Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Minnesota – USA Catholics Supporting All People & NOT Nienstedt Anti-Catholic Global Papal Mandate Disguising Discrimination of Gay People - DOUBLE-SPEAK Deception

Minnesota - Group against marriage amendment airs first ad – 9/18/12
A campaign to defeat a constitutional same-sex marriage ban on November's ballot released its first TV commercial Tuesday, featuring a GOP-supporting, Catholic married couple whose friendship with their lesbian neighbors convinced them to vote against the amendment... Read more: Photo

Minnesota - Marriage amendment opponents air second TV ad – 9/21/12

Minnesota Nienstedt - Catholics asked to pay for marriage vote ads – 9/25/12
          Minnesota Roman Catholics will receive a letter this week from the state's bishops, urging them to donate money for television ads asking voters to say yes to a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Photo
          …400,000 Catholic households…it marks the first time they've been asked by church leadership to make a financial donation to…the chief group campaigning for passage of the marriage amendment Nov. 6…
          In trying to reach every Catholic household in Minnesota, the mailing is "unusual" compared to Catholics' roles in marriage amendment campaigns in other states, said John Green, a political science professor at the University of Akron (Ohio), who studies politics and religion.
          "I can't think of anything as direct and as explicit," Green said. "I'm not saying there's anything wrong with it legally, but certainly I'm sure it's very controversial. Catholic leaders have been involved in fundraising. I know of examples where they have reached out to parishioners, but I've never heard of anything quite this comprehensive."…
          So far this year, Catholic leadership has been one of the biggest financial backers of pro-amendment forces, directing close to $500,000 in support of it, according to campaign finance records. The Minnesota Catholic Conference said it reported raising $750,000 in 2011. Much of that came in a $650,000 contribution from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, which tapped its investments to help fund the marriage amendment campaign… Read more:

FRANCE - Pour Benoit XVI le mariage gay menace la famille – 21 September 2012
          Le pape Benoit XVI se mêle au débat politique français en appelant à la mobilisation contre le mariage gay.
          Lors d'une rencontre avec un groupe d'évêques français, le pape Benoit XVI a appelé à la mobilisation contre la loi sur le mariage pour les couples homosexuels qui sera adoptée l'année prochaine, au premier semestre, par les parlementaires…

SCOTLAND - Philip Tartaglia installed as Archbishop of Glasgow - 8 September 2012
          …A letter from Pope Benedict, marking the new appointment, was read out…
          …The 61-year-old archbishop, who was ordained in 1975, has been a leading opponent of proposals to legalise same-sex marriage in Scotland and has also criticised ministers over anti-bigotry legislation.
          He previously sent a strongly-worded submission to the first minister and said governments "do not have the authority to say what marriage is or to change its nature or to decree that people of the same sex can marry".
          No Scottish government minister was invited to the service but the Catholic church insisted this had nothing to do with the current dispute…

In SAN FRANCISCO, Prop. 8 backer to head Catholic Church – 9/22/12
The pope's [Benedict XVI] appointment of Salvatore Cordileone has been called the 'Bombshell by the Bay.' Many gay and lesbian Catholics worry that they will be marginalized after his arrival…
San Francisco archbishop-elect apologizes for drunken driving – 8/22/12

NEWARK, N.J - Archbishop urges Catholic voters to defend marriage – 9/26/12

NJ Archbishop: Don't Take Communion if You Support Gay Marriage – 9/25/12

Baltimore, Maryland - Catholic archbishop to host event opposing same-sex marriage – 9/25/12

Chicago - Cardinal George: ‘Society Will Be The Worse For It’ If Gay Marriage Legalized – 9/23/12

Prop. 8 'Architect' Set to Take Over as SF Archbishop – 9/23/12

Cardinal Dolan Alluded to the Evils of Abortion and Gay Marriage in His DNC Benediction – 9/07/12

Gay Marriage Minnesota - NIENSTEDT Demonstrates Deception - How DOUBLE-SPEAK language - evades responsibility, designed to mislead, while pretending not to e.g. his stating - Marriage amendment 'NOT INTENDED TO BE HURTFUL' 9/18/12
Nienstedt: Marriage amendment 'not intended to be hurtful' – 9/18/12
          …The Catholic Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, John Nienstedt, said the proposed amendment isn't about forcing religious teachings on non-believers.
          "This is a positive affirmation, not intended to be hurtful or discriminatory to anyone," Nienstedt said. "Our understanding of marriage between a man and a woman predates any government, or in fact, any religious denomination."  Read more:

