New Townhall Column: ‘Of Tolerance and Tyranny’

I’ve penned a new column at Townhall.com today on tolerance and religious liberty. Check it out!

Support traditional marriage? Believe in the First Amendment and religious liberty? Congrats, you’re a bigoted “fascist” and “homophobe”!

Brouhaha recently erupted over Arizona Senate Bill 1062—the bill that garnered national attention after being falsely maligned and derided as “anti-gay.” The two-page bill defined free exercise of religion as “practice or observance of religion, including the ability to act or refusal to act in a manner substantially motivated by a religious belief, whether or not the exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief.” Simply put, the bill would have reaffirmed the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed into law by former President Bill Clinton.

Cato Institute’s Ilya Shapiro detailed how SB 1062 would have protected business owners from government coercion:

This doesn’t mean that people can “do whatever they want” – laws against murder would still trump religious human sacrifice – but it would prevent the government from forcing people to violate their religion if that can at all be avoided. Moreover, there’s no mention of sexual orientation (or any other class or category).

Governor Jan Brewer (R-AZ) ultimately vetoed the bill after caving to pressure from opponents.

Conservative talk show host Tammy Bruce—who is a lesbian—criticized Brewer in a column for submitting to the radical gay Left’s bullying tactics:

It has been disgusting to watch supposed gay “leadership” drag young gays and lesbians through an indoctrination that insists that in order to have equality, you must force other people to do your will, make them betray who they are, and punish them if they offend you.

Attacks on religious liberty are real and shouldn’t go unnoticed.

Continue reading at Townhall.com.

Happy Birthday, Counter Cultured!

Today marks a year since my sister Anna Maria launched the popular culturally conservative blog Counter Cultured. She enlisted me to help her manage the blog, and I couldn’t be more proud of what we and our contributors have accomplished this past year.

Below is our anniversary video featuring yours truly, Caleb Parke, Claire Chretien, and Anna Maria Hoffman.

From interviews with Ryan T. Anderson and former presidential candidate Rick Santorum to viral vlogs to grassroots video projects, we’ve succeeded in adding the young conservative perspective to the culture war.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed, participated in our videos, and supported our blog along the way. Here’s to many more years. Stay counter cultured!

MUST WATCH: #Resist44 Activist Spoofs President Obama to the Tune of Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend”

Bailey Connell – who is known for her singing talents, blogging, and work with Resistance 44 – has released a new music video. In it, she raps and sings about the need to defeat Obama…to the tune of Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend.”

Watch it, and do your part to make it go viral. Kindly share!

Attend Eagle Forum of San Diego’s “Rise Up” Convention This June 1st

If you live in Southern California and are looking for an event to attend, then check out EFSD’s “Rise Up” Convention.

Speakers include Dinesh D’Souza, Brian Brown, Frank Gaffney, and more!

The event will take place at Skyline Church in San Diego from 4-9pm on June 1, 2012.

Register for the event here. Tickets cost $20. (Bring your children!)

If you’re interested in having a booth there, inquire here.

“Like” the event page and RSVP on Facebook.

Hope to see you there!

The War on Men Must Stop: My Thoughts on Manliness

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WARNING: This post contains traces of sarcasm and humor. Please don’t take offense to anything I write, unless you’re a beta male.

Earlier this week, I was tweeting about the need for more manly men in our country. Apart from communists and Marxists, nothing irritates me more than feckless people – especially feckless men.

You see, in a selfish sort of way, I don’t want to have to pick and choose a potential boyfriend (and later husband) from a crop of wusses. When a female looks for a potential mate, she looks for a guy who resembles her dad – a guy who is loving, strong, affectionate, fun to be around, and confident. I want to look forward to dating, not babysitting – is that a crime? I know other women share this same frustration.

I’m biased when I say this, but my dad is the definition of manliness. Heck, HE IS the Most Interesting Man in the World – well, his lookalike.

When I say my dad is the epitome of manliness, I sincerely mean it. My dad doesn’t take crap from people; he lived in a communist country and went through (and later overcame) many challenges in Lithuania. He is a fisherman, general contractor, husband, father, brother, and friend.  If that’s not manliness, then what is? There are many men like this; they just need to be recognized and encouraged.

In general, feeble-minded men are a reflection of a country gone awry – a country vulnerable to attack.

That being said, you can read my thoughts on manliness and the war feminists are waging on it below:

“It’s Raining Beta Men: Why Emasculation is a Curse, Not a Blessing”

Harvard professor and Manliness author Harvey C. Mansfield opined, “We are attracted to the manly man because he imparts some of his confidence to everyone else.”

Manly men—past and present—have captivated the world with their talents, leadership, oratory skills, and virility. They are strong, protective, and brave. They are fathers, gentlemen, husbands, friends, and neighbors. They are innovators, pioneers, and model citizens. Simply put, manly men are invincible.

Great men like Ronald Reagan, Charlton Heston, Winston Churchill, and Clark Gable exhibited manly traits in their respective lives. They lived in an era where men were expected to defend themselves and were prepared to fight. Before the ascendancy of feminism, manliness was the gold standard – a virtue all young men wanted and sought. Anything short of manliness was discouraged.

