Tag Archive: pro-life

Jan 29 2013

It’s All About The Benjamins

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A just law squares with the moral law of the law of God. An unjust law . . . is out of harmony with the moral law.” MLK

The congregation at New Jerusalem Baptist Church should be outraged that Reverend Rice endorsed Christine Quinn.

Questions have been raised. Did the Reverend do his homework on Christine Quinn’s pro-choice agenda or was he too blinded by the benjamins?

With a steady stream of contributions from pro-choice groups in Quinn’s war chest, you would think Reverend Rice would have second thoughts about anointing her with an endorsement due to his spiritual obligation to the congregation where the people entrust him as a representative and magistrate of Christ’s teachings. In ancient Roman times this would have been like Diocletian, the Great Christian persecutor, endorsed by an underground Christian group.

By making Bill 371 a law that unfairly targets pregnancy centers part of her centerpiece during her tenure in City Council, Christine Quinn has established herself as one of the most aggressive anti-Christian anti-freedom of speech public officials in NYC.

When Quinn was busy pushing the bill down the throats of Councilmembers, Alveda King (MLK’s niece) came to NYC for the purpose of protesting Christine Quinn’s unfair targeting of Chris Slattery’s pregnancy center. Would Martin Luther King allow such an anti-Christian demagogue to stand at the altar and then endorse him?  No you say? Then why would Reverend Rice? Whether you want to believe it or not, after Quinn’s crusade against religious free speech and pro-life sidewalk counselors and pregnancy centers - love her or hate her - you can argue that she’s the Diocletian of our times.

Because we want to believe there is good in the world maybe the Reverend didn’t do his homework on Quinn (neither did the media, they missed the fact that Reverend Rice is a Bloomberg appointee for the Housing and Economic Development Task Force) maybe he should speak to his congregation and ask if Quinn is worthy of their endorsement or will he rest easy knowing the congregation will have blind faith in their pastor’s political pronouncements?

Questions remain like why did he turn his back on Bill Thompson, the only other African-American in the race? Although we can’t fault him because in politics you’re supposed to be color blind, letting the Daily News make a page 2 article of Quinn reading at the altar after only weeks ago when she held a press conference with abortion provider, entrepreneur and anti-life radical Merle Hoffman is an act of heresy which has brought shame on the Reverend and his ministry.

Although each of the candidates are in many ways more progressive than the congregants of the church, not one of them has the history of Christian persecution and the targeting of Pregnancy Centers that Christine Quinn has.

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Jan 14 2013

Is There a ‘Judas Conspiracy’ in New York City?

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Rumor has it a few high-ranking GOP operatives have turned their backs on the pro-life movement by helping Democratic Candidate Christine Quinn’s bid for Mayor.

Inside religious political circles, Quinn is considered the strongest adversary of religious free speech in New York City – infamously dubbed “public enemy number one to the faithful,” according to a source familiar with the situation.

A small number of these legacy Republicans are alleged to be aiding and abating her campaign for a quick buck and a political capital windfall should she win the Mayoral race.

Imagine this scenario: young men receive high level positions in government based on the hard work of their fathers, many of whom are considered “heroic, honorable, pro-life advocates that have dedicated their lives to God’s work and saving unborn babies,” according to the source. But instead of continuing their father’s work, they are alleged to be helping Quinn’s campaign for Mayor.

In response, a grassroots movement known as “Salve Regina” is sweeping across NYC.

“Salve Regina” is an attempt to educate Christian parishioners, Evangelicals, and Jewish Synagogues of Quinn’s agenda to suppress religious free speech by raising awareness of her attacks on pregnancy centers and pro-life advocates.

When their message becomes salient, she could lose all support from church going democrats particulary African-Americans, Hispanics, Jews and conservative whites in the outer boroughs, even though these demographics were already said to prefer one or more of her opponents.

Are those Republicans that are secretly helping Quinn now at a state of political war with the defenders of life?  Will there be a backlash against the turncoats? Will these sell outs try to put political hits on the pro-lifers in order to gain favor with Christine Quinn?

Time will tell. 

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Oct 23 2012

Forcina predicts Quinn’s downfall

Former North Queens Assembly candidate Elio Forcina gives his insight into Christine Quinn’s run for New York City Mayor.

The Emperors New Clothes

Attention: the Editorial Board of Queens Politics

It’s a foggy night in North Queens and Mayoral candidate Christine Quinn is addressing the crowd. She tells a joke. Dead silence as no one laughs. An innocent nine-year old in the back yells out “That joke wasn’t funny!” The Emperors New Clothes fairy tale is very similar to what is being played out in Queens County over the Mayoral race. Many political insiders, lobbyists, and politicos who want access to City Hall are participating in a charade with Christine Quinn and are pretending that she is Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny all in one.

Christine Quinn’s rise to City Council speaker was orchestrated by political insiders and party bosses. And now, some of the many same ones, are trying to promote her for Mayor. The problem is once people on a city-wide level start seeing her ranting and raving and punishing her own constituents, she will turn people off and is going to have a tough road ahead against more kinder, less vicious individuals such as Bill Thompson and Bill Deblasio.

Just last week, Christine Quinn made an attempt to raise her profile and raise money, by fabricating Pro-Life violence and harassment. There is an old political strategy saying “If we don’t have a crime, and you need one so you can hit the political lottery, hey why not fabricate one.” Christine Quinn’s latest attempt to attack sidewalk counselors offering alternatives to abortion to women who have no place to go and to demonize innocent prayer vigils is more evidence of her unfitness for public office.

Last year, Christine Quinn passed a bill trying to shut down pregnancy centers by attacking their Free Speech. As speaker of the City Council, she attempted to have NYU destroy a business, Chick-fil-a, because management are religious and support traditional marriage. Anyone who believes that she is fit for mayor needs to have their head examined. Don’t think the attacks on Chick-fil-a is an isolated incident she can very well hunt down any business where management does not share her religious beliefs. Her attacks on Chick-fil-a is a dangerous precedent. She can start going after businesses here in Queens County. On a personal note, the Queens College Kosher Cafe Pizzeria was a special place where I would go to have lunch in my first semester of college. I remember the hardworking religious Jews who owned that pizzeria and the thought that Christine Quinn would use her position in government to try to destroy their business because they are religious Jews is disturbing. If she went after Chicker-fil-a she can go after every business where the owners are devoutly religious. Other Mayoral candidates such as Bill Thompson and Bill Deblasio, although are more progressive than most religious folks on social issues, based on the testimony of insiders, there is no evidence that they are out to hurt anyone who does not have the same religious beliefs as them. They seem like they are more understanding than Christine Quinn and realize that we have to share the city with many people, ideologies and religions and appear to be not out to hurt the other side.

Christine Quinn, as speaker, hurt the residents of Queens multiple times not only on social issues. She cut funding of groups to North Queens and South Queens because she was trying to punish and harass Councilman Tony Avella and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, with no thought of the constituencies that would suffer. Now she expects those constituencies to rally for her candidacy for Mayor, why? Because she’s so sweet? Christine Quinn has cut funding to districts where she is having petty and caddy outbursts towards some council members. She turned the City Council into a reality show version of the movie Mean Girls. To all the insiders who are playing in the charade that she is not a mean-spirited person unfit for public office will soon find out that she probably will not be the mayor. Once everyday ordinary New Yorkers start hearing and learning about her malicious attacks on religious free speech, religious business owners and her treatment of constituencies that are represented by council members that she wants to punish they will be inclined to be turned off by her.

For all the politicos who are hoping to land a job in economic development or commissioner of an agency, mark my words: She is not a shoe-in for Mayor and once the great residents of New York start seeing her for who she really is, expect her poll numbers to go down even lower. Just ask any nine-year old to watch her malicious rants and raves on Youtube and they will tell you “It’s not funny.”

 

Sincerely,

 

Elio Forcina

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Oct 09 2012

Dan Halloran to be honored at a fundraiser for EMC

Chris Slattery, Founder and Director of Expectant Mother Care.

Congressional Candidate Dan Halloran will be honored at a fundraiser for Expectant Mother Care, a pro-life organization offering alternatives to abortion and the Knights of Columbus Monsignor Francis J. Dillon Council No. 5872, a Catholic fraternal order.

“We will be honoring Dan for standing up for religious freedom of speech,” according to Elio Forcina, a legal advisor for EMC and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

“When everyone ran including many elected officials who claimed to Be Catholic Dan was one of the few that stood up for the free speech of the faithful,” said Forcina.

Past honorees include Frank Padavan and Serf Maltese.

Proceeds will be split between EMC and the Sisters of Life. Chris Slattery is the executive director of EMC and widely regarded as a five-star general in the pro-life movement in the United States. Slattery is also a strong opponent of Christine Quinn’s left leaning views citing her attempts to suppress religious free speech.

The Sisters of Life is an advocacy organization in conjunction with the Catholic Bishops of the United States, and leaders of many other religious communities, to help object to the Department of Health and Human Services rule for “preventative services,” and the “compromise” announced by President Obama regarding religious liberty, according to their mission statement.

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Details

Date: October 25th, 2012.

Time: 7PM.

Location: Verdi’s of Whitestone. 149-58 Cross Island Parkway. Whitestone, NY 11357.

Contact: Elio Forcina, Eliony31@yahoo.com.

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Nov 08 2011

How Christine Quinn Could Lose the Chance to Be Mayor of NYC

Bring it on. From Evidentlyblog.blogspot.com

"With a crowded primary I have a mean left hook."

Could there already be an organized movement to defeat undeclared mayoral candidate Christine Quinn? A man who’s work saved over 45,000 unborn children from certain death says he plans to deliver many times that number to vote against her.

The Founder of Expectant Mother Care is a kingpin of religious Catholics in New York. Accusing Quinn of “Gestapo-like tactics,” he’s galvanizing the Pro-Life movement for a voting bloc against a Quinn term—and some analysts say it could cause Quinn to stumble.

 

Chris Slattery is well known in churches of all denominations and founded the nonprofit group, Expectant Mother Care to encourage expectant moms to choose motherhood, and either marriage, adoption, or self-sufficiency, instead of abortion, according to the website.

Traditionally, social conservatives were considered a swing demographic, hard to predict, often marginalized, but never to be underestimated because of their large numbers says William Ferraro, a political consultant from the Pendulum Network.

Social conservatives were historically and traditionally Democrats, but the political climate has changed. Social conservatives support socially conservative ideology, which means that their votes could potentially go to a candidate with little concern for party enrollment.

For example, during the Presidential Election of 2000, a study found that 40 percent of the total vote for George Bush came from Christian Evangelicals, making it the largest single voting bloc in the Republican Party. However, Black Protestant voters, majorities of whom are Evangelical, voted 96 percent for Pro-Choice Democrat Al Gore and only 4 percent for George Bush, the Pro-Life candidate.

There are recent trends that indicate a change from the unpredictability of a socially conservative voting bloc. Single-issue positions like being Pro-Life or Pro-Choice seem to trump any party loyalty, even religious affiliation. This trend was a key factor in the election of Republican Congressman Bob Turner.

When Turner a Pro-Life Catholic businessman ran against an orthodox Pro-Choice Jewish Democrat David Weprin, Turner’s campaign launched a series of ads aimed squarely at the orthodox Jewish vote in the Ninth Congressional District, where Democrats enjoy a significant enrollment advantage. This demographic group rallied behind Turner because Weprin had voted in the state legislature for the same-sex marriage bill.

Republican campaign operative Steven Stites anticipates a problem for Quinn if the debate is framed by a stance on Pro-Life or Pro-Choice, which hasn’t happened yet. “If the issue is framed by her position on Pro-Life centers, there could be a problem during the general, but during a primary, social conservatives are under-represented,” according to Stites.

“Slattery is correct to be upset, but attacks from the right during a primary aren’t necessarily a bad thing for Quinn,” Stites added.

