President Obama just signed an executive order banning anyone who contracts with the federal government from discriminating based on “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.” The order makes no exception for religious employers. The U.S. Bishops’ response didn’t mince words:
“Today’s executive order is unprecedented and extreme and should be opposed.”
The bishops’ statement was issued by Baltimore’s Archbishop Lori (Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty) and Buffalo’s Bishop Malone (Chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth). It goes on to expose the blatant contradiction inherent in Obama’s decree – that in the guise of banning discrimination, it actually is discrimination:
“In the name of forbidding discrimination, this order implements discrimination. With the stroke of a pen, it lends the economic power of the federal government to a deeply flawed understanding of human sexuality, to which faithful Catholics and many other people of faith will not assent. As a result, the order will exclude federal contractors precisely on the basis of their religious beliefs.”
John Newton was born in London on July 24, 1725. At the age of eleven he went to sea with his father, a ship’s captain. After his father’s retirement, John signed on with a merchant ship sailing to the Mediterranean. He later served a brief and unsuccessful stint in the Royal Navy, after which he joined the crew of a slave ship bound for West Africa. But the ship’s crew found him troublesome, and they left him with an African slave dealer named Amos Clowe, who gave him to his wife as her slave.
In 1748 Newton was rescued by friends of his father and returned to England. He continued his involvement in the slave trade for many years, despite his own experience as a slave, and despite having undergone a religious conversion on one of his voyages. He did not become a true abolitionist until many years after a stroke had forced him to retire from active involvement in the slave trade.
In 1788, Newton published a pamphlet, Thoughts Upon the Slave Trade, in which he described the horrible conditions on the slave ships, and wrote that “It will always be a subject of humiliating reflection to me, that I was once an active instrument in a business at which my heart now shudders.” He joined in the efforts of William Wilberforce and other abolitionists in Parliament to outlaw the slave trade, and he lived to see the passage of the Slave Trade Act on March 25, 1807. Nine months later, he died in London, the city of his birth.
John Newton is best remembered today as the author of the hymn “Amazing Grace.” In 1982, 175 years after his death, he was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Here is Newton’s greatest hit, sung by Il Divo.
However, EVERYTHING this man says IS dripping with hate.
Rev. William Barber Netroots- Little Black Girls at WH
Last January, William Barber said South Carolina Senator Tim Scott isn’t “black enough” because of his ties to the Tea Party. “A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy,” Barber said.
The long-awaited start of training camp is upon us. My Beloved Bears report tomorrow!
Governor Falin: ICE Sent Us 90 Illegal Immigrant Children from India [:44]
This is from last February, but I have no doubt that nothing about Obama’s attitude has changed one iota.
February 2014: Texas Gov. Rick Perry: The Tone from This President Is Troubling
I notice Bibi is wearing his nation’s color. What the heck is with Kerry’s ORANGE tie? Since when do U.S. statesmen NOT wear red or navy? Maybe it’s Ørange for Øbama.