New Documentary About Africa

African pro-life leaders are putting out a new documentary about Africa and aid from the Western World and how it comes with “Strings Attached” in the form of pushing “progressive” Western ideas and ideology about “reproductive health” (i.e. contraception and abortion) and the harm it causes African nations and peoples.

Here’s the trailer:

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Abortion & Patriarchy

So you feminists think that those awful pro-lifers marching today are anti-women and all for patriarchal oppression of women?  Think again.  Take a look at this: How the Sexual Revolution Hijacked Feminism

For Children of Divorce Believing in God as Trustworthy Parent May Be Difficult

Having just finished Caryll Houselander’s The Reed of God I was considering reading her autobiography, Rocking Horse Catholic.  Today I ran across this passage from it where she is talking about her reactions after being told by the nanny about her parents’ impending divorce which particularly notes the ability of a child of divorce to continue believing in a loving and trustworthy Father God:

“It is much to my parents’ credit that, though they had long been bitterly estranged, they had never quarreled in my presence; but the suddenness with which the blow struck me did nothing to soften it. My home—the house built on a rock, as I had supposed it to be—was to be swept away, and (as Beatrice took care to tell me) the reason was that my parents had quarreled. My sister and I quarreled very often, and it had always been impressed upon us that we must ‘make it up’ before we went to sleep at night; to let the sun go down upon our anger was considered to be tempting Providence; one of us might die in her sleep, leaving the other to a lifetime of remorse! That grown-up people ever did quarrel was a new and shocking idea, but that, when they did, the quarrel could never be made up at all was something utterly beyond my understanding. It shattered my faith in grown-up people—most of all in fathers and mothers. Emotionally children identify their parents with God. They stand for the things that the idea of God stands for to the human race as a whole—security, home, refuge, food and warmth and light, things taken for granted as unquestioningly as the love which provides them is taken for granted, and with the same innocent egoism of childhood. On the day that a young child learns that his trust in father and mother was misplaced, above all if one or the other has sacrificed him to some other love, emotionally if not consciously his trust in God is shattered. He will not, of course, reflect that circumstances may have overcome his parents; he looked to them for the invulnerability, the unchanging love that belongs only to God. This is why it is important to teach a child’s mind as well as his heart. He needs dogma: the religion that consists of nice feelings, hymns and prayers at Mother’s knee is simply a snare set for his feet. The seeds of revolt against authority had been sown in me even before my home was broken. Now that attitude crystallised. It has complicated my life ever since.”

Take Your Kids Out Now

There is a new book out about the public school system.  Read a review of it here.

So many of us have heard indirectly and anecdotally that our public school system is a nationwide wasteland that does harm to children and has wrought havoc upon our culture, values, and sense of history.

But has anyone taken the time and energy to examine this catastrophe at its root? Perhaps not until now. Regnery Publishing has this year provided a definitive, careful, and well-researched exposé of the corruption at the core of the public school system, titled Get Out Now: Why You Should Pull Your Children from Public School Before It’s Too Late.

Co-authors Mary Rice Hasson, J.D., and Theresa Farnan, Ph.D., daughters of the renowned Notre Dame law professor Charles Rice, are far from alarmists in a panic about an overblown issue. Rather, they have combined to present an incredibly rich and detailed overview of a pervasive and devastating problem that has for too long overwhelmed our young people and threatens to undermine both reality and truth, not to mention God’s perfect plan for human flourishing.

The authors lay out their dramatic case in three parts. Part one comprises three chapters on the corrupting and game-changing “gender crusade” that seeks to brainwash our children into accepting the false ideologies of gender and sexual “orientation.” The second part has six chapters covering multiple other issues at work in public schools: atheism and secular humanism, the loss of our American identity in favor of forming young “activists” rather than patriots, the way in which parents are rendered powerless by the system, the “social-emotional” learning affecting our kids’ psychological makeup, fake and failing education, and the inevitable hard truth that parents can’t “fix” any of this.

Readers should by no means overlook the substantial third part of this work—an appendix of insightful follow-up questions, acknowledgments, and a true treasure of about 100 pages of endnotes that provide thorough and hard documentation supporting the accounts and claims presented in the nine chapters. No one—particularly advocates of this failing educational system—could seriously challenge the well-researched content, typically based upon the sad and often-tragic accounts of real parents with real kids in real schools that have turned authentic education and human formation upside down. In the effort to accommodate an ever-widening liberal cultural agenda that is robbing our kids of the integrity of their intellects and wills, public schools of every kind across our nation are willingly sacrificing our children on the altar of evil agendas that should be denounced rather than protected.

The Destruction of the Innocents

This article written for the Feast of the Holy Innocents, those little children massacred by Herod after the birth of Christ, looks at the “Herods” destroying the innocents of our day.

History repeatedly is rocked by the Herods among us, and innocent children are always their victims. We are shaken by stories of child sacrificechild laborMengele’s experiments on twins, and the child sex trade from Kenya to Thailand. Modern-day massacres of innocents include the Nazi Holocaust, the genocide in Rwanda, and the ISIS slaughter of Christian children in Syria. Though Americans know surprisingly little about such things these days, it seems less because of active suppression than because of passive disinterest.

