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As Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas, the United States government continues to battle abortion as part of the health care reform battle.

The way abortions are covered under health care reform is a major obstacle to finalizing the legislation, even though the House and Senate both agree that no federal money should be used.  The stumbling block is whether insurance plans that get federal money are completely barred from covering abortions, or whether they can cover it as long as they require customers to write separate checks for the procedure using their own money. …Abortions in the first trimester typically cost between $350 and $900, according to Planned Parenthood. http://apnews.myway.com/article/20091223/D9CP9T4O0.html.

Arguing over the sanctity of life at Christmas is asinine.  Go home already, and start over in the New Year. 

At 7:16 a.m., the Senate passed on a 60-39 party line vote a sweeping health care bill that will tighten insurance regulations, provide insurance for 31 million more Americans and cost $871 billion over the next decade. “This is for my friend Ted Kennedy, aye,” said Sen. Robert Byrd as he cast his vote.  Clearly exhausted, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid mistakenly voted no before changing his vote to yes, which got a laugh in the chamber, especially from Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. via http://www.politico.com/livepulse/1209/BREAKING__Senate_passes_health_bill_.html

The Catholic bishops fired off another letter to the U.S. Senate last night urging opposition to the Democratic healthcare bill poised to pass tomorrow. Despite abortion funding restrictions that have provoked the ire of the leading abortion-rights groups, the bishops say the Senate bill still allows federal funding of abortion coverage and make clear they’ll accept nothing less than the House healthcare bill’s sweeping ban on federal abortion funding. via http://www.usnews.com/blogs/god-and-country/2009/12/23/catholic-bishops-still-opposed-to-senate-health-reform-bill.html

Only God knows what these buffoons will come up with behind closed doors with claims of transparency.  In a pork filled bill, shame on everyone of them who basically were bribed with federal money for their state as a means of convincing them to vote for this bill.  There is a investigation for everything else, let someone please investigate exactly who and which states will directly benefit.  Lumps of coal for them all from Santa. 

Even the military has a problem with pregnancy. “Facing criticism over his order banning pregnancies for those in his command in Iraq, a U.S. general has backed off, slightly. While there are still reprimands issued for those violating the order, it does not appear there will be any courts-martial involved. http://www.huliq.com/3257/89902/us-general-defends-iraq-no-pregnancy-order .  Trillions in debt, 4200 dead soldiers 31000 wounded in Iraq, throw in Afghanistan and it just makes you sick.

Rob Yllescas was seriously injured while serving in Afghanistan.  Sadly, on December 1st, 2008 Rob passed away leaving his wife Dena, daughters Julia and Eva, and many other loving family members and friends. You can read about the family, make a donation and be reminded that the cost of freedom is high at http://yllescasfamily.blogspot.com/2009/11/merry-christmas-from-heaven.html.  From the site…

