorities are protected, legally and physically.   Attacks on minorities cannot go unpunished.  

The United States must urge the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government to investigate alleged human rights abuses against minorities.   Ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq must not be forced to choose between their lives and their homes.

Sincerely, Lauren Jenkins

EPIC: Promoting a Free & Secure Iraq 

900 Second Street NE, Suite 216
Washington, DC 20002

Dear Congressperson: Vote ‘No’ on Health Care Bill

+ St. Joseph, Husband of Mary
March 19, 2010

Dear Chapter promoters, presidents, priors, councilors, Dominicans and Friends:

The national struggle for peace and justice starts with us—personally—today. 

In this Lenten Season, it requires to individually convert and seek God and to live in holiness.  A good example converts many hearts and minds that can in time convert the Nation.   It is a great source of hope.  It is preaching without words.

As a Nation, it is time to choose rightly and do rightly.   If God’s people have hope in justice and we act on that hope, we can live in His peace.  With current national debate, the message must resonate,  “It is time to stop killing the innocent; whether in the public and private institutions, in the nursing homes, on the streets, in the home, or in the womb. 

The principle is that the just treatment of all persons is grounded on the human dignity of each individual person.  To have peace and justice and a well-ordered society in this Nation requires this principle to be known and lived in the hearts and minds of God’s people that journey and live in America. 

This begins with the protection of the most innocent people among us.  These persons inhabit the womb and have a soul, a body, a mind, a will, and emotions.  These persons have made no choices, have not seen a sunset, have not walked along the sea, have not enjoyed a choice to love, and have not prayed and listened to the voice of God.

With the knowledge of these persons in mind, I urge you to contact your Congressperson and encourage him or her to vote against the health care bill as presently constructed.  It remains fatally flawed on the issues of abortion funding and conscience protections.  It would expand usage of the practice of, and the political right to commit an abortion.  It cannot withstand serious moral scrutiny. 

If you do not know the name and contact information of your congressperson, use this link and with your zip code to find your congressperson: 

            As Francis Cardinal George said recently:

“The struggle we face today in defending human dignity is becoming more complex.  I’ve believed for many years that abortion is the foundational human rights issue of our lifetime.  We can’t simultaneously serve the poor and accept the legal killing of unborn children.  We can’t build a just society, and at the same time legally sanctify the destruction of generations of unborn human life.  The rights of the poor and the rights of the unborn child flow from exactly the same human dignity guaranteed by the God who created us.”

[Francis Cardinal George, President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.]

            Thank you.  God bless your efforts.   With good will,

Sincerely in St. Dominic,


John Keenan, J.D., O.P.L.; Lay Promoter; Western Dominican Province.

A new Shell Game?

According to Rep. Bart Stupak (D.-Mich.), when our President stated in his Sept. 9 speech to a joint session of Congress that “under our plan no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions,” he did not mean the plans proposed in Congress, but his own plan—which doesn’t exist.  When Rep. Stupak pointed that fact out to our President, he responded by encouraging Mr. Stupak to work with the House leadership to keep mandated abortion out of the bill.   Does that make you feel like you just slipped on a banana peel?

The "Obama 'peel"

The "Obama 'peal"


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