Thursday, February 27, 2014

Liberty Quotes - Andrew Bernstein, Ayn Rand, Stephen Grabill

"Statism – the subordination of the individual to the state -
leads inevitably to the most hideous oppression."
-- Andrew Bernstein
Professor of philosophy, writer
Source: The Capitalist Manifesto - The Great Disconnect

"Collectivism holds that the individual has no rights, that his life and work belong to the group (to "society," to the tribe, the state, the nation) and that the group may sacrifice him at its own whim to its own interests.  The only way to implement a doctrine of that kind is by means of brute force -- and statism has always been the political corollary of collectivism."
-- Ayn Rand
(1905-1982) Author

"COLLECTIVISM: Collectivism is defined as the theory and practice that makes some sort of group rather than the individual the fundamental unit of political, social, and economic concern. In theory, collectivists insist that the claims of groups, associations, or the state must normally supersede the claims of individuals."
-- Stephen Grabill
Source: Stephen Grabill and Gregory M. A. Gronbacher, Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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Pelletier Headed to Foster Care, Romeikes' Fate Uncertain was watching two court cases on Monday, and neither has been resolved.

The first case was Romeike v. Holder, the asylum case for the family who fled Germany over their right to choose the form of education their children receive. Given that every case on Monday’s list was denied cert (turned down for a hearing before the Supreme Court), we were thankful the case did not make the list. But the case’s absence from the entire report came as a complete surprise. To be on the discussion schedule for Friday (as it was) and not reported on the following Monday is exceptional.

The Romeike case has been scheduled for discussion again this Friday, February 28. So we will watch for the March 3 report to learn whether the Court will take up this case to defend parental rights.

The second case was that of Justina Pelletier, the 15-year-old Connecticut girl who was taken into custody by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families on Feb. 15, 2013 – more than a year ago – because her parents and doctor disagreed with a new diagnosis issued by a doctor at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH).

Justina was diagnosed in 2012 with mitochondrial disease, a condition in which the cells are unable efficiently to produce the necessary energy for sustaining the body. It is a hereditary condition which she shares with her older sister. Through a special diet and supplements, Justina’s mito was under control, allowing her to do the things a normal teen would do, including her favorite: ice skating.

Then she got the flu, and was sent to BCH where her gastroenterologist has privileges. But when she got there, the hospital refused to let her see her specialist. Instead, a new doctor denied her treatment for her pain and other symptoms and sent in the psychiatric team instead. Justina was diagnosed with somatoform disorder – a psychiatric condition in which she is only imagining her health symptoms – and moved to the psychiatric wing.

When her parents protested and sought to take her to Tufts Medical Center – the respected teaching hospital where her own fully licensed physician practices – BCH called in Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, who took custody of Justina. The hospital accused the parents of medical abuse – for following the diagnosis and treatment instructions issued by her own physician!

Parents Lou and Linda Pelletier have been through several hearings in the last year, each time hoping that reason will reign and their daughter will be returned to their care. In December, the judge ruled that Justina could leave the hospital – but that she would remain in the care of the state. She was later transferred to a non-medical care facility.

The latest hearing was Monday, Feb. 24 – the same day we expected to hear back on the Romeike case - and the family once again hoped and prayed that Justina would be returned home. Since the change in her diagnosis and treatment, her physical condition has worsened considerably, to the point that she can no longer walk, but is constrained to a wheel chair.

Instead, the judge ordered her into foster care, still under the direction of Massachusetts DCF, and still without the medical care she needs. Overwhelmed by sadness and stress, mother Linda collapsed outside the court room and had to be taken by ambulance to another Boston hospital, where she is still being kept for observation. Even more tragically, Justina continues to suffer the wrong medical care while the state pursues its case of “medical abuse” against her parents.

The Pelletiers return to court March 17 for the next hearing in their custody battle. Lou Pelletier is also due in court on March 24 on charges of contempt for appearing on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze program to talk about his daughter’s case, in spite of a gag order issued by the judge to protect the secrecy of the court. It is apparently Lou’s belief that the First Amendment protects his freedom of speech, and that his fundamental rights as a father make him the safeguard of his daughter’s privacy rights in such a situation. (It is also presumed that Justina appreciates and agrees with her father’s attempts to secure help for them both.)

