Cardinal against ‘culture of death’

first_imgMahony also said he has met with Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, D-Los Angeles, who is supporting the bill sponsored by Assembly members Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, and Patty Berg, D-Santa Rosa. “We should be troubled that Fabian Nuñez – who has worshipped here in this cathedral and is a Catholic – somehow has not understood and grasped the culture of life but has allowed himself to get swept into this other direction, the culture of death,” Mahony said. Nuñez spokesman Steve Maviglio issued a statement in response to Mahony’s criticism. “While he respects the cardinal’s view, this is another issue of individual choice where the overwhelming majority of Catholics have a different perspective than the official position of the church,” the statement said. “Personal liberty and dignity are important values to Californians, regardless of their religious beliefs.” Modeled after Oregon’s decade-old assisted-suicide law, AB 374 was approved last week by the Assembly Judiciary Committee. It would allow adults diagnosed with a terminal disease to be given a prescription for life-ending drugs. Cardinal Roger Mahony asked Catholics on Monday to fight a “culture of death” and oppose an Assembly bill that would allow doctor-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. Speaking during a noontime Mass marking the second anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II, Mahony said the popular pontiff had expressed concerns about the growing “culture of death” in the United States. “We have a new danger and a new assault,” Mahony said during his homily at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. “If Pope John Paul II was still standing with us, he would hold up this bill and say, `We must not go down this path.”‘ Opponents worry the law will be abused and that people with disabilities will be pressured to end their lives because of high medical bills or other reasons. “Assisted suicide is totally unnecessary,” Mahony said. “Not only is it against God’s law and God’s plan, we simply don’t need something like that.” Similar legislation has been proposed in previous years in California, but never made it to the governor’s desk. However, growing public support and the backing of Nuñez make it increasingly likely that the Democrat-controlled Assembly will pass the bill. A spokesman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reiterated earlier statements that voters should decide the issue. “We typically don’t take a position on legislation until we’ve had a chance to review it,” spokesman Aaron McLear said. “But on this issue, I can tell you that his position has always been that this is a very significant issue that should be decided directly by the voters.” Steve Hopcraft, author of the bill and campaign manager for Californians for Compassionate Choices, said Mahony is out of touch with public sentiment. “He does not represent the views of a majority of Roman Catholics in California,” Hopcraft said. “And he certainly does not represent the majority of Californians of every faith who believe terminally ill patients should make their own choices about the final days of their terminal disease.” troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Education & Political News

first_imgWhat’s been happening in school boards about evolution and intelligent design?  Here are some recent stories about politicians, reporters and ordinary citizens:Kansas Grass Roots:  Candidates vying for school board seats in Liberal, Kansas squared off over the evolution issue: see Hutchinson News.Ohio Rematch:  Despite an earlier loss, Darwin critics in Ohio are hoping to bring up the issue for a vote again, reports CNS News.  The article editorializes that “Their goal is to force curriculum changes that would also allow discussion of the intelligent design theory,” when the wording of the proposed changes specifically denies this.McCain’s Open Mind:  Though an evolutionist himself, Senator John McCain thinks students ought to hear both sides in the debate over evolution, according to a piece in Evolution News that comments on a story reported in the New York Sun July 18.  The Sun said, “the senator mocked the idea that American young people were so delicate and impressionable that they needed to be sheltered from the concept” and compared it to cold-war efforts to shield students from learning about Marxism.White House Press:  President Bush’s press secretary Tony Snow entertained Wesley J. Smith of the Discovery Institute.  Smith was there to congratulate the president for vetoing the stem cell funding bill this week.Quilt Warfare:  In a bizarre piece of propaganda, Canadian quilt-making mom Barbara West ridiculed intelligent design on her (hopefully) intelligently-designed quilt.  According to Canmore Leader, West, whose quilt showed the earth on a pile of turtles (see humor page), won the National Award of Excellence for her design.  Casey Luskin of Discovery Institute had some smirks about this.Free Press:  Patrick Gavin, associate editorial page editor of the LA Examiner, gave lengthy coverage to Casey Luskin and John West about their post-Dover book Traipsing Into Evolution that critically analyzes Judge Jones’ ruling.WWJD:  Lita Cosner wrote for Creation Ministries International about how governments and secularists are fighting to make US schools Christ-free zones and are erring on the side of censorship.Conservative Backlash:  Not all pro-evolutionists are liberals.  A new group calls itself Conservatives Against Intelligent Design.  See also report on Science and Theology News.National Wahoo:  In the vein that everyone is someone elses’ weirdo, George Gilder of the Discovery Institute wrote a lengthy article supporting intelligent design for National Review, only to be trashed a week later by John Derbyshire on National Review.Evolutionary Faith:  Uncommon Descent found out that the National Center for Science Education is looking for a “Faith Project Director,”  This is odd, because the NCSE argues that evolution is built on science, and creation is based on faith.  The job duties include “developing materials pertaining to evolution and religion for print and web; representing NCSE to the faith community, in print and in person; serving as liaison between NCSE and professional theological societies and religious organizations; speaking to the press about issues involving evolution education and challenges to it; counseling teachers, administrators, parents, and others facing challenges to evolution education.” Thanks to Evolution News and Access Research Network for most of these leads.  Let’s get the ACLU to turn on the NCSE over separation of church and state.  Derbyshire is an arrogant hack who likens creationists to whack-a-moles.  This is a psychological disorder known as role reversal.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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21 FREE Hand-Painted Brush Stroke Motion Graphics

