Category: Society & Common Good

Weekly Wits
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Weekly Wits: 6/14/13

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<i>Vive La France</i>: It's About the Children
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Vive La France: It’s About the Children

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When we gaze across the pond at our European cousins, the general assumption is that we’re looking at our future. From food and fashion to politics and culture, Europe is on the cutting edge – the avant garde. Depending on your ideological sympathies, this is either seen as a good thing or a bad thing. […]

PRISM
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Necessity?

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"Get Thee to a Nunnery"
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“Get Thee to a Nunnery”

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He who defines the terms wins the debate. In the debate over religious freedom, we haven’t done a good job of defining the terms. When we were debating the redefinition of marriage in Washington State, we were assured that religious freedom was adequately protected. “I believe the bill does a good job of protecting religious […]

Obama - White House
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Government is the New Race

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Racism has become the mask that liberalism wears.

IRS Ordered Pro-Life Group Not to Protest Planned Parenthood
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IRS Ordered Pro-Life Group Not to Protest Planned Parenthood

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When the Coalition for Life of Iowa applied to the IRS for tax-exempt status just as Barack Obama was about to take office, CFLI President Susan Martinek expected a rigorous process requiring full disclosure of all relevant information. But she told Congress yesterday morning there were a few things she had not anticipated: That the […]

<i>Father</i>: Feminism's Four Letter Word
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Father: Feminism’s Four Letter Word

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In a recent Washington Post article, “The New F-Word: Father,” Kathleen Parker discusses a recent study on household income dynamics by the Pew Research Center which shows that 40 percent of U.S. households with children under 18 are run by women who are either the primary or sole breadwinner. Parker recognizes that this data is […]

Calling Home Child Soldiers in Uganda
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Calling Home Child Soldiers in Uganda

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A Catholic radio station in Uganda has been integral in calling home hundreds of child soldiers, according to a local Catholic leader. Bishop Giuseppe Franzelli told international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that “Radio Wa” had encouraged more than 1500 child soldiers to flee and return home in the period […]

CL24 - hbratton notxt
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Joyce Kilmer, Trees, and Duty

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A hand shot up from among the troops sitting on the ground. It was an eager sergeant who raised his hand and asked if he could help. In front of the troops was an enthusiastic young lady who was a volunteer with the YMCA. The sergeant’s offer to assist her came as somewhat of a surprise. She was […]

Chinook Helicopter - Marine - Afghanistan
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The Warrior’s Tale

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An army of millions is worth little, without the warrior’s tale.

Stealth Campaign Used to Push Abortion Drug Where It Is Illegal
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Stealth Campaign Used to Push Abortion Drug Where It Is Illegal

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While debates over abortion laws and international norms continue, a stealthy campaign is underway to gain universal acceptance for the tools and training to do abortions, whether legal or not. One recent example comes from the Kigoma Region of Tanzania. Pro-abortion feminists boast that they have established a clinic dispensing the abortion-inducing drug misoprostol in […]

Scandal Advice from the Master
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Scandal Advice from the Master

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Bill Clinton, wearing a white toga and a crown of gold, sat in a garden while attractive women fed him grapes. President Obama, having just suffered the most devastating week of his presidency, sat nearby, seeking advice in the art of telling whoppers. Using the Socratic method of teaching, Clinton began to tutor his new […]

Resisting the Tide of Secularism
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Resisting the Tide of Secularism

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“What we’re seeing today is a secular liberalism that wants to expand the prohibition of establishment to silence articulate religious voices and disenfranchise religiously motivated voters, and at the same time to narrow the scope of free exercise so that the new secular morality can reign over American society unimpeded.”?? So said First Things editor […]

Obama-Media
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The Obama-Media War

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Obama backs down from Muslim terrorists and Russian government thugs, but not from Americans.

IRS = Ideological Retribution System
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IRS?

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Internal Revenue Service? Or Ideological Retribution System?

Tax Preparation
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The “Why” Behind the IRS Scandal

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“Public policy” and “administration policy” are different worlds legally and linguistically.

Get Government out of Student-Debt Business
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Get Government out of Student-Debt Business

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As millions of students and their parents are preparing for life after commencement, they’re also preparing to deal with massive student loans. Increasingly, people are concerned about the student debt situation brewing on college campuses. The present state of student debt is not a pretty picture. According to a report published by the New York […]

Tax Preparation
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Another Group Targeted for IRS Scrutiny

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Z STREET should be praised for pushing back.

Weekly Wits
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Weekly Wits: 5/17/13

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What do Robin Hood and Pope Francis Have in Common?
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What do Robin Hood and Pope Francis Have in Common?

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Robin Hood is a legendary folk hero who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. He is said to have revolted under a corrupt king (scholars do not agree on which king) by stealing from the rich then redistributing it to the poor. The point of Robin Hood is less about actual history […]

Hey, Big Spenders
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Hey, Big Spenders

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I don’t know who they are, but I’ve got to hand it to them. I’m too cynical to do what they do! I speak of the Americans who, every year, donate money to pay down America’s national debt. The Bureau of the Public Debt — part of the Treasury Department — began allowing such donations […]

Collusion and Corruption at the IRS
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Collusion and Corruption at the IRS

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They say there are only two sure things in life: death and taxes. Try as we might, it’s virtually impossible to escape the clutches of the Grim Reaper or the Tax Man. Both will get you eventually. And as anyone who has been through an IRS audit or suffered a tax penalty can attest, the […]

Wall Will Further Weaken the Christian Presence in Palestine
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Wall Will Further Weaken the Christian Presence in Palestine

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A local Catholic leader has warned about the weakening of the Christian presence in Palestine as a result of the construction of an Israeli security barrier. Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali, who is responsible for the Palestinian regions of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, made his comments while speaking to international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to […]

Kermit Gosnell Convicted of First-Degree Murder
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Kermit Gosnell Convicted of First-Degree Murder

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A Philadelphia jury has found late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell guilty of murdering three of four babies in his capital murder trial. He is also guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 abortion death of Karnamaya Mongar, a 41-year-old legal immigrant who died when his untrained staff administered an overdose of sedatives. The jury found Gosnell […]

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