Is the axe coming down on Speaker Quinn as opposed to any of the other Democratic candidates? Could they swing votes away from Quinn and toward John Liu, Bill de Blasio, Scott Stringer, Tony Avella, or any other candidates? Yes, it could, if Slattery has anything to do with it. He wants Quinn’s policy maneuvering against crisis pregnancy centers to define her candidacy.

While the other potential candidates are also Pro-Choice, according to insiders in Slattery’s group no other candidate has the viciousness demonstrated by Quinn toward religious free speech.

Quinn and Bloomberg signed Local Law 17, which required crisis pregnancy centers, like Expectant Mother Care, to disclose more information about what services they perform and whom they will be provided by. Critics say the measure would force crisis pregnancy centers to advertise services they do not offer. The City Council approved the bill that would have placed strict limits on the advertising crisis pregnancy centers may use and required them to post signs designed to discourage women from seeking their abortion alternatives services.

Quinn called the matter a protection of consumer rights.

However Pro-Life advocates like Slattery say the bill put harsh restrictions on alternatives to abortions, such as adoption and counseling.

The law Quinn signed was challenged in Federal Court. Slattery’s group, EMC was one of the plaintiffs. A stay was issued, and according to legal experts it will probably be overturned. Judge William Pauley said the bill was “unconstitutionally vague”, although he conceded the harm that can be caused to pregnant, at-risk women by unlicensed ultrasound technicians “operating in pseudo-medical settings”.

Slattery hailed the decision as a victory for the First Amendment.

“The legislation was [Quinn’s] baby and [City Councilwoman] Jessica Lapin’s baby, we warned them it was unconstitutional to shut down our life saving operation” said Slattery. “But they went ahead anyway.”

Slattery alleges that Planned Parenthood and Naral New York may have been influencing Quinn’s active pursuit of bill 371 .

Naral Pro-Choice NY, then led then by Kellie Conlin, who was forced out in January from her post after pleading guilty to stealing $75,000 worth of donations from the organization said in a press release, “Unfortunately, when a woman enters a Crisis Pregnancy Center, she loses all expectation of accurate, unbiased information and any assurance of privacy. Instead, she is faced with biased counseling, anti-abortion propaganda, deliberate deception, and emotional manipulation.”

Slattery responded to Naral’s accusations,

“The woman [Kellie Conlin] who was forced out – that called us frauds – while she’s committing fraud” exclaimed Slattery who called it a “repugnant characterization” of his group “that was intended to be offensive.”

The dispute put Quinn in the crosshairs of social conservative voters who tend to support the use of government to reinforce traditional social relations, according to a Pew research report. So is it enough to galvanize a Pro-Life voting bloc, the same bloc vote once thought to be too unpredictable to be considered an effective movement in city elections?

Slattery’s movement is gaining traction.

Chris Slattery is more than an outspoken Quinn critic, he is well known by key members of all denominations that connect him to thousands of parishioners in all five boroughs.

In January, 2010 Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, a Pro-Life activist and a leader of the black community held a Pro-Life rally in Manhattan side-by-side with Chris Slattery of Expectant Mother Care where she encouraged opposition to Bill 371.

City Council Member Fernando Cabrera (D-Bronx), also the only Reverend in the City Council is a staunch advocate of Slattery’s movement.

Cabrera, who for the last four years, has co-chaired the Hispanic-Jewish Relations Task Force for the Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, began a church called New Life Outreach International, a congregation that has swelled to over 400 members. He is also well known in a network of Evangelical churches that are spreading like wildfire throughout the five boroughs, according to inside sources.

Will they come out on election day?

“It’s a set of core values that unites us,” said City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) who spoke at a Save The Life Center rally. Council District 19 is the most ethnically and religiously diverse in the City. Protestant groups, Baptists, Lutherans, Hindus, Catholics, and a large Jewish demographic of conservative, orthodox, and reform Jews can be found in the northeast section of Queens. “We all coexist because we respect the values of our community, said Halloran, adding “We will not back down and we will continue to advocate for you.”

