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A Tribute to Jon Basil Utley

Jon Utley

Jon Basil Utley

This event was held to celebrate Jon Utley's 80th birthday. Jon Utley is the publisher of The American Conservative magazine, and an entrepreneur. The event was under the auspices of the Committee for the Republic. Speakers included Fran Griffin, Allan Brownfeld, Lee Edwards of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, Allan Ryskind, editor-at-large of Human Events newspaper, Dan McCarthy, editor of The American Conservative, Grover Norquist, Francis Beckett, and Richard Viguerie. Jon Utley spoke about some of the lessons learned during his action-packed life, including Why War is Washington's Favored Action, and the Growing Police State in America. Bruce Fein presented Mr. Utley with The Defender of Liberty Award on behalf of the Committee for the Republic.

Empire Salon | Metropolitan Club
1700 H St NW
Washington, DC 20036

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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“Remembering Joe Sobran”
November 4, 2011

Maryland

Fran Griffin

A Power Point presentation by former Sobran’s publisher,
Fran Griffin, to the H.L. Mencken Club annual conference

The banquet was the opening session of the 2011 Mencken Club conference, “Canon Wars: Rethinking the Conservative Canon.” In addition to Miss Griffin’s presentation, Paul Gottfried, President of the club, gave a talk titled “What Should the Conservative Canon Be?"

Fran Griffin was a friend and colleague of columnist and author, Joe Sobran, for 30 years. For the last 15 years of his life, she was his publisher, both of his newsletter, Sobran’s: The Real News of the Month, and his column, The Reactionary Utopian.

 


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“A Voice for the Voiceless”
November 17-18, 2011

Melissa Ohden

Melissa Ohden
Survivor of a failed saline abortion in 1977

Melissa Ohden, a survivor of a failed saline abortion in 1977, is the Founder and Director of For Olivia’s Sake, an organization which seeks to raise awareness of the intergenerational impact of abortion.


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“Taking on the Abortion Giant:
How You Can Fight Planned Parenthood on the Ground”

October 13 & 14, 2011

Virginia, Maryland  & Pennsylvania

Eric Scheldler

A lecture by Eric Scheidler
Executive Director of the Pro-Life Action League of Chicago

Eric Scheidler is Executive Director of the Pro-Life Action League of Chicago, ProLifeAction.org, founded in 1980 by his father, veteran pro-life leader, Joe Scheidler, to fight abortion through non-violent direct action.

Since August 2007, Eric has headed the grassroots pro-life group, Fox Valley Families Against Planned Parenthood, dedicated to shutting down the nation’s largest abortion facility, which opened in Aurora, Illinois, under a cloud of deception and controversy. Eric speaks frequently on pro-life issues to audiences around the country.

 


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"Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars"
September 15 & 16, 2011

Maryland

Monica Miller

A lecture by Monica Miller
university professor of theology
founder of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society

Professor Miller described her dramatic adventures in pro-life action in Chicago and Michigan


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"End of Life Issues: What the Catholic Church Teaches on Euthanasia"
April 7 & 8, 2011

Maryland

Msgr Swetland

A lecture by Msgr. Stuart Swetland
professor at Mt. St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland

Monsignor Stuart W. Swetland holds the Most Reverend Harry J. Flynn Endowed Chair for Christian Ethics and Chair of the President's Committee on Catholic Identity and Mission at Mount St. Mary's. He has also served as Vice President for Catholic Identity and Mission and Director of Homiletics and Pre-Theology.

In addition, he is host of the TV program, “Catholicism on Campus: Philosophy and the Search for Wisdom” on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).


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The Challenges to the Christian Conscience
in the Era of Obama

March 10 & 11, 2011

Baltimore/Washington, D.C.

Charles Rice

How should a Christian respond to the Obama health care legislation, the President’s support for same-sex unions, and federally-funded abortions — and the denial of the “conscience clause” for health care providers?

Charles Rice, professor emeritus, Notre Dame Law School, one of America’s leading Constitutional scholars discussed how a Christian should respond to an increasingly-hostile culture and government in a lecture tour in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area.


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The Story of Catherine of Siena
Diplomat & Mystic

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Washington, D.C.

C. Check

Catherine of Sienais one of the most fascinating women in all of history. Despite being unable to read (until taught by Our Lord Himself), she wrote one of the greatest works of medieval literature, and counseled popes, generals, queens and princes. She brokered peace among warring cities in Italy, influenced politics, and attracted citizens of all walks of life to her for advice and spiritual direction. All of this is just 33 years. She was the second woman to become a Doctor of the Church.

