Irish artists horrified by U2 abortion advocacy

On May 25, Irish citizens will vote on the 8th Amendment of their constitution. The government is allowing voters to choose abortion on demand, and voices from Ireland’s two most famous rock bands have spoken.


On the one hand, the men of U2 urge the Irish to vote Yes for abortion on Facebook and other social media. U2 became stars in America with their song “Pride: In the Name of Love” about Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., so I asked his niece Alveda King and U2’s friend, former U.S. senator and former presidential candidate, Rick Santorum to comment, but first let’s look at U2 and Irish artists they know.

On the other hand, Eileen O’Riordan, mother of the recently deceased Delores O’Riordan, star singer and songwriter of The Cranberries, said her daughter Delores was completely opposed to abortion and in the video below she is encouraging everyone to vote No on repealing the 8th Amendment.

Alec Foege of Rolling Stone famously interviewed Delores and wrote:

Not that the freewheeling possibilities of a rock lifestyle have totally swayed O’Riordan from her conservative Irish Catholic roots. … And don’t count on O’Riordan as an ally in defending abortion: “I’m in no position to judge other women, you know? But, I mean, ‘Idiot — why didn’t you not get pregnant?’ It’s not good for women to go through the procedure and have something living sucked out of your bodies. It belittles women — even though some women say, ‘Oh, I don’t mind to have one.’ Every time a woman has an abortion, it just crushes her self-esteem, smaller and smaller and smaller.”

Here is a closeup of Delores O’Riordan’s mother campaigning with the LoveBoth Project, which means love both mother and child before and after birth. This goes very deep for Mrs. O’Riordan because she reputedly named Delores after the Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which means the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and one of those sorrows was the need to flee from King Herod, who slaughtered all known Jewish infants in his efforts to kill the baby Jesus.



Peter Rowen on the cover of U2’s album “Boy” (1980).

Peter Rowen, the little lad who appears on U2’s album covers for “Boy” and “War,” grew up to become a photographer based in Dublin, and sometimes photographed the band. After U2 urged Irish citizens to vote for abortion, he said this on Facebook:


John Waters is also horrified. He wrote the book “Race of Angels: Ireland and the Genesis of U2.” He knows the band well, and is a longtime Irish author and playwright chiefly concerned with human rights in the light of Christ.

He opens his May 7 article “How U2 Betrayed Rock ‘n Roll” with these words:

On May 25 Ireland will decide whether to repeal or retain the Eighth Amendment of our Constitution, which recognizes the equal right to life of mother and unborn child. As the date approaches, we are hearing all the elaborate genteelisms and justifications. Only those deluded by hypnotic propaganda – and those who do not care about consequences – can really, truly buy in. “Repeal” is about empowering the strong over the weak, the strident and demanding over the silent and docile.

And yet, I was not surprised that U2 came out for Repeal. It was only a matter of time. The world’s loudest folk band has been heading in that direction for years, its early truth-telling gradually giving way to a jostling for liberal kudos. In 2015, U2 backed another Irish referendum, supporting the bogus idea of gay marriage. May 25 is just the next step on the continuum of progressiveness.

Yet, the horror I felt on hearing of the band’s support for child murder was not caused so much by what they said as by how they said it. On May 2, they posted on Instagram and tweeted a graphic created by the trendy Maser design firm showing the phrase “Repeal the 8th” squeezed into a love heart, the word “Repeal” writ large in what might be the faintest parody of a baby waiting in a womb: love pregnant with death. Death by euphemism, death by choking with weasel word, death made up to look like life: Repeal.


As you can see from Rick Santorum’s Facebook photo, he considers Bono Vox a true friend. When I asked Mr. Santorum to comment on U2’s abortion agenda for Ireland, he honored that friendship. Vox disagrees with Santorum on many matters of law, and he reportedly said: “But on our issues, he has been the defender of the most vulnerable.”

Indeed Santorum defends the most vulnerable. He is Senate author of the U.S. Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. The method was and still is shocking to many Americans because the abortionist pulls an unborn baby almost all the way out of his/her mother’s womb, leaving part of the child’s head in her. Then the abortionist stabs the baby’s skull and vacuums out his or her brain. In the end, some lawmakers insisted on a “life of the mother” exception that many pro-lifers found absurd because this gruesome method requires forcing mothers to give birth.

Both Rick and his wife Karen Santorum speak for unborn babies who are prenatally diagnosed as disabled and they prove it with their very lives as they raise their daughter Bella. She has Trisomy 18, which is far more challenging than Down syndrome. They wrote the book “Bella’s Gift” to help parents and everyone understand why all babies should be brought into this world and loved.

