TCA Podcast, – “Conversations with Consequences,” Episode 173 – Montse Alvarado On Biden’s Transgender Mandate & Lina Nealon Talks PornhubWith the Biden administration’s latest push on the transgender mandate–infiltrating hospitals and choking conscience protections for doctors–Becket’s Montse Alvarado of EWTN News In Depth joins Dr. Grazie Christie to discuss the real dangers of hormone therapies and irreversible surgeries that only wound and destroy the lives of innocent children. As Visa finally demonetizes from Pornhub over several child sexual abuse lawsuits, Lina Nealon of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation joins to discuss this latest move in exposing the very dark realities of an already evil enterprise. Father Roger Landry also offers an inspiring homily, encouraging us all to set the world ablaze, as we contemplate this Sunday’s Gospel. Catch the show every Saturday at 7amET/5pmET on EWTN radio! 1. American Diplomacy Loses Its Religion, By Thomas Farr, The Wall Street Journal, August 12, 2022, Pg. A13, Opinion Americans have never agreed that one religion is true and good, but we’ve accepted the Founders’ view that all people must have the freedom to exercise religion and that this freedom is so sacrosanct it deserves special protection in our Constitution. But that consensus has faded. According to the prevailing moral orthodoxy, religious practice not only isn’t celebrated; it’s increasingly intolerable. Those who affirm traditional beliefs about human life and nature—from abortion to marriage, to distinctions between the sexes—are cast as dangerous to democracy. Especially troubling is that such calls often come from the government, whose duty is to defend religious rights. Take the Equality Act—pending in Congress and supported by the Biden administration—which would vastly expand antidiscrimination laws and expressly bar religious exemptions. The effect would be to subject dissenters from secular orthodoxy to ruinous lawsuits. Weakened protections for religious practice at home harm faithful citizens. They gravely affect those abroad, too. By pushing religion to the margins, we undermine our moral leadership and ability to aid the millions of people—Christians, Muslims, Jews, Yazidis, Bahá’ís and others—who are persecuted for their religious beliefs.  The Declaration of Independence sets forth a radical claim: that all human beings are endowed by our Creator with certain “unalienable Rights.” The beauty and effectiveness of that claim is unlike that of any other system known to mankind. It applies to everyone, and it coerces no one. We abandon it at our peril. Mr. Farr is president of the Religious Freedom Institute. He served as director of the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom, 1999-2003. 2. Bishops urge Congress to end ‘legal uncertainty’ for Afghan refugees, By John Lavenburg, Crux, August 12, 2022 The U.S. Bishops Conference Migration Committee chair is calling for swift passage of federal legislation that would provide newly arrived Afghans an opportunity to become lawful permanent residents, saying it’s “both our moral duty and in our country’s best interest.” A group of six bipartisan U.S. Senators introduced the legislation, the Afghan Adjustment Act, on August 9. The legislation would help the more than 80,000 Afghan refugees who have resettled in the U.S. since last August when the Taliban took control of the Middle Eastern nation. 3. Majority of German Catholics don’t like Church being against abortion, poll finds, By AC Wimmer, Catholic News Agency, August 11, 2022, 6:58 AM According to a new representative poll, 58% of German Catholics do not like “the fact that the Pope and the Church speak out against abortions.”  The Catholic weekly newspaper Die Tagespost commissioned the survey from the opinion research institute INSA Consulere, reported CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German-language news partner. “Among Lutheran respondents, the opinion picture is even clearer: 67% do not support the position of the pope and the church on the protection of life,” the Tagespost reported on Aug. 8.  The Catholic Church teaches that abortion is a grave evil and is never acceptable at any stage of pregnancy. 4. Iowa governor asks court to allow blocked 2018 abortion ban, By David Pitt, Associated Press, August 11, 2022, 6:05 PM Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds asked the state courts on Thursday to allow her to implement a law banning most abortions that a judge permanently blocked in 2019. Reynolds previously said she would turn to the courts instead of calling a special session to hold a divisive abortion debate and vote just months before she and several other Republican leaders run for reelection. The court filing is just the first step in a legal battle that could take months to resolve and end up before the Iowa Supreme Court again. The 2018 law bans abortions once cardiac activity can be detected, usually around six weeks of pregnancy and before many women know they are pregnant. An Iowa law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy remains in effect while Reynolds pursues the tougher ban in court.

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