U.S. Senator Blumenthal’s Butchery Bill

Written by the Editors of National Review Online

Democrats hold one thing — and one thing only — sacred, and that is abortion. Our diplomats may be murdered abroad, the rule of law may be grossly violated at home, the First Amendment may be written off as just another roadblock on the freeway to utopia, but abortion will always have for them a uniquely holy status — even if that means employing unholy methods to facilitate it. Thus U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut has introduced a bill, cosponsored by a majority of Senate Democrats, that would purport to strip states of their ability to impose even the most basic of health and safety regulations on the grisly procedure, a bill that David French has rightly suggested should be titled the Kermit Gosnell Enabling Act of 2014.

Readers will recall, though they will not enjoy it, the details of Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s case, the transcript of which reads like the screenplay for a Rob Zombie horror flick: the illegal abortions; the newborns who survived botched abortion attempts only to have their spinal cords severed with scissors; the obscenely unhygienic conditions, with free-ranging cats using the clinic as an open-air litter box; the dead patient and subsequent manslaughter conviction; and, finally, the murder convictions. The Gosnell gore-fest was a direct consequence of the elevation of abortion to divine office: Neither the local authorities in Democrat-dominated Philadelphia nor the Democrat-dominated statewide bureaucracies in Pennsylvania were much inclined to exercise basic oversight of abortion clinics. Even after a woman died under Dr. Gosnell’s knife, there was little interest in investigating his practice: It took allegations of illegal prescription-drug use and the piqued interest of the DEA to put Gosnell on the radar.

Senator Blumenthal proposes to apply the Philadelphia model to the nation at large. Under his bill, states would have effectively no power even to ensure that abortions are performed by licensed physicians — surely the most minimal standard of medical responsibility that there is. Laws covering grisly late-term abortions would be forcibly overturned and fetal viability would be redefined according to the subjective whim of the abortionist. While the Democrats are bemoaning a fictitious war on women, their bill would provide federal protection to sex-selective abortions — the barbaric practice under which generations of girls have been decimated in such backward jurisdictions as China and Azerbaijan, a practice The Economist describes as “gendercide.” Laws restricting taxpayer funding of abortion would be overturned. Laws protecting the consciences of physicians who choose not to perform abortions would be overturned.

Not that the Democrats are much interested in such niceties, but there is little or nothing in the law or the Constitution that could be construed to empower the federal government to set aside, wholesale, state regulation of physicians and their work. The states license physicians and hospitals, and they have broad power over their standards and conduct. Even if one accepts the 1973 abortion decisions as fixed and eternal law handed down from on high, there is nothing in Roe v. Wade or its companion cases that establishes a constitutional preemption of state health and safety laws.

Senator Blumenthal’s bill requires that abortion not be subject to any restriction that is not also applicable to “comparable” medical procedures, but there is in fact no such thing as a comparable procedure, something recognized by the Supreme Court, which describes the act as “unique” and “inherently different” from other surgeries. And, of course, it is: Abortion is in almost no instance a therapeutic procedure — its usual motive is simply the termination of an inconvenient human life.

Morally literate people, including those who generally support abortion rights, understand that abortion is fundamentally unlike anything else doctors are commonly called upon to do, and that it is morally significant in a way a tonsillectomy is not. People of good will may disagree to some extent about the moral significance of what is maturing in a woman’s womb — but it is not an ingrown toenail, and all the Senate proclamations in the world will not change that fact.

By their fruits you shall know them: Senate Democrats have just recently blocked efforts to get to the bottom of the IRS political-persecution scandal and to hold VA officials accountable for the horrific treatment of American veterans — ho-hum issues for Senator Blumenthal and his colleagues. But if Texas decides that abortions performed within its borders must be carried out by a licensed physician in a proper surgical facility, then Democrats are on the march. Abortion is, to say the least, ugly. Democrats’ ghoulish enthusiasm for it is almost as ugly.

‘Hard’ Choices about America’s Future

Written by Robert Knight

Hillary Clinton thinks it’s a “hard choice” to take a human life.

She wasn’t talking about soldiers facing combat, or what police do in showdowns with criminals. Or even what an armed homeowner might ponder for a split second during a break-in.

