Sunday, August 30, 2015

Next FOT: Boston doctor fired for discussing health risks of homosexual behavior

This March a well-respected urologist, Dr. Paul Church was fired from the medical staff of Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston because he voiced concerns to his colleagues and hospital staff about the unhealthy nature of homosexual behavior and objected to the hospital’s aggressive promotion of “gay pride” activities. 
Supporters of Dr. Church protect his firing

Dr. Church has been a urologist on the BIDMC staff for nearly 30 years. He is a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty and has done research on diagnosing prostate and bladder cancer, and has been a frequent volunteer for medical mission projects in Mexico and Africa. He has also spoken before educational and civic groups on the subject of high-risk sexual behaviors.

Through emails to hospital officials and later posting on the hospital’s Intranet system, Dr. Church cited irrefutable medical evidence that high-risk sexual practices common to the LGBT community lead to (among other things) a higher incidence of HIV/AIDS, STD's, hepatitis, parasitic infections, anal cancers, and psychiatric disorders.

 
Promoting such behavior, he said, is contrary to the higher mission of the healthcare facility to protect the public welfare and encourage healthy lifestyles.  Dr. Church also reminded the administration that its staff and employees represent a diversity of moral and religious views, and many believe that homosexuality is unnatural and immoral. 

The hospital did not at any time dispute the truth of his medical statements, nor did they address his other concerns.  They did not claim that Dr. Church ever discussed this with patients, or treated patients any differently if they were involved with these behaviors. You might remember a few weeks ago, the author of Making Gay Okay, Robert Reilly, raised the same questions on that week’s broadcast.  

Dr. Church’s appeal of his dismissal is now under consideration but he and his attorneys are under a court-ordered gag order to keep them from talking publically about the case. However, Dr. Church is being supported by a citizens’ organization, MassResistance, a pro-family activist organization that educates people to help them confront the attacks o n the traditional family, children, religion, and society. Sean Ryan, director of communications for MassResistance will join Deacon Mike Manno and Gina Noll this Tuesday on Faith On Trial to discuss this matter and its repercussions. 
 
In addition, our media critic, Todd Erzen, will make his monthly appearance to discuss how the media is covering these issues. 

Join Deacon Mike and Gina Tuesday morning at 9 (CDT) on Iowa Catholic Radio, 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM and streaming on IowaCatholicRadio.com. The program will be re-broadcast at 9 p.m. 

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Thomas More Society files lawsuit over denial of pro-life school club

Jocelyn Floyd
This week on FOT Jocelyn Floyd, associate counsel of the Thomas More Society will join us for a discussion of the filed a lawsuit against West Career and Technical Academy (WCTA) and Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV on behalf of student Angelique Clark. The lawsuit claims that school administrators have violated Angelique’s free speech rights by denying her application to form a pro-life club at the school.

Angelique Clark submitted her application to start her Pro-Life Club at West Career and Technical Academy in December 2014. After months of no response from the school administration, she was finally told in February 2015 that Assistant Principal Allen Yee had denied the club. Angelique met with Mr. Yee and was given a variety of reasons why the club could not be approved, including that abortion was “controversial,” that a pro-life club would make pro-choice people feel left out, and that there were others “more qualified” to speak on the issue than a high school sophomore.
Join Deacon Mike Manno and Co-host Gina Noll for a discussion of this and other legal issues, including a story from Seattle where 1,300 teen girls as young as 13 got contraceptive counseling at school without parental consent.
Faith On Trial airs every Tuesday at 9 (a.m. Live) and 9 (p.m. rebroadcast) on Iowa Catholic Radio, 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM and streaming on IowaCatholicRadio.com. All times are Central.

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Odegaards tell their story this week on FOT

Dick and Betty Odgaard
Most folks in the Central Iowa area – as well as many around the nation – know who Betty and Richard Odgaard are; the Menonite owners of GÓ§rtz Haus Gallery in Grimes, Iowa, who declined to allow their facility to be used for a same-sex wedding ceremony.  As a result, a complaint was filed with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and in the face of increasing legal fees they settled the case and were then forced to close their business.

This, of course, was not unprecedented. Bakers, florists, photographers across the nation have been fined and forced to close their businesses, not because they refuse to serve homosexual clients, but because they refuse to take part in a ceremony that celebrates sodomy.
This week on FOT, the Odgaards will tell their story to Deacon Mike Manno and Gina Noll: what happened to them and what they are doing now to continue to oppose the unnatural pairing of men with men and women with women.
Join Deacon Mike and Gina this and every Tuesday at 9 a.m. (rebroadcast at 9 p.m.) on Iowa Catholic Radio 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM and streaming on IowaCatholicRadio.com.
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Monday, July 27, 2015

What is happening to religious liberty in the military?

