1. Biden Policy Disrespects Both Science and Religion, The administration seeks to force our Christian college to let men live in women’s dormitories., By Jerry C. Davis, The Wall Street Journal, November 17, 2021, Pg. A19, Opinion College of the Ozarks faces an existential threat, as a federal court will hear on Wednesday. The Biden administration has declared that we must start letting men into our young women’s dorm rooms, showers and locker rooms—or else face the wrath of the federal government. The Biden administration issued a February memo under the Fair Housing Act, declaring it will “eradicate housing discrimination.” If we don’t cease what it calls “gender identity” discrimination, the federal government will punish our 115-year-old institution via laws that were written to stamp out racism. College campuses have certainly been superspreaders for the sexual revolution, and since then some campuses implemented coed dorms. But until now no one has forced private colleges to reject the wisdom of having separate dorms for men and women, half of whom are teenagers. Nor has the government compelled colleges to deny the basic biological reality that there are two sexes.  The Biden administration’s agenda presents a two-pronged threat to the First Amendment. First, it squelches our right to speak the truth that men and women are different—and that we respect their dignity and privacy by providing excellent housing to both in separate dorms. Second, it suppresses our religious right to provide affordable education to young people in an environment that lives by the truth of Genesis 1:27: “male and female he created them.” https://www.wsj.com/articles/biden-policy-disrespects-both-science-and-religion-dorms-college-gender-indentity-11637100115___________________________________________________________ 2. Anti-abortion group rolls out $2.5 million ad campaign ahead of SCOTUS case, By Julia Manchester, The Hill, November 17, 2021, 6:00 AM The Susan B. Anthony List, a prominent anti-abortion group, announced a $2.5 million television and digital ad buy on Wednesday ahead of next month’s oral arguments before the Supreme Court on a Mississippi abortion law. Three ads will air on broadcast and cable stations in the Washington, D.C., media market and on major networks including CNN, Fox News, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNBC and Newsmax. The ads will also be sent to voters via text and on digital platforms in nine battleground states during the weeks of Nov. 17 and Nov. 29. The ads are a part of the group’s $10 million ad campaign to raise awareness about the upcoming Supreme Court case. https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/581788-anti-abortion-group-rolls-out-25-million-ad-campaign-ahead-of-scotus-case___________________________________________________________ 3. Life won in Virginia, Republicans should go on offense to win in 2022, By Marjorie Dannenfelser, The Washington Times, November 17, 2021, Pg. B3, Opinion Republicans’ big win in Virginia proves yet again that the pro-life message is an asset to savvy GOP candidates, even in “purple” states.  Standing with innocent children and their mothers – and with the people – is not just morally right; it’s politically smart. The pathway forward for the GOP in the 2022 midterms is clear: Going on offense on life and refusing to cede the issue to pro-abortion Democrats is the key to victory. Marjorie Dannenfelser is president of the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/nov/16/republicans-must-embrace-pro-life-issue-to-win-in-/___________________________________________________________ 4. How to protect your kids from TikTok’s documented dangers to physical and emotional well-being, By Grazie Pozo Christie, The New York Post, November 16, 2021, 8:23 PM, Opinion You’d be hard-pressed to find an American kid with a smartphone who doesn’t obsessively watch TikTok. A Wall Street Journal investigation recently escorted us through the dark mind of the Chinese-owned video-sharing app, exposing the way its powerful algorithms steer children toward drug abuse and sexual depravity. Now the paper reports TikTok may be causing teens to develop a movement disorder similar to Tourette syndrome. What’s a parent to do? My advice, as a physician and mother of five, is simple: Get informed and act decisively to protect your children.  Our young people, who have had a phone or iPad as a babysitter since toddlerhood, are being offered up as sacrificial victims to corporate gods who care only about clicks and cash. We parents must learn to say “No.” Yes, you’ll be unpopular for a while, but you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’re standing between the one you love and unimaginable damage. What could be more satisfying than that? Grazie Pozo Christie is a policy adviser for The Catholic Association. https://nypost.com/2021/11/16/how-to-protect-your-kids-from-tiktoks-documented-dangers/___________________________________________________________ 5. Cardinal Mahony attacks fellow bishops in interview published by the Vatican News service ahead of USCCB vote, By Alejandro Bermudez, Catholic News Agency, November 16, 2021, 1:50 PM In an unusual interview published by Vatican News ahead of the U.S. bishops’ vote this week on the document titled “The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church,” Cardinal Roger Mahony, the retired Archbishop of Los Angeles, calls the upcoming document “totally unnecessary,” because, he says, it “was intended primarily to go after and penalize Catholic legislators.”  Mahony also argues that it is not possible to demand that Catholic politicians be consistent with their proclaimed Catholic faith. “First of all, we are a democratic republic. Our country’s path is one of separation of church and state. And so, it’s a very difficult position for politicians, Catholics, who are pressured by some in the Church to make all of the decisions based on Catholic Church doctrine,” Mahony argues. In the interview, the cardinal also praises the letter that 60 pro-abortion Catholic democrats signed in June 2021 claiming the right to receive Communion despite their opposition to core Catholic teaching. The letter was led by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), who has supported taxpayer-funded of abortion and has been a strong supporter of the Women’s Health Protection Act. That legislation, which has languished in the Senate, would remove any legal limitation to abortion in the United States. The letter was criticized by several bishops and Catholic leaders. “We’re willing to reach out. But if protecting the life of a baby struggling to breathe, after surviving a brutal attack on his life, is a bridge too far for pro-abortion-rights politicians, then I ask again, what are we dialoguing about?” wrote Bishop Robert Barrron.  Upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75 in 2011, Mahony resigned and was replaced by the first Hispanic to lead the Los Angeles archdiocese, Archbishop José Gomez, now president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. But an investigation published by Los Angeles Times revealed that Mahony and his then-vicar of clergy systematically conspired to conceal the sexual abuse of children by priests from law enforcement officials. https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/249609/cardinal-mahony-attacks-fellow-bishops-in-interview-published-by-the-vatican-news-service-ahead-of-usccb-vote___________________________________________________________ 6. Nuncio to U.S. bishops: Catholic Church must be ‘unapologetically pro-life’, By Katie Yoder, Catholic News Agency, November 16, 2021 The U.S. Catholic bishops’ effort to equip parishes and communities to support pregnant and parenting moms in need exemplifies a “synodal approach,” according to Pope Francis’ representative to the United States. “The Church must be unapologetically pro-life,” Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, said to the general assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on Tuesday. “We cannot abandon our defense of the innocent human life or the vulnerable person.” The French-born prelate’s comments came as he addressed the bishops about synodality and the need for apostolic discernment during their annual fall meeting in Baltimore, Md. https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/249610/nuncio-to-us-bishops-catholic-church-must-be-unapologetically-pro-life___________________________________________________________ 7. Bishops urged to listen as they consider Communion document, By Peter Smith, Associated Press, November 16, 2021, 9:17 PM Pope Francis’ top envoy to the United States cautioned the country’s bishops on Tuesday that the church needs to listen before it teaches as they deliberated at their fall meeting on a sensitive document about Holy Communion that emerged amid debates over Catholic politicians’ support for abortion. “It is sometimes said that there is a lot of confusion about doctrine in the church today,” Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the papal ambassador, told the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “However, the argument continues that what is needed is clear teaching. That is true, but the Holy Father says a church that teaches must be firstly a church that listens.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/bishops-urged-to-listen-as-they-consider-communion-document/2021/11/16/9ffe3f64-471f-11ec-beca-3cc7103bd814_story.html___________________________________________________________

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