DOUBLESPEAK – defined:
Intentionally deceiving language. Not an outright lie or a tactful euphemism, but systematic use of ambiguous, evasive words and sentence structures to say one thing but mean something else. Commonly associated with bureaucracy…also as a calculated attempt to (1) avoid or shift responsibility, (2) distort reality by making the bad, negative, or unpleasant look good, positive, or pleasant, and vice versa, and (3) confuse by using unfamiliar or concocted jargon… Also called doubletalk or doublethink.
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Doublespeak: language used to deceive usually through concealment or misrepresentation of truth
You can fool all the people some of the time, and 
some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.


Shell Shock - Combat Fatigue - Operational Exhaustion - Post-traumatic stress disorder
George Carlin: When people can't handle any more combat - in the First World War, that was called shell shock, which is very simple, honest and direct language. Shell shock, it describes exactly what it is. It almost sounds like guns. In the Second World War, a generation later, they decided to call that battle fatigue. It's twice as long now, four syllables, takes longer to say, doesn't seem to hurt. Fatigue is a nicer word than shock - shell shock, battle fatigue. Photo

Then we had Korea in 1950. They called the same thing operational exhaustion. Now that humanity is completely missing from it and it sounds like something that might happen to your jeep. And in Vietnam, of course, the same condition was called post-traumatic stress disorder. And my point is, if we had still been calling it shell shock, maybe Vietnam veterans might have gotten some attention at the time.
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William Lutz, professor of English at Rutgers University, discusses his most recent book Double-Speak: The Use of Language to Deceive You. A unique analysis of American English, examples of double-speak are "human kinetics" in place of "physical education," and "pavement deficiencies" instead of "potholes." Double-speak is consciously used to manipulate. Lutz points out that his mission is not to eradicate double-speak, but to eliminate double-speak from the discourse of important issues where it is most dangerous…

Double-speak is language designed to evade responsibility, make the unpleasant appear pleasant, the unattractive appear attractive. Basically, it's language that pretends to communicate, but really doesn't. It is language designed to mislead, while pretending not to. Photo Korean War

Double-speak is not a slip of the tongue or a mistaken use of language, it's exactly the opposite. It is language used by people who are very intelligent and very sophisticated in the use of language, and know that you can do an awful lot with language.
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Slip of the tongue or a mistaken use of language?

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Pope likens "saving" gays to saving the rainforest – December 22, 2008 “…Benedict said on Monday that saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behavior was just as important as saving the rainforest from destruction.”
Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican's Number 2: Priest Pedophilia Linked To Homosexuality – April 12, 2010 This is a perverse strategy by the Vatican to shirk its own ethical and legal responsibility by making a spurious and disgusting connection…"
Vatican 'clarifies' cardinal's homosexuality abuse link - "…clumsily trying to shift attention to homosexuality and away from the focus on new crimes against children that emerge every day" – April 14, 2010
Facts About Homosexuality and Child Molestation
John Jay Criminal Justice Initial Report on Child Sexual Abuse - November 17, 2009
…the John Jay report confirms other studies in concluding that sexual orientation is not connected to pedophilia or other sex crimes.
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops - adviser - saying DEVIL makes people gay – November 4, 2011
Chicago's Cardinal George - under fire for comparing gay rights movement to Ku Klux Klan – December 22, 2011
Pope: Gay marriage threatens humanity’s future - January 9, 2012

Doublespeak Definition

Webster's dictionary defines doublespeak with these words: evasive, ambiguous, high-flown language intended to deceive or confuse.

In his bestselling book Doublespeak, William Lutz notes that doublespeak is not an accident or a "slip of the tongue." Instead, it is a deliberate, calculated misuse of language.

