7 Quick Takes Friday (set #197)

7 Quick Takes Friday the 13th

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly awaits your perusal. The USCCB offers a video on the critical importance of true religious freedom. Target chooses extreme political ideology over your family’s safety. College students speak on reality (apparently, they have no idea what that is). Will a $15 dollar minimum wage help or hurt? One husky says “no” to getting out of bed. Political candidates, as the media paints them vs. testimonials to the contrary.

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New Evangelists Monthly

Issue #41, May 2016, of New Evangelists Monthly is ready for your enjoyment! Scores of faithful Catholic bloggers have contributed their very best pieces from April. Contributing authors this month include:
David Wong, Melanie Jean Juneau, Ellen Kolb, Virginia Lieto, Lorenzo Fox, Edwin Rodrigues, Fr. John Paul Shea, Christopher Ziegler, Fr. Stephen Morris, Birgit Jones, John Schroeder, Jennifer Short, Bonnie Way, Blythe Kaufman, Mike Landry, Margaret Felice, Frank Rega, Ellen Gable Hrkach, Chris Capolino, Gregory Watson, Dianna Kennedy, Adam Crawford, Brian Mullins, Stephen Korsman, Rich Maffeo, Tucker Cordani, Nancy Ward, Mary Cooper, Barbara Hosbach, Rick Becker, Dn. Scott Dodge, Larry Peterson, Nancy Shuman, Catherine Prady, Fr. Richard DeLillio, Rita Buettner, Michael Seagriff, John Donaghy, Dave Wanat, Vijaya Bodach, George Sipe, Joseph Shaw, Robert Collins, Lisa Ponchak, Elizabeth Reardon, Molly Oshatz, Fr. Ben Hadrich, Tracy Smith, Melody Marie, Bartimaeus Timeo, Kathleen Laplante, Leslie Klinger, Anthony Layne, Fr. Adrian Danker, Sr. Maresa Lilley, Tony Agnesi, Erika Vandiver, Tom Perna, Dn. Chris Anderson, Alexandrina Brant, Lisa Laverty, Carissa Douglas, Carolyn Astfalk, W.L. Grayson, Fr. Errol Fernandes, Rick Rice, Barbara Szyszkiewicz, Tara Baker, Reese Cumming, Kirby Hoberg, Larry T, Leti Adams, Erin Cupp, Stephanie Calis, Eric Johnston, Julian Barkin, Sarah, Fr. Gilles Surprenant, Roxane Salonen, Monica McConkey, James Milliken, David Torkington and Emily Davis.

This monthly “meta-magazine” showcases faithful Catholicism from theology to family life and “everything in between.” Enjoy it now at NewEvangelists.org.

Read Now

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We are doomed without religious freedom. Real religious freedom, to live openly by our beliefs — not redefined as the right to hold private beliefs practiced outside of public view. You may be tired of this subject (I am), but it is under serious and sustained attack. Previous generations would never have dreamt we could possibly sink to this low point.

From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB):

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Speaking of hard-to-believe topics and personal freedoms, gender identity issues are “a thing.” I suppose a minuscule percentage of the population has always suffered this mental health problem. Except now it is celebrated as a personal freedom. These people need help. Accommodating their delusions in political correctness can directly lead to dangerous environments for the 99.999% of normal people.

Ignoring the safety of the families who shop there, natural law and their fiduciary responsibility to shareholders, Target has chosen to allow all men free access to women’s restrooms and dressing areas (if they feel like a woman at that moment – who are we to judge?).

Please boycott Target and let them know. I signed the pledge and ask you to join over 1.2 MILLION other sane shoppers who have done the same HERE. Stick by it until they reconsider, if ever. We can not continue to ignore these things. We must make it financially dangerous for businesses to embrace extreme political activism, even if only 1 at a a time.

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I feel like a gender-neutral dragon today. Want to make something of it?

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A rising tide lifts all boats. Should not all workers be lifted out of poverty if they work (regardless of the economic value of their contribution and poor life choices)? Should not every worker have a government mandated “living wage”? Of course! Unless you think it through…

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This is cute. This husky does not want to start the day. I sympathize.

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I do not like either of the probable presidential candidates (just making that clear). As you know, I also hugely distrust the mainstream media who works tirelessly to misrepresent the truth pretty much in every area. It is amazing what they get away with.

Recently I stumbled on these two videos which I found interesting because they credibly present a reality so extremely different than that hammered-home day-after-day by the media.

The first is from a letter by a black, female executive who works for Trump. She has a real, responsible job (not a show position like “VP of Inclusion” or other such nonsense) and is speaking without permission.

The second is from a black police officer who attended a Trump rally off-duty.

I am not suggesting here that you vote for anyone in particular, just do not depend on the media to fairly present the candidates. As much as they vilify one, they protect and promote the other. Beware.

BTW, I was surprised to find quite a few videos featuring blacks and Hispanics enthusiastically explaining why they are supporting Trump without reservation. From what I see in the media, this should be an utter impossibility.


Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was begun by Jennifer Fulwiler and is now continued by Kelly Mantoan. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Kelly for hosting this project!

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