Today, we look to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Florida Congressman Allen West, actor Bruce Willis, and other manly men for confidence and guidance. They make us feel safe and comfortable. They lead us and represent us. They protect us from harm’s way here and abroad. Without them, civilization would cease to exist.

Alas, feminists have waged a war on men and continue to perpetrate it.

Feminists contend that patriarchy and its “male enablers” enslave women through marriage and motherhood. They assert that men are sex-driven, lustful pigs keen on subduing women. As a result, feminists are determined to undermine them.

Here is proof:

1)      A typical feminist believes men enslave women through marriage:

“Since marriage constitutes slavery for women, it is clear that the Women’s Movement must concentrate on attacking this institution. Freedom for women cannot be won without the abolition of marriage.” – Sheila Cronan, in Radical Feminism – “Marriage” (1970)

2)      A typical feminist thinks men are rapists:

“Male sexual aggression is endemic, if any sex act against a person’s will were considered rape, the majority of men would be rapists.” – Marilyn French, The War Against Women, Ballantine Books, 1992, p. 193

3)      A typical feminist wants to eradicate manliness:

“Only when manhood is dead–and it will perish when ravaged femininity no longer sustains it–only then will we know what it is to be free.”  -Andrea Dworkin, Our Blood: Prophecies And Discourses On Sexual Politics

In order to successfully carry out their agenda, feminists want “new castrati males” to replace manly men.

Rush Limbaugh famously coined this lexicon and recently affirmed that new castrati males are “men with no guts who have just been bullied by women and the power structure and liberalism in general.” He could not be farther from the truth.

Beta males greatly contrast manly men. They are weak, defenseless, and overtly emotional. They are uninspiring and deprived. And more importantly, they are subservient to women.

Unfortunately, these emasculated males have pervaded society. Turn on the T.V., and you see a guy crying on his wife’s shoulder or hiding behind her skirt. Listen to men talk about the so-called contraception shortage. They’re feckless and equally duped by feminist talking points. Watch beta males be berated by their feminist girlfriends and wives in public. It is humiliating and outrageous to watch.

When will the madness stop? When will real men stand up to emasculation and demand its end?

Fear not, there is a glimmer of hope.

Daily Telegraph recently published an article highlighting a new study that found strong men are likely to be conservative. It said, “Researchers cite muscle-bound Hollywood action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris and Sylvester Stallone as evidence that aggression is linked to conservative politics.”

The article added that conservative men boast “the hunter-gatherer instincts of macho men – which are a hangover of out cavemen origins when the strongest ruled the roost.”

Conservative men must vow to defend manliness. Our nation was built upon the hard work of men, not wimps. With the lackluster economy, high unemployment, and destructive leftist policies already in place, emasculation will add to this country’s demise unless it is stopped.

Men: America needs you and your strength. Do not surrender your virility to feminists. Instead, work tirelessly to combat this attack.

Beta males – you will not go unnoticed. Let the reclamation of manliness begin!

Originally posted at RightWingNews.

For more on manliness, check out Mandependence and the “Art of Manliness.”

UPDATE: Linked on Ace of Spades, Instapundit, and The Other McCain.

Happy 30th Wedding Anniversary, Mom and Dad!

30 years ago today (April 1, 1982), my mother and my father were wed in Lithuania.

I know, I know…Why would two people get married on April Fools Day? Were they fools for getting married, or were they not aware of the significance behind this day? I always asked them about getting married on April 1st.

Here’s what a typical conservation looked like:

Me: “Aren’t you aware that your anniversary falls on April Fools Day?”

Dad: “Yes. It’s a day just like any other.”

Me: “Not really, Dad. People prank each other that day.”

Mom: “It was the earliest date we could find. Our other options were the end of April or late September (of 1982).”

Me: “Okay, that’s makes more sense.”

Although April 1st is a day full of jokes, jest, and merriment, it is a day like any other. For me, it’s the day my  parents got married.

My parents’ 30-year marriage is a testament that life-long love does exist and is possible. No matter the ups and downs they’ve faced, my parents love each other and will continue to do so. My sister Anna Maria and I are blessed to have them. Their marriage inspires us to pursue the same type of love in our lives. Here’s to 30 more years!

Love you, Mamyte ir Tevelis.

Eagle Forum Collegians Summit – July 19-20, 2012 – Washington, DC

Conservative in college? Want to hear from movers and shakers? Attend Eagle Forum’s Collegian Summit in Washington, DC this July 19-20, 2012.

I highly suggest you attend this conference. I had the honor of being one of ten youth panelists at last year’s summit. I got to hear Paul Ryan, Allen West, and many other remarkable speakers. I also got to meet other like-minded college kids and see some old friends.

If you’re looking for a great networking opportunity in an intimate setting, this event is for you!

Here’s the promo video:

Also, here are Allen West’s thoughts on college conservatives:

 

Register for the event here. Students in the DC metro area can attend the event for free. Those residing outside of the DC metro area can apply for scholarships here.