According to the United States Supreme Court, “The law… historically…has recognized that natural bonds of affection lead parents to act in the best interests of their children.” And again, “Simply because the decision of a parent…involves risks does not automatically transfer power to make that decision from the parents to some agency or officer of the state.” Parham v. J.R., 442 U.S. 584 (1979)

While is not currently involved in the Pelletier case, we are working to promote statutes in every state to protect this right of parents to make medical decisions for their children. Ultimately, the answer lies in adopting the Parental Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution to forever protect this right of parents to be the first, best line of defense for their children’s interests.

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Thank you for standing with us as we work to halt government abuses of parental rights, especially related to our most vulnerable – persecuted families in need of asylum and children in need of medical care.


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Liberty Quotes - Massachusetts State Motto, Max Stirner, Ron Paul

"Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem
(By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty)"
-- Massachusetts State Motto

"The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime."
-- Max Stirner

"Why is patriotism thought to be blind loyalty to the government and the politicians who run it, rather than loyalty to the principles of liberty and support for the people? Real patriotism is a willingness to challenge the government when it’s wrong."
-- Ron Paul 2012

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

American Minute with Bill Federer FEB. 25 - 'Our institutions of freedom will not survive unless they are replenished by the faith that gave them birth'

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FEB. 25 - 'Our institutions of freedom will not survive unless they are replenished by the faith that gave them birth'-Secretary of State John Foster Dulles

"There is only one defense - a defense compounded of eternal vigilance, sound policies, and high courage,"

stated Secretary of State John Foster Dulles to the Overseas Press Club in New York, March 30, 1954.

John Foster Dulles was born FEBRUARY 25, 1888, in the home of his Civil War general grandfather. His father was a Presbyterian pastor.

John Foster Dulles graduated from Princeton, studied law at George Washington University, and was an Army Major in WWI.

He was elected a U.S. Senator and was appointed by President Wilson as legal counsel to the U.S. delegation at the 1918 Versailles Peace Conference.

John Foster Dulles was foreign policy adviser to New York Governor Thomas Dewey in his campaigns for President in 1944 and 1948.

He took an active role in establishing the Republican plank calling for the establishment of a Jewish commonwealth in Palestine.

He stated at Indiana University, June 13, 1955:

"Our people have always been endowed with a sense of mission in the
world. They have believed that it was their duty to help men everywhere to get the opportunity to be and do what God designed."

Dulles was an adviser to President Truman, voicing his opposition to the U.S. dropping the atomic bomb on Japan, stating:

"If we, as a professedly Christian nation, feel morally free to use atomic energy in that way, men elsewhere will accept that verdict.

Atomic weapons will be looked upon as a normal part of the arsenal of war and the stage will be set for the sudden and final destruction of mankind."

Prayers and Presidents-Inspiring Faith from Leaders of the Past

When the Soviets detonated an atomic bomb in 1949, Dulles became convinced that the U.S. needed a nuclear arsenal to deter Communist expansion, stating April 11, 1955:

"Men face the great dilemma of whether to use force to resist aggression which imposes conditions which violate the moral law and the concept that man has his origins and his destiny in God."

Dulles negotiated the Peace Treaty with Japan.

In a toast to Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles stated September 3, 1955:

"War is an awful thing. God grant that we have seen the last of it. But war in this case made the people of our two countries know each other as never before."

He was instrumental in the creation of the United Nations, to which he was the U.S. Ambassador, 1945-49, and served under President Eisenhower as U.S. Secretary of State.

On April 11, 1955, John Foster Dulles addressed the Fifth Annual All-Jesuit Alumni Dinner:

"Peace is a goal which men above always sought. It is a goal which we
particularly think of at this Easter Season when we commemorate the
resurrection of the Prince of Peace."

At the 1954 Geneva Conference, Dulles reportedly refused to shake hands with the first Premier of the People's Republic of China, Zhou Enlai, as he had been instrumental in consolidating control under Mao Zedong's Communist Party, whose policies resulted in an estimated 80 million deaths.

John Foster Dulles called Communism as "Godless terrorism," stating at the Jesuit Alumni Dinner, April 11, 1955:

"Man, we read in the Holy Scriptures, was made a little lower than the angels. Should man now be made little higher than domesticated animals which serve the purpose of their human masters?"

In 1955, Dulles was named Man of the Year in Time Magazine and in 1959, he was awarded the Medal of Freedom.

Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C., is named for him.

"The government of the United States...was founded as an experiment in human liberty," he explained April 11, 1955., continuing:

"Our institutions reflect the belief of our founders that all men were endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights and had duties prescribed by moral law.