With all this in mind, here is Rick Santorum’s answer about U2’s 8th Amendment politics, and it is a message to all voters in Ireland:

Bono is a good friend who I respect greatly for leading the effort to successfully protect the innocent in the third world who faced a deadly pandemic. That respect has led me to privately communicate with him about the effort in Ireland to remove protections from the innocent unborn. One of my favorite books is Thomas Cahill’s “How the Irish Saved Civilization.” My prayer is that the people of Ireland today will likewise hold on to the faith and moral truths that saved the world from darkness.


Again, U2’s song about Martin Luther King made them bestselling rock stars in America, so I asked his niece Alveda King what she wants the band to know.

She’s a human rights activist in her own right. Alveda’s father Reverend A.D. King, like his brother Martin, was murdered. Both ministers hated abortion, and Martin Luther King Jr. refused to accept The Margaret Sanger Award from the abortion chain Planned Parenthood, who named the award after their founder. Sanger invented The Negro Project and literally wrote: “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

Therefore, Alveda King said: “Sometimes people like the talented members of U2 – and, yes, actor Liam Neeson – can be sincerely wrong. Brokenness has strange effects on people. Pride can sow strange seeds in the midst of pain.”
Among her many roles, Alveda King is pastoral associate at Priests for Life.

She knows the pain of being tricked into having abortions, and she mentors young women. Alveda sent me this text from her Uncle Martin’s last sermon for the men of U2 and all voters in Ireland.

Now let me say that the next thing we must be concerned about if we are to have peace on earth and goodwill toward men is the nonviolent affirmation of the sacredness of all human life. Every man is somebody because he is a child of God. And so when we say “Thou shalt not kill,” we’re really saying that human life is too sacred to be taken on the battlefields of the world. Man is more than a tiny vagary of whirling electrons or a wisp of smoke from a limitless smoldering. Man is a child of God, made in His image, and therefore must be respected as such.

Until men see this everywhere, until nations see this everywhere, we will be fighting wars. One day somebody should remind us that, even though there may be political and ideological differences between us, the Vietnamese are our brothers, the Russians are our brothers, the Chinese are our brothers; and one day we’ve got to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. But in Christ there is neither Jew nor Gentile. In Christ there is neither male nor female. In Christ there is neither Communist nor capitalist. In Christ, somehow, there is neither bound nor free. We are all one in Christ Jesus. And when we truly believe in the sacredness of human personality, we won’t exploit people, we won’t trample over people with the iron feet of oppression, we won’t kill anybody.

She also wants Irish voters to see Saint Mother Teresa’s 1994 brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the essential highlights are available here.

Will Irish citizens vote in the name of love or vote like U2?

They might want to ponder this song by Delores O’Riordan and The Cranberries.

Note: Movie star Liam Neeson’s history of urging Irish citizens and their government to decriminalize abortion is an in-depth topic of its own.

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Prager U fight against YouTube censors goes to 9th Circuit

Dennis Prager

Dennis Prager

A lawsuit against YouTube’s censorship of videos created by the conservative Prager University has gone to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The appeal was filed by the web-based organization run by columnist and commentator Dennis Prager after a district judge dismissed the case.

Prager University describes itself as a “conservative nonprofit digital media organization that is associated with and presents the views of leading conservative experts on current and historical events.”

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh decided the organization did not successfully demonstrate YouTube infringed its free speech by restricting its videos by age.

The judge ruled internet giants, who have a virtual monopoly on web access and usage, weren’t “state actors” and so weren’t necessarily subject to the First Amendment’s provisions about “public forums” for speech.

The censorship fight developed because the social media company claimed some of the Prager U videos were inappropriate for some viewers.

Those include videos titled “Cops Are The Good Guys,” “Why American Must Lead,” “College Made Me a Conservative” and “What’s Wrong with E-Cigarettes?”

YouTube put a long list of videos under a restricted-access setting on its site, and Koh argued the defendants are “private entities” and essentially can do what they want.

Google, the YouTube owner, already had acknowledged that determining restrictions for videos can be subjective but declined to accept liability for its decisions.

WND reported the assertion that internet giants such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have declared war on conservatives was gaining strength.

Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh believes he has identified the ideology driving the internet giants.

“These people are pure – they would never think of themselves this way – but these are pure Stalinists. While they’re running around call[ing] Trump a Stalinist, they don’t even know what it really is,” he charged.