 

Stop the Assault on Religious Liberty: Voice Dissent Over Obama’s Contraception Mandate

Obama’s contraception mandate has angered many people, and it rightly should. If this policy is enforced and shoved down our throats, religious liberty will be further undermined.

When I was in the studio last week (for those of you unaware, I’m the Executive Assistant for The Rick Amato Show), I had a delightful conversation with Thomas McKenna (one of our guests) about the implications of the birth control mandate.  Our talk ranged from Catholicism in Lithuania (my ancestral homeland is ethnically and culturally Catholic. I discovered that his sister-in-law is Lithuanian) to Proposition 8 (we were dismayed by the recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeal ruling to overturn it). He represents St. Gianna Physician’s Guild, which works closely with the Archdiocese of San Diego and is doing its part to bring awareness to this invasive policy here.

Here’s more information about St. Gianna Physician’s Guild:

The mission of St. Gianna Physician’s Guild is to unite and encourage Catholic physicians, and those in the health care profession, to promote and defend Catholic principles in a public way by word and example, and to inspire sanctification in their lives.

It seeks to use the influence and expertise of the medical profession to clarify and support sound ethics and morality in the practice of medicine and proclaim them in the public forum. As a way of promoting these values in the personal lives of the faithful, the Guild has a special devotional outreach to promotes and teach about the life and virtues of their patron, St. Gianna Beretta Molla, a dedicated wife, mother and physician who lived and practiced her faith in an exemplar way in the 20th century.

The group has an online petition available for people to sign. Below is an outline of the petition’s objective:

This new directive by the Obama Administration is:

  • Undermining: The U.S Department of Health and Human Service’s adoption of the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that contraceptive services be provided for all women is contrary to Catholic moral teaching and undermines fundamental principles of the Catholic Faith. ["Legitimate intentions on the part of the spouses do not justify recourse to morally unacceptable means . . . for example, direct sterilization or contraception." (Catechism of the Catholic Church #2399)]
  • Deceptive:  Many FDA approved birth control methods are classified as a Group 1 carcinogen by the International Agency of Cancer Research (IACR), a research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO) and categorized in the same group as cigarettes and asbestos.
  • Discriminatory Against Catholic Institutions:  It violates the freedom of conscience and freedom to practice religion guaranteed by the Constitution, specifically targeting Catholic hospitals, clinics, parishes, social services, schools and other Catholic institutions under the new rule compelling them to act contrary to Catholic teaching on life and procreation unless they stop hiring and serving non-Catholics.
  • Biased Against Catholic Health Care Professionals:  A direct attack on Catholic doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers who are not provided a “conscience clause” to opt out of providing medical services that are contrary to their religious beliefs.
  • Misleading:  Increased access to birth control will actually increase (not decrease) the need for abortion.  The Guttmacher Institute, a research arm of Planned Parenthood, admits that their research reveals that over 50% of women show up at abortion clinics for an abortion due to failed birth control.
  • Bad Medicine:  Encourages unhealthy and immoral sexual practices which will drive the need for more health care services in the area of STD treatment and abortion services. 
  • Lacking Transparency:  This mandate reveals shameless abortion rights advocacy by the Obama Administration as they are well aware that birth control distribution is the feeder system of the profitable abortion industry. 

Therefore, we petition the Obama Administration and Secretary Sebelius to immediately withdraw all references to contraception and contraception counseling from the “Guidelines for Women’s Preventive Services” under The Affordable Care Act, and to provide a CONSCIENCE CLAUSE to protect the religious freedom and beliefs of Catholics and other Americans who are opposed to contraception.

Over 26,000 signatures have been collected so far. Be sure to visit StoptheBirthControlMandate.org to sign the petition and stand in solidarity against the attack on religious liberty.

The Implications of Sperm Donor Dads

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Image by Mikael Colville-Andersen via Flickr

In an age where marriage, family, and Judeo-Christian values are under siege, it is important to pose the alternative. With contraceptives, abortion, and other unorthodox practices readily available and accepted, sperm donors should not come as a surprise.

In my time at college, I have seen ads in my university paper calling for egg or sperm donors. Most college newspapers advertise the same services. They entertain offers to make bank by giving sperm or eggs to labs for research and/or  “humanitarian” causes.

In a time where students need money, this seems like a good prospect. Why not – give your sperm off  through little to no effort and make money! How awesome is that?

Nevertheless, do students who partake in this understand the implications of their actions? Do they understand how many children they may potentially father?

My sister Anna Maria Hoffman, who also contributes to TheCollegeConservative, expounds on this unethical and equally demoralizing practice in her column “Sperm Donor Daddy: The Breakdown of Society“:

“On September 12, 2011, Style Exposed aired a program called “Sperm Donor”, which features 33-year old Ben Siesler, a man who has fathered 74 children. When he was in law school at George Mason University, he donated to a local sperm bank for three years and never knew he fathered so many children until recently. For each month he donated his sperm, he received $900. Throughout the documentary, he has trouble telling his fiancée Lauren about his 74 children, while they both discuss wedding plans and the possibility of having children of their own in the near future.