Specific Attributes of Doublespeak
Lutz provides several defining attributes of doublespeak:
distorts reality
pretends to communicate
makes the bad seem good
avoids or shifts responsibility
makes the negative appear positive
creates a false verbal map of the world
limits, conceals, corrupts, and prevents thought
makes the unpleasant appear attractive or tolerable
creates incongruity between reality and what is said or not said
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Evasive, Ambiguous, High-Flown Language
Intended To Deceive or Confuse

Foreign Policy: The Vatican And Child Abuse – NPR – October 1, 2009
…Following a meeting with the U.N. Human Rights Council meant to address concerns that the Church was failing to respond appropriately to a long history of members of the clergy abusing their flocks, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi read a statement that was undoubtedly considered by some spin doctor-equivalent somewhere to advance their case but which actually probably amounted to more convincing proof that the Vatican doesn't get it on this issue than anything discussed behind closed doors with the United Nations…

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France - Pour Benoit XVI le mariage gay menace la famille – 21 September 2012 | “Could it be that Benedict XVI is unconsciously repeating Hitler's crime against humanity?” UNSUBSTANTIATED ANTIGAY Propaganda

Pour Benoit XVI le mariage gay menace la famille – 21 September 2012
…"La famille est menacée par une conception de la nature humaine qui s'avère défectueuse (...) défendre la famille et la vie dans la société n'est en rien rétrograde mais plutôt prophétique" a notamment déclaré Benoit XVI lors de cette rencontre, avant de rappeler que "mariage et famille sont des institutions qui doivent être promues et garanties de toute équivoque possible quant à leur vérité, parce que tout dommage qui leur est causé constitue de fait une blessure pour la convivialité humaine comme telle"…

Pope says France gay marriage threatens family and society – 9/22/12
The Pope called upon French Catholics to challenge the planned introduction of gay marriage dubbing it as a ‘threat’ to the family and society in France
          The head of the Catholic church, Pope Benedict XVI, told a group of French bishops visiting Castel Gandolfo that the introduction of gay marriage will threaten society and the family in France…
          …The Pope thus raised three points: Firstly saying that marriage between man and woman is a ‘fact’ of nature and ‘threatened’ by other forms of marriage which are ‘proven’ to be ‘defective’…
          …This attack by the Pope is unprecedented in its tenacity and its direct call to interfere in the affairs of a government. His previous attack on the introduction of same-sex marriage in Spain was much more subdued and less strongly worded…

GAY MARRIAGE - Benedict XVI Dismisses Science Reason – NATURAL LAW | Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely | PART 1


Benedict XVI and the hierarchy public statements promoting marriage have been subtle systematic increments of often-disguised antigay propaganda void of any supporting factual evidence.  Unsuspecting innocent people are unknowingly being in a way seduced into colluding with such kind of people in power, Benedict XVI, by remaining silent. This is a gradual process of falsely devaluing a whole group of people in order to ignite public hostility against an innocent group of people. This is a dangerous procedure because if those who are in power are able to succeed at it then who is next – no one is safe.

"First they came for the Communists but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out;
Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists but I was not one of them, so I did not speak out;
Then they came for the Jews but I was not Jewish so I did not speak out.
And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me."

Benedict XVI’s unsubstantiated antigay statements – even those that are disguised – such as; “gay marriage threatens family and society” are truly statements about him.  Benedict XVI threatens family and society – not gay marriage. There is overwhelming evidence, over 30 years of child sexual abuse cover-ups and the ongoing Vatileaks & Vatican Bank scandals that support this statement that - Benedict XVI threatens family and society.  Benedict XVI has absolutely no factual evidence to support any of his statements made against gay people.  In fact, every antigay statement that Benedict XVI has made can be easily turned around to accurately describe Benedict XVI own personal behavior. Jesus warned us how we can avoid this kind of self-deception from happening to us – when he said:

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. - Luke 6:40-42

There are different perspectives of how Natural Law is viewed by others - then Benedict XVI’s elitist attitude his inordinate importance he seems to place on his use of the Natural Law concept, which is over and beyond that of the Gospels and scientific research.

Benedict XVI - Demeaning Accusations of Gay People -
Lacking Evidence / Reason – Corruption of Natural Law

All human life is sacred. Human life is never to be devalued or demeaned in any way by anyone. To deliberately devalue anyone or any group of human beings while others remain silent is what will destroy humanity as a whole – not gay marriage -
Pope: Gay marriage threatens humanity’s future, Jan. 9, 2012.