Critics fear that Quinn has awoken a sleeping giant. With six or seven possible candidates running, if her campaign thinks she will win with the social conservative base actively campaigning against her, she could be gravely mistaken.

There could be 5,000 parishes, temples, and synagogues turning against her. Will the residents be so upset that they vote for another candidate or is it just a case of saber rattling?

“It was a use of raw political power in a complete disregard for the first amendment and the rights of Christians and almost all Catholic and Christian Pro Lifers” said Slattery.

“I am in fear and trepidation in her run for mayor, she will put the jackboot to Christians in the city and stomp on our necks for us to cry uncle and to shutdown millennial old moral underpinnings and traditions,” he added.

Slattery said the Pro-Life movement would not support candidates that are Pro-Choice. But Quinn took it a step further with her bill that would have crippled Expectant Mother Care and other crisis pregnancy centers that Pro-Lifers like Slattery have embraced.

Slattery believed the bill was a direct challenge to his organization’s mission, but so far, the other candidates have not been as active as Quinn with the intent of shutting down the life centers.

“Bloomberg and Quinn use the schools as an experiment in birth and population control, they have completely disregarded the astounding abortion rates and ratios in New York,” Slattery said. “They think the only way to prevent pregnancy is to flood the city with more condoms.”

Slattery agreed that while“they [public schools] haven’t had overtly bad sex education, its covertly and without former curriculum: tie-ins and programs to escort school children to planned parenthood, it’s been happening for 40 years.”

“Reading writing arithmetic, mapping out roots to the abortion — this man is crazy. Quinn is even more radical than Bloomberg.”

Socially conservative groups like Slattery’s could be the deciding factor in the Democratic primary, much in the same way the socially conservative religious voting bloc came out in force for the election of Congressman Bob Turner in Queens and Brooklyn.

Quinn’s decision to support Local Law 17 was influenced by her campaign contributors Slattery alleged.

“Its all about who she’s getting her campaign funds from: Naral Pro-choice, Planned Parenthood, the abortionists. The Catholic press is softball, they won’t name names and they don’t really call these politicians to account, they decry the whole body. Pastors don’t play enough hardball. They’ve been emasculated by there fear of politicians. I don’t understand them, the people in the pews will be making the decisions.

If Quinn loses these voters, as Slattery believes she will, it is likely that these votes will go to John Liu, a Queens native, according to a Democratic official. Lots of people are already behind John Liu, and it is widely rumored that Quinn threw him under the bus with a recent ruling regarding campaign signs and a probe of questionable campaign contributions.

Queens Democratic Party Boss Joe Crowley, who is Pro-Life, and was raised in the cradle of old school conservatives of Irish decent would be caught in the middle. “Because of Joe Crowley’s prominence in the Irish-Catholic community – he would understand better than most people what’s coming” said Elio Forcina, a Republican, and former Assembly candidate who also helped organize a fundraiser for Expectant Mother Care in May 2011 for an ultra sound machine that is currently being used in Brooklyn.

“If the Catholic parishes, the evangelicals, and the synagogues all unite, they could ultimately derail Quinn’s campaign,” according to Forcina. “May the fruits that grow out of this movement ultimately be Christine Quinn’s redemption,” he said.

Religious convictions appear to trump party loyalty. Many Americans continue to say their religious beliefs have been influential in shaping their views about social issues, including abortion and same-sex marriage, according to Pew research, but it doesn’t always translate into votes. It’s how a liberal and a conservative like Fernando Cabrera and Dan Halloran and a civil rights leader like Dr. Aveda King can find some common ground.

The potential galvanization of socially conservative church-going voters against Christine Quinn as the Democratic nominee for Mayor should not go unnoticed. Bill 371 has been the rallying cry. Past elections can illustrate the voting bloc as fickle and unreliable. How likely is it that the bloc would vote for a Lesbian Democrat from the West Side of Manhattan, anyway? Not very likely, but there are recent examples that may prove the observation as not entirely accurate. Quinn may have inadvertently energized Pro-Life voters against her campaign at the same time a massive mobilization of Pro-Lifers appears to be underway unlike anything New York City has seen before.

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