With over 300,000 views - it was posted on youtube in December, 2010 by the United Pentocostal Church of Maricopa, Arizona.
From Lifesite News -
Sixty pro-life leaders and heads of faith-based organizations have signed off on a letter to President Barack Obama and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius protesting the very narrow exemption to the health insurance contraceptives mandate.
The mandate has upset pro-life groups that don’t want to be forced to provide health insurance coverage that pays for contraception, birth control drugs, or drugs like the morning after pill, Plan B and ella that can cause abortions in some circumstances. They have objected to a very narrow set of exemptions for religious groups that don’t adequately allow all faith-based organizations to opt out of providing such coverage.
Signatories of the letter include Protestant and orthodox Jewish leaders representing many religious colleges and universities, k-12 schools, grassroots faith-based organizations, denominations, law associations, rescue missions, and more.
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The Pro-Life Action League’s 9th annual “Empty Manger” caroling day took place Saturday, December 17 at nine Illinois abortion facilities, four in DuPage County and five in Chicago.
And he misleads the press as to the meeting. Note that the Bishops DON'T say that you have to "follow your conscience". Rather, "that conscience, while always free, is properly formed in harmony with the tradition of the Church, as defined by Scripture and authentic teaching authority.'
The bishops responded strongly by saying, “This approach is irreconcilable with any honest profession of the Catholic faith. While we deeply regret and oppose his actions, we continue to pray for his conversion and the protection of unborn human life.”
Things got a little stranger when the bishops publicly balked and arranged a meeting with the Governor to discuss Quinn’s “personal approval of laws permitting the killing of unborn children.”
After the meeting, Quinn emerged from the meeting and pretty much told the media that the bishops didn’t lay a glove on him. He held a press conference of sorts saying that the meeting wasn’t really about his support of abortion and gay marriage at all. In fact, according to the Sun Times, Quinn said,
“A lot of the discussion was how we could work together to fight poverty, help the people who are less fortunate and need a helping hand,” Quinn told the Sun-Times as he left a Christmas toy give-away on the Far South Side. “Getting people jobs, helping people who don’t have enough food to eat — that’s what the church’s social mission is all about.”
But what happened next is likely the most surprising turn of events in the entire affair.
Hearing of Quinn’s comments, the bishops reportedly issued a news release to make clear that the purpose of the meeting was to warn Quinn against using his Catholic faith as a justification for making decisions that are at odds with church teaching.
So clearly on top of his support of abortion we can pretty definitively add lying about the bishops to Gov. Quinn’s next confession.
The Sun Times reports on the bishops’ release:
“We share the Governor’s concern for the poor,” they wrote. “From our point of view, however, this was a meeting between pastors and a member of the Church to discuss the principles of faith, not the works of faith. On several occasions, the Governor has referred to his Catholic conscience and faith as the justification for certain political decisions.”
The letter continued: “As Catholic pastors, we wanted to remind the Governor that conscience, while always free, is properly formed in harmony with the tradition of the Church, as defined by Scripture and authentic teaching authority. A personal conscience that is not consistent with authentic Catholic teaching is not a Catholic conscience. The Catholic faith cannot be used to justify positions contrary to the faith itself.It is a matter of personal integrity for people who call themselves Catholic to act in a manner that is consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church.”
The bishops said they were particularly concerned about Quinn’s influence on others “since he holds a highly visible and influential position.”
The letter concluded: “This concern on our part, as pastors of the Church, was the fundamental and primary topic of our conversation with Governor Quinn.”
Well that seems to have silenced Quinn at least for the time being as the Governor failed to issue any further updates about the meeting.
Further - "The archdiocese already reportedly told the media that an individual priest could make the decision not to give Quinn Communion."
UPDATE: This video feature at the County Legislature has been viewable inconsistently - it may or may not work. We leave it to your own opinions as to why it may not be running ...
Here is the full video of the Westchester County board meeting on Monday, December 12th, 2011. This contains all of the approximately (forty) 40 speakers who spoke against the so-called "Reproductive Healthcare Access Bill", as well as the four (4) who were in favor of it, including the local Director of Planned Parenthood.
The video is almost four hours long, and contains a good deal of material that is not relevant to the free speech issue, but we do want to enable people who wish to view the entire proceeding to do so. We will be posting excerpts from our own video and audio over the next several days.
In this season of Advent, we are grateful for this small victory!
No one can deny that the pro-abortion lobby in Westchester County has political muscle. Since the spring they have been pressing through their supporters in the Wetchester County Legislature to muzzle the free speech rights of protestors outside Planned Parenthood, and other abortion chambers.
Up until now, we and other pro-life groups have been working quietly to stop these efforts. And we have been partially successful, having eliminated some of the absurd ideas (bubble zones, etc) that were originally being considered.
However - the legislation finally presented out of committee to the full legislative body still seriously infringed on the basic first amendment rights of peaceful, pro-lifers who go to protest abortion. More on this in future postings.
We're pleased to report that over 40 pro-life people spoke out at the County Legislative meeting last night (December 12th, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe), including lawyers, sidewalk counselors and victims of abortion. We conclusively demonstrated that the legislation was a disgraceful attack on American values of tolerance and free speech, and the bill was sent back to committee. So the bill should be dead for this year.
Over the next several days we will be posting video from the meeting, as well as letters from attorneys and other sources, which supported the right of pro-life people to speak out peacefully at abortion chambers.
Re: Local Law adding Chapter 425 "Reproductive Health Care Facilities Access Act"
A Public Hearing has been called for Monday night, December 12, at the County Board of Legislators Michaelian Building, 148 Martine Avenue at Court Street, 8th floor, White Plains, NY.
Some of you will be receiving calls. We need your support to attend this hearing, to submit written or e-mailed comments, and to speak at the hearing on this attempt to pass a new "Local Law" that tries to initimidate pro-life, 1st Amendment-protected speech at abortion clinics. The proposed law threatens pro-life witness with the expanded ability for lawsuits by the clinics; exhorbitant fines and extended jail terms for protestors.
Remember, no laws have been broken in 15 years; no woman has been prevented from receiving an abortion, if she so wishes. There is no legal basis for this new law, a heavy-handed expansion of already existing state and federal laws to address abortion access concerns. Warnings about potential legal problems with this new law's constitutionality have fallen on deaf ears at the BofL in an attempt to get this passed quickly before the veto-proof supermajority of the current Board is ended.
The law's sponsors are Legislators Myers and Shimsky. This legislation also seeks to regulate a 200-foot area from parking lots and bus stops and limit to 25 feet any approach of individuals entering abortion clinics. No other group that legally protests or shares information on public streets in the County (think unions; think politicians handing out literature) experiences this type of regulation that is really "strangulation" and outright discrimination!
E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can come. Call your County Legislator or write and submit to the Board and Public Hearing your objections to this outrageous piece of legislation.
We'll give you details, and you can read the proposed "Local Law" yourself. Check out videotapes at joint Legislation and Community Service Committee meetings on this legislation at the County Board of Legislators' website, too.
Your action and support is critical!
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