Thursday, March 01, 2007

Assaulted Sidewalk Counselor Speaks Out about Abortion and Miscarriage of Justice

Daniel Heenan has been fighting for justice from Planned Parenthood and the Metropolitan Police Department since 2004, when he says he was assaulted by a Planned Parenthood security guard while counseling women outside Planned Parenthood's D.C. abortion clinic.

Heenan now teaches history and religion at Our Lady of Hope Catholic School in Sterling, VA. He has written about his experiences for and how he believes there is an insidious link between abortion and the miscarriage of justice he experienced. Heenan believes the incident also confirms that abortion is really a spiritual battle as well.

What Heenan describes is an alleged account of collusion between the justice system and Planned Parenthood to attempt to deny him due process of law. Heenan writes that D.C. police officers deliberately failed to perform their duty while witnessing security guard Harry James assault Heenan from behind, and then the officers warned Heenan not to file charges.

One officer, wrote Heenan, later intimidated sidewalk counselors with lewd comments and then threw him against a fence threatening him with arbitrary arrest. Heenan told LifeSiteNews that the case against Planned Parenthood would have remained buried if not for the insistence of one lone police officer, Lt. Smith, who for his pains was later transferred out of the district. "As committed Catholics, honesty is important to us. As committed abortion proponents, deceit and dishonesty is part and parcel of their business," says Heenan, who charges that Planned Parenthood obstructed and perjured their way through the investigation.

Heenan says he had much assistance from The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which provided a substantial legal team to represent him in his actions against Harry James and the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. "I have been terribly dismayed to learn that all the witnesses of the defense have described themselves as Catholic or as having been raised Catholics," Heenan told, adding these pro-abortion "Catholics" wore their faith as "a badge of honor.

However, the nature of the battle for life is not just political or legal, but also spiritual, writes Heenan, and means that Christians must zealously pass down and spread the fundamentals of their faith, or else new generations may "become casualties of the culture of death and moral relativism".


The woman is always right: Not this time. There ARE some bitches

British fireman wins 100,000 pounds in sex-bias case

A fire-service controller whose career was destroyed by a string of spurious complaints by a female colleague was awarded more than 100,000 pounds in compensation yesterday. The complaints made against John Owers, a controller with Devon Fire and Rescue Service, over a period of three years led to him being banned from his own control room, even though investigations found that he had done nothing wrong.

Sarah Kelly, a fellow controller, made 16 formal complaints, including one that Mr Owers should not have taken a holiday in August and another that he had failed to attend a colleague's leaving party. Last year an employment tribunal upheld Mr Owers's claim that he had been the victim of sexual discrimination. It was told that Devon fire brigade had treated him as the wrongdoer even though Miss Kelly's complaints were consistently found to be spurious.

No action was taken against Miss Kelly even though she continued to complain about Mr Owers. Of the 16 complaints, 10 were rejected as too trivial to investigate. The other inquiries found no evidence that Mr Owers had done anything wrong. Among the complaints was one that Mr Owers had stared at her and another that he had addressed her boyfriend, a fire-fighter, as "mate". [Which is a normal form of address in many parts of England]

Miss Kelly, 37, eventually left her job and now lives abroad. The tribunal was told that when Mr Owers complained about the false accusations, he was ignored. A personnel officer told him: "If you had been a woman the whole thing would have been handled differently."

Devon fire brigade agreed a settlement at the start of a remedy hearing. Mr Owers, 53, agreed to accept an undisclosed settlement, understood to be about 100,000. He was claiming for loss of earnings and pensions after being forced out of his job, as well as damages for hurt feelings and compensation for the stress that he suffered during the case. The settlement was approved by John Hollow, the tribunal chairman, who had found the fire service guilty of sex discrimination.

He said: "As time progressed the claimant began to feel increasingly abandoned and unsupported. No action was being taken by his employers, as far as he could judge, to bring the situation to a conclusion. "It is sufficient for us to note that the respondents have concluded that Mr Owers was not at fault and have never instituted any disciplinary action against him as a result of Ms Kelly's allegations. "We are satisfied that the treatment afforded to Mr Owers was less favourable than that afforded to Ms Kelly. Whenever there was a perceived infringement of the restrictions and a complaint was made by Miss Kelly this was investigated. "By contrast, when he complained no investigation was undertaken. We found the respondent's conduct less than impressive. Firm and effective management should have been brought to bear at a very early stage."

Mr Owers, from Exmouth, told the original hearing: "I had done nothing wrong. She has a right to make an accusation but when she had done it six times I wanted to know when they were going to turn round to her and say, `Enough is enough'." Devon fire brigade said that it had done everything it could to be evenhanded and insisted that it gave Mr Owers the same support as Miss Kelly. After the case, Mr Owers said: "I am pleased and relieved this matter has been resolved and I look forward to building a new life."


