Government Mandated Fairness or A Restriction on the First Amendment?

I’ve been studying a lot lately and haven’t had a lot of time for writing.

I did find this article however and I believe it is an interesting thing to talk about.  With some of the more liberal senators speaking in favor of the Fairness Doctrine, and a newly elected and liberal President taking office in a few months, I think this is an important idea for all of us to put into perspective.

This could have some pretty far-reaching effects in the long run. Lets not let it catch us off guard.

Published in: on November 5, 2008 at 10:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Life and Democracy

November is just a few weeks away now, and in the United States of America, that means it’s time to vote.  I hesitate to speak directly to politics here, but the issue of the sanctity of life is so intimately linked to both the Christian Worldview and current political landscape that I can scarcely get around it.  

Is all life precious?  Is all life deserving of life?  That is a question that many are asking these days.  I beg you to consider this question and vote accordingly.  Consider these facts and statements gathered from Dr. Al Mohler’s blog.  

John McCain is fully dedicated to the right to life for our unborn. He supports the reversal of Roe vs. Wade to put the issue back into the hands of the states.  He is fully supportive of life beginning at the point of conception and its being protected from that point.  His running mate, Sarah Palin, is even more devoted to this issue than she is.  As the wife, mother, and professional, I’d say she has a basic grasp on the issue.

Barack Obama, on the other hand sees the issue from a far different viewpoint.  This from an article by Professor George of Princeton University:

First:

For starters, he supports legislation that would repeal the Hyde Amendment, which protects pro-life citizens from having to pay for abortions that are not necessary to save the life of the mother and are not the result of rape or incest. The abortion industry laments that this longstanding federal law, according to the pro-abortion group NARAL, ”forces about half the women who would otherwise have abortions to carry unintended pregnancies to term and bear children against their wishes instead.” In other words, a whole lot of people who are alive today would have been exterminated in utero were it not for the Hyde Amendment. Obama has promised to reverse the situation so that abortions that the industry complains are not happening (because the federal government is not subsidizing them) would happen.

Second:

He has promised that ”the first thing I’d do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act” (known as FOCA). This proposed legislation would create a federally guaranteed ”fundamental right” to abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, including, as Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia has noted in a statement condemning the proposed Act, ”a right to abort a fully developed child in the final weeks for undefined ‘health’ reasons.” In essence, FOCA would abolish virtually every existing state and federal limitation on abortion, including parental consent and notification laws for minors, state and federal funding restrictions on abortion, and conscience protections for pro-life citizens working in the health-care industry-protections against being forced to participate in the practice of abortion or else lose their jobs. The pro-abortion National Organization for Women has proclaimed with approval that FOCA would ”sweep away hundreds of anti-abortion laws [and] policies.”

Third:

Obama, unlike even many ”pro-choice” legislators, opposed the ban on partial-birth abortions when he served in the Illinois legislature and condemned the Supreme Court decision that upheld legislation banning this heinous practice. He has referred to a baby conceived inadvertently by a young woman as a ”punishment” that she should not endure. He has stated that women’s equality requires access to abortion on demand. Appallingly, he wishes to strip federal funding from pro-life crisis pregnancy centers that provide alternatives to abortion for pregnant women in need. There is certainly nothing ”pro-choice” about that.

In addition:

In an act of breathtaking injustice which the Obama campaign lied about until critics produced documentary proof of what he had done, as an Illinois state senator Obama opposed legislation to protect children who are born alive, either as a result of an abortionist’s unsuccessful effort to kill them in the womb, or by the deliberate delivery of the baby prior to viability. This legislation would not have banned any abortions. Indeed, it included a specific provision ensuring that it did not affect abortion laws. (This is one of the points Obama and his campaign lied about until they were caught.) The federal version of the bill passed unanimously in the United States Senate, winning the support of such ardent advocates of legal abortion as John Kerry and Barbara Boxer. But Barack Obama opposed it and worked to defeat it. For him, a child marked for abortion gets no protection-even ordinary medical or comfort care-even if she is born alive and entirely separated from her mother. So Obama has favored protecting what is literally a form of infanticide.

Senator Obama, though he claims to be a devoted Christian, is clearly out of step with the Christian Worldview on the issue of abortion.  What shall we say about this inconsistency?  Maybe he doesn’t allow his religious views to affect any aspect of his life outside of church-on-sunday.  Maybe he has sold out to parties that disagree and despise the view that all life is sacred.  Maybe he isn’t the devoted Christian he claims to be.  I have no idea.  

