ARCHBISHOP DEFENDS CATHOLICS UNDER ATTACK FOR JOINING EVANGELICALS WHO SUPPORT PRESIDENT TRUMP: “GROUPS THAT FIGHT FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ARE HEROES, NOT HATERS”

The Archbishop was responding to a recent Vatican approved missive in a Jesuit magazine written by two close confidantes of Pope Francis which ripped President Trump and Catholics who joined evangelicals in supporting him. One of the writers, who is known as being “the mouthpiece” of the pope, called the alliance an “ecumenism of hate.”

(Philadelphia, PA)—[LifeSiteNews] Archbishop Charles Chaput responded to a recent article that smeared American Catholics for their “ecumenism of hate” with evangelicals by explaining that they’re “merely for fighting for what their Churches have always held to be true.” (Photo: Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput/via LifeSiteNews.com)

On July 13, La Civiltà Cattolica, which the Vatican reviews and approves prior to publication, criticized American “value voters” who have banded with evangelicals to fight abortion and same-sex “marriage”.

This “strange ecumenism” fosters an “xenophobic and Islamophobic vision that wants walls and purifying deportations,” thus making it an “ecumenism of hate,” Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro and Marcelo Figueroa wrote in the article. The “ecumenism” of Pope Francis, for which they advocate, “moves under the urge of inclusion, peace, encounter and bridges,” they wrote.

Spadaro is a close papal collaborator and often called the pope’s “mouthpiece.” Figueroa, a Presbyterian pastor, runs Argentina’s edition of the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano.

Spadaro and Figueroa’s dismissal of the attacks on religious liberty in the U.S. “sounds willfully ignorant,” Chaput wrote. “It also ignores the fact that America’s culture wars weren’t wanted, and weren’t started, by people faithful to constant Christian belief.”

The article was “an exercise in dumbing-down and inadequately presenting the nature of Catholic/evangelical cooperation on religious freedom and other key issues,” Chaput wrote.

Chaput reminded “progressives” who are “wary” of religious liberty that religious freedom is what allows faith communities to serve the poor and “those in need.”

“The divide between Catholic and other faith communities has often run deep,” Chaput continued. “Only real and present danger could draw them together. The cooperation of Catholics and evangelicals was quite rare when I was a young priest. Their current mutual aid, the ecumenism that seems to so worry La Civilta Cattolica, is a function of shared concerns and principles, not ambition for political power.”

“It’s an especially odd kind of surprise when Believers are attacked by their co-religionists merely for fighting for what their Churches have always held to be true,” Chaput wrote. Chaput noted that earlier this month, one of the main funders of the LGBT movement said he wants to “punish” those who oppose the homosexualist agenda.

“It doesn’t take a genius to figure out whom that might include,” he wrote. “Today’s conflicts over sexual freedom and identity involve an almost perfect inversion of what we once meant by right and wrong”.

ACTIVIST MOMMY STARTS ‘OPERATION PULL TEEN VOGUE’ AFTER MAG PEDDLES SEXUAL PERVERSION TO MINORS

“We ought to be defensive and protective of our children. You ought to see this stuff as a direct attack on your family, because that’s what it is. These people want to make a pervert of your son and a sex doll of your daughter. You ought to take that personally. You ought to take it personally that ‘Teen Vogue’ just tried to convince your daughter to let a boy sodomize her. That’s about as personal as it gets.” -Conservative commentator Matt Walsh.

Elizabeth Johnston, also known as the “Activist Mommy” is outraged over a recent article in Teen Vogue magazine that tells kids how to perform sodomy. (Screengrab via The Activist Mommy)

In a video in response to the July 7th article “Everything you Need to Know About Anal Sex; How to do it the Right Way,” Johnston can be seen burning pages of the magazine.

“They are teaching children 11 through 17, that’s the target audience of this magazine … how to be safely sodomized,” she says in the video.

Johnston’s video, posted on her Facebook page, has been viewed more than 8 million times. In it, she also talks about #OperationPullTeenVogue, which encourages parents to demand stores pull the magazine from their shelves.

In the article, Teen Vogue author Gigi Engle, answers hypothetical questions to explain anal sex and says some describe an experience that “can be delightful.”

