Must Read Monday: John McCain, the Pope and Title VII
Sen. John McCain lived a life worthy of his calling
The apostle Paul begins the fourth chapter of his letter to the Christians at Ephesus in this way, “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” I can think of no better verse of Scripture to describe the life of Senator John McCain.
As you consider the character qualities of integrity, self-sacrifice, authenticity, moral courage, and a conscience that would not be moved, consider also the calling McCain hoped to inspire in others: that we too would each and all do our part to advance a flourishing dignified civil society.
What the Pope knew, when he knew it and what he did about it.
On Friday, the Vatican’s retired ambassador to the United States released an 11-page expose alleging that the Pope knew in 2013 about sexual misconduct allegations against the former archbishop of Washington, Theodore McCarrick, but rehabilitated him anyway. The Pope, when asked about claims made by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, declined to comment. The Pope said the letter “speaks for itself,” and that he trusted journalists to judge for themselves. The Pope could have put the entire thing to rest by denying the allegations but he did not. Leaving open the possibility that what Vigano alleges – that the Pope knew McCarrick had sexually assaulted boys and seminarians – but had set aside the restrictions placed on McCarrick by the previous Pope. Francis instead, not only restored McCarrick but drew him further into leadership in the papacy.
Rod Dreher, a former Roman Catholic who left the church two decades ago over sexual abuse revelations and related coverups by those who should have acted, is following the story.
The bottom line: the former Vatican ambassador to the United States, himself a Roman Catholic Archbishop, is either lying or he has just made revelations that could bring down the Pope.
We all know people who are crabs, so does it logically follow that crabs are people too? That’s what PETA hopes you’ll embrace as the truth about reality.
If we believe what God has said in the Bible about the intentional creation of human beings in His image, distinct from animals and all other creatures even in the heavenly realms, then we must resist the efforts of those who would equate animals with people. PETA isn’t just trying to insure the ethical treatment of animals, as their name might suggest, they are attempting to convince human beings that to eat animals equates with cannibalism. (That is not to say there are not some very good reasons to be a vegan, but this is not one of them.)
I address this issue at length in Speak the Truth: How to Bring God back in every conversation and here: https://reconnectwithcarmen.com/lifezette-post-hurricanes-harambe-culture-puts-animals-people/
A better place for PETA to focus its legitimate attention? Here: https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/crime/2018/08/27/pet-owners-abusing-animals-drugs-opioid-crisis/1066712002/
Do you know what Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 actually says?
It’s today’s must read because the Governor of Kentucky (among others) is being called a bigot for not seeing in the law what’s not there. This is a debate about the meaning of words (specifically gender and sex), the making of laws (through legislation or judicial activism) and whether or not you can now make something mean what it certainly did not mean when lawmakers made it a law (originalism/textualism vs. living document interpretation).
Why are we talking about this today? Kentucky Governor Matt Beven has joined a brief asking the Supreme Court of the United States to consider the rights of states as LGBTQ activists seek to have Title VII broadened to include 2018 definitions of sex and gender lawmakers in 1964 could have never imagined let alone intended.