I just watched an interview with Kathy Ireland, and it was such a pleasant presentation that I had to share it with you. Check out this video interview of Kathy Ireland by Mike Huckabee. She is more than just a pretty face. She is obviously intelligent, faithful, and articulate, particularly on the life issue. I just love hearing testimonies from pleasant, joyful Christians. Kathy Ireland is a very good model for us to consider (pun intended).
There is a story in Baptist Press which offers a ray of hope for healthcare workers. As you know, President Obama turned back a conscience clause provision that Bush had put in place to protect pro-life workers. In the Bush administration, pro-life pharmacists could object to dispensing the abortion pill, RU 486. According to this story, a couple of Democrat senators are appealing to Obama to reconsider his oppressive position.
According to this story, Catholics are fairly outraged at the decision of the administration to invite Barack Obama to speak this spring at Notre Dame. Considering his activism on behalf of abortion, many Catholics believe he ought not to be put forward as one to be emulated and honored. Some of the opposition refer to him already as the most “anti-life” president ever (see here). In addition to allowing him to speak, Notre Dame is also bestowing on him an honorary doctorate. Undoubtedly, there is honor and prestige in the eyes of most if a sitting President agrees to speak at your school, but one wonders at what cost?
Wesley J. Smith asserts that the Obama move on funding embryonic stem cells is akin to taking another bite from the forbidden fruit. Indeed, he interacts extensively with an article from the New York Times which he believes cries out for a further devouring of forbidden and foreboding fruits of destruction. (See here)
Dr. R. Albert Mohler refers to the move by Obama as an opening of the floodgates. The metaphor here signifies an opening which will lead to a rapid display of pro-death actions against human beings, particularly against humanity in its nascent form. (See here).
It matters not which metaphor we employ; the point is clear. Barack Obama now owns personal responsibility for the destruction of human life in its most fragile form. The weight of such responsibility is immense, and I am praying for Mr. Obama to understand the weight, the burden, and the opportunity. We should pause and pray for him, as he will be held accountable for such decisions.
I can assure you that I am angered by the arrogance he displayed in taking a cheap shot at the supposed “ideological” position of President Bush. President Bush’s position was a well-informed one, which included an earnest desire to respect both science and ethics. Obama–though he said we must respect the ethical side–gave no indication that he has any respect for ethical concerns. He not only re-initiated funding for failed attempts at using embryonic stem cells, but he also took a separate action at the same time to thwart funding for the responsible stem cell research that has been working. So, Obama’s position is far inferior to Bush’s. His position does not reflect good science or good faith attempts to respect both sides. His decision is MERELY ideological. (see here)
Still, we are to pray for those in positions of authority, for kings and rulers. He is our president. He should have our prayers. Part of our prayers would be that he would awaken to the reality that death and destruction is the result of his decision. May he awaken to grace and life and hope in Christ.
I do not have the Inauguration glow that many have today. I think the problem is all mine. I know this is a day for America, when we unite behind the free democratic process which has worked and delivered to us a president, an historic president (as we are so frequently reminded).
Well, history is a grand story which is larger than any one man, even larger this this one who is taking over the office of president. And I cannot shake the reality that history is already writing a grim rebuttal to our enthusiasm. We are supposed to put aside our “partisan politics” today, but I don’t consider 40 million human babies killed to be a matter of partisan politics; it is a matter of human life and human history. The historic change underway may well be a turn for the worse.
As human history writes its story, let us remember where we are in that story. We are in the midst of what might prove to be the greatest horror of human carnage in history. Pol Pot killed 3 million. Hitler killed 6-9 million. Stalin killed about 20 million. America has killed 40 million. Only Mao’s China exceeds the 40 million mark.
I cannot be excited about a black president who has promised to rescind Reagan’s Mexico City Policy. I cannot be excited about a president–whatever his color–who has promised as first priority to pass the FOCA, which attempts to single-handedly eliminate so many of the pro-life gains in state elections over the past two decades. For the current state of pro-life affairs, see here.
Today seems to me to mark a giant step backwards for the pro-life movement in America. I would be discouraged beyond despair if it were not for him who is the resurrection and the life. Praise be to Him on this historic day.
Blacks and the impact of abortion
Dr. Alveda King here and
Bishop Harry Jackson here have spoken out against abortion because of the way that it affects the African American population.
These two outspoken opponents of abortion are not completely off-base in asserting a black genocide as a result of abortion. When one researches the history of abortion, he finds a clear link with the same eugenics movement which drove the Nazi machine in its lust for a pure race of men. Margaret Sanger was clearly racist and a purist when it comes to birth control and abortion. Much more study needs to be done in this area, but there are indications that the black community is adversely and disproportionately affected by abortion.