Archive for the ‘Pro Life’ Category
Tomorrow, January 22nd, marks the 37th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. What’s there to say after all these years. America is still killing its own children, and the good fight is still being waged against it.
Metropolitan Jonah’s Sanctity of Life Sunday message to the Orthodox Church in America has now been posted on the OCA’s website. Please don’t skip reading it with the idea that you’ve heard everything that can possibly be said about abortion and a Christian’s duty to stop it. Every soldier, no matter how long in the fight, needs to be reminded about the importance of their mission and encouraged to keep going on, despite the hostile forces waiting for them. This is a war, but our enemy is not the desperate sinner fallen into hopelessness so great that abortion seems the only way out. Our enemy is not the deluded and morally fallen abortionists who convince themselves of the charitable service they’re providing to women in crisis. This is a war, and the enemy we fight against is the same Great Enemy that has always opposed mankind.
There are no words to describe how disturbing and disturbed this woman’s life is. I had a hard time just getting through the news article (in part, because there seemed to be so little horror associated with the actions taken by Irene Vilar and the other women described). If you read it strictly from a pro-life point of view, you will be shocked at the sheer number of dead children sacrificed at this woman’s altar of self-deceit and neuroses.
Is it any wonder that a woman this screwed up was unable to break the cycle of violence against her own children? The sheer disfunctionality and self-professed psychological disturbance of Irene Vilar does not make her actions excusable but it does make you sickly sympathetic for a human being who is so far removed from normality. It will be easy for pro-life supporters to condemn Irene Vilar, but the higher calling is to pray for her redemption. (It’s rather sad that she claims to have found peace and happiness only through a “good” marriage. I pray that her ultimate peace came through repentance and a right relationship with God, but it’s unclear from the article.)
Pro Lifers, save your more virulent condemnation for Random House Publishing that chose to push this book as another abortion sympathy-generator for women misguided and abused by modern society. It’s never a case of sinful personal choice and a loss of moral groundedness, it’s always someone or something else that pushes a woman into an abortion clinic. Capitalism, the Sexual Revolution, discrimination, racism, abuse, a bad marriage, no marriage, low self-esteem, poverty or peer pressure. Want to make a bet that if all these influences were miraculously “cured”, that abortion would still continue? The only ultimate cure for the disease of abortion is a spiritual one.
Would somebody please tell Frank Schaeffer to shut up and stop falling all over himself? And for God’s sake, who catechized this guy when he became an Orthodox Christian? Has anyone in the Church tried to call him on his abortion rights beliefs and make it plain to him that Orthodox Christians do not and cannot support abortion rights, no matter how many ways you try and see it on the flip side? If you follow his logic below you’ll see that he believes aborting babies (fetuses as he calls them – abortion supporters never use the word ‘baby’) depends on how far along the pregnancy is – get ’em early and it’s ok.
The Roe v. Wade decision went too far, too fast and was too sweeping. I believe that abortion should be legal. But I also believe that it should be re-regulated according to fetal development. It’s the late term abortions that horrify most people. And for the sake of keeping abortion legal adjustments need to be made. Roe is far too all or nothing. As I say in my book [Crazy for God], today I believe that abortion should be legal but more regulated than Roe allows.
In a final, passionate, plea of forgiveness for all his culpability in the murder of Dr. George Tiller and his now regretful involvement in the pro-life movement, Frank Schaeffer simply says,
I am very sorry.
Well, Mr. Schaeffer, I am sorry too, that when those outside the Orthodox faith look for examples of the best our Church has to offer, they read articles like this. Unless you think you’re smarter or more enlighted than the Church? No one said it better than the 2nd century theologian Tertulian, who despite his belief in Montanism late in life, had it clear on the sanctity of it:
Now we allow that life begins with conception because we contend that the soul also begins from conception; life taking its commencement at the same moment and place that the soul does. Apology 27
The embryo therefore becomes a human being in the womb from the moment that its form is completed. The law of Moses, indeed, punishes with due penalties the man who shall cause abortion, inasmuch as there exists already the rudiment of a human being, which has imputed to it even now the condition of life and death, since it is already liable to the issues of both, although, by living still in the mother, it for the most part shares its own state with the mother.