The former First Lady and former Secretary of State was talking about aborting unborn children, which she regards as merely a “choice,” albeit a “hard” one.

And why is it hard, if the baby is not – against all scientific evidence – a human being?

If the child is not a child, just protoplasm that just happens to be in a mother’s womb, what’s the big deal?

Hillary Clinton has had her thumb on the scale of death for unborn children so long that she probably cannot fathom how absurd her stance is. And given her keenly honed political instincts, which take into account the short attention span of the average American voter, she might well ask, “what, at this point, difference does it make?”

Right after the U.S. Supreme Court recovered a tiny bit of our decaying religious freedom last Monday by ruling that the Christian-owned Hobby Lobby craft store chain does not have to pay for abortion drugs for its employees, Clinton waxed grimly poetic at the uber-trendy Aspen Ideas Festival, where she pushed her memoir, “Hard Choices.”

As Gary Bauer has noted, Mrs. Clinton “managed to compare free contraception to honor killings and genital mutilation. Asked about the court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, Clinton said:

‘It is a disturbing trend that you see in a lot of societies that are unstable, anti-democratic and, frankly, prone to extremism, where women’s bodies are used as the defining and unifying issue to bring together people — men — to get them to behave in ways that are disadvantageous to women but prop up rulers.’”

“This is a really bad slippery slope,” she also told interviewer Walter Isaacson, who presumably knows bad slippery slopes from good ones. Skiers pay a small fortune to traverse the latter when God endows Aspen with snow.

“It’s the first time that our court has said that a closely-held corporation has the rights of a person when it comes to religious freedom, which means that the … corporation’s employers can impose their religious beliefs on their employees,” Mrs. Clinton continued.

Well, the courts have long held that corporations are composed of individuals and therefore have constitutional rights. And although the ruling was limited to closely-held corporations, Mrs. Clinton might want to think more expansively. Her liberal friends at some major corporations have been pushing the quasi-religious culture of death since the 1970s.

Hapless employees have by association aided and abetted Planned Parenthood’s abortion agenda as well as homosexual activism, both of which are anathema to devout Christians and Jews. A number of large corporations have been up to their ears selling hard-core, illegal pornography. The willful embrace of immorality is as clearly a decision with religious significance as is willful adherence to God-given natural law.

Mrs. Clinton has no problem with corporate, religious-inspired activity, providing it reflects the religious sensibilities of the priests of Baal or the rulers of Sodom and Gomorrah.

What about the “bad slippery slope” of an America descending into decadence and moral anarchy? It’s a good bet that, like any thinking leftist, Mrs. Clinton welcomes it. The destruction of marriage and family makes people dependent on government and hence dependent on politicians like her.

Speaking of dependency, what are we to make of tens of thousands of illegal immigrants flooding over the Texas border, followed by planeloads of lawyers sent there by President Obama to ensure that they will not only remain in the United States but quickly become newly minted recipients of taxpayer largesse?

Call me paranoid, but it seems to me that someone, somewhere, has decided that America has had its run as the freest and most prosperous, grounded-in-law nation in history. It’s apparently high time to take us down a peg.

I don’t believe for a minute that President Obama is surprised by any of this, or that he is “in over his head” any more than Hillary Clinton is. Conservatives complain in vain about our ruling elites’ supposed ineptness.

What if, as with Hillary Clinton’s reverential Wellesley dissertation on Marxist community organizer Saul Alinsky, Barack Obama is a true believer of the Left who hates everything that makes America unique? What if he took to heart the leftist bromides from his Muslim father and step-father, his mother, his grandparents in Hawaii and his self-acknowledged mentor, communist writer Frank Marshall Davis?

What if he were schooled in radical politics by his friend, unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers, and came to believe that if he ever acquired the power to do so, he would show these spoiled Americans a thing or two?

What else rationally explains five and a half years of ripping apart the Constitution, economic and foreign policy disasters, the government takeover of health care, antipathy towards Israel, a slavish devotion to using government to further sexual anarchy, an open borders policy, and the criminal misuse of the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies to try to crush political opponents?