Her hair was up in a pony tail, her favorite dress tied with a bow. Today was Daddy’s Day at school, and she couldn’t wait to go. But her mommy tried to tell her, that she probably should stay home Why the kids might not understand, if she went to school alone. But she was not afraid; she knew just what to say. What to tell her classmates of why he wasn’t there today. But still her mother worried, for her to face this day alone. And that was why once again, she tried to keep her daughter home… But the little girl went to school eager to tell them all. About a dad she never sees a dad who never calls. There were daddies along the wall in back, for everyone to meet. Children squirming impatiently, anxious in their seats One by one the teacher called a student from the class. To introduce their daddy, as seconds slowly passed. At last the teacher called her name, every child turned to stare. Each of them was searching, a man who wasn’t there. ‘Where’s her daddy at?’ She heard a boy call out. ‘She probably doesn’t have one,’ another student dared to shout. And from somewhere near the back, she heard a daddy say, ‘Looks like another deadbeat dad, too busy to waste his day.’ The words did not offend her, as she smiled up at her Mom. And looked back at her teacher, who told her to go on. And with hands behind her back, slowly she began to speak. And out from the mouth of a child, came words incredibly unique. ‘My Daddy couldn’t be here, because he lives so far away. But I know he wishes he could be, since this is such a special day. And though you cannot meet him, I wanted you to know. All about my daddy, and how much he loves me so. He loved to tell me stories he taught me to ride my bike. He surprised me with pink roses, and taught me to fly a kite. We used to share fudge sundaes, and ice cream in a cone. And though you cannot see him. I’m not standing here alone. ‘Cause my daddy’s always with me, even though we are apart I know because he told me, he’ll forever be in my heart.’ With that, her little hand reached up, and lay across her chest. Feeling her own heartbeat, beneath her favorite dress. And from somewhere there in the crowd of dads, her mother stood in tears. Proudly watching her daughter, who was wise beyond her years. For she stood up for the love of a man not in her life. Doing what was best for her, doing what was right. And when she dropped her hand back down, staring straight into the crowd. She finished with a voice so soft, but its message clear and loud. ‘I love my daddy very much, he’s my shining star. And if he could, he’d be here, but heaven’s just too far. You see he is a Marine and died just this past year When a roadside bomb hit his convoy and taught Americans to fear. But sometimes when I close my eyes, it’s like he never went away’ And then she closed her eyes, and saw him there that day. And to her mother’s amazement, she witnessed with surprise. A room full of daddies and children, all starting to close their eyes. Who knows what they saw before them, who knows what they felt inside. Perhaps for merely a second, they saw him at her side. ‘I know you’re with me Daddy,’ to the silence she called out. And what happened next made believers, of those once filled with doubt. Not one in that room could explain it, for each of their eyes had been closed. But there on the desk beside her, was a fragrant long-stemmed pink rose. And a child was blessed, if only for a moment, by the love of her shining star. And given the gift of believing, that heaven is never too far. —Author unknown

http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/iraq/forces/casualties/ lists the names of those who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Debates go on, the debt gets higher, soldiers are dying, people are starving, there are few jobs to be held, and many in America have no insurance.  Time to change the channel from C-Span and tune in to God.  In a Vatican first, Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate Christmas midnight mass two hours early, at 10:00 pm (1900 GMT) on Thursday. The Vatican is blaming it on his advanced age of 82, so he can get to bed a little earlier before the  Urbi et Orbi blessing, Christmas Day Mass.  You can watch it on YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/vatican

Related post at https://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2009/12/21/winter-solstice-2009-health-care/

Merry Christmas.

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President Barack Hussein Obama will deliver the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., today.   Among outrage and protests, the Catholic university will also bestow upon him a Doctor of Laws honorary degree.  President Obama has made clear he stands against what most Catholics believe in- obfuscating everything from traditional marriage to abortion. 

The Catholic Bishops summed it up pretty clearly, “The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.”  http://www.usccb.org/bishops/catholicsinpoliticallife.shtml  So much for playing by the rules!

The Text of Obama’s Honorary Doctorate: “At the 164th Commencement The May Exercises The University of Notre Dame Confers the degree of
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, on the 44th president of the United States, whose historic election opened a new era of hope in a country long divided by its history of slavery and racism. A community organizer who honed his advocacy for the poor, the marginalized and the worker in the streets of Chicago, he now organizes a larger community, bringing to the world stage a renewed American dedication to diplomacy and dialogue with all nations and religions committed to human rights and the global common good. Through his willingness to engage with those who disagree with him and encourage people of faith to bring their beliefs to the public debate, he is inspiring this nation to heal its divisions of religion, culture, race and politics in the audacious hope for a brighter tomorrow. On Barack H. Obama, Washington, District of Columbia” sourced at- http://www.stopobamanotredame.com/ 

Pardon me while I vomit.  “…heal it’s division of religion…”? ND  is a Roman Catholic School, a religious school, there is no decisiveness, no division, and the sanctity of life is paramount at Notre Dame and for Catholics.  Surely Catholics have abortions, but celebrating a man who once called pregnancy a mistake out of wedlock is just misguided in so many ways. 

