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By Robert Royal   
Monday, 29 April 2013

Many things happen in modern societies that render a decent human being all but speechless. So many, in fact, that sometimes it seems the better part simply to let them pass and to move on. That seems to be what has already happened with President Obama’s outrageous speech just three days ago to Planned Parenthood – the first such speech by a sitting president in American history. But it must not be allowed to pass or be forgotten. Not for a moment.

It’s not just the historical precedent that’s worrisome, bad as that is in a country deeply divided over abortion. It’s the way the President of the United States has settled into describing all those Americans – more than half of the population, if recent surveys are to be believed – who call themselves pro-life and act on their belief as threatening “basic rights when it comes to women’s health.” He has used similar language on multiple occasions in defending the HHS mandates.

The president may not regard this as “demonizing opponents,” something he professes to abhor. Way back when the powers at Notre Dame were still innocent enough to invite Obama to receive an honorary degree – which is to say, before the university had to join other institutions, Catholic and not, in a lawsuit to defend themselves from Obamacare – he said:

Lets honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion, and draft a sensible conscience clause. . . .the fact is that at some level, the views of the two camps are irreconcilable. Each side will continue to make its case to the public with passion and conviction. But surely we can do so without reducing those with differing views to caricature.

It sounded nice, but I myself did not believe he meant it then. And now, it’s even clearer. One slice of American citizens regards the rest of us as the functional equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan. Who else would dream of denying others “basic rights”? By using this sort of inflammatory language and pushing it hard on wedge issues – Obama and others use it increasingly on gay “marriage” as well – he may be gaining brownie points in certain places, but he is sowing discord in the body politic. Remember when there weren’t red states and blue states, only the United States?

The Catholic bishops and anyone else worried over religious liberty should not take this latest development lightly. You can live with a person you think mistaken on one or more issues, who is essentially of good will. You cannot tolerate the Ku Klux Klan.

If you can stomach going over the whole creepy thing, you’ll discover some other surprises in the Planned Parenthood text as well. There’s the usual smarmy lying, subtle but real, about what Planned Parenthood actually does.

In the president’s telling, apparently a horde of brain-damaged individuals (strongly represented in the Republican party) opposes Planned Parenthood because they want to deny “women” a variety of health services like mammograms. It’s not entirely clear why those lunatics want to take away simple health services, but it has something to do with “turning the clock back” for “women,” maybe even a “war on women.”

The time is long past when we might have expected some daring member of the media to get in the face of an administration official and press hard on just why, precisely, some people are so wicked as to be pursuing this demented war. But if this mentality is allowed to go on unchecked, it’s not hard to see how certain groups, among them the Catholic Church, Evangelicals, orthodox Jews, traditional Muslims, and even mere pro-life secularists – are going to be regarded by the Right Sort of People in the very near future.

And there was this further revelation:

Forty years after the Supreme Court affirmed a woman’s constitutional right to privacy, including the right to choose, we shouldn’t have to remind people that when it comes to a woman’s health, no politician should get to decide what’s best for you.  No insurer should get to decide what kind of care that you get.  The only person who should get to make decisions about your health is you.  (Applause.)  That’s why we fought so hard to make health care reform a reality.  (Applause.)

Say what? Before it passed, many people had qualms about provisions of Obamacare that clearly seemed headed towards getting the government involved in morally objectionable procedures. And we were told – sometimes by our own religious leaders – that those questions could be finessed while we pursued a fairer healthcare system for all. (Note to self: beware all talk of systems and programs in the future.) And now the president himself tells us that the “right to choose” is “why we fought so hard to make health care reform a reality”?

As is his wont, this whole exercise resolved itself into a naked political plea: that the good folks of Planned Parenthood and all their affiliates, friends, acquaintances, garage mechanics, dentists, dry cleaners, and cat groomers join with the president in explaining to people what a great thing is Obamacare. The president hasn’t been much able to make the sale himself, either on the merits or after the utter chaos in implementation, which members of his own party are starting to worry about in public.

But the greater threat may arise if Obamacare is implemented. He’s told us why he fought so hard for it. Even if he was half fibbing for political gain, we shouldn’t be surprised when those of us who disagree are informed that we’re no longer welcome in polite society.

 
Robert Royal is editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing, and president of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C. His most recent book is The God That Did Not Fail: How Religion Built and Sustains the West, now available in paperback from Encounter Books.
 
