Still, how much longer will irreligious producers continue to depict the Catholic Church in unflattering ways and insist that doing so is edgy? Mocking the Church, portraying it as a repository for paternalism or repression, or showing it - as this program does - as hollow and phoney is old hat. Been there, done that for more than 40 years now. Get a new whipping boy.
The snivelers had their way this week. As soon as Jerry Falwell's death was announced, the promoters of pornography, the gay zealots, the drug users, the professional blasphemers, the big money/small morals brigade all giggled and smirked. Thing is, Falwell would be delighted at the reaction. If he'd wanted easy friends and banal praise he would have had cheap sex with an intern in the Oval Office, lied to his wife and daughter and perjured himself in front of millions.
Foreign patients who travel to China for transplants are likely receiving organs culled from political prisoners who are alive when their corneas, kidneys and livers are harvested, then left to die, an international group of doctors armed with a chilling Canadian report is warning. In a new twist on an old practice of using organs from executed criminals, China has since 2000 turned to living donors and outlawed Falun Gong members to supply a growing trade in medical transplants.
The government has overturned its proposed ban on the creation of human-animal embryos and now wants to allow them to be used to develop new treatments for incurable diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. The proposal, in a new draft fertility bill published today, would allow scientists to create three different types of hybrid embryos.
Iraq faces the distinct possibility of collapse and fragmentation, UK foreign policy think tank Chatham House says. Its report says the Iraqi government is now largely powerless and irrelevant in many parts of the country.
Toronto Sun writer Christina Blizzard wore her anti-Christian bigotry on her sleeve today with an article praising Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty for standing up to the Pope. What McGuinty really did was show that he is an adherent of the religion of Secular Humanism. In so doing, the man with the backbone of a wet noodle turned his back on his professed religion of Catholicism with the most absurd excuses.
A teenager in Ohio has sued Planned Parenthood affiliates in Cincinnati, alleging that when she sought an abortion, its employees failed to report that she was a victim of incest. The lawsuit comes at a time Planned Parenthood in Los Angeles is fighting back against a pro-life activist who posed as a pregnant 15-year-old and recorded a clinic employee suggesting that she lie about her age to avoid filing a statutory rape report.
What is globalization? It's not just free trade. It's not just economic cooperation. It's not just a series of strategic agreements between nations. It's shorthand for moving toward one-world government. No one would have believed 50 years ago Europe could actually be governed as one large confederation. Today it is a reality.
Almost 100 million girls "disappear" each year, killed in the womb or as babies, a study has revealed. The report, "Because I am a Girl", exposes the gender discrimination which remains deeply entrenched and widely tolerated across the world, including the fact that female feticide is on the increase in countries where a male child remains more valued.
On May 1, some thousands of New Jersey children were sadistically violated by Comcast's screening of pornography on the Disney Playhouse cable channel. How many thousands of innocent 3 to 6-year-old children were traumatized by the close-up groans and grinds of pornography in place of "Handy Manny"? The number is a well-guarded Disney and Comcast secret.
I think doctors are starting to confront the fact that there is a conflict in the work we do. There we are, desperately trying to save the life of a premature baby born at 21-weeks-old in one hospital theatre, and then down the corridor there are women coming in to abort babies at up to 24 weeks. How can anyone say this makes sense?
It seems everywhere we look today, corruption abounds. The cesspool of American government never gets better, only worse. Here are just some of the highlights of which the American public is generally unaware …
Russia's AIDS epidemic is worsening with as many as 1.3 million people infected with HIV as the virus spreads further into the heterosexual population, Russia's top AIDS specialist said on Tuesday. Russia has registered 402,000 people with HIV, of whom 17,000 have died, but the real figure is much higher, said Vadim Pokrovsky, head of Russia's federal AIDS centre.
A group of devil-worshipping vandals who spray-painted a church with satanic markings gave themselves away by boasting about it on the Internet, police said yesterday. William Santariello, 22, documented his and his buddies' "tagging" of the Middle Island Baptist Church on his MySpace.com page, which features a revolving, upside-down crucifix and the numbers "666," Suffolk Police said.
A police constable who saved the image "I (love) gay porn" on a computer during a search has been docked 20 hours' pay - a stiffer sentence than the reprimand requested by both sides in the case.
A new Statistics Canada study suggests one-third of Canadians identify themselves as workaholics and are more likely to be dissatisfied with the imbalance between their home and work life. The study, published online Tuesday in "Canadian Social Trends", found about 31 per cent of working Canadians between the ages of 19 and 64 categorized themselves as workaholics.
This year's March for Life, the 10th annual march organized yearly by Campaign Life Coalition drew a record 7,000 participants and was populated mainly with youth, estimated at around 75% of the crowd. The rally began with speeches by various Members of Parliament, who told the assembled crowd how encouraged they were with the presence of so many young people determined to fight for the right to life of unborn children.
Ottawa is being urged to use the 2008 Olympics as a lever to press China to change its human-rights policies, according to an all-party draft report obtained by The Globe and Mail. The draft report also recommends a substantially tougher Canadian stand in the official dialogue between the two countries over human rights.
But China’s success is, at least in part, a mirage. True, 200 million of her subjects, fortunate to be working for an expanding global market, increasingly enjoy a middle-class standard of living. The remaining 1 billion, however, remain among the poorest and most exploited people in the world, lacking even minimal rights and public services. Popular discontent simmers, especially in the countryside, where it often flares into violent confrontation with Communist Party authorities. China’s economic “miracle” is rotting from within.
With 1.5 children per couple, our best hope is a quiet death in a clean facility where the immigrant workers speak our language. And that's only the human face of demographic decline. The economic face is hardly more appealing: unfilled labour markets, reduced GDP and no tax revenues to pay for health care - to name a few.
President Bush signed an agreement creating a "permanent body" that commits the U.S. to "deeper transatlantic economic integration," without ratification by the Senate as a treaty or passage by Congress as a law. The "Transatlantic Economic Integration" between the U.S. and the European Union was signed April 30 at the White House by Bush, German Chancellor Angela Merkel – the current president of the European Council – and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso.
Federal Liberals will disenfranchise thousands of party members if Grit party leader Stéphane Dion appoints a candidate into Scarborough Southwest, Ont., says one potential candidate interested in running. "The party must decide, in this process, how many people they are going to disenfranchise," said Theodore Antony, one of several potential candidates seeking the Liberal nomination which will become vacant in the next election as Liberal MP Tom Wappel announced he won't run in the next election.
More than $2 billion in federal child-care funding has flowed into a virtual accountability void in the last three years. Officials in Ottawa have few clues as to how well the cash was spent by most provinces since 2004. Provincial reports are months or even years overdue - when they're provided at all.