In the history of human thought few words have created as much confusion as the words "nature" and "law". They can assume very different meanings, and these meanings are not always made sufficiently clear. Indeed, when people use the words in an argument, they often switch from one meaning to another without becoming aware of it and thus trap themselves in logical fallacies.
The term “natural law” is ambiguous. It refers to a type of moral theory, as well as to a type of legal theory, but the core claims of the two kinds of theory are logically independent. It does not refer to the laws of nature, the laws that science aims to describe. According to natural law moral theory, the moral standards that govern human behavior are, in some sense, objectively derived from the nature of human beings and the nature of the world. While being logically independent of natural law legal theory, the two theories intersect.
Laws of Nature are to be distinguished both from Scientific Laws and from Natural Laws.
Jeremy Bentham (15 February 1748 – 6 June 1832) was an English jurist, philosopher, and legal and social reformer. He became a leading theorist in Anglo-American philosophy of law…
His position included arguments in favour of individual and economic freedom, usury, the separation of church and state, freedom of expression, equal rights for women, the right to divorce, and the decriminalising of homosexual acts. He argued for the abolition of slavery and the death penalty and for the abolition of physical punishment, including that of children. Although strongly in favour of the extension of individual legal rights, he opposed the idea of natural law and natural rights, calling them "nonsense upon stilts."

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Minnesota's Anti-Gay Marriage Constitutional Amendment – The Rachel Maddow Show – 5/23/11 - STATE REP. STEVE SIMON (D), STATE REP.  JOHN KRIESEL (R), JEFF and LORI WILFAHRT, the parents of CORPORAL ANDREW WILFAHRT, who was killed on February 27th in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Rachel Maddow on Minnesota's Anti-Gay Marriage Constitutional Amendment - May 23, 2011 – View video Photo

Representative Steve Simon, a Democrat in Minnesota, making the case earlier this month against the proposed anti-gay constitutional amendment in that state.

May 6, 2011, STATE REP. STEVE SIMON (D), MINNESOTA:  We have to be careful about trying to enshrine our beliefs, however religiously valid we believe them to be, in the Minnesota Constitution.  And what I‘m hearing today and what I heard on Friday was largely a religious justification for a change in the Minnesota Constitution.  And I don‘t think that‘s right.  I don‘t think it‘s fair.  I think it departs from our tradition.
          You just ask yourself: not now in glare of the capitol and caucuses and interest groups., but ask yourself: if it‘s true that sexual orientation is innate, God-given, and what does it mean to the moral force of your argument?  And I guess to put in the particular, what I would ask is: how many more gay people does God have to create before we ask yourselves whether or not God actually wants them around?
Read transcript from - 'The Rachel Maddow Show' for Monday, May 23rd, 2011

This is state rep from Minnesota named John Kriesel.  Staff Sergeant John Kriesel, he lost both his legs in an IED blast in Fallujah.  He is a Republican – making the case against the proposed anti-gay constitutional amendment in Minnesota.

May 19, 2011, STATE REP.  JOHN KRIESEL (R), MINNESOTA:  I went to Iraq.  I was in an incident and nearly died.  I remember laying there and seeing my legs mangled and pretty much guaranteeing that I was done—I was a done deal.  I thought that‘s where my life was going to end.
          I remember thinking of my wife and my kids.  That‘s what crossed my mind.  And that‘s what kept me fighting.
          This amendment doesn‘t represent what I went to fight for.  This doesn‘t represent that.
          Hear that out there?  That‘s the America I fought for.  And I‘m proud of that.
          A little bit earlier I had this passed around.  It‘s a photo of a gentleman named Corporal Andrew Wilfahrt.  He gave his life in Afghanistan on February 27th of this year.  He hit an improvised explosive device, while keeping us safe, protecting our freedoms, giving us the right to have this debate tonight.
          He was gay.  He was gay.  I don‘t know about you guys, but I cannot look at this family and look at this picture and say, you know what, corporal, you were good enough to fight for your country and give your life, but you were not good enough to marry the person you love…
Read transcript from - 'The Rachel Maddow Show' for Monday, May 23rd, 2011