Clearly though, Obama’s actions and statements and views on abortion speak for themselves.  He is clearly out of step with the Christian Worldview.  And as Christians I beg you, in view of God’s stance on the issue of life, to consider closely who you will vote for this November.

Published in: on October 15, 2008 at 9:48 am  Leave a Comment  
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Hot Issue: Abortion and the Biblical Worldview

Abortion has been a hot political issue since the Roe vs. Wade decision was handed down in 1973. That was 35 years ago. I, for one, cannot remember that far back. I cannot remember abortion not being an issue of conversation. It is one of the most polarizing issues in American politics today. Every few months someone will make a statement that the issue is basically settled in the collective American mind. What is interesting is that you have to keep listening to find out which way he or she will say its been settled – proof that the abortion debate rages on.

Just last week, presidential candidates Obama and McCain gave vastly different answers to questions regarding abortion. McCain stated his strong Pro-Life stance, notably in front of an audience very sympathetic to that view. His voting record backs up that statement very well, warm audience or not. Obama gave the typical politician’s nuanced answer – which some issues certainly deserve. In the end he (also supported by his voting record) gave a strong Pro-Choice statement.

The issue is as open as ever in the American mind.

Recently though Nancy Pelosi (current Speaker of the House) weighed in on the issue. Her statement however was of particular interest to me, as I consider the issue with respect to the Biblical Worldview. She commented on the Catholic Church’s teaching regarding the issue.

As reported by Salon, she stated that, throughout history, the Catholic Church has been unable to define when life begins, and that within the church, this is an “issue of controversy. ”

This is an interesting statement considering what the Catholic Church actually teaches. Archbishop Donald Wuerl says that abortion has been declared evil “since the first century” and that it isn’t considering a change. Ever.

My favorite statement from the Archbishop: “Regrettably, knowledge of Catholic history and teaching does not seem to be one of [Pelosi’s professional skills.” For the record, Pelosi is Catholic.

The stark contrast in the statements made by Pelosi and Wuerl show the clash of the worldviews.

The Biblical Worldview is that life is formed at the point of fertilization. When that new genetic code is formed from the parental strands, there is new life. Everything is in place for a baby to be born some nine months later. This is also known as syngamy. Objectively, there is no way to define the initiation of new life at any other point. There is no other fundamental change in type after this. There is only growth.

As has been stated before, the Bible teaches that man is created with a certain worth and dignity stemming from the fact that he bears the image of God. There is no way to change this. Life is valuable. It reflects God’s glory. An assault on life is an assault on God. This worldview is based in objective truth as revealed by God. It is important for us to meet this issue with this in mind.

The opposing worldview is one of personal autonomy and moral freedom. It is not, as Pro-Choice proponents say, an easy decision for a woman to make, but it is her decision. This idea of personal autonomy set against the authority of God is almost as old as the innate dignity of the image of God. We can trace it back to the original sin when man decided to make up his own law.

It can be noted that this view of personal autonomy has waxed and waned throughout history but has never been absent. Our modern form has been touted by such historic philosophers such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who was known for flashing women in the streets of Paris. He later moved to the wilderness to live as a law unto himself. We can at least admire him for his consistency.

We are dealing with a group that holds that abortion is bad, but that ultimately it is a woman’s right to choose that must be upheld. The woman must keep her personal autonomy. I would agree that not all things should be governed. There shouldn’t be a law against every bad thing. We need to have rights to make our own decisions.

But consider why abortion is bad. It ends human life. That is huge. There aren’t other laws to protect our rights to do this. There is no law to protect murderers. Murder is bad, but it is ultimately the would-be murderer’s right to choose, which must be preserved. That’s foolishness. We are now sacrificing our children to our great god of personal autonomy.

This is a clash of worldviews and an issue for us all to consider with all seriousness. We live in a country that protects the right to slay the unborn at will. This is a country that is ruled by the people. This blood-guilt is on all of our hands. The blood of the unborn calls out from the ground and we are responsible. As we consider the Biblical Worldview and allow it to permeate our lives, we must apply it even to the hot issues or our day.

Published in: on August 27, 2008 at 7:09 am  Leave a Comment  
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