Yet the liberal media does suppress facts about illegal immigration and child trafficking, the MS-13 sex trade, and the 14,000 unaccompanied minors in protective custody at the border. They prefer to dramatize the story of children caught in a tear gas response to border violence, or mask the fact that dehydration and illness not properly attended by their guardians, not border control, caused the tragic deaths of two migrant children. The Left thinks they are purveyors of mercy and social justice, and any story portraying child victims serves their “hot commodity,” which is, of course, political narrative. They want to be known as the party of inclusivity and tolerance. Stories of child abuse that serve this purpose are spread far and wide. Those that don’t? Not so much.

Contemporary massacres of innocent children to the gods of the social justice warriors are completely ignored or, worse, celebrated. And I’m not only talking about the annual 56 million abortions worldwide. I’m talking about the many ways SJWs today use children to advance their anti-Judeo-Christian, anti-traditional family agenda; an agenda that glorifies and normalizes adult sexual deviance and experimentation.

Read the whole thing here.

Shut up, Macron

So the French President stuck his foot in his mouth and stirred up an internet backlash.

‘My Family Is Not the Product of Ignorance’: Harvard Grad and Mom of 8 Takes on French President

The president of France shouldn’t speak for women—and certainly not on how many children they decide to have.

French President Emmanuel Macron recently said, “I always say: ‘Present me the woman who decided, being perfectly educated, to have seven, eight, or nine children.”

“Please present me with the young girl who decided to leave school at 10 in order to be married at 12,” he added during his remarks at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Goalkeepers” event, which was held last month in New York.

Of course, most women agree with Macron on child brides.

But it’s insulting to moms of large families to imply a big family is akin to marrying off children.

I spoke to one such woman, Catherine Ruth Pakaluk, an assistant professor of social research and economic thought at the Catholic University of America, who has eight children—and no regrets about that.

“When I saw [Macron’s] quotation, my first thought was, ‘Hey, wait a second, I exist, and I know lots of people like me that exist,’” Pakaluk, who received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania and her doctorate at Harvard University, told The Daily Signal in an interview.

She added that she thought plenty of moms of large families would share the reaction to Macron of thinking that, “Hey, wait, I exist, and my family is not the product of ignorance.”

Pakaluk also started a hashtag: #PostcardsforMacron, to showcase the big families some educated women choose to have. (See the rest here)

Plenty of moms have contributed pictures of their beautiful large families to #postcardsforMacron.

Macron’s comments about women having “too many” children are stupid for many reasons but the one about girls leaving school too young to marry… projection anyone?  Good grief.  He wasn’t a child bride obviously, but he is young-ish, childless, white, male, and the boy toy of a much older woman — a woman who was a teacher at his school!  He probably should have kept his mouth shut.

Other than incensing all the educated mothers of large families, he also brought on well deserved criticism for his elitist, patronizing attitude.  Only people with degrees are intelligent apparently.

Melody Lyons of the Essential Mother had a perfect response:

I don’t care what the president of France thinks about my motherhood and he doesn’t care what I think. Perhaps I shouldn’t even waste my time with this but I’m not writing for him.

I know that for every highly educated, wildly successful mother-of-many out there (and all the internet posts suggest they are abundant!), there are even more throughout history who are like me…

…A woman who started her family instead of finishing college.

….Who didn’t think the weight of debt was a good trade-off for the value of a degree.

…Who has gained knowledge and experience outside of the popular institutional model.

…Who believes that our creative purpose is not defined by a certificate.

The truth is that civilizations were built on the servant leadership of “uneducated” women who poured their natural gifts into the care of their husbands and children… who have gone on to lead the world.

It is not a weakness of womanhood that we bear this role. It is our genius. JPII said, “To serve is to reign” and those of us who rock the cradle understand this on a deeper level than men.

But the worldly reality is that even if Macron cared about the level of our education or our resumes (he does not), he can always point to the many women like me and say,

“She proves my point.”

I’m not going to play that game with him or the internet because, honestly, I can’t win it. I’m not educated or successful in any way that he specifically means. I also do not buy into his agenda (which is really his issue).

And… it doesn’t matter at all.

At the end of the day, Macron will still think I’m a stupid breeder and I will still have 8 children. Nothing about seeing alphabet soup after my name will ever change his perspective because his point is not really about education… it’s about elitist, narcissistic power, antagonistic to the heart of Jesus Christ.

My own true value as a mother will only ever be weighed correctly by the Power of my God, not by some haughty flash-in-the-pan politician.

To every mother who didn’t participate in the public hashtag event because perhaps you stumbled over your skinny worldly resume…

You are free. You are not defined by men like Macron. He IS talking about you but it doesn’t matter. Neither are you defined by the resume of another woman. They ARE impressive but irrelevant to the genius of your own life.

You are doing it the way the majority of women throughout history have done it. Without fancy modern degrees and accolades. Giving the best part of yourself to your family. Heroically. Quietly. Intelligently. Wisely. Keeper of the flame of love. Guardian of Joy and Faith. Carrying the weight of the restoration of culture on your back.

You don’t owe an explanation to Macron. And when his legacy dies with his mortal body, yours will live on through your children through history and eternity.