Ante-Nicene Fathers: Volume III, Tertullian, A Treatise on the soul, Chapter VII.-On the Formation and State of the Embryo
If anyone has any doubts that Christians and the Christian faith are fair game for ridicule, slander, prejudice and hatred, read, if you can stomach it, the blasphemous pseudo-news parody at The Onion. It’s an old story that has been popping up on other feeds in the past day or two. I’d never seen it before and wish I never had. And may I suggest that as you do so, please substitute “Mohammed” for “Christ” and “Allah” for “God” at every instance. Then ask yourself if any publication would have the guts to insult and defame the “Religion of Peace” so boldly? I thought not. Those poor, peaceful Muslims are always getting a bum rap aren’t they?
While I understand the backlash the Dr. George Tiller murder has caused among non-Christians and abortion supporters, I am not going to sit around and flagellate myself, and try and atone for the sins of one mentally disturbed nut job with a gun. It’s the Christian’s duty to fight abortion with non-violence and passive resistance; it’s the Lord’s job to judge the soul of an unrepentant murdering abortionist and the vigilante who acted out his inner demons.
As Christians we came into this hostile world never expecting a smooth ride. Our Lord and Saviour himself promised us persecution in John 15:18-21,
If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you… If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you… because they do not know Him who sent Me.
It’s hard for me or anyone not to feel angry when such a shameful display of contempt is heaped upon the Son of God. But we have to remember that our God loved the very creatures who beat, mocked and crucified him. I think He can handle The Onion just fine.
It appears that President Obama has survived and come out on top of the abortion/anti-abortion mosh-pit of public sentiment. The news media have all but placed a blessing on Obama’s call for moderation and common ground. The President laid down his smoke screen of pro-abortion civility and reasonableness, which will certainly make any pro-life rebuttal look like uncharitable hate-speech.
As far as the commencement address goes, I’ll certainly admit the man can make a good speech.
If there is one law that we can be most certain of, it is the law that binds people of all faiths and no faith together. … It is, of course, the Golden Rule — the call to treat one another as we wish to be treated. The call to love. The call to serve. To do what we can to make a difference in the lives of those with whom we share the same brief moment on this Earth.
Politicians sure have a way of using Bible buzz-words that sounds so compassionate to the average American. The words that come out of President Obama’s mouth have a ring of sincerity; they always convey a real person and personality behind them (or rather his speech writer is very good at expressing the Obama image). You listen to these words and you find yourself sinking into a warm, fuzzy comforting place, involuntarily nodding your head at the reasonableness of it all. On some issues I’m all there with him. But suddenly, an image of a student’s mortarboard taped with the outline of baby feet breaks the mind-meld you’ve allowed yourself to be entrapped by. You slap your face and remind yourself that pretty, conciliatory words cover a lot of blood; that resistance is not futile. (Trek references on my mind? Yeah, I saw the movie this past weekend!)
Lest you think the President’s Notre Dame speech was all sweetness and light, he did allow one vague moment of condescension – the tiniest acknowledgement that, gasp, there are Americans who will be unmoved in their commitment to pro-life principles.
I do not suggest that the debate surrounding abortion can or should go away. Because no matter how much we may want to fudge it — indeed, while we know that the views of most Americans on the subject are complex and even contradictory — the fact is that at some level, the views of the two camps are irreconcilable.
Point on – they are irreconcilable. But excuse me Mr. President – millions of us do not have conflicting, contradictory opinions on abortion. Our opinions are firm and unwavering. So, I doubt we’ll be searching for common ground beyond recommitting ourselves to act with civility and compassion, while exercising our right to law-abiding resistance. Let us be very clear that abortion is not an issue that will allow for the premise of equally valid, but contradictory positions. No and hell no!
Why is it that for all the criticism, demeaning labels and hostility heaped upon people who speak for traditional values, the sanctity of life and the place of faith in modern society, they can still remain so adamant about their positions and stand like sentinels we all look towards? Is it because they’re martyrs? Self-righteous zealots who like the attention or flagrant masochists who are only satisfied with a good beating? Or might they just be men and women who have come through to the other side of a life lived a little loose and free and found there’s meaning beyond self-gratification and wilful denial?
In Hollywood this kind of hedonism isn’t looked down on, rather, it’s the salt that gives your life, your on-screen persona, some marketable character and progressive worldliness. Celebrity transcends the ignorant and provincial masses (hint, hint – they’re usually termed ‘rednecks’, ‘hicks’, ‘religious nuts’, ‘conservatives’, ‘red staters’, ‘bigots’). But hey, who would give a flip about Paris Hilton or Britney Spears if they were actually normal? Train wrecks are always more interesting. Tom Cruise repents and becomes a good Catholic boy? Boring (and frankly my bets are on a curly-tailed porcine stunt flying team before that happens). Honestly, it’s infuriating that we’ve not only allowed, but cheered on our own moral and cultural suicide by giving the entertainment industry our money-backed stamp of approval.
