Christians and the Pro-Life Ploy

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Leaders in
the Catholic and other conservative pro-life churches are almost
making it mandatory this presidential election that the faithful
vote for McCain or, more to the point, vote against the pro-abortion
Obama. But is this single-issue pro-life exhortation really in harmony
with authentic Christian tradition? Are these leaders really showing
that they are of the mettle of their predecessors, from the Apostles
to St. Thomas Beckett to Cardinal Mindszenty? Or instead are these
Christian leaders more aligned with those predecessors who all too
often compromised the faith and kowtowed to political power, the
world, the flesh, and the devil? This essay advances that it is
the latter.

The Pro-Life
Ploy

Indeed, the
pro-life ploy is perfectly demonic: in holding out the illusionary
possibility of destroying an evil an even greater evil is fed. But
what can be more evil than killing babies? It is that which is the
cause of this killing and myriad other evils. Indeed, as atrocious
as abortion is, it is nonetheless a symptom. Our nation is not vicious
because it allows abortion, rather it allows abortion because the
nation is vicious.

It is good
that church leaders are finally showing some spine in regards to
politics and the crime of abortion, but this is neither remarkable
nor prophetic. In doing so they are merely reacting to the most
gruesome and sensational symptom of a systemic evil. But tragically
the election of another Republican will not take care of the symptom;
at the very best (don't hold your breath) it will remand it back
to the states. Abortion will remain, legal or illegal. However,
it is certain that voting for either the Republican or Democratic
candidate will strengthen the systemic evil that is the current
Republican-Democratic political axis, and the powers that manipulate
that government. Also be certain that the last thing the national
government wants to do is remand anything back to the states, much
less to the community, church, or family. Indeed, Roe v. Wade is
the rotten fruit of the Federal government's usurpation of state's
rights.

The systemic
evil that must be primarily combated is the rise of the most omnipotent
State in history, both on the domestic and international level.
Under this State, and abided by mind-boggling advances in technology,
totalitarianism has the potential of reaching an apex of power and
control undreamed of by past despots. The future is ominous indeed,
for already this State contravenes its own constitution. Already
this State ignores international law in its kidnapping and torture
of suspects. Already this State justifies its attack of other countries
under the immoral concept of pre-emptivity. Already this State has
free license to spy on its citizens. Already this State claims the
right to intrude itself into the family, even to the extent of confiscating
children. Already this State imprisons 1 in every 100 of its citizens,
a quarter of the world's entire prison population. In short, already
this State is fascist, viewing itself as omnipotent and beholding
to nothing.

While ultimately
this unprecedented totalitarian State is an international-united-states,
domestically it is the United States of America and is represented
by the Republican-Democratic political axis. These political parties
are but two sides of the same ticket; a tag team that take turns
every four or eight years beating up on the hapless American populace
who nonetheless continue to cheer them on with "USA, USA"
thinking these parties are actually wrestling each other. Yes, the
Democrats and Republicans are two sides to the same ticket: and
that ticket is a one-way ticket to fascism. It is the ticket to
the attempted destruction of any remnant of authentic Christianity
and a ticket to the reign of an antichrist, if not the antichrist.
Supporting this regime, this Republican-Democratic axis of evil,
is not pro-life; it is pro-death, both physically and spiritually.
It will not end abortion, but quite the contrary, it will metastasize
the culture of death, killing the bodies of its opponents and the
souls of its proponents.

The urgent
case in point shows an example of this culture of death. One would
think U.S. pro-lifers would care about the Iraqi unborn just as
much as they care about other unborn babies. A baby in-utero is
neither Christian nor Moslem, neither American nor Iraqi. In Iraq
how many unborn have died along with the millions of civilians that
have been killed or maimed by the USA's destruction of infrastructure,
aerial bombing, and depleted uranium bombs. These depleted uranium
bombs also have the added "military" advantage of causing
spontaneous abortions and birth defects. However, I've yet to hear
one single denouncement of this from the "traditional Catholic"
pulpits I frequent, and only extremely rarely from the "Christian
pro-lifers" I encounter. Indeed, the pro-life movement's new
found darling, Mrs. Palin, is silent on the Iraqi special needs
children debilitated by our special bombs. Of course, Bomb-Bomb-Iran
McCain couldn’t care less. He is the same fellow who bombed innocent
civilians in North Vietnam when we decided to shift from risking
our own soldier's lives and concentrate our military efforts on
terrorist blanket bombing of North Vietnam population centers. Anyone
that supports a candidate that gleefully looks forward to the bombing
of innocent civilians (born or unborn, Christian or Moslem) in Iraq,
Iran, Afghanistan, and the devil knows where, is not pro-life, and
surely not a good Christian!

The Two
Party Axis of Evil

"Vote
pro-life." If only the battle between good and evil was so
simple. But it's not, for evil is deceptive and insidious. When
one becomes myopic and single-issue oriented one is easily hoodwinked,
for one's field of vision is already curtailed. Indeed, he usually
becomes blinded to his own personal issues, especially those that
require real courage to confront.