Attorney Michael Berry
This week we’ll be discussing the challenges to religious liberty in the U. S. Military. In recent weeks and years we’ve seen at least two military chaplains – the Army’s Joe Lawhorn and Navy’s Wes Moldder – disciplined or court marshaled for the content of their religious messages.  Additionally, a young Marine lance corporal was recently court marshaled when she had a bible verse posed in her cubical and at least one national cemetery (Houston) has either banned reference to God during military funerals or required prayers be submitted in advance.

Returning to FOT to discuss these matters with Deacon Mike Manno and Gina Noll will be Michael Berry, senior counsel and director of military affairs for Liberty Institute. He joined Liberty Institute in 2013 after serving for seven years as an attorney with the U.S. Marine Corps. From 2009 until 2013, Mr. Berry served as an appellate litigator, arguing numerous cases before various federal appeals courts.  In 2008, Mr. Berry was selected for a high-profile combat deployment to Afghanistan with a Marine Corps infantry battalion. From 2009 - 2012, Mr. Berry served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the United States Naval Academy.
Senator Rand Paul R-KY

As Director of Military Affairs for Liberty Institute, Mr. Berry’s practice focuses on religious liberty within the armed forces. A recognized subject-matter expert, Mr. Berry has testified before Congress on matters affecting religious liberty in the armed forces and is routinely invited to speak before audiences across the nation about matters affecting religious freedom within the military. 

In addition, we Gina will have her next installment on the religious liberty views of the presidential candidates with Josh Mercer of CatholicVote.org. This week she’ll look at what religious liberty might look like in a Rand Paul Administration.
So join Deacon Mike and Gina for a lively discussion this and every Tuesday at 9 (live) & 9 (rebroadcast) – CDT – on Iowa Catholic Radio 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM and streaming on IowaCatholicRadio.com
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Monday, July 20, 2015

Planned Parenthood is selling what???

Sad and upsetting news this past week when it was revealed that Planned Parenthood has
Jennifer Bowen
been selling the body parts of aborted babies! Of course, this comes as no real surprise to those in the pro-life community who have seen many times the lists of parts available for purchase and the price for each, including shipping.


As gross as it sounds there is a way to fight back. Tuesday on FOT Jennifer Bowen, executive director of Iowa Right to Life, will join Deacon Mike Manno and Gina Noll to discuss this very disturbing story and what people of faith can do about it.
Also on the program will be our monthly movie review with our star reviewer and research associate Stephanie Crowley.  Stephanie will be reviewing the movie “Faith of Our Fathers.”
So join Deacon Mike, Gina, Jennifer, and Stephanie for a lively half-hour of new of interest for our faith communities at 9 a.m. (CDT) on Iowa Catholic Radio 1150 AM and 88.4 & 94.5 FM and streaming on IowaCatholicRadio.com.
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Monday, July 13, 2015

This Tuesday on Faith On Trial

This week on Faith On Trial we’ll be joined by our old friend Lisa Bourne of LifeSiteNews.com. Lisa has been following and writing on numerous topics in which we’re interested and we’ll be discussing many of them with her, including her latest report that insurance may not cover damages for religious institutions that do not accept so-called same-sex marriage.

We’ll also have another installment of Gina’s interview with CatholicVote.org about the religious liberty views of the presidential candidates. This week we will profile former Florida governor Jeb Bush.
So join Deacon Mike Manno and Gina Noll Tuesday at 9 a.m. (CDT) on Iowa Catholic Radio 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM and streaming on IowaCatholicRadio.com. The program will be re-broadcast at 9 p.m.
Faith On Trial is underwritten by Attorney Rick McConville 2100 Westown Parkway,  West Des Moines, 515-453-1055; Confluence Brewing Company, 1235 Thomas Beck Road, Des Moines; and Financial Planner Rob denHartog NW corner of 128th & Hickman, 515-210-4472.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

How has 10 years of same-sex marriage affected Canada?

Gerald Chipeur
Tuesday’s guest on Faith On Trial is Gerald Chipeur, a partner in the Calgary, Alberta law offices of Miller-Thomson LLC. His practice over the last three decades has focused on public policy. He'll be discussing some of the legal ramifications for Canadians since so-called same-sex marriage was legalized there 10 years ago.

We’ll also have our monthly visit from our media critic Todd Erzen on the media focus of issues affecting people of faith. Join Deacon Mike Manno and Gina Noll at 9 a.m. (CDT) on Iowa Catholic Radio 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM and streaming on IowaCatholicRadio.com. The program will be rebroadcast at 9 p.m.

Faith On Trial is underwritten by Attorney Rick McConville of Coppola, McConville, Coppola, Carroll, Hockenberg & Scalise PC, 2100 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, 515-453-1055; Confluence Brewing Company, 1235 Thomas Beck Road, Des Moines; and Financial Planner Rob denHartog, wealth management advisor at Northwestern Mutual Life on the Northwest Corner of 128th Street and Hickman Road, 515-210-4472.