A roundup of news from around the interwebs.
A baby adopted as a frozen embryo was recently born—and based on the mainstream media headlines, nobody is in any doubt as to when this little girl’s life began. From the New York Post:
There’s a mere 18-month age gap between this proud mom and her baby — and thanks to the wonders of science, the record-breaking infant is technically 27 years old. Molly Everette Gibson was born from an embryo that was frozen in October 1992 — only 18 months after her mother, Tina, now 29, was born in April 1991.
“It’s hard to wrap your head around it,” Tina told The Post from her home in Knoxville, Tennessee. “But, as far as we’re concerned, Molly is our little miracle.” According to researchers at the University of Tennessee Preston Medical Library, the girl enters the history books as the longest-frozen embryo known to result in a live birth. Remarkably, Molly’s Oct. 26 arrival broke the previous record held by her sister, Emma Wren, who spent 24 years on ice before her delivery in November 2017.
The embryos were frozen together and are full genetic siblings. They were thawed nearly three years apart at the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) before their respective transfers into Tina’s uterus.
These embryos are real people, and they are entitled to our protection.
Also in the New York Post, my friend Dr. Charles Camosy has a crushing report on the way seniors have been treated throughout this pandemic. An excerpt:
The failure to protect nursing-home residents is by now a depressingly familiar fact of the pandemic in America — especially in the Empire State, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s grievous March order forcing homes to accept COVID-positive patients led to the death of at least 6,000 New Yorkers (the real figure could be double that).
Nationwide, these residents constitute 40 percent of deaths, though they represent less than 1 percent of the population. Yet the novel coronavirus has proved deadly to our elders in another, perhaps more insidious and invisible, way. According to barely noticed reporting from the Associated Press, straight-up neglect has killed another 40,000 residents.
Take the case of Donald Wallace. The 75-year-old retired trucker survived COVID-19, according to the AP, but neglect led to him becoming so malnourished and dehydrated that he dropped to 98 pounds, suffered septic shock and likely choked on his own food. “They stopped taking care of him,” his son Kevin said of the Alabama facility that took “care” of Wallace (the facility denied neglect).
Read the whole thing. The fact that Cuomo is being praised for his pandemic performance is disgusting.
Unsurprisingly, mainline denominations are continuing their collapse. From The Christian Post:
The Episcopal Church might soon cease to exist, according to those who describe the denomination’s future as bleak based on plummeting membership numbers. Attendance and membership numbers at churches within the mainline Protestant denomination have dropped significantly over the last decade, having lost one-quarter of worship attendees.
In 1966, when the church was said to be at its peak in the United States, approximately 3.6 million Americans identified as Episcopalian. The Episcopal Church’s Office of the General Convention reported that in 2018, membership in the denomination had dropped to 1.676 million. Regular worship attendance in Episcopal churches in 2009 was approximately 724,000. By 2019, the figure was 579,000 on an average Sunday, a nearly 25% drop over a decade.
As cultural hostility to Christianity grows, many are deciding to abandon the church entirely. According to the data, those who decide to stay in church are seeking out conservative churches—Catholicism and Calvinism—rather than the denominations that sold out to the sexual revolution. Those churches, at the end of the day, just provide liberalism with a bit of liturgical dress-up and kitschy music. Good riddance to them.
The trans movement has infected our collective minds so much that men are now being referred to by Healthline as “penis owners” and women as “vulva owners.” This, apparently, is not stupid, crazy, or offensive. Welcome to 2020.
Chris Cuomo, who plays a Catholic on TV while endorsing every wicked thing he can imagine, is upset some other people actually allow their faith to influence how they live their lives. From The Federalist:
While interviewing Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, last week, CNN’s Chris Cuomo expressed concern that Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s faith appears “more central to her value system and her behavior and thoughts than it would be for just an ordinary Catholic.”
Cuomo went on to suggest in an interview with former 2020 Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg that people’s faith “doesn’t matter,” but their policy positions affected by it do. What on earth does this mean?
“It doesn’t matter if you have faith; it matters about your positions. Fine, you’re a Christian. I’m a Christian,” Cuomo said to Buttigieg, going on to smear the “devout organization” People of Praise. “This is more than just every Sunday. This is more than just a moral backstop in [Barrett’s] life. This is a fundamentalist approach to her faith.”
Although we shouldn’t take too seriously the theological musings of a person who saw nothing wrong with Don Lemon’s outrageous statement that Jesus Christ “was not perfect,” the CNN anchor’s observations here on the role of faith do warrant some reflection.
Andrew Cuomo is directly responsible for the deaths of untold numbers of elderly New Yorkers: his brother is angry that there are religious people who aren’t hypocrites. What a family.
Ellen Page, the actress who came out as lesbian a few years ago, has now come out as a transgender person named Elliot. The entire media promptly turned on a dime at this news and run headlines announcing that “Canadian actor Elliot Page shares he is transgender.” That’s all it takes these days—simply announce you are not who everyone knows you are, and you are no longer that person. It’s like magic. Or mass delusion.