Johnston told CBN News her initial reaction to the article saying, “I was just so outraged when some parents sent me this article.”

“I could not believe what I was reading. And the worst part about it was that here you have adults peddling this sexual information to minors; to children,” she said.

Johnston is not alone. Conservative and liberal parents alike are shocked and angry about the article.

“I went to my local Kroger, grabbed all 9 mags on the rack,” a man named William wrote on Facebook, which Johnston shared on her page.

“I walked right up to the manager and asked him if he would allow his kids to read this. No joke folks, he literally ripped them up and told his loss prevention team to write them off as stolen. I’m now shopping there for the rest of my life.”

Conservative commentator Matt Walsh strongly condemned the article.

“[The] Left wants nothing more than to turn your child into a sexual deviant. This is the primary goal of modern leftism,” says Walsh. “Nothing matters more to them than converting your child into the religion of self-indulgence. After all, it may be too late to mold you into a desperate, lonely, sex-obsessed freak, but your daughter? Well, she’s ripe for the picking.”

Walsh goes on to say, “We ought to be defensive and protective of our children. You ought to see this stuff as a direct attack on your family, because that’s what it is. These people want to make a pervert of your son and a sex doll of your daughter. You ought to take that personally. You ought to take it personally that Teen Vogue just tried to convince your daughter to let a boy sodomize her. That’s about as personal as it gets.”

Jennifer Hartline of The Stream also weighed in. Writing in an article called, “The Predator in the Fashion Magazine: Teen Vogue Coaches Teenagers in Sodomy,” she said, “Wake up, Moms and Dads! A magazine produced for your teenage daughters is giving them explicit instructions on how to be sodomized. It is teaching them how to be used by a guy, in a very dangerous way, for his pleasure and satisfaction. It is giving the clear message to every teenage boy that it’s perfectly acceptable to sodomize a girl, to use her, even physically hurt her for the sake of an orgasm.”

Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council released a statement about the article saying, “It is, frankly, disgusting that Teen Vogue would think this is an appropriate subject to discuss—and actively promote—with young people.”

“While I would have preferred that the magazine not discuss this issue at all, the utterly indefensible part of it is that they have failed to adequately warn their readers of the serious health hazards associated with anal sex,” he said in the statement.

He went on to say, “Anal sex is far more effective at transmitting HIV than vaginal or oral sex—yet this is nowhere mentioned in the article. While the article mentions STIs (sexually transmitted infections), it fails to mention that one of these is the human papilloma virus (HPV), which in this case could cause anal cancer. And while the author recommends the use of condoms, they fail to explain that condom manufacturers state that they are for vaginal intercourse only, or that they are more likely to fail if used for anal sex. Dr. C. Everett Koop, who was Surgeon General of the United States at the time that the AIDS epidemic began, once stated, “Condoms provide some protection, but anal intercourse is simply too dangerous to practice.”

“I think the average parent would be shocked by this article. Teen Vogue is a magazine they would expect to have tips for fashion and make-up—not how to have anal sex. The fascination with this topic may also reflect the wider exposure of young people to internet pornography, which moves toward depicting more and more extreme forms of sexual activity in order to maintain its audience,” said Sprigg.

Johnston said this is the kind of “righteous indignation that we must return to if we ever hope to save the next generation from this sexualization that is being pushed upon us by progressives.” (Screengrab via The Activist Mommy)

Teen Vogue’s Digital Editor, Phillip Picardi, who is gay, responded to the backlash.

How can you expect young women to not get pregnant without access to reproductive health care?

“The backlash to this article is rooted in homophobia. It’s also laced in arcane delusion about what it means to be a young person today,” tweeted Picardi.

Meanwhile, Johnston pointed out that article’s content to teens may even be illegal.

“I’m going to read to you section 1470 of Title 18 of the U.S. code—prohibits any individual from knowingly transferring or attempting to transfer obscene matter using the U.S. mail or any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce to a minor under 16 years of age. Convicted offenders face fines and imprisonment for up to 10 years,” she shared.

“So the law is on the side of decency.”

She also highlighted a Teen Vogue article from earlier this year called, “Video Shows Toddlers Understand Consent: It’s Like Sharing.”

