Politics/United States

We Voted Today!

by Steve Ray on September 26, 2014

Since Janet and I will be out of the country leading groups through Ireland, Israel and the footprints of St. Paul until mid-November, we voted today by absentee ballot.

We picked up our ballot and he asked why we needed to vote early. I told him we were Catholics and led Catholic pilgrimages and would be in Israel and I gave him my Catholic brochure (don’t need to be a convert to do this kind of thing, by the way :-)

Who did we vote for?

Come on! You don’t know? We voted conservative, Pro-life, Pro-family, smaller government, anti-Obama, religious freedom …

… we even spent an hour looking up all the judges to see what their judicial philosophy was (visit www.Judgepedia.com). I walked in with my big cross around my neck and said, “Thanks!” 

Please dear God, inspire many other good folks to vote the right way. We have grandkids!! We care about the future of our country and our world. The only thing evil needs to prevail is for good men to do nothing.

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Sometimes it takes a David to defeat a Goliath – or, in this case, unassuming nuns to speak where the media remain silent. 

Speaking out for Christians persecuted in the Middle East, Mother Olga Yaqob and Sister Hatune Dogan slammed the American media for keeping silent. The nuns spoke with MRC during the In Defense of Christians (IDC) Inaugural Summit in Washington, D.C. Sept. 9-11. Both told the stories journalists ignore: of refugees displaced and Christian girls “repeatedly raped” and “misused” – some as young as 5-years-old. 

Mother Olga of the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth, an Iraqi native recognized by the Iraqi government for her care of the poor, recently established a religious order in Boston. Raised in Germany after fleeing from Turkey, Sister Hatune Dogan, is an Orthodox Christian nun who aids Christians in Syria and Turkey through her organization, “A Helping Hand to the Poor.” 

Addressing the American coverage of Christian persecution in the Middle East, Mother Olga stressed, “In the early months, there wasn’t much coverage.” “Some of the Christian networks – media networks – were covering [the persecution]. But not very much the secular media.” Continued after video.

Sister Hatune expressed similar dismay. “The media make a mistake,” she began, “Because they don’t say the truth.” She criticized, “But the media has big duty to tell the truth, to make Americans see what is really going on.” Continued after video. 

That truth, she explained, consists of “slaughtering, raping, kidnapping, taking ransom, killing, crucifying, and ridding the Christians of what they need.” 

As one of her “thousands of stories” of Christian persecution, Sister Hatune began: 

“I met an Iraqi girl, five-and-a-half-years maybe, and they kidnapped her. I met her at seven-and-a-half-years. Until today, she [will not] say, no one knows, what happened to her, because she was misused. They [were] paid $30,000 dollars to release her. They released her, but under that condition. I am sorry for her. That was the youngest girl that I met. She was misused.”

Sister Hatune also told of meeting a 21-year-old Christian girl from Jordan. Once a captive, her abductors “every day” “were raping her all night.” When they weren’t satisfied with her ransom money, they “cut her face in different ways.”

Another time, Sister Hatune met 280 girls. She described how they were “misused” by their kidnappers, some of whom “cut breasts and other [sensitive areas].” “I saw them with my own eyes,” she emphasized.

Those are the stories the media should report – the “human face of this tragic reality,” as Mother Olga described. 

Mother Olga compared the news coverage of Christian persecution to the coverage of NFL player Ray Rice’s abuse scandal. “I know he’s probably a famous player, and this [football] team, it’s a big, big issue in America, but this is a personal life of two people.”  While, at the same time, she continued, “200,000 people are displaced” and “people are dying from hunger” in the Middle East.  

“It’s just like I try to put in perspective these kind of things,” she explained. “I’m just surprised how much sometime our secular media they cover some things over and over and they miss such a big picture.” 

