First Act: Bow to Culture of Death

I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse.
Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live…

Deuteronomy 30:19-20a

As I mentioned yesterday, today Barack Obama’s first act as president will be precisely what Bill Clinton’s “first act” as President was: he will make a token offering to Moloch by freeing up US funds (they come from your pocket, remember) to pay for overseas abortions.


Interesting history here: President Reagan first put the Mexico City Policy in place and it is named for a population conference that took place in the Mexican capital in 1984 when he introduced it.

President George H.W. Bush continued the pro-life policy, President Clinton overturned it, and President George W. Bush kept it for eight years and threatened to veto any Congressional spending bill reversing it.

In a scathing piece, Gerald Warner writes:

This will end in tears. The Obama hysteria is not merely embarrassing to witness, it is itself contributory to the scale of the disaster that is coming. What we are experiencing, in the deepening days of a global depression, is the desperate suspension of disbelief by people of intelligence – la trahison des clercs – in a pathetic effort to hypnotise themselves into the delusion that it will be all right on the night. It will not be all right.


To anyone who kept his head, the string of Christmas cracker mottoes booming through the public address system on Washington’s National Mall can only excite scepticism. It is crucial to recall the reality that lies behind the rhetoric. Denouncing “those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents” comes ill from a man whose flagship legislation, the Freedom of Choice Act, will impose abortion, including partial-birth abortion, on every state in the Union. It seems the era of Hope is to be inaugurated with a slaughter of the innocents.

It is questionable whether the present political system can survive the coming crisis. Whatever the solution, teenage swooning sentimentality over a celebrity cult has no part in it. The most powerful nation on earth is confronting its worst economic crisis under the leadership of its most extremely liberal politician, who has virtually no experience of federal politics. That is not an opportunity but a catastrophe.

Ouch. His article is possibly the harshest thing I’ve yet read on Obama.

The deed is done.

Separately, the administration in the afternoon issued a reversal of a ban on federal funding for non-governmental organizations working outside the U.S. that offer abortions or abortion counseling.

Hardly mentioned, near the bottom, because I’m sure in this climate, if Americans actually realized that one of his urgent priorities was to spend taxpayer money we don’t have to fund overseas abortions, he might not seem so perfect, magical and holy.

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  • Dave Justus

    Choosing life does imply that people have a choice.

    I remain conflicted on the abortion question, but I don’t think that overheated rhetoric like ‘sacrifice on the alter of Moloch’ is very useful.

    [Oh, come on, Dave, I threw it out there to make a point, this is "the first thing" that every president must now concern himself with; that's pretty amazing to think about. And I don't think it's overheated. I think it's something to ponder, actually! Happy New Year, btw - admin]

  • KIA

    Well, thank God someone finally had the guts to nail reality! I’m so sick of this politically correct BS that we can’t talk like this without being “racist or un American, i.e, bashers.”

    I refused to watch the “deception mania”, despite “history.” I was sure the time would be better spent PRAYING for Obama at noon mass rather than IDOLIZING him on the screen. How interesting it was when I got into my car, from my car radio I heard

    “those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents,…”

    Even worse, the highest “slaughter” is in the black community, black genocide, the genesis of planned parenthood!

    I believe every word Warner writes is spot on. Now might be a good time to go to Peter Kreeft’s website and download (free), his timeless “Culture War” audio.

    So wake up America. While with prayer I will forever have hope that Obama’s heart will soften, if he “legislates according to promises and voting history”, there’s simply no dancing around the fact the the blood of the innocents will be on his hands. And to think American “Catholics” put him into office!


    Dear God please keep President Obama safe and soften his heart, like the hearts of Lincoln and MLK to whom I pray to for intercession. Dear God, may Obama see clearly the true greatness of these two men he so much admires. Our greatest hope of a culture of Life is from an “enlighted President Obama”, made possible only by your grace and mercy.”