I can’t wait to hear his speech and wonder if at the end he will say, “God Bless America?”  Should the TelePrompter fail perhaps he will have slip of the tongue and say “God Damn America,” after listening to Rev Wright’s sermons for so many years. 

Touchdown Jesus, must certainly be crying on this day.  For us football fans pray too that we see a season of successful Hail Mary’s on and off the field.

Previously Related Posts-

https://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2009/04/09/the-religion-of-obama-christian-muslim-or-jewish-in-the-name-of-god/

 https://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2009/03/23/obama-the-pope-politics-of-religion-at-notre-dame/

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Blah, blah, blah,  the attitude of the African melody “Kum Ba Ya,”  where the lyrics say someone is crying, singing and praying couldn’t be more true. It is the hearts of the religious faithful that are becoming more dismissive of both The Pope and Obama. The translation of “Kum Ba Ya” means come by here, but more and more we see people turning from God and religion.  We have until the election of 2012 to see people turn from Obama, but it’s already begun. 

The latest findings of the American Religious Identification Survey find that 34 million adult Americans — that’s almost one in five of us — are now non-religious. http://onmilwaukee.com/politics/articles/hissom032009.html?18510 In a Rasmussen survey, at this time in a first term, Obama has the lowest approval and highest disapproval rating ever recorded. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll  Gee, I wonder why with so many threats to our constitution from proposed gun rights laws to the fact that he has refused to prove his natural born citizenship status his ratings are plummeting?

The UN is attempting to negotiate anti-blasphemy” language and references to Israel widely seen as anti-Semitic at its conference on racism, “Durban II” in Geneva where numerous countries have chosen to pull out of attendance.  The document mentions only Christians, Jews, and Muslims as potential victims of “phobias,” and the IHEU’s briefing paper asks delegates to either remove any names of specific groups, or if not, to add “Atheists, unbelievers and apostates” to the list.  http://www.examiner.com/x-4275-DC-Secularism-Examiner~y2009m3d22-Diplomats-dump-defamation-of-religion-language-from-UN-racism-conference-Good-enough Anyone who thinks phobias are the real reason to to attend this conference ought to be buying at Timothy Geithner’s assist auctions.  It is all about hate, plain and simple.

Barack-star Obama who has proclaimed himself Islamic and Christian, intends to sign on to a United Nations Declaration calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality around the world.  “…echoing the first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights,” affirms that “human rights apply equally to every human being regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.” http://www.examiner.com/x-4275-DC-Secularism-Examiner~y2009m3d22-Diplomats-dump-defamation-of-religion-language-from-UN-racism-conference-Good-enough That all sounds well and good until one backs up, and realizes that you would have to be born to receive these inalienable rights.  Obama has made it obvious that he is pro-abortion and has little respect for the unborn, contrary to the Catholic Church and many Conservatives. 

$2.4 Billion dollars is going to be made available for U.S. based development of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles from the Obama administration.  http://www.lowimpactliving.com/blog/2009/03/22/president-obama-announces-24-billion-in-funding-for-electric-vehicles/  At the same time  Obama’s proposed 2010 federal budget contains a 7% cut in charitable tax deductions.  Houses of worship are among the list of casualties of the mortgage crisis and donations to the church are going to plummet at the very time so many need help both spiritually and financially. 

The Pope is speaking in Africa, understandably in opposition to the use of condoms to stop the spread of AIDS.  While it is unrealistic and dangerous, it is within the church’s teachings to promote sex in the sanctity of marriage.   Surely The Pope realize over 25 million people have AIDS and are born with it, but he has not wavered in the church teachings.    Obama at the other end of the spectrum almost signed Nancy Pelosi’s bailout bullshit provision that would have paid for condoms and abortions with our tax dollars.

