Publicity surrounding the arrest of former ambassador Alan Keyes and 21 other demonstrators for trespass at the University of Notre Dame last Friday will likely bring more demonstrators to the South Bend campus to protest Sunday’s commencement address by President Barack Obama, one of the protest organizers said.
California still has its wildfires, but New England now has “gay marriage.” Bills establishing same-sex “marriage” have now been passed by legislatures in five of the six New England states, with the juggernaut somehow missing (so far) only tiny Rhode Island. In Iowa, meanwhile, the state Supreme Court recently struck down a law limiting marriage to a union between a man and a woman, thus opening the door to same-sex “marriage” in the Corn Belt.
There is an unidentified group of good Samaritans prowling the streets of Philadelphia these days. PhillyBurbs.com related on April 13 how Joanne Pingor of Lower Makefield, Pennsylvania, met one of these kind and generous people when her car broke down.
Roundy’s Supermarkets is a grocery retailer that runs the Pick ’n Save, Copps Food Center, and Rainbow Foods stores in the upper Midwest. From April 20-24, they sponsored their annual “Roundy’s on the Road: Feeding the Hungry Tour,” through which they helped to stock the shelves of 50 food pantries in Minnesota and Wisconsin. According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, throughout the week the tour distributed $250,000 in food and money.
These days it seems everyone has a hand out, expecting a handout from the Nanny State. It is difficult to remember a time when Americans were self-sufficient and independent, and would actually make a sacrifice when something was needed.
They say that no one remembers second place, but this year’s recently concluded Miss USA Pageant may prove that this isn’t always true. In fact, some articles about the event, such as this one, don’t mention the winner at all. Instead, the focus is on runner-up Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean. At issue is her answer to a question posed by “Perez Hilton,” a pseudonym used by homosexual gossip monger and publicity hound Mario Armando Lavandeira. Injecting politics on steroids into the pageant, Hilton asked Prejean about whether or not other U.S. states should follow Vermont’s lead and legalize same-sex "marriage." And given that we’re discussing this, you can imagine what her answer was.
What a society talks about — and what it fails to — both speak volumes about it. And lately, the news has been replete with stories about the Obama’s new canine acquisition, a Portuguese water dog the first family has fittingly named Bo. Yet while the little curly-haired purebred is creating a tempest in a teapot — because Barack Obama said during the campaign that he intended to get a “rescued” dog, such as one from a shelter — few talk about a type of rescue to which Obama won’t even pay lip service.
Many think California pastor and author of The Purpose Driven Life Rick Warren to be a purveyor of designer religion. Now these critics have been given some more ammunition in the form of an interview the mega-church mogul gave to CNN’s Larry King. At issue are comments Warren made in which he seemed to vacillate in his support of his state’s pro-marriage amendment, Proposition 8, and appeared indifferent to the matter of same-sex "marriage" in general.
The women’s basketball team at the University of Connecticut has done more than go undefeated and win the NCAA basketball championship again this year. The lady Huskies have reminded us of the strength and dauntless courage so often shown by women in athletics and in other, less glamorous aspects of life. In fact, as Good Friday nears, I consider the women in the Passion narratives and I realize that if basketball had been played in Jerusalem, circa 33 AD, I would not have bet against the women’s team.
Ever anxious to create controversy, Newsweek, in its April 13 cover story, has proclaimed “the decline and fall of Christian America.” The number of Americans who consider themselves Christians has fallen 10 percentage points in two decades, Newsweek’s Jon Meacham reported with scantily-disguised glee. “Our politics and our culture are, in the main, less influenced by movements and arguments of an explicitly Christian character than they were even five years ago,” Meacham wrote. “I think this is a good thing — good for our political culture, which, as the American Founders saw, is complex and charged enough without attempting to compel or coerce religious belief or observance.”
Vermont became the first state to legalize same-sex “marriage” by legislative action, when on April 7 the state legislature overrode Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto of the day before. A two-thirds majority vote was required to override the veto, and the override succeeded by a vote of 23-5 in the state Senate and 100-49 in the House.