 
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written by Frank, April 29, 2013
Never compromise with evil!
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written by Deacon Ed Peitler, April 29, 2013
The very worst offense by this representative of the beast (cf Book of Revelation) is his sacriligious speech. When you call upon God to bless the minds, hearts, souls, and deeds of a group dedicated to murdering innnocent human lives, you have taken on the work of Satan himself. There is no other conclusion that can be drawn from what this man says and does. That is why any Catholic who either voted for this man or continues to support him is a culpable as he. This is not politics; this is a matter of truth. The man has no shame and neither do his supporters.
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written by Sue, April 29, 2013
Had to laugh at "Way back when the powers at Notre Dame were still innocent enough to invite Obama to receive an honorary degree". Notre Dame was corrupt decades before that "innocent" invitation. The Rockefellers bought off Hesburgh in the 1960s and he made ND the beachhead for Planned Parenthood's assault on America. Nor has Notre Dame "learned" a thing, it's joining suits or leading the March for Life notwithstanding. They have simply learned how to fake right one pace, then lurch left two paces on the long march to Utopia.


That we continue to let such craven institutions as Notre Shame and the USCCB commit political "oopsy" after "oopsy" by squandering their moral capital in the direction of a Marxist utopia is "shame on us". Defund these monsters who pretend to speak for Catholic ideals. As Cardinal Burke pleas, and Ratzinger pled, let the individual bishops' voices rise.
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written by Mack Hall, April 29, 2013
According to Reuters, 51% of Catholics and 69% of Jews voted for Mr. Obama last November. I do not understand why people with a transcendent view of creation and being would vote for a person who despises their values and them as individuals.
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written by Manfred, April 29, 2013
Thank you, Robert, for a truly excellent piece. I cannot help but think of 16th Century England and the time of Henry VIII. The entire Catholic leadership, with some few but notable exceptions, literally signed documents in support of Henry's DIVORCE. Modern Man, which the Spirit of Vat. II is always crowing about, has eclipsed that subject and moved into the Big Leagues of ABORTION and "blessed" SODOMY. Next? Why POLYGAMY and BESTIALITY, of course. Not to worry, the photographs of Cdl. Dolan and Obama yukking it up, Dolan giving HOLY COMMUNION to Joe Biden, Cdl Law being "punished" for his cover up of the predator priests in Boston by being appointed Archpriest of Santa Maria Maggiore with a sinecure of 135,000 Euros a year, Georgetown covering the IHS symbol as Obama did not feel comfortable with it when he spoke there-all these will be shown in history books as examples of the tremendous "fight" (hahahaha) the Church waged against depravity. Evangelization, anyone?
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written by Willie, April 29, 2013
Close to fifty percent of the U.S. is beholding to this Beast and those of his ilk. The government takers are soon going to overtake the makers of this society. That being the case morality becomes relative and the state provides the moral compass. The principle of subsidiarity has been eroded. The elite and righteous are being hoodwinked by the master of deceit, by Srewtape himself.
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written by maineman, April 29, 2013
I have struggled for several years now with the charge of praying for and loving this most hateful first couple. The problem I was having was that I couldn't tolerate being lied to and denigrated more or less continuously.

I finally made a breakthrough when I began to see them, him in particular, from a more transcendent perspective. I cannot bear to listen to or watch someone hack away at their own soul by way of such unremitting lying and conniving.
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written by Jacob, April 29, 2013
This is only so difficult for older Catholics to see this.

Those of us who got here after the brainwashing see the leftists for exactly what they are--most usually while being called nutjob Catholics, the type that make them embarrassed (the type they thought they had destroyed) by older, "wiser" "Catholics".

In fact the man and woman who converted me are twice my age, were quite sure of their wisdom, and were shocked and outraged that I would dare to even question their support of the most pro abortion president in history.

To this day, their sense of Christian charity can't bring them to forgive me simply for questioning them (they say I'm too "mean", despite their having forgiven sex abusers in the past--apparently I'm less forgivable to them than a sexual predator because I questioned their indefensible support of Obama).
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written by Jacob, April 29, 2013
By the way, how is it that the people who are running the American Church didn't know that Notre Dame would be a menagerie, but I, broken lay Catholic with zero standing, could have told them ten years ago, before anyone even knew Obama's name, what would happen if they gave an honorary degree to a high priest of abortion?
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written by Dan Deeny, April 29, 2013
A fine article. I'm glad you brought up the subject of the Klan. This administration uses the following expression: "We must have sustainable population growth in developing countries." The Klan had a different way of expressing that idea, but of course we can't use their language in polite society!
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written by william manley, April 29, 2013
What bothers me the most is the inability or unwillingness of the President to see the connection between Newtown and abortion. He deeply mourns the slaughter of innocents by a mentally ill gunman and then champions the slaughter of innocents by abortion doctors.
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written by Chris in Maryland, April 29, 2013
Amen Sue.

