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Heads-Up Magazine

Heads-Up Magazine

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Volume
 
4
 
Issue
 
8
 
First
 
in
 
Time,
 
First
 
in
 
Right
 
September
 
2012
 
eMagazine
 
for
 
Faith,
 
Family 
 
and
 
eMagazine
 
for
 
Faith,
 
Family 
 
and
 
LifeLife
 
In
 
Memoriam:
 
Sr.
 
Pilar
 
VerL.
 
Verzosa,
 
RGS,
 
1944
 
In
 
Memoriam:
 
Sr.
 
Pilar
 
VerL.
 
Verzosa,
 
RGS,
 
194420122012
 
 In death, bigger than life In death, bigger than life
 
SPECIAL
 
ISSUE 
 
 
All reproductive interventionAll reproductive interventionleads to Ideology of Androgynyleads to Ideology of Androgyny
 The liberals and homosexualists have in the wordsof Obama “expanded” conscience, in the same mannerthis issue discusses the concept of “constitutional plu-ralism” being peddled by Joaquin Bernas, a Jesuit priestto the Filipinos, a matter extensively discussed in thisissue.See how dangerous this way of thinking is whencarelessly allowed to enter mainstream debate. In the words of blogger Thomas Gramstad:“One of the big-gest and most prevalent mistakes in Western Culture isthe idea that there exist two separate and ‘opposite’genders, masculinity and femininity. This gender dual-ism is not only false and without any factual or scien-tific support, but also very harmful.”So how does he intend to “correct” this “error:” -“One strategy to overcome this wrongness is the ideaof 
androgyny 
, by which masculinity and femininity arenot conceived as opposite ends of one spectrum, but astwo separate spectrums: you can be or have both atonce (or neither), not only the one or the other. Thus,you can combine the various components of masculin-ity and femininity in any number of ways, according toyour individual preferences, needs and nature.”Mind you, the deception does not intend to
Page
 
2
 
EDITORIAL
 
September 
 
2012
 
It could be as simple and seemingly harmless lyrics of a song by an alternative rock group called Garbage debut-ing 
 
 August 2001 through Steve Lamacq at BBC Radio1.“...everybody wants to love someone
Out of the tree go pick a plum Why can't we all just get along?Boys in the girl's roomGirls in the men's room You free your mind in your androgyny 
 You may even hear it packaged by Lady Gaga as anexpression of pluralism flowing out of God’s creativity,
I'm beautiful in my way  'Cause God makes no mistakesI'm on the right track, baby I was born this way 
but when a sweeping generalization follows,
No matter gay, straight or biLesbian, transgendered life I'm on the right track, baby I was born to survive”
the attempt of redefining the original intention of thefirst chapters of the book of Genesis, immediately comesto fore, in a move never in isolation but modernism ac-tively viewing all things from man’s perspective alone.Hear this reverberate in American politics, withObama’s latest advertising to offset his crumbling votesamong US Catholics:
“As America’s religious diversity grows, we havethe chance to reaffirm the pluralism that has de-fined us as a nation. Apluralismthat is expansiveenough to protect the rights of all to speak theirminds and to follow their conscience.”
Bill 
 
Clinton
 
and 
 
Barack 
 
Obama
 
share
 
an
 
Bill 
 
Clinton
 
and 
 
Barack 
 
Obama
 
share
 
an
 
androgynous
 
moment 
 
during
 
the
 
recent 
 
androgynous
 
moment 
 
during
 
the
 
recent 
 
Democratic 
 
convention
 
in
 
Charlotte,
 
North
 
Carolina.Democratic 
 
convention
 
in
 
Charlotte,
 
North
 
Carolina.
 
HeadsUp 
 
 
Sr. Mary Pilar Verzosa, founder of Pro-Life Philippines, died early Sunday morning, threedays after suffering from a brain aneurysm while giving a seminar to medical and nursing stu-dents at De La Salle University-Dasmariñas in Cavite province.
 Verzosa would have turned 68 on Sept 24.She died at 4:44 a.m. from herniation syndromesecondary to cerebral bleeding at the DLSU MedicalCenter, according to Manila Archdiocese communica-tions director Peachy Yamsuan.Her remains were cre-mated and brought to the Good Shepherd Conventchapel at 1043 Aurora Blvd. in Quezon City Sunday afternoon, said Yamsuan.Interment has been scheduled for September 12after the 3 p.m. Mass. The pro-life movement leader was giving a talk on Thursday when she collapsed. She was rushed to theuniversity’s hospital, where she slipped into a comaand was placed on a respirator. Verzosa was known to have started the pro-lifemovement in the country after the visit of the late Fr.Paul Marx, founder of Human Life International, in1974, according to the Catholic Bishops Conferenceof the Philippines.Marx gave a seminar on the issues of abortion, which was legalized in the United States in 1973 fol-lowing the landmark Roe v Wade Supreme Court deci-sion, which deemed abortion legal and a fundamentalright under the US Constitution. The decision also overturned a Texas interpretationof a law considering abortion a crime. The nun, then 28, was inspired by Marx’s call, urg-ing Filipinos to hold on to their life-affirming values.She then started the pro-life movement and becameone of the staunchest advocates of life and family inthe crusade.She was also at the frontlines of the campaignagainst the controversial reproductive health (RH) billnow pending in Congress. The latest count of the Catholic Bishops Confer-ence on those who will vote against the RH bill in thelower house is 144, enough to defeat the measure. Theprospect of it passing is even bleaker in the Senate.#stop at
androgyny: “The point must be made thatkeeping the masculine and the feminine
apart 
and
separate 
is what is difficult and unnatural, while keeping them
together 
is simple and natural. We must thus movebeyond androgyny, in order to overcome the cultural andsocial schizophrenia of gender dualism
.”In order to achieve this, Gramstad prescribes,
Basically, the gender dichotomy must be healed andsealed: people must be free to develop their own uniqueidentity. In philosophy, the method, or method researchorientation most often and most efficiently used to over-come ("transcend") dualism is
dialectics.” 
Paraphrasing Chris Sciabarra’s definition, Gramstadoffers: “dialectics is a way to consider the issue in ques-tion both structurally and dynamically, as a whole, butchanging and developing system, a way of exploring thedevelopments and shifting relationships of a great many interacting factors, never losing track of the whole con-text of the system - always considering the full context,both analyzing the parts themselves and considering theirrelative place to each other and within the totality.” Androgyny carries the discussion to a 180 degrees butsince this created a thesis (creation) and anti-thesis(androgyny) situation, the modernists suggests to push itfurther 360 degrees through gender dialectics. The move towards androgyny started in UK in 1930 with the acceptance by the Anglican Church of contra-ception in its Lambeth Conference. World War II delayeda bit its coming to the US - the post-war generation saw the baby boomers. But it anyhow got there in the 60s,paving the way for abortion-on-demand in the 70s.In 2003, America legalized sodomy and now same-sexmarriage is fast being legalized on a state-to-state level. Today, Europe and Japan are experiencing a demo-graphic winter crippling its economy because of unmiti-gated contraception with its birth rate shrinking to thelevel at which its population can no longer replicate itself. The reproductive health polemics in the Philippinesbegan a decade ago. If the RH bill passes, then androgyny has landed a foot in our door. #
Sr. Pilar passes onSr. Pilar passes onat the eve of an RH voteat the eve of an RH voteseemingly favoring heseemingly favoring he

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