“In May they published an article and a video that says that minors, that toddlers, even toddlers know how to consent … toddlers can’t consent,” said Johnston.

Johnston wants Teen Vogue Magazine pulled from shelves everywhere because she believes it is a danger to children.

She is also urging parents to call the U.S. Department of Justice to complain that Teen Vogue is ‘pandering obscenities to minors.’

“We’re also about to start pressuring advertisers, and I hope to have an announcement today about a few large organizations who are joining ranks with us and to spearhead this campaign to pressure Teen Vogue’s advertisers to pull advertising.

But Johnston said most of all, parents should do the leg work themselves.

“Go to your local library, grocery store and gas station and see if they are carrying Teen Vogue … speak to the manager and ask them to never carry Teen Vogue again. This is obscenity. This is pornography and this needs to be pulled from the shelves.”

Study Shows Chemicals That Alter Male Hormones Prevalent in Boxed Mac & Cheese

new study has found that phthalates, a group of chemicals already banned from use in children’s toys because they are known to alter male hormones like testosterone, have been found prevalent in popular box mac and cheese products.

Since about two million boxes of mac and cheese are sold in the United States everyday, Mike Belliveau, executive director of the Environmental Health Strategy Center, one of four advocacy groups that funded the study, told The New York Times that it is hard for American households to avoid phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates).

The study, released by the Coalition for Safer Food Processing and also funded by the Ecology Center, Healthy Babies Bright Futures and Safer States, found that “phthalates were detected in nearly every cheese product tested (29 of 30 varieties).”

The study concluded that action should be taken to eliminate phthalates from food products and further research needs to be done.

Phthalates, according to the study, are widely used in plastics, rubber, coatings, adhesives, sealants, printing inks, and fragrance. They are described as a serious concern globally. About 12 billion pounds of the chemicals were produced around the world in 2014.

While phthalates aren’t added directly into foods, they usually become “indirect” food additives during processing, packaging, and preparation and tend to be found at higher levels in highly processed or fatty foods.

“Phthalates are hormone-disrupting chemicals that pose a serious threat to the health of pregnant women and children. Many studies have linked prenatal exposure to phthalates to abnormal development and function of the brain and reproductive system. According to federal scientists, up to 725,000 American women of childbearing age may be exposed daily to phthalates at levels that threaten the healthy development of their babies, should they be pregnant,” said the study.

For the study, samples of mac and cheese used in the study were purchased in the U.S. and shipped in original packaging to VITO, the Flemish Institute for Technological Research in Belgium. Fat was extracted from each product sample and analyzed for 13 phthalates using validated test methods, Belliveau said.

Some 10 different phthalates were identified and in one product alone up to six of them were found. Average phthalate levels were also found to be more than four times higher in mac and cheese powder samples than in hard blocks and other natural cheese. DEHP, the most widely restricted phthalate, was also found more often and at a much higher average concentration than any other phthalate among the tested products.

“Our belief is that it’s in every mac ‘n’ cheese product — you can’t shop your way out of the problem,” Belliveau told the Times.

The Times further reported that nine of the products tested were made by Kraft. Consumers are being urged to contact mac and cheese manufacturers and pressure them to investigate and eliminate phthalates from their products.

Heather B. Patisaul, a professor of biological sciences at the Center for Human Health and the Environment at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, told the Times that while the concentration of phthalates in food may be quite low, they are still present at higher levels than the natural hormones in the body. There is strong evidence, she said, on the effect of phthalates on testosterone.

“That means there is less testosterone available to the developing male fetus, and since testosterone is absolutely vital to build his reproductive organs, the worry is that you will get malformations and other kinds of problems that translate to health effects later,” Patisaul said.

Problems, she explained, could include: “Infertility, low sperm counts, altered male reproductive behavior and changes in the area of the brain that are important for sex differences between men and women.”

“If you asked most scientists about the top 10 or 20 endocrine-disrupting chemicals they worry about, phthalates would be on that list,” she added. “We have an enormous amount of data.”

While the Food and Drug Administration is yet to ban the chemicals in foods, according to The New York Times, the regulating body urged federal agencies to assess risks “with a view to supporting risk management steps” in 2014. It was also noted that toys, not food, drugs and beverages, were the main source of exposure to phthalates.