Drawing on his research (including visits to Siena), and the recently republished biography on Catherine by Nobel prize-winning author Sigrid Undset , Catherine of Siena, (Ignatius Press, 2009), Christopher Check presented highlights of Catherine’s life and work.

Christopher Check is the Executive Vice President of the Rockford Institute, which publishes the magazine, Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture.


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A Tribute to Joe Sobran

All donors of $100 or more will receive an audio CD
of this tribute held on
December 13, 2009
(Donate here)

Featuring remarks by Joe Sobran and tributes from friends and colleagues:
Patrick J. Buchanan, commentator, author, columnist, and broadcaster
Tom Bethell, author of many books, including Questioning Einstein: Is Relativity Necessary?
Faith Whittlesey, former Chief of Public Liaison in the Reagan White House
Howard Phillips, The Conservative Caucus

Proceeds from the dinner will help fund a new collection of Joe Sobran’s columns which have never before appeared in book form or on the Internet. Articles from National Review and his syndicated column in the 1980s and early 1990s have been selected for this new book, to be published in 2010.

The dinner was in the Capitol View Ballroom on the 14th floor of Key Bridge Marriott with a beautiful view of Washington, D.C.

Photo highlights from the Tribute to Joe Sobran
All photos by Kevin Lamb
Opening Prayer

Fr. J.J. Pokorsky gave the opening prayer

Joe

Joe Sobran enjoyed seeing friends and supporters

Faith

Faith Whittlesey talks with Howard Segermark, Robert Royal, & Jean-Francois Orsini at the reception

Fran Griffin

Fran Griffin, President of the Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation

Pat Buchanan

Pat Buchanan was one of the speakers
at the tribute to Sobran

Tom Bethell

Tom Bethell quizzes Joe on passages from Shakespeare during his talk

Faith W

Faith Whittlesey gives a toast to Sobran

Robert Reilly

Robert Reilly was Master of Ceremonies

Howard Phillips

Howard Phillips gave a rousing speech

Fr. Papa

Fr. Frank Papa led the closing prayer

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Charity Under Fire
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

McLean, Virginia

Manion

“Charity: (1) Christian love; God's Love for man; Man's love towards God and his fellow man.” (Oxford English Dictionary)

As the federal government continues its assault on the family, communities, and Christian morals in general, it proposes in each case a replacement modeled on the benevolent secular state. A most troubling dimension of this attack is the growing and virtually unopposed takeover of voluntary charity by the government. Even the Catholic Church, which historically (and theologically) is the ultimate bulwark against Leviathan, has succumbed; in return for its acquiescence, it now receives billions of taxpayers’ dollars each year for its hospitals, schools, and charities. The Church has paid for this federal munificence not only with the usual strings attached to funding, but also with its ominous silence amid the outrages committed by politicians (many of them Catholic) against Catholic morals and Catholic families.

Christopher Manion lives with his wife and daughter on a small farm on the Shenandoah River, where he runs an intellectual-property business and writes a weekly column for The Wanderer, America's oldest national Catholic newspaper.

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Lepanto:  The Battle That Saved the Christian West
Sunday, May 25, 2008

McLean, Virginia

C. Check

On October 7, 1571, the most important sea battle in history was fought near the mouth of what is today called the Gulf of Patras, then the Gulf of Lepanto. On one side were the war galleys of the Holy League and on the other, those of the Ottoman Turks, rowed by tens of thousands of Christian galley slaves. Although the battle decided the future of Europe, few Europeans, and even fewer European Americans, know the story, much less how close Western Europe came to suffering an Islamic conquest.

On October 7, 1911, English poet and theologian, G.K. Chesterton honored the battle with what is perhaps the greatest ballad of the 20th Century.

Christopher Check is the Executive Vice President of the Rockford Institute, which publishes the magazine, Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture.


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"From Grunts to Grace: Recreating a Spirited Dialogue in a Culture that Fears Conflict"
Sunday, March 9, 2008

Arlington, Virginia

Mary Meade event
A culture awash in fear of conflict speaks an uneasy and inauthentic dialogue of tolerance. Language, meant to evoke and express a vibrant sense of tension, has been reduced to manipulative sound bites packaged with meaningless and untrustworthy saccharine phrases.

Once the instrument for communion, speech has become the means for stealth exploitation and control. Mary Meade will give us the antidote for the prevalent fear and utilitarianism which haunts our culture ’s spoken word.

Mary S. Meade, Esq.,
is the President of the Law Offices of Mary S. Meade, and Executive Director of the Marriage and Family Recovery Programs . She is co-author of Whose FBI (Open Court) and the forthcoming Conflict Resolution in Faith and Reason: How to Have an Undamnably Good Fight!

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