Prager, whose petition to fight back against YouTube’s censorship already has collected more than 511,000 signatures with a goal of 1 million, charges YouTube is restricting access to his work “simply because they present a conservative point of view.”

“Silicon Valley giants like YouTube continue to censor the ideas they don’t agree with,” he said. “They promote their leftist ideology and restrict conservative speech.”

Prager noted that Google’s response has been that his videos “aren’t appropriate for the younger audiendces.”

“There is no excuse for Google and YouTube censoring and restricting any PragerU videos, which are produced with the sole intent of educating people of all ages about America’s founding values,” Prager U said in a statement.

Prager U’s mission is to “explain and spread what we call ‘Americanism’ through the power of the internet.”

“Our five-minute videos are conservative sound bites that clarify profoundly significant and uniquely American concepts for more than 100 million people each year.”

Prager recently was involved in another controversy, when two UCLA professors tried to have him banished from participating in a symphony performance.

They asked people not to attend the concert where Prager was conducting.

The result was a standing ovation from a near capacity crowd that came to hear the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The censorship case, which began in U.S. District Court in California, seeks a declaratory judgment that the practices violate the Constitution, an injunction so that YouTube halts its practices, as well as compensatory, special and statutory damages, plus a civil penalty of $2,500 for each violation.

In addition to violations of the state and U.S. constitutions, the complaint claims violations of the Unruh Civil Rights Act, the Lanham Act and other laws.

“Defendants’ wrongful actions were taken with oppression, fraud and/or malice. PragerU has repeatedly attempted to remedy the situation, and defendants have repeatedly refused to unrestrict or re-monetize plaintiff’s videos,” said the original complaint.

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Confiscate and criminalize: Dem’s new gun-grab plan


A sitting member of Congress is publicly proposing a ban on so-called military-style semi-automatic rifles and advocates criminal prosecution for Americans who refuse to take part in a mandatory buyback program.

In an opinion piece for USA Today, Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., unleashed his agenda.

“[W]e should ban possession of military-style semiautomatic assault weapons, we should buy back such weapons from all who choose to abide by the law, and we should criminally prosecute any who choose to defy it by keeping their weapons,” wrote Swalwell, who does allow for such weapons to be kept in police stations and shooting clubs.

Earlier this week, in a heated debate with Tucker Carlson on the Fox News Channel, Swalwell stood by his proposal, insisting no one would be going door to door to look for the banned weapons and make arrests, but he did say people could be charged and prosecuted for still owning the rifles if police found them in the course of normal police work.

“And if you were caught, just like if you were caught with drugs or anything else, and they had probable cause to go into your home and you had one of these weapons, yeah, you’d be prosecuted,” said Swalwell in his Fox News interview.

Gun Owners of America Executive Director Emeritus Larry Pratt says gun control advocates are now showing their cards.

“They really do want to go very, very far indeed and they’re willing to resort to extreme measures to do that,” said Pratt, who says the rhetoric about not wanting to take the guns away from law abiding citizens largely evaporated after the February massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Pratt believes the biggest spark came a New York Times column from former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

“Stevens has opened the door to the deeper recesses of the left’s mind. He called for the elimination of the Second Amendment. That seems to have been followed by statements made by gun control advocates like Mr. Swalwell,” said Pratt.

According to Pratt, research shows that semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15 save many more lives than they take.

“He is focusing on firearms that have been used for criminal purposes and he’s overlooking the fact that firearms are used four times more often – every day – to protect life,” said Pratt, also pushing back against the notion that the typical homeowner doesn’t need that kind of firepower.

“Many people have saved their lives from multiple invaders of their home with their AR-15. One fellow said, ‘Yeah, I used all 30 rounds in my magazine. I had to start using my semi-automatic pistol before it was over,‘” said Pratt.


Pratt also says Swalwell’s ideas demonstrate why pro-Second Amendment Americans must stand their ground.

“He’s just making it easier, frankly, for the rest of us to say, ‘We better not be giving these people even an inch because you can see where they want to go,‘” said Pratt.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is making enforcement of existing gun laws a high priority. In fact, Sessions is now being criticized by the very people demanding new gun laws for being too aggressive in applying the old ones.

“If it weren’t for double standards, the left would have no standards at all. These people really don’t live in the real world, I don’t think. That’s why I don’t think they’re going to be getting much traction, and when they speak this way, not likely at all,” said Pratt.

To stop mass shootings in our schools and elsewhere, Pratt urges lawmakers and school officials to study what works. He says 98 percent of mass shootings occur in gun-free zones, effectively working as a magnet for would-be shooters because they know they will not encounter armed resistance.

