“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The power to choose

Speaking in Jonestown, Pennsylvania, Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama was surprised by a passionate question from the audience about abortion. Why would he be surprised? Abortion is tattering the social fabric of America. The usually verbose B.O. made short work of the question with a brief explanation of why “I’m pro-choice” then adjourned the town hall meeting.

Of course he’s “pro-choice” -- he wants to lead the Democratic Party.

Power over the powerless
Pro-choice. The choice to kill one’s offspring before birth -- or after birth if the child somehow makes it through gestation with an undetected disability. O Yes, disabled newborns are routinely allowed to die in hospitals across North America. Obama supports killing newborns that are simply unwanted. How do I know this? In 2002, Senator Obama voted against a Born Alive Infant Protection Act to protect children born alive after a failed abortion attempt. The majority of abortions are performed on perfectly healthy babies. According to LifeSite News, B.O. argued that recognizing rights of unborn children would lead to equal protection of the preborn, and could legally prohibit abortion. Hmmm, that was strange reasoning coming from a man who would have been denied equal protection a few generations ago.

Wickedness of different generations

Many slave owners of the 19th Century would have argued against giving legal protection to somebody like Barack because it would lead to the abolition of slavery. It was the moral crisis that faced America during the 19th Century. Abortion is the great moral crisis of the 21st Century, and Barack Obama is on the wrong side of this moral crisis.

Abortion is as morally corrupt as slavery. It is rooted in the exclusion of a segment of humanity from the embrace and protection of the human family.

Being “pro-choice” is fine if the choice is between which college one should attend, what kind of car to buy or choosing a chocolate bar, but the power to choose death for another human being must never be accepted by any enlightened society. Those who favor or support such a terrible choice are unfit for public office, in the same way someone who espouses the choice to keep slaves is unfit for public office.

We need leaders to lead us into sunlight uplands where every human life is valued and protected, not into more darkness of ignorance, prejudice and violence where certain lives are devalued so that others can live as they wish.

The Oval Office that Obama covets is located in Washington, D.C.: the District of Columbia’s Motto is Justitia omnibus (Justice for all). That's Justice for all -- not just some. If you can’t grasp that concept, Obama, you should not lead the United States, perhaps the greatest nation to ever exist. America's 44th President must bring more light not more darkness to the land at this critical juncture in history. If you can not turn toward the care and protection of all human life, I pray the American electorate will not give you the keys to the Oval Office.
Mark Pickup

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