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    My Impressions of Tuesday’s Meeting with Donald Trump
  • This is the best report I've seen by a Catholic leader or any other Christian leader who attended Donald Trump's June meeting with Christian leaders. It's best because it's rational and practical. Note: I had to copy the content of Steve Mosher's email as plain text. My Impressions of Tuesday's Meeting with Donald Trump From: Steve Mosher [mailto:pri@pop.org] Sent: Friday, June 24, 2016 7:09 PM To: Anita Crane Subject: Report on Meeting with Donald Trump Population Research Institute Dear Anita, On Tuesday I was invited up to New York City to meet with Donald Trump. It’s not every day that you get to be up close and personal with a presidential candidate, so I immediately accepted. Before going, I had asked all of you for suggestions as to what kind of questions I should put to him. (By the way, I'm still waiting for my invitation to meet with Hillary Clinton. I would certainly go. I have a lot of questions I would like to ask her as well, beginning with "Mrs. Secretary, how can you support the killing of full-term infants in America, China’s Planned Birth policy, and call abortion on demand a ‘human right’?“ It might be a short conversation.) Several hundred of you responded by e-mail, phone and letter, with a wide range of proposed questions. But nearly all of you wanted Mr. Trump to nominate pro-life justices to the Supreme Court and to the federal bench, bring an end to abortion, and promise to defund Planned Parenthood. So I asked him. On the Supreme Court, Trump said again—emphatically, as is his style—that he will nominate justices like the late Antonin Scalia. Of course, as he pointed out, he has not only been saying this repeatedly since Scalia’s untimely death, he has actually released a list of 11 people who he would nominate to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy. He went on to say that he had turned to the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation to find good judges. Both of these organizations are well known to me (I spent a year at Heritage as a Visiting Scholar) and are generally pro-life. The judges on the list, about whom I have written, have an excellent track record. They are strict constructionists (that is, they actually read, rather than simply read into, the Constitution) who would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. Mr. Trump also pointed out to us, correctly, that the next President will have the opportunity to nominate as many as three, four, or even five Supreme Court justices. This means that he (or she) will determine the direction the Court takes for a generation or more. This, by itself, would move us a long way towards ending abortion in our country by returning the issue to the states. It would also put us in a better position to pass a Human Life Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This would protect the right to life of the unborn and end abortion on demand across our great land once and for all. He has also pledged, on numerous occasions, to defund Planned Parenthood. Much of Donald Trump’s time was spent explaining to our group, which included many pastors, his views on religious liberty. He not only assured the attendees that he was determined to protect our Judeo-Christian heritage (“We will say ‘Merry Christmas’ again, folks.”), he was surprisingly specific about exactly what he would do. The “Johnson Amendment”, he said, needed to be repealed, and pledged to would work with Congress to ensure that this happened. What is this “Johnson Amendment” and why is it so important? The Johnson Amendment to the U.S. tax code, passed in 1954, prohibits tax-exempt organizations like churches and nonprofits like PRI from endorsing or opposing political candidates or specific legislation. The practical effort of this “gag order” was to silence Christian leaders. Pastors, priests, and other leaders became afraid to speak their mind in the pulpit or in public for fear of losing their tax-exempt status. That this is a real fear is shown by the misbehavior of IRS employee Lois Lerner. As we all know by now, her office targeted groups with conservative, Christian views. Trump’s promise received a standing ovation from the pastors who were present, who are all, truth be told, afraid of falling afoul of the IRS. As the head of a Catholic Christian organization which itself has been investigated (and finally cleared) by Lois Lerner's office, I was on my feet as well. What would be the effect of letting Christian leaders speak freely in the public square about the great moral issues of the day? Governor Mike Huckabee, who emceed the event and who is himself a pastor, pointed out