To avoid exposure to phthalates, families, particularly those with pregnant women and young children were urged to minimize their intake of processed food, eat more whole, fresh or frozen fruit, choose low-fat dairy products and limit the use of plastic utensils.

Other precautions to take include washing hands frequently, choosing unscented personal care products and using glass, stainless steel, ceramic or wood to hold and store food instead of plastics.

UK Has A Cat killer on the loose as ‘five pets die from poisoning’

If You are travelling to London beware of the Cat killer! If you do Do not leave it alone?
Cat killer on the loose as ‘five pets die from poisoning’
Tilly died after a suspected poisoning in Wigan (Picture: SWNS)

Five cats have been killed in one street and they are all believed to be connected.

Four of them died in the space of a week and it is believed they may have been poisoned.

Natalie Bond lost two healthy cats, Tilly, 12, and Peppa, three. She said that she only linked their deaths with other pets being killed after spotting an appeal on Facebook.

She said: ‘We lost Tilly on July 6. She was our eldest cat at 12-years-old.

‘She couldn’t stand up and her back legs had gone. A few hours later she had a really bad seizure and was sick. Then she passed away.’

Cat killer on the loose as 'five pets die from poisoning'
Peppa, was just three when she died in mysterious circumstances on the same street (Picture Ross Parry)

Initially they thought she may have died as a result of old age, but when Peppa died while Natalie was in Labour, she became suspicious.

She said: ‘I was in hospital having my baby and when we came home we noticed that she was really weak.

 

‘She was only three-years-old. But the same thing happened to her with the seizures and her back legs going.

‘We took her to the RSPCA as soon as she passed away to get her checked and they said that it looked like she had been poisoned.

‘That’s when we realised that the two of them had exactly the same symptoms.’

After posting an appeal on Facebook about the deaths in Balcarres Road, Wigan, Lancashire, she said others soon came forward.

Cat killer on the loose as 'five pets die from poisoning'
Tilly’s owner thought she died from natural causes because she was 12, but now thinks there may be something more to it (Picture: Ross Parry)
Cat killer on the loose as 'five pets die from poisoning'
Claire Gibbons’ cat Charlie, was 18, (Picture: Ross Parry)

Natalie said: ‘Really quickly a few ladies commented on it and said that the same thing had happened to them as well.

‘I’ve got a four-year-old too who’s completely devastated by the whole thing.

‘Peppa had kittens in April and we have kept two of them. But they haven’t been outside yet and I just can’t see myself letting them out now.’

Claire Gibbons was the first owner to be hit after her cat Charlie died on New Year’s Eve 2016.

She said: ‘We thought at first it was down to old age because he was 16 at the time.

‘He was really lethargic and couldn’t walk. Then he had a couple of really horrible seizures and he was gone. We didn’t get the chance to get him to the vet because it was over so quickly.’

Cat killer on the loose as 'five pets die from poisoning'
They realised something may have been amiss when they saw an appeal on Facebook (Picture: Facebook)

Now a string of similar deaths have occurred in the last week.

Claire said: ‘I don’t know why they are doing this. It’s all on the same road too so it can’t be a coincidence.’

Joanne Seddon, 36, said her cat Hagrid also died after suffering seizures.

‘Hagrid came stumbling in and it looked like he was drunk,’ she said. ‘Then he started having seizures.

‘It was horrible. We watched him die and couldn’t do anything. The seizures were really intense and there was no chance to get him to the vets. He was such a soft, friendly cat and would lie with anyone.

‘It’s just really suspicious because the other cats are dying of the same thing in the same street. Something must be going on.

The RSPCA is investigating the incidents on Balcarres Road and has released details of the symptoms for cat owners to look out for.

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: ‘It is extremely concerning that so many cats have been reported as dying from poison in the same area of Wigan in the last week.

‘We are now in the process of making enquiries and would urge anyone with information about this to call us, in strictest confidence.’Cat killer on the loose as 'five pets die from poisoning'

SO YOU WANT TO BE A ISIS BRIDE?

What it's really like being an Isis bride
Some women paid smugglers in a bid to help them flee from ISIS

Isis brides have revealed how in order to marry an extremist, they must take part in jihadi speed-dating.

