Asking For Her Name!

A young man was talking 

to a university student
that he had just met,

asked for her name.

"I don't want to tell you," 

she said, "I'm named
after both of my

and it's kind of embarrassing."

"Well, what could be so bad 

about that?" the gentleman asked.

"My mother's name is Eliza, 

and my father's name is Ferdinand."
the lady answered.

"Well, those are nice names" 

the guy replied.

"But they named me Ferdeliza!"


Chuck Colson & said...

Clarifying Congressional Confusion:
Straight Talk about Abortion

Recently pro-abortion Roman Catholic politicians have been challenged by their
Church. Some bishops have excluded them from communion; others are threatening
to do so. And so forty-eight pro-choice Catholic members of the House wrote to
Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick defending themselves and their records.

George Weigel, director of the Catholic Studies program at the Ethics and Public
Policy Center here in Washington, D.C., decided it was time to clarify some
issues for the members and the public with an article titled "Catholic
Confusions in the Congress.

One of the congressmen's confusions is their repeated references to abortion as
a matter of "personal morality." Weigel writes, "Abortion, as the bishops have
consistently taught, is a matter of the fifth commandment, not the sixth." It's
not breaking "Thou shalt not commit adultery," but "Thou shalt not kill."* He
explains, "abortion involves taking the life of an indisputably human creature,
endowed with an inalienable right to life. That is a serious public matter, not
a private choice, because protecting innocent life is one of the first
requirements of justice in any decent society.

Another point of confusion is the common belief that Supreme Court decisions are
irreversible. Just as the Court was wrong when it decided in the 1857 Dred Scott
case that African-Americans were legal non-persons, so the Roe v. Wade and Casey
v. Planned Parenthood decisions were also mistaken. Weigel writes, "legislators
have an obligation to state publicly that the Court got it wrong. In their
letter, the Members justified pro-choice voting records on the grounds that 'the
Supreme Court has declared that our Constitution provides women with a right to
an abortion.' Anyone truly opposed to abortion would immediately continue, 'But
the Court, sadly, was wrong. Tragically and lethally wrong.'

Next, Weigel scolds his fellow churchmen for failing to limit the damage caused
by bad Supreme Court decisions. He laments that "within the Democratic Party . . .
unabashed support for . . . abortion . . . is the litmus test for national
office and the litmus test for weighing judicial nominees." He insists that
morally serious legislators must work "to reverse the Court's wrongheaded
abortion decisions.

In a previous statement, Weigel also rebutted the claim that the Church's pro-
life teaching is "a sectarian position which cannot be imposed on a pluralistic
society." He illustrated his point by saying no church would try to force
everyone in the United States to abstain from hot dogs on Fridays during Lent.
That's a private matter between a clergyman and a parishioner.

By contrast, "The Church's pro-life teaching is something that can be engaged
seriously by anyone. You don't have to believe that there are seven sacraments
to deal with this, you don't have to believe in the primacy of the bishop of
Rome to engage this position. You don't even have to believe in God to engage
this [pro-life] position because it's a position rooted in basic embryology and
in basic logic, and anybody can engage that.

The 1973 Supreme Court could plead ignorance. It didn't have three-dimensional
ultrasound images that clearly revealed babies inside the womb. In 2004, none of
us -- in or out of Congress, religious or atheistic, Catholic or Protestant --
can honestly plead that same confusion. And beware of politicians who do.

*Some Protestants may number these commandments sixth and seventh, respectively.

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Professor Howdy said...

Я ы к мне, все вы которые трудятся и тяжелые laden, и я передадим вам остальные. - Библия

Professor Howdy said...

The day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will
disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire,
and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since
everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people
ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives.
--2 Peter 3:10-11

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