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  • stephanie

    Really, that was his very first act? Hmm…I heard of a couple other proclamations he signed yesterday, but not that one. Must’ve missed it. I’m with Dave Justus above. But we’re covered this ground before :-).
    I guess the thing that surprises me is how little value hard core pro lifers put on the value of existing life- how they really believe, if having a child will kill a woman, then she should die in order to save the unborn life. I tend to look at it the other way, and give primacy to the existing life. In theory…in practice I think I cannot decide for anyone else, and their decision in regards to abortion is a personal one, between them and god.

    [Steph, here you go. It is, naturally, barely mentioned at the bottom of that piece. I think you're a tad unfair about pro-lifers "not valuing existing life" - that's an old canard that is quite untruthful. As I wrote a long time ago, I've worked as volunteers in soup kitchens, and hospitals, and job-finding programs and crisis-support, and while I am sure there are "pro-choice" folks who do that work, I'd say 95% of the ones I've met (and they haven't all been through church-related programs) doing that work have been "pro-life" folks. As to the "life of the mother" - I think KIA is right; even the AMA has said there really is never a reason for a partial birth abortion "for the health of the mother" - the procedure itself is taxing on the mother's body. And the question of "the mother's life or the baby's" is not one anyone is cavalier about; I've never met anyone who does not appreciate the gravity of that situation: do I live for the children I have or die for this one? And I've never met anyone who would dare to sit in judgment of that decision, because they wouldn't want to face it themselves...BUT...their is a consideration, and admittedly it is a consideration USUALLY accompanied by faith, that one's life is finite, and that "perhaps this is all the life I'm supposed to have, now it's my baby's turn." That's actually a mindset that's placing HUGE value on life, not diminishing it. Nice to see you again! - admin]

  • KIA

    Stephanie do you realize, especially in this “C section culture” that the number of abortions done for the “health of the mother”, (i.e, excluding “mental health” as in “i can’t deal with a kid right now), is probably less than 1 percent?

    I haven’t looked up the actual numbers, but I know I’ve never personally known one in my entire life. As an active pro lifer, I can tell you for fact that most abortions are done for “convenience.”

    The “life of the mother” lie is to be honest, getting a bit old. American Jan 22 (Kyle ann shiver) has an excellent article today (fyi, it’s the anniversay or R v W)
    on abortion. It’s one of the best I’ve ever read; fresh and thought provacating. Stephanie I suspect you will find it both interesting and englighting.

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  • stephanie


    I know of a couple examples from blogs I read -I’m happy to provide their information privately, if you so desire. I’ve no wish to “out” anyone- and while one of the bloggers is very public, I don’t know that the other blogger I read is, and wish to repect that. While most of your readers are very polite, there are people in the blogosphere who aren’t.
    While you’ve never attacked such women, you certainly have glorified those women who’ve chosen to put the babies life over theirs- which is your right, but does imply some judgement.
    That said ( in response to Kia).
    “Probably less than 1%”- why does that make it ok? How many lives isn’t very relevant to me- probably because I believe it’s a decision that’s between me, my family and god, and do not believe others have the right to choose based on their beliefs.

    [I am not sure what examples you are offering me or why - I don't think I asked for any - if you're going to show me some extreme pro-life ranting, I'll concede that there is plenty of that to go around, and I don't need to see it. But I have to disagree with you strongly in the idea that by highlighting and praising those women who choose to let their babies have their turn at life (usually with a sense of awe, because it IS, you must admit, one amazing decision) I am in any way passing judgment on others. If anything I've always been EXTREMELY clear on the fact that I consider that whole decision to be one that is so exceedingly difficult that it is impossible for me to look on anyone making it and no feel deeply for them. And I think you DO know that, Steph. - admin]

  • KIA

    Stephanie my apologies if I confused you. It is NEVER ok; was just making the point that the health of the mother” thing is a cop out. The Anchoress made my point on that so I don’t feel any need to rehash it.

    I’ve done enough of these debates to know that we could use all of the available bandwith and still be where we started. At this point, I just pray Stephanie (and march in public on days like today). As our Bishop told us last night in his homily at the pro life mass, only “change” as in “change of heart” will be effective. However, I do hope you read the AmericanThinker article. Those are the many of the same points I would make.