Raised in Kirkuk, Iraq, Mother Olga had some stories of her own. “My old parish, and other parishes, and my sisters’ home and lot of church communities there and houses,” she said, are “full of refugees from Nineveh region, from Mosul.” The locals, “are cooking meals every day, and bringing mattresses and pillows.” “It’s too big of a reality,” she concluded. 

She called for “raising awareness” in the States. “People are just frustrated with our own politics here,” she acknowledged, “so we don’t have time to worry about the foreign policies.” But, she added, “If we don’t stop this, this is dangerous for the whole Middle Eastern region.” 

“Now it’s Iraq, but if we don’t stop it, it will impact the whole Middle Eastern region, and it will impact us in the West,” she continued. 

She offered an additional warning on the silence of Christian persecution: 

“Only recently, after, unfortunately, the tragedy of beheading two of our American journalists we realize now how many we have foreigners who are, whether American, Canadian, Australian, British, who have joined ISIS. And they have access to come back to the Western countries, and so, if they have such a radical mentality, and this is what they’re doing in the Middle East, do we think we will be safe here?” 

Sister Hatune similarly concluded, “The media have to condemn this, and to be a witness, and to tell the truth.” 

“What is going on here?” she asked at one point. “We are human beings.” 

Instead, the networks prefer royal baby anticipation to things like Iraqi Christians given one week to “leave, convert to Islam or face the sword” or videos of Iraqis desperately escaping ISIS terror.

For Mother Olga’s full interview, please click here.

— Katie Yoder is Staff Writer, Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow in Culture and Media at the Media Research Center. Follow Katie Yoder on Twitter.

 - See more at: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/katie-yoder/2014/09/15/nuns-slam-media-silence-middle-east-christian-persecution#sthash.0KsPDnPm.dpuf

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(From Franciscan University of Steubenville)

After serving 25 years in state and federal prisons, Utah polygamist Addam Swapp was released from parole supervision last week. Incarcerated since 1988—at a time when marriage was defined as a union between one man and one woman—Swapp returns to a country that is now abandoning that definition.    

Convicted of orchestrating the 1988 bombing of the meetinghouse of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Marion, Utah, and implicated in the shooting death of Utah Department of Corrections Lt. Fred House, Swapp claimed that he was acting on a revelation from God to destroy the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because the Church leaders had abandoned their commitment to polygamy.

Using dynamite to blow up the LDS building, Swapp believed his actions would lead to the “resurrection” of his father-in-law, John Singer, a Utah polygamist, who was killed by local law enforcement officers in 1979 when he pointed a loaded weapon at the officers as they entered his property to serve him with a contempt of court citation at his ranch in Marion, Utah. Singer, described by the Salt Lake City News Tribune as a “fundamentalist Mormon,” had been “embroiled in a years-long feud with local officials that began when he and his first wife, Vickie, decided to homeschool their children.”

During the years following Singer’s death, Swapp lived a polygamous lifestyle, having married two of Singer’s daughters.  He began to believe that Singer would be resurrected if he destroyed the LDS Church. After the bombing, which occurred on the ninth anniversary of Singer’s death, Swapp fled to the Singer ranch with 14 members of his extended family and began a 13-day standoff that ended violently with the death of Lt. Fred House. While he did not personally kill Lt. House—who was shot by Swapp’s brother-in-law, John Timothy Singer—Swapp was held responsible because he had created the conditions for the standoff. 

The US government’s opposition to polygamy within Mormonism (which officially rejected polygamy in 1890) was based on the government’s definition of marriage at the time—a union of one man and one woman. Both Swapp and Singer lived as polygamists with the memory of more than a century of opposition to their lifestyle (and that of their ancestors) from the government. Now that the government is sanctioning what it calls “same-sex marriage,” it will permit marriage between same-sex couples on the basis of a legislative negation of the previous definition. This is the same definition that has been used for more than a century to oppose polygamy.

For the whole article, read here: http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/3362/utah_polygamist_returns_to_a_world_without_a_definition_of_marriage.aspx

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