Lately I have been using StumbleUpon to record more easily the good work others have done. This has led me to neglect posting here at Philokalia Republic.
So I have decided to post here every few weeks a roundup section of items recorded in my StumbleUpon blog. I hope this division of labor will prompt me to create more original content here without foregoing news of worthy stories elsewhere.
Here we go:
varenius contrasts a classic Christian carol with its neo-pagan ripoff:
"Good King Wenceslas", Christian version: The King and his page bring gifts to a poor man.
"Good King Wenceslas", Neo-Pagan version: The King and his page bring gifts to the woodland creatures.
Varenius also imagines some conversations from a biotech future.
How statutory rapists eliminate evidence:
"In "Jane Roe" vs. Planned Parenthood, a 13-year-old was sexually abused by her soccer coach. The coach, 21, posed as a "stepbrother" and paid for the abortion in 2004, using an I.D. that did not match the girl's name. It was not reported.
The girl's parents sued, saying Planned Parenthood did not notify them and helped the abuser conceal his crime. They say records will prove the abortion clinic fails to report rape as required by law."
Ruling Against Teen Looks Like 'Abortion Distortion'
Abortuary protesters sometimes note with gravity the repeated phenomenon of an older man escorting an obviously un-related, very young woman into the facility.
Jennifer Rorback Morse uncovers some statistical manipulation in sex education:
These figures cast new light on the debate over contraception education. The commonly quoted failure rates of 8% for the Pill and 15% for the condom are inflated by the highly successful use by middle-aged, middle-class married couples. Yet, the government promotes contraception most heavily among the young, the poor and the single. The "overall failure rates" are simply not relevant to this target population.
That the young and fertile are more immune to the effects of such methods is not surprising. That we expect them to use such methods effectively in irresponsible relationships and alcohol-fueled hook-ups is very surprising.
Cosmos-Liturgy-Sex on the anti-HPV vaccine being in some jurisdictions mandatory for young teen girls:
Just to put the massive but deceptive marketing of Gardasil into perspective, an inoculated child may be protected from 4 (70% of cancer causing) out of the possible 200 strains of the virus for a yet to be determined amount of time (4 years?) from a type of cancer which make up about 0.007 % of new cancer cases and 0.006 % of cancer deaths that occur annually in the U.S. In return for these modest benefits of Gardasil in 2007, there have been (1) 5 deaths, (2) 31 life-threatening adverse events, (3) 1,385 required visits to the emergency room with (4) 451 of the girls not having recovered as of July 2007 , (5) with 51 of the girls resulting with a disability
Though these warnings may originate from anti-vaccine activists merely finding another arrow for their quiver, Peter Hitchens explains why their objections deserve accommodation.
Euthanasia by a doctor in a New Orleans Hospital during Katrina.
Islam and Christianity blog by an Anglican missionary in the Middle East. I met the author at a ROFTERS meeting.
Corruption in the Legionaires of Christ aided by illicit and self-serving regulations:
Recently, Fr. Alvaro Corcuera, Director General of the Legion of Christ, has been discreetly visiting different legionary houses to explain to his religious the repeal "apparently ordered by higher authorities" of the secret vows, also known as the private vows.
There are two such vows. The first prevents a religious from criticizing any personal aspect of a superior, including his moral character. It also prevents him from listening to conversations in which a superior is being criticized.
Mark Stricherz explains Why the Democrats are Blue:
In this exceptional book, Stricherz shows why -- even today -- the Democrats are blue. He reveals how a group of secular professionals seized control of the Democratic Party, driving away Catholics and blue-collar workers. He shows how these secular liberals did nothing less than hijack a commission created at the 1968 Democratic convention, toppled the party bosses, created an activist-dominated nomination system, and built an affluent, secular base of support.