Monday, November 3, 2008

An Open Letter to _____________. (Fill in your friend's or relative's name here)

An Open Letter to My 18-year-old Nephew Who Supports Obama
Posted By Kathleen A. McCarthy On November 3, 2008 @ 3:04 pm In Pro-Life No Comments

"Dear Charlie,

I appreciate where you are coming from. When I was your age, I shared similar views. Something happens as you get older and become responsible for the souls of other human beings. It changes you. When I became a mom, in an instant, it was as if I was looking at the world through a totally different set of eyeballs. I started to see vile behavior in places where I never recognized it before. I began to worry that my innocent baby was going to grow up in a very sick and evil world. And it caused your uncle and I to RUN to the church and study our faith veraciously. We learned a lot about our Catholic faith. In fact, up to that point, we weren’t exactly sure why the Church was against contraception. We had our theories. But when we learned the truth, we were truly amazed at the depth and breadth of the beauty of our Church. For the first time, we started to see the church as the “treasure” that it truly is. We began to do more than “talk-the-talk”…we started to “walk-the-walk.”

Here’s some background: Tragically, about half my friends have had abortions between ages 17 and 22. The culture not only permitted it, it pretty much encouraged the promiscuity that made it a certainty. At the time, abortion was commonly considered the only “way out” for those in the “unthinkable” crisis. They never thought they’d get pregnant. How could they have, when there’s birth control. But in the heat of the moment, birth control is often forgotten. There is a tiny place in the back of one’s mind that says “as a very last resort, I can always have an abortion.” Young people are connived into likening an abortion to that of an out-patient dental procedure. They are being conned the way the devil conned Eve into eating the forbidden fruit. This is the world’s oldest lesson. And as Christians,’ we are called to reveal this deception and perversion of the truth.

No young woman approaches abortion with gladness in her heart. It is approached as a solemn, yet necessary, evil. Many women simply feel they had no “choice.” They had to end this nightmare or give up their freedom and live with the shame. But in an instant - the moment the deed was done – their freedom was gone forever, and the private shame was worse than any public shame could ever be. These young women would be enslaved with the guilt that they took the lives of their own babies. You’d think that the pain would lessen with time. But the real pain didn’t begin until years later, when they welcomed babies in the context of marriage.
Years after an abortion, a married friend of mine delivered her first live baby. When she held that little baby in her arms for the first time, she realized what she had done to the baby that she had aborted years earlier. She felt unworthy of the child that she held. She was an emotional mess and she cried for months. She continues to live with the guilt and remorse to this day. There are millions of women suffering from the deep pain of having made the decision to take a life. It’s not a well known fact because these are woman who have been hiding their dirty secret for years. They can’t face the shame of having their husband or their children know what they had done. That is why this evil lives on. Because the victims are silent and good people refuse to stand up for the unborn. But even more importantly, what appears as a freedom, (choice), is a big lie. It’s the devil himself. He wants you to think that choice is freedom. But it’s not. It’s bondage to sin and it destroys souls.

Charlie, if what you seek in the world is peace, than morality must come first. A democracy cannot thrive in a society where morals have eroded to the point where leaders stand by, and proudly protect the rights of mothers to murder their innocent babies. Blessed Mother Theresa said “I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child — a direct killing of the innocent child — murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”
I understand your frustration with the government and politics. We can go back and forth and debate issues of war and the economy. But none of it really matters if we have a leader who refuses to defend life. Our Constitution guarantees us the “inalienable right to LIFE, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The president puts his hand on the Bible and promises to defend the lives of the citizens of this great nation. How can we deny the most defenseless of all — the unborn, this simple protection?

Historically, when a Democrat is president, abortion on demand is legal in all forms. It was legal under Clinton and banned under Bush. Obama will make it legal again. Charlie, do you know what partial birth abortion is? It’s performed on a woman, 8 or 9 months pregnant, who decides that she doesn’t want to have the baby. The doctor induces labor and as the full-term baby’s head is being delivered, the doctor cuts the baby’s neck and suctions his brains out causing the baby’s skull to collapse. Then the rest of the lifeless baby is delivered dead. I don’t believe that any abortion is just. But how can a president swear to protect life, and then do everything in his power to protect the legal right of a mother to have her baby murdered in this way?
Our human dignity does not consist in how much we can produce, or do, or what our net worth is, or what we drive. Every human being is precious in the eyes of God. I cannot vote for a leader who does not believe in the sanctity of ALL life. Obama cannot be trusted to make the right call when there are tough decisions to be made – and the President of the U.S. faces life and death decisions every day, that affects the lives of millions.

When Barack Obama was asked about his stand on abortion, he spoke about his 9 and 6 year old daughters in this quote “I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.” Charlie, I can’t vote for a guy who considers a baby at an inconvenient time, punishment. Obama’s view is to “teach them morals and values,” and then when all else fails, throw morals and values out the window in the name of ‘convenience,’ — this guy does not strike me as having solid moral convictions that run deep.
I’d rather vote for a candidate whom I know I can trust, because every moral fiber in his or her body, unconditionally values the dignity of life. The most essential character of a leader will flow from the one basic premise that ALL life is God-given and must be protected under the constitution.

I gave this a lot of thought and I hope that you will too.

In Christ,
Your loving aunt,

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