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John Delaney’s Pro-Abortion Extremism

John Delaney

John Delaney is a pro-abortion extremist. Nominating a pro-abortion Republican, or one who is otherwise confused on the issues, won’t make it any easier to knock him off in November.

John Delaney’s Extremist Views

On September 18, 2015, Delaney voted against H.R. 3504. That bill, also known as the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, would protect babies born as the result of a botched abortion.

More from GovTrack:

H.R. 3504 would require that a child born alive during an attempted abortion be given the same medical treatment as any other child born at that gestation time would be. It would impose criminal penalties of fines or imprisonment of up to five years on medical practitioners that fail to do this, as well as punish medical practitioners that intentionally kill or attempt to kill a born-alive child for having intentionally killed or attempted to kill a human being.

A friend and former colleague of mine, Jill Stanek, witnessed babies being left to die after botched abortions when she worked as a nurse in Illinois. She testified before a U.S. House Committee on legislation in 2000 and before that she testified before a State Senate committee in Illinois. She noted that in both cases Barack Obama opposed protecting children who were born as the result of an unsuccessful abortion.

John Delaney thinks it’s just fine to let living, breathing babies die after a failed abortion. Any candidate running against him who is pro-abortion or otherwise wobbly on the issues involved will forfeit any moral authority.

Also on September 18 last year, Delaney voted against H.R. 3134, which would have defunded Planned Parenthood.

On October 23, 2015, John Delaney voted against a reconcilation bill, H.R. 3762, that also would have defunded Planned Parenthood. The bill passed the Senate and was immediately vetoed by President Barack Obama. On February 2, 2016, Delaney voted against overriding the reconciliation bill’s veto.

In light of all the video evidence that emerged last year, and all the other evidence against the nation’s largest abortion provider, it is unconscionable that anyone would support continued funding for the abortion giant.

Delaney also voted against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in a vote last May. This bill would have restricted abortion at the 20th week of pregnancy and beyond, where the unborn child is feeling pain, except in the case of rape and incest. This restriction is supported by the vast majority of Americans, with a higher percentage of men supporting it than women.

If you’re seeking the nomination to run against Delaney, and all you say is that the abortion issue is “settled law” then you show your ignorance of all the issues and nuances involved.

Who Shares John Delaney’s Views?

Ronald Reagan wouldn’t have shared Delaney’s views. In fact, the Gipper famously proclaimed, “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.”

While some “libertarians” in the Republican Party claim that a position supporting abortion is “pro-liberty”, that’s just not the case. Rand Paul is one of many in the pro-liberty movement who don’t find supporting abortion to be consistent with liberty.

David Vogt and Frank Howard don’t share John Delaney’s views. Vogt was endorsed by Maryland Right to Life in the Republican Primary next week in MD-6. Howard is pro-life and a supporter of Susan B. Anthony List, a national pro-life group.

Others who actually share John Delaney’s views include Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Nancy Pelosi, Martin O’Malley, and Donna Edwards. It’s notable that Edwards was endorsed by the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate. Edwards has also been endorsed by Emily’s List.

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Union mailer calls Chris Van Hollen “savior”

Chris Van Hollen
Last night, I wrote about an Easter Sunday email from Sheila Dixon’s campaign that compared her to Jesus. The latest biblical allusion in campaign propaganda is brought to you by a union group supporting Chris Van Hollen.

Today, I have an excerpt from a mailer by the Committee for Maryland’s Progress that’s a fake newsletter full of progaganda in favor of Chris Van Hollen in the Democratic Primary for the U.S. Senate seat finally being vacated by Barbara Mikulski.

Committee for Maryland’s Progress is funded by 1199SEIU, a union group that is supporting Van Hollen.

The mail piece is full of attacks on Donna Edwards, who is running against Van Hollen, that are interspersed with praise for Van Hollen, including from someone with NARAL, a pro-abortion group.

Below is the section of the mailer that highlights praise for Van Hollen from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. In it, the refer to him as “the savior for us” for years now.’
Van Hollen

Chris Van Hollen isn’t a savior and Sheila Dixon won’t be resurrected (nor will she resurrect Baltimore.)

A passage from Psalm 146 seems to be applicable here:

Do not put your trust in princes, in any child of Adam, who has no power to save.

I’ve written critically of this phenomenon before, as it appears on the right at CPAC.

Sheila Dixon compared herself to Jesus

Sheila Dixon

Sheila Dixon is running for Mayor of Baltimore this  year. The former mayor is trying to mount a comeback attempt similar to Marion Barry’s in DC. She has been reported near the top of polls for the Democratic Primary next Tuesday, with Sen. Catherine Pugh running neck and neck with her in some polls. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced she would not run for re-election in the wake of the riots in Baltimore in 2015.

Dixon was found guilty of taking gift cards that were donated to the city to benefit poor children and using them for her own personal gains. Items including a video camera purchased with the cards were found in her home. There were several other charges against her including taking luxury gifts and travel from a developer doing business with the city. Baltimore Brew has all the details

Dixon received probation before judgement in a plea deal that required her to leave office, perform community service and pay restitution. Notably, this agreement didn’t prevent her from running for office again and it allowed her to keep her $83,000 per year pension.

Sheila Dixon Email on Easter Sunday talked of her “Resurrection”

Josh Kurtz of Center Maryland wrote about Dixon and her apparent lack of contrition hurting her campaign. He then cited an email that was sent on Easter:

A little-noticed email she sent to supporters on Easter Sunday drove that point home.