Obama is going to address the graduates of Notre Dame University at commencement.  The preeminent Catholic university in America will bestow upon him an honorary degree when he stands against what most Catholics believe, obfuscating everything from traditional marriage to abortion.   “It is an outrage and a scandal that “Our Lady’s University,” one of the premier Catholic universities in the United States, would bestow such an honor on President Obama given his clear support for policies and laws that directly contradict fundamental Catholic teachings on life and marriage. This nation has many thousands of accomplished leaders in the Catholic Church, in business, in law, in education, in politics, in medicine, in social services, and in many other fields who would be far more appropriate choices to receive such an honor from the University of Notre Dame.  Instead Notre Dame has chosen prestige over principles, popularity over morality. Whatever may be President Obama’s admirable qualities, this honor comes on the heels of some of the most anti-life actions of any American president, including expanding federal funding for abortions and inviting taxpayer-funded research on stem cells from human embryos.’ http://notredamescandal.com/ at The Cardinal Newman Center at Notre Dame.

Students had this to say in a letter to Pres., Fr. Jenkins, “the University should also use Pres. Obama’s visit as an opportunity to reiterate its commitment to the teachings of the Church and the sanctity of life. We ask that you consider making a public statement, if not at the Commencement exercises themselves then in a highly visible public forum, distancing yourself and the University from his views, making it clear that the University disagrees in no uncertain terms with his views on the unborn, which stand in contrast to that of the Church’s stance of protecting the most defenseless and voiceless among us. Awarding him an honorary degree without making clear that the University disapproves of his stance on issues regarding the sanctity of human life would be a disrespect to those students who, like ourselves, chose to attend this University based not only on its status as one of the country’s premier institutions of higher learning, but a school that takes pride in its Catholic foundation and identity. ”  http://www.nd.edu/~pbrown6/ObamaVisitLetter.html

The Catholic Bishops summed it up pretty clearly, “The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.”  http://www.usccb.org/bishops/catholicsinpoliticallife.shtml

More than 15,000 people have signed a petition calling for the university to rescind it’s offer to Obama.  http://notredamescandal.com/  Check out http://squarewondotorg.wordpress.com/2009/03/22/a-most-disgusting-and-shameful-action-by-notre-dame/ for further discussion and a list of great blogs agains Obama speaking at ND.

His appearance and religious stance only reflects on his seething ability to manipulate and prophetize one thing, the cult and religion of Obama. 

God Bless America.

Post update 03-24-09 From The Huffington Post.  The Roman Catholic bishop whose diocese includes the University of Notre Dame says he will boycott President Barack Obama’s May 17 commencement speech at the Catholic school because of Obama’s support for abortion rights and embryonic stem-cell research.  Bishop John D’Arcy is the head of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

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Obama said, “The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.” What about Prop 8. Mr. President?  What about your pro- abortion stand Mr. President?  How’s that treating everyone equal?

Obama’s own words,  “I wouldn’t want my daughter punished with a child.”  Was the birth of  Malia and Sasha’s punishment? 

The March for Life  http://www.marchforlife.org/content/view/35/41/ will be on Jan. 21, 2009 at The National Mall, the same place filled on Inauguration Day with two million souls whose parents chose not to abort them.  A far cry from the inaugural turnout, thousands are expected to gather at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for prayer on the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, Roe V. Wade.

President Barack Obama’s proposed Freedom of Choice Act, which would make it mandatory for hospitals and pharmacies and health care providers to furnish abortion and contraceptives makes this years March for Life even more attentive to anti abortionists.

Just when Obama thought he’d heard the last from President Bush, – The provider conscience legislation drafted at the last minute by the Bush administration’s Department of Health and Human Services allows pro-life health care workers to refuse to provide services, including filling a prescription for birth control.  http://hr.cch.com/news/employment/010509a.asp  The jockeying to it’s legality has just begun and Obama has already issued an immediate halt to any pending legislation that the previous administration had queued up for approval. 

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the public policy arm of the Catholic Church, http://www.usccb.org/prolife/ wrote a letter to President Obama stating they would ” oppose legislative and other measures to expand abortion” and “will work to retain essential, widely supported policies which show respect for unborn life, protect the conscience rights of health care providers and other Americans, and prevent government funding and promotion of abortion.” 

