Hope, American Style

Monday, November 24, 2008 6:47 PM Comments (0)

We’ve got the final installment in our hope-after-the-election series up, now. Our hope is an American hope, based on the fact that we live in a Democracy where it is still possible to change minds and, along with them, laws.

And, so you know, when we say hope, we don’t mean:
—“Boy, we hope Obama won’t keep his promises on abortion.” He will.
—“Boy, we hope it won’t be that bad, what he does.” It will.
—“Man, I hope the GOP will rescue us two years from now.” They won’t.

Where the heck are we finding hope, then? “The New Springtime of the Faith.” Huh?

Go ahead and see ...

— Tom Hoopes

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Laura Ingraham vs. Our President

Monday, November 24, 2008 1:45 PM Comments (0)

Apparently we hit the big time this morning. Laura Ingraham commented on my “Our President” blog post.

I missed it, but knowing Laura (from listening to her, anyway) I’ll bet it was good. And true. She must have been worried that the Register is being naive, not alert to the danger, and too accommodating.

She probably made a point we made in a recent editorial: Wishful thinking is deadly to a political movement.

She’s right. To simply close our eyes and say, “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home” while we click our heels won’t get us back to Kansas, not this time.

Because of her show, I even made a change to the post: It no longer says that we at the Register liked...READ MORE

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‘We Hold These Truths’ Top 10

Sunday, November 23, 2008 7:19 PM Comments (0)

Erin was conceived in a petri dish and adopted as an embryo. (CNS/Don Blake, The Dialog)

It falls to Christians once again to defend the fundamental beliefs and highest aspirations of mankind. After all, we believe in principles that are losing adherents by the day. A top 10:

10. Individual freedom of religion. We still believe in the conscience rights of everyone. And we include: Anti-porn librarians, Catholic teachers, pro-life health care workers, pro-marriage adoption agencies, Christmas-loving state workers, prayer warrior students in assemblies, etc.

9. Respecting the handicapped. We believe that handicapped people — even those with Down Syndrome — ought to be allowed to be born. And that those in a coma should be protected from being offed.

8. Nuremburg standards....READ MORE

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Hope for Marriage

Sunday, November 23, 2008 5:21 PM Comments (0)

This guy gives us hope for marriage. Which is what we are looking for in part two in our series about where Catholics can find hope after the election.

Though marriage won big, we strike a note of caution in part two. Why? Because “There are two attitudes that kill political movements,” says the editorial. “One is wishful thinking. The other is discouragement.”

“It’s wishful thinking to believe that the current pro-marriage majority will last,” we continue. “If opposition to same-sex ‘marriage’ is based on prejudice, it is destined to fail. We have already seen a decades-long cultural project designed to change people’s attitudes toward same-sex couples. ... It’s working.”

“The...READ MORE

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2-Minute Christ the King

Sunday, November 23, 2008 6:45 AM Comments (0)

Here’s an excellent, quick take on Christ the King 2008 for you. Enjoy!

— Tom Hoopes

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‘My Mouth Swallowed Saline’

Saturday, November 22, 2008 7:03 PM Comments (0)

Project Clip and Share is the Register’s new plan to provide powerful stories of personal change (in English and Spanish) for readers to pass on to others.

Feminists for Life is doing the same thing with three videos on its website. Here’s a heart-breaking one. Notice the looks in eyes of the audience members. There’s a culture of pain behind those eyes. But listen to the cheers when she makes her announcement ...

— Tom Hoopes

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Our Hope Wasn’t in McCain

Saturday, November 22, 2008 12:30 PM Comments (0)

“It might seem like things are bleak and getting bleaker.” So begins the first editorial in our “Hope for America” series.

“The truth is, there are several things we can do to either ensure that this is the first step of a crushing defeat on the one hand, or the beginning of a new victory on the other.” Readers of “Our President” and this week’s Letters will know where that “first step of a crushing defeat’ thing is going.

But where’s the hope?

“In a way, the election is an opening for us. We never had high hopes for John McCain, who voted to take money from our paychecks and use it to pay scientists to kill embryos. Our hope is in the Holy Spirit, who is far more powerful than the...READ MORE

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Marriage and Democracy

Sunday, November 16, 2008 5:27 PM Comments (0)

The battle for marriage is the battle for democracy in our time.

“Same-sex marriage arrived in Connecticut this week the only way it could: by bypassing the democratic process.”

Thus begins Peter Wolfgang’s column in today’s Hartford Courant.

“Only three states have had same-sex marriage, and in each case it was imposed by a 4-3 vote of the states’ high courts,” he continues. “In California, the people reasserted their right to self-government and — thanks especially to African-American turnout — voted on Nov. 4 to overturn their court and restore the traditional definition of marriage. With Arizona reversing an earlier vote, same-sex marriage has now lost in all 30...READ MORE

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Tom Hoopes is Vice President of College Relations and writer in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He has written for the Register for more than 20 years and was its executive editor for 10. His writing has appeared in First Things’ First Thoughts, National Review Online, Crisis, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside Catholic and Columbia. He has served as press secretary for the Chairman of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee. He and his wife, April, were editorial co-directors of Faith & Family magazine for 5 years. They have nine children.