MADDOW:  …The man whose picture John Kriesel handed out to the whole state assembly before he made that speech, which you saw him referenced there, that man who was pictured in the picture that he handed out was Corporal Andrew Wilfahrt of Rosemont, Minnesota.  Andrew Wilfahrt‘s parents have been a force of nature in this fight in their home state.
          Joins us now for the interview tonight are Jeff and Lori Wilfahrt, the parents of Corporal Andrew Wilfahrt, who was killed on February 27th in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Read transcript from - 'The Rachel Maddow Show' for Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Obama GAY MARRIAGE Endorsement Is 'Political Bravery'- RACHEL MADDOW (VIDEO) & Obama Lets Go of Fear – “…I think of all the GAY KIDS out there who now know they have their president on their side…” By ANDREW SULLIVAN - NPR – May 9 & 10, 2012

Obama Gay Marriage Endorsement Is 'Political Bravery' – By Rachel Maddow -  (VIDEO) – 5/10/12
          Rachel Maddow reacted to President Obama endorsing same-sex marriage, calling Wednesday a "historic day in civil rights in this country."
          On her MSNBC show Wednesday night, Maddow said it was "icing" on Obama's previous record on gay rights. During her Thursday morning appearance on NBC's "Today" show, Maddow called Obama's endorsement "political bravery" as she was unclear what the electoral impact will be... Read/watch more:

Obama declaration "icing on the cake" of gay rights legacy - The Rachel Maddow Show (May 9th, 2012)
Transcript: Excerpts -
          …The Barack Obama administration has been very, very, very pro-gay rights. They have pursued at every level policies to improve the lives of gay Americans and to further gay rights.
          …repealing "don`t ask, don`t tell."
          …expanding federal benefits for the same-sex partners of people who work in the executive branch.
          …signing the Hate Crimes Act into law.
          …clearing the way for hospital visitation rights for same-sex couples…
          … It`s expanding the census, even, to make sure that people in same-sex relationships get counted.
          …directing U.S. agencies who work with foreign countries to ensure that our humanitarian and diplomatic efforts abroad take into accounts the rights of gay and lesbian people in those other countries.
          …supporting states that are trying to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples…
          …refusing to defend… the Defense of Marriage Act.
If you are in favor of gay rights, the Barack Obama administration has been great on the issue of gay rights…
          …ultimately, what presidents do is they wield political power. And even before today [publically supporting gay marriage], that legacy of the first term of the Barack Obama presidency was already clear.
          Today, he added to that...
          …he took this extra step today...something extra…This was above and beyond.
          And it is not without risk. And now having said these words publicly that no president has ever said before, now we get to see how this changes the country.
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Andrew Sullivan on Obama's Support of Gay Marriage – 5/09/12 – NPR – Transcript
…One interview doesn't make a difference. And then I watched the interview and the tears flooded. There is something about hearing your president affirm your humanity that you don't know what effect it has until you hear it. And I think of all those gay Americans over the centuries who never heard that, never believed it could happen. And I have to say I'm immensely proud of this president for doing what he did… Read/listen more:

Obama Lets Go Of Fear - By Andrew Sullivan - The Daily Beast 5/09/12
          I do not know how orchestrated this was; and I do not know how calculated it is. What I know is that, absorbing the news, I was uncharacteristically at a loss for words for a while, didn't know what to write, and, like many Dish readers, there are tears in my eyes.
          So let me simply say: I think of all the gay kids out there who now know they have their president on their side
          …The interview changes no laws; it has no tangible effect. But it reaffirms for me the integrity of this man we are immensely lucky to have in the White House. Obama's journey on this has been like that of many other Americans, when faced with the actual reality of gay lives and gay relationships… Read more:

President Obama's Emancipation Proclamation – 9/22/12 |First U.S. President to come out in support of same-sex marriage

