• 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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