first_imgLooking for more free assets? Check these out.29 Free LUTs for Video15 FREE Camera Shake Presets for After Effects and Premiere Pro355 Free Motion Graphics, Sound Effects, Action Elements and MoreCreative Uses for Bokeh Overlays + Free Prism Bokeh PackHow to Use These 4 Free Animated Texts in Your Videos With these FREE, hand-painted brush stroke graphics and animations, you can easily add a bit of flair and texture to your videos and animations.When you’re making titles or motion graphics, adding a little extra animation or texture can go a long way to give your project a custom, hand-made feel. Especially when those additions are custom and handmade.With these simple-yet-effective hand-painted line animations, shapes, and other paint graphics, you can drag-and-drop some extra texture and motion onto any scene or graphic. These elements are all pre-keyed and ready to go. Just add them on top of anything that needs a little something extra.This pack of 21 FREE Brush Stroke Graphics includes the following:21 5-second Quicktime .mov files in Prores 444, pre-keyed (with alpha) animated brush stroke graphics.11 different types of line animations, including thick, faded, dotted, and more.3 different circle animations with varied looks.7 various shape and symbol animations, like arrows, Xs, and check marks.A 15% off Shutterstock coupon Download the 21 FREE Brush Stroke GraphicsClick the button below to download the free pack of 21 Brush Stroke Graphics. In the download, you’ll find everything you need to get started. These motion graphics are free to use in any personal or commercial projects. By downloading, you agree not to resell or redistribute these free assets. DOWNLOAD 21 FREE BRUSH STROKE GRAPHICSHow to Use These Free Paint GraphicsThese free brush stroke graphics are pre-keyed and extremely easy to use.These FREE brush stroke graphics are extremely easy to use.They are all pre-keyed with an alpha channel, so there’s no need to do anything with transfer modes or luma mattes. You can drag and drop them onto your footage and use them however you like.There is one caveat: all of these files are 5 seconds long. This means that if you need them to be longer, you’ll need to lengthen them in your editing software.Lengthening The Animation In PremiereClicking Insert Frame Hold Segment in Premiere will let you lengthen the animation.To lengthen the graphics in Premiere, simply add your element to the timeline and position it using the motion tab in the effects controls.Once you have it where you like it, you can right-click on the element on your timeline with your playhead toward the end of the clip (it doesn’t really matter where, just as long as the animation has run its course), and then select “Insert Frame Hold Segment.”This will give you an extendable clip that can last as long as you need.Lengthening The Animation In After EffectsClicking Freeze on Last Frame in After Effects will allow you to extend the animation.In After Effects, it’s even easier to get the length that you need.Once you’ve got your element placed in the composition, you can simply right-click it and navigate to the “time” dropdown menu. There, you’ll see the option to “Freeze On Last Frame.”Select this, and After Effects will now play through the beginning portion of the animation and freeze it on the final frame. This way, you can extend the clip manually.Want to see some of these elements in action? Check out this video.last_img read more

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