To the contrary, Utah allows weapons on school grounds and Texas, Georgia, and Alaska allow it to some extent. Pratt urges the scrapping of gun-free zones and for other states and locales to emulate the Utah model.

In the meantime, Pratt suspects the increasingly brazen gun control proposals will bring gun rights supporters to the polls.

“The more they talk like that, the more they’re going to motivate the pro-second amendment, pro-constitutional voter. This hasn’t worked out well for them in the past,” said Pratt, noting the 1994 Republican revolution occurred just months after Democrats in Congress passed the “assault weapons” ban.

“If they want to campaign this way, we’ve got enough experience now that I can sit back and say, ‘Well good. Keep on doing that,’” said Pratt.

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School freaks over pro-Trump shirt, gets sued


When Liberty High School senior Addison Barnes wore his new T-shirt last January to his Friday morning, first-period “People and Politics” class, he knew he was making a statement, but he also was confident it fell within the Hillsboro, Oregon, school district’s standards for student speech – after all, it directly quoted the president of the United States.

Specifically, the words on the shirt read: “Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co.,” with “The Wall Just Got 10 Feet Taller” in quotes.

Barnes’ class was discussing the topic of immigration that morning.

“The T-shirt was just a representation of my political beliefs,” Barnes told KGW News.

The teen’s confidence was short-lived, however. During class, Assistant Principal Amanda Ryan-Fear came to the classroom and removed Barnes, directing him to cover the shirt because, she claimed, at least one other student and a teacher had said the shirt “offended” them.

Barnes complied and was sent back to class. But as he sat in his seat, thinking over what had just happened, he decided the assistant principal was wrong and had no right to order him to cover the shirt, so he uncovered it.

“I thought to myself, ‘You know this isn’t right, this is my First Amendment right to be able to wear this shirt,‘” Barnes said.

Later in the period, Ryan-Fear returned to the classroom and observed Barnes and his shirt. She had him removed to her office by a security guard and threatened him with suspension for “defiance,” reiterating the claim others were “offended.” Given the choice to cover the shirt or be sent home for the day, Barnes went home.

It was not until the following Monday, when Barnes and his father met with Principal Greg Timmons, that the student learned his absence was being treated as a suspension and that the student and teacher who, it had been claimed, said they were “offended” now reportedly said they felt “threatened” by the shirt. While the one-day suspension was vacated, the teen was threatened with future suspensions if he wore the shirt to school again.

Barnes has abided by the school’s demand, but did wear the shirt briefly in April for an interview in a fellow student’s documentary on the First Amendment. When the student submitted the documentary, he was directed by the teacher and the administration to blur or obscure the T-shirt before his school project could be uploaded to the school’s online learning platform.

The school’s refusal to recognize Barnes’ First Amendment right to engage in “a silent, passive expression” on a political and social issue of the day, “unaccompanied by any disorder or disturbance” by him resulted in the filing of a lawsuit Friday against the high school, the district and Principal Timmons.

The school is also accused of selectively deciding which “offensive” messages are permitted on campus. In the filing, it is noted that one of Barnes’ teachers prominently displayed a sign in the front of the classroom stating “Sanctuary City, Welcome Home,” a message – like that on the T-shirt – at the heart of the current debate on immigration.

The suit seeks a declaratory judgment stating that the school violated Barnes First Amendment rights and a permanent injunction against the school enforcing its guidelines in a similar manner so the teen can again wear the shirt to school. Unspecified damages. court costs and attorney fees are also sought.

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Among the attorneys representing Barnes at the U.S. District Court in Portland is Oregon House Minority Leader Republican Michael McLane.

“The high school, ironically named Liberty High School, had violated his free-speech rights,” said McLane. “He was told he offended them but that’s a far cry from being disruptive, and it is certainly a far cry from violating school policy, let alone what is clearly First Amendment free-speech law.”

The Oregon chapter of the ACLU weighed in on Barnes’ behalf, although grudgingly:

“The school clearly crossed the line when it required a student to remove a T-shirt that voiced support for Donald Trump’s border wall or face a suspension, legal director Mat dos Santos told KGW. “This shirt is mean spirited, but it isn’t a ‘disturbance’ under First Amendment case law.

“It is disappointing that Liberty High School decided to censor the student instead of inviting the student body to discuss immigration, the freedom of speech, and the impacts of xenophobic rhetoric. Schools have a responsibility to teach our youth how to engage in thoughtful conversations about difficult and potentially offensive subject matters. Censorship doesn’t work and often just elevates the subject the government is trying to silence.”