If you read that email a certain way, far from being contrite, Dixon seemed to compare herself to Jesus.

“The resurrection is the greatest comeback!” – she wrote, calling Baltimoreans “conquerors,” not unlike Jesus’ disciples, equipped to overcome “whatever fear, despair or disappointment you have.”

“Together, we will Reclaim, Revive, Rebuild and Resurrect our city,” she promised.

The author of the email tried to get a bit too cute with the concept, and that’s why we’re now hearing about it in the press.

Let’s look at some of the things Dixon was indicted for to see how bad the comparison to Jesus is:

Dixon was charged with using $2,000 of gift cards from Best Buy and Target that were donated by a developer for the poor children of Baltimore for her own personal use. This included the purchase of video game consoles.

She was charged with not disclosing gifts and trips from her boyfriend, who was a city subcontractor.

The trips from her boyfriend included $13,00 spent on traveling to Boston, Chicago, Colorado, and The Bahamas.

Additionally, Sheila Dixon’s shopping sprees with her boyfriend included stops at St. John Boutique, Saks Fifth Avenue, Coach, and Giorgio.

Baltimore Brew has more details on the gifts and travel including a stay at the Trump International Hotel and a gift certificate for a mink coat from her developer boyfriend.

In my opinion, the only appropriate mention of Jesus in this context would be to talk about what he did to the moneychangers at the Temple.

The city of Baltimore has had enough problems with corruption and incompetence over the past several years, it doesn’t need to have its own “Mayor for Life” in Sheila Dixon.

Report: Abducted Priest Crucified by ISIS

Father Tom Uzhunnalil
Salzburger Nachtrichten reports that Father Tom Uzhunnalil was crucified by ISIS in Yemen on Good Friday. Their report was based on a broadcast of an Easter service featuring His Eminence Christoph Schonborn, Arcbhishop of Vienna. The report has not been independently confirmed. (I read a Google Translate version and had multiple German- speaking friends look at it for me as well.)

It was previously reported by Sunday Express that emergency measure had been taken by the Indian government to try to prevent the murder of the priest:

The Indian government said it was “making all efforts” to secure the release of Father Tom Uzhunnalil who was abducted in Yemen last month.

The Catholic priest went missing after ISIS allegedly attacked a care home run by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

The external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj yesterday confirmed the government was desperately trying to rescue the priest.

The minister’s remarks came as reports claim that the terror group planned to execute the priest on Good Friday.

Witness for Church and Pope also has the story based on the Salzburg report:

Austrian media is reporting that Cardinal Schönborn of Vienna confirmed last night, during the Easter Vigil at Stephansdom that the Salesian priest, Fr. Thomas Uzhunnalil was crucified by ISIS on Good Friday. Polonia Christiana is also carrying the news, based on the Austrian reports. 

Polonia Christiana, a Polish news source also has a report.

Please continue to pray for Fr. Tom and pray for all of the other Christian martyrs in the Middle East due to recent events. Continue to pray for all of those persecuted for their faith as well.

I’d also like to include a prayer below.

Prayer of St. Francis Xavier for the Conversion of the Infidels

Eternal God, Creator of all things, remember that Thou alone didst create the souls of infidels, framing them to Thine own image and likeness; behold, O Lord, how, to Thy dishonor, hell is daily replenished with them. Remember, O Lord, Thine only Son, Jesus Christ, Who suffered for them, most bountifully shedding His precious blood. Suffer not, O Lord, Thy Son and our Lord to be any longer despised by infidels. But, rather, being appeased by the entreaties and prayers of the elect, the saints, and of the Church, the most blessed spouse of Thy Son; be mindful of Thy mercy, yet forgetful of their idolatry and infidelity. Cause all to know Him Whom Thou didst send, Jesus Christ Thy Son, our Lord, Who is our health, life, and resurrection, through Whom we are freed and saved, to Whom be all glory forever.  Amen

Maryland Assisted Suicide Legislation Fails

Maryland Assisted SuicideLegislation that would allow physician-assisted suicide in Maryland is dead, after Senator Ron Young, sponsor of it, put it out of its misery.

Sen. Lisa Gladden and Sen. Jamie Raskin had pledged support for the bill in the Judicial Proceedings committee but no one else on the committee had. Five members already opposed it. Of the four members left, two also later said they opposed it, which caused Young to withdraw it.

The Hemlock Society, under its new name Compassion & Choices, say they will keep pushing for the legislation while Maryland Right to Life warned in an email about the House version of it. The House version would have to go through the Senate Judicial Proceedings committee if it passed the House, so it may not even come up on the House side after today’s actions.

Here’s what Young told The Washington Post:

“Every demographic group supports it,” he said. “Catholics support it, Jews support it, African Americans support it, Republicans support it. More than 50 percent of every group supports it and the general public, 65 percent. But I think people on the committee let their own views come in.”

Young may have some public opinion polls where he has people self-identifying, but Catholic self-identification is largely inflated in public opinion polls for various reasons. It would be interesting to see polling of those who regularly attend Mass to see what they think. Additionally, opposition to assisted suicide is a part of church law.

I previously wrote about attempts to pass an assisted-suicide bill last year and included some of the issues with this type of legislation.

I noted the applicable Catholic teachings, specific problems with this legislation, as well as the fact that physician-assisted suicide is opposed by the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the American Nurses Association, the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, the National Council on Disability, and several other medical groups.