They believed that human institutions ought primarily to help men develop their God-given possibilities and that our nation, by its conduct and example, could help men everywhere to find the way to a better and more abundant life.

Our nation...developed...spiritual and economic vigor the like of which the world had never seen."

His son, John W.F. Dulles was a history professor at the University of Texas at Austin; his daughter, Lillias Hinshaw, was a Presbyterian minister; and another son, Avery Dulles, became the first American priest to be directly appointed a Cardinal.

On May 7, 1954, in reply to a question from a Danish student, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles stated:

"Neighborly love, in political actions, means loving others, based on
the brotherhood that was created with God as the Father of all.

It means that the political power of any government must be considered an opportunity, not to favor individuals but to do well for all."

Secretary of State John Foster Dulles warned:

"Our institutions of freedom will not survive unless they are constantly replenished by the faith that gave them birth.

Our greatest need is to regain confidence in our spiritual heritage."

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NCALP Weekly News Summary

February 25, 2014
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10th Annual Wells Conference on Adoption Law: We Are Not All The Same: Meeting Children's Individual Needs .
  Each year the Wells Conference attracts professionals and academics who
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Date: March 6, 2014
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ADOPTION UTAH: “Fathers Blast Utah’s Strict Adoption Laws”
BY: Ashby Jones

A federal lawsuit is taking aim at Utah’s adoption laws, claiming they do not adequately protect the rights of unmarried biological fathers. The lawsuit, which names the state attorney general’s office and two former state attorneys general as defendants, was filed in Salt Lake City federal court on behalf of 12 men who fought to keep their babies from being placed into adoptive homes by their mothers. Currently, an unwed mother in Utah can relinquish her rights to an adoption agency 24 hours after she gives birth while fathers have limited grounds to challenge the adoptive parents’ custody of their child.

Wall Street Journal, February 18th, 2014

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ADOPTION INTERNATIONAL: “Supreme Court Gives Adoption Rights to Muslims”
BY: Harish V. Nair

In a landmark judgment, the India Supreme Court ruled that any person can now adopt a child under the Juvenile Justice Act 2000 irrespective of their religion even if the personal laws of the particular religion do not permit it, extending the right to adopt a child to Muslims, Christians, Jews, Parsis, and all other communities. Previously, the right to adopt was restricted to Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains. The court, however, turned down the plea for declaring the right of a child to be adopted and the right of a parent to adopt a fundamental right under the Indian Constitution.

India Today, February 20th, 2014

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ADOPTION INTERNATIONAL: “Russia Expands Adoption Ban”
BY: Eliana Dockterman

Russia has passed a statute forbidding single people, who live in any country where gay marriage is legal, from adopting Russian children. This measure was passed as an amendment to the law passed last July forbidding all same-sex couples from adopting. The measure will not affect U.S. citizens who have already been banned since 2012 from adopting Russian children, regardless of their sexual preferences or marital status.

Time World, February 13th, 2014

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CHILD WELFARE OHIO: “Bill Would Require Group Homes to Provide More Info”
BY: Rita Price

Under new Ohio legislation, group homes and other residential centers that care for minors would have to make themselves known to local emergency responders and develop “community engagement” plans. Supporters of the legislation want to remedy the communication problems and missing protocols brought to attention after the unfortunate murder of a jogger allegedly committed by a teenager residing in a group home. These facilities would have to provide addresses, information, and procedures for emergencies and disasters to local law-enforcement, fire, and emergency agencies.

The Columbus Dispatch, February 18th, 2014

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WASHINGTON: “House Approves Hargrove’s Bill for Foster Children”
House Bill 2582, sponsored by Rep. Mark Hargrove, passed the state House of Representatives last week by a vote of 91-5. The bill, in attempts to give foster children more stability and a loving home with their foster family earlier, would require termination of parental rights paperwork to be filled out months earlier in very specific situations. House Bill 2582 will not be forwarded to the Senate for consideration.

Maple Valley Reports, February 15th, 2014

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The preceding are summaries of adoption/child welfare law news articles prepared by The National Center for Adoption Law & Policy. These summaries are provided for your information only and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Center. We strive to print news that reflects the diversity of our readership and a variety of viewpoints and approaches to child welfare issues. While we may not agree with a position taken, we believe in the critical importance to our constituents of impartial reporting.

Child Trends E-News: The Education Issue

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Integrated student supports
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