The revelations came this week after ex-wives and widows of extremists spoke out.

Some told how they paid smugglers in a bid to help them flee from the group when they started to lose territory in Iraq and Syria.

Others revealed the dating process – stating that women are made to create CV-style documents, which advertise their name, age and what each person is looking for.

If selected, the woman meets the man, and they have 15 to 20 minutes to talk before they give a ‘yes or no’.

A ‘yes’ meaning they then get married.

What it's really like being an Isis bride
A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa (Picture: Reuters/ Stringer)

‘It’s all very quick’, one woman called Saida told CNN.

Saida, who had fled France to join Isis, said she was desperate to return to return to Europe with her young son.

She had left Montpellier with the promise of a fantastic life with a husband, however was instead left in an all-female dormitory – a ‘madafa’.

She claimed that the women would fight and take part in speed dating, which is how they would be selected as wives.

Saida said: ‘When the woman arrives in this madafa, she makes a sort of CV. She puts down her age, her name, what her personality is like, and what she looks for in a man. And men also post their CVs.

‘So you meet, you talk for 15-20 minutes, and then it’s a yes or no. If they both agree then they get married.’

What it's really like being an Isis bride
The revelations came this week after ex-wives and widows of extremists spoke out (Picture: Reuters/ FBI)

Another woman, May, an English teacher, said she was just passing through Raqqa on her way to Turkey when she decided to stay.

She met Bilal, who was living next door to where she was staying and they fell in love.

However Bilal, ‘a pacifist who didn’t want to fight’, was later thrown in jail in Kobani. Now May fears she will never see him again.

She said: ‘I want someone to kill me. Because I can’t kill myself, because this is suicide.’

Three Indonesian sisters Rahma, Fina, and Noor, travelled to the ISIS-held city in hopes of finding and marrying ‘pure Muslim’ men.

However, all three ended up not marrying jihadists.

Speaking about the extremists the trio met, Rahma said ‘they want to jihad for the sake of Allah, but what they want is only about women and sex. It’s disgusting.’

Dozens of runaway brides are currently being held in jail with their children.

The jail is at a refugee camp near the Isis capital of Raqqa in Syria.

Woman who wore miniskirt in Saudi Arabia has been arrested

Woman who wore miniskirt in Saudi Arabia has been arrested
Khulood, the model who wore a miniskirt in Saudi Arabia, has now been arrested (Picture: Twitter)

A woman who was filmed wearing a miniskirt and crop top in Saudi Arabia has reportedly been arrested.

The model, a Saudi woman known only as Khulood, shared a video of herself walking around a historic fort in Ushaiqer, in the Najd region.

Najd is one of the most conservative parts of Saudi Arabia. It was the birthplace of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab – the founder of the strict Wahhabi sect of Islam that dictates the laws in the country.

Now, Saudi state TV has reported that Khulood has been arrested for ‘dressing indecently’.

When the clip was shared online, it sharply divided opinion in Saudi Arabia.

Woman who wore miniskirt in Saudi Arabia has been arrested
Khulood’s miniskirt and crop top are in breach of the country’s strict dress codes (Picture: Twitter)
Woman who wore miniskirt in Saudi Arabia has been arrested
Many called the model brave for posting the video online (Picture: Twitter)
Model walks in Saudi village wearing skirt, defies dress law
Many in the country called for Khulood’s arrest for breaking the country’s strict dress code, which requires women to wear ‘abayas’ – loose-fitting, full-length robes – and headscarves.

Journalist Khaled Zian tweeted in Arabic: ‘The return of the Haia [religious police] here is a must.’

And another wrote: ‘We should respect the laws of the country. In France, the niqab is banned and owmen are fined if they wear it. In Saudi Arabia, wearing abayas and modest clothing is part of hte kingdom’s laws.’

But others called out people’s hypocrisy, saying that people would be admiring Khulood’s beauty if she were western, and calling her ‘brave’.

Sharing the video, Fatima al-Issa tweeted: ‘If she were a foreigner, they would sing about the beauty of her waist and the enchantment of her eyes… But because she is Saudi they are calling for her arrest.’