Cardinal George’s wrote in part:

In the last Congress, a Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) was introduced that would, if brought forward in the same form today, outlaw any “interference” in providing abortion at will. It would deprive the American people in all fifty states of the freedom they now have to enact modest restraints and regulations on the abortion industry. FOCA would coerce all Americans into subsidizing and promoting abortion with their tax dollars. It would counteract any and all sincere efforts by government and others of good will to reduce the number of abortions in our country.http://www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2008/08-174.shtml

Parental notification and informed consent precautions would be outlawed, so would laws banning procedures such as partial-birth abortion and any protection for infants born alive after a failed abortion. Abortion clinics would be deregulated. The Hyde Amendment restricting federal funding of abortions would be lifted and FOCA would certainly have deadly consequences for prenatal human life. 

There is no guessing game here as to what Obama proposes, and you and I are going to pay for it, one way or another.

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Just when you think you’ve heard it all in the election cycle, comes along more fuel to the fire with columnist, Kathleen Parker of the Washington Post blathering on why the Republicans lost this year’s election, and it’s all God’s fault.  She writes at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/18/AR2008111802886.html 

“Three little letters, great big problem: G-O-D. I’m bathing in holy water as I type. To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn’t soon cometh.  Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party.”

People have legitimate positions on all sides of these issues and we don’t have to agree with all of them, but a description of the oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is rather offensive. Socially conservative positions may not be the popular vote, but to suggest that a whole group of people leave their values behind is ludicrous.  Religion is very personal thing, but not necessarily private.  The gorilla she professes as a God problem is really the abortion issue. Obama made clear his support for the policy of federal funding and with regard to his personal life, saying that if his daughter’s made a mistake, he wouldn’t want them punished for the rest of their lives.  Did Obama learn this from Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s church, The Koran, The Bible?

History will tell us of the consequence of voting for Obama and his selection of pro-abortion former U.S. senator Tom Daschle of South Dakota as his Health and Human Services Secretary. His announcement came on The Feast Day of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, the patroness of Catholic hospitals.  It strikes me that proposition 8 in California, was defeated by the those same socially conservative voters that elected Obama.

In his homily before the election November 3, 2008,  Most Reverend Robert W. Finn
Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph http://whitearoundthecollar.blogspot.com/ wrote in part , ” In a country where we have made choice an absolute, we must remember that underlying every choice is a value; that flowing from every choice is a consequence; that we must give an accounting to God for what we decide.” 

“The recent election was principally decided out of concern for the economy, for the loss of jobs and homes and financial security for families, here and around the world. If the election is misinterpreted ideologically as a referendum on abortion, the unity desired by President-elect Obama and all Americans at this moment of crisis will be impossible to achieve,” said, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), voiced hope for the Obama Administration but pointed to possible obstacles to our desired unity. http://www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2008/08-174.shtml

Pope Benedict XVI delivered this message at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City on November 12, 2008, “Our life in this world, marked by trials and tribulations, must be inspired by the hope of heaven and the expectation of our resurrection to glory.”  http://zenit.org/article-24235?l=english 

If the abandonment of God and his public followers is the way to garner votes for the GOP, it is a sad reflection on our society.    Whether one defines themselves as Catholic, Protestant, Lutheran, Mormon, Muslim, Orthodox, Baptist or as she refers to the Evangelicals, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evangelicalism we should define ourselves in theocracy with the love of God and country and if that means wearing an armband for unborn children, then so be it.

“So while insulting G-O-D, she also insulted people like me. Like you. People who insist on infusing their faith into their politics. And that’s okay; I’d rather be in the oogedy-boogedy section of Heaven (God willing), than in the hoity-toity room of hell, where’s there possibly very little elbow room.”  http://actsoftheapostasy.blogspot.com/2008/11/rise-up-ye-oogedy-boogedy-of-god.html

“What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, but to lose his soul?”  

God Bless America.

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