 …By becoming the first U.S. President to come out in support of same-sex marriage, President Obama has boldly illuminated bone-deep and often ugly differences of opinion dividing Americans, and exposed them to open civil discussion. Comparisons to Abraham Lincoln and his stand on slavery a century and a half ago are ample and inescapable.
          Both presidents, incumbents from Illinois facing difficult reelections, were forced to confront a crisis cleaving the nation along uncomfortably similar political and geographic boundaries: North vs. South, federal vs. state, equal vs. unequal. Harsh, often brutal and vulgar criticism, often having little to do with issues, was heaped upon both heads, with vicious lies and distortions about their private lives and beliefs running rampant. Photo
          Both men, from all accounts pensive by nature, apparently agonized over the slow, difficult conclusions they came to -- decisions overdue to many and rash to others, unwelcome to an unyielding third constituency and inconsequential only to a benumbed, indifferent fourth. President Obama described his position as "evolving" toward espousing same-sex marriage, while allowing, "I've always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally." Lincoln stated his decision was part of a "personal wish that all men everywhere could be free."…
          As landmark civil rights proceedings go, the two historic drafted documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Emancipation Proclamation, made the third, unwritten one, President Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage, possible. The president has in effect "edited" and enhanced Jefferson's classic dictum to avow, unequivocally, all men and women are created equal. As such, his pronouncement may be the last major civil rights action of our time. Photo

Ray Errol Fox is an Oscar-nominated documentarian and journalist/writer. He regularly posts on his on his wide-ranging blog, SON OF THE CUCUMBER KING.
Jacopo della Quercia is a history writer researching the Lincoln and Taft presidencies for an upcoming book.
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President Barack Obama's acceptance speech on Thursday night drew the largest television audience of this year's political conventions and ranked as the biggest political moment ever on social media site Twitter – 9/07/12

Transcript: President Obama's Convention Speech – 9/06/12

GAY MARRIAGE – OBAMA’s Support - Courageous Openness & Moral Leadership for Simple Fairness & Human Yearning for Love | BENEDICT XVI’s Opposition - Secrecy & Cover-ups - Corruption & Sandals – Using Power to Settle & Silence Questions of Truth --- Related News Media & Research

Amistad Africans – Supreme Court Trial 1841 - President John Quincy Adam - “The truth, in truth, has been driven from this case like a SLAVE, flogged from court to court, wretched and destitute…a ‘keen mind of the SOUTH,’ … asserts that: ‘There has never existed a civilized society in which one segment did not thrive upon the labor of another. As far back as one chooses to look – to ancient times, to BIBLICAL times – history bears this out. In Eden, where only two were created, even there, one was pronounced subordinate to the other. SLAVERY has always been with us and is neither sinful nor immoral… SLAVERY, as NATURAL as it is inevitable.’ ’ …I must say I DIFFER with the keen minds of the SOUTH…offering that the NATURAL STATE OF MANKIND is, instead – and I know this is a controversial idea – IS FREEDOM, is freedom. And the proof is the length to which a man, woman, or child will go to regain it, once taken. He will break loose his chains. He will decimate his enemies. He will try and try and try AGAINST ALL ODDS, against all prejudices, to get home…Yet, if the SOUTH is right, what are we to do with that embarrassing, annoying document, The DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE? What of its conceits? ‘ALL MEN…CREATED EQUAL,’ ‘INALIENABLE RIGHTS,’ ‘LIFE,’ ‘LIBERTY,’ and so on and so forth? …We desperately need your strength and wisdom to triumph over our fears, our prejudices, ourselves. Give us the courage to do what is right. And if it means civil war, then let it come. And when it does, may it be, finally, the last battle of the American Revolution. [Patrick Henry, American Revolution “GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH”] - Photo
"Amistad" (1997) - American Rhetoric: Movie Speech – Watch Video:
AMISTAD - 1997 movie, Spielberg - Video  
Amistad Case 1839 - Library of Congress

Obama’s embrace of Gay Marriage makes for a spiritual Mother’s Day – 51112

Obama's family influenced his gay marriage shift – 51012

Obama: ‘I Think Same-Sex Couples Should Be Able to Get Married’- 50912 ABC

Nancy Pelosi praised Obama’s support of GAY MARRIAGE - for advancing civil rights…“quite historic” that “spoke to the values of our families, the values of our faith and the values of our country.” Pelosi said her Catholicism “compels” her “to be against discrimination of any kind in our country…” – 51012 ABC

Do Most Catholic Theologians Support Same-Sex Marriage? – 51112

Catholic coalition pleased with Obama's stance on marriage equality – 51012 NCR

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