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Pro-choice forces push anti-conscience abortion bill through Illinois legislature

As if we weren’t looking, pro-choice forces this week are pushing an anti-conscience abortion bill through the Illinois Legislature. Illinois Senate Bill 1564, which rewrites the Health Care Right of Conscience Act, is designed to cripple or shut down  pregnancy resource centers, such as Aid for Women and the Women’s Center, that offer women alternatives to... Read more »

A response to the LGBT anti-religion bigots

OK, now it’s religion’s turn. People of faith who assert their rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act enacted by Indiana have been pilloried as bigots, haters or worse. Headlines blared that the act legalized homophobia. That Indiana passed a “hate law.” A television reporter traveled miles to sniff out someone, anyone, who would dare... Read more »

We're a nation of addicts

If we weren’t such a nation of addicts, maybe hordes of drug smugglers wouldn’t crash our borders to feed our habit. Maybe drug cartels wouldn’t terrorize Mexico and Central America — our gift to our southern neighbors. Maybe drunks wouldn’t kill so many on our highways, or our health-care system wouldn’t be so overwhelmed and... Read more »

Enter the 'No New Year's Resolutions' Zone

Making a resolution for the New Year? Bah humbug. Join me in the No New Year’s Resolutions Zone. To be sanctimonious about it, why does anyone wait for another year to roll around before making self-improvement promises? Shouldn’t that be something that we do every day? Not that I do. Why a No New Year’s... Read more »

A loving response to Deb Mell’s beautiful homage to her wife

UPDATE: Read additional thoughts on Illinois’ approval of same-sex marriage in a later post. Who could not be touched by Chicago Ald. Deb Mell’s moving essay (“Perspective: Make marriage equal,” Chicago Tribune, Oct. 21, 2013) describing the love she has for her wife, Christin Baker? In revealing the details of their life together, their marriage in Iowa... Read more »

A partial but big victory for traditional marriage in Illinois

Judge Sophia H. Hall today dismissed three of the five claims brought by same-sex couples challenging the constitutionality of Illinois’ definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. According to the Thomas More Society: The court rejected the plaintiffs’ claims that defining marriage as between one man and woman violates the Illinois Constitution’s... Read more »

Illinois legislators attack common sense values

While everyone’s attention has been focused on the Illinois legislature’s halting efforts to repair the state’s financial mess, those who wish to dismantle the traditional family and sexual mores are busy working in the shadows. They’re pushing bills through the legislature that would: • Weaken the teaching of the time-honored idea of “waiting until marriage”... Read more »

Obama's right: U.S illegal drug use is responsible for Mexico's cartels.

As much as it upsets my conservative colleagues, President Barack Obama is absolutely right when he  said that “much of the root cause of violences that’s been happening here in Mexico, from which so many Mexicans have suffered, is the demand for illegal drugs in the United States.” He made the statement during his recent... Read more »

Group pledges $250,000 to defeat any Illinois GOP legislator who votes for gay marriage

The group is called the National Organization for Marriage, which describes itself this way:  [NOM] a nonprofit organization with a mission to protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it. Founded in 2007 in response to the growing need for an organized opposition to same-sex marriage in state legislatures, NOM serves as a national resource... Read more »

Keep Your Kids Home on Homosexuality-Affirming “Day of Silence”

I can’t say that I agree with everything in this, but I’m posting it because it won’t stand a chance of getting public attention in the tidal wave of publicity in favor of the Day of Silence. From the Illinois Family Institute Laurie Higgins | 03.13.13 On Friday April 19, 2013 the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education... Read more »
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