Abortion and Racism

From Anne Hendershott at the Witherspoon Institute:

“It’s never been a more dangerous time to be a black baby. . . The figures are shocking: Nearly half of all African American pregnancies end in abortion. Since 1973, the number of abortions by African American women has totaled more than twelve million. In some localities, including Mississippi, Louisiana, Maryland, and Georgia, more than half of all abortions are performed on black women. Similar rates are found for black women in New York City. . . The black community has already been changed by abortion. At a time when 50 percent of their unborn children are aborted, many within the black community are beginning to recognize that their community has been devastated by abortion.”

You should read the rest of Hendershott’s article. Also, John Piper preached a sermon last year on racism and abortion. You can download it here or listen to it below.

“When Is Abortion Racism?” – by John Piper

Pro-life and Pro-Obama? Hardly.

Many Catholics and Evangelicals have been making the case of late that supporting Barack Obama for President represents another way of being pro-life. The argument goes something like this. (1) The constitutional battles are over, pro-lifers have lost, and Roe vs. Wade is settled law. (2) There are other evils that Christians are bound to oppose besides abortion that Republicans tend to ignore—like the war in Iraq, torture, etc. (3) Liberalized social-welfare policies will lessen the need for abortions among poor women. Since Obama is a liberal on such matters, the abortion rate will therefore go down under an Obama administration. On this reasoning, Roman Catholics like Doug Kmiec and “evangelicals” like Donald Miller are supporting Obama’s candidacy.

I have already referred readers to Robert George’s compelling essay arguing that Obama is the most pro-abortion candidate for president in history. But I would also like to bring to your attention George Weigel‘s piece in a recent Newsweek column that decisively overturns each of the three points above. Continue Reading →

J. Budziszewski on Prioritizing the Abortion Issue

J. Budziszewski has penned a helpful piece illustrating the transcendent nature of the abortion issue. The short narrative is a fictional conversation between himself and two students asking about abortion. The question is this. Who do you vote for when you think both candidates would enact “evil” policies? How can you vote at all when your only choices are a pro-abortion candidate and a pro-unjust war candidate? He concludes that in the current case, abortion-on-demand in America is a far worse evil than the so-called unjust war in Iraq.

“Ballot Box Blues” – by J. Budziszewski (Boundless Webzine)

Connecting the Dots: Bill Maher and John Piper?

You have probably seen by now one of the ads for Bill Maher’s new documentary “Religulous.” If you haven’t seen it, it’s a movie that was produced for the expressed purpose of denigrating religion. The fundamental point seems to be that having faith in any religion is ridiculous—thus “Religulous.” In the trailer for the movie, the following exchange takes place between Maher and a person dressed up like Jesus. Continue Reading →

Powell’s Endorsement and the Pro-life Cause

This morning on “Meet the Press,” Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama for President of the United States. Many viewers were no doubt surprised by this given that Powell is an old military man and a Republican (like John McCain). Nevertheless, folks have often overlooked some of Powell’s political views that make him less than your run-of-the-mill Republican. Continue Reading →

LSU Wins with a Mediocre Performance

LSU beat South Carolina tonight, and as a fan I can’t be anything but happy about that. The Tigers move to 5-1 and are second in the SEC West behind Alabama. [Watch ESPN’s recap here.]

Nevertheless, I don’t think that LSU looked very impressive at all. Without question, they stunk up the 1st half. Against a better team, they would have been trailing by a big margin going into halftime. When that happens, it’s a different game. That’s exactly what happened when they played Florida, and I’m afraid it’s going to happen again when they play Alabama and perhaps Georgia.

I hate to be pessimistic, but I can see LSU ending the season with at least 2-3 losses. As far as championship contention is concerned, this is an off-year for LSU. I hope I’m wrong.

Wall Street Journal on Liberal Majorities

This is from yesterday’s Wall Street Journal:

“If the current polls hold, Barack Obama will win the White House on November 4 and Democrats will consolidate their Congressional majorities, probably with a filibuster-proof Senate or very close to it. Without the ability to filibuster, the Senate would become like the House, able to pass whatever the majority wants.

