Palin a 'Natural Choice for Catholics'
CHICAGO, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- John McCain's decision to pick a pro-family and pro-life running mate will make the McCain-Palin ticket a 'natural' for Catholic voters, said Brian Burch, President of Fidelis Political Action.
"A presidential candidate's first major executive decision is selecting a running mate and John McCain's unexpected choice of Sarah Palin inspires real confidence that a McCain Administration will be a strong ally in the pro-life and pro-family cause," said Burch. "Governor Palin is the most pro-life vice presidential candidate ever to run. We are thrilled with this choice."
"John McCain and Sarah Palin have matched their public defense of life with their own personal commitment to life," said Burch.
Burch noted that earlier this year Palin made news with the birth of her fifth child, whom she welcomed into life despite a pre-natal diagnosis that revealed the child had Down Syndrome. The governor made national headlines when she proclaimed: "I'm looking at him right now, and I see perfection. Yeah, he has an extra chromosome. I keep thinking, in our world, what is normal and what is perfect?"
John McCain also matched his 20-year pro-life voting record with his family's own commitment to life. John and Cindy McCain brought two orphaned girls from Bangladesh to receive medical treatment in the United States. The McCain family adopted one of them, Bridget. McCain's friend adopted the other girl.
"In both cases, we see true pro-family leaders. They stand up strong for life in the halls of power but also live the message of life in their families," said Burch.
"The inspired choice of Sarah Palin highlights the radical views of Obama- Biden on life and marriage. Catholic voters couldn't have a starker contrast this November," said Burch."Catholics, like most Americans, are cautiously optimistic that the troop surge has calmed Iraq. Catholics will naturally turn their attention to which candidate will stand strong on behalf of families," said Burch.
"Barack Obama is not that candidate. Barack Obama wants to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. His first act as President has nothing to do with energy or Iraq. He wants to enshrine the right to abortion in federal law by signing the Freedom of Choice Act," said Burch.
"Barack Obama is so extreme on abortion that he thinks that babies who survive an abortion and are miraculously born alive should be refused food and water and be left to die," said Burch."John McCain, together with Sarah Palin, is a natural choice for Catholics. McCain has a strong pro-life record and he has made a commitment to selecting judges who will respect the Constitution. McCain has even bucked his own party on immigration and torture. We think these positions align John McCain closer to Catholic teaching and we are proud to stand with him as he prepares for a very difficult election ahead," said Burch.
"The stakes of this election are too large to ignore. Abortion supporters are awaiting the opportunity to eliminate years of progress on pro-life legislation by electing a President who supports abortion. There are six justices on the Supreme Court over the age of 68, and granting President Obama the opportunity to fill possible vacancies would be disastrous.
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Knights Sponsor Chicago Conference on Abortion's Effects on Men
Panel of experts to address more than 150 participants on this important issue
CHICAGO, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Knights of Columbus and the Archdiocese of Chicago's Office for Evangelization are co-sponsoring a national conference to focus on the effects of abortion on men whose children have been aborted in Chicago on Sept. 8 and 9.Featuring an international panel of speakers and participants, the "Reclaiming Fatherhood" conference will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Oak Brook, IL.The Milwaukee-based National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation, headed by Vicki Thorn, is organizing the conference, which seeks to bring to light what Thorn describes as the "invisible" issue in our society and even in the Church: the profound effect that abortion has on fathers whose children are aborted."As an organization of lay men that has a strong history and commitment to life, we think it is very important to highlight the issues faced by those fathers whose children are aborted," said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. "There are three victims of every abortion, the child and both of his or her parents, and it is our hope that this conference will be the beginning of a ministry within the Church to these fathers, who grieve the death of their unborn child in isolation and silence."Thorn has been working nationally and internationally -- primarily with women -- who have had abortions since 1984 through the Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Project Rachel, the Catholic Church's post-abortion healing ministry.
Experts, including several therapists -- as well as several fathers who have lost children to abortion -- will cover topics including men's healing process after abortion; abortion's effects on men's spirituality and mental health; fatherhood and abortion; and why men who have been involved in abortion come for help.More than 150 attendees have already registered from as far away as Nigeria and Poland.
The conference has been heavily advertised in print and on television in the Chicago area. The commercial can be viewed at www.kofc.org/abortionAnderson and Thorn believe the "Reclaiming Fatherhood" conference could help men deal with their difficult post-abortion reality the way Project Rachel -- the Catholic post-abortion healing ministry Thorn founded -- has helped women who have undergone abortions deal with their emotional and spiritual scars.In 2007, the Knights and the Archdiocese of San Francisco co- sponsored a similar conference -- also organized by the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing. That conference was the first of its kind in the United States to deal with effects of abortion on men. More than 175 people from nine countries attended the San Francisco Reclaiming Fatherhood conference.
Details of the conference and speakers are available at www.kofc.org/abortion
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Zondervan Announces New Biography of Sarah Palin
10:10 EDT Friday, September 05, 2008
Most Talked-About Woman in America is the Model for the 21st Century Leader
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's nomination as vice presidential candidate by John McCain not only changed the landscape of the current election, but also marks a shift in leadership style across our country. Her acceptance speech during the Republican National Convention showcased her personal brand of intelligence, passion, vigor and hope, and explained why she is the most talked-about woman in America.A new biography, titled "Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader" by Joe Hilley (Zondervan 2008), will explore themes from her career in politics, her life as a hockey mom, and her strongly held Christian faith, explaining how they influence her new style of leadership and align with our changing economy in the information age. The book is scheduled for release nationwide on October 10, 2008.