Christian pro-life
leaders are right, for aside from all the other issues, right or
wrong Obama advocates, his abortion stance makes it a very simple
and closed case: a Catholic or other pro-life Christian cannot vote
for him or his running mate, the apostate Catholic Biden. So it
is a no-brainer that one can't vote for Obama, but it takes only
a bit more brains (maybe a bit-of-brains should be a poll requirement)
or a smidgen of true Christian spirit to see that one can't vote
for McCain either. An orthodox Christian must hold that voting for
any overtly pro-abortion candidate is intrinsically evil. But so
is voting for a totalitarian warmonger like McCain, though it seems
that only wise or authentic or uncompromising Christians realize
this.

The Christian
single-issue advocates are in effect, if not always in intent, minimalists
and compromisers. What they are urging is what a functional conscience
with but the slightest sense of natural law and moral rectitude
would urge. These single-issue Christians fail to see the bigger
picture, the essence of the evil itself, because they compartmentalize
their faith. It is safer than living that faith out in its totality
and it is safely political and issue-oriented rather than dangerously
militant and prophetic. Being pro-life becomes militant and prophetic,
it becomes heroic and a personal encounter with Christ Crucified,
most especially for those who endure a pregnancy that is somehow
tragic. But for most of us being pro-life remains an issue, even
the banner issue of our conservative politics and our Christian
faith.

But Christianity
can't be reduced down to issues or politics. It isn't liberation
theology nor neo-conservatism nor dispensationalism, all of which
fall under the category of a semi- or anti-Christianity. Not only
is Christianity not merely political, it is not merely moral. You
can't reduce the faith down to a moral code much less one moral
position, no matter how serious that position is. To do so does
irreparable damage to that faith and, as such, best assures the
defeat of the moral position one advocates.

Christianity
is much more than politics or morals: it is a fully integral, all
pervasive, all transcendent though eminently practical worldview.
Both parties on the vast majority of issues, on their all-pervasive
worldviews, are incompatible with, indeed hostile to, the Christian
worldview. Thus there are many other issues that disallow a Christian
from voting for either Obama even if he were pro-life or McCain even
though he claims to be pro-life. True, one could be more
easily deceived and not know that a vote for McCain is a vote for
that which is antithetical to Christianity; but isn't such deception
in keeping with the insidious tactics of the demonic?

Means and
Ends

In traditional
Christian morality a good end never justifies an evil means, and
even if it did an evil means never procures a good end that lasts.
A strikingly relevant case in point was the Fascist government in
Italy. Mussolini's state banned abortion, birth control, and homosexuality
activity. As a Catholic I hold these things as intrinsically evil
and their curtailment good. However, supporters of Italian fascism,
even those who supported it primarily for the advancement of these
moral issues, are responsible for facilitating a cataclysmic evil.
This evil culminated in Catholics sheepishly submitting to national
conscription and participation in an unjust and horrifying war.
In addition, it led to the subsequent weakening of Catholic culture,
morals, and faith in Italy and to the final eradication of European
Christendom. The result now being a de-Christianized Italy that
fully accepts those very moral issues some sought to address by
compromising with the fascist regime. If even a fraction of the
effort and sacrifice that was squandered by Italian and other Catholics
in World War II had instead been brought to missionary efforts the
world would be looking at the rebirth of Christendom rather than
its demise.

Moral decadence
always comes in the wake of war. Indeed among Catholic countries,
erstwhile totalitarian Italy and Spain have the lowest birthrates
in the world due to rejection of the Church's moral teachings on
sexuality and marriage. Compare this to the erstwhile victims of
colonialism and totalitarianism, Ireland and France, which still
have the highest birthrates. The lesson being, you can't compromise
with a totalitarian regime even for a single issue, for that issue,
along with a host of others, will only be gravely exacerbated in
the long run.

Catholic weren't
so taken in by the blatantly pagan Nazi movement and the Catholic
regions of Germany remained the last bastion of opposition to it.
Indeed, Catholics biggest weakness in regards to Nazism was tolerating
it because it wasn't as blatantly atheistic as Communism. Today
Catholics and other pro-life Christians are asked by their clergy
to tolerate McCain and the Republicans to avoid Obama and the Democrats.
This tactic is akin to supporting Communism to destroy Nazism. However
in this case the chances of eradicating the evil of abortion are
zilch. Just as there was little difference between the Communists
and the Nazis there is even littler difference between the American
Axis of the Republicans and Democrats. They are both socialist and
totalitarian. Indeed, it is a hoax being played on the American
people to make them believe there is a difference. Unfortunately
for a people raised on TV and other fantasies this hoax is easily
perpetrated.

There is
a Unifying Issue

We have abortion
because of the break-up of the family and the ensuing moral decadence,
not because of Roe v. Wade. Why do we have the breakup of the family?
It is because the family has been supplanted by the State (and the
corporation). In actuality families have absolutely no rights in
the United States, indeed, children can be taken from the home on
mere suspicions. Yet it is the family that is ever the last bastion
against tyranny.

Christians
must realize that the evil of abortion, like all moral evils, will
only be eradicated when the populace converts from its neo-paganism.
This is the job of the Church, not the current government, which
itself is neo-pagan in its self-worship. Indeed, there is an indisputable
correlation between the waxing of the State and vice and the waning
of the family and virtue. As the State becomes more totalitarian
its citizens become more vicious and as the citizens become more
vicious the State becomes more totalitarian. Thus to end abortion
we must defeat the totalitarian State and increase personal virtue.
The most effective way of increasing personal virtue is to restore
the sacrosanct status of the family. A strengthened family plus
a weakened State equals a moral virtuous populace equals
less abortion.

Note well that
patriotism is not nationalism. Patriotism is a virtue, nationalism
is a vice. Love of one's soil, one's family, one's clan, one's (in
some way) homogeneous community is the essence of patriotism. But
nationalism, and more so today than ever, undermines all of that.
The central principle of traditional Christian social thought is
subsidiarity. Subsidiarity holds that all social and governing functions
should be implemented at the most local level possible. Thus the
locus of authority should be the family, then the neighborhood,
and then the community; as opposed to the State. It's Dad's responsibility
and competency to police Junior not Officer Storm Trooper's. In
other words, the Christian principle of subsidiarity upholds regional
rights, community rights, and family rights! It holds that the State
(and even the police!) exists to serve the citizen and the family.

This cause
of family, of community, and region — of subsidiarity — against the
totalitarian State is the closest Christians have to a single issue.
More exactly it is the unifying issue because all else flows
both in morals and politics from this. Thus Christians should be
fighting tooth and nail against the omnipotent national government,
which means they should be in militant opposition to either major
party, to either Obama or McCain, which are puppets of the State.

The Good
Means to the Lasting Ends

The end of
abortion is not a quick fix. It has taken 500 years for Christendom
to be unraveled completely and it may take another 500 years, if
God so wills it, for a new Christendom to fully arise. This rebirth
entails a moral and spiritual dynamics, not a political and judicial
one. For a Christian the most evil element of abortion is the mortal
sin of the perpetrators — not the death of the infant, as sorrowful
as that is. It is the spiritual death of this country and the choking
out of authentic Christianity that is the essential evil we must
confront. It wouldn’t matter if all abortions were outlawed tomorrow,
abortion would still remain and the evil that emanates from a decadent
populace and an omnipotent state would continue to increase.

Fight abortion
not by feeding the State leviathan so it can gobble up the saved
unborn 18 years later in a draft or sooner in some other form of
indentured servitude or indoctrination or incarceration; but rather
by strengthening the autonomy of the family, the community, and
the natural and sociological regions of this country. Fight abortion
by reestablishing the sacrosanct status of the home, which is itself
the womb of community and Christianity. Fight it by being uncowed
by the police state. Fight it by rejecting legal positivism, the
ideology that holds that just because the state declares something
to be legal or illegal it is. Fight it by studying truth, especially
the ancient truth of our Western Christian civilization. Fight it
by becoming virtuous and holy. Fight it by heroically preaching
the Gospel in lifestyle and words. Fight it by the prophetic witness
even if it includes "civil disobedience." Fight it by
being open to life and valuing of all human life even when those
lives are deemed to be "enemies" or "non-persons"
by the state. Fight it by establishing families united in sacrosanct
indissolubility. Fight abortion by fighting the ungodly regime in
Washington that rapaciously seeks to supplant both faith and family.

Conclusion

Dear Christians,
refuse to offer a pinch of incense by refusing to punch the ballot
for either official Republican-Democratic Axis candidates. Refuse
to offer tribute to the gods of American socialism, totalitarianism,
and imperialism and their incarnation in the president. Resist participation
in this sham election. The USA is the most powerful and hence the
most dangerous nation in the history of the world. Its potential
for evil is absolutely unprecedented. If there is not a reversion
to the constitution then totalitarianism is inevitable. If this
reversion does not occur the only hope for our country will be in
those willing to give their lives as witnesses to Christ against
the antichrist of the State. Whoever occupies the Whitened Sepulcher
House this January is a tool of the powers and principalities of
this world and of the devil. And all who facilitate the legitimacy
of this sham election are, at best, the devil's dupes, at worst
his minions.

October
23, 2008

G.C.
Dilsaver [send
him mail
] is a clinical psychologist and director of Imago
Dei Clinic
in Harrisburg, PA. Dr. Dilsaver works with therapants
both face-to-face and telephonically from throughout the country
who are seeking an efficacious alternative to psychotropic medication
and mainstream psychotherapy.

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