As bad as it has been, we may not have seen the worst.

Hillary Clinton said she found the Supreme Court’s moment of moral sanity the other day “deeply disturbing.”

It’s nothing she won’t fix pronto if she ever gets the chance.


This article was first published on the TownHall.com website.

 

For the President and His IRS: A Parson’s Prayer

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Written by Pastor John Kirkwood

“Please explain in detail the activities at these prayer meetings. Also, please provide the percentage of time your organization spends on prayer groups as compared with the other activities of the organization.” – Internal Revenue Service

How often do your members pray? What is the nature of your prayers? The IRS posed these and other questions to certain tea party and religious groups who were seeking tax-exempt status. After the delays, the intimidation and the Stasi-like interrogation; many of the organizations just gave up.

I haven’t been able to sleep since I heard this testimony because I’m not sure that the IRS ever got an answer. How heartbreaking it is to think that the solid citizens over at the Internal Revenue have not had the opportunity to scrutinize a good Christian prayer.

Dear Mr. President and to Whom It May Concern at the Internal Revenue Service:

Unlike the Muslim standard of prayer (five times a day) that you are probably more familiar with, Christians are encouraged to “pray without ceasing” – that pretty much means all the time.

At meals, at funerals, before tests, at graduations, at football games; Christians are prone to pray behind the wheel, at the side of the bed, when Kate Upton comes on TV, when our children aren’t home yet and when our government becomes a more dreaded enemy than the Islamo-fascists who seek to destroy Western Civilization. As a matter of fact, Scripture even encourages us to pray for our enemies and political leaders. Was that redundant? So here goes:

“Dear Heavenly Father, we humbly come before you today and bow the knee in gratitude to your forbearance of a nation that has forsaken you. We implore your forgiveness for our hardened heart, for the love of many has waxed cold.

We pray for those who are in positions of influence, Father, that they turn away from “the Prince of this world” and repent of their evil ways. With a penitent heart may they seek your forgiveness and follow your wisdom.

May America experience another Great Awakening and once again become that nation that best reflects the Glory of your divine institutions.
Father, May the light of your love, expressed in the person and work of your son, soften their hardened hearts and may they seek your so great salvation, trusting in the shed blood of the lamb.

May they be more desirous that their name is found in the Lamb’s book than in the history book and may this once great nation be restored to that place of hope, which the whole world has looked to as a beacon of liberty and prosperity.

Father, raise up a new generation of American heroes who will not be bought by mammon or sold for security. Arm them with a fiery righteousness that does not cower in the fetal position when culture bids them “Kiss the ring!”

May they stand for sexual purity, and cleave unto righteousness. May they reject sexual anarchy and abhor that which is evil. May this brave generation speak in behalf of the unborn and the silent American Holocaust.

Let brave, sacrificial souls stand in contrast to authoritarian power lust and the legal plunder of the tyrannical ruling class. May the joyful Christian warrior retreat no more but boldly enter the battle that rages against the family.

Father, rouse those foolish, dim souls who swear an oath of fealty on your Word only to trample the very documents they avow to uphold. Trouble their sleep so that their emaciated conscience cries out in their night terrors, for better is it to lose a night of slumber than to have one’s cursed soul cast into outer darkness.

But if their hearts remain in the spirit of Pharaoh, then may the blood of 50 million of your children that cry out for vengeance be the answering flood. If they will not taste of the promise of life and life abundant then let them taste of the promise of the millstone and the gnashing of teeth.

Father, it is our most sincere prayer that the God who met Saul of Tarsus on the Damascus Road call out again to those kicking against the goads in America. Be unto them that transforming light of truth that draws them to part with their prior error and to consider it dung. May your peace envelop the rebel heart and forevermore change the destiny of those who take your hand.

But if your voice is spurned and your love unrequited then may your promise to the wicked be sure and swift. May the righteous who are persecuted for righteousness sake be avenged and may the world know that the God who is love is a God that is just, and His wrath is both real and dread.

If these who publicly profess your name in word only to profane it in conduct, will not take your open hand Lord, then let them hear your hallowed voice – “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of iniquity.”

Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto He who sits upon the throne and unto the Lamb forever and ever. We ask this in the power of the Holy Spirit and in the name of our precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Amen!

You see, Mr. President, you can cover the name of Christ when you speak at Georgetown, you can tell the world that we are no longer a Christian nation, you can even instruct your nameless, faceless and godless cronies to threaten soldiers who share their faith and chaplains who pray “in Jesus name,” but you will never stifle true believers from letting their light shine.

Stoke the furnaces, Mr. President, if you must and yet still will we pray that the one true God has mercy on your soul.


This article was originally posted at the ClashDaily blog.

Despite Promises, GOP Leader Appoints Pro-LGBTQ Sullivan to House Leadership

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Protesters gather in front of Sullivan’s office late last year
to protest his support of marriage redefinition.

Written by David E. Smith

Despite promises to conservative members of the Illinois House Republican Caucus, Minority Leader Jim Durkin on Monday selected state Rep. Ed Sullivan, Jr. (R-Mundelein) to the Illinois House Republican Leadership Team. Representative Sullivan will take the spot left vacant by JoAnn Osmond who recently retired.

“Ed Sullivan has done a great job as one of our floor leaders and is always eager to help members of our caucus,” said Durkin. “He has been willing to travel across the state to show support for other members and is often called upon for his advice.”

The leadership team is responsible for developing an agenda for the caucus; working through controversial issues and guiding other members.

Sullivan was one of three weak-kneed Republicans in the Illinois House who voted to pass marriage redefinition to include same-sex couples.

Establishment Republicans in Illinois continue to work to push the GOP so-called “big-tent” to the left as fast as they can, cutting off relationships with those on the right.  It seems they are doing all they can to alienate their base, and continue to be an irrelevant political entity in the Land of Leaving.

U.S. Reps. Duckworth & Schneider Denounce Hobby Lobby Decision

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Written by IllinoiwReview.com

U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (D-Linconshire) is very upset about the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision and now is asking those who agree with him to sign a petition in protest.

Most online people realize a petition is simply a ploy to build a database for the November election, but Schneider’s outreach on the topic clearly affirms he is more concerned about protecting government-funded birth control than protecting his constituents’ religious freedoms.

The same is true of his colleague U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth (D-Schaumburg) who is also promoting the same petition.

Schneider’s 10th CD Republican opponent Robert Dold was not available to respond.

Schneider’s email:

#… this is seriously troubling.

Last week, in a 5-4 blatantly partisan decision, the Supreme Court gave some employers the authority to dictate women’s healthcare choices.

#, corporate bosses have no right to force their religious beliefs on workers, period.

That’s why I’m joining my colleague Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth to denounce the Court’s latest decision, and I urge you to join our call to action.

Will you please click here to sign our petition to denounce the Supreme Court’s latest Hobby Lobby decision?

I’m running for reelection to put an end to the far right’s extreme agenda against women’s rights. #, I need you with me on this. Please sign our petition:

http://act.schneiderforcongress.com/Fight-For-Women

Thanks for taking action,

Brad

SCOTUS Decision Puts Nation On Right Path

Hobby Lobby

Written by Beth Rogers 

This is in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision involving Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, which have sincere religious objections to providing insurance coverage for items that can destroy a human life at its earliest stages.

These family-owned Christian businesses contended that the Affordable Care Act mandate violated its First Amendment right to freedom of religion.

For more than 40 years, the Green family of Hobby Lobby has run its business on Christian principles and sees the business as an extension of the family. Their mission is to run the business in harmony with God’s laws and to focus on people more than money. They want to continue to live out their faith in the way they do business in a manner that is compatible with religious freedom, the most fundamental First Amendment freedom.

Freedom is grounded in truth, and truth is that which is consistent with the righteousness of God. The signers of the Declaration of Independence acknowledged that our rights have been given to us by our creator. The Bible and Christianity are a part of our heritage and history and have been the underpinnings of a fair and just society.

Many people of faith operate their businesses on these principles. The outcome of this case has put our nation in the right direction with a significant victory for those who cherish religious freedom.

Modified by Matthew Medlen.com