"Regardless of your political persuasion, it is clear that Sarah Palin has quickly electrified the 2008 election and sparked a nationwide dialogue and debate," said Moe Girkins, president and CEO of Zondervan. "We are honored to publish this book that will provide readers with a comprehensive look into the life and rising political career of Sarah Palin."
In "Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader", Hilley explores traits from Palin's background and experience, including her maverick integrity, electrifying communication style, career agility, and perpetual education, to establish his argument for Palin as an exemplary leader in our rapidly changing cultural landscape. By exploring the leadership principles that have catapulted Palin into the national spotlight, Hilley explains how she models a fresh paradigm of leadership that will guide the United States through the 21st century.
"We live in an age that values relationship over authority and instant information over accuracy, so breadth of knowledge and depth of conviction are the most prized commodities for our leaders," said Hilley. "Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin brings both of these qualities and more to her new role as John McCain's running mate and I'm eager for readers to have the opportunity to know her and her brand of leadership more thoroughly."
About Joe Hilley
Author Joe Hilley holds a Bachelor of Arts from Asbury College, a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University. In 1999, he quit the practice of law to write. A lifelong observer of politics and social issues, Joe is the author of five critically-acclaimed novels. He has used those novels as a vehicle for addressing such topics as judicial and political corruption, trafficking in women, and the scourge of meth labs on rural America. His novels include Sober Justice, Double Take, Electric Beach, Night Rain, and The Deposition. He lives in Alabama where he writes full time.
Zondervan is the world's leading Christian publisher of books, whose authors are noted for their excellence in the craft of writing as well as their worthy contribution to the ongoing global evangelical conversation. The works published by Zondervan not only confirm readers' faith and understanding, they also challenge and stretch readers' thinking. For more than 75 years, Zondervan has delivered transformational Christian experiences through general, ministry, and academic resources by influential leaders and emerging voices, and been honored with more Christian Book Awards than any other publisher. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., Zondervan publishes bestselling books, audio, video, curriculum, software, and digital products in such categories as biblical languages and studies, biography, business, contemporary issues, counseling, cultural, devotional, evangelism, family, fiction, history, inspiration, leadership, ministry, pastoral, personal development, prayer, philosophy, reference, relationships, textbooks, theology, youth and more. Zondervan resources are sold worldwide through retail stores, online, and by Zondervan ChurchSource, and are translated into nearly 200 languages in more than 60 countries.
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Richard Viguerie: 'Cranky conservatives' are Responsible for Sarah Palin Pick
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MANASSAS, Va., Sept. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Conservatives who refused to fall in line behind the Republican Party -- who maintained their independence, at the price of being ridiculed as "cranky" or "impossible to please" -- are the ones responsible for John McCain's brilliant, game-changing selection of Sarah Palin, Richard A. Viguerie said.
"Those who backed John McCain as the 'lesser of two evils' did no favors to themselves, their movement, or to Senator McCain," said Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com. "He needed to know what conservatives really thought, and he needed to know what had to be done to get conservatives enthusiastically on board his campaign.
"As we know now, what he had to do was pick Sarah Palin," he said.
Viguerie said credit for the Palin selection belongs, "of course, to Senator McCain, but also to those who made it clear that, without a strong, principled conservative on the ticket, they would vote for it -- but do little else."
Specifically, Viguerie listed, as the heroes of the campaign for a conservative running mate:-- Those conservatives who withheld their support and refused to endorse Senator McCain until after he announced his vice presidential selection.
-- Conservatives, especially religious conservatives, who "went nuclear" in their criticism in the past couple of weeks before the announcement upon hearing that the pick might be Joe Lieberman, Tom Ridge, or someone nearly as disastrous for the McCain campaign and the Republican Party. ("Those of us who spoke up strongly were roundly criticized by some conservatives," Viguerie noted.) It was our firestorm that stopped that catastrophe from coming to pass.
-- The bloggers and radio talk show hosts who spent day after day detailing conservatives' problems with John McCain, and who kept the focus on the most important question: Who are the people who would make and carry out policy in a McCain administration?
-- Those who chose to stay home rather than vote in Republican primaries when there was no real top-tier conservative contender.
-- Those who threw Republican fundraising letters in the trash, and who gave Republican telemarketers a piece of their mind instead of their money.
"Some folks raise questions about John McCain's health," Viguerie said, "but we know one thing about his health: His hearing works just fine.
"Across this country, conservatives and Republicans at every level let John McCain know what he needed to do to get them fired up and excited and ready to go door-to-door and make phone calls and do all the things that have to be done. They told him, and he listened, and his selection of Sarah Palin has completely turned his campaign around.
"Contrast the principled conservatives with those conservatives who lacked the courage to speak up. As much as anyone, conservatives who remained silent bear responsibility for the Republican Party's drift away from conservative principles, and into disaster, over the past eight, ten, twelve years."
One of Senator McCain's idols is Teddy Roosevelt, Viguerie noted, "and Teddy Roosevelt spoke of how the credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by sweat and blood, who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. The go-along-to-get- along crowd are 'cold and timid souls,' while those conservatives who held to their principles are the men and women 'in the arena' who can claim their own share of John McCain and Sarah Palin's triumph last night."
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