***Is the Twilight Series Innocuous?
What better place to discuss the Twilight series than the Twilight Zone. For those unfamiliar with the vampire craze, Twilight is the story of “good” vampire Edward Cullen who is a vegetarian. Instead of sucking the blood of people, he and his “clan” trained their tastebuds to enjoy the blood of animals. These “good vampires” are also able to go out into the sun where their skin sparkles like diamonds. They are inhuman, but better than humans. The story focuses on Edward’s relationship with his human girlfriend, Bella, who finds him fascinatingly irresistible and is generally semi-swooning in his presence. She is even willing to become a vampire (giving up her soul) to live with him forever. The novels are filled with heavy breathing, but Edward is always under control and won’t do anything for fear of hurting Bella, although he sneaks into her bedroom at night, and continuously places the two of them in what Catholics would call “occasions of sin.”
What’s really bizarre about the Twilight craze is the number of mothers who are acting crazier than their teenagers over a series aimed at high school girls. There are fan clubs for adults (Twilight Moms) and movie nights where adult women wear matching Twilight t-shirts and share drinks and enthusiasm for the vampire heartthrobs. Doesn’t anybody feel a little queezy over seeing adult women drool over a teenage vampire who resembles The Fonz? Thank God there’s one voice of sense shining the spotlight on this.
**HLI’s Fr. Euteneuer on Vampire Logic:
These super-star vampires also walk around in sunlight and, as a matter of fact, their skin just happens to glisten like diamonds when exposed to direct sunlight. Isn't that wonderful? The glam vamps are gentlemen, chaste and well-intentioned, yet they are always hovering around the edge of "falling" and in seductive situations which cause young people to think that they are capable, like their hero vampire, Edward Cullen, of going just so far and pulling back, out of self-control. That's teaching them to play with fire, not a real chastity message for kids.
The worst part of this fascination with vampires from a faith point of view, however, is its blasphemy of the Eucharist. "Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood you have no life in you," said our Blessed Lord in Chapter 6 of John's Gospel. He is the One who offers His flesh and blood for the life of the world. The vampires eat (bite) the flesh and drink the blood of victims rather than give their own to redeem others. Their bites corrupt and transform their victims into vampires like themselves. They have no life in them. They are the "living dead" by their own estimate….. Vampire logic is anti-Eucharistic logic, and it's very dangerous for our kids. (Read Father’s complete article at www.hli.org.)
***Bishop “Canonizes” Pro-Abort Byrd Bishop Michael Bransfield of Wheeling, WV recently proclaimed an unofficial “canonization” of pro-abort politician Senator Robert Byrd who died June 28th. In his public statement on the senator’s death, the bishop said, “The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston offers its most sincere condolences to the Byrd family, and we pray during this difficult time that family and loved ones will remember that Senator Byrd is now at peace with the Risen Lord and, with his late wife Erma Ora Byrd, is experiencing Perfect Joy.” [Les Femmes thought the Church, not diocesan bishops canonized saints, but we must be wrong.] Bishop Bransfield extolled the senator for his transforming life. “Senator Byrd led the transformation of West Virginia’s highways, and technology, health care, education and criminal justice systems, which will advance the quality of life in our beloved state for generations to come.” The bishops didn’t mention the generations who won’t come as a result of Byrd’s actions which included supporting abortion, human cloning, embryonic stem cell research, population control, lifting the ban on abortions at military bases. Need we go on? If this is the stuff of which saints are made, Jesus’ death on the cross is baffling. Senator Byrd was 92 when he died, but age apparently didn’t bring much wisdom. Bishop Bransfield would have served the senator better to ask for prayers for his soul.
***Colleges Go After Counseling Students
In fact, Constitutional rights are non-existent on many campuses. A student at Missouri State U. was told to write a letter to the legislature supporting homosexual adoption. When she refused, the school threatened to withhold her degree. Speech codes target Christian students for “intolerance.” The University of Florida refused to recognize a Christian fraternity for limiting its members to Christian men. Discrimination against Christian professors is a big problem as well, which is hardly surprising in a system where 90% of the professors are liberal Democrats. Christian professors are denied tenure and even targeted and fired like Professor Kenneth Howell, a Catholic teaching a course on Catholic religion at the University of Illinois. When he dared to teach what the Church teaches about homosexuality and natural law he was fired for “hate.” This is the reality on campuses in post Christian America.
***Students’ Rights May Not Be Infringed Many college and university administrators talk about academic freedom, but regularly abuse the Constitutional rights of Christian and conservative students. Let the young people in your life know that they retain the right to freedom of religion and the right to free speech on campus. No professor or administrator may deny them. They also have the right to free association. If LGBT students start a club funded by student activity fees, a Christian group has the same right. Discrimination based on religious beliefs is unconstitutional. The Alliance Defense Fund is committed to First Amendment rights and will defend students who face persecution for their religious beliefs.
***Catholics United has $$$ for pro-aborts The faux Catholic group Catholics United (CU), funded by billionaire anti-Catholic George Soros, said recently they have $500,000 to support a handful of politicians who face payback for supporting Obamacare. The politicians angered voters by betraying a pledge to vote against the health care bill if it failed to exclude abortion. According to CU’s website, the money will go to “educate” constituents of John Boccieri (OH-16), Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-03), Steve Driehaus (OH-01), and Tom Perriello (VA-05). [Now who actually put up the dough?]