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Fox News competitor to put Savage on TV?

Michael Savage

Michael Savage

The Fox News Channel could soon get some competition from a brand-new network in the works that is reportedly looking to put right-leaning powerhouses such as radio’s Michael Savage on television.

The Sinclair Broadcast Group is now making new moves to lay the groundwork for the channel to take on Rupert Murdoch’s empire, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“Sinclair is speaking with both current and former Fox News personalities about joining the would-be network, which a knowledgeable source says could be led by Tribune Media executive Sean Compton,” THR reports.

The paper says Sinclair also made an overture to Savage.

On Wednesday, the radio host asked his followers on Twitter: “Should Savage do a TV show in addition to his radio show?”

The responses were overwhelmingly supportive of the idea, with some stating:

  • “Dr. Savage, I would love to see you on TV. Your voice of reason is exactly what this country needs. Your radio show is the best, but you would have a chance to reach an even broader audience. I know it wouldn’t be easy to do both, but you seem to have the energy and passion!” (CaptainStu)
  • “Just make sure this time that the producers and call screeners don’t sabotage you like @MSNBC did.” (Mister K)
  • “As long as you have content control yes” (Practical Houstonian)
  • “Maybe Obama can set you up with a Netflix deal … Don’t do it, you rule the radio!” (Anthony)

The Hollywood Reporter says one name not in the mix is former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.

Sinclair, based in Baltimore, is waiting on federal approval for its purchase of Tribune Media, that would provide the company the cable channel WGN America, which could be transformed into conservative content.

Former FCC commissioner Michael Copps, an opponent of Sinclair’s $3.9 billion takeover of Tribune, told THR the company is “trying to look as nonthreatening as possible and make this deal look as innocuous as possible.”

To date, officials at Sinclair have denied whispers about a challenge to Fox News, and a spokesman declined comment on the latest report.

But Copps maintains: “Watch what they do and not what they say.”

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Giuliani reverses: Trump should talk to Mueller

(THE HILL) — President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani in a reversal on Wednesday said that he now believes that Trump should interview with special counsel Robert Mueller.

“I guess I’d rather do the interview. It gets it over with it, it makes my client happy,” Giuliani told the Washington Post. “The safe course you hear every lawyer say is ‘don’t do the interview,’ and that’s easy to say in the abstract. That’s much harder when you have a client who is the president of the United States and wants to be interviewed.”

Giuliani has cast doubt on Trump interviewing with Mueller in the past. He told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published Tuesday that if he were to make a decision on the interview at that time, he would decide against it.

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Struggling college offers Master’s in social justice

(CAMPUS REFORM) — Marygrove College, a Catholic graduate institution in Detroit, is now offering students a chance to earn a master’s degree in Social Justice.

According to the program’s webpage, the graduate program “is ideal for those interested in learning and promoting social justice/ change and becoming a scholar/activist.”

Through various courses offered by the program, students will get a chance to learn about concepts such as “corporate power,” “white privilege,” “psychology on social justice,” and more.

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FDA: Teething medicines are unsafe

(AP) — Federal health officials warned parents Wednesday about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient and asked manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers.

The Food and Drug Administration said that various gels and creams containing the drug benzocaine (BEN-zoh-keyn) can cause rare but deadly side effects in children, especially those 2 years and younger.

The agency has been warning about the products for a decade but said reports of illnesses and deaths have continued. Now, it wants teething products off the market, noting there is little evidence they actually work.

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Bias-response team has ‘literal thought police’

(COLLEGE FIX) — The University of Kentucky this month received a dubious award from a campus watchdog group for their campus speech code that, in the words of the group, “threatens to seriously chill freedom of speech” and contains “literal speech police” as part of its governing mechanism.

The university’s Bias Incident Response Team “[encourages] students to report on one another, and on their professors, for saying virtually anything that offends anyone else,” the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education reports.

The Bias Incident Response Team, which the university’s website states is the school’s “official system for reporting acts of bias, hatred, and identity-based violence,” defines a “bias incident” as any “activity that intimidates, demeans, mocks, degrades, marginalizes, or threatens individuals or groups,” according to FIRE. These incidents can be “intentional or unintentional.”

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Trump cannot block Twitter followers, judge says

(CNBC) — President Donald Trump cannot block users on his Twitter feed, a federal judge in New York City ruled Wednesday.

Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said in her ruling that Trump is violating the U.S. Constitution by preventing certain Americans from viewing his tweets.

The social media platform, Buchwald said, is a “designated public forum” from which Trump cannot exclude individual plaintiffs.

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