Young Joe Biden Must Not Have Paid Attention in Class

The Vice President was in Iowa this week to rally support for his party. When it was humorously pointed out that he appeared to be travelling with nuns (the pseudo-Catholic “Nuns on a Bus” vehicle was behind the podium), he reminded the crowd that he attended Catholic school for twelve years and he implied that he was used to following their directives.

All chuckling aside, it is very distressing that he continues to promote an intrinsic evil (abortion and abortion-causing drugs) in the name of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” and suggests that he can still be considered a practicing Catholic.1 (I know, Nancy Pelosi has tried to get voters to believe that a Catholic can’t be sure when human life begins.2 She, too, deserves an honorary Doctor of Misleading Letters degree.)

Joe Biden’s desire to be popular has caused him to disregard that marriage was not created by the President, his political party or even by any human being and, therefore, cannot be redefined by any of these.3 His illogical use of the word “equality” magnifies his hubris and of those who profess the same.4

If he weren’t such a public figure, then the damage would not be as great. However, as he misuses his nationwide platform, it confuses many who know little about our faith and it also encourages “cafeteria Catholics” and others to rationalize their betrayal of timeless truths. As an elected official, he is accountable to the electorate. Ultimately, however, it will not matter how he is judged by his peers or even by the U.S. Supreme Court, but rather by his Creator.

As I learned in my four years of Catholic high school education, “to whom much has been given, much will be expected.” For someone who said he received twelve years of Catholic instruction, respect for life and Natural Law is expected.

1 – “Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to moral law…”, from paragraph 2271 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Liguori Publications, Liguori, MO, 1994.

2 – “Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life…”, from paragraph 2270, Ibid.

3 – “The parties to a marriage covenant are a baptized man and woman, free to contract marriage, who freely express their consent: ‘to be free’ means:
– not being under constraint:
– not impeded any natural or ecclesiastical law.” Paragraph 1625, Ibid.

4 — “’I’d like to think I did my part for marriage equality,’ the vice president said at the Make Progress National Summit on Wednesday in Washington.” From “Biden Suggests His Obama Legacy Is Same-Sex Marriage,” by Nikki Schwab, http://www.usnews.com, 7/16/2014.

From Our “Unifying” Government: Revised Gun Form Creates Profiling Opportunities and Other Misuses of Data

It may have taken 15 years for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to amend its gun-purchasing form and another two years for it to make news, but news it should be.

Form 4473 requires gun purchasers to identify themselves as being either Hispanic, Latino or not and also to choose the appropriate race from among Indian, Asian, black, Pacific Islander or white. While gun dealers interviewed by the Washington Times said that the law does not require disclosure of race to buy a gun, to not comply is considered an ATF violation.1

That the “OMB’s (Office of Management and Budget) race and ethnicity standards require agencies to ask both race and ethnicity in a specific manner, and agencies may not ask for one without asking for the other,”2 does not soften this invasion of privacy.

Background

To attempt making sense of this policy, the origins of this data-tracking should be given. In 1997, the OMB issued a revision to the Standards for the Classification of Federal Data. The ethnicity and race classifications were to be used in the 2000 Census and “other federal programs should adopt the standards as soon as possible, but not later than January 1, 2003, for use in household surveys, administrative forms and records, and other data collections. In its Supplementary Information the notice stated, “Data were needed to monitor equal access in housing, education, employment, and other areas, for populations that historically had experienced discrimination and differential treatment because of their race or ethnicity.”3 The Obama Administration’s tremendous dislike of the Second Amendment makes “equal access” an unlikely motivation here!

So, where does this leave us?

It leaves us subject to data gathering that is out of control, but we already knew that from other federal examples.

This arrogance of this policy was summed up by Evan Nappen, a private practice firearms lawyer in New Jersey, to The Times, “This issue concerns me deeply because, first, it’s offensive and, secondly, there’s no need for it. If there’s no need for an amendment, then there’s usually a political reason for the change. What this indicates is it was done for political reasons, not law enforcement reasons.”1

From an Administration which shows nothing but disregard for our Constitution, at least it’s consistent.

1 – from “New Policy States That Gun Buyers Should Declare Their Race, Ethnicity,” by Sarah Fruchtnicht, 9/17/2014, http://www.opposingviews.com
2 – ATF spokesperson Elizabeth Gosselin’s emailed response to the Washington Times,” Ibid.
3 – Federal Register notice of October 30, 1997

Let’s Stop Misusing the Word “Love” When “Sex” is More Accurate!

The deterioration of language is never more evident than when considering the distortion of the word “love.” The true meaning of love is to want the best for others in this life (and in the next, for us believers) even if it requires having to make sacrifices.

With this understanding, we can easily see how “love child”, a new television series “Love Prison”, and even the originally elevated “making love” can be serious misuses of this beautiful word.

1) “Love child”: A clever euphemism if there ever was one. It’s ironic that this refers only to children from out-of-wedlock relationships and not from those within good marriages. In fact, “love child” should only refer to the children of loving married couples who work at their relationships by their daily commitment “until death do they part.” Anything else produces a “sex child.”

Granted, the ability of the word “bastard” to encourage couples to act virtuously is long since gone. The appropriate fear of scandal encouraged previous generations to be masters of their desires, instead of being enslaved by them. The inventions of The Pill, moral relativism and Obamacare’s disregard for the dignity of human life have successfully convinced many that this form of slavery is a fun and good thing. Unfortunately, believing in error doesn’t protect anyone from the natural consequences of violating timeless moral law.

2) “Love Prison”: An oxymoron for the ages. Love is not imprisoning, it is the direct opposite. Love frees one to live outside of a juvenile tendency to be selfish. “Sex Prison” fits here.

3) “Making love” was so appropriate when applied to married couples who cared for each other deeply. Now, it is often used for sex outside of the married relationship it was intended for.

It’s ridiculous trying to make adultery or fornication appear OK. But even if a couple doesn’t believe in God or the Ten Commandments, if they want to “do it” outside of a genuine life-long commitment, then it’s still just “making sex.”

If we begin to remember what love really is, then we will have a chance at resolving a lot of society’s problems.