‘ISRAELI CHRISTIAN MAN ALLEGEDLY KILLED DAUGHTER OVER MUSLIM BOYFRIEND’

Christian father 'stabbed daughter, 17, to death in row about Muslim boyfriend'

Central District state prosecutors filed an indictment on Sunday against Sami Kara, 58, for allegedly killing his teenage daughter Henriette Kara because she was in a relationship with a Muslim man.

In June, Henriette, 17, was found stabbed to death in her family’s home in the central town of Ramle a day after she graduated from high school.

The killing sparked a wave of outrage from Israeli-Arab MKs and community leaders accusing the police of failing to properly protect the teenager after she had previously complained of being attacked by her father.

According to the indictment, Henriette, an Israeli- Arab Christian, was in a relationship with a Muslim man for over a year, arousing “vehement opposition” from her parents, which was expressed in violence against her and threats forcing her to flee her home in May.
In one incident in early June, Kara, allegedly beat Henriette and threatened her, stating, “I would spend my whole life in jail. I don’t care.”

Then on June 12, Henriette called a family member and told that person she had deposited money in a prison canteen for her boyfriend – who was jailed at the time on charges unrelated to the indictment – and said that after her boyfriend leaves prison she would convert to Islam. The relative then told the defendant of Henriette’s actions and a short time later he allegedly committed the murder.

According to the indictment, Henriette’s actions in the defendant’s view “damaged the honor of the family and made [Sami Kara] feel ashamed.”

“The defendant decided to cause the death of the deceased and in order to realize his goal he was equipped with a knife. The defendant stabbed the deceased three times, causing her death on the spot,” the indictment said.

The prosecution cites circumstantial evidence in the indictment including testimony of a social worker who spoke with Henriette and text messages she sent a friend.

“You won’t believe what they did to me… They are sending people to kill me,” one message read.

“They are searching for me in every possible place,” another message said, “You don’t understand what fear this is. I don’t believe I have the strength to stand on my feet and run away.”

The prosecution also said that defendant was the only one with the deceased at the time and place of her murder.

Henriette’s mother, who spoke with her daughter over the phone shortly before she was killed, said she heard a knock on the door and a male voice during their conversation.

Henriette said she approached the door and then told her mother she would finish the conversation later.

Attorneys Shukri Abu Tabik and Giora Zilberstein who represent the defendant said that their client is not guilty and criticized the prosecution’s evidence. “It’s no secret that the family had a bad relationship, so to speak, between the deceased and her family in light of the criticism her family had of her behavior. In my opinion, this did not lead to murder and could not lead to murder. The complaints against [Henriette] were only to reunite the family,” the lawyers told Ynet.

“The police arrested three members of her family: Sami, her uncle, and brother, held them for a long time in detention, and the fact that the police today could not bring charges against others shows that they are trying to patch together an indictment against Sami. There is no direct evidence that he participated in the murder and no forensic evidence. His shirt was sent to the forensic unit to search for blood remains, and the answer is unequivocal: The murder weapon was not caught, the police are trying very artificially to indict him, and I am sure that he will eventually be acquitted.”

The murder of the Christian girl sent shock waves through Ramle, with Kara’s classmates convinced she was killed by her father for being romantically involved with the young Muslim man.

Mixing between Christian and Muslims in Ramle and Lod is not uncommon, however, such relationships leading to murder are not common, residents said.

At the Naamat High School in Lod where Henriette studied, a Jewish classmate who spoke to The Jerusalem Post in June and asked not to be identified, said that “Christians, Jews and Muslims are all in shock. She was someone who loved life. She had a good character and a lot of friends. She wanted to do a lot of things. She had a graduation party and was murdered the next day.”

Malta Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Isaiah 5:20 20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

VALLETTA, Malta — Lawmakers in Malta, a predominantly Roman Catholic country, voted to legalize same-sex marriage on Wednesday, joining much of Western Europe by replacing the traditional “you are now husband and wife” declaration in civil ceremonies with “you are now spouses.”

Only one lawmaker out of 67 in the Maltese Parliament voted against the legislation, signaling its broad support on the island nation despite opposition from the Catholic Church.

The lawmaker who opposed the legislation, Edwin Vassallo, cited his Catholic faith and its incompatibility with what he called a “morally unacceptable” law.