William M:

It's not inability...abortion is to his advantage...think about this...his Att'y General...the Att'y General of the US, makes money renting his building as an abortion mill...he's getting rich doing it.
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written by dennis, April 29, 2013
The Catholic Church is scandalously divided on abortion at the level of bishops, clergy, religious, laity, colleges, physicians, and so on. We can't fix others while we are divided.
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written by debby, April 29, 2013
Jacob - of course we all know what you meant, but no one converted you. The Holy Spirit of God - Love Himself - converted you. He is very fond of using instruments that are unworthy - Balaam's Jackass for one always reminds me not to think too much of myself should He speak thru me. i am sorry that couple is lost to you. it is their loss for sure, but keep your eyes on Him and trust the same Spirit will complete their conversion.....God bless you and continue to keep you moving forward in Him, brother!
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written by Tony Esolen, April 29, 2013
Interesting, isn't it, how evil quickly degenerates into gibbering stupidity? I think, more and more, that faithful Christians will be the last people in the country who will be able to think at all. If you compare the speeches of President Obama with the speeches of any ordinary President of the nineteenth century, it's as if you'd suddenly stumbled upon the jabber of a creepy little self-satisfied brat.
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written by Gian, April 30, 2013
And don't pro-lifers demonize their opponents by calling them 'murderers'?

I submit that the political process is incapable, by its very nature, to resolve certain fundamental disputes such as defnition of person, or whether the nation should be communist or libertarian. The political process requires a certain consensus on these fundamentals. Thus, the demonization of the opponents in these matters. The nation can not endure half divided and the matter would be sorted out as when the personhood was last debated over.
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written by Athanasius, April 30, 2013
It's not "demonization" to call abortionists murderers; it may be inflammatory, it may (or may not) be impolitic, but as abortionists deliberately kill innocent human beings, they are, in fact, murderers. There is no parity between the two sides here.

As for the rest of your post . . . say what?
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written by Michael Paterson-Seymour, April 30, 2013
Gian

As Carl Schmitt pointed out, just as morality is concerned with good and evil, aesthetics with the beautiful and the ugly, and economics with the profitable and the unprofitable, so politics is concerned with friendship and enmity: “Every religious, moral, economic, ethical, or other antithesis transforms itself into a political one, if it is sufficiently strong to group human beings effectively according to friends and enemy.” No amount of discussion, compromise or exhortation can settle issues between enemies. There can be no genuine agreement because, in the end, there is nothing to agree about.
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written by Achilles, April 30, 2013
Gian, brother, really, what is the killing of the most innocent and helpless members of our society? It is murder, plain and simple, why would that be called imflamitory? It is in fact demonically inspired, hardly demonizing, upsetting to the pathos of liberals? Certainly, but that is no measuring stick. This brave new world is alergic to calling things what they are becuase that interferes with our monumental project to build self esteem higher than the tower of Babel.
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written by Gian, May 01, 2013
Clearly, it is accurate to call them murderer. But, the point is, in politics, when you call your opponent a murderer, then you have gone beyond politics. And then you can not expect either the political process to work or to defend you.

As Michael Paterson-Seymour said, friends do not call each other murderers. And in short, there is a discourse that goes outside the bounds of the political discourse.
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written by Sue, May 01, 2013
I think what Gian is saying is that we cannot agree to disagree on abortion. Like slavery, it festers and then explodes when we maintain the pretense that personhood can just be a matter of politics, as did 19th century pre-Civil War America. In fact, the conceit that it was a political concept was built into the Constitution, the flaw that has proven so disastrous up till today.

Once we have called out abortion as murder, our stance towards our government, which sanctions abortion (murder) is changed. To pretend that we can just make it a matter of political debate and prudence is to make the same error the German citizens did in the 1930s - "don't make waves".

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written by Russell, May 01, 2013
In the US, what makes a right more basic than one that enjoys Constitutional protection?
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written by Candace, May 01, 2013
After reading all the other posts, I feel somewhat intimidated to post my comments in a forum with such intelligent, and articulate Christian people (you guys give me hope,) but I have to say that the author of this article is right. When our own fellow Catholics are turning against Christ's teaching, we remaining Catholics that are true to the faith have a hard road ahead of us. I see the Church being relentlessly persecuted in the future, with true Catholics having to gather in homes, rather than the Church to participate in an authentic Mass. The Catholics in name only (CINO's)who voted for Obama will just be absorbed into secular society. Even though we will be a smaller Church, I pray that makes us a stronger Church, because we will need plenty of strength in the coming years. God bless everybody and stay strong in the faith.
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written by schm0e, May 17, 2013
Somebody needs to follow the money trail between Planned Parent, it's donor list, and Obama's various money-funnels. It will undoubtedly shed light on why, as Planned Parenthood's Chief Spokesman at Large, he's able to moonlight as the president of a really big country.

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