“Though we doubt most Americans realize it, this would be one of the most profound political and ideological shifts in U.S. history. Liberals would dominate the entire government in a way they haven’t since 1965, or 1933. In other words, the election would mark the restoration of the activist government that fell out of public favor in the 1970s. If the U.S. really is entering a period of unchecked left-wing ascendancy, Americans at least ought to understand what they will be getting, especially with the media cheering it all. . .

“Americans voting for ‘change’ should know they may get far more than they ever imagined.”

The rest of the article predicts massive expansions of government—expansions that most Americans probably haven’t bargained for. You’ll have to read the rest to see the particulars.

“A Liberal Supermajority” – Wall Street Journal

Joseph Is a Single-Issue Evangelical

In Southern Seminary’s chapel today, Russell Moore delivered one of the most prophetic pro-life messages I have ever heard. You can download it here or listen to it below.

One of the most powerful sections of the sermon comes when Moore makes a comparison between “Christians” of a former generation who tolerated the lynching of African-Americans and “Christians” of this generation who tolerate the atrocity of abortion:

“There are churches, and there are pastors, and there are young evangelical leaders who are saying to us, ‘We ought not be single-issue evangelicals. We ought to be concerned about more issues than simply abortion.’ Which means that we ought to be willing to join ourselves and to vote for and to support candidates who will support legalized abortion, who will deny the personhood of children who are still in the womb, because we are able to support them on other issues . . . Many of them are in a desperate quest to say to their congregations and to people potentially in their congregations, ‘I’m not Jerry Falwell.’ And many of them believe that it is missional to speak to people while blunting or silencing a witness about the life of children so that you can reach them with the gospel. . . Some will tell us there are many other issues: economics, global warming—issues I’m very concerned about too. Previous generations have said that as well. Previous generations of preachers have stood in the pulpit and preached until they were red in the face about card-playing and movie-going and tax-policy and personal morality and tobacco-smoking and a thousand other issues, but would not speak to the fact that there were African-American brothers and sisters of the Lord Jesus swinging in the trees! And there is judgment of God upon that. And there is here too.”

This is a message that needs to be distributed far and wide. I hope you will do so.

“Joseph of Nazareth Is a Single-Issue Evangelical: The Father of Jesus, the Cries of the Helpless, and Change You Can Believe In” (Matt. 2:13-23) – by Russell Moore

Gerson on McCain’s “Incompetence”

Michael Gerson argued yesterday that the McCain campaign has been overcome by history. One line sums up the situation as good as anything I’ve seen:

“While America remains a center-right country, this may well be a Marxist election in which economic realities are determining the political superstructure.”

“Ambushed by History” – by Michael Gerson (Washington Post)

Obama Misleads on His Abortion Record

In tonight’s debate, Senator Barack Obama did not tell the truth about his record on abortion. You can watch the exchange above, but the short of it is this. John McCain brought up the fact that Obama refused to support legislation to protect the lives of infants born alive after botched abortions. Obama denied it. Obama’s denial was false. I won’t rehearse all the facts here again. I simply direct you to Robert George’s essay and my previous posts on this subject.

Obama’s record on abortion is abominable. He refuses to recognize the human rights of an entire class of human beings—the unborn. As far as Obama is concerned, living persons in the womb and living persons outside of the womb who survive abortions do not have an inalienable right to life.

Obama unequivocally supports the regime of Roe v. Wade—a decisions which legalized the killing of 50 million babies since 1973. In other words, Obama believes it should be legal to kill babies at any point from 0-9 months gestation, and he also believes that babies who are born alive as a result of botched abortions should not have their right to life protected.

Obama’s rhetoric and tone is that of a moderate, but he is not moderate on this issue. He is the most pro-abortion candidate of all time. And any candidate who will not recognize the right to life of innocent human beings is not qualified to be President. Continue Reading →

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