January 13, 2015

U.S. Press Ignores Venezuelan Bishops’ Strong Denunciation of ‘Marxist Socialism’

The latest report out of Venezuela by the Associated Press’s Hannah Dreier has a time stamp of 1:15 p.m. today. This means that the wire service has had plenty of time to report, and has chosen not to report, a powerful pastoral letter issued yesterday by that country’s Catholic bishops (original in Spanish; full Google Translation) denouncing that country’s descent into a system they described as “socialist Marxist or communist.”

That decision by AP and apparently other international wire services demonstrates once again that one cannot keep up with the news without at least occasionally going to the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal, the UK tabloids, and Investors Business Daily. In this case, it’s IBD’s Monica Showalter who commented on the development Monday afternoon in an opinion piece. She also brought Pope Francis into the discussion (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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Bogus ’1 in 3 Men Would Commit Rape’ Study Discredits Itself in Opening Sentence, Goes Downhill From There

The feminist-leftist fever swamp is apparently thrilled to have learned of a North Dakota University “study” purporting to show that almost one in 3 college men would commit rape “if nobody would ever know and there wouldn’t be any consequences.”

I’ll get to the study specifics shortly, but first want to note that the work, published in December, automatically discredited itself in its body’s opening paragraph:

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (011315)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: This Amazing Program is Training Students to Lead the Pro-Life Movement

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Washington:

Far too often, young people in the pro-life movement are referred to as “future pro-life leaders.” While that statement is undeniably true, it omits the current impact young people are having across the country. Young people are not just the future, we are the present!

Young people are stepping up to share the pro-life message at their high schools, college campuses and through social media. Young people constitute the overwhelming majority of the attendees at the annual March for Life. Young people are volunteering their time at local pregnancy centers and taking on key roles within local right-to-life chapters.

Equipping young leaders with the skills and knowledge to carry the pro-life movement into the future is critical for long-term success. For this reason, National Right to Life created an innovative program called the National Right to Life Academy.

The National Right to Life Academy empowers young pro-life leaders through a dynamic five-week summer course held at National Right to Life headquarters in Washington. Students are challenged not only in learning the arguments but also effective communication skills and grassroots organizing. Topics covered include abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, healthcare, legislative strategy, history of the pro-life movement, medical ethics, development of the unborn and lobbying.

Through the National Right to Life Academy, students also have the opportunity to earn 3 college credits, which may be transferred to their university.

Since its inception in 2007, the National Right to Life Academy has graduated nearly 75 students. Many of these graduates are currently making a difference through state or local right-to-life groups, college pro-life clubs or pregnancy resource centers.

Devyn Nelson, a 2010 graduate and current Executive Director for North Dakota Right to Life, noted, “The National Right to Life Academy served me well in preparing me for this position. Not only did the Academy give me a thorough understanding of all the life issues, it helped me become comfortable and confident in speaking the truth about the life issues in public.”

Chelsea Shields, a 2011 graduate and the new Legislative/PAC Director for Wisconsin Right to Life noted,

“While lectures and practicum require a great deal of stamina and brainpower, the whole experience prepares Academy students to be highly effective advocates for life.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.