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By Party_affiliations_in_the_European_Council_(5_December_2011).svg: IgnisFatuusderivative work: IgnisFatuus [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsThe referendum on the same sex marriage is approaching quickly, the folks in the government are seriously concerned about those citizens who actually say "yes" but will vote "no" when nobody looks, the leaflets are being delivered by both sides, and so on. In another words the campaign is full blown by now.

As the marriage is ultimately about children, as in virtually any culture, including our European, it is such a big thing not because two people love each other, but because of the potential of starting a family and raising children, I decided to find out how it is to be raised by two dads or two moms. I came across few testimonies of people raised by same sex couples but none of them was as in-depth as the one of Heather Barwick, former supporter of gay marriages and families.

Please listen to the eye opening 35 minutes speach carefully:

https://soundcloud.com/ionainstitute/heather-barwick-on-being-raised-by-same-sex-parents/s-ka7c6

This time of the year is a double anniversary.

katynThe first one commemorates so called Katyń Massacre, a series of mass executions of Polish POWs, policemen and intelligentia, carried out by Soviet secret police, NKVD in April and May 1940. About 22 thousands of Polish citizens, captured after Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939 were executed by shot in the back of the head or neck. 50 years later Soviet Union officially acknowledged and condemned the atrocity and subsequent cover-up although they refused to classify it as a war crime or a genocide. It took another 20 years that Russian Duma (parliament) issued a declaration blaming Soviet officials with Stalin first and foremost.

The first official memorial service in Katyń took place in 1988 during which the families of the victims visited the crime scene.

ofiary5 years ago, on Saturday, 10 April 2010 at 8:41:06 CEST a Tupolev Tu-154M aircraft of the Polish Air Force crashed near the Smolensk North Military Aerodrome, Smolensk, Russia, killing all 96 people on board including President of Poland Lech Kaczyński and his wife Maria, former President of Poland in exile Ryszard Kaczorowski, the chief of the Polish General Staff and other senior Polish military officers, the president of the National Bank of Poland, Poland's deputy foreign minister, Polish government officials, 18 members of the Polish parliament, senior members of the Polish clergy, and relatives of victims of the Katyn Massacre. They were en route from Warsaw to attend an event marking the 70th anniversary of the massacre.

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Lifesitenews.com reports that internationally known Canadian pro-life activist Mary Wagner appeared on postal stamps released by Polish Postal Service and designed by Jacek Kotula.

HeartlungIt was year 1200 or so. United armies of Kingdoms of Castile, Aragon and Navarre already liberated about a half of the Iberian Peninsula from Muslim rulers. In France, the University of Paris, called la Sorbonne, received its charters from king Phillip II of France. In Italian city-states preparations for the Fourth Crusade begun. In Far East Temüjin, after receiving the title of Genghis Khan just started building his empire.

Meanwhile, in a village called Portell in Catalonia a local knight's wife died during labour. She was then prepared for funeral, her body was washed and dressed in her most beautiful dresses. After that she was laid down to wait for her burial surrounded by praying mourners, candles and incense. Suddenly the door opened and Raymond Count of Cardona, the cousin of the deceased, run towards the catafalque. He grabbed his dagger, cut through the dresses and the belly of the dead woman and pulled out alive baby-boy. The baby was named Raymond after his saviour, and got a nickname Nonnatus (not born) for obvious reason. St. Raymond Nonnatus is the patron saint of pregnant women, childbirth, midwives, children, and priests defending the confidentiality of confession.

HahnemannAccording to Irish Society of Homeopaths website “Homeopathy is a gentle, yet highly effective system of medicine. It uses naturally occurring substances in the form of remedies to stimulate the body's own healing power. The results, although gentle, can be powerful and long lasting. It is suitable for everyone, even sensitive patients, from pregnancy, childhood and adolescence to adulthood and older age.

It's pretty generic a definition of a medicine system matching many kinds of treatments, medicine branches and so on. Yet, homeopathy is entirely different from all of them.

CrucifictionSometimes strange things happen to people who are considered irredeemable. Sometimes they redeem. Sometimes crooks, murderers, and thugs come back to sanctity. Remember the Good Thief from the Luke's Gospel? Jesus was crucified along with two criminals. According to Luke one of the criminals started to mock Jesus but was reprimanded by the other one:
One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, 'Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!' But the other rebuked him, saying, 'Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.' Then he said, 'Jesus, remember me when you come intoyour kingdom.' He replied, 'Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.' (Luke 23:39-43)
The fragment tells us that there is no sin that couldn't be forgiven. Until we breathe we have a chance to be redeemed.

164px-Horthy the regentAn anecdote about entering the World War II theatre by USA. The conversation between president Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his secretary of state, Cordell Hull, one of many versions, this particular one from the book King of the Mountain: The Nature of Political Leadership By Arnold M. Ludwig:

Hull: “I am sorry to announce, Mr President, that Hungary has declared war on us.”

Roosevelt: “Hungary? What kind of country is it?”

Hull: “It's a kingdom.”

Roosevelt: “Who is the king?”

Hull: “They Have no king.”

Roosevelt: “A kingdom without the king! Who is the head of state?”

Hull: “Admiral Horthy.”

Roosevelt: “Admiral? Now, after Pearl Harbor, we have another navy on our neck!”

Hull: “No, Mr President. Hungary has no navy, not even a seacoast.”

Roosevelt: “Strange. What do they want from us? Territorial claims perhaps?”

Hull: “No, sir. They want territory from Romania.”

Roosevelt: “Did they declare war also on Romania?”

Hull: “No, Mr President. Romania is their ally.”

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