Vatican’s fury over Madonna ‘blasphemy’

Daily Mail August 3, 2006

Rome’s Catholic, Muslim and Jewish leaders have united to condemn pop star Madonna’s decision to stage a mock-crucifixion when she performs in the Italian capital on Sunday a stone’s throw away from Vatican City.

The lapsed-Catholic diva’s latest irreverent performance sees her wearing a fake crown of thorns and descending on a suspended, glittery cross as part of her worldwide “Confessions Tour”.

Having already been criticised in the United States, Catholics priests from across the Eternal City have gone one further saying the act is blasphemy.

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The New Gay Times

Townhall.com Brent Bozell III July 12, 2006

There was the expected wailing and gnashing of teeth from the left when New York’s state Court of Appeals ruled against installing so-called “gay marriage” by judicial fiat, as they had in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts. The New York Times, as expected, was stunned that the judges could find a “rational basis” for traditional marriage, and that judges would defer to elected legislators.

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From the high school frontlines in the culture war

Townhall.com Mona Charen July 7, 2006

A parent from Plymouth, N.Y., has sent along another example of liberals gone wild. Fishing through her son’s backpack (he’s a ninth grader), she found a crumpled up handout from the health teacher. The title caught her attention: “Dysfunctional ‘Family Rules.'” The handout is reproduced below with punctuation, grammar and capitalization as in original:

“Here is a list of some of the unworkable rules found in dysfunctional families

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Babies made to order

Townhall.com Nathanael Blake June 30, 2006

Last week I examined the apparent contradiction in the liberal approach to abortion: those who are otherwise obsessed with compassion, assisting the weak and helpless, speaking up for the voiceless, etc., here cheerily support killing en masse those who are weak, helpless, and voiceless. It’s like a gourmand with a passion for foi gras also being an ardent evangelism for veganism.

What induces such seeming hypocrisy?

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Gulags on Ellis Island

Wall Street Opinion Journal Brian M. Carney Tuesday, June 27, 2006

A dissonant note of moral equivalence at an exhibit on communist horrors.

ELLIS ISLAND, N.Y.–Tucked out of the way on the top floor of the main building here is a curious little traveling exhibit about the Soviet Gulag. On the day that I visited, no signs in the lobby of the Ellis Island Museum announced the presence of the exhibit; one happened upon it through determination or by chance, stepping with little warning from display cases devoted to the hopes of immigrants seeking freedom or opportunity in America into the hopeless deprivation and cruelty of Siberian death camps.

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Brussels Journal Editor Threatened with Prosecution over Homeschooling

The Brussels Journal Alexandra Colen June 6, 2006

Yesterday my husband Paul Belien, the editor of this website, was summoned to the police station and interrogated. He was told that the Belgian authorities are of the opinion that, as a homeschooler, he has not adequately educated his children and, hence, is neglecting his duty as a parent, which is a criminal offence. The Ministry of Education has asked the judiciary to press charges and the judiciary told the police to investigate and take down his statement.

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