“As a Christian politician I cannot leave my conscience outside the door,” Mr. Vassallo said.

The Labor government had promised to introduce the bill as its first law after winning a second term last month. Both opposition parties supported it, ensuring its passage.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat hailed the vote, saying it showed that Maltese society had reached “an unprecedented level of maturity.”

“We live in a society where we can all say ‘we are equal,’” Mr. Muscat said as a celebration erupted outside his office in Valletta, the capital.

The law’s passage is the latest evidence of the transformation of Malta, a once-conservative nation of about 440,000 people where divorce was illegal until 2011.

While abortion remains banned in Malta, adoption by same-sex couples has been legal since civil unions were introduced in 2014. Last year, the number of exclusively civil marriages eclipsed the number of church weddings for the first time.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna had opposed the same-sex marriage law, reflecting the church’s longstanding view that marriage can be between only a man and woman.

Why You May Want to Stop Watching ‘America’s Got Talent’ Right Now

"America's Got Talent" judges

Some families have already decided against watching America’s Got Talent because of the skimpy costumes and provocative dance routines, but now the show has gone too far!

Even though America’s Got Talent has questionable content at times, many parents still consider, or at least hope, it is a family-friendly program since it is a show that includes children. Now, America’s Got Talent offends families with not one but two inappropriate episodes.

Over the past couple of weeks, on two separate episodes, the contestants forgo clothes as part of their act. Since there was little talent to showcase, being unclothed seemed to be the greatest portion of the acts.

These two acts performed without clothes—one a dance routine and the other a magic act—were disgusting, especially with children in the audience, backstage and viewing at home. Objects were used to hide private body parts, but they were not enough to prevent participants exposing themselves to judges, host and children backstage. This was apparent by the faces and comments such as, “Saw more than I wanted.” Plus, the network had to blur out a couple of instances where the contestants were not too concerned about being covered since they were facing the back of the stage. To make matters worse, the dance routine involved two men where one lifted the other over his shoulders, a very inappropriate movement.

This is not material that should be performed in front of children. America’s Got Talent is not a safe show for your family to watch. Clothing-optional shows are not suitable for children or for anyone, since that is indecent exposure.

To push the envelope even further for a program that could be a family show but obviously is not, the judges praise the performances and voted to move them to the next step in the competition. NBC should have a dress code for this program. At the very least, the network should require all competitors wear clothes during the entire performance. The judges should immediately eliminate and vote out any performers who do not keep their clothes on.

Possible Assassination Attempt on Ivanka Trump Thwarted

Secret Service agents in Trump Tower have thwarted what may have been an assassination attempt on First Daughter Ivanka Trump. And it’s truly bizarre.

ABC News  reported that a man impersonating a senator walked into Trump Tower in New York City and tried to get access to Ivanka’s office. Secret Service officers stopped him when they noticed him wearing a bulletproof vest

Possible Assassination Attempt on Ivanka Trump Thwarted

Upon searching 52-year-old Adames Benitez, they found two throwing knives and a tied-off sock with weights in it — a handmade weapon. He was also in possession of a fake New York ID.

Benitez was arrested and taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation, especially after he claimed to also be the owner of Trump Tower and said he simply wanted to speak with Ivanka about her clothing line. On top of that, all of this happened on Thursday. Ivanka was not in Trump Tower that day or even in the country. She was in Poland with President Trump and other members of the First Family ahead of the G20 Summit Friday in Hamburg, Germany, according to Newsweek.

Despite the utter failure of his attempt to get to Ivanka, Benitez’ intent was clear, and it highlights the constant threat our president and his family is in from hostile characters of both sound and unsound mind. Please pray for their safety both here and abroad.

Back in June, 66-year-old James T Hodgkinson opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice, seriously injuring House GOP Whip Steve Scalise. Scalise nearly died from his injuries and was recently re-admitted to the ICU.

In 2011, 23-year-old conspiracy theorist Oscar Ortega-Hernandez shot a high-powered rifle bullet through a window of the White House, nearly hitting a Secret Service agent, according to CNN. He later admitted to trying to assassinate President Obama, who he didn’t realize was not home at the time.