that if priests and pastors were free to publicly support pro-life laws and pro-life candidates, and mobilize Christians, much of the cultural rot now afflicting this country could be undone. I myself believe that abortion, euthanasia, population control and other evils could be ended, and quickly. And that is what we all pray daily for. Steven W. Mosher President, Population Research Institute Last Word: It is PRIs mission to fight coercive population control and anti-family tactics in every country. We are working for a world that always Puts People First. Join us today! Population Research Institute Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube Be sure to add our email address, pri@pop.org, to your address book or safe senders list so our emails get to your inbox. Population Research Institute P.O. Box 1559, Front Royal, VA 22630   #
  • Quite the powerful ‘Salve Regina’ by a skateboarding friar
  • I could listen to this all day. Ave Maria! Friar Gabriel, Laura Beeson and Sean Beeson perform "Salve Regina." The video is produced by Spirit Juice Films and you may buy the song at iTunes.   #
  • Steve Scully: The most patient man on TV faces his greatest challenge
  • [caption id="attachment_9232" align="alignright" width="300"] Steve Scully photo by Patrick Gavin from his movie "Nerd Prom"[/caption] John Oliver has found Steve Scully to be "the most patient man on television." I was a promo producer at C-SPAN and worked with Steve for five years. I think he's been there nearly 30 years. He's C-SPAN’s political editor and senior executive producer. He was president of the White House Correspondents’ Association from 2006 to 2007. He's also a host of Washington Journal, which includes the great unknown of taking viewer calls. Steve is a class act and this is hilarious... Steve Scully is also a star of "Nerd Prom," the movie by Patrick Gavin, from whom I stole the headshot above #
  • Yesh Tikvah: There Is Hope
  • There is hope, truth and love in Truth and Love Himself To get the song, click here Yesh Tikvah sung solo by Benny Friedman in the music video, but with Six13 on the MP3 version Look around, far and near Where's the joy, where's the cheer? Why the fear, why the frown? Why the smile upside down? Shake yourself from the dust Scrape your soul from the rust Know that this too shall pass For in G-d we trust There is hope If we sing our hope together We have faith that is stronger than the terror No despair, no dismay Everything will be okay He is with us night and day Brother dear Dry your tears Take my hand, never fear Let's advance, side by side And let's cast our fright aside Don't forget all the love That we have from Above And you'll see with the dawn All the pain will be gone Credits listed on YouTube: "Yesh Tikvah" is the title track of Benny Friedman's CD. The song serves as an important reminder, an anthem, that even in these tough and trying times, Yesh tikvah! There is hope! The song was composed by Ari Goldwag with lyrics by Miriam Israel and it was arranged by Ian Freitor. "Yesh Tikvah" and the entire album were produced by Avi Newmark. The excellent lyrics are translated into English by Rabbi Eli Freidman. And the music video was produced by Moshe Bree of Ingenious Productions. #
  • When a problem comes along, you must whip it
  • I can't help it. This is one of my favorite songs. It makes me laugh, good day or bad. To get the song, click here. Lyrics follow the video. Official band website: ClubDevo.com Bob Casel passed away in 2014. I know nothing about the band members or their beliefs, but may Bob rest in peace. "Whip It" by Devo Crack that whip Give the past the slip Step on a crack Break your mama's back When a problem comes along, you must whip it Before the cream sits out too long, you must whip it When something's going wrong, you must whip it Now whip it into shape Shape it up Get straight Go forward Move ahead Try to detect it It's not too late to whip it Whip it good When a good time turns around, you must whip it You will never live it down unless you whip it No one gets their way until they whip it I say whip it, whip it good I say whip it, whip it good Crack that whip Give the past the slip Step on a crack Break your mama's back When a problem comes along, you must whip it Before the cream sits out too long, you must whip it When something's going wrong, you must whip it Now whip it into shape Shape it up Get straight Go forward Move ahead Try to detect it It's not too late to whip it into shape Shape it up Get straight Go forward Move ahead Try to detect it It's not too late to whip it Whip it good Songwriters: Mark Allen Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale. #

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