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My 2020 vision: 20/20 vision

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke I apologize that many of my columns are just a series of complaints. People – pro-lifers and myself included – are dumb. We regularly arrive at foolish moral positions and while that cannot be totally avoided, I hope the frequency of this misfortune could be at least reduced by attempting to utilize a proper system of [...]

2020-01-10T09:11:31-05:00January 10, 2020|Josie Luetke, Society & Culture|

Running out the clock

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke I  find it fitting as the clock winds down on 2019 to talk about a different clock running out. In a relatively brief span of time, I’ve been let down frequently. A former member of my high school pro-life club came out against banning abortions, asserting that she wished that more “pro-lifers” would understand that “our [...]

2019-12-11T05:49:45-05:00December 11, 2019|Human rights, Josie Luetke, Society & Culture|

A church-sized hole

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke At a recent Mass I attended, the deacon indicated in his homily that we are most like Jesus when we fight against social injustices. The examples he gave? That of students participating in the climate strike, those calling for proper preparations for natural disasters, etc. I nearly keeled over the pew right then, because I’m so [...]

2019-11-14T20:32:03-05:00November 13, 2019|Josie Luetke, Religion|

Don’t be these people this election

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke I had a hard time deciding what to write this column on because I’m not sure who bothers me more this election: “Pro-lifers” planning to vote Liberal/NDP/Green or pro-lifers insisting it’s “Conservative or bust.” I decided to write about both, in a “fun” exercise of considering which mindset is more infuriating. Let us look at Exhibit [...]

Pain

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke Like most writers, I aim to stand by everything I say, but, alas, that’s near impossible. Still, it’s bothersome to have to amend something so shortly after writing it. In the July/August edition of The Interim, I stated in my article, “How to talk about abortion,” that it’s important to acknowledge that “pregnancy is very difficult.” [...]

2019-09-18T09:10:55-04:00September 18, 2019|Josie Luetke|

Pride cometh before a fall

Josie Luetke It may just be my impression, but this past Pride Month seemed particularly vociferous. On numerous occasions, socially conservative friends and coworkers dutifully noted: “Pride cometh before the fall.” Now, I mean no offense to them and believe they were just offering a sincere warning, but it’s easy to see how this verse could be recited proudly, as [...]

Is there an upside to the abortion pill?

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke Acknowledged: This method of abortion, RU-486, marketed in Canada under the brand name Mifegymiso, has downsides. It poses dangerous health risks to women and makes abortion more difficult to protest due to the decentralization of the pill’s consumption and the age and size of the embryo it kills. Abortion proponents are thrilled with Mifegymiso because of [...]

2019-05-17T09:12:05-04:00May 17, 2019|Abortion, Announcements, Features, Issues, Josie Luetke|

Fake news, real predicament

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke I recently attended presentations by Rebecca Oas, the associate director of research for the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam), on how the United Nations misrepresents data in order to advance their anti-life and anti-family agenda. She pointed out the U.N.’s habit of confusing lower prevalence rates of contraception usage with lack of access when [...]

2019-04-16T05:41:05-04:00April 15, 2019|Josie Luetke|

Treat pro-lifers the way you would treat pro-choicers

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke I’ve felt quite embattled this past month – by the media’s persecution of the Covington Catholic kids, by some Americans’ embrace of third-trimester abortions and flirtation with infanticide, and by Ottawa City Councilor Shawn Menard’s open discrimination against pro-life citizen transit commissioner Michael Olsen. Most of all, I’ve felt embattled by internal divisions in the pro-life [...]

2019-03-11T14:05:28-04:00March 11, 2019|Josie Luetke, Pro-Life|

Desktop versus placard in this culture war

We make two mistakes when it comes to using social media for pro-life outreach: The first is not relying on it at all, and the second is relying on it too much. Social media can be a crucial tool for amassing support for pro-life candidates, recruiting activists, promoting events, and educating peers on life issues. I am quite sympathetic to those who [...]

2019-02-18T15:16:48-05:00February 18, 2019|Announcements, Features, Josie Luetke, Society & Culture|

A call to rebellion

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke I have argued previously that your average member of the public has more in common with pro-lifers than with pro-choice theorists, but I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize that our movement is the new counterculture, a reality which I think some pro-lifers haven’t really internalized. Our common self-perception is that of defenders of tradition, [...]

2019-01-18T09:37:39-05:00January 18, 2019|Josie Luetke, Pro-Life|

Relief offered by gestational limits tests our resolve

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke I was recently reflecting on Save the 1’s drawing on of the Parable of the Wandering Sheep (Matthew 18:10-14). Save the 1 is a pro-life organization advocating against the rape exception for abortion (in either our personal views or in legislation). In the parable, the shepherd leaves 99 of his herd to find the one sheep [...]

2018-12-21T11:08:25-05:00December 18, 2018|Columnist, Fetal Rights, Josie Luetke|

The pro-life movement’s PR problem

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke As the story of CLC Youth Coordinator Marie-Claire Bissonnette being assaulted during Life Chain by Jordan Hunt has been covered by everyone from conservative figures like Ben Shapiro and Andrew Scheer to millennial media sites Narcity, blogTO, and Vice, to YouTubers h3h3Productions, Chris Ray Gun, and Sargon of Akkad, I felt I shouldn’t miss the opportunity [...]

2018-11-23T10:58:52-05:00November 25, 2018|Announcements, Features, Issues, Josie Luetke, Pro-Life, Youth Activism|

The log in our own eye

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke Chalk it up to our difficulty eking out cultural ground. Whenever a pro-life politician or other influential figure makes it into the spotlight, many pro-lifers immediately make it our personal mission to defend said person against any and every criticism, simply because we’re so grateful to just have someoneon “our side” to root for, and simultaneously [...]

2018-09-19T08:29:57-04:00September 19, 2018|Josie Luetke, Politics|
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