To Not Speak Is To Speak

Where was the pro-life party two weeks ago?

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

Both pro-life and pro-murder activists observed the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision just under two weeks ago, and most Christian churches observed Life Sunday on one of the weekends on either side of that event. Given that the sanctity and dignity of human life is its own three-paragraph line item in the 2012 Republican Platform (on page 20 and 21 of the downloadable PDF version), one would have thought that the Republican National Committee would have had something to say regarding National Sanctity of Human Life Day during their recent winter meeting in the District of Columbia, especially given that they made a point of setting aside 3-1/2 hours on Wednesday specifically for the March for Life. Given that Michigan has such a deep pro-life tradition that Governor Snyder’s veto of a pro-life bill was promptly overridden by citizen initiative, one would think that the Michigan Republican Party would have had something to say regarding the same annual event.

However, a review of both the RNC and MIGOP websites reveals that the only mention made is by RNC Deputy Communications Director Sarah Isgur Flores, and seems to be in the context of responding to the DNC’s perpetual war on women. Other than that, the silence is deafening. Which leaves us wondering, what could have been so important that it should have taken priority over speaking up to defend those among us who are most vulnerable and least capable of defending themselves?

Unborn Baby At 12 Weeks

My wife, Christie, and I learned the hard way last week about an interesting provision in Michigan Law. According to Public Act 562 of 2002 (as subsequently modified a couple of years ago), apparently if a mother should miscarry an unborn baby, and the sex of that baby can be visually identified during the fetal autopsy, then the parents have the option of naming the child for the record. This means that a miscarriage after 14 weeks (when the external sex organs have fully differentiated), and perhaps as early as 11 weeks (when the external sex organs begin developing), requires the most gut-wrenching decision that an honest father has to make. (If there’s a more difficult one, then I honestly don’t know what it is.)

I’ve already committed to at least two weeks off from my “day job” in order to shepherd Christie through recovery (including playing stay-at-home dad to our two-and-a-half year old daughter), potentially more depending on what the doctor has to say on Tuesday, and during one of my quieter moments at home last week it occurred to me . . . depending upon the state law in question (and who’s interpreting), it’s “perfectly legal” to abort a fetus up until somewhere between the 20th and 24th week of pregnancy.

Notice the use of euphemisms there, three of them in one sentence, all designed to mask the truth about what really happens inside the death chamber of an abortion clinic. The abortionists, and their enablers and sympathizers, don’t dare admit that the “legality” of their systematic murder of babies is based squarely upon a court precedent of questionable constitutionality (rather than duly-enacted legislation). To do so would be tantamount to admitting that the alleged moral high ground they’ve spent the past four decades fashioning is no more sound than a house of cards.

So think about this for a moment or so (as I did); in Michigan there’s a 6-to-13 week window between the earliest that a miscarried baby can be given a name for the record, and the latest that that same baby is an acceptable human sacrifice upon the secular altar of “choice” (notice another euphemism there) without so much as an official acknowledgment of its existence as an individual human being.

And if you cannot see the logical disconnect in this (let alone the moral one), then I don’t think there is much I can do to help you understand the larger problem.

What bugs the crap out of me is that the Republican Party is a decidedly pro-life party, at least on paper, yet during the 10 years, 4 months, and 16 days post-Roe when they controlled both chambers of Congress (January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2007), and especially during the 4 years, 3 months, and 28 days or so when they controlled both Congress and the White House (January 20, 2001 – January 3, 2007) — in both cases excepting the 1 year, 7 months, and 14 days that the 107th Congress had a Democrat-controlled Senate — I don’t recall hearing about any serious effort to use Congress’ constitutional authority to legislate both Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton into the dustbin of history. Yes, Congress does have the authority to legislatively override Federal Court decisions (the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act is a perfect example of such authority in action), but nowadays you don’t hear about it being used much.

This, of course, raises the question of just how serious the “Party of Reagan” is about ending the intergenerational bloodbath that has permanently stained our country from one border to the other. Because if they were, in fact, serious about it, then at some point when Newt Gingrich, Dennis Hastert, Strom Thurmond, and Ted Stevens were running the congressional show, we would have heard a considerable deal of media outcry about Congress presenting some form of personhood legislation to the President for signature. I don’t remember any, but given that I was deployed overseas at least twice during that timeframe and may have missed something, please feel free to enlighten me otherwise if so.

So, why the silence? I mean, even in the RNC 2013 Spring Meeting Resolutions, which as I understand it were unanimously approved, there is exactly zero mention of the sanctity and dignity of human life. There’s plenty of speculation regarding why the Republican Party congress-critters often don’t take the unalienable right to life seriously, and much of it has to do with the observation that the party establishment usually can’t seem to be bothered to actually hold candidates and elected officials accountable to the very platform that’s supposed to be guiding their policy decisions. I’m inclined to believe that speculation, especially given the recent efforts by the state party establishment to muzzle a committeeman who has dared to speak the unvarnished truth in public.

Way back in February of 2006, I responded to one Tina Ulrich of Traverse City, who in a letter to the editor of the Traverse City Record Eagle stated that “Jesus never said anything about abortion” and challenged those who speak out against abortion to read Matthew 23, apparently believing that those who oppose abortion also refuse to help the truly less fortunate. In my response (which was published, so feel free to do some digging, Jason), I said that, while Jesus does not directly address abortion, there are at least six instances in the Gospels where he does clearly establish a special relationship with children, and states that the penalty for interfering with that relationship will make death by drowning seem pleasant.

I can think of nothing that more conclusively interferes in that divine relationship than a medically-induced abortion. All of which means that the Republican Party leadership — federal, state, and local, as well as past, present, and pending — who refuse to either speak or act in defense of life are just as guilty in God’s reckoning as those on the other side of the aisle who actively pursue culture of death policies, and they’re going to have some explaining to do in the Great Judgment Hall, assuming that they make it past the Pearly Gates to begin with.

The Good Shepherd

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  2 comments for “To Not Speak Is To Speak

  1. February 3, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    My heart was breaking reading your very personal story of loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    God,
    We remember all babies who have died as a result of miscarriage. We remember all mothers and fathers whose hearts are aching and arms empty, who never had a chance to love or hold their babies. We ask God’s healing to fill the void and emptiness that has been left.
    Amen

    You make an excellent point about the Michigan Republican Party. I think their silence is again a sign of trying to be politically correct. By not speaking on this issue they are speaking. I also think part of the silence is they don't wish to be inconveniently reminded the pro-life conservative grassroots overrode Gov. Snyder's veto and successfully petitioned to join 23 other states in opting-out of abortion coverage in the health insurance exchange through the Affordable Care Act.

    However, not ALL Michigan Republicans were silent. Senator Mike Green spoke at TWO Right to Life memorial services - one in Tuscola County and one in Huron County:
    http://www.michigansthumb.com/articles/2014/01/29/news/local_news/doc52e8f7ec1e237724233897.txt

    Thanks for sharing your personal story and speaking out in defense of the defenseless.

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  2. Paul Peterson
    February 5, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Kevin, I am speechless and dismayed about your loss. I'm sorry I somehow missed that news. My prayers go with you and your family about this. There are many things in life, and outside of life, both before and after, that God did not divulge to us, while there's plenty that he did. When these things are in God's hands, without the evil intrusion of man, there is a reason for everything as God is in control. Perhaps attacking this issue is the best message you could get from God about this situation. Trust in the LORD, especially with tragedy; He will do right, even when testing you. "The LORD has given and the LORD has taken away. May the name of the LORD be praised!" -- Job.

    It's interesting that you worded some of the article the way you did. I have come to believe that abortion is the sacrifice of 'purest blood' to Satan himself, not just a 'secular' position. Secular is a code word sent out to pacify reasonable people that some religious position isn't being shoved down their throats, but to the contrary: In many cases it is a New Age position being shoved down the throats of the public. Any quick study of New Age doctrines will show that much of what the Leftists in our country are pushing is those doctrines, using other-than-doctrinal language. It ends up with Lucifarian philosophy, wherein Lucifer is the 'good' god, and God, Himself (YHWH) is the Devil. Everything upside down, backwards; kinda like our society as envisioned by the Democrats. I have also become convinced that Socialism/Communism is the Satanic choice for governance in this world. Therefore, it no longer is a secular, political discussion, but a spiritual one, using our tax dollars for the promotion of evil and the installation of the Agents of Satan, who is, after all, the Prince of this World.

    Having said that, I think the issue of abortion is best understood by its origin. Now, Enoch was a righteous man in the sight of God, one of the few of God's friends from Mankind. He was raptured directly far as we can tell from what is said about him in Genesis. To that degree, it makes sense that he would be a reliable witness to history, that is, historian; so while the Book of Enoch that was included with the Dead Sea Scrolls is not recognized by the Church (nor am I saying it should be) as inspired Word of God, I defy anyone to rationalize that Enoch was a liar. Enoch also knew Noah personally, so he included some of what Noah wrote in his book as well. Since this is mostly squelched by the Church, not many people know its contents, but here's a distillation pertinent to this discussion, and written millenia ago. Enoch and Noah both knew the Fallen Angels; Enoch even names them (at least their captains). The Fallen Angels set out to pervert God's Creation in every species they could, while they reproduced themselves in hybrids, called the Nephilim, giving birth to legends of 'men of renoun' we maintain to this day, as well as perhaps even the 'fairy tale' creatures, particularly the half-man/half-(pick an animal) tales that are also the stuff of legend, and certainly giants and men with 6 fingers on each hand (the reason why the Natives (Indians) held up their hand in greeting each other; they were checking finger count. The wickedness of man and the pollution of the genepool are the reasons God sent the Great Flood. The Fallen Angels GAVE to man many technologies, and among the list is how to make war, fashion and use weapons, make and apply cosmetics, and 'strike the unborn in the womb'. Now why on earth would that be included and so applicable to our body politic in the post-modern era? Seems to me, Satan has craved the blood of the unborn from the foundation of the world. I have come to believe that it helps give him power, and as such, abolishing abortion would be a great blow to his power generator, not to mention an overt, great awakening and (partial) restoration of the God-born human spirit of the New Man in Christ, overt and out in the open. Hopefully, more people will do their research and understand the spiritual nature of what's going on, on the evil side of spirituality, underneath the things done in the name of 'secularism'.

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