Abortion bans voted down

Colorado and South Dakota voters defeated measures that would ban abortions. We need to remember that overturning Roe v. Wade–which with an Obama Supreme Court is unlikely to happen–will just turn the issue over to the states, but that the states for the most part are also pro-abortion. We have to win over hearts and minds so that people realize just how evil abortion is.

Washington state voters approve euthanasia

Washington voters approve assisted suicide initiative

Voters approved Initiative 1000 on Tuesday, making Washington the second state to give terminally ill people the option of medically assisted suicide.

The ballot measure, patterned after Oregon’s “Death with Dignity” law, allows a terminally ill person to be prescribed lethal medication, which would be self-administered.

With about 43 percent of the expected vote counted Tuesday in unofficial returns, I-1000 was being approved by a margin of about 58 percent to about 42 percent.

Elections shoot down gay marriage

Voters set back gay marriage. In California, where courts had legalized the practice, a referendum was passed to stop it. Florida and Arizona also voted to define marriage as between a man and a woman. From Gay activists jarred by California marriage defeat – International Herald Tribune:

[In California] Proposition 8 was approved with 52 percent of the vote. In Florida, where constitutional amendments need 60 percent support to be enacted, the ban won 62 percent. Arizona’s ban won 56.5 percent of the vote — reversing the result in 2006, when Arizona became the only state ever to defeat a proposed gay-marriage ban.

While legal wrangling is certain to unfold in California, gay-marriage proponents will be looking to other states for the next advances in their movement. Massachusetts and Connecticut are now the only states to allow same-sex marriage, but activists hope New York — where the Democrats now control both the Legislature and governor’s office for the first time in 35 years — may be next. New Jersey, which offers civil unions to gay couples, also is considered a gay-marriage prospect.

Activists in California are vowing to return to the courts, which might overturn the will of the people.

It appears that the election of Barack Obama will not mean that the left will win all its culture wars. Indeed, African-Americans voted 70% against gay marriage in California, while only 47% of white voters did.

In Senate elections. . .

In the Minnesota Senate race, leftwing comedian Al Franken lost to the Republican incumbent Norm Coleman by only 475 votes! See. Every vote is important. (An automatic recount is underway.)

The Democrats gained five seats in the Senate, with three races still too close to call. But they will not have enough votes to shut down a filibuster. (See “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”)

Praying for the president

We Christian conservatives must pray for the new president, as Scripture commands. What should we pray for?

President Obama

It is indeed significant to have elected our first black president. This will help in exorcising our racial demons. (I read a black journalist who said that if Obama won, which he could scarcely believe would happen, that it would show that everything he believed about white people would be proven wrong).

I think we will see in President Obama a repeat of the John Kennedy phenomenon: an upsurge of idealism that may sweep away much of our cultural cynicism, especially among the young and among our cultural elite. This would be healthy.

Also, American prestige will shoot up in the world. Developing nations will love us. Europe and Australia will admit our moral superiority. Russia and China will test us, but we will trump them with the world’s support.

I have misgivings and fears, but I’m looking for the positives, and I do think there will be some.