Australia getting it right about immigrant integration

Comment from American writer Herb London. There is another article here (or here) by Prof. London on the moral and intellectual vacuity of the student Left

In 1966 Australia's trade with Japan exceeded its trade with the United States and with Britain. At that time, it became increasingly difficult for Australia to maintain the exclusionary White Australia policy. That didn't stop Australian officials from trying. The Japanese at first were considered "Caucasian" under immigration provisions. But that stance was obviously unsustainable. Gradually and incrementally, the policy was revised to treat Asians as equals with Europeans.

But the liberalised immigration policy did not address the domestic condition of new immigrants. Was it desirable to have them integrated into Australian life? If so, how was this to be achieved? Or did it make more sense to have the immigrants relate to the larger culture through a form of modest separation - what can be described as cultural pluralism?

For decades, Australia countenanced the latter position, celebrating the cultural diversity of its immigrant population. It is now clear, however, that this celebration has turned into questioning and criticism. In some cases, physical separation has led to divisions in matters of national loyalty and adherence to national laws. As a result, the Government is moving from British-style multiculturalism to a policy of integration.

Although it might seem trivial, Australia has changed the name of its Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. This is one manifestation of an intense debate about what it means to be Australian, as rising nationalism is fuelled by worries that the nation is being torn apart by competing immigrant value systems.

Several incidents in which local Islamic groups have pledged loyalty to sharia (Islamic law) instead of the Australian constitution might be the catalyst for this national debate. The Prime Minister, John Howard, has often voiced his displeasure with multiculturalism, but he is acting to tighten requirements for attaining citizenship, including extending the waiting period and promoting a written test for new citizens.

Malcolm Turnbull, erstwhile parliamentary secretary and now the Minister for the Environment, gave voice to this policy shift by noting, "There was a time in the 1990s when I feared that multiculturalism was heading to a stage where the concept of Australia would cease to exist. So concerned were we about our ethnic or cultural backgrounds, we would forget what we were today, and Australia would be seen less as a nation than as just a place where people lived but did not call home."

The newly assertive voices on this matter are saying Australia is a liberal, democratic, English-speaking society, and it is up to new arrivals to adjust to this reality. About 25 per cent of Australians were born outside the country, more than in any other nation except Israel. The debate is addressing how far Australia should modify its identity in order to accommodate new arrivals.

In December 2005 a mob of white Australian youths, incensed by what they considered the harassment of women by Lebanese youths on a Sydney beach, went on a rampage, beating anyone with a Middle Eastern appearance. This riot left a scar on the nation that is still visible.

Muslims contend the policy shift is a form of discrimination that suggests that if you aren't white, you are "less equal". But Howard has addressed this concern: "You can't have a nation with a federation of cultures. You can have a nation where a whole variety of cultures constantly influence and mould and change and blend in with the mainstream. The core culture of this nation is very clear; we are an offshoot of Western civilisation."

Howard knows what he believes and believes what he knows. Moreover, he is unafraid to speak his mind, as he showed recently in condemning the US senator Barack Obama's misguided call for a timeline to withdraw troops from Iraq.

In a Western environment where the force of political correctness prevails, it is difficult to assert the superiority of Australian culture. To do so invites opprobrium from the multiculturalists. But no amount of criticism can change reality. Howard and Australia deserve congratulations for doing what is appropriate and right. If only we had a John Howard in the US.


Anti-white bias in the South Australian Fire service

Surely the only criterion for selection as a fireman should be how good the person is likely to be in putting out fires. Lives could be lost by having incompetents on the fire trucks

A special Metropolitan Fire Service training course to help people pass tough entry tests has been restricted to women, Aborigines and ethnic minority groups, causing tension within MFS ranks, the firefighters union says. The "pre-application" pilot program run by the MFS has been criticised by firefighters, who say it is unfair to the hundreds of male Anglo-Saxon applicants who miss out every year.

The MFS is accepting applications for full-time firefighters in the metropolitan area and Port Pirie as part of its latest recruit course, expected to start by June. Recruitment data, obtained by The Advertiser under Freedom of Information laws, reveals the MFS is still failing to attract more applicants from diverse backgrounds. The FoI data shows there were 34 women invited to undertake the most recent recruiting process last year, nine people born overseas and 81 whose parents were of non-English background. This compares with 497 Anglo-Saxon male applicants invited to try out. The course success rate is just 8 per cent.

United Firefighters Union of SA president Bill Jamieson said there was a "great deal of angst" within MFS ranks about the special policy. "On the balance of fairness, we can't support this special program," he said. "The same opportunities are not given to other recruits, and in this case it is the employer helping them to pass."

MFS Chief Officer Grant Lupton said the course was designed to "level the playing field" in order to meet State Government targets of increasing the participation of women and Aboriginal people in the public sector. He said there were just four female full-time firefighters in a force of about 800. "All government agencies have a responsibility to reflect the community they serve," he said. "We serve a diverse community in South Australia yet our workforce doesn't reflect that at all. When I've got fire trucks rolling up to a job it would be great to have a woman, an indigenous person or an Asian there, rather than just all white men."

Emergency Services Minister Carmel Zollo yesterday said the State Government was "an equal opportunity employer . . . it is important that everyone has the opportunity to apply for jobs". Opposition emergency services spokesman Mark Goldsworthy said the MFS policy had merit.


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