Wednesday, April 29, 2009

100 Days of Death

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran theologian in Nazi Germany. He was hanged because of his part in an attempt to assassinate Hitler. Interesting in itself because Bonhoeffer was a pacifist. In his unfinished work Ethics wrote:

Destruction of the embryo in the mother’s womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed upon this nascent life. To raise the question of whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of its life. And that is nothing but murder.

A great many motives may lead to an action of this kind; indeed in cases where it is an act of despair, performed in circumstances of extreme human or economic destitution and misery, the guilt may often lie rather with the community than with the individual. Precisely in this connection money may conceal many a wanton deed, while the poor man’s more reluctant lapse may far more easily be disclosed. All these considerations must no doubt have a quite decisive influence on our personal and pastoral attitude towards the person concerned, but they cannot in any way alter the fact of murder.

Today marks Obama's 100th day in office. This list substantiates Obama's personnel and policies accomplishments at becoming the most pro-death president to date.

From WND:

He actually started way before Day 1:

Day -75: Names pro-abortion Rahm Emmanuel as chief of staff, who earned a 100 percent approval rating from NARAL while congressman.

Day -59: Appoints executive director of EMILY's List, Ellen Moran, as White House communications director.

Day -56: Names Melody Barnes, who previously served on the boards of EMILY's List and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, as his director of the Domestic Policy Council.

Day -51: Nominates pro-abortion Sen. Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.

Day -41: Nominates pro-abortion and pro-universal health (abortion) care Sen. Tom Daschle as secretary of health and human services.

Day -41: Appoints pro-abortion Jeanne Lambrew as deputy director of newly created Office of Health Care Reform under Daschle, which Planned Parenthood heralded as "exciting" in a statement.

Day -41: White House transition team publishes 55-page list of demands from pro-abortion groups.

Day -16: Chooses pro-abortion Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as Democratic Party chairman.

Day -16: Nominates pro-abortion, pro-porn David Ogden as deputy attorney general.

Day -16: Nominates "pregnancy is slavery" and former ACLU and NARAL counsel Dawn Johnsen as assistant attorney general.

Day -16: Nominates Thomas Perrelli, former pro-euthanasia attorney for Terri Shindler Schiavo's husband Michael, as associate attorney general.

Day -16: Nominates pro-abortion former Harvard Law School dean Elena Kagan as solicitor general, with the buzz she is on short list as next Supreme Court nominee; she supports taxpayer funding of abortion.

Day 1: At 12:01 p.m. EST, the White House website is instantly and completely transformed from pro-life to pro-abortion. Scrubbed is President Bush's Sanctity of Human Life proclamation issued the week before in commemoration of Jan. 22, the anniversary Roe v. Wade, and all else heralding preborn life. In its place:

President Obama … has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women's rights under Roe v. Wade a priority in his administration. … He opposes any constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's decision in that case.
Day 1: Obama signals his intention to fund human embryo experimentation by stating in his inaugural address, "We will restore science to its rightful place."

Day 4: Reverses Mexico City Policy, releasing taxpayer money to international organizations that promote or commit abortions (for which Obama received 35 percent approval in a Gallup Poll, making this his least popular decision to date).

Day 4: Releases statement expressing desire for Congress to restore funding to the United Nations Population Fund, which has previously been found to aid in China's coercive abortion and sterilization program.

Day 17: Directly after attending National Day of Prayer breakfast, signs executive order redirecting the Office of Faith Based Initiatives to include a "focus on family planning," according to NPR.

Day 24: Nominates former House co-sponsor of the Freedom of Choice Act, Leon Panetta, as CIA director.

Day 38: Signals commitment to comprehensive sex ed by including it in his 2010 budget.

Day 39: Announces plan to repeal Bush regulations enforcing protection of health care entities and workers not to participate in morally abhorrent practices.

Day 40: After Daschle withdraws as HHS secretary nominee, chooses radically pro-abortion Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who has financial ties to late-term abortionist George Tiller.

Day 45: Holds "health care summit" at White House, inviting only pro-abortion groups.

Day 46: March 6, 2009: Creates new post of ambassador for global women's issues and appointments Melanne Verveer, abortion activist and former chief of staff to first lady Hillary Clinton; according to the Associated Press, she "pledged … 'deep commitment' … [to] slowing the world's population explosion and empowering women … through … the right to choose if and when to become pregnant."

But wait, there's more...


Magister Christianus said...

Thank you for the acknowledgment of what these 100 days have brought and what they bode for the future.

Magister Christianus said...

Thanks, too, for the citations from Bonhoeffer. "To raise the question of whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of its life."

We need a little common sense in all this. Bonhoeffer is spot on. We know what God intended. It really is not a matter of question.

kkollwitz said...

"To raise the question of whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue."

Indeed. I live in South Carolina, home to sea turtles, who are protected, as are their nests/eggs/hatchlings. With respect to the is-or-isn't-it-a-human-yet, I ask my 6th graders:

Hey, y'all know about how it's illegal to kill a sea turtle, right? Well, would it be ok for me to eat sea turtle eggs, since they arean't actually sea turtles?

Oh no, that's the same as killing a sea turtle.

Yeah, but not all the eggs hatch & not all the hatchlings get into the sea, and not all of those that do live long enough to become adult turtles. Considering how few eggs actually result in adult turltes, can't we say the eggs are just potential tutles, an I can eat them?

No, it's still the same as killing a turtle, even if all the eggs wouldn't make turtles anyway.

Yes. And so is it ok to abort little human embryos?

No, it's just like killing turtles.


eutychus said...

MC- Yes and I'm afraid it will only get worse as we approach the possiblity of a filibuster proof Senate. Pray for them all but especially for the pro-life democrats. They do exist.

KK- You are GOOD!. Excellent analogy. I've said it before abd will say it again, your class is blessed to have you as a teacher.

kkollwitz said...

I put in plug for you at my blog on the Bonhoeffer quote.

Euripides said...

Obama's chalked up quite a record there, hasn't he? I was going to write on this very topic, but you've already created the perfect post on the subject.

eutychus said...

KK- Thanks for the plug.

Euripides- YOU write (and well) I just share the good stuff I see in other places. But thanks, just the same.