You Can’t Stop Barbarism Without Being Willing to Take Risks

A condensed version of this article is available here.

In 1922, the United States House of Representatives passed a bill authored by Missouri Republican Representative Leonidas Dyer that would have made lynching a federal crime. Senate Democrats from southern states, however, filibustered the bill, thereby blocking its passage.1 Democrats filibustered it again in 1923 and 1924.2 Today we recognize these actions as egregious—although rarely is it acknowledged that Democrats, regardless of the geographical area or areas they represented, orchestrated and carried out the filibusters.

On Tuesday, September 22, 2015, Senate Democrats took an equally egregious action when they filibustered the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have prohibited “abortion on unborn babies after five months post-fertilization, since there is incontrovertible scientific evidence that, at this age, babies can feel pain.”3 The bill was sponsored by Senator Lindsey Graham (R) of South Carolina. Sixty votes were needed to invoke cloture, which would have moved the bill forward for a direct vote.

The YEAs—54—consisted of 51 Republicans and 3 Democrats (Casey of Pennsylvania, Donnelly of Indiana, and Manchin of West Virginia). The NAYs—42 in number—consisted of 38 Democrats, 2 Republicans (Collins of Maine and Kirk of Illinois), and 2 Independents (King of Maine and Sanders of Vermont).4 While the vote was not purely partisan, opposition to cloture had overwhelming support from Democrats, and support for cloture was overwhelmingly Republican.

Of the vote, Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, said,

It is deeply troubling that we have Senators so ensnared in the deception of the abortion industry that they lack the ability to empathize with babies being literally torn apart, all the while feeling excruciating pain. Matters of life and death are worth debating, and it is telling that 42 Senators do not even want to debate this issue.

Recently, America has been horrified by revelations of Planned Parenthood’s practice of harvesting unborn children for their organs. Larger, more developed unborn babies seem to be targeted for their organs and tissues. These unborn children are the very ones who can feel excruciating pain.

We are grateful to Senator Lindsey Graham and the 53 other Senators who cast their vote to say that these issues are worth debating, and these children are worth protecting.5

Lila Rose is president of an organization called Live Action. She said,

Today’s failure of the Senate to pass a law preventing most abortions after babies are old enough to feel pain is beyond belief. It should sicken every American that our elected leaders refuse to protect the most vulnerable in our society, even when science has proven that at just 20 weeks old, children in the womb can feel the intense pain of the abortionists’ tools tearing their arms and legs from their bodies. Every senator who voted against this legislation is telling the public loud and clear that he supports the barbaric, horrific practice of tearing limb from torso and poisoning to death five month, seven month and even eight month old babies in the womb.…

We have all spent the last several months watching the evidence from videos from the Center for Medical Progress showing Planned Parenthood officials admitting that abortions after 20 weeks are prevalent in today’s abortion clinics. While Planned Parenthood [PP] pursues profits in committing late-term abortions, it is shameful for our society and our elected leaders turn a blind eye to the injustice and inhumanity of these procedures and to continue to ignore science and ignore the dignity of the human person.6

Like Perkins and Rose, we also must see the Senate vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act against the backdrop of recently released videos that expose Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling the body parts of unborn children. In early August, the US Senate voted in similar numbers to preserve taxpayer funding for PP.7

Clearly, Democrats bear heavy responsibility for allowing barbaric practices and procedures against innocent children to continue. In the name of “choice,” “health care for women,” and other deceptions,8 unborn children are being slaughtered, dismembered, and their body parts sold illegally.9,10,11 Yet in light of the release of the videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer-funded savagery12 as well as Republicans’ refusal to use this evidence to pass a defunding measure with teeth, we have to say the GOP also is to blame.13,14 Yes, we know President Obama will veto any bill that defunds Planned Parenthood. He and his Democrat allies therefore ought to be made to defend an actual veto!15,16 At some point, media bias and propaganda must be challenged. There is no better time for Republicans to challenge them than now. If they wait too long, it will be too late.

In his insightful book When a Nation Forgets God: 7 Lessons We Must Learn from Nazi Germany, Erwin Lutzer warns,

I’ve observed, as I’m sure you have, the power of what I call “a cultural current.” That is, a dominant idea promoted by the media and willingly adopted by a critical mass of people who want to believe a myth so badly they will close their minds to all contrary evidence. When such a cultural movement gains momentum, people will stare at facts and filter out what they don’t want to believe. Contrary evidence will be ignored or reinterpreted to fit their deepest wishes. And the more people who believe the myth, the more difficult it is for those who wish to counter it. In a spirit of euphoria, all warning signs are brushed aside. Before we know it, we are in a world where facts do not matter.17

If the Republican leadership continues to miss the point, the people need to remind them why they now are in the majority—and why they may not remain there. Voters expect action that makes a difference. Accordingly, Lila Rose concluded her statement about the September 22 Senate vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act with these words.

As we move toward a budget deadline of September 30, I urge Congress, especially those influenced by the abortion lobby, to face the facts and realize that our country is at a turning point in our history. While the Senate has not voted to protect the lives of the preborn at 20 weeks and beyond today, we still must fight to redirect a half billion dollars of taxpayer money away from abortion giant Planned Parenthood to the over 13,500 federally qualified health centers that provide comprehensive health care to women and their children.18

Here’s the bottom line: If Obama loves Planned Parenthood’s barbarism so much, then Republicans should put him in the position of having to shut down the government to preserve it. This will do more to cut through media bias than almost anything else. Then the country will be given a chance to see this really isn’t about women’s health care; rather, it’s about butchering innocent children for profit.

Copyright © 2015 by B. Nathaniel Sullivan. All Rights Reserved.

For further reading:
http://www.eagleforum.org/publications/column/congress-must-exercise-its-power-of-the-purse.html

Notes:

1https://www.conservativeallianceforcommunitygrowth.org/Civil_Rights_History.html

2https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyer_Anti-Lynching_Bill

3http://www.frc.org/newsroom/family-research-council-deeply-disappointed-by-senate-vote-failing-to-act-on-pain-capable-unborn-child-protection-act

4http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=114&session=1&vote=00268#position

5http://www.frc.org/newsroom/family-research-council-deeply-disappointed-by-senate-vote-failing-to-act-on-pain-capable-unborn-child-protection-act

6http://liveactionnews.org/breaking-u-s-senate-votes-against-banning-abortion-20-weeks/

7http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/08/03/planned-parenthood-survives-abortion-defunding-vote/

8http://adflegal.org/detailspages/blog-details/allianceedge/2015/09/18/the-top-10-(or-so)-planned-parenthood-deceptions

9http://adflegal.org/issues/sanctity-of-life/beginning-of-life/planned-parenthood/the-whole-story

10http://www.glocktalk.com/threads/planned-parenthood-illegally-selling-aborted-baby-body-parts.1588176/

11http://dailysignal.com/2015/09/02/5-takeaways-from-the-planned-parenthood-videos/

12http://adflegal.org/issues/sanctity-of-life/beginning-of-life/planned-parenthood/the-whole-story

13http://www.politico.com/story/2015/09/mcconnell-planned-parenthood-protest-exercise-in-futility-213557

14http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/peter-roff/2015/08/18/the-gop-is-blowing-the-opportunity-from-the-planned-parenthood-videos

15http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/planned-parenthood-defunding-force-president-obama-to-veto-this-bill/

16http://www.frc.org/updatearticle/20150908/voters-tired

17Erwin W. Lutzer, When a Nation Forgets God: 7 Lessons We Must Learn From Nazi Germany, (2010-01-01, Kindle Locations 876-881). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.

18http://liveactionnews.org/breaking-u-s-senate-votes-against-banning-abortion-20-weeks/

 

 

Jailed for Upholding the Law

God did not give us the spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control. Therefore, do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in the suffering for the gospel and the power of God.
—2 Timothy 1:7-8, the Bible passage Kim Davis asked Liberty Counsel attorney Harry Mihet to share with her supporters on Monday, September 7, 20151

The checks and balances woven into the fabric of our constitutional republic were designed to prevent each of the three branches of government—executive, legislative, and judicial—from abusing its power. Members of the legislative branch are accountable to the people who have elected them. The same is true of the president. The president can check Congress through his power to veto legislation. Also, if the president acts lawlessly, Congress has the authority to impeach the president and to vote to remove him from office. Although justices of the Supreme Court are appointed, the Constitution gives Congress specific authority to regulate the Court: “Article III, Section 2, of the U.S. Constitution gives Congress the authority to ‘check’ judicial activism, up to and including when justices illegitimately legislate from the bench: ‘[T]he Supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to law and fact, with such exceptions, and under such regulations as the Congress shall make.’”2

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Unfortunately, Congress today apparently has ceded its authority to restrain a lawless president3,4,5 and its authority to rein in a lawless Supreme Court. We’ll save the subject of lawlessness on the part of the executive branch for another day; for now, let’s consider briefly the overreach of five of the nine Supreme Court Justices in the Obergefell decision.

For the U.S. Supreme Court to justifiably overturn some law duly passed by the United States Congress, its opinion must be deeply rooted in one or more of the following:

• A clear reading of the U.S. Constitution;
• Some prior court precedent;
• History and the Common Law;
• Our cultural customs or traditions;
• Some other law enacted by Congress.

As the high court’s four dissenting justices rightly observed in Obergefell, the “five attorneys” who invented this newfangled “right” to “gay marriage,” failed, abysmally, on each and every requirement. 6

With Obergefell, we have a situation where the Court has issued an illegitimate ruling and and where Congress, unless things change dramatically, is not going to rein in the court or work to diminish the ruling’s effects. Sure, Congress still may act, but it has yet to demonstrate any resolve to restrain an out-of-control judiciary, so we ought not to hold our collective breath.

What, then, can “we the people” to do? We must peacefully resist, just as Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis has done.7 In fact, Kim Davis actually is upholding the law amid the onslaught of a lawless, out of control judiciary.8,9 She spent six days in jail,10 but what law did she break? No one can cite even one!11 Yet Davis is being vilified as a lawbreaker, and by the same people who, not all that long ago, applauded illegal actions taken by government officials to advance same-sex marriage.12,13

Some Christians have made the case that Kim Davis should resign. One evangelical who is a very articulate advocate for religious liberty—Russell Moore—coauthored a piece that said

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we must recognize the crucial difference between the religious liberty claims of private citizens and government officials. Let us be clear: Government employees are entitled to religious liberty, but religious liberty is never an absolute claim, especially when it comes to discharging duties that the office in question requires. While government employees don’t lose their constitutional protection simply because they work for the government, an individual whose office requires them to uphold or execute the law is a separate matter than the private citizen whose conscience is infringed upon as a result of the law. It means the balancing test is different when it comes to government officials because of their roles as agents of the state. Government officials have a responsibility to carry out the law. When an official can no longer execute the laws in question due to an assault on conscience, and after all accommodating measures have been exhausted, he or she could work for change as a private citizen, engaging the democratic process in hopes of changing the questionable law.14

Moore essentially said the same thing when Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, sought to enforce the marriage laws in Alabama, again, in the face of lawless actions taken by a rogue federal judge. These events occurred in early 2015. The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) president wrote that

a government employee faced with a decision of violating his conscience or upholding the law, would need to resign and protest against it as a citizen if he could not discharge the duties of his office required by law in good conscience.15

Here’s an important question: How can this principle apply if the “law” that the official is to execute has been illegally, illegitimately, and blatantly put into place? This is exactly what has happened with Obergefell, and what occurred in Alabama a few months earlier, and what happened countless times before with regard to same-sex marriage in this country.16 We can be thankful for all public officials, few though they may be, who are willing to work to uphold the law against a tsunami of lawlessness. We need all the law-abiding public servants we can get!

We need all the law-abiding public servants we can get!

Mat Staver is the attorney for Ms. Davis as well as the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel (LC), a non-profit law firm. In an email to friends of LC, Staver made these important points.

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One fact that is widely misunderstood by many in the media is this: Kim’s case is also about her faithful adherence to Kentucky law and not solely about her fight to protect her First Amendment rights.…

While the Supreme Court struck down federal and state laws defining marriage as being between one man and one woman, the Court cannot create a new law. The five lawyers on the Supreme Court who created a “right” to same-sex “marriage” did so without constitutional authority and have thus created legal chaos. The Constitution states that the creation of laws must always come from the Legislative Branch.

Kentucky’s law still states that marriage is between one man and one woman. It takes action by the Kentucky legislature and governor to change their state laws to reflect the Supreme Court’s ruling. The law cannot simply be “deemed” into place!17

There’s another issue to be considered as well. With all due respect to Dr. Moore, expecting Christians to step away from public office under these circumstances—or not to seek office to begin with—would exclude Christians from an increasing number of public service jobs. Christians should not be prohibited from public service simply because of their faith. John Jay, a Founding Father and the first Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, said, “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”18

Recently Glenn Beck and David Barton had a conversation in which historian Barton explained why Kim Davis actually is upholding the law. Their conversation was captured on camera and has been posted on YouTube (just 1:39 in length). Barton explained,

The Founding Fathers made it real clear that the laws of God are higher than the laws of man. Every one of the Founding Fathers who wrote legal works made that point. You have the laws of God first. So this [the law that is central in the Kentucky case] is a law of God. Man’s law is not allowed to contradict God’s law; this is why we’re a republic, not a democracy. France was without a higher law; it was whatever the majority wanted at the time. But in America where you have a republic, you have a higher law. It’s God’s law, then it’s the Constitution, then it’s the consent of the governed, but in France and other places, it’s whatever the majority wants at a particular period in time, which changes across the years.… 19 (Minor edits were made for clarity and smoothness.)

The bottom line is this. Kim Davis shouldn’t resign. She should stand her ground and continue to enforce the law. Franklin Graham said, “We need more Americans who are willing to take a stand for religious freedoms and biblical values in our communities. If we don’t, we won’t even recognize the America that our children and our grandchildren will be left with.”20

Sadly, it’s difficult to recognize it even now. Yet, if God can empower one to stand for the truth regardless of cost, and if He can empower a few, then He can empower many—and perhaps the tide can be turned. Are you available?

Copyright © 2015 by B. Nathaniel Sullivan. All Rights Reserved.

Read Ted Cruz’s statement on Kim Davis here.
Watch Ted Cruz talk about the Davis case on The Kelly File here.
Article: “Huckabee: Jailing Kim Davis is Christian Persecution” by Alex Swoyer
Article: “Where 2016 Candidates Stand on Kim Davis’ Arrest” by Ben Johnson

Notes:

1http://www.wnd.com/2015/09/kim-davis-speaks-to-supporters-from-jail-2/

2http://www.ammoland.com/2015/09/why-the-supreme-court-is-not-supreme/#axzz3l51gze2L

3http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/081613-667885-obama-presidency-leaves-a-lawless-legacy.htm?p=full

4http://www.wnd.com/2014/06/obamas-lawlessness-now-beyond-partisanship/

5http://www.wnd.com/2015/04/obamas-wanton-lawlessness-should-disturb-us-all/

6http://www.ammoland.com/2015/09/why-the-supreme-court-is-not-supreme/#axzz3l51gze2L

7https://www.afa.net/the-stand/news/kim-davis-is-rosa-parks/

8http://www.wnd.com/2015/09/the-law-abider-who-sits-in-jail/

9http://www.eagleforum.org/publications/column/judicial-tyranny-in-kentucky.html

10Kim Davis was in jail from Thursday, September 3 until Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

11http://flatoutunconstitutional.com/2015/09/07/kim-davis-broke-no-law/

12http://www.christianpost.com/news/what-we-learned-from-the-arrest-of-kim-davis-144541/

13http://www.wnd.com/2015/09/same-sex-marriage-started-with-lawbreaking/

14http://erlc.com/article/need-we-jail-each-other-over-marriage-licenses

15http://www.bpnews.net/44212/moore-scotus-will-probably-ok-gay-marriage

16http://www.wordfoundations.com/justice-denied/

17Mat Staver, email to friends and supporters of Liberty Counsel, 9/9/2015.

18http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/baldwin/051025

19https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKvgn60ZFs0

20http://www.westernjournalism.com/franklin-graham-if-more-americans-dont-act-like-kim-davis-this-will-happen/

 

Missing Persons

A toast to my big brother George: The richest man in town.
—Harry Bailey in Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life1

The 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life, directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, has to be one of the best loved and most watched films of all time. In the movie, Stewart plays George Bailey, a man who dreams of adventure but remains stuck in Bedford Falls, New York, running his family’s building and loan. In situation after situation, George makes sacrifices to benefit others, yet somehow doesn’t ever seem to get a break himself.

You remember the story. The pressures on George mount, climaxing when he contemplates committing suicide by jumping from a bridge into the river. Clarence, the angel who has been assigned to George, jumps in the river himself, and George pulls him out. In the aftermath of this rescue, Clarence gets to show George what Bedford Falls would have become had George never been born—and the revelations are startling.

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When he was 12, George had rescued his brother Harry when Harry accidently fell through thin ice. Later Harry became a war hero, but in the world where George never had been born, Harry drowned as a kid. When George discovers Harry’s tombstone, Clarence explains, “Your brother, Harry Bailey, broke through the ice and was drowned at the age of nine.”

“That’s a lie!” responds George. “Harry Bailey went to war! He got the Congressional Medal of Honor! He saved the lives of every man on that transport!”

