Sunday, May 17, 2009

Using President Obama's Notre Dame Remarks To Justify Tolerance Of Slavery

Christians need to be on special guard these days for this Wolf in sheep's clothing is one of the best there has ever been. I can almost not contain my disgust after hearing the section on abortion from President Obama's speech at Notre Dame. You will find the full transcript at Fox News. I put the parts I will be responding to in bold text.

"And of course, nowhere do these questions come up more powerfully than on the issue of abortion.

As I considered the controversy surrounding my visit here, I was reminded of an encounter I had during my Senate campaign, one that I describe in a book I wrote called "The Audacity of Hope." A few days after I won the Democratic nomination, I received an e-mail from a doctor who told me that while he voted for me in the Illinois primary, he had a serious concern that might prevent him from voting for me in the general election. He described himself as a Christian who was strongly pro-life -- but that was not what was preventing him potentially from voting for me."

Anyone who takes their position on abortion seriously could never vote for someone like Obama, who tolerated outright infanticide as a logical consequence of his view.

"What bothered the doctor was an entry that my campaign staff had posted on my website -- an entry that said I would fight "right-wing ideologues who want to take away a woman's right to choose." The doctor said he had assumed I was a reasonable person, he supported my policy initiatives to help the poor and to lift up our educational system, but that if I truly believed that every pro-life individual was simply an ideologue who wanted to inflict suffering on women, then I was not very reasonable. He wrote, "I do not ask at this point that you oppose abortion, only that you speak about this issue in fair-minded words." Fair-minded words."

It needs to be made clear that the pro-abortion absolutist position is purely arbitrary. It is an arbitrary decision and act of will by those in power to decide that the unborn and even newly born are no human persons, that they lack personhood. This is the same thing that was done to justify slavery in America and the Holocaust in Nazi Germany.

"After I read the doctor's letter, I wrote back to him and I thanked him. And I didn't change my underlying position, but I did tell my staff to change the words on my website. And I said a prayer that night that I might extend the same presumption of good faith to others that the doctor had extended to me. Because when we do that -- when we open up our hearts and our minds to those who may not think precisely like we do or believe precisely what we believe -- that's when we discover at least the possibility of common ground.

That's when we begin to say, "Maybe we won't agree on abortion, but we can still agree that this heart-wrenching decision for any woman is not made casually, it has both moral and spiritual dimensions.

This exact logic and cold calculated reasoning could be used at those who opposed slavery. I guess the abolitionists should have opened their hearts and minds to those who do not think precisely as they did on eliminating slavery. I can imagine that when King Manasseh and others sacrificed their children to false gods of their age that they experienced a similar "heart wrenching decision" about whether or not to do it.
"So let us work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions, let's reduce unintended pregnancies. (Applause.) Let's make adoption more available. (Applause.) Let's provide care and support for women who do carry their children to term. (Applause.) Let's honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion, and draft a sensible conscience clause, and make sure that all of our health care policies are grounded not only in sound science, but also in clear ethics, as well as respect for the equality of women." Those are things we can do. (Applause.)"

Do not be deceived by the seductive call of accommodation and compromise to the spirit of the age. Funny how pro-abortion absolutists invoke the language of "abortion reduction" while opposes any common sense legislation that does reduce abortion. Radical feminists who run Planned Parenthood view adoption as worse than abortion and view abortion as a good thing.

"Now, understand -- understand, Class of 2009, I do not suggest that the debate surrounding abortion can or should go away. Because no matter how much we may want to fudge it -- indeed, while we know that the views of most Americans on the subject are complex and even contradictory -- the fact is that at some level, the views of the two camps are irreconcilable. Each side will continue to make its case to the public with passion and conviction. But surely we can do so without reducing those with differing views to caricature.

Open hearts. Open minds. Fair-minded words. It's a way of life that has always been the Notre Dame tradition."

"Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter." Isaiah 5:20