Little Sisters vs. Big Brother

01-26-2014Fr. John LettersFr. John

Dear Friends,

Little Sisters of the Poor v Big Brother, actually big sister Sebelius, is a David and Goliath sort of lawsuit. The Sisters asked the Federal Court for relief from the Affordable Care Act's "abortion pill mandate" and while the District Court said no, Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor issued a temporary injunction pending full review by the Federal District Court in Denver.

The Little Sisters of the Poor for over a hundred years have been operating Nursing Homes in the US for the poor elderly. They give a dignified life to some of the poorest people in the country and none of their residents die alone as the Sisters are there with them at their bedside. In order to support their work the Sisters even go out and beg weekly. I know I worked with this wonderful group of religious women back East. More pertinently the Sisters live a very simple lifestyle and take their religious commitment with all seriousness. Their Catholic Nursing Homes are not considered religious employers by the twisted logic of HHS regulations because they don't restrict their homes to Catholics only therefore they fall under the ACA's abortion pill mandate. HHS offered them a "compromise": sign a piece of paper stating your conscientious objection and giving your Insurance Carrier permission to give your employees no cost contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization". Obviously HHS is giving with one hand and taking away with the other. The Sisters said no.

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41 = 560,000,000

01-19-2014Fr. John LettersFr. John

Dear Friends,

The US Supremes this week refused to hear an appeal from Arizona on the 9th Circuit's injunction stopping implementation of AZ's new abortion law that permits abortions up to 20weeks. All this means is that the State Lawmakers will have to fix the law and try again. While there are other states operating with the same abortion law they for some reason have not been stopped from implementing the law. (Then again Arizona has the unfortunate geographical curse of being under the jurisdiction of the 9th Circuit). This is pretty much how it has gone with abortion laws over the last 41 years since Roe v Wade, an unending series of litigation. But the good news is that our persistent efforts have paid off in many cases in this unending war against the unborn.

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Rocky Mountain High

01-12-2014Fr. John LettersFr. John

Dear Friends,

Have you gotten a contact high yet from that giant cloud of marijuana smoke wafting down from Colorado? Now that marijuana has been made legal for "recreational" use we'll get to see how this social experiment turns out. Will it be a really groovy Rocky Mountain high or one toke over the line?

So far I've noticed the following "tweets" from the Office of National Drug Control Policy:

U.S. Drug Policy (@ONDCP):

Teen marijuana use is higher in states with medical marijuana laws.

1/3 of high school seniors in medical marijuana states report getting marijuana from someone else's prescription.

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The Drugging of our Children

01-05-2014Fr. John LettersFr. John

Dear Friends,

Just so you know it is not my imagination….

Dr. Kevin Conners who for the past 50 years has been cheerleading for the legitimization of ADHA (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in a recent NY Times article (12.14.13) had this to say about the ever-increasing rates of ADHD diagnosis:

He noted that recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the diagnosis had been made in 15 percent of high school-age children, and that the number of children on medication for the disorder had soared to 3.5 million from 600,000 in 1990. He questioned the rising rates of diagnosis and called them “a national disaster of dangerous proportions.” “The numbers make it look like an epidemic. Well, it’s not. It’s preposterous,” Dr. Conners, a psychologist and professor emeritus at Duke University, said in a subsequent interview. “This is a concoction to justify the giving out of medication at unprecedented and unjustifiable levels.”

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