In The News 3/17/21

Sheriffs raise alarm on border crisis. Arizona sheriff’s are sounding the alarm on the border crisis in the Southwest, while the Biden administration still refuses to call it a “crisis” and attempts to blame Trump for the current surge in illegal immigrants entering the United States. Sheriff Mark Dannels, in Cochise County, AZ claims that the roads originally built to expedite travel for workers building the border wall are now being used by drug cartels to move their products deeper into the U. S. These roads, of course, were abandoned when border wall construction was halted by President Biden. “We just built roads for the cartels,” Dannels says. Another Arizona sheriff, Mark Lamb of Pinal County, reports that the surge of immigrants into the U. S. is the worst in 20 years. Lamb says they are finding at least 20 people every time they go out to inspect the border, so, “this is just as bad as it was back in the Obama days, probably worse and on target to be worse.” Lamb points out concerns about coronavirus being brought into the country by illegals and also says it’s unfair that businesses and schools are still shut down in many states, while illegal immigrants are allowed to cross the border and find refuge in the U. S. Rep. Troy Nehls (R – TX), a former sheriff of Fort Bend County, accuses the Biden administration of almost “aiding and abetting in human trafficking.” Nehls says, “My concern is that many of these young people are being released into our cities across our great nation to individuals that may not have the children’s best interests at heart. And that is a concern. And then it’s law enforcement’s responsibility to go up there and clean up this mess when these kids are being trafficked. And I think this administration is almost aiding and abetting in human trafficking.” In an effort to blame former President Donald Trump for the crisis at the border, Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, said, “We recognize this is a big problem. The last administration left us a dismantled and unworkable system and, like any other problem, we are going to do all we can to solve it.” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is scheduled to appear before the House Homeland Security Committee to testify on the situation at the border. While Mayorkas has publicly described the surge of immigrants at the border “a challenge”, in an internal email to staff of the DHS he described the surge as “overwhelming.” 94% of beds available for children crossing the border alone are full. Rep. Liz Cheney, (R – WY) put the blame for the surge at the border squarely on the Biden administration and Democrat’s shoulders, saying, “We have to recognize that words have consequences and actions have consequences. When the Biden Administration refuses to enforce our immigration laws, when they refuse to build the wall, when they pass legislation like the bill that we passed yesterday that includes money for illegal immigrants, this is what happens.” As much as Biden and his staff may wish to point fingers at Trump for the current crisis – and it is a crisis – this belongs to Biden.

Columbia University plans six graduation ceremonies. Columbia University in New York, NY has announced that it will be hosting multiple graduation ceremonies based on students’ race, sexual orientation, and income-level. There will be separate graduation ceremonies for Black, Latino, Native American, and Asian students. Also, there will be a “Lavender” graduation ceremony for the LGBT+ community. Finally, there will be what Columbia is calling an “FLI” ceremony for first generation and low-income grads. Columbia is justifying this on the pretext that, “these events provide a more intimate setting for students and guests to gather [which is absurd, since all of the ceremonies are online], incorporate meaningful cultural traditions and celebrate the specific contributions and achievements of their communities.” In other words, they’re going to create a ghetto system of graduation ceremonies. Separate graduation ceremonies based on race, sexual orientation and (for love of pete!) income level serve only to reinforce the walls people have built around themselves to avoid interacting with those who are different: who look different, love different, think different, and who do not measure up to one’s socio-economic level. It used to be that progress meant different people working together to create a better world. Now, progress seems to mean keeping ourselves isolated from the other. The culture on too many of our college and university campuses encourages racism, elitism and victimhood. Students at Columbia University, one of the most prestigious universities in the country, are encouraged to think of themselves as victims first, so much so that they must be made “safe” from others who might make them uncomfortable. To her credit, one Black student at Columbia, Mercy Muroki, pointed out that the king has no clothes when she wrote: “Racially and sexually segregated graduation ceremonies. One of the ‘best’ universities in the world. 2021. If you want to know what going backwards looks like, this is it.”

Milo goes straight. Milo Yiannopoulos, the gay, conservative commentator and, some would say, provocateur, has announced that he is now “ex-gay” and no longer living a homosexual lifestyle. According to an interview with LifeSiteNews, Milo has also consecrated his life to Saint Joseph. This has caused not a little uproar on social media. Milo claims that those who know him shouldn’t be surprised because he’s been hinting at coming out as straight for some time, though he denies that his being gay was a pretense. “I’d love to say it was all an act,” Milo says, “and I’ve been straight this whole time, but even I don’t have that kind of commitment to performance art.” Milo speaks frankly of his throwing himself “enthusiastically into degeneracy of all kinds in my private life”. When he was challenged a couple of years ago by Michael Voris of Church Militant to live a chaste life, he admits that he appreciated the challenge but was not at a point where he was ready to live it. At some points in the interview, Milo can’t resist bringing out his sardonic humor. When asked how his personal life has been impacted by his coming out as “ex-gay”, Milo says, “Well, the guy I live with has been demoted to housemate, which hasn’t been easy for either of us. It helps that I can still just about afford to keep him in Givenchy and a new Porsche every year. Could be worse for him, I guess.” At other times, his remarks about his faith in Christ are poignant. Milo goes on: “I think it was Houselander who said, ‘Whatever is loving in man and whatever is lovable in man is Christ in man.’ I take this to mean that the more love and the less lust in us, the more we cease to obscure Christ and instead reveal Him, in whose image we are made.” When asked what drew him to consecrate his life to Saint Joseph, his answer is genuine and rings true: “Secular attempts at recovery from sin are either temporary or completely ineffective. Salvation can only be achieved through devotion to Christ and the works of the Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. St. Joseph is the spiritual father figure of the Holy Family. In this time of gender madness, devoting myself to the male protector of the infant Jesus is an act of faith in God’s Holy Patriarch, and a rejection of the Terror of transsexuals.” I’ve no idea where this will end up. I have reservations about the whole “ex-gay” thing, and Milo himself doesn’t claim he is or ever will be free of homosexual temptations. But, if Milo Yiannopoulos says he has turned a corner in his faith life and in how he is now living his life, that he is more committed to Christ, consecrated to Saint Joseph, and that this has freed him from an immoral lifestyle, well, in the words of Pope Francis, “Who am I to judge?” I pray for Milo and for all who struggle with homosexual temptations, just as I pray for freedom from my own sins and sinful tendencies. We are all at the mercy of a good and gracious God, and that is a wonderful thing.

Be Christ for all. Bring Christ to all. See Christ in all.

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