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Obama is not a pro-human rights champion October 29, 2008

Posted by Daniel Downs in abortion, Barak Obama, Catholics, Democrats, God, human rights, Joe Biden, news, politics, secularism, socialism.

The human right upon which all other human rights are based is the right to life. If life is unprotected by sanction of law, no life is safe. That applies to both the unborn and we who are alive. If a political candidate does not defend this supposedly Constitution-guaranteed right, his support of inferred privacy and property rights is a malignant farce. If taken to its conclusion, those capable of doing so will realize that an over-abundance of evidence published by news media, criminal justice reports, and other sources of reported violence and injustice proves it beyond a reasonable doubt.

That is why American leaders like Archbishop Charles Chaput are respected for their defense against the crime of premeditated abortion. I do not know whether the Archbishop support the right of self-preservation of mothers whose life is genuinely threatened, but it is also a matter of the right to live and not die.

This most important of all human rights issues was address in an address delivered on October 17 at the ENDOW (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women) annual conference by Archbishop Charles Chaput. He presented an eloquent speech about how Catholics can best participate in our national political life. Most of his speech was related to his book titled Render Unto Caesar, and his primary topic was abortion.

During his speech, the Archbishop did state his personal opinion about the position on abortion held by Senator Obama, the Democratic platform, and Prof. Douglas Kmiec, a respected Catholic educator. These statements are the focus of the remainder of this post.

I believe that Senator Obama, whatever his other talents, is the most committed ”abortion-rights” presidential candidate of either major party since the Roe v. Wade abortion decision in 1973. Despite what Prof. Kmiec suggests [in his book Can a Catholic Support Him? Asking the Big Question about Barack Obama], the party platform Senator Obama runs on this year is not only aggressively ”pro-choice;” it has also removed any suggestion that killing an unborn child might be a regrettable thing. On the question of homicide against the unborn child – and let’s remember that the great Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer explicitly called abortion ”murder” – the Democratic platform that emerged from Denver in August 2008 is clearly anti-life.

Prof. Kmiec argues that there are defensible motives to support Senator Obama. Speaking for myself, I do not know any proportionate reason that could outweigh more than 40 million unborn children killed by abortion and the many millions of women deeply wounded by the loss and regret abortion creates.

To suggest – as some Catholics do – that Senator Obama is this year’s ”real” prolife candidate requires a peculiar kind of self-hypnosis, or moral confusion, or worse. To portray the 2008 Democratic Party presidential ticket as the preferred ”prolife” option is to subvert what the word ”prolife” means. Anyone interested in Senator Obama’s record on abortion and related issues should simply read Prof. Robert P. George’s Public Discourse essay from earlier this week, “Obama’s Abortion Extremism,” and his follow-up article, ”Obama and Infanticide.” They say everything that needs to be said.

Of course, these are simply my personal views as an author and private citizen. But I’m grateful to Prof. Kmiec for quoting me in his book and giving me the reason to speak so clearly about our differences. I think his activism for Senator Obama, and the work of Democratic-friendly groups like Catholics United and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, have done a disservice to the Church, confused the natural priorities of Catholic social teaching, undermined the progress prolifers have made, and provided an excuse for some Catholics to abandon the abortion issue instead of fighting within their parties and at the ballot box to protect the unborn.

I must interject some additional information about the above Catholic organizations. One of their more notorious benefactors is none other than socialist billionaire George Soros. Those denying the Marxist-socialism of either Soros or his candidate Barak Obama seek deceive the American public. American socialism is rooted in secularism both of which oppose Christianity and support abortion internationally. I suspect one reason Soros funds these groups is to assist in the division of the Church. The divide and conquer strategy is as old a Satan and human warfare. I also believe Soros is about to meet the Supreme Judge of world as the Puritans used to say.

Archbishop Chaput continued his discourse explaining that the arguments favoring Obama and abortion are the ones used for the past twenty-five years.

And here’s the irony. None of the Catholic arguments advanced in favor of Senator Obama are new. They’ve been around, in one form or another, for more than 25 years. All of them seek to ”get beyond” abortion, or economically reduce the number of abortions, or create a better society where abortion won’t be necessary. All of them involve a misuse of the seamless garment imagery in Catholic social teaching. And all of them, in practice, seek to contextualize, demote and then counterbalance the evil of abortion with other important but less foundational social issues.

This is a great sadness. As Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George said recently, too many Americans have ”no recognition of the fact that children continue to be killed [by abortion], and we live therefore, in a country drenched in blood. This can’t be something you start playing off pragmatically against other issues.”

Those who know biblical history may remember that its was for this very reason God gave the Jews the land of Canaan. According to the prophets, it was not only for infanticide but also because of the officially sanctioned killing of innocent people that led to the removal of the Israelites from their land first by the Assyrians, followed by the Babylonians, and lastly by the Romans.

Here is the driving motivation of Archbishop Chaput’s opposition against abortion and any supportive candidate seeking a position in government. Abortion—the intentional destruction of an innocent human life–is the violation of our most basic of human rights.

The basic human rights violation at the heart of abortion – the intentional destruction of an innocent, developing human life – is wordsmithed away as a terrible crime that just can’t be fixed by the law. I don’t believe that. I think that argument is a fraud. And I don’t think any serious believer can accept that argument without damaging his or her credibility. We still have more than a million abortions a year, and we can’t blame them all on Republican social policies. After all, it was a Democratic president, not a Republican, who vetoed the partial birth abortion ban – twice.

The one genuinely new quality to Catholic arguments for Senator Obama is their packaging. Just as the abortion lobby fostered ”Catholics for a Free Choice” to challenge Catholic teaching on abortion more than two decades ago, so supporters of Senator Obama have done something similar in seeking to neutralize the witness of bishops and the pro-life movement by offering a ”Catholic” alternative to the Church’s priority on sanctity of life issues. I think it’s an intelligent strategy. I also think it’s wrong and often dishonest.

As I suggest throughout Render Unto Caesar, it’s important for Catholics to be people of faith who pursue politics to achieve justice; not people of politics who use and misuse faith to achieve power. I have no doubt that Prof. Kmiec belongs to the former group. But I believe his arguments finally serve the latter.

The abortion conflict has never simply been about repealing Roe v. Wade. And the many pro-lifers I know live a much deeper kind of discipleship than ”single issue” politics. But they do understand that the cornerstone of Catholic social teaching is protecting human life from conception to natural death. They do understand that every other human right depends on the right to life. They did not and do not and will not give up – and they won’t be lied to.

So I think that people who claim that the abortion struggle is ”lost” as a matter of law, or that supporting an outspoken defender of legal abortion is somehow ”prolife,” are not just wrong; they’re betraying the witness of every person who continues the work of defending the unborn child. And I hope they know how to explain that, because someday they’ll be required to.

Without the right to life, all other natural and human rights are dust in the wind.

Therefore, a vote for Senator Obama and Biden is a vote against your human rights.

Sources: Public Discourse October, 18, 2008.

Catholic News Agency October 20, 2008. [A whose who of socialists/liberals/Democrats also assisting the effort to divide the Christ’s Church along politically correct ideology and practice.]

Lev. 20:4; Deut. 12:31; 18:10; 2 Ki. 17:17-18, 30-31; Jer.7:30-31; 19:4-5; Joel 3:19 (Is there any difference between killing innocent children for some God and killing the unborn for the divine hatred of secularism and Marxist-socialism toward God?)



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