Archive for June, 2012

Victoria Hearst Takes A Stand For Young Girls

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Victoria Hearst, granddaughter of Hearst Corporation founder William Randolph Hearst, has taken a courageous stand regarding Hearst Magazines’ Cosmopolitan.

Citing the explicit content found in the magazine, Miss Hearst has joined model Nicole Weider to petition the Federal Trade Commission to require that Cosmo be “brown-bagged” and sold to adults only.

In a press release today, Miss Hearst – the founder of Praise Him Ministry and a great friend of Priests for Life – said: “About 11 years ago, I contacted Frank Bennack and the board of the Hearst Corporation and told them that what they are publishing in Cosmopolitan magazine was pornographic. I had the support of two female psychologists and counselors who attest that this content hurts young girls. I also asked that the magazine be sold only to adults 18 and older.

“I never received a reply from anyone at the Hearst Corporation, but I had peace because I delivered the message. When I heard about Nicole’s campaign, I knew I needed to join in her mission to put Cosmopolitan in a bag and make sure that its pornographic content cannot be sold to minors!”

Ms. Weider, who founded ProjectInspired.com to encourage young women to value themselves, set up a petition via Change.org demanding that Cosmopolitan be sold in a non-transparent wrapper to adults only. The petition currently has more 33,000 signatures.

“We are not asking Cosmopolitan to change their content,” Ms. Weider said. “We simply want them to take responsibility for it. They say it’s for adults, so let them sell it only to adults. This is what we are in communication with the FTC about. If they are going to print sexually explicit articles and images, it should not be marketed and sold to kids. It’s that simple.”

To view and/or sign the petition, visit: www.tinyurl.com/anticosmo. For more on the anti-Cosmo mission, go to: www.anticosmomission.com

On July 13 and 14, Miss Hearst and Praise Him Ministry will host her annual Night Vision Festival in Olathe, Colorado. Last year, 2010, Father Frank Pavone, our National Director; Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach, Dr. Theresa Burke, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, and I had a chance to speak at the event. Bryan Kemper, our youth outreach director, will represent Priests for Life this year. If you’re planning to be in Colorado, it’s definitely worth checking out. For information, go to: www.nighvisionphm.com

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Making America a No-Kill Nation

Friday, June 1st, 2012

A petition to make America a No Kill nation is making its way around the Twittersphere using the hashtag #NoKill.

The petition asks people to sign on to show their support for a bill called the Companion Animal Protection Act to be passed on the state level. Delaware already has passed a similar bill

I found this description of the act at www.thepetitionsite.com.

“Right now, about four million homeless dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters every year.

The Companion Animal Protection Act (CAPA) would install a framework for America that has worked to create No Kill communities. Just a few things CAPA would do are:

- Establish a definition of No Kill that includes all savable animals, including feral cats;

- Make it illegal for a shelter to kill an animal if a rescue group or No Kill shelter is willing to save him or her;

- Make it illegal for a shelter to kill owner-relinquished animals without making them available for adoption or transfer to a rescue group, even in cases where the owner wants the animal killed, unless the animal is suffering.

Imagine if we tried to take care of the unborn this way! Let’s look at some minor modifications to the Companion Animal Protection Act .

 

“Right now, about 1.2 million unborn babies are killed in their mothers’ wombs every year.

The Compassion for All Preborn Children Act would install a framework for America that has worked to create No Kill communities. Just a few things CAPCA would do are: – Establish a definition of No Kill that includes all unborn children, including the unwanted, unplanned and inconvenient ones. – Make it illegal for an abortionist to kill a pre-born child if any other options exist – i.e. adoption, providing shelter and job training for the mother during her pregnancy, material assistance for the mother, etc. – Make it illegal for an abortionist to kill mother-relinquished children without making them available for adoption or foster care, even in cases where the mother wants the child killed.

 

I love animals. I have two dogs myself and they are wonderful, lovable companions that I cherish. But they are not people. Let’s work on making America a No Kill Nation for the Unborn.

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