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
Sobran” November 4, 2011
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
“A Voice for the Voiceless” November 17-18, 2011
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
organization which seeks to raise awareness of the intergenerational
impact of abortion.
“Taking on the Abortion
How You Can Fight Planned Parenthood on the Ground” October 13 & 14, 2011
Virginia, Maryland & Pennsylvania
by Eric Scheidler Executive Director of the Pro-Life Action
League of Chicago
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
"Abandoned: The Untold
Story of the Abortion Wars" September 15 & 16, 2011
A lecture by Monica
university professor of theology
founder of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society
Miller described her dramatic adventures in pro-life
action in Chicago and Michigan
"End of Life Issues:
What the Catholic Church Teaches on Euthanasia" April 7 & 8, 2011
A lecture by Msgr.
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).
The Challenges to the Christian
in the Era of Obama March 10 & 11, 2011
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
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,
The Story of Catherine
Diplomat & Mystic Saturday, November 6, 2010
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.
Check is the Executive Vice President of the
Rockford Institute, which publishes the magazine, Chronicles:
A Magazine of American Culture.
Previous Event A Tribute to Joe Sobran
Featured 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
Howard Phillips, The Conservative Caucus
Proceeds from the dinner helped fund a new collection of Joe
Sobran’s columns which had never before appeared in book form
or on the Internet. Articles from National
Review and his syndicated
column in the 1980s and early 1990s were featured in the book, Joseph Sobran: The National Review Years. It included a Foreword by Patrick Buchanan and Afterword by Ann Coulter.
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
Fr. J.J. Pokorsky gave the opening prayer
Joe Sobran enjoyed seeing friends and supporters
Faith Whittlesey talks with Howard Segermark, Robert Royal, &
Jean-Francois Orsini at the reception
Fran Griffin, President of the Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
Pat Buchanan was one of the speakers
at the tribute to Sobran
Tom Bethell quizzes Joe on passages from Shakespeare during
(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
oldest national Catholic newspaper.
Battle That Saved the Christian West Sunday, May 25, 2008
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.
to Grace: Recreating a Spirited Dialogue in a Culture that
Fears Conflict" Sunday, March 9, 2008
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
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
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!