Sunday, May 17, 2009
Painful is the word to describe the back and forth discussions about President Obama being invited to speak at Notre Dame and receiving an honorary degree. It's in the history books now, but it seems like everybody and their Momma had something to say about it. And with all those different voices, the two main differing opinions amount to this:
Those in favor say, "He's the President of the United States, for crying out loud! Of course he should speak and be honored. This doesn't mean we agree with him on abortion. This is good; it opens the door to meaningful dialogue on the issue of life."
Those who disagree, however, assert, "This prominent Catholic institution should not defy one of the most fundamental aspects of their faith by allowing the most radical pro-abortion president ever to speak, and then honor him with a degree. His attitude towards life deserves no honor; it goes against everything Catholics stand for."
Needless to say, some graduates refused to participate in the graduation exercise, others did so with pride, and numerous people were arrested over several days for protesting.
Let me go on to say that the outrage against President Obama's stance on abortion is not felt simply by the Catholic community. It's not about Catholicism. It's about the Word of God. The Bible is where we get our truth, and the Bible clearly declares that life begins before birth. Therefore, every single person who claims to know Christ ought to have an issue with our president's extreme anti-life agenda. And for those who disagree with my position that his agenda is against life, look at what he has stated himself about abortion, look at the policies he's put into place since his inauguration in January, and look at his voting record in the Senate. He wouldn't even vote to give medical care to a child born after a botched abortion. Translation: Let the child die. He also told Planned Parenthood that he would sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which would remove every restriction on abortion, including partial birth abortion. He is in favor of allowing minors to be taken out of state for abortions without parental notification. The list goes on. I'm just stating the obvious because clearly the president doesn't have a problem putting his position on abortion out there, and if he doesn't have a problem with saying it, he shouldn't have a problem with me saying it and you knowing it. I am saddened and appalled by the positions he takes.
Governor Sarah Palin, on the other hand, never ceases to amaze me. Even when I think she'll be silent on a controversial issue, she proclaims truth. It's not like she always just offers her opinion; people come to her and ask her what she thinks. Now, that's the mark of true leadership. When issues of morality surface and people keep knocking on your door to get your take on it, there's something to be said for your testimony, for your reputation, for the weight that your voice carries. So when asked, Sarah Palin issued this statement, as reported by the Boston Herald:
“My favorite grandpa, Clem James Sheeran, was Catholic. Irish to the core, his favorite place (other than church) was Notre Dame. I can’t imagine what he would think as the university recognizes someone who contradicts the core values of the Catholic faith by promoting an anti-life agenda. As we learned today, our nation is more pro-life than ever before; it is a very important time to strengthen the message that every baby is created for good purpose and has the potential to make this world a better place.”
You can read the entire article here.
Leave it to Sarah to cut through the fluff and get to the heart of the issue: All life is precious, and those who say they stand for life ought not celebrate someone who is a threat to life--yes, even if that person is the president of the most powerful nation in the world. Right is right no matter who opposes it.
There's something to be said for walking the walk. That's why we love Sarah Palin. Her fearlessness and refusal to give in to political correctness are so refreshing. And she is correct. Polls have shown that the country--since August--has become more pro-life. I have read the comments by people who see a tie between that change in perspective and August, which is precisely when Sarah Palin came to the national stage and refused to deny or water down her belief that life is valuable at every stage and is to be protected--even though this position cost her dearly. Of course, there's no way to measure whether these people are correct in their assumption that her stand and her story are the reasons for the rise in pro-life numbers, but it's certainly worth mentioning, and I, for one, have heard a couple people say that they were pro-choice...until Sarah.
I will continue to write about and support Sarah Palin, and I will continue to do my work with the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee because she is the real deal, and I can't help but respect what she stands for. It's what I stand for, and now it's what the majority of Americans stand for.
If God answers "Yes" to the many prayers being lifted up to Him that Sarah Palin runs for the 2012 presidential nomination, wins it, and then moves on to campaign for the United States presidency (and appoints me as her speech writer!), no doubt there will be plenty of opportunities to hear President Obama and Governor Palin address the issue of abortion. A plethora of sound bites will ensue. It's inevitable. But why wait? In the spirit of looking forward, why not fast forward to what the 2012 abortion debates may look like? These video clips are quite telling. In the first video, Obama states that an unplanned baby is a punishment. Sarah attacks that position in the second video. In the third video, Obama promises Planned Parenthood he will sign the FOCA. In the fourth video, Sarah talks about the sanctity of life, using her own testimony, and praises God's standards over man's. Obama says knowing when life begins is above his pay grade in the fifth video. In the final video, Sarah continues to share her own story about life and tells the crowd that it is NOT above her pay grade to speak up for life. Here's your sneak preview, but I hope to see you in 2012 for the full version: