Colorado Human Life
When will they ever learn ?
The so-called Colorado Human Life
Amendment is the latest effort by political pro lifers and Secular
Christians to Stop Abortion by Voting.
As usual, they haven't thought through the political or moral questions
which this silly proposal raises.
We are informed that the Coordinator of this petition drive came here
from Kansas to lead this effort.
Question: Why didn't they try it in
Kansas if it was such a great idea ?
Kansas is a much more conservative and pro life state than
Colorado. If it won't pass there, it
won't pass here. The voters of South
Dakota voted down an anti abortion bill by
56% to 44% in November of 2006.
South Dakota is a much more pro life state than Colorado. In 1967, Colorado was the first state to pass
a liberalized abortion law. At that time
Colorado had a Republican Governor and the Republicans had substantial majorities
in both the Senate and the House.
40 years later, Colorado is much more liberal, as shown by the fact that the
Democrats control the State government.
So what is the political calculus behind this effort ? Do they assume that all the ski bums and ski
bunnies of Colorado will vote for this measure because they won't realize that
it is in fact an Anti Abortion Measure ?
Not all of them are as dumb as they look. And they will be wised up long before
election day rolls around. The Colorado Mountain High life style of
Vail and Aspen and Steamboat Springs depends upon abortion.
short, a sensible political strategist would recognize that this Anti Abortion
Measure has no
chance of passing. It will only serve the organizational
chauvinism and personal ambition of those who offer this new false hope to all
the Secular Christians in exchange for a donation and a token gesture: sign the petition, then vote. Pro Life made easy. The sponsors of this initiative have the
obligation to present their explanation as to why a state which has failed to
pass even minimal restrictions on abortion can be expected to vote for what is
in effect a complete ban on abortion. Of
course, when this initiative is on the ballot, they will pray, pray, pray for
it to get enough votes. If you jump off
a building and pray as hard as you can on the way down, God may somehow save
you. Which begs the question as to
whether you should have jumped in the first place. This initiative will go splat !
The sweeping character of this initiative avoids the immorality of the
half measures of earlier years which
essentially say: first do
this, then you may kill the baby. Parental
Notification means first tell your mother, before
you kill her grandson. Informed Consent conscripts the
abortionist to bear witness to the truth
about abortion--be honest now ! because
Secular Christians do not have the time--or the courage--to bear witness to
abortion bound women. The attempt to
pass a Human Life Amendment abandons
Christian morality because It Is
Immoral to Vote for Morality.
It is immoral to pander to all those voting
closet pro lifers who have been taught to believe that they are
doing all they can to establish Christian morality in the land if they deploy
one finger once every two years in the anonymous safety of the voting
closet. It is wrong to validate and
perpetuate the false faith of the Secular Christians that you can establish morality by voting for it. That is what got us into this situation in
the first place.
The People of the State of Colorado--the ski bums and ski bunnies of Vail and
Aspen and Steamboat--have the right to decide whether the embryo child is a person ?
By voting on it
they do not. It is beyond their
competence. No matter which way they
vote, it proves nothing and establishes nothing. It is Wrong to Let them Vote on It. It is wrong
to teach them that they have the right to vote on it. And wrong to teach them and us that questions
like this can be decided by voting. make
morality popular ! That is exactly how we got into this very
deep hole in the first place. And we are not going to get out of this very
deep spiritual and
moral hole until so-called Christians finally recognize that
never going to
get out of
it by voting !
is a failed substitute for living the Christian life. The notion that you establish the Personhood
of the embryo child by voting to put it into the Constitution of the State of
Colorado arises from the false faith of Secular Christians, who must look to
the State to establish Christian morality because they lack the Courage to join
the moral minority of real
Christians. It is up to the police to
establish Christian morality. If,
instead of that, the police arrest those trying to stop the killing of babies
at the abortuary, what can they do
? Except wait for another chance
to vote. Now they have one.
strategy behind this
initiative is that, when it is passed, and when the opponents appeal it to the
Supreme Court, the Court will use it to overturn Roe versus Wade and thereby restore the Christian Empire of America
to its pristine purity--except for a few large red blotches here and
from the obvious fact that it won't happen, there is another obvious fact to
which the political pro lifers remain blinded:
Roe versus Wade is not
the cause of
abortion in america. The real cause of abortion is their own
Secular Christian lifestyle. When
Governor Ronald Reagan signed the abortion bill in 1967, California already had an estimated 100,000
abortions every year. The Philippines
have a Human Life Amendment written
into their Constitution, and they have a higher abortion rate than the United
States. The abortion rates in the Catholic
countries of Europe (legal) and South America (nominally illegal) are as high
as the U.S. ( See The Roots of
Abortion for more about the
basic causes of abortion. )
time, money and volunteer energy which will be thrown away on another futile
attempt to find that phantom moral
does not exist in Colorado or any where else in America, could instead be used
to hand out a copy of the
first nine months and the Spanish version los
primeros nueve meses to
everyone in the state. That is the
Christian system of bearing
personal witness to the truth.
it requires only a small minority of serious pro life Christians. It unties us from our Dependence upon the
Pagan Majority and the futility of these silly strategies to slip something by
them, which deceive no one but ourselves.
It frees us from our Dependence upon those nominal Christians who live
the Christian life only insofar as it is possible while hiding in the pews and
hiding in the voting closet. Our
real grand strategy requires that we seriously pursue the
alternative to that luxury-loving, wealth-pursuing lifestyle the Secular
Christians of America have in common with the pagans, which requires women to
rely upon contraception backed by abortion until age 35 when they are allowed
that one baby which is compatible with the American
Dream of more money, fewer children.
Colorado was an antique state in which the chief political authority was also
the moral and spiritual authority--the high priest of the state religion--it
might make sense to call upon him to declare that 1. life begins at conception 2. human life is sacred. If the governor of the State of Colorado were
the serious pro lifer he once pretended to be, we could call on him to make
such a declaration. He would further
declare that everyone should answer with a loud Amen ! to this declaration.
Those who didn't say it loud enough would be subject to 30 days in the
County jail and a $ 100 fine. And the
logical consequence of this declaration and the universal assent to it,
voluntary or involuntary, would be that all the abortuaries in the state would
But the people--the ski bums and
bunnies--are sovereign in the State of Colorado. So, if the governor were to make such a
declaration, he would have no way of demanding assent to it. He would instead declare: In my
opinion, life begins at conception . . . But, hey, that is just my
opinion. What do you think ? Of course you don't have to say anything out
loud. And you can remain anonymous. Just slide into the voting booth behind the
curtain and flip a lever, agree or disagree. And we will all go by that. That is how morality is decided in
this the way to decide whether or not a pre born baby is a person
? And what if the people disagree as they most certainly will ? Are we not bound by that decision ? Must we not say
Amen ! to it ? When you submit your case to an arbitrator,
you are bound by the resulting decision, even if it goes against you. When you submit your proposition or your
amendment to the voters, you are bound by the result. All those who participate in such an election
have made an implicit good faith agreement to abide by the result. And, if you are unwilling to be bound by the
result, if you are unwilling to concede that
the preborn baby is not
a person--the people have spoken !--you should
agreed to vote on
it in the first place !
is why this initiative is not just wrong-headed, it is wicked. It is profoundly unChristian. It concedes something that no true Christian
can ever concede. The original
Christians defined themselves by standards of faith and morals that required
their non conformity to the world around them.
It never occurred to them to put it to a vote even inside the church,
much less outside it, much less let the
pagans vote on it. The rule was very
simple: believe it or be gone. 1st Corinthians 5.11: With
such a one no not to eat.
The Failure of
the Political Pro
basic reason for this desperate and foolish initiative and others like it in
other states is that the final defeat of the political pro life movement is at hand, as anyone with political common sense
can see. Pat Robertson's embrace of Rudy
Giuliani shows how the pursuit of political power leads political Christians to abandon Christian
morality. The April 18th 2007 Supreme
Court Decision upholding the ban on Partial
Birth Abortion is the final step in making abortion legal through all nine
months, contrary to the false claims of political pro lifers who refuse to
recognize what the decision actually says.
That is what we have to show for 20 years of false faith invested in
Ronald Reagan and George Bush senior and junior. The strategy which aimed at stopping abortion
through conventional politics was a self-serving self deception from the
beginning. We have reached the point
where anyone with sense must recognize the moral and spiritual bankruptcy of
that strategy. And the destruction of
their false hopes will push them to despair.
Or madness. There is a large
measure of both in these desperate initiatives.
once wrote: it isn't that Christianity has been tried and found wanting, rather, it
was found difficult and left untried.
And that describes what got us into this hopeless situation. Looking for the easy way out. Looking for a way to stop abortion which was
fully compatible with holding onto the American Dream of power and
prosperity. And they still insist upon
deceiving themselves that they do not have to make a choice between that broad
road the majority follows and the steep and narrow path which Jesus pointed out
to his followers. These secular
so-called Christians explain away all
the gospel injunctions which make it plain that there is no such thing as a
rich Christian. You can be rich or you
can be a Christian, you cannot be both.
They still do not recognize the basic cause of the evil of modern
America, which was in effect prophesied by Paul when he wrote that: the
love of money is the root of all evil.
Abortion provides the prime example of what he meant.
new cars / dead
babies The day after Thanksgiving, we saw a baby
saved at the Planned Parenthood abortuary at 20th and Vine, when a couple in an old car came out with tears on
their faces. They stopped and talked and
took our alternatives
flyer. But there were two dozen more who
went in that day in their pretty new cars and they didn't come back out. They are committed to that lifestyle of big
houses and new cars which demand child sacrifice. America's worldly Christians live like the
pagans around them. They must go along
with careers for
double family income by putting the
family into the trash at Planned Parenthood.
America's career women can afford every luxury. A baby is a luxury they cannot afford. So, from 15 to 35, they rely upon
contraception backed by abortion. They
have to believe in what Planned
the first nine months
people going into the abortuary last Friday might have had second thoughts about
it, if anyone had ever shown them the truth about what an 8 week old embryo
child looks like. If some while back
they had received a copy of the first nine months which does show it. This leaflet has 7 pictures which chart the
development of the embryo child. And
each one is worth 1000 words. One of
these leaflets handed out in the right place at the right time is worth a dozen
sermons about the personhood of the
unborn child. Why bother with such a
term ? She is a baby
! Look at the picture
! In the age of the printing press and fiber optic photographs--which actually
show the embryo child in the womb--there is no excuse for delivering long
sermons while neglecting to set the example of handing out graphic
literature. Hot air is no substitute for
money thrown away on doomed initiatives and literature for hopeless candidates
and hopelessly compromised candidates could be used to put a copy of the
first nine months into the hands of everyone in the state. It should have been done yesterday--20 years
ago yesterday. It can still be done
tomorrow and the day after tomorrow if those who pretend to be Christians will
find the courage to bear witness to the truth by handing out pro life
leaflets. It isn't the voters who need to get it.
It is the 14-18 year old girls, and their boy friends, and their
parents. All those who vote for abortion
with their feet by walking into Planned Parenthood. Don't get into a long-winded argument with
them, just show them the truth. That is what a pro life leaflet does.
secular Christians can become real Christians by finding the Spirit of Courage
to bear witness. That Spirit regenerates
the Christian life. Bearing Witness to
the Truth is not one of the options of a Christian life, it is the test of whether you are one. When you never do it, you become shriveled in
the spirit. That describes all those
cowardly Christians who hide in the pews and then hide in the voting closet. Who offend God by praying that he will do
what they should have done. That is why
they fall for this false faith that abortion can be stopped by voting. They don't have the courage to do anything
else. Making the effort to save the
babies will save them and their families as well.
leaflet is the best because of the Lennart Nilsson fiber optic photographs reprinted from A Child
Is Born. ( They were also printed in
Life Magazine years ago. ) You can't argue with them. They simply show that an embryo at 5 weeks
gestation already looks suspiciously like a baby--A person's a person, no matter how small. Handing out this little person
leaflet could be done as a state wide joint effort by the
Churches of Colorado. But we are all
called to do it as individuals, regardless of what anyone else does, or
neglects to do. Senior pastors have the
basic moral obligation to set the
example--not just pass it off to subordinates. Individuals are called to bear witness
without waiting to see who else is coming.
Join the handful who are already out there. A very special grace is given to those who
come out and do it. Try it and see.
Terry Sullivan Nov 23rd 2007