But before you think Hollywood has become an entirely spiritual wasteland of self-indulgent phoniness, I direct your attention to Gary Graham who is a contributing writer at Big Hollywood – gasp – a conservative minded entertainment website. Gary has posted a painfully honest, brilliant, in-your-face piece about the personal cost of abortion, his redemption, and blunt feelings about what abortion actually is – it’s not a personal choice, it’s not a guaranteed right, it’s not a medical procedure that takes care of some unwanted tissue – it’s the murder of a living human being, plain and simple.
I’m going to say it. I’m going to say what millions know in the front of their brains, and many, many more millions know in the depths of their hearts…but won’t allow themselves to think it, much less feel it. And believe me, I know I’ll be hated for saying it, I’ll be hated by people who don’t know me, have never worked with me, have never golfed with me, had a drink with me, shot the shit with me. They’ve never met me, don’t want to meet me…but they will hate me. I’m going to say it anyway: Abortion is murder.
To many, many fans Gary Graham is listed among the ranks of sci-fi royalty. He starred in the Alien Nation TV series and movies of the 90’s; he was the perfect Vulcan ambassador Soval in Star Trek Enterprise, and he’s got a long list of other TV appearances and movie roles that have kept him active in the entertainment business for years. But Gary is now choosing to reveal his dark secrets to millions of readers and take on the new role of Hollywood pariah or pro-life hero. I would have loved to discuss all things Trek or sci-fi with Gary Graham before he wrote this article. Now I’d only like a few minutes to talk with him about his religious awakening and his totally committed pro life position.
It’s sad that anyone has to go through this kind of life experience before they see the truth. It’s a very heavy burden to carry with you the rest of your life, but Gary Graham isn’t burying it under silence and regret. If anything, he’s proving there are people in Hollywood willing to take unpopular positions and stand up for what’s right. And then maybe other celebrities will gain the courage to speak up, to give evil its real name. I feel certain the same people who shed tears of righteous indignation for baby seals and dolphins can find a few for aborted babies. Live long and prosper Mr. Graham.
Today the Orthodox Church honors the Holy Innocents. Please remember the 14,000 baby and toddler boys killed by order of King Herod 2000 years ago, and the thousands of children that will die this very day from the hands of abortionists. And if you must argue the difference between living babies and ‘fetuses’, than you won’t believe the unborn have no less humanity and value than the children that died by the sword in their mothers’ arms.
Cardinal Edward Egan, Archbishop of New York, writes an eloquent and very simple appeal against the absolute wrongness of abortion. It is nothing but a nightmare to think that a doctor could continue to murder children, not embryos or fetuses, but children, week in and week out, and go home and look at his or her own children with the same eyes. There is something truly demonic at work in the hearts of everyone involved in the practice of abortion. As Cardinal Egan points out,
If you can convince yourself that these beings are something other than living and innocent human beings, something, for example, such as “mere clusters of tissues,” you have a problem far more basic than merely not appreciating the wrongness of abortion. And that problem is—forgive me—self-deceit in a most extreme form.
Satan is a master of deceit and the struggles of our daily spiritual lives are efforts to overcome these illusions. But if you believe we commit our sins simply because ‘the devil made you do it’ is to take the easy way out. He deceives, he fosters self-deceit and gives us the balm of justification for any of our actions, but ultimately, we exercise our free will to sin. If the devil took a holiday, I don’t believe for one minute that abortion clinics would lose any business. For this reason, none of us can look away. And if you want any more clear indication of what Cardinal Egan thinks about abortion and politics, see what kind of message he tried to get through to Nancy Pelosi:
“We are blessed in the 21st century with crystal-clear photographs and action films of the living realities within their pregnant mothers. No one with the slightest measure of integrity or honor could fail to know what these marvelous beings manifestly, clearly, and obviously are, as they smile and wave into the world outside the womb. In simplest terms, they are human beings with an inalienable right to live, a right that the Speaker of the House of Representatives is bound to defend at all costs for the most basic of ethical reasons. They are not parts of their mothers, and what they are depends not at all upon the opinions of theologians of any faith. Anyone who dares to defend that they may be legitimately killed because another human being “chooses” to do so or for any other equally ridiculous reason should not be providing leadership in a civilized democracy worthy of the name.“
I’ll keep you posted should there be any breaking weather reports on the falling temperature in Hell. Or with sufficient self-deceit, you can just throw another log on the fire and call it global cooling.