“Every man on that transport died,” Clarence says. “Harry wasn’t there to save them, because you weren’t there to save Harry.”2

This was typical. George had kept the druggist for whom he worked as a boy from poisoning a customer by mistake. Through his honest dealings and upright business practices, he also had kept Bedford Falls from being acquired by the greediest, meanest man in town, Henry F. Potter. Everyone in Bedford Falls was better off due to George Bailey’s life and influence.

“Strange, isn’t it?” observes Clarence. “Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”3

Think about that for a minute. One life “touches so many other lives.” When a man or woman is missing, there’s an “awful hole.”

While in the realm of cinema, George Bailey had been born and as an adult had the unique opportunity to see the difference he had made in a multitude of lives, we cannot even begin to fathom the gaping holes that surround us every day because 55 million people whose lives were snuffed out by abortion since 1973 aren’t with us. How much better and richer would our world be had these individuals been allowed to live, and what tangible and intangible losses are we experiencing because they weren’t?

Jesse Friedman is a 16-year-old high school student who understands this issue. Jesse is a spokesman for Voices for the Voiceless,4 an organization created by his older brother Josiah to tap the creative energy of students to advance the pro-life movement. Their brother Sam is the organization’s web developer.

Jesse delivered a powerful speech at the Chandler, Arizona Planned Parenthood facility on August 22, 2015. The protest at which he spoke was one of hundreds nationwide (go here and here) held on the same day.5 Here are some of Jesse’s remarks.

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At the age of 19, my mom found out that she was pregnant. She was scared, and she felt alone. When my mom was confronted with this situation, she went to a local Planned Parenthood. They didn’t tell her all of her options, but referred her for an abortion. And today, my family is one person short of what it should’ve been. I have two brothers, but I should have three. What Planned Parenthood offers women is surely helpful at the time — after all, it gives women a chance to escape the hardships of carrying their pregnancy to term. But in the end, abortion takes away a life and leaves those affected by it thinking about what could’ve been.

I’ve lost potential friends and family members to the atrocity of abortion. And I realize that maybe those friends and family members were conceived in unfortunate circumstances, perhaps a lack of financial provision or a lack of a two-parent home — but I can’t help but think of how different my life would be if they were here. I can’t help but think of the kind of world-changers that my generation has lost.

Planned Parenthood defends their selling of fetal tissue with the fact that it could lead to scientific discoveries. They tell us that this tissue could be the key to curing cancer. But I have another question for you, Planned Parenthood. What if in your hopes to cure cancer with the aid of fetal tissue, you aborted the curer of cancer himself? We’ll never know how abortion has changed our world, but I can’t shake the thought that some of those 55 million aborted children since 1973 might’ve become the next President of the United States, or the next great musician, or the next astronaut. When 22% of my generation was aborted, 22% of my generation’s potential went with it.6

Also, consider this: The children and grandchildren who would have been born to those 55 million individuals and their children also are missing. In 2012, the number of persons missing due to abortion was calculated to be more than 117 million—“roughly a third of our population.”7  Thus, no living person ever can say he or she has been untouched by abortion. Moreover, with such a huge number of consumers and taxpayers out of the picture, it is no wonder the United States is experiencing such deep economic woes: “The federal revenue loss due to abortion mirrors our federal debt. A national economy cannot be sustained when a third of the population is missing.”8

Jesse did not mention these economic implications in his speech, but he didn’t have to, because they rest on everything he said. You can read Jesse’s speech in its entirety here, but before you do, let his main point sink in: We cannot even begin to calculate the gut-wrenching losses that abortion has brought to us as individuals, and to our nation, and to our world.

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The atrocity of abortion has to stop! Defunding Planned Parenthood is the next step. This should be easy, but it won’t be, because the opposition is strong. Even so, we must continue to be, as Josiah Friedman’s organization declares in its name, Voices for the Voiceless. We do this because each person is of infinite value. We do it because, in the articulate words of Clarence Odbody (Angel Second Class), “Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”9

Copyright © 2015 by B. Nathaniel Sullivan. All Rights Reserved.

Notes:

1,2,3http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038650/quotes

4http://voicesforthevoiceless.org

5http://protestpp.com

6https://medium.com/@_vftv/planned-parenthood-we-don-t-need-you-9c3d185f1571

7,8http://www.lifenews.com/2012/11/06/abortion-has-destroyed-117-million-people-in-the-united-states/

9http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038650/quotes