The rage against God Reply

By Tom Quiner

At the age of 15, Peter Hitchens burned his Bible and denied God’s existence.

At the age of 58, his older brother, Christopher, wrote a best-selling book, “God is Not Great.” If you didn’t guess, Christopher, too, is an atheist.  However, something happened to younger brother, Peter, along the way.

He changed his mind.

He became a Christian … again.

The younger Mr. Hitchen also wrote a best-selling book at the age of 58 called “The Rage Against God.”  The theme:  “how atheism led me to faith.”

I bet that makes for interesting family gatherings!

Whereas older brother, Christopher, believes religion has been the source of international conflict throughout history, younger brother Peter disagrees:

“They [atheists] have a fundamental inability to concede that to be effectively absolute a moral code needs to be beyond human power to alter.”

Unlike his brother, Peter Hitchens sees godlessness as the root cause of history’s most notorious examples of man’s inhumanity toward man:

“In all my experience in life, I have seldom seen a more powerful argument for the fallen nature of man, and his inability to achieve perfection, than those countries in which man sets himself up to replace God with the State.”

Germany and the Soviet Union quickly come to mind.

One of the Christian’s world most intellectual and articulate spokespersons, Fr. Robert Barron, weighed in on Mr. Hitchen’s book in the YouTube clip above.  Take a few minutes to listen to him discuss Peter Hitchen’s premise, that there’s an essential relationship between a healthy society and Christianity. Then listen to Peter Hitchen’s commentary below.

The courts and liberal pressure groups are gaining momentum in removing God from the public square in America.  They are systematically installing a different value system based on secular humanism.

Is that a good idea?

What will be the cost to America?

Listen to these commentaries … and weigh in with your own personal reflections. I want to hear from you.


This could be the Tea Party’s theme song Reply

By Tom Quiner

Like most of the world, I love the great musical, Les Miserables. The characters were far more multi-dimensional than I had ever seen before in musicals.  The multiple, interwoven plot lines kept me on the edge of my seat.

The classic song, Do You Hear the People Sing? reminds me of the Tea Party movement. With just a few tweaks, it would be perfect.


Iowa women’s health in jeopardy with telemedicine abortion 3

By Maggie DeWitte, Executive Director of Iowans for L.I.F.E.

Maggie DeWitte

Have we gone too far?

In this world of rapidly advancing medical technology, the need exists to frequently step back and look honestly at what the possible outcome of each new advancement might be.

That certainly is the case for the telemedicine abortion scheme being tested on Iowans across the state of Iowa by Planned Parenthood.  Recently, several pro-life and pro-family organizations brought this issue to the forefront by presenting a letter to the Iowa Board of Medicine regarding this push-button medicine during their August 20th board meeting.  Nearly 60 groups within Iowa and across the country signed onto this letter stating that telemedicine abortion is an unsafe practice and should be stopped immediately.

The Des Moines Register wrote an editorial on September 5th entitled, “Telemedicine should help expand care, not limit choice,” and unfortunately gave readers an inaccurate commentary on what the real focus of our letter to the Board of Medicine was about.

The coalition of groups that came together had one issue in mind – telemedicine abortion.  The use of telemedicine in general is not the issue, and if used safely is of great benefit to many people in rural areas.

The opening line of this article states: “Some anti-choice groups will try anything to prevent women from having access to abortions.”  Yes, our group wants to prevent abortion, but our concern that day was the safety and welfare of women.  Such an important and life-changing decision needs to be made with a physician, face-to-face, so the physician can assess her physical and mental health, review her options, and make sure she understands the serious side effects of this action physically, mentally, and emotionally.

This is a women’s health issue.  Pro-life groups are often falsely accused of only caring about the baby. This issue illustrates that we do care about women and want them to be safe and healthy.   If we follow the Anti-life mantra of making abortion safe, rare and legal, we are disregarding their first tenet.  Telemedicine abortion is not safe, pure and simple.

RU-486 (mifepristone) is a dangerous and unsafe drug.  According to 2006 FDA figures, this abortion drug has killed at least 13 women worldwide and injured 1,100 in the United States.  This is not something that should be administered to women of Iowa with nary a physician present as the Register contends.  Telemedicine abortion is not about expanding access to health care to women in rural areas; it is about expanding the pocketbook of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and in the process endangering the lives of our children, sisters, and mothers across this state.

The Des Moines Register states that our “only agenda is to take a step backward when it comes to women’s reproductive rights.”  If the Des Moines Register Editorial staff had bothered to contact our group regarding this article, they would have been able to truthfully report on our agenda that day.  We are an organization whose vision is to educate Iowans on the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.  The sanctity of human life includes the women of Iowa who are being tested with this telemedicine abortion scheme.  Their reproductive rights include safe procedures, not dispensing RU-486 by a video and sending these women on their way with no preparation for what has happened or what will happen in the privacy of their home.

More straight talk from Governor Christie 1

By Tom Quiner

Maybe I’m just tired with the President’s ostentatious oratorical self-indulgence.

Maybe I’m just tired of politicians who say nothing with a lot of words.

On the other hand, maybe the times call for directness.  Anyway you cut it, Governor Christie of New Jersey is a breath of fresh air amongst a bevy of bloviators.

We’re in a mess. Spending is out of control.  Unemployment is rampant with no relief in sight. Economists fear a double-dip recession. We need straight talk.  We need adults in office. The clip above gives us another glimpse of the New Jersey Governor’s direct style. The media loves to report about the “tone” of politics with criticisms of his combativeness.

On the other hand, Governor Christie leads the good, old-fashioned way:  with straight talk. Way to go, Governor. How honest and refreshing!