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  • Dave Justus

    I remain convinced that most pro-life people are focused on the sinfulness of abortion, rather then properly considering whether it should be a crime.

    I hold that there are some, many in fact, sins that the government has no business enforcing, however abonimable they may be in Gods eyes. My understanding of religion leads me to believe that God can take care of that himself, and indeed he exhorts us to leave weighing the sinfullness of others to him.

    Crime is a different thing entirely. It is the use of a governments monopoly power on violence to enforce civilized behavior between members of a society. It always represents a brutal limitation of individual liberty which much be justified by a larger increase in overall liberty. The power of the state is a fearsome thing, and all people, perhaps especially the religious, should be wary of its use.

    Obviously, there is plenty of room for consideration of abortion within the criminal shpere without retreating to its sinful nature. At some point a fetus is a person, whether that point is the moment of conception or the moment of birth. Obviously debating that question and considering what those rights are, and how the state should protect them is valid.

    It should also be noted though that a fetus places a unique demand upon a woman. Unlike other depenent relationships, the woman’s role cannot be substituted. She can’t give the fetus to someone else to take care of should she feel unable or unwilling and society can’t step in an replace her with another person or a program. By the very nature of the biology, for the fetus’s rights to be protected hers must be infringed. It of course may well be a sin for her to not be willing to place the needs of the fetus above her own desires, just as it may well be a sin for me to not work in the soup kitchens as often as I could, but I don’t want the government stepping in on the later and thus I think it worthy to hesitate on the former.

    My best solution for now, is to look at viability. If a fetus would likely be viable outside the womb, then killing it for convenience is probably quite equivalent to murder, since the special demands upon the mother could be mediated in other ways. However, when the fetus is non-viable, it seems to me that the government cannot justly demand the servitude of the woman to the needs of the fetus, and any sin involved can be safely left up to God to deal with.

  • KIA

    Dave I believe you are confusing sentience with viability. With the exception of death in the womb, i.e., miscarriage, there is never a time that the fetus is not “fully alive” OR, FULLY HUMAN LIFE. Are you aware that from the FIRST CELL of the embryo, ALL of our UNIQUE genetic material is contained? That’s a scientific fact. Dr. Jerome Lejeune, I believe, said it best:

    Modern genetics can be summed up in an elementary creed: In the beginning is a message, and the message is in life, and the message is life.

    I don’t know if you are a Catholic Dave, but if so, this is one of those times, being that you appear both open and conflicted, to say “Thank God, I have the teachings of the CC to guide me.” This is EXACTLY what “all the rules are about (i.e, the “backup generator).”

    I only wish more could understand how freeing the obedience (obedience as in LOVING obedience), actually is. For starters, is would sure make good use of all of those “Catholics in congress.” Furthermore, it’s “only IN the obedience” that the “floodgates open, so to speak.” It can only be experienced, not described. Just know that for all of history, the CC has taught and held fast that abortion is murder!

    As for sin vs legality, we do agree on that Dave. As Catholics we first and always most hold to the teachings of the church, and are NEVER required to uphold “immoral laws”, such as abortion, same sex marriage, euthanisia, pornography, prositution, etc (everything mentioned is legal in some state).

    Lastly, I want to address one thing that often is not mentioned re: sin, which came to me “loud and clear” last evening as our pro life prayer chain lined the beautiful San Diego Harbor, only to be outshined in beauty by a breathtaking rainbow over our rosary praying chain. I would estimate that for every 100 cars that drove by, only one or two “honked at us in support.”

    What is most sad is that what few realize, is that pro life is as much or more for the sinners of abortion, about the HEALING of women (and men) and repentance, than it is about the babies. We entrust the unborn souls to the mercy of God. It’s the “unrepentant,the unhealed, and the women considering abortions for whom we will NEVER stop fighting, IN ADDITION of course, of every unborn’s right to life and protection from violence.

    So Dave, “in the end”, it’s ALL and only about the salvation of souls, despite whatever crosses we must carry in getting there.

  • Dave Justus


    No I’m not confusing sentience with viability. Although perhaps I should have said independently viable to make myself clearer.

    I am not a Catholic, or even a Christian. That doesn’t prevent me from having a fairly good idea of where Catholics are coming from on the issue and a respect for their perspective.

    As far as outlawing abortion for the good of the women who would wish to have them, any student of history should be terrified of the phrase ‘for their own good.’ I presume you would be against the Government making it illegal to not be Catholic, even though I presume you feel that everyone should be Catholic ‘for their own good.’ A similar humility might be wise here.

    I also suspect that a person who refrains from abortion simply because of civil penalties isn’t much, if any, better off from God’s point of view then a person who has an abortion, much as someone who refrains from stealing simply because they fear being caught is still a theif in their heart. My understanding of Christianity leads me to believe that it is the process of becoming someone who through God’s grace wouldn’t choose an abortion or wouldn’t steal is what is critical, abstaining from sin because of fear of temporal powers doesn’t help one much. Indeed, one could easily argue that taking away that choice would retard rather then encourage a person’s spiritual growth.

    Not sinning because one doesn’t have the opportunity is not virtue.

  • KIA

    Dave firstly, it might surprise you that not only do I not think that everyone should be a Catholic, it’s against Canon law to IMPOSE Catholicism on anyone, “propose not impose.” Anyone who knows me can vouch for my motto: “The only reason (outside of kids of Catholic parents of course), for anyone to be a Catholic is because they believe the Catholic faith to be true.

    Consequently, re: the rest of your post, we aren’t really in much disagreement, albeit I think you missed my main point. I can tell you from firsthand experience, that for many years I was NOT a practicing Catholic, subsequently went “cafeteria style” for a few years. It was only in my arrogance and naivety of “giving sin up for Lent one year” and going to daily mass and weekly confession, that the “AH HA came.”

    Despite my despicable way of getting there, I’ve come to learn that God takes us as we are, in my case, even in my arrogance. If we even take that one baby step, he grabs us. In my case, it took a total of 3 days of the above, and “He had me.” As I said, Dave, the “floodgates opened.” I often say if there is one lesson I could teach re: the Catholic faith, it would be “obedience.”

    It’s ONLY in that obedience that what I call the real “Catholic experience” takes over. It’s when obedience out of LOVE AND NOT RULES, regardless if it’s legal, popular, easy , painful, etc takes over, much like the love of a parent towards a loving spouse or child. So I agree with you Dave, we should NOT commit immoral acts “because we can.” In Christ,we “don’t because we love”, because in his wisdom and grace, we couldn’t even imagine it let alone do it; much like a loving wife and mother wouldn’t hurt her husband or child, even if she could “get away with it.”

    For the record, I’m not a believer that “outlawing is the solution.” Short of a live abortion aired on TV, American’s will only stop killing the unborn when “hearts change.” Only God can change hearts, and that’s why I pray Dave.

    As a Christian, I would be remiss in not reminding you that in Christ, there really are absolutes. All of Catholicism is nothing more, nothing less, that the Truth and upholding of the teachings of Jesus Christ based in natural law, free to anyone who wants it. It’s yours to accept or reject.

    As far as the government outlawing Catholicism, it’s already for the most part, happening Dave for those with the eyes to see it. I totally expect, in my lifetime, that the American Catholic Church will need to go underground. And yes, we agree that “It’s not too hard to be good alone at the top of a mountain.” As Bishop Sheen used to say, “Even a dead man can float downstream; it’s the real men who swims upstream, against the culture, against the current.” The strength and wisdom to do those, “morally countercultural” things Dave is what Christianity is all about.

  • Sally June

    My intention is to file my taxes early and avoid, if I can, paying any. That way, I don’t contribute to the carnage. And, sorry, Dave, sacrifice to Moloch is exactly what this is: read your Bible.

    A part of growing up is facing hard truths. For women, that means the truth that certain actions on your part (even passive ones) result in inconvenient offspring. Another is that you might have to give up your life for another. Failure to acknowledge such truths is a part of the reason why our culture is in such a terrible mess.

    You can believe that I am teaching my daughter (all of 10 years